October was an exciting month for Flower Mound. Flower Mound hired a new Chief of Police, Andy Kancel, after an extensive search and interview process.
Chief Kancel will be coming to us from the North Richland Hills Police Department, where he has served for more than 24 years. Known as a highly-respected leader in law enforcement, Chief Kancel plans to build upon the successes of the Flower Mound Police Department, while also being accessible and involved in the community. He will be officially sworn-in on November 4 and the community is invited to help welcome the Chief to Flower Mound during a special reception on November 12 from 5 to 6:30 p.m. in the Community Room at the Flower Mound Police Department, 4150 Kirkpatrick Lane. We truly appreciate the hard work of our Interim Chief of Police David James and wish him the best as he hands the reins of the department to Chief Kancel this month.
We also had some exciting economic development news in October. Two new restaurants announced they were coming to Flower Mound – Mellow Mushroom and Modmarket. Mellow Mushroom will be opening in 2014 in the new River Walk Market development, located at the northeast corner of FM 2499 and FM 1171. With original artwork and design styles, Mellow Mushroom will offer a variety of gourmet pizzas in addition to salads, appetizers, hot sandwiches, craft beer, as well as gluten-free menu options (www.mellowmushroom.com). Modmarket will also be an exciting new restaurant in Town, especially for residents who prefer to eat on the healthier side. This will be the first Modmarket outside of Colorado and will be located in the Highlands Plaza development, at the southeast corner of FM 407 and Chinn Chapel. A Nation’s Restaurant News 2013 Hot Concept Award winner, each Modmarket store is uniquely-designed with a clean, modern style and has plenty of simple, whole, unprocessed foods on the menu to appeal to those who have specific dietary requirements including vegan, celiac, Paleo, raw, South Beach, high-carb, low-carb, or low glycemic index. Modmarket will also open in 2014 and will serve a variety of salads, pizzas, and sandwiches (http://modmarket.com).
Our third big economic development announcement in October was the news that CustomInk, a customizable apparel e-commerce company, will soon open its first Central U.S. location in Flower Mound’s Lakeside Business District. Consistently ranked on Inc. Magazine’s Fastest-Growing Private Companies list, CustomInk has received numerous awards for its first-class customer service and outstanding corporate culture for employees. The new production and distribution facility will add 160 new jobs and $240,000 to the Town’s annual sales tax revenue, the equivalent of six restaurants. An interesting fact for residents, more than 750 jobs have been added to our community since January 1.
This month, the Council hopes to announce more exciting businesses coming to Town, in addition to continuing work on important projects. I encourage you to stay involved and engaged in the “Our Master Plan” project as we continue to review the Land Use portion of the Master Plan. The process will continue with public hearings on the proposed options and amendments with the Planning and Zoning Commission on November 11 and the Town Council on December 2nd. For more information, please visit www.flower-mound.com/ourmasterplan.
November also brings the opportunity for residents to voice their opinions in the November 5 Special Election. Your vote is needed on a variety of important issues facing our community, our schools, and our state. I encourage Flower Mound voters to get to the polls and let their voice be heard on Proposition 1, the authorization for the Town to create the River Walk Public Improvement District, Lewisville ISD Trustee Place #3, and nine proposed amendments to the State Constitution. For more information about the River Walk Public Improvement District, please visit www.flower-mound.com/riverwalkpid. If you’d like to learn more about polling locations, view sample ballots, and more election information, please visit www.flower-mound.com/elections.
Don’t forget about our other important community events this month. On November 10, we will be hosting the annual Veterans Day celebration from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Flower Mound High School Football Stadium. Attendees will enjoy free hot dogs, cake, and lemonade as we all take the time to honor the men and women who have sacrificed so much for our country during a special ceremony. The following weekend, on November 16, the Town will host the 10th annual Dorothy’s Dash 5K Run/Walk and Kids K. Dorothy’s Dash is held in honor of former Town of Flower Mound employee Dorothy Walkup, who lost her battle with Multiple Sclerosis on November 16, 2004. All proceeds benefit the Lone Star Chapter of the Multiple Sclerosis Society in honor of Mrs. Walkup. It’s a great event with an even greater cause and if you’d like to learn more, please visit www.flower-mound.com/dorothysdash.
Mayor Pro Tem Steve Dixon
Flower Mound Town Council Place 4