This episode takes place at Southlake’s Amy’s Wish with Wings. Doreen Burton, Deputy Mayor Pro Tem Kathy Talley, and Mayor McCaskill join us to discuss this organization's heartwarming story.

Doreen Burton is the founder of both Ride with Pride and Amy’s Wish with Wings.

The non-profit organization Amy's Wish with Wings serves children with special needs by providing equine-assisted therapies.

The organization's name comes from Amy, who started riding horses as a child at Ride with Pride. After falling ill, Amy wished to ride on her own again. Soon, she was able to ride independently, which is where “Wings” in the name came from.

The City of Southlake is thankful for all that Doreen Burton and Amy’s Wish with Wings does for families and the community.

Due to the City’s dedication to expanding our tree footprint for the enjoyment of Southlake citizens and for the enrichment of the environment, Southlake has been recertified as a Tree City USA Community for the 27th year in a row.

From lush parks to acres of open space, Southlake's landscape is the result of strategic planning that prioritizes the availability of trees.

To achieve Tree City USA status, a community must adhere to four core standards of sound urban forestry management. Southlake has demonstrated its dedication to these principles by:

  • Maintaining a tree board or department
  • Establishing a community tree ordinance to provide regulations for the proper care, maintenance, and preservation of trees within the city limits
  • Investing in urban forestry by allocating a minimum of $2 per capita towards urban forestry initiatives
  • Celebrating Arbor Day with a City Council Proclamation

Southlake's continued recognition as a Tree City USA community reflects an unwavering dedication to environmental sustainability and the preservation of our natural resources. Through collaborative efforts between local government, residents, and community organizations, Southlake is poised to uphold its green legacy for generations to come.

To learn more about Tree City USA, please visit the Arbor Day Foundation’s Website.

Need Mother’s Day plans? Why not embark on a whimsical journey to the Marq in Southlake for an enchanting performance from the APEX Arts League and the Avant Chamber Ballet! On May 12th at 2:00 p.m., step into a magical outdoor setting at the Aria Amphitheater, where the stage will be set for an unforgettable experience beneath the open sky. With excerpts from Swan Lake, it will be a breathtaking display of artistry and classical ballet.  

There will be plenty of room to spread out, so make sure you bring your chairs or blankets for this one-hour spectacle! 

Please note that in the event of bad weather, the performance will be moved indoors.  

Find more information at ApexArtsLeague.com

Although the old signs are still technically functional, their fading color raises big alarms for this team whose main priority is Southlake safety. With the fading signs officially retired, the division has enhanced the safety experience for every driver and pedestrian that will interact with the crosswalk moving forward.

Trent Agan and Jase Arellano prepare for their sign replacement project

Every day can look different for this team, but it all revolves around three words: Preventative, Proactive, Protection.

This boots-on-the-ground group of professionals is tasked with the responsibility of establishing and maintaining traffic measures throughout the city, from ensuring traffic signals are functioning properly to replacing old signs like they do now.

“If we didn't do this work, there would be no structure in how people interact with our infrastructure," Trent Agan, Crew Leader said. "That could create dangerous situations, immense congestion, and the inability for our emergency services to get where they need to go."

If you think about infrastructure as a computer, the Traffic Division is the antivirus that establishes ways to prevent damage when utilizing the roadways. Thankfully, Southlake invests in highly qualified individuals to manage this aspect of road safety.

“Our job demands a deep understanding of traffic control systems, extensive technical skills, and the ability to adapt to various challenges on the job,” Eli Martin Del Campo, Traffic Management Technician said. “There is significant expertise and dedication required for each of our tasks because it involves extremely important work. Our citizens and emergency services rely on traffic lights and road signs every time they hit the road.”

Men in yellow vests working on the streets

The team works to replace the old sign

Part of this expertise is evident in the City’s extensive preventative maintenance program designed by Crew Leader Trent Agan that surpasses what’s required by State standards and sets the Southlake team apart from similar cities. Within the program, the team services our city’s 36 school zone flashers, 22 crosswalk flashers, 13 battery backup units, and 7 traffic signals every single week to ensure they are working properly.

That means any time you stop at a City-owned red light or slow in a school zone, someone from the Traffic Division team has personally checked the bulbs and wiring to ensure you are safe on the roads.

Jase Arellano poses with the newly replaced crosswalk sign

“Everything we do impacts the flow of traffic, so it’s crucial that we do it right," Jase Arellano, Traffic Management Technician, explained. "Every sign, crosswalk, and traffic signal in the city undergoes research and maintenance to ensure maximum efficiency."

The impact of this work is noticeable everywhere in the city, subtly affecting your daily commute each time you apply the brakes or enjoy a string of green lights. These little details that contribute to massive overall safety are thanks to the behind-the-scenes work of the Traffic Division.

“We’re committed to enhancing the overall quality of life for residents by creating safer roads and shorter commutes whenever possible,” Miguel Palos, Traffic Supervisor said. “Our team is passionate about ensuring the safety and efficiency of our city's transportation system.”

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