CITY & SCHOOLS
News from Lewisville, Flower Mound, Highland Village & Lewisville ISD
CITY HIGHLIGHTS FLOWER MOUND Newly elected council members Adam Schiestel and Brian Taylor were sworn in to office during the Flower Mound Town Council’s May 17 meeting. The meeting was outgoing Council Member Ben Bumgarner’s last meeting. He is running for state representative, District 63, against Jeff Younger. FLOWER MOUND A new fitness area is now available at Heritage Park. The fitness area opened on May 20 and can be used by the public during regular park hours from 5 a.m.-11 p.m. HIGHLAND VILLAGE The Doubletree Ranch Park splash pad is open. City officials previously reported the splash pad would not be open for the summer, because repairs could not be made due to supply chain issues. “WE WANT TO CREATE A LEVEL PLAYING FIELD.” BRANDON JONES, LEWISVILLE CITY COUNCIL MEMBER QUOTE OF NOTE MEETINGS WE COVER Lewisville City Council meets at 7 p.m. on June 20 at 151 W. Church St. www.cityoflewisville.com Lewisville ISD board of trustees meets at 7 p.m. on the second Monday of the month at 1565 W. Main St. It has no meetings scheduled for July. www.lisd.net Flower Mound Town Council meets at 6 p.m. on June 20 at 2121 Cross Timbers Road. www.flower-mound.com Highland Village City Council meets at 7:30 p.m. on June 28 and July 12 at 1000 Highland Village Road. www.highlandvillage.org
Lewisville council approves multifamily ordinance changes
BY SAMANTHA DOUTY
MULTIFAMILY INSPECTION COSTS The first year of expenses include the addition of a new inspector and other one-time fees.
LEWISVILLE The City Council approved an ordinance change that will bring updates to the multifamily inspec- tion program during its regular June 6 meeting. The changes include a slight fee increase for apartment complexes for inspections and the addition of a multi- family inspector position. The changes come by the city to protect the health and safety of apartment residents, according to city officials. The code will take effect 60 days after the city posted the ordinance on June 10. The current inspection fees are $50 per building and $75 per inspected unit. The newly proposed fee is $12 per dwelling unit, and not per building, said Chris McGinn, director of neighborhood and inspection services. The new inspection goal is 5% of dwellings at a complex. It is projected the new fees will average out to an additional $3.55 per dwelling unit per year, McGinn said. It will reduce inspection fees for some smaller apartment complexes with multiple buildings, which means about 20% of complexes will have a decreased fee.
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SOURCE: CITY OF LEWISVILLE/COMMUNITY IMPACT NEWSPAPER
The multifamily inspection program began in 2004 in Lewisville. About 51% of Lewisville residents live in apartments. “We want to create a level playing field so that we make sure all of our apartment complexes are safe for every- one,” Council Member Brandon Jones said.
Lewisville ISD sees 4 new administrators
Highland Village seeks grants for Pilot Knoll Park project
professional learning; and campus support services. The board approved Chantell Upshaw as the district’s new chief of middle schools. Upshaw will be responsible for providing support and leadership to 15 middle school principals. The board approved Amber Lasseigne as the district’s executive director of finance. Lasseigne joins the district from Allen ISD, where she served as director of finance services. The board approved Jennifer Barentine as the new principal of B.B. Owen Elementary. Barentine was previously an assistant principal at Ethridge Elementary School.
BY SAMANTHA DOUTY
LEWISVILLE ISD The board of trustees approved four new administrators during its May 17 meeting. The appointments include a chief schools officer, a chief of middle schools, an executive director of finance and a campus principal at B.B. Owen Elementary School. The board approved Lori Litchfield as the district’s chief schools officer. In the new role, Litchfield will oversee counseling and social work services; special education;
BY SAMANTHA DOUTY
HIGHLAND VILLAGE The City Council continues forward with the city’s Pilot Knoll Park project. The council approved to move forward with an application to a Texas Parks & Wildlife grant to partially fund the project during a May 24 meeting. The grant provides 50% matching grants, and a maximum of $750,000. About $2.3 million of city improve- ment project funds is allocated for the construction of 16 cabins at Pilot Knoll Park.
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