News from Double Oak Town Hall — April 2019

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Eileen Kennedy, the new Double Oak town secretary.

Eileen Kennedy appointed Town Secretary

The town of Double Oak is pleased to announce the appointment of Eileen Kennedy as Town Secretary.

She replaces her mentor and longtime town secretary Charlotte Allen, who recently retired.

“Eileen’s experience, familiarity and knowledge of the town is a tremendous asset as she steps into her new role as town secretary,” stated Mayor Mike Donnelly.

Ms. Kennedy celebrated her 13th anniversary with the town on Friday, March 15.

Double Oak congratulates Eileen on her appointment and anniversary.

Denton County Precinct 4 Commissioner Dianne Edmondson

Our dedicated County Commissioner, Dianne Edmondson, took office on January 1, 2019 and she has been doing an outstanding job representing her Precinct.

Commissioner Edmondson and her staff have been checking on county roads, studying transportation issues, evaluating quality economic development matters and staying in touch with her constituents and municipalities.

The commissioner’s knowledge of Denton County, specifically Precinct 4, is an important asset during this time of explosive growth in the Southwest part of the county.

I know she’s working tirelessly to bring in outstanding businesses that will provide good paying jobs and will help keep our property taxes low for all Denton County residents.

Commissioner Edmondson, thank you for your service.

Double Oak Women’s Club News – www.doubleoakwomensclub.com

Annual Pancake Breakfast and Easter Egg Hunt – April 13th, 9 a.m., Double Oak Fire Station:  Breakfast starts at 9 a.m., with the Easter egg hunt at 10:30 a.m. Additional information is available on the Double Oak Women’s Club website.

4-H Shooting Sports Program by Erik Dieterich        

Breaking clays, punching paper, and flying arrows are all part of the 4-H Shooting Sports project. If you enjoy the outdoors and hunting, you should join the fun that Texas 4-H Shooting Sports has to offer. Through the Shooting Sports project, you can learn self-discipline, self-confidence, firearm safety, and sportsmanship.

My name is Erik Dieterich and I am a member of the Texas 4-H Shooting Sports Ambassadors. I am a 10th grader that has been involved in 4-H for eight years. Shooting Sports has been one of my main projects for the past six years. My two disciplines are pistol and archery. Last year I became a certified assistant pistol coach. Shooting sports has taught me leadership, discipline, and patience. I want to encourage others to participate in the Texas 4-H Shooting Sports project.

4-H is the nation’s largest youth development organization which uses the “learn by doing” approach. 4-H is a community of young people across America who are learning leadership, citizenship, and life skills. 4-H is about having fun, learning new things, exploring, and discovering. In 4-H, young people make new friends, develop new skills, become leaders, and help shape their communities.

In Denton County, you can experience shooting several types of shooting disciplines: pistol, rifle, shotgun, and archery. This project covers firearm safety and teaches responsible handling and use. You will learn how to load and shoot a variety of firearms and how to properly maintain them. Before starting, you will be required to attend a Safety Training course for your desired discipline. This course will be led by one of Denton County’s 4-H Certified Coaches. All practices will be conducted under the supervision of a Certified Coach. If you would like more information about 4-H Shooting Sports, please contact Jessica Sanders at 940-349-2890 or [email protected].

TCEQ – Double Oak Required Spring Newsletter – Spring Cleaning Tips

Spring weather can make a mess of your yard and our local waterways.  Here are a few tips for getting your landscape back in shape and keeping local lakes, streams and rivers clean:

Avoid putting any permanent structures in flood prone areas of your yard and try to keep those areas clear during the spring. Spring storms can create standing water and voluntary streams that wash loose dirt and debris out of your yard and into creeks and roadside ditches where they are carried downstream to local waterways.

Keep grass clippings, leaves and debris out of local streams and wetlands. Compost your yard waste or dispose of it in your street-side pick-up. Yard waste that ends up in wetlands or streams contributes to algae growth in the summer, making the water green and smelly.

Stabilize your soil and increase infiltration by planting deep-rooted native plants or trees. The roots of turf grass extend only two to three inches into the soil, giving it little ability to hang on when the water flows. Native flowers and grasses, on the other hand, can have root systems four to twelve feet deep! These deep roots anchor the plants and keep soil from washing away. They also increase the amount of water the soil can absorb, meaning that more water sinks in to recharge groundwater aquifers and less ends up in the storm drain.

If you live along a stream or wetland, it is important to maintain a healthy un-mowed buffer along your shoreline. A shoreline or stream bank planted in trees and native plants will hold the soil steady when it rains. Buffers also catch and filter many of the pollutants found in storm water runoff.

Happy Easter from the Town of Double Oak!

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