Early voting begins Oct. 21 for Tarrant and Denton Counties

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Early voting for Nov. 5 elections begins Oct. 21 for both Tarrant and Denton counties.

Trophy Club and Keller both have items on the ballots, including a bond election for $8 million in road improvements and a newly created town council seat up for grabs.

Denton County voters may vote early at the Trophy Club Svore Municipal Building, 100 Municipal Drive.

Tarrant County voters have multiple polling locations to choose from for early voting, including Southlake Town Hall and Keller Town Hall.

On the ballot in Trophy Club, which is located in both counties, is the position of Town Council Member Place 6, a two-and-a-half-year term.

Last May, Trophy Club voters approved adding a sixth member to the Town Council. Two candidates are vying for that position: Philip Shoffner, 44, a business owner who has lived in Trophy Club for five years, and Dena Boudreau, 49, a licensed insurance agent, volunteer and homemaker who has lived in the town for two years.

Residents in Keller will be going to the polls to vote on road and intersection improvements.

City Council called for the bond election during an Aug. 20 meeting.

Projected total cost is $8.23 million, with bond issuance costs of $130,000 and roadway and intersection improvements costing $8.1 million.

The bond package equals an additional 1.493 cents per $100 of valuation and could bring Keller’s tax rate to $0.45712.

For the average Keller homeowner, whose house was valued at $270,752 in July 2013, the project would increase taxes by $39.80 annually, or $3.31 per month

The projects, which will appear on the ballot within a single proposition, include:

• Extend Lamar Street on the west side of U.S. 377 in Old Town to as far south as Pecan Street, with improved connections to U.S. 377 via extensions of both Olive and Pecan streets, including a traffic signal at a newly created four-way intersection of Pecan Street and U.S. 377, sidewalks, street lighting, drainage improvements and parking.

• Expand Elm and Pecan streets on the east side of U.S. 377, with sidewalks, street lighting, drainage improvements and parking.

• Expand Wall-Price Keller Road to three lanes between U.S. 377 and Whitley Road, including 5-foot sidewalks on both sides of the street and a traffic signal at the Wall-Price Keller Road intersection with Whitley.

• Build a roundabout at the Keller-Smithfield at Johnson Road intersection

• Expand Shady Grove Road to three lanes between Keller-Smithfield Road and Sara Brooks Drive adjacent to Shady Grove Elementary School, complete with 5-foot sidewalks on both sides.

• Signalize the Bear Creek Parkway at Elm Street/Whitley Road and Keller-Smithfield Road at Bear Creek Parkway North intersections

• Install dual left turn lanes at the FM1709 and Rufe Snow Drive intersection to help northbound traffic on Rufe Snow Drive turn west, and westbound traffic on FM 1709 turn south.

• Install dual left turn lanes at FM 1709 and Keller-Smithfield Road North to help westbound traffic on FM 1709 turn south, and southbound traffic on Keller-Smithfield turn east.

Susan McFarland, 817-431-2231 Twitter: @susanmcfarland1

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