Expanding Mobility SPIN Town Hall Forum

Do you have questions about the traffic in Southlake? Do you want to know what the City and its state and regional partners are doing to address this important issue? If the answer is ‘yes’ to any of these questions, then mark your calendars and plan to attend the:

Expanding Mobility SPIN Town Hall Forum
Tuesday, December 9, 2014
6:00-7:00 pm, Open House in Town Hall Lobby
7:00 – 8:30 pm, Panel Discussion in Council Chambers

Come join the City of Southlake, as well as representatives from the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) Tarrant County and from the Texas state legislature, as we engage the community in a panel discussion about mobility issues in and around Southlake.

In order to make this forum meet the goal of engaging the community, the City of Southlake invites you to come participate by submitting any questions or concerns you may have regarding traffic and mobility to www.CityofSouthlake.com/ExpandingMobility. There will also be time at the end of the panel discussion for any questions you may have or to express any concerns about topics not covered.

Mobility Icon brownThe Mobility Forum will also provide opportunities for the City of Southlake and our partners to showcase how the City has addressed (or will address) traffic and mobility issues you’ve identified in the 2013 Citizen Survey. Before the panel discussion begins in fact, we invite you to an Open House in the Town Hall lobby (6:00 – 7:00pm) to enjoy project displays that highlight some current and upcoming mobility projects. City and state experts will also be on hand to answer any questions you may have about the displays or the projects presented.

Traffic and mobility topped the list as the number one issue among Southlake residents in 2013 and through the comments and feedback provided, we gained better insight into how you, the citizens felt about the traffic in Southlake and the surrounding areas. In the year since the survey, the City has implemented (or will soon start) several projects that address some of the major themes present in the survey, such as that the heavy traffic on Southlake Boulevard (FM 1709), the need to widen some of the major roads in the City (White Chapel Boulevard and Randol Mill Avenue), and addressing the various intersection issues at Davis Boulevard and Southlake Boulevard. The City’s plan for addressing these concerns may be found in the Public Works “Active City Construction Project” pages of the City of Southlake website.

In the meantime, plan to attend this opportunity to engage traffic and mobility experts and please join us on December 9, 2014 from 6:00 – 8:30pm for the Expanding Mobility Town Hall Forum!

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City Partnerships Bring Magic to Southlake’s Tree Lighting on November 22, 2014

NK9_0192-November 23, 2013-2Home for the Holidays has been the unofficial start to the holiday season in Southlake for over twelve years, featuring Santa and the unveiling of Christmas lights in Town Square. Event festivities on November 22nd will begin at 5:30 p.m. and the Tree Lighting is scheduled for 6:30 p.m.

The City is fortunate to have several sponsors that help make this event possible. The Presenting Sponsor of the 2014 Tree Lighting is Enchanted Fairies Studio. Make sure to stop by their booth and see all the fairies and activities they have planned. The Cookie Decorating Sponsor, Kroger, is providing cookies and icing for holiday cookie decorating. Taste Buds Kitchen is providing cupcakes and decorating supplies for attendees to decorate and eat their own cupcake. Guests will also be provided with free bottled water during the event, thanks to Frost Bank, the Quencher Sponsor. The Holiday Sponsors include Sleep Number, Sky Ranch, Springfree Trampoline Inc, Children’s Health Southlake, The Goddard School and Brain Balance, all of which will have booths and holiday activities at the event. Snowman building is an exciting new actvity this year. The Fresh Market has provided all the snowman building items for participants to get creative and decorate their very own snowman. Thanks to the Santa’s Workshop Sponsor, Fantastic Sams, there will be a variety of holiday crafts for kids to enjoy.

In addition to sponsored activities, other event highlights include a 12-foot, four lane snow tubing hill, horse-drawn carriage rides, holiday crafts, refreshments, and live entertainment.  Guests will enjoy holiday  performances by the Southlake Community Band, Johnson Elementary, Old Union Elementary, Rockenbaugh Elementary, Carroll Elementary, Durham Intermediate, Walnut Grove Elementary, Katie Parr Music Academy and the Cantare Texas Choir. Other entertainment will be provided by White’s Chapel United Methodist Church Hand Bell Choir and strolling holiday characters.

Popular radio station, 94.4 KLTY, will broadcast from Southlake Town Square. Radio personality, Tony Lopez, will emcee the evening in Family Park. Each holiday season, KLTY promotesThe 94.9 KLTY Christmas Wish program, asking listeners to send in Christmas wishes or nominate recipients. The Christmas Wish book will be at KLTY’s booth during the Tree Lighting, allowing people to read through the wishes and even choose a wish to grant.

The City of Southlake thanks all the Tree Lighting sponsors for their support in this special event. Although the Tree Lighting is only one night, Home for the Holidays spans the entire holiday season, with other activities occurring in Town Square and Town Hall until Christmas. For more information about Home for the Holidays, please visit www.SouthlakeHomefortheHolidays.com.

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Property Fraud Alert Service Can Protect Property Owners

tarrantcountyRecently, a North Texas woman lost ownership of her home when a fraudulent deed was filed transferring ownership of her residence, according to news reports.  Because mortgage fraud continues to be a nationwide problem, Tarrant County offers a free service that can protect property owners.

“Foreclosures were once the preferred target for criminals trying to take property from homeowners unlawfully,” said Tarrant County Clerk Mary Louise Garcia.   “However, as foreclosure rates plummet, criminals have modified their tactics.”

The most likely method will be introducing fraudulent documents in the County Clerk’s Office that could cloud title or ownership of property, she said.  Each month her employees reject suspicious documents that persons attempt to enter in the land records that could potentially cloud home ownership.

Their job is made easier by the Property Fraud Alert (PFA) service that helps to protect homeowners from such fraud. PFA is a free on-line notification service that alerts subscribers via email or telephone each time a document is recorded in the County Clerk’s office with their name listed as a signing party.  More than 36,000 Tarrant County residents have subscribed to protect themselves since 2009 when the program was implemented.

It only takes a few moments to sign up for the service.  Property owners may go to www.TarrantCounty.com, and then select Sign Up For from the I Want To area of the page. Participants will be notified only when the exact name they have provided is listed as a ‘Grantor’ or ‘Grantee’ on any of 90 different document types recorded in the County Clerk’s Office.  A participant will be provided a link directly to the document in question. PFA is customizable in that alerts can be generated by email or telephone call from a PFA representative.

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Orange Barrel Alert – Waterline Installation for The Marq Southlake

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Area of waterline installation. (Click for larger image)

Beginning Thursday, November 13, 2014, work crews will be installing a water service line as part of the construction of the new community recreation center – The Marq Southlake.

The the work to install the water service line will occur along Shady Oaks Drive, near the construction site, and is expected to be complete by Saturday, November 22, 2014 (weather permitting).

Work crews will be placing barricades near the construction zone and motorists should expect daily lane closures related to this project. Motorists should be aware that crews will be onsite directing traffic through the work zone at both ends using “slow” paddles.

For information about The Marq Southlake, please visit the project page here.  For questions about the water line installation, please contact the Public Works Department at 817-748-8098.

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Rendering of the The Marq Southlake. Waterline installation will take place during mid-November 2014.

 

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DFW Airport Announces Weekend Closure of Runway 18R/36L

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

DFW plans to close Runway 18R/36L at 10:45PM, Friday, 14 November, through 4PM, Sunday, 16 November. This period will be used to perform scheduled maintenance projects such as upgrades to runway lighting and signage, FAA electrical and airfield systems maintenance and construction, pavement repair and other necessary maintenance activities.   Aircraft that would have used the runway during the closure period will be dispersed among the operational runways.

The National Weather Service currently forecasts north winds for this weekend from about 7AM Saturday 15 November through and beyond 4PM Sunday when Runway 18R/36L will reopen.  Depending upon air traffic requirements it is possible that the FAA will need to use Runway 13R/31L, the west diagonal runway, for jet departures.

More information about the Airport’s planned runway work can be found on DFWAirport.com.

We encourage citizens with inquiries or complaints to contact us. The telephone Hotline, 972-973-3192, is manned 24/7. The email address for the Noise Office is dfwnoise@dfwairport.com. Follow-up response calls and emails will be provided when requested.

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Southlake Roses Infected with the Rose Rosette Disease

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Rose bush with Rose Rosette disease

Many of Southlake’s roses are currently under siege by a viral disease called Rose Rosette. Thousands of roses in City parks, medians, neighborhoods and Southlake Town Square are suffering from the disease. The City maintains an estimated 4,000 roses, and many have been affected by Rose Rosette.

The disease is carried by a microscopic mite that wind spreads throughout the community. There is no known cure for this disease, except to remove the roses. All types of roses are susceptible to Rose Rosette.

“In an effort to prevent the disease from spreading, the City of Southlake is no longer planting roses,” said Community Services Director Chris Tribble.  ”Southlake Parks Staff will will replace all roses with appropriate plant material using a phased approach.”

Southlake resident, Diana Pospisil, a member of the Perennial Garden Society and lifetime gardener, has assisted the City in determining the next steps necessary to control the disease. Pospisil and other experts believe that once the plant has Rose Rosette, it will die within three to four years.

Southlake residents and community members are encouraged to examine their roses, looking for signs of Rose Rosette. Look for the following symptoms when determining if your plants have been affected:

  • Leaves and twigs produced are a bright, rich, red color.
  • Leaves are distorted and twisted.
  • There may be a proliferation of leaves.
  • The stems grow slowly and produce excessive thorns.
  • There may be so many thorns that there is no stem available to be seen and the thorns are often red-tinged.

Residents are encouraged to remove infected roses from their property so the disease does not continue to multiply.  To remove roses, cut the canes as carefully as you can to avoid shaking the mites into the air. After the canes are cut, chop them up and place them in plastic bags to throw away. If the infected rose and all its roots are removed, experts suggest waiting three years before planting another rose.

There are many plants that residents can use to replace their roses.  Lorapetalums (fringe flower), abelias, salvia greggis (autumn sage), and indian hawthorns are good blooming evergreens that come in many colors and sizes. Junipers, hollies and nandinas are non-blooming evergreens that make excellent foundation plantings and add year-round enjoyment. Some easy favorites are: grasses, summer phlox, purple coneflower, black-eyed susan, salvias, asters and perennial hibiscus.

For more information about the disease, please read the article written by Melody Rose. Learning to identify Rose Rosette is the first step toward eradicating the disease. For more information please call Southlake Community Services at (817) 748-8219.

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DFW Airport Announces Weekend Closure of Runway 18L/36R

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

DFW plans to close Runway 18L/36R at 10:45PM, Friday, 7 November, through 4PM, Sunday, 9 November. This period will be used to perform scheduled maintenance projects such as upgrades to runway lighting, FAA airfield systems construction, pavement repair and other necessary repair, upgrade and maintenance activities.   Aircraft that would have used the runway during the closure period will be dispersed among the operational runways.

The National Weather Service currently forecasts north winds for this weekend from about 7AM through midnight Saturday.  Depending upon air traffic requirements it is possible that the FAA will need to use Runway 13R/31L, the west diagonal runway, for jet departures.

More information about the Airport’s planned runway work can be found on DFWAirport.com.

We encourage citizens with inquiries or complaints to contact us. The telephone Hotline, 972-973-3192, is manned 24/7. The email address for the Noise Office is dfwnoise@dfwairport.com. Follow-up response calls and emails will be provided when requested.

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Southlake City Council Selects “The Marq” as the Name of the Community Recreation Center

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Exterior rendering of the The Marq Southlake

After much research, discussion and thought, Southlake City Council approved a name for the new community recreation center (CRC) at its October 21 meeting: The Marq Southlake. The City worked with Willow St. Agency, a marketing agency based out of Dallas, to name and brand the facility.

In addition, the City Council approved names for the distinct areas of the Marq:

  • Legends Hall – Phase 1 which includes an events hall, multipurpose conference & meeting spaces, a club lounge, catering kitchen, senior center and events space
  • Aria – Outdoor amphitheater (included in Phase 1).
  • Champions Club – Phase 2, if approved, will include spaces for fitness, performance training, gymnasium, indoor jog/walk track, indoor aquatics, indoor playground, party rooms, early learning classroom, child watch and multipurpose classrooms for programs.

The name selection comes right on the heels of the groundbreaking ceremony onSeptember 27, marking the official beginning of construction for The Marq. Approximately 300 people attended the three-hour event, which included breakfast, lunch, tours, and a presentation from Mayor John Terrell, Mayor Pro Tem Laura Hill, Director of Community Services Chris Tribble, and Council Member Carolyn Morris, who is also president of the Southlake Parks Development Corporation.

Construction for The Marq is underway and the grand opening for Phase 1 is anticipated for late 2015. Watch the facility come to life with up-to-date construction photos at www.TheMarqSouthlake.com.

The Marq will be built in phases and has a multi-year development timeline:

  • September 2014 – Phase 1 construction begins
  • May 2015 – Possible sales tax re-purpose election to fund proposed Phase 2
  • Summer 2015 – Proposed Phase 2 design
  • Late 2015 – Phase 1 Grand Opening
  • Fall 2016 – Proposed Phase 2 construction begins
  • Early 2018 – Proposed Phase 2 Grand Opening

In order for Phase 2 to be built, an election is required. The election, which is tentatively scheduled for May 2015, will ask Southlake voters to consider re-purposing an existing sales tax revenue source to construct and offset a portion of the facility’s operating costs.

The Marq is located at 315 North Shady Oaks Drive in the southwest corner of Bicentennial Park. For more information, visit www.TheMarqSouthlake.com or call Southlake Community Services at (817) 748-8019.

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DFW Airport Announces Closure of Runway 18R/36L

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

DFW plans to close Runway 18R/36L at 1045PM today, Friday, 31 October, through 4PM this Sunday, 2 November. This period will be used to perform scheduled maintenance projects including upgrades to runway lighting, FAA airfield systems construction, and other repair, upgrade and maintenance activities.   Aircraft that would have used the runway during the closure will be dispersed among the operational runways.

The National Weather Service currently forecasts north winds today through Saturday morning.  Depending upon air traffic requirements it is possible that the FAA will need to use Runway 13R/31L, the west diagonal runway, for jet departures.

More information about the Airport’s planned runway work can be found on DFWAirport.com.

We encourage citizens with inquiries or complaints to contact us. The telephone Hotline, 972-973-3192, is manned 24/7. The email address for the Noise Office is dfwnoise@dfwairport.com. Follow-up response calls and emails will be provided when requested.

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Enjoy Hometown Traditions and New Attractions at the Annual Tree Lighting Event on Saturday, November 22

thb-NK9_0212-2Planning is in full-swing for the annual Southlake Home for the Holidays Tree Lighting event. The Tree Lighting kicks-off the holiday season with hometown traditions and new, exciting activities for the family. This year’s event will be held on Saturday, November 22nd from 5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. at Southlake Town Square.

All the fun and entertainment will begin at 5:30 p.m. in Family Park and Frank Edgar Cornish, IV Park. Entertainment, crafts, the 4-lane snow tubing hill, strolling characters and concessions will all begin at 5:30 p.m. For all the Frozen fans out there, a “Frozen Wonderland” located in Frank Edgar Cornish, IV Park will also begin at 5:30 p.m. with snowman building with Olaf and photo opportunities with Elsa and Anna.

The fun continues as Santa Claus arrives to Southlake Town Hall for the Tree Lighting Ceremony at 6:30 p.m. After Mayor John Terrell welcomes in the holidays, Santa Claus will switch on the lights from the Town Hall balcony. Once Town Square is lit, Santa Claus will make his way to Santa’s Village located in Rustin Pavilion to listen to your wish lists and take free photos with your family. The carriage rides will be located in Family Park and begin at 6:30 p.m. There will be three loading locations for the carriage rides; the north side of Town Hall, the corner by Starbucks and the corner by Malouf’s.

The Southlake Community Band and local school choirs will provide holiday cheer throughout the evening. Below is a schedule of entertainment:

Rustin Pavilion:

  • 5:15pm – 6:20 pm: Southlake Community Band
  • 6:40pm – 8:30pm: Photos with Santa

Family Park Stage:

  • 6:30pm: Tree Lighting Ceremony
  • 6:40pm: Johnson Elementary
  • 7:00pm: Carroll Elementary
  • 7:20pm: Cantare Texas Choir
  • 7:45pm: Holiday Entertainment

Frank Edgar Cornish, IV Park Stage:

  • 5:45pm: Old Union Elementary
  • 6:15pm: Holiday Music
  • 6:45pm: Rockenbaugh Elementary
  • 7:15pm: Walnut Grove Elementary
  • 7:35pm: Durham & Eubanks Intermediate
  • 8:00pm: Holiday Music

Please visit www.SouthlakeHomefortheHolidays.com for complete event information and to view the event & parking maps. If you have any questions, please contact Southlake Community Services at (817) 748-8019.

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