Construction coming to northside neighborhoods

Water, sewer and street improvements are scheduled for 10 street segments in the northside area of Fort Worth. Existing water and sewer lines are being replaced and the streets rehabilitated. Affected streets and alleyways include:

  • Northwest 23rd Street from Lincoln Avenue to Columbus Avenue.
  • Northwest 24th Street from Ephriham Avenue to Grayson Avenue.
  • Northwest 24th Street from Lydon Avenue to Robinson Street.
  • Northwest Eighth Street from Rock Island Street to McCandless Street.
  • Northwest 30th Street from Angle Avenue to Chestnut Avenue.
  • Northwest 31st Street from Rock Island Street to McCandless Street.
  • Chestnut Avenue from Loraine Street to Northwest 30th Street.
  • Market Avenue from Northwest 28th Street to Northwest Loraine Street.
  • McKinley Avenue from Northwest 23rd Street to Azle Avenue.
  • McKinley Avenue from Northwest 29th Street to Northwest 30th Street.

To find out more about the project, make plans to attend the community meeting scheduled for 6 p.m. Jan. 17 at the North Tri-Ethnic Community Center, 2950 Roosevelt Ave.

To learn more, contact Project Manager Mary Hanna at 817-392-5565.

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How to dispose of live Christmas trees

Live Christmas trees may have added warmth and vitality to your home during the holiday season, but now they’re kicked to the curb…and that’s where the city’s Solid Waste Services comes in.

Live Christmas trees are biodegradable, which means they can be easily reused or recycled for mulch. These trees can be disposed of as part of the normal weekly yard waste pickup following the holidays, or residents can take the trees to any of the city’s four drop-off stations between 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday. (Stations will be closed on New Year’s Day.)

  • 2400 Brennan Ave.
  • 5150 Martin Luther King Freeway.
  • 6260 Old Hemphill Road.
  • 301 Hillshire Drive.

Note: Drop-off stations will be closed on New Year’s Day.

Trees must be less than eight feet long, and should be cut into two pieces if necessary. Be sure to take all your decorations, lights and tree stands off of the tree before you place it on the curb.

Do not put the tree in a plastic bag.

Flocked trees are accepted, but artificial trees are not accepted for yard waste collection.

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Movies That Matter to screen 'I Am Not Your Negro'

Movies That Matter, a film series program managed by the City of Fort Worth’s Human Relations Commission, will present I Am Not Your Negro at 7 p.m. Jan. 11 at Fort Worth Botanic Garden Center, 3220 Botanic Garden Blvd.

A reception will precede the film at 6:30 p.m. Admission is free, and reservations can be made online.

I Am Not Your Negro is a radical, up-to-the-minute examination of race in America. It’s a journey into black history that connects the past of the Civil Rights movement to the present of #BlackLivesMatter.

Movies That Matter was created in 2010 as a way to create awareness in the community about human rights issues affecting people in Fort Worth and worldwide. The series presents human rights-related film screenings and moderated discussions.

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Fort Worth partners with Strava to make commuting better

The City of Fort Worth has partnered with Strava Metro, allowing users to record their human-powered travels and then have the routes compiled anonymously with millions of other Strava members. Metro aggregates that data and then works with city planners and advocates to improve commuting in Fort Worth.

By uploading commutes to Strava, transportation planners can determine what infrastructure is effective and what is problematic, providing a powerful tool for making improvements and creating better bike lanes, multi-use paths and car-free streets.

But, Strava Metro is only as good as the data that users provide to it. So download Strava for free on your phone or sign up online and start making your commutes count toward a safer and stress-free future.

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Water, sewer rates changing in January

Beginning Jan. 1, 2018, average Fort Worth residential customers will see a $3.31 monthly increase in their combined water and sewer bill.

With the changes, the average customer will pay about $2.09 a day for water and sewer service. The complete list of current 2017 water rates and future 2018 rates is available online.

The changes to both water and sewer rates affect both the fixed monthly charge, which is based on meter size, and the volume rates. There is a small decrease in volume rates for some classes or tiers within classes.

For residential water customers, the rates for the first tier remain the same as the current rate, while the rates for the other three tiers increase. The adopted rates continue the multiyear plan to adjust the fixed/variable revenue ratio to improve revenue stability. This results in an increase in the water monthly service charge for all customers and an increase in the sewer monthly service charge for all but those with the two smallest meter sizes. These smaller sizes are primarily on residential accounts.

The Water Department’s FY2018 water and sewer budget is $19,349,105, or 4.5 percent more than the FY2017 budget. The categories with the largest increases are cash financing of capital projects and debt service, personnel and contractual costs, professional services, vehicle and equipment purchases, transfers to the General Fund, residential meters and chemical purchases.

The city’s growth and maintenance on aging water and wastewater facilities are factors for the increases in several categories.

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Police, Fire warn against New Year's celebrations involving guns, fireworks

New Year’s Eve is a great time to celebrate at public and private events, concerts, family get-togethers — or just staying home. But the Fort Worth Police and Fire departments urge that your celebration not include fireworks or firearms. Using fireworks and discharging a weapon into the air are both illegal in Fort Worth.

All fireworks are a serious hazard during the holidays. Sparklers, firecrackers, fountain displays and bottle rockets can quickly start fires on lawns and roofs, causing property damage and potential bodily injury or loss of life. Illegal use of fireworks can result in fines up to $2,000.

Firing a weapon inside the city limits is a Class-A misdemeanor that carries a fine of up to $4,000 and a year in jail. It is also a threat to humans, pets and property. Bullets fired into the air will, of course, come down somewhere, with enough force to do damage.

Before you step outside at midnight to light a fuse or point a gun into the air, think about what might happen:

  • Someone may be injured or property could be damaged.
  • Neighbors won’t be happy if a bottle rocket sets their roof on fire.
  • Depending on alcohol consumption, you might accidently injure yourself.
  • You might have to check the “yes” box beside “Have You Ever Been Convicted of a Felony or Misdemeanor?” at your next job interview.
  • That $4,000 fine could have bought a lot of stuff you really need.
  • You might get to make new friends during your 365 days behind bars.

Have a legal, safe and happy celebration.

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Volunteers needed for Jan. 25 homeless count

On Jan. 25, the Tarrant County Homeless Coalition will lead the community’s Point In Time Count, an annual census of the homeless in Tarrant and Parker counties. Volunteers are needed as Fort Worth joins communities across the nation to count the homeless during the last 10 days of January.

TCHC coordinates the census and survey of the homeless not only to fulfill federal requirements for funding for a variety of homeless housing and supportive services, but also to understand changing trends, the extent and nature of homelessness. The data will also assist in measuring the degree of success in ending homelessness.

This is the 10th census of the homeless.

Get involved

On Jan. 25, volunteers will gather at 7 p.m. and deploy from locations in Fort Worth, Arlington, northeast Tarrant County and Weatherford. The count should conclude by about 1 a.m.

To assure the most accurate count with no duplicate counting, the count will be conducted late at night after emergency shelters have closed intake and unsheltered homeless people will begin retiring to their campsites or other outdoor locations.

To learn more, call 817-509-3635 or sign up to volunteer online.

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Public hearing to discuss transportation impact fee

Public commentary on the land use assumption and capital improvement plan associated with the 2017 Transportation Impact Fee will take place during the City Council meeting at 7 p.m. Jan. 9 at City Hall, 200 Texas St.

Documents are available online for review.

The City Council adopted a transportation impact fee ordinance May 13, 2008. The ordinance went into effect July 1, 2008.

Transportation impact fees are charges assessed by local governments on new development projects and will help fund transportation improvements that will be needed as development occurs in Fort Worth.

Transportation impact fees are applied to individual building permits and collected before issuing a building permit.

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View a Lockheed F-35 scale model downtown

Downtown Fort Worth is always abuzz with activity, but the upcoming Armed Forces Bowl brings a special attraction.

Through Friday, a full-scale model of a F-35 Lightning II will be staged on Main Street between Eighth and Ninth streets. The cockpit will be open for photos each day from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. From 11 a.m.-1 p.m. each day, a F-35 pilot will be available to answer questions and pose for photos.

The High-Mobility Artillery Rocket System and the robotic Squad Mission Support System will accompany the display.

Main Street between Eighth and Ninth streets, north of the Fort Worth Convention Center, will be closed to vehicle traffic through Dec. 22.

This year’s Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl pits the Army Black Knights against the San Diego State Aztecs at 2:30 p.m. Dec. 23 at Amon G. Carter Stadium on the TCU campus.

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