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City Council to Canvass Vote & Hold Service Celebration Reception

city of southlake logoThe Southlake City Council will conduct a special meeting on Monday, May 19th for the purpose of canvassing the 2014 City Council election results and administering the oath of office to the the newly-elected candidates.

The meeting will take place at 5:30 p.m. in the Town Hall Council Chamber, 1400 Main Street.  Mr. Shahid Shafi will be sworn in for Place 1 and Mr. Gary Fawks will be sworn in for Place 6.

On Tuesday May 20th the Council will hold a service celebration reception for Deputy Mayor Pro Tem and Place 6 Council member Pamela A.  Muller and Place 1 Council member Martin Schelling.  The reception will take place in the Town Hall Foyer starting at 5:30 p.m.  The public is invited to attend.

Following the reception the Council will hold its May 20, 2014, Council meeting.  The agenda for that meeting will be available Friday afternoon on the City’s website CityofSouthlake.com.

 

 

 

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Voter Information for May 2014 Election

VoteElection Day is May 10, 2014.  This is an opportunity for Southlake’s qualified, registered voters to vote for the purpose of electing persons to Places 1 and 6 on the City Council and school board trustees for the following districts: Keller ISD, Grapevine-Colleyville ISD, and Northwest ISD.  The candidates in the Carroll ISD election were unopposed and therefore will not have an election.

There are four Southlake City Council Candidates running for office:

Place 1

  • Martin Schelling
  • Shahid Shafi

Place 6

  • Virginia M. Muzyka
  • Gary Fawks

Southlake voters must go to their county precinct polling location on Election Day. The polls will be open from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Election Day – Polling Locations

Tarrant County Residents

  • Carroll Senior High School
  • 1501 West Southlake Boulevard (Intersection of Southlake Boulevard & Peytonville)
  • Southlake, Texas 76092

Denton County Residents

  • Trophy Club Svore Municipal Building
  • 100 Municipal Drive
  • Trophy Club, Texas 76262

In order to vote in the May 10, 2014 general election, a citizen must have registered to vote no later than April 10, 2014.  Voters are required to present an approved form of photo identification in order to vote in all Texas Elections.  Please click on appropriate links above to determine if you are registered to vote in your county.

Results will be available on the Denton and Tarrant County election websites after the polls close at 7:00 p.m.  Questions regarding  the May 10th election may be directed to the Southlake City Secretary’s office (817) 748-8016.

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Volunteers Recognized at the Annual CARS Appreciation Dinner

Call a Ride Southlake Event

Mayor John Terrell, Joanne Terrell, Josie Ramos & Julie Dennis

On Thursday, April 17th Call A Ride of Southlake honored their roster of volunteer drivers at the fifth annual Volunteer Appreciation Dinner.  The event recognized the efforts of the 2013 volunteers, who drove more than 2,000 trips and almost 13,000 miles in support of Southlake seniors and disabled adults.  CARS’ volunteers enable clients to get to medical appointments, go shopping, or attend activities at area Senior Activity Centers.  This year’s event was held at Timarron Country Club and was sponsored by Frost Bank.  Mimi Tran of Frost Bank said, “This event has been a great opportunity to let the public know about CARS and their appreciation for their volunteers but also to reach out to others who may be interested in becoming volunteer drivers.”

Call A Ride of Southlake (CARS) was formed in 2000 to provide seniors and disabled adults with non-emergency rides, enabling them to maintain a level of independence that they gave up when they stopped driving.  Several City and County elected officials were on hand to highlight the volunteers’ efforts in support of area seniors and disabled adults.  Mayor John Terrell and County Commissioner Gary Fickes made special presentations and Councilwomen Carolyn Morris and Pamela Muller were also in attendance.

“As a small nonprofit, we have to make every dollar count,” said Erik Phelps – Executive Director of CARS.  “We depend on the generosity of Southlake merchants to give our deserving volunteers a small gift bag filled with discounts or gift cards to show our appreciation for their service to our clients throughout the year.”  Kirby’s, Truluck’s and Corinthian Wellness Spa provided gifts for the drivers posting the most miles driven and the volunteer driver providing the most trips for the year.  Some of the local merchants supplying gifts included:  Speedy Bee, Kwik Kar, Duff’s, l’Occitaine, Wildwood, Feedstore, and Copeland’s.  Additional donations were made by Southlake Newcomer’s Club, the Greater Southlake Women’s Society, Central Market and Office Depot.

Information regarding the service CARS provides or to receive applications for volunteer opportunities, please visit  www.callaridesouthlake.org. 

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Runway Closures May Increase Aircraft Noise Over Southlake This Weekend (5/16/14-5/18/14)

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

We want to inform you of four (4) planned, short term, runway closures that may affect flights over and near your cities.  DFW’s Runway 18L/36R is planned to be closed in accordance with the schedule below for needed reconstruction and expansion work on some taxiway shoulders within the Runway’s environment.  The Runway will be closed for less than 48 hours during each closure.

The following weekend runway closures are scheduled:

    • Runway 18L/36R is planned to be closed from 10:45PM on Friday, April 25, through 06:00AM on Sunday, April 27.
    • Runway 18L/36R is planned to be closed from 10:45PM on Friday, May 2, through 4:00PM on Sunday, May 4.
    • Runway 18L/36R is planned to be closed from 10:45PM on Friday, May 9, through 4:00PM on Sunday, May 11.
    • Runway 18L/36R is planned to be closed from 10:45PM on Friday, May 16, through 4:00PM on Sunday, May 18.

Citizens with inquiries or complaints are encouraged to contact the DFW Airport’s Noise office by email at DFWNoise@DFWAirport.com or call the 24-hour telephone hotline at 972-973-3192.

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Southlake Stingrays Summer Swim Team Registrations are Open

Stingrays 2013The City of Southlake Parks and Recreation offers summer swim opportunities through the Southlake Stingrays Swim Team. Cool off in the pool this summer and stay active by joining a swim team! The Southlake Stingrays Swim Team emphasizes fun and good sportsmanship while participating in competitive swimming.

If you are wondering if swimming is the sport for you or one of your family members, consider the following:

1)   It’s Great Aerobic Exercise – Competitive swimming provides unparalleled cardiovascular conditioning, while building longer, leaner muscles that boost metabolism.  It’s the perfect activity to improve overall health.

2)   Perfect Cross-Training Activity for Athletes – Swimming gives your body a break from higher-impact activities like basketball, football and running.  By creating a balanced workout routine, athletes avoid injury and allow their body time to heal, while not forgoing daily training sessions.

3)   Improved Asthma Symptoms – Swimming, like many other aerobic exercises, increases your lung capacity; it forces your body to work overtime. Since water is more dense than air, your lungs need to work that much harder to supply enough oxygen to your blood, thus giving your lungs a good workout and decreasing asthma symptoms.

If you or someone in your family loves the water and  is ready to do more than splash around in the backyard pool, then the Stingrays Swim Team is tailored made for you.  Below are some important notes about the program:

1)   Practice and meet attendance is encouraged but is NOT mandatory.  So if you have a busy summer planned, do not let that deter you from having your swimmer participate in the program.  It is very flexible and there is no penalty for missed practices or meets.

2)  The Southlake Stingrays welcome all levels of swimmers, from ages 5 to adult. However,  swimmers do have to be able to swim at least 25 yards unassisted of freestyle and 25 yards unassisted of backstroke and should have completed basic learn-to-swim survival swim lessons.

3)      The team coaches have years of experience in competitive swimming and will tailor each practice to fit the needs of each swimmer level.  From the first-time competitive swimmer, to the serious high school swimmer, to the triathlete who wants to improve their strokes, we have the program for you.

The Southlake Stingrays program is perfect for the swimmer who wants to work hard and be successful but still have  fun!  Registration for the summer swim team season is currently underway.  Cost is $185 for first swimmer and $170 for each additional family member (family max: $675).  Practice-Only and Meet-Only registration is also available for ages 13 & Older for a discounted fee.

You can register online or at the Community Services office at 1400 Main St, Suite 210. For more information, about the Southlake Stingrays Program, please contact Lynne Anderson, Stingrays Swim Program Director, at StingraysSwimming@verizon.net, or visit page 30 of the  Southlake Scene brochure.

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City Refinances Debt Saves Millions of Dollars

2014 Fast Facts DebtThe financial news is good for the City of Southlake. The most recent bond re-financing will save the City more than $3.3 million in debt payments. The refinanced debt is the outstanding 2005 SPDC and GO Refunding Bonds. The Southlake City Council is expected to approve the refinancing at the May 6, 2014 City Council meeting.

“The City was able to save millions of dollars by using our AAA bond rating from Fitch and Standard &  Poors,” said Chief Financial Officer Sharen Jackson. “It is to the City’s advantage to use this rating to receive a lower interest rate on the re-financing.”

2014 Bond Sale
The City also received good news about its latest bond sale. Funding for road, water and sewer improvements will be borrowed at a 2.6% interest rate. Robert W. Baird is the provider for the Series 2014 Certificates of Obligation.

The monies will be put to work on many Southlake projects including: the Southlake portion of the FM 1938 widening project, the North Kimball widening project and the White Chapel Boulevard improvements.

More information about the FY 2014 budget, the City’s debt service funds and the CIP Projects can be found at CityofSouthlake.com/FY2014.

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Runway Closures May Increase Aircraft Noise Over Southlake This Weekend (5/9/14-5/11/14)

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

We want to inform you of four (4) planned, short term, runway closures that may affect flights over and near your cities.  DFW’s Runway 18L/36R is planned to be closed in accordance with the schedule below for needed reconstruction and expansion work on some taxiway shoulders within the Runway’s environment.  The Runway will be closed for less than 48 hours during each closure.

The following weekend runway closures are scheduled:

    • Runway 18L/36R is planned to be closed from 10:45PM on Friday, April 25, through 06:00AM on Sunday, April 27.
    • Runway 18L/36R is planned to be closed from 10:45PM on Friday, May 2, through 4:00PM on Sunday, May 4.
    • Runway 18L/36R is planned to be closed from 10:45PM on Friday, May 9, through 4:00PM on Sunday, May 11.
    • Runway 18L/36R is planned to be closed from 10:45PM on Friday, May 16, through 4:00PM on Sunday, May 18.

Citizens with inquiries or complaints are encouraged to contact the DFW Airport’s Noise office by email at DFWNoise@DFWAirport.com or call the 24-hour telephone hotline at 972-973-3192.

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City Holds Ribbon-Cutting for TXU Energy Donation of 35 Trees

Pictured from left to right: Deputy Mayor Pro Tem Pamela A. Muller, Lacy Sperry, Mayor John Terrell, Councilmember Carolyn Morris, Cary Barnett

Pictured from left to right: Deputy Mayor Pro Tem Pamela A. Muller, Lacy Sperry, Mayor John Terrell, Councilmember Carolyn Morris, Cary Barnett

The City recognized TXU Energy for their generous donation of 35 trees that were planted in Bob Jones Park with a ribbon-cutting held on May 1, 2014. Mayor John Terrell, Southlake City Council Members, and TXU Energy representatives were present for the event.

The trees were delivered by the Texas Tree Foundation on April 4, 2012 to the park. The tree species that were planted include: Shumard Red Oaks, Live Oaks, Texas Red Oaks, Bur Oaks, and Cedar Elms.

“It is a goal in Southlake to provide attractive and unique spaces for residents and visitors to enjoy in our community,” says Mayor John Terrell. “These trees will not only add to the aesthetic of the park, but also encourage sustainability and environmentalism. Southlake residents and visitors will continue to benefit from these generous contributions for years to come. ”

This donation from TXU Energy is part of their Committed to Community Growth Program. Since the program’s inception in 2002, TXU Energy has planted more than 190,000 trees across Texas.

“We are pleased to see the Committed to Community Growth Program succeed in Southlake,” says Lacy Sperry, Community Relations Manager for TXU Energy. “We appreciate the long-standing relationship we have with Southlake and hope this donation has a lasting impact on the City.”

On April 30th the Southlake 2030: Sustainability Master Plan committee held its first meeting regarding sustainability. For Southlake, sustainability means enhancing the City’s current and future status as a desirable, attractive, safe, healthy and fiscally‐sound community.

The specific term “sustainability” was first brought to the forefront and identified as a key goal during development of the Vision, Goals and Objectives of the Southlake 2030 Plan in 2009.  As a result, the development of this document, the City’s first Sustainability Plan, began in 2013 and was adopted in 2014.

For more information about the Southlake 2030 Plan, visit Southlake2030.com.

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What’s in a Southlake Park Name?

Southlake's Bicentennial Park

Southlake’s Bicentennial Park

Bicentennial, Bob Jones, Rustin, Royal and Annie Smith, McPherson, Noble, Liberty at Sheltonwood – do you know how these wonderful Southlake parks got their names? Each name represents people or events that are meaningful to our community.

Learn the stories of these parks at a fun and entertaining historical society program 2-4 p.m., Sunday, May 4, at Liberty Park at Sheltonwood, 500 E. Dove Road.

Pamela Muller, Southlake deputy mayor pro tem and a lifetime member of the Southlake Historical Society, will be there to tell why she suggested the name Bob Jones for the popular park north of Texas 114.
Other historical society members will tell the stories of the other six parks. A slide show will give a tour of all seven parks.

Bring the family and enjoy free hot dogs, chips and a drink. Everyone is welcome.  Please RSVP to Tamara McMillan at 817-807-6827 or tamaramcmillan@yahoo.com so we can be sure to have plenty of hot dogs and drinks for all.

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Trader Joe’s Construction Traffic Advisory

A lot of people are excited about Trader Joe’s coming to Southlake Town Square. The new store will be a great addition to the many great shops that are already staples in the shopping center.

Of course with growth also come a few growing pains.  The Southlake Police Department, along with other City departments, has been working diligently with the developers Cooper & Stebbins to address all traffic concerns.  The intent is to make certain that interruptions to traffic along Central and Main Street are as brief as possible.

Traffic Lieutenant Ken West says, “Our goal is to keep the flow of traffic moving with only short delays for the traveling public.” Lt. West added that when they held several dry runs with the large trucks, which will be carrying heavy prefab concrete beams weighing about thirty thousand pounds each, the average delay was only about five minutes. “Safely maneuvering those trucks in and out of the construction zone is our top priority,” said Lt. West.

Drivers should expect brief delays in traffic as construction crews begin to build the parking structure near Trader Joe’s.  The parking structure pieces will be placed north of Cafe Express along Central Avenue. Truck drivers will back into the construction site along Main Street.

Crews will begin the work of installing the beams on May 5th from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. however, the work will not occur on weekends. Installation of the concrete beams is scheduled until May 16th. Shoppers may want to consider using other entrances and exits getting into and around Town Square during this time.

Additional Southlake police officers will be on site to help manage any traffic concerns throughout the construction period and to help keep delays as brief as possible for the traveling public.

The two-level parking garage will be ready for Trader Joe’s later this year and it will have 73 available spaces.

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