This month is an exciting time to live in Flower Mound, especially for our youth. Hundreds of residents will gather at Heritage Park September 11–15 to construct Fort Wildflower, the Town’s first community-built playground. Fort Wildflower will offer recreational opportunities for all ages and abilities, but we need your help to make it happen. There are many volunteer opportunities. Talk to your friends and neighbors, then visit www.fortwildflower.com to sign-up. We need enthusiastic residents of all skill levels willing to lend a hand. When the work is done and the playground is completed, you will take home a sense of pride, knowing your hands helped make it happen.
Your Town Council is taking the input we have received from the development community seriously. We established the Development Process Review Committee (DPRC) to evaluate the Town’s development processes and ordinances. The goal is to make Flower Mound an attractive choice for businesses that will bring the quality development that our residents have requested. The committee has met three times and the chair, Si Simonson, has provided the Council an update at our last two meetings. They are making great progress and recommendations will be coming forward this month. All of the committee’s meetings are open to the public and I encourage residents to attend and offer their input. The DPRC meets every other Tuesday at the Shirley Voirin Social Senior Center. All of the DPRC agendas are posted on the Town’s Agenda Center located at www.flower-mound.com/AgendaCenter.
There are a number of important projects on the horizon for Flower Mound. Some will be completed in the next few months and others are being included in next year’s budget. We will continue to provide an additional $100,000 for street maintenance and repair. This is extremely important so that we can address issues, especially in our older neighborhoods, more quickly. The Town will restripe the intersection of Morriss and FM 1171 to address concerns expressed by many residents regarding the east/west lane alignments. The Town will also add reflective paint to the nose ends of some medians to improve nighttime traffic safety. Plans are also set to extend water services to Hwy 377 to incorporate development on the western side of Town as well as construct five parks and trails projects for all residents to enjoy.
The Council is scheduled to vote on the proposed budget and tax rate on September 17. Once approved, this will mark the 21st consecutive year the Town has maintained or lowered the current tax rate, a major achievement and another reason why I am proud to call Flower Mound home.
Our residents and the leaders they selected to serve, both past and present, deserve credit for the excellent quality of life we enjoy. This is evident by the recent announcement that CNN/Money Magazine ranked Flower Mound No. 32 of its list of top 100 places to live in the United States. You can read the story online at http://money.cnn.com/magazines/moneymag/best-places/2012/snapshots/PL4826232.html but it won’t come as news to any of our residents. We know Flower Mound is a great place to live. After all, that’s why we choose to call Flower Mound home.