Community E-NEWS
In This Issue
Recycle Your Chrimstas Tree
New 'Discover Rowlett' Airs
New Year's Holiday Closures
DART Station Groundbreaking
Register Your HOA
FY 2010: A Year In Review video
Shop Rowlett Campaign Begins
Your Mayor, City Council
Playground Built In A Day
Calendar of Events
Watch 'Rowlett. On the Water, On the Move!'
Follow Us
Contact Us
Join Our Mailing List
Recycle your tree!
Christmas Tree
The City of Rowlett is accepting live, undecorated
 Christmas Trees for recycling at the former Parks Maintenance
 site, at 4732 Industrial through Friday, January 7. Bring your tree anytime day or night and place it inside one of the dumpsters. We'll take it from there! If you chose not to drop off your tree at the recycling location, you will need to contact IESI to schedule a pick up time at your home. Their number is 972-475-3600.

Discover Rowlett!
Drew and Todd

Pictured Above:

Mayor Pro Tem Todd Gottel hosts "Discover Rowlett" at the Playground Build.


Each month, Mayor Pro Tem Todd Gottel and TV/Video Producer Drew Rist bring you a fun and exciting TV show called "Discover Rowlett" which uncovers some of Rowlett's best kept secrets and takes you to events hosted by the City of Rowlett. 
This month's edition takes you to the Kenwood Heights Park Playground Build and "Light Up Main" Community Tree Lighting that both occurred on Saturday, December 4.
Hundreds of community volunteers came out to roll up their sleeves and get to work to build a playground for the community.
 (See related story at right.)
Click here to see the full episode of "Discover Rowlett" on the City's YouTube site.

New years fireworks
City Hall administrative offices, Municipal Court and the Animal Shelter will be closed on New Year's Eve, Friday, December 31 in observance of New Year's Day. The Rowlett Community Centre will be open from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. on New Year's Eve and the Rowlett Public Library will be open from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. on New Year's Eve, Friday, December 31. Both facilities will be closed on New Year's Day, Saturday, January 1, 2011.

For emergencies, please all 9-1-1. For after hours non-emergencies, please contact the Rowlett Police Department at   972-412-6200.

Save the Date!

DART to break ground on Blue Line Station February 9, 2011

DART logo

DART, Austin Bridge & Road, and the City of Rowlett cordially invite you to attend the official Blue Line Station Groundbreaking Ceremony on Wednesday, February 9, 2011 at 10 a.m. at the corner of Martin and Melcer Roads, adjacent to the DART Park & Ride facility.

More to come next month's issue!

Register Your HOA Here
Register your Neighborhood  or Homeowner's Association and we'll keep you regularly informed about City activities, traffic and construction. Go online here to register here, or email Denise Perrin, Community Relations Specialist, at 972-412-6192.


Thank you for reading the City's Community ENEWS Newsletter. In each edition you will find helpful information about your hometown. We also would like to hear from you. Please submit your comments or questions to City Manager Lynda Humble here and she will address issues that you have on your mind. You're talking. We're listening.
Lynda Humble Dec 2010
City Manager Lynda Humble
'FY 2010: A year in review' video to air this month


Join City Manager Lynda Humble as she presents a new video recapping the outstanding accomplishments made by the City of Rowlett during fiscal year 2010.

In this video she presents a summary of information that was presented to the Mayor and City Council in November. The slide presentation is already available on the home page under links as the FY 2010 Work Plan Update here. Sign up today for RTN16 updates under "Notify Me" on our website and we'll notify you when the program begins airing. It is scheduled to air in early January on RTN16 at 4 p.m. and 9 p.m. daily and will be available 24/7 on demand on the City's streaming video under the "Specialty" tab. We want to hear from you, so please contact City Manager Lynda Humble here if you have any questions or comments.

'Shop Rowlett' Stimulus Program offered for another year

 shop rowlett

Start collecting your receipts from Rowlett retailers on January 1, 2011 because it could pay off for you.

Once you've collected $250 in local retail receipts and have them validated, you will be rewarded with a $25 gift card and a chance to win $250 in gift cards in a monthly drawing through June 2011.

The $25 gift cards will be distributed to shoppers who spent their money locally while supplies last. Last year, the limited number of cards were distributed in just 17 days. Once the cards are distributed, shoppers may still continue to bring in their receipts totaling $250 to have their name placed in a monthly drawing for a grand prize of $250 in gift cards.

Receipts must be brought in for validation to either the Rowlett Community Centre at 5300 Main Street or City Hall, 4000 Main Street during operating hours.

The cards are redeemable at participating Rowlett businesses. The list of businesses and the rules of the program are posted on the City's website here.

Your Mayor, City Council
City Council Group 2010

Pictured left to right:

Councilman Chris Kilgore; Councilwoman Donna DavisMayor Pro Tem Todd Gottel; Mayor John HarperDeputy Mayor Pro Tem Patrick Jackson; Councilman Michael Gallops; Councilman Doug Phillips.


The City Council meets on the first and third Tuesdays of each month in the City Council Chambers at 4000 Main Street. Work Sessions normally begin at 5:30 p.m. and regular Council meetings begin at 7:30 p.m. Please click here to verify times as they are subject to change. You may also find Council agendas and past meeting minutes.  

Community builds playground in one day

Playground slide More than 250 community volunteers came out on Saturday, December 4 to build a neighborhood playground at Kenwood Heights Park in just one day!

The City received a grant from KaBoom! and Forester's Insurance to build the playground with $7,500 in matching funds.

Swing going upChildren from the Kenwood Heights neighborhood, just north of Walmart, designed the park with the help of KaBoom in early October and the wheels were put into motion. The land, donated years ago by Walmart, is no longer vacant and bare. It now has a bright, colorful playground with trees, benches and picnic tables for all to enjoy!

Kids paintingThe City of Rowlett would like to thank all of the volunteers who gave up their Saturday to make this effort a huge success. We also would like to give a big Rowlett thanks to the corporate sponsors.


Playground almost done

Picture below are the hundreds of FANTASTIC volunteers from the Rowlett Community who, although exhausted, got together to celebrate at the end of the day! 

Group at playground




Go here to the City's Flickr site to see all photos of this fun and exciting day in Rowlett!


City Calendar of Events


Keep up with City special events, City Council meetings, Board and Commission meetings and other important dates at You may also sign up for event and meeting information under "Notify Me" on our website and you will be notified by email, or text on your mobile device.

'Rowlett. On the Water, On the Move!'

On The Water taping photoThis month's show called "Rowlett. On the Water, On the Move", hosted by Mayor John Harper and Mayor Pro Tem Todd Gottel is filled with an hour of the latest news and information about your city. Please tune in to cable channel 16, RTN16 everyday at 6 a.m., noon, 6 p.m. and midnight to watch or go to the city's streaming video website and click on the "Specialty" tab to watch it on demand.

Please email Mayor Harper at with your questions, comments, or topics for future shows.


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