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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Hoops Update: Girls Team Splits District Matchups; Boys Open District with Win

Both the Lady Dragons and the Dragon Basketball teams took to the court twice last week.

Lady Dragon Basketball Fail Just Short in Matchup with Marcus

The Lady Dragons traveled to Marcus High School on December 12 to take on the Marauders in a district matchup. The game was tied 28-28 heading into the fourth quarter. The Dragons fell by a final of 38-35 and were lead in scoring by senior Abby Zeitsiff, who had 11 points on the game. Freshman Jordyn Sowell and senior Anna Gillatt both pitched in 7 points in the loss.

Late Rally Helps Lady Dragons Take Crucial District Win

The Lady Dragons returned to the court on Friday in another district match against the Lewisville Farmers. The Lady Dragons lead by three points at the half but saw that lead diminish in the third quarters. Going into the fourth quarter down by there the Dragons rallied to outscore the Farmers in the final frame 16-11 and take the district win by the final score of 50-47.

Up Next For The Lady Dragons

The Lady Dragons are now 9-9 on the season and 2-1 in district. Their schedule for this week includes a matchup at home against Byron Nelson before the winter break starts. They will return to the court during the holiday break to take part in the Keller Central Holiday Tournament.

Dragon Basketball Continues Hot Streak

Coming off the tournament win in the Keller, the Dragons welcomed the Mansfield Tigers in for their final preparation game for their upcoming district schedule. The Dragons came out firing on all cylinders and took an early lead and held onto it throughout the game. The Dragons walked away with the 86-67 victory.

Dragons Open District with Road Victory

The Dragons Basketball team joined the Lady Dragons on the road at Lewisville on December 15 to open their district portion of their 17-18 schedule. The Dragons went into the second quarter down by two but quickly flipped the scoreboard and led 43-37 at the half. They held on to the lead throughout the second half and went on to win their first district matchup 87-64.

Up Next For the Dragons

These two wins help continue the Dragons hot start and push their record to 16-2 overall and 1-0 in district play. Tuesday, December 19, the Dragons will take on an 11-4 Byron Nelson team in a home doubleheader at CSHS. The girls will tip at 6:00 and the boy’s team will play right after their game. The Dragons will be on winter break until their next matchup at home against Frisco Centennial on December 27 at 11:30.

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FM 1938 Update: Work Started on Underground Drainage Structure

On Monday, December 11 heavy excavation for the construction of an underground drainage structure north of Beam Drive started.

Construction of a large underground drainage structure north of Beam Drive was included in the overall construction project to provide flood protection for the properties downstream of FM 1938. Unexpected site conditions and historic rain fall caused complications during and after the original installation of these facilities resulting in an extensive investigation. The findings led TxDOT to select a totally different product and type of construction for the replacement of these facilities.

FM 1938 WORK ZONEMotorists should expect that storm drain construction will take place behind the existing barricades between Beam Drive and Randol Mill. No lane closures will be necessary; however, construction crews will need to periodically stop traffic to allow vehicles and equipment to enter the work area.

Thank you for your patience during this project. If you have any questions, please contact the Public Works Department at 817-748-8098.

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City Council votes to update smoking ordinance

The City Council approved an ordinance that prohibits smoking in bars and bingo parlors as well as prohibiting retail smoke shops within 300 feet of schools, universities and hospitals.

“Fort Worth joins all other major Texas cities in going smoke-free,” Mayor Betsy Price said. “Fort Worth has made great strides in health and wellness, with many of our initiatives receiving national attention. The adoption of this ordinance, which will go into effect in 90 days, is another step forward in creating a healthier environment for all of Fort Worth — from workers to patrons, musicians to expecting mothers.”

This was the first update to the city’s smoking ordinance since 2008. The new law also governs the use of e-cigarettes in prohibited locations.

The new ordinance continues to allow smoking in outdoor dining areas and patios of public places as long as the area is at least 20 feet from entrances and exits. Smoking in private clubs will still be allowed.

The new ordinance prohibits retail smoke shops within 300 feet of schools, universities and hospitals. A retail smoke shop is defined as a business that earns 90 percent of its gross annual sales from tobacco, smoking and e-cigarette products.

Smoking in cigar lounges, defined as a business that earns 30 percent of its gross annual sales from cigars and cigar accessories, will be allowed.

The updated ordinance goes into effect March 12, 2018.

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Renovation Update for DPS West Facility

Renovations are moving forward at the Southlake DPS West Fire and Police Station.

The improvements will enhance the safety and security of the building with a larger community room, updated offices, replacement of the air conditioning rooftop units, as well as updated plumbing and electrical wiring. The renovations will also address the cosmetic and maintenance issues caused by significant foundation movement.

“This is a phased construction project so that our first responders will continue to meet our required response times for emergency situations,” said Fire Chief Michael Starr.

Other improvements include:

  • Replacement of fire bay doors with added auto-close safety feature
  • Installation of a modern exhaust system to capture the potential carcinogens found in fire apparatus’s exhaust
  • Replacement of backup generator
  • Expansion of dayroom and kitchen
  • Gated access to area behind the facility exterior and landscaping improvements

The DPS West facility was originally constructed in 2001 housing both Fire Department and Police Department personnel. Since then, the City has opened the DPS Headquarters facility in 2009 and the DPS North Training facility in 2013.

The City’s proposed plans to update and modernize the west station originally included four bids that were presented and reviewed by the Crime Control & Prevention District (CCPD) and approved by City Council on September 5, 2017, at a cost of $1,961,366.16. The majority of the renovation cost is being funded through CCPD fund with a smaller portion (approximately $300,000) coming from the City’s general fund. The contract was awarded to HCI General Contractors.

“DPS West will continue to house the Police Department’s Traffic Enforcement Section and the Office of Traffic Management.  These teams are vital to ensuring the safety of Southlake’s motoring public as we strive to increase mobility,” said Police Chief James Brandon.

Watch for periodic updates to follow the progress of the DPS West renovation. The project is anticipated to be completed in the summer of 2018.

 









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