Southlake Volunteers Recognized with the Presidential Volunteer Service Lifetime Achievement Award

Kiko and Dee Ekstrom were recently recognized by Southlake Sister Cities and the Southlake City Council for their longtime service to the City.

“Kiko and Dee have given thousands of hours to Southlake through their service to Southlake Sister Cities,” said City Manager Shana Yelverton. “We are so grateful for their commitment and how they have worked to establish such a strong Sister Cities program in Southlake, particularly with the city of Tome, Japan.”

Kiko and Dee with councilKiko and Dee have been involved in Southlake Sister Cities for 26 years and worked tirelessly from the beginning when they helped establish the program in 1991. The Ekstroms have served in a variety of volunteer roles with Kiko serving as the president of the Southlake Sister Cities board.  They have overseen the youth exchange programs which has connected well over 500 students from both countries and have organized numerous adult visits.

Sister Cities’ 1st Vice President Barbara Walker praised the Ekstroms role in fostering friendship and understanding  at the June 19 Council meeting saying, “These relationships are pivotal to fulfilling the goal of Sister Cities which is to create citizen ambassadors.”

The Presidential Volunteer Service Lifetime Achievement Award is given to individuals who have completed more than 4,000 hours of volunteer work in their lifetime.  A plaque commemorating Kiko and Dee’s service and lifetime achievement award will be permanently installed in Southlake’s Town Hall in the coming months.

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Police Foundation honors exemplary service

Fort Worth Police Officer Landon Rollins was named Officer of the Year for 2017 at the 66th annual awards dinner hosted by the Fort Worth Police Foundation.

Officer Rollins, with more than 15 years of experience, provides support and guidance for younger and less-tenured officers. He is a shining example of excellence in the Fort Worth Police Department, going above and beyond the call of duty to keep Fort Worth safe.

In August, Rollins transferred to the newly-created Crisis Intervention Team (CIT). As a founding officer of the unit, Rollins was key in molding the CIT into a critical asset to the department.

Rollins consistently leads by example. In July 2017, he located an armed carjacking suspect who was wearing body armor. The carjacker attempted to assault an uninvolved resident during an intense pursuit. However, Rollins continued to pursue and eventually apprehended the dangerous suspect without anyone being injured.

In September 2017, a man was on a bridge getting ready to jump. Rollins was successful in talking the individual down from the bridge.

In addition to being an inspiration to peers, Rollins is also an active member of the military and assists those in need by working with Veterans Outreach. He has a Master Peace Officer’s license, a civilian associate’s degree and is certified as a Mental Health Peace Officer.

Other award winners:
Central Northwest Command: Officer Michael Byrd.
Southeast Command: Officer Heidi Plummer.
Specialized Units: Officer Domingo Martinez.
Supervisor of the Year: Sgt. Neil Harris.
Commander of the Year: Commander Michael Shedd.
Dwayne Freeto Service With Respect Award: Sgt. Clay Hendrix.

Platinum sponsors of the event were the Robert S. & Joyce Pate Capper Charitable Foundation, Karen and Larry Anfin, BNSF Railway, R4 Foundation, The Miles Foundation, QuikTrip Corp. and Pavlov Agency.

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New chat option optimizes Municipal Court customer service

The Fort Worth Municipal Court is piloting AliveChat, an industry leading chat product, beginning March 30. This new feature will enhance the web experience for residents.

The Fort Worth Municipal Court is piloting AliveChat, an industry-leading chat product, beginning March 30. As part of the court’s website, the chat will provide residents with a convenient way to connect with Municipal Court instantly – by simply clicking a button on the Municipal Court pages on a desktop computer or mobile device.

A court team member will be available to assist the public during regular business hours (8 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday-Friday). Outside of business hours, residents will have the option of leaving their email address and questions for court staff to respond the next business day.

Municipal Court is excited to provide another way to connect with constituents, by enhancing their web experience.

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Notice of Request for Proposals for public service agencies & nonprofits interested in applying for funds under the following grant programs: Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG) and Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS (HOPWA).

Consolidated Action Plan Year 2018-2019

Request for Proposals for Public Service Agencies & Nonprofits Interested in Applying for Funds under the Following Grant Programs:

Community Development Block Grant (CDBG)
Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG)
Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS (HOPWA)

Proposal Submission Deadline:
Friday, March 16, 2018 by 11:59 p.m.
Local Time via Zoomgrarnts Software
No late proposals will be accepted.

The City of Fort Worth, Neighborhood Services Department is inviting nonprofit social services agencies to respond to a Request for Proposals (RFP) for public service and architectural barrier removal programs that will provide benefits to eligible households. Funding awards made based on proposals submitted under this RFP will result in an annual contract dated from Oct. 1, 2018 through Sept. 30, 2019.

This RFP is to award Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds, Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG) funds, and Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS (HOPWA) funds for 2018-2019. CDBG Proposals must be for programs that provide services to low- and moderate-income City of Fort Worth persons and households. ESG Proposals must address the needs of homeless individuals and families in the City of Fort Worth. HOPWA Proposals must address the needs of persons with HIV/AIDS living in Tarrant, Johnson, Parker, Wise, Hood or Somervell counties. The estimated funding amounts to be available for the 2018-19 Program Year are:

  • CDBG: $962,101
  • ESG: $527,279
  • HOPWA: $1,001,553

Applicants interested in submitting a proposal are required to attend one of three pre-proposal conferences held at the City Hall Annex Building, 908 Monroe St, 3rd Floor Conference Room, Fort Worth, TX, 76102 on:

  • February 21, 2018 at 3 p.m.
  • February 22, 2018 at 3 p.m.
  • February 23, 2018 at 11 a.m.

Proposals will not be considered for funding if the applicant does not attend one of the mandatory pre-proposal conferences.

Information about this Request for Proposals (RFP) is available at the City of Fort Worth’s Neighborhood Services Department webpage.

Please contact Eric Vodicka, Management Analyst, by email, or Katherine DuCasse at for questions regarding this RFP.

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Participate in the Mayor’s Week of Compassionate Service

To guide Fort Worth toward becoming an even greater and more compassionate city, Mayor Betsy Price is encouraging individuals, civic groups, faith-based groups and others to get involved in the Mayor’s Week of Compassionate Service, Jan. 27-Feb 4.

Residents can volunteer to give a day, or even an hour, to demonstrate tangible acts of compassion. Learn how the program works and register your volunteer opportunity.

“I am calling on families, business leaders, faith institutions, nonprofits, neighborhoods, schools and individuals from across Tarrant County to create, organize and initiate volunteer projects of your choice throughout that week,” Price said. “Everyone can do something!

“Let’s come together this month to serve and volunteer, helping those among us, inspiring others to action and serving as an example of compassion to other cities across our nation,” Price said.

During last year’s event, individuals and groups organized 105 activities to show compassion across the city. This year, the goal is at least 200 compassion activities.

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City forester receives honor for service

Fort Worth city forester Melinda Adams received the John South Spirit of Extension Award from Texas AgriLife Extension.

The award is in honor of retired county extension agent for agriculture and Texas A&M Regents Fellow John South and recognizes an individual who provides exemplary support and service of educational programs that enhance the quality of life for the people of Tarrant County.

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Utility service assistance available to Fort Worth residents

Utility service assistance is available to residents who need help with electric and gas bills to avoid utility service disruption. Fort Worth’s Community Action Partners program receives Comprehensive Energy Assistance Program funds, which make the assistance possible.

Applicants must provide proof of residence and household income along with a current utility bill. Income eligibility is 150 percent of federal poverty income guidelines:

  • Family unit of one: income below $18,090.
  • Family unit of two: income below $24,360.
  • Family unit of three: income below $30,630.
  • Family unit of four: income below $36,900.
  • Family unit of five: income below $43,170.
  • Family unit of six: income below $49,440.
  • Family unit of seven: income below $55,710.
  • Family unit of eight: income below $61,980.
  • For each additional person, add $6,270.

Apply online or download a mail-in application.

Community Action Partners is a division of the City of Fort Worth’s Neighborhood Services Department.

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New water main to service customers and cities in north Fort Worth

The city’s Water Department will meet with residents at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 6 at O.A. Peterson Elementary School, 2000 Winter Hawk Drive, to discuss installation of a new water main along Heritage Trace Parkway from Harmon Road to Wagley Robertson Road.

This new water main will serve customers in north Fort Worth and residents in Keller, Southlake and Trophy Club.

Construction is scheduled to begin September 2017 and wrap up by late May 2019.

To learn more, contact Project Manager Robert Sauceda at 817-392-2387.

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Do due diligence before signing on with a service line warranty program

The Fort Worth Water Department is aware of at least four companies — Home Services USA, American Water Resources of Texas, Dominion and Utility Service Partners — that offer service line warranty programs. Some are contacting Water Department customers to offer their warranty program for a fee.

The warranty program is much like insurance. For a monthly fee, the company will cover certain qualified repairs for service lines. Service lines are only a portion of the private plumbing line. They are neither owned nor maintained by the city. The homeowner is responsible for any damage or failure in the service line. For water lines, customer responsibility begins at the customer side of the meter. For sewer lines, the customer’s responsibility begins at the property line.

The Water Department is not endorsing any of these companies because the service line is private plumbing. Like with any insurance or warranty program, individuals should do their due diligence to learn what is and is not covered and what exceptions apply in order to make the best decision for their situation.

To learn more, contact the Water Department at 817-392-4477.

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