The Town has had ten mosquito samples test positive for West Nile virus this year. In addition, the Denton County Health Department late last month confirmed the year’s first human West Nile virus case in Flower Mound. The victim lives west of FM 2499 and was diagnosed with neuroinvasive disease, the more serious form of the illness.
As a reminder, Flower Mound does not spray for a single human WNV case, only positive mosquitoes or a cluster of human cases. However, our Town staff will conduct additional trapping and surveillance in response to a human case in the identified area.
We encourage you to remember the four “Ds”:
- Stay inside at dawn and dusk. This is when mosquitoes are most active
• Dress in light colored long sleeves and long pants
• Drain any standing water. An 1/8th inch of water in a bowl under a flower pot is plenty of water for a mosquito.
• Wear a repellent containing DEET when outside
The following precautionary steps are also advisable:
• Stay indoors during mosquito spraying events if possible
• If outside or in a vehicle during this time, be alert for the spraying truck and maintain a safe distance
• If the spray should contact skin or eyes, wash skin with soap and water, and rinse eyes with water or saline solution
• Close windows
• Wash exposed fruits and vegetables before eating
There are no special precautions or waiting period recommendations for swimming pools regarding ground spraying. Town staff will continue to conduct additional inspections and monitor the area after treatment.
The insecticide used in spraying is applied at ultra-low levels, breaks down quickly, and does not leave a toxic residue. For more information, contact Flower Mound Environmental Services at 972-874-6340 or visit www.flower-mound.com/mosquitoes.
Veterans Day Relay
Veterans Day is coming up and Flower Mound is busy planning its second Veterans Day Relay, brought to you by Credit Union of Texas, for November 11, from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Town is looking for relay participants and volunteers who will help this year’s event another success!
The 27.3-mile course will traverse throughout Flower Mound and the relay will travel the course two times. Each relay runner will run approximately two-miles, commemorating our nation’s veterans and their service by carrying the American flag. The course will start and end at the Flower Mound Community Activity Center (CAC), 1200 Gerault Rd. and will be followed by a post-event celebration from 5 to 6 p.m. at the CAC.
All volunteers and runners must attend an informational meeting on Tuesday, September 29, from 7 to 8 p.m. at Luke’s Locker in The Shops at Highland Village, 1701 Shoal Creek in Highland Village.
Please sign-up by September 28 at 5 p.m. as a relay runner or volunteer at www.flower-mound.com/relaysignup. The relay will accommodate 30 participants and local veterans are encouraged to participate in this memorable event.
Twin Coves Park Upgrades
Thanks to a $400,000 Texas Parks and Wildlife Outdoor Recreation grant, Flower Mound will be able to add a few more wish list items to the planned Twin Coves Park upgrades scheduled to begin this fall.
In November, crews will begin construction on 19 furnished cabins and 18 new RV slips, in addition to a variety of other amenities including: small craft launch with fishing pier, disc golf course, playground, two 25’ x 35’ pavilions, grass volleyball court, a great lawn area, nature trails, and a lake overlook area with a fire pit and seating. Each RV slip will be equipped with the latest 50 amp utility hookups that will accommodate the newest and largest RVs. Twin Coves is expected to reopen in fall 2016.
However, before any new construction can begin, crews will need to clean-up Twin Coves Park, which was largely under water since May’s historic rains. The flooding damaged the park’s electrical system, fire pits, left behind major debris, and carried off several trash receptacles. Approximately 40 trees died in the flooding; those will also need to be cleared. In fact, park employees were not even able to access Twin Coves until August 17 to begin damage assessments. At this time, Grapevine Lake is 12-feet above conservation pool level and is not expected to be at normal levels until September. The Town is in the process of filling out the appropriate paperwork with FEMA to recover some of the costs associated with the clean-up and repair of the park.
Since the park has been closed since May and will remain closed until cleanup and construction are complete, the Town will issue a partial refund to all annual pass holders. For annual pass holders that have additional questions, please call the Parks and Recreation Department at 972.874.6300.
National Night Out
National Night Out is a nationwide initiative encouraging residents to turn their porch lights on and organize block parties, sending a message to criminals that our neighborhoods are fighting back. By strengthening neighborhood spirit and police-community partnerships, and heightening crime and drug prevention awareness, National Night Out unites residents to “Give Neighborhood Crime and Drugs a Going Away Party.”
Neighborhoods that organize National Night Out Block Parties from 6 – 9:30 p.m. on October 6 will be eligible to compete for the annual Flower Mound Neighborhood of the Year award. The winning neighborhood will receive a street sign proclaiming the neighborhood as the 2015 National Night Out Neighborhood of the Year. Registered block parties could receive visits from members of the Town Council, the Flower Mound Police Department, fire trucks, the Fire Department Clowns, and McGruff the Crime Dog. Street barricades will also be provided upon request.
New this year, children in kindergarten through fifth grades are invited to participate in a poster contest. Contestants are encouraged to use their imagination and create a masterpiece that falls into the theme: What do you like about the Flower Mound Police Department? Children will be split into age divisions and the first place winners of each division will receive a prize. Full contest rules can be found here. Kids poster contest entries will only be accepted at the Flower Mound Police Department, 4150 Kirkpatrick Lane, in person on October 1 and 2 from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. and October 3 from 9 a.m. until noon. Late entries will not be accepted. All posters must be submitted with an entry form so that judges may contact the winning artists.
All block parties must be registered by September 29 at 5 p.m., please download an application, email Officer Justin Buck at [email protected], or call 972.874.3357. Please visit www.natw.org for more information and block party ideas.
The Flower Mound Town Council is currently accepting applications for seats on various boards and commissions including the Animal Services Board; Board of Adjustment/Oil and Gas Board of Appeals; Environmental Conservation Commission; LISD Liaison; Parks, Arts, and Library Services Board; Outstanding Citizen Committee, Planning and Zoning Commission; Cultural Arts Commission; SMARTGrowth Commission; and the Transportation Commission.
Applications will be accepted until 5 p.m. on September 9. For additional information, please call the Town Secretary’s Office at 972.874.6070 or email [email protected]