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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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City to Spray After Positive West Nile Sample Found

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

The positive sample is located near City Park in the 200 block of Watermere Drive. The City will respond with targeted spraying for three consecutive nights within a half-mile radius of the positive trap location. Spraying will start on Thursday night, August 31 and continue through Saturday night, September 2, weather permitting.

Fire Chief Mike Starr says, “Continued positive samples of the West Nile Virus serve as reinforcement that citizens should try to do everything they can to reduce the possibility of being exposed to the virus.”

Residents can help reduce their exposure to WNV by continuing to take personal protective measures including:

•Drain standing water in artificial containers; this is the primary source of mosquitoes

•Dress in long sleeves

•Wear insect repellent containing DEET

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 environmental and emergency management coordinator at ehutmacher@ci.southlake.tx.us.

 

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Gateway Park West making huge strides

The finishing touches are being put on Phase 1 of Gateway Park West. The excavation is completed and the area is being seeded for grass.

Phase 2 of the continued excavation will occur in the central area of the park. The design for Phase 2 is nearly complete and excavation is expected to begin during the first quarter of 2018.

This work provides necessary flood protection for Fort Worth and brings Gateway Park another step closer to becoming one of the largest urban programmed parks in North Texas. Upon completion of the Gateway Park Master Plan, the park will be larger than Central Park in New York City, at just over 1,000 acres.

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City to Spray After Sample of West Nile Virus Tests Positive

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

The positive sample is located in the 800 block of Shady Lane. The City will respond with targeted spraying for three consecutive nights within a half-mile radius of the positive trap location. Spraying will start on Thursday night, August 10 and continue through Saturday night, August 12, weather permitting.

Fire Chief Mike Starr who also oversees emergency management services, asks residents to continue taking personal protective measures to reduce the mosquito population including:

  • Drain standing water in artificial containers; this is the primary source of mosquitoes
  • Dress in long sleeves
  • Wear insect repellent containing DEET

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 environmental and emergency management coordinator Eric Hutmacher at (817) 748-8624 or email him at ehutmacher@ci.southlake.tx.us.

 

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Targeted spraying for West Nile Virus in north and south Fort Worth

The City of Fort Worth is constantly trapping and testing mosquitoes for West Nile Virus, and number of mosquitoes have tested positive for West Nile Virus in south Fort Worth in the area near Creekwood Lane, and in north Fort Worth in the areas near Rushmore Court and Fire Station 38 on Park Vista.

In conjunction with the University of North Texas Health Science Center, the city has decided to target ground spray to kill disease-carrying mosquitoes.

Spraying dates and times

Spraying will take place from approximately 9 p.m. to midnight, and will be conducted within an approximate half-mile range of the trapping area. If a weather delay occurs on the first night, then spraying will be pushed to the following evening.

Creekwood Lane

Creekwood Lane area

Targeted ground spraying is scheduled to be conducted in the Creekwood Lane area of Fort Worth, zip code 76123, on the following days:

  • Sunday, Aug. 13
  • Monday, Aug. 14
  • Tuesday, Aug. 15

Fire Station 38

Fire Station 38 on Park Vista

Targeted ground spraying is scheduled to be conducted in the area of Fort Worth near Fire Station 38 on Park Vista, zip code 76244, on the following days:

  • Sunday, Aug. 13
  • Monday, Aug. 14
  • Tuesday, Aug. 15

Rushmore Court

Rushmore Court

Targeted ground spraying is scheduled to be conducted in the Rushmore Court area of Fort Worth, zip code 76137, on the following days:

  • Sunday, Aug. 13
  • Monday, Aug. 14
  • Tuesday, Aug. 15

The chemical used in the spray is similar to that sold over the counter at hardware stores, however, it is 3,500 times less concentrated. The spray is not hazardous to humans, pets, fish or larger insects. It’s deactivated by sunlight at daybreak.

Out of an abundance of caution, residents are asked to keep pets indoors and to keep windows closed during spraying. Except for a visible mist at the nozzle of the unit, residents should not expect to see a “fog,” and the spray concentrate is so low that most people cannot even detect an odor.

All residents in the area are asked to remain vigilant in draining water sources that are breeding pools for mosquitoes, and to wear mosquito repellant when outdoors.

Amping it up

In order to remain proactive when it comes to preventing the spread of mosquito viruses in the Fort Worth area, the city is “amping up” testing and preventative maintenance.

Fort Worth Code Compliance officers will be canvasing the neighborhood within a half-mile radius from the testing site, looking for possible mosquito hazards, and removing them from public property.

Additionally, the city will be mowing high grass and weeds, and trimming trees on public property near the testing site within the coming days.

Code officers will canvas the area prior to and during spraying. Additional information is available by calling the City Call Center at 817-392-1234 or visiting the city’s West Nile Virus page.

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City to Spray After Positive West Nile Virus Sample Found

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

The positive sample is located near City Park in the 200 block of Watermere Drive. Fire Chief Mike Starr says, “We have an aggressive mosquito testing plan in place 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.”

The City of Southlake has received notice from Tarrant County Public Health that one mosquito trap in Southlake has tested positive for the West Nile virus. The positive sample is located in the 800 block of Shady Lane.

The City will respond with targeted spraying for three consecutive nights within a half-mile radius of the positive trap location. Spraying will start on Thursday night, August 10 and continue through Saturday night, August 12, weather permitting.

Chief Starr asks residents to remember to continue taking personal protective measures including:

  • Drain standing water in artificial containers; this is the primary source of mosquitoes
  • Dress in long sleeves
  • Wear insect repellent containing DEET
  • 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 environmental and emergency management coordinator at ehutmacher@ci.southlake.tx.us.

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Targeted spraying for West Nile Virus to begin Aug. 5 near Creekwood Ln.

The City of Fort Worth is constantly trapping and testing mosquitoes for West Nile Virus, and number of mosquitoes have tested positive for West Nile Virus in the area near Creekwood Ln.

In conjunction with the University of North Texas Health Science Center, the city has decided to target ground spray to kill disease-carrying mosquitoes.

Spraying dates

Targeted ground spraying will be conducted in the Creekwood Ln. area of Fort Worth, TX 76123, on the following days:

  • Saturday, Aug. 5
  • Monday, Aug. 7
  • Tuesday, Aug. 8

Spraying will take place from approximately 9 p.m. to midnight, and will be conducted within an approximate half-mile range of the trapping area. If a weather delay occurs on the first night, then spraying will be pushed to the following evening.

The chemical used in the spray is similar to that sold over the counter at hardware stores, however, it is 3,500 times less concentrated. The spray is not hazardous to humans, pets, fish or larger insects. It’s deactivated by sunlight at daybreak.

Out of an abundance of caution, residents are asked to keep pets indoors and to keep windows closed during spraying. Except for a visible mist at the nozzle of the unit, residents should not expect to see a “fog”, and the spray concentrate is so low that most people cannot even detect an odor.

All residents in the area are asked to remain vigilant in draining water sources that are breeding pools for mosquitoes, and to wear mosquito repellant when outdoors.

Amping it up

In order to remain proactive when it comes to preventing the spread of mosquito viruses in the Fort Worth area, the city is “amping up” testing and preventative maintenance.

Fort Worth Code Compliance officers will be canvasing the neighborhood within a half-mile radius from the testing site, looking for possible mosquito hazards, and removing them from public property.

Additionally, the city will be mowing high grass and weeds, and trimming trees on public property near the testing site within the coming days.

Code officers will canvas the area prior to and during spraying. Additional information is available by calling the City Call Center at 817-392-1234 or visiting the city’s West Nile Virus page.

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DCHHS Reports First Human Case of West Nile Virus

DALLAS (July 14, 2017) – Dallas County Health and Human Services (DCHHS) is reporting the first human case of West Nile Virus infection in Dallas County for the year 2017. The case is a resident of the 75248 zip code of Dallas. The patient was diagnosed with West Nile neuroinvasive disease. DCHHS is awaiting confirmation of the case from the Texas Department of State Health Services. For medical confidentiality and personal privacy reasons, DCHHS does not provide additional identifying information. “Our mosquito surveillance program and the county and municipal abatement teams are taking appropriate actions to ensure the safety of our residents. However, it is important for residents to take the necessary precautions,” said Zachary Thompson, DCHHS director. The best way to avoid exposure to West Nile Virus is to avoid mosquito bites. Residents should use the 4Ds to reduce their risk: DEET All Day, Every Day: Whenever you’re outside, use insect repellents that contain DEET or other EPA approved repellents and follow instructions. Dress: Wear long, loose, and light-colored clothing outside. Drain: Drain or treat all standing water in and around your home or workplace. Dusk & Dawn: Limit outdoor activities during dusk and dawn when mosquitoes are most active. “Since there is no vaccine or specific antiviral treatments for WNV infection, residents should adhere to preventive measures to protect themselves and their loved ones,” said Dr. Christopher Perkins, DCHHS medical director/health authority. For more information on mosquito prevention,goto: http://www.dalascounty.org/department/hhs/mosquito_prevention.html.DCHHS

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