Mayor’s Message:

The month of July means it’s the middle of summer, one of the hottest months of the year.  Our children are out of school, we must remind them to stay hydrated and guide them to make smart decisions.  The City of Watauga Police Department will be redirecting resources to and around our city parks in an effort to provide a safer and more enjoyable experience.  For more information visit our website.

Looking back, citizens of Watauga voted to reauthorize the ¼ cent sales tax for Maintenance and Repair of Streets for the coming years. The Public Works Department will be working to utilize these funds.  This summer Bernadine Drive from Chapman Road to Hightower Drive and Summit Ridge Drive from Chapman Road to the north will be repaved including curb and sidewalk repairs. The residents on Bernadine Drive completed a petition to remove the speed humps as part of the repaving process. We look forward to these paving improvements and hope everyone benefits from the end result. To date, a total of 18 streets have been completely overlaid with asphalt since the inception of the ¼ cent sales tax.  The tax has improved traffic safety, road surface smoothness (which avoids vehicle damage), the aesthetics of the neighborhood and improved property values for homes and businesses.  Also, construction of the Senior Citizens Center has been started and should be completed by December or January.

Public hearings finish out the summer in preparation for the budget being placed on the agenda.  This process allows for citizen participation in this important project which helps make Watauga A Great Place to Live.

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Stay Informed

City Newsletter to go Digital


During the March 2016 City Council Meeting, Council voted to transition the City Newsletter from paper to digital. This decision was based on several factors including timeliness, costs and value. Beginning with the August 2016 Newsletter, City staff will be implementing an electronic only method for the delivery of the newsletter. This method will replace the paper newsletter currently delivered as part of your water bill.  You can sign up to receive the electronic version of the newsletter now.  All you need to do is log into the “Stay Informed” section of our site and subscribe to the City Newsletter. The newsletters will then be delivered to you via email on a regular basis.   The City is confident that this new delivery method will provide added value to residents who subscribe.  Please visit the City website and sign up now to stay informed about City events, projects, street maintenance and more!

Road Work

Rufe Snow Drive Street Widening Project - Construction Begins

Beginning May 20, 2016, the City of North Richland Hills started the Rufe Snow Drive Widening Project, starting at Watauga Road and progressing north towards Ridgetop Drive. The project has a schedule of 426 working days. The project includes widening the existing 5-lane section to a 7-lane section, similar to the portion of Rufe Snow south of Watauga Road. The three signalized intersections (Watauga, Chapman, Hightower) will also be reconstructed with new signal equipment, and dedicated turn lanes where warranted. Sidewalks will be provided along both sides of the new roadway. While this project will greatly improve congestion in this heavily traveled corridor, the construction phase will be challenging at times for adjacent property and business owners. NRH and Watauga staff will be working closely with the contractor to expedite the process and preserve as much mobility as possible during the work. The City will provide Driveway entry signs along Rufe Snow Drive notifying motorist of business entry points where construction barricading blocks normal visibility of drive approaches. These signs will be part of the construction barricade placement. Additional temporary signs may be granted to a business by the Building Official when construction initiated by a governmental entity limits or reduces the access or visibility of the business for more than 60 days. The time allowed for the display of a temporary or portable sign may be extended to the full duration of the limited or reduced access or visibility. Such signs will be exempt from a permit fee. To request a temporary sign, contact the Watauga Public Works Department at 817.514.5839. If you have any questions or concerns about the construction project, please call the NRH Engineering Staff at 817.427.6400 or the Watauga Public Works Department at 817.514.5839.

Empty the Shelter Day

3rd ANNUAL EMPTY THE SHELTER


Empty the Shelter Day is an effort to find homes for hundreds of pets across the DFW Metroplex. An unprecedented number of cities and animal shelters; both municipal and non-profit, throughout North Texas join forces to offer free adoptions on this one very special day. 

Saturday, July 16, 2016  at 10 a.m.– 5 p.m.
Watauga Animal Services - 5203 Watauga Rd., Watauga, TX.

The Shelter will be full of wonderful pets, all in need of a loving home.

ALL adoptions will be **FREE** and include pet sterilization, vaccinations, deworming and micro-chipping.

For more information, please call 817.656.9614

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MEOWS & HOWLS


Watauga Animal Services Center
5203 Watauga Rd 817.656.9614
Saturday, July 9, 2016, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
 
Texas Coalition for Animal Protection (TCAP) will be joining us
 to provide low cost vaccinations and other various pet services.
Cash or Charge ONLY
 
TCAP Services:
Rabies Vaccination                $5.00
Flea and Tick Prevention     $10.00
Heartworm Prevention        $20.00-30.00
Other Various Vaccines $10.00
 
Watauga Animal Shelter Services:
Micro-chipping $15.00
City Registration $5.00

AARP Smart Driver Course


Wednesday, July 13, 2016 
12:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. 
Watauga Senior Adult Center   
7857 Indian Springs Rd. 

$15.00 AARP Members
$20.00 Non Members

 
(Must Bring AARP Membership Card to receive discount).
Drivers 18 and up can attend this program. 

One Day 4 hour Class 

To receive a discount on your insurance,
contact your Agent to see if you qualify.
Call 817.514.5892 to RSVP.

water report

The City of Watauga annual water quality report is available on our website. The annual water quality report is a summary of the quality of water the City of Watauga provides to customers.  The analysis was made by using data from the most recent required testing from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

We hope this information helps you become more knowledgeable about what’s in your drinking water.  If you would prefer that a paper copy be sent to you, please call the Public Works Department at 817.514.5843.   Copies are also available  at our Utility Customer Service location,  Library, Community Center and City Hall. 

Employees

The Watauga Water and Sewer Department is made up of 12 employees. The Water and Sewer Department is committed to providing its citizens the best drinking water possible, by repairing main breaks and leaks, bacteriological sampling, along with staying up to date with current State and Federal laws and regulations. As professional service providers, the Water and Sewer Department will comprehensively plan, develop, maintain and operate the City’s water and sewer systems in a customer service oriented, financially sound, and efficient manner.

2016 Summer Youth Basketball


Welcome back to another season with the City of Watauga Parks and Community Services Dept. We are looking forward to seeing you back this summer.

Divisions:  10u, 12u, 14u

Cost:  $75.00  per player   $425.00   per team

Location:  Watauga Community Center
                   7901 Indian Springs Rd
                   Watauga, TX 76148 

Games:  Saturdays beginning August 13 

Cost includes 5 weeks of games with playoffs and practices as well as a jersey.  We are always looking for volunteer youth Coaches.  If any parents would like to coach, please email.   

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Story Time

July 5 & 6                Trucks, Trains, & Cranes
July 12                    No Story time
July 13                    Big Vehicle Day 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
July 19 & 20           Cool Cats
July 26 & 27           Snazzy Snakes
 

Summer Reading Club 2016, “On Your Mark, Get Set … READ!” You still have time to register and participate in the Summer Reading Club. The Summer Reading Club is free and open to all children, 2 to 12 years of age. You don’t want to miss any of the weekly programs and events. The SRC is co-sponsored by the Texas State Library and Archives Commission. A brochure with all the exciting activities planned for the summer will be available in the Library and online.  The last day to turn in reading logs for prizes is Saturday, July 16 at 4 p.m.

Terrific Tuesdays


Tuesday, July 5, 3 p.m., Brett Roberts, Magician
Tuesday, July 12, 3 p.m., Mondo Drummers
 
Wonderful Wednesdays
Wednesday, July 6, 3 p.m., Let the Games Begin! Games & Prizes! Come dressed as your favorite athlete!
Wednesday, July 13, 10 a.m.-12 p.m., Big Vehicle Day!
If you are into Fire Trucks, Ambulances, Police Cars, Police Motorcycles, Tow Trucks, School Buses, Big Trucks, Motor Homes, …. You will not want to miss this program.
 
Craft Thursday
Thursday, July 7, 3 p.m., Go Team Sport Magnet
Thursday, July 14, 3 p.m., Go, Go, Construction Truck Collage
 
Friday Camps, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
You must be registered in the Summer Reading and then register at the Youth Desk to attend Friday Camps.  Space is limited.
Friday, July 1, Art Camp with Mr. Novy
Friday, July 8, Perler Bead Fun
Friday, July 15, Grace of Dance, Ms. Brown
 
Star Wars, Saturday, July 9, 12:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.  Games, Crafts, Prizes!  Character Appearances!   Photo Ops!!

Come dressed as your favorite Star Wars Characters!  Please bring non-perishable items for a food drive.

Dallas Puppet Theatre, Friday Mornings, 10 a.m.

 As we celebrate the end of summer vacation, join us at the Library for some amazing puppet shows presented by the Dallas Puppet Theatre.  The Dallas Puppet Theater offers so much more than entertainment, they provide an unforgettable experience for the whole family!
July 22—Christmas in July
July 29—String Variety
August 5—Cinderella
August 12—Riverboat Rambling
 

School


Birdville ISD will register all eligible Pre-K students on August 2, 3 and 4 at the W.G. Thomas Coliseum located at 6108 Broadway   Avenue in Haltom City from 8 a.m. – 11 a.m. & 4 p.m. – 6  p.m.  Please check our website for complete details regarding eligibility and required documents needed to register your child.  The specific date a child may register is determined by your home campus.

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NORTHEAST TARRANT’S ANNUAL FAMILY 4TH


Come celebrate our country’s most patriotic holiday on Monday, July 4th, at the annual Northeast Tarrant Family 4th Celebration and Fireworks Show. 
 
This year’s celebration will feature a free concert (8-9pm) with contemporary country music sensation Derek Anthony.  Food, Fun and Entertainment for the whole family will start at 5pm near Old Birdville Stadium with kid’s activities, a salute to veterans, stage performances of local talent and plenty of food and drink.  Later in the evening, enjoy the best area fireworks show with plenty of dazzling and stunning pyrotechnics starting at approximately 9:30pm! 
 
Fireworks can be viewed from the parking lots of the Wiley G. Thomas Coliseum, 6108 Broadway Avenue in Haltom City, and The Hills Shopping Center, 6351 Boulevard 26 in North Richland Hills. (Both are located south of Loop 820 near the intersection of Boulevard 26 and Broadway Avenue.). 
Parking will be available on a first come first served basis, so plan to come early.  Vehicles will not be allowed to park along the street.
 
Feel free to bring chairs, blankets, and games for the family to play while waiting for the fireworks.  However, no outdoor cooking or grilling devices and no alcohol or personal fireworks will be permitted.  In the event of inclement weather, all festivities and the fireworks show will be rescheduled to Tuesday, July 5th
 
This free patriotic event is made possible thanks to the support of The Cities of Haltom City, North Richland Hills, Richland Hills, and Watauga as well as the event title sponsors: Five Star Ford and North Hills Hospital.
 
For more information and updates on the schedule of events for Family 4th, please visit the NorthEast Tarrant website and click on Community Events or join the Chamber Family 4th Facebook Event Page.
  

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