Tuesday, October 20, 2020

City of Southlake and Carroll ISD Strong Partnership

City Council approved an Interlocal Agreement with the Carroll Independent School District (CISD) for the utilization of a fiber optic network at the April 16 City Council meeting.

The ten-year agreement is for the shared usage of the existing CISD fiber infrastructure. The network runs underground from DPS North to The Marq Southlake. It is designed to provide high-performance data, networking and telecommunications for long distances, and supports everyday technology like Cable TV, telephone systems and the internet.

This partnership not only allows the City and Carroll ISD to support the community, it also increases redundancy across the City, while decreasing the cost for the taxpayer by sharing what is already in place.

The cost associated with the connection will come out of the FY 2019 Community Enhancement Development Corporation (CEDC) Operating Budget where the City will assist with 50% of the maintenance cost.

The City has a long history of working with Carroll ISD, programs like Southlake Kids Interested In Leadership (SKIL), the School Resource Officer (SRO) Program and MySouthlakeNews.com, to name a few, are partnerships  that the City and Carroll ISD  have joined forces to accomplish the commitment to excellence by  building a sustainable safe community for residents and visitors.

“The City of Southlake and CISD have sustained a valuable partnership throughout history because it allows both parties to work together and provide the best results for our residents and the community,” stated Chief Financial Officer Sharon Jackson.

GRACE Celebrates Volunteers at Annual Appreciation Luncheon

GRACE_BlueOn Wednesday, April 30, 2014, GRACE, a community partner of the City of Southlake held its Annual Appreciation Lunch.

The Hilton DFW Lakes Ballroom was filled with excitement as GRACE volunteers gathered for a luncheon in appreciation of their hard work and dedication during 2013. However, no amount of cake, verbal thanks, or awards can ever fully express the gratitude that GRACE has for each of its volunteers.

In 2013, 1,849 volunteers lent helping hands to the various GRACE sites. Whether it was sorting items at Donation Station, assisting clinical staff at the Community Clinic, or helping out with admin work at GRACE Main, GRACE could not have helped as many people as it did last year without them. Volunteers at GRACE serve in all capacities­ – from the members of the Board of Directors taking on GRACE’s most critical challenges to corporate groups completing building projects from the GRACE Project Wish List. At every site, volunteers are integral to the day-to-day operations of GRACE.

A total of 49,962.32 hours were worked by the GRACE volunteer base in 2013. To put that number in perspective, that’s 1,957 days; 278 weeks; the equivalent of just over five years!

The 2013-2014 Outstanding Volunteers are as follows:

Volunteer of the Year, Sharon Cherry

Volunteer of the Year, Sharon Cherry

Volunteer of the Year: Sharon Cherry

Outstanding Food Pantry Volunteer: Cathy Jackson

Outstanding Community Gardens Volunteer: Caryn Hutchinson, Becca Clarke, & Alison Shumaker

Outstanding Clothing Room Volunteer: Andrea Longo De Moraes

Outstanding Emergency Assistance Volunteer: Idell Bowker

Outstanding Donation Station Volunteer: Ann Lee

Outstanding Compass Center Volunteer: Chasen Watson

Outstanding GRACEful Buys Volunteer: Kim Le

Outstanding Style & GRACE Volunteer: Becky Fisher

Outstanding Community Clinic Volunteer: Eduardo Herrera

Outstanding Community Clinic Medical Provider: Dr. Robert Wai

Outstanding Friends & Family Volunteer: Cindy Wheeler

Outstanding Board Member Volunteer: Lynn Niewald

Outstanding Transitional Housing Volunteer: Tracy Crump

Outstanding Development Volunteer: Laura Grosskopf

Outstanding Special Events Volunteers: Mike & Sherri Mills

Outstanding Youth Volunteer: Abby Tisdale

Outstanding Seasonal Programs Volunteer: Ed Folliard

Outstanding Volunteer Group: ARI

Congratulations to all of the award recipients!

For more information, contact Jaqueline Hester at 817.305.4652 or email jhester@GRACEGrapevine.org.