Denton City Council

Denton City Council

The Denton City Council’s jam-packed work session Tuesday includes emerging issues as well as items the city has been wrestling with for a while.

The work session starts before lunch and is expected to continue into late afternoon as city leaders discuss solutions to a noise complaint about the Denton Energy Center, issues with the city’s recycling, garbage and hazardous waste programs and more.

The meeting will be livestreamed, except for a closed session discussion of an eminent domain case.

The council’s regular session will begin at 6:30 p.m.

Here are some of the issues that will be discussed Tuesday afternoon:

  • Denton Energy Center noise complaint — Denton Municipal Electric brought in sound engineers to study and provide recommendations reducing the noise made by the new power plant on Jim Christal Road. The power plant is made of 12 natural gas-fired engines configured to ramp up quickly when needed. A neighboring homeowner has complained about the sound.
  • Expanding emergency homeless shelter — A work group recommended the Monsignor King Outreach Center expand to provide shelter seven nights per week. Shelter officials said that would require about $370,000 per year to fund and another one-time $80,000 for additional improvements needed at the shelter.
  • City recycling and garbage programs — The Solid Waste Department continues to study and implement a consultant’s recommendations following an audit of the department’s programs. Council members will consider more changes to curbside collections, mostly likely for brush and bulk waste collections, as part of budget talks for fiscal year 2019-20.
  • Denton County Transportation Authority — Senate Bill 1066 reduced the size of the board, putting voting authority with the cities of Denton, Lewisville and Highland Village and Denton County. The law went into effect without the governor’s signature over the weekend. Denton has the option to send the mayor or a council member to the board and may opt to do so.
  • Denton Civic Center use — The parks department has opened the doors a few times to community groups for free because bad weather threatened an outdoor event. The City Council will be asked to consider a policy on when the building can be used for free because it costs the city’s taxpayers to make it available for non-city events.

PEGGY HEINKEL-WOLFE can be reached at 940-566-6881 and via Twitter at @phwolfeDRC.

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