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Videos: Lewisville City Council Retreat - April 17th, 18th, 19th

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Posted by LewisvilleTexan on 2014/4/19 8:10:00 (158 reads)

The Lewisville City Council held its annual Council Retreat this year on April 17th, 18th, and 19th at The Lakes of Castle Hills Golf Club. This retreat is led by Assistant City Manager Donna Barron, and is focused on the Vision 2025 Plan that has been in the works for the past year. We'll post videos here as we get them completed.

Note: "Big Moves" listed are basically broad classifications of goals, based on combined Vision 2025 Plan committee recommendations, but the numbering should not be interpreted as priorities.

Documents backing up the presentation are here.
Big Moves Map

Thursday Night
Intro to Castle Hills
Intro to Vision 2025


Friday
Big Move #1: The Green Centerpiece


Big Move #2: Extending the Green

(Computer decided to screw up the above video 3 times after processing each for over 2 hours, then get the wrong size on try #4. We'll replace it if we can.)

Big Move #3: Old Town


Big Move #4: Thriving Neighborhoods


Big Move #5: New Neighborhood Choices


Big Move #8: Marketing and Communications


Big Move #9: Sustainability


Saturday
Big Move #6: Employment Centers
Big Move #7: Identity Focal Points

Stay tuned for the videos.

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Council Offering Donna Barron the City Manager Post

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Posted by WhosPlayin on 2014/4/18 16:35:09 (365 reads)

Open in new windowBy Steve Southwell

The Lewisville City Council has scrapped a plan that would have used an outside search firm to identify candidates for the City Manager position and instead has offered the position to current Assistant City Manager Donna Barron. Monday night the Council is expected to vote on the appointment, but we expect that it is just a formality at this point.

Current City Manager Claude King announced earlier this year that he was planning to retire at the end of April. At that meeting the City Council directed King to put out a request for bids for executive search firms who could help the city locate qualified candidates for the position. The City received eight bids with fees ranging from $14,000 - $19,000 for the search, plus expenses in the $5,000 - $7,500 range.

Barron has worked for the City of Lewisville since 1990, and has served in the Assistant City Manager role since 1996 when she was promoted from her role as Human Resources Director by then City Manager Chuck Owens. Although Barron’s 24 years of service to the City makes her eligible for retirement, the 54 year old says she still plans to work until she is at least age 60.

Barron will be the first woman to serve in Lewisville’s City Manager role. The Lewisville City Council is all male, but of the four positions the City Council directly hires, three are held by women: City Secretary Julie Heinze, City Attorney Liz Plaster, and now City Manager Donna Barron. “I don’t think I’ve ever been treated differently because I’m a female,” said Barron. “I’ve had the same opportunities as everyone else. I’m truly blessed,” she added.

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Sheriff's Office Warns About Bogus Warrant Calls

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Posted by LewisvilleTexan on 2014/4/11 7:00:51 (453 reads)

Open in new windowThe Denton County Sheriff's office wants to warn residents about a phone scam that they first heard about in February, and that is going on again.

On February 4, 2014, The Sheriff’s Office received two separate calls about a possible fraud being perpetrated on citizens. The male caller identifies himself as Lt. Martin, badge number 706, and tells the person targeted that there is a warrant for them or someone close to them. He gives an invalid case number, and instructs the victim to do a cash transfer to cover "warrant application fees", the cost of a "Failure to Appear" charge and the "court costs and administration fees".

The caller is NOT actually with the Denton County Sheriff’s Office. In different incidents, the caller has stated there was a warrant for the daughter of the person being called, and at one point, he stated the warrant was for the person he was calling.

Please do not transfer any money to someone claiming to be from the Sheriff’s Office, and please file a report if someone like this contacts you.

If you have any information about this crime, please contact Sgt. Larry Kish at 940-349-1665, or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-388-TIPS.

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Updated: FBI Announces Arrests in Child Sex Trafficking Cases

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Posted by LewisvilleTexan on 2014/4/9 6:20:00 (2511 reads)

Open in new windowFive juveniles between the ages of 16 and 17 have been recovered, and 25 others have been arrested on charges related to sex trafficking throughout the Metroplex. The joint operation between the FBI and 18 other law enforcement agencies included the Denton County Sheriff's Office and the Lewisville Police Department.

Lewisville Police Captain Jay Powell said that on Thursday and Friday of last week, there were some operations in Lewisville. Powell said it was his understanding that there were 11 arrests in Lewisville on Thursday, and about 4 on Friday, also in Lewisville. However, the Lewisville Police Department served in a supporting role in the operation, with Denton County Sheriff's Office taking the lead on the arrests, and taking all of the suspects to the Denton County Jail. "It is always nice to see multiple agencies working together toward some goal," added Powell.

"During this operation, Sheriff’s deputies arrested 9 people for Attempted Prostitution, 6 for Attempted Solicitation of Prostitution, and 3 others for misdemeanor and Felony Drug charges," stated a press release from the Denton County Sheriff's office. The release said that one of the arrested was a registered sex offender.

Sheriff's Department Public Information Officer Sandi Brackeen said that none of those arrested were juveniles, and that she was not aware of any federal charges being filed yet.

FBI Public Affairs Specialist Katherine Chaumont confirmed that all arrests were conducted by local agencies, but that the task force was a collaboration between the FBI and the other agencies, all sharing investigations. Chaumont said that the arrests began on Thursday and went through Monday morning. Although some media outlets reported this as a prostitution ring, Chaumont clarified that there was no indication that the cases were related to each other in that way.

Although the operation came about as the NCAA Final Four was under way, Chaumont said that this is an ongoing operation, and that there was no indication that any of the johns arrested were here in town for the NCAA events.

None of the agencies we contacted would share much information on the arrests or the crimes, but Chaumont did add a few pieces of information:

- All of the juveniles recovered in the cases were female, between the ages of 16 and 17. All of them were offered services such as food, clothing, shelter, or social services.
- Some of the cases involved internet solicitation, and some were in-person.
- None of the arrests were federal arrests.
- The "preferential" offenders knowingly solicited specifically for children to have sex with.

According to Brackeen, none of the 5 children were found in Denton County. Four were in Dallas and one was in Fort Worth.

Below is the full FBI press release:

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Lewisville Implements Year-Round Water Restrictions

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Posted by WhosPlayin on 2014/4/7 20:00:00 (1037 reads)

Open in new windowBy Steve Southwell

The Lewisville City Council unanimously approved a new water conservation plan Monday night, bringing the city’s water conservation stages more into line with other local municipalities served by Dallas Water Utilities. The city is required under state law to submit a new plan every five years, and the last plan was submitted in 2009. Effective May 1st, the major difference for most water users will be that conservation measures become mandatory in Stage 1, which is year-round. Until July and August of 2013, Lewisville residents had never had mandatory restrictions before.

Public Works Director Carole Bassinger said in a presentation to Council that she believed the mandatory restrictions in 2013 resulted in a 10% reduction in usage over 2012 for that period. City staff believe that even though demand reduction is not needed as much in winter months, that by setting the restrictions mandatory year-round, it would help change long-term behavior, and get people used to watering yards only twice a week. Bassinger says this restriction is in line with other cities in the region.

Stage 1 - Water Watch
Residential water customers will be restricted to watering yards only twice per week in Stage 1, but the days will not be tied to garbage days as they were during last summer’s mandatory restrictions, or under the current stage 1 voluntary restrictions. Users with odd-numbered street addresses (ending in 1, 3, 5, 7, or 9) will be able to water on Wednesday and Sunday, while users with even-numbered street addresses will be able to water only on Tuesday and Saturday. Commercial water customers will water only on Monday and Thursday.

Under Stage 1, the watering days are effective year-round, and are mandatory. From May 1st - September 30th each year, watering hours will run from 6 p.m. to 10 a.m. Hand watering, or watering with soaker hoses or drip irrigation will be allowed on any day, but only between the hours of 10 a.m. and 6 p.m.

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Flower Mound to Use Social Media to Warn About Traffic Enforcement

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Posted by LewisvilleTexan on 2014/4/5 8:40:00 (979 reads)

Open in new windowEarlier this week, there was a lengthy and heated discussion on Facebook that had Flower Mound residents debating whether their police department should conduct traffic enforcement openly, or whether hiding behind a tree with a radar gun is an acceptable tactic. On Friday afternoon, apparently in response to the conversation, Flower Mound Police Chief Andy Kancel announced that his department would begin using social media to announce the locations of traffic enforcement operations.

Here is the full text of Flower Mound Police Department's press release:

FLOWER MOUND, TX – To promote safe driving in the community, the Flower Mound Police Department will begin posting where members of the Traffic Unit plan to work directed traffic enforcement locations starting April 7 on the Department’s social media pages.

“Our goal, like other agencies that are participating in this program, is to encourage safe driving by communicating with the public,” said Chief of Police Andy Kancel. “The Flower Mound Police Department is committed to exploring new opportunities to share information with the public. Social Media has been a great avenue for us to share information with residents and we want further enhance that engagement.”

The Police Department will post the directed traffic enforcement locations on the FMPD Facebook page and Twitter account at approximately 7 a.m. each morning. By revealing the locations, motorists have the opportunity to be informed, slow down, and practice safe driving in Flower Mound.

“Our desire is to encourage all motorists to abide by traffic laws and reduce the number of both injury and non-injury crashes,” said Assistant Chief Wendell Mitchell, Operations Bureau. “Although unpopular at times, it is the Police Department’s responsibility to promote public safety on all Town roadways.”

Last year, Flower Mound Police responded to 594 motor vehicle crashes, including one fatality accident and 154 injury accidents. Although these posted traffic enforcement locations will be the specific areas worked by FMPD Traffic Unit officers, patrol officers will continue to enforce traffic laws in their assigned beats as a component of their normally assigned duties.

Residents who utilize social media are encouraged to follow the Flower Mound Police Department on Facebook and on Twitter. Program Disclaimer: Abiding by traffic laws in publicized enforcement areas does not mean they are exempt from being stopped for a traffic violation committed outside the posted locations.

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Friends of the Library Host Book Sale Saturday and Sunday

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Posted by LewisvilleTexan on 2014/4/5 8:26:05 (800 reads)

Open in new windowSaturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., the Lewisville Friends of the Library will be hosting a used book sale at the library.

Thousands of donated books for children and adults in all categories will be available at very low prices:

Adult Hardback books $2.00
Adult paperbacks (large) $1.00
Adult paperbacks (small) $0.50
Children's Hardbacks $1.00
Children's paperbacks $0.50
Audio books $2.00
Music CDs $2.00
DVDs $2.00
VHS & Cassettes $0.20
Magazines $0.10

For more information about the library, including location, hours, and activities, visit the library website.

If you are thinking about building your own Little Free Library, this would be a great opportunity to stock it.

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Lewisville Buys Land Previously Proposed as Gas Drilling Site

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Posted by WhosPlayin on 2014/4/1 19:20:00 (1511 reads)

Open in new windowBy Steve Southwell

A purchase finally went through on Monday for two parcels of land totalling 18.88 acres, directly across the street from Memorial Park in Southern Lewisville. The Lewisville City Council had approved the purchase after a closed session on March 3rd, authorizing the City Manager to spend up to $1,725,000 to acquire the properties.

The tracts had previously been proposed as a gas drilling site for Titan Operating, who owned one of the parcels, and had a surface lease for the other, owned by Loretta Cotter. Titan had applied for a city drilling permit on the site, but later withdrew its request as it looked like it would not pass the City Council due to its proximity to the two city parks on either side, as well as the homes on the other side of Corporate Drive, and along Briarcliff.

Both of the deeds from Cotter and Titan reserve their mineral rights, meaning that the City of Lewisville does not acquire them. However, both sellers have waived the right to surface access with respect to those minerals, effectively foreclosing any future drilling on the site.

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Lewisville Resident Makes Splash in Neighborhood with Free Beer

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Posted by LewisvilleTexan on 2014/4/1 0:00:00 (4787 reads)

Open in new windowBy April Fultz

Inspired by an article he saw here on The Lewisville Texan Journal about an Old Town resident who placed a Little Free Library in his front yard for the neighborhood to enjoy, one Lewisville resident has taken it to the next level. Lewisville resident Devon Krabek has placed what he calls his “Little Free Beer Fridge” in his yard near the corner of Pecan Ridge Trail and Mill Street in Old Town. Following the same concept as the little libraries, the little beer fridge invites visitors to “Take a Beer, Leave a Beer”.

The little beer fridge is made of wood, with a sloped shingled roof, and a glass front door. The sides are painted with beer bottles, and there is even a bottle opener affixed to one side. The box stays a remarkably cold 35 degrees due to the refrigeration unit that Krabek re-purposed from an electric camping cooler. At night, the inside lights up.

Although he’s only had the Little Free Beer Fridge in his yard for a weekend, Krabek says the house-shaped icebox had gotten lots of attention. “I filled it on Saturday morning, and added more beer on Saturday afternoon,” he said. “On Sunday morning, it was all empty except for one half-empty Pabst Blue Ribbon”.

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Devon Krabek enjoys an ice cold beer next to his Little Free Beer Fridge in his front yard on the corner of Pecan Ridge Trail and Mill Street.
Krabek’s neighbor, Joe McBain welcomes the addition to the neighborhood. “Since I lost my drivers license, it’s been difficult to get to the store for beer,” said McBain. “Now I can literally walk 50 feet down the sidewalk and get an ice-cold beer when I want one,” he added.

Not all neighbors are happy about the Little Free Beer Fridge though. As we were shooting photos of Krabek and his creation, neighbor Tara Newun chastised him and McBain for drinking in the yard, and for putting out beer in an unsupervised dispenser. "Have you lost your damned minds?" she asked them. "I don't want my kids getting into this!" she yelled. "Then be a parent and teach them to stay away from it," retorted Krabek. (Newun came back later to apologize, and sipped a Starbucks while listening to Krabek explain the idea.)

Krabek says he’s heard from Pastor Ben Bell of the Southridge Baptist Church, which is on Mill Street just over a block away from his house. “He called it ‘wicked and sinful’ that I would share ‘liquor’, especially on a Sunday,” explained Krabek, quoting Bell. “I told him he needed to relax, and I offered him a beer,” said Krabek, cracking a smile. “He said he would call the police. I told him go ahead.”

Bell, reached for comment by phone Monday, said he was frustrated that someone would make beer available like that without checking IDs. “You just walk right up and get what you want!” exclaimed Bell. “How does he know that someone isn’t a minor, or an alcoholic?” Bell said this kind of thing was exactly the wrong direction for the neighborhood. “It’s bad enough we have all kinds of little beer stores and now liquor stores down here,” said Bell. “Give us a break!” Bell said he did refer the matter to Lewisville Police, but hasn’t been satisfied with the response.

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Video: 35Express Project Holds Community Meeting in Lewisville

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Posted by LewisvilleTexan on 2014/3/26 5:44:07 (1673 reads)

Open in new windowThe 35Express project held a community meeting at the Medical Center of Lewisville Grand Theater on Tuesday night, 3/25/2014 to discuss the I-35E expansion project and its status and schedule, as well as take questions from audience members.

The Lewisville Texan Journal was there to shoot video. The full meeting lasted only 36 minutes. Some of the slides presented show new renderings of some of the intersections that Lewisville residents have been wondering about, such as the new FM 407 interchange.


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