Curious about the 2018 bond program? New video has details

To address Fort Worth’s unprecedented growth and the challenges that come along with it, the City Council will call for a bond election in May 2018. If approved by voters, the bond package would provide funding to build new roads and repair existing ones; add new park amenities, community centers and public safety facility improvements; and replace an aging library.

A new video provides an introduction to the bond process and mentions some of the priorities for the proposed bond election.

Visit the bond program page to see a schedule of upcoming public meetings or to suggest a project.

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Resource Fair provides one-stop assistance to Hurricane Harvey evacuees

Learn about all the resources available to folks affected by Hurricane Harvey at a Resource Fair, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Sept. 11 at the Resource Connection Gymnasium, 2300 Circle Drive. The fair is sponsored by the City of Fort Worth Community Action Partners and other local agencies.

Free resources include FEMA, housing resources, unemployment assistance, job search, mental health and recovery services, Fort Worth ISD enrollment, healthcare, veteran services, vital records, Red Cross, childcare services, emergency assessments and assistance, and transportation.

Participants must provide proof of residence in the hurricane-affected area.

Learn more about available resources by calling 211.

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I-35W TEXpress lanes contribute portion of tolls to hurricane relief

The North Tarrant TEXpress, NTE 35W TEXpress and LBJ TEXpress donated $45,000 from tolls collected from TEXpress lanes on Sept. 2 to the American Red Cross in support of those impacted by Hurricane Harvey.

“We have friends, family and colleagues with all those people in Southeast Texas in the midst of the devastation caused by this hurricane,” said North Texas CEO Alberto Gonzalez. “We felt like we needed to do something and we know the American Red Cross touches every aspect of a disaster relief effort, especially one of this magnitude.”

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Before disaster strikes, have a plan

September is National Preparedness Month. This year’s theme — “Disasters Don’t Plan Ahead. You Can” — focuses on the goal to increase the number of individuals, families and communities that engage in preparedness actions at home, work, business, school and places of worship. Part 1 of a four-part series.

Make a plan today. Your family may not be together if a disaster strikes, so it is important to know which types of disasters can affect our area. Know how you’ll contact one another and reconnect if separated. Establish a family meeting place that’s familiar and easy to find.

Step 1: Put together a plan by discussing these four questions with your family, friends or household to start your emergency plan:

  • How will I receive emergency alerts and warnings?
  • What is my shelter plan?
  • What is my evacuation route?
  • What is my family/household communication plan?

Step 2: Consider specific needs in your household. As you prepare your plan, tailor your plans and supplies to your specific daily living needs and responsibilities. Discuss your needs and responsibilities and how people in the network can assist each other with communication, care of children, business, pets or specific needs like the operation of durable medical equipment. Create your own personal network for specific areas where you need assistance. Keep in mind these factors when developing your plan:

  • Different ages of members within your household.
  • Responsibilities for assisting others.
  • Locations frequented.
  • Dietary needs.
  • Medical needs, including prescriptions and equipment.
  • Disabilities or access and functional needs, including devices and equipment.
  • Languages spoken.
  • Cultural and religious considerations.
  • Pets or service animals.
  • Households with school-aged children.

Step 3: Download and fill out a family emergency plan or create your own.

Step 4: Practice your plan with your family or household.

KnoWhat2Do is a regional North Central Texas preparedness program that promotes Think, Prepare and Act strategies to enable your family to become prepared for any incident.

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Meet Christopher Fennell, artist for North Beach Street Corridor

Join Councilmembers Dennis Shingleton and Cary Moon in meeting Christopher Fennell and seeing his artwork proposal for the North Beach Corridor project at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 13 at Heritage Church of Christ, 4201 Heritage Trace Parkway.

Artist Christopher Fennell uses locally-recycled materials to build site-specific installations across the United States.

With an engineering degree from the University of South Florida, Fennell left his career in aerospace design to pursue his interest in art. After earning a master of fine arts degree from the University of Georgia, he discovered his love for using discarded objects to create sculpture. The artist places recognizable objects into organic forms, like a wave of 60 canoes, a ball of 600 baseball bats or a tornado of 120 bicycles.

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Fort Worth’s historic preservation ordinance to be updated

The city is updating the Historic Preservation Ordinance in an effort to streamline the approval process.

A meeting to discuss updates and receive resident comments is planned for 6 p.m. Sept. 25 at Thistle Hill, 1509 Pennsylvania Ave.

Work on ordinance revisions began in 2016. Updates for consideration include:

  • Elimination of redundant text.
  • Clarification of text that is confusing.
  • Streamlining the project review process.

Make plans to attend the meeting to hear all the updates and give feedback.

Learn more about historic preservation in Fort Worth.

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Labor Day closure schedule

Most city offices, including City Hall, will be closed Monday, Sept. 4, for the Labor Day holiday. Emergency services will be available as usual.

There will be no changes in garbage, recycle, yard waste or bulk collection schedules. Drop-off stations will be closed. If you have questions or need assistance, call 817-392-1234.

All Fort Worth Library locations and book drops will be closed on Sept. 4. No items will be due between Saturday and Monday.

Community centers, the Haws Athletic Center, late-night programs and the Log Cabin Village will be closed.

To access the Water Department’s automated system for payments and account inquiries or to report an emergency, call the 24-hour call center at 817-392-4477 or visit H2Online.

The next City Council meeting will be at 7 p.m. Sept. 12.

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New water and sewer lines, and street repaving coming to East 4th Street and Galvez Avenue

Water and sewer lines are being replaced on East 4th Street from Covelo Avenue to Denair Avenue and Galvez Avenue from Denair Avenue to South Gross Street. And then the streets will be rehabilitated.

The city’s Transportation & Public Works Department will meet with residents at 6 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 13 at Andrew “Doc” Session Community Center, located at 201 S. Sylvania Ave. to inform them about the construction schedule.

Make plans to attend and find out more about the impacts to area residents.

For more information on this project, contact Project Manager Mary Hanna at 817-392-5565 or through email

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Houston SPCA coordinating animal rescue efforts during hurricane aftermath

The City of Fort Worth Animal Care & Control is supporting the efforts of the City of Houston SPCA, the lead agency for animal-related disaster rescue, relief and resources in the Houston region.

All animal rescue organizations and volunteers that want to assist in Hurricane Harvey relief efforts should call the Houston SPCA disaster hotline at 713-861-3010 to find out how they can best help.

People can help by donating to the Houston SPCA and then, in the coming weeks, by donating time and money to local organizations that help find homes for those pets that do not get reunited with their owners.

Fort Worth is one of a few locations where owners and their pets can co-locate at an emergency shelter. Pets will be kept just outside the building entrance in air conditioned tents where they will receive free care, food and veterinary services.

Visit the Houston SPCA website for more information on their efforts.

For more information on Fort Worth and Tarrant County’s work to assist with Hurricane Harvey, please visit FWHelpForHarvey.com for the latest.

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