Saturday, September 25, 2021

City Council Approves City Budget for FY 2022

During the meeting September 21, the Southlake City Council approved the budget for FY 2022. The new budget year starts October 1, 2021. 

The proposed operating budget totals $104.6 million and includes a 1.5 cent tax rate decrease, reducing the total rate to $0.390. The tax rate reduction means a revenue reduction to the City of $1.23 million. 

Southlake’s 20% homestead exemption continues for FY 2022, the highest amount allowed by law. The 20% homestead exemption means homeowners of an average-valued home in Southlake will receive the equivalent of an approximate eight-cent tax rate reduction. 

The City Council has worked strategically for meaningful tax relief for homeowners, managed with the consideration that as Southlake continues to grow, and infrastructure will need to be created and maintained. View a timeline of tax relief initiatives. 

The City’s budget funds everyday services such as fire response, police protection, drinking water, wastewater and streets to go from place to place. But the budget also goes beyond basic services to support the quality of life for those who live, work and play in Southlake such as beautiful parks and open spaces, recreation opportunities and programs for everyone. 

The City of Southlake strategically plans each year with a balanced budget, directing resources to areas essential to the community’s wellbeing. We know these services and activities are important because our citizens tell us what matters to them through the biennial Citizen Satisfaction Survey, customer feedback and discussions with staff and elected leaders. 

Learn more about the FY 2022 budget at www.CityofSouthlake.com/FY2022. Learn more about our budgeting process at www.CityofSouthlake.com/AllAboutTheBudget 

Expected Winter Weather Could Impact City Services

Due to the anticipated inclement weather this weekend and next week, the City Council meeting scheduled for Tuesday, February 16 will be held virtually. Other board and commissions’ meetings may be held virtually. Keep an eye on our Virtual Meetings webpage for the latest information. 

Any further changes and closures due to weather will be announced through MySouthlakeNews.com and our social media pages. 

Winter weather could impact City services. We will provide updates through social media regarding changes. 

Residents are encouraged to utilize the City’s e-services.  

Building Inspections 

The City’s Building Inspection Division will not be scheduling or conducting any on-site inspections on Monday, February 15. Virtual inspections for water heater replacement and HVAC will still be available. The department will be continuously monitoring weather conditions to determine when on-site building inspections can resume. For updates on building inspection statuses, please visit the Building Inspections webpage or Customer Self-Service webpage. For questions, please call 817-748-8236 or 817-748-8237. 

Road Maintenance 

In the event of snow accumulation, the City will work to clear main thoroughfares for public safety. Construction projects will be affected by weather due to precipitation and temperature. 

Please check road conditions through local media outlets or through Texas Department of Transportation Drive Texas websitebefore you drive and remember drive safely on roads with snow or potential ice. 

Trash and Recycling 

Republic Services has informed the City of Southlake that potential inclement weather could affect trash and recycling collection. We will communicate any updates we receive from Republic on changes to the schedule through social media and MySouthlakeNews.com. 

Infrastructure 

To protect your home, please use the following recommendations: 

  1. Place a hose bib cover on all outdoor faucets. If you do not have hose bib covers, a hand towel from the bathroom and duct tape will be a great substitute.
  2. Let a sink or tworunvery slow. A drip on the cold side works well, especially on the north side of your home. Water is cheaper than a broken pipe!  
  3. Leave cabinets under bathroom sinks open to let some warm air circulate.
  4. Please turn off thoseyard sprinkler systemsfor everyone’s safety! 
  5. To report any sprinkler systems running during freezing weather, call Southlake Water Utilities24 hourline at 817-748-8082 to report! 
  6. Bring your pets inside!
  7. Check your fire protection systems to verify pipes are insulated and the heaters are plugged in and working properly.
  8. Verify swimming pool pumps are winterized or running.

Winter Weather Preparedness 

To stay updated on weather alerts, please make sure you are signed up for Alert Southlake. If you’re already signed up, please verify your Alert Southlake contact information. 

As you prepare for anticipated weather events, please remember to prepare your home and vehicle, as well as potential power outages. Make sure to have water and warm clothing or blankets with you if you leave your home. 

Use the infographic below for guidance. 

Items to Have in Preparation for Winter Weather

It is important for all of us to stay safe during potential winter weather. Please be safe and stay up to date on weather conditions. Stay safe Southlake! 

December 1 Council Meeting to be Held at The Marq

In an effort to accommodate space for social distancing, the December 1 Council Meeting will be held at the ballroom at The Marq Legends Hall at 5:30 p.m. 

The Marq is located at 285 Shady Oaks Drive. 

The meeting will also be streamed live through the Video On Demand service on the City’s website, however, due to the new location, the meeting will not be streamed on the City’s cable channel. 

A recorded version of the meeting will be available on through the City’s Video On Demand service in approximately 48 hours after the meeting ends. 

The City Council meeting agenda will be posted and available to view on the City’s website next week. View Council meeting agendas.  

Council Approves Owner Plans to Fix Park Village Fountain

The Southlake City Council approved a zoning change and site plan for the Park Village development during the November 17 Council meeting. Plans include modifications to the fountain area, landscaping and hardscaping, as well as project milestones. 

The fountain on the property located at Southlake Boulevard and Carroll Avenue is inoperable and the property owner is seeking to correct the issues to create a community atmosphere. 

In the plans submitted by Dunaway Associates, the large fountain would be reduced and an activity lawn, public art, landscaping and a shade structure would be added. The City will have access to the property to install and maintain any public art installed. 

Construction is expected to begin in January 2021 and be completed by June 2021, weather permitting. 

For more details about the project, watch the discussion during the October 20 City Council Meeting and the November 17 City Council meeting. 

Talley, Williamson to Take Oath of Office at November 17 Council Meeting

Councilmember-elects Kathy Talley and Randy Williamson are scheduled to take the oath of office as City of Southlake councilmembers during the November 17 City Council meeting at 5:30 p.m. 

Can’t make it to the meeting? You can watch the Council meeting live or on-demand through our video service. 

Kathy Talley

 

Talley will serve as the councilmember for Place 1. She has lived in Southlake for 24 years and has been an active part of philanthropy and volunteer organizations. Her volunteer service includes Art in the Square, Southlake Women’s Club, National Charity League, Carroll Education Foundation and Metroport Meals on Wheels. She previously worked in education. 

 

 

 

 

Randy Williamson

 

Williamson will serve as the councilmember for Place 6 and has lived in Southlake since 2005. He previously served on the Southlake City Council from 2013-2019 and served as mayor pro tem for four years. During his time on Council, he served on the Southlake Parks Development Corporation, Tax Increment Reinvestment Zone Board of Directors and the SH 114 Corridor Committee. 

 

 

 

Outgoing City Councilmembers Dr. Shahid Shafi and Chris Archer will also be recognized for their service to the Southlake community. Shafi reached his term limit and Archer did not seek re-election. 

 

Shafi was elected as the Place 1 councilmember in 2014. During his time on the Council, he served on the Metroport Teen Court Committee, Tax Increment Reinvestment Zone Committee and the Southlake Parks Development Corporation. He has been a Southlake resident since 2004. 

 

 

 

 

Chris Archer

 

Archer was elected as the Place 6 councilmember in 2017 and previously served on the Bob Jones Center Board. He is also active with the Southlake Chamber of Commerce, Carroll ISD Board of Trustees and the Carroll Education Foundation. He has lived in Southlake since 1998. 

 

 

 

 

City to Hold In-Person Meetings

After more than a month of virtual meetings, the City of Southlake will hold two in-person meetings the week of May 18.

The first will be the City Council meeting on May 19 beginning at 5:30 p.m. The second will be the Sign Board meeting on May 21 with the work session at 6:00 p.m. and regular meeting at 6:30 p.m. The Planning and Zoning Commission meeting has been canceled.

The meetings will be held in the Council Chamber, which is now updated to accommodate social distancing guidelines. Attendees are asked to help support the City’s safety efforts.

To see the meeting agenda, please visit the City’s Agenda and Minutes page. They will publish to the City’s website after 5:00 p.m. on Friday, May 15.

May 5 City Council Session to be Held Virtually

In accordance with Texas Governor Greg Abbott’s action that allows telephonic or videoconference meetings of governmental bodies that are accessible to the public and reduce in-person interaction and encourage social distancing, the Southlake City Council is holding its May 5 session virtually. 

 

Meeting Agenda 

To review the meeting agenda, please visit: https://www.cityofsouthlake.com/AgendaCenter. 

 

Watch the Meeting 

To simply watch the meeting, visit: https://www.cityofsouthlake.com/VODScroll down and select the “Live” tab. Once the meeting has concluded, it will post to the City’s on-demand video player (at the same link as above) no later than the morning of Monday, May 11. 

 

Meeting Participation 

For those who want to participate during the meeting, you are required to register with the City at this link: https://bit.ly/May5CityCouncilstarting 90 minutes (4:00 p.m.) before the 5:30 p.m. start time. Participation instructions will be sent to the email provided. Please note that at the time of the registration, participants will be held in a queue until the meeting starts. Please also allow for possible delay in the video at your location if internet connection speeds are slow. 

 The COVID-19 (Coronavirus) situation is frequently changing. The City of Southlake is committed to working with our residents and businesses as this unprecedented situation unfolds. For the latest City news and information, visit: www.ProtectSouthlake.com, Mayor Laura Hill’s Facebook page and the City’s Facebook pages. 

City Council to Hold April 21 Session Virtually

In accordance with Texas Governor Greg Abbott’s action that allows telephonic or video conference meetings of governmental bodies that are accessible to the public and reduce in-person interaction and encourage social distancing, the Southlake City Council is holding its April 21 session virtually.

Meeting Agenda

To review the meeting agenda, please visit: https://www.cityofsouthlake.com/AgendaCenter.

Watch the Meeting

To simply watch the meeting, visit: https://www.cityofsouthlake.com/VOD. Scroll down and select the “Live” tab. Once the meeting has concluded, it will post to the City’s on-demand video player (at the same link as above) no later than the morning of Monday, April 27.

Meeting Participation

For those who want to participate during the meeting, you are required to register with the City at this link: https://cityofsouthlake.webex.com/cityofsouthlake/onstage/g.php?MTID=e59b861724ac52b1e5faf7e3916ee558d, starting 90 minutes (4:00 p.m.) before the 5:30 p.m. start time. Participation instructions will be sent to the email provided. Please note that at the time of the registration, participants will be held in a queue until the meeting starts. Please also allow for possible delay in the video at your location if internet connection speeds are slow.

The COVID-19 (Coronavirus) situation is frequently changing. The City of Southlake is committed to working with our residents and businesses as this unprecedented situation unfolds. For the latest City news and information, visit: www.ProtectSouthlake.com, Mayor Laura Hill’s Facebook page and the City’s Facebook pages.

Council Approves Five 5G Network Poles

During the March 3 session, Southlake City Council approved five AT&T 5G network poles in locations around Southlake.

The future 5G mobile network supplied by cell phone providers will be primarily supported by nodules at the top of poles around communities. By changing from a few large towers to many small localized poles, providers will be able to deliver 5G data speeds up to 20 times faster than the current 4G technology.

Texas SB 1004, which went into effect September 1, 2017, requires cities to allow the use of City right-of-ways (including traffic signal poles, sign poles and non-decorative light poles) for 5G poles.

These five poles required City Council review and approval due to locating within Town Square, which has a “design district,” or near a City park or residential area. While the City Council cannot prohibit 5G poles from being located within the right-of-way areas, the City Council can in some cases require certain reasonable aesthetic requirements such as requiring the pole to be a certain color or the screening of equipment.

The poles approved during Tuesday’s Council session will be located at the following locations:

  • 1080 S. Carroll in Noble Oaks Park
  • 1211 S. White Chapel Boulevard (just south of the traffic circle)
  • 371 State Street (Town Square)
  • 351 Central Avenue (Town Square)
  • 1651 E. SH 114 (Town Square)

Four permits have previously been issued for the following locations outside of design districts:

  • 1501 W. Southlake Boulevard (near Carroll Sr. High School)
  • 301 Parkwood Drive (near the intersection of Parkwood Drive and Byron Nelson Parkway)
  • 2601 E. SH 114 (near Costco)
  • 120 N. Kimball Avenue (on the west side of the road just north of E. Southlake Boulevard)

View Southlake Ordinance 1178, which manages the poles placed in right-of-ways here.

Click here for more information about the 5G poles going up around Southlake.

Watch Tuesday’s City Council meeting here.