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News from Double Oak Town Hall – January 2017

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Double Oak Mayor Mike Donnelly

Happy New Year 2017 from Town Hall

Town Council and employees wish Double Oak residents, businesses and those in surrounding communities a happy and safe New Year. Working together, with your willingness to volunteer and serve, our small town accomplishes a lot and makes Double Oak, Texas a very special place to live.

May 6, 2017 – Municipal Election (Mayor & Two Council Seats)

In May, the mayor’s position and two council seats will be up for election. The council seats are currently held by Councilmen Dr. Ara Minassian and Steve Durbin. Ara and Steve have both indicated they intend to seek re-election. As I write this column, (I) Mayor Mike Donnelly have not indicated my intentions. The official filing period begins on January 18, 2017 and ends on February 17, 2017. Serving as mayor and on council is a great honor with lots of responsibility and time commitment. My daughter Elizabeth graduates high school this year and plans to attend Texas A&M University at College Station. This is new territory as a parent and I’m weighing “if I’ll be able to still devote the amount of daily time I know is necessary and residents/employees/others expect of the person holding the Double Oak mayor’s seat.”

My other considerations are that the town is in a good position at this time with an experienced council and seasoned employees and we have enthusiastic resident volunteers who serve on boards, commissions and committees gaining experience. The town has a respected police department staffed by outstanding professional law enforcement officers and our town is blessed with dedicated members on the volunteer fire department. Our town is fortunate to have citizens and organizations like the Double Oak Women’s Club that help whenever called upon. Planning for the Waketon Road project has resumed for Double Oak and Flower Mound and the town will request Cross Timbers Drive, Kings Road and Cedar Crest Lane be considered for improvements whenever Denton County holds another bond election. A change in mayoral leadership would also allow for fresh new ideas and perspectives about the direction of the town to take place. I will make my decision about running for re-election after talking with my family, residents and friends across our town during January.

I encourage anyone who is interested in running for these seats and may have questions to stop in and visit with Town Secretary Charlotte Allen. Please go to the town website www.double-oak.com for more information on Notice of Deadline to File for Application for Place on the Ballot or contact Town Hall @ 972-539-9464.

Stay Informed on Town Information: Town Hall email list, Town website / Twitter / Facebook / Nextdoor Double Oak / CrossTimbersGazette.com

If you would like to be added to Town Secretary Charlotte Allen’s information email blast contact list, please contact her at town_secretary@double-oak.com. She uses this contact list to “Get the Word Out” should there be an immediate need to inform residents and to share general information. For those interested, you can follow the town on Twitter @DoubleOakTx, Facebook and Nextdoor Double Oak.

With winter approaching and the possibility of bad weather closure of Town Hall and possible interruption of trash service if roads are too dangerous, I encourage you to check the town website and the social media sites listed above and/or to visit www.crosstimbersgazette.com for town updates regarding closings and other town news. Thank you to Max Miller, owner of The Cross Timbers Gazette, for the continued communication help you provide for Double Oak and the entire region.

Neighbors, please get to know one another and check on neighbors during weather events. That’s always been the Double Oak way of neighbor helping neighbor.

Double Oak Police Department checks on residents during weather events

 One of the many positives of having our own police department is the personal service they can provide each resident. During previous years’ snow and ice storms members of the department checked on many elderly residents and others across our town to ensure they were doing well and to see if they needed any assistance. If you are a resident or have a loved one in town and wish a welfare check be done, please contact the Double Oak Police Department to arrange. Their mission is to provide the best police services for our town residents each day.

*If you are a Double Oak resident who has a medical condition that requires electricity to operate home medical equipment, such as an oxygen respiratory ventilator, please let our Double Oak Fire and Police Departments know and also CoServ, so in the event of a prolonged power outage, necessary steps can be taken by you and them to keep you safe.

Waketon Road Reconstruction and Drainage Improvement Project

 This project is back on-line with design and planning being handled by project engineers. General design plans are for a 36-ft wide curb and gutter concrete road surface (current width is 22-ft with bar ditch). The majority of bar ditches will be eliminated or minimized as drainage will be handled with curb inlets and drop inlets. Roadway turn lanes will be incorporated where needed so thru vehicle traffic no longer stacks up. Preliminary plans are being drawn up to include a sidewalk along the north side and for a trail/sidewalk on the south side. The majority of the construction work is within the town road easement; however, some work will require easements from residents. In 2017, we will have schematic project maps, preliminary plans and final plans for public viewing. Waketon Road at the Chinn Chapel intersection will have a round-a-bout traffic circle similar to the one at Dixon Lane-Chinn Chapel.  The Town will provide information as plans develop.

Be aware of scam phone calls, emails, texts

Please be aware of unsolicited scam-type phone calls. The caller may claim to be from a police department, a utility company, a city government office, the IRS or a host of other fake entities. They will claim you owe them money, try to scare you and hope you take the bait.  Don’t let yourself become a victim. Never give your credit card information to someone who has called you and is unknown to you. The same goes for unsolicited emails, texts or knocks at your door. Don’t give away your money to strangers.  Please do not hesitate to contact the Double Oak Police Department if you have questions or concerns.

 Happy New Year and Best Wishes in 2017 from Double Oak!

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