Press Release: Tarrant County Outdoor Burning Ban

The following information has been provided to My Southlake News via a press release from Tarrant County.

Today, August, 18, 2015, the Tarrant County Commissioner’s Court approved an Outdoor Burning Ban for Tarrant County. As of today, all outdoor burning in Tarrant County is PROHIBITED.

This Outdoor Burning Ban will be in place for the next ninety (90) days.

The unincorporated areas of Tarrant County have been determined to be under drought conditions by the Texas Forest Services.

These conditions have prompted the Tarrant County Fire Marshal to request the Ban on Outdoor Burning in an effort to protect lives and properties of the residents in Tarrant County.

A violation of the Court Order Prohibiting Outdoor Burning is a class C Misdemeanor and punishable of a fine up to $500.00.

For information on outdoor cooking and outdoor welding guidelines you can go to the website.

We urge all residents of Tarrant County to help us during this time.

For our residents in the rural areas, we suggest that you make sure that you keep an area of approximately 30 feet mowed around your home and outbuildings to prevent a fire from reaching your structures.

We encourage all Tarrant County residents to BE SAFE.

Should you have further questions regarding cooking outdoors during this burn ban, please contact the Tarrant County Fire Marshal’s Office at 817-838-4660 or email

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FM 1938 Intersection Work to Begin Monday, 8/10

Approximate area of lane closures

Approximate area of lane closures

Some major changes are happening at the intersection of FM 1938 and FM 1709 (Southlake Boulevard) as part of the FM 1938 Phase II project.

Beginning the week of August 10, 2015, TxDOT will be closing various lanes along east and westbound FM 1709 (Southlake Boulevard) and north and southbound FM 1938 in preparation for construction on the intersection.  Motorists can expect the following:

  • The outside lane on FM 1709 westbound and on FM 1938 north of the intersection are planned to be closed indefinitely beginning Monday evening, August 10 at 8:00 p.m. to install concrete traffic barrier and begin construction activity at the intersection.
  • The outside lane on FM 1709 eastbound and on FM 1938 south of the intersection are planned to be closed indefinitely beginning Tuesday evening, August 11 at 8:00 p.m. to install concrete traffic barrier and begin construction activity at the intersection.

Several access driveways near the intersection of FM 1938 and FM 1709 are also planned to be closed indefinitely beginning Monday August 10 (click here for driveway closure locations). The driveways will be closed until further notice while construction activity occurs in this area. Please use alternate driveways to access your destination.

Additional various lane closures may occur at this location beginning Wednesday evening, August 12 at 8:00 p.m. to Thursday morning, August 13 at 6:00 a.m., if necessary.


Work on the intersection is a major milestone in the FM 1938 Phase II project and once it’s complete, will add dual left turn lanes on all sides of the intersection. This will improve mobility and traffic flow in the area and address major traffic concerns stemming from an increase in cars along FM 1709 (Southlake Boulevard). Until it’s complete however, we ask for patience for the duration of the work. City staff will be working with TxDOT to provide regular updates. Please make sure to check the and the City’s Facebook and Twitter pages for updates on the FM 1938 construction.

For questions about the FM 1938 Phase II project, please contact Stephen Ranft, TxDOT Mobility Coordinator for the FM 1938 Phase II Project at 817-462-0520 or

Lane closures and traffic switches are subject to changes due to weather and schedule.

Please slow down, use caution and have patience while traveling through the construction area.

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Back-to-School Traffic Reminder

BTS 4It’s hard to believe that summer is winding down and school will soon be back in session. Back-to-school preparations are already underway for Carroll Independent School administrators, teachers, parents and kids. If you don’t already have it marked on your calendar, the first day of school for CISD students is Monday, August 24, 2015.

The Southlake Police Department has also been busy making preparations and planning for the back-to-school rush. School Resource Officers (SROs) will be on hand to help keep traffic moving smoothly as parents drop off and pick-up their kids. Additional Police Officers will be patrolling area schools to make sure that drivers slow down and watch for children in crosswalks, and as they get into and out of vehicles or buses near school zones.

BTS 2Drivers are also reminded to take extra precautions and watch for children crossing streets and intersections as well as watching for students who ride their bikes to school. “Our number one priority is to make sure students arrive safely to school. Drivers can help keep our children safe by planning ahead and allowing themselves extra time to get to their destination,” said Police Chief James Brandon.

The Southlake Police Department has a few tips to help drivers and parents navigate the first week back-to-school rush:

  • Parents – check for any changes in traffic patterns near your child’s school and make adjustments for any road construction in the area.
  • It might also be a good idea to ‘time’ the route you would normally take to allow yourself enough drive time for the first week of school.
  • All drivers – **Remember to obey all traffic warning signs including “no cell phone use” when lights are flashing in school zones.
  • Allow extra time for your daily commute as traffic will increase before and after school.

A School Resource Officer  will be on each campus to assist students and teachers when classes begin as well as throughout the school year. We hope that you will look for opportunities to meet your child’s School Resource Officer during the many ‘Back-to-School’ events.

Working together we can ensure a safe and successful school year for everyone.

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Pothole Repair Underway

Work to fix the cracks on E. Continental will continue

Work to fix the cracks on E. Continental will continue

Public Works Streets crews are hard at work to fix the damage to the roads caused by the last several months of extreme weather.

The first half of the year saw some major weather events in Southlake and the surrounding areas – four major ice storms, heavy down pours in the month of May, and high temperatures in the summer months.  These weather events, combined with the usual heavy traffic, make for a perfect combination for damaging of City streets.

In order to address the damages, the Public Works Street Division put together a comprehensive plan that identifies major thoroughfares in the City where potholes and/or cracking have begun to form on the roadways due to the weather conditions and heavy traffic volumes. This week the Public Works Streets Division kicked off the implementation of that plan, dubbed the “Pothole Repair Plan.”

The type of repairs made is based on the significance of the damage. For example, minor damage will be spot repaired. Areas with greater amounts of cracking and potholing will be stabilized and/or milled and overlayed in entire segments. The first area being repaired is Continental Boulevard, East of the Carroll roundabout. This section will be completed mid-next week.

Work will occur over the course of the next 3 months; with no work being performed near schools the first week of school (August 24). Future locations include: Pearson Lane, Shady Oaks, N. White Chapel, N. Carroll Avenue, and Royal Oaks.

This work is critical to maintain mobility and pavement integrity, as well as continuing to ensure the safety of the traveling public.

For questions, please contact Public Works Operations at 817-748-8079.

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Top Ten Things to Know About Your Southlake Fire Department


The citizens of the City of Southlake can be proud to know they live in a great City that looks to the future through strategic planning and adhering to the core values of: Integrity, Innovation, Teamwork, Accountability and Excellence. Each department strives to exceed citizen’s expectations and achieve the highest standards possible in everything they do.

The Southlake Fire Department has set high expectations in how it serves its customers each and every day. Part of our strategy as a transparent agency is to ensure that all citizens and visitors to the City of Southlake are not only confident in the level of safety within our City limits, but are assured that we are good stewards of the finances you provide and the responsibility that you have bestowed upon us. The men and women of the department work hard each day to reach the goals you have set forth through the Citizen’s Survey, council direction and everyday interaction with the public.

Top Ten Things To Know About Your Southlake Fire Department

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1)    In 1999 the Southlake Fire Department became the first nationally accredited department in the State of Texas. It is currently one of only six accredited municipal Fire Departments in the State. This means your Fire Department provides you with the highest level of service possible.






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2)    The Southlake Fire Department has worked to lower your insurance rates. The Insurance Service Organization (ISO) re-evaluated the City’s Personal Protection Classification (PPC) and was reclassified with score of 97.53, which is the highest grade ever given by ISO in the history of the program. This can lower insurance rates by as much as 13% for businesses and 11% for homeowners. Contact your insurance provider for further details.





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3)    The Southlake Fire Department also maintains the StormReady certification from the National Weather Service. This affirms that the City of Southlake is ready to support you and keep you informed during severe weather events through the City’s Office of Emergency Management.










4)    The Southlake Fire Department has three fire stations strategically located throughout the City in order to maintain the shortest response time possible in the event of an emergency.






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5)    Public Education and Community Outreach is a mainstay of the Southlake Fire Department. We conduct station tours and public education events over a variety of life-safety topics including: CPR, fire safety, personal preparedness, basic first aid and how to protect yourself against the West Nile Virus.








6)    The Office of Emergency (OEM) serves to keep the City at the Advanced Level of Preparedness, which is the highest level achievable in the State of Texas. As a resident or business owner in the City of Southlake, you can be assured that the City is best prepared to respond to and recover from any disaster situation that might impact you.






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7)    The Southlake Fire Department has three Certified Child Passenger Safety Technicians that have installed nearly 300 child safety seats every year. Proper child safety seat installation is critical because nationally, three out of four child safety seats are installed incorrectly.






Another function of the Fire Department is handling fire investigations and home and business inspections.

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8)    There are over 1,500 businesses in the City of Southlake and each year they are all inspected to ensure compliance with fire and life safety regulations. This level of professionalism ensures your safety while enjoying the many amenities that Southlake has to offer.






9)    Southlake has a life-saving rate that is more than twice the national average. Residents have access to the highest level of pre-hospital care available in the State of Texas. This is achieved by staffing mobile intensive care units and fire engines that are equipped to provide advanced life support.



Silver Mission Award



10)    In, 2015 the Southlake Fire Department was awarded the Silver Mission Life Award from the American Heart Association for the level of treatment and the cooperation with local hospitals to ensure fast and effective treatment of heart attack and stroke patients.







We are here to assist you in any way that we can. If you have any questions, comments or would like to discuss any of the information presented here, please don’t hesitate to contact Fire Chief Michael Starr or Deputy Fire Chief Wade Carroll at (817) 748-8106. And as always, thank you for your continued support. The Southlake Fire Department is here to serve you.

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Orange Barrel Alert – Brumlow Construction Begins

Brumlow-MapConstruction on Brumlow Avenue at SH 26 is expected to begin the week of August 17, 2015.

Beginning the week of August 10, 2015, work will start on the Brumlow Avenue Widening Project. The contractor, Pavecon Public Works, LP, will widen Brumlow Avenue from SH 26 to the Alpine Materials driveway (see map) to 4 lanes with a center dual turn lane. The construction will also include:

  • Transition improvements from westbound SH 26 and northbound Pool Road
  • Capacity improvements to help relieve traffic congestion during the AM and PM peaks

Motorists can expect delays once construction begins. If possible, please seek alternate routes. The Public Works Department will provide periodic updates on the construction as they become available.

The project is a Southlake 2030 recommendation on the City’s Master Thoroughfare Plan and aims to ease traffic congestion stemming from the recent work on SH 26.

For questions, please contact the Public Works Department at 817-748-8098.

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Take Me Home Program

The Southlake Police Department is pleased to offer the “Take Me Home” program to our residents and would like to partner with those families who have loved ones with special needs. Take Me Home Program 8.15
Please help us ‘Take Home’ your loved one if they were found lost or wandering by completing the Take Me Home form found on our website

Take Me Home was originally developed by the Pensacola, Florida Police Department for individuals who may have difficulty communicating; as well as those with Autism, Down Syndrome, developmental or cognitive disabilities; and senior citizens who suffer from dementia or Alzheimer’s.

The program is intended to assist these individuals who are unable to communicate or properly identify themselves in the event they become disoriented, lost or who may act in a manner that could be misinterpreted by first responders.

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Orange Barrel Alert – Roadwork on Continental Boulevard

Road work along Continental Boulevard

Road work along Continental Boulevard

Update: 8/11/15 – Work  on E. Continental Boulevard expected to be complete by August 21, 2015.

Beginning Monday, August 10, 2015, Southlake Public Works Street Division will rehabilitate a segment of road from E. Continental Boulevard, east of the roundabout, to South Hollow Drive. Work includes pothole repair and will take place between the hours of 7:00am and 4:00pm and is expected to take a week, weather permitting.

Motorists should be aware of the work and take precaution if traveling in the area. Message boards will be out alerting the traveling public to the work being done.

For questions, please contact Public Works Operations at 817-748-8079.

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Orange Barrel Alert – Texas Turnaround Closed Until October

Expected closure of the Texas Turnaround

Expected closure of the Texas Turnaround

The Texas Turnaround will be closed for approximately 60 days for construction of a new acceleration lane.

Beginning the week of August 10, 2015, the Texas Turnaround, located east of the North Carroll Avenue Bridge at the intersection with SH 114, will be closed for the construction of a new acceleration lane on the eastbound frontage road.

The Texas Turnaround will remain closed for approximately 60 days while the new lane is installed and is expected to re-open in early October.

The new lane will help better guide traffic off the Texas Turnaround and will provide additional safety for motorists entering the frontage road from the Texas Turnaround and from North Carroll Avenue.

For questions, please contact the Public Works Department at 817-748-8098.

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Breakfast Story Time with Mayor Laura Hill

Come share breakfast and a story.  On August 11, 2015, Southlake Mayor Laura Hill will be visiting Story Time at the Southlake Library in Town Hall. Little ones will enjoy songs, games, puppets and a story read by their Mayor. Her visit will include Toddler Time beginning at 10:45 AM and Preschool Time beginning at 11:30 AM. Breakfast treats will be served while supplies last.  For more information, please call the Southlake Library at 817-748-8243.

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