Memorial Day Weekend Travel May Lead to Increased Aircraft Noise

The City of Southlake has received the following information from the DFW Noise Compatibility Office. Citizens with questions or concerns are encouraged to contact the Noise Compatibility Office. The telephone hotline, 972-973-3192, is manned 24/7. The web address for the Noise Office is dfwnoise@dfwairport.com.

We wanted to make you aware of planned DFW operations to accommodate the traveling public over the Memorial Day weekend. An increase in DFW flight operations is expected beginning Thursday, 21 May and extending through Tuesday, 26 May including some overnight operations. These additional arrivals and departures will primarily utilize the four central runways. Additionally, operations are anticipated from 6AM until 11PM on the three outer-most runways (the two diagonal runways, 13R/31L and 13L/31R as well as Runway 17L/35R).

According to the National Weather Service, the current north winds are forecast to persist until early morning, Friday May 22, when they will become easterly and remain so until later in the day. They will then shift to the south and remain so through the afternoon of Tuesday 26 May. Though there are gusts in excess of 20mph forecast for Sunday night, they should have no impact on normal flight operations.

We appreciate your patience during this busy holiday period. As always, more information about the Airport’s activities can be found on the dfwairport.com link: http://www.dfwairport.com/inthecommunity/aircraft_noise.php.

If you would like other members of your staff to receive these types of notices, or you would like to make any changes to the existing addressees, please contact me and I will make the requested changes.

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

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Pressure Regulating Valve Antenna Update

Top Row:  River Oaks Dr and Durham Elementary; Center: Southridge Lakes; Bottom Row:  Dove/Shady Oaks and Shady Oaks/Highland

Top Row: Fm 1709/River Oaks Dr (left), Durham Elementary (right); Center: Southridge Lakes; Bottom Row: Dove/Shady Oaks (left), Shady Oaks/Highland (right)

In late 2014, new Pressure Regulating Valves (PRVs)  were installed at five (5) locations around the City as part of the Southlake 2030 Water Master Plan.

This Tier 1 Southlake 2030 project aims to improve City water flow during firefighting emergencies by automatically detecting the changes in pressure between the high pressure and low pressure planes and electronically adjust the water flow to supplement the availability of water during a critical need situation.

Over the last few months, the Public Works Department has worked to complete this project and install five antennas at the PRV locations. The antennas allow for City staff to remotely monitor the PRVs  and adjust water flow needs in the event of an emergency.

After several months of working with contractors to design and build antennas that fit into the Southlake area, the antennas are now installed at their designated locations (see image). The final phase of this project is to connect the antenna to the City’s monitoring (SCADA) system.

For questions about this project, please contact Public Works engineer, Alex Ayala at 817-748-8274.

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City of Southlake Walnut Grove Equestrian Trails Underwater

Walnut Grove Equestrian Trail

Walnut Grove Equestrian Trail is underwater, the trail is closed to horseback riding until further notice.

Due to the large amount of rainfall this Spring, Lake Grapevine seven-feet above capacity.

The high lake level has many of the Walnut Grove equestrian trails underwater.

For the safety of users and the preservation of the trail system, the City has has closed the trails to horseback riding until further notice.  

Hikers who choose to use the trails are advised to use great caution. For more information about the status of the Walnut Grove equestrian trails, please contact Community Services at (817) 748-8019.

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More Rain in the Forecast, Flash Flooding Possible

With more rain in the immediate weekend forecast, residents are urged to stay informed this weekend.  Here is the forecast the National Weather Service Fort Worth  posted Friday (5/15) afternoon:

There is a chance for severe weather across much of the area Saturday afternoon and night. The best chances for severe weather will be roughly west of a line from Comanche to Bowie. The severe weather threats will include large hail, damaging winds, flash flooding, possibly tornadoes, and numerous lightning strikes. Our latest thinking is the storms may initially develop as isolated storms but then form into a line of storms that impacts a larger part of the region. Stay tuned to the forecast for the latest on this severe weather potential.

For the latest information watch National Weather Service Fort Worth Twitter, and Facebook pages  MySouthlakenews.comthe DPS Facebook & City Facebook Pages as well as the City’s Twitter page.

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Customers May Detect Change in Taste & Odor of Drinking Water

Water Being Poured Into Glass

FORT WORTH, Texas – Tarrant Regional Water District had to change the water source late Thursday afternoon for Fort Worth’s Rolling Hills Water Treatment Plant after a construction contractor struck the 90-inch water supply line from Richland-Chamber Reservoir. 

 

The Rolling Hills WTP is receiving a blend of water from Cedar Creek Lake and Lake Benbrook. Lake Benbrook water is of the most concern to customers because tests are showing elevated levels of geosmin, which cause taste and odor issues. Geosmin is not an issue in the water from Cedar Creek Lake, which means the blend should reduce the effects of the geosmin. 

 

Customers in south and east Fort Worth are most affected by this source change. This change is expected to last only a few days. Once the pipeline is repaired and returned to service, Rolling Hills will revert to the source water blend from Richland Chambers Reservoir and Cedar Creek Lake. 

 

In an attempt to mitigate the issue, the department has increased the dosage of ozone disinfectant, which can help with resolving taste and odor issues. The Water Department assures customers the water is safe for drinking, cooking, bathing and all other purposes, even though it may have an earthy smell and taste. 

 

Geosmin is a naturally occurring compound produced by bacteria in soil and algae found in surface water. Cold temperatures kill off the algae in surface water, and the dead algae release the geosmin.

 

Customers may improve the taste of their drinking water by refrigerating the water in an open container; or adding a slice of lemon or lime.

 

 

 

The wholesale customers that regularly purchase water include Bethesda Water Supply Corp., Burleson, Crowley, Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport, Dalworthington Gardens, Edgecliff Village, Everman, Forest Hill, Grand Prairie, Haltom City, Haslet, Hurst , Keller, Kennedale, Lake Worth, Northlake, North Richland Hills, Richland Hills, Roanoke, Saginaw, Southlake, Trophy Club Municipal Utility District, Westlake, Westover Hills, Westworth Village and White

 

 

 

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Southlake Community Services Department receives state Texas Recreation & Park Society Awards

Southlake City Council and Community Services staff with TRAPS Awards.

Southlake City Council and Community Services staff with TRAPS Awards.

This past February, The City of Southlake’s Community Services Department was awarded two state TRAPS (Texas Recreation & Society) Awards for their work in 2014.  The first award went to Recreation Coordinator, Amy Bennet – she received the Class IV Lone Star Recreation Programming Award for her Hunger Games Southlake program that took place on Saturday, November 15, 2014.

This event was held in honor of the release of the Hunger Games movie Mockingjay, at the Bob Jones Nature Center and introduced young tributes, ages 9-13, to the skills and knowledge necessary to survive in the wilderness. It included a Hunger Games Southlake competition where the tributes put their skills to the test to determine a victory district! Although the day’s activities were themed around the Hunger Games, the focus was on encouraging youth to experience and enjoy nature. The program was an opportunity for the tributes to build teamwork and leadership skills and gain confidence in their own skills!

The second award received was the Class IV Park Design Excellence Award, for Southlake’s North Park. This award recognizes the Parks and Recreation Department as well as the Design Professionals from Schrickel,Rollins & Associates for their team work on the park design. North Park is Southlake’s newest community park that opened September 20, 2012 and features multi-purpose sports fields, a concession/restroom building, playground and lots of open play space.

For more information on TRAPS please visit www.traps.org.

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Fight the Bite 2015

WNV West Nile fight the biteSummertime is approaching and that means outdoor fun for many –going to the lake, enjoying outdoor barbecues, or simply enjoying an evening stroll around Town Square. But summertime also means mosquitoes and the possibility that the West Nile Virus (WNV) could make an unwanted appearance to dampen your summertime plans. So this year, as we do every year, the City of Southlake ask you to “Fight the Bite.”

Preventing the spread of West Nile is a collaborative effort between the City and you, the residents.  The City of Southlake, for example, acts proactively to reduce the exposure of West Nile to our residents through the laying out of traps in “hot spot” locations – i.e. those places where cases of WNV have been detected previously – for weekly testing. Should a positive test be recorded, the City will spray the affected area per the mosquito response plan.  The use of pesticides are recommended strategically though, as overexposure can lead to pesticide resistance in mosquito populations.  “The City limits the use of adulticides – more commonly known as “spraying”—to when we detect an elevated risk, such as detecting the virus in the mosquito population,” says Upton.

In addition to trapping,  testing and spraying, the City uses the Center for Disease Control (CDC) integrated pest management system  recommendations for proactive management of the mosquito population.  Larval control (pest prevention), complaint responses and inspection, and the elimination of conditions that lead to pest infestations are all elements of the City’s proactive strategy.

One of the most important part of the integrated pest management system however, is public participation.

The “Fight the Bite” campaign is one part of public participation. Residents are also encouraged to look for sources of water in both the expected and unexpected places on their property and help eliminate these potential mosquito breeding grounds. In short, if you notice standing water on your property drain the standing water. It’s also important to deny mosquitoes access to potential breeding areas, such as open containers, by simply covering up anything that will collect water following a rainstorm. “What many people don’t realize is that backyards are unintended breeding grounds for mosquitoes,” explains Environmental Coordinator Christi Upton.  “Mosquitoes prefer stagnant water and any area that holds a little more than a teaspoon of undisturbed water for a couple of days can become a breeding ground for mosquitoes.”

Monitoring your property and eliminating sources of standing water is one part of the equation. We also ask that you protect yourselves and your family from being bitten by wearing insect repellent containing DEET, wearing long sleeves and pants—especially at dusk and dawn. In other words: Follow the “4 Ds”!

With the recent rains, the likelihood of mosquitoes is increasing and that means the potential for West Nile increases as well. The City of Southlake will continue to act proactively, but residents must do their part to help Fight the Bite.

For more information about what Southlake is doing in the area of mosquito surveillance and control, for tips on how you can protect yourself and home, or to report a mosquito problem, visit CityofSouthlake.com/FightTheBite.

 

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Voting in the General & Special Elections Takes Place May 9

VoteVoting in the General and Special Elections will take place Saturday, May 9, 2015. As Southlake is located in two counties, Denton and Tarrant, Southlake registered voters need to be aware that they can only vote at polling locations within their county.

If you are a Tarrant County Voter, voting will take place at Carroll Senior High School, 1501 West Southlake Boulevard,: 7:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. Here is the Tarrant County Sample Ballot. It contains information about what voters will be asked to consider on Election Day. 

If you are a Denton County Voter, voting will take place at Roanoke City Hall, 108 South Oak Street, Roanoke.  Here is the Denton County Sample Ballot. It contains information about what voters will be asked to consider on Election Day. 

Voters are required to present an approved form of photo identification in order to vote in all Texas Elections. Acceptable ID includes:

  • Texas driver license issued by the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS)
  • Texas Election Identification Certificate issued by DPS
  • Texas personal identification card issued by DPS
  • Texas concealed handgun license issued by DPS
  • United States military identification card containing the person’s photograph
  • United States citizenship certificate containing the person’s photograph
  • United States passport

With the exception of the U.S. citizenship certificate, the identification must be current or have expired no more than 60 days before being presented for voter qualification at the polling place. Please visit this site for additional information.

Additional election information can be found on the City’s website www.CityofSouthlake.com. If you have questions about the election processes please call the City Secretary’s office at (817) 748-8016.

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Orange Barrel Alert – Section of T.W. King Road Closed for Construction

Traffic control plan for the T.W. King Road closure

Traffic control plan for the T.W. King Road closure

Beginning the first week of May, crews will close a portion of the T.W. King road north of the SH 114 frontage road (see map) to work on a public storm drain project associated with the Solana development. This section of T.W. King road will be closed for approximately two weeks (weather permitting) and motorists are asked to seek alternate routes if you use this section of T.W. King to access the SH 114 frontage road.

Message boards are currently out, barricades will be up and signs will be placed at the entrance to this section of T.W. King Road alerting motorists to the construction and providing detour information. Please exercise caution when traveling in the work area.

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

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FM 1938 Construction Update

Clearing of right-of-way on northbound Randol Mill (FM 1938)

Clearing of right-of-way on northbound Randol Mill (FM 1938) in preparation for the construction project.

Construction activity is ramping up on the FM 1938 Phase II project. Over the last few weeks, work has begun on the right-of-way area of FM 1938 as TxDOT crews have cleared and cleaned the area north of the Southlake Boulevard (FM 1709) and FM 1938 intersection. Future work on the project will see crews placing temporary signals at the intersection of FM 1938 and FM 1709 in preparation of a future traffic switch and road side construction at the following locations:

  • Beam Drive
  • Kingswood Drive 
  • Palomar Trail
  • Hillside Court
  • Top Rail Lane. 

TxDOT currently has message boards at the project limits and will use them to announce future road work to motorists. The City will also post updates on upcoming FM 1938 Phase II construction to the City’s website, Facebook and Twitter pages. In the mean time, keep the following tips in mind when driving through work zones:

  • Slow Down
  • Always Follow Work Zone Speed Limits
  • Pay Attention
  • Be Patient
  • Plan Ahead
  • Stay Alert: Don’t Talk or Text While Driving

For questions about the FM 1938 Phase II project, contact Stephen Ranft at s-ranft@tamu.edu.

 

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