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Flower Mound Town Council Message – April 2015

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Mayor Pro Tem Jean Levenick
Mayor Pro Tem Jean Levenick

Spring is a busy time in Flower Mound and the Town has been working to provide some great family activities that you can enjoy with your children. This month, the Town’s award-winning Underwater Easter Egg hunt returns on April 4 along with the Truck Rodeo (April 22) and Kid Fish (April 25).

If you’re looking to get the kids out of the house to enjoy the spring weather, I encourage you to check out the Town’s Special Event page for a complete listing of upcoming events, many of which are free, at www.flower-mound.com/specialevents.

In March, the Town celebrated the opening of the new Operations and Maintenance Service Center on Spinks Road that will provide office space for Public Works, Parks, and Geographic Information Systems personnel. Many of the staff members were working in a corrugated steel-sided facility that was approximately 25-years-old. Now, personnel can be under one roof, have extra training facilities, and storage space.

In May, the Town will celebrate the opening of another Town facility. The Flower Mound Senior Center will open on May 14 with almost 23,000 square-feet of space. The entire staff and Council have worked hard and gathered input from our seniors to see our vision come to life. Dances, trips to area tourist attractions, and yoga classes are just the beginning of what Seniors In Motion (SIM) has to offer. With the new facility, our SIM members will be able to enjoy extended hours on Tuesdays and Thursdays, increased classes and events, and so much more. If you’d like to learn more, please visit www.flower-mound.com/seniors.

Our Seniors In Motion program is part of our larger Parks and Recreation Department, which recently won a prestigious award from the Texas Recreation and Park Society (TRAPS). Flower Mound is the only Class III city (population of 50,001 – 100,000) in Texas that received the Texas Gold Medal Award in 2015. This recognition honors communities throughout the state that demonstrate excellence in long-range planning, resource management, and agency recognition. As a small example of their long-range planning, Town staff has already been planning our annual Independence Fest on July Fourth for several months!

In business news, CTDI has plans to expand and lease another 120,000 square feet of space and hire additional employees in its Lakeside Business District location. The full-service, global engineering, repair and logistics company recently celebrated its 40th anniversary as a company. CTDI opened its Flower Mound location in October 2009 and employs approximately 700 people.

As you may have heard, the Town is keeping a close eye on the 84th Texas Legislative Session to ensure Flower Mound’s voice is heard in Austin. Last month, Town Attorney Bryn Meredith, traveled to Austin and testified on behalf of the Town before the House Energy Resources Committee in opposition to detrimental legislation, specifically HB 40. This bill is one of many that, if approved, would diminish or eliminate local control relative to oil and gas drilling operations. If approved, HB 40 would provide drilling companies unrestricted rights at the expense of homeowner/citizen rights. HB 539 would have similar effects; and, if approved, would erase municipal regulations by requiring cities to pay the State for any lost State tax revenue because of local oil and gas ordinances. The Town will continue to keep a close eye on these bills, in addition to others that would be detrimental or beneficial to our community.

You can let your voice be heard in this year’s Town Council election. This year, Election Day is May 9; however, there will be plenty of early voting opportunities. For a list of upcoming election information and dates, please visit www.flower-mound.com/elections.

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