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Council OKs land purchase

Profile image for By Peggy Heinkel-Wolfe / Staff Writer
By Peggy Heinkel-Wolfe / Staff Writer

Denton added 26 acres to North Lakes Park for an athletic field complex and named the addition for G. Roland Vela, the first Latino elected to the City Council.

In a single motion during its regular meeting Tuesday night, the Denton City Council approved the $1 million purchase of land from Rayzor Investments and adopted a resolution formally naming the facility after Vela.

Emerson Vorel, the city’s parks and recreation director, told the council the project was seven years in the making. The acquisition will allow for four new fields to be built suitable for soccer, rugby, lacrosse, football, “or anything that needs a flat surface for play,” Vorel said.

The purchase also allows for a tree preserve at North Lakes Park, an element important to many residents who were familiar with the breadth of wildlife seen there. The city is paying for the purchase from three different funds, according to city documents. The soccer fields will be paid for with $500,000 from capital improvement and $250,000 from parks gas well revenue. The tree bank and open space will be paid for with $250,000 from capital improvement funds.

The Denton chapter of the League of United Latin American Citizens championed the naming of the complex after Vela.

A retired microbiology professor, Vela served one term on the Denton City Council, from 1979-81. He then served the city for 11 more years as its representative to the Texas Municipal Power Agency.

The athletic complex is expected to be finished within the next 18 to 24 months, Vorel said.

PEGGY HEINKEL-WOLFE can be reached at 940-566-6881. Her e-mail address is .


During its regular meeting Tuesday, the Denton City Council also:

•  Extended its funding agreement with the Denton Affordable Housing Corp.

•  Authorized $286,759 in Community Development Block Grant funds for improvements at Fred Moore Day Nursery School.

•  Approved operating guidelines for the Home Improvement Program.

•  Granted a noise ordinance exception to Fry Street’s Wakepoolooza from 3 to 10 p.m. Saturday.

•  Prescribed the number of positions in each classification for police and firefighters.

•  Approved an interlocal agreement with the North Central Texas Council of Governments for cooperative purchase of actuarial services.

•  Amended contract with POWER Engineers Inc. for design and engineering services for the McKinney and Audra substations for $290,515.

•  Authorized a one-source purchase of equipment needed for the Pockrus and McKinney substations for $279,750 from S&C Electric Co.

•  Accepted PayFlex Systems USA Inc. bid to administer health and dependent care accounts for $62,118 for the first year, with annual option to extend up to five years for $310,590.

•  Approved an offer of $326,208 for 3.48 acres along East McKinney Street for a 69-kilovolt transmission line rebuild.

•  Approved two offers totaling $473,082 for about 14 acres along South Bonnie Brae Street for easements and right of way needed for expansion

•  Authorized $847,511 of State Highway 121 funds to remove medians along University Drive from Bonnie Brae to Carroll Boulevard.

•  Approved a contract with Corinth for wastewater treatment services.

n Authorized escrow of $250,000 of financial assurance with the Electric Reliability Council of Texas.