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Community E-NEWS
AUGUST 2010
In This Issue
Wet Zone Summer Fun
Photography Contest
Your City Council
Celebrate Rowlett!
Money Magazine Rating
Budget Workshops Set
Adopt-A-Thon
RTN16 Programs
SH 66 Lanes Reduced
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REMEMBER
 THE WET ZONE FAMILY WATERPARK
FOR YOUR SUMMER FUN!!!
Wet Zone Pool
Take the whole family and beat the heat! 
For passes, hours of operation, location, reservations and information on special events, go to the Wet Zone website here.
 Photography
Contest
Sponsored by:
The City of Rowlett and the Arts & Humanities Commission
 
Waterview fountain 
Theme:
"The Future is Now"
Categories:
1. People -
children, students, politicians, citizens, etc.
2. Places - lake, library, community center, buildings, DART, Bush Turnpike, etc. 
3. Things - boats, automobiles, artwork, nature, bridges, etc. 
Awards:
First Place in each category - $75
Best of Show - $150
All entries will be on display at the Rowlett Public Library from September 13 -October 8.
All entries must be brought to the Rowlett Public Library on Sat., September 11 between 10 a.m. and 12 noon.
Find the entry form and more information here.

 

 
Your City Council
Mayor John Harper
Mayor
John Harper
 
Todd Gottel 
Mayor Pro Tem
Todd Gottel
 
Patrick Jackson 
Deputy Mayor Pro Tem
Patrick Jackson
 
 Council Members
 
Donna Davis  
Donna Davis
 
Michael Gallops 
Michael Gallops
 
Chris Kilgore 
Chris Kilgore
 
Doug Phillips 
Doug Phillips
 
The City Council meets on the first and third Tuesdays of each month in the City Council Chambers located at 4000 Main Street. 
 The 
public is invited to attend.
Agendas are posted here.
Meetings are aired live on RTN16, cable channel 16 (Time Warner and Verizon) and rebroadcast throughout the week. See schedule here.
You may also watch the City Council Meetings 24/7 here on rowlett.com on streaming video.
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Greetings!
You talked, we listened! You told us you wanted better and more convenient communication with the City of Rowlett, so we delivered. Not only did we create this electronic newsletter, but we redesigned the website with you in mind so you could do business with us from your own home, 24/7 from rowlett.com.  
Please take the time to read this newsletter to find out what's going on in your hometown!
    Celebrate Rowlett flyer
The City of Rowlett offers a very special thanks to the following sponsors for making this event possible:
Title Sponsor:
Lake Pointe
Fireworks Sponsor:
Pyrtotex, Inc
Other sponsors:
Oncor, Austin Bridge & Road, DART, Pure Heart Fellowship Church, Farmers Insurance, Dallas County GOP, Tree House Academy, Legacy Texas Insurance, Freese and Nichols, Inc,  Banfield of  Rockwall, Jason's Deli, Your Next Painter, Walgreen's, RHS Drama Club & Booster Club, Travel Leaders, BBVA Compass, Certa Pro Painters, Rowlett Democrat Club, Jamie Dorris: State Rep 113, Wesley C.  Johnson, State Farm Insurance, Highland Homes, CERT, Home Depot, Sonic , America's Inflatable's, First Baptist Church, Artist Round Texas, Catalyst Church, Albertson's, Target, Rowlett Chamber of Commerce Relay for Life Team, Green Mountain Energy, Chick-Fil-A, First Step Chiropractic, Aaron's, Constable Michael Gothard, Walmart, Sign-A-Rama Garland and McAllister's Deli.
CELEBRATE ROWLETT!!!
Money Magazine ranks Rowlett in Top 25 'Best Places to Live' in the country
 
Money MagazineCome "Celebrate Rowlett" at a hometown picnic on Main Street on Saturday, August 7 from 6-9 p.m. in downtown Rowlett for being ranked in the top 25 "Best Places To Live" among small cities in America by Money Magazine.
Enjoy free hot dogs, water and chips while you listen to the music of one of DFW's best cover bands, "The Wonders". There will be children's activities and when the sun goes down, the sky will light up with a grand fireworks finale!
 
What: Celebrate Rowlett, a hometown picnic
When: Saturday, August 7, 6-9 p.m.
Where: Downtown Rowlett on Main Street
Please read the news release about the ranking in this national magazine here and watch a very special video message from Mayor John Harper here
Council budget workshops scheduled
 
Mark your calendar to attend the FY 2010-11 Budget Workshops for the City of Rowlett.
 
Mondays, August 9, 16 & 23
Eddie EagleMeetings begin at 6:30 p.m.
City Council Conference Room
4000 Main Street
 
You may watch the workshops live on RTN16 or from streaming video on your computer from rowlett.com.
 
Meeting topics:
August 9-General Fund review
August 16-All other fund reviews
August 23-Capital Improvement Fund review
 
City Manager Lynda Humble presented the proposed FY 2010-11 budget to the Mayor and City Council on Tuesday, August 3. The document is posted on the City website at rowlett.com.  
 
Adopt-A-Thon median sign
 

Make sure to enter your pooch into the "Haute Dog Contest" to claim your dog's fame in the canine fashion world. Contest registration begins at 1 p.m. Prizes will be awarded in several categories. Entry fee is $10 in advance, $15 at the event. Emailhautedog2010@yahoo.com for an entry form and more information.  Free concessions will be available. All proceeds and donations will benefit Relay for Life.

What's on RTN16
Check out your TV station, RTN16 to find out the latest news about your City
 
Tune in to the City's cable access channel, RTN16 every day to see, "Rowlett. On the Water. On the Move" hosted by Mayor John Harper and co-hosted by Mayor Pro Tem Todd Gottel. This hour-long news show covers just about everything you want to know about your City. Watch it at noon and 6 p.m. daily. Additional showtimes coming soon!
LOOK WHAT'S STARTING SOON!
New this month is a show called "Discover Rowlett" hosted by Mayor Pro Tem Todd Gottel. Each month Todd will take you behind the scenes to some of Rowlett's hidden treasures including businesses, parks, points of interest and exciting adventures! Showtimes will be announced soon!
In September, City Manager Lynda Humble will begin hosting a new show called "Ask Lynda" and we need your participation. Simply email your questions about the City to the City Manager at asklynda@rowlett.com and your question could be read on the air during the show.  Even if your question is not answered on the air, Lynda will send you an answer!  
RTN TV
RTN16 already provides the following shows and meetings. Click here to see the programming schedule.
Hometown History  Featuring stories and memories from long-time Rowlett residents.
City Council Meetings
Live and Recorded Replays
Planning & Zoning Meetings
Recorded replays
Special Meetings
Recorded replays of public meetings including DART, NTTA, Economic Development forums, Town Hall meetings, budget workshops, etc.
Public Service Announcements
Including code enforcement tips, special events, public safety tips, water safety, Wet Zone information, seasonal safety tips, etc.
All of these informative Public Service Announcements are aired on RTN16 between programs and on the City's YouTube site here.
 All video productions are produced in-house by Drew Rist, TV/Video Producer. Email Drew for more information or to subscribe to the City's YouTube site.
Turnpike Construction Update 
SH 66 at Liberty Grove/Kirby under construction 
PGBT EE logoThis week marks a very noticeable change in traffic patterns on SH 66 between Target and Bowl-A-Rama as construction crews begin to remove the center median and shift all traffic onto the northernmost lanes. By the end of the month, SH 66 at that intersection will be reduced to two lanes in each direction and the southernmost lanes will be closed to traffic until at least December to allow contractors to build the bridge over the new Eastern Extension of the President George Bush Turnpike (PGBT). 
To assist the numerous businesses in the Target shopping center remain visible, the City has provided large entrance signs that are placed near the entrances to direct traffic into the shopping center. (pictured below)
Target Shopping Center signsBoth of the  Target entrances on SH 66 will remain open at all times during the construction. Shoppers may also access the Target Shopping Center from Rowlett Road at the intersection of Big A Road. There is also a directional sign at that intersection.
For more details on this project, please read the City's bi-weekly construction newsletter Word On The Street here.  The North Texas Tollway Authority (NTTA) also provides up-to-date information on the PGBT EE on their website at NTTA.org.
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