County Commissioner Dianne Edmondson
The Texas Motor Speedway (TMS) COVID-19 vaccine mega center has crossed the finish line after about 400,000 folks were vaccinated at the mobile clinic through the first part of June, including hundreds of Robson Ranch residents. Dozens of our Robson Ranch residents volunteered to help at those clinics: checking folks in, flagging traffic, observing during the waiting period, etc. There are not enough thank you’s to express how grateful we are as a county for your assistance, and we know that several of you are also helping with our next round of clinics.
Currently, more than 50% of the county’s age-eligible residents have been vaccinated, and we are ready to “shoot” any of the remaining unvaccinated residents who want the vaccine. For those who may be homebound due to lack of transportation, physical issues, or whatever, your Commissioners are now offering in-home vaccinations given by our courteous and capable Emergency Medicine Technicians. Call the helpline at 940-349-2585 to arrange for an in-home vaccination.
We are also scheduling pop up clinics, including at some school locations throughout the county. The primary focus is the newly-eligible 12-to-16-year population, although adults also can be vaccinated at these sites. Some of these clinics will be indoors. If you have not yet registered or received your vaccine, you still may register online at www.dentoncounty.gov or contact the helpline number above.
Quicker Response Time for Robson Ranch
Emergency Services District Number 1 will utilize the special street planned to shorten the response time to Robson Ranch via connecting Briarwood in The Ridge at Northlake with Harvest Way, just in front of the fire station. The Fire Chief tells us that the current response time is about 9.5 minutes and will be cut to about 4.5 minutes using the new road and also says that each minute cut from that response time will increase heart attack survival rate by 10%. Thus, this new route could increase survival rate by 50%, making it very important for us here at the Ranch, and I am working diligently to move that route along. We hope to have it completed by fall.
Area Road Work
Work on Crawford Road is moving along, though heavy rains and a cement shortage have slowed it down somewhat. This joint project is still expected to be completed in October. TXDot is currently working on another road that many of us use to get to Krum, State Highway 2449. It is expected to be under construction for about a year. There also are upcoming projects on State Highway 407, both east and west of I-35 W.
About 82 people each day move into Denton County, according to the North Texas Council of Governments. As our county continues its explosive population growth, there will be many transportation and public safety challenges for your County Commissioners to confront. Please feel free to give me any feedback that you have by email at [email protected] or by phone at the office at 972-434-3960.