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APRIL 2010
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Visit the Senior Health Fair
Traffic Construction Update
Celebrate Rowlett's Diversity
Need a job? Need employees?
Adopt A New Best Friend!
City Manager's Book Club
Watch Us On YouTube
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Vote, Vote, Vote!
Leadership Rowlett Paints the Town
What's Up?
Food for Fines
Dispatchers Recognized
Garage Sale Info
Got Stuff?
Meet Your Mayor, City Council
Holiday Closures
The Virtual City...Rowlett.com
March Shop Rowlett Winner
Coyle House Public Meeting
Senior Health Fair
Join the Senior Citizens of Rowlett at the Senior Health Fair on Tuesday, April 6 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Rowlett Community Centre, 5300 Main.
 
This event is free and will include health screenings, door prizes, refreshments and more!
 
Call 972-412-6170 for more information.
Senior Health Fair
 
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Road closures
 

Miller Bridge Closure 
 
Miller Road Bridge

The Miller Road Bridge, located on the east side of Kirby Road, will be closed on Wed., April 7 & Thurs., April 8 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. for the repair of a water line. Please seek alternate routes during both days.

 
Liberty Grove Road

 

Liberty Grove Road between Toler and Merritt Roads will be closed on Saturday, April 10 between 6 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. Northbound Liberty Grove Road traffic will be detoured at Toler Road. Southbound Liberty Grove Road traffic will be detoured at Merritt Road. The detour route will be marked at all intersections to help motorists continue in route. Please proceed with caution and remember to observe the 30 mph speed limit through construction zones.

 
Celebrate Rowlett's
Rich Diversity!
Eddie Eagle
Diversity Day
Saturday, April 24 from 1 - 4 p.m.
 
Rowlett Community Centre
5300 Main St. 
 
Display your heritage with dress, dance, food and entertainment.
 
To participate, email Jennifer Gomez or call
972-463-3946.
 
Click here to find out more!

Rowlett Job Fair 
Searching for a job? Looking to hire?
Need to find quality employees to take your business to the next level in 2010?

When:
  Thursday, April 8 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Where:  Rowlett Community Centre, 5300 Main 

Booth space is complimentary for Chamber Members. For non-members the fee is $25. Booth registration form is here.
 
Co-sponsored by the Rowlett Chamber of Commerce and the City of Rowlett 
 
Title Sponsor:
 Express Employment logo
Call the Chamber office at 972-475-3200 or email Chamber President Lisa Ferrell for more information. 
2010 Pet ADOPT-A-THON
Come find your new best friend on Saturday, May 1, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Rowlett Animal Shelter, 4402 Industrial, during the Pet Adopt-a-thon. 
Doggie
 
We are working closely with the Friends of the Rowlett Animals (FRA) in reducing the adoption fees for the day to just $50, regularly priced at $75. We will have fun activities for all. See you there!!!!

 
Low Cost Microchip Clinic
Also on May 1, the Animal Shelter will be hosting a low-cost Microchip Clinic from 2-4 p.m. sponsored by Friends of the Rowlett Animals and Four Paws Animal Clinic and Pet Resort.
 
The "Friends Chip Package" includes the implanted chip and lifetime registration with PETtrac and a postage paid registration, all for just $20 per pet! Supplies are limited so get there early.
 
Rowlett Animal Shelter
4402 Industrial 
 
 Please visit the Animal Services web site here or call
 972-412-6219.
City Manager's Book Club
 
Thursday
  April 15
7 p.m.
Rowlett Public Library
3900 Main
The Book Club meets the third Thursday of every month through May.

Join City Manager Lynda Humble as she leads Rowlett's newest book club!
The selection for April is Shadow Divers by Robert Kurson.
Shadow Divers
 
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YOU'RE TALKING, WE'RE LISTENING!

 
listeningThank you for taking time to read the Community E-NEWS Newsletter. You continue to tell us that you want more information about your City, and we are doing our best to keep you informed. Each month we bring you information about the services, activities, projects and programs that you have said you want to know about. 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. Take our communication survey here and let us know how you get your news, how you want your news, and what you want to know about the City of Rowlett.
 
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Your Vote Counts!
General City 
Election Information

 
Election time for Mayor and City Council positions is upon us! The City General Election will be held on Saturday, May 8, 2010. The candidates running for office in Rowlett are listed below in the order in which their names will appear on the ballot. 
 
Candidates are:           
John E. Harper - Mayor - Ballot Position 1
Cindy Rushing - Mayor - Ballot Position 2
Jerry Berggren - Council Place 2, Ballot Position 1
Donna Davis - Council Place 2, Ballot Position 2
Robert Kittrell - Council Place 2, Ballot Position 3
Todd W. Gottel - Council Place 4, Ballot Position 1
Ron Miller - Council Place 6, Ballot Position 1
Michael Gallops - Council Place 6, Ballot Position 2
Randy Mays - Council Place 6, Ballot Position 3
Nicholas Kreekon - Council Place 6, Ballot Position 4 
  
All Rowlett registered voters may participate in early voting at the Rowlett Public Library at 3900 Main Street regardless of whether they live in Dallas or Rockwall County from Monday, April 26 through Friday, May 4. Please see early voting hours here
 
All residents (Dallas or Rockwall County residents) may also vote early at all of the 38 Dallas County sites. See those locations here. As the listing changes (it will decrease as cities cancel their respective elections if their candidates are unopposed), the actual voting locations will be updated on the City's website.
 
On Election Day...
Saturday, May 8 - 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
 
Voters must vote in their respective precincts. For more info go here
 
April 8 is the last day to register to vote in the May 8 General Election.
 
Voter registration cards are available at City Hall, 4000 Main, the Rowlett Public Library at 3900 Main or the United States Post Office located at 3416 Enterprise Dr.
You may also download the voter registration here and mail it in to the address provided on the instruction page. 

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Paint BrushesLeadership Rowlett, RHS students team up on community painting project
 
The Rowlett Chamber of Commerce 2010 Leadership Rowlett class will roll up their sleeves and get out the paintbrushes on Saturday, April 3 to bring new life and color to the Rowlett Community Centre teen area as the official Leadership class project. Along side them will be approximately 40 students from Rowlett High School to assist with the project.
 
With the new colors and designs, and awareness of those improvements, the Leadership class hopes that teens will start to feel at home in the area and use it as a place to go after school and on weekends. 
 
Paint and supplies have generously been donated by the Rowlett Home Depot and Sherwin Williams Paint. 
 
Anyone from the public who is interested in being a part of this exciting community service project is invited to come to the Community Centre, 5300 Main, on Saturday morning, April 3 to join in on the fun!
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Calendar
 
WHAT'S UP?
 
Upcoming events and meetings are now easily found on the City's new web site at rowlett.com all in one place just by going to the master calendar  here!
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BooksFOOD FOR FINES!
 
Celebrate
National Library Week

April 12 - 17
 
We will accept food for fines!

Eliminate your fines and contribute to a worthy cause! (Canned goods only please!) All food items will go the Rowlett Needy Children's Fund. 

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City to recognize those who save lives on the line!
 
The Rowlett Police Department will be celebrating April 12-17 as National Public Safety Telecommunications Week and will recognize the City's 13 communications officers. 
 

Each year, the second week of April is dedicated to the men and women who serve as public safety telecommunicators. 
 
Celebrated annually, this special week, sponsored by the Association of Public-Safety Communications Officials (APCO) International, honors the thousands of men and women who respond to emergency calls, dispatch emergency professionals and equipment, and render life-saving assistance to the world's citizens.
 
Public safety agencies nationwide have recognized the pivotal role played by telecommunicators, including dispatchers, communications operators, radio control personnel, individuals who utilize telephones, radios, computers and technical skills to provide support to law enforcement, fire services, emergency medical services and other governmental field personnel.
 
Below is a list of the City's 13 Communications Officers assigned to the City's dispatch center who will be recognized with a proclamation by Mayor John Harper on April 6, 2010 at the City Council meeting.

 

 Rowlett Communication Officers: 
 
Lee Castiglione ( Supervisor)
Angela Webb
Wylie Webb
Lori Conklin
Becky Haines
Kristen Frazier
Rhonda Wilson
Steve Stanley
Jennifer McKenzie
Ben Spotswood
Michelle Parks
Cody Holt
Monica Lang
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Breaking the Code
Come here each month for a helpful Code Enforcement tip.
 
Garage SaleIt is the time of year when citizens do their spring cleaning and host garage sales!
 
Rowlett residents are allowed to have three garage or yard sales in a 12-month period.
A "garage sale" can also be held on the patio, driveway or in the front yard.
 
Foll0wing are some helpful facts to remember:
 
1. No permit is required.
2. Sales may last up to three consecutive days.
3. Garage sale signs may be placed on the resident's property or other private property with the property owner's permission.
4. Signs may not be placed on public property, which includes street right of ways, medians and utility poles.
5. All signs must be removed within 48 hours after the sale has ended. 
 
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Got STUFF?
 
JunkJust call IESI and schedule a pick up time!
 
 
If you would like to have bulky items or yard trimmings removed from your property, you are welcome to call IESI at 972-475-3600 to schedule a brush/bulky waste pick up.  Or, landfill passes are available for two free dumps per calendar year at the Hinton Landfill or transfer station. 
 
To obtain a landfill pass good for two visits, residents must present a valid driver's license and current water bill at Public Works/Development @ 3901 Main Street, Utility Billing @ 4004 Main Street or the City Secretary's Office @ 4000 Main Street.
 
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Meet your Mayor, City Council

Eddie Eagle

Pictured from left to right:

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 72 hours prior to meetings.

If you are unable to attend the meetings, they are broadcast LIVE on RTN16 or on streaming video on the Internet from rowlett.com.

Meetings are also taped and rebroadcast on RTN16 at the following times:
 
Council Meetings are aired live on RTN16 and replayed on:
 Mondays & Wednesdays @ 7 a.m. & 7 p.m.
Saturdays @ 1 p.m. & 8 p.m.  
Council Work Sessions are aired live and replayed on:
 Tuesdays & Thursdays @ 7 a.m. & 7 p.m.
Sundays @ 1 p.m. & 8 p.m. 
 
Meeting replays are available on demand at rowlett.com 24/7.
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HOLIDAY CLOSURES
Eddie Eagle 
City offices, the Community Centre and the Rowlett Public Library will be closed on Friday, April 2 in observance of Good Friday.
The Library will be open regular hours on Saturday, April 3, from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. The Rowlett Animal Shelter will also be open on Saturday, April 3 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Community Centre will be open on Saturday, April 3 from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Garbage will be collected as usual.
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Come visit us, virtually!
 
Online payment option tops the favorite list!
 
Last month we introduced you to your new City web site. This month, we are happy to report that the number one reason you visit Rowlett.com is to utilize the online payment for your water/garbage bills.

Front page for web

One of our main goals for the new site was to allow you to do business with us 24/7 from home, your computer or your mobile phone. Looks like it is working!
 
If you haven't visited the new site, please be our guest and check it out!
 
Come visit rowlett.com and check it out! Watch the promo on YouTube! and take a video tour of the new site here!
 
 
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SHOP ROWLETT Campaign still going strong!
 
shop rowlett

Shoppers in Rowlett have gone above and beyond all expectations to make the "Shop Rowlett" Stimulus Program a huge success.
 
Almost half a million dollars have been spent in Rowlett as a result of the Shop Rowlett campaign since its beginning in January.
 
Anyone turning in $250 in local sales receipts is automatically entered into a monthly drawing for $250 worth of gift cards that can be used at participating local businesses.
 
Each month, Mayor John Harper draws the name of a new winner of the $250 gift card on the monthly news show:  
"Rowlett... On the Lake, On the Move" hosted by Mayor John Harper with special guest City Manager Lynda Humble aired on the City's cable access channel RTN16, the Rowlett TV Network at noon and 6 p.m. daily, or on streaming video online, on demand here!
 
Congratulations to our winners:
Vanessa Vidal - January
Lyndall Montgomery - February
 Cindy Guin - March

April's winner could be you!
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Coyle Farmstead Public Input Meeting
 
The City of Rowlett invites you to attend a public meeting on Monday, April 5 at 6:30 p.m. at the Community Centre, 5300 Main Street to discuss possible future uses of the Coyle Farmstead that was relocated to Pecan Grove Park.
 
The Coyle Farmstead was in the right-of-way for the turnpike construction, so the North Texas Tollway Authority paid to have it moved and secured at the new location adjacent to the Rowlett Community Centre.
 
Not only will you have a chance to discuss what you think the uses should be, but also how our community can raise funds to make it happen.
 
Go here to read the frequently asked questions about the farmstead.
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Got a question? Want to report a pot hole? Does your neighborhood need code enforcement?
 
Visit the Citizen Action Center at rowlett.com and enter your comments or service requests.
 
You may also call our friendly Action Center Representatives at 
972-463-CITY (2489).