Each year the budget includes a five-year capital improvement program (CIP), delineating construction projects designed to implement Southlake 2030 and Southlake 2035.
These projects ensure that the City will meet demands for water, sewer, roadway, drainage, and parks as Southlake moves toward build-out. Year One of the CIP is called the capital budget and allocates dollars to build the identified projects.
Building & Maintaining Southlake’s Public Works Infrastructure
Public Works construction projects figure prominently in the FY 2019 budget.
Funds for construction of Zena Rucker Connector, North White Chapel Boulevard, SH 114 improvements, Kirkwood Boulevard intersection improvements, and landscaping are included in the budget. So are dollars for water quality projects and water lines along SH 114, Kirkwood, and Westpark Circle.
Drainage improvements on public land near Raven Bend, West Highland Street, Simmons Court, Creekside, Florence Road, Kirkwood Branch at White Chapel, and at the TW King Pump Station are also funded. Finally, the budget includes matching funds for the replacement of the South White Chapel Bridge at Bear Creek, to be financed through the Texas Department of Transportation.
Southlake engineers and inspectors have the responsibility to design, build, and ensure the quality of the infrastructure needed to provide water and sewer services, as well as drainage and roadway facilities for public use. And once these items are constructed, crews take on the responsibility of maintaining them.
With more than 296 miles of water distribution pipes, 208 miles of sewer mains, 211 linear miles of city roadways, and 174 miles of sidewalks/trails, maintenance responsibilities are significant. And these numbers don’t even account for public drainage ways and associated infrastructure like fire hydrants, meters, valves, manholes, and lift stations! The new construction will complement the current infrastructure and makes sure that facilities meet future demand.
What About Parks?
City parks, open space, and recreational amenities for all ages are a top priority. The good news is that special funding makes it possible to implement the park master plan in an ongoing and steady timeline.
Champions Club, the newest part of The Marq Southlake, is set to open in December. This project, funded through a special sales tax overseen by the Community Enhancement and Development Corporation, will be a recreation game-changer for the community beginning in 2019.
The City will also begin designing improvements to the Southlake Sports Complex, including fields, building improvements, shade structures, restrooms, a playground, batting cages, trails, parking, and other amenities. Construction will span a few years, but things get started with the new fiscal year.
The team will also turn attention to Central Park (located at the Shops of Southlake) with an eye to improving the functionality of the space and developing plans for future improvements.
The Southlake Parks Development Corporation will fund these improvements with a special sales tax.
The City owns or leases 1,197.8 acres of park land and open space, and is responsible for the maintenance of the property and the related improvements, including 51 practice fields/game facilities, seven playgrounds, 21 tennis courts, and 14 pavilions.
The CIP paves the way for ongoing infrastructure development, making sure that Southlake continues to be a premier community in which to live, work, and play.