Halloween Tips and Tricks

Get out the face paint and pumpkins! Halloween is right around the corner! 

This year’s activities may look a little different. The CDC has issued recommendations for traditional Halloween activities and categorized them as low, moderate and high-risk activities to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. 

 

Looking for something to do? Try one of these fun activities! 

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2020 Election Quick Tips

Before you head to the polls, cross these items off your list! 

For more about the 2020 Elections, visit CityofSouthlake.com/2020Elections. 

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Apex Arts League, on behalf of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, announces an upcoming Chamber Music Concert

Join the Apex Arts League as they present their first opportunity to bring you “DSO on the GO Brass Quintet,” featuring world class musicians from the Dallas Symphony Orchestra on Sunday, November 8 at 3 p.m. at the Aria Amphitheater at The Marq Southlake.

The Dallas Symphony Brass will present an afternoon of popular, classical and jazz favorites composed and arranged for brass quintet. Out of all orchestral instruments, brass lend themselves to outside performances because of their ability to project so all can hear.

This concert is free and open to the public. Please bring a chair and or blanket to enjoy this outdoor event. Masks and social distancing requirements will be enforced.

A virtual recording will be released after the concert at apexartsleague.com.

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Planning is Essential to Recovery

October is Community Planning Month! In celebration with our Planning and Development Services Department, we’re recognizing the importance of comprehensive planning and community-focused initiatives that enhance the spaces where people work, live, and play.

This year’s theme is ‘Planning is Essential to Recovery,’ which focuses on how planning can lead communities to equitable, resilient and long-lasting recovery from the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Planning and Development Services Department is “business as usual” when it comes to planning for the Southlake community by providing residents and business access to the services we provide in a safe manner. Residents and businesses can access the EnerGov Customer Self Service portal to request building inspections or permits and to submit plans. Planning applications can also be submitted online. We’ve transitioned to virtual inspections for items such as water heaters, roofs and HVAC units.

For a short period of time, SPIN and Planning & Zoning Commission meetings were held virtually to ensure the safety of staff, elected officials, residents, and developers/contractors who wanted to attend. We are now holding all Planning & Zoning Commission meetings in person with heightened protocols, such as providing hand sanitizer, blocking off seating for social distancing purposes, and requiring masks during meetings, to continue our efforts in upholding a commitment to safety and health during this time. SPIN meetings will still be held virtually for the time being.

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City Makes Modifications to COVID-19 Regulations for Business

City Council approved new and existing temporary regulations and activities for Southlake businesses during the October 6 City Council meeting.

The City understands that businesses have been severely impacted by COVID-19 and has suspended enforcement of sign codes, parking, landscaping and outdoor and patio activity regulations to help businesses succeed and continue to provide a safe environment for the public.

With social distancing guidelines still in place, the City allowed businesses to post tents, trailers and trucks outside to sell merchandise and offer food pickup. Regulations to provide vaccination or testing related services by medical and health professionals outside of the normal office or clinic settings were also approved.

Ratifications of new regulations to Institutions such as schools, churches and government facilities will also go into effect to allow organizations to set up temporary structures or tents in order to conduct business or activities outdoors as long as they meet all zoning, building and fire regulations.

Gyms, fitness studios or any facility that is associated with instructional classes will also be allowed to conduct sessions outside the building as long it is on the same property as the facility.

Any tenant utilizing temporary signage regulations will need approval by the owner or property management company.

All changes will be in place until January 5, 2021.

To view the lists temporary regulations click here. For questions please contact the City of Southlake Planning and Development Services Department.

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Meet World Class Employee Alphonse Wilson

Throughout the year, the City of Southlake highlights staff members who have shown dedication and provided exceptional service to our customers.

Meet Alphonse Wilson. He is a recreation attendant at the Community Services Parks and Recreation Department.

He has been working for the City since 2013 in Athletics and Programs sector of Champions Club specializing in camps and sporting events. When asked what he loves about working for the City, Wilson points out the opportunities to grow as a person and learning about business and programming.

He is currently attending school to become a music therapist and writes and performs music with his band Panoramic Duo.

If you happen to see Alphonse anytime soon, tell him thanks for being a World Class Employee!

 

Meet Alphonse

Meet Alphonse. He's a member of our amazing Community Services team and one of the people who work tirelessly behind the scenes to help make our awesome events and programs happen!

Posted by Experience Southlake on Wednesday, September 30, 2020

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N. White Chapel Project October 2020 Update

With only four months left until 2021, contractors are working on finalizing a few more details on N. White Chapel before they move on to the next stage.

The goal of the project is to turn the original two-lane road into four lanes between SH 114 and FM 1709, with a dual-lane roundabout at the intersection of N. White Chapel and Highland. The entire project is estimated to be completed in Spring 2022.

The dual-lane roundabout was completed in Spring 2020 and the work on the south end of N. White Chapel is going full steam ahead.

Work on the new temporary lanes is ongoing. Backfill continued for the retaining wall from San Saba Drive to Emerald Boulevard and contractors are set to repave the westbound lane at Chapel Downs starting this week.

The total N. White Chapel Widening Projects estimated to be around $17 million.

For more N. White Chapel construction updates, follow us on the Southlake Mobility Facebook page or sign up for the Mobility e-newsletter.

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Carroll Theatre Presents Virtual Production of Almost, Maine

The Carroll Theatre Department is pleased to present their virtual fall production, Almost, Maine, streaming on Thursday, October 15, at 7 p.m. There is no charge to stream the show, simply visit the Dragon Drama YouTube channel here and enjoy!

About the Show
A woman carries her heart, broken into nineteen pieces, in a small paper bag. A man shrinks to half his former size, after losing hope in love. A couple keep the love they have given each other in large red bags, or compress the mass into the size of a diamond. These playful and surreal experiences are commonplace in the world of John Cariani’s Almost, Maine, where on one deeply cold and magical Midwinter Night, the citizens of Almost — not organized enough for a town, too populated for a wilderness — experience the life-altering power of the human heart. Relationships end, begin, or change beyond recognition, as strangers become friends, friends become lovers, and lovers turn into strangers. Propelled by the mystical energy of the aurora borealis and populated with characters who are humorous, plain-spoken, thoughtful, and sincere, Almost, Maine is a series of loosely connected tales about love, each with a compelling couple at its center, each with its own touch of sorcery.

Although the content is appropriate for children over the age of 10, they may get restless during the performance.

Please enjoy the digital playbook here for more information about the production. 

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City Council Appoints New Members to City Boards and Commissions

City of Southlake Mayor Laura Hill and the City Council announced the appointment of new board and commission members during the October 6 City Council meeting.

These volunteers assist with serving the Southlake community by working alongside City staff, Council and the Mayor to help the City strategize to implement policies, review programs and meet goals.

Members were appointed to serve a term period of two years on the following boards: Community Engagement Committee, Community Enhancement Development Corporation, Crime Control & Prevention District Board, Library Board, Metroport Teen Court, Senior Advisory Commission and the Southlake Arts Council.

If you are interested in becoming a part of one our boards or commissions, please visit our Boards and Commissions webpage.

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How Do I Pay My Water Bill Online?

Paying your water bill from the comfort of your home is easy.

Step 1 – Find your Visa, MasterCard, American Express or Discover Card that you would like to make a payment with.

Step 2 – Open a web browser and go to SouthlakeWaterUtilities.com.

Step 3 – Select “Pay my bill” button and a new window will open.

Southlake Water Utilities Website

Step 4 – Enter the account number and customer ID found on your paper bill. You can check the box “Remember These Values” to save your information for future use.

Bill Pay Service Information Screen

Step 5 – Continue through the prompts to make a one-time payment. You also have the option to enroll in recurring credit card payments.(Note: In order to sign up for automatic payments, you will need to have a bill due and make a one-time payment through the system with the credit card you would like to use. The system will give you an option to enroll in recurring credit card payments, located at the top of your payment screen.)

Automatic Credit Card Payments Screen

 

Have questions about paying your water bill online? Call Southlake Water Utilities Customer Service at 817-748-8051 or email us at swucustomerservice@ci.southlake.tx.us.

 

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