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Southlake Awarded Platinum Scenic City Certification

The City of Southlake is proud to be one of only 13 cities in the state to earn Scenic City Certification for the 2017-2022 time period. Southlake received Platinum status, and is one of only 13 cities in the state to have this designation.

The award was presented on October 5, by the Texas Municipal League (TML) at their Annual Conference and Exhibition in Houston.

“Southlake’s roadways and public spaces receive a great deal of emphasis within our 2030 and 2035 comprehensive plans because the designs of roadways help define a City and install a ‘sense of place’,” said Senior Director of Planning and Development Services Ken Baker. “We are honored by the award because it recognizes Southlake’s long-term commitment to creating the best city possible,” Baker added.

The mission of the Scenic City Certification Program is to support and recognize Texas municipalities that implement high-quality scenic standards for public roadways and public spaces. Southlake was awarded platinum status by obtaining a score of more than 90 percent of possible points and meeting the three mandatory requirements:

• Trees and landscaping along city streetscapes, such as major roadways, city streets, street medians or in parking lots.
• Prohibition of new off-premises signage (billboards).
• On-premise signage permitting.

“Scenic City Certification shines a light on Southlake’s strong commitment to high-quality standards for public roadways and public spaces,” said Anne Culver, executive vice president of Scenic Texas. “This recognition is intended to support cities that have a long-range vision, and we hope it incentivizes other cities to follow Southlake’s example.”

Scenic City took note of the Southlake’s Comprehensive Plans, when making its selection, especially the urban design plan component. Southlake’s urban design plan is aimed at ensuring high visual quality public spaces to help define the character of the City.

Learn more about Scenic City here and visit the Comprehensive Planning website to keep up-to-date with the process.

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Southlake Public Works to Conduct Test to Improve Sewer System

On Tuesday October 17, 2017, Southlake Public Works Wastewater Division, in partnership with RJN Engineering, will begin smoke testing in key locations throughout the City.

The purpose of this testing is to locate any possible deficiencies in the wastewater collection system which may allow rain water to enter the system. It will require access to manholes which may be located in streets, front yards, back yards and public easements.

Some residents may notice smoke emanating from roof vent stacks on houses or the ground. Deputy Director of Public Works Cristina McMurray says residents should not be concerned, “This is a common visual test. Any smoke coming from rain gutters or roof vent stacks on houses is non-toxic, harmless and creates no fire hazard.”

Additionally, the smoke should not enter your home unless you have defective plumbing or dried up drain traps. However, if this does occur, residents should consult your licensed plumber for repairs. If the harmless smoke can enter through faulty plumbing, the potential exists for sewer gases to enter your home or business. It’s also a good idea to pour water into drains which are seldom used and this will also prevent smoke from entering into the interior of the home or place of business.

Some sewer lines and manholes may be located on the backyard easement of property lines.  Whenever the lines require investigation, members of the inspection crews will need access to the easements for sewer lines and manholes.

It’s important to remember that RJN field personnel are uniformed and carry identification badges. Homeowners do not need to be home during this project and at no time will field crews have to enter your home or business.

This test is performed about once every 10 years. The information gained in this study will be used to improve your sewer services.

If you have any questions, please call Public Works Operations at (817) 748-8082.

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Southlake New Biz List: October 2017

Would you like to know about the new businesses in town? If so, you are going to want to subscribe to the Economic Development New Biz List. The list not only gives you an update about recently opened businesses, but will also tell you what’s coming the next few months.Would you like to know about the new businesses in town? If so, you are going to want to subscribe to the Economic Development New Biz List. The list not only gives you an update about recently opened businesses, but will also tell you what’s coming the next few months.

This list of new Southlake businesses is provided by the Southlake Department of Economic Development to help these businesses succeed. You may also visit to find a list of all businesses.

Contact Daniel in the Economic Development Department at (817) 748-8039 to get your new business recognized.

Now Open

  • Fresh Fit Foods: Fresh Fit Foods recently opened in Wyndham Plaza at 2750 E. Southlake Boulevard, Suite 120. Fresh Fit Foods cooks healthy meals for those that cannot cook or just don’t have time. Their fresh made-from-scratch menu takes all the guess work out of healthy eating with several meal options to choose from. 817-749-8121
  • GameDay: GameDay recently opened in Southlake Marketplace at 2225 W. Southlake Boulevard, Suite 403.  GameDay sells game-day apparel and accessories such as collegiate products, high school apparel for the Carroll Dragons, Keller Indians and many more local teams. 817-912-1919
  • Manny’s Uptown Tex Mex: Manny’s Uptown Tex Mex recently opened in Wyndham Plaza, 151 N. Nolen Drive, Suite 100. Diners can come any time they are craving delicious Tex-Mex style cuisine; for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. 817-749-1616

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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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Proclamation for Southlake Firefighters who Assisted in Hurricane Harvey Efforts

On Tuesday, September 19, 2017, Mayor Laura Hill presented several members of the Southlake Fire Department with a proclamation for their efforts in assisting first responders and victims of Hurricane Harvey in South Texas.

The proclamation reads as follows:

Whereas, in August 2017, Hurricane Harvey made landfall in the United States causing catastrophic floods in the Texas Gulf Coast area; and,

Whereas, the results of the floods inundated hundreds of thousands of homes, displaced more than 30,000 people, and prompted more than 17,000 rescues; and,

Whereas, many in the community as well as Southlake Employees  volunteered to assist in providing donations for families affected by the tragedy of Hurricane Harvey; and,

Whereas, Southlake Emergency Management Coordinator, Eric Hutmacher, assisted the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) and Texas Division of Emergency Management (TDEM) at the DPS Region 1 Regional Coordination Center (RCC) at DPS Headquarters in Garland, TX . He was also included in the Air Command Section and later transferred to the position of Single Unit Resource Leader; and,

Whereas, Southlake firefighters Lt. Jeremy Blackwell, Jason Moloney, Seth Corder, and Steven Tanner were deployed with Texas Intrastate Fire Mutual Aide System, Strike Team 109 to Dickinson, Texas to assist with the ongoing rescues and evacuations during unprecedented flooding in South Texas; now,

Therefore, I, Mayor Laura Hill, on behalf of the City Council, do consider it a great privilege and honor to take this opportunity to express our gratitude to Lt. Jeremy Blackwell, Jason Moloney, Seth Corder, Steven Tanner, and Eric Hutmacher for their dedicated service to the welfare of others.


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Apex Arts League partners with FWSO to bring the music of Harry Potter films to Southlake

There’ll be wand-waving of a different sort during the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra’s Halloween-themed concert on Sunday, October 22, 2017, when Associate Conductor Alejandro Gómez Guillén leads the orchestra in musical selections from the Harry Potter films. This family-friendly concert will take place at White’s Chapel United Methodist Church in Southlake and include an instrument petting zoo provided by Music & Arts for children to try out different orchestral instruments.

Magic wand in hand

Halloween with Harry Potter—presented in partnership with the Apex Arts League—will include orchestral music from Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone and Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, featuring music by Academy Award®-winning composer John Williams.

Concert-goers are invited to attend in their Hogwarts-regalia or their muggle clothes. This concert begins at 6:00 PM in White’s Chapel UMC, Southlake on Sunday, October 22, 2017. The instrument petting zoo will begin one hour earlier at 5:00 PM. Prices are $10 for children and $20 for adults, with discounts available for Apex members. Tickets can be purchased by calling the FWSO Ticket Office at 817-665-6000, by visiting

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HarborChase of Southlake Welcomes First Residents in September

No one says getting old will be easy, but in Southlake, you can do it in style. HarborChase Assisted Living and Memory Care is the fourth facility to open in the city catering to seniors. With its first residents scheduled to move-in this September, HarborChase is putting the final touches on the approximate 35,000 square foot, two-story building located at 700 E. State Highway 114 (between Carroll Avenue and White Chapel Boulevard).

HaborChase Dining RoomAccording to Executive Director Mindi Willis, they currently have 50 deposits and can house up to 92 residents.

“One of the things that make HarborChase unique is that we are a Christian-based company and provide extensive training for all staff members. We hire for heart, not just for experience,” said Willis, adding there will be 60-80 staff members onsite, depending on patient care needs.

A trademark of HarborChase properties is to incorporate elements from the hospitality industry, which is evident in the lobby with cozy seating areas, a fireplace, concierge desk, and bistro that sells coffee, snacks, sandwiches and salads. Other hotel-style amenities include a full-service bar and lounge, indoor and outdoor dining areas, pizza kitchen, beauty salon, billiards room, art studio, and meeting spaces for games, activities and presentations. The Wellness Room provides physical therapy equipment, a massage room, and an office for visiting physicians. A dog park (HarborChase is a pet-friendly facility), butterfly garden and landscaped courtyards are intended to encourage residents to spend time outside.

HarborChase offers two options for senior living: Its memory care unit, known as The Cove, has 30 rooms and eight companion suites. Located on the upper “Garden” level are 17 assisted living apartments equipped with a refrigerator and microwave. Nurse stations are located in each section.

“We intentionally have many areas to encourage socialization among residents and provide activities for family members when visiting. We want this to be an extension of their home,” explained Willis, noting that all rooms and apartments are unfurnished so they can be decorated with personal items.

HarborChase Lobby“The wonderful thing about our Southlake community is that everyone here is treated like family. Making sure residents with elderly family members have great living options with premiere facilities, like HarborChase, is what makes our community such a caring and wonderful place to live,” said Mayor Laura Hill.

In addition to HarborChase, Southlake is also home to the master-planned retirement community Watermere at Southlake, which offers villa and condominium homes to persons 55 and older, along with assisted living options and long-term care services. The Carlyle at Stonebridge Park specializes in skilled nursing care and rehabilitation services. Silverado is a memory care community with staff specially trained in the challenges of Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and other types of dementia.

For more information about HarborChase or to schedule a tour, contact Mindi Willis at (682) 305-7022 or

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Mayor and City Council to Celebrate Southlake

On October 14 starting at 9:00 a.m. Southlake Mayor Laura Hill and City Council would like to invite all Southlake residents to Celebrate Southlake.

The event starts with the rededication of Frank Cornish IV Park in Southlake Town Square. Mr. Cornish, a former Dallas Cowboy, was also a long time resident of Southlake and the Chairperson of the Parks and Recreation Board before he passed away in 2008. The park, which thousands of people enjoy every year, was dedicated in his honor on October 10, 2009.

The rededication is taking place after the park’s plaque was defaced in May of this year. As part of the ceremony, the City also plans to place a second plaque, near the courtyard at Frank Cornish IV Park in Town Square that tells the story of Mr. Cornish, his accomplishments and his impact on the community of Southlake.

“The placement of the plaques will restore Mr. Cornish’ rightful place of honor and esteem in our Southlake community,” said Mayor Laura Hill. “Mr. Cornish’s contributions to our history, our culture, and our community cannot be diminished and I am looking forward to sharing this moment with his family, friends and all Southlake residents.”

As part of Celebrate Southlake, the City is also planning to celebrate our history, culture and community with an afternoon of food, fun and festivities. Immediately following the Frank Cornish IV dedication, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. attendees will find lots of fun things to see and do. There will be cultural arts and crafts, stage entertainment as well as various vendors offering some tasty food choices.

We hope you will save the date and join us on October 14 for our first Celebrate Southlake event. This promises to be a special day so tell your friends and neighbors and we hope to see you there.



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Southlake Firefighters & Police Officers Participate in the 7th Annual Dallas 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb

On Saturday, September 9, 2017 eleven firefighters from Southlake’s Fire Department and seven police officers from the Southlake Police Department will participate in the annual 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb in Dallas.

On Saturday, September 10, 2016 seven firefighters from Southlake’s Fire Department and nine police officers from the Southlake Police Department will participate in the annual 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb in Dallas.

Southlake firefighters and police officers are climbing to honor the 343 fallen firefighters, 70 police officers, and nine EMS personnel who were killed on September 11, 2001 when the World Trade Center Towers fell. Each climber will be wearing full firefighter, police gear and equipment, just like the New York first responders did on that day.

Climbing for the Southlake Fire Department is:  Barry Kevin, Brazelton Cody, Crowder Joe, Elliott James, Harbold Kraymer, Horne Chris, Jackson Johnathan, Jackson Johnathan, Pierson Cody, Sessums Ryan, Teague Cory, and VanNatta KJ. Representing the Southlake Police Department are: Randy Thomas, Jason Henninger, Blas Hernandez, Jose Luna, Jonathan Macheca, Tyler Sewell, and Ashleigh Douglas.

Each member of the Southlake DPS team, along with the other climbers, will wear the name and picture of a fallen firefighter, police officer or EMS worker.

The 9/11 Dallas Stair Climb is held at the Renaissance Tower in Dallas.  Saturday, hundreds of firefighters and police officers will join together to climb 110 floors, the same number of floors the first responders were faced with at the Twin Towers more than fifteen years ago.

Opening ceremonies begin at 8:00 a.m., followed by a moment of silence at 8:46 a.m., the time the first plane (Flight 11) flew into the North Tower.  Firefighters and police officers will start their climb at 8:50 a.m., the same time first responders began arriving at the Twin Towers.

If you would like to show your support, you can come to the Renaissance Tower in Dallas to cheer on the climbers and/or if you would like to donate you can do so by going to the 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb.

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Oktoberfest Southlake Brings German Festivities to Southlake Town Square October 6-8

It’s almost time to don your lederhosen, Oktoberfest Southlake will return to Southlake Town Square Friday, October 6, through Sunday, October 8. Back for its 16th year, the German-inspired festival will once again offer live entertainment, authentic German food, activities for the whole family, and widely popular wiener dog races. Hosted by the Southlake Chamber of Commerce, the community event will offer both free parking and free admission.

Guests can expect many of the same exciting elements that have become traditions over the years. The sound of Swiss Longhorns will kick off a weekend of festivities, including live entertainment on three stages. In keeping with the theme, expect performances by The German Band of North Texas and Alpine Dancers, in addition to sounds from popular headliners, Downtown Fever and Walk This Way.

Numerous dining options will surround Southlake Town Square and will also be offered in Die Festalle, the centrally located festival hall tent, which will also serve beer and wine.

“We are excited to offer a wide variety of authentic German food at Oktoberfest Southlake. Guests will find unique dishes they may have never heard of before,” stated Mark Guilbert, the president of the Southlake Chamber of Commerce, adding that nearly 30 food vendors in total will be on site.

With something for everyone, there will be nearly 90 arts and crafts vendors, a Family Fun Zone with various activities for all ages and a petting zoo, and a Sports Zone, which will be home to a football-shaped mechanical bronco, a jumbo screen showing college and NFL football games, and the popular Biergarten. Throughout the weekend, also expect a German costume contest, a yodeling contest, and a stein hoisting competition.

The wiener dog events, a crowd favorite, will take place on Saturday morning of the festival, and include a dog costume parade and the highly anticipated Wiener Dog Races. Dachshund owners are encouraged to register their dogs online prior to the event.

Although parking at the event is free, additional parking and a shuttle service will be available at White’s Chapel United Methodist Church over the weekend. Shuttles will run continuously to and from Southlake Town Square.

For additional information, including event hours, visit

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