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Lewisville Steps Back from Enforcement on Fence-Staining Ordinance

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Posted by WhosPlayin on 2014/9/22 20:28:55 (478 reads)

Open in new windowOpen in new windowLewisville residents have recently been receiving letters from the City of Lewisville, warning them that their unstained, unpainted wooden fences are in violation of a city ordinance. The letters say that if the residents do not paint or stain their fence, they can be receive a citation each day, and the city could hire someone to fix the problem, then bill the resident for the cost, plus an additional $250 administrative fee. Failure to pay, they said, would result in a lien being placed against the property. (Click the image on the right to enlarge)

No, the Lewisville didn’t suddenly become a homeowners association. Rather, in May of 2013, the Lewisville City Council adopted the International Property Maintenance Code - one of a series of I-codes the city had already adopted to address building standards. The IPMC is intended to standardize local codes regarding the maintenance of existing properties. Section 304.2 of the code requires that all exterior surfaces be painted or stained, except in limited conditions:

304.2 Protective treatment. All exterior surfaces, including but not limited to, doors, door and window frames, cornices, porches, trim, balconies, decks and fences, shall be maintained in good condition. Exterior wood surfaces, other than decay-resistant woods, shall be protected from the elements and decay by painting or other protective covering or treatment. Peeling, flaking and chipped paint shall be eliminated and surfaces repainted. ...


After some back-and-forth today, the city has said it has not issued any citations over fence-staining, and will not do so in the immediate future.

The purpose of adoption of the IPMC, which had been recommended by the Neighborhood Preservation Committee, was to raise the standards of how Lewisville’s neighborhoods look. Residents often complain the neighborhoods look run down, or that the city doesn’t do enough to make people maintain their properties.

We contacted Lewisville Director of Neighborhood Services Cleve Joiner today to ask about the city’s new enforcement over fences, and he had this to say:

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FBI Seeks Public Help Identifying Bank Robber

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Posted by WhosPlayin on 2014/9/20 10:46:29 (247 reads)

Open in new windowOpen in new windowDALLAS— The Dallas FBI Violent Crimes Task Force and the Dallas Police Department are requesting the public’s assistance to identify the suspect responsible for robbing the Wells Fargo Bank at 17088 Preston Road in Dallas, Texas, on Saturday, August 30, 2014.

The suspect entered the bank and demanded money; she received an undisclosed amount of cash and fled the location on foot. Although the robber displayed a handgun, no one was physically injured.

The suspect is described as a black female with shoulder-length black hair, wearing a white shirt, blue athletic pants and a two-tone blue cap with the “Mavs” logo. She appears to be in her 30s - 40s, approximately 6’0” tall, and approximately 240 pounds.

The suspect is considered armed and dangerous. Anyone with information is urged to call the Dallas FBI office at 972-559-5000 or the North Texas Crime Stoppers hotline at 1-877-373-TIPS (8477).

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Chief's Weekly Update: Police Investigate on Bank Robbery

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Posted by LewisvilleTexan on 2014/9/10 7:07:22 (351 reads)

Open in new windowHere is the Lewisville Police Chief's weekly update for the week of September 1 - 7, 2014

Open in new windowPolice Investigate Bank Robbery
On Saturday, September 6, at approximately 12:00 p.m., officers were dispatched to a bank robbery in the 400 block of East Round Grove Road. Witnesses stated that the male suspect entered the bank and presented a demand note to the teller. The suspect, pictured at right, stands between 5’06”and 5’11” tall and has an average build. At the time of the robbery, he was wearing a long-sleeved green shirt with blue stripes, a dark cap with an emblem on the front, and glasses. The suspect fled the bank with an undisclosed amount of money. Anyone with information on this robbery is asked to contact the Department’s crime tip line at 972-219-TIPS (8477) or Denton County Crime Stoppers at 800-388-TIPS (8477).

Open in new windowMedication Disposal Event
The City of Lewisville is teaming up with LISD and the DEA to hold another medication disposal event. The goal of this operation is really two-fold, to reduce the risk of prescription drug abuse and increased awareness of this critical public health issue.

The event is scheduled for Saturday, September 27, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. As with past events, the Lewisville disposal location will be the parking lot of Lewisville High School at 1098 West Main Street. Many other cities are participating in this event, so other locations are also available; however, this is the only Lewisville location.

This is a great opportunity for those who have missed previous events, or who have subsequently accumulated unwanted, unused prescription drugs, to safely dispose of those medications.

Detectives Investigate Residential Burglary and Subsequent Vehicle Theft
On August 25, Officer Robert Feagins was dispatched to the 2000 block of Lakepointe Drive regarding a burglary of a habitation. Stolen during the burglary were the keys to the victim’s vehicle. The following day, the victim’s vehicle was stolen. The victim was able to recover her own vehicle by utilizing its onboard navigation system. She found it at her adult son's place of work, making him the primary suspect in the burglary. On September 4, the victim called the P.D. to inform us of the vehicle recovery. The victim had apparently tried to get her son to return the remainder of her stolen items, but was unsuccessful. The case was assigned to Detective Mitch Colbath for follow-up investigation. On September 5, Detectives Colbath and Darlington drove to Denton and made contact with the victim’s son. The Detectives recovered the victim’s keys and her debit card. The investigation into the matter continues.

CPR Saves Lives
On the afternoon of Friday, September 5, Dispatcher Scott Yowell received a phone call regarding an 18 year-old female who was suffering from an overdose. Scott provided the caller with CPR instructions, counting compressions with them until paramedics arrived. Great Job, Scott!

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Lewisville To Spray Again for Mosquitoes Monday and Tuesday Nights

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Posted by LewisvilleTexan on 2014/9/8 8:06:51 (374 reads)

Open in new windowTexas Department of State Health Services this week confirmed the city's eighth positive West Nile Virus mosquito trap for 2014. Two positive samples came from a trap collected in the 800 block of College Street. One sample was confirmed in the area of the 1600 block of Purgatory Pass.

Open in new windowOpen in new windowGround spraying will be conducted next week within a quarter-mile radius of both two locations. Spraying will take place in the College Street area the nights of Sept. 8-9, and in the Purgatory Pass area the nights of Sept. 10-11. This is the second time for ground spraying in the College Street location. A larger map of the spraying areas is available on the city website, cityoflewisville.com.

City crews are regularly walking through and visually inspecting creeks and drainage channels to look for potential mosquito breeding sites. The city has nearly a dozen workers in the Parks and Animal Services divisions who are state-certified to apply anti-larval dunks or localized pesticide to curb the mosquito population. Residents also are encouraged to report standing water on city-maintained property by calling Lewisville Animal Control at 972.219.3478.

The Texas Department of Health operates a toll-free WNV information line in both English and Spanish at 888.883.9997, and has expanded information posted on its Web site at tdh.state.tx.us. Denton County Health Department also has information about West Nile virus at 940.349.2907, or on the Web.

From a submitted report

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Home Invasion Robbery in Castle Hills

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Posted by WhosPlayin on 2014/9/8 7:09:14 (925 reads)

Open in new windowSaturday night, August 23rd, at about 11:20 p.m., residents of a home in the exclusive gated “Enchanted Hills” section of multi-million dollar homes in Castle Hills were robbed at gunpoint by six men in a home invasion. A relative who had visited the family was leaving when four of the men came up to his car and pointed their guns at his head, according to a witness statement on social media. With the relative at gunpoint, the men gained access to the home, and rounded up three adults and four young girls.

The witness says the men had handguns, long guns that she believed to be rifles, and tazers, which they used on the adult men, who were not fighting the robbers. The robbers were looking for cash, jewelry, and “anything quick they could get their hands on”.

Lewisville Assistant Police Chief Jay Powell confirmed that the department was investigating the robbery and following a few leads, but said that the police department would not be releasing any details at this point in order not to jeopardize the investigation.

The victim said she thought the robbers had jumped over a golf course fence to get into the neighborhood.

“I thank God every minute that we are alive and here today,” said the witness. “For those 14 minutes they were in the house I didn’t think I’d ever see any of my kids again. “

The victim used social media to implore that her neighbors get alarms and cameras, and to be aware.
“We have an alarm system and camera system, but ¡t still happened to us,” she said. Powell agreed with her tips.

We were unable to contact the victim for any further details as of the time we posted this. We will update the story if we hear of any arrests, or if police provide additional information.

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Sheriff's Deputy Godi Receives Star of Texas Award

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Posted by LewisvilleTexan on 2014/9/6 10:00:49 (301 reads)

Open in new windowDenton County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Josh Godi received the Star of Texas Award on September 3, 2014 in the House of Representatives Room in the Capitol Building in Austin. Governor Rick Perry presented the award which honors all Texas peace officers and federal law enforcement officers or special agents acting in assistance to state or local law enforcement, firefighters, and emergency medical first responders who were seriously injured or killed in the line of duty on or after September 1, 2003. Deputy Godi had previously been awarded the Purple Heart by Sheriff Will Travis.

Sheriff Travis, along with Deputy Godi’s family attended the ceremony. Sheriff Travis said, “I was extremely proud to be present while the Governor honored one of our own!”

In July of 2012, Deputy Godi had finished a call in the Providence area, and parked to write up his notes. He was talking to another Deputy who was briefing him on the person with whom they were dealing. Deputy Godi saw a car approaching from behind, and saw the car go off the road. The last thing he remembers was the crunch. For the next 3 months, he couldn’t remember anything.

After the accident, he handled the scene, called paramedics, called his sergeant, and secured the scene until back up arrived. He made sure the driver of the other car and his own passenger were seen by medics before they took care of him. He doesn't remember any of that.

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Youth Orchestra to Make Its Home at MCL Grand in Lewisville

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Posted by LewisvilleTexan on 2014/9/6 9:40:00 (221 reads)

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North Texas Youth Orchestra practices (Photo by Joan Wozny)
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North Texas Youth Orchestra Musical Director Julianne Booth
(Photo by Joan Wozny)
Youth Orchestra Selects Theater to Attract Regional Talent and Provide Top Quality Venue for Performances; Auditions Currently Underway

The North Texas Youth Orchestra (NTYO), a non-profit fine art organization dedicated to providing an outstanding musical experience for the area’s most talented young musicians, announced it has selected the Medical Center of Lewisville Grand Theater as its new home. This venue, which features a 296-seat acoustically designed theater, will host the NTYO’s 2014-2015 Concert Series. The NTYO will also conduct its regular rehearsals at the theater.

According to the North Texas Youth Orchestra, location and theater quality were factors in their selection. “Thanks to the outstanding UIL band programs in area middle schools and high schools, north Texas is rich with outstanding talent,” said Julianne Booth, artistic director and conductor for the North Texas Youth Orchestra. “The Medical Center of Lewisville Grand Theater is ideally located to draw talent from all over the region. Additionally, the acoustics of the MCL Grand are remarkable, and will add to the true ‘theater experience’ for our young performers while enhancing the quality of the performance for the audience.”

Booth said the NTYO draws a broad mix of talented musicians who share in their desire to excel musically. “As a symphony orchestra, our musicians are comprised of strings, brass, woodwinds and percussion,” said Booth. “Ours is a unique opportunity for young musicians to perform with a full symphony orchestra, something not common in most school band and orchestra programs. Additionally, our concerts feature selections that really push our performers technically, but also provide an eclectic and compelling mix of musical styles, ranging from classical to big band to movie scores.”

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Visualizing the Lewisville City Budget

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Posted by WhosPlayin on 2014/9/5 7:50:00 (318 reads)

Open in new windowBy Steve Southwell

I've been meaning to write about how the City of Lewisville is lowering its property tax rate from $0.44021 last year to $0.436086 this year. That's the lowest rate since 1987. There's a bunch of other interesting stuff about what has gone on with revenues and property valuations and such, but what I'm geeking out over right now is that I have recently seen some nicely done charts that display the United States budget in a proportional format that helps people to understand it. We have all seen pie charts, but for some reason they seem to do a poor job at showing the smaller slices, which are sometimes tiny or invisible, and which are hard to compare to the whole, much less each other.

For this reason, and because it was fun to code, I wrote a program to display aspects of the City of Lewisville’s budget in this format, using rectangular proportional areas to show things at their relative sizes. I have no idea what this format is called - if it has a name - but when I was working on this, my wife asked why I didn’t just use a pie chart. I told her it was a pie chart, but it’s a pizza pie - cut into rectangles, just like the school cafeteria used to do. So to me, these are school pizza charts. Some areas are so tiny that they are difficult to read, but you can hover over them to see the details.

The first set of charts shows all of the fund accounts that are used in the city budget. Different funds have differing source revenues and legally allowable usages. Some funds transfer parts of their budget to other funds - for example to account for employee retirement costs or health insurance.

The different funds are shown by budgeted revenue and by the forecasted ending balance. If you click on the General Fund area, you will be taken to a chart showing how that fund is used. (Click the image to load and interact with the chart)



The second set of charts shows a breakdown of the General Fund by revenue source, and by expense:

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Burger King Inversion Update

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Posted by jbcglc on 2014/8/26 13:40:00 (417 reads)

From page 2D, Business Section, Dallas Morning News, August 26, 2014, "Burger King may move HQ": "Burger King is in talks to buy Tim Hortons INC. and move its headquarters to Canada."

This deal smells of another corporate attempt to avoid taxes. A boycott of BK would certainly cause the powers that be to reconsider. Tell your friends and neighbors.

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Lewisville To Spray Again for Mosquitoes Monday and Tuesday Nights

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Posted by LewisvilleTexan on 2014/8/24 11:16:38 (468 reads)

Open in new windowTexas Department of State Health Services this week confirmed the city's fifth positive West Nile Virus mosquito trap for 2014. Three positive samples came from a trap collected this week from the 1700 block of Edmonds Lane, the site of the first confirmed sample last week. The fifth was confirmed from the 800 block of College Parkway.

Open in new windowDue to the history of positive tests in the area, plus a high-risk senior population living in a retirement center adjacent to the testing site, ground spraying was conducted this week in a half-mile radius of the Edmonds location. The spraying that took place Aug. 18-19 had a significant impact on the mosquito population.

Ground spraying will be conducted next week in a half-mile radius of the newest positive test site, on College Parkway. Spraying is scheduled to take place Monday and Tuesday, Aug. 25-26, starting at 10 p.m. each night. A map of the spraying area is available on the city website, cityoflewisville.com.

City crews are regularly walking through and visually inspecting creeks and drainage channels to look for potential mosquito breeding sites. The city has nearly a dozen workers in the Parks and Animal Services divisions who are state-certified to apply anti-larval dunks or localized pesticide to curb the mosquito population. Residents also are encouraged to report standing water on city-maintained property by calling Lewisville Animal Control at 972.219.3478.

The Texas Department of Health operates a toll-free WNV information line in both English and Spanish at 888.883.9997, and has expanded information posted on its Web site at tdh.state.tx.us. Denton County Health Department also has online information about West Nile virus or you can call 940.349.2907.

From a Submitted Report

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