Presentation On Oct. 22 To Denton County Commissioners Court

Good morning Judge and Commissioners

The Denton County Courthouse-on-the-Square Art Committee, when they met last week for the second time, established a schedule for a listening tour to give the public an opportunity to provide feedback about what they envision for telling the complete story of the Confederate Memorial.

As you know, the previous Denton County Confederate Memorial Advisory Committee recommended providing specific context to the existing memorial that would tell the full story of race relations in Denton County from the time of slavery to the present time. The committee hopes that the public will share their ideas not only for the artistic elements but also in selecting words for telling the complete story.

  • The first meeting is from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 4, at the Stephen E. Copeland Government Center at 1400 FM 424 in Cross Roads.
  • The second meeting will be from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 12, at the Lewisville – Precinct 3 Government Center at 400 N. Valley Parkway in Lewisville.
  • The third meeting is set from 7:15 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 18, at the MLK Jr. Recreation Center at 1300 Wilson St. in Denton.
  • The final meeting will be from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 2, at the Southwest Courthouse at 6400 Canyon Falls Drive in Flower Mound.

The public is always welcome to submit suggestions to artcommittee@dentoncounty.com. The committee reviews suggestions from the public.

We will let the public know about these meetings through local and area newspapers including the North Texas Daily at UNT, the League of United Latin American Citizens, the Denton Black Chamber of Commerce as well as Denton and area chambers, the ministerial alliance and area service organizations. We will also have paid Facebook posts targeted to areas around each meeting.

Public input is a critical part of this process. Denton County as well as the committee would like to invite residents to participate and have their voices heard.

Dawn Cobb, Director of Community Relations, Denton County

Presentation on Oct. 15 to Denton County Commissioners Court

Good morning Judge and Commissioners

I am here to give you a brief update on the Denton County Courthouse-on-the Square Art Committee, which met earlier this month for the first time.

As you know, the committee includes five members of the community appointed by you as well as Judge Eads and Commissioner Mitchell. Several directors are providing support including myself, Peggy Riddle and Scott Arledge.

Mr. Arledge spent much of the first meeting explaining the procurement process and how it is confidential as per state mandate. The committee received a history of the Confederate Memorial as well as an overview of the Denton County Confederate Memorial Advisory Committee and its recommendation to Commissioners Court.

Background about the memorial and an overview of the new committee’s plan of action is available on a new website that has been created to keep the public informed. That website is www.confederatememorial.dentoncounty.gov. Let me repeat that: www.confederatememorial.dentoncounty.gov. An email submission form has been automatically added to the website.

The email account was established to give the public an opportunity to provide information and feedback for the committee. That email account is artcommittee@dentoncounty.com. Again, that email is artcommittee@dentoncounty.com.

During the meeting, the committee also discussed scheduling a listening tour for public feedback in the near future. The plan is to select three locations around Denton County that are easily accessible to the public and to schedule evening meetings so that it will be more convenient for the public to attend.

We will be providing regular updates both on the website as well as in upcoming Commissioners Court meetings.

Thank you for your time.

Dawn Cobb, Director of Community Relations, Denton County