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Mayor's Message


The last month of 2017 is finally here.  As we pause to reflect on the many blessings bestowed upon us this year we also think back to all the wonderful things we have accomplished.  As  a City we are continuing to move in a positive direction in every aspect of serving our Citizens.  The City Council and City Staff worked diligently throughout the year to ensure City business was conducted in the most efficient manner.

During the month of December several of our Departments are sponsoring toy drives to help those less fortunate.  City Hall has an "Adopt a Child" Christmas Tree in the Lobby.  The Police Department, Fire Department and Library are all respectively hosting toy drives.  The City's spirit is that of giving and this is truly exemplified through the efforts of our wonderful City Staff.   

Remember to join us at the Hometown  Christmas Event on Saturday, December 2, 2017 from 4:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.  There will be much fun and entertainment for the whole family!  

On behalf of the City Council and City Staff, I wish each and everyone a wonderful Holiday Season and a very Merry Christmas!  May the New Year bring everyone much love, joy and happiness, and may it bring continued success to the City of Watauga as we strive to continue making it, "A Great Place to Live".
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General & Special Elections - 2018


The May 2018 City Elections are right around the corner!  January 17, 2018 is the first day for Candidates to file an application for a place on the ballot.  The City Secretary's Office will have Candidate Packets available online by January 8, 2018.  Paper Candidate Packets will be available on January 10, 2018  ONLY by request.  Requests for Candidate Packets can be made by contacting the City Secretary's Office via email at cso@cowtx.org or via phone at 817-514-5825.


General Election Candidate Places:     Special Election Candidate Places:


- Council Member - Place 1                                - Council Member - Place 3 
- Council Member - Place 2                                - Council Member - Place 4 

- Council Member - Place 6
- Council Member - Place 7

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City of Watauga Administrative Offices will be CLOSED on Friday, December 22, 2017 and Monday, December 25, 2017 in observance of the Christmas Holiday

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City of Watauga Administrative Offices will be CLOSED on  Friday, December 29, 2017 and Monday, January 1, 2018 in observance of the New Year Holiday

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December Events….

Hometown Christmas
Letter from Santa
bad art
Nutcracker
Breakfast with Santa
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Watauga 101 - Citizens Academy

Are you interested in learning more about your city and local government? Then consider signing up to be a part of the Watauga 101-Citizens’ Academy Class of 2018! The enrollment period will begin on October 1, 2017 and will close on December 15, 2017. The Academy is free of charge and open to citizens and business owners in Watauga. The class is limited to 20 participants. The first session is scheduled to begin on January 25, 2018 and an application MUST be filled out in order to enroll in the Academy. For more information on how to apply, please visit the City Secretary’s Webpage or contact the City Secretary’s Office at 817.514.5825.

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Shop Watauga!


New Businesses


Quick Food Mart
900 Denton Hwy
Suite 100

Triple Motion Dance
5928 Hightower Drive
Shop Watauga
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2017 Planning Excellence Award - Second Year in a Row


The Texas Chapter of the American Planning Association has announced that the City of Watauga has received the Planning Excellence Award in recognition for its planning efforts in the community. The goals of this program include increasing community awareness of the importance of planning, recognizing the efforts of appointed officials and professional staff, and enhancing economic development and community image. The adoption of One Watauga- One Vision as the future comprehensive plan and progress in major updates to code standards and guidelines were key elements in this achievement. In addition, Planning & Zoning Commissioners and professional staff exceeded the evaluation criteria for standards of professional qualifications and training. The American Planning Association is a nonprofit public interest and research organization representing over 40,000 practicing planners, officials, and citizens involved with urban and rural planning issues. The Mission of the Texas Chapter of the American Planning Association is to advocate the profession of planning, providing expertise and processes that empower citizens to be engaged in the development and sustainability of Great Communities in Texas. For further information please contact the Planning & Development Department at (817) 514-5838.

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Hottest Residential Housing Market


Realtor.com for two years in a row has named Watauga as the country's hottest zip code for homes. Their rankings are based on how long it takes properties to sell in each zip code (an indication of supply) and how frequently homes are viewed on realtor.com (an indication of demand). Additionally, the city has a young population, a strong economy, and schools that have been rated among the best in the state. Thereby living up to it's motto, "A Great Place to Live". 

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Inoperative Motor Vehicles


The storage of abandoned, wrecked, dismantled or inoperative vehicles, or parts, can create conditions likely to reduce the value of real property in our city. It can create fire hazards, harbor-age for rodents and insects and is a nuisance to public peace, health, safety and general welfare. 

What is an Inoperative Motor Vehicle?

As defined in Sec. 26-264 of the Watauga Code of Ordinances. Inoperative vehicle - means any vehicle that is self-propelled and defined as follows: (1) Does not have lawfully attached to it: a. An unexpired license plate; b. A valid motor vehicle inspection certificate, unless said motor vehicle is exempted from vehicle inspection pursuant to V.T.C.A., Transportation Code § 548.052; (2) Is wrecked, dismantled or partially dismantled, or discarded; (3) Is inoperable and has remained inoperable for more than 72 consecutive hours, if the vehicle is on public property; or 30 consecutive days, if the vehicle is on private property. Where can I store my inoperative motor vehicle? Inoperative motor vehicles shall be stored inside an enclosed structure like your garage or screened from public view by appropriate means. Please help keep Watauga looking the best it can be. 

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Construction Updates


Whitley Road Phase I - The City of Watauga is widening Whitley Road from Starnes Road to just south of Oakhill Road. The existing street shall be reconstructed with concrete pavement, storm water, water, and sidewalk improvements. The construction of the project began in late June and is scheduled to be done in mid-December 2018 more than a month ahead of schedule. Just to the west of the Whitley Road construction is the new Parkview Subdivision for fifty-five new homes which is still under construction. Home construction should start by the end of 2017. If you have any questions or concerns about the construction project, please contact the Watauga Public Works Department at (817) 514-5753. 
 
Bursey Road Phase II - The City of Watauga is widening Bursey Road from Willis Lane to Rufe Snow Drive. The existing street shall be reconstructed with concrete pavement, storm water, water, and sidewalk improvements. The construction of the project began in late July and is scheduled to be done in March 2018. The construction of the project is to be done in two (2) phases with Phase I being the west side from Grayson Way to Willis Lane and Phase II being the east side from Grayson Way to Rufe Snow Road. During the construction of Phase II, there shall be access to the Serene Court off Bursey Road. The contractor, Cidrax Texas LLC., provided an updated construction schedule showing that Phase I should be complete by mid-December. Therefore, expect Phase II, to begin in late December. Phase II is scheduled to be complete in February 2018 pending weather delays. If you have any questions or concerns about the construction project, Please contact the Watauga Public Works Department at (817) 514-5753.


Rufe Snow Drive -  The City of North Richland Hills and Texas Department of Transportation (TXDOT)widening project of Rufe Snow Drive from just south of Ridgetop Road to Watauga Road is nearing the end of Phase I construction and will soon start Phase II of the project which is the west side (southbound driving lanes). Continuous dual northbound and southbound driving lanes are to be open during construction other than minor single lane closures as necessary. According to the most recent schedule provided by Kodiak Construction the Phase II portion should begin in January 2018 and complete at the end of May 2018. The Contractor shall provide driveway entry signs along Rufe Snow Drive notifying motorist of business entry points where construction barricading blocks normal visibility of drive approaches. Additional temporary advertising signs may be granted to a business by the Building Official when construction reduces access or visibility of the business. The time allowed for the display of a temporary sign shall be extended to the duration of the limited or reduced access or visibility. Such signs shall 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 please contact the NRH Engineering Staff at (817) 427-6400 or the Watauga Public Works Department at (817) 514-5753.

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