Aubrey Area Library continues summer reading program
Children, teens and adults can be part of the Aubrey Area Library summer reading program.
The whole family can sign up for reading logs, earn prizes and a chance to win one of six $20 gift cards.
In addition, events are scheduled in July and August at the library located at 226 Countryside Drive. At 11 a.m. on July 13, stop by the library to see Pipdilly’s Music Magic & Comedy. The finale at 11 a.m. on Aug. 3, will feature Dangerous Edison’s Science Emporium.
Family movie Fridays continue in Pilot Point
Movies for the whole family continue in July at the Pilot Point Community Library.
The movies are shown beginning at 2 p.m. each Friday at the library located at 324 S. Washington St.
July 5th will feature Walt Disney’s “Hercules,” July 12th will be “The Hunchback of Notre Dame,” “Aladdin” is set for July 19 and “Over the Hedge” on July 26.
Corinth earns communications award
The City of Corinth recently received a TAMI Award for its Communication Strategic Plan from the Texas Association of Municipal Information Officers (TAMIO).
TAMIO, an affiliate of the Texas Municipal League, recognizes outstanding communications by municipalities on categories from marketing and special events to media relations and websites. Judges are non-members with expertise in communications and municipal government. The City of Corinth communications staff received the highest award for communications planning.
Two Corinth officials earn certifications
Two Corinth officials recently graduated from the Texas Certified Public Manager Program.
Public Works Director Cody Collier and Police Captain Jimmie Gregg earned their certification designed for present and future leaders.
Collier is a 20-year veteran of the public works department and has been the director since 2016. Gregg was appointed captain in April 2019.
Denton ends red-light camera program
The city of Denton has ended its red-light camera program after House Bill 1631, which prohibits such programs in Texas, was signed by Gov. Greg Abbott recently.
All red-light camera citations stopped on June 2 and have since been disconnected. Anyone with an outstanding red-light camera citation from the city of Denton may consider the violation dismissed.
More information about the red-light camera program in Denton can be found at cityofdenton.com/redlightcameras.
Registration opens in July for kids’ fishing tournament
Registration for the Reel in the FUN Kids Fishing Tournament begins July 1.
Teams of one adult and two children ages 5 to 12 can sign up for the Sept. 28 event at South Lakes Park. The tournament begins with check-in at 8 a.m. with winners announced at 11:30 a.m. A maximum of 30 participants will be allowed for the event. The fee is $9.
To find out more, go to: https://secure.rec1.com/TX/city-of-denton-tx/catalog and click on special events.
Regional road and bridge updates
FM 720 North - The contractor continues to construct concrete and asphalt driveways; and install seed/sod on northbound lanes. On southbound lanes, roadway excavation, embankment and drainage will be the focus in July. No traffic changes are expected. The project is on track for March 2020 completion.
U.S. 380 East - (Loop 288 to U.S. 377) The TxDOT design team submitted 95 percent plans on May 20th and is working on final plans. (U.S. 377 to county line) The consultant continues to work on the 95 percent plans through July 2019.
U.S. 377 North – Work continues on schematic plans.
U.S. 380 Feasibility Study - Following public meetings in January, a second public meeting is tentatively scheduled for September.
Dallas North Tollway – Engineers are working on 95 percent plans with 100 percent plans due by the end of the year. Construction is expected to begin in early 2020 and be finished by early 2022.
FM 1385 – TxDOT is working to secure engineering firms to begin design.
FM 2931 – TxDOT is working to secure engineering firms to begin design.
FM 455 – From west of FM 2450 to east of Marion Road, TxDOT comments on pre-30 percent bridge layouts were received on May 28. Pre-30 percent bridge layout was re-submitted to TxDOT on June 10.
FM 455 at I-35 – Work toward the 60 percent plans adequate (without traffic control) were submitted for review in June.
I-35 North – Environmental approval is anticipated in July for the estimated $757.7 million project from U.S. 380 to .7 miles north of FM 3002.
I-35/35E/35W Merge – Geotechnical work on the $242 million project was expected to begin as of the end of June.
I-35E/Loop 288/Brinker/Mayhill –Project is currently in Phase 2, Step 1 traffic configuration. Next switch to Phase 2, Step 2 is expected to occur in August. Retaining wall, entrance ramp, construction of MSE walls and asphalt paving of southbound main lanes are expected this month.
Union Hill/ FM 455/ FM 2164 Realignment Project - For July, the focus will be on vegetation.
County road and bridge updates
Arvin Hill Road Project US 377 to Red Mesa - Bid awarded December 18th , 2018. Utility relocation estimated to be completed June 2019.
U.S. 377/Stewart/Arvin Hill Intersection Improvements - TxDOT is reviewing 60 percent plans for the intersection improvements. The county is revisiting signalization with TxDOT. TxDOT has approved an access permit for the realignment of Arvin Hill. Utility relocations are underway.
Sam Bass Road Project - FM 455 North of Nance Road - Bid documents are being created. Utility relocation coordination ongoing.
Pecan Valley Road Culvert Replacement - Design plans at 95%
Hackberry Creek Park Road Project - Preliminary design plans have been submitted to County.
Lois Road West Culvert Replacement - Survey and Engineering study ongoing.
Mayhill Road – From north of Quail Creek Road to U.S. 380, phase 2 construction is underway. North of McKinney Street: Relocation of water and sewer lines, installing drainage pipe, construction of box culverts, drill shafts for Cooper Creek bridge and earthwork. Moving traffic onto new pavement at U.S. 380/Cooper Creek. South of McKinney Street: Excavation, constructing inlets, box culvert, relocating water lines and installing fire hydrants.
Dallas North Tollway, Extension 4B – Work ongoing on the combined 95 percent plan set.
Lake Sharon Extension - Contractor continues to finish remaining utility work, which is 90 percent complete. The culvert crossing is complete. They are awaiting dryer weather to pour headwalls.
Shady Shores Road – TxDOT is working to draft funding agreement. County has drafted ICA agreements with Lake Dallas and Shady Shores to fund engineering. Agreements have been transmitted to city and town for council consideration.
Denton County Precinct One Commissioner Hugh Coleman can be reached at 940-349-2810. The main office is located at 1175 Union Hill Road in Sanger. He is also available by appointment only at the Steven E. Copeland Government Center at 1400 FM 424, Suite 139 in Cross Roads or the Denton County Courthouse-on-the-Square at 110 W. Hickory St., Suite 323 in Denton.