Monday, November 30, 2020

City Facilities Closed Through April 30

The City of Southlake continues to operate under a Level Two emergency activation in reaction to the spread of the COVID-19 virus. This activation means that the City’s Executive Leadership Team and selected support staff are actively managing the situation on a daily basis to ensure the protection of the public’s health and safety while also endeavoring to continue to provide essential services, supported by useful relevant information about the evolving circumstances.

Texas Governor Greg Abbott issued an executive order on Tuesday, March 31, requiring Texans to limit certain interactions and activities except for essential activities and services through April 30. The order also requires schools to remain closed until May 4. The City of Southlake will adhere to the Governor’s order by continuing facility closures and cancelling planned events through April 30.

City Offices Closed to the Public

City offices and facilities remain closed to the public. City staff is working with vendors and customers using online tools such as phone meetings and conference calls, online payment options, and other online services. First responders are using protective gear as prescribed in emergency medical calls and during police interactions that require physical contact. Customer and business trash and recycling collection are running regular schedules; however, bulk and brush collections are suspended temporarily. If you need assistance with City services, please call us at 817-748-8400.

Election Postponed

Municipal elections have been postponed. THERE WILL BE NO EARLY VOTING IN APRIL. The annual Candidate’s Forum is cancelled. Elections will be held November 3, 2020, unless Governor Abbott authorizes municipalities to hold them earlier.

Closures and Cancellations through April 30:

· City offices closed to the public (essential personnel only)

· Southlake Public Library closed

· Champions Club closed (fees waived for duration of closure)

· Legends Hall at The Marq closed (call 817-748-8900 to discuss specific event details)

· Senior Activity Center closed

· City Park amenities closed (restrooms, drinking fountains)

· City Park Playgrounds closed

· City Park batting cages, in-line hockey court closed

· City tennis/pickle ball courts closed

· Athletic fields and courts closed for team or group play

· All City of Southlake classes and programs, as well as presentations are cancelled

· All Bob Jones Nature Center classes, camps and programs cancelled

· Southlake DPS public education classes cancelled

· Crud Cruiser event cancelled

· All Volunteer Southlake assignments, Appreciation Luncheon, Award Reception

· Teen Court Volunteer Appreciation event cancelled

Council, Board, and Commission Meeting Information

· April 7 City Council meeting cancelled

· April 9 Planning & Zoning Commission meeting cancelled

· April 16 Zoning Board of Adjustment meeting cancelled

· April 21 City Council meeting is NOT cancelled, but may be a virtual meeting

· April 23 Planning & Zoning Commission meeting is NOT cancelled, but may be virtual

· April 30 Zoning Board of Adjustment meeting is NOT cancelled, but may be virtual

· All other board and committee meetings cancelled through April 30.

 

Instructions for participating in public virtual meetings will be published on City social media channels prior to meetings and will also be available on www.cityofsouthlake.com/AgendaCenter.

To help you stay informed, the City regularly updates www.ProtectSouthlake.com for easy, quick access to the City information you need. If you have COVID-19 questions, please call the Tarrant County Coronavirus Hotline at 817-248-6299.

Inclement Weather Update: Full List of City Closures

Exactly two months after a winter storm caused problems in DFW, Mother Nature has struck again. The morning storm brought freezing temperatures and left both snow and ice on the roads—causing a slow commute.

Southlake Public Works crews have been monitoring conditions throughout the day. As of 3 p.m. today, crews have put out more than 50 tons of sand on Southlake’s streets in an effort to increase traction and melt ice. Crews will continue to monitor road conditions throughout the evening and tomorrow and respond as needed.

Southlake Police Department has been busy as well. Officers have responded to more than 60 minor accidents so far today. Drivers are asked to remain cautious on roads especially on overpasses, bridges, roundabouts, and when turning.

With the exception of the Planning & Zoning Commission meeting to be held as scheduled—with work session starting at 5:30 p.m., all other activities have been canceled.

Here is a complete list of City cancellations and closures for 2/6:

  • Bob Jones Nature Center: closed
  • Southlake Public Library: closing today at 5 p.m.
  • Southlake Tennis Center: closed
  • Southlake Senior Center: closed
  • All Parks & Recreation programs are cancelled
  • Tax Aide Services will end at 5 p.m.
  • Fire Department CERT class is cancelled

Due to temperatures in the upper teens and lower 20s the rest of today, tonight, and tomorrow the snow and ice is expected to remain on roads until late morning or early afternoon. Drivers should use caution and watch for ice patches tomorrow morning on bridges, overpasses and on neighborhood streets.

The City of Southlake will continue to monitor conditions throughout the tonight and tomorrow. For the latest updates on inclement weather, visit www.CityofSouthlake.com and www.MySouthlakeNews.com, as well as our Facebook and Twitter pages.

For more information on how to be prepared in winter weather, please visit the City’s Office of Emergency Management webpage.