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Flower Mound Town Council Message – December 2013

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It’s December already, and the season for celebrating with friends and family. Once again, the Town has several holiday-themed events lined-up that are sure to be fun for the whole family.

One of these events is our 24th annual Christmas Parade on December 14 from 10 a.m. to noon. This is a great opportunity for local organizations, Boy and Girl Scout Troops, businesses, and more to parade down Morriss Road and celebrate the season as a community. If you’d like more information about upcoming special events or how to get involved, please visit www.flower-mound.com/specialevents.

Also in December, the Town will hold the next two public meetings of the Charter Review Commission (CRC). On December 4 and 17 starting at 6:30 p.m., the CRC will meet at Town Hall to review and discuss the Town Charter. The Town Charter is the document which governs the actions of the Town Council and staff, establishes a structure and sets boundaries for that government, and creates the basic guidelines and principles under which the government operates. Public input is welcomed and encouraged as proposed Charter amendment recommendations are presented and discussed. Questions, comments, or ideas for the Charter Review Commission can be emailed to the Commission at charter@flower-mound.com or contact the Town Secretary’s Office at 972.874.6076. If you are unable to attend the meetings, all meetings will be broadcast live on FMTV (Grande Cable Channel 12, Time Warner Cable Channel 16, and Verizon FIOS Channel 42) and will be available for on-demand streaming at www.flower-mound.com/fmtv under the “Other Meetings” tab.

On December 2, the Town Council will hold a public hearing on the Our Master Plan project’s proposed options and amendments to the Town’s Master Plan for the Lakeside Business District, and the Cross Timbers Conservation Development District, and consider related Land Development Regulation amendments. If you are unable to attend, you may view the meeting online at www.flower-mound.com/fmtv and also provide your input through the Town website at www.flower-mound.com/ourmasterplan. I want to thank everyone who has provided their feedback and input during this very important process. It has been great to see the community get involved and stay engaged throughout the project’s duration.

December will also be a busy month for economic development. On December 11, Market Street will hold its grand opening celebration and ribbon cutting ceremony. As we all work to check off our holiday shopping lists, I encourage you to try to shop local. By shopping local, we are able to keep our sales tax dollars in the community and allocated directly to the things our Town needs most. If you haven’t had the chance to check out the Town’s Living Local mobile website at www.livinglocalfm.com, please do so. It provides residents with a convenient, comprehensive listing of Flower Mound medical professionals, restaurants and retail shopping opportunities.

On November 30, also known as Small Business Saturday, the Town launched a new social media campaign titled “Shop Small Saturday” aimed at recognizing the many small businesses within the community. On the last Saturday of each month, the Town will highlight a small business in Flower Mound through the Flower Mound Facebook page, www.facebook.com/FlowerMound, and Twitter account, https://twitter.com/flower_mound. The Town will choose the featured business based upon submissions from local business owners through the Town website, www.flower-mound.com/shopsmallsaturday. A list of guidelines is also posted on the page. I look forward to reading about our small businesses. We may all find a new favorite place to shop, eat, or even purchase a service.

Finally, I wanted to share with you about our special visit with several City of Moore, Okla. officials last month. On November 21, Moore City Manager Steve Eddy, Fire Chief Gary Bird, Police Chief Jerry Stillings and Economic Development Director Deidre Ebrey visited Flower Mound to share their experiences dealing with the aftermath of the devastating EF5 tornado that hit the community just six months ago. As you may remember, upon hearing of the tornado and the plight of our neighbors to the north, Mayor Hayden asked residents to reach out and provide assistance in the form of gift cards for the residents of Moore.  The response was overwhelming and our community rose to the occasion with donations of gift cards totaling over $12,000. To deliver the gift cards, Mayor Hayden, Deputy Mayor Pro Tem Bryan Webb, and I traveled to Moore, just a couple weeks after the tornado struck, and a friendship between the two cities was formed. I will never forget seeing the destruction throughout the community and now, I am happy to report they are moving along on the road to recovery. Although the city will never be the same, it was inspiring to learn how the citizens of Moore continue to come together and help each other heal from this tragedy. We are grateful the Moore officials took time out of their schedules to come to Flower Mound and share invaluable information that could be gained from such a tragic event. I look forward to continuing our special bond with the City of Moore and look forward to hearing more good news from our northern neighbors.

On behalf of the entire Town Council, Town Manager, and staff, we wish everyone a safe and happy holiday season!

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