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Free Fall Cooking Class

Fall means family, fun and food! Tastebuds Kitchen is partnering with the Southlake Library to offer a fun cooking class.

Are you ready to make the best of autumn? Harvest is a great time to gather family and friends around the table to make lasting memories. Nothing says home like comfort foods so Tastebuds Kitchen will help you explore basic and more technical cooking skills while showing you how to prepare homey menus to impress. Find this program in Southlake Town Hall, on November 9 from 6-8 PM.

This is a free class for teens and adults but attendance is limited to 40 and registration is required. You can register for this class by emailing the Library at SouthlakeLibrary@ci.southlake.tx.us.

For more information, and to see what other classes are being offered, click here.

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Sidewalk Closure Notification to Remove Large Bee Hive

Beginning on Monday, October 23, 2017, Southlake Public Works Streets & Drainage will be closing off the sidewalk along the south side of W. Continental Blvd. near the intersection of Independence Parkway.

The sidewalk closure is required to safely relocate a large existing bee hive at the wall of Monticello Estates. The request has been made by the Monticello Estates HOA in order to preserve the bees.

The sidewalk will be closed approximately 50 feet in either direction of the site, and will remain closed for one week while the bees are gathered in a temporary box for transporting. Pedestrians, joggers and cyclists are asked to seek an alternate route during this time. Anyone potentially allergic to bees is asked to avoid the area.

We apologize for any inconvenience and thank you for your cooperation in order to safely remove and relocate the bee hive.

For questions, please contact Public Works Operations at (817) 748-8082.


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Carroll Education Foundation Gives Back To CISD

The Carroll ISD School Board held a meeting Monday, October 16. The agenda included National Principals Month recognition, a donation presentation from the Carroll Education Foundation and other items.

The meeting began with the recognition of our campus principals for the tireless work they do for the students and staff of Carroll ISD.  Superintendent Dr. David Faltys spoke on the importance of quality leadership on high performing campuses.

“I believe what puts us over the top is our principals.  They are good at the academics, but they understand social aspects of education.  The importance of getting to know kids and getting to know the parents.  They understand what the campus needs to be successful” Faltys said.

Next, the Carroll Education Foundation (CEF) presented the Board and CISD with a check for $112,000.  This donation will fund 33 innovative teaching grants across the district.  These grants will reach across all of Carroll ISD and impact education for all students.  Some of the grants include K-4 Quest Grant that helps students learn how to code robots, high school biology DNA testing and also converting many learning areas across all grades into 21st-century learning spaces. CEF is excited to see this donation go to benefit all Dragons across all campuses.

Other items presented or voted on during the October 16 Board Meeting included:

  • First Reading of the Carroll ISD Education Foundation Memorandum of Understanding (CEF MOU)
  • Trustees heard an update on bond projects and completions from Bond Program Manager John Haugen.
  • Trustees heard an update on the English as a Second Language Program; the program serves 308 students, a 21% increase from 16-17 school year.
  • Board approved Superintendent to enter into contracts with Type 1 Architectural firms that have executed contracts with conditions acceptable to CISD.
  • Trustees approved the resolution adopting the 2017 Certified Property Tax Roll, as presented by Assistant Superintendent for Financial Services.
  • Board approved the purchase of two large activity buses using 2017 Bond funds through a purchasing cooperative contract with BuyBoard.

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Mark Your Calendar for the Next Crud Cruiser Event

It’s that time of year again! The Crud Cruiser is rolling into town later this month so you have time to clean house and get rid of toxic paints, chemicals, and other hazardous materials that need special handling.

The City of Southlake is again partnering with Fort Worth Environmental, Expanco Documents, Republic Waste and Texas Recovery Systems to provide an easy way for residents to dispose of household hazardous waste, documents and electronics.

On Saturday, October 28, 2017 residents can bring items to the Mobile Crud Cruiser at 1085 South Kimball Avenue (Dragon Stadium) from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. or until full. The entry to the event is on the south side of the stadium.

Items that will be accepted:

  • Automotive fluids
  • Batteries
  • Cleaners & chemicals
  • Cooking oil
  • Lawn/garden/pool chemicals
  • Light bulbs
  • Paint & painting supplies. (If you have water based or latex paint you can completely dry out the paint and place it in your regular household trash.)

Texas Recovery Systems will also be onsite to take your old electronics. You can dispose of e-waste items including:

    • CD/DVD drives
    • Cell phones
    • Computers (hard drives, monitors, laptops, cables etc.)
    • Printers, ink cartridges, and keyboards
  • If you are disposing of a CRT monitor there will be a $10.00 charge. All other items are free of charge

Expanco Documents will be shredding documents on site. Shredding documents helps eliminate or reduce possible identity theft. Take advantage of the opportunity to shred your old documents free of charge. Residents should bring their items to Dragon Stadium and look for our DPS volunteers and staff. They will be on hand to help guide drivers to the appropriate (separate) lines to drop off their disposable items.

The entry for all disposals will be on the south side of the stadium. It’s a fast and convenient way for our residents to drop off any old materials that they want to dispose of in one location. Remember, it will be on a first come, first serve basis until the trucks are full.

Fast Facts From Spring 2017 Event

During the Spring 2017 event, Southlake residents disposed of a large quantity of household products!
  • 15,000 pounds of paint was collected
  • 5,065 pounds of paper was shredded
  • 5,042 pounds of electronics was recycled

If you are not able to make it to the October Crud Cruiser event, hazardous materials are collected at the Fort Worth Environmental Collection Center at 600 Bridge Street in Fort Worth. You can call ahead to verify hours of operation at (817) 392-3279.

If you would like additional information on all of the items that will be accepted for the Crud Cruiser event please visit the Fort Worth Environmental website http://bit.ly/1ly67d6 or contact Renni Burt at 817-748-8349.

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Citizen Satisfaction Survey Underway

You have thoughts and the City wants to hear them.

The 2017 citizen satisfaction survey is now underway and will be open through November 15. Southlake residents are urged to participate and share their opinions on quality of life, customer service, communication and other key community issues.

Click here to take the survey.

“It’s so important for residents to participate in the survey,” said Mayor Laura Hill. “When you take part, you are helping guide our City’s future.”

Residents will be able to take the survey online, and this year will be able to complete the survey on their mobile device as well. Respondents may participate in a basic survey and will have an option to choose if they would like to continue on to answer additional questions.  This will make it possible for most people to participate, even those who don’t have a lot of extra time.

“The Council and I are looking forward to reviewing the results and making plans to address the ideas and concerns our residents share,” said Mayor Hill.

Questions about the survey may be directed to the City Manager’s Office, (817) 748-8001. To learn more about the survey, please visit CityofSouthlake.com/CitizenSurvey.

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Carroll Cross Country Excels at District Meet

It was a great weekend for the Carroll Cross Country teams. Both the Carroll Varsity Teams advanced to Regionals, and the JV teams took top honors at UIL 6A – District 5 Championship meet.

The Dragon Varsity Boys Team took 1st place while the Varsity Girls placed 3rd in this tremendously competitive UIL 6A – District 5 Meet, earning the Varsity teams a spot in the Regional meet in Lubbock. The Boys had a low score of just 36 points, placing 9 points ahead of the next team. The Girls race couldn’t have been any closer with the top three teams coming within just one point of each another. Both JV Teams dominated the field taking 1st place and showing the depth of the Carroll team. The top 3 schools in the varsity boys and girls divisions advance to the Regional meet in Lubbock on October 23rd.

Southlake Carroll Head Coach Justin Leonard said, “We knew coming into the district meet that it was going to be extremely competitive. Our goal is to qualify for the next meet and run our best on November 4th. Survive and advance. I’m extremely proud of the way our kids stepped up and ran — onto the next one.”

The Varsity Dragon Boys dominated their race with 4 of the runners placing in the top 10 and the team scoring only 36 points. Junior Jack Myers led the boys’ team taking 4th place with a time of 15:49. Jackson Felkins took 5th place running a 15:53, Juan Arcila came in 7th with 15:59, Connor Rutledge came in 9th with a time of 16:04 and Vishnu Nair finished out the scoring positions in 11th place running 16:10. Enzo Mortimer and Drew Bliss also competed, taking the 12th and 16th places respectively.

The Varsity Lady Dragons finished strong with Senior Cate Tracht leading the team and placing 2nd overall with a time of 18:01. Next to cross the line was Sofia Santamaria in 12th running an 18:47, followed by Kate Reppeto in 14th at 19:04, Sarah McCabe in 15th at 19:09 and Cristina Canal finishing the scoring positions coming in 18th at 19:14. Lauren Esparza and Angie Riera also competed for the Lady Dragon team, finishing 19th and 20th respectively.

JV Dragons Reign Supreme

The JV Dragon boys ran an impressive race taking 1st place with a very low score of 21 points and had 8 runners finishing in the top 10 overall. The team was led by Sophomore Nate Lannen finishing in 1st place overall, followed by Noah Castro in 2nd, Everett Kolto in 5th, Lucas Levant in 6th and rounding out the scoring positions was Antonio Florcruz in 7th. Duncan Brown (8th), Chase Fisher (9th), Oliver Arandia (10th), Tim McElaney (14th) and Nick Arriaza (16th) completed the top 10 spots for the Dragons.

The JV Lady Dragons showed how deep their talent goes by nabbing the top seven finishing positions overall and with a perfect score of 15, sweeping the race. Leading for the Lady Dragons was Sophomore Rima Toure taking 1st, followed by Grace Williamson in 2nd, Lydia Lo in 3rd, Shreya Veeravelli in 4th, and rounding out the scoring positions was Abigail McIlvain in 5th place. Payton Wichman (6th), Rachel Nguyen (7th), Katherine McElaney (9th), Jenna Holland (12th) and Alexa Karmis (14th) completed the top 10 positions for the Lady Dragons.

In two weeks, the Southlake Carroll Cross Country Varsity teams will compete at Mae Simmons Park in Lubbock in the highly competitive Regional Meet.

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Celebrate Halloween with a Special Story Time at the Station

Wear your favorite costume to Story Time at Southlake Fire Station No. 1.

Are you ready for some fun? Southlake firefighters, police and librarians are inviting you to a special costume Story Time at the Station. Special guests include Chase and Marshall from Paw Patrol. Kids are encouraged to wear their favorite costume while they enjoy songs, puppets, a story and some treats – no tricks!

Parents – support Christmas is for Children by bringing a new children’s book to donate. The fun is scheduled for October 16 at 10 a.m. at Southlake Fire Station No. 1, 600 State Street. See you there!

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Southlake Awarded Platinum Scenic City Certification

The City of Southlake is proud to be one of only 13 cities in the state to earn Scenic City Certification for the 2017-2022 time period. Southlake received Platinum status, and is one of only 13 cities in the state to have this designation.

The award was presented on October 5, by the Texas Municipal League (TML) at their Annual Conference and Exhibition in Houston.

“Southlake’s roadways and public spaces receive a great deal of emphasis within our 2030 and 2035 comprehensive plans because the designs of roadways help define a City and install a ‘sense of place’,” said Senior Director of Planning and Development Services Ken Baker. “We are honored by the award because it recognizes Southlake’s long-term commitment to creating the best city possible,” Baker added.

The mission of the Scenic City Certification Program is to support and recognize Texas municipalities that implement high-quality scenic standards for public roadways and public spaces. Southlake was awarded platinum status by obtaining a score of more than 90 percent of possible points and meeting the three mandatory requirements:

• Trees and landscaping along city streetscapes, such as major roadways, city streets, street medians or in parking lots.
• Prohibition of new off-premises signage (billboards).
• On-premise signage permitting.

“Scenic City Certification shines a light on Southlake’s strong commitment to high-quality standards for public roadways and public spaces,” said Anne Culver, executive vice president of Scenic Texas. “This recognition is intended to support cities that have a long-range vision, and we hope it incentivizes other cities to follow Southlake’s example.”

Scenic City took note of the Southlake’s Comprehensive Plans, when making its selection, especially the urban design plan component. Southlake’s urban design plan is aimed at ensuring high visual quality public spaces to help define the character of the City.

Learn more about Scenic City here and visit the Comprehensive Planning website to keep up-to-date with the process.

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Southlake Public Works to Conduct Test to Improve Sewer System

On Tuesday October 17, 2017, Southlake Public Works Wastewater Division, in partnership with RJN Engineering, will begin smoke testing in key locations throughout the City.

The purpose of this testing is to locate any possible deficiencies in the wastewater collection system which may allow rain water to enter the system. It will require access to manholes which may be located in streets, front yards, back yards and public easements.

Some residents may notice smoke emanating from roof vent stacks on houses or the ground. Deputy Director of Public Works Cristina McMurray says residents should not be concerned, “This is a common visual test. Any smoke coming from rain gutters or roof vent stacks on houses is non-toxic, harmless and creates no fire hazard.”

Additionally, the smoke should not enter your home unless you have defective plumbing or dried up drain traps. However, if this does occur, residents should consult your licensed plumber for repairs. If the harmless smoke can enter through faulty plumbing, the potential exists for sewer gases to enter your home or business. It’s also a good idea to pour water into drains which are seldom used and this will also prevent smoke from entering into the interior of the home or place of business.

Some sewer lines and manholes may be located on the backyard easement of property lines.  Whenever the lines require investigation, members of the inspection crews will need access to the easements for sewer lines and manholes.

It’s important to remember that RJN field personnel are uniformed and carry identification badges. Homeowners do not need to be home during this project and at no time will field crews have to enter your home or business.

This test is performed about once every 10 years. The information gained in this study will be used to improve your sewer services.

If you have any questions, please call Public Works Operations at (817) 748-8082.

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Fort Worth to Relocate Water Supply Lines

After months of planning and coordination with the City of Fort Worth, the City of Southlake is ready for Fort Worth plans to relocate water supply lines.

As part of the Park Vista road extension construction project, Fort Worth has temporarily taken out of service a water supply line that feeds both Southlake and Keller. The City of Southlake is prepared and will be monitoring the water system for any adverse impacts to Southlake’s water customers.

“Southlake Water Utilities has been proactively working with the City of Fort Worth as they developed plans to relocate water lines for their development project. The City requested the work be completed now when demand for water is at its lowest,” said Public Works Director Rob Cohen.

A shutdown test conducted earlier in the month provided ample water for this time of year and duration of the project. “Fort Worth is working to complete the construction as quickly as possible with little to no impact to our customers and we appreciate their efforts,” Cohen added.

If you have any questions for Southlake Water Utilities go here. For more information on the Fort Worth project click here.


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