MAYOR’S MESSAGE


The primary responsibility of the Finance Department is to administer accountability to Watauga citizens. The Department’s leadership has been fantastic in that the Director and Assistant Director are both certified by the Government Finance Officers Association and their employees are well trained. The Department consists of the Finance and Accounting Division, Municipal Court Division, Marshall’s Office and the Utility Billing Division. Each area has its own list of responsibilities.

Finance and Accounting is responsible for financial reporting, payables and receivables processing, payroll, fixed assets and general ledger.  It also oversees the City’s Annual Budget and is responsible for ensuring the City is in compliance with all accounting standards. 

Municipal Court serves as the judicial arm of the City and is an unbiased entity for the adjudication of cases filed. The Watauga Municipal Court serves all citizens in a courteous, efficient and professional manner and is dedicated to the principals of fair and impartial justice administered with respect and equality. The recently created Marshall’s Office consists of the Marshall and Deputy Marshall and is responsible for executing the orders and mandates of the Court with dignity and respect.

The Utility Billing Division provides customers with the best service possible for prompt administration of their utility accounts to include establishing new accounts, meter reading, customer inquiries, billing and meter box maintenance and installations. The City is currently replacing aging meters throughout the City.

The department has been awarded a Certificate of Achievement from the Government Finance Officers Association for the City’s Comprehensive Annual Financial Report for the past 31 years and has received the Budget Award for the past 27 years. The professionalism this department has shown and achieved is another reason why Watauga is “A Great Place to Live”.

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City of Watauga Offices will be closed in observance of

Veteran’s Day, Friday, Nov. 11 and Thanksgiving Holiday, Thursday-Friday, Nov. 24-25


See Water Utility Billing Reminder for Holiday Trash Schedule

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Celebrate Municipal Courts Week!

November 7-11, 2016


Join municipal courts, city councils, and communities throughout Texas in showing appreciation for the dedicated municipal judges, court clerks, court administrators, prosecutors, bailiffs, and warrant officers who comprise the Texas municipal courts.  Municipal Courts Week is a great time to not only recognize how much municipal courts do, but to share with the public the important role that local courts and their personnel play in the criminal justice system and the larger community. 

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Water Utility Billing Reminder


HOLIDAY TRASH SCHEDULE AND CHRISTMAS TREE PICK-UP
With the holiday’s fast approaching, the trash & Christmas Trees removal schedule is as follows:

Thanksgiving Day no pick up     
Thursday’s pick-up will move to Friday
Friday’s pick up will move to Saturday

Christmas Day – no change’s - Christmas is on a Sunday this year

Christmas Trees Removal – Tree’s only!
Pick-up will be on the first (1st) two Monday’s in January, provided, that such trees are placed within five (5) feet of the curb and 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.

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Get rid of your Household Hazardous Waste


What is the Environmental Collection Center?

  • A drive-through, drop-off site for environmentally-safe and easy disposal of household hazardous waste.
Why use the ECC?
  • Dumping hazardous household chemical waste into storm drains is illegal.  Since storm water enters streams, rivers, and lakes without any treatment, this may result in water pollution.  This waste should not be disposed of in your home trash/recycling.  

WHAT’S ACCEPTED?

  • Batteries
  • Light Bulbs
  • Cooking Oil
  • Old Medicine
  • Automotive Fluids
  • Cleaners & Chemicals
  • Paint & Painting Supplies
  • Lawn/garden/pool Chemicals
WHAT’S NOT ACCEPTED?
  • Asbestos/PCBs/radioactive items
  • Ammunition & Explosives
  • Appliances & Electronics
  • Bulk trash & yard waste
  • Butane/propane tanks
  • Building materials
  • Medical Waste
  • Used Tires

City of Watauga residents must present a voucher to drop off items at ECC.  Residents can call the City Secretary’s Office at 817.514.5812 for voucher information and/or come by City Hall, 7105 Whitley Road to receive your voucher.  If you call ahead with your name and address, we will be more than happy to have your voucher prepared in advance of your arrival at City Hall.  A driver’s license with proof of address must be presented to collect the voucher.

The Environmental Collection Center is located at 6400 Bridge Street, Fort Worth, TX east of Fort Worth off I-30.  Hours of operation are Thursday & Friday 11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.; Saturday 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

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MEOWS & HOWLS


Watauga Animal Services Center
5203 Watauga Rd      
817.656.9614

Saturday, November 12, 2016        
10:00 a.m. – 12:00 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
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First-Time Homebuyer Workshop 


Watauga Public Library
Join loan officer Flora Biscotto as she leads you through all the intricacies of purchasing your first home. Her presentation will be held at the Watauga Public Library on Monday, November 7th from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Learn about the benefits of home ownership, preparing for your loan application, and home financing options for new buyers. You will also learn how to choose a loan that's right for you. A question-and-answer session will follow the presentation. Don't miss this opportunity to get all your questions answered.

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Veterans Breakfast & Celebration Ceremony 


Watauga Community Center
Please join the City of Watauga in celebrating and commending our past and present armed forces.

Saturday, November 5, 2016 - The free Breakfast will be held at the Watauga Community Center at 8:30 a.m. to book your free reservation, please call the Watauga Community Center at 817.514.5828.

The Celebration Ceremony will be held at Capp Smith Park Veteran's Memorial beginning promptly at 10:30 a.m. 

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Christmas Tree

Upcoming Holiday Events – December 2016


Thursday, December 1, 6:00 p.m.  

Capp Smith Park, 5800 Robin Dr.
  
Singing, Entertainment, Hot Chocolate and a special visit from Santa!

Breakfast with Santa
Saturday, December 10, 9:00 a.m.   

Watauga Community Center, 7901 Indian Springs Rd.

Breakfast, Crafts and a visit from Santa. Register at the Watauga Community Center beginning November 7 - December 9. Space is limited.

$7/Child, $3/Adult


Letters from Santa

Your Favorite person can receive a personalized letter from Santa. Information Sheets can be picked up at the Community Center, Library and City Hall.  Complete all applicable information and return to the Watauga Community Center before Monday, December 12, 5:00 p.m.

$2/letter

Light Watauga Contest

Judging will take place on Tuesday, December 13

Nominate your favorite residential outdoor Christmas light display! You can make a nomination by calling the Watauga Community Center at 817.514.5828, or filling out a nomination form which can be found at City Hall, the Watauga Library or the Community Center. Please return forms to the Community Center.

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Planning

The holiday season is almost upon us and we wanted to request that when you shop, shop Watauga first!


For a list of our many fabulous businesses visit our website at www.wataugatx.org.

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Traffic Signal Upgrade


The traffic signal at Watauga Rd. and Maurie Dr. has been upgraded with new video detection equipment, making traffic flow more efficient for school and rush hour traffic. The work was done through mutual aid between the City of North Richland Hills and Watauga traffic signal divisions led by Doug Dunn and Ty Cobb. Traffic control was handled by Watauga's street department for a safe installation. Mutual aid between surrounding cities promotes working together as a community, provides training opportunities and saves money.

City of Watauga Projects Update

Watauga Senior Center: Construction is underway. At present we have completed the piers and are in the process of preparing the grade beams for the foundation. Underground utilities are in works as well. (More information to come)
 
Wastewater Improvements (South): New sanitary sewer lines are being installed throughout the south-side of town along with some drainage and water utilities within the Watauga Heights subdivision. Utility work along Pine Street and Watauga Road from Denton Highway to Johnnie Street should be nearing completion by the end of December and will include sidewalk on the north side of Watauga Road. (More information to come)


Rufe Snow Drive (NRH Project): Water main installation from Watauga Road to Chapman Road is complete and awaiting testing. Working on water main north of Chapman Road (east side). Storm Drain line installation is ongoing north of Watauga Road (east side). Subgrade and pavement work on the northern lanes is still 4-6 weeks out. (More information to come)

 

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