The new town manager was introduced to the community at the Trophy Club Town Council meeting Oct. 23, when council also tabled tabled some plats for a new residential development.

Council members also approved some purchase orders that required their OK at the meeting.

“I’m so glad to be here,” Town Manager Brandon Wright told council. “I’m so glad to be serving the residents of Trophy Club, so glad to be working with the Town Council here. This is really a great opportunity for me and my family, who came with me today.”

Wright introduced his wife and three children. He called Trophy Club a “great community” and said there are “great days ahead of us” as he and others work to find ways to make Trophy Club the community they want it to be.

The details

Council hired Wright, who is still serving as the city manager in DeSoto, on Oct. 9 and approved his contract agreement as Trophy Club town manager, effective on the first day of employment with the town, which shall occur on or before Dec.11.

Council member Steve Flynn said at the Oct. 23 meeting that council conducted a “very exhaustive and thorough” process to find the new town manager. He welcomed Wright to town.

“We couldn’t be more excited to have you on this team,” Flynn told Wright, who has been in DeSoto since March 2020.

Police Chief Patrick Arata has been serving as interim town manager since March, when Wade Carroll left to become town manager for Westlake.

In other news

An applicant requested and was granted a tabling of the final plats for Bobcat Village Phase 1 and Phase 2 with a waiver per the Town of Trophy Club Subdivision Ordinance, with the table extending to the Dec. 11 council meeting. The two phases have 35 lots overall.

In a letter to Matt Cox, director of community development for the town of Trophy Club, applicant James Martin of EVG Residential said the tabling will allow coordination for access and engineering plans associated with the residential development site. A council agenda memo stated there were outstanding requirements associated with the final plats, and tabling the item to the December meeting will allow for additional time to coordinate the development requirements.

Also at the meeting, council approved purchase orders for for expenses, with each purchase exceeding $25,000. Council has to approve purchases of $25,000 or more, said April Duvall, director of finance for the town. Those purchases were:
  • Streets/Stormwater Consolidated Traffic Controls Inc.: Purchase order for installation of new flashers and the upgrading of old flasher systems in phases for $27,000
  • Freese and Nichols Inc.: Purchase order for professional stormwater engineering services in fiscal year 2023-24 for $30,000
  • LaTour Tree Service: This purchase order is for monthly inspections of creeks, creek beds, banks beneath bridges and culverts for any issues that could hinder the flow of water and alert staff of impending issues that will need maintenance, such as erosion and pre- or post-storm concerns, according to a council agenda memo. This annual service has been expanded to include on-call trash/debris removal from Trophy Club creeks and natural stormwater systems following heavy rainfall events throughout FY 2023-24. The cost is $60,000.
  • Kanelee Landscapes (TLC Landscapes): Purchase order for mowing the creek by Byron Nelson High School as well as the creek between Lakeview Drive and Village Trail for $33,000
One more thing

Council heard the Trophy Club Fire Department open house will be held from 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Nov. 4, with the public invited to visit the fire station to ask personnel questions about fire prevention. The event will include entertainment, such as bounce houses and clowns.