Advances in 5G technology bringing changes in wireless infrastructure to Southlake

As technology has advanced so too has the infrastructure needed to support the deployment of the new technology. Recent state and Federal Communications Commission (FCC) regulations have changed how municipalities will be able to regulate the placement of small cell wireless facilities.

“5G technology will become the standard for telecommunications and wireless communication,” noted Senior Planning and Development Services Director Ken Baker at the February 5 City Council meeting. “The traditional large cell towers have a lot of limitations in how they can deliver the new technology and in order to use the full ability of 5G the data speed, the 5G technology will be delivered through what is called small cell wireless facilities.”

These small cell wireless facilities will help deliver data at speeds roughly 20 times faster than possible with current 4G technology. Feature-length HD movies will be downloaded in seconds. In order for the 5G technology to perform at its optimal level, more of the small cell wireless facilities will have to be placed.

How will the small cell wireless facilities be regulated?

The 85th Texas Legislature adopted a new state law, obligating Texas municipalities to permit the use of municipal right of way and municipal poles (including traffic signal poles, non-decorative light poles, and sign poles) for placement of wireless network equipment and the installation of new poles for use by wireless network providers. The new state law restricts municipal authority to prohibit facilities in the right of way. Further, the new law places strict time limits on considering permits and fees charged for permits.

The new state law does allow some municipal discretion over design by requiring network facilities to conform to municipal design standards in designated design and historic districts. In Southlake, Town Square and the Carillon Commercial District have been designated as design districts. The state law also allows the City some regulation if a network provider places a stand-alone pole in a City park right of way or in the right of way adjacent to a residential area.

The City of Southlake adopted a public right of way management ordinance in order to comply with the new state law.  The ordinance modifies the right of way management codes to accommodate the new types of activities and facilities related to wireless networks. In short, services providers will need a specific use permit to place a small cell facility on private property; providers will need Council approval for placement in public right of way like design district, parks or residential; and providers can place small cell towers in public right of way with permit approval from Southlake Public Works.

In late 2018, the Federal Communications Commission approved sweeping regulations for 5G infrastructure curtailing both State and local authority to regulate 5G facilities. The intent of the FCC ruling was to meet rapidly increasing demand for wireless services and prepare our national infrastructure for 5G. The FCC states that providers must deploy infrastructure at significantly more locations and expanded the ability of service providers to place facilities not only in the right-of-way but also on public buildings. In Southlake, this could mean buildings like Town Hall and DPS facilities.

“We’ll work with providers to try to minimize the impact,” said Baker. “As staff, we know the areas that may be more suitable, and more palatable to our community. We’ll also look at some of the design standards and try to use standards that will be more aesthetically pleasing and result in little to no impact on the community.”

View the small cell wireless facilities presentation from the February 5 Council Meeting here

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February 2019 Southlake Business Spotlight: On Point Acupuncture & Wellness

On Point Acupuncture & Wellness is the featured business for February’s Southlake Business Spotlight.

Southlake Acupuncturist, Kalpesh L. Patel, L.Ac., and his team take on a holistic method of mending a wide array of physical ailments from pain and sickness, to headaches and weight problems. Their acupuncture therapy is rooted by Traditional Chinese Medicine and is a highly effective alternative to standard Western medicine.

Patel, experienced the benefits of acupuncture firsthand while studying for his undergrad in college, he experienced severe tendinitis as a result of years of lifting weights. He visited several Western medicine doctors as his case worsened, and almost lost hope until stumbling upon Acupuncture Therapy. After two-series of sessions, he has fully recovered from his tendinitis.

On Point Acupuncture & Wellness not only specializes in Acupuncture, but they also offer services in Cupping, Herbal Chinese Medicine, Essential Oils, Sports Medicine, Massage Therapy and Facial Rejuvenation. They try to bring a new level of capability to their Southlake acupuncture therapy clinic.

This clinic goes above and beyond your general acupuncture therapy to set the stage for Southlake Acupuncture Therapy.

Learn more about On Point Acupuncture and Wellness from the previous City Council meeting and the Southlake Business Spotlight blog.

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The City Southlake Fire Department Received 2018 Helping Heroes Grant

The Southlake Fire Department was selected by a team of safety experts based on their need for new or updated life-saving equipment and training to receive the 2018 Helping Heroes Grant.

Our Southlake Fire Department has utilized the grant for a weather station with a shareable subscription and Emergency Operators Center (EOC) equipment. Both tools will enhance the fire departments ability to prioritize safety and responsiveness in emergency situations.

“We are extremely grateful to Flint Hills Resources for this grant that will help the Office of Emergency Management and Department of Public Safety protect our community,” stated Emergency Manager Amanda Meneses. “This grant gives us the ability to integrate modern technology into our disaster preparedness plan and response efforts to assist in early detection of hazardous conditions.”

In 2018 the fire department responded to 3,373 calls for service. The fire department responded to fires in fewer than six minutes, 90% of the time, well above industry standards. Also, in 2018 they saved $1.3 million in property alone. With gifts like the Helping Heroes Grant, the fire department has the ability to further develop its emergency operations. In 2018 The Office of Emergency Management enhanced community preparedness by completing the Hazard Vulnerability Analysis for the City of Southlake. They are continuously working towards excellence in all matters regarding resident safety.

The Koch Pipeline Helping Heroes Grant provides a financial gift to be utilized for training, education, equipment and emergency notification needs of Texas fire departments and emergency responders. Flint Hills Resources has awarded more than $1,000,000 in grants to 53 first responder departments throughout Texas since 2012. Deanna Altenhoff of Flint Hills Resources stated that the purpose of the grant is simply based on the fact that, “We believe in supporting those who keep our communities safe.” The City of Southlake was awarded $3500 for FY 2019.

For more information regarding the Fire Department’s Annual Report click here.

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Join us at the Community Dinner and Celebrate Southlake on Saturday, March 23, 2019!

On Saturday, March 23, 2019 the City of Southlake invites you to celebrate Southlake!

The event kicks off at 5:00pm with a Community Dinner on the terrace of The Marq Southlake. It will be a special opportunity to get to get to know your neighbors while breaking bread together. A variety of local cultural cuisines will be available for purchase and there will be plenty of community seating. You may also bring blankets and chairs as lawn seating will be available.

Following the dinner, continue to celebrate Southlake from 6:00-9:00pm through cultural performances and activities. The Community Dinner and Celebrate Southlake activities all take place at the Legends Hall at the Marq promenade and Aria Amphitheater located at 285 Shady Oaks Dr.

Invite your friends and neighbors as this will be a memorable evening for our City. For more information, please visit or give us a call at (817) 748-8019.

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Southlake Is Your Date Night Destination for Valentine’s Day

This Valentine’s Day, think outside of the chocolate box and surprise your sweetheart with the Southlake treatment. From interactive sushi-making and romantic carriage rides to gourmet meals, treat yourself and your loved one to an unforgettable evening that rivals Cupid’s planning.

Have a hands-on experience leading up to Valentine’s Day. RA Sushi Bar Restaurant is inviting guests to bring their soymate for an entertaining night designed to teach participants about the power of aphrodisiac ingredients during Roll of Attraction: An Aphrodisiac Sushi Rolling Class For Couples on Thursday, Feb. 7 at 8:00 p.m.

Enjoy a storybook ride through Southlake Town Square by horse-drawn carriage and cuddle up with your sweetheart as you take in the sites. Reserve your carriage ride for Feb. 8, Feb. 9, Feb. 14 or Feb. 15 starting at 5:30 p.m. each evening.

If the way to your loved one’s heart is through his or her stomach, expect no shortage of swooning after dining at one of these Southlake restaurants.

Love every bite at Del Frisco’s Grille, including savory entrées like Broiled Twin Lobster Tails with Miso Butter and 45-day, 16-ounce Dry Aged Prime Strip from the exclusive Valentine’s Day menu or take your true love to Truluck’s for fresh-catch seafood or prime tender, juicy steaks. Enjoy a perfectly paired glass of wine, live music and don’t forget to turn up the heat by sharing a flaming Baked Alaska for dessert.

Love is also in the air at Kirby’s Prime Steakhouse. Spoil your sweetie with a special four-course meal from the Valentine’s Day menu, with options like Blackened Cedar Plank Scallops and Smoked Ribeye. Toast to the evening with sommelier-picked pairings and go home with a special gift from Kirby’s.

Wildwood Grill is also feeling the love with special items on the Valentine’s Day menu, which features a Meat & Cheese Board, Herb Crusted Tenderloin, Crab Stuffed Alaskan Flounder and a sweet Waffle Duo for dessert. In keeping with tradition, take home a red rose, compliments of Wildwood.

If you’re looking for a more casual evening out, spend it with The King himself at Schuck Me. An Elvis tribute artist will serenade you and your sweetie while you enjoy delicious seafood dishes (and drinks). The show starts at 6:30 p.m., so be sure to arrive before Elvis leaves the building.

Looking to have a night away? Cambria Southlake is offering a sweet special for Valentine’s Day, including a king or double queen room with roses in a vase, champagne, heart-shaped chocolates and an artisanal cheese platter.

Don’t forget about Southlake’s premier shopping destinations if you’re in search of the perfect present to accompany your romantic evening out. No need to stress about where to take your loved one this Valentine’s Day when Cupid’s arrow clearly points to Southlake.

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One of the toughest days of my life was the day I had to tell my dad he couldn’t drive anymore

Without Call A Ride of Southlake (CARS), losing the ability to drive meant seeing the same four walls every day, all day long. CARS provides rides to Southlake seniors and disabled adults but they can’t do it without your help. Without more volunteer drivers, seniors like my dad are going to be turned away. As Southlake’s population continues to age, CARS can’t fill all of the requests from seniors. CARS needs your help!

Taking my dad’s keys wasn’t easy, not on me, not on my dad. Dad, could no longer enjoy the activities that gave him a sense of happiness and independence.  Distance made it impossible for me to help. Not driving wasn’t the biggest threat to my dad’s independence. The biggest threat to his independence was social isolation.  He could no longer do the things he enjoyed.  Activities like meeting his buddies for breakfast on Tuesday mornings were no longer possible. Thankfully, CARS was able to help my dad. CARS volunteers allowed my dad to continue experiencing life, participating in activities and nurturing old friendships and developing new ones.

CARS can’t help seniors in the community without your help. Without more volunteer drivers, more and more seniors are going to be confined to the same four walls every day, all day long.

Volunteer to Give a Neighbor A Lift. You’ll lift their spirits and your own. For more information about Call A Ride of Southlake visit their website at

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Carroll Choir Singers Excel at UIL Solo and Ensemble Contest

Carroll Choir Singers competed in the UIL Region 31 Solo and Ensemble Contest at Coppell High School Thursday, January 31. Solo and Ensemble consists of each student students singing a solo from memory in front of judge. Singers are judged on tone, technique and musicianship.  If a student receives a Division I rating, they classify for Texas State Solo and Ensemble Contest held at UT-Austin in early June. See below for the entire list of results from Carroll Choir.

Name Solo Title Score
Anderson Aubrey (11) Il mio bel foco 1C
Balson, Abigail (9) Wie Melodien Zieht Es Mir 1C
Bhattacharya Debopreeta (10) Lagrimas mias 1C
Breeding Sarah (11) Quella fiamma che m’accende 1C
Buckley Reilly (11) Standchen 1C
Calvert Allison (12) Chi vuol la zingarella 1C
Cave Emma (11) Amor y odio 1C
Cory Jack (12) I Love Life 1C
Davidson Caitlin (11) Se tu m’ami 1C
Garcia Margaret (11) O del mio dolce ardor 1C
Heffron Adriana (10) Do Not Go, My Love 1C
Kahn Bill (12) Allerseelen 1C
Kalen Jamie (11) Apres un reve 1C
Kopf Evan (10) Wie Melodien Zieht Es Mir 1C
Lacy Sarah (11) Les Berceaux 1C
Meagher Amber (12) Lasciar d’amarti 1C
Mondress Aidan (11) Cancion Andaluza: El pan de Ronda 1C
Moore Harrison (12) Pilgrim’s Song 1C
Pitcher Erin (9) Nancy Hanks 1C
Poorman Sebastian (12) Whither Must I Wander? 1C
Richards Kelley Anne (12) Per la gloria d’adorarvi 1C
Thomas Abigail (12) Tell me, Oh blue, blue Sky! 1C
Thompson Jetta (9) Nancy Hanks 1C
Wade James (12) Der Wanderer 1C
Wasson Hunter (11) Quella fiamma che m’accende 1C
Wayland Ava (11) Beau Soir 1C
Zahalsky Alyssa (11) Silent Noon 1C
Anderson Tessa (10) If Music Be the Food of Love 1
Briones Herrera Valeria (9) Preguntale a las estrellas 1
Copling Sage (9) Ein Jungling Liebt ein Madchen 1
Lambeth Jack (9) Panis Angelicus 1
Mann Emma (9) O Rest in the Lord 1
Meek Addison (11) The Sky Above the Roof 1
Thomas Angela (9) Loveliest of Trees 1
Timberlake Liam (10) My Lovely Celia 1
Johnston William (9) Shenandoah 1
D’Amico, Michelle (11)
Cave, Emma (11)
Mondress, Aiden (11)
Breeding, Sarah Kate (11)
Harriman, Craig (10)
DeLugo, Devan (12)
Morrison, Daniel (11)
Wade, James (12)
Mille Regrets 1C
Bower Lauren (10) Old Woman Rain 2
Dillard Krista (10) Danza, danza, fanciulla gentile 2
Drefs Delaney (11) Le Violette 2
LaBarge Laura (12) Thou Art God 2
Melocik Jessica (12) Tu lo sai 2
Morrison Daniel (11) Vittoria, mio core! 2
Perez Kamilla (12) Sing Ye a Joyful Song 2
Sorrell Noa (10) When I Was Seventeen 2
Yeager Margaret (12) Heidenroslein 2
Shackelford Kelly (11) Chi vuol la zingarella 3
Harriman Craig (10) The Daisies 2
Kelson Sean (9) The Daisies 2
Mallavarapu, Ramitha (9) What Songs Were Sung 2
Menon Janaki (9) La calle de la paloma 2
Noon Collin (9) O Mistress Mine 2
Siddiqi Amal (10) Caro mio ben 2


1 – Superior

2 – Excellent

3 – Average

4 – Below Average

5 – Poor

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Council Approves Public Art Installation for Roundabout at Zena Rucker Road in Southlake

Plans are in place to improve mobility between Byron Nelson Parkway and Carroll Avenue. Design for the Zena Rucker Connector east of the Pecan Creek Offices to Tower Boulevard is underway!

Phase I of the project calls for a roundabout with public art and landscaping. City Council recently approved the contract with sculpture and ceramics artist Michael Warrick after he submitted his design concept for the public art display for the roundabout located at Zena Rucker Road and Tower Boulevard.

The Southlake Arts Council reviewed 18 proposals from a variety of applicants and Warrick’s submission, “Mockingbird Tree” was selected.

The concept of this piece celebrates the tree as one of Texas’ natural resources and represents the medical, retail and residential developments surrounding the roundabout. The tree also incorporates three mockingbirds, which is the Texas State bird.

The Arts Council provided the direction of how the artwork should reflect the mission and values of the City as well as how the piece should connect the developments in the area.

This would be the sixth public art installation located at a roundabout within City limits.

Once this portion of the project is complete, Phase II construction on Zena Rucker Road will conclude with water, sewer and storm drainage extensions.  Construction for the entire project is estimated to begin late summer 2019 and expected to be completed within six months, weather permitting.

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Dragon Swim Teams Head To State

Dragon Swim/Dive Teams competed at the Region 2-6A Swim/Dive Championships this past weekend at the Lewisville Westside Aquatic Center.

The Dragon swim and dive teams brought home both team championships while qualifying all six of their relays and a number of their individuals to compete in the Texas 6A State Swim/Dive Championships in two weeks at the University of Texas in Austin. A total of 22 teams competed at the regional championships.

The boys team dominated the competition while the girls team fought an excellent battle against a strong Flower Mound girl’s team

Top 10 Team Scores
1.  Southlake Carroll      492
2.  Flower Mound          408
3.  Allen                       215
4.  Pearce                    163
5.  Plano West              143
6.  Marcus                    125
7.  Plano                      106
8.  Hebron                     95
9.  Prosper                    80
10.  Denton Guyer         76

1.  Southlake Carroll       508
2.  Flower Mound          250
3.  Plano West              195
4.  Prosper                   174
5.  Plano                      158
6.  Pearce                    138
7.  Plano East               119
8.  Marcus                    112
9.  Jesuit                      111
10. Allen                       110

Relay finishes for the Dragons included:

1st 200 med relay 1:45.03 with Natalie Whalen, Corbyn Cormack, Kit Kat Zenick and Tina Karl
1st 200 med relay  1:33.42 with Kevin Repice, Jaykob Williams, Ryan Perham and Matt Hahn
2nd 200 free relay 1:37.60 with Riley Francis, Corbyn Cormack, Ashley Zettle and Katherine Deneault
1st 200 free relay  1:25.59 with Landon Armstrong, Ryan Perham, Matt Hahn and Mason Kelber
1st 400 free relay  3:27.50 with Kit Kat Zenick, Riley Francis, Natalie Whalen and Ashley Zettle
1st 400 free relay 3:06.46 with Landon Armstrong, Kevin Repice, Jaykob Williams and Chris Lindley

Individual finishes for the Dragons

Dragon Girls
Diving  1st Bridget O’Neil        486.65  State Qual
2nd Hailey Hernandez  486.45  State Qual
4th  Ali Ward              448.30
200 free  1st  Riley Francis      1:50.60  State Qual
3rd Ashley Zettle      1:52.72  State Qual
4th Isabella Woods   1:54.51
6th  Ashley Woods    1:58.44
200 IM    2nd Natalie Whalen  2:02.67  State Qual
4th Corby Cormack   2:04.24  State Qual
5th Sydney Balint     2:08.66
50 free    1st Kit Kat Zenick        23.05  State Qual
5th Tina Karl               24.83
11th Katherine Deneault  25.30
100 fly     1st Kit Kat Zenick       53.64  State Qual  (new school record)
4th Sydney Balint       57.04  State Qual
7th Morgan Chocholek 59.26
10th Tina Karl             1:00.82
100 free   2nd Riley Francis         50.97  State Qual
5th Lana Jeter             54.58
500 free  1st Natalie Whalen     4:55.30  State Qual
3rd Ashley Zettle        5:03.70  State Qual
6th Isabella Woods     5:07.16
7th Ashley Woods       5:09.10
100 breast  3rd Corbyn Cormack  1:04.57  State Qual
5th Sarah Chappell    1:08.71

Dragon Boys
Diving     1st  Jackson Miller   477.45    State Qual
2nd Phillip Kleiman  406.15   State Qual
200 free  1st Jaykob Williams  1:40.34   State Qual
3rd Chris Lindley      1:40.72  State Qual
10th  Jackson Pogue 1:45.93
200 IM     2nd Mason Kelber    1:51.25  State Qual
3rd Kevin Repice      1:52.60  State Qual
50 free    1st Landon Armstrong  20.98  State Qual
2nd Ryan Perham        21.25  State Qual
5th Matt Hahn            21.56
8th Michael Kietzman  21.60 (in Prelims)
100 fly    1st Ryan Perham         49.84  State Qual
3rd Kevin Repice         50.12  State Qual
4th Jackson Pogue      52.01
5th Christian Balint     52.28
100 Free  1st Landon Armstrong 46.07  State Qual
2nd Matt Hahn              46.19  State Qual
7th Michael Kietzman  48.83
500 free  2nd Mason Kelber     4:29.52  State Qual
4th Chris Lindley           4:32.93  State Qual
5th Jaykob Williams     4:33.89  State Qual
13th Bennett Bibza        4:45.93
100 back 5th Christian Balint        53.57
13th Luke Wenger        56.53
100 breast 6th  Andrew Fu         1:01.22
12th Andrew Zettle     1:03.52

Girl’s Region 2-6A Swimmer of the Meet    Kit Kat Zenick   Southlake Carroll

Girl’s Region 2-6A Diver of the Meet     Bridget O’Neil  Southlake Carroll

Boy’s Region 2-6A Diver of the Meet   Jackson Miller  Southlake Carroll

Region 2-6A Diving Coach of the Meet   Carolyn Hryorchuk   Southlake Carroll

The Dragon boys and girls swim and dive teams will now be making their way to the Texas State 6A Championships Feb 15-16 in Austin at the University of Texas Swim Center.

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New Biz List: February 2019

Would you like to know about the new businesses in town? If so, you are going to want to subscribe to the Economic Development New Biz List. The list not only gives you an update about recently opened businesses, but it will also tell you what’s coming to Southlake in the next few months.

Now Open
  • Ice Shaker, Inc.: Ice Shaker is an online retailer located at 587 Commerce St., Suite 100. The company sells kitchen grade stainless steel shaker bottles, tumblers and cups that holds ice for over 30 hours and do not absorb odor! 817-329-6478
  • Coldwater Creek: Coldwater Creek is now open in Southlake Town Square at 279 Grand Avenue West.  The retailer offers women’s apparel, home decor products, jewelry and accessories. 817-857-6919
  • Herencia Texan Cuisine: Herencia Texan Cuisine opened in The Shoppes of Southlake at 1431 East Southlake Boulevard, Suite 551.  The restaurant features Latin-inspired dishes made from locally sourced meats, vegetables and fresh seafood. 817-873-8800
  • Lush: Lush is now opened in Southlake Town Square at 1431 Main Street. Lush is known for its beauty and bath products made from preservative-free and organic ingredients. From the freshest ingredients to fighting against animal testing, they have six core philosophies that they live and breathe every day.
  • Exponential Property Group: Exponential Property Group opened at 2545 East Southlake Boulevard.  Exponential specializes in re-positioning value add, multi-family assets throughout major Texas markets. Through professional asset management and a high level of integrity, Exponential increases the value of properties while dramatically improving quality of life for its residents.  817-305-0610
  • Living Stones Foundation: Living Stones Foundation opened at 550 Reserve Street, Suite 460.  The Living Stones Foundation Charitable Trust (LSFCT) is a non-profit 501(c)(3) tax-exempt foundation. LSFCT provides financial and strategic resources to projects that lead to self-sustaining kingdom-building ministries, where support will leverage the success of the whole body of Christ. 817-532-5001
  • Texas TMJ and Pain Institute: Texas TMJ and Pain Institute opened at 630 N. Kimball Avenue, Suite 110.  They are committed to a comprehensive, multidisciplinary approach to treat facial pain, headaches, temporomandibular joint disorders and sleep apnea with a positive outcome. 817251-9985

Find out more here.

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