Southlake Youth Action Commission Provided Update to City Council

Representatives from the Southlake Youth Action Commission (SYAC) discussed group activities and accomplishments at the May 21 City Council meeting.

The student group that’s aimed at teaching students more about their local government, shared the report outlining their endeavors over the last year.

SYAC consists of seven members and seven alternate members enrolled in high school, who act as an advisory board to the City Council in all matters affecting youth programs and issues.  The intent of the committee is to bring youth-related issues to the City Council’s attention in addition to participating in community service projects.

Within the last year, SYAC members participated in a one-day internship where they worked alongside City staff and learned about City operations. The students covered topic areas such as the inner workings of City events from how they are organized to how volunteering works, to  DPS operations, from officer duties and training, to learning about environmental issues facing Southlake and how people are affected.

“The students in this program are very intuitive; they ask a lot of questions and are interested in how our City functions,” said City Staff Liaison Cassie Tucker, “Our youth play an important role in our communities, and SYAC is great youth leadership program that expands on the training and education of future leaders.”

To learn more about SYAC, visit the City’s website. If you would like to become a SYAC volunteer or learn more about the application process, please contact Cassie Tucker at 817-748-8036.

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Panther Island bridge progress update

Significant progress continues on all three of the TxDOT signature bridges on Panther Island. Here are a few highlights:

North Main Street Bridge. TxDOT’s contractor, Texas Sterling, is scheduled to pour the third of four V-piers on the bridge near the end of February. Approximately 210 cubic yards of high-strength concrete will be placed over a 12- to 14-hour period. Due to the cooler weather, the work can be performed during the daylight hours beginning in the early morning. Even though the temperatures are lower, it is anticipated that liquid nitrogen will still be used to help control the temperature of the concrete being placed. The contractor has also started to erect the bridge’s superstructure at the north end of the bridge, which will allow for the construction of box girders that will support the future bridge deck.

White Settlement Bridge. The contractor is installing box girder steel over the first two sets of V-piers on the west side of the bridge. It is anticipated that the contractor will pour the first bottom slab section of the box girders in late February.

Henderson Street Bridge. The contractor has poured two of the eight V-piers on the bridge and has installed most of the reinforced steel on three other V-piers.

Expect to see a lot of progress on the bridges over the next three months.

The Panther Island project, which includes three signature bridges positioned along the to-be-realigned Trinity River, are a collaborative effort between the Trinity River Vision Authority, TxDOT, the City of Fort Worth, the North Central Texas Council of Governments, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and Tarrant County.

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N. White Chapel Bridge Construction Update

Construction crews continue to make progress on the N. White Chapel Culvert crossing bridge.

The road has been closed since late September when heavy rain and floodwater caused structural damage.

While the weather has improved, several environmental factors have caused some delays. City staff along with construction crews devised a plan to help continue progress.

“We made adjustments to the piling in an attempt to drain the creek quicker, as pumping typically occurs rather slowly,” explained Deputy Director of Public Works and City Engineer, Kyle Hogue. “We have also resumed excavation of the west upstream headwall.”

While construction has been underway since just after Thanksgiving, the city is working to potentially prevent future damages during inclement weather.

A few weeks ago Council Member John Huffman visited the site. “This short term solution is making everything safe, making everything drivable, in really the shortest timeframe possible” stated Council Member John Huffman in his Facebook Live video. Check out the video to get an up-close look at construction.

You can stay up-to-date by visiting www.ConnectSouthlake.com and the Southlake Mobility Facebook page.

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Park Village Fountains Update

Work continues on the repair on the privately owned Park Village Fountains. Owned by ShopCore Properties, the fountains experienced extensive plumbing and robotic problems starting in 2017. The most recent repairs have been ongoing on since early summer.

After evaluating their plans, the City has recently given the fountain contractors representing ShopCore permission to continue the repair work. The most recent repairs include the installation of a cover plate that sits at the bottom of the fountain to allow easier and more efficient access to the fountain’s mechanical equipment. In order to perform this work and to ensure the fountain functions safely, the City required the submission of engineered plans detailing the proposed work and the issuance of an electrical permit.

“We’ve been getting a lot of questions from residents about how the repairs are progressing and when they will be complete,” said Planning and Development Services Senior Director Ken Baker. “The contractors have submitted the necessary plans and permits and this week were given permission to continue with the repair work. However, the City has not been provided a timetable on when all necessary repair work will be completed and the fountain will once again be fully functional.”

The Southlake City Council approved the privately-owned lighted fountains as part of the Park Village development in 2013.

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Park Village Fountain Repair Update

Contractor work on the privately owned Park Village fountain located on Southlake Carroll Avenue and Southlake Boulevard is ongoing after it was found to require extensive repairs.

In June of this year, ShopCore Properties informed the City about the need to repair the fountain again after previous restorations in 2017. Repairs on the fountain started earlier this summer, and in a statement recently provided to the City, ShopCore management says they have not been given an anticipated completion date, however, repairs have been taking place daily.

“The fountain is privately owned and while there is a developer’s agreement in place, to date no City monies have been contributed towards its construction or upkeep,” said Assistant City Manager Alison Ortowski. “The City has been asked many times about its status. We look forward to repairs being complete and the fountain running the way that was approved by the City Council.”

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Community Update about Proposed Carillon Parc

Mark your calendars for a public meeting about the proposed Carillon Parc on Monday, June 4, 2018.

Mayor Laura Hill will lead the public meeting whose purpose is to update Southlake residents and the City’s Boards and Commission members. Meeting attendees will hear from Southlake staff about the overall project as well as the proposed public park, proposed public library, and the potential public investment. The meeting will take place at The Marq Southlake in Legends Hall and will start at 6:00 p.m.

Currently, the Carillon residential community sits on 285 acres of land between North White Chapel Boulevard and Carroll Avenue on State Highway 114.

The Development Plan was heard by the City’s Planning and Zoning Commission on May 17, 2018. The Commission recommended the development to the Council by a vote of 6-0. The proposed development plan is scheduled to go before the Council on June 5, 2018.

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City Plans Third Open House For the 2035 Land Use Plan Update

Interested in learning more about the Land Use Sector Plans? Join the City of Southlake at a public open house on Tuesday, April 10 to share information and provide input on future development aspirations.

Information on the proposed recommendations of the Land Use Sector Plans and the Consolidated Future Land Use Plan, elements which will be included in the Southlake 2035 Land Use Plan update, will be presented during the event.

The first element (SH114 Corridor Plan) was adopted by City Council in June 2017.
The second element (FM 1709-FM 1938 Corridor Plan) was adopted by City Council in December 2017.

Land Use Plan Open House

  • Tuesday, April 10, 2018 – Third Floor Conference Rooms, Southlake Town Hall – 1400 Main St.
  • 5:30 – 6:30 p.m. Open House Portion
  • 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. Land Use Sectors Plan Presentation with Q&A

This plan includes all four sector plans – the North Sector Plan, Central Sector Plan, West Sector plan and Southeast Sector Plan and encompasses all of the land area in Southlake outside of the three major roadway corridors.  The Land Use Sectors Plan addresses each of the four sectors separately, providing an overview of the existing land use, mobility and environmental resource considerations, discussing planning challenges and issues, and providing specific recommendations.

“Future land use recommendations are essential for the continued growth and development of Southlake”, said Senior Planning and Development Services Director Ken Baker. “Resident input is highly valued throughout the planning process as the City develops the Land Use Plans.  The Open House provides an opportunity for our stakeholders to give us some great feedback”.

A draft version of the Land Use Sector Plan and the Consolidated Land Use Plan are available on the city’s website. There is also a feedback form that has been created for residents to submit questions or comments directly to planning staff regarding this plan. For more information about Land Use, please visit the 2035 Land Use webpage or call the Planning and Development Services Department at (817) 748-8621.

Map of Land Use Sectors Plan Map

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The Turf Update – Hot District Starts for Both Teams

The Dragon Baseball and Lady Dragon Softball teams are off to hot starts in district play. Both teams are enjoying the new field renovations provided through the passing of the 2017 Carroll Bond. Throughout the rest of the regular season, “The Turf Update” will give weekly updates as the teams move through their district schedules and eye potential playoff runs.

Dragon Baseball

The Dragons traveled to Trinity High School Tuesday night to kick off the first game of the two games series with Trinity. The Dragon offense took a bit to get warmed up in this one, as through five innings they could only muster three hits.  Adam Stephenson drew the start on the mound for the Dragons and kept the Dragons close through four and two thirds innings issuing one run to the Trojans.

The Dragons exploded for five runs in the sixth, kick-started by a two-run double from Yanluis Oritz to give the Dragons their first lead of the game. The offense went on to add five more runs in the seventh to close the game strong and avoid their first loss in district play.

The Dragons sit 14-3 overall on the season and 3-0 in district play and return home to conclude the series with Trinity this Friday evening at 7:00.

Lady Dragon Softball

The Lady Dragons took on Byron Nelson on the road Tuesday night. An offensive explosion in the second inning was all the Ladys needed to close this game out early. Eight Lady Dragons crossed the dish in the second inning, fueled by a solo home run from Katie Gee, and a bases-loaded triple from Gaby Garcia.

Allie Nuenke took the mound and threw a gem shutting out the Bobcats and holding them to two total hits on the evening. The win takes the Lady Dragons’ overall record to 16-5 and 4-1 in district play.

The team comes home for “Strike out Cancer” night on Friday, March 23rd when they take on LD Bell at 7:00 pm. All the proceeds will be donated to the Liles family, as they continue to combat cancer. Coach Charlie Liles and his wife Cheryl help lead our Lady Dragon Softball squad.

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Race & Culture Task Force community update

The succeeding is an update from the Race & Culture Task Force:

In December 2016, Fort Worth gained national attention. Not for our world-class museums, historic stockyards or unprecedented economic growth, but because of a video involving a resident, her daughters and a Fort Worth police officer. In the days and months that followed, there were public outcries and calls for change. After the officer’s punishment was decided, the voices for equity and justice became louder.

The Fort Worth City Council heard the many voices in our community and in August 2017 they appointed a Task Force on Race and Culture. Four co-chairs were selected by the City Council. These chairs chose 19 other residents to join the Task Force. We looked for diversity and a passion to be involved. We selected some people who have served on other task forces and committees and some individuals who were new to city government. We brought together diverse representation based on race, age, gender and backgrounds.

The task force adopted their mission statement at its inaugural meeting.

The task force’s mission is to Listen, Learn, Build and Bridge in order to create an inclusive Fort Worth for all residents.

Over the past few months, the task force has focused on listening and learning from our residents. In October, we held a citywide town hall meeting where nearly 200 people came to speak and be heard. The meeting was also broadcast live and residents were encouraged to submit comments online.

The next opportunity to listen came through Community Conversations. Each conversation was hosted by one of 17 different community organizations and consisted of multiple sessions tackling some important questions:

  • What is the City of Fort Worth doing that helps or strengthens race relations, cultural awareness or racial equity?
  • Is racism a serious problem in Fort Worth?
  • What are you willing to do to improve racial equity, race/ethnic relations and/or cultural awareness in Fort Worth?

We heard from approximately 600 people and learned there are strong feelings surrounding this issue and residents want the opportunity to not only tell their stories but to find ways to improve the cultural climate in Fort Worth.

We heard that people want more opportunities to talk about race and culture. In answer to these requests, we scheduled 14 community meetings around the city. These will allow even more people to add their voices, and the task force to continue to listen and learn.

During its monthly meetings, the task force has received briefings on many topics including poverty, city workforce diversity, diversity of city boards and commissions, minority contracting, police relations, redistricting, and fair housing. To be transparent, we have recorded these meetings and made these recordings and handouts available at onefortworth.org.

Based on the comments from our public meetings and conversations, we have formed six committees to begin an in-depth look at the areas of the most concern to residents: criminal justice, transportation, housing, education, economic development and health. Each committee will bring back recommendations to the task force for inclusion in a final plan.

The City Council asked the task force to develop a plan with recommendations to improve race relations and racial equity in our community. We recognize that this is a huge task and one that shouldn’t be taken lightly, and yet we hope to deliver our findings to the council by August.

As we come to the end of our first six months as a task force, we will continue to listen and learn from our residents. At the same time, we will start to bring together these voices so that we can develop a plan that will build upon our unique and common experiences and bridge the gaps of differences that sometimes divide us.

Task Force Co-Chairs,
Lillie Biggins
Rabbi Andrew Bloom
Rosa Navejar
Bob Ray Sanders

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