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County OKs deal to enforce district traffic laws

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By Bj Lewis

Motorists driving through special districts in Denton County will have to start obeying the traffic laws, if they weren’t already.

County commissioners on Tuesday approved a generic contract that could be used to enter into partnerships with the special districts to enforce posted traffic signs.

“It’s definitely good for the citizens that live out there and the residents of the special districts,” Commissioner Hugh Coleman said.

The partnerships were authorized by a law passed last year by the state Legislature that allows counties to enter into the agreements to enforce traffic regulations.

“They are no longer merely aspirational,” Coleman said of the posted signs.

He said Denton County would install county signs as needed, but the special districts would foot the bill for any new or special signs.

“For the sake of brevity, we adopted the signs as posted now,” Coleman said. “Anything going forward will be compliant with policy.”

In other action, commissioners agreed that the county could become a cooperating agency with the Bureau of Land Management for the duration of a resource management plan/environmental impact statement project. But in a move that drew some chuckles from commissioners, officials indicated the only land that likely could apply to the project is under Ray Roberts Lake.

“I didn’t know we had any federal land in Denton County until they sent this letter,” County Judge Mary Horn said. “I guess they are required to ask if we want someone to sit on this committee they are putting together. After a little investigating, the only property that would apply is under a lake right now.”

BJ LEWIS can be reached at 940-566-6875 and via Twitter at @BjlewisDRC.