The petition drive which occurred throughout Lantana on Dec 11th was a success in that we are halfway to our goal. That goal being collecting enough signatures for petitioning the Denton County Commissioner’s Court to enforce the posted traffic regulations within Lantana.
However, if you have not yet signed we still need your help to finish the job. Between now and Jan 15th, volunteers will be going door-to-door throughout Lantana to ask your support in signing the petition. Copies of the petition are also available for you to sign at the Fresh Water Supply District offices located at Bartonville Town Center.
Be on the look-out for our volunteers and we appreciate your help with this important project. Successful completion of the petition drive will ensure that our posted traffic regulations are enforceable by the Denton County Sheriff’s office. Additional information as follows:
PETITION DRIVE AIMS TO ENFORCE TRAFFIC LAWS IN LANTANA
Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott issued a ruling last fall that special purpose water districts like Lantana do not have the authority to adopt and enforce traffic regulations on the roads inside their communities, and counties do not have authority to enforce county traffic regulations in such areas.
This ruling effectively prevents the Denton County Sheriff’s Department from enforcing traffic regulations within Fresh Water Supply Districts 6 & 7 which encompasses all of Lantana. In response to this ruling, Texas legislators passed a law this spring to provide a solution that would legally reinstate traffic enforcement inside FWSD’s and other special districts.
House Bill 2541, which was signed into law by Governor Rick Perry on June 17, 2011, authorizes residents of a FWSD to file a petition with their county’s commissioner’s court requesting traffic enforcement in their community.
The petition does not add dedicated police patrols. It is simply a process set out by the state legislature to allow the county sheriff to enforce our existing posted traffic regulations.
Fresh Water Supply Districts 6 & 7 have been advised that at the current level of service provided by the Denton County Sheriff’s Office, the services requested by the petition will not increase costs to Lantana residents.
The petition must be signed by at least 50 percent of resident property owners in the district to be valid. More details on HB 2541 can be found at: http://www.legis.state.tx.us/tlodocs/82R/billtext/html/HB02541F.htm and copies of the actual petition can be found at http://lantanatx.org/.
Please contact Ross Ferguson at email@example.com or call 940-728-5050 if you would like to help with the petition drive or have questions about this issue.