N. White Chapel Bridge Repair Design Underway

City staff has engaged a consultant to develop a site-specific, engineered design for the repair of the N. White Chapel culvert crossing at the Kirkwood Branch Creek crossing with the primary focus at this moment to re-open the roadway. The road has been closed since heavy rain and floodwater caused structural damage in late September.

The plan will address replacement of the damaged headwalls and pavement. The goal of the replacement is to re-open the road by the end of 2018, weather permitting. City staff will continue to work with the consultant on a permanent solution to raise the roadway so it will not be subject to future flood events. This will involve a detailed regional drainage study as well as coordination and approval from the U. S. Army Corps of Engineers and other concerned agencies. The City will work with the Corps of Engineers for required permits and seek possible grants to help construct a new bridge. A timeline for the permanent resolution is also being developed.

“Unfortunately this is not something we can fix quickly, but we are working as fast and as smart as we can to re-open the road and be sure it’s safe for the public,” said Deputy Director of Public Works and City Engineer Kyle Hogue. “We know this is frustrating for residents, but I’d like to thank everyone again for their patience and understanding as we work to get the road open again.”

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Vote Early at Southlake Town Hall

Avoid long lines and voter traffic and stop by Town Hall to cast your vote for the 2018 Joint General and Special Elections. Polls open Monday, Oct. 22 and continue through Nov. 2. The General Election will take place on Tuesday, Nov. 6.

Please review hours and specific dates below:

October 22 – 26, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
October 27, 7 a.m. – 7 p.m.
October 28, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
October 29 – 31, 7 a.m. – 7 p.m.
November 1 – 2, 7 a.m. – 7 p.m.

The following forms of identification are accepted:

  • Texas Driver License issued by the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS);
  • Texas Election Identification Certificate issued by DPS;
  • Texas Personal Identification Card issued by DPS;
  • Texas Handgun License issued by DPS;
  • United States Military Identification Card containing the person’s photograph;
  • United States Citizenship Certificate containing the person’s photograph; and
  • United States Passport (book or card)

If you do not possess or obtain one of the ID’s above, or would like cast your vote via mail or review a sample ballot, please visit the Tarrant County website.

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Southlake Awarded 2018 Certificate of Achievement for Planning Excellence

Marking the fourteenth consecutive year, the City of Southlake received the 2018 Certificate of Achievement for Planning Excellence from the American Planning Association Texas Chapter. This certificate recognizes the dedication and support shown by City Council, members of the Planning and Zoning Commission and city staff to uphold professional planning standards for Southlake.

The city scored well above the 100-point threshold to receive recognition. Evaluation criteria included the following; level of training of Planning Commissioners and professional staff, professional qualifications of the planning staff, breadth and currency of master plan components, and completion of other planning related projects.

If you would like to view the certificate or have additional questions please visit the Planning and Development Services Department in Southlake Town Hall, Suite 310 or visit our webpage .

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LUSH, Johnny Was and TravisMathew to Open in Southlake Town Square

A laid-back West Coast lifestyle brand is going to be surfing in, the unforgettable aroma of handmade cosmetics will soon be wafting through the square, and a bohemian vibe brings a breezy new high-end aesthetic. New retailers who are about to call Tarrant County’s premier lifestyle destination home are bringing a decidedly “fresh” vibe with them. Southlake Town Square is pleased to announce that handmade beauty products expert LUSH Cosmetics, women’s boho brand Johnny Was, and men’s lifestyle brand TravisMathew have committed to opening locations in the square. These new retailers are expected to open in Southlake Town Square in early 2019.

“You asked, and we listened,” said Jason Kasal, vice president and senior leasing director – western division with Retail Properties of America, Inc. (“RPAI”), which owns and operates Southlake Town Square. “These retailers are a result of listening to guests and acting on the input that they provided as far as what they would like to see us add.”

Mr. Kasal and his team took to Southlake Town Square’s social media to ask shoppers what they might like to see open next, and a fan favorite, Lush Fresh Handmade Cosmetics, was one of the most-mentioned names. The UK brand offers effective products from the freshest, organic fruit and vegetables, the finest essential oils and safe synthetics. Never tested on animals, every single Lush product is vegetarian, with many also being vegan and preservative-free. The brand offers luxurious and ethical skincare, haircare and bath indulgences, as well as unique gifts filled with their fragrant products. Lush supports fair trade, community trade and charitable initiatives, and will open in Southlake Town Square between Starbucks and J. McLaughlin.

Another fan favorite is the brand known for a high-end bohemian vibe, Johnny Was. The California-based womenswear apparel company is a celebrity go-to that is known for beautifully detailed tops, tunics, dresses and kimonos that are just as at home with a pair of jeans as they are out on the town. Shoppers will find Johnny Was in Southlake Town Square near Sephora and J. Crew.

Southlake Town Square is also elated to be the first location in Texas for TravisMathew. The lifestyle apparel brand offers premier men’s apparel and accessories for work and play, drawing inspirations from all aspects of Southern California culture. TravisMathew fans will find the brand located near lululemon in Southlake Town Square.

Also happening next year is a welcome back to women’s retailer Coldwater Creek, whose new store will open near Coach in 2019.

In 2018, Southlake Town Square welcomed Peloton and Hopdoddy Burger Bar to its lineup and will reopen the ever-popular Apple store after a transformational store expansion.

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“Ghosts of Southlake Past’ will reappear November 3

Ghosts will gather this year Saturday, November 3 at Hood Cemetery in Southlake for the fifth annual “Ghosts of Southlake Past” cemetery tour sponsored by the Southlake Historical Society. Actors will bring to life early settlers, outlaws, Civil War soldiers and more. Putting on holsters and bonnets will be community leaders, a high school theater student, a beloved librarian and local history buffs.

Hood Cemetery is located on Coventry Lane near N. Peytonville Ave. in Southlake. Tours will be at 4:30 p.m. and 6 p.m. Admission is $15 for adults; $10 for ages 3 through 18; and $10 for ages 62 and older.

Tickets can be purchased online at the society’s website, www.SouthlakeHistory.org. The maximum number of attendees for each tour is 75, so you’re encouraged to buy your tickets early and be sure to bring them with you to the cemetery for quick check-in. Participants are encouraged to wear comfortable walking shoes and dress for the weather.

This year, the society will donate ten percent of ticket sales to the newly-organized Hood Cemetery Association, a 501(c) 3. Gather your family and join society members at this annual event — you’ll gain a sense of place and learn more about the history of Southlake.

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Fourth Generation of S.K.I.L. Students Kick-Off the Year Talking About Leadership

The community’s youth leadership program S.K.I.L. (Southlake Kids Interested in Leadership), kicked-off its first meeting with the fourth generation of students on Monday, October 15 with Mayor Laura Hill and Council Member Chris Archer to discuss leadership in the community.

More than four years ago, Mayor Laura Hill envisioned a youth leadership program that would create better decision makers by engaging students in their community. From this vision, S.K.I.L. was formed and has become a valuable and highly sought after program. Students in the program are selected from Carroll Senior High School at the beginning of each academic year. The program allows students to participate in a meaningful way to make the Southlake community better.

“This is the fourth year for the program and it keeps getting better every year. We have to make sure our youth and future generations are equipped with good leaders and S.K.I.L. is just the right tool to help make that happen,” said Mayor Laura Hill.

Training future leaders brings in a new generation of fresh ideas and helps to foster an interest in good government. “I am beyond excited to welcome this new group of leaders and work with them. The program creates meaningful life experiences for the students that they can take with them in future leadership roles,” said Deputy Director of Economic Development & Tourism Daniel Cortez.

This year’s group of S.K.I.L. students will get to work with the City on various topics such as finance, infrastructure and development in addition to working with Carroll Independent School District and the Southlake Chamber of Commerce. One new addition to the program this year is a youth entrepreneurship focus where the students will work with the program’s newest partner, TD Ameritrade, to sharpen their entrepreneurial skills.

This year’s selected S.K.I.L. students are: Emma Cave, Christopher Ciccone, Trevor Easton, Eric Eaton, Chase Gardiner, Olivia Hein, Nadia Khalil, Lauren Kim, Emily Kennedy, Sachi Kishinchandani, Zeena Mahmud, Kelli Nusspickel, Sophia Polisetty, Ryan Sahihi, Rohun Shroff, Simrun Shroff, Farees Syed, Pablo Valderrama Pena, Matthew Vinson, Michelle Wu.

For more information about the S.K.I.L. Program click here.

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Carroll Dragon Band Succeeds in Local Competitions Ahead of UIL Assessments

The Carroll Dragon Band has spent the month of October preparing for UIL competition by participating in the Tournament of Champions in Carrollton and the Renegade Review in Tulsa, OK. Surviving rainy performances and long travel days, the Dragon Band competed against other bands from around the state and country as they fine-tuned their competition performance piece “Rooftops.”

On Saturday, October 6, the Carroll Dragon Band competed against other bands from the DFW area at the Carrollton “Tournament of Champions” Invitational Contest. The original format of the included Prelims performances and Finals performances from the top-scoring bands. However, inclement weather at night prevented Finalists bands from performing. The contest hosts ultimately decided to use prelims scoring for final rankings, and with a Prelims score of 84.28, the Dragon Band finished in 4th place,. During this competition, the Carroll Colorguard was awarded “Best Colorguard.”

The following weekend, the Carroll Dragon Band traveled to Tulsa, Oklahoma for the “Renegade Review Championship” sponsored by the Union HS Band. Once again the students were challenged by rain and delays, but they handled themselves with professionalism and poise, earning 6th place out of 17 bands, and finishing 4th in their class.

The trip to Tulsa was the Carroll Dragon Band’s first attempt at a regional level contest and competitive marching band trip, and they placed ahead of, or very close behind, State, Regional, and National Semi Finalists, Finalists, and Champions from Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas, Missouri, and Arkansas.

The Carroll Dragon Band will perform at the Region 31 Region Assessment on Monday, October 22, at 7:45 p.m. at the Birdville Fine Arts/Athletic Complex.

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City of Southlake CFO Named Finalist for CFO of the Year

The Dallas Business Journal (DBJ) has released the list of finalists for the 2018 CFO of the Year awards, including Southlake’s very own Chief Financial Officer, Sharen Jackson.

The CFO of the Year Awards recognizes North Texas financial professionals for their superb performance as financial stewards. The nominees were evaluated for their effect on their respective organizations and were selected across eight categories, including, Large Companies, Upper Middle Market, Core Middle Market, Closely held, Non-profit/501( c )(3), Not-for-profit/501( c )(6) and Government.

“Sharen’s superior financial management and leadership have helped to ensure the long-term health and wellness of Southlake, benefitting citizens, businesses and visitors in the community,” said City Manager, Shana Yelverton.

Yelverton also noted how Jackson worked with the City Council to reduce property tax-supported debt from over $100 million in 2002 to $50.5 million in 2018 and decrease property tax obligations for residential property owners. She has also implemented the open OpenGov portal in order to improve financial transparency.

The DBJ’s CFO of the Year criteria include:
• Demonstrated financial growth during the year
• Success in overcoming significant business challenges or barriers
• Examples of team leadership and superior management
• Other factors may include a chief financial officer’s contributions to the community (such as social, nonprofit or charitable giving)
• Demonstrated commitment to the company’s financial best practices and accounting standards, or success as a strategic visionary for the enterprise

The winners will be announced at the CFO of the Year Awards luncheon on Tuesday, November 13.

Visit the Dallas Business Journal for more information about the award and the luncheon.

 

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Green Living Lecture Series: Be Southlake Savvy

This fall, Bob Jones Nature Center will be hosting the Green Living Lecture Series featuring speakers that will touch on energy efficiency, water conservation, and sustainability.

Come join City of Southlake Environmental Coordinator Ashley Carlisle as she demonstrates the various free environmental programs offered by the City and how you can incorporate environmentally-friendly actions at home. Some of these programs include the W.I.S.E. Guys irrigation evaluation program, the Crud Cruiser Household Hazardous Waste Drop-Off, EyeOnWater, the Street Tree Program, Weekly Watering Advice, and more.

Freebies and information material will be provided to help you implement these actions and programs into your household, such as reusable water bottles, pet waste bags, grease collection bins and bags, pet waste bags, and moisture meters for landscaping needs.

Speaker: Ashley Carlisle

October 20th | 1:00 – 2:30 p.m.

Cost: BJNC Members – FREE, Non-members: $5.00

Register online

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City Reports on Capital Improvement Projects

The city’s Capital Improvement Projects are well underway! Public Works Director Rob Cohen presented an update on the program at the City Council meeting on Tuesday, October 2. The capital improvement program includes the anticipated capital project costs for the next five fiscal years. As part of the FY2019 budget, the CIP is on track to improve in the following areas:

Mobility

In the last year, Matthews Court, the Kirkwood Boulevard widening and intersection improvements, and paving projects of Continental and N. Peytonville Avenue were successfully completed.

Improvements to reduce traffic congestion on SH 114 Frontage Road continues as the city has partnered with TxDOT. The widening of N. White Chapel from Highland to SH 114 is also still in progress.

Construction on the Zena Rucker Road extension advances to accommodate future development of commercial and residential properties.  The bid to connect Nolen Drive in Southlake to Nolen Drive in Grapevine is set to take place the first quarter of FY2019.

The City also anticipates completing the enhancements to intersection of FM 1938 and FM 1709 by the second quarter of FY2019.

Sewer, Utility, Water Projects

The city continues to make improvements to the water system by taking the necessary steps to develop solutions to maintain water quality.

A sewer line protection study was conducted to develop a proactive plan to protect our sanitary sewer facilities from threats of erosion and discharges of wastewater.

Several measures to maintain efficient waste and water systems have been taken such as, an installation of a water line, Torian Lift station, water mixers installed in elevated water tanks, painting and repairs to ground storage tanks and sewer line improvements for Commerce/Market Loop and Summerplace Road intersection.

The City is working on the installation of an N-1 metering station (measures wastewater flow to the TRA treatment plant) and the installation of a water line for fuel farm fire protection.  Other water line improvements include Union Church Road, North Pearson Road and Whispering Dell Lane/Court.  Repairs for the ground storage reservoir are also underway.

Storm water

The Zena Road box culvert at Matthews’s Court has been completed.  Drainage improvements have been made at Summerplace Road. “We do have funds to address and the evaluate some of the drainage basins that will allow us to have more impressive CIP projects to improve our drainage capacity,” said Cohen during his presentation.

The design for improvement on Florence Road will be completed this year. A bid for weir repair on Patterson Road is set to take place in the First Quarter of FY2019.

For more information on projects, events and milestones, please visit the city website

You can watch the council presentation here.

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