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Robson Ranch: City Updates

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Kathleen Wazny, Denton City Council, District 3

The new fire station breaks ground in the next two months. Robson Ranch has waited a long time for this fire station, and it’s becoming a reality. The fire station is being built in the northwest part of Harvest, a new residential community south of Robson Ranch, off of 407. The fire station will open in the fall of 2018. A new road is planned connecting the fire station to Robson Ranch Road.

The City of Denton welcomed its new City Manager on January 23rd. Todd Hileman was hired after a nationwide search. He has city government experience in Arizona, Missouri, Wisconsin and Illinois. The City Council moved forward with hiring a new City Manager several months ago. After a professional search firm was hired, and several candidates were interviewed, this new beginning for the City of Denton is a reality and is much anticipated.

The property tax freeze is officially on the May 6th ballot. Voters in the City of Denton will decide whether or not to freeze property taxes for seniors (65 and over) and the disabled. (The property must be homesteaded.) The City Secretary certified the petition and the City Council voted to place it on the ballot. State law requires that the City Council place this initiative on the ballot, once the petition is certified.

Elections for City Council will take place in May. Early voting will take place in April. This cycle includes the district races. Denton has four districts. Robson Ranch is in District 3. Stay tuned for more details on the election, as we get closer to Election Day, which is May 6th. Please watch the HOA emails for Early Voting locations, dates and times. It’s possible that three of the four district seats will change over in May.

I’ve asked the city to look at adding additional voting locations on Election Day. Currently, the city only has one voting location per district, on Election Day. I’m asking for two locations per district. Robson Ranch, District 3, must travel to North Lakes Park Recreation Center to vote on Election Day. It’s a 30+ minute trip, one way. Not just District 3 has this issue. To increase voter turnout on Election Day, I believe this is something the city should do. We expect Early Vote locations to be more numerous, as in the past, but some voters wait until Election Day to vote. Stay tuned for more information about an additional location for Election Day in District 3. It’ll be up to City Council to approve the changes.

It’s an honor to serve.

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