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06-29-2011

  • There will not be a City Council Meeting on Monday July 4, 2011.  It is a holiday and the City offices will be closed.  The Next council meetings will be July 11 & 18, 2011.
  • July 4th Celebration in Lewisville - Lewisville celebrates Independence Day with a spectacular fireworks show on Monday, July 4, 2011. The fireworks display will begin at 9:30 pm. The best viewing area is from the south side of Vista Ridge Mall. Come to Lewisville... Shop at the Mall before the show...  You can also get food from many of the restaurants around the mall area too.

06-20-2011:  Lewisville City Council Meeting on 06-20-2011:

  • WORKSHOP SESSION – 5:45 P.M.
    • A. Review of Recommended Housing Guidelines for CDBG Housing Rehab
      Program (See Pages 11-28).
    • B. Discussion of Future Use of Rodeo Arena
    • C. Discussion of Regular Agenda Items and Consent Agenda Items
  • 07:00 PM, Regular Council Meeting.  Please look over the Agenda - Short Version or the Long version with backup material.  Please look over the long version which has some backup material that might peak your interest.  Here are a few items that I think you might be concerned about or just want to know about:
    • ITEM D. PUBLIC HEARING: Tabled Item: Consideration of Issuing an Oil and Gas Permit for a Site Located at 1645 McGee Lane, Known as the Prologis Gas Pad, as Requested by Titan Operating, L.L.C.
    • ITEM 6. Consideration of Six Variances to the Lewisville City Code Chapter 9.5 - Old Town Development Regarding Driveways, Sidewalks and Landscaping; and Chapter 11 - Signs, for The Old Town Mail Shop Located at 225 South Charles Street, as Requested by Bret Flory of Cross Architects Representing the Owners.
      • This is the old Piggly Wiggly store property that is being site planned and remodeled for an office use.
    • ITEM 9. Consideration of the FY 2011-2012 Community Development Block Grant Budget (CDBG) in the Amount of $717,942; and Acknowledge Receipt of the Recommended FY 2011-2012 City Social Service Agency Fund Budget of $170,000 From the Community Development Block Grant Advisory Committee.
      • AFTER MEETING COMMENTS:  My views have not changed since last year. See more from 07-19-2010... But I do want to add a comment since the Article came out in the paper on 06-22-2011... The quote was not exact but close enough.  I spoke to the reporter for about 15 minutes the day after the meeting. The Rehab of houses was NOT the only problem I had with the budget but the main one did concern spending tax dollars on private transactions - most of Category I.  There are other issues I have with what was presented but I will not go into here.  There are some good things but passing bad things so that good things can go through is what has gotten this Country in the mess that it is in now.  If it had failed, it would go back to reflect the needed changes.
             I  wished the reporter talked about the return on investment issue. At $10K, that is $44 per year we get in city property taxes - if the property increases that much in value - 227 years before we get that back in the increased value. Even at a super over-exaggerated expectation of 10 times the return, it will still be more than 22 years before we get the money back from property taxes at 44 cents per $100 which is the current City tax rate . What will happen when the next storm comes and damages the roof? Will they have money to keep it up then also? People buy houses to fix them up to live in or resell them.  I also think we are just giving money away to delay what will happen when it decays again. We should be spending that money on Tax Payer funded projects like streets and not on privately owned property or private transactions.
             The argument was presented that it was Federal Money and not Tax money.  Semantics aside, we all will be paying from our federal taxes on this BUT since it could be spent on Tax Payer funded projects it thus becomes a direct tax payer money issue when we have to spend tax payer money on the projects that could have been paid for with this grant money.
             Oh, before I forget, we also took $170K out of the tax payer money to add to this budget.  See the proposed budget chart - I also added some minor comments in the yellow note symbols.  On this chart, you will see other areas that I am not in favor.  For Example, giving $35K to a Day Stay business for a bathroom renovation and patio installation.  Renovating meeting rooms and Offices for CCA at about $230K.
    • ITEM 10. Consideration of Program Guidelines for the City of Lewisville Housing Rehabilitation Program.
    • ITEM 12. Discussion and Consideration of Appointments to Various City Boards/Commissions/Committees.
  • Minutes of the meeting

06-18-2011:  Lewisville Runoff election is over.  Leroy Vaughn won with 905 (63.46%) votes to Mike McCary's 521 (36.54%).  Here are the unofficial results...  Though the election did not go the way I had hoped.  I did call Mr. Vaughn to welcome him to the Council.  With the election over, the council can move forward and work as a team - each member voting the way they think is best.. 

   What I am truly saddened about is that the McCary's are not taking their house off the market after all AND will soon be moving out of Lewisville to be closer to Denton where Kimberly works.  They will still be around as they attend church in Lewisville.  I am grateful to have these good people as my friends.

     The Next City Election is less than 11 months away.  The two positions up for election will be the Mayor and Place 2.  I will not be as vocal about that election if sitting members decide to run.  I take this stance as a courtesy to my fellow council members.


06-15-2011:  Lewisville Runoff Election: Election Day: June 18, 2011 (7:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m. )  Early voting is over and there is only one more day for you to vote.  As you know, I have voted for Mike McCary for City Council... I gladly endorse him.
     Issues are important to Citizens. What will candidates vote For/Against? What have they spoken For/Against? Both candidates serve their community in their own ways and I commend both for their efforts and time. However, based on the issues, I strongly encourage Lewisville Citizens to vote for Mike McCary.
     Looking at just two of the many issues, Mike McCary clearly does not want to spend tax dollars on private transactions and clearly wants to be proactive in addressing the Illegal Alien problem in Lewisville which has a negative effect on our Lewisville Schools. Illegal Alien is not a Race, it is a legal issue. McCary’s opponent has spoken up for public funds (tax dollars) to be spent on what are clearly private transactions and does not want proactive enforcement about the growing Illegal Alien problem we have in Lewisville.  He clearly stated in a forum, on the topic of Illegal Aliens, that they should be here because they serve a benefit to Lewisville.
     Mike McCary is clearly the Conservative Candidate. I also know he is a good man as I do know him personally. I STRONGLY ENCOURAGE YOU TO VOTE FOR MIKE MCCARY!
     Election Day: June 18, 2011 (7:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m. )
  Also, several of you have asked to read a letter from Mike's Wife...  posted here with her permission, her email describes Mike as I know him.  Click here for the text.


06-06-2011:  Lewisville City Council Meeting on 06-06-2011:

  • 06:30 PM, Workshop Session. As Usual, this is an open meeting and I encourage you to attend.
    • Discussion of Regular Agenda Items and Consent Agenda Items
  • 07:00 PM, Regular Council Meeting.  Please look over the Agenda - Short Version or the Long version with backup material.  Please look over the long version which has some backup material that might peak your interest.
  • Minutes of the meeting

05-30-2011:  Personal Note:  Today is my 30th Wedding anniversary.  Maria, Thank you for loving me.  You are the greatest!


05-23-2011:  Lewisville City Council Meeting on 05-23-2011:


05-16-2011:  Lewisville City Council Meeting on 05-16-2011:

  • 06:30 PM, Workshop Session. As Usual, this is an open meeting and I encourage you to attend.
    • Discussion of Regular Agenda Items and Consent Agenda Items
  • 07:00 PM, Regular Council Meeting.  Please look over the Agenda - Short Version or the Long version with backup material.  Please look over the long version which has some backup material that might peak your interest.  Here are some items from the agenda that you might find of interest:
    • Item 7. Consideration of a Variance to the Lewisville City Code, Section 4-27 Building Code Adoption, Section 107 - Temporary Structures and Uses, and a Variance to the Lewisville City Code Section 2-201 Regarding Waiving the Variance Fee Requesting a Temporary Structure to be Located at 300 Treatment Plant Road, as Requested by Rich Lubke, Vice Chairman of Knight Light Charities.
      • ADMINISTRATIVE COMMENTS:
        Knight Light Charities, a non-profit organization, desires to locate a temporary 8-foot by 10-foot tool shed on the Upper Trinity Regional Water District property located at 300 Treatment Plant Road for a community garden to benefit Salvation Army Kitchen and the Christian Community Action Pantry. The City of Lewisville Building Code does not allow portable or temporary buildings to be placed in the City on commercial properties for this type of use. Knight Light Charities is requesting to place the temporary structure for a period of 5 years.
    • Item 8. Consideration of an Ordinance Granting Oncor Electric Delivery Company LLC the Non-Exclusive Right to Use and Occupy Rights-of-Way Within the City of Lewisville for the Construction and Operation of an Electric Transmission and Distribution System.
      • ADMINISTRATIVE COMMENTS:
        The proposed franchise ordinance allows Oncor Electric Delivery Company (Oncor) to provide electrical services within their prescribed service area within the City of Lewisville. Oncor service area includes areas in southern and eastern Lewisville and currently services approximately 381 meters. The franchise ordinance has been revised to meet today’s standards and continues previous transmission and distribution services for the defined certificated service areas. The franchise term is 5 years with an effective date of August 15, 2011. Per the charter, the second reading will be June 20, 2011.
    • Minutes of the meeting

05-15-2011:  There will be a Runoff

Hello all,
     The election did not go as well as we had hoped but Mike McCary is in the Runoff. You can vote in the Runoff even if you did not vote in this last election. I think Steve Hill ran a very fair and clean campaign. Let’s encourage him to run again.
     So how come neither of them won? Because many conservatives did not even vote - maybe they thought they would have enough votes from other conservatives????  With 9 days of early voting and many people still did not vote thus allowing others to vote for them.  Remember, the voting rosters are posted by the county....

     As for Mike McCary, Let’s get him elected June 18, 2011 (with early voting June 6-14, 2011). 

  • May 14, 2011 Election results:
    • LEWISVILLE CITY COUNCIL:
      Mike McCary and Leroy Vaughn, will be in a run-off election for Place 1.
      T.J. Gilmore, Place 3
    • LISD SCHOOL BOARD: 
      Mike McDaniel, Place 6
      Carol Kyer, Place 7
  • The Run Off Election info:
    Early Voting: June 6-14, 2011
    Election Day: June 18, 2011.
    Location: Lewisville Municipal Annex; 1197 West Main Street; Lewisville, Texas 75067
    • Take a few minutes – Put it in your calendar, take a few minutes to go vote for Mike McCary, and let’s make it happen.
    • Looking at voting rosters, MANY people that I know did not vote at all. That is why early voting was created so that there are NO excuses not to vote. You can vote in the Run Off Election for Mike McCary even if you did not vote in this last election. It is like a whole new election.
    • Please keep Mike McCary Signs in your yards. You can return Steve Hill’s Signs to Steve Hill’s house. Please do not throw them away if possible.
    • If you would like to send an email of Encouragement to Steve Hill, steve.a.hill@gmail.com.
      If you want to show support for Mike McCary and need a sign for the Runoff, mikemccary@verizon.net 

05-14-2011:  VOTE MAY 14, 2011 - Election Day: Steve Hill, Mike McCary, Mike McDaniel, Reginald Johnson

  • Looking at the list of who has voted and who has not, it seems that many of you want to wait until election day to vote. To see if your neighbor has voted yet, look through the voting rosters. If your neighbors or friends in Lewisville have not yet voted, please contact them to go vote for Lewisville City Council Candidates Steve Hill and Mike McCary. AND for LISD candidates Mike McDaniel and Reginald Johnson.
         Also, please remember that there are several voting locations on Election Day. You will have to vote at the location that is serving your precinct. (Some of you wish you voted early huh???) Anyway, being that there are only a few locations, it should not be too hard to find out which one is yours. Polls are open 7 AM to 7 PM..
  • ELECTION DAY (Saturday, May 14, 2011) - The polling places and the county election precincts where qualified voters shall cast their ballots on election day from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m. are as follows:
    • Lewisville City Hall at 151 West Church Street, Lewisville: Denton County Election Precincts 113, 114, 138, 224, and 309
    • Camey Elementary at 4949 Arbor Glen, The Colony: Denton County Election Precincts 221
    • Lewisville Municipal Annex at 1197 West Main Street, Lewisville: Denton County Election Precincts 300, 308, 310, 311, and 324
    • Memorial Park Recreation Center at 1950B South Valley Parkway, Lewisville: Denton County Election Precincts 301, 305, 312, 315, 318, 319, and 321 & Dallas County Election Precincts 4705, 4707, 4708, 4709.
  • Again, The candidates that I encourage you to vote for are:
    Lewisville City Council: Mike McCary & Steve Hill
    LISD: Mike McDaniel & Reginald Johnson

05-11-2011: Soldiers Video, Pipes & Drums, Vote on Saturday

  • Soldiers Surprising Loved Ones.  Here is a video that will give you Globus. Well, if it does not give you Globus, you might need to feel for a pulse because you just might be heartless... {Globus hystericus, sometimes just called globus, is the sensation of having a lump in the throat.} Click to Play.


    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bsSk2uRMfrY

  • Pipes & Drums: Thursday Night (05-12-2011) in Old Town Lewisville in front of City Hall -- hundreds of firefighter bagpipes and drums, Scottish Highland Dancers, Junior ROTC, honor guard "last man standing" competition. Fire trucks. gates open at 6pm, music starts at 7pm. This is a free event so plan to bring the entire family. The rain out location for this event will be the MCL Grand, 100 N. Charles in Old Town Lewisville.
  • VOTE SATURDAY: Lewisville Voters: Election Day is May 14, 2011, from 7 to 7. Please go vote for Lewisville Council candidates Mike McCary and Steve Hill.... AND for LISD candidates Mike McDaniel, and Reginald Johnson.

05-05-2011: This morning I received a call from a person who claimed to be a Conservative and a strong Republican.  This person would not give his phone number and I am not sure what he said his name was - I could not make it out in the recording.  This person called to complain that I was supporting a Conservative Candidate Mike McCary and he started stating false facts about Mr. McCary.  If this person who called was a Conservative, he would actually get to know Mr. McCary and the facts.  Apparently, he feels that he should get his information from a very pro-democratic and very liberal website for his facts.  That doesn't sound very Republican or Conservative to me.  I will repeat my previous statement below on 04-23-2011 that I support the only Conservative Candidates Mike McCary and Steve Hill for City Council based on the issues I believe in.  (I will not talk about their opponents and my comments are not to imply anything about them.  I do not think anything bad about their opponents, I just disagree with their ideas on the issues.)  I believe Hill and McCary to be conservative individuals, honest, and upstanding citizens in our community.  These two men are good people and are very active in doing good for the community.  If any of you are going to listen to the twisted lies on a hateful liberal website, please don't bother even looking for the truth.  I encourage you to get to know Mr. McCary and Mr. Hill by contacting them and hearing the truth directly from them. 

     Also, Mr. McCary cannot have a record as the caller was stating.  I know McCary has a Concealed Handgun License and you cannot have one of those with the accusations that were being spouted.  Like the rest of us CHL carriers, we get a thorough background check and that is why less than 2% of Texas citizens have a CHL license. I also believe a person is known by the company they keep and who their friends are.  Just drive down McCary's street and cross streets.  I do not think there is any candidate with that much support from his neighbors.  There is literally a sign in almost every yard for two blocks.  Now, that is a testimony about who he really is from his neighbors who see him often and know him well.


04-26-2011: CANDIDATE MEET & GREET FORUM
SPONSOR: Lewisville Task Force
TIME: 6:30 – 9:00 PM
LOCATION: Lewisville Center for the Creative Arts, 100 N. Charles St., Lewisville, TX 75057
Forum includes candidates for the Lewisville City Council and the LISD Board of Trustees. Will include an intro by each candidate followed by Q&A from audience, then last 30 minutes candidates will mingle with citizens to talk one-on-one and hand out their campaign materials.


04-24-2011:  FAIR Immigration Report April 2011 - See the report online

  • DHS Launches E-Verify “Self-Check”
    Advocates for illegal aliens have long argued against making the use of E-Verify mandatory for employers in the United States on the grounds that a tiny percentage of eligible workers are incorrectly identified as being ineligible to work. The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has now launched a new program that will undermine even that transparent argument against the expansion of E-Verify.  Go to E-Verify page...

04-23-2011:  Endorsements for City Council Candidates

  A few days ago, in my Blog Blast email list, I added my endorsement for Steve Hill and Mike McCary for City Council... I gladly endorse them...   For LISD I stated I will be voting for McDaniel and Johnson.  Here is a portion of what I had sent about the Council candidates...

"I have been asked who I will vote for and why.  I think it is important that I share this with you.  I base my decision solely on the issues.  Besides, if you drive by my house, you will see the signs in my yard for these individuals.  Again, this year provides a clear difference in the candidates.
     For the Lewisville City Elections, I am voting for Steve Hill and Mike McCary. These are the conservatives in the race and they support the issues I do concerning spending, issues of illegal immigration, transparency in Government (cameras in workshop, etc..), to not spend tax dollars on private transactions, AND the other issues that I brought to council that were voted down.  These two candidates understand & believe in Limited Government,  Fiscal Responsibility, Personal Responsibility, The Rule of Law, and National Sovereignty.  To vote for anyone else would be like voting against my beliefs and important issue concerns.  The other candidates have publicly spoken for the opposite side of the issues.  We conservatives have an opportunity to make a real and positive change to Lewisville.

Since then I had one person call me concerned about what he had read on a local liberal blog site about McCary's past.  The owner of that site endorses the opponents of those I endorse (no duh).  I am sure that the information was twisted like they have twisted things before (or the whole story is not being told). Having known Mike McCary for a few years, I asked about it anyway.  I received an answer by email from Kimberly and I asked permission to post it here.  Her email describes Mike as I know him.  Click here for the text.


04-19-2011:  Frames on videos catch a glimpse of thief:

Notice tattoos on left forearm. Video is Infrared lit which shows shades of gray. If you can identify this guy by his permanent markings (his Tattoos), then please call the Lewisville police non-emergency line to report it. Main Non-emergency Phone Number: 972-219-3600. With your help, we can get this guy caught.  May also notice his ball cap and the patch or logo that is not centered.  His t-shirt also has a design that you might recognize.    

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Video1 on YouTube Video2 on YouTube

04-18-2011:

  • Lewisville City Council Meeting on 04-18-2011:
    • 06:30 PM, Workshop Session. As Usual, this is an open meeting and I encourage you to attend.
      • Discussion of Regular Agenda Items and Consent Agenda Items
    • 07:00 PM, Regular Council Meeting.  Please look over the Agenda - Short Version or the Long version with backup material.  Please look over the long version which has some backup material that might peak your interest.  Here are some items from the agenda that you might find of interest:
      • PROCLAMATIONS:
        • Declaring a Huge Texas Welcome on April 18, 2011 to Five Delegates From New Zealand
        • Declaring April 25, 2011, as “Red Hat Society Day”
        • Declaring the Month of April, 2011, as “Fair Housing Month”
      • PRESENTATIONS:
        • Recognition of Officer Robert “Butch” Steinle With a Life Saving Award
        • Recognition of Outstanding Lewisville Independent School District Students
      • ITEM E. PUBLIC HEARING: Consideration of Issuing Three Oil and Gas Permits for a Site Located at 1645 McGee Lane, Known as the Prologis Gas Pad, as Requested by Titan Operating, L.L.C.
      • ITEM 7. Approval of a Resolution Authorizing the City Manager to File an Application with the Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs for the FY 2011 HOME Program and Execute Grant Agreements on Behalf of the City of Lewisville; and Committing
        Reserves and Waiving Permit Fees in Support of the Application.
      • ITEM 11. Consideration of an Ordinance Amending the Lewisville City Code Chapter 6, Land Development Regulations by Prohibiting the Conversion, Enclosure or Alteration of a Garage for Non-Parking Use in Single Family Dwellings.
      • ITEM 12. Consideration of an Ordinance Amending the Lewisville
        City Code, Chapter 11, Signs Relating to Group Signs, Banner Signs,
        Sandwich Boards and Definitions.
      • ITEM 13. Consideration of an Ordinance Amending the Lewisville City Code, Chapter 7, Article VII, Relating to the Food Service Establishments Ordinance.
      • ITEM 15. Consideration of Declaring a Vacancy in Place No. 3 of the Lewisville Local Government Corporation; and Consideration of an Appointment to Fill the Vacancy on the Lewisville Local Government Corporation.
      • Minutes of the meeting

04-05-2011:  Lewisville Offers Xtreme Response Camp
     Xtreme Response Camp is unlike any other summer camp in the area. The City Of Lewisville offers a wide-variety of public safety activities during a week long camp. The kids get to do everything from fire suppression to watch the S.W.A.T. team in a live demonstration.

     The camp is offered to kids between the ages of 12-15 years old and cost $135 for the week. This price includes all activities during the week, a pool and pizza party/graduation on Friday, and a graduation package.

     XRC 2011 is being offered June 20th - 24th. Registration for camp begins April 18th for Lewisville residents and will be open to everyone on April 20th.  Please contact Summer Wilhelm at 972-219-5012 for more information.


04-04-2011:

  • Lewisville City Council Meeting on 04-04-2011:
    • 05:45 PM, The Lewisville Local Government Corporation will meet
      • The Agenda says they will go into closed session to discuss Mineral Interest Lease and Deliberation about Real Property.
    • 06:30 PM, Workshop Session. As Usual, this is an open meeting and I encourage you to attend.
      • Discussion of Regular Agenda Items and Consent Agenda Items
    • 07:00 PM, Regular Council Meeting.  Please look over the Agenda - Short Version or the Long version with backup material.  Please look over the long version which has some backup material that might peak your interest.  Here are some items that you might find of interest:
      • ITEM 1 & 2 are public hearings for zoning changes
      • ITEM 10. Consideration of an Ordinance Amending Chapter 7, Article XVIII, Oil and Gas Drilling and Production, of the Lewisville City Code, by Adding Setback Measurement Requirements; Adding Clarification to 100% Property Owner Approval; Modifying Two Provisions Regarding Landscaping; Adding Language Prohibiting Mud and Debris on Public Streets; Modifying Driveway and Access Road Requirements; Adding Provisions Regarding Emission Controls; and Adding a Requirement for an Annual Permit.
      • ITEM 12:  Consideration of an Ordinance Amending the Lewisville City Code Chapter 6, Land Development Regulations by Prohibiting the Conversion, Enclosure or Alteration of a Garage for Non-Parking Use in Single Family Dwellings.
      • ITEMS 15 & 16:  Select citizens to be on boards and Sales Tax committee.  Please attend the committee and Board meetings and then fill out an application to volunteer for these important Boards.
      • ITEM 17:  recycling is going to once a week.  The increase on the water bill is about 52 cents.

03-21-2011:

  • Lewisville City Council Meeting on 03-21-2011:
    • 06:30 PM, Workshop Session. As Usual, this is an open meeting and I encourage you to attend.
      • Discussion of Regular Agenda Items and Consent Agenda Items
    • 07:00 PM, Regular Council Meeting.  Please look over the Agenda - Short Version or the Long version with backup material (935 pages).  Please look over the long version which has some backup material that might peak your interest.
    • Minutes of the meeting
  • LISD MEET THE CANDIDATE FORUM on March 24, 2011
    • CO-SPONSORS: Lewisville~Flower Mound Tea Party; Carrollton Tea Party
    • TIME: 6:30 – 8 p.m.
    • WHERE: William T. Bolin Administrative Center, 1565 W. Main St., Lewisville; (NE corner of Main & Garden Ridge) Room D, 2nd Floor
    • The public is invited to attend an “LISD Meet the Candidates” Forum scheduled this Thursday, March 24, 2011. If you reside in the following cities that are in the LISD, this Forum is for you: Lewisville, Carrollton, Double Oak, Highland Village, Frisco, Grapevine, Argyle, Flower Mound, The Colony, Cooper Canyon, Plano, Coppell and Hebron.

03-07-2011:

  • Lewisville City Council Meeting on 03-07-2011:
    • 06:30 PM, Workshop Session. As Usual, this is an open meeting and I encourage you to attend.
      • Discussion of Regular Agenda Items and Consent Agenda Items
    • 07:00 PM, Regular Council Meeting.  Please look over the Agenda - Short Version or the Long version with backup material.  Please look over the long version which has some backup material that might peak your interest.
    • Minutes of the meeting

03-02-2011:  Constitutional Convention

If you had not heard, on 02-23-2011 the Texas Senate approved the call for a Constitutional Convention by a vote of 24 ayes and 7 nays. The bill will now be sent to the House. Hopefully we can get that stopped. Contact your Texas Representatives. More to Come...


03-01-2011: www.SoundsOfLewisville.com Website Domain name transfers to City Of Lewisville.  After 10 years of Maintaining and Sponsoring the Sounds Of Lewisville website, I have decided to offer the City of Lewisville to take ownership of the domain name and site. It's been fun. Thanks for all your support! John D. Gorena - Owner of JMG Enterprises


02-21-2011:

  • Lewisville City Council Meeting on 02-21-2011:
    • 06:30 PM, Workshop Session. As Usual, this is an open meeting and I encourage you to attend.
      • A. Discussion of Regular Agenda Items and Consent Agenda Items
      • B. Discussion of State Exemption Related to Youth Camp Programs
    • 07:00 PM, Regular Council Meeting.  Please look over the Agenda - Short Version or the Long version with backup material.  Please look over the long version which has some backup material that might peak your interest.
    • Minutes of the meeting
  • Congressman Burgess Town Hall meeting  - 02-24-2011
    • Congressman Michael C. Burgess, M.D., 26th District of Texas, will hold a Lewisville Town Hall meeting Thursday, Feb. 24, from 7-8 p.m., in the Medical Center of Lewisville Grand Theater Performance Hall, 100 N. Charles Street.
    • Those unable to attend can view a live broadcast. Persons requiring special accommodations should contact Robin Vaughan, District Administrator, at least 48 hours prior to the scheduled meeting at 972.434.9700 or by E-Mail or E-Mail.

02-10-2011: Lewisville City Council 2011 Annual Retreat Workshop Session at the MCL Grand Theater Recital Hall.  February 10-12, 2011.  Please look over the Agenda - Short Version or the Long version with backup material (about 76.6 MB PDF). Please look over the long version which has some backup material that might peak your interest. These are open meetings, however, there may be short closed sessions as allowed by law.  I encourage you to stick around for when we resume open sessions.  Here is the Agenda followed by some answers to questions that I have been asked about the retreat.

  • Thursday, February 10, 2011
    • 6:00 p.m.
      • 1. 2010 Retreat Recap
      • 2. Special Events Planning/Jerry Thompson
      • 3. Review/Discussion of Strategic Issues
      • 4. Adjourn
  • Friday, February 11, 2011
    • 9:00 a.m.
      • 1. Review/Discussion of I35 Corridor Plan Status Report
      • 2. Review/Discussion of Neighborhood Preservation Committee Status Report
      • 3. Review/Discussion of Proposed Parks Master Plan and Trails Master Plan
      • 4. Review/Discussion of Apartment Recycling Options (requested by Councilman Gorena)
    • 12:00 p.m.
      • Lunch on Own
    • 1:30 p.m.
      • 5. Review/Discussion of Stormwater Issues/Options (requested by Councilman Thornhill)
      • 6. Review/Discussion of Sales Tax Options
      • 7. Review/Discussion of “Group” Sign Permitting, Sandwich Boards and Temporary/Occasional Sales Permitting
      • 8. Comp and Pension Plan Review
      • 9. Adjourn
  • Saturday, February 12, 2011
    • 9:00 a.m.
      • 1. Council Priority and Goal Setting for 2011-2015
    • 12:00 p.m.
      • Lunch on Own
    • 1:30 p.m.
      • 2. Continue Priority and Goal Setting
      • 3. Adjourn
  • Questions and Answers about the retreat in no particular order:
    • Q: Have they had these retreats in town before?
      A: Last year was the first retreat in Town that most can remember.  This is a good thing and saves money.  This year we are holding it in a City Owned Building at the MCL Grand Theater in the Recital Hall on February 10-12, 2011.
    • Q: In the presentations concerning alcohol sales for Western Days, it says that "Saturday sales were conducted by City Streets...", How can employees sell the beer for the city.
      A:  Trying to keep this answer short... in this case 'City Streets' is not a department, I believe it is a name of a business.  As for Friday of that event, the Kiwanis club volunteered to sell.  Some employees may be part of that club but they were not there as employees.  Point of clarification:  I was not (still not) in favor of the City selling beer as this should be done by a vendor. Please see more archived in the After meeting comments at 08-16-2010 and 08-02-2010.
    • Q:  How much does it cost to eat there?
      A: This question is most likely referring to the posted Agenda that says Dinner Served and Breakfast Served, etc...(left those off in my version above).  I understand that the food is catered for Council and staff.  I recommend stopping by a takeout place and bringing it with you or eat before you come.  This is also the case at regular workshop meetings.
    • Q: Will we [Citizens] be able to speak at the retreat?
      A: When you come to the retreat, you can fill out a card and speak about the item on the Agenda when it comes up.  Cards will be near the entrance once of the meeting room.  I did not see a time on the Agenda for an open forum but it does not hurt to ask. I have seen allowances for such things if pressing at other meetings but be aware that if you do speak that the council cannot make a decision or take action if the topic is not on the agenda.  If there is not going to be an open forum, I recommend taking notes of what you want to say and come to a regular council meeting to the regular citizen forums.  Citizens often talk to Council members during breaks and meal times at the retreat. 
    • Q: Will this be recorded and placed on the internet?
      A: I do not believe it will be done by the City, however being an open meeting, there is nothing that says you cannot record and post if you wish.
    • Got a question?  Send it and I will try to get it posted.

02-07-2011:

  • Lewisville City Council Meeting on 02-07-2011:
    • 06:30 PM, Workshop Session. As Usual, this is an open meeting and I encourage you to attend.
      • A. Discussion of Regular Agenda Items and Consent Agenda Items
    • 07:00 PM, Regular Council Meeting.  Please look over the Agenda - Short Version or the Long version with backup material.  Please look over the long version which has some backup material that might peak your interest.  Here are a few items that I think you might want to know about:
    • Comments: After the public hearing and proclamations.  All the items on the agenda are on the consent portion of the agenda.  Should be a short meeting..
    • Minutes of the meeting

01-24-2011:

  • Lewisville City Council Meeting on 01-24-2011:
    • 06:30 PM, Workshop Session. As Usual, this is an open meeting and I encourage you to attend.
      • A. Discussion of Regular Agenda Items and Consent Agenda Items
    • 07:00 PM, Regular Council Meeting.  Please look over the Agenda - Short Version or the Long version with backup material (note: 1,193 pages).  Please look over the long version which has some backup material that might peak your interest.  Here are a few items that I think you might want to know about:
    • ITEM 3. Approval of a Resolution of the City Council of the City of Lewisville, Texas, Suspending the February 14, 2011, Effective Date of Oncor Electric Delivery Company’s Requested Rate Change to Permit the City Time to Study the Request and to Establish Reasonable Rates; Approving Cooperation With the Steering Committee of Cities Served by Oncor to Hire Legal and Consulting Services and to Negotiate With the Company and Direct any Necessary Litigation and Appeals; Finding That the Meeting at Which This Resolution is Passed is Open to the Public as Required by Law; and Requiring Notice of This Resolution to the Company and Legal Counsel for the Steering Committee.
      • Before Meeting comments:  This is a part of the consent agenda but I want to point out that the background material in the long version on page 4 of the PDF states, "According to Oncor, annual rates would increase by approximately $60 for an average residential customer." - YIKES!
    • Minutes of the meeting.

01-03-20111:

  • Lewisville City Council Meeting on 01-03-2011:
    • 06:00 PM, Workshop Session. As Usual, this is an open meeting and I encourage you to attend.
      • A. Discussion of Conversion of City Email System to Google
      • B. Discussion of Regular Agenda Items and Consent Agenda Items
    • 07:00 PM, Regular Council Meeting.  Please look over the Agenda - Short Version or the Long version with backup material (note: 1,193 pages).  Please look over the long version which has some backup material that might peak your interest.  Here are a few items that I think you might want to know about:
      • Items 1 thru 4 are public hearings.  Three of these concern Gas Drilling.
    • Minutes of the meeting.

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