City of Watauga - Newsletter
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Mayor's Message


OK, folks, enough is enough!  The last two Mayor’s Messages started out about how hot it has been.  Well, guess what—it’s still too hot!  However, hopefully in the next few weeks, the temperatures will drop into the low 90’s or high 80’s.  That’s better than it has been.  The official First Day of Autumn is September 23rd—hope by then we start to see the changes begin! 
 
Sunday, September 9th is National Grandparents Day. Remember your Grandparents, or if you are a grandparent, remind your grandkids!  Folks who had or have grandparents are truly blessed! 

September is back to school, looking forward to cooler times, and all the fun fall events that happen this time of year.  Check the website for the City, www.cowtx.org, and see what is going on in Watauga.  This month is Kid Fish and Family Camp Out, on September 14th and 15th.  Sign up soon at the Hector F. Garcia Community Center.  Also, Watauga’s Scared to Run 5k and Mile Fun Run is September 29th at 8:30 a.m.  Registration is at the Hector F. Garcia Community Center on Indian Springs Rd, until September 19th
 
For those wanting to give to help the Fill the Truck campaign to benefit the great work being done at the Community Enrichment Center of NRH, canned goods may be donated at  the city’s library, community center, city hall and public works until September 14th.  This is in honor of North Texas Giving Day on September 20th.
 
A new campaign season is underway for a Special Election in Watauga to fill the vacant City Council Place 1 seat.  The election is on November 6th.  Four candidates are running for Place 1.  You can go on-line to look at their applications if you wish.  Please get to know the candidates and help select one you think will do the best job in governing our great city. 
 
The library, as usual, has lots to offer this month.  We have a great library! If you haven’t been lately, check it out!
 
Have a great September.  As always, Shop Watauga!  Your patronage is appreciated by all our wonderful merchants!
 
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election

Special Election

The City of Watauga will hold a Special Election on November 6, 2018 to fill the unexpired term of Council Member, Place 1. 


For more information on the Special Election visit the Election Page on the website or contact the City Secretary’s Office at 817.514.5825. 

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City Administrative Offices
will be CLOSED on Monday, September 3rd. 
The Watauga Police Department and Fire Department
will be OPEN to assist as needed.

 
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CITY COUNCIL REGULAR MEETING
SEPTEMBER 5, 2018
6:00 PM 

CITY HALL - COUNCIL CHAMBERS
7105 WHITLEY ROAD

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Congrats
Fire Resolution
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During the August 20, 2018, Regular Council Meeting, Representative Stephanie Klick presented the Watauga Fire Department with a House Resolution for being only 1 of 8 Departments in the State of Texas to achieve Gold Level Readiness Status. Congratulation on this fantastic achievement!

 
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September Events….


Pirate Dance Party - September 8th - Watauga Library
Homework Help - Beginning September 13th -  Watauga Library

Kid Fish & Family Campout -  September 14th & 15th - Parks & Community Services
Dallas Puppet Theatre: "Fiesta Mexicana" - September 15th - Watauga Library

Keto Diet 101 - September 20thWatauga Library
Back the Blue Motorcycle Rodeo - September 20th - 22nd - Watauga Police Dept
Job Search 101 - September 24thWatauga Library 
Scared to Run 5K & 1 Mile Fun Run - September 29th - Parks & Community Services
 
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HHW

City Partners with HHW Solutions to offer residents a front door collection service for Household Hazardous Waste


Watauga residents will begin receiving monthly “Front Porch Service” for household hazardous waste items starting in August.  HHW Solutions is the provider for this service.  Residents may sign up for pre-scheduled collection each month and leave items on their porch on the collection day.  Items put out for collection will be removed by the end of the day.   Under the terms of the agreement, Watauga residents will pay an additional $.89 cents per month on their water bills. Effective immediately, remaining vouchers will ONLY be issued if a resident is moving out of the City.
 
The first collection day through HHW Solutions is scheduled for August 22, 2018 and residents may schedule their pick-up by contacting HHW Solutions via the City website or via phone at 972.440.2040. 

More information regarding the service is available on the City website, or residents may contact the City Secretary's Office at 817.514.5825.

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animals

Harboring Stray Animals


In every Texas county, there are stray dogs and cats, and in every Texas county there are kind-hearted people who try to take care of them and while this practice is genuine and no harm is intended the open availability of food will only encourage strays to breed, compounding the problem of unwanted animals and causing a nuisance. Something else to consider is that the uneaten leftover food attract flies and, in some cases, maggots, all ideal vectors for diseases. City of Watauga Ordinance prohibits “free feeding” of any animal, this practice is defined as Harboring. Chapter 6 - Animals Article 1. Definitions Harboring - the act of keeping and caring for an animal or providing premises to which the animal returns for food, shelter, or care for a period of ten days or more. Alternatives to feeding stray animals: Dog at Large: Call Animal Services for an Animal Control Officer to confine the animal at 817.656-9614 Cat at Large: It is Animal Services general practice to only pick up ‘trapped’ cats from Live Animal Traps, however each Call For Service is different so we encourage you to contact Animal Services to discuss your options at 817.656.9614 If you seek further guidance or have a concern, please feel free to contact Watauga Animal Services. 

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Meows & Howls Low Cost Vaccination Clinic

The second Saturday of each month from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., Watauga Animal Services, located at 5203 Watauga Road, and Texas Coalition for Animal Protection (T.C.A.P.), are partnering to provide low cost vaccinations and other various pet services.  Cash or Charge are the only payment methods accepted.

 T.C.A.P. Services:

  • Rabies Vaccination - $5.00
  • Flea and Tick Prevention - $12.00
  • Heartworm Prevention  - $25.00 - $35.00
  • Other Various Vaccines - $10.00 - $15.00
Watauga Animal Shelter Services:
  • Micro-chipping - $15.00
  • City Registration - $5.00

Visit TCAP for more information or contact Watauga Animal Services at 817.656.9614.

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construction update

Construction Corner


Quarter Cent Street Maintenance Program Project

The Quarter Cent Street Maintenance Program began paving work the week of August 6, 2018. Birchill and Cedarhill have been milled, the subgrade stabilized, and the binder course of asphalt placed. The following streets shall be milled the week of August 27th (notices were sent to the residents on these streets): Lamar, Valley View, and Hillcrest. The remaining streets shall have the subgrade stabilized and binder course of asphalt placed as listed: Carousel (August 27th-September 7th), Lamar (August 30th-September 10th), Hillcrest (September 4th-September 14th), and Valley View (September 6th-September 14th). The final phase shall be placing the surface course of asphalt. This shall take about one day per street location and will start after September 14th. The six streets in this years’ Quarter Cent Street Maintenance Program all received sidewalk repairs, curb and gutter repairs, subgrade stabilization, and paving replacement. The City of Watauga Public Works Department, Finance Department, and Tarrant County Precinct 3 worked in partnership on these streets.

Elevated Storage Tank Rehabilitation (Water Tower)

In early September, the Water Tower shall be drained and the interior of the water tank shall be cleaned and recoated to protect the tank. The project is scheduled to take 45 days and during this time, the City may experience slightly lower water pressure. However, we are working with the City of North Richland Hills who provides water to Watauga to ensure we have safe and adequate water service. The existing Water Tower has been in operation since 1999. Should any lower pressure situation occur due to main breaks, mechanical pump failures, etc., the City may enforce water restrictions and would notify the citizens of Watauga.

Starnes Road 16” Water Main

The Starnes Road 16” Water Main replacement project from Indian Springs Road to Rufe Snow Drive is scheduled to begin construction by mid-October. The plan includes abandoning the existing 16" water main, placing a new 16” water main, and repairing the street cuts with concrete paving. Rufe Snow Widening Project The City of North Richland Hills and Texas Department of Transportation (TXDOT) widening project of Rufe Snow Drive from just south of Ridgetop Road to Watauga Road is in Phase II (southbound driving lanes). The current schedule shows Phase II to be complete in early November. Phase III, the Final Phase, (center lanes) has a scheduled completion date of mid-February. Please note, this contractor has not been able to maintain a schedule. Our estimate for project completion is Spring 2019.

If you have any questions or concerns please contact the NRH Engineering Staff at
817.427.6400 or the Watauga Public Works Department at 817.514.5753. 

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Grant Project Updates


Blue-Green-Grey Grant – Hightower Drive Biofiltration Rain Gardens

In May of 2018, the Street Division of the Public Works Department applied to North Central Texas Council (NCTCOG) of Governments for a Blue-Green-Grey Grant to place biofiltration rain gardens along Hightower Drive at the exist street drainage inlets. To qualify for the grant, the project had to have a water, environmental, and transportation component. The rain gardens include all three by collecting and filtering water, providing for habit, and sidewalk improvements. Out of the 12 county area, only three entities received a grant for this round (Round 2) and the City of Watauga was awarded $50,000 for the project. The sidewalk improvements are estimated to cost $42,268 and the rain gardens shall be $36,000 for a total project cost of $79,268 with the City of Watauga covering the difference. The project schedule is pending while we formalize the contract with NCTCOG and our Council. Green Ribbon Grant – Additional Funding In 2017, the City of Watauga was awarded $350,000 for beautification of Denton Highway thru a Green Ribbon Grant. The City Council approved moving forward with the design in August of 2017 and the project has been bid with a total construction cost of $393,161.80. The Texas Department of Transportation (TxDot) informed the City of the overage in July 2018. In August of 2018, TxDot increased our award to $393,161.80. The project is scheduled to begin construction in January 2019. The City held a Public Meeting asking for input on this project during the design phase and the Citizens recommended starting at the major intersections along Denton Highway and chose a design theme. In future years, the City of Watauga thru the Public Works Department shall apply for additional funds to eventually beautify the entire corridor. The City of Watauga is responsible for the engineering cost and any construction cost overruns when using Green Ribbon Grant Funds. Currently, the City of Watauga has committed $72,000 toward the engineering and application of this grant with a benefit of $393,161.80 in construction cost. 

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