by Don Duff, Denton City Council, District 3
Election of City Council District 3 is over, and I want to thank all the people who worked so hard and long during the campaign.
The oath of office ceremony was June 20 at 2 p.m., after which I immediately went into a work session followed by a City Council meeting lasting until 1:15 in the morning.
First item in the work session was the Mayor’s National Climate Action Agenda. The consensus of the Denton Council was that no action was needed.
The previous week during budget evaluation, over $1 million in salaries were removed. I was very happy to see that an additional 5 to 6 new police officers were proposed.
Denton Municipal Electric (DME) has a new power plant under construction near the Denton Airport.
In South Texas near Edinberg, an identical plant has been in operation for 6 months. I took a tour of the plant June 15. The plant consists of 12 huge natural gas engines that can be started in five minutes and supply up to 225 megawatts of electricity.
Along with wind and solar long term contracts, Denton is well positioned to supply electricity to homes and industry. Please note that the new power plant will be paid for out of electric service to Denton. Robson Ranch obtains its electricity from CoServ.