Monday, May 29, 2023

City Council Appoints Carillon Parc Public Spaces Steering Committee members and Board and Commission Members at the October 4 City Council Meeting

City Council recently finalized the names of the community members who will serve on the Carillon Parc Public Spaces Steering Committee and the Alliance for Community Engagement (ACE) Committee at the October 4, 2022, City Council meeting.

The Southlake City Council created the Carillon Parc Public Spaces Steering Committee to provide an efficient process for Council to obtain feedback from Boards and Commissions and community members regarding the public spaces in the Carillon Parc development. The Steering Committee will advise Council and boards on project funding and financial plans, conceptual plans, and other matters as requested by Council. Public spaces at Carillon Parc may include the Library, a space for performing arts, a public park, and public art.

The committee is comprised of Council Members, Board and Commission members, and Southlake residents.

Appointees include:

Carillon Parc Steering Committee

Martin Schelling, Community Enhancement Development Corporation

William Doby, Library Board

Magdalena Battles, Parks & Recreation Board

Austin Reynolds, Planning & Zoning Commission

Tamara McMillan, Southlake Arts Council

Amy Torres-Lepp, Southlake Parks Development Corporation

Frances Bankester, Community Member

Amber Butcher, Community Member

Kathryn Del Calvo, Community Member

Samad Rizvi, Community Member

Helen Wong, Community Member

The Alliance for Community Engagement (ACE) Committee is a newly created alliance that will foster communication and engagement between the City of Southlake and the community. The committee will bring awareness of events and programs, address communication barriers, support neighborhood engagement, and more.

Members are as follows:

Alliance for Community Engagement (ACE)

Danny Batsalkin, Place 1

Scott Cox, Place 2

Mark Flores, Place 3

Tracy Harrow, Place 4

Muhammad Igbal, Place 5

Kristine Kemp, Chair, Place 6

Mike Kaucher, Place 7

Renee Thomas, Vice Chair, Place 8

Douglas Lies, Place 9

Deann Swinton, Place 10

Elisa O’ Callaghan, Place 11

Sanjay Veerabathina, Place 12

Please visit the City’s website for more information about our boards and commissions.

Call for Volunteers – Be a Part of Southlake’s Boards and Commissions 2022

Do you want to be part of the City of Southlake’s team? The City Council is seeking residents who want to be engaged in their community and help support the City Council in their mission.

On October 4, 2022, the Mayor and City Council will make appointments to the Community Enhancement and Development Corporation, Crime Control and Prevention District, Library Board, Metroport Teen Court, Senior Advisory Commission, Southlake Arts Council and the newly created Alliance for Community Engagement.

The Alliance for Community Engagement will foster meaningful communication and engagement between the community and the City of Southlake. This newly created alliance will recommend improvements and enhancements for how the City:

  • Promotes public awareness of events and programs
  • Promotes opportunities for the community to get involved
  • Addresses communication barriers
  • Meets communication needs of specific populations
  • Seeks public input on key issues
  • Uses task forces and other ad hoc citizen groups to assist with decision-making
  • Supports neighborhood engagement, community events, and community spirit
  • Uses innovative engagement methods that are cost-effective and fiscally sustainable
  • Builds community motivation to engage on issues, trends, and best practices.

Citizens interested in helping their local government in the areas of community engagement and outreach, community enhancement and development, crime control and prevention, library planning and programming, advancing the Teen Court Program,  issues and programs for Southlake’s senior citizen population, and those interested in all matters related to public art are encouraged to complete an application for a board or commission. Applications may be obtained from the City’s website.

Each appointment is for a one-year or two-year term, unless appointed to fulfill an existing vacancy for an unexpired term. It takes a team to run a City, and City Council wants you to be a part of their team. If you have the desire and the commitment to devote to our community, please complete an application and email it to or fax it to the City Secretary’s Office at (817) 748-8270.

You can also mail or hand-deliver your application to the City Secretary’s Office, 1400 Main Street, Suite 270, Southlake, Texas 76092. Applications must be received no later than September 9, 2022, at 5:00 p.m.