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Robson Ranch: Denton City Council Update

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Kathleen Wazny, Denton City Council, District 3
Kathleen Wazny, Denton City Council, District 3

It’s been a busy month for the Denton City Council. Newly elected members were sworn in on May 19th.  We meet every Tuesday. You can pull up the City Council Agenda each week, prior to the meeting. This Agenda is posted online at cityofdenton.com and is available beginning on Thursday evening, prior to our Tuesday meeting. Citizens can read the attachments, called “back up” and it’s fascinating to keep up with all of this material.

Denton is truly at a crossroads, as development is coming up 35W. Our schedule is full, meetings are long, sometimes 12 hours, but it’s all important, as our city grows. You can watch the meetings at cityofdenton.com either while they happen, or after they’ve been recorded.

I campaigned on transparency and open government. In that light, I welcome emails and phone calls, as we address so many issues. I want to pass an Ethics Ordinance (Denton doesn’t have one) and I want to limit our “Closed Meetings” as citizens and the press are not allowed in those meetings. I understand that some of the closed meetings are due to litigation, and I understand that blanket, but in terms of city business, I want the citizens to have access to their local government. I can’t change the system in one month, but I will remain constant in my outlook and goals.

I’ve volunteered for four City Council committees:  Airport Committee, Ethics Committee, Development Code Review Committee and the Council Historical Landmark Committee. All of these areas are important to me, and I look forward to shaping the direction we will take as a city.

Economic development is on the way, in the 35W corridor. Stay tuned for details. The new city budget is also coming down the pipeline, and I’m ready to ask a lot of questions, and keep taxes and spending in line. I welcome your input, since this is YOUR money.

I look forward to neighborhood meetings, across my district. District 3 reaches from north to south, across the entire west side of Denton. It’s home to a wide variety of neighborhoods, the University of North Texas campus, the airport, and much of Denton’s undeveloped land for residential and commercial projects.

It’s an exciting time to be on Denton’s City Council, and I look forward to hearing from you. My email address is Kathleen.Wazny@cityofdenton.com and my cell phone for calls/texts is 940-367-0171. Let’s make these decisions together.

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