Ash selected to lead Fort Worth Public Library Foundation

Andrea L. Ash has been named president and chief executive officer of the Fort Worth Public Library Foundation.

“I am honored to be joining such a passionate and dynamic team where I can combine my expertise with my passion of lifelong learning for the purpose of serving the Fort Worth community,” Ash said.

She will become the third chief executive officer in the 26-year history of the Fort Worth Public Library Foundation. The mission of the Library Foundation is to benefit the Fort Worth Library and the Fort Worth community by providing resources that support educational programming, buildings and infrastructure improvements. The Library Foundation has contributed more than $9 million to the library system and Fort Worth community in support of its mission since its founding in 1993.

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Sales tax collections up 8.6 percent in February

Fort Worth’s net sales tax collections in February totaled $11,838,554, up from February 2018 by $933,189, or 8.6 percent.

Year to date, sales tax collections are up 6.8 percent.

The city anticipates collecting $163,151,802 by fiscal year end, which matches original estimates in the FY2019 adopted budget.

Sales tax revenue represents 22.3 percent of the city’s General Fund budget. This is the second largest revenue source, with property taxes being the largest.

For the Crime Control and Prevention District, sales tax revenue represents the largest revenue source.

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Access to part of Trinity Park will be limited for Mayfest

The Mayfest area of Trinity Park will be closed to the public April 22-May 8 for the 47th annual Mayfest setup, takedown and the four-day family festival.

The Trinity Park Loop Trail provides a lighted detour connecting the Trinity Trail north and south ends of the closure. The Loop Trail ensures that trail users can continue to use the trails while the Mayfest portion of the park is closed.

In addition, beginning April 22, the area of Trinity Park where the Dream Park is located will be temporarily closed in preparation for Mayfest. The Dream Park will be open to all Mayfest attendees during the festival and will reopen to the public on May 9.

Seven parks with playgrounds can be found within a one-mile radius of Trinity Park, providing great options for residents and visitors seeking a playground.

The mission of Mayfest is to raise and contribute funds for the Trinity River, surrounding parks and community programs. Mayfest has returned more than $7.5 million to the Fort Worth community over its 47-year history. Examples of improvements Mayfest has funded include LED lighting and structures throughout Trinity Park, the Phyllis J. Tilley Memorial Pedestrian Bridge signage and landscaping, as well as five trail connections along the Trinity Trails.

To learn more about park access, contact the City of Fort Worth Park and Recreation Department at 817-392-5700 or Mayfest at 817-332-1055.

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Certain parts of the Trinity Trails detoured through May 8

Trail users of the over 72 mile Trinity Trail system will experience a quarter mile detour around a portion of Trinity Park, April 22 – May 8. The detour trail is prepped and maintained to provide the best conditions possible during the temporary reroute.

The planned expansion of the paved East Bank Trail Connection between Mistletoe Bridge and Tilley Bridge will not be complete by Spring 2019 due to unexpected construction delays associated with working under a major highway and railway. This connection will provide an additional alternative route around portions of Trinity Park in future years.

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Water Department: Flushing occurring in North Fort Worth as preventative measure

The Fort Worth Water Department is starting extensive flushing in north Fort Worth as a preventative measure to maintain drinking water quality. The area of Fort Worth impacted is north of Loop 820 from Lake Worth and Eagle Mountain Lake on the west, to Denton Highway on the east.

The Water Department’s primary responsibility is to protect public health. Daily monitoring has shown lower than normal disinfectant levels in parts of the north Fort Worth distribution system.

While the disinfectant levels are lower than normal, the water quality has continued to meet all state and federal standards. Flushing is being done to make sure the quality remains good. Flushing is the recognized best management practice for these situations.

The tablets used at the flushing sites are to remove any chlorine from the water in order to protect aquatic life in nearby streams.

Other cities that purchase drinking water through connections in north Fort Worth may be impacted.

To learn more, call the Customer Service Center at 817-392-4477 between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. Monday through Friday.

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TRE Link offers new option to DFW Airport

Trinity Railway Express passengers now have a new way to travel to Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport. On April 15, Trinity Metro began operating the TRE Link in conjunction with Dallas Area Rapid Transit and DFW Airport.

TRE Link, which features a paint scheme similar to the TRE, will replace the existing shuttle that connects CentrePort passengers with the airport. Like the current service, TRE Link will operate every 30 minutes on weekdays.

“TRE passengers have expressed their interest in having this airport shuttle service continue, and we are pleased to introduce the TRE Link,” Trinity Metro President/CEO Paul J Ballard said. “We appreciate the North Central Texas Council of Governments (NCTCOG) for providing grant funding for the first six months of service.”

Trinity Metro will provide three 35-foot buses to begin TRE Link service, and NCTCOG will provide future grant funding to purchase new vehicles for the route.

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IH-30 at Chapel Creek Boulevard closure rescheduled for April 14-15

Eastbound and westbound Interstate Highway 30 at Chapel Creek Boulevard will be closed from 9 p.m. Sunday, April 14, until 6 a.m. Monday, April 15, to install new overhead signs across the highway.

Interstate traffic will be detoured to the frontage roads. Police officers will assist with traffic control during the closures.

To access eastbound and westbound I-30, motorists should use White Settlement Road and Loop 820 to the north and Spur 580 (Camp Bowie West Boulevard) to the south.

Motorists should seek alternate routes, observe detour signage and follow instructions from police officers directing traffic.
To learn more, contact project manager Mike Weiss at 817-392-8485.

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Upcoming disparity study examines fairness, availability of city contract opportunities

The City of Fort Worth’s Office of Business Diversity is partnering with CH Advisors Inc. to conduct an Availability & Disparity Study that examines the city’s policies and programs for minority- and women-owned business enterprises (M/WBEs).

As a kickoff to this study, a public meeting is scheduled for 6-8 p.m. Monday, April 22, for residents to learn more about the project. The meeting will be held in the Tandy Lecture Hall in the Central Branch of the Fort Worth Library, 500 W. Third St.

RSVP to the Availability & Disparity public meeting.

About the study

The main goal of the study is to examine whether all businesses have equal access to compete for contract opportunities with the City of Fort Worth, and to ensure the city’s contract opportunities are fair and competitive.

In order to do this, the study will look at the availability and utilization of minority- and women-owned businesses by the City of Fort Worth and compare it to the local market for those industries. Data will also be gathered from Census Bureau datasets. Additionally, the consultant will interview city stakeholders and business owners, who will be asked for their feedback on working with the city and will be able to make recommendations.

The study will also collect information about race and gender-based barriers that may exist in the Fort Worth market and will examine factors that are necessary for entrepreneurial success (such as access to business capital, networks, suppliers and more).

Get involved

Fort Worth business owners or stakeholders interested in being part of the study’s anecdotal data collection are encouraged to attend the upcoming public meeting and participate in focus groups that will allow experiences, insights and recommendations to be shared with the study team.

Following the public meeting, CH Advisors Inc. will begin contacting business owners to learn more about their contracts with the City of Fort Worth through small-group interview sessions.

More information about the study can be found on the Disparity Study website.

Questions can also be sent by email or phone to CH Advisors Inc. at 855-692-3529.

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Sabine Place Apartments undergo renovations

Fort Worth Housing Solutions celebrated the completion of renovations at Sabine Place Apartments in the Diamond Hill-Jarvis neighborhood.

New features include renovated kitchens and bathroom, new appliances, new flooring, new HVAC systems throughout the property, new roofs, energy-efficient windows, new entrance doors, a new playground, LED lighting throughout the property for added security, and a newly remodeled and fully ADA-accessible management space and community office with computers and a printer for residents’ business needs.

Sabine Place Apartments is at 1215 Terminal Road in Council District 2. The project is a partnership involving Fort Worth Housing Solutions, private developers, Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs, the City of Fort Worth and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

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