City of Watauga - Newsletter
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Message from the Mayor Pro Tem


Happy New Year, and yes, it’s 2019. Wow! Now is a great time to reflect on the past and to continue planning for the future.  My personal plans include continuing to serve our great City of Watauga citizens and staff. 

January is also the beginning of Election time for the City of Watauga. The filing period opens January 16, 2019 at 8:00 a.m. and closes February 15, 2019 at 5:00 p.m. The General Election Candidate Packet (Places- Mayor, 3, 4 and 5) will be available online-Monday January 7, 2019. If a General Election Candidate wishes to have a hard copy, they are available ONLY by request to the City Secretary's Office (Electronic form available online and at the kiosk in City Hall) and will distributed on Friday, January 11, 2019. The General Election will be held on May 4, 2019 as part of the Tarrant County Joint Elections.

On behalf of the City Council and City Staff, we wish you a wonderful New Year as we continue to work together and make the City of Watauga, “A Great Place to Live”.
 
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CITY COUNCIL REGULAR MEETING
JANUARY 14, 2019
6:00 PM 

CITY HALL - COUNCIL CHAMBERS
7105 WHITLEY ROAD

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Happy New Year

City Administrative Offices
 will be CLOSED on 

Monday, December 31, 2018 and
Tuesday, January 1, 2019 

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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Postal Box

US Postal Box Moved


The US Postal Box, previously located in the parking lot behind the Watauga Police Department has been moved. The new location is by the sidewalk between Watauga City Hall and the Watauga Public Library.

The hours for collection at this location are:

Monday - Friday: 3:30pm
Saturday: 3:00pm

The last collection for this area is located at 4600 Mark IV Parkway, Fort Worth, TX 76161.

Monday - Friday: 7:00pm

Saturday: 6:00pm

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Christmas Tree Removal

Christmas Tree Removal


Pick- up will be on the first two Mondays in January (7th & 14th), provided, that such trees are placed within five (5) feet of the curb & out no later than 7:00 a.m. If you happen to miss this pick-up you will have to place the trees out on your regular scheduled bulk pick-up day.
Trees only!!

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HHW Solutions
Household Hazardous Waste

Household Hazardous Waste


The City of Watauga & HHW Solutions have partnered to provide our residents with a monthly curbside collection program to discard Household Hazardous Wastes.

 
What is Household Hazardous waste?

Products that contain ingredients that are TOXICFLAMMABLE, CORROSIVE or 
REACTIVE

 
HOW TO SCHEDULE A PICK-UP:

  • Visit www.hhwsolutions.com
  • Select the “Schedule a pick-up” tab then select “Watauga”.
  • Enter your name, address, phone number & list was items you have ready for pick-up.
  • The next collection day will be displayed with placement instructions.
  • Please have items at the curb by 8:00 a.m. on your scheduled collection date.
  • ALWAYS follow placement guidelines for safe & efficient pick-up.
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Resolve to Read

Resolve to Read in 2019

The staff at the Watauga Public Library encourages you to read more in 2019. Exciting reading milestones in 2019 include:
 
J.D. Salinger’s 100th birthday will be marked at the library when our book club discusses The Catcher in the Rye on Thursday, January 17th from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
 
The new True Crime Book Club kicks off on Thursday, January 24th (6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.) with a discussion of the book Mindhunter: Inside the FBI's Elite Serial Crime Unit by John Edward Douglas and Mark Olshaker.
 
On April 12th we celebrate D.E.A.R. which stands for Drop Everything and Read.
 
The 50th anniversary of the Apollo moon landing will be celebrated irreverently by the book club when we discuss the great science-fiction classic The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams on Thursday, June 13th from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
 
We are looking forward to some great book-related events this year. Of course, being the stereotypical librarians that we are, we get excited about anything book-related, but don’t forget that the library is also your source for children’s educational events, family programs, adult- education classes, and entertainment, including DVDs and CDs for all ages. Come and see us!

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Mayor's Book Club

Mayor’s Book Club


Mayor’s Book Clubs are popular with city leaders in small towns and big cities across the country. The Watauga Public Library and the City of Watauga Mayor ProTem David Griffin will host a city-wide book discussion on Thursday, February 7th from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Be sure to save the date!

Our first-ever Mayor’s Book Club features Wonder by R.J. Palacio. Wonder is the story of a boy with craniofacial difference and his struggles to find acceptance in school. The sensitive issue of bullying is handled in a way that is educational and entertaining for middle-grade readers through adults. Read the book and join us for a spirited discussion. Call the library at 817.514.5865 for more information.

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Move Your Way

Move Your Way


Adults need a mix of physical activity to stay healthy.

Moderate-intensity aerobic activity at least 150 minutes a week. Anything that gets your heart beating faster counts.


Do activities that make your muscles work harder than usual at least 2 days a week.


You can feel the benefits of physical activity today.

  • Less stress

  • Better mood

  • Better sleep
Walk. Run. Dance. Play. What's your move? Find out more at health.gov/MoveYourWay
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New Year, New You


One of the most common New Year’s resolutions is to incorporate fitness into our lifestyles. For some of us, it’s hard to make the change. Luckily, the Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion has a set of guidelines for all! The Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans provides evidence-based guidance to help Americans maintain or improve their health through physical activity.

View a summary of the guidelines here: https://health.gov/paguidelines/second-edition/pdf/PAG_ExecutiveSummary.pdf.

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How to avoid Exercise Injuries


Although being active is good for you and mostly safe, there is a chance of injury.

Check out these tips to learn how to prevent getting hurt: https://medlineplus.gov/ency/patientinstructions/000859.htm.

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Take Care of Texas

This Year, Resolve to Use Less Plastic and Take Care of Texas


  • Make refillable water bottles a habit. Carry one with your on road trips or when you run errands and leave a bottle at work. Bring your empty bottle to the airport and fill it up after you pass through security.

  • Shop smart at the grocery store. Bring your own cloth bags, reusable containers for bulk, and produce bags, and avoid produce packaged in plastic.

  • Chose items with less packaging when you're shopping. If you can't avoid the packaging, ensure that you can recycle it.

  • Say "no" to single-use straws. If you want or need a straw, buy a reusable one that is sturdy and dishwasher-safe.

  • Pack your lunch in reusable containers instead of plastic sandwich bags, and avoid individually packaged foods.

  • Invest in a reusable, insulated mug for hot and cold beverages. Unlike disposable cups, insulated ones will keep your hot coffee hot and your iced coffee cold - plus some shops offer a small discount if you bring your own mug.

  • Ordering food for pick-up or delivery? Tell the restaurant you don't want plastic cutlery and skip any unneeded condiments. Dining-in? Bring your own to-go container for leftovers.
Pledge to do your part this new year at TakeCareOfTexas.org.
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Citizen Feedback and Input


Your opinion truly matters! We encourage you to take a few minutes to complete the Citizen survey. Your feedback is very important and ensures the City has the best information for decision making. To take the survey, please log on to the Internet and go to the address below (the Library or City Hall lobby kiosk provides free access if you do not have it at home).

www.CobaltCommunityResearch.org/WATAUGA

Enter your account number from your water bill (With or without dashes). Your response will be strictly confidential – your name will not be released to the City for any purpose. If you prefer to complete a paper version, you can get a copy at any municipal building in the City of Watauga. Please complete the survey before January 11, 2019. Thank you for your cooperation and your insight! 

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TCAP

Meows and Howls


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.


WHEN:      Saturday, January 11, 2019
                  10 a.m. – Noon

WHERE:    Watauga Animal Services
                   5203 Watauga Road

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, visit https://www.cowtx.org/1358/Services

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Did you know

Animals at Large

City Ordinance states it shall be unlawful for any person owning or harboring an animal to permit such animal to run at large.

Owner - any person who has right or property in an animal or allows an animal to remain about his premises for a period of ten days

Harboring - the act of keeping and caring for an animal or of providing premises to which the animal returns for food, shelter, or care for a period of ten days

For more information, visit 
https://library.municode.com/tx/watauga/codes/code_of_ordinances?nodeId=SPAGEOR_CH6AN_ARTIINGE

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Open for business

New Business Openings


Boost Mobile - Retail Communications & Electronics, 6245 Rufe Snow #240
RRP Chiropractic - Chiropractic Office, 6601 Watauga Road #102
Safe Ship - Shipping and Supplies, 8420 Denton Hwy #110
Fitness Connection - Fitness Center & Health Club, 8428 Denton Hwy
A Fine Shine - Window Cleaning, 5930 Plum Street #128
Chevron Cottage - Promotional Advertising, 6751 Rufe Snow #200

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business spotlight
The Chicken Place

The Chicken Place

6717 Rufe Snow Drive
817.281.2100

Open daily from 10:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.
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Milestone Anniversaries

  5 Years - Nutritional Products of Texas, 6601 Watauga Road #118
  5 Years - Peak Performance, 6600 Denton Hwy #110 
15 Years - One Main Financial, 8436 Denton Hwy #211
15 Years - Panda Express, 8440 Denton Hwy
25 Years - Texas Tool Traders, 6500 Denton Hwy, Suite A6


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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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