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We urge Denton residents to take advantage of two remaining community meetings to weigh in on public projects that could be part of an expected November bond election.

The citizens committee for the bond election will conduct the meetings, which are scheduled from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at the Martin Luther King Jr. Recreation Center, 1300 Wilson St., and from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday at the Denton Civic Center, 321 E. McKinney St.

City Council members reviewed a list of projects recommended by city staff members prior to appointing the 51-member bond committee. The council charged the committee with coming up with a list of community priorities for a six-year bond program, which could reach $50 million or more.

In appointing the committee, the council asked that the priorities begin with several key projects from the staff’s recommendations, including street reconstruction.

We doubt if the council will get many complaints about making street projects a priority. This is one need that most if not all residents would agree on, and the only problem we can foresee is deciding where to start making the improvements.

Some residents have already submitted suggestions of other public projects for the committee to consider, including a pedestrian plaza for Walnut Street, ice storm preparedness and a permanent facility for the community market.

Residents can review what has already been suggested by visiting www.cityofdenton.com and following the link labeled “2014 City of Denton Bond Program.” They will also find a list of committee members and other bond program materials on the website.

Those who cannot attend the meetings are welcome to e-mail or phone in their comments and suggestions, said Alison Ream, the staff liaison to the citizen committee.

Residents need only propose an idea, she said.

“We’ll share that with the committee and they can take opportunities to research it more,” Ream said.

Residents can call 940-349-7277 to discuss their concerns, suggestions or possible projects with a staff member, or send an e-mail to 2014bondprogram@cityofdenton.com.

We’d like to see a strong turnout for both remaining community meetings, but if you can’t attend, make sure your opinion is recorded by calling or e-mailing the city.

We believe residents have many good suggestions for projects to include in any bond package, and we’d like for the bond committee members to hear them all. The final list of projects should be a fair representation of what a majority of taxpayers feel is needed.

The only way to make sure that happens is to participate in the process — take advantage of the city’s invitation and share your opinions.

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