Saturday, September 25, 2021

May Recognized as Building Safety Month

At the May 1, 2018, City Council meeting, Mayor Hill and the City Council recognized May as Building Safety Month. Members of the Planning and Development Services Department were present to receive the proclamation.

Through our continuing efforts to address the critical issues of safety, energy efficiency, water conservation, and resilience in the built environment that affect our citizens, both in everyday life and in times of natural disaster, give us confidence that our structures are safe and sound; and,

Whereas, building safety and fire prevention officials are at work year-round to guide the safe construction of buildings. The dedicated members of the International Code Council, including building safety and fire prevention officials, architects, engineers, and others in the construction industry, develop and enforce codes to safeguard Americans in the buildings where we live, work, play and learn; and,

Whereas, the International Codes, the most widely adopted building safety, energy and fire prevention codes in the nation, are used by most U.S. cities, counties and states; these modern building codes also include safeguards to protect the public from natural disasters such as hurricanes, snowstorms, tornadoes, wildland fires, floods and earthquakes; and,

Whereas, Building Safety Month is sponsored by the International Code Council, to remind the public about the critical role of our communities’ largely unknown guardians of public safety––our local code officials––who assure us of safe, efficient and livable buildings; now,

Therefore, I, Mayor Laura Hill, on behalf of the City Council, do hereby proclaim the month of May 2018, as Building Safety Month.

A Special Thank You to Our Volunteers

What better way to celebrate National Volunteer Week than by recognizing the City of Southlake’s world class volunteers?

At the April 17 City Council meeting, Volunteer Southlake presented service awards to over 30 volunteers in recognition of their service to the City.

The Junior and Adult Service Medals are awarded to the volunteer in their age group who served the most hours during the last 12 months. Emma Blight was the recipient of the 2018 Junior Service medal. Emma served 178 hours, giving her time to Camp Mania, the Senior Activity Center, and Teen Court. She also assisted city staff at the Stars and Stripes 4th of July holiday celebration and the Sweetheart Dance.

The Adult Service award was presented to Marie Doran. Marie also received this award in 2017. Marie is a valued volunteer at the Senior Activity Center where she volunteered 525 hours last year. You can find Marie working in the center’s library, giving tours to visitors and new members, teaching members to knit and greeting visitors at the front desk.

Volunteer Southlake also presented Milestone Service awards to volunteers who reach lifetime service milestones. This year, seven volunteers were recognized for their dedication to the City. Marie Doran, Karen Mertz, Reza Saffarian, Jim Shirey and Ken Stewart were presented with 1,000 hours milestone awards and Leroy McCall and Ken Stone received 1,500 hours milestone awards.

Finally, 38 volunteers received a bronze, silver or gold Presidential Service Award. The Presidential Service Award is presented to volunteers who have achieved a required number of service hours in a 12 month period.

In just this past Volunteer Fiscal Year, 1,542 people volunteered with the City. All of these volunteers contributed a total of 27,819 volunteer service hours. “At the City of Southlake, we are very grateful to have so many wonderful volunteers that help us in different departments, with community events and on numerous boards and commissions”, states Director of Human Resources Stacey Black, “Their total service hours is equivalent to almost 14 full-time employees and has a value of nearly $700,000.”

With a presentation of the service awards wrapping up the Volunteer Fiscal Year, we would like to thank our volunteers for their time and service to the City of Southlake. We at the City of Southlake owe much of our success to each one of them!

Want to volunteer with the City? Find out how by visiting the Volunteer Southlake page or contact Volunteer Coordinator, Lindy Calzada at (817) 748-8035 or volunteer@ci.southlake.tx.us.

 

Child Abuse Prevention Month Proclamation

At the April 3, 2018 City Council Meeting, Mayor Laura Hill and the City Council presented the Child Abuse Prevention Month Proclamation, recognizing April as Child Abuse Prevention Month in Southlake.

Every child deserves a nurturing family and safe environment to grow into a healthy, productive member of the community; and,

Whereas, child abuse is one of our nation’s most serious public health problems and threatens the safety of our community; and,

Whereas, 5,630 cases of child abuse and neglect were confirmed in Tarrant County in 2017; and,

Whereas, Alliance For Children provided child-focused services to 2,310 children in 2017; and,

Whereas, Alliance For Children provided prevention education to over 50,000 adults and children in Tarrant County in 2017; and,

Whereas, effective child abuse prevention, investigation and treatment programs succeed because of partnerships among public and private agencies, schools, religious organizations, medical services, and the business community; and,

Whereas, everyone should become more aware of child abuse prevention and consider helping caregivers raise their children in a safe, nurturing environment; now,

Therefore, I, Mayor Laura Hill, on behalf of the City Council, do hereby proclaim the month of April 2018, as Child Abuse Prevention Month in the city of Southlake, Texas, and urge all citizens to work together to help reduce child abuse and neglect significantly in the years to come.

January Southlake Business Spotlight: PathLynks, LLC

PathLynks, LLC is the featured business for January’s Southlake Business Spotlight.

PathLynks, LLC offers consulting services for marketing, job fairs, corporate events and projects. Read more about them and watch their presentation from the previous City Council meeting at the Southlake Business Spotlight blog.

Southlake Business Spotlight, formally known as the Local Business Report (LBR), provides local businesses with the opportunity to showcase their business at City Council meetings and talk about what makes their business unique and a great addition to the community. If you are interested in featuring your business, please contact Daniel Cortez in the Office of Economic Development at (817) 748-8039.

Southlake City Council to Consider Short Term Rentals Ordinance

At their January 16, 2018 meeting City Council will consider approving an ordinance, on first reading, to prohibit the operation of Short-Term Rentals (STRs) within Southlake. The City Council meeting will begin at 5:30 PM in Southlake Town Hall.

At a work session held on November 7, 2017, City Council instructed staff to prepare an ordinance for consideration to prohibit the operation of Short-Term Rental Properties in the City.

If City Council takes action on the proposed ordinance on January 16, there will be a second reading and public hearing currently scheduled for the February 6, 2018 meeting.

If you have any questions about the upcoming City Council meeting, please contact the Planning and Development Services department at (817) 748-8621. You can also visit the Short Term Rental webpage.

August Local Business Report: Peace, Love and Little Donuts

Peace, Love & Little Donuts is business featured for the August Local Business Report.

The Local Business Report was presented at the Southlake City Council Meeting. If you are interested in featuring your business, please contact the Southlake Department of Economic Development at 817-748-8039.

Click here to watch the video and learn more about Peace, Love and Little Donuts. For more information, visit their website or call (817) 329-3082.

Local Business Report: Steel City Pops

Steel City Pops was featured at the Tuesday, May 2, 2017 City Council Meeting.

The Local Business Report was presented at the Southlake City Council Meeting. If you are interested in featuring your business, please contact the Southlake Department of Economic Development at 817-748-8039.

Click here to watch the video and learn more about Steel City Pops. For more information, visit their website or call (817) 631-7339.

May is Motorcycle Safety and Awareness Month

At the Tuesday, May 2 City Council meeting, the City Council recognized May as Motorcycle Safety and Awareness Month.

Today’s society is finding more citizens involved in motorcycling on the roads of our country; and,

Whereas, motorcyclists are roughly unprotected and therefore more prone to injury or death in a crash than other vehicle drivers; and,

Whereas, campaigns have helped inform riders and motorists alike on motorcycle safety issues to reduce motorcycle related risks, injuries, and, most of all, fatalities, through a comprehensive approach to motorcycle safety; and,

Whereas, it is the responsibility of all who put themselves behind the wheel, to become aware of motorcyclists, regarding them with the same respect as any other vehicle traveling the highways of this country; and it is the responsibility of riders and motorists alike to obey all traffic laws and safety rules; and,

Whereas, we are urging all citizens of our community to become aware of the inherent danger involved in operating a motorcycle, and for riders and motorists alike to give each other the mutual respect they deserve; now,

Therefore, I, Mayor Laura Hill, on behalf of the City Council, do hereby proclaim the month of May 2017, as Motorcycle Safety and Awareness Month

Child Abuse Prevention Month Proclamation

At the Tuesday, April 18 City Council Meeting, Mayor Laura Hill presented the Child Abuse Prevention Month Proclamation to Alliance for Children.

Every child deserves a nurturing family and safe environment to grow into a healthy, productive member of the community; and,

Whereas, child abuse is one of our nation’s most serious public health problems and threatens the safety of our community; and,

Whereas, 5,162 cases of child abuse and neglect were confirmed in Tarrant County in 2016; and,

Whereas, Alliance For Children provided child-focused services to 2,088 children in 2016, which includes 363 in the Northeast community; and,

Whereas, Alliance For Children provided prevention education to over 50,000 adults and children in Tarrant County in 2016; and,

Whereas, effective child abuse prevention, investigation and treatment programs succeed because of partnerships among public and private agencies, schools, religious organizations, medical services, and the business community; and,

Whereas, everyone should become more aware of child abuse prevention and consider helping caregivers raise their children in a safe, nurturing environment; now,

Therefore, I, Mayor Laura Hill, on behalf of the City Council, do hereby proclaim the month of April 2017, as  Child Abuse Prevention Month in the city of Southlake, Texas, and urge all citizens to work together to help reduce child abuse and neglect significantly in the years to come.