City of Watauga - Newsletter
January
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Mayor's Message


The start of 2018 is here and with it comes many new and renewed opportunities we can all benefit from.  So far January is proving to be quite cold, so please make sure your fireplaces and heaters are well maintained.  

January also is the beginning of Election Season in the City of Watauga. This year we have Council Member Places 1, 2, 6 and 7 to fill during the General Election, and Council Members Places 3 and 4 (unexpired terms) to fill during the Special Election.  On January 5, the City Secretary will have available on-line the General Election Candidate Packet; and on February 9, the Special Election Candidate Packet will be available for those wishing to run in the May Elections.  If you choose to have a hard copy of the packets, please make sure you request it via the City Secretary's Office by calling 817.514.5825. 

On behalf of the City Council and City Staff, may this New Year be filled with much peace, joy and happiness and may we all continue to work together and make Watauga, "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 5, 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 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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January Events….

Show and Tell
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Wiz Art
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Medieval
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#ShopWatauga Thanks You!


For the second year in a row, the City of Watauga has implemented and promoted the “Shop Watauga” campaign during the holiday shopping period that unofficially begins on Black Thursday and continues through the holidays. Shopping locally in Watauga not only supports the businesses where you love to shop, but the sales tax collected also supports Watauga’s Crime Control & Prevention, the Park Development Corporation and the Street Maintenance fund. The city utilized social media by liking Watauga’s businesses Facebook posts and sharing their posts onto the city’s Facebook page in an effort to reach even more viewers. Thank you followers for following and liking our page. Also, banner signs and bench signs were placed in different areas of the city to remind our citizens and visitors as well to Shop Watauga and support our local businesses. Thank you Watauga! 

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McDonald's Celebrates 30 Years in Watauga


The City of Watauga was on hand December 12 at McDonald's, located at 7040 Denton Hwy, to celebrate their 30th Business Birthday. Owner Chalmer McWilliams, Manager Caesar Ortega and McDonald's staff received a congratulatory certificate and award from city staff for 30 years of business service in Watauga. We congratulate you and wish you many more years of success in Watauga.

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Watauga Rolls & Watauga Heights Center


The Watauga Heights Center is located at the intersection of Rufe Snow and Harrison Way. They are the most recent shopping center to participate with the Watauga Rolls program. They will be installing Watauga branded bicycle racks, so you will be able to ride your bicycles and park them while you enjoy some of your favorite restaurants! 

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CONSTRUCTION UPDATES


Bursey Road Phase II
Phase I of the Bursey Road Construction Project should be open to traffic from Grayson Way/Serene Court to the west at the end of day on Thursday, December 21, 2017. Phase II of Bursey Road from Serene Court to Rufe Snow Drive is closed and construction on the underground storm drainage has begun. The contractor, Cidrax, Texas LLC., provided a schedule showing the project to be completed in early April 2018. 

Whitley Road Phase I
The Whitley Road Phase I Construction Project from Starnes Road to just south of Oakhill Road is complete and was opened to traffic on December 15, 2017. The contractor shall be working on any future punch list items during the month of January. The City of Watauga and Tarrant County plan to re-stripe Whitley Road from Oakhill Drive to Hightower Drive later in 2018.

Rufe Snow Widening Project
The City of North Richland Hills and the 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. Our best professional opinion on the schedule for beginning Phase II is February 2018 provided the contractor strives to meet his obligations. 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. 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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Social Media

The City of Watauga has several social media feeds available for residents to follow at www.wataugatx.org

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