City of Watauga - Newsletter
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Mayor's Message


2018 is fast approaching its end, but there is still much to do and see before January 2019 is upon us.  Election Day is Tuesday, November 6th. We have a local election to select a City Council Member. Your vote is important! 

Let us also remember our veterans who have served our great nation.  Join us at Capp Smith Park for a Veterans’ Memorial celebration on Saturday, November 3rd, at 10:30 a.m.  We will honor our local veterans and all who have served.  A breakfast to honor veterans will also be held at the Hector F. Garcia Community Center at 8:00 a.m. that morning.  R.S.V.P. to the Community Center if you wish to attend. The library also has a program on that day as well, from 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m., about the effects of the end of World War I. This is the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I. Come learn about how it was then!

Family is the cornerstone of our nation and our community.  We are so blessed as a nation, and our families are the source of many of our blessings.  Please enjoy yours this Thanksgiving, and be a blessing to others who are not as fortunate as we are. 

Remember to patronize our many businesses in Watauga.  They depend on your patronage!  Have a great November!
 
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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 COUNCIL REGULAR MEETING
NOVEMBER 14, 2018
6:00 PM 

CITY HALL - COUNCIL CHAMBERS
7105 WHITLEY ROAD

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Veterans Day

City Administrative Offices
 will be CLOSED on F
riday, November 9th.
The Watauga Police Department and Fire Department will be OPEN to assist as needed.

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Thanksgiving

City Administrative Offices
 will be CLOSED on Thursday, November 22nd
and F
riday, November 23rd. 
The Watauga Police Department and Fire Department will be OPEN to assist as needed.

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CivicReady

Are you Civic Ready for an Emergency?

The City of Watauga, TX has a new mass notifications system for it's citizens. CivicReady is a communication service that sends immediate alerts to Watauga's citizens who are subscribed to the system.

All users will have the ability to customize their notification preferences after signing up. Alerts can be sent via email, text, and/or phone call so you never miss important communication about an emergency event in the area.

CivicReady also has an app you can use to receive push notifications on your mobile device.  The free Alert Me app is available on both the Apple and Google Play Stores.  Be sure to sign up below before using the App.

Apple Store
Google Play Store


Examples of routine notifications include:

  • Upcoming Events

  • City office closings

  • Road closures

Examples of emergency notifications include:

  • Severe weather alerts

  • Missing persons

  • Evacuations

https://wataugatx.regroup.com/signup

We will contact you through CivicReady in the event of an emergency or other routine events based on your subscription preferences.


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Voter Perceptions and Support of Public Libraries in 2018


The Public Library Association (PLA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), and the ALA Office for Library Advocacy, in partnership with OCLC, has released the report, From Awareness to Funding: Voter Perceptions and Support of Public Libraries in 2018. The research updates OCLC’s seminal 2008 study that explored voter perceptions, use, and attitudes toward public libraries, librarians, and library funding.
The 2018 survey was again conducted by Leo Burnett USA, repeating questions and segmentation analysis from the original study, to allow for comparison with 2008 results.

Key findings include:

  • A majority of U.S. voters believe public libraries are essential to communities and a source of civic pride;
  • Voters still highly value traditional library services such as free access to books and quiet areas, but also increasingly value the library as a community hub.
  • There continues to be a disconnect between the services libraries offer and public awareness and support for those services;
  • Although a majority of voters are likely to support library funding at the local ballot box, fewer are committed to definite support than a decade ago; and
  • A majority of voters still do not realize that the primary source of library funding is local.

Sources:
http://www.ala.org/news/press-releases/2018/03/new-national-study-reveals-voter-perceptions-libraries
https://www.oclc.org/research/awareness-to-funding-2018.html

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Watauga Police Dept

Black Friday Shopping Safety Tips


When the busiest shopping weekend of the year arrives, if you'll be joining the millions of shoppers, take some extra precautions to protect yourself, your purchases, and your personal information.



In the store:


From fistfights to identity theft, shopping at Black Friday sales brings a few safety risks. Consider these holiday shopping safety tips:
  • Keep your purse close to your body or your wallet in an inside coat pocket or front pants pocket.
  • Don't argue or fight over an item.
  • Don't take your money out until asked to do so.
  • Use only one credit card.
  • Save your receipts and monitor your credit card activity.
  • Ask for help moving and loading large items if needed.
  • If shopping with children, select a central location to meet in case you are separated. Teach kids how to ask a security guard or employee for help if they're lost.

In the car:


With so many people out and about, you may encounter aggressive drivers on the road, in parking lots. Don't add to the problem: Remember to drive defensively and don't allow road rage to rise.
  • Be patient when looking for a parking space. Don't speed up to catch that empty (or soon-to-be empty) spot, and be cautious of other drivers who do.
  • Park your vehicle in a well-lit area.
  • Look around and under your vehicle before approaching it.
  • Store shopping bags out of plain sight, in your trunk if possible.
  • Look for other cars or people, and back out slowly.

On the Internet:


Opting to join Black Friday or Cyber Monday from your couch? You still need to be on the lookout. Stick to retailers you know, and never commit to a deal that seems too good to be true.

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red light camera

RED LIGHT CAMERA 101


Along with most cities in the state of Texas, The City of Watauga has implemented the use of Red Light enforcement cameras at some of the higher volume intersections within the city. These cameras are used to help improve intersection safety. Here are some answers to a couple of the most frequently asked questions.



Q. Will motorists know which intersections have red light cameras?

A. Yes. Section 707.004 of the Texas Transportation Code requires that cities install signs along each roadway that leads to an intersection at which a red light camera is in use.

Q. Are Red light cameras still legal?

A. Yes. Section 707.003 of the Texas Transportation Code addresses the installation and operational requirements, including contracting with a vendor, conducting a traffic engineering study, the selection of intersection approaches, the role of a citizen's advisory committee and the installation of signs.

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Replace Smoke Detector Batteries


The Fire Department would like to take this opportunity to remind all residents to change the batteries in their smoke detectors with the time change on November 4th. It is important to check your smoke alarms once a month, and change the batteries every six months.

For instructions please visit 
blog.allstate.com/test-smoke-detectors/

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turkey

Turkey Frying


As the Holiday’s rapidly approach everyone starts thinking about the holiday bird. One of the most delicious ways of preparing a holiday dinner is deep frying a turkey. While utterly enjoyable to eat, it is also one of the most dangerous ways to prepare a turkey. According to the U.S Fire Administration the average number of reported house fires more than doubles on Thanksgiving Day compared to any other day of the year. The agency reports that two-thirds, or 67% of home cooking fires start when food or cooking materials catch on fire. And more than half-55%- of home fire injuries happen when people try to fight the fire themselves.


For further information on the safe frying of Turkeys, please visit
https://www.southernstates.com/articles/deep-fried-turkey.aspx 

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Cheatham Block Party


On October 5th the A-shift crew from the Watauga Fire Department attended a block party on Cheatham Drive in Watauga. The crew members had a great time and enjoyed the food and interaction with the public. The Fire Department is happy to attend any events that are located within the City limits as long as they are not attending to other duties.

Please call 817.514.5791 to schedule events at least two weeks in advance.

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Cease the Grease


During this Holiday Season, the Public Works Department is joining in on Cease the Grease and so should you! Cease the Grease is in part with the 2018 Holiday Grease Roundup; you can bring in your collection of cooking oil down to the Public Works Facility at 7800 Virgil Anthony Sr. Blvd for free recycling. We are encouraging citizens to not pour grease down the drain; it clogs pipes and can even cause sewer backups. Protect your home, city, and environment by recycling your grease during this event and allowing it to be turned into biodiesel or biogas.


For more information check out www.ceasethegreasentx.com or call 817.514.5846

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Scared to Run Winners

Scared to Run School Participation Winner


This year Watauga had 3 schools participate in the Scared to Run 5K and 1 Mile Fun Run on September 29th! Families from Watauga Elementary, Whitley Road Elementary, and Grace E. Hardeman came out to prove that they were “hero enough” for the challenge. Each year the Sertoma Club of Watauga partners with the City of Watauga for their 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 the 1st place School Participation Award. The winner this year was Grace E. Hardeman with an astounding 60 participants! 

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KidFish Winners

KidFish Fishing Derby Winners


Watauga had many families out for the KidFish Fishing Derby and Campout October 5th. There was a race against the clock as kids tried to catch the biggest fish of the evening. The biggest fish was caught by Kevin Savanpheng. His fish came in at a whopping 25 inches! His secret: chicken breast. Kevin, along with the other winners in each age division, will be invited to a fishing tournament in Corpus Christi, Texas. Congratulations again to the KidFish winners!

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FitPass Instructor Spotlight


Martha- Zumba Mon/Wed/Thurs

“Martha, the Zumba instructor, is the greatest! We all enjoy her class tremendously”- Class participant




How long have you taught Zumba?

“6 years. Although, I’ve been dancing since I was 7 years old.”


What got you interested?
“I love to dance and I love music.”

What is your favorite thing about Zumba?
“The energy that you share with people. You can change your day with Zumba.”

Fun Fact:
“I Love making people smile and to brighten other’s day and get people to open up.”

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R.E.D. Friday

R.E.D. Friday


As we prepare to celebrate Veterans Day on November 11, we ask everyone to remember our troops who are still deployed by wearing RED on Fridays during the month of November.  Now, RED Fridays are not only for November---they are for every Friday till we bring them all back home.

 

What is R.E.D. Friday?

RED is an acronym that stands for Remember Everyone Deployed. R.E.D. Friday was created to remind people of our heroes overseas and show that we are thinking of them. People across the country wear red every Friday to serve as a reminder and spread the message of how important it is that we keep our troops in our thoughts.

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TCAP

Meows & Howls

Texas Coalition for Animal Protection (T.C.A.P.) is joining us to provide low cost vaccinations and other various pet services, Saturday, November 10, 2018 from 10 a.m. - Noon.

Micro-chipping


Watauga Animal Services offers pet micro-chipping and chip registration at a discounted price of $20.00 for residents and non-residents. No appointment is necessary, just stop by the Shelter during business hours with your pet and their CURRENT Rabies Certificate. 


For more information contact Watauga Animal Services at 817.656.9614.

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business spotlight

Milestone Business Anniversaries

Bed Bath & Beyond, 7616 Denton Hwy #500 - 15 years
Eagle Transmission, 5951 Rufe Snow - 20 years
Firestone Complete Auto Care, 7752 Denton Hwy - 15 years
Miles Dental, 8301 Whitley Road - 5 years
Office Depot, 7608 Denton Hwy #340 - 15 years
Subway, 6850 Denton Hwy - 25 years
Super Threading Salon, 6101 Watauga Road Suite C - 5 years 

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Social Media

The City of Watauga has several social media feeds available for residents to follow at www.wataugatx.org

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