Thursday, September 23, 2021

Celebrating Arbor Day Proclamation with Tree City USA Award

The City of Southlake is celebrating Arbor Day during the month of November!  To commemorate the occasion, a proclamation was presented to the Planning and Development Services Department by Mayor Laura Hill at the November 19, 2019 City Council meeting.

During the proclamation, the city also received recertification as a designated 2019 Tree City USA community by the Arbor Day Foundation. This award has been granted to the city for 22 consecutive years, recognizing its efforts in maintaining excellence in urban forestry management.

If you’re interested in learning more about Southlake’s efforts to maintain landscaping, tree planting and tree preservation, please visit our website or call the Planning and Development Services Department at 817-748-8621.

Southlake Students Received Constituting America Proclamation

Southlake Students were honored at Tuesday’s City Council meeting for their outstanding achievements through music to promote our country’s founding principles and U.S. Constitution.

Gabriella Tommasi, Joshua Landgraf and Taylor Landgraf were inspired to enter the Constitution America’s, “We The Future” contest and won! The purpose of the contest is to promote the three branches of government and checks and balances. Tommasi won for her song, “The Constitution is the Right Solution” and Joshua and Taylor Landgraf won for their submission, “Constitutional”.

The students were honored at Tuesday’s City Council meeting and were presented with a Constituting America Proclamation by Mayor Laura Hill.

See the rest of the proclamation below.

  Constituting  America  educates,  engages,  and  empowers America’s rising    generation    through    their    three   cornerstone   programs: interactive   educational   presentations   to   students   of   all   ages, nationwide  scholarship  contests, and 90-day annual online studies; and,

Whereas, Actress Janine Turner, founder & co-president of Constituting America, spoke at Eubanks Intermediate School in honor of Constitution Day 2017, and Gabriella Tommasi, Joshua Landgraf and Taylor Landgraf were inspired to enter Constituting America’s “We The Future” Contest and won; and,

Whereas, we commend Gabriella Tommasi for her winning song “The Constitution is the Right Solution,” and Joshua and Taylor Landgraf for their winning song “Constitutional”; now,

Therefore, I, Mayor Laura Hill, on behalf of the City Council, do hereby recognize Gabriella, Joshua and Taylor for their outstanding achievements through music to promote our country’s founding principles and U.S. Constitution.

 

Arbor Day Proclamation with Tree City USA Award

The City of Southlake is celebrating Arbor Day during the month of November!  To commemorate the occasion, a proclamation was presented to the Planning and Development Services Department by Mayor Laura Hill at the November 8, 2018, City Council meeting.

During the proclamation, the city also received recertification as a designated 2017 Tree City USA community by the Arbor Day Foundation. This award has been granted to the city for 21 consecutive years, recognizing its efforts in maintaining excellence in urban forestry management.

The city also received its 16th National Arbor Day Growth Award by creating a tree planting standard to include in the city’s CIP construction plans, as well as establishing a Major Urban Design Plan that includes landscaping, tree planting and tree preservation design implementation.

If you’re interested in learning more about the city’s Urban Design Plan or efforts to maintain landscaping, tree planting and tree preservation, please visit our website or call the Planning and Development Services Department at 817-748-8621.

Happy 100th Birthday, Ruby Buffalo!

Mayor Hill presented Ruby Buffalo with a proclamation in honor of Ms. Buffalo’s 100th birthday on July 2 at The Marq Southlake. Ms. Buffalo celebrates her 100th birthday on July 3.

Ruby Buffalo is being honored by family and friends on July 2, 2018 to celebrate her 100th birthday; and,

Whereas, Ms. Buffalo has resided in the City of Southlake for over 19 years. She and her late husband started attending the Senior Activity Center close to 11 years ago; and,

Whereas, during these many years, she has been a loving wife, mother, grandmother, and great grandmother to her family. Ms. Buffalo has lived a long and productive life, earning the respect, love, and affection of others who are around her; now,

Therefore, I, Mayor Laura Hill, on behalf of the City Council, do hereby find it an honor and pleasure to recognize Ruby Buffalo’s 100th birthday, July 3, 2018, with congratulations and best wishes for many years to come.

Group Photo with Ruby Buffalo

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.

Southlake Severe Weather Awareness Week: March 18-24

Spring is here, and that can mean severe weather for the DFW region. In an effort to bring more awareness to preparing for severe weather in Southlake, Mayor Laura Hill recently proclaimed March 18 – 24 as Severe Weather Awareness Week in Southlake at the March 20 City Council Meeting.

Each year brings the potential for violent weather to Texas, and large portions of our state including the City of Southlake, can be devastated by flooding, tornadoes, hail storms, straight-line winds, and other severe emergencies; and,

Whereas, the City of Southlake, the Texas Division of Emergency Management, the National Weather Service and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) have joined together to urge all citizens to prepare for severe weather events and to educate themselves on safety strategies; and,

Whereas, while storms can strike at any time of year, the months of March, April and May bring a greater potential for violent weather events. Planning, preparation, and day-to-day awareness can greatly reduce the loss of life and property during severe weather events; now,

Therefore, I, Mayor Laura Hill, on behalf of the City Council, do hereby proclaim March 18-24, 2018, as “Severe Weather Awareness Week” and urge everyone in our community to learn more about and to participate in severe weather preparedness activities available in the City of Southlake.

 

Mayor Laura Hill Presents LiveFit Southlake Month Proclamation

At the Tuesday, January 16 City Council meeting, Mayor Hill recognized February as LiveFit Southlake Month.

Good health and an active lifestyle are essential to the overall well-being of individuals; and,

Whereas, exercise, through participation in sports and other fitness-related activities, helps to fight obesity among children and adults, which also prevents related medical problems while also reducing overall health care costs; and,

Whereas, a wholesome, well-balanced diet is an essential component of a healthy lifestyle; and,

Whereas, LiveFit Southlake provides an opportunity for citizens to live healthy lifestyles and to recognize the importance the City places on leisure and recreational programming; and,

Whereas, the City of Southlake will hold a 9-week community-wide wellness challenge devoted to inspiring families to LiveFit with such free events as a health fair, LiveWell Lecture Series, Events with the Mayor, Couch to 5K, Southlake Superhero 5K and Fun Run, 1 Million Step Challenge, daily challenges, food tracking challenges; now,

Therefore, I, Laura Hill, Mayor of the City of Southlake, do hereby proclaim the month of February as LIVEFIT SOUTHLAKE MONTH in Southlake and encourage our citizens to learn more about the importance of diet and exercise and to take steps towards better overall health.     

Proclamation for National Parks and Recreation Month

On Thursday, July 13, 2017, Mayor Laura Hill presented the National Parks and Recreation Month proclamation to the Community Services Department.

The City of Southlake recognizes parks and recreation programs and facilities are an integral part of communities across the United States, and in particular, their value to the City of Southlake; and,

Whereas, the parks and recreation programs and activities are vitally important to establishing and maintaining the quality of life in Southlake, ensuring the health of citizens, and contributes to the economic and environmental well-being of Southlake and the region; and,

Whereas, the City of Southlake offers a variety of parks and recreation opportunities designed for all ages and interests, including popular recreation or athletic programs, special community events, senior activities, nature exploration, public library events, tennis and aquatic programs, arts and cultural activities and volunteer opportunities; and,

Whereas, the City of Southlake Community Services Department desires to enhance the quality of life for all Southlake residents by providing exceptional recreational, cultural and educational opportunities through its parks and recreation programs; now,

Therefore, I, Mayor Laura Hill, on behalf of the City Council, do hereby proclaim July, 2017, as

National Parks and Recreation Month

and encourage all citizens to “Get Your Play On” during July, and to express our sincere appreciation for the many Southlake parks and recreation programs, and the City of Southlake parks and recreation staff for their dedicated service.

National Police Week Proclamation

Mayor Laura Hill presented the proclamation for National Police Week proclamation on Monday, May 15, 2017.

There are more than 900,000 law enforcement officers serving in communities across the United States, including sixty six sworn members of the Southlake Police Department; and,

Whereas, some 60,000 assaults against law enforcement officers are reported each year, resulting in approximately 16,000 injuries; and,

Whereas, since the first recorded death in 1791, more than 21,000 law enforcement officers in the United States have made the ultimate sacrifice and been killed in the line of duty; and,

Whereas, the names of these dedicated public servants are engraved on the walls  of  the

National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial in Washington, D.C. with 143 new names being added to the Memorial this spring; and,

Whereas, May 15th is designated as Peace Officers’ Memorial Day, with federal law (United States Code Title 4 Chapter 1 §7) directing that all flags be flown at half-staff on that date in honor of fallen officers and their families; and,

Whereas, the safety of our citizenry greatly depends on the services of the Southlake Police

Officers, as well as the many local, state and federal agencies that make up the law enforcement community in Tarrant County; now,

Therefore, I, Mayor Laura Hill, on behalf of the City Council, do hereby proclaim the week of May 15-21, 2017, as National Police Week and Monday, May 15, 2017, as National Peace Officers’ Memorial Day, and urge Southlake residents and civic organizations to salute our dedicated law enforcement professionals.