Three Things to Know This Week (Nov. 13-19)

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Things to Know

  1. #ICYMI last Thursday, have you seen the city’s new website? We’re very proud toScreenshot-crop launch our brand new, redesigned site that we hope will not only showcase our community with a more modern design but will also increase user-friendliness across the board. For starters, it is mobile-responsive, meaning it’ll auto-format when viewing on tablets and smartphones. The Colony Police Department and The Colony Public Library also have unique pages within the site to feature their programs and services. Check it out! Same URL as before: http://www.thecolonytx.gov.

  2. The Colony Planning & Zoning Commission meets at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 14, at City Hall. View the agenda online.

  3. TCPL_EarlyLiteracyThe Colony Public Library’s Early Literacy Classes will be on hiatus in December but they’re all in full swing this week! Bring your young ones out for your choice of programs: Toddler Time for 2- to 3-year-olds at 10:15 a.m. Tuesday; Music & Movement Story Time for all ages at 10:15 a.m. Thursday; and Preschool Story Time for 3- to 5-year-olds at 10:15 a.m. Friday. Visit thecolonypl.org for more info on these and other happenings at your public library.
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Three Things to Know This Week (Nov. 6-12)

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  1. Election Day is Tuesday, Nov. 7. Locally, City Council Place 6 is on the ballot. In addition to the City Council race, several statewide propositions are on the ballot, Vote-smallas well as bond initiatives for voters in Little Elm ISD. To see a sample ballot and find your polling place by precinct, visit votedenton.com. For more info about the election, contact the City Secretary’s Office at 972-624-3106 or visit the city’s website at www.thecolonytx.gov.

  2. It’s almost here! “American Heroes: A Salute to Veterans,” featuring a FREE performance by the legendary Oak Ridge Boys kicks off THIS Saturday at The Colony Five Star Complex! In addition to the Oak Ridge Boys, performances are  scheduled by Sammy Kershaw and Cooder Graw. This festival and fireworks event also features the American Hero Run, Veterans Memorial Ceremony, car/truck/bike show, and so much more! Visit the official festival website for all the details or call the Parks & Recreation Department at 972-625-1106. See you there on Saturday!AmericanHeroesPromo

  3. City offices, facilities, and the library will be closed Friday, Nov. 10, in observance of Veterans Day. The library will be closed Nov. 10-13.

Main Street: What’s next?

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Project to shift from reconstruction to beautification

In late July of this year, the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) began the final phases of the Main Street Widening Project. After almost three years of daily, significant road construction, nearly all lanes have since opened to traffic. Some daytime-only lane closures remain for specific elements of the project, including work on sidewalks, medians, and sound walls.DSC01321

So what’s next? Whereas TxDOT has overseen the actual roadwork all these years, the City will now take on much of the finishing touches in the months ahead. Those touches include steps to ensure the end result of this project is something we can all be proud of as we enjoy smoother commutes up and down the road.

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The sound walls feature a wave design.

Residents have often asked what beautification elements would be a part of the project. For starters, custom sound walls have been installed by TxDOT next to all residential areas adjacent to Main Street. The wall panels have a wave design depicting the lakeside theme of the community. The stone pattern on the side facing the road is painted to look like real stone while the sides facing residential areas are a tan brick pattern.

Motorists may have noticed the large, open squares at the end of the existing sound walls. That’s where sculptured art panels are being inserted into the walls. TxDOT is installing the panels but the city will maintain them moving forward. Much like the wave pattern, the artwork will feature signature elements of The Colony community. One of the art panels is already installed at the intersection with Ridgepointe Drive.

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This artwork has been installed in the sound wall at the intersection of Ridgepointe and Main.

Installing new traffic signals at the major intersections has been a significant portion of the project thus far, including ongoing adjustments to the timings of the lights once traffic was fully flowing. When completed, the new signals will have illuminated street signs at each intersection, as well as decorative “clamshell” bases. The new crosswalks at each intersection have also been stamped with a plank pattern designed to look like a boardwalk.

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Decorative street lights have been installed up and down Main Street.

Much of the beautification, however, will ultimately take place in the medians. For example, residents would likely have already seen the enhanced street lights, which are different from the standard “cobra-head” lights normally installed by TxDOT.

Landscaping and irrigation will, of course, be a big part of the median work still to come. Fortunately, the design work has already been completed, and the Parks Department has been approved for just under $1 million in grant funding from the TxDOT Green Ribbon Program for installation of the first phase.

Initially, the landscaping will include about 500 trees and some native grasses. Future phases will include a wide variety of plants and additional trees along the parkways. When finished, it will look similar to the landscaping in the medians along North Colony Boulevard between Main Street and Paige Road.

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The medians along Main Street will eventually feature landscaping similar to what is currently seen along North Colony between Paige and Main Street.

Lastly, but not certainly least, the sidewalks along Main Street have been connected to the city’s trail system and widened to be more bike- and pedestrian-friendly. Northbound Main Street now features a 10-foot sidewalk between Memorial Drive and North Colony Boulevard. The 10-foot trail then cuts across to the southbound side of the road at North Colony and continues north to the city limits.

Community Services Director Pam Nelson, whose department will be overseeing much of these remaining projects, said the remaining art panels will be installed in the upcoming weeks. The first phase of irrigation and landscaping should begin in the spring of 2018.

“It’s going to take a little while to wrap up the loose ends but beautification is an essential part of the overall project,” she said. “TxDOT built the new road to improve both local and regional transportation but it’s our residents who will drive it every day. We want them to reap the rewards of their patience these past few years by not only traveling a less congested road but also enjoying a much more aesthetically pleasing view along their city’s main thoroughfare.”

Three Things to Know This Week (Oct. 30-Nov. 5)

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Things to Know

  1. We’re less than two weeks away from “American Heroes: A Salute to Veterans,” featuring a FREE performance by the legendary Oak Ridge Boys at The Colony Five Star Complex! The event also features the American Hero Run, Veterans Memorial Ceremony, car/truck/bike show, and so much more! Did we mention the fireworks? Visit the official festival website for all the details or call the Parks & Recreation Department at 972-625-1106. See you there on Saturday, Nov. 11!

  2. Early voting for the Nov. 7, 2017, City Council Election for Place 6 is underway and continues through Friday, Nov. 3. Hours are 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily. Locally, early voting will be held at the City of The Colony Annex, 6804 Main St. For more locations, visit votedenton.com. For more info about the election, contact the City Secretary’s Office at 972-624-3106 or visit the city’s website at www.thecolonytx.gov. In addition to the City Council race, several statewide propositions are on the ballot, as well as bond initiatives for voters in Little Elm ISD.

  3. Last, but certainly not least, exciting news broke today as the LPGA and other event officials announced that the Volunteers of America LPGA North Dallas Classic will be at the Old American GC in The Colony next year! Organizers are planning a community-minded event for the whole family. Please see our press release for all the details.

Three Things to Know This Week (Oct. 23-29)

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  1. Early voting for the Nov. 7, 2017, City Council Election for Place 6 begins today and Vote-smallcontinues through Friday, Nov. 3. Hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 23-27; 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Oct. 28; 1 to 6 p.m. Oct. 29; and 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Oct. 30 to Nov. 3. Locally, early voting will be held at the City of The Colony Annex, 6804 Main St. For more locations and general information, visit votedenton.com. For more info about the City Council election, contact the City Secretary’s Office at 972-624-3106 or visit the city’s website at www.thecolonytx.gov. In addition to the City Council race, several statewide propositions are on the ballot, as well as bond initiatives for voters in Little Elm ISD.

  2. The Owl & Howl Prowl hits the Shoreline Trail from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday night, Oct. 24. This is a great opportunity to learn about the many wildlife and native plants on the trail from a local expert. It is also a rare chance to traverse the trail after hours. The walk will be approximately 1-2 miles round trip. Bring waterOwl&Howl2017 and dress for the weather; bug spray and binoculars are optional. Make sure to bring your flashlight. Participants are asked to meet at intersection of Lakeshore Boulevard and Lake Ridge Drive between 6:15 and 6:30 p.m. We encourage everyone to sign up for the event online. For more info, contact Danny Dill at 972-624-3159.

  3. Help make a difference in your community by joining volunteers from around The Colony and the entire nation during Make A Difference Day on Saturday, Oct. 28. On that day, volunteers in the City of The Colony will be working on a variety of local projects throughout the city, including: fence repairs, tree trimming, painting, graffiti removal, and trash and debris clean-up in city parks and along the Shoreline Trail. Volunteers will meet at 8 a.m. at Lions Club Park, 4800 Nash Drive. The event will last until noon. Light refreshments will be available at the conclusion. Participants must be at least 12 years old and are encouraged to register online. Please bring work gloves. Other project-related materials will be provided. For additional information, contact Danny Dill at 972-624-3159.

Three Things to Know This Week (Oct. 16-22)

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  1. Looking for ways to keep the kids active during the winter months ahead? Join TheYBB Colony Winter Youth Basketball League for kids ages 3-12. Registration is open until this Saturday, Oct. 21. You may register at The Colony Recreation Center (5151 North Colony Blvd.) or online at PlayTC.com. Registration is $65 for The Colony residents and $75 for non-residents. For more information, call Parks & Recreation at 972-625-1106.

  2. The Colony City Council meets at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 17, at City Hall, 6800 Main St. The Council meets on the first and third Tuesdays of every month. Click here for the agenda. The Board of Adjustments also meets this week, at 6:45 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 18. View the agenda online.

  3. The Colony Parks and Recreation Department is partnering with Texas Parks and Wildlife to offer a camping workshop for the community! The workshop, called Texas Outdoor Family, will take place at Lake Ray Roberts State Park: Isle du Bois park. During the event, families will hike, geocache, fish, learn to cook in a DutchTexasOutdoorFamily oven and much more! No experience is required and all equipment is provided. Families only need to bring personal items and bedding. Equipment included: tent, cots, cook stove, pots and pans, utensils, etc. The cost per family of five is $75. Also included is food for the weekend. The workshop is on Nov. 18-19. Check-in begins at 9 a.m. on Saturday and cleanup is finished by 10 a.m. on Sunday. Register at PlayTC.com or by calling Parks & Recreation at 972-625-1106.

Three Things to Know This Week (Oct. 10-15)

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  1. Members of The Colony Public Library’s Local History Committee will be on hand to talk about the history of Bridges Cemetery and discuss its preservation and TwilightBridgesrestoration plans, as well as answer questions about the history of the City of The Colony, during Twilight at Bridges Cemetery, 5 p.m. to sunset Saturday, Oct. 14. The cemetery is located at the corner of Morning Star and Chesapeake drives. Click here for more info, visit www.thecolonypl.org or email Assistant Library Director of Operations Megan Charters.

  2. Are you ready for the annual City-Wide Fall Clean-Up? If not, you’ve got one weekend left to get your junk in order! The event is scheduled for 8 a.m. to noon Saturday, Oct. 21, in the parking lot of Hawaiian Falls Waterpark. Residents of The Colony may bring trash and refuse, such as large tree limbs, furniture, appliances, lumber, remodeling debris, fencing materials and scrap metal, for disposal. This list is not all-inclusive, and some limitations apply. Click here for all the details or call Environmental Services at 972-624-3131.

  3. oak-ridge-boysMark your calendars now if you haven’t already. We are ONE MONTH away from American Heroes: A Salute to Veterans! This year’s festival and fireworks event is scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 11, at The Colony Five Star Complex. The event features a headlining performance by the Oak Ridge Boys, as well as live music from Sammy Kershaw and Cooder Graw. Registration for the American Hero 5K/10K/1-mile Fun Run is already underway. A whole day’s worth of fun and activities is in store. Check out the festival schedule for all the details or call Parks & Recreation at 972-625-1106.