FM 1938 Moves Towards Summer 2019 Completion

TxDOT recently announced that the FM 1938 project is entering its final stages.

Myers Meadow screening wall on FM 1938

Myers Meadow screening wall on FM 1938

On the street’s east side, the construction of the screen wall adjacent to Myers Meadow is underway with column construction and panel placement.

Placement of the underground box culvert storm drains on the project’s north end are complete. Now crews are working on the roadway construction for the new northbound lanes from Brookforest Drive/Kingwood Drive to Randol Mill Avenue. Construction of the southbound lanes will follow once the northbound lanes are finished.

TxDOT has estimated the project will be complete this summer. The 30 mph speed limit will stay in place until that time.

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Getting to Know Your Emergency Management Team

What is Emergency Management?

Emergency management is the discipline of dealing with and avoiding risks, particularly those that have catastrophic consequences for communities, regions, or entire countries. It is the dynamic process of preparing for, mitigating, responding to and recovering from an emergency. Planning, though critical, is not the only component. Training, conducting drills, testing equipment and coordinating activities with the community are other important functions. Effective emergency management relies on the integration of emergency plans at all levels of government and non-government, including individuals and community organizations.

The Office of Emergency Management Staff:

Amanda Meneses:

As the Emergency Manager, Amanda provides strategic guidance and oversight to four program areas in the application of an all-hazards emergency management program. These programs include the emergency operations center, preparedness, mitigation, response and recovery. Amanda’s focus is on ensuring that the City of Southlake can thrive in any emergency situation that the City may face. She works jointly with other city, state, federal and non-governmental entities in the execution of this mission.

Previously, Amanda served as a Federal Emergency Telecomunicator Supervisor in Washington D.C. In this role she had primary responsibility dispatching for several federal law enforcement and fire agencies around the Nation’s Capital; coordinated internal training and communications; and served as a project manager for new and sensitive initiatives, including the roll-out of a new CAD system.  Amanda also did emergency dispatch for Kitsap County, outside of Seattle, Washington prior to moving to the D.C. area.

Amanda started her career in the United States Navy, serving 14 years.  Her main function was military police/working dog handler.  Amanda has worked both drug and explosive trained canines.  She served both stateside and in Europe, with 3 deployments to the Middle East.  Amanda holds a bachelor’s degree in Emergency Management from Kaplan University and a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Columbia Southern University.

Jett Tullos:

Jett is the Emergency Management Specialist for the City of Southlake. Starting his position in Fall 2018, Jett began development of a city-wide continuity of operations plan (COOP), as well as the revitalization of a community emergency response team (CERT) among other emergency management practices to help improve the readiness and resiliency of the Southlake community.

Previously, he served in the same position at Texas Woman’s University based in Denton, TX. In this role he supervised the growth of a new Business Continuity program, as well as managing overall public education efforts for the TWU System campuses in Denton, Dallas and Houston. In this position, he also partnered with private and public entities to assist in response efforts for members of TWU-Houston impacted by Hurricane Harvey.

Jett holds a BS in Environmental Science from Tarleton State University and a MPA with a specialization in Emergency Management from the University of North Texas.

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Southlake Hosts Newcomer’s Guide to Gardening in North Texas Workshop

The City of Southlake is proud to partner with Texas A&M AgriLife and Tarrant Regional Water District to bring the Newcomer’s Guide to Gardening in North Texas workshop this coming February 23.

Are you new to Southlake or the North Texas area? Or perhaps you are just new to growing plants in general! Join us at the Newcomer’s Guide to Gardening in North Texas workshop to learn about topics like native and adaptive plants for our area, landscape design, herbicide application, drip irrigation, rainwater harvesting, composting and more!

This informative seminar provides newcomers with a foundation to help grow a sustainable, lush and healthy lawn. Learn best practices and tips to tackle the challenges for the unique climate and soils of North Texas. Whether you’re an amateur lawn whisperer or a garden guru, we’ve got you covered.

The cost to register is $5.00, but includes a water conservation toolkit and many other giveaways. Participants will also receive their own handbook and other handy education materials to keep landscapes and gardens in great shape. To register for the event, please visit: https://ntxguidetogardening.eventbrite.com

For more questions about the event, please contact Ashley Carlisle, City of Southlake Environmental Coordinator, at (817) 748-8638.

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Think Southlake for Your Perfect Valentine’s Getaway

Seeking to escape with your sweetheart? Whether you live locally and need a romantic stay-cation or you are considering visiting from out-of-state, come spend the night in Southlake – the perfect place for your Valentine’s Day getaway.

Conveniently located in the middle of the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex and minutes from DFW Airport, Southlake has many of the same amenities of its larger sister cities without the hustle and bustle, offering visitors the perfect mix of recreation and relaxation. With nearly 260 retail venues and more than 130 restaurants, guests will find no shortage of ways to spend their days before staying overnight in style at one of Southlake’s combined 420+ guest rooms at Hilton Southlake Town Square and Cambria Southlake.

Hilton Southlake Town Square is a boutique-style hotel located among the upscale shops and restaurants in Southlake Town Square. With 248 spacious rooms, including 40 magnificent suites, make yourself at home in the European-inspired design, rich earth-toned color scheme and modern furnishings. Relax in an oversized soaking tub, surf the web with complimentary Wi-Fi internet access, watch a movie on your high definition flat-screen TV, get a workout in at the 24-hour fitness center, or enjoy the outdoor pavilion and pool during warmer months. Simply walk downstairs to savor authentic Cajun cuisine at the in-house restaurant, Copeland’s of New Orleans, or explore the square to find a variety of other delicious options. Bring your sweetheart and enjoy the Celebrate in Style Package with a complimentary drink upon arrival and in-room breakfast for two, or sleep in and enjoy a late check-out with the Weekend Getaway Package.

Conveniently located off of Texas State Highway 114, experience contemporary comforts—and touches of Texas-style—at Cambria Southlake. The hotel boasts 175+ guest rooms and several guest-centric amenities such as free area transportation, year-round pool, outdoor patio, fire pit and 24-hour fitness center. Tech-savvy travelers will enjoy free WiFi, a virtual texting assistant to easily communicate with hotel staff and RoomioTV to stream content directly to your room’s television. Leave your room behind for a bite at the hotel’s Social Circle Bistro, and savor Texas-inspired flavors and locally-made beers. With the seasonal Valentine’s Day Package, bring your significant other and indulge in a room filled with champagne, heart-shaped chocolates, an artisanal cheese platter and a vase full of roses.

If you need help planning your perfect Valentine’s getaway in Southlake, the Visit Southlake! App has you covered. This app can you help you find everything Southlake has to offer, from the perfect spots to dine to local shopping and events so you can have the perfect trip. You can access the Visit Southlake App from the website or by visiting the app stores on iOS or Android smartphone devices and downloading the app.

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City of Southlake Receives Run Smarter Award

The City of Southlake has won a Laserfiche Run Smarter award for using technology to make the Southlake Police hiring process one of the most efficient in the Metroplex.

Southlake Police job applications and personal history statements, which used to be a two-part application, are now consolidated into a single online statement. The document is also adaptable for each applicant’s unique job history, something that wasn’t available previously.

“The restructuring of our process lets us offer jobs much faster than before,” said Human Resource Director Stacey Black. “It helps us find the best police candidates and get them on the streets that much sooner.”

Black also noted:
• Testing notification wait time has been reduced from 2-3 weeks to as little as one day,
• The City of Southlake now saves over 6.25 hours of staff time per testing cycle on administrative tasks,
• A total cost savings of more than $7,000 year to year.

“Using Laserfiche Forms and Workflow has enhanced our City’s ability to be more transparent and effective in customer service. Through Laserfische we are delivering innovative and exceptional service,” affirmed Records Manager Veronica Lomas.

Lomas, the City’s liaison with Laserfiche, accepted the Run Smarter award at the recent Laserfiche Empower Conference. Lomas also presented at the conference, demonstrating the Police Department job application changes as well as other efficiency improvements.

“Through its vision and leadership, Southlake is demonstrating the future of work, which supports collaboration, innovation, and ingenuity,” said Karl Chan, President of Laserfiche.

The award winners are chosen by a committee of Laserfiche executives based on creativity, operational improvements, use of Laserfiche software and resources, and inspiration potential for other Laserfiche clients.

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Southlake Businesses, Make Sure Your Business Counts!

The Southlake Business Climate Survey is now open.

The 2019 Southlake Business Climate Survey launched on Feb. 8. All Southlake business owners, managers, presidents and CEO’s are encouraged to participate in this survey and share their opinions about today’s economic environment, City services and other business-related topics.

“This survey will help us improve our service quality at the City and provides an opportunity for our corporate residents to voice their opinions,” said Assistant City Manager Alison Ortowski. “Southlake’s businesses are key stakeholders in the community and their opinions and ideas will help us to better plan for the future.”

Businesses can take the survey online from their smartphones or computers. Knowing how important time is to our businesses, the survey is set up to take no more than 5 minutes to complete. The businesses can then choose to answer additional questions or simply submit their answers.

If you’re a Southlake business and would like to participate in this survey, follow this link.

To learn more or for questions about the survey, the Office of Economic Development & Tourism is available at (817) 748-8039 or by email at EconDev@ci.southlake.tx.us.

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New Speed Limit on North White Chapel near Kirkwood Branch Crossing

At the Feb. 5, 2019, City Council meeting, Council had the first reading of a new speed limit ordinance to reduce the speed limit on N. White Chapel Boulevard, from Drum Lane down to Wingate Lane, from 40 miles per hour to 30 mph.

The design consultant for the N. White Chapel bridge repair project analyzed the terrain and the layout of the roadway and recommended to reduce speeds to 30 mph based on engineering standards for roadway design.

Appropriate signs will be placed following this new adoption and prior to reopening the road once construction is complete. This change will be in place for the life of the current bridge.

To date, both headwalls are complete and large rocks known as riprap have been placed up and downstream of the crossing to prevent erosion as a result of inclement weather.

The road will not be reopened until construction is complete.

City Council is set for a second reading of the Ordinance No. 1206 for the reduction, at the next City Council meeting on Feb. 19, 2019.

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Section of Highland Street and N. White Chapel Boulevard intersection to be closed temporarily

As crews continue to make progress on the N. White Chapel widening project, they will temporarily close the east leg of the Highland St. and N. White Chapel intersection.

Weather permitting, the closure will start after the morning traffic peak on Monday, February 11 and is expected to last until Friday, February 15.

The City’s contractor will be lowering the existing 20-inch water main currently located under N. White Chapel. As illustrated in the map, vehicles will not be able to turn east onto Highland from N. White Chapel or cross the intersection as they drive west. Vehicles can still turn west onto Highland or continue on N. White Chapel.  Motorists are encouraged to seek alternate routes and try to avoid the intersection while work is being completed.

This work will continue to move the project along to a completed roundabout in the spring.

City staff is also working with contractors to monitor and adjust signal timing at the SH 114 and N. White Chapel intersection so that traffic is allowed more time to get through the Highland and N. White Chapel intersection.

“As we continue to make progress on this project it puts us one step closer to overall improved mobility along this corridor,” notes Deputy Director of Public Works and City Engineer Kyle Hogue. “Even though construction projects can be frustrating for drivers, we really appreciate the feedback we’ve received along the way. Letting us know when situations get better or worse helps us address concerns as they arise and do what we can to make improvements. Please keep talking to us. Reaching out through our Mobility Facebook page or the website is a great way to get in touch with us.”

For more information about the project, visit the project page on the City website.  Stay in the loop on project updates by following Southlake Mobility on Facebook.

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Champions Club Public Grand Opening is Saturday, April 6, 2019! View the Experience Southlake Magazine for Champions Club Grand Opening Details, Spring 2019 Programs and More!

Champions Club at The Marq Southlake will celebrate its public grand opening on Saturday, April 6, 2019. Check out the special edition of Experience Southlake Magazine to learn more about Champions Club and see all the fun things happening in Southlake Parks and Recreation this spring!

Join us for the official public grand opening of Champions Club on Saturday, April 6 from 9:00am-8:00pm! Members and non-member are invited to tour the facility, learn about available memberships, try out our equipment, take a fitness class and enjoy activities for the whole family. More information will be available soon, so be sure to follow Champions Club on Facebook to stay up-to-date or visit www.ExperienceChampionsClub.com.

The Winter/Spring Experience Southlake Magazine is now live with Champions Club information! You can register online for all of our spring programs and athletic leagues, and you can also book your Champions Club rentals now for use once the facility opens.

Inside this issue of Experience Southlake Magazine, you’ll find more information about the programs and services we’ll be offering at Champions Club, including:

  • Group fitness classes
  • Personal training packages
  • Learn to swim classes and schedules
  • Rentals and party packages

You’ll also find information about our spring 2019 Parks and Recreation programming, including:

  • Youth and family programs
  • Nature programs at the Bob Jones Nature Center
  • Youth and adult athletics
  • Special events

As we put the final touches on Champions Club, in-person registration has been temporarily relocated to Legends Hall at The Marq Southlake.

To learn more about Champions Club services, rentals and memberships, please call (817) 748-8955. For information about our recreational programs, leagues and events, please call (817) 748-8019.

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ShopCore Works Toward Mid-March Completion of Fountains

With the new timeline set by ShopCore Properties, the completion date for the Park Village Fountains is set to occur in mid-March 2019.

In December 2018, ShopCore Properties was granted permits to complete the repair work, concentrating on plumbing and robotics. ShopCore representatives met with City Staff last month to present the expected completion date. This week, the fountain was filled with water as workers moved toward completion.

The Park Village Fountains are located on the corner of Southlake Boulevard and Carroll Avenue. The Southlake City Council approved the privately-owned lighted fountains as part of the Park Village development in 2013.

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