I hope everyone had the chance to come out and enjoy Independence Fest 2013 last month. My family and I had a great time participating in all the activities and watching Rick Springfield perform. As in years past, the Town will begin the process of reviewing Independence Fest and will explore ways to improve the popular event. Although it will be hard to top, I look forward to what next year’s Independence Fest has in store.
This month, I hope you will include our “A Community Conversation: Drugs” on your calendar for August 10. Hosted by the Town of Flower Mound at the Trietsch United Methodist Church Life Center, this will be an all-day event featuring panel discussions with representatives from local law enforcement, schools, and resource organizations which will provide residents the opportunity to learn about the drug challenges we face today. All are welcome to attend as we come together to discuss this ongoing issue. The Town has created an informative webpage listing the program schedule, exhibitors, host committee, and our generous sponsors at www.flower-mound.com/communityconversation. If you are able to attend, I encourage you to RSVP while visiting the webpage for planning purposes, as breakfast and lunch will be provided.
Also this month, the Town will debut the 2013 Restaurant and Retail Survey for residents to voice their opinion on what businesses they’d like to see open their doors in Flower Mound. I hope you will take the opportunity to participate in the short survey as the Economic Development office uses the data as a recruitment tool, actively pursuing the top 50 businesses from each category. Having this data to show site selectors and real estate directors indicating our residents would support their business is an invaluable tool. Since the 2011 survey, Flower Mound has attracted retailers Market Street (ranked No.6 on the list), Academy Sports & Outdoors (No.10), Walmart (No.26), Nothing Bundt Cakes (No.29), Steinmart (No. 44) and 7-Eleven (No.49, with three locations). Flower Mound has also attracted several restaurants on the list including Jimmy Johns (ranked No. 45), Dunkin Donuts (No. 50 and coming soon), and most recently – La Madeleine.
La Madeleine has consistently ranked as a top choice in the last three Flower Mound Retail and Restaurant surveys. It was chosen as No. 2 in 2003, No. 7 in 2007, and No. 4 in the most recent 2011 survey. During the July 15 Town Council meeting, the Council approved a Chapter 380 incentive agreement providing impact and building permit fee waivers for the restaurant. Anticipated to open in November, La Madeleine will be located in the River Walk Market, at the northeast corner of FM 1171 and FM 2499 and will be open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. We anticipate several additional announcements regarding new restaurants, retailers, and other businesses coming to Flower Mound in the near future. The Town recently created a New Business webpage to help keep the community informed of new economic development in our community. It will be regularly updated and includes a “Coming Soon” section. To view the New Business webpage, visit http://www.flower-mound.com/newbusinesses.
To participate in the Retail and Restaurant survey, please visit www.flower-mound.com/survey beginning August 1. The survey will also be located on the back page of residents’ August utility bill insert, which can be mailed in to Town Hall with the utility payment or dropped-off at Town Hall, 2121 Cross Timbers Road. We will also post the link on the Town’s Facebook (www.facebook.com/FlowerMound) page and Twitter account (www.twitter.com/Flower_Mound) several times throughout the month. The survey will remain open through September 13. If you have questions about the survey, please email email@example.com.
One of the reasons why I love living in Flower Mound is that the residents are so passionate about making our community the best it can be. Now is a great time to take that extra step, let your voice be heard, and use your knowledge and experience by joining a Flower Mound Board or Commission. Through September 6, the Town is accepting applications for seats on various boards and commissions including the Animal Services Board; Board of Adjustment/Oil and Gas Board of Appeals; Community Development Corporation; Environmental Conservation Commission; LISD Liaison; Parks, Arts, and Library Services Board; Planning and Zoning Commission; Public Arts Committee; Charter Review Commission, and the Transportation Commission. To learn more and download an application packet, please visit http://www.flower-mound.com/index.aspx?nid=85. For additional information, please call 972.874.6070 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
As we kickoff another school year on August 26, I hope everyone had a safe and enjoyable summer filled with many wonderful memories. Be sure to stay connected with the Town for all the latest news and announcements at www.flower-mound.com, www.facebook.com/FlowerMound, or at www.twitter.com/Flower_Mound.
Mark Wise serves on the Flower Mound Town Council in Place 3