LETTER: An open letter to residents of Double Oak – Cross Timbers Gazette | Denton County South | mound of flowers


Governance as written and quoted in an article by “UCLG ASPAC” is a concept that has been around for years and is commonly used by many people to govern. Its use often depends on the intended purpose, the people involved and the social and political environment of a city.

According to the article, governance refers to the activities of all political and administrative authorities to govern their country, state, city or town. So, in general, governance means: the decision-making process and the process of determining which policies will be implemented and which will not be implemented.

Defining Good Governance

The term good governance aims to minimize corruption, consider the opinions of all residents, listen to people’s voices in the decision-making process, and actively respond to community needs now and in the future.

Eight principles of good governance

Citing the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP), the concept of good governance is based on eight principles.

1. Attendance

Participation in the concept of good governance is here the opportunity for everyone to express themselves through institutions or representations. Furthermore, everyone, without exception, has the right to freedom of association and expression.

“We believe Double Oak provides the opportunity for its residents to participate. However, with the current city council, it lacks transparency in how it listens and responds to its citizens. “Voices are heard, but the items put forward are rarely implemented by current board members and their actions”

2. Rule of law

To implement good governance, the city’s legal framework must be applied impartially.

“The current Double Oak City Council lacks knowledge of our city’s ordinances and sometimes chooses to govern around them if it fits their agenda.” This cannot happen to our city. If ordinances need to be addressed, it is the responsibility of the city council to work with its citizens to respond to them. The problem with this is that the current city council lacks proper due diligence to respond to these ordinances which may be out of date or may not fit into our city today.

3. Transparency

Transparency means that every policy taken and implemented by the government must be carried out within the framework of existing regulations. In addition, there must be a guarantee that any information related to the policy is accessible to all, in particular to those who are directly affected by the policy.

“There is a reason the City of Double Oak has five candidates vying for three spots in this election.

Incumbent Billie Garret recently took to social media to share her transparency on some of the city’s agenda items, specifically the vote to freeze the city’s portion of property taxes for sixty-five and over.

• Why hasn’t Billie shared her past opinions on her votes on social media?
• Will Billie share her future positions on agenda items if re-elected?
• Or is it just Billie clamoring for votes claiming she is a champion of fiscal responsibility? »?

And Tim Bologna? No one knows what they think about transparency or other issues for that matter. Has Tim attended any of the town hall meetings over the past few months?


How can you expect to be on city council if you haven’t been informed about what’s really going on in our city?

Connie Schoenrade, Jean Hillyer and Patrick Johnson continually share their positions on the challenges and issues facing the City of Double Oak and have been 100% transparent about how they will govern while serving on City Council.”

4. Responsiveness

Good governance needs institutions and processes to attempt to serve all stakeholders in a timely manner.

“The current City Council recently failed in their due diligence regarding Cross Timbers Water’s proposal to repaint the Double Oak logo on the water tower at FM407 and Simmons. The council continued to take no action on this and if the former mayor had not stepped in and stressed that the proposal needed to be implemented or the newly painted water tower would not have the Double logo Oak topped it and the city would have to wait many years for the next paint job.

5. Consensus-oriented

This fifth principle is related to the decision-making process. When the decision-making process cannot accommodate everyone’s wishes, then at a minimum, the decision must be one that can be accepted by everyone and harms no one.

“In September 2021, Connie Schoenrade, Jean Hillyer and Patrick Johnson joined other citizens and protested when the council was going to increase property tax revenue by more than 9%, which is overtaxation and the council was increasing spending beyond historical practice. We stood with the townspeople and because of the protests, the majority of council members reconsidered and voted to cut taxes and reduce unwarranted budget spending. Our protests were validated when the city auditor confirmed that the city ended the year with another huge financial surplus.

Another example of working for the people of the city and orienting towards consensus.

6. Equity and inclusiveness

Good governance ensures justice for the community. Everyone has the same opportunity to maintain and improve their well-being.

“The current city council sometimes seems to lack inclusiveness towards the townspeople. Especially when following up on the elements brought to the municipal council by its citizens.

These elements must be followed by an acknowledgment of receipt and a closure.
Connie Schoenrade, Jean Hillyer and Patrick Johnson are 100% for equality and inclusion in our city. The actions taken by these three candidates will not compromise on these principles and appropriate follow-up will take place”.

7. Effectiveness and efficiency

Each decision-making process and its institutions must be able to produce decisions that meet all the needs of the community. Community resources should also be used optimally by the city government.

• Engage with our municipal committees and separate their duties if necessary
• Form new committees such as economic development to help our town’s business.
• Go out into the community and meet our citizens. Double Oak has twenty-three subdivisions, when was the last time a member of the city council visited your neighborhood other than to solicit your re-election vote?
• Initiate dialogue with the citizens of our city regarding our future traffic problems
Organize, divide and conquer, Schoenrade, Hillyer and Johnson are up to the task of leading the city council with a better way to govern its citizens.

8. Liability

All institutions involved in good governance have full responsibility towards the public in order to improve the quality of its city.

Now that we are all presented with a comprehensive understanding of good governance and its principles, let’s talk about the role of local governments and how it is particularly crucial to the development of a city.

“The City Council should be focused on its citizens, as well as critical issues such as roads and drainage, fiscal responsibility with the budget, traffic issues and other challenges the City of Double Oak will face in the future.

Our city council should benefit from putting people at the center of every decision-making process and being accountable in the process.


Our promise to the citizens of Double Oak:

1. Make Double Oak a safe community by supporting our fire and police departments
2. Embrace fiscally responsible budgets to run the city efficiently and keep taxes low
3. Transparency in our government
4. Communicate with residents to make Double Oak the best place to live
5. Serve residents and the city with dignity and honor

We would be honored to have your confidence and vote on Saturday, May 7, voting hours are 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Connie Schoenrade, Jean Hillyer and Patrick Johnson
Double oak, TX


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