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Message from the Mayor Pro Tem


We started the New Year dedicated to the growth and development in Watauga. During the month of January, we participated in multiple workshops with various planning and development boards from within Watauga. Through these workshops, we were able to generate new and creative ways to bring growth and new opportunities to our city.
 
The Watauga Daddy, Daughter Valentine’s Dance is on February 8th at the Hector Garcia Community Center. Tickets are $20 per dad and daughter and $10 for each additional daughter. We hope to see all of you there on this special night of fun. Remember, registration is required.
 
On March 12th, the City of Watauga and Sertoma Club of Watauga will host the inaugural Hector F. Garcia Memorial Golf Tournament.  All details to the event are listed on the Parks and Community Services Webpage.

I am very excited to announce that the first ever Watauga, State of the City Address will be held on March 20th  from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.  Our City Manager, Andrea Gardner will address the City’s recent accomplishments, upcoming projects and the future vision for our City.  Access to the event will be via RSVP ONLY.  Please fill out the RSVP Form to let staff know you will be attending as seating is limited.
 
On behalf of the Watauga City Council and City Staff, we look forward to continuing our work with the Citizens of Watauga so we can achieve greatness in all aspects of our City. 
 
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State of the City Invite
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Hector F. Garcia Memorial Golf Tournament
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CITY COUNCIL WORKSHOP
February 11, 2019
5:30 PM
REGULAR MEETING
6:30 PM 

CITY HALL - COUNCIL CHAMBERS
7105 WHITLEY ROAD

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Chicken Questions

City Council Public Hearing


City Administration invites you to attend a Public Hearing that will take place during the Regular City Council Meeting. Please come prepared with any comments or questions you may have regarding chickens allowed in Watauga.

WHEN:     Monday, February 11, 2019 at 6:30 p.m.

WHERE:   City Hall - Council Chamber

       7105 Whitley Road, Watauga

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NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING

Proposed 2019 - Water and Sewer Rates


NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING TO BE HELD BY THE CITY OF WATAUGA CITY COUNCIL CONCERNING ITS PROPOSED RATES FOR WATER AND SEWER SERVICE COMMENCING MARCH 1, 2019.

The City of Watauga City Council will hold a public hearing commencing at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, February 11, 2019, at Watauga City Hall, 7105 Whitley Road, Watauga, Texas 76148 for the purpose of giving interested persons an opportunity to express views on the following schedule of rates for water and sewer service in the City of Watauga which are proposed to become effective March 1, 2019.

The proposed increases to water and sewer rates are for the purpose of covering costs to operate, maintain, repair and improve the water and sewer system and infrastructure.  The proposed water and sewer base rates will increase by $1.50 per service.  Volume charges per 100 cubic feet are proposed to increase by $0.10 per 100 cubic feet for water consumption and $0.09 per cubic feet for sewer treatment (based on current rates for non-senior residential and commercial customers).  The impact of the rate adjustments on an average residential customer who uses 6,000 gallons, or 802 cubic feet is an increase of approximately $4.22 per month.  Individual bills will vary by customer based on consumption. 

 
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Senior Discount- Residential customers who have attained the age of 65 and reside in owner-occupied property within the City are eligible for a $5.00 discount for water service and a $5.00 discount for sewer service on their monthly bill when proof of eligibility is provided to the City.  The discount is proposed to replace the lower rate structure currently provided to senior residential customers and will be effective March 1, 2019.
 
Published February 3, 2019, in the Fort Worth Star-Telegram Legal Notices Section.

 
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Happy Presidents Day

City Administrative Offices
 will be CLOSED on 

Monday, February 18, 2019

The Watauga Police Department and Fire Department will be OPEN to assist as needed.

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Meet Your City

Meet Your City


City Administration invites you to come "Meet Your City" in the first Public Meeting of 2019 where you can learn more about city departments, meet department directors and representatives, ask questions and exchange ideas about YOUR City! 

WHEN:     Monday, March 4, 2019 at 7:00 p.m.

WHERE:   Hector F. Garcia Community Center

       7901 Indian Springs Road, Watauga


Make plans to attend - WE WANT TO HEAR FROM YOU!

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Election

General Election


If you are interested in running in the May 4, 2019 General Election, Friday, February 15, 2019 is the last day to file for the office of Mayor and City Council Places 3, 4 and 5.

You may request to pickup a Candidate Packet in person at Watauga City Hall or download and print a copy from our website at:  

                                                  https://www.cowtx.org/1399/May-4-2019-General-Elections

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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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Overdue Fines

Overdue Fines at the Library


Earlier this year at a MetrOPAC library meeting the hot topic of discussion was ending overdue fines.   This is an area of policy being reexamined in the library world.



To clarify the difference between a fine and a fee:

  • Fines are punitive charges for overdue material.
  • Fees are for library services and products such as copying, printing, material replacement costs, etc.

Fines were originally enacted to prompt folks to behave in a responsible manner and return late material. However, it is important that fines do not create a barrier to access to users, especially the economically challenged and youth.

Some area public libraries that have recently eliminated library fines are Haltom City, Plano, Benbrook, and Burleson. 

The Fort Worth Library is considering changes also.
For more information check out these links:

http://publiclibrariesonline.org/2015/11/the-end-of-overdue-fines/

https://americanlibrariesmagazine.org/2018/06/01/library-fines-overdue-discussion/

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AARP Tax-Aide

AARP Tax-Aide


The AARP Foundation Tax-Aide offers free, individualized tax preparation for low-to moderate-income taxpayers- especially those 50 and older. Tax-Aide is available at the Hector F. Garcia Community Center on Wednesdays beginning February 6th through April, 10, 2019 by appointment only. Register at the Community Center Front Desk or call 817.514-5892 or 817.514-5828.

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Retirement Education Center

New Generation Retirement Planning Workshop

                                                                  

The Retirement Education Center Presents a “New Generation Retirement Planning” Workshop with Keynote Speaker, Carson J. Graves.

This Educational Workshop Helps you prepare for a steady retirement in a changing world by addressing the following:

  • How will your Social Security and other Retirement Income be impacted by the new tax changes from the Jobs Act of 2017?

  • Who wants your money & why?

  • How to avoid Sequence of Returns Risk?

  • Where are 5 Safest Places to place your money in 2019?

  • How to access technology can make your retirement easier to manage?

  • What are the 7 Key Steps needed to retire happy?


WHEN:          Thursday, February 28, 2019 at 11:00 a.m.

WHERE:       Hector F. Garcia Community Center
                     7901 Indian Springs Road, Watauga, Texas 76148


Register at the Community Center front desk or call (817) 514-5892

For more information, Call 800-905-5294 or visit: www.itsjustcoffee.info.
Complimentary refreshments will be served. 

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Heart Health Month

Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women. Every year, 1 in 4 deaths are caused by heart disease. The good news? Heart disease can often be prevented when people make healthy choices and manage their health conditions. Controlling and preventing risk factors is also important for people who already have heart disease.
 
To lower your risk:

  • Watch your weight.

  • Quit smoking and stay away from secondhand smoke.

  • Control your cholesterol and blood pressure.

  • If you drink alcohol, drink only in moderation.

  • Get active and eat healthy.

Take action and learn more about keeping your heart healthy:

https://healthfinder.gov/HealthTopics/Category/health-conditions-and-diseases/heart-health/keep-your-heart-healthy#take-action_5

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New Equipment

New Fitness Equipment at the Community Center

Come check out the new Fitness equipment in the Cardio Room!

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Daddy Daughter Dance
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Kid Print ID Logo

FREE Child ID / Kid Print


As a parent, you do whatever you can to keep your kids happy, healthy and safe. Part of being a caregiver means anticipating the best, but being prepared for the worst.

The Watauga Police Department VIPS are hosting a FREE Child ID / Kid Print event on Saturday, February 23, 2019 from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. in the Police Department Lobby at 7101 Whitley Road.

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Did You Know

Did you know?

It is against the law to change lanes 100 feet before the crosswalk of an intersection. It is also against the law to change lanes within the intersection, and up to 100 feet after the intersection ends. Committing this traffic violation can result in a citation that carries a maximum fine of $200 plus court costs. 

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Warrant Roundup

Warrant Roundup coming soon!


Make sure you stop in to see Judge Bass at the Watauga Municipal Court to take care of any outstanding citations.

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Texas Flag

National Texas Day


February 1st is a great day to be a Texan! Happy #NationalTexasDay. Get out & enjoy the day in our beautiful Lone Star state. 

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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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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, February 9, 2019

                      10:00 a.m. – Noon

WHERE:        Watauga Animal Services
                       5203 Watauga Road, Watauga
 
For more information, visit https://www.cowtx.org/1358/Services


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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business spotlight
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Tex’s Star Grill

6101 Rufe Snow Drive, Watauga
817.427.8397

https://texstargrill.com/

Hours:

Tuesday -Sunday: 11:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.
CLOSED MONDAYS

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Milestone Anniversaries


GNC - 8420 Denton Highway – 20 Years
Sierra Cleaners - 6850 Denton Highway – 20 Years
Sunshine Donuts - 6245 Rufe Snow Drive – 20 Years
Trinity Valley School of Ballet - 6700 Denton Highway – 20 Years
O’Reilly Auto Parts - 6713 Rufe Snow Drive – 15 Years
PetSmart - 7616 Denton Hwy Ste 532 – 15 Years
Ross Dress for Less - 7612 Denton Highway – 15 Years
Big John’s Transmissions5930 Plum Street, # 124 – 10 Years
J Donut - 8247 Rufe Snow Drive, # 200 – 10 Years
YY Foot Spa - 8420 Denton Hwy, #105 – 5 Years

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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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Social Media

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

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