Upcoming Work in Town Square

Starting Monday, June 17, parking spaces and sidewalks in Town Square will be closed.

Crews will be onsite to repaint window frames. Work will take place along Main Street, State Street, Grand Avenue and Fountain Place at various times over the next four to five weeks, weather permitting.

Detours will be accessible to accommodate pedestrians.

One travel lane may be closed on Fountain Place near the parking lots west of State Street and east of Grand Avenue.

In order to minimize impacts for Fourth of July festivities, painting will not take place on July 3 -4.

We appreciate your cooperation during this time. Please contact Public Works Operations at (817) 748-8082 with any questions and follow the Southlake Mobility Facebook page for the most up-to-date mobility news.

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MedStar poised to treat heat-related illnesses during upcoming temperature spike

In May, MedStar crews treated 25 patients with heat-related conditions, and 12 of those patients were transported to area hospitals.

With the season’s highest temperatures of the year arriving this week, it’s a good time to remember that prolonged or intense exposure to high temperatures can cause heat-related illnesses such as heat exhaustion and heatstroke.

Heat exhaustion occurs when the body loses large amounts of water and salt through excessive sweating, particularly through hard physical labor or exercise. This loss of essential fluids can disturb circulation and interfere with brain function. Symptoms of heat exhaustion may include muscle cramps, paleness, sweating, nausea and vomiting. Children and the elderly are especially susceptible.

Heatstroke is a life-threatening problem that occurs when the body suffers from long, intense exposure to heat and loses its ability to cool itself. Some of the most common signs of heatstroke include confusion, vomiting, alteration in sweating, hot and flushed skin, rapid heart rate, decreased sweating, shortness of breath, decreased urination, increased body temperature (104-106 degrees Fahrenheit) or, potentially, convulsions.

Heatstroke is a medical emergency. If you or someone you know starts experiencing any of the symptoms above, immediately call 911.

While heatstroke and heat exhaustion are common this time of year, they can be easily prevented:

  • Hydrate. Drink plenty of water during the day, especially if you are engaged in any strenuous activity. Sports drinks are a good choice if you’re exercising or working in hot conditions, but water is a good way to hydrate as well.

  • Ventilate. Stay in a place where there is plenty of air circulating to keep your body cool. If you are indoors and don’t have access to air conditioning, open windows and use a fan.

  • Cover up. Wear light-colored and loose-fitting clothing to avoid absorbing the sun’s light and trapping heat. Wear a hat to shield yourself from the sun, but once you feel yourself getting warm, remove any items covering your head that can trap heat close to your body.

  • Limit activity. Heatstroke can occur in less than an hour when you are participating in strenuous activity on a hot day. If you feel yourself getting hot or light-headed, stop your activity and rest in a cool place out of the sun. Be sure to drink water or a sports drink before, during and after any strenuous activity.

  • Check on loved ones. The elderly are especially vulnerable to heat-related emergencies. Many elderly residents are not aware of how hot it may get in their residence. Call on older friends and family members regularly to assure they are doing OK.

MedStar has a special response procedure when the heat index (some people call it the “real feel”) climbs to 105 degrees or higher. For patients outside in an unprotected area, the response priority is upgraded to limit the patient and responders from exposure to extreme heat.

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Learn about window repair and appropriate replacement windows on historical properties at upcoming workshops

The city, in partnership with Hull Historical, is offering a window repair workshop for homeowners in historic districts. These workshops detail the importance of retaining sound early or original windows in designated historic properties.

Workshops are scheduled for:

  • 9-11:30 a.m., Saturday, May 11.
  • 6-8:30 p.m., Tuesday, May 14.
  • 9-11:30 a.m., Saturday, May 25.
  • 6-8:30 p.m., Tuesday, May 28.
    Workshops will be held at the Hazel Harvey Peace Center for Neighborhoods, 818 Missouri Ave. Registration is not required.

Historic districts in Fort Worth are significant for their distinctive overall character and association with important people or events that represent the cultural, economic, social, ethnic or historical heritage of the city.

Each historic district has a set of guidelines that ensure that the historic character of the district is maintained. Among other architectural elements, the guidelines include specific rules about windows. Retaining sound early or original windows is important because they’re often a key character-defining feature of a property. Plus, historic windows are often made with much higher-quality material than what is available today.

Well-maintained historic windows actually can last much longer than newer replacement windows and are often easier to repair.

To learn more about the workshops, contact the Planning and Development Department’s Preservation and Design Section at 817-392-8000.

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Upcoming disparity study examines fairness, availability of city contract opportunities

The City of Fort Worth’s Office of Business Diversity is partnering with CH Advisors Inc. to conduct an Availability & Disparity Study that examines the city’s policies and programs for minority- and women-owned business enterprises (M/WBEs).

As a kickoff to this study, a public meeting is scheduled for 6-8 p.m. Monday, April 22, for residents to learn more about the project. The meeting will be held in the Tandy Lecture Hall in the Central Branch of the Fort Worth Library, 500 W. Third St.

RSVP to the Availability & Disparity public meeting.

About the study

The main goal of the study is to examine whether all businesses have equal access to compete for contract opportunities with the City of Fort Worth, and to ensure the city’s contract opportunities are fair and competitive.

In order to do this, the study will look at the availability and utilization of minority- and women-owned businesses by the City of Fort Worth and compare it to the local market for those industries. Data will also be gathered from Census Bureau datasets. Additionally, the consultant will interview city stakeholders and business owners, who will be asked for their feedback on working with the city and will be able to make recommendations.

The study will also collect information about race and gender-based barriers that may exist in the Fort Worth market and will examine factors that are necessary for entrepreneurial success (such as access to business capital, networks, suppliers and more).

Get involved

Fort Worth business owners or stakeholders interested in being part of the study’s anecdotal data collection are encouraged to attend the upcoming public meeting and participate in focus groups that will allow experiences, insights and recommendations to be shared with the study team.

Following the public meeting, CH Advisors Inc. will begin contacting business owners to learn more about their contracts with the City of Fort Worth through small-group interview sessions.

More information about the study can be found on the Disparity Study website.

Questions can also be sent by email or phone to CH Advisors Inc. at 855-692-3529.

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Upcoming event helps residents take care of outstanding warrants

Fort Worth Municipal Court will conduct a Safe Harbor initiative, meaning residents may visit without fear of arrest for outstanding warrants issued by the Municipal Court.

The Court in the Community event will be held 1-4 p.m. Jan. 17 at Good will Industries of Fort Worth, 4005 Campus Drive. The event is open to the public, but only the first 100 in line will be admitted.

Residents who plan to request alternatives to payment should bring all supporting documents for their request:

  • Time served. Bring booked-in and booked-out paperwork.
  • Community service/indigence documentation that shows you do not have the financial means to pay your warrants.
  • Time payment plans.
  • Two forms of identification.

To learn more, call 817-332-7866, ext. 2179.

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Upcoming Library Holiday Events

Ornament Workshop

Come make a holiday memento that you will cherish forever or at least until next year. Join us as we make ornaments, jam out to holiday music and feast on cookies. The Ornament Workshop will be held Thursday, Dec. 6 at 4:30 p.m. on the third floor of Southlake Town Hall.

Holiday Open House

The Library cordially invites you to our Holiday Open House. Join us for a Jazzy Holiday Concert, seasonal crafts and hors d’oeuvres. The guests of honor are set to be a very famous mouse couple. This is an event for the whole family! The event will be held Saturday, Dec. 8 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. in the Library.

Story Time at the Station

It’s the remix to Story Time, hot and fresh out of the Station! Join Southlake’s favorite firefighters, police officers and librarians as they come together to provide the most magical Story Time of the year. There will be sing-alongs, puppets and lots of holiday stories. Parents are encouraged to arrive early as this is a popular event and the fire bays fill up quickly. Also, please consider bringing gloves, hats, socks and scarves to donate to the winter clothing drive.

Story Time at the Station will be held Wednesday, Dec. 12 at 10 a.m. at Fire Station No. 1, located at 600 Main Street.

Mrs. Claus Story Time

Ho-ho-ho, it’s almost Christmas! While Santa Claus is hard at work getting ready for Christmas, Mrs. Claus is coming down from The North Pole to get everyone into the holiday spirit. Join Mrs. Claus in celebrating the season with story time, sing-alongs, hot cocoa and cookies. There will be photos after the program so don’t forget your cameras.

Story Time with Mrs. Claus will be held Thursday, Dec. 20 at 10 a.m. on the third floor of Southlake Town Hall.

Noon Year’s Eve

Staying up until midnight is hard as a kid but, you also don’t want to miss out on any fun either! Countdown to the almost New Year with this kid-focused celebration culminating at Noon. We will have snacks, crafts and apple juice to toast to the New Year!

The Noon Year’s Eve celebration will be held Monday, Dec. 31 from 10:45 a.m. to 12 p.m. in the Library.

All events are open to all ages and no registration is required.

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Two more opportunities to learn about upcoming bond election

Two upcoming public meetings give residents a final opportunity to learn about the May 5 bond election:

April 23, 6:30-8:30 p.m. UCC Polytechnic Center, 3100 Ave. I.
April 26, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Northside Community Center, 1100 N.W. 18th St. (This meeting will be conducted in Spanish and English.)

Early voting begins April 23 and runs through May 1. Find locations and hours.

If approved by voters, the $399.5 million bond package will provide funding to build new roads and repair existing ones, new park amenities and community centers, and public safety facility improvements.

Learn more about the bond propositions.

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Public meetings provide opportunities to learn about upcoming bond election

Six upcoming public meetings will allow residents to learn about the May 5 bond election and to provide feedback on the propositions:

  • March 29, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Temple Baptist Church, 6824 Randol Mill Road.
  • April 12, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Fort Worth Botanic Garden, 3220 Botanic Garden Blvd.
  • April 14, 9:30-11:30 a.m. Chisholm Trail Community Center, 4936 McPherson Blvd.
  • April 16, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Heritage Church of Christ, 4201 Heritage Trace Parkway.
  • April 19, 6:30-8:30 p.m. R.D. Evans Community Center, 3242 Lackland Road.
  • April 23, 6:30-8:30 p.m. UCC Polytechnic Center, 3100 Ave. I.

If approved by voters, the $399.5 million bond package will provide funding to build new roads and repair existing ones, new park amenities and community centers, and public safety facility improvements.

Learn more about the bond propositions online.

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Two citywide meetings provide opportunities to learn about upcoming bond election

Over the past few months, public meetings were held in each of the eight council districts to allow residents to learn about the proposed bond projects and provide feedback. Now, two citywide meetings are planned:

  • Oct. 18, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Heritage Church of Christ, 4201 Heritage Trace Parkway.
  • Oct. 23, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Fort Worth Botanic Garden Lecture Hall, 3220 Botanic Garden Blvd.

City staff is recommending that the City Council call for a bond election in May 2018. If approved by voters, the bond package would provide funding to build new roads and repair existing ones, new park amenities and community centers, and public safety facility improvements.

Once all of the community meetings are completed, city staff will revise the proposed project list based on public input and will present the list to the City Council.

Learn more about the proposed projects.

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Upcoming Closures of Runway 18L/36R

The DFW Airport would like to bring awareness regarding the upcoming full closure of Runway 18L/36R and FAA’s progress on the installation of Runway Status Lights.  Runway 18R/36L, DFW’s primary arrival runway, will be closed from Friday, June 9 at 11 PM to Monday, June 12 at 4 PM, weather permitting, to accommodate the FAA’s ongoing installation work.

Immediately following will be the scheduled partial south closure of Runway 18L/36R from Monday, June 12 through Sunday, June 25 for FAA’s ongoing installation of Runway Status Lights (RWSL).

What to Expect:

The weather forecast for the weekend closure are expected to be south at 10 to 15 mph with gusts as high as 20 mph.  The weather forecast is not known for the entire partial closure period.  In general, because aircraft take off and land into the wind, when winds are southerly aircraft take off to the south and land from north to south.  When winds are northerly, aircraft take off to the north (or northwest in the case of the use of Runway 31L) and land from south to north.  Keep in mind that surface winds don’t always dictate flow as winds above the surface and/or operational needs can affect the direction for which aircraft take off and land.

The shifts in aircraft operations to other runways during the closure may affect the cities of Coppell, Irving, Grapevine, Flower Mound, Lewisville, Euless, Southlake, and Arlington, which could experience some additional aircraft traffic, including:

  • Increased arrivals to Runway 17L and 13R during south winds;
  • Jet departures on Runway 31L during north winds;
  • Increased arrivals Runway 31R and 35R during north winds;
  • Outboard runways will be needed later at night or early in the morning;
  • During the partial south closures of Runway 18L/36R, the runway will be available for day time only limited takeoffs and landings, as determined by the wind flow.
  • Remaining Weekend Closures for the RWSL installation are June 9-12; June 17-18; and June 24-25 [Closures of Runway 18L/36R]

Runway 18L/36R is the primary departure runway on the west side.  During its closure:

  • North Flow:  When the winds are out of the north or are light/variable:
    • Runway 36L will be the used for arrivals
    • Runway 31L will be the primary departure runway on the west side.
    • Arrivals also shift to Runways 35R and 31R on DFW’s east side.
  • South Flow:  When the winds are out of the south:
    •  Departures will shift to Runway 18R
    • Arrivals will shift to Runways 13R on DFW’s west side and 17L on DFW’s east side
  • The use of the outboard runways (diagonal runways and Runway 17L/35R) may be extended at night to 11pm.

Keep in mind that surface winds don’t always dictate flow as winds above the surface and/or operational needs can affect the direction for which aircraft take off and land.

The graphics below depict these closures and their effects on runway utilization:

Map of DFW Operations During Full 18L/36R Closure

The above map has been provided by the DFW Airport.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

June 12 – June 25 [Partial South Closure of Runway 18L/36R]

  • During the partial south closures of Runway 18L/36R, the runway will be available for day time only limited takeoffs and landings, as determined by the wind flow.
  • The runway will be closed after sunset and before sunriseas well as during any poor weather or low clouds (due to limited visibility of construction zone).
  • If the winds are out of the north, jet aircraft may need to depart Runway 31L.
  • The use of the outboard runways (diagonal runways and Runway 17L/35R) be extended at night to 11pm.
Map of DFW Operations During 18L/36R Partial South Closure

The above map has been provided by the DFW Airport.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Runway Status Lights:

Runway Status Lights (RWSL) is a fully automatic, advisory safety system designed to reduce the number and severity of runway incursions and prevent runway accidents while not interfering with airport operations.  It is an in-pavement lighting system that works similar to a traffic light which provides a visual signal to pilots and vehicle operators of when it is unsafe to enter/cross or begin takeoff on runway. The system aims to improve air crew and vehicle operator situational awareness through accurate and timely indication of runway usage.  For further information, please see the link to the FAA’s website.

Runway Status Light
Runway Status Light

The DFW Airport encourages citizens with inquiries or complaints to contact them.  You may 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 by DFW, when requested.

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