Southlake Water Utilities Announces Utility Rate Changes to Take Effect October 2018

Water, sewer, garbage and recycling rate changes will go into effect on October 1, 2018, for all Southlake Water Utilities customers.  Residents will notice the increase on November bills.

Water Rate Change

In September this year, the Fort Worth City Council voted to increase its wholesale water costs. As a result, the increase will be passed on to Southlake customers. Southlake Water Utilities is a financially self-sustaining utility similar to electric and natural gas companies, where increased costs to the utility are passed on to consumers.

The City of Fort Worth is Southlake’s wholesale water provider.  Fort Worth’s pass-through rate increase amounts to 4.38%.

What does this mean?

For example, if you have a one -inch water meter and consume 26,640 gallons of water a month, with the rate increase your water bill will increase by $7.26.  This example is based on the average residential water consumption in Southlake.

Sewer Rate Change

In August of this year, the Trinity River Authority (TRA) Board of Directors voted to approve rate increases for sewer treatment at both Denton Creek and Central Regional wastewater plants. As a result, Southlake Water Utilities will be passing the 11% increase on to Southlake customers. The Trinity River Authority supplies sewer treatment to 98% of Tarrant County, including, Southlake.

The maximum residential sewer charge Southlake customers will see is $68.48 per month. This will also take effect on October 1, 2018, and the increase will show on the November billing statements.

Refuse Rate Change

In August, City Council approved a new five-year renewal of the contract with Republic Waste Services of Texas, Ltd. for waste and recycling services in Southlake. Under the new the contract renewal, residential collections will increase by $1.03 on October 1, 2018. The trash rate will increase annually by three percent and the recycling rates will be adjusted annually based on processing costs. Commercial collections and roll-off rates will increase by three percent on October 1 and three percent annually under the contract renewal.

You may view all of the above rate changes by visiting the Southlake Water Utilities webpage, then click the Water & Sewer Rates button.

Reminder, the effective date of increase for Southlake customers will begin October 1, 2018. Customers will see the changes reflected on their November bill.

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Southlake City Council Makes Changes to Champions Club Membership Fees

The Southlake City Council updated the Champions Club membership fees at their August 7 regular meeting.

City Council initially discussed the fees at their June 28 meeting after receiving feedback from residents.  They then directed staff to return with options that included rate changes for residents. These options were presented to the City Council who unanimously voted to approve:

  • Increasing the resident discount from 10% to 20%
  • Increasing the corporate discount from 5% to 10%
  • Allowing residents to opt out of child watch services, which are included in the pricing structure. This results in a $10/month discount on family memberships.

New fee structure:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If you are looking for a healthier lifestyle, are interested in learning a new skill or just want to relax by the pool, Champions Club at The Marq Southlake has you covered.  This new 82,000 square foot facility opens this winter and includes a state-of-the-art fitness center, indoor fieldhouse and track, basketball courts, a playground for the Little Champs in your life and a spectacular indoor pool that features a zero-depth entry, water slides, a not-so-lazy river and lap lanes.  These world-class amenities coupled with fun recreational programming are the perfect combination for you and your family to create lifelong memories.

Membership sales begin later this year and all memberships will include access to 50+ fitness classes, child-watch, priority registration and other perks like guest passes, member appreciation events, and access to discounted rentals on just about every room in the building.

Be sure to check out ExperienceChampionsClub.com to learn why Champions Club is the perfect place for fitness in Southlake. You can also follow us on Facebook to find the latest Champions Club news.

If you have any questions, please give us a call at (817) 748-8955 or email us at memberships@themarqsouthlake.com.

 

 

 

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Possible arrival changes at DFW Airport

DFW Airport has informed The City of Southlake about a planned change to DFW arrival procedures.

The FAA has told DFW Airport of a possible increase in arrivals onto Runway 13R/31L, beginning Tuesday, March 6 during South Flow conditions while operating under the FAA Converging Runway Operations (CRO) rule.

The FAA instituted CRO rules at 17 airports across the U.S. including DFW which took effect on April 2, 2014. CRO rules significantly reduced the number of arrivals on RWY 13R which impacts DFW Airport’s overall capacity. DFW Airport and the FAA have been working together to find solutions that might permit additional arrivals on 13R especially in light of upcoming airfield work which could close other runways from time-to-time.

What to Expect:

In the next two weeks, the winds are forecast to vary in wind direction, 5 to 10 mph in either North Flow or South Flow. When strong winds are northerly, aircraft will take off to the north and land from south to north. When winds are southerly, aircraft will take off to the south and land from north to south. During South Flow conditions, the use of RWY 13R will increase due to an FAA operational evaluation.

The shift in aircraft operations during these weather conditions may affect the cities of Southlake, Grapevine, Trophy Club and Westlake.

DFW Airport encourages citizens with inquiries or complaints to contact them, 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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Facebook Changes – Don’t Miss Important Information

If you’ve noticed that some of your favorite Facebook pages, like the City of Southlake and Southlake DPS pages, are not showing up in your newsfeed as often as they once did, we can help you make sure you receive all of our updates and important information.

In early January, in an effort to “put the social back in social media,” Facebook changed how it ranks the posts, videos and photos that appear in its users’ Newsfeed – putting what friends and family have to say first. It’s great to keep up with family and friends, but we also don’t want you to miss out on important information from the City and the Southlake DPS Facebook pages. Southlake Police Chief James Brandon says, “Providing our citizens with accurate and timely information, especially when it comes to traffic mobility and important crime alerts, are part of our core mission. We want you to help keep you informed.”

Don’t worry we’re here to help. Just follow these simple instructions so you and your family can continue to hear about breaking news and information from the City of Southlake, Police and Fire Department alerts and important traffic and road closure information.

First, go to “Following” under the banner page on our City and Southlake DPS, Library, Parks, Legends Hall and Visit Southlake Facebook pages.

pages. Next click “see first.” This tells Facebook that you actually want to see what we post. Just two clicks and that’s it!

We too want our Facebook pages to be a place for meaningful interactions and information, and we know that as Southlake residents it’s important for you to keep up with all that is happening in your City. So log in and follow those two simple steps or “clicks” so you will never miss an important traffic alert, news about fun City events or anything else.

See you on Facebook!

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Strong winds from the west could cause DWF Airport runway changes

DFW Airport has informed the City of Southlake about potential west flow aircraft operational conditions due to strong winds from the west, forecasted for Monday, January 22, 2018.

The best chance of west flow based on the forecast is late morning through the afternoon but could extend into evening hours.

What to Expect:
Monday weather forecasts show winds from the west at 15 to 25 mph with gusts as high as 30 mph.

When strong winds are northerly, aircraft will take off to the north and land from south to north. When winds are westerly or northwesterly (West Flow), the diagonal Runways 13R/31L and 13L/31R may be needed for arrivals and/or departures. Potential northwest weather conditions are most likely during the morning hours through the afternoon but could extend into evening hours.

The shift in aircraft operations during these weather conditions may affect the cities of Southlake, Grapevine, Coppell, and Irving, which could experience some additional aircraft traffic.

DFW Airport encourages citizens with inquiries or complaints to contact them, 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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Strong NW winds could cause DFW Airport runway changes

DFW Airport has informed the City of Southlake about potential west flow aircraft operational conditions due to strong northwest winds, forecasted for Thursday, January 11, 2018.

The best chance of west flow based on the forecast is between from 12:00 pm until 3:00 pm but could extend beyond these hours.

What to Expect:
Thursday weather forecasts show winds from the south-southwest at 15 to 20 mph, becoming north-northwest at 25-30 mph in the morning. Winds could gust as high as 35 mph and a chance of precipitation at 20%.

When strong winds are northerly, aircraft will take off to the north and land from south to north. When winds are westerly or northwesterly (West Flow), the diagonal Runways 13R/31L and 13L/31R may be needed for arrivals and/or departures. Potential northwest weather conditions are most likely during the hours of 12:00 pm– 3:00 pm Thursday.

The shift in aircraft operations during these weather conditions may affect the cities of Southlake, Grapevine, Coppell, and Irving, which could experience some additional aircraft traffic.

DFW Airport encourages citizens with inquiries or complaints to contact them, 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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Utility Rate Changes: Southlake Water Utilities Announces Changes

Water, sewer, garbage and recycling rate changes will soon go into effect for all Southlake Water Utilities customers. The increases will go into effect October 1, 2017. You will notice the increase on your November bill.

Water Rate Change

In August of this year, the Fort Worth City Council voted to increase its wholesale water costs. As a result, the increase will be passed on to Southlake customers. Southlake Water Utilities is a financially self-sustaining utility similar to electric and natural gas companies, where increased costs to the utility are passed on to consumers.

The City of Fort Worth is Southlake’s wholesale water provider. Fort Worth’s pass through rate increase amounts to 7.53%. To cover the higher charges assessed by Fort Worth for elevated water use, the upper tiers of Southlake’s water rates will also be slightly adjusted.

What does this mean?

For example, if you have a one -inch water meter and consume 26,640 gallons of water a month, with the rate increase your water bill will increase by $11.71. This example is based on the average residential water consumption in Southlake.

Sewer Rate Change

In June of this year, the Trinity River Authority (TRA) Board of Directors voted to approve rate increases for sewer treatment at both Denton Creek and Central Regional wastewater plants. As a result, Southlake Water Utilities will be passing the 17% increase on to Southlake customers. The Trinity River Authority supplies sewer treatment to 98% of Tarrant County, including, Southlake.

The maximum residential sewer charge Southlake customers will see is $61.66 per month. This will also take effect on October 1, 2017, and the increase will show on the November billing statements.

Refuse Rate Change

The new refuse rates—reflected on Southlake Water Utility bills for residential customers, will increase by 2.1% for all customers. This increase is consistent with the contract agreement the City has with Republic Services.

The breakdown for a residential consumer is $9.80 per month for trash service, $3.92 per month for recycling service and $1.13 for sales tax. This represents an increase of $0.30 for residential customers for a total rate per month of $14.85. Commercial customer rates will also be adjusted to account for the 2.1% increase based on their contract.

This new rate includes trash collection two times per week, automated recycling collection once each week, bagged grass collection, scheduled curbside leaf recycling, two household hazardous waste collection events per year, bulk collections, and bundled brush collections.
You may view all of the above rate changes by visiting the Southlake Water Utilities webpage, then click Water & Sewer Rates box.

Reminder, the effective date of increase for Southlake customers will begin October 1, 2017. Customers will see the changes reflected on their November bill.

If you have any questions, please contact Southlake Water Utilities at (817)478-8051 during regular business hours.

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Changes Coming to Southlake City Council

Brandon Bledsoe

Deputy Mayor Pro-Tem Brandon Bledsoe has served on the Southlake City Council since 2009.

Changes are coming to the Southlake City Council as long-term member Brandon Bledsoe is stepping down due to the Council term limit provision of the City Charter.  Chad Patton will take his place when sworn in on May 17.  Councilmembers Randy Williamson and John Huffman will be sworn in on that evening for new terms.

Bledsoe, who has served on the Council since 2009, has an extensive service record with the city, which includes service as Mayor Pro Tem and as a member of several City Council committees, the Planning & Zoning Commission, and the Southlake Program for the Involvement of Neighborhoods Standing Committee.  He has also been active with the Urban Land Institute, Bob Jones Nature Center Board of Directors and with other community caus3 es through Amegy Bank of Texas.

“Brandon Bledsoe’s wisdom and steady hand have been so important to our City,” said Mayor Laura Hill.  “He has been an outstanding elected official whose impact has been significant. He will be sorely missed.”

Managing development, addressing infrastructure needs, protecting the strong financial position of the City, and being responsive to citizen preferences have been priorities for Councilmember Bledsoe, who played an active role in the development of the City’s master plan, Southlake 2030, and in implementing important financial policies.

“It’s been an honor to serve and contribute in some small way to the positive evolution of the City,” he said.  “It’s been satisfying work that I’m glad to have been a part of.  It’s a great city, and I’m confident that Southlake will continue to move forward with great success.”

Chad Patton, will replace Bledsoe in the Place 3 seat when sworn in on May 17.  Patton, who has resided in Southlake since 2005, has served on the City’s Parks and Recreation Board, Zoning Board of Adjustment, and has volunteered as a coach for youth sports.

“I’m ready to get started and look forward to working with the team.  There are many interesting projects underway and I’m happy to be able to continue my service to the City in this way,” he said.

Current Councilmembers Randy Williamson and John Huffman were unopposed in their bids for reelection and will be sworn in for new three-year terms the same evening.  Both have service records on various boards and committees for the City and as volunteers within the community.

Randy Williamson
MSN John Huffman
2016 Chad Patton MSN article

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What’s stopping you? Northeast Campus student starts college as a grandmother, changes her family’s life

NE_mwakutuya_portrait_4025When Celia Mwakutuya enrolled at Tarrant County College, she had one goal in mind: to quit school.
 
“My son wouldn’t go to college, so I thought, ‘Let me go. Maybe I will motivate my son,’” recalled Mwakutuya of starting her studies at TCC in 2012. “I wanted him to enroll, and then I was going to drop out. After my first semester, my son said, ‘Mom, I need to challenge you. I’m going to school too.’”
 
Mwakutuya’s plan for her son Kelvin Chipato may have been successful, but her own plan—to drop out—didn’t materialize.
 
“I never thought I would do well in college,” she said. “I didn’t have a regular high school background. But I loved it, so I stayed even after my son enrolled.”
 
Mwakutuya and Chipato immigrated from Zimbabwe in 1999. Other family members already had come to Texas, and Mwakutuya wanted to care for her grandchildren and enjoy being near relatives. She took a job at Carter BloodCare, where a colleague who attended Southeast Campus and also was from Africa told her about TCC. Mwakutuya was interested in TCC for Chipato, who had finished high school shortly after arriving in Texas but had dropped out of college. Mwakutuya was still determined for her son to earn a degree. So she went through with her plan to motivate Chipato by enrolling at Northeast Campus—and in the process discovered her own path forward.
 
Mwakutuya began with developmental studies, which build knowledge for college-level classes. She also participated in the Chancellor’s Emerging Leaders Program, designed to instill skills and qualities to help students become successful in college and in their careers. Mwakutuya and fellow Emerging Leader participants met community leaders, shadowed professionals from the business world and learned from faculty mentors. Suddenly, Mwakutuya had a real goal and plans for a different kind of life.
 
“Emerging Leaders helped me understand the college experience and overcome problems,” Mwakutuya said. “The program connected me to people who showed me how to be a leader. It motivated me and gave me courage and confidence.”
 
That change didn’t go unnoticed by those around her.
 
“I would ask for updates on Emerging Leaders students, and Celia’s name kept coming up as someone who was dedicated to her studies and achievements,” remembered Magdalena de la Teja, vice president for Student Development Services at Northeast Campus. “When I attended Emerging Leaders events, I noticed Celia start to engage more and interact with the chancellor, me and other participants.”
 
Her accomplishments had the exact effect on her son that she had hoped.
 
“I had given up. But if she was going to college, I needed to go back to school and try,” Chipato said, then added jokingly, “I already had credits from when I was enrolled before. I couldn’t let her graduate before me.”
 
Mom and son became fellow students. For someone who was initially unsure of her ability to navigate college, Mwakutuya quickly excelled. She decided she wanted to become a social worker, setting her sights on not only an associate degree but also a bachelor’s degree. Mwakutuya worked closely with her professors when she had challenges. When she didn’t have money to buy books, her instructors loaned the books to her. She met with an advisor to ensure she was following the right path and became a regular at campus learning labs for tutoring. While she was conscious that she was older than the students enrolling straight out of high school, she didn’t let that derail her.
 
“Celia works hard, comes to class prepared and attends as many Supplemental Instruction sessions as possible,” said Cathryn Miller, assistant professor of mathematics, who taught Mwakutuya’s statistics course. “She attends office hours and comes with specific questions. I wish I had more students like Celia. She never gives up!”
 
Throughout her studies, Mwakutuya continued her full-time job with Carter BloodCare.
 
“Celia became very focused and determined,” said Lydia Njua Ngenge, the coworker who introduced her to TCC. “College has really changed things for her.”
 
Mwakutuya wasn’t the only one in her family finding success at TCC. Her son graduated with his associate degree in 2014 and went on to the University of North Texas. Chipato recently earned his bachelor’s degree in supply chain management and logistics. He will enroll in a UNT master’s degree program later this year.
 
chipato_kelvin_unt_01“I felt like a flying eagle when I saw Kelvin graduate from TCC and UNT,” reflected Mwakutuya. “I had tears of joy.”
 
Next it’s Mwakutuya’s turn. She will graduate with her associate degree this May and transfer in the fall to Texas Woman’s University.
 
“I’m very proud of her,” emphasized Chipato. “It’s a big moment. She’s a totally different person now, and that’s because of what she’s accomplished at TCC.”
 
The hard work by this grandmother of seven has set a new standard in her family.
 
“They’re all so excited,” Mwakutuya smiled. “I tell them, ‘If Grandma can do it, so can you.’”
 
She says that goes for every prospective student.
 
“It is never too late to go to school. It’s just a question of having the determination to face challenges. It helps to have somebody pushing you. You need some motivators. TCC can do that for you.”
 
Mwakutuya’s story is the second in a year-long series celebrating TCC students, many tied to TCC’s 2016 awareness campaign focusing on “What’s stopping you?” Follow the link below to enjoy the previous feature: Salma Alvarez.
 
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