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2017 "State of the City" Address

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2017 "State of the City" Address

On Tuesday, Feb. 21, Mayor Pro Tem Tj Gilmore presented the "State of the City" to a joint luncheon of the Lewisville, Flower Mound and Highland Village business communities. The presentation included video highlights of 2016 achievements, and live narration of slides illustrating 2017 plans.

Below are the script of the video and live presentation. To watch the 2017 "State of the City" presentation on video.

Talking Points

Welcome:

  • Greeting video from Mayor Durham
  • Self-introduction and greeting

Lewisville 2025

  • Lewisville 2025 vision plan created by residents, adopted by City Council in July 2014, has become city’s guiding document
  • Many of the items that will be presented today grew out of recommendations in the Lewisville 2025 vision plan
  • Copy of the Lewisville 2025 Annual Report, fresh off the presses, is placed at each seat and provides greater detail on 2016 achievements and 2017 plans
  • Report will be mailed next week to all addresses in Lewisville and Castle Hills

Bond Projects

  • In the Lewisville 2025 plan, residents said they wanted new and expanded facilities. They said it again when voters approved a bond package in November 2015
  • First three bond projects are currently in the design stage
  • Multi-generational recreation center at the corner of Corporate and Valley Parkway will include expanded space for seniors, recreation opportunities for all ages, sustainable practices, and an indoor water park – expected to open in 2019
  • Fire Station 3 being moved from current location on Business 121 to new location on FM 3040 near Convergence Center – expected to open in late 2018
  • Timberbrook neighborhood will receive new streets, water/sewer lines, and drainage - $10 million bond-funded project, largest street repair project in city history – designnow, work starting next year, expected completion Spring 2020

Construction Challenges

  • North Texas is a hot construction market, and costs for projects are increasing at a rate of 10 percent per year due to demand exceeding supply of workers and materials
  • As a result, the city has taken several steps to address projects that are going to cost more than was originally projected
  • Using the Construction Manager At Risk bidding process will result in lower risk to the city if costs continue to rise
  • Using a professional cost estimator for the rec center and fire station projects. That usually does not happen until after design is completed, but doing it this early in the design process has let us identify potential trouble spots early enough to address them
  • Multi-generational center will be built in phases, with many of the outdoor features coming after the facility opens; the need for phasing was identified in part by the professional cost estimator.
  • Combining Fire Station 3 with Fire Station 8 (funded by the Fire Prevention District) will save on professional fees and possibly on common materials

Interstate 35E

  • Speaking of construction, you might have noticed a little bit of work being done on Interstate 35E
  • Major milestones in 2016 included completion of new southbound bridge over Lewisville Lake, and re-opening of interchange at FM 407 (with FM 407 now going under 35E rather than over it)
  • This project is scheduled for completion by the end of 2017; will result in four free lanes each direction, two managed lanes in the middle, direct connections with the Sam Rayburn Tollway, and two full-capacity bridges with access roads over the lake
  • City, with financial support from Denton County, arranged for aesthetic enhancements in support walls at Garden Ridge and FM 407 interchanges; highlight recreational elements of the lake
  • City Council plans to adopt an overlay district this year that will shape redevelopment of the 35E frontage through Lewisville, as a means of ensuring quality projects that project a positive image
  • New businesses already coming along include a 54th Street Grill near Vista Ridge Mall, and a new La Quinta Suites to replace the old roadside motel that was torn down last year

Roads and Trails

  • City also is working to help people travel through Lewisville more easily whether they are driving, cycling, or walking
  • Valley Ridge extension, between Mill Street and College Street, will open this summer and provide direct access between Business 121 and 35E
  • Increased funding in this year’s budget, in response to survey results from our residents, are enabling increased street and sidewalk maintenance in neighborhoods across Lewisville
  • New trails opened in 2016 at Copperas Branch Park East and inside Lewisville Lake Park
  • New trails on Garden Ridge Boulevard and inside LLELA are being designed. The Garden Ridge trail will include bike lanes

A Home for Generations

  • Lewisville remains a hot housing market, with increased number of sales, increased median home value, and shorter time on the market
  • City is actively working with developers to create new housing options for current and future residents
  • More than 6,800 building permits were issued during 2016, and more than 1,500 of those were for single-family homes
  • More than 1,000 additional single-family homes are currently in the development process
  • An upscale multi-family development is in design at Tower Bay, with resort-style amenities and views of Lewisville Lake
  • Transit-oriented mixed use, including multi-family housing, is being planned for two locations near the DCTA Old Town Station
  • Two new senior-living complexes are coming to FM 3040, including one currently under construction that will include a state-of-the-art memory care living facility and research center

Job Creation

  • The city also wants to give residents the chance to work close to home with good-paying, stable jobs
  • City Council approved economic development agreements last year that will create more than 2,000 jobs
  • Mary Kay broke ground last fall on a $100 million research and production plant that will employee 500 people
  • Bed Bath & Beyond opened its e-commerce warehouse at Majestic Airport Center, creating 700 jobs and more than $100 million in real business property
  • Other new employment centers opening during 2016 include Federal Express and Norman International
  • During 2017, Mortgage Contacting Services will move from Plano to Lewisville, bringing hundreds more jobs.
  • The city continues to work with Texas Work Force Commission, North Central Texas College, the chamber, and other partners on job fairs and job training opportunities to provide employees for those outstanding businesses

Old Town Lewisville

  • If you live in Lewisville, and work in Lewisville, you need someplace to have fun in Lewisville; there are lots of options, and Old Town Lewisville is quickly becoming a great entertainment district
  • Six new restaurants will open their doors during 2017
  • MCL Grand had more than 200 public performances and exhibits during 2016, including plays, concerts, dance recitals, and more
  • Witherspoon Distillery, Cobra Brewing, and LaRue Winery are great places to hang out, and in 2016 they were joined by the wonderfully eclectic Perc coffee shop on Main Street
  • The city will open a new Visitor Information Center this April or May in the former LISD office building located on Main Street behind MCL Grand
  • The first houses in South Village will be built and occupied during 2017, and additional housing projects are on the drawing board
  • A complete pedestrian-friendly redesign of Mill Street, from College Street south to Purnell, is in the late design stages with construction expected to start at the end of this year

Public Safety

  • People won’t want to live, work, or visit a city where they don’t feel safe; that’s why public safety is a foremost priority for City Council
  • Last year, Lewisville voters re-authorized the Crime Control and Fire Prevention districts for another 20 years, ensuring a steady stream of dedicated funding for police and fire services
  • I already mentioned design work being done on fire stations 3 and 8. We also expanded Fire Station #6 to make room for a second ladder truck that will be purchased during 2017 to guarantee complete coverage citywide.
  • This month, the 2016 Uniform Crime Report was released, showing a 1.6 percent decrease in the overall crime rate for Lewisville and an even larger decrease in violent crimes; the total number of crimes reported during 2016 was lower than the total 10 years ago, despite our larger population

Community Engagement

  • With so many good things happening in Lewisville, we want to tell our story to residents; we also want to hear from them
  • In December we introduced residents to MARTY, our new Mobile City Hall delivering city services to neighborhoods instead of waiting at City Hall for people to come to us
  • Last spring, the first Citizens University class graduated. Seven of those graduates are now serving on city boards, and one is on City Council. The current class has 19 members
  • In response to Lewisville 2025 and resident survey results, we brought back the printed Horizon newsletter that is now mailed quarterly to all residences in Lewisville and Castle Hills; the bi-weekly email newsletter is still available as well
  • Lewisville Police Department started Coffee With Cops, a series of informal events where police officers sit down with residents for coffee and conversation
  • Also in December, we launched five redesigned and refreshed city websites with more information and easier navigation. Around the middle of this year, we will add real-time performance dashboards online to residents can see how we’re doing in providing city services
  • Our first Public Art Master Plan will be finalized this fall

Conclusion

  • If I had an hour to talk, I still couldn’t tell you all the good things that happened during 2016 and are planned for 2017. This are just the highlights. There is a lot more contained in the Lewisville 2025 annual report at your seats
  • In our annual survey last year, 91 percent of respondents said they are satisfied with the quality of life in Lewisville
  • Nearly 47 percent said they have seen Lewisville improve during the time they have lived here
  • More than 82 percent said they would recommend Lewisville to a relative or friend looking for a place to live in North Texas
  • These numbers are a report card that shows Lewisville is doing a lot of things right, but we have bigger dreams that you will see coming to life this year and in future years through the Lewisville 2025 vision plan
  • We are blessed to live in Southern Denton County where all three of our cities are great places to live and conduct business
  • Thank you for the chance to share part of Lewisville’s story with you today!