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The City of Southlake, like many cities, is under pressure to make efficient use of capital resources and must make difficult choices. There are more needs than can be satisfied at once, and the selection of one investment over another may shape the development of the City for years to come.
Capital improvements programming is a valuable tool to ensure that choices are made wisely. The City's development goals are implemented, in part, by the careful provision of capital facilities. The benefits of this systematic approach to planning capital projects include the following:
•Focuses attention on community goals, needs, and capabilities.Through capital improvements programming, capital projects can be brought into line with the City's long-range plans by balancing identified needs with financial capacities. Considered individually, a new park, water system improvements, and street widening may be great ideas; however, each project may look quite different when, in the course of the Capital Improvements Program process, it is forced to compete directly with other projects for limited funds.•Optimizes use of the taxpayer's dollar.The Capital Improvements Program helps the City Council and City Manager make sound annual budget decisions. Careful planning of capital improvements helps prevent costly mistakes. In addition, capital planning allows the City to save money in several other ways. For example, investors in municipal bonds tend to look more favorably on communities that have a Capital Improvements Program; if bond financing is selected for a capital improvement project, the City may realize significant savings on interest.•Guides future growth and development.The location and capacity of capital improvements shape the growth and redevelopment of the City. City decision makers can use the Capital Improvements Program to develop well thought-out policies to guide future land use and economic development.•Encourages efficient government.Interdepartmental coordination of capital improvements programming can reduce scheduling conflicts and ensure that no single function receives more than its fair share of resources. In addition, the Capital Improvements Program can be used to promote innovative management techniques and improve governmental efficiency and effectiveness.•Improves the basis for intergovernmental and regional cooperation.Capital improvements programming offers public officials of all governmental units (City of Southlake, Tarrant and Denton Counties, and local school districts) an opportunity to plan the location, timing, and financing of improvements in the interest of the community as a whole.•Maintains a sound and stable financial program.Having to make large or frequent unplanned expenditures can endanger the financial well-being of the City. Sharp changes in the tax structure or bonded indebtedness may be avoided when construction projects are planned in advance and scheduled at intervals over a number of years. When there is ample time for planning, the most economical means of financing each project can be selected in advance. Furthermore, a Capital Improvements Program can help the City avoid commitments and debts that would prevent the initiation of other important projects at a later date.•Enhances opportunities for participation in federal or state grant programs.Preparing a CIP improves the City's chance of obtaining aid through federal and state programs that provide funds for planning, construction and financing of capital improvements. The CIP is considered a "public works shelf" that contains projects that can be started quickly by having construction or bid documents ready should any grants become available.
The Park, Recreation and Open Space Master Plan, the Mobility and Master Thoroughfare Plan, and the Southlake Pathways Plan (Trail Master Plan) all provide implementation recommendations that link the future vision of the community to relatively short-term actions.
Recognizing the importance of the link between the Capital Improvements Plan and implementation of the master plan, all proposed projects are required to demonstrate linkage to one of the City's master plans. By using the Capital Improvements Program process to reinforce the desired master plan priorities, the City's physical future can be better shaped.
Once scored, the project is ranked in the appropriate funding category (i.e. General Fund, Utility Fund, SPDC, Crime Control) based on the score received. The resulting ranked project list is then reviewed by the Technical Committee to ensure that there were no obvious flaws in the ranking system. The Technical Committee then reviews the dollar amount available in each fund and recommends the projects to be funded in the upcoming fiscal year and/or the other four out years.
Once the Technical Committee completes its review, the list is presented to the City Manager who then meets with the Technical Committee regarding needed changes or additions. The Technical Committee inputs any needed revisions and holds additional meetings with department heads to ensure the proposed plan is comprehensive.
Prior to the City Manager's submission of the Capital Budget, the Crime Control and Prevention District Board (CCPD) as well as the Southlake Parks Development Corporation (SPDC) and the Parks Board also meet to review and recommend their respective portions of the budget and five-year plan.
When the City sells bonds, purchasers are, in effect, lending the City money. The money is repaid, with interest, from taxes or fees over the years. The logic behind issuing bonds for capital projects is that the citizens who benefit from the capital improvements over a period of time should help the City pay for them. The City can issue bonds in these forms:
•Certificates of Obligation (C.O.) BondsSimilar to general obligation bonds except the certificates require no voter approval. Combination tax and revenue certificates of obligation are issued for both governmental and business type activities. General obligation bonds, governmental revenue bonds and tax notes pledge the full faith and credit of the City. Combination tax and revenue certificates of obligation are payable from the net revenues of the water and sewer system and general debt service tax.•General Obligation (G.O.) BondsPerhaps the most flexible of all capital funding sources, G.O. bonds can be used for the design or construction of any capital project. These bonds are financed through property taxes. In financing through this method, the taxing power of the City is pledged to pay interest and principal to retire the debt. Voter approval is required if the City wants to increase the taxes that it levies and the amount is included in the City’s state-imposed debt limits. To minimize the need for property tax increases, the City makes every effort to coordinate new bond issues with the retirement of previous bonds.•Revenue BondsRevenue bonds are sold for projects that produce revenues, such as water and sewer system projects. Revenue bonds depend on user charges and other project-related income to cover their costs.
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b) In general, trees inside the public right of way will be removed.
There will be a 5' sidewalk on the West side and a 8' sidewalk on the East side of the roadway.
The City maintains the public stormwater drainage system and structures within the right-of-way and dedicated public stormwater drainage easements. The City does not maintain drainage facilities that are located within drainage easements on private property including:
Per the City's Storm Drainage Policy, it is the property owner’s responsibility to routinely maintain all creeks, streams, and natural drainageways on their property. This includes:
Bar ditches and Culverts maintenance is also the responsibility of the property owner despite typically being located in the ROW dedicated to the City. Required maintenance includes:
Public drainage systems are located within public drainage easements or street right-of-way. Public drainage systems are the City’s maintenance responsibility. Private drainage systems are located on private property and may or may not be located within private drainage easements. Private drainage systems typically do not cross lot lines and are generally used to collect runoff on a specific lot. Private drainage systems are required to be maintained by the property owner.
Drainage directed from any private systems to neighboring properties is a civil matter between the property owners. It is advised that neighbors meet and work toward an agreeable situation for the involved parties. As a reminder, it is against state water laws to divert or concentrate runoff, or block runoff from draining onto a property.
If there is a significant drainage issue in your neighborhood, you can contact the Public Works Department at (817) 748-8098. You also may make a written request to the Public Works Department. Your written request will be evaluated and may be considered for a future Drainage Project as part of the City’s on-going Capital Improvements Program (CIP).
Please write to:
City of Southlake
Public Works Department
c/o City Engineer
1400 Main St., Ste. 320
Southlake, TX 76092
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Yes. In most areas, the streets are considered to be a part of the drainage system. During a typical rainfall event, water will flow through storm sewers located underneath the street or in roadside ditches to a drainage channel. When the capacity of the storm sewers or roadside ditches is exceeded, the street itself will hold the water until the storm sewer or roadside ditch has additional room to drain the water.
The term stormwater refers to rainwater. Stormwater discharges are generated by runoff from land and paved areas during rainfall. Hard surfaces like driveways, sidewalks, and streets drain directly into our lakes, rivers, and streams. Unlike the wastewater that goes down your shower or sink, stormwater is not treated and can carry pollutants, sediment, and trash directly into the places you like to swim, fish, and boat.
For more information please visit our Stormwater Management Page.
A floodplain is any land area susceptible to being inundated by the collection, pooling, and flowing of water from any source during the course of natural events. Floodplains may be classified as FEMA Special Flood Hazard Areas (SFHA) and are located in a 100-year flood zone. The term “100-year flood zone” refers to a flood elevation that has a 1% chance of being equaled or exceeded each year.
Sewer pipes capture used water and liquid waste from homes and businesses and carry it to wastewater plants for treatment. Treated wastewater can be reused for landscape irrigation, industrial and construction purposes. Storm drains are separate from the sewer system and, unlike wastewater, stormwater is not treated and reused. Some storm drains are under streets, but much of the system consists of open canals, street gutters and other features that collect, channel and divert stormwater runoff.
Impervious is defined as a surface that does not absorb water. Several examples of impervious areas include:
Retention permanently restrains flow of water, and is generally provided for aesthetic purposes. Detention temporarily restrains flow of water to reduce downstream impact.
Business registration is done through the Tarrant County Clerk's Office In addition, other state or county regulations may apply (see our New Business Guide). From the City of Southlake, you will need a Certificate of Occupancy and Sign Permit
The SouthlakeSites.com portal is the place to go. You can browse available spaces by use or customize your search to your specific company needs.
There are fivedivisions that fall under the Finance Department: Finance Administration, Purchasing, Southlake Water Utilities - Customer Service, Municipal Court and Teen Court.
Please contact Tarrant County Tax Office at 817-481-8141 or Denton County Tax Assessor/Collector at 940-349-3500 depending on your county of residence.
Checks are printed and mailed every Friday (City recognized holidays excluded). Vendors are not authorized to pick up checks. If payment is made via EFT, it is deposited to the vendor’s account on Fridays. To reach Accounts Payable, please call 817-748-8187.
Lead and copper can be found naturally in water reservoirs throughout Texas, but at extremely low levels. In fact, levels of lead and copper in reservoirs are so low that they are not a health concern. However, if water is not properly treated to minimize its corrosive tendencies, the water delivered to customers can dissolve lead or copper found in customer-owned plumbing. Prior to 1986, lead was a common component of building plumbing. In 1986, Congress amended the Safe Drinking Water Act (originally adopted in 1974) to prohibit the use of pipes, solder or flux that are not “lead free” in drinking water distribution systems. Lead free is defined as no more than 0.2% lead in flux or solder, and no more than 8% lead in pipes. In 2014, Congress further reduced allowable lead content from 8% to 0.25% in pipes and fittings.
Water, by its very nature, is corrosive to most metals over time. Corrosive is just another term to describe the ability of water to dissolve lead or copper in a customer’s plumbing into the drinking water. A water treatment facility can minimize water’s corrosive tendencies by adjusting the pH (acidity) of the water, monitoring the amount of dissolved minerals in the water which may inhibit corrosion, and by adding other chemicals, such as phosphates, to protect the water pipes. Because Southlake purchases its treated drinking water from the City of Fort Worth, the City of Southlake advises the City of Fort Worth on the quality of the water which we receive in order to ensure the utmost quality for our customers.
Lead can pose significant health risks if too much of it enters your body. Lead builds up in the body over many years and can cause damage to the brain, red blood cells, and kidneys. The greatest risk is to young children and pregnant women. Amounts of lead that will not harm adults can slow the mental and physical development of growing bodies.
Southlake collects and tests 30 routine samples once every year for lead and copper as required by the TCEQ. Southlake then follows chain of custody protocol to deliver the samples to an approved, accredited testing laboratory.
Following the U.S. EPA protocol of attempting to determine the worst case scenario for lead or copper testing, the plumbing of Southlake customer’s homes was researched through plumbing permits and building records of homes to identify lead and copper used in building materials. Selecting homes with this criteria allows Southlake to sample for the worst case scenario.
All the lead and copper testing results are reported in Southlake’s annual Drinking Water Quality Report (Consumer Confidence Report). The Drinking Water Quality Report for the most recent full year is available on the City’s website. A comprehensive list of the results can be found on the City’s Lead and Copper Sampling Program page.
Since the start of the testing program in 2007, Southlake’s lead and copper testing has consistently shown levels of these metals to be well below the Action Level (“AL”) set by U.S. EPA. For a table of results, please visit the City of Southlake's Lead and Copper Sampling Program page.
The physical address is:1400 Main Street, Suite 130Southlake, TX 76092
Interlibrary Loan materials are not eligible for auto renewals.
Call to Renew - Call the Library at (817) 748-8243 for assistance.
You may check out up to 36 items per library card. There is a limit of 5 DVDs and 5 CDs per card. Books and audiobooks are checked out for 2 weeks. DVDs and CDs are checked out for 1 week. You must be at least 18 years old to check out movies and 16 years old to check out CDs.
Books, audiobooks, magazines, music CDs, DVDs and Bluray - $0.25/day
Interlibrary Loans - $2.00/day
Customers reading on a PC or Mac or using the Nook or Kobo eReader can download the appropriate app for their device at the links below. Follow instructions for use with eReaders. Adobe Digital Editions is required for eReaders using Cloud Library.
Links for Mac or PCWindows - http://www.yourcloudlibrary.com/index.php/en-us/get-the-app/windows
Mac - http://www.yourcloudlibrary.com/index.php/en-us/get-the-app/mac
For an estimate of water and wastewater impact fees, contact the Public Works Administration & Engineering Department (3rd Floor of Town Hall, Suite 320) at (817) 748-8098 and they will guide you through the estimate process. You will need to provide the following information upon your call/visit: •Legal description (subdivision name and date of plat approval) and street address •Size of meter(s) •Type of line (irrigation, domestic or dedicated fire line) •Type of meter (simple, compound, or turbine) •Documentation of any waivers or credits that may apply
The current rate for residential Trash and Recycling collection, effective October 1, 2019, is $16.14: $10.35 per month for solid waste, $5.79 per month for recycling, before tax.
All items placed in recycling carts should be clean, empty, and dry. These items CAN be placed inside the recycling cart:empty plastic jugs, empty plastic bottles, clean plastic tubs, empty wax-coated paper containers and juice boxes, phone books, mail, mixed paper, catalogs, magazines, newspaper, unsoiled pizza boxes, empty glass jars and bottles, clean metal food cans, empty aluminum cans, aerosol cans, plastic bags, flattened corrugated cardboard, boxboard (cereal boxes), pots & pans
These items CANNOT be placed in the recycling cart: plastic grocery bags, batteries or electronics, hazardous or toxic product containers, flower pots, plastic toys, frozen food bags, plastic and metal hangers, ceramic dishes, light bulbs, drinking glasses, diapers, food & wet waste (food contaminated paper plates and napkins), Styrofoam containers or packing peanuts, chip bags, propane tanks, construction waste, yard waste, clothing, shoes,
The automated recycling trucks used by Republic Services can only collect recyclables placed within the carts. If you would like an additional recycling cart, contact Utility Billing at (817)-748-8051. Any recycling that is not placed in the cart will not be collected, unless other arrangements have been made with Republic.
Bundled brush in lengths of no more than four feet and no more than 50 pounds in weight can be picked up during the regular residential collection without additional charges.
In addition, Republic will collect up to twelve (12) cubic yards of unbundled brush, rubbish, or limbs, per year for each residential customer on an on-call basis for no additional cost.
For more information or to schedule a special bulk pick up, contact Republic Services at (817) 317-2424.
A state approved "clean certificate" must be attached to the appliance before it will be collected. Please contact Republic disposal (817-317-2424) to determine if your item can be collected as a part of this program.
1) Bundle the brush into lengths of no more than four feet and no more than 50 pounds in weight. The pick up of bundled brush can occur during regular residential collection and will not incur additional charges.
2) Republic will collect up to twelve (12) cubic yards of unbundled brush, rubbish, or limbs, per year for each residential customer on an on-call basis for no additional cost.
3) Republic will collect additional bulk items, beyond the 12 cubic yards per year, for an additional fee. For more information or to schedule a special bulk pick up, contact Republic Services at (817) 317-2424.
Corrosive- Gradually dissolves other materials
Reactive- If contacting another substance can cause explosion or deadly vapors
Toxic- Poisonous to humans and animals
It cost’s anywhere from $20-60 per linear square foot to build sidewalks. Get more sidewalk funding information here.
As much as possible, we work to include the cost of new sidewalks into existing projects. This could include adding sidewalks to road widening project, or a new roadway project. On the commercial side, we work with developers to include sidewalks in their developments as well. When those options are not possible we also actively see out federal and state grants to help fund new sidewalks. Click here for more details about our sidewalk funding process.
Check out our interactive map! You can select different layers to see not only what sidewalks have been completed, but also where future sidewalks are planned.
Check out our interactive map! You can select different layers to see not only where future sidewalks are planned, but also what sidewalks have been completed.
Sidewalks are guided by a master plan that includes recommendations for sidewalk and trail segments across the City. Using the master plan as a guide, sidewalks ultimately get built by one of four ways:
Get more information about how sidewalks are built here.
When some of the older neighborhoods were developed, plans at the time did not include adding sidewalks. However, if the neighborhood would like to add sidewalks there are some options. Take a look at our sidewalk planning page to see how sidewalks are planned and built in the City.
A: Yes. Sewer charges are based upon the average amount of water a household consumes during the winter months (November, December and January), when water consumption is generally the lowest. Sewer charges are recalculated once a year in the spring, this applies to Residential Accounts only. The City of Southlake is one of the few cities that offers sewer averaging as well as capping the sewer charge for 10,000 gallons used.
Phase 1 opened in December of 2015. The anticipated grand opening for Phase 2 is in Fall of 2018.
Phase 2: Fitness\Performance Training, Aquatics, Gymnasium, Indoor Track, Indoor Playground, Party Rooms and Multipurpose Classrooms.
Please contact the City’s Wastewater Division first by calling 817-748-8082. Staff will clean and check the sewer main to verify if a plumber will need to be contacted.
Residents are responsible for cleaning and repairs of the service line from the house all the way to and including the tap. However, if part of the service line is determined to be under the road, the City will make necessary repairs on the section under the road. Please contact the City’s Wastewater Division before calling a plumber for any issues.
Please contact the City’s Public Works Operations staff at 817-748-8082 and they will verify if sewer is available. Sewer service lines cannot be installed across adjacent property lines. Please visit our Septic to Sewer page for more information.
Applicable fees are listed here. The sewer tap fee is waived if there is no existing tap available. However, an $80 inspection fee will be applied.
The lawn watering schedule was established by a joint water conservation panel of various municipal technical staff, and water conservation experts. The specific days were chosen by a committee of representatives from Fort Worth, Tarrant Regional Water District (TRWD), and some of the 26 wholesale customer cities served by Fort Worth and TRWD. It allows residential customers to water twice weekly, each group having a weekday and a weekend day. This watering schedule evenly distributes the consumption of water throughout the region. Mondays were purposefully excluded because it has historically been a day of unusually high demand for the entire area, possibly because many commercial and industrial users resume production activities after having been closed for the weekend.
The twice-per-week watering schedule, based on address, is mandatory for Southlake. NO exceptions or changes in the assigned watering days are allowed.
Ideally, irrigation zones should be run long enough to fill a rain gauge or small cup by 1 inch of water on your two designated watering days or every 5 to 7 days if possible.
Yes. Small potted plants may be watered with a watering can on any day at any time. The primary focus of implementing the Stage 1 or higher of our drought contingency plan is to encourage the efficient watering of lawns and landscaping beds while minimizing wasted water.
Based upon Southlake's wholesale water purchase contract with the City of Fort Worth, the drought contingency standards that Southlake operates under are required by contract. Failure to follow these guidelines would be a breach of contract and may result in a loss in water service. Based upon recent efforts, all regional utilities are attempting to communicate the same message and as such are using the twice-per-week watering schedule if they purchase from the City of Fort Worth or Dallas Water Utilities. Most of the area cities, including Keller, Westlake, Trophy Club, and North Richland Hills all are served by the City of Fort Worth and follow the same watering restrictions.
No. If you have a water well, you are exempt from the water restrictions. However, the City of Southlake asks that you post a visible sign to indicate that a well is present on the property. As we are out enforcing the restrictions, posting a sign will help us identify those properties using well water versus City water and, more importantly, will ensure that you are not unduly targeted for any perceived violations of the water restrictions.
The City of Grapevine does not have the production capacity or sufficient water rights from Grapevine Lake to provide water to Southlake. Water rights on surface lakes are owned by individual municipalities and /or water authorities. The water rights for Grapevine Lake were established in the 1940's at the time of construction of Grapevine Lake. Primary water rights for Grapevine Lake belong to the Park cities (Highland Park and University Park). The secondary water rights for Grapevine Lake are owned by Dallas Water Utilities. The City of Grapevine holds tertiary water rights for the lake. There are no available water rights for the City of Southlake to take water from Grapevine Lake. The City of Grapevine operates a 12 million gallon per day production capacity water plant to serve their utility customers. The City of Grapevine is also served by the Trinity River Authority. Grapevine maximizes their production facility in order to minimize the end cost to their customers. As such, no treated water is available for the City of Southlake to purchase.
The City of Southlake has both a Water Conservation Ordinance No. 895-D and a Drought Contingency Ordinance No. 662-F. A Water Conservation Plan is a combination of strategies to:
A Drought Contingency/Emergency Water Management Plan is: