Community E-NEWS
February 2010
In This Issue
Learn to save lives in CPR class
Candidate filing info
Watch Rowlett Videos
New web site coming soon!
Town Hall meeting
Shop Rowlett a huge success!
Daddy/Daughter Dance
DART Blue Line update
Watch State of the City Address
Credit card fee eliminated
Meet your City Council
US Census begins in March

Fire Rescue offers CPR/First Aid class

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Rowlett Fire Rescue will be sponsoring an American Heart Standard First Aid/CPR class on Sat. February 27, 2010 from 8:30 a.m. to noon. Cost is $30 for anyone 16 years or older. Space is limited. Please call Gloria Adams at 972-412-6230 for more info or to register.
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Candidate Filing information:
The 2010 Candidate packets are available for download here. Filing begins on Saturday, February 6 and ends at 5 p.m. on Monday, March 8 with the Office of the City Secretary.
Remember also to register to vote by April 8, 2010 in order to vote in the May 8 City Council Election.
Watch New Rowlett Video Clips
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Welcome to Rowlett's Community E-NEWS Newsletter. Each month we bring you information about the services, activities, projects and programs that your City has to offer. If you are not already a subscriber to this newsletter, we invite you to join our mailing list. We also encourage you to forward it to your friends and neighbors to help keep up with what's going on in your hometown. Please email us if you have any questions or suggestions.

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New web site launches March 1, 2010!

Citizens of Rowlett and the world will find a whole new way to access Rowlett as the City's new web site is launched on Monday, March 1. The new web site will offer many exciting features such as instant notifications by email and social media, improved calendars of special events and meetings, property searches, access to digital Library collection, local listings of businesses, churches, non-profit organizations, senior citizen news, online volunteer application, online bill pay functionality, clickable maps, easier access to public records, enhanced video collection, more online newsletters, online form submission, construction updates, Citizen request tracker and much, much more! The address remains the, but what's inside goes to a whole new level of customer service! Although we love to see you, we want to make business as easy as possible from the comfort of your own home. Come visit and check it out starting March 1!

Rowlett hosts first Town Hall meeting of 2010Town Hall art

Name your topic at the first Rowlett Town Hall meeting of the New Year, on Thursday, February 4 at 6:30 p.m. at the Rowlett Community Centre located at 5300 Main Street.

Mayor John Harper, Deputy Mayor Pro Tem Todd Gottel, Councilman Doug Phillips and Rowlett City Manager Lynda Humble will be the hosts for the Town Hall meeting, which is designed to provide an informal setting with City officials allowing citizens to freely and informally speak to them about what is going on in the City of Rowlett.

Please plan to attend and bring a neighbor!
SHOP ROWLETT Campaign a huge success!

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Shoppers in Rowlett have gone above and beyond all expectations to make the "Shop Rowlett" stimulus program a huge success. More than half a million dollars in local sales receipts were turned in to the city in less than 20 days from the start of the program. In return, those shoppers were given a $25 gift card for each $250 increment of receipts from local businesses. Their names were also entered into a monthly drawing for a $250 gift card. 
Although all of the individual gift cards have been distributed, shoppers who bring in $250 in local receipts for validation will continue to be entered into the monthly drawing through June 2010.
Gift cards are valid at more than 50 local businesses. Please view the list here.
Winners will be announced on the monthly news program "Rowlett, On the Lake, On the Move" hosted by Mayor John Harper.
Rowlett resident Vanessa Vidal is  
January's winner of $250 in gift cards!

Little Sweetheart Dance 
Register today! Girls ages 2-12, Dads any age.
 Find out more here.
Couples will enjoy a "Winter Wonderland" theme with a special evening of music, dancing and fun. Participants will get a LIMOUSINE ride, a keepsake photo, and refreshments. The fee is $40 per couple and $15 for each additional daughter. We are also looking for Mom volunteers!
There are three ways to register for the dance: Online at (go to online services and click on Community Centre Program Registration and search for special events), call 972-412-6170 and register over the phone, or come to the Rowlett Community Centre at 5300 Main Street, Rowlett, TX 75088.
Email Jennifer Gomez for more information.
DART Blue Line to Rowlett on the Way!

DART Blue Line LogoYou may not be able to see it, but construction is well under way on the DART Blue Line Light Rail to downtown Rowlett. Most of the construction is taking place near Rowlett Creek in areas not accessible to the public, but you can get a glimps of the progress here. 

State of the City address available online
RTN TVRowlett Mayor John Harper delivered the State of the City Address during the January 19 City Council meeting to an audience of local citizens, county and state elected officials and to a live TV audience on RTN16, the City's cable access channel. The message was also streamed live on the Internet. 
Mayor Harper recognized the City's 2009 accomplishments and highlighted the challenges and opportunities facing the City in 2010 and beyond.
Tune in to RTN16 daily at noon and 6 p.m. to watch the replay, or watch it on demand on streaming video at A copy of the Mayor's presentation slides are also available here.

Credit card processing fee on water bills eliminated 
Residents in Rowlett will no longer see the $2.50 credit card processing fee on their water bills. As of January 15, the fee was eliminated making it possible to pay with a credit card without any extra fees.  
The fees were previously charged to pay the fees charged by the bank to process payments. The City Council voted in December to absorb the fees and remove the pass through fee to the customer.
The City Council also approved services that will be implemented in a few months that will include electronic bill pay, electronic pay by phone, email notifications when statements are available online, previous and current water bill statements, details on how to read your water bill, customized information from the City of Rowlett and online payments  24/7.
Water payments may be made online with Visa or MasterCard at, under ONLINE SERVICES. Please call us if you have any questions or comments at 972-463-CITY (2489).

Rowlett Mayor, City Council
Eddie Eagle
Pictured from left to right:
Deputy Mayor Pro Tem Todd Gottel; Mayor John Harper; Mayor Pro Tem Steve Maggiotto; Councilmembers Cindy Rushing; Chris Kilgore; Doug Phillips; Patrick Jackson
The City Council meets on the first and third Tuesday of each month at City Hall, 4000 Main Street. Meetings begin with a Work Session at roughly 6 p.m. followed by the regular Council Meeting at 7:30 p.m. Agendas are available on line 78 hours prior to meetings.  The public is invited to attend in person or watch the meetings live on RTN16 or on streaming video on the Internet from Meetings are also taped and rebroadcast on RTN16 at the following times:
Council Meetings
 Mon., Tues. & Thurs. @ 6:30 a.m. & 7 p.m.; Sun.  @ 12:30 p.m.
Council Work Sessions
 Wed. & Fri. @ 6:30 a.m. & 7 p.m.; Sat @ 12:30 p.m.
Meetings are available on demand at 24/7. 
Citizens wanting to address the Council during the meetings may do so by filling out a Citizen Input card just prior to the meeting and submitting it to the City Secretary prior to the start of the meeting.
Be Counted...It Counts!

Census HandsThe City of Rowlett has begun full-court effort to get as many Rowlett citizens as possible counted in the 2010 U.S. Census and we need your help! 

An accurate count in the population helps determine representation in Congress and the distribution of more than $400
billion in federal funds each year. 
What to Expect...
During the last half of March 2010, residents will receive 10-question census short form to fill out and return to the US Census Bureau. Beginning in May, census takers will knock on the doors of those who did not respond. 
How you can help...
Encourage your friends, neighbors, organizations and co-workers to promptly fill out and return the short 10-question survey to the U.S. Census Bureau so Rowlett is counted accurately.
Feel free to contact us for more information!
Remember one easy number for all your questions!
Call the Action Center at
972-463-CITY (2489)
or go to