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Memo from the Manager 

Meet the new Mayor 

   This week is one of those opportunities that only come along once (or, in City Manager Gary D. Greerthis case, twice) a year. On Thursday, June 16, at 7 p.m. we're going to hold the first of our two regularly scheduled Town Hall Meetings. Ironically, of course, as our largest capacity venue is not City Hall, we hold our Town Hall Meetings at the Senior Center, 14055 Dennis Lane.

   We always invite everyone to come out, but this meeting is a bit more special than most as we get the opportunity to introduce our new Mayor, Bill Glancy.

   Since taking office a few weeks ago, Mayor Glancy has hit the ground running with a major groundbreaking for Essilor's continuing expansion of their North American headquarters campus here in Farmers Branch along with Liberty Fest. And, that was all his first week.

   Now that he's had the opportunity to catch his breath, I want to invite you all out to meet, converse with or just say hello to Mayor Glancy. He's looking forward to meeting you.

Mayor Bill Glancy to meet community at Town Hall Meeting


FARMERS BRANCH ~ Mayor Bill Glancy and the members of the Farmers Branch City Council invite the public to the summer Town Hall Meeting, set for Thursday, June 16, beginning at 7 p.m. at the Farmers Branch Senior Center.
   Members of the City Staff will be on hand, beginning at 6:30, to greet citizens and answer questions about City departments, services and activities. Mayor Glancy will begin the formal meeting at 7 that will include a video presentation as well as a question and answer session with members of the public. The meeting will conclude by 9 p.m.
   The Farmers Branch Senior Center is located at 14055 Dennis Lane, between Josey and Valwood. For more information, call 972.247.3131.

Demolition clears way for new Fire Station No. 1

New Fire Station No. 1 Update Box   With the empty building on Webb Chapel, just south of the Library, now gone, work is ready to begin in earnest on the construction of new Fire Station No. 1. 

   Farmers Branch Fire Chief Steve Parker said the demolition of the existing buildings at 13601 Webb Chapel took place within the past two weeks. This week, construction teams will be installing underground utilities and grading

Old building demo.

Demolition of the existing buildings at the site took place during the first week of June. The all-new Farmers Branch Fire Station No. 1 is expected to open in late 2011 with a ribbon-cutting in early 2012.

the site for the $4.37 million station that is expected to be in service by late 2011.

   Chief Parker said the station is needed for two reasons. First, the existing Station No. 1 is in excess of 50 years old and now undersized for contemporary firefighting operations. Also, the new station will be more in the residential center of the City, allowing more equal distribution of protection zones between the three Farmers Branch stations and enhancing response in the City.



An offshoot of Teen CSI Camp, the Teen Fire and Rescue Program meets June 20 to 24 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Farmers Branch Fire Station No. 3. The brand new program will feature hands-on training, challenges and drills including fire ground operation, emergency management, basic CPR and First Aid. In addition, participants will see demonstrations of medical equipment operations, vehicle extraction, fire suppression, thermal imaging, special rescue, arson investigation and more. Tours will include a local hospital emergency room, the Biotel Medical Control center and other affiliated sites. The program is open to ages 13 to 18. For more information, call the Community Recreation Center at 972.247.4607.


Bark in the Park draws hundreds of pets and theirBark in the Park 2011 people

FARMERS BRANCH ~ The rescheduled version of "Bark in the Park" still drew hundreds of pets and their people to Gussie Field Watterworth Park on Sunday for the annual excursion of all things canine.
   The event included a silent auction, working dogs, therapy dogs, cat and dog adoptions, $10 microchipping, clowns and facepainting, children's games, concessions and more. Proceeds benefitted the Farmers Branch Animal Adoption Center and its volunteer organizations.

Historical Park Summer Lecture Series begins with a trip around the diamond

FARMERS BRANCH ~ The Farmers Branch Historical Park will take a look at sports and cowgirls during the once monthly summer lecture series coming up in June, July and August. 
   On June 28, the lecture series begins with Mark Presswood who will trace Historical Park - Depotthe history of the great game in a town known for cows in "From Panthers to Cats: The Legacy of Professional Baseball in Fort Worth."
   "Three Strikes and You're Not Out," switches the topic from baseball to bowling as staff members from the International Bowling Museum and Hall of Fame in Arlington present the history of bowling on July 26.
   Then, "The Cowgirl Legacy" will close out the series on August 30 with Diana Vela, Director of Exhibits and Education at the National Cowgirl Museum.   All lectures are free and begin at 6:30 p.m. in the Old Church on the Historical Park grounds. Call 972.406.0184 for more information.

Slick Juggler to appear at Summer Reading Club June 22

FARMERS BRANCH ~ Slick Juggler, with slick juggling, clowning around and magic, will appear at the Manske Library as part of the Summer Reading Club's Wednesday "Live!" events on June 22. Dubbed "Dig Up a Slick JugglerGood Book This Summer," the program will feature regular activities on weekdays.Tutoring will be held on Mondays between 1:30 and 2:30 p.m. to be followed by a movie from 3 until 5 p.m. Tuesdays will feature a Teen Movie from 3 until 5 p.m. Wednesdays are "Live!" performances and include Family Games on June 29. Tutoring returns on Thursdays from 2 until 3 p.m. followed by the Teen Scene, which alternates a rock band or teen craft each week, from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. For more information on the Summer Reading Club and future Live! Schedules, call the Library at 972.247.2511. 

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H2O Wow is it Hot!


The normal July heatwave arrived over Memorial Day weekend and has been firmly entrenched during the month of June. The Westside Water Tower reminds everyone to hydrate when you're outside. Lots and lots of water.


Staff Photo by Tom Bryson

Town Hall Meeting set Thursday
New Fire Station No. 1 Update
Bark in the Park returns
Summer lectures @ Historical Park
Slick Juggler coming to Library
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 Suzanne Reynolds 





 Executive Assistant


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Years with the City:

 27 yrs


I started my municipal career as a lifeguard while attending community college. I am bi-lingual and use my skill to assist when needed. I am very proud of my daughter who acquired her Phd in 2008 and is a teacher at Brookhaven, and also made me a first time grandmother this week! I have an Associates Degree in Office Technology. Hobbies I enjoy are knitting, going to movies, reading, swimming and spending time with my husband of 22 years.

 What Does She Like Most About Working for Farmers Branch:

"Over the last 27 years, I have met many wonderful people, co-workers and citizens, and developed some strong friendships. The atmosphere at the City is close, like family, and has helped me cherish my time here more than anywhere else I have worked."

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Weekly Report






Shoulder closure of

I-635 WB from east of Monfort Drive to west of Montfort Drive overpass

June 19-24 / 8 pm to 6 am




Right lane from east of Josey to Webb Chapel

Until August 13 / 24 hrs 


Right lane from west of Welch to west of Inwood

Until Aug 30 / 24 hrs


Right lane between Hillcrest and Park Central

Til July 15 / 9 am to 6 pm



Right lane WB from west of Marsh to Webb Chapel Rd

Until August 13 / 24 hrs 


Right lane WB from Marsh exit ramp to Marsh Lane intersection

Until June 18 / 9 am - 3 pm


Right lane WB from just west of Coit Rd to west of Montfort Drive

Until July 31 / 24 hrs


Effective Jun 17



Beginning east of Luna Road and extending west of Midway


Beginning west of Midway Road and extending just

east of Josey Lane


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About the City of Farmers Branch

Located on the northwest border of the City of Dallas, Farmers Branch is a vibrant and vital community with a residential population of 28,800 but a daytime population of 66,000. The City's 28 parks and lush greenbelts feature nationally-acclaimed, award-winning soccer fields, football facilities as well as baseball and softball complexes. The Farmers Branch Historical Park allows residents to step back in time and the John F. Burke Nature Preserve offers the opportunity to experience a real, 104-acre wilderness in the middle of one of the busiest metro areas of the world. The City's location in the geographical center of the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex, only 15 minutes away from both DFW International Airport and Dallas Love Field, make Farmers Branch an ideal location for residents and for business. For more information about Farmers Branch, visit or call 972.919.2515.