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MAYOR’S MESSAGE

WATAUGA’S RESIDENTIAL REVITALIZATION EFFORTS


The City of Watauga began its residential revitalization efforts in 2014 with the goal of helping struggling Watauga residents perform important property maintenance.  Many families with health issues or fixed incomes have no choice, but to skip necessary home repairs just to make ends meet.  About 75% of the City’s property tax base is residential, so it is important to keep our homes properly maintained in our effort to keep Watauga sustainable.    
 
The Watauga Improving Neighborhoods (W.I.N.) Program in partnership with the 6 Stones Organization, World Changers Organization, Tarrant County HOME program and other volunteer organizations has revitalized 70 Watauga homes since the program’s inception.   
 
City staff and the Watauga Improving Neighborhoods (W.I.N) Committee are important contributors to the program’s success.  W.I.N. Committee members are a group of volunteers that meet on an as needed basis.  Responsibilities include reviewing program applications, visiting homes and assessing needed repairs and providing recommendation on approval or denial of projects. 
 
The City’s residential revitalization partners are also key elements of the program.
 
World Changers is a nationwide organization through Lifeway Church that coordinates volunteers to help local communities revitalize residential areas.
 
6Stones is a local organization that coordinates volunteers to help local communities revitalize residential areas.  6Stones’ Community Powered Revitalization (CPR) program is a joint effort between 6Stones, cities such as the City of Watauga, various businesses, nonprofit organizations and churches to help struggling homeowners make necessary home repairs.
 
The Tarrant County HOME program offers housing repair for Tarrant County residents living outside the boundaries of the Cities of Fort Worth, Arlington and Grand Prairie.
The Program is designed to assist residents who are 80% below the Area Median Income limit with repairs to their home such as roof, foundation, plumbing, electrical and weatherization repairs.
 
“These programs assist home owners with property maintenance that otherwise would not be affordable.  The volunteer component is essential, so if you would like to help, please give us a call,” says City Manager Greg Vick.
 
The City has made it a goal to fund these programs for the last 3 years and hopes to continue to do so. 
 
For more information, please contact Stephanie Flores, Senior Code Compliance Officer at 817.514.5842.  

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May 6, 2017 General Election Results!

The May 6, 2017 General Election Results were canvassed during a Special Meeting on Monday, May 15, 2017. 

The newly re-elected officials who will serve a two (2) year term are:
               Mayor                    Hector F. Garcia
               Council Member    Lee Griffin, Place 3
               Council Member    James Wright, Place 4
               Council Member    Melva Clark, Place 5
 
CONGRATULATIONS TO THE RE-ELECTED COUNCIL MEMBERS!

Interested in attending City of Watauga Public Meetings? 
     

The City has various public meetings scheduled throughout the year and welcomes the public to attend.  Meetings can pertain to a specific board, committee, commission, corporation, or can be about general topics such as upcoming projects or events.  In compliance with the Texas Open Meetings Act the City Secretary must post all meetings seventy-two (72) hours in advance of the date the meeting is scheduled.  For the convenience of all citizens, businesses and visitors, all meeting and backup documentation is available on the city website.  If a meeting is canceled for any reason, the website calendar will indicate the meeting has been canceled.  We encourage everyone to check the calendar for meeting dates, times, locations and cancellations and hope you can make some time to come and visit us!

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Citizens Academy

Watauga 101-Citizens’ Academy Class of 2017 were presented with graduation certificates on Monday, May 15, 2017.  Fifteen citizens participated in the nine (9) week Academy which began on February 9, 2017.  Participants met on Thursday evenings to learn, discuss, and inform themselves on all aspects of the City.  Elected Officials, City Management and Department Directors hosted Sessions which were pertinent to their specific areas of responsibility.  The City of Watauga is proud to have established the Academy and looks forward to host the Class of 2018! For information on future classes, please like and follow the City of Watauga Facebook Page or visit the City Secretary’s Office web page.

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SEWER VOLUME RATE TO CHANGE

The City purchases wastewater treatment services directly from the City of Fort Worth. Each year, the City of Fort Worth reviews their rate structure and makes necessary adjustments that are passed on to their customer cities. Due to these rising wholesale costs each year, it is necessary to pass through these costs to our customers in the form of a volume rate adjustment. The wastewater volume rate adjustment for the 2015-2016 fiscal year will be an increase of $0.20 per 100 cubic feet, beginning on the July 1, 2017 billing statement. As an example, a customer with 802 cubic feet of water usage would see a monthly increase $1.60 on their water bill.  

For more information visit the Water Utility Billing section of our web site.

Summer Reading Club

Save Money! The Library Will Show You How!

The Watauga Public Library will help you save money in a variety of ways this June! All programs are free and run from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

On Monday, June 5, learn how to sell your home at a Home Seller’s Workshop presented by loan officer Flora Biscotto and realtor Neomir Gamboa. Learn all the steps it takes to sell your home from an experienced realtor and loan officer.

On Monday, June 12, join us for Saving Money on College from certified financial planner Hector Hinojosa. Hector will lead parents and potential students in a workshop to help you get the best deal for your education. Tuition rates are rising every semester. Come and get the tools to reduce your costs.

On Monday, June 19, join insurance agent Deborah Keller as she takes you through all the details of insurance coverage in the twenty-first century. During Insurance 101 you will learn about homeowner, auto, and life insurance in the welcoming environment of the library.

Library Newsletter

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Senior Center

Watauga Senior Active Adult Center Grand Opening

You are cordially invited to the Grand Opening of Watauga's Senior Active Adult Center on Tuesday, June 27 at 6:00 p.m.

7901 Indian Springs Rd. Watauga, TX 76148

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Summer Track Club

We are still taking registrations for our Youth, Summer Track Club! Registration can be done in person, at the Watauga Community Center, or on-line.

$90 Registration Fee - Ages 6 to 18

Practices will be held at Trinity Springs Middle School in Keller on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. 

Track

If the Trinity Springs Middle School's track is not available, practices will be held at Timberview Middle School.

Track Meets will be held on Saturdays.

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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.

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

Small Business Week

Watauga Celebrates 3rd Annual Small Business Week

The City of Watauga held its 3rd Annual Small Business Week Luncheon at the Community Center on May 3. Small businesses in Watauga were invited to lunch and to hear speakers from the Small Business Development Center, US Small Business Administration, Tarrant County College, Texas Workforce Commission, Texas Veterans Commission and SCORE. These agencies offer many resources for small businesses that want to grow and be successful. Thank you to all of our participating businesses and our speakers for your valuable time spent with us this week. For more information, you can contact the office of the City of Watauga Planning & Economic Development at 817.514.5813.

New Businesses
Clear the Shelter

MEOWS & HOWLS Watauga Animal Services Center 5203 Watauga Rd 817.656.9614

Saturday, June 10, 2017 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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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 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.

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New infrastructure Projects - Council Approves Whitley Road Phase I for Construction

Watauga City Council on May 15 approved Whitley Road Phase I from Starnes Road to Oakhill Road for construction.  Contracts will be submitted, reviewed, and ultimately signed by the Mayor later in May.  We anticipate construction to start sometime from early June to mid-July depending on the contractor’s schedule.  The project is bid with one hundred and sixty calendar days for construction.

This section of Whitley Road will be completely removed and replaced with a forty-one foot wide concrete street section including underground storm drainage, water main replacements, and sidewalks. 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.

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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.

Tarrant County

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Temporary Signs

Did you know that temporary signs of any sort are not allowed to be placed in the right of way? This includes advertisements for lost animals, garage sales, rental properties, etc. per Section 111-86 of the City Code. This means advertisements cannot be placed on utility poles, utility boxes, or staked in the ground next to the street. In addition, vehicles may not be parked in the street with signs in them. Home businesses are not allowed to have signs in the front yard advertising the business. Real estate signs also have conditions. When in doubt contact the Code Compliance Department with your question. Code is here to help. When found in violation, the signs are removed and discarded, and citations may be issued.

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