Message from the Mayor
Spring has sprung and so far, knock on wood, the temperatures haven't been too bad. Fortunately we have had lots of rain to help keep the temps down and bring out all the colors of spring. But summer is just around the corner and I think we'll have another long hot summer. Now that I think about it they are all hot. Some are just hotter than others. Either way, it'll be here before we know it.
June marks a full year (and 18 days) that I have had the pleasure of serving as the Mayor of Watauga. Who would have believed back then that in 9 short months we would be in the throes of a worldwide pandemic, be faced with over 2 months of "shelter in place" and all the disruption in our lives associated with it? I know I wouldn't. We in Texas, particularly Tarrant County have been blessed to have weathered the storm as well as we have, especially when you compare us to some of the other large metropolitan areas around the country. And that wasn't by accident. It was strong leadership from the Governor down to your city officials making tough decisions at critical times to keep our communities safe. We still have some rough seas ahead of us but there is light at the end of the tunnel. If we all continue to pull together we will get through this. June also sees us heading into phase 2 of Governor Abbott's "Reopen Texas". This is a big step in our quest to return to what was our normal before COVID-19. You can get all the latest information on it at https://gov.texas.gov/organization/opentexas
As for Watauga, the Emergency Management Team has lifted all the restrictions at our parks and playgrounds with the exceptions of restrooms at Capp Smith Park. They will remain closed for now. Our library is providing curbside service, our animal shelter is now open and the recreation center is open for very limited services. Ball fields and soccer fields are also available for use. All other city functions are back to normal.
I would also like to say CONGRATULATIONS to the Birdville and Keller graduating Class of 2020. Who would have ever thought you would finish your 2 months of your senior year this way. High school graduation is a special life event and you should be proud of your accomplishments. Congratulations and good luck on your future endeavors.
Two special events for June are National PTSD Awareness month with June 27th
recognized as National PTSD Awareness Day and our own Texas only celebration "Juneteenth" also known as Freedom Day. I will be issuing proclamations for both events.