City of Watauga - Newsletter
Oct 2019
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Mayor Miner

Message from the Mayor


Well, summer is over (although you can't tell by the temperatures), and what a great way to end it. The month of September brought us Watauga Kid Fish, Art in the Park, Scared to Run and finished up with our Police Department National Night Out. None of these events could be accomplished without the dedicated work of our city employees and volunteers. Great job! Your City Council completed an arduous 2 day retreat laying the groundwork for some great things in our future. Speaking of great things, our Fire Department was awarded over $800,000.00 in SAFER grant funds that allows the City to hire an additional 6 firefighters. CONGRATULATIONS!

October looks to be just as exciting. Mr. James South of Brookdale Watauga will celebrate his 100th birthday this month and will be officially recognized by our City with a Mayoral Proclamation in his honor. Our library has another jam packed schedule of events as does our Recreation Department. We also have The State Fair of Texas and Halloween is just around the corner. Don't forget that school is in full swing so continue to stay alert when driving in the school zones.


 
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OCTOBER 14, 2019


CITY COUNCIL WORKSHOP

5:30 P.M.

REGULAR MEETING
6:30 P.M. 

CITY HALL - COUNCIL CHAMBERS
7105 WHITLEY ROAD

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Fire Prevention Week


Fire prevention week is October 6-12, 2019 this year. The theme is "Not Every Hero Wears a Cape, Plan and Practice Your Escape!" This slogan focuses on what a home escape plan entails and the value of practicing it. The Watauga Fire department is once again sponsoring a fire safety poster contest using this theme. The contest is open to Kindergarten through fifth grader located in the Watauga City limits. For those students that are home schooled, the poster should be drawn on a twelve by nine inch manila construction paper and turned in to the Watauga Fire Station located at 5909 Hightower by October  25th.  

Please have the student legibly print their name, address, and phone number on the back of the poster so that if the child's poster is chosen they can be contacted for prize delivery. The winner in the home schooled division will receive a station tour and a meal with the fire fighters. They will also receive an award at the Watauga City Council Meeting on November 12th at 5:30 p.m. at Watauga City Hall located at 7105 Whitley Road. Further information can be found at www.nfpa.org

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Code Enforcement


Have you noticed tall grass in your neighbor's yard?  Code Enforcement Officers have probably noticed that too.  So then, why does it seem like Code Officers aren't doing anything about it?  There is a process that Code Enforcement Officers must follow to ensure all citizens are treated fairly, while also trying to ensure that Watauga stays beautiful.  In general, these are the steps for dealing with a high grass ordinance violation:

Step 1.  A complaint is generated.  Most high grass cases come from Code Officers patrolling their district and observing a violation.  Or, complaints may come through the City website.  You may submit an anonymous high grass complaint at https://www.cowtx.org/FormCenter/Citizen-Input-Report-a-Concern-4/ConcernQuestion-Code-Violation-223.

Step 2.  A Code Officer will photograph the violation and send a courtesy warning to the homeowner or tenant.  The first warning is not a citation.  The homeowner or tenant is provided 10 days to correct the violation.

Step 3.  After the 10th day, the Code Officer will re-inspect the property.  If the violation remains, a citation will be issued.  If the violation has been corrected, the case will be closed.  In certain circumstances, the homeowner or tenant may request a reasonable extension.

In the case of abandoned properties, the City of Watauga contracts the mowing of tall grass.  A lien is filed against the property for outstanding expenses.   If you have any more questions, or would like to know the status of a particular property, just give us a call or complete the on-line concern/question form.  

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Watauga Public Library Welcomes Mark R. Ellenbarger 


Join the Watauga Public Library (7109 Whitley Road) as we welcome Mark R. Ellenbarger for a free presentation on Thursday, October 3 from 6:30pm to 7:30pm. Ellenbarger's new book, Drawing Fire: a Pawnee, Artist, and Thunderbird in World War II details the life and art of Brummett Echohawk.
 
In 1940 Brummett Echohawk, an eighteen-year-old Pawnee boy, joined the Oklahoma National Guard. Within three years his unit, a tough collection of depression era cowboys, farmers, and more than a thousand Native Americans, would land in Europe-there to distinguish themselves as, in the words of General George Patton, "one of the best, if not the best division, in the history of American arms." During his service with the 45th Infantry, the vaunted Thunderbirds, Echohawk used the talent he had acquired at Pawnee boarding school to document the conflict in dozens of annotated sketches. The book includes many reproductions of Echohawk's battlefield artwork.
 
This event is free and all are welcome! Call 817.514.5865 for more information.

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Family Place Library - Building Foundations on Early Learning


Watauga Public Library is part of the Family Place Libraries initiative which includes a network of over 400 libraries in 29 states.  Family Place builds on what the Library already does for young children and families to help ensure each child gets the best start in life.  By creating a family-centered environment for young children and families, Family Place transforms libraries into community hubs for families with very young children--- welcoming, free places for early literacy and learning, socialization, parent education, and family support.

The Parent Child Workshop is the signature program of the Family Place because it incorporates all the core elements into one program.  It is:

  • Five week series where parents & toddlers together
  • Play-based/informal; Children Explore According to Their Individual Interests; Encourages Parents To Get Down on the Floor & PLAY, TALK, SING and READ With Their Child
  • Librarian facilitates the program by touching base with each family individually, and informally modeling best practices in play and book sharing.
  • Community resource specialist:
    • Early literacy
    • Music, Play, and Health
    • Speech, Hearing, and Language Development
    • Child Development
    • Nutrition

 Sources:
https://www.familyplacelibraries.org/
https://www.familyplacelibraries.org/what-family-place-library
https://www.apnews.com/616667a92c174d988779e9f176e71b7a

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Meows and Howls       


WHERE: Animal Services Center, 5203 Watauga Road 
WHEN: Saturday, October 12, 2019, 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Texas Coalition for Animal Protection (T.C.A.P.) is joining us to provide low cost vaccinations and other various pet services, prices start at $5.00.


For more information, visit the City of Watauga website.

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City Pet Registration

City Pet Registration


All dogs and cats four months of age or older which are kept, harbored, or maintained within the corporate limits of the city shall be licensed. Before a city license will be issued, the owner of the cat or dog must present a certificate from a licensed veterinarian showing that said cat or dog has been vaccinated for Rabies.


Fees:
                                                   Altered Pet:                                                     $6.00
                                                   Unaltered Pet:                                                 $22.00
                                                   Senior Citizen (65+) pet (altered only):           Free

For additional information visit the City of Watauga website.

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Kid Fish Derby 2019 Results! 


Many families came out to the beautiful Capp Smith Park to fish and camp out under the stars on September 13th! Cowtown Bowmen Archery Club provided the opportunity for children and adults to tryout archery. A fun time was had by all! Over 100 participants competed by trying to catch the largest fish in the KidFish fishing derby.


Below are the winners in each age category:

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We'd like to again congratulate our winners!

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Scared to Run 5k and 1 Mile Fun Run a Success


Many came out to prove they were "hero enough" for the Scared to Run 5K and 1 Mile Fun Run! Watauga Elementary schools also participated in the School Participation Challenge. Each year the Sertoma Club of Watauga partners with the City of Watauga for they signature project "Shoes for Kids." Some activities, such as physical education, require students to have special shoes, which some families can't afford. Sertoma provides school nurses with funds so that the kids have the means to be fully engaged in the life of the school. Each school is challenged to win 1st place. The winner this year was Grace E. Hardeman!

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Halloween Bash

Bring the whole family to a festival night of fun at the Hector F. Garcia Community Center on Saturday, October 26th from 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM.

Enjoy Inflatables, Costume Contest, Cake Walk ($1), Concessions (.50-$3), Haunted House, Candy, and more!

Calling all Local/Small Businesses, Organizations, Church/School Groups, and Volunteers! We'd like to invite you to participate in our Annual Halloween Bash at the Hector F. Garcia Community Center! Promote your business, group, or organization during our event by setting up a booth/table/game and pass out candy. Interested parties should contact MLanders@wataugatx.org, or call 817.514.5893

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Vet

Please join the City of Watauga in honoring our Veterans on Saturday morning, November 2, 2019. There will be a breakfast at the Hector F. Garcia Community Center at 8:00 a.m. Following the breakfast, there will be a Celebration Ceremony at 10:30 a.m. at Watauga's Veterans Memorial located at Capp Smith Park. This is a free event; however, you will need to reserve a spot for the breakfast. Please reserve your spot by contacting Magenta: 817.514.5893 or MLanders@cowtx.org.

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Save the Date: Hometown Christmas December 7, 2019!

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October 2019 Business Anniversaries

25 Years - El Sol Mexican Imports, 6008 Denton Hwy
20 Years - Game Stop, 6245 Rufe Snow #200
15 Years - Chipotle, 7604 Denton Hwy #200
15 Years - Little Caesar's, 6801 Rufe Snow #104
15 Years - Zale's Jewelers, 7604 Denton Hwy #220

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Miles

Business Spotlight


Miles Dental
8301 Whitley Road
Fort Worth, TX 76148
Phone: 817.502.1800



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