Wednesday, September 23, 2020

Mayor’s Alliance to Host Virtual Town Hall with the Southlake Police Department on July 29

The Mayor’s Alliance for Unity and Culture invites residents to a virtual Town Hall with the Southlake Police Department. Alliance members will be joined by Southlake Mayor Laura Hill, Assistant Police Chief Ashleigh Casey and members of the Southlake Police Department.

“The Alliance’s mission is to build community unity in Southlake,” Southlake Mayor Laura Hill said. “We know that building strong relationships starts with bringing everyone to the table to have a conversation. Through this event, our citizens will be able to get answers to their questions and share their concerns with the Police Department.”

The virtual Town Hall will take place on Wednesday, July 29 from 6 – 7 p.m.

Questions should be submitted to the Mayor’s Alliance by Tuesday, July 28 at 12 p.m., using this form. The Mayor’s Alliance members moderating the forum will ask questions as time allows and reserve questions for a future Town Hall, if needed.

To attend the Town Hall, visit: This Town Hall will be recorded and available on the City’s video on demand within 48 hours of the event.

For more information about the Southlake Police Department, please visit the City’s website.

Southlake MVPs Keepin’ It Clean

Quietly, with no fanfare, one group of employees is working hard to make a significant impact during these interesting times.

Southlake’s facilities team, custodians, and purchasing manager are working together to ensure that city buildings are white-glove clean and properly disinfected for safety. Like most behind-the-scenes players, these employees aren’t usually the first ones noticed, but they are incredibly valuable for making City operations run smoothly.

“City buildings will be opening to the public soon,” said Assistant City Manager Ben Thatcher. “This group of employees are working on the front lines to make it possible.”

In addition to increased site cleaning in anticipation of reopening, the team is working to reduce touchpoints, purchase adequate supplies, and disinfect areas of frequent use by employees and the public, including areas in Town Square parking garages.

“There has and will continue to be cleaning and disinfection of light switches, doorknobs, push plates, handrails, elevator buttons, and drawer handles,” notes Public Works Director Rob Cohen.

The team will also make sure doors remain open, as possible, horizontal surfaces are continually cleaned, and food and common areas are downsized and cleaned according to established regimens and schedules. A contracted cleaning company will continue to clean on a weekly basis.

Facilities employees spearhead the procurement of cleaning supplies for the city and manage the disinfection contract for the city.  They do this while also performing normal custodial duties and performing corrective and preventive maintenance work for our facilities,” said Cohen. He also pointed out that staff is also busy making sure that sneeze guards have been installed at specific locations and that hand sanitizing stations are readily available.

At The Marq, the custodial team is busy preparing for reopening, as well.  With 110,000 square feet, 16 bathrooms, locker rooms, two elevators, counters, equipment, tables and chairs, doors, railings, and other surfaces, it’s a big job.

“Our work is very customer-centric,” said Chris Tribble, Director of Community Services. “Our facilities staff is absolutely committed to maintaining Legends Hall and Champions Club for customer and employee safety.”

Southlake’s MVP cleaning teams include Carmelita Goen, Sarah Cooper, Justin Bourquin, Andrew Merrick, Juan Sanchez, David Aguayo, Dustin Medlen, Adam Whigham, and John Rodriguez. Superstar Purchasing Manager Tim Slifka rounds out the team, ensuring that certain supplies and equipment are available for the team’s use.

Southlake Town Hall to Host Photography Exhibit featuring Beatriz Terrazas

Nature’s Journey Great and Small, an art exhibit by Beatriz Terrazas is set to be on display and free to the public in Southlake Town Hall this September

An exhibit reception will take place Friday, September 9 in Southlake Town Hall from 6:30-8:00 PM. Come enjoy Beatriz Terrazas’ wonderful work and a night of photography.

About the Artist:
Beatriz Terrazas, a Southlake resident, is a Texas Pulitzer Prize photographer, writer and video producer. A Texas native, Terrazas started her career as a photojournalist with the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. She started writing while working at The Dallas Morning News. She now serves as a writer, producer, still photographer and coordinator for video with JMD Multimedia, a video business she owns with her husband, John Doty.

For more information, visit

Exhibit Looks at How Aviation Changed Southlake

For more than 100 years aviation has played a significant role in shaping North Texas. From the 1950s, 12 or more landing strips, most of them grass, allowed pilots young and old to take to the skies over then-rural Southlake.

In the 1960s, Ted and Eleanor Kasper built the Lazy K Acres airfield on their 50 acres. Today, Carrol High School sits on the site.

Since 1964 when the U.S. Civil Aeronautical Board ordered Dallas and Fort Worth city leaders to come up with an agreed upon location for a joint airport, Dallas Fort Worth Regional Airport (today’s D/FW International Airport) has had an impact on the city of Southlake, its businesses and residents.

Those topics will be explored August 15 in a panel discussion that’s part of the exhibit “Taking Flight: How aviation changed North Texas and Southlake” on display in Southlake Town Hall, 1400 Main Street, through Aug. 20.

The exhibit features colorful panels on loan from the Tarrant County Archives that chronicle area-wide aviation events from 1911 into the 21st century. Other panels tell the story of Southlake families and their grass airstrips, popular from 1950s through the 1990s.

Honorary co-chairs are Tarrant County Commissioner Gary Fickes, Southlake Mayor Laura Hill, former Southlake Mayor John Terrell, and longtime Southlake resident and private pilot Zena Rucker.

The Main exhibit is in the lobby of Town hall. Photographs, maps and aviator memorabilia from the Tarrant County Archives are being displayed with the main exhibit as well as in the Southlake Library, on the first floor of Town Hall.

An opening reception and a paper airplane event for children have been held.

A panel discussion on Aug. 1 will focus on the grass airstrips in Southlake and feature stories about a time when it was commonplace to see small airplanes flying around the area. Panelists will include Zena Rucker and her son Dooley Rucker; Kathy Kasper Frank, whose parents owned the Lazy K airstrip where Carroll High School is now; and commercial airline pilots Steve White and David “Rusty” Rhodes, who began flying as teenagers. It will take place from 6:30-8 p.m., in the Southlake Town Hall City Council chamber.


This sign, circa 1968, was erected on the Grapevine Prairie as the then-DFW Regional Airport was under construction. Photo courtesy of Dallas-Fort Worth

A second panel discussion, Monday, Aug. 15, explores the impact of D/FW International Airport on the city of Southlake, its businesses and residents. John Terrell, VP of Commercial Developement DFW International Airport and former Southlake mayor will moderate. Panelists will include Southlake Mayor Laura Hill, former Southlake mayor and now Tarrant County Commisioner Gary Fickes, Cooper and Stebbins (developers of Town Square) president Frank Bliss, Greg Last, former Southlake economic development director and longtime Realtor Lou Hillman. It will take place from 6:30-8 p.m., Monday, Aug. 15, City Council chamber, also in Southlake Town Hall.

All events are free and open to the public. The exhibit in the lobby of Town Hall and the Southlake Library will be open to the public 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday-Thursday and 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday and Saturday. The library is closed on Sunday.

Watch for any new information. Questions? Contact Connie Cooley at 817-223-9606.

(The photo featured at the top of the article shows Ted Kasper posing with his son Gary next to their antique Waco UPF-7 airplane. The Kasper family built two grass airstrips on their property in Southlake in the 1960s.)

Strokes of Art in the Square Voting Ends April 1

Art in the Square featured artwork is still hanging beautifully in the lobby of Southlake Town Square. The artwork will only be available to view and vote on for a couple more days. Come out and cast your votes for the People’s Choice Award at Art in the Square.

There are 11 pieces of artwork that still need your votes. Voting is located at Town Hall and will end Friday, April 1.

Art in the Square will be returning to Southlake on Friday, April 22 – Sunday, April 24. In addition to offering the best in visual arts, Art in the Square features a tremendous lineup of musicians and performing artists. Two stages feature continuous entertainment all weekend long. Come out and enjoy the fun.

For more information on the event and voting please visit

Come to the Getting to Know Your H20 Forum on March 29, 2016!

Join us at Town Hall at 6:00pm on Tuesday, March 29, 2016 for the Getting to Know Your H20 SPIN Water Forum.

 Do you:

  • Have questions about your water bill?
  • Want to know how your water meter works?
  • Want tips and suggestions on how to maintain your lawn in the hot summer months?

If you said “yes” to any of these, then mark your calendars and plan to attend the Getting to Know Your H2O SPIN Water Forum!

Come to the Forum and:  

  • Demo an interactive water display that shows you how your water meter works
  • Visit Informational booths with free giveaways
  • Learn about your water bill and your water use
  • Engage in experts about all things water

This is your opportunity to get to know your water.


Want to take control of your water use right now?

Please visit the City’s “Water Conservation” page to learn some tips and tricks to take control of your water all year long!


Buying or registering a car? Don’t forget your ID

Tarrant County residents must now show a proper form of identification to obtain a title and/or registration.

“We want to process your registration and title application as quickly and efficiently as possible,” said Tarrant County Tax Assessor-Collector Ron Wright. “So it’s very important to know the new rules before heading to our office or your auto dealer.”

If you are buying from a dealer, provide the dealer with your identification. If you are buying a car from an individual, bring your identification and all other required application forms and fees with you to the Tarrant County Tax Assessor-Collector’s office to apply for the title.

The identification rule passed by the board of the Texas Department of Motor Vehicles (TxDMV) took effect in September 2013. It was required as part of two state laws approved in 2011 (HB 2017 and HB 2357) that mandate identification.

The following forms of identification are acceptable:

  • A driver’s license or state identification certificate issued by a state or territory of the United States
  • United States or foreign passport
  • U.S. military identification card
  • U.S. Department of Homeland Security identification document
  • U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services identification document
  • U.S. Department of State identification document
  • North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) identification
  • Identification issued under a Status of Forces Agreement.

Vehicles will be titled in your legal name as it appears on your identification. If your name has changed, you will need to have your ID corrected before the purchase. If you are filling out the title application yourself, be sure to use your legal name.

Waterproofing Project Closes Parking Spaces Near Town Hall

Work is now underway on the final phase of the city’s Town Hall waterproofing project, which means parking spaces immediately adjacent to the building will be closed-off for several weeks.

In FY 2011 and FY 2012, the first two phases weatherproofed the north and south sides of the building.  Phase three addresses the same issues on the east and west sides of the building. The project is expected to take approximately six  weeks to complete.   The goal is to finish the project before the annual Art in Town Square event scheduled for April 26th-28th.

While construction is going on, public safety will be a top priority.   A few things to remember about the project:

  • Sidewalk access to the east and west side of the building will be closed as the project progresses and all work areas will be isolated using a chain link fence.
  • No pedestrian traffic will be allowed around the zone.
  • Expect to see scaffolding set up in the work areas.
  • All parking spaces adjacent to the building on one side at a time will be blocked 24/7 while work on that side of the building is in progress.


Town Hall Sidewalk Improvement Project

The sidewalks around Southlake Town Hall are under renovation.  The work is expected to be completed by Friday, September 28th.  As a result, the handicapped accessible ramps on the Main Street side of Town Hall are temporarily closed for four days, they are scheduled to re-open Monday, September 24th.

A handicapped accessible ramp is also located on the north side (Civic Place) of the Town Hall.  Several temporary handicapped spaces have been provided along Civic Place.  All County and City offices including the library are open and the building entrances on both Main Street and Civic Place are open.  The Library and County offices are located on the 1st floor and are accessible by elevator.

Directional signage indicating handicapped accessibility has been posted around Town Hall.