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My name is Dan McClendon, and I have been your Place 5 Councilman since 2007 and Mayor Pro Tem since 2015. In my tenure on Council, I have brought to Burleson public service my decades of experience in municipal construction contracting and land development in many cities around our area.
The viewpoints I have gained from years of working with staff and Councils throughout the area are invaluable to me in realizing how cities must deal effectively with issues of transportation, public works, zoning, community relations, and an array of other issues large and small. We can, as a city, learn from the mistakes and accomplishments of communities in our area of all sizes, and I am proud to be the observer and analyst who brings to council service a perspective that few can offer.
From the outset, I have used my connections in the area outside our City to help bring about improvements that Burleson has needed, such as the extension and widening of Alsbury Blvd (by Lowe’s), the Stone Road (Village Creek Blvd) connection that began as a City of Fort Worth/City of Burleson joint project, and also the widening and reconstruction of McAlister Road between the railroad and I35W, funded by the City of Fort Worth and constructed by my own company.
I have watched Burleson almost triple in population in the time I have lived here. I have seen Tom’s Trading Post become Renfro Square; have seen Winn-Dixie go and H-E-B come in; have seen Coast to Coast Hardware go and Home Depot and Lowe's come in. Chisenhall Fields and the BRiCk, two of our city’s greatest accomplishments ever, along with the new soccer fields, have replaced Bartlett Park and the old Community Center. Pastures and woods have become lawns and rooftops. My service on the 4A Economic Development Corporation Board, of which I am currently President, has seen the development of Highpoint Business Park at I-35W and CR711 that has brought many new jobs and new revenues to our City, and has since been augmented by adjacent private development that will keep this expansion going. And yes, every day we see the traffic and congestion increase.
But we’re working on it. The Council's Infrastructure and Development Committee, which I serve as chair, constantly works with staff to seek solutions for road and utility improvements and their funding. Recently we completed, through months of input and evaluation by staff, committee members, and community business leaders, a new Traffic Impact Fee that will simplify the process of assuring ourselves that as new development places increasing demands on the City's transportation system, new development will contribute to the expansion that it makes necessary, so that new growth in the City pays for the new demands on the existing system that it brings.
My service as chair of the Finance Committee keeps me ever alert as to the changing needs that Burleson must face while remaining one of the most financially conservative and responsible cities in our area. And working with our planning staff in developing corridor plans for Wilshire Blvd and for I-35W offers the promise of a smooth transition to an orderly and well-planned future that will redevelop those portions of our City while preparing for the coming Transportation Oriented Development that will continue to reshape our community when it eventually brings light rail service to Burleson.
In 2015 I began service to the North Central Texas Council of Governments as an Executive Board member. This body addresses transportation and many other needs from a regional standpoint and is tasked with making certain that plans are studied and laid out for the transportation needs of the sixteen-county metropolitan area for decades into the future. Since my service on this board ended, pending confirmation, I expect soon to be serving on the Tarrant Regional Transportation Coalition.
I’m totally dedicated to this community and its future. I chose to live here 44 years ago, and I’m still glad I did. And I’m proud to serve our City with the highest and best hopes for everyone who has joined me in making this our home. I am ALL FOR BURLESON, for ALL Burleson!
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