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Lantana is getting very close to completing their petition drive that will make the roads in their community a little safer.

Ross Ferguson, president of Fresh Water Supply District #6, announced this week that only about 100 more signatures are needed on the traffic enforcement petition for Lantana.

“The support from our residents has been terrific,” said #6 board member Max Miller, who, along with Ferguson and other volunteers, manned a signing table at the South Community Center last weekend.

Ferguson said a handful of volunteers are still canvassing the community for signatures, and residents who wish to sign the petition can also do so at the Lantana District Office in Bartonville Town Center, 2650 FM 407 E, Suite 125, Bartonville, TX 76226, Monday through Friday between 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The petition drive was organized after Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott issued a ruling in 2010 that Lantana and other Fresh Water Supply Districts do not have the authority to adopt and enforce traffic regulations on the streets inside their communities.

The ruling effectively barred the Denton County Sheriff’s Office from issuing traffic citations.

In response, Texas legislators passed a law last spring to provide a solution that would allow traffic enforcement to once again be allowed inside districts.

House Bill 2541, which was signed by Governor Rick Perry on June 17, 2011, authorizes residents in a FWSD to file a petition with their county’s commissioners court requesting traffic enforcement to resume in their community.

At least 50 percent of Lantana homeowners have to sign the petition in order for it to be presented to county commissioners for consideration.

For more information, contact Ferguson at rmferguson@verizon.net , call the district office at 940-728-5050 or visit www.lantanatx.org.

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