Reserve your seat for Parade of Lights

Reserved seating along the XTO Energy Parade of Lights is now available for purchase.

The parade starts at 6 p.m. Nov. 19 — the Sunday before Thanksgiving — at the intersection of Weatherford and Houston streets. This is a new start location, and the route has changed. View a route map.

Seats are individually marked and reserved. Your seats, once purchased, will be held throughout the parade. Most seating sections are three rows deep and are in the street.

Discounts are available for seniors (60 and older) and children 12 and younger. Infants, as long as they can sit in a lap, do not need a reserved seat.

Of course, there is plenty of space along the route to watch the parade for free.

The lighting of the Sundance Square Christmas Tree will take place on Nov. 18. Learn more.

The Parade of Lights is produced by Downtown Fort Worth Inc.

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TCC Hosts Statewide Ceramic Arts Show

“Up a Tree” by Stormie Parker

As part of its ongoing commitment to serving the community, Tarrant County College is partnering with the Texas Pottery and Sculpture Guild to host the 2017 Best of Texas Clay exhibition. The show will run during the month of September at TCC Northeast, 828 W. Harwood Rd., Hurst.
 
Artwork will be on display in the J. Ardis Bell Library and includes more than 50 pieces by 33 Texas artists. Best of Texas Clay opens Tuesday, Sept. 5, and closes Friday, Sept. 29, with viewing available during regular library hours. An awards event and artists’ reception will be held from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 15.
 
“TCC has a vibrant arts community at our Northeast Campus and beyond,” said Martha Gordon, chair of the Art Department at TCC Northeast. “This is a wonderful opportunity for the College and community to view the work of our state’s top ceramic artists.”
 
Best of Texas Clay, a biennial show, will award best of show, first and second runner up, six honorable mentions and best electric kiln-fired work. Serving as the show’s juror is Melba Northum, a mixed-media artist with expertise in ceramics, drawing, design and sculpture. Northum received her Master of Fine Arts degree from the University of North Texas and her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Texas Tech University. She currently teaches at TCC Northeast.
 
Event sponsors include American Ceramic Supply of Fort Worth, Texas Pottery Supply & Clay Company of Haltom City, Trinity Ceramics of Dallas, Mayco Colors, Olympic Kilns, Skutt Kilns and Amaco.
 


 

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Closure of Runway 17L/35R for 8/19 and 8/20

DFW is planning the closure of Runway 17L/35R for this Saturday, August 19, from 9:30 AM until 9:30 PM and then again on Sunday, August 20, from 9:30 AM until 4:00 PM.  This is a continuation of nighttime maintenance work on the runway  and sub-grade stabilization of the runway.

What to Expect: 

Saturday and Sunday weather forecasts show winds coming from the south at 5 to 10 mph.  When winds are southerly, aircraft take off to the south and land from north to south.  When surface winds are light and variable, takeoff and landing flow may be affected by winds above the surface and/or other operational needs.

Runway 17L/35R is used for arrivals only.  During the closure, arrivals will shift to Runways 18R and 13R on DFW’s west side and 17C on DFW’s east side.  The shifts in aircraft arrivals to other runways during the closure may affect the cities of Flower Mound, Lewisville, Southlake, Grapevine, Trophy Club, Westlake, and Coppell which could experience some additional aircraft traffic.

DFW encourage citizens with inquiries or complaints to contact them.  You may contact DFW by email at dfwnoise@dfwairport.com, or on the Noise Complaint Hotline, at 972-973-3192 (manned 24/7).  Follow-up response calls or emails will be provided, when requested.

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Make the most of yard waste by becoming a Master Composter

Learn to recycle food scraps and yard trimmings at your home, build healthy soils and reduce water use.

The Code Compliance Department is hosting a Master Composter course Sept. 21-23 at the Tarrant Area Food Bank’s Learning Garden, 6720 W. Elizabeth Lane.

Cost is $40 for Fort Worth residents, $55 for nonresidents. Scholarships are available to certified elementary, intermediate and high school teachers who are teaching Fort Worth students at an educational institution.

Deadline to register is Sept. 15. Space is limited.

Learn more by email or call 817-392-5543.

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City Manager Presents Proposed FY 2018 Budget

City Manager Shana Yelverton has filed the proposed FY 2018 Budget for City Council consideration.

The proposed budget includes an already approved 20% homestead exemption for homeowners, a steady tax rate, significant investments into safety and security, improved roads and road capacity, and operating dollars for the new recreation center, The Marq Southlake, Champions Club.

City of Southlake FY2018 Fast Facts imageHomeowner Tax Payer Relief and Reducing Debt

Seven homestead exemption initiatives have been approved by the City Council since 2009, including the 20% homestead exemption adopted for FY2018.

This 20% homestead exemption is an increase from the 16% exemption adopted in 2017 and marks the highest homestead exemption allowed by law.

“Tax relief for the homeowner has been a priority of the City Council since 2009,” said Chief Financial Officer Sharen Jackson. “The 20% homestead exemption will provide a reduction in value of $132,400 for an average-valued home in Southlake; this is equal to a 9.25 cent tax rate reduction and is part of the City’s commitment to targeted tax relief.”

The city of Southlake has also been able to manage debt so that 93% of the City’s current tax-supported debt will be retired in 10 years. Through the City’s use of cash and aggressive pay-back schedules when debt is issued, the City has reduced the property tax supported debt by 52% since 2010. The FY 2018 budget provides cads funding for General Fund capital projects.

Safety and Security

For FY 2018, numerous investments will be made into Safety and Security.

“Recruiting, and retaining our police officers and firefighters is the best investment that we can make into Southlake’s continued safety and security,” said City Manager Shana Yelverton. “We will also focus on equipment needs such as protective headgear and ballistic vests to better equip our public safety personnel with what they need to do their jobs.”

The proposed budget includes funding for police and fire cost of living and merit pay increases, as well as dollars to support the competitiveness of their pay plan in the City’s labor market.

Additionally, City Council will consider budgeting the resources necessary to adjust the pay plan for stronger entry pay during budget deliberations in September.

“The DFW labor market for police officers and firefighters is extremely competitive,” said Yelverton. “Should Council choose to take the extra steps of improving our public safety compensation framework, we believe we will be in a better position to recruit high quality personnel and keep them longer.”

Other safety investments will include improvements to school zones and the City’s cybersecurity as well as enhancing treatments for areas that have seen significant mosquito activity.

Better Mobility

This year’s Capital Improvement Program (CIP) prioritizes better mobility around Southlake. Projects include the expansion of North White Chapel, from Emerald to State Highway 114, continued improvements to FM 1938/Randol Mill Road and improvements to State Highway 114. There are also planned improvements to Kirkwood Boulevard and the City’s continued commitment to maintaining the roadway improvements.

“These key cash-funded investments into our roads are important to help keeping everyone moving,” said Yelverton. “But we are also focusing funds on better signal timing on Southlake Boulevard and laying the ground work for intelligent transportation systems which, by using current and emerging technology, will help people get to where they need to go.”

The Marq Southlake

The Marq Southlake Champions Club will be a primary focus in FY 2018. The recreational facility will open the fall of 2018 with an aquatic center, fitness area, gymnasium, jog/walk track, indoor playground and an indoor and outdoor turf area. The proposed budget includes funding for necessary staff and operating needs to provide the services that will be offered.

“The Marq Southlake Champions Club will open in the fall of 2018 and it’s going to be an exciting time,” said Yelverton. “As the building is going up, staff will be getting the word out about memberships, hiring instructors and other important information so that we’re ready when the doors open.”

For a complete look at the proposed FY 2018 budget please visit CityofSouthlake.com/FY2018.

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Register Now for the Fall Men’s Adult Softball League!

Join the City of Southlake for the Men’s Adult Softball 35 & Over league this fall.

Enjoy the cooler weather and get active with your friends, neighbors, family members or coworkers. Players must be 35 by the start of the season on September 12, 2017, and only teams can participate. Each team must have ten players and a team may have up to 4 players between the ages of 30-34.

All games are held Monday evenings at the Bob Jones Softball Complex. The season will run from September 11- October 30, with play-offs held on November 6 for the top teams in the league. The cost per team is $300 and teams are responsible for providing their own jerseys.

Register online or in person at 1400 Main St, Suite 210. If you have any questions, please contact Southlake Parks and Recreation at (817) 748-8019.

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Proposed 2018 water and sewer rates announced

In 2018, average Fort Worth residential customers would see their combined water and sewer bill increase by $3.31 per month, based on the proposed rates presented to the City Council. With the proposed changes, the average customer would pay about $2.09 a day for water and sewer service.

A report outlining the proposed 2018 rate changes and explaining the factors behind the changes is available for review in all Fort Worth libraries and the City of Fort Worth website.

Written comments regarding the report must be submitted to the interim water director by noon on Thursday, Sept. 7. They can be sent by email, or mailed to:

Ms. Kara Shuror, Interim Director
Fort Worth Water Department
200 Texas St.
Fort Worth, TX 76102

If approved by the City Council during the Sept. 12 meeting, the new rates take effect Jan. 1, 2018.

The proposed changes to water and wastewater rates affect both the fixed monthly charge, which is based on meter size, and the volume rates. There is actually a small decrease in volume rates for some classes or tiers within classes.

For residential customers, the proposed rates for the first tier remain the same as the current rate. There is a proposed increase in rates for the other three tiers. The proposed rates continue the multi-year plan to adjust the fixed/variable revenue ratio to improve revenue stability. This results in an increase in the water monthly service charge for all customers, and an increase in the sewer monthly service charge for all but those with the two smallest meter sizes. These smaller sizes are primarily on residential accounts.

The Water Department’s proposed, balanced FY2018 water and sewer budget is $19,349,105 or 4.5 percent more than the FY2017 budget. The categories with the largest increases are cash financing of capital projects and debt service, personnel and contractual costs, professional services, vehicle and equipment purchases, transfers to the General Fund, residential meters and chemical purchases. The city’s growth and maintenance of aging water and wastewater facilities are factors for proposed increases in several categories.

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Hide, Seek, Rock

A twist on the game of hide-and-seek has spread throughout the City of Southlake.

It’s simple: local members of the community intricately paint rocks and then hide them for others to find.

Envisioned by the Kindness Rocks Society and popularized through Facebook, groups have been popping up all over North Texas, with Southlake also joining the craze. The Southlake Rocks!! Facebook page already has 299 members since May and is steadily growing as more and more people participate.

Rocks have been found all over the city, all the way from Central Market to Liberty Park. Coming in all different shapes, sizes and colors, the rocks range from simple to complex, with some being realistically painted like animals to vivid sunsets and even silhouettes.

Mayor Laura Hill is very enthusiastic about the idea and shared her sentiments on Facebook when she and the City Council members each received their very own painted rocks. “Thank you “Southlake Rocks!” and the Girl Scouts from troop 4012 for these super cute rocks we found on the Dias tonight. The #themayorsshoes rock!! Each of the Council members loved their Texas flag rocks, so clever!!” she posted.

Southlake firefighters and officers at the Department of Public Safety found and re-hid their painted bluebonnet rocks around town as well. “Thank you for “rocking” Southlake PD & FD!” the Southlake DPS page wrote on Facebook. “Officers & Firefighters appreciate the rocks and had fun finding new hiding places for them.”

The Southlake Parks Facebook page has also promoted the activity, posting pictures of painted rocks found around Southlake Town Square.

To find updates, see how-to videos and read hints on where to find rocks visit the Southlake Rocks!! Facebook page online at https://www.facebook.com/groups/1364187063647018/ .

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Public artwork installation underway at Meacham International Airport

Artist Kipp Kobayashi is installing original artwork at Meacham International Airport.

Commissioned by the City of Fort Worth through the Fort Worth Public Art program, the artwork consists of 800 “paper airplanes” fabricated out of stainless steel and painted to look like folded paper.

Each airplane is individually suspended from the ceiling of the new three-story atrium at Meacham International Airport. Each airplane form is suspended on three fine stainless steel cables. The small airplanes soar whimsically through the atrium like a flock of birds.

There are five unique airplane designs, each representing a different style of aircraft. The reference to the movement of birds in flight is further reinforced as some of the forms appear almost birdlike.

The artist’s work conjures imagery of students folding up their school work to toss into the air on the last day of school. The presence of the artwork adds an element of playfulness and levity to the airport’s newly-renovated administration building.

Artwork installation is estimated to be completed by Aug. 22. A dedication of the artwork is planned for this fall.

Based in Los Angeles, Kobayashi has created projects and presented ideas for cities across the nation, for such organizations as the Getty Museum, the Bay Area Rapid Transit District and the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transit Authority. He teaches in the Urban and Regional Planning Department at the Cal Poly Pomona School of Environmental Design.

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