Southlake Water Utilities Announces Utility Rate Changes to Take Effect October 2020

Sewer, garbage and recycling rate changes will go into effect on October 1, 2020, for all Southlake Water Utilities customers. Residents will notice the increase on November billing statements.

Sewer Rate Change

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 2% 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 $74.78 per month. This will take effect on October 1, 2020, and the increase will be reflected on the November billing statements.

Refuse Rate Change

The new refuse rates—reflected on Southlake Water Utility bills for residential customers, will increase by 2.6%. This increase is lower than the annual increase Republic Services may request under the contract agreement the City has with Republic Services.

Residential collections will increase by $0.42 on October 1, 2020. Commercial collections and roll-off rates will increase by three percent on October 1 in accordance with the contract.

Reminder, the effective date of increase for Southlake customers will begin October 1, 2020. Customers will see the changes reflected on their November bill.

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2020 Southlake City Council Candidate Forum Goes Virtual

Don’t miss this opportunity to hear from the candidates for Southlake City Council at the upcoming virtual City Council Candidate Forum, hosted by the Community Engagement Committee (CEC).

The CEC is a City of Southlake Committee and a nonpartisan body dedicated to facilitating citizen engagement opportunities and communication between residents and local government, typically through SPIN Town Hall Forums.

This SPIN Town Hall Forum takes place on Monday, October 5, from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. It will be broadcast on the City’s cable channel (Frontier channel 34 and Spectrum digital channel 190) and online via Video on Demand. A recording of the forum will be made available within 48 hours of the end of the program.

The candidate forum is a public opportunity to familiarize residents with each of the candidates:

Place 1:

Sabreena Hakemy
Kathy Talley

Place 6

Randy Williamson
Victor Avila

Program

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, this program will use a virtual format. Questions for the candidates should be submitted using this form: http://bit.ly/AskSLKCandidates2020. All questions must be submitted no later than 3:00 p.m. on October 5—no questions will be accepted during the forum. The moderator will consolidate similar items and may edit questions for clarity.

The forum will begin with each candidate providing an opening statement. Next, all candidates will have the opportunity to respond to questions submitted by the audience. Finally, all candidates will be asked to provide a closing statement.

Make sure you’re ready for either early voting, starting October 13 or election day, November 3, by checking out our voting guide. For more information about the election, visit CityofSouthlake.com/Elections.

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Facebook Favorite? Southlake DPS!

The Southlake Departments of Public Safety’s Facebook page was recently named “Facebook Favorite” in the 2020 Government Social Media Golden Post Awards.  They also took home a finalist award for the “Best Facebook Presence.”

The honor was awarded in August during a virtual ceremony.

“What made this award even more special is that Facebook team members selected our Facebook page as the winner,” said Interim Police Chief Ashleigh Casey. “It means a great deal that they recognize the investment we have made into this community page.

According to the Government Social Media website – “Southlake DPS was chosen for its excellent content that helps humanize their combined police and fire department entity, get important messages to the people they serve and make their followers excited to be members of the community.”

Government Social Media also mentioned the Southlake Fire Station Tour/Ride, Coming Soon to Universal Studios! video that showed kids who were stuck at home this past spring, a Southlake fire department virtual tour as a first-day “rookie.”

“Giving kids a tour of the fire department is a part of the job that our team looks forward to,” said Chief Mike Starr. “During the current pandemic, this is the next best thing, and the team had a great time pulling it together and posting it for our younger followers.”

The “Golden Post Awards” is Government Social Media’s annual award program exclusively designed to honor outstanding use of social media by U.S. local and state government agencies.

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Southlake Turns 64! Celebrate With a Walk Down Memory Lane

Next week, September 22, to be exact, Southlake turns 64! Celebrate with us the next time you are in Town Square by taking a stroll in Family Park and checking out our new light pole banners.

The banners showcase who we are now as well as where Southlake came from stemming back to the last century.

We’ve already kicked off the celebration with the Mayor’s Alliance, “We are Southlake” city-wide poster contest. Winners will also be featured in the Square during the fall.  There’s still time to enter; click here for more information.

Here’s an up-close and personal view of our new banners.  Enjoy, and we will see you in the Square!











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Southlake Business Spotlight – Sanara Yoga & Wellness

This month’s Business Spotlight is Sanara Yoga & Wellness! It is a sanctuary and a complete mind/body experience that offers yoga for adults, athletes and kids, sound therapy, meditation, workshops and much more! Hear fro owner Allison Fullmer about all the great offerings they have and how they’re keeping mind, body and soul well.

Southlake Business Spotlight – August 2020

Sanara Yoga & Wellness is a sanctuary and a complete mind/body experience that offers yoga for adults, athletes and kids, sound therapy, meditation, workshops and much more! Sanara Yoga & Wellness is this months Southlake Business Spotlight so hear from owner, Allison Fullmer about all the great offerings they have and how they're keeping mind, body and soul well!#SelectSouthlake #BusinessSpotlight #LocalBusiness #Southlake #wellness

Posted by Select Southlake on Wednesday, September 2, 2020

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Southlake New Biz List September 2020

This list of new Southlake businesses is provided by the Southlake Department of Economic Development and Tourism to help you see what’s new and what’s coming into the Southlake market! Contact us by Email if are a new business coming into town or if you have any questions about our listings. You may also visit www.SelectSouthlake.com for other business information or follow us on Facebook for the latest business news.

  • Moxie’s Grill & Bar – At Moxie’s they focus on quality food made with fresh ingredients. Their restaurants and menus are inspired by the communities they are part of, from the team they hire to the food they make, it’s an expression of the neighborhoods they inhabit. Moxie’s will be opening this month on September 10, in Southlake Town Square at 1472 Main Street. US.Moxies.com 817 764-2767
  • Inglot Cosmetics – With over 35-year of experience, Inglot Cosmetics is focused on constant development. Since 2006, Inglot has expanded globally and can be found in the most prestigious places such as London, Milan, New York and Las Vegas. Being involved in major projects such as on Broadway, high-quality is extremely important with fair prices going hand-in-hand. Inglot recently opened in Southlake Town Square partnering with L Makeup Institute at 112 State Street. InglotCosmetics.com 214-446-6092
  • WorkSuites – Whether you’re looking for a private executive suite for one or office space for your team or small business, WorkSuites at Southlake offers a variety of flexible workspace options to meet your needs. From traditional executive suites (also known as serviced offices) to day offices, from conference and meeting rooms by the hour to shared co-working space by the month. WorkSuites will be opening on September 7 in Southlake Town Square at 1560 E. Southlake Blvd., Suite 100. WorkSuites.com  888-445-9675
  • F45Training – F45 Training workouts are designed to unify the muscle groups of the body and to help make you feel and perform better in all aspects of your life. F45 is offering some great grand opening sign-up specials for new members. F45 recently opened in Carroll Pointe at 1221 E. State Highway 114, Suite 120. F45Training.com 817-930-2648
  • The Halal Guys – The Halal Guys’ incredible journey begins in 1990 with their three Egyptian founders. They first started a hot dog cart in New York City, then pivoted to selling halal food to taxi drivers who at the time had few outlets for authentic halal food in the five boroughs. Thus, their famous platters of chicken and gyro over rice, falafel sandwiches, and crave-able sauces were born. The Halal Guys are now spreading their great food all over the country and are opening their location in Southlake on September 14 in the Gateway Plaza Shopping Center at 3000 E. Southlake Boulevard. TheHalalGuys.com 817-912-1412
  • Écoutez – The word “écoutez” (eh-coo-tay) means “listen” in French. “Listen” is an important word for Écoutez. They listen to their customers and empower them to listen to the sounds that matter most in their life. Hearing loss happens to most everyone and it can have a serious impact on a person’s life. They work with clients to turn hearing impairment into hearing empowerment. The Écoutez staff is friendly and professional and their testing equipment is state-of-the-art. They curate our selection of hearing aids with comfort, technology, and style in mind. Écoutez recently opened in Southlake Town Square at 1438 E. Southlake Boulevard. Ecoutez.com
  • Banyan Court Capital – Banyan Court Capital (“Banyan”) is a pioneering investment management firm headquartered in Southlake, Texas that focuses on private alternative instruments, particularly life settlements and real estate. The firm was formed in 2018 by a tenured group of investment professionals each with a long-established track record in his respective specialty. Our principals have an average experience of 20 years and over a 100 years of combined industry experience. Banyan Court Capital recently opened at 151 Players Circle. BanyanCourtCapital.com 817-873-8540
  • STOR Self Storage Southlake – Stor Self Storage provides state of the art storage facilities to businesses and individuals in the greater Austin, San Antonio, and Dallas/Irving areas. They are committed to providing superior service while making your rental experience simple and convenient. Stor Self Storage recently opened at 750 Davis Boulevard. StorSelfStorage.com 682-688-4499
  • Guaranteed Rate – Purchasing a home is a big deal, whether it’s your first home or fifth move. They get it. That’s why Guaranteed Rate is a mortgage company that places you and your needs at the center of everything they do. Guaranteed Rate recently opened an office at 539 Silicon Dr., Suite 101. Rate.com 817-769-4692
  • The L.A.B. Med Spa – A medical spa, creating a personalized plan for each patient. The health and beauty of their valued patients is important, which is why the L.A.B. med spa offers a variety of skincare and resurfacing treatments designed to boost your confidence and leave you feeling refreshed and nourished.The L.A.B. Med Spa recently opened at 1910 E. State Hwy. 114. TheLABMedSpa.com 817-251-1000
  • First Light Counseling – Founders, Satchel and Bethany want First Light Counseling to truly be a light in this dark world. They believe in serving their clients well and offering a safe and compassionate environment where important mental and spiritual work can be done. They believe everyone deserves the opportunity to receive healing. First Light Counseling recently opened at 185 S. Kimball Ave., Suite 100. FirstLightCounseling.co 817-756-1440

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How the City of Southlake Manages Debt

To help pay for a community’s essential services or build facilities for your enjoyment, cities sometimes borrow money.

Just like you might take out a loan to pay for your home, the City of Southlake might accrue debt for capital projects. Issuing bonds allows the City to spread the cost over several years.

However, we never borrow money to pay for daily operations. Over the past several years, the City has opted to pay cash for projects and limited its use of property-tax supported bonds. Some projects are paid for with special funding approved by voters for a specific purpose.

Property taxes are used to pay off City debt for things like roads and sidewalks. The total debt fluctuates depending on projects funded during the year and payments. Since 2010, the City of Southlake has reduced its tax-supported debt by 69%. The remaining property tax debt obligations will be paid off in less than 10 years.

“Many years ago, we made the decision to reduce property tax supported debt,” said CFO Sharen Jackson. “We’ve worked our plan by using cash for projects, refinancing when market conditions were favorable and amortizing the debt over short periods of time. This has allowed us to reduce the tax rate dedicated to debt, even while we are planning for future infrastructure investments.”

Conservatively managing the amount of bonds issued prepares the City to handle projects that might require bonds in the future, like a new library, an open space acquisition program, updating infrastructure or other large capital projects.

Through using debt responsibly and our excellent financial management, the City has a AAA rating from both Fitch and S&P.

More information about how we manage debt and a deep dive into how to review the current status of the City’s outstanding bonds is available on our website.

Learn more about the City of Southlake’s financial plan for FY 2021 by reviewing the proposed budget.

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City of Southlake Receives Positive Notice on One WNV Mosquito Trap

The City of Southlake has received notice from Tarrant County Public Health that one mosquito trap in Southlake have tested positive for the West Nile Virus.

Southlake residents should take precautions against a disease spread by mosquitoes, West Nile Virus. The positive sample is located near the 3200 block of Woodland Drive. Fire Chief Mike Starr says, “We will continue to implement our aggressive mosquito testing plan to help control the mosquito population. Southlake residents are our partners in this effort and we encourage the public’s continued help in the fight to reduce West Nile Virus.”

“Most people who become infected with West Nile virus do not become sick. Some may develop mild flu-like symptoms such as fever, headache, body aches, and occasionally swollen lymph glands or rash. In some cases, West Nile may cause encephalitis, or inflammation of the brain,” said Amanda Meneses, City of Southlake Emergency Manager. “Individuals with severe or unusual headaches should seek medical care as soon as possible.”  People at risk include people over 50 years of age, those with compromised immune systems, or those people with diabetes and high blood pressure. Symptoms may include fever above 100 degrees and a severe headache, stiff neck, mental confusion, muscle weakness, shaking, paralysis, or rash. It is important that you contact your health care provider if you experience any of these symptoms.

The City will respond with targeted spraying for three consecutive nights within a half-mile radius of the positive trap location.  Spraying dates are set Saturday September 5th, Sunday September 6th and Monday September 7th, during the evening hours, weather permitting.  Emergency Manager Meneses asks residents to remember to continue taking personal protective measures including:

  • Eliminate all sources of standing water that can be a breeding ground for biting mosquitoes, such as flooded fields, watering troughs, birdbaths, wading pools, clogged gutters and old tires. If it holds water for 7 days, it can produce mosquitoes.
  • Stock water troughs and ornamental ponds with mosquito fish.
  • Avoid outdoor activities at dusk and dawn when mosquitoes are most active.
  • Wear long-sleeved shirts and long pants when in mosquito infested areas.
  • Use mosquito repellents containing DEET, Oil of Lemon Eucalyptus, IR3535 or Picaridin, making sure to follow the directions on the container.
  • Make sure all screen doors and windows are in good repair and fit tightly.

Please review the fact sheet located in the link for more information on West Nile Virus, signs and symptoms, and how you can protect yourself. Reducing the mosquito population is key, please dump any standing water on your property, refrain from overwatering your lawns, and clean out any areas that collect water or remain damp.

For more information about the West Nile Virus, personal protective measures, or response actions, please visit CityofSouthlake.com or MySouthlakeNews.com. And as always, if you have any mosquito concerns, please reach out to our Emergency Manager Amanda Meneses at ameneses@ci.southlake.tx.us

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Southlake Municipal Court Alternate Judge Gary Lee Hach Passes Away

The City of Southlake joins the family and friends of Southlake Municipal Court Alternate Judge Gary Hach in mourning his passing. Judge Hach died following a hard-fought battle with cancer.

Judge Hach was initially appointed as an Alternate Judge in January 2003 for a two-year term. He was then re-appointed seven additional times, serving in the position for seventeen years.

He earned a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from the University of Texas at Arlington in 1988 and a Doctorate of Jurisprudence from Southern Methodist University in 1990.  He also was a practicing attorney with an active law practice that specialized in civil, construction and real estate litigation in state, federal and bankruptcy courts.

Judge Hach was originally from Kansas. He was married to his wife, Missy, for 25 years and was the proud father of two daughters.

“We are so sad to hear of Judge Hach’s loss,” said Mayor Laura Hill.  “He dedicated his life to the law and his family; the Southlake community will miss him greatly.”

“I worked with Gary years ago when our clients were on the same side of a case. He was a great lawyer and we became friends,” said Mayor Pro-Tem Shawn McCaskill. “He truly enjoyed his time as part of our municipal court. I am so sad that we’ve lost him.”

“The community of Southlake lost more than an excellent jurist this week; we lost an outstanding citizen, a loving husband to Missy and father to his two daughters, and to all who called him colleague, we lost a good friend,” said Southlake Municipal Judge Carol Montgomery.

She added, “Gary served with compassion and integrity as Southlake’s Associate Municipal Court Judge for 17 years.  He was known for his “long” dockets because he always took the time to speak to everyone at length about their case before rendering judgment. He was a champion of the underdog and a friend to all that knew him. We will miss his humor and dry wit, but mostly we will just miss our friend.”

The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m., Thursday, August 27, 2020, at Keller’s Old Town Funeral Home. The funeral service takes place at 2 p.m., Friday, August 28, 2020, at Keller’s Old Town Funeral Chapel, 2020 Keller Parkway, Keller, Texas. The service will also be live-streamed. Visit this link for more information: https://bit.ly/31s15Yd.

 

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Town Square Mural Project – I Believe in Southlake

Community Services Director Chris Tribble presented a first look at the Town Square Mural Project at the August 18 City Council meeting.

With recent changes to the economy due to COVID-19, businesses had to adjust to new challenges with decreases to customer volume and how to serve their customers.

“Several months ago, when we first started talking about the economic recovery of Southlake and doing some initiatives to help our businesses… one of the things we’d talked about in particular is bringing people back to Town Square,” Mayor Laura Hill said during the meeting. “Since we already had the ‘I Believe in Southlake’ logo, I’d thought it would be really cool to paint on the side of one of our buildings.”

The mural titled, “I Believe in Southlake,” was designed by Graphics Coordinator Missy Saunders and includes beloved staples of the Southlake community and Texas. It will be the first of its kind as a part of any Southlake Public Art initiative. The painting, which is estimated to be 15 feet wide and 8.5 feet tall will be on display in Town Square.

The artwork will be painted by artist Liz Bonham and is scheduled to be completed Fall 2020, weather permitting.

This initiative is also part of the Arts Master Plan, which includes creating engaging public spaces that stimulate discussion, cultivate patrons of the arts and celebrate the history of Southlake while continuing to integrate art into the daily lives of residents and visitors.

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