Dana Harper
Dana Harper

Congratulations to our very own 2017 Hometown Heroes – Watauga Honors Those Who Make a Difference in Our Community…….


The City of Watauga was lucky to nominate Dana Harper, Bernard Bowman, and Roma Bowman - all wonderful Hometown Heroes who work tirelessly on behalf of the citizens in Northeast Tarrant County and the City of Watauga. Here is more about them…

Dana Harper – City of Watauga

Dana Harper has a fierce passion for both adult education and literacy!
She is currently the facilitator for area GED classes that meet three times a week in the library during the school year.  She also worked to form a new partnership with Birdville ISD to supplement their on-going local volunteer program where now two BISD teachers currently teach an average of 43 students three times a week.

In addition to facilitating literacy classes at the library, Dana has presented at the Literacy Texas Conference in San Marcos, the Metroplex Literacy Conference in Dallas, and at the Tarrant Literacy Coalition in Fort Worth.  She wrote and administered multiple grants including the Texas Reads grant and she is currently the secretary and president-elect of the Sertoma Club of Watauga.

Above all, Dana sees her role in Watauga as one of service.  She finds special satisfaction in developing new library programs that are often unique to our area. 
Since Dana was hired in May 2013, library attendance numbers have tripled through her innovative programs and the City of Watauga thanks her for her time and talents!

"Sarge" Bowman
"Sarge" Bowman

Bernard & Roma Bowman - City of Watauga

Bernard “Sarge” Bowman and his lovely wife Roma Bowman are outstanding members of this community!  They have lived in the City of Watauga since 1960 and will celebrate their 59th wedding anniversary this May.

"Sarge" and Roma Bowman
"Sarge" and Roma Bowman

As pioneers of the City of Watauga, they have volunteered countless hours to serve on multiple boards, committees, and commissions. 

Bernard currently serves on the Civil Service Commission while Roma serves with the Watauga Parks Development Corporation and the Zoning Board of Adjustment. Sarge also served over 14 years as a volunteer firefighter in Watauga and is also a proud veteran. They have both been instrumental in the growth and development of Watauga and deserve to be recognized for their life long efforts in always striving to make Watauga a “Great Place to Live.”

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General Election – May 6, 2017

The City of Watauga is a Home Rule Municipality and operates under a Mayor-Council-Manager form of government. The Mayor and seven (7) Council Members are elected at-large. The City Secretary serves as the Election Officer for the City of Watauga. City elections are conducted yearly in accordance with the Texas Election Code.  This year a General Election will be held on Saturday, May 6, 2017 to  elect the position of Mayor, City Council Places 3, 4, and 5.   For more information, please contact Zolaina Parker, City Secretary at 817.514.5825 or by e-mail.

Early Voting

Registered City of Watauga citizens will be able to vote at all locations within Tarrant County only during Early Voting, which begins on Monday, April 24, 2017.  City Hall will be a polling location during Early Voting.

April 24-28

Monday-Friday
8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

April 29

Saturday
7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

April 30

Sunday
11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

May 1-2

Monday-Tuesday
7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Election Day Voting

On Election Day, registered City of Watauga citizens may ONLY vote at City Hall - 7105 Whitley Road.  The polls will open at 7:00 a.m., on Saturday, May 6, 2017, and will close promptly at 7:00 p.m.

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Texas Triple Threat

Triple Threat Texas and Cottage Theatre Acting Company perform at the Watauga Public Library on May 11, at 7:00 p.m.  

Triple Threat Texas and the Cottage Theatre Acting Company is an elite singing and acting troupe that will perform various songs, dances, and skits in a 30 minute program. These young people between the ages of 12-18 are from the Center for Home Education located in Watauga where their mission is to bring a little joy and happiness to the community through the arts.

Protect Yourself with Free Classes at the Library

The Watauga Public Library will help you get your budget in order and protect yourself online. On Monday, May 1st, join us for Basic Budgeting with accredited financial counselor Amy Tate-Almy. We will spend a fast-paced, fun hour looking at the key components of basic household budgeting including communication, tracking, spending percentage guidelines, and basic debt reduction. On Monday, May 15th, Basic Online Safety will give you helpful tips to protect you and your family online. This class will be presented by Adisa Kareem, a lawyer with a specialty in information technology. On Monday, May 22nd, a class on Cybersecurity Tips will show you how to protect yourself online at home, on your smart phone, and in the office. IT advisor Broderick Allen will teach this class. All classes will be from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Watauga Public Library.

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Watauga Fest is back May 18-21, 2017 with more entertainment than ever before! The City of Watauga provides one of the largest Spring Festivals in the Mid-Cities area at the beautiful Capp Smith Park. With Carnival Rides, Food Trucks, Vendors, Live Entertainment by LeFREAK, M80'S, POOLIVE CREW, BRAVE COMBO and more, your family is sure to have a great time.

Free Parking and Admission!  

Carnival Prices: $1/ticket *Each Ride requires 3 to 5 tickets. $25/all access wristband *Wristband is only good for 1 day.

Friday Live Entertainment
-PooLive Crew: @ 8:30 p.m.

Saturday Live Entertainment
-LeFreak: @ 8:30 p.m.
-M80's @ 6:00 p.m.
-Brave Combo @ 3:00 p.m.

For more information, visit the event's webpage, or call the Watauga Community Center at 817.514.5828.

Blue Print

May 26, 2017 @ 7:00 p.m. - Live Music featuring:  Bluprint

Spring Concerts at Capp Smith Park
6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.                                                                     .
5800 Block of Robin Dr. (Behind Harvest Church)
Bring the family for a fun night out to enjoy:

  • Bounce Houses

  • Food Trucks

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Yard of the Month Contest

Enter your yard or someone else’s yard in our YARD OF THE MONTH CONTEST. Help keep our city beautiful and identify those that work hard to help us keep our community attractive. The winner for the month will receive a sign to display in their yard. Judging is the done the last week of each month. The contest begins in April and runs through June. The winner will be announced the first week of each month and published on the City Website. We will also post each month’s winner on Facebook @Watauga Recreation Department. To make a nomination, please visit the Watauga Community Center to fill out a nomination form, or call 817.514.5828. Watauga Community Center 7901 Indian Springs Rd., Watauga, Texas 76148.

Watauga Animal Services

MEOWS & HOWLS Watauga Animal Services Center 5203 Watauga Rd (817)656-9614 Saturday, June 10, 2017 10a.m. – 12p.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

Fee Schedule Changes

City Council recently updated several fees within the City of Watauga Fee Schedule. Below are a few of the more popular types of uses where the fee has change. Alarm System (Residential) - $25.00 Alarm System (Commercial) - $50.00 Garage sales - $8.00 Home Child Care (New) - $75.00 Home Child Care (Renewal) - $50.00 Door to Door Solicitor - $100.00 Single Family Rental Inspection (Annual) - $100.00 Single Family Rental Penalty (Early Move In) - $100.00

For more information on the updated fees please see the Code of Ordinances or contact the City Secretary’s Office.

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What's Going on at Starnes and Whitley?

It is the Parkview Development currently underway at the southwest corner of Whitley Road and Starnes Road and next to Capp Smith Park. City Council approved this development October of 2015 and final platting was approved this past March. The development is for 55 new single-family detached homes 2,000 SF in size or larger. The mature trees, which were there, are being removed, but new trees and landscaping will be planted in accordance with City Ordinance. Whitley Road between Oak Hill Rd. and Starnes Rd. is planned to be expanded with work scheduled to begin this summer. At this time, the land is being prepared for the construction of those homes and no specific builder has been identified. If you have any further questions, please contact Jacquelyn Reyff, AICP, Director of Planning & Economic Development at 817.514-5818.

Defend Yourself Against West Nile Virus

Dusk/Dawn is times of day you should try to stay indoors. This is when infected mosquitos are most active. Dress in long sleeves and pants when you are outside.  For extra protection you may want to spray thin clothing with repellent.  Deet is an ingredient to look for in your insect repellent. .Follow label instructions and always wear repellent when outdoors.  Drain standing water in your yard and neighborhood-old tires, flowerpots, and clogged rain gutters. These are mosquito breeding sites.

Less than 1 percent of those bitten by infected mosquitos become severely ill.  If you have symptoms that include stiff neck, high fever, or severe headache, contact your health-care provider immediately.

Just a reminder that mosquito breeding season has arrived. City crews will be distributing mosquito dunks, in any areas that may be suitable for mosquito larva to hatch, throughout the summer.

New infrastructure Projects

Watauga City Council recently gave the green light to two new transportation improvement projects. Citizens should look for construction of the roadway enhancements to start this summer. The projects also include replacing old water lines and improving drainage along both roads. Whitley Road, Phase 1 City Council authorized engineering firm Burgess & Niple (B&N) to design roadway, water, and drainage improvements to a 1/5-mile section of Whitley Road from Oak Hill Road to Starnes Road.

Whitley Road will be widened to a two-lane concrete roadway with a dedicated two-way center left turn lane. The project is intended to improve safety by eliminating a narrow section of roadway. Bike lanes are being added to provide better access for cyclists. This project is funded by the Drainage Fund and the Water Fund. Construction is expected to start in early June.

Future improvements to Whitley will be coming shortly in two additional phases. Whitley Road, Phase 2 will be from Watauga Road to Chapman Road and Whitley Road, Phase 3 will be from Chapman Road to Hightower Drive. Bursey Road, Phase 2 Roadway, water and drainage improvements also are planned for a ½-mile section of Bursey Road from Willis Lane to Rufe Snow Drive. Burgess & Niple is designing the project that includes widening Bursey Road to a four-lane concrete road to increase capacity. This project is funded by the 2016 Bond. Construction should start in June.

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