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Message from the Mayor - June
Message from the Mayor
What a great time to be in Flower Mound.  There are many so many wonderful things in bloom with more on the horizon.

First, let me thank our outgoing council members Mike Walker, Mark Wise, and Jean Levenick for the many years of service to our Town.  Combined, these three members have contributed over 25 years of service, both on Council and as well as various boards and commissions.  It is this civic commitment to Flower Mound that has helped shape our Town into a nationally-recognized community that is continuously recognized as one of the best places to live in the entire country.

Also a hearty welcome to new Council Members Itamar Gelbman, Brian Rountree, and Kevin Bryant.  We are looking forward to working with them in continuing to make our community one of the best places to call home.
Recently I was reflecting upon the great strides our Town has accomplished over the last several years and as we start a new session this seemed like a good opportunity to ruminate upon how far we have come.   

Awards:  
  • CNN Money Magazine: No. 2 “Best Places to Find a New Job”, No. 12 “Top-Earning Towns”
  • 24/7 Wall Street (which supplies news articles to MSN Money, Yahoo! Finance, AOL,  MarketWatch, Time.com, USA Today, and The Huffington Post): No. 9 “America’s 50 Best Cities to Live”
  • D Magazine: No. 8 “Best Suburbs”
  • Platinum Scenic City Certification (1 of only 7 Texas municipalities to earn this)
  • 20th Consecutive “Tree City USA” designation
  • Upgraded Bond Ratings for S&P (“AAA”) and Fitch (“AAA”)

Parks:
So many outstanding things have been happening within our parks system.  Heritage Park, one of our largest parks, and when completed will be one of the greatest parks in our area for a Town our size, continues to move toward completion in a multi-million dollar phase out.  To date the pavilion, hike and bike trails, and Fort Wildflower, the town’s first community-built playground, have been completed.  Looking forward a splash pad, a dog park, disc golf, a botanical garden with a waterfall and bronze sculptors of native animals will be part of the park. 

Twin Coves Park which runs along the north shore of Lake Grapevine and is part of the Corps of Engineers property has been leased to the town on a multi-decade assignment.  Twins Coves will include luxury cabins, state-of-the-art RV hookups and a large boat ramp.  It is a huge park and will be a gem for Flower Mound.

The Town received a $360,000 grant from the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department to enhance Twin Coves Park. With the funds, the Town began construction on a new boat ramp, expanded parking lot, fish cleaning station, courtesy boat dock, and landscaping. The Twin Coves Boat Ramp project was completed, with 10 additional feet of boat ramp allowing residents to use it during drought conditions.

Post Oak Park features a boardwalk, woodland observation deck, connections to existing trails, a rock-feature playground, parking and picnic areas, and a nature pavilion. Also, 135 trees were added to the area during the building process.

The Purple Coneflower and Pink Evening Primrose Trails received standard amenity upgrades including: informational kiosks, monument signs, benches, bike racks, trail markers, and fitness equipment were added along the trail. 

The site of the Town’s long-awaited dog park was selected as Heritage Park East and the groundbreaking occurs on Friday, June 5.
Eleven parks within Flower Mound have recently received a facelift.

Future Park Enhancements:
  • Several parks are slated for playground equipment upgrades with unique, child-friendly themes.
  • Phase 2 of Twin Coves Park, which is under design will include a fishing pier, visitor center, RV pads, and is scheduled to be completed in 2016.
  • Two vital upgrades that will greatly enhance the aquatic health of Rheudasil Park Pond include bank stabilization and mechanical dredging. Scheduled for completion in 2016, pond these improvements will help this pond be enjoyed by many for years to come.

Infrastructure: 
While it is easy to think of Flower Mound as a “new town” in reality many of our roads and underground infrastructure are nearing the end of their life cycles.  Much future attention and expense will be necessary to maintain our infrastructure at a superior level.  Below is an abbreviated list of some of completed infrastructure projects. 

Completed Road Projects:

  • Dixon Lane expansion
  • Morriss/Gerault Phase III 
  • FM 407 (Chinn Chapel to Briarhill Blvd.)
  • West Windsor Extension
  • Wichita Trail Phase II
  • West Windsor Extension
  • Chinn Chapel Road Phase I

TxDOT Projects:
  • FM 407 Expansion
  • FM 1171 Phase II and III – to be completed March 2017
  • DFW Connector Project – scheduled to be complete in 2017

Future:
  • Sagebrush Drive Improvements
  • McKamy Creek Road Reconstruction
  • Canterbury Drive Reconstruction

Water/Wastewater Projects (Highlights):
  • Completion of Western Elevated Storage Tank
  • Town-Wide Lift Station Auxiliary Power Upgrades
  • Bruton Orand, Stonehill, and Waketon Elevated Storage Tanks Rehabilitation Projects
  • Water System Leak Detection and Repair
  • Lakeside at FM 2499 Pipeline Extension
  • Wastewater Treatment Plant Rehabilitation – Phase II
  • Twin Coves Park Sewer System
  • Town-Wide Lift Station Auxiliary Power Upgrades
  • Relocated water lines along FM 1171 and U.S. 377
  • Upper Timber Creek Interceptor – Expanded Capacity
  • Wellington Interceptor – Expanded Capacity

The Future:
  • FM 2499 12” water line
  • Western Pump Station
  • Wastewater Treatment Plant Rehabilitation Phase IV

Lastly is Economic Development, which has a two-fold level of importance for Flower Mound.  First it gives us things to do in our Town as opposed to having to drive to Grapevine, Southlake, or Dallas we can have fun right here. Also keeping our financial resources in Flower Mound is extraordinarily important.  To build parks, to maintain our roads, to ensure a quality Police and Fire department it is important that they have the financial resources to be successful.  Keeping our tax dollars in Flower Mound helps make this a reality.

Economic Growth:
Flower Mound has achieved some of the greatest economic success in our history over the several years.  Perhaps what we all should be most proud of is the number of jobs our Town has added.  “Money Magazine” recently listed Flower Mound as the second-best place in the country to find a new job.  As one thinks about a Town of 70,000, adding over 5,000 jobs it is quite a feat.   

New Job General Categories:
Professional - Full-Time: 1839, Part-Time: 772, Total: 2611
Restaurant, Retail & Service - Full-Time: 415, Part-Time: 898, Total: 1313
Other - Full-Time: 846, Part-Time: 284, Total:  1130
Grand Total: 5054

Of course let us not forget, after decades and decades of our community trying to bring a hotel to Flower Mound, soon we will have two hotels.  This first, a mid-range hotel at the River Walk, and the second a luxury hotel among the finest in North Texas overlooking Lake Grapevine.  I’ll never forget the head of the largest youth baseball tournament in America standing before Council and saying, the best thing you could do to help our tournament is to bring a place for our guest to stay in our Town.   

Other notable openings include: Lakeside Business District (Occupancy Rate: 95%), Signature Systems Group, Keystone Automotive, Whitlock, CustomInk, Bed, Bath, & Beyond, and Hollymead Cantex Continuing Care Center.

Restaurants: Trio Craft Coffee, Starwood Café, Salata, Penn Station East Coast Subs, Mellow Mushroom, Luna Grill, Prime Farm to Table, Jersey Mike’s (second location), Modmarket, Jet’s Pizza, Dunkin Donuts, Smashburger, Black Walnut Café, Don Vito’s Italian Eatery & Safehouse, Soon, the Town’s first movie theater, Moviehouse & Eatery, will open.

Future Business Announcements:

Restaurants: The Table, Gloria’s Latin Cuisine, Pie Five, Snap Kitchen. 

Lakeside DFW Development: Amber Michelle Salon, Bottle & Bottega Studio, Cavaro Prime Brazilian Steakhouse, Elite Pups Luxury Dog Daycare & Spa, Engel & Volkers, Majestic Nail Spa, Paradise Bistro and Coffee Co., Statefarm Insurance, Taverna del Lago, The Lodge Barbershop. 

River Walk at Central Park Development: Primo's Tex Mex Grille, Sfuzzi, and Parquet Sports Bar.

Canyon Falls – Homes being constructed and families moving in.

Flower Mound has been on a tremendous trajectory of economic growth and prosperity.  We have become the light on the hill in North Texas.  I’m thankful to all our residents for their support and the cliché that the best days are ahead embodies Flower Mound. Blessings to all.  




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