|Fireworks On Main
6 - 10 p.m.
|Bring your friends and family to Main Street in Rowlett to enjoy music, food, kid's activities
Watch the video promo here! Bounce Houses and
Live music from DFW's top cover band
For more information, or to become a sponsor, email Jennifer Gomez or call
the largest fireworks show in Rowlett!
Saturday, July 3rd from 6 - 10 p.m.
|ENTER OUR PHOTO CONTEST!|
|Grab your camera and head out to the "Fireworks On Main" event on Saturday, July 3 in downtown Rowlett and show us your photography
The grand prize winner will receive a season pass to the Wet Zone
Five lucky runners up will receive a pair of day passes to the Wet Zone.
Winning photos will be posted on the City's Flickr account and shown on RTN16, the City's cable access TV channel.
For details, please contact
Also, sign up for our new
|Rowlett Animal Shelter Needs You!|
With summer upon us and kids home from school, parents look for activities to fill their children's free time.
This summer, the Rowlett Animal Shelter could use your help!
As a family, you can give back to your community through volunteerism right here at home.
With a little adult supervision, children quickly learn the inner satisfaction that comes with helping improve the lives of people, animals and our environment.
Also, those who have encountered minor infractions with the law and now have to serve court-ordered community service hours are welcome to serve those hours at the Animal Shelter
Although some people start their "volunteering" this way, many choose to continue their community service after they've "done their time" simply because their hearts were touched by helping others.
To find out how to volunteer at the Rowlett Animal Shelter, contact Community Relations Specialist Denise Perrin
|Watch us on Rowlett YouTube!
Watch RTN16 Live and replays of meetings here
|All programs are produced by:
Drew Rist, TV/Video Producer City of Rowlett Communications Department
In early July, two eastbound lanes of SH 66, from roughly Bowl-A-Rama to Target, near the Liberty Grove @ Kirby
intersection will be closed and all traffic will be shifted to the westbound
lanes and reduced
reduced to two lanes in each direction. This traffic switch will cause some minor delays, but we encourage you to continue shopping in that area. We will be providing directional signs to help you find your way into the Target shopping center to your favorite stores and businesses.
Please watch for construction signs, and be aware of reduced speed limits, for your safety and the safety of construction workers.
Welcome to the Rowlett Community E-NEWS Newsletter!
You told us you prefer to get news about your city electronically, so we designed this newsletter with that in mind.
Each month, Community E-NEWS provides you with information regarding City news, events, meetings, construction projects and information on how you can get involved in your community. We also provide helpful information that touches your neighborhoods including code enforcement, public safety, animal control and much, much more!
Please also visit our new website at www.rowlett.com to do business with us 24/7 from the comfort of your own home. Pay your utility bill, manage your utility account, see our employment opportunities and submit an online application.
We want to hear from you, so please let us know your opinions. Your feedback is important to us.
To find out even more about your City, watch RTN16
, the City's cable access channel to see live and rebroadcast City Council meetings, interesting talk shows, City infomercials and general information about Rowlett. All of this is also available anytime, day or night, on our on demand streaming video
If you have any questions or comments, please call 972-463-3954 or email us here!
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Your Vote Counts!
City Council Run-off Election Information
The run-off election for City Council Places 2 and 6 will be held on Saturday, June 12, from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. at Coyle Middle School, 4500 Skyline Drive for all Rowlett registered voters.
The candidates are listed below in the order in which their names appear on the ballot.
Click here for more information listed on our website.
Council honors outgoing members
On Tuesday, June 1, the City Council honored two long-term Council members as they stepped down from serving six years on the Rowlett City Council.
Mayor Pro Tem Steve Maggiotto, who is leaving the Council because of a two term limitation, served on many Council committees during his tenure and ended his final term as Mayor Pro Tem.
Council member Cindy Rushing, who resigned her seat to seek the office of Mayor, also served on countless City Council committees and local organizations.
A reception was held after the Council meeting on Tuesday, June 1 in honor of both. Many wonderful thanks were given by their fellow City Council members during the meeting which can be viewed on streaming video from the City's website rowlett.com.
Their council seats will be filled following the run-off election on Saturday, June 12, 2010. Election results will be canvassed on Tuesday, June 15, 2010. See election details in the article above or at rowlett.com.
Their many years of dedicated service to the City of Rowlett are greatly appreciated!
Meet your Mayor, City Council
Rowlett is a Home Rule City subject to the State of Texas laws, rules and regulations. The City Council is elected at-large representing all residents within the City limits.
The Council members, including the Mayor, serve staggered three-year terms. The Mayor Pro Tem and Deputy Mayor Pro Tem are selected by the Council members each year no later than the month of July. 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 between 5:30 and 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 at www.rowlett.com.
Meetings are also taped and rebroadcast on the City's cable access channel RTN16. Check the schedule here.
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.
Wet Zone Family Waterpark
Now Open for Summer!!!
Go here for hours of operation, passes, reservations!
|Summer Reading Club: Catch the Reading Express
Children of all ages are invited to join the Summer Reading Club at the Rowlett Public Library, 3900 Main Street, for summer reading pleasure, entertainment from professional performers, free movies on a big screen, and the chance to earn prizes.
Children can win great prizes and coupons for each 5 hours read, up to 30 hours. Teens will receive incentives for every 10 hours read. After completing 30 hours of reading, teens will be entered into a grand prize drawing for $100 worth of books, DVDs, or CDs at the end of the summer (selected by the prize winner and purchased by the library).
Click here for the complete Summer Reading Club schedule and come join us for a fun and exciting summer!
Did You Know . . . Residential sidewalks are the responsibility of the homeowner?
_________________________ Neighborhood Knowledge
Come here each month for a helpful Code Enforcement tip
When a sidewalk becomes unsafe or hazardous and requires maintenance, upkeep, repairs, or needs to be reconstructed, it is the responsibility of the homeowner.
Sidewalks with faults or trip hazards greater than two inches and sidewalks with depressions greater than five percent should be repaired. These include most indentations that make the sidewalk path lower than the curb.
If you are unsure if your sidewalk meets this criteria or you need to report a hazardous sidewalk, please email Code Enforcement or call 972-412-6283.
But Wait! Did you also know . . .
The City of Rowlett offers a "50/50" sidewalk replacement program to assist homeowners in replacing substandard sidewalks within the rights-of-way?
In this program, the City will pay up to 50 percent of the repairs and the homeowner will be responsible to pay the other 50 percent. Funding is limited and the program is only available while funds last.
It's important for homeowners to remember that the 50/50 Sidewalk Replacement Program does not release property owners of their responsibility for maintaining the sidewalk.
Did You Know? Homeowners may not be aware but when a sidewalk is unsafe or hazardous and results in damage or injury due to the defective condition they can be held liable. Code Enforcement will begin conducting proactive sweeps to address hazardous sidewalks soon.
Please click here to watch this informative video about City sidewalks. Thank you for watching and educating yourself about your community.
For more information on sidewalk regulations please visit our website or email the Code Enforcment Division. You may also call 972-412-6283. Thank you for making sure your sidewalks are safe!
Memorial Day Ceremony,
Touch-A-Truck a great success
Hundreds of citizens and Veterans turned out for a wonderful Memorial Day Ceremony on Saturday, May 29 in Veteran's Park in downtown Rowlett.
Mayor Pro Tem Todd Gottel was the Master of Ceremonies for the event and U.S. Congressman Sam Johnson was the guest speaker.
colors and the Rowlett High School Silver Rhythm Dancers delivered a special message to all Veterans.
The combined Police and Fire Honor Guards presented the colors
Following the Memorial Day Ceremony, kids and adults alike enjoyed climbing on and viewing a host of large trucks at the Second Annual Touch-A-Truck event. See more photos on the City's Flickr site here
Upcoming events and meetings are now easily found on the City's new website at rowlett.com all in one place just by going to the master calendar here!
SHOP ROWLETT Campaign ends this month!
Shoppers in Rowlett have a few more weeks to be entered into the final drawing worth $250 in gift cards that can be used at participating local businesses.
Thanks to you, the Shop Rowlett Campaign which began in January to encourage people to keep their dollars in Rowlett, has been a huge success! To date, more than $600,000 in local sales receipts have been turned in and validated, indicating that our citizens care!
All you have to do is shop locally and turn in sales receipts totaling $250 or more by June 23 and your name will be placed in the drawing for the $250 in gift cards. These cards are honored at participating local businesses listed here. Bring your receipts to one of these three locations to be validated:
Rowlett Public Library - 3900 Main
Rowlett Community Centre - 5300 Main
Utility Billing - 4004 Main
The next drawing at the end of this month will take place during
Congratulations to our winners:
Vanessa Vidal - January
Lyndall Montgomery - February
Cindy Guin - March
Elizabeth Tolman - April
Sandra Potts - May
You could be the final winner!
Public Works at work for you!
Did you know . . .
The City of Rowlett is responsible for managing storm water throughout the City in order to reduce flooding and improve the quality of water flowing downstream. Rowlett is a participant of the Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS-4).
Based on Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ), the City of Rowlett is required to provide necessary training to the City inspectors to manage storm water related to any property that will disturb more than one acre of land for construction.
What does the City of Rowlett do for Storm Water Management?
The City's construction inspectors follow several steps for managing storm water. We start by using the Best Management Practices specified by North Central Texas Council of Government and the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality that include the following erosion control measures:
If you have weather-related flooding issues in your neighborhood, please contact the Public Works/Development Department at 972-463-CITY (2489) or visit our website on Storm Water Management
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 the Action Center at
Want to Volunteer? We need you!
Did you know that there are countless volunteer opportunities with the City of Rowlett?
We will find the perfect place for you to share your knowledge and expertise with us! Whether you are a retired professional, love animals, teach special classes, enjoy special events, or just want to give back to your community, we've got a place for you!
How do you get inivolved? It's simple. Just call Denise Perrin, Community Relations Specialist at 972-412-6192 or send her an email letting us know where you would like to donate your time. For more information, and to fill out a volunteer form, please go to our volunteer website.