City of Watauga - Newsletter
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Mayor's Message


During my tenure, I have seen many wonderful people step forward and go above and beyond in volunteer efforts for the city.  These folks don’t want recognition, or accolades, but are there to help make our community a better place to live.  I want to thank them for their quiet, behind-the-scenes activities on behalf of the citizens of Watauga.
 
We also have an outstanding staff who work for the city, from our certified employees in the fire and police departments, to the street and utility crews, and the behind-the-scene office workers.  They all work hard to take care of you and me, often without any thanks from those they are serving.  And best of all, they do it because they care for you and me as citizens.  If you get a chance, thank them for what they do!
 
A big thank you is in order for another category of folks who serve Watauga, and those are the elected officials and volunteers on the various boards and commissions.  These men and women have stepped forward to volunteer to more directly help make decisions for the city, to make Watauga a Great Place to Live.  They put in extra time and effort in order to make sure our city continues to improve in every area.  I have been able to get to know them personally, and they all want to see our city improve and become more sustainable in the future. 
 
I would urge you as a citizen of Watauga to get involved in our city.  There are many volunteer opportunities available.  Check it out on our great website, www.cowtx.org, and see what you can do.   Also, check out the various activities on-line that are happening in October.  And lastly, but not least, SHOP WATAUGA!! 

 
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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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PUBLIC MEETING
OCTOBER 3, 2018
6:00 PM 

CITY HALL - COUNCIL CHAMBERS

7105 WHITLEY ROAD

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CITY COUNCIL REGULAR MEETING
OCTOBER 22, 2018
6:00 PM 

CITY HALL - COUNCIL CHAMBERS
7105 WHITLEY ROAD

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Congrats
heart safe award
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The City of Watauga has been awarded the Heart Safe Community by the North Central Texas Trauma Regional Advisory Council.  
 
This is an extremely important program and the City of Watauga has proven its cardiac commitment to the citizens and visitors of our community.  The City of Watauga has been elevated for its ease of access to pre-hospital emergency care; response of emergency first responders, public placement of Automatic External Defibrillators, citizen CPR training, Public Health Initiatives and dedicated cardiac care in the City of Watauga.

Pictured receiving the plaques for the City of Watauga from left to right is:

Battalion Chief Randy Barkley, Mayor Pro Tem David Griffin, Fire Chief Shawn Fannan, Karen Yates of North Central Texas Trauma Regional Advisory Council

 
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October Events….


How Your Body Really Works - October 4th - Watauga Library
Kid Fish & Family Campout -  October 5th & 6th - Parks & Community Services
Family Place Workshop - Fridays, October 5th - November 2nd - Watauga Library
Plant Exchange - October 6th - Watauga Library 

Death in Jane Austen - October 13th -  Watauga Library
WizArt - October 26thWatauga Library
Halloween Bash - October 27th - Parks & Community Services
 
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Halloween safety

Halloween Safety Tips


Halloween is an exciting time of year for kids. Here are some tips from the Watauga Police Department to help ensure they have a safe holiday. All Dressed Up: -Plan costumes that are bright and reflective. Make sure that shoes fit well and that costumes are short enough to prevent tripping, entanglement or contact with flame. Consider adding reflective tape or striping to costumes and Trick-or-Treat bags for greater visibility. Because masks can limit or block eyesight, consider non-toxic makeup and decorative hats as safer alternatives. Hats should fit properly to prevent them from sliding over eyes. Makeup should be tested ahead of time on a small patch of skin to ensure there are no unpleasant surprises on the big day. -When shopping for costumes, wigs and accessories look for and purchase those with a label clearly indicating they are flame resistant. -If a sword, cane, or stick is a part of your child's costume, make sure it is not sharp or long. A child may be easily hurt by these accessories if he stumbles or trips. -Do not use decorative contact lenses without an eye examination and a prescription from an eye care professional. While the packaging on decorative lenses will often make claims such as “one size fits all,” or “no need to see an eye specialist,” obtaining decorative contact lenses without a prescription is both dangerous and illegal. This can cause pain, inflammation, and serious eye disorders and infections, which may lead to permanent vision loss. -Review with children how to call 9-1-1 (or their local emergency number) if they ever have an emergency or become lost. Home Safe Home: -To keep homes safe for visiting trick-or-treaters, parents should remove from the porch and front yard anything a child could trip over such as garden hoses, toys, bikes and lawn decorations. -Parents should check outdoor lights and replace burned-out bulbs. -Wet leaves should be swept from sidewalks and steps. -Restrain pets so they do not inadvertently jump on or bite a trick-or-treater. On the Trick-or-Treat Trail: -A parent or responsible adult should always accompany young children on their neighborhood rounds. -Obtain flashlights with fresh batteries for all children and their escorts. -If your older children are going alone, plan and review the route that is acceptable to you. Agree on a specific time when they should return home. -Only go to homes with a porch light on and never enter a home or car for a treat. -Because pedestrian injuries are the most common injuries to children on Halloween, remind trick-or-treaters: *Stay in a group and communicate where they will be going. *Remember reflective tape for costumes and trick-or-treat bags. *Carry a cell phone for quick communication. *Remain on well-lit streets and always use the sidewalk. *If no sidewalk is available, walk at the far edge of the roadway facing traffic. *Never cut across yards or use alleys. *Only cross the street as a group in established crosswalks (as recognized by local custom). Never cross between parked cars or out driveways. *Don't assume the right of way. Motorists may have trouble seeing trick-or-treaters. Just because one car stops, doesn't mean others will! -Law enforcement authorities should be notified immediately of any suspicious or unlawful activity

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animals

City Pet Registration


DID YOU KNOW? The City of Watauga requires that ALL DOGS AND CATS four (4) months of age or older be licensed with the City. The City license tag must be attached to the animal’s collar at all times. The license tag will enable the Animal Control Officer to locate the owner of the lost pet, as well as determining the vaccination status in the event that the animal is involved in a bite or scratch. How many dogs and cats can I own? The City of Watauga requires that homeowners have no more than 3 dogs and 2 cats, or 3 cats and 2 dogs in their household without a Multiple Pet Permit. This does not to animals less than 16 weeks (4 months) of age. City Code of Ordinance Section 6-37 What is Rabies and why should I register? Rabies is a deadly virus spread through animal bites or scratches. Registration is a means of Rabies control; by vaccinating and licensing your pet we are able to prevent undue hardship caused by animal bites and scratches from unvaccinated animals. Licensing also helps reunite lost pets. How can I get my pet vaccinated? Any license veterinarian can provide a Rabies vaccine for a fee. The vaccine is required for all dogs and cats 16 weeks of age and older. After the dog or cats initial booster the vaccine can be administered yearly or every 3 years. City Code of Ordinance Section 6-135 How to Register: 1. Get your pet vaccinated for Rabies 2. Bring your Rabies certificate to: City Hall: 7105 Whitley Rd Monday – Friday 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. OR Animal Service Center: 5203 Watauga Rd Monday – Saturday 11a.m.-5 p.m. 3. Pay the registration fee 4. Receive your Pets new License and place the tag on your pets’ collar. 5. Renew Yearly Fees: -Altered Pet: $6.00 -Unaltered Pet: $22.00 -Senior Citizen (65+) pet: FREE -Second Saturday of EVERY month: $5.00 (Altered or Unaltered) Remember, it’s the Law. Failure to license and vaccinate pets is considered a health and safety violation. Fines may be imposed by the Municipal Court judge up to the maximum allowed by law. Please help us keep you and your pets safe by vaccinating and registering your pets. If you have any question or concerns please allow us to assist you. 817.656.9614. 5203 Watauga Rd Watauga, TX 76137 

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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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Municipal Court Week

Municipal Court Week


November 5-9, 2018 is Municipal Court Week!  Join municipal courts, city councils, and communities throughout Texas in showing appreciation for the dedicated municipal judges, court clerks, court administrators, prosecutors, bailiffs, warrant officers, marshals, and court volunteers who comprise the Texas municipal courts.  Municipal Court Week is a great time to not only recognize how much municipal courts do, but to share with the public the important role that local courts and their personnel play in the criminal justice system and the larger community.  Municipal Courts play a key role in determining public perception of the judiciary and city government. Municipal courts play a critical role in public safety, protecting the quality of life in Texas communities, and deterring criminal behavior.   The Municipal court process is complicated due to so many applicable laws, resulting in a need for professional management by highly trained court staff and competent judges. Case law, legislative changes, and mandatory reporting create a demanding need for constant change and continuing education.

A big THANK YOU to the Watauga Court Municipal Judge, Court Staff and Court Volunteers: Judge Stewart Bass, Court Administrator Jennifer Dorsett, Deputy Court Clerk Guadalupe Calvillo, Deputy Court Clerk Leah Renteria, Marshal Ridley Campbell, Deputy Marshal Randall Sparks, and Court Volunteers:  Doug Janke, Saudia Ellis, Sue Rodarte, and Wendy Garcia

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heating-cooling

Heating Maintenance


Just as we maintain our air conditioners during summer months it is just as important to maintain and prepare the heating unit for winter. Here are a few tips: 1. Ensure that all ducts are clean and free of dust and debris. 2. Change the Air Filter…The Alliance to Save Energy (ASE) recommends performing an air conditioning system inspection and air filter change at least once every month during summer. 3. Lubricate moving parts to reduce friction and increase your HVAC overall efficiency…Some parts include fan belt and motor, pulleys etc… 4. Check exhaust outlets…examine the outlet for signs of back drafting or corrosion. If they aren’t working properly, your heating unit could divert dangerous gases such as carbon monoxide indoors rather than outdoors. Other heating parts that require close inspection include heat exchangers, fuel lines, as well as burners. Replace leaky fuel lines to reduce the likelihood of a fire or explosion. 5. Check for loose electrical connections…Short circuits increase the likelihood of component failure & decrease efficiency. As with any maintenance tip if you do not have the expertise to diagnose and repair components, equipment or electrical, be safe and hire a professional. 

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teen driver safety

National Teen Driver Safety Week is October 21-27, 2018


Approximately 8 percent of all licensed drivers involved in fatal crashes are between 15 and 18 years old, and motor vehicle crashes remain the leading cause of death for this age group. Driver Education combined with parental involvement and supervision is the key to keeping new drivers safe on the road. This week is a great opportunity for parents to start – and hopefully, continue – having conversations with their teens about the importance of driving safely.   

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Midas Watauga

6745 Rufe Snow Drive

817.369.8702


Store Hours:

Monday - Friday:  8:00AM - 6:00PM
Saturday - Sunday: CLOSED
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Construction Updates

Construction Corner


Quarter Cent Street Maintenance Program Project

The Quarter Cent Street Maintenance Program began paving work the week of August 6, 2018. The streets repaved this year are: Birchhill, Cedarhill, Carousel, Lamar, Hillcrest, and Valley View. The final phase shall be placing the surface course of asphalt and is taking place as I write this update. All work should be complete by October 1, 2018. The rains did delay us about two weeks. 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)

The NRHs and Watauga Pump Station was damaged September 20, 2018 due to a Fort Worth water main break. The Elevated Storage Tank Rehabilitation has been on hold due to this accident. We expect to start work in early October. 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 at the end of November. Phase III, the Final Phase, (center lanes) has a scheduled completion date of March 2019. 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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