Update on the N. Kimball Avenue Widening Project

Placing Pavement Kimball at Dove

Workers placing concrete as part of the Kimball Road Widening Project

“A major milestone was reached this week as the paving of a significant portion of the west side of N. Kimball Avenue, from Dove Road to Kirkwood Boulevard, was completed,” – Robert Price, P.E. Southlake Director of Public Works.

On Tuesday, April 22, 2014 and Wednesday, April 23, 2014, 187 trucks placed 1870 cubic yards of concrete along the west side of N. Kimball Avenue. The new concrete will require time to harden and gain a minimum strength before traffic can safely ride on top of the road.

It is important to note that the placing of the concrete comes after an extensive construction process. Contractors will now focus on completing driveways which are necessary to provide ongoing access for adjacent property owners.

Another important thing to keep in mind is that beginning Monday, April 28, 2014, Highland Avenue will be closed for construction of the west side of the intersection at N. Kimball Avenue for several weeks. Weather permitting, Highland Avenue will re-open the week of May 12, 2014.

Pending completion of all driveways and the construction of the Highland Avenue segment, traffic will be placed onto the new pavement on N. Kimball Ave. City contractors will then begin construction on the east side of N. Kimball Avenue.

For further information, please visit the project webpage here.

If you have any questions regarding this project, please contact Southlake Public Works Engineer, Steve Anderson, P.E., CFM at 817-748-8101.

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Early Voting Runs April 28-May 6th for May 10, 2014 Election

VoteEarly voting by personal appearance for the May 10th City Election will begin on Monday, April 28 and continue through Tuesday, May 6. Town Hall is an early voting location for all Tarrant County entities conducting an election on May 10th. Early voting will take place on the third floor in rooms 3A and 3B.   Trophy Club MUD – Svore Municipal Building, 100 Municipal Drive, is a early voting location for Denton County residents.

There are four City Council candidates running for office:

Place 1

  • Martin Schelling
  • Shahid Shafi

Place 6

  • Virginia M. Muzyka
  • Gary Fawks

The City of Southlake is situated in two counties–Denton and Tarrant.   Voters who are unsure if they are registered to vote are asked to check the appropriate county website for verification.  All voters are required to present an approved form of photo identification in order to vote in any Texas Election.  Please check the City’s voting information page frequently as locations are subject to change.

Tarrant County Early Voting Schedule:

  • Monday – Friday, April 28 – May 2 – 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, May 3, 7:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
  • Sunday, May 4,  11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
  • Monday  & Tuesday, May 5 & 6, 7:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Denton County Early Voting Schedule:

  • Monday – Friday, April 28 – May 2   8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, May 3,  8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.,m.
  • Not open on Sunday
  • Monday &  Tuesday, May 5 & 6, 7:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m..

Southlake voters must go to their county precinct polling location on Election Day.  Questions regarding early voting or the May 10th election may be directed to the Southlake City Secretary’s office (817) 748-8016.

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Runway Closures May Increase Aircraft Noise Over Southlake This Weekend (4/25/14-4/27/14)

DFW_airpot-300x300The City of Southlake has received the following from DFW Airport Noise Office:

We want to inform you of four (4) planned, short term, runway closures that may affect flights over and near your cities.  DFW’s Runway 18L/36R is planned to be closed in accordance with the schedule below for needed reconstruction and expansion work on some taxiway shoulders within the Runway’s environment.  The Runway will be closed for less than 48 hours during each closure.

The following weekend runway closures are scheduled:

    • Runway 18L/36R is planned to be closed from 10:45PM on Friday, April 25, through 06:00AM on Sunday, April 27.
    • Runway 18L/36R is planned to be closed from 10:45PM on Friday, May 2, through 4:00PM on Sunday, May 4.
    • Runway 18L/36R is planned to be closed from 10:45PM on Friday, May 9, through 4:00PM on Sunday, May 11.
    • Runway 18L/36R is planned to be closed from 10:45PM on Friday, May 16, through 4:00PM on Sunday, May 18.

Please note that the forecast weather for this weekend’s closure is predicted to become severe Saturday night with a chance of thunderstorms across much of north Texas.  There will be a chance of some severe local thunderstorms along and east of, Interstate 35.  Winds are forecast to be from the south at 17mph gusting to 28mph by around 5:00PM Saturday, followed by a 30% to 50% chance of rain and possible large hail.  As a result of the weather forecast, this weekend’s planned closure has been shortened by ten hours.

Since the winds are predicted to be from the south there should be no jet departures from Runway 31L, the west diagonal runway.  Air Traffic Control directed deviations from the normal airport traffic pattern may occur to aid flight crews in avoiding known areas of turbulence.

Citizens with inquiries or complaints are encouraged to contact the DFW Airport’s Noise office by email at DFWNoise@DFWAirport.com or call the 24-hour telephone hotline at 972-973-3192.

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Senior Advisory Commission Chairman, Dick McCauley Passes at 77

Richard McCauley

Richard McCauley

Dick McCauley, the chair of the Senior Advisory Commission, passed away last week.  A long-time supporter of the City’s volunteer program and the Southlake Senior Community, Mr. McCauley gave countless hours of his time to the City and its programs.  The City is grateful for his service, his passion and his spirit.  He will be missed.  

The following was previously published in the Fort Worth Star Telegram:

Dick McCauley, 77, passed into eternal rest at 1:35 p.m. Thursday, April 17, 2014, at a Grapevine hospital. Service: 1 p.m. Monday at First United Methodist Church of Colleyville. Visitation: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday at First United Methodist Church of Colleyville. Memorials: In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Call A Ride Southlake or Southlake Senior Funding Inc.

Officially, Dick was retired but in reality, he was a tireless volunteer. Dick had once been a heart patient at Baylor Hospital, leading him to serve in the Caring Hearts program where he ministered to over 2,500 heart patients. He served as chairman of Call A Ride Southlake (CARS) and later emeritus. Dick was also chairman of the Senior Advisory Commission to the Southlake City Council. He founded Southlake Senior Funding Inc. serving as chairman for five years. Southlake area seniors had an anchor, advocate and a passionate proponent for improving senior living, including his advocacy for a new senior center.

Survivors: Loving wife of 56 years, Bernice; son, Matt; daughter, Laura McCarter and husband, Greg; son, Scott and wife, Robin; son, Richard Jr. and wife, Roxana; grandchildren, Matthew, Skyler, Cody and Cameron; many nieces and nephews; and a host of family and friends. 

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Help Keep Southlake Beautiful at the annual Great American Cleanup- May 17, 2014

GACTexasLogoOn Saturday, May 17th, the City of Southlake will be hosting the annual Great American Cleanup workday, a local extension of Keep America Beautiful’s nationwide Great American Cleanup initiative. Check-in begins at 8:30 a.m. at the Bob Jones Park Day Camp and the cleanup will be held from 9:00 a.m.- 3:00 p.m. All cleanup supplies will be provided. Lunch will be provided for volunteers at 12:00 p.m.

The City of Southlake is looking for volunteers to help clean up the trail system at the Bob Jones Nature Center & Preserve. All individuals, families, groups, organizations and businesses are welcome to participate. The Great American Cleanup is one of the nation’s largest community improvement initiatives. Millions of volunteers come together for this annual event to cleanup and beautify their communities.

If you would like to volunteer, please visit volunteersouthlake.com or call (817) 748-8035. Volunteer registration will close on Friday, May 9th.

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Twice-A-Week Landscape Watering is Now Permanent in Southlake

lawn-sprinklerOn April 15, 2014 the Southlake City Council voted to approve the 2014 Water Conservation Plan, which makes twice per week landscape watering permanent in Southlake.

State law requires that cities larger than 3,300 adopt a Water Conservation Plan and Drought Contingency Plan and submit them to the Texas Water Development Board every five years. At the request of the Tarrant Regional Water District (TRWD), the City of Fort Worth has added a maximum of twice per week landscape watering to their water conservation plan and requires wholesale customer cities, including Southlake, to adopt the same measures.

Public Works Director Bob Price notes, “Chapter 288 of the Texas Administrative Code requires that as a wholesale water customer of the City of Fort Worth we share the conservation measures imposed by their plan and that our plan meets or exceeds the measures of their plan.”

Under the 2014 Water Conservation Plan, residential addresses ending in an even number (0, 2, 4, 6, or 8) can water on Wednesdays and Saturdays, residential addresses ending in an odd number (1, 3, 5, 7, or 9) can water on Thursdays and Sundays. Non-residential locations such as apartment complexes, businesses and parks may water on Tuesdays and Fridays. No watering is permitted on Mondays.

Other measures under the 2014 Water Conservation Plan prohibit the following:

  • Allowing substantial amounts of water to fall on impervious areas instead of landscape. For example, a constant stream of water overflows from the lawn or landscape onto a street or other drainage area.
  • Operating an irrigation system or watering device during any form of precipitation.

Measures from the 2009 Water Conservation Plan require new irrigation systems have rain and freeze sensors, that they not be operated with broken heads allowing waste, and that they not be operated between the hours of 10:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. remain in effect in the 2014 Plan.

Watering by hand-held hose, drip irrigation, tree bubbler, or soaker hose is allowed at any time although residents are encouraged to limit such watering to a maximum of two hours per day.

“Currently, the City remains under Stage 1 of the Drought Contingency Plan, which sets several guidelines for water use when levels fall below a specified threshold,” Price says. “However under the 2014 Water Conservation Plan, even if the lake levels rise from their current level of roughly 70% to full capacity, the twice per week watering will remain in effect.”

The City of Southlake has been under Stage 1 Drought Contingency since June of 2013 and remains under Stage 1 due to continuing drought conditions (see map below).

Measures under Stage 1 of the Drought Contingency Plan include the following:

  • Vehicle washing is limited to the use of hand-held buckets and a hose with a positive shutoff valve. Vehicles may be washed at any time at a carwash.
  • Encouraging no hosing of buildings, windows, or other structures for any purpose other than fire protection.
  • Encouraging no hosing of paved areas, such as sidewalks, driveways, parking lots, etc.
  • Encouraging hotels, restaurants and bars to serve water only upon request.
  • Establishing new turf is discouraged, and a variance is required to do so.

For more details about Southlake’s 2014 Water Conservation Plan, Stage 1 of the Drought Contingency Plan and water restrictions, please visit CityofSouthlake.com/WaterConservation.

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The City of Southlake Senior Activity Center Hosts a Lone Star Murder Mystery Night on Friday, May 16, 2014

Murder Mystery DinnerA Lone Star Murder Mystery presentation, Derailed & Departed, is coming to the Southlake Senior Activity Center on Friday, May 16, 2014. Doors will open at 5:00 p.m., dinner will be served at 6:00 p.m. and the show will begin at 7:00 p.m.

Lone Star Murder Mysteries’ comedy shows are loosely based on historically accurate characters that lived and worked in Fort Worth back in the 1800’s. The production for this private show will take place among the dining tables.  Audience members can be pulled into the production unexpectedly at any time. Each table will compete against one another to solve the mystery. Come help Marshal Jim Courtright figure out which one of these zany characters murdered ol’ Horace Grimsby.

The cost for the event is $15.00, which includes a BBQ dinner and the show. If you are interested in signing up for this exciting evening (participants must be 55+), you can register at the Southlake Senior Activity Center located at 307 Parkwood Drive.  Please Contact (817) 748-8315 if you would like more information.

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City Volunteers Recognized at Volunteer Appreciation Reception

Presidential Service Award recipients and members of Southlake City Council at the Volunteer Appreciation Reception

Presidential Service Award recipients and members of Southlake City Council at the Volunteer Appreciation Reception

On Monday, April 7, 2014 the City of Southlake held a Volunteer Appreciation Reception to recognize volunteers during National Volunteer Week.

In the last year, Southlake volunteers contributed 22,000 hours of volunteer service equating to almost half a million dollars’ worth of service. The impact of their service was felt in our public library, at the senior activity center, in our police and fire departments, inside Town Hall, at various programs and special events across the community, and on City Boards and Commissions.

During the reception volunteers were recognized for their service achievements with Southlake and received Presidential Service Awards. The President’s Volunteer Service Award program recognizes citizens who have achieved the required number of hours of service over a 12-month time period.

“I am fortunate to be supported and appreciated for my work here. I’ve gained a sense of gratitude by serving the City of Southlake and it has taught me patience and the power of helping others,” said Ailene Tubbesing, a Bronze Presidential Volunteer Service Award recipient.

Key Volunteer Liaison of the Year winner, Renni Burt and Fire Chief Mike Starr

Key Volunteer Liaison of the Year winner, Renni Burt and Fire Chief Mike Starr

Teen volunteers earning the Bronze Level were required to complete a minimum of 50 volunteer service hours and adults were required to complete 100 hours. Silver Level Service Award teen volunteers were required to complete a minimum of 75 volunteer service hours and adults were required to complete 250 hours.

Earning the Gold award required a minimum of 100 volunteer service hours for teens and 500 service hours for our Adult volunteers. For the first year, the City honored one teen recipient of the Gold Presidential Volunteer Service Award. Cassidy Chaplowe volunteered 112 hours over the past 10 months for our Camp Mania program.

The full list of award recipients in each award level is listed below.

Employee Volunteer Liaisons, a critical component of the City’s volunteer program were also recognized. Liaisons help lead and work alongside Southlake volunteers. The “Key Volunteer Liaison of the Year” recipient is Renni Burt. Renni serves as the Community Initiatives Officer for the Southlake Fire Department and leads one of the largest groups of volunteers.

Thank you to all of our volunteers for your service to Southlake. For more information about how to volunteer in Southlake, visit VolunteerSouthlake.com.

2014 Volunteer Awards

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Traffic Changes & No U-Turn Signs Coming to S. Kimball Ave. near CISD Schools Monday (4/14)

On Monday, April 14, 2014 changes are coming to the drop-off patterns for both Dawson Middle and Eubanks Intermediate Schools, located in the 400-500 blocks of S. Kimball Avenue.

Drivers in the area should be aware of the following changes to the schools’ drop-off patterns (see map below):

  • Dawson Middle School (red arrows) drop-off point and pattern will remain as it currently is.  Student drop-off traffic will enter school property via the driveway that is located north of the school. After drop off of the Dawson students, vehicles will exit school property via the same driveway onto Kimball Avenue.
  • Eubanks Intermediate 5th grade students (blue arrows) will be dropped off in front of the school utilizing the circular driveway located in front of the school.
  • Eubanks Intermediate 6th grade students (blue arrows) will be dropped off behind the school utilizing the driveway located on the south side of the Eubanks School. After drop off of the Eubanks 6th grade students, vehicles will exit school property via the same driveway onto Kimball Avenue.

Due to decreased visibility caused by heavy traffic to the schools’ driveways, the City has posted two new “No U-turn” signs that will be in effect 7-9 am only, Monday-Friday.

NEW EIS-DMS (AM) drop off zones

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Residents Could Receive a $200 Rebate Following Irrigation Evaluation

Making changes to an irrigation system can save a significant amount of water, but can also be costly. In order to make these repairs and upgrades more accessible, the City of Southlake is offering up to a $200 rebate for changes to your system that will increase its efficiency in watering your landscape. Earlier this month the City of Southlake mailed residents in the 76092 zip code information regarding this opportunity for qualifying residential water customers.

To qualify for this rebate residents must complete an irrigation evaluation with the W.I.S.E Guys. Once an evaluation has been completed on your irrigation system, you may consider having some of the inefficiencies found in your system repaired or upgraded. After completion of repairs or upgrades to your home’s system by a licensed irrigator, you may apply for a rebate of up to $200. This rebate is a match of funds for applicable items and costs accrued to make repairs or upgrades, and is limited to items recommended by the W.I.S.E Guys during their evaluation or installation of water-saving technology.

Both offers for the W.I.S.E. Guys evaluation and the rebate have limited availability. All evaluations and rebates are available on a first come, first serve basis.

For more information regarding the W.I.S.E. Guys program, visit CityofSouthlake.com/WiseGuys or call Christi Upton at 817-748-8638.

This postcard was mailed out to Southlake residents earlier this month.

This postcard was mailed out to Southlake residents earlier this month.

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