Briefing - Waste Connections
A representative from Waste Connections addressed service failures, explaining that almost all of which have been due to weather conditions and population growth. The representative discussed a plan of action for resolving these issues, which includes starting routes earlier, and adding more trucks and manpower.
The representative suggested employing automated carts or adding an additional pick up day as options to improve service. Council had concerns with these suggestions.
Council requested service improvements, but more importantly, expressed the need for increased communication on when residents should expect delays.
The Waste Connections representative noted that he did not anticipate any more service failures in the coming months.
Briefing - Duke Realty Development Project
A representative from Duke Realty spoke about their company, its strengths and its hIgh standards for quality developments. Plans were discussed for a 103 acre site located at the Southeast quadrant of 1171 and I35. The plan includes the construction of two critical roads, Cleveland Gibbs and White Road, along with the related water lines.
The representative presented plans for two buildings, one of which would be 1.1 million square feet, with intentions to attract Fortune 500 tenants to this facility. Preliminary estimates and funding sources from Denton County, Northlake and Duke were discussed along with a timeline for the infrastructure and building construction. The representative stated that the plans presented were consistent with the Town’s Master Plan.
Town Council reviewed a few points that related to this project. Cleveland Gibbs remains in litigation due to an eminent domain case with Denton County, which could potentially incur additional costs to the town. In addition, road funding is currently under negotiations. It was also noted that this project could open up the region for additional capital projects. Implications for future projects should also be considered.
Town Staff briefly discussed the status of road improvement negotiations, environmental assessments and tax yield.
Briefing - Fireworks Ordinance Update
Town Staff briefed Council on the number of fireworks related calls that occurred on July 3rd and 4th, noting their locations within the town.
Staff compared ordinances from area municipalities, noting the high number of incidences that occurred over the holiday weekend. Staff stated that there are only two small population, large lot communities (DISH and Bartonville) that currently allow fireworks.
Staff explained that there is a local government code which would allow the Town to extend enforcement to within 5000 feet of the Town limits by declaring fireworks as a nuisance.
Council discussed options for the future: to keep the ordinance as is, renounce it, or make modifications. Council decided to vote at a future meeting to either continue the ordinance as is, or ban fireworks use completely. If the action is taken to continue the ordinance, Council will look into making modifications.
Briefing - Quarterly Investment Report
Town Staff reported that the total book value for the town is $42,994,915. Second quarter investment earnings are about $48,000 with a 55% increase.