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The Watauga Fire Code requires that every business receive a fire inspection at least annually. These inspections greatly reduce the occurence of injury and fire in your business.
Portable fire extinguishers that need to be annually inspected by a state-licensed company
Non-operational emergency lighting and exit signs. In most cases a battery or light bulb needs to be replaced. These can be purchased at most home improvement stores.
Extension cords are used instead of UL-listed surge protectors.
Boxes and other combustibles are stored up to the ceiling or in front of exit doors.
Exit door is locked or obstructed during business hours.
Address and suite number are not displayed on the entry and rear door.
Combustible materials, boxes, and other similar items are stored in the mechanical/ electrical room or in front of the electrical panel.
Read through these FAQ's for preventative measures you can take to keep your business fire safe.
This page is designed to educate you and save you time. The Watauga Fire Department can answer any questions you might have, or if you would like a trained and skilled Inspector to come to your business, just ask! You can call (817) 514-5880 for assistance.
Remove trash to a covered dumpster away from the building every day.
Keep hallways, corridors, and aisles clear of storage and clutter.
Keep exit doors clear and free of clutter.
Ensure that exit signs are illuminated.
Remember to turn off small appliances.
Do not use electrical extension cords for permanent operations. For heavy duty equipment contact an electrician. A store bought circuit breaker strip plug can be used for minor electrical equipment.
Keep all storage 24 inches from ceiling, 18 inches from sprinkler heads.
Prohibit smoking in your building.
Store combustibles more than 36 inches away from the electrical box.
Store combustibles more than 36 inches from heat producing appliances.
Keep outside brush, weeds, and other combustibles away from the building.
Dispense flammable and combustible liquids in a properly ventilated area using safety cans or original containers.
Assign someone to check these things daily and create a maintenance log.
Call us at (817) 514-5880 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Post your building"s evacuation plan.
Know at least two ways out of your work area.
Conduct regular fire drills.
Know where the fire extinguishers are and how to use them.
In case of fire, always use the stairs to exit, never use an elevator.
Keep exits clear.
Keep hallways, stairs and exits clear of trash, cleaning supplies, and other storage.
Report locked or blocked fire exits to building owner and the Fire Department.
Watauga Fire Department offers classes on Fire Safety in the Workplace and Fire Extinguisher training. Please call (817)514-5880 or go to the department website.
No. The International Fire Code 2018 edition prohibits any open burning within the city limits other than for special ceremonies or cooking.
The 2018 edition of the International Fire Code is currently used. The city also has adopted a select number of amendments suggested by the North Central Texas Council of Governments.
As part of its fire education/prevention efforts, the fire department welcomes groups or individuals to tour the fire station. The average duration of a station tour is 30 minutes. You may schedule a tour by contacting Battalion Chief Randy Barkley at 817.514.5791.
In the City of Watauga, the ambulances are part of the fire department. All fire engines are equipped with much of the same lifesaving equipment that you would find on the ambulance; the firefighters are trained to deliver emergency medical care prior to the arrival of the ambulance, as all of our emergency response personnel are dual certified as paramedics and certified firefighters. Many times the engines arrive minutes before the ambulance.
The International Fire Code 2018 prohibits any open burning of brush, trash or debris within the City of Watauga.
If you meet the above requirements, the City of Watauga will announce a testing date to conduct a general aptitude written examination for entry-level firefighter, followed by a physical agility test.
The physical agility test elements will include:
For any emergency, you should dial 9-1-1. This will connect you with the Communications/Dispatch Center located in North Richland Hills. The Center will determine the proper agency and type of equipment that needs to respond to your situation. Be prepared to answer the call taker’s questions about your location and what type of problem you’re having.
Fire hydrants are installed and maintained by the Public Works Department. The City water utility directly charges customers for Public Fire Protection to pay for the production, storage, transmission, sale and delivery of water for public fire protection purposes.
The firefighters are working 48 hour shifts, beginning at 7a.m. each day. They are required to purchase their own meals and typically pool their money for the day’s meals. The units and personnel are always available to respond when they are at the grocery store.
The fire department inspects buildings to ensure they remain free from hazards that may endanger the occupants. The inspections are required by Texas Statutes and Fire Codes. Most buildings are inspected once per year. The inspections are performed by the Fire Marshal and firefighters working in the fire stations, who have special training in building construction, fire detection and alarm systems and fire suppression systems.
During the course of a day it is not unusual for two or three emergencies to occur at the same time. If our ambulances or fire trucks are busy, we will dispatch a unit from another city. This mutual-aid works both ways; therefore our ambulances and fire trucks are commonly dispatched to neighboring municipalities as well.
Library hours of operation:
Monday & Thursday: 12:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday: 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Saturday: 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Curbside services will continue to be available until 30 minutes before closing. Curbside services include requested item pick-up, mobile print, faxing, and copying.
Call 817-514-5865 if you need assistance with research or placing items on hold. Please call 817-514-5864 for curbside pick-up.
Library cards are free to all Watauga residents. Proof of residence is needed when registering. Watauga Public Library has reciprocal agreements with North Richland Hills, Bedford, and Hurst. Cards will be issued to the residents of these cities at no charge, and residents of Watauga may receive a card from these libraries at no charge. Library cards issued from the MetroShare libraries in Benbrook, Burleson, Decatur, Forest Hill, Haltom City, Haslet, Keller, Richland Hills, Roanoke, and Saginaw to their residents may be used at the Watauga Public Library. All other non-residents may obtain a card for an annual fee.
There is a limit of 15 DVDs per card. There are no limits on books except 3 per subject. On first use of a card, three items may be checked out.
Yes. eBooks, eAudiobooks, eMagazines and eComics/eGraphic Novels are available through OverDrive via North Texas Libraries-On-the-Go and are easy to access via the Libby app. You will need a Watauga Library card to access these services. Click the Online Databases link on the Library main page to access these resources.
Each item may be renewed two (2) times. We offer an auto-renewal service for any items that do not have requests or if your account has no fees of $5.00 or more. Materials may also be renewed by phone at 817.514.5864 during library hours or through your on-line library account.
Yes, residents of Watauga may request any title listed in the shared online catalog (Benbrook, Burleson, Decatur, Forest Hill, Haltom, Haslet, Keller, Richland Hills, Roanoke, Saginaw, and Watauga). Non-resident reciprocals are limited to Watauga Library materials only. Requests can also be placed by a staff member at the Checkout, Reference, or Youth desk. Patrons can place their own requests through our online catalog.
Yes, the Library has a self service kiosk or a library checkout staff will fax to any domestic fax numbers for patrons. The charge is $1.00 per page.
Watauga Public Library offers two types of preschool programming: Toddler Time for children ages 18 to 36 months and Story time for children ages 3 to 6. Both of these programs are regularly held on Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 10:00 am and 11:00 am respectively. Our goal is to provide children with an enjoyable library experience based upon books. We supplement our programs with stories, songs, finger plays, felt board displays and puppet shows.
Expanding the traditional role of children's services, a Family Place Library builds on the knowledge that good health, early learning, parental involvement, and supportive communities play a critical role in young children's growth and development.
Newspapers do not check out. We do check out most adult magazines and all children's and teen magazines (except the current issue) for three weeks. eMagazines are available via OverDrive and the Libby app.
Yes. We have books, CDs, DVDs, kits, and the on-line database Pronunciator. Our coverage extends to Spanish (both South American and Castilian), French, German and Italian. Additionally, we have resources to help Spanish-speaking youngsters learn English. Please call the Youth Desk 817-514-5866 with any questions.
The Brainfuse online service offers live tutoring, job coaching and an Adult Learning Center Monday-Sunday from 2:00 pm - 11:00 pm. The Library also has its own adult English as a Second Language tutoring program. Call 817-514-5865 for more information.
Yes, the Internet is available to the public with a Watauga or MetroShare (Benbrook, Burleson, Decatur, Forest Hill, Haltom City, Haslet, Keller, Richland Hills, Roanoke, and Saginaw) library card. A network printer is available at 15 cents per page for black/white copies or 35 cents per page for color copies. We also have a mobile print service by either downloading the free app EFI PrintMe Service, uploading your file to printme.com, or emailing your file as an attachment to email@example.com.
The Library offers a GED class during the school year, in association with the Fort Worth Independent School District. There are no GED classes in the summer. For information and to register, call 817-402-7555. GED instruction is also available online through the Learning Express Library database. A Watauga Public Library card is required to access this database. Please call 817.514.5865 to ask for the password to access Learning Express via the TexShare Databases.
Library ESL classes are provided by the Birdville Independent School District. Classes vary based on availability of teachers and space. Please call the school district at 817-547-5440 or visit the Reference Desk for more information. All classes are free.
Yes, we have Microsoft Office 365 (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Publisher). Public computers DO NOT save work. You may bring your own flash drive to save your documents, or you may purchase one at the library. A networked printer is available. Printouts are 15 cents per page for black/white or 35 cents per page for color.
We do not offer formal computer classes at this time, but you can always ask one of the librarians for one-on-one help.
Yes, if you have internet access at your home you may access the online catalog at https://catalog.wataugatx.org/ or from the library's main webpage.
You can search the catalog online from your home or call the Reference Desk at 817.514.5865 and the librarian will be happy to search for you. Hours are Mondays and Thursdays, 12:00 pm to 8:00 pm, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays, 10:00 am to 6:00 pm, Saturdays, 12:00 pm to 4:00 pm and Sundays closed.
We are not currently offering volunteer positions for adults at this time.
The Library may accept teens who need to work community service hours for a variety of reasons including honor society requirements. All volunteer opportunities are contingent upon staff schedules. Potential volunteers may be turned away if all volunteer positions are full. In most cases volunteers work one 2-hour shift per week. Please call 817.514.5866 for more information.
In addition to the popular Pronunciator online and ESL classes, the Library has Ingles sin Barreras and a number of books, compact discs and DVDs to help you learn English and prepare for citizenship. Ask at the Reference Desk, 817-514-5865 for more information about classes or resources.
Currently, all court dates are by appointment only. Please contact the court by the answer date on the front of your citation to find out how to schedule your initial appearance, or you can request a court date using our online request form: https://www.cowtx.org/FormCenter/Court-29/Court-Hearing-Request-Form-for-violation-174.
To request a driver safety course, you cannot have completed a driver safety course within the past 12 months or possess a Commercial Driver's License. You may make your request by mail or by personally appearing in the Court Office prior to your court date. If you wish to mail in your request, please call 817.514.5715 for specific mailing instructions.
If you are unable to pay the amount owed, without undue hardship to yourself or your dependent(s), you may request a hearing before the Judge to consider your ability to pay and discuss any
non-monetary compliance options available to you. Please contact the court for more information.
Some citations may be dismissed if taken care of by your original court date. Too see all eligible compliance dismissals, click here.If you received a citation for Failure to Maintain Financial Responsibility and you had insurance coverage on the date and time the citation was issued you may email your proof to the court. It is your responsibility to follow up with the court to make sure that the proof was received and that the court was able to verify your proof and failure to follow up may result in a warrant for your arrest.
If you believe you are not guilty or that your citation was given in error, you may contest your citation. You will need to request a court date either in person at the court window or by submitting the online court hearing request form.
You can submit your driver safety course completion certificate and driver's record to the court via fax, mail, email, or in person at the court window.
Hector F. Garcia Community Center membership fees:
Memberships are annual. (one full year from the date of enrollment.)
The hours of operation at the Recreation Center are:
7901 Indian Springs Rd. Watauga, Texas 76148
Trash that is placed at the curb for pick-up is considered abandoned property and therefore a reasonable expectation of privacy would not exist. However, entering or removing trash from a dumpster that is located on private property against a building, house or in an area marked with a “no trespassing” sign could result in a citation for trespassing. If any behaviors are a concern, a person may contact the police department at 817.514.5897.
It is unlawful for any person to ride any motor vehicle on any public sidewalk in the City of Watauga. See Code of Ordinances Section 40-3.
The City of Watauga does not have an ordinance nor is there a state law preventing the operation of an “electric bicycle” on a sidewalk. An electric bicycle is defined in Texas Transportation Code Sec. 541.201
An operator who stops or parks on a two-way roadway shall do so with the right-hand wheels of the vehicle parallel to and within 18 inches of the right-hand curb or edge of the roadway. See Texas Transportation Code Sec. 545.302.
Contact the Records Division of the Watauga Police Department at 817.514.5870, located at 7101 Whitley Rd., Watauga, Texas 76148 or the Texas Department of Transportation at the link below.
Individuals who wish to pursue a career as a Watauga Police Officer can visit the city website; review the requirements and register to be notified of our next entrance exam.
An operator may not stop, except momentarily to pick up or discharge a passenger, stand, or park an occupied or unoccupied vehicle: in front of a public or private driveway; within 15 feet of a fire hydrant; within 20 feet of a crosswalk at an intersection; within 30 feet on the approach to a flashing signal, stop sign, yield sign, or traffic-control signal located at the side of a roadway. See Texas Transportation Code Sec. 545.302.
Not necessarily, “Crosswalk” means: the portion of a roadway, including an intersection, designated as a pedestrian crossing by surface markings, including lines; or the portion of a roadway at an intersection that is within the connections of the lateral lines of the sidewalks on opposite sides of the highway measured from the curbs or, in the absence of curbs, from the edges of the traversable roadway. See Texas Transportation Code Sec. 541.302.
You must take all reasonable measures to have your vehicle towed off of the street and get it repaired. You may contact the Watauga Police Department to assist you if your vehicle is causing a hazard to other vehicle operators. Call 817.514.5897 for non-emergency or 911 if you need emergency assistance.
No. All parking must be on an approved parking surface. See Code of Ordinances Section 40-262.
Laws regarding concealed and open carry can be found the Texas Penal Code Sec. 46.02. Signs that meet the required language and size can be purchased on numerous retail websites. Texas Penal Code 30.06 and 30.07 provide detailed information pertaining to sign-age.
The City of Watauga has a noise ordinance found in Chapter 26 of the Code of Ordinances that prohibits noises considered unreasonable, loud or disturbing.
A fence permit is required if you are putting up a new fence, changing from one kind of fence to another (wood to chain link, etc.) or if you are changing the location of the fence.
A permit is required for a garage sale. A garage sale permit can be acquired at the Watauga Police Department. Permits should be purchased at least 12 hours in advance of the sale and cost $5.00.