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Community E-NEWS
October 2010
In This Issue
City Manager's Book Club
Check Us Out On RTN16
Rowlett In Money Magazine Top 25
Rowlett Road Narrow to Two Lanes
FY 2011 Budget Approved
Meeting To Address Future of Parks
Big Boo Bash
Library Receives State Grant
Children to Design Playground
Your Mayor, City Council
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City Manager's Book Club
 
Glass Castle Book
Join City Manager Lynda Humble on the third Thursday of each month for an exciting discussion of your favorite books.
This month's book discussion features 
The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls.
When: Thursday, October 21
7 p.m.
Where: The
Rowlett Public Library, 3900 Main Street.
For more information, please call the Rowlett Library at 972-412-6161.
 
Check us out on TV!
Watch your community TV station, RTN16 on Time Warner Cable and Verizon Cable, channel 16 or live streaming from your computer on rowlett.com for 24/7 community information.
Watch special programs including Mayor Harper's news show called, "Rowlett. On the Water. On the Move!" with co-host Mayor Pro Tem Todd Gottel daily on the 6's and 12's.
You may also watch City Council and P&Z meetings live and replayed throughout the week.
Also, learn about Rowlett's rich history through the eyes of some of Rowlett's earliest residents on the show called, "Hometown History."
Starting this month, "Discover Rowlett" with host Mayor Pro Tem Todd Gottel as he takes you places in your hometown that you may not have known existed.
Take the time also to ask your City Manager Lynda Humble a question on her new show called "Ask Lynda". Simply email her here and your question could be answered on the air.
Please see the RTN16 schedule here and join us! 
 
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Greetings!

Thank you for reading the Rowlett Community E-NEWS Newsletter! Each month we bring you the latest information about your hometown. You told us you wanted to have better communication with your City and this newsletter is one way we are keeping our commitment to you! You talked, we listened!
DID YOU KNOW... 
 
Rowlett is ranked in the top 25 "Best Places to Live" by Money Magazine. Watch the video message from Mayor John Harper here.
 
Rowlett Road to be narrowed between SH 66 and Main to make way for DART Blue Line
 
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As we continue to progress toward the new horizon of commuter light rail in Rowlett, we have some upcoming traffic challenges to endure. For approximately the next six months, significant traffic challenges will occur on Rowlett Road between SH 66 and Main Street. Various lanes will be closed for extended periods of time in order to allow DART's contractors, Austin Bridge  and Road, to prepare the RR crossing for the DART Blue Line. The lane closures will occur in two-lane increments as follows:  
Beginning on October 11, 2010: The two outside lanes of southbound Rowlett Road will be closed, and will remain closed for eight weeks, at the railroad crossing between SH 66 and Main Street.
At the end of those eight weeks: The inside north and southbound lanes, nearest the center median, will be closed for approximately eight weeks.
Subsequent to those eight weeks: The two outside right-hand lanes of northbound Rowlett Road will be closed for another eight weeks.
Alternate access to Main Street is available from SH 66 near WalMart.  
These lane closures will mark some of the most significant traffic concerns for the entire construction project so please bear with us. Expect heavy delays in this area.
Your patience is greatly appreciated!
 

Fiscal Year 2011 City Operating Budget approved by Council

With no tax increase for the sixth consecutive year, the Rowlett Operating Budget was approved by the City Council by a vote of 5-1 on Tuesday, September 21.
Taxpayers will continue to pay .747173 per $100 property valuation and there will be no reduction in services.
The budget was submitted to the City Council by City Manager Lynda Humble in August and four workshops and two public hearings were held in September.
The new budget will be posed on rowlett.com in November. You may view the originally proposed budget
here. You may also watch the September 21, 2010 City Council Meeting where the budget was approved here.
 
Help plan future of Rowlett parks
Parks and Rec logoThe Rowlett Parks Master Plan will be the topic of discussion on Tuesday, October 12 from 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. at the Rowlett Community Centre, 5300 Main Street and you are invited to attend and share your thoughts about the future of Rowlett Parks.
Please email Jennifer Gomez, Special Projects Manager, or call 972-463-3946 for more information.
Your input can make a difference!
Boo Bash
Library receives Loan Star Grant
Lone Star Libraries Logo
Libraries promote literacy and lifelong learning, and the Rowlett Public Library is being rewarded for providing exceptional service by receiving $14,989 in Loan Star Grant funds to support the library's GED program. Rep. Joe Driver and Peggy D. Rudd, Director of the Texas State Library & Archives Commission will present the award to the City at the regular City Council meeting on Tuesday, Oct. 5. 
The Rowlett Public Library, maintaining accreditation, has received Loan Star Grants since 2002 totaling $94,079. This year's grant brings the total to $109,068. Last year, the library also purchased three Early Literacy Stations with these funds. Children can now access over 30 educational bilingual games by just touching the screen. These new literacy stations are so popular that they average 4,500 sessions in just one month. The Loan Star Grants bring precious tax dollars back to communities to supplement local funding that keeps libraries alive.

Rowlett Pardners Foundation, City of Rowlett, Foresters and KaBOOM! to host Design Day for new playground 
Children's drawings to create blueprint for new community playground

Parks & Rec Pardners            Parks and Rec Kaboom logo  
 
                                 Parks and Rec Foresters Logo 
The Rowlett Pardners Foundation, the City of Rowlett, ForestersTM and organizers from KaBOOM!, will host a Design Day for children at the Rowlett Community Centre on Oct. 14. Children from the area will put crayon to paper and draw their dream playgrounds, which will ultimately become a reality. Elements from the children's drawings will be incorporated into the final design for the new community playground to be built on Dec. 4 at Wedgewood Park, just north of WalMart.
Design Day will be the first meeting of the playground planning committee that will work for the next nine weeks to plan and prepare for the construction of the new playground. 
The new playground will provide more than 500 children and their families in the Rowlett community with a safe place to play. Playgrounds provide an opportunity for families to spend quality time together and get to know other families in their community. Currently, the children living in the Kenwood Heights subdivision do not have a playground within walking distance to enjoy.
Foresters, a life insurance provider committed to the well-being of families, is funding 20 playground builds across North America this year. By investing $1.5 million in these projects, Foresters is partnering with KaBOOM! to build playgrounds that will eventually serve nearly 250,000 children and create opportunities for families to spend time together. This build is one of more than 180 KaBOOM! will lead across the country in 2010 in an effort to provide a great place to play within walking distance of every child in America. 
 
Design Day
WHERE: Rowlett Community Centre
5300 Main Street
WHEN: Thursday, October 14
3:45-6:45 p.m. 
Playground Build Day
Saturday, December 4
Volunteers Needed!
Contact: Keshia Randle, Recreation Division Manager,
at 972-463-3958 or email to sign up!
Your City Council: Here to serve you! 
The Rowlett City Council meets on the first and third Tuesdays of each month at City Hall, 4000 Main Street. All meetings are open to the public and are broadcast live and replayed on RTN16 and on streaming video on the City's website.
Meeting agendas are posted on rowlett.com 72 hours in advance. 
 
  2010 City Council
 
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