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Early voting ends Tuesday in LISD, city elections

Local News, Notes and Events
Posted by LewisvilleTexan on 2016/5/3 2:40:00 (4189 reads)

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Early voting in the May 7 Lewisville school board and Lewisville city special districts elections begins Monday and continues through May 3.

Voters in the Lewisville Independent School District will be choosing between two candidates for Place 4 and three candidates for Place 5.

Voters in the city of Lewisville will be deciding whether to continue for the next 20 years the City of Lewisville Fire Control, Prevention and Emergency Medical District and/or the City of Lewisville Crime Control and Prevention District.

Most voters who live in Lewisville will likely want to cast their ballots for both the school board candidates and the city propositions at the Lewisville Municipal Annex at 1197 W. Main Street, although they may vote early at any voting location in Denton County.

There are more than 30 different locations where LISD voters may vote, including at the Flower Mound Municipal Complex, Flower Mound Public Library and Highland Village Municipal Complex. For a complete list of voting locations, go to the LISD website.

Early voting will be 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday, April 25-30, and 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday and Tuesday, May 2-3.

On Election Day, May 7, voters must vote in the precinct in which they are registered to vote.

LISD Place 4 candidates are Fairooz Adams and Katherine Sells and Place 5 candidates are Will Ferson, Allison Lassahn and Jenny Proznik. Angie Cox, in Place 3, is running unopposed.

Lewisville school board members are elected to serve for overlapping terms of three years each.

There is no Lewisville City Council election this year because there are no contested races. Brandon Jones of Place 4 and Brent Daniels of Place 5 will be sworn in at a council meeting on May 16.

However, Lewisville registered voters are being encouraged to go to the polls, either during early voting, or on May 7, to decide issues important to the Lewisville Police Department and the Lewisville Fire Department.

Lewisville voters, in voting on the propositions, will decide whether to continue the present sales tax rate at 8.25 cents on the dollar by continuing to support both control districts, whether to have the sales tax rate reduced to 8 cents on the dollar by voting to discontinue both control districts, or have the present sales tax reduced to 8.125 cents on the dollar by voting to keep one and not keep the other.

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Positive West Nile test prompts Lewisville mosquito spraying for Tuesday and Wednesday nights

Local News, Notes and Events
Posted by LewisvilleTexan on 2016/5/2 21:30:00 (1795 reads)

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Vector Disease Control International, a private company contracted by the City of Lewisville, has confirmed the city's first positive West Nile Virus mosquito trap for 2016. The positive sample came from a trap collected April 28 near the 2600 block of Lake Ridge Drive, in the northeastern portion of the city. This area is one of nine core sites regularly tested for the mosquito-borne virus.

Ground spraying will be conducted in a half-mile radius of the testing location. Weather permitting, spraying is scheduled for Tuesday, May 3, and Wednesday, May 4, starting at 9 p.m. each night. Trucks operated by Vector Disease Control International will conduct the spraying. The insecticide being used is registered with the Environmental Protection Agency and poses minimal risk to humans and the environment. Residents wanting to exercise caution should stay indoors during the spraying times, keep pets and their food and water dishes indoors, and cover edible plants such as vegetable gardens.

This is the first year the City of Lewisville has worked with Vector Disease Control International. The private company has its own certified lab and technicians. By using a private company, the City is able to receive test results faster than if tested by the state. This particular mosquito trap was collected on Thursday, April 28, and the positive test results were returned Friday, April 29.

City crews are regularly walking through and visually inspecting creeks and drainage channels to look for potential mosquito breeding sites. The city has nearly a dozen workers in the Parks and Animal Services divisions who are state-certified to apply anti-larval dunks or localized pesticide to curb the mosquito population. Residents are encouraged to report any mosquito complaints to Sherry Harper at 972-219-3481 or Chris McGinn at 972-219-3483.

Lewisville spokesman Matt Martucci said the the pesticide being used is Aqua Reslin (which contains Permethrin and Piperonyl Butoxide).

We asked whether it presented a problem that the same firm conducting the lab testing was the firm conducting the spraying if lab testing found West Nile Virus in samples. Martucci said The City of Lewisville has a flat rate contract with the vendor, Vector Disease Control International.

"We paid one price for their services for the entire mosquito season. They could spray one time, or one-thousand times, and our price stays the same. There is no 'cost per spray' feature here."

Martucci also explained that the company retains each sample it tests, and makes it available if it needs to be retested for any reason.

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Team effort required for emergency management during severe storms

Local News, Notes and Events
Posted by WhosPlayin on 2016/4/30 10:47:49 (4268 reads)

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Emergency management personnel monitor various resources including online, cell phones, and broadcast television. Right to left: Josh Roberts, Prit Patel, and Eric Hutmacher. (Photo by Steve Southwell)

When severe weather threatens our city, a team comprised of professionals and volunteers steps up to help ensure that our citizens are informed and safe. And if storms should be severe enough to cause widespread damage or injuries, the team is ready to start bringing resources to bear.

This past Tuesday, the forecasts called for a “Particularly Dangerous Situation” with thunderstorms developing along a dryline that was moving across the state. Our area was in a tornado watch, and it was forecasted that there would be high winds, possible tornadoes, and large hail.

In the early afternoon, local governments began to take action. The City of Lewisville shut down its parks and athletic fields, and Lewisville ISD cancelled all of the night’s sporting events and extracurricular activities, anticipating the need for people to take shelter.

Lewisville Emergency Management Coordinator Josh Roberts decided that for this storm, he would monitor it from the city’s primary Emergency Operations Center (EOC), the training room at Central Fire Station, 188 N. Valley Pkwy.

Roberts was kind enough to allow me to join them for the evening and observe. When I arrived at 7 p.m., Roberts and his team were getting settled in for the night’s excitement. He was joined by Eric Hutmacher, emergency management specialist, and Prit Patel, who is an economic development coordinator for Lewisville. Patel has a background in emergency management and was drafted to the team for the night.

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Art Review - "Just Bury It"

Blogs and Columns
Posted by LewisvilleTexan on 2016/4/30 10:14:10 (2962 reads)

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By Melody Vaughan

You rarely hear anyone exclaim their love for construction projects. Especially highway projects. Especially in their community. We tend to focus on the negative symptoms: increases in travel time, familiar commuter routes in constant flux, and heightened stress of those already short on time. Some remain selfish in their view of community improvement and expansion.

While many construction projects run far past proposed deadlines, and it seems the benefits will never come, it is not completely impossible to see through the present mess. That is the task of those with vision, challenged with allocating funds for expansion and beautification.

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Lithograph by Melody Vaughan
The collaborative action of planning, debating, changing, and approving ideas and plans requires a spectrum of input, a wide swath of opinion and expertise. The public is left to judge the manifestation of citywide projects with cultural concerns, personal squabble, neighborhood image, and a laundry list of filters by which to judge success.

Artists, on the other hand, as both a varied and specific demographic of the population, see the process differently. Not to say they don’t also share similar concerns, but with an added sensitivity for aesthetic context.

This is the case with Melody Vaughan, artist and printmaker from Nashville, TN. Melody is currently a Teaching Fellow and Masters of Fine Arts candidate at The University of North Texas in Denton. Her MFA exhibit, “Just Bury It,” is currently on display at the MCL Grand Theater Art Gallery through April 30.

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Print Edition - 04/30/2016

Print Editions of LTJ
Posted by LewisvilleTexan on 2016/4/30 5:00:00 (1402 reads)

Here is the April 30, 2016 print edition of The Lewisville Texan Journal:

You can find free copies at any of these locations.

Want home delivery of The Lewisville Texan Journal every Saturday? You can get it for just $5 per month!

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