Office of Emergency Management & National Weather Service: Winter Weather Update

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UPDATE: 3:45 p.m. 2/23:  The Senior center as well as all City of Southlake parks and facilities will be closed again tomorrow due to the weather.  All parks and recreation programs are also canceled.

UPDATE 3:15 p.m. 2/23:  Due to the freezing temperatures overnight and into the morning, the City of Southlake will delay opening until 10:00 a.m. for Tuesday, February 24, 2015.  Updates regarding City services and tomorrow’s Parks and Recreation programming will be made through out the evening.

UPDATE 3:00 p.m. 2/23: From the Office of Emergency Management: The current Winter Storm Warning will expire at 6:00 p.m. since the National Weather Service does not expect any additional significant precipitation today. But, temperatures will stay below freezing and drop to 27 degrees tonight. This will result in slick roadways across the area through early Tuesday. Improving conditions are forecast as temperatures gradually rise above freezing for our between noon and 1:00 p.m. on Tuesday.

UPDATE 1:15 p.m. 2/23:  No makeup day is scheduled for today’s garbage and recycling collection. Those with Monday pickup schedules are asked to place their recycling and trash at the curb on their next regularly scheduled day.  Republic Services will determine Tuesday morning (2/24) if the roads are safe enough for Tuesday collection.

UPDATE 10:00 a.m. 2/23: Due to icy conditions the Library, the Senior Center and all Southlake Parks are closed today.  Building and code inspections are canceled.  All other City offices will open at 10:00 a.m.

UPDATE 9:20 a.m. 2/23: The roads covered with sleet.  Road crews are working to clear them, but Southlake DPS reminds all residents to stay off the roads if you can.

UPDATE 6:15 a.m. 2/23: City of Southlake offices will delay opening until 10:00 a.m.  Also, due to inclement weather, Republic Services has canceled all trash and recycling collections for today.  Southlake DPS would also like to remind everyone that if you don’t have to be on the roads, its best to stay inside and stay safe.

UPDATE 8:35 p.m. 2/22: Due to inclement weather and the closure of CISD schools, all City of Southlake recreation programs as well as senior activity center programming has been cancelled for Monday, February 23, 2015. Cancellations also include all baseball, softball and soccer practices scheduled at City of Southlake facilities. Information regarding Tuesdays programs and activities will be posted on CityofSouthlake.com and My Southlake News.

With winter weather quickly approaching, we want to share updated information from the US National Weather Service Fort Worth Texas about what to expect:

Rain will be the primary impact on Sunday, but this is not the “main event.” After a possible brief lapse in rain, wintery precipitation will begin after midnight and really pick up between 5 and 7 am for our area.

We will drop below freezing starting at 1am on Monday morning and remain below freezing until Tuesday at 10am for a total of about 40 hours. Coupled with a lack of sunshine, this could result in lingering impacts through Tuesday morning.

North to Northwest winds will be between 20 and 25 mph resulting in a wind chill of around 10 degrees for most of Monday with a bottom temperature of about 25 degrees.

While this is a winter weather event, this round should not have the same severity of impacts as the December 6-7, 2013, ice event – we will most likely not have cobblestone ice.

Surface temperatures will be sufficiently cold for widespread areas of ½”-1” of sleet…with pockets of areas of up to 2 inches of sleet and freezing rain to accumulate on many roads and bridge surfaces, forming a slick glaze by Monday morning.

For the most up-to-date information, please visit the National Weather Service at http://www.srh.noaa.gov/fwd/

As always, please be extra careful if you need to travel during icy conditions.

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Council Calls for May Special Elections

MSN ballot languageThe Southlake City Council approved two special elections at the February 17, 2015 Council meeting.   The first is a special sales tax election that would ask voters to consider a reduction of the Crime Control and Prevention District (CCPD) rate from 1/2 cent to 1/8 cent and to create a new Type A Economic Development Corporation to fund the construction and operations of The Marq Southlake and to allow for the promotion of economic development.  As required by law, the City Council held a public hearing at the meeting to explain the ballot language and to call the special election.

The 1/8th of a cent remaining for the CCPD would remain dedicated to continue the School Resource Officer program as well as other equipment needs for the Southlake Police Department.  Under state law all special sales tax districts and corporations require voter approval.   For more information about the special election and the proposed Type A  Economic Development Corporation please visit the City’s special election webpage.

The second special election, approved on the consent agenda, is an election to fill a vacancy due to the resignation of Laura Hill, Place 5.  The term expires May 2016.  The filing period for this special election will begin February 18, 2015 and will conclude at 5:00 p.m. on March 9, 2015. For more information on filing for Place 5 please visit the City’s election information webpage.

Early voting for all elections begins April 27, 2015 and concludes May 5, 2015.  Voters who are unsure if they are registered to vote are asked to check the appropriate county website (Tarrant or Denton) 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.

Election Day takes place May 9, 2015.  Southlake voters must go to their county precinct polling location on Election Day.  Questions regarding early voting and election day polling locations for all elections may be directed to the Southlake City Secretary’s office (817) 748-8016.

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City of Southlake will hold Country Music in the Square Event – April 18, 2015

In honor of the 50th Anniversary of the American Country Music Awards coming to Arlington, TX this spring, the City of Southlake will host Country Music in the Square on April, 18. The event will begin at 3:00 PM and run into the evening, ending at approximately 11:00 PM.

The fun, music-filled event will provide an evening of live entertainment, headlined by country music artist Brandon Rhyder, and feature local and regional performances by Bleu Edmonson, Matt Stillwell and Empty Pockets.  Attendees will also enjoy festival style culinary delights, beer, wine and other exciting activities!

For sponsorship opportunities at this event, please contact sponsorships@ci.southlake.tx.us.

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Country Music in the Square will feature live entertainment by local and regional country music artists.

 

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OTM Traffic Plan for Trader Joe’s Grand Opening

Trader Joe's Grand Opening - SPD Traffic Plan Map - 2.20.15 to 2.22.15 - Updated - Briefing & PD Parking-2With the much anticipated grand opening of the Trader Joe’s in Southlake Town Square this weekend, a heavier traffic volume is expected in and out of the Town Square area. In order to mitigate the impact, the Southlake Office of Traffic Management has developed a traffic plan. 

This plan entails additional Southlake Police Officers directing traffic at various points within the affected area. In addition, a small part of Main St. and Summit Ave. will be barricaded off to lessen the impact on residents who live near this area. Although we’ve taken steps to minimize the effect of increased traffic, visitors to the area should expect some delays, as we work to get folks in and out of the area safely.

Parking in and around Trader Joe’s will be limited, so we encourage visitors to take advantage of the two parking garages located north and north west of Trader Joe’s. Both parking garages are within walking distance of Trader Joe’s. A map of the affected area and  the parking garages has been provided to assist you with planning your visit this weekend.

Thank you. We appreciate your patience.

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OTM Brumlow Traffic Switch

The Office of Traffic Management would like to make drivers aware of traffic switch on Brumlow Avenue as a result of an ongoing TxDOT project.

Beginning Friday, February 20, 2015 TxDOT contractors will shift to Phase II of the intersection work currently under construction at the Brumlow Avenue and SH 26 intersection (see map for details).

The two southbound lanes of Brumlow Avenue, which currently facilitate northbound and southbound traffic, will be closed and northbound and southbound traffic will be shifted to the northbound lanes at the Brumlow/SH 26 intersection.

Crews will be working between 9:00am and 3:00pm and from 7:00pm to 6:00am so as not to impact peak travel time. The switch will be in affect until the end of the project and not just during the times the crews will be working. Message boards are in place near the construction zone to warn motorists of the new configuration. Please be aware of the changes and exercise caution if traveling through the construction zone.

For questions, please contact the Office of Traffic Management at 817-748-8130. Additional updates will be posted on the City’s Facebook and Twitter pages when they are available.

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SPARK Helps Parents Spot the Signs of Youth Injuries

Is your child involved in sports?  Would you know the signs of a concussion?  If the answers are yes and no, then mark you calendars for the next SPARK meeting called Youth Injuries – What are the signs of overuse? Concussions what you need to know.

SPARK will have experts in to have an honest talk with parents about the signs that something might be wrong.  This SPARK event takes place starting at 7:30 p.m. February 23, 2015 at the Carroll High School Lecture Room (back of the school) 800 North White Chapel Road.

See you there.

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Bob Jones Nature Center Green Fest 2015 – Saturday, March 28, 2015

GREEN FEST SOUTHLAKE

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Southlake Town Square
Rustin Park
Saturday, March 28, 2015
10:00 AM – 10:00 PM

Hosted by Bob Jones Nature Center (BJNC), Green Fest Southlake is a premier opportunity to learn about all the ways to be environmentally friendly, endow a sustainable future, and improve our daily living by going green.  On Saturday, March 28, 2015, from 10:00 AM – 10:00 PM,  Southlake Town Square will be transformed into a green oasis as vendors, manufacturers and other businesses present products and services about going green and protecting our precious resources.  And the best part is, Green Fest Southlake is free to the public!

Join us for a day full of fun including:

  • Featured entertainment by local musical sensation Le Freak
  • Fabulous raffle prizes
  • Activities and entertainment for all ages
  • A scavenger hunt for elementary students, where the two winners will receive an Apple iPad

Plus: Kids (K – 6th grade) can bring their juice pouches to recycle and be entered into a raffle for a new Apple iPad!

For more information, visit TexasGreenFest.com.

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Town and Country Items Tabled at February 3, 2015 City Council Meeting

The Southlake City Council voted to table the items 6G and 6H at the February 3, 2015 City Council meeting. The items tabled were ZA14-099 and ZA14-100 also known as Southlake Town and Country.

The action came after an application was submitted appealing three parts of the case to the City’s Zoning Board of Adjustment (ZBA)

The appeal asks if the proper version of the City’s tree preservation ordinance, (585-B) is applicable to this case; if the proposed uses with the application are consistent with C-3 zoning; and if the site plan conforms with the concept plan submitted for zoning.

City Attorney Allen Taylor explained the events which led up to the tabling and a possible time table for the ZBA to determine whether the appeal can be heard and proceed through the ZBA process.

Mr. Taylor’s explanation to the Council can be found in the video clip below. The staff reports for planning case number ZA14-099 and ZA14-100 (These are large files and may take a minute to load) can be found on the Development Activity News page.  For more information about development related ordinances please visit the City’s Planning and Zoning Ordinances webpage on CityofSouthlake.com.

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From the Office of Traffic Management: Brumlow/SH 26 Construction Begins

IMG_0169The City of Southlake’s Office of Traffic Management was recently notified that starting Monday, February 2nd, TxDOT will begin roadwork on the intersection at Brumlow and State Highway 26. The construction will have an impact on travel going into and out of the City of Southlake.

What is happening? TxDOT plans to close several lanes of traffic on the north side of the intersection leaving only one lane open on Brumlow in each direction. The roadwork is expected to take approximately six to eight weeks to complete. This is a continuation of the larger roadway improvement project on the south side of State Highway 26 and Pool Road.

When does the project begin? The road construction project begins Monday, February 2nd.

How will the OTM help lessen the impact to drivers? The OTM is placing electronic signs to help drivers safely navigate around the intersection. TxDOT also plans to place signs in key areas to help manage the flow of traffic. Southlake Police Officers will also be monitoring the intersection and be able to immediately assist with any major tie-ups during peak travel times.

How can I get into and out of the City if I normally use Brumlow? If you use Brumlow frequently we are advising all motorists to find alternate routes. Drivers are also encouraged to use a mobile phone traffic application such as Waze, Beat the Traffic, Inrix or Google Maps to remain informed on traffic conditions at this location and along the SH 26 corridor. All of these applications can provide suggestions for avoiding Brumlow until construction is complete.

Keep in mind that other routes, such as Kimball Ave., typically experience some traffic backups, depending on the time of day, so you will need to find the best alternate route that works for you and your daily commute.

We understand that growth and projects to improve City roads are never easy on anyone but the residents of Southlake should know that they have a dedicated team of professionals from multiple departments within the City working to lessen the impact caused by road construction projects and traffic issues.

We thank you for your patience as we work with TxDOT and area municipalities to get the Brumlow/State Highway 26 project completed as quickly and efficiently as possible. For traffic updates and other important information from the Departments of Public Safety please follow us on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/SouthlakePublicSafety

 

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City of Southlake’s Annual Sweetheart Dance will be Held Saturday, February 7th

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Register now for the Sweetheart’s Dance. Register online (link below) or call Community Services at (817) 748 8019.

Create lasting memories with your child, niece, nephew or grandchild at the City of Southlake’s Annual Sweetheart Dance! This is not just a daddy-daughter Valentine’s Day dance, the whole family is invited to join us for a night full of dancing, desserts and fun surprises.

This year’s dance will be held on Saturday, February 7th in Southlake Town Hall Lobby from 6:30 p.m.- 8:30 p.m. Each year, there is a new, exciting theme. This year’s theme is “A Magical Evening” where you will enjoy a night of magical surprises! There will be a live DJ, fun games for the kids to play, on-site photo flipbooks and tons of tasty treats. There will be a special candy bar, where the young ones will be able to decorate a take-home box and fill it with all of their favorite candies! The limo rides around Southlake Town Square are also back by popular demand!

Children of all ages will remember the fun they had at the Sweetheart Dance for years. One parent noted that “My daughter still talks about how much fun she had at the ball, her name for the Sweetheart Dance, and she is so excited that we will be going again this year!” Another parent exclaimed “Priceless Memories! Thank you for such a fun event!”

You can register online or at the Community Services office located at 1400 Main St, Suite 210. Tickets are $12.00 per person (parents must register as well) and pre-registration is required. Tickets are going fast, so be sure to register early for this event! For more information please contact 817-748-8019.

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