This week on N. White Chapel Boulevard, irrigation is being installed in the medians. Also, this week, the installation for the street light bases is on schedule to be completed.
Sidewalk crews continue to install the sidewalk and the retaining wall, which is located on the west side of the road. Please keep in mind that traffic is now switched to allow crews to start work on the east side of the road when work is complete on the west side.
The masons are working on the capstones for the screening wall, and once that is complete, they will start installing the stone face on the retaining wall located on the west side.
This project is expected to be completed by summer 2022, weather permitting.
For more information, including updates, visit www.ConnectSouthlake.com.
The Southlake Public Library is full of tall tales, fantastic books and special treasures. One of the library’s precious jewels is longtime employee Barbara Walsh.
Walsh has served at the library for 15 years.
She works behind the scenes with the team organizing the library’s daily activities before the facility opens to the public.
“As a team, we process holds, collect the book drop, merchandise the stacks and display areas, prepare coffee for customers and get ready for different interactive programs,” Walsh said.
When she is not working with her teammates, you will find Walsh primarily working at the circulation desk assisting customers.
“I’ve always enjoyed my job as a library service clerk and meeting with the public daily,” Walsh said.
Although a typical day may be anything but typical, Walsh is fulfilled when it comes to her job.
“It is a happy place that has given me personal gratification, and the library staff has been like family to me over the last 15 years,” she said.
Walsh also discussed making special connections with customers and watching their children grow throughout the years.
“I am privileged to work at an uncommonly friendly and exciting environment and proud to serve our community,” she said. “We all take pride in creating a welcoming atmosphere before “showtime” when the doors open at 10 a.m. As these daily tasks are performed, we share a warm camaraderie and sense of community pride.” For more information about the services offered at the Southlake Public Library, please visit us online or follow us on Facebook.
Visit the Southlake Public Library to learn more about rainwater harvesting through a new display presented in part by the Tarrant Regional Water District and the Tarrant County Master Gardener Association.
Although the weather is turning cooler and summer seems to finally be behind us, water conservation is always in season! Why not consider adding a rain barrel to your home? Easy to assemble and even easier to use, rain barrels can help you save money and water year-round.
To help you get started on making a rain barrel a part of your garden, the Southlake Public Library and Southlake Environmental Services division are offering free resources on rainwater harvesting provided by the Tarrant Regional Water District.
Learn how to create and maintain your own barrel, as well as tips on installation and design. Rain barrels are best suited for providing water for irrigation that is otherwise lost as run-off.
Additionally, harvesting rainwater can help reduce stormwater pollution and erosion.
Be sure to also check out our new hand-painted rain barrel provided by the Tarrant County Master Gardener Association and get inspiration on how you can customize your very own! The rain barrel display is currently available at the Southlake Public Library.
Want to learn more about rainwater harvesting? Visit www.savetarrantwater.com.
When it comes to City plans and project management Kevin Ferrer is your go to person.
He serves as the deputy city engineer for the Public Works Department where he leads and guides the engineering team on Capital Improvement Projects (CIPs).
The CIP is a five-year plan that the City has in place for construction of new or investing in the replacement of the City’s physical assets or infrastructure.
These projects ensure that the City will meet the demands for sewer, drainage, water, roadways and parks as Southlake continues to build-out.
To help the City accomplish this goal, Ferrer works with various departments, team members and consultants to address plans and concerns for projects and as well as other engineering related items.
He also analyzes, reviews and discuss studies, reports and plans with the team.
Although implementation and execution play a big part in his day-to-day activities, Ferrer understands that customer service is a high priority.
He is hands on when it comes to communicating and addressing concerns from citizens, contractors and external parties.
His role and dedication to Southlake Mobility Projects earned him the Southlake Values Award for Integrity during Employee Appreciation Week 2021.
When asked what makes Southlake a world class organization to work for, Ferrer said, “Collaboration with the Southlake team and seeing a project completed from the planning/design stage to completion of construction.”
This list of new Southlake businesses is provided by the Southlake Department of Economic Development and Tourism to help you see what’s new and what’s coming into the Southlake market! Contact us by Email if are a new business coming into town or if you have any questions about our listings. You may also visit www.SelectSouthlake.com for other business information or follow us on Facebook for the latest business news.
When the Crime Control and Prevention District (CCPD) was approved by voters in November 1997, the vision was clear: to allocate a dedicated funding source, via a half-cent sales tax, for programs and capital purchases to reduce crime, increase public safety and maintain a high quality of life in Southlake. During the past 17 years, this vision has come to fruition through the hiring of additional police offers, firefighters and school resource officers; acquiring vital equipment and software; implementing a citizen safety academy; and most notably, building three state-of-the-art public safety facilities, the last of which will officially open January 14.
“This facility is an investment in our community and a promise for enhanced safety and security for our residents,” adds Mayor John Terrell. “The vision of the City Council and the Crime Control Prevention District Board for the DPS North Station has been years in the making, and we are proud of the work that everyone involved has put in to making this facility a success.”
Southlake’s DPS North Station has been in the making since June 2010, when City Council unanimously approved its construction. Located at 100 E. Dove Road near Bob Jones Park, the campus includes a 28,186 square foot operation and training building, and a separate 10,738 square foot firing range. Housing four firefighters per shift and a brand new engine, it is strategically positioned to serve the northern parts of the city faster, which results in saving lives and property.
Wade Carroll, Southlake’s deputy director of fire services, confirms this has already taken place since personnel began operating out of the building November 25.
“A structure fire was called in December 19 in Estes Park, which is a neighborhood down the street from the new station. Our guys arrived in just a little over three minutes and were able to contain the fire in the garage and keep it from damaging the rest of the home,” said Carroll, noting the average response time to north Southlake is approximately 10 minutes from the other two stations in the city.
However, DPS North was designed for more than emergency response. Equipped with three classrooms and an auditorium that can seat up to 100 people and has four flat screen monitors, surround sound and live streaming capabilities, it is meant to be a training center for internal purposes, as well as public and regional events. The adjacent underground gun range will also be made available to other DPS departments. A range master and two training officers (one for police and one for fire) are stationed at the facility and additional office space is available as the training program expands.
“There is no public safety facility like this in our neighboring cities and we expect it to be utilized for training activities throughout the year for our own employees, citizens and regional law enforcement partners,” Police Chief Stephen Mylett explained, adding initial events include a Business Safety Series starting January 29 and a city-wide CPR class February 15 in honor of the American Heart Association’s Go Red for Women campaign. “Not only does this keep our public safety employees nearby for training, but it will save the department money in training expenses.”
The DPS North Station also includes a walk-in clinic to assist injured persons, a kitchen and break area for training attendees, and a fitness room and living/sleeping quarters for fire personnel that were designed for quicker access to the engine bay.
Designed by Robert Garza, the same architect used for DPS Headquarters on Carroll Avenue, the buildings share similarities in exterior appearance, interior design and commemorative artwork that includes two bronze statues and a mural in the entrance depicting various scenes of police and fire personnel in the community.
Another unique feature of the DPS North Station is its nod to the environment. Using the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED) guidelines, many energy efficient and conservation measures were implemented during construction:
LEED standards are intended to reduce energy and water usage, lower operating costs and improve comfort. As a result, an application has been submitted for the building’s LEED Gold Certification.
Saving lives and property is the mission of the Southlake Fire and Police Departments. Whether it is an auto accident, structure fire or medical emergency, getting there as fast as possible is critical to providing the highest level of public service. As one of only four accredited fire departments in Texas, Southlake must meet certain standards of operation and performance measures, including response times:
Currently, Southlake Fire Department’s standard response time is 6 minutes and 30 seconds, surpassing the national standard by 30-40 seconds. With the opening of the DPS North Station, the goal is to reduce the response time to 5 minutes. During 2013, Southlake Fire Department responded to 2572 calls, 409 of which were in the north district.
“There is no such thing as status quo. We are either improving every day or we are growing stale and complacent,” stated Carroll. “The Fire Department does not have influence on the location of the emergency it responds to, but it does have control of how quickly help arrives. Our goal is the fastest response possible to all citizens within Southlake.”