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Northlake Notes – November 2018

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Northlake Mayor Peter Dewing

The Good and Unpleasant:

The Good: Northlake’s policies, location, and regulations continue to attract new business.  Multiple permits (CO/building/finish-out) have been issued for businesses coming to Northlake these include: Chisholm Trail BBQ, Holiday Inn Express, LaQuinta, Amano Bistro, dentist office, eye doctor office, nail salon, health clinic, veterinarian office and private school/daycare.

We are still in discussions with additional commercial and retail businesses to bring jobs and modern conveniences to the residents of Northlake. Having a comprehensive plan and following it, the current regulations, responsiveness, low municipal tax rate, exceptional schools, and housing options are major factors companies find favorable and have been attracting businesses to locate in Northlake.

As a reminder: Please, review your utility bill to learn how to setup an account to pay bills online or call the Town and ask for finance for further assistance.

The traffic signal at Harvest Way and FM 407 is finally working.

The fire station located at Cleveland Gibbs and Old Justin Road is staffed 24/7 with EMTs and firefighters so response time is no longer hampered by the railroads.

The Unpleasant:

TXDOT is still studying the need to expand FM 407. Please share your comments and concerns at the public meetings, and let Denton County TXDOT know your concerns. They can be reached at 940-387-1414 and call them, or make comments to their website not on local Facebook pages.

November was the plan to move Town Hall location to “1500 Commons Circle, Suite 300, Northlake, TX  76226,” but the weather has caused a delay; however still on schedule to relocate before the end of the year. The current location will be staffed for a short period of time (about a month) to accept utility bill payments. Please check the website for updates and additional information.

Yes, this is a repeat from last month; I think it is important to emphasize:  Are you concerned about school financing? Then you might find it interesting to learn that during the next State Legislative session, the current plan is to reduce school funding.  The proposed plan is to shift approximately $3.8 billion to property owners (Texas Education Agency Estimates, TML.org). I have been told by state representatives/senators that fixing the State’s school finance system is a major issue and is being looked at: Let the state legislators know their plan is not fixing  school financing and they need to be a leader and pass legislation to fix the problem.

Last word:

With all of the consternation and garbage in politics we hear about, I hope all residents of Northlake can agree to be civil with each other, obey the laws, agree to talk open with each other and bring ideas to make Northlake better for all not just one’s own personal agenda.

If you have suggestions or comments on how to enrich and improve Northlake for all, please let me know. If you like the stability, services, and projects the Town is working on let the Staff and Council know. Additionally, I encourage everyone to take the time to attend at least one Council meeting in the next year to see how your Town Officials communicate and make decisions, all agendas and Council packets are posted on the official website to ensure we remain transparent to you.

I encourage communications to be on public record.  I believe in total transparency, and when statements are made by public officials via their official e-mail, they are available to the public without hiding behind social media. If you hear or see something on social media that interests you, contact the Town to voice your views. All voices should be heard and not only a few who hide on the internet. Your voice and opinions matter. Contact information for staff and council members is located at www.town.northlake.tx.us

I am excited that the Town has a bright future and will continue to welcome everyone for generations to come. If you have any comments or suggestions to improve your quality of life in Northlake, please let me know. If you have recommendations to improve public communications/information, please let me know. Thanks for your time.

Final comment: EXERCISE YOUR RIGHT and VOTE. I believe we are on the right path to pass onto our children a better Town, County, State, and Country.

Peter Dewing, JD. CWO3/USMC (ret), 940-390-4303, PDewing@town.northlake.tx.us

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