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Memo from the MANAGER
Resolve to solve


   Just like that, 2011 is in the books.

   And, now, it is again time for us all to take on that spirit of renewal and purpose that comes with the turning of the calendar and make a list of the things we want to accomplish in 2012.CIty Manager Gary D. Greer

   The proverbial "resolutions."

   Defined as "a firm decision to do or not to do something," resolutions are as much a part of New Year's celebrations as Dick Clark looking down on far too many people in Times Square. And, for most of us, reality sets in sooner or later and most resolutions go the way of other good intentions by about mid-January. That "not to do" part of the definition always seems to catch up. 

   But, its only logical. The holidays come to an end and "life" comes back to conduct business as usual, complete with its joys, sorrows, successes and challenges. Well-meaning resolutions get knocked down the priority list until you really can't find them anymore.

   Well, how about taking the root of the word "resolution" as the key motivator for 2012? Let's don't just "resolve," let's find "solutions" to whatever is necessary in our lives. Somewhere, there are situations holding us back. Maybe we can be more productive if we get up 30 minutes earlier? Solve it. Buy a better alarm clock, set it earlier. Perhaps we need better personal financial management? Check out the many courses or online resources out there. Perhaps we need more family time or need to lose the holiday weight?

   By approaching the "solutions" we an all lead off the New Year with a specific mission, to get what we want, rather than writing down "resolutions" which usually entail goals without plans for achieving them.    

   Set out for the "solutions" and see if 2012 gets off to a brighter, faster and better start.

   Happy New Year from all of us at the City of Farmers Branch! 


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Water conservation goes into effect January 1

FARMERS BRANCH ~ Asking residents to again do what they've demonstrated the ability to achieve, City Manager Gary D. Greer is requesting that voluntary water conservation measures at residences and businesses go into effect January 1 in Farmers Branch. 

   Dallas Water Utilities, the City's water provider, requested in mid-December that its customer cities initiate conservation measures.  

   Mr. Greer said that he has confidence the Farmers Branch community can meet the challenge.

   "We've had situations in the past when our water use was reaching very high levels," Mr. Greer said. "A simple request on City media and traffic message boards, 'Use what you need, save the rest,' resulted in an appreciable decrease in consumption.

   "Now, we have to ask again but this time we are doing so under the auspices of the City's drought contingency plan." 

   Stage 1 of the plan calls for voluntary reductions in:   

  • Frequency of watering new and first-year landscaping and foundations.
  • Frequency of washing or rinsing of vehicles and recommended use of bucket/container, handheld hose with positive shutoff valve or commercial car wash.
  • Excessive runoff from landscape areas.
  • Frequency in draining and refilling of swimming pools and ornamental fountains.
  • Hosing off paved areas, buildings, windows or other surfaces.
  • All other non-essential water use.




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ELEVENEleven for '11:
Branch Bulletin celebrates 2011 with a cross-section of stories from the year 

Steve Parker named Farmers Branch Fire Chief

Steve Parker
Steve Parker

March 2, 2011 ~ Citing his extensive qualifications in fire

administration, emergency management  and his 10 years of service with the Farmers Branch Fire Department, City Manager Gary D. Greer has named Steve Parker to be the fourth Fire Chief in Farmers Branch history. MORE  


Cornering the Market: Walmart's move is big step for former Four Corners

April 6, 2011 ~ One year after heavy machinery cleared away the last remnants of an old grocery store building on the southeast corner of Josey and Valley View Lanes, the Farmers Branch City Council has approved a new grocery store  for the site that is projected to be a catalyst for development in the area, formerly known as the Four Corners. MORE


Rick Springfield
Rick Springfield


Celebrate: Memorial Day Weekend kicks off with Liberty Fest

May 25, 2011 ~ Building on the success of its inaugural year, Liberty Fest returns to Farmers Branch this Memorial Day weekend, May 27 and 28 with varied activities and events, punctuated by headlining concerts each evening, featuring southern rockers, 38 Special and 80s icon, Rick Springfield. MORE




Best of the Best: Farmers Branch firefighters fare well at Combat ChallengeFarmers Branch Fire Department Firefighter Challenge Team

June 22, 2011 ~ Acting as a simultaneous test of ability, tool for training and friendly competition among peers, the Firefighter Combat Challenge program offers local heroes the chance to improve personal skills, set personal records  and compete and events across the country. MORE 


Moving and Shaking: Solar panel maker & electronics recycler add to parade of firms choosing Farmers Branch

July 28, 2011 ~ With two Dallas Business Journal cover stories in as many weeks, Farmers Branch is asserting itself as a major contender for continued economic development expansion in the second half of 2011. MORE


Busy Bea's: Council & staff team up for thousands of school supplies for Bea's Kids

August 15, 2011 ~ Completing the drive for paper and pencils begun in July, members of the Farmers Branch City staff delivered thousands of school supplies to Bea's Kids, a local charity, earlier this week. MORE 


Pedal Power: Stars & Spokes invites families for bike tour to mark 9/11

Stars & Spokes featured more than 200 racersAugust 26, 2011 ~  Families are invited to help the City of Farmers Branch mark 10 years since 9/11 with a one-mile bike tour of the City's Westside that will serve as a start to the Stars & Spokes bike race,  to benefit Texas First Responders. MORE



EcoDevoRetro: Grass roots economic development will be recalled with 1920s-era store

September 6, 2011 ~ Expanding on the decades on display in its 27 acres, the Farmers Branch Historical Park will soon add the roaring twenties to its repertoire with the construction of a replic 1920s-era General Store. MORE  


Larger Dollars: StarCenter bond refinance to net nearly $1 million more than expectedStarCenter Hockey Class

September 13, 2011 ~ Based on prime market conditions, the refinance of municipal bonds used to build the Dr Pepper StarCenter in 2004 will save the City of Farmers Branch nearly $1 million more than originally anticipated. MORE


Farmers Branch Firefighter Michael Bilharz
Michael Bilharz

Cited for Service: FBFD's Bilharz recognized with Air Force Reserve national award

September 20, 2011 ~ For safely directing fire crews, with no mishaps, and for his demonstrated leadership during deployment in Iraq in 2009 and 2010, Famrers Branch Firefighter Michael Bilharz has been named the United States Air Force Reserve Firefighter of the Year. MORE




Check It Out: Library renovations invite patrons to enjoy an indoor/outdoor experience

November 15, 2011 ~ Once sealed off since nobody remembers when, the Farmers Branch Manske Library now invites its guests to take it outside with four furnished patios for reading and relaxing. MORE   


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CityStaff Snapshot

STAFFName:  Urbano Olivas 

Position: Maintenance Worker

Department: Parks and Recreation

Years with the City: 1 yr   

Background: I am a twenty year resident of Farmers Branch and graduated from RL Turner High School. I served in the U.S. Army for five years and was deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom for a year and three months. I am single and enjoy hanging out with my family and friends and enjoy watching football and baseball.

What Do You Like Most About Working for the City of Farmers Branch? I like the people that I work with, the variety of work and working outside in the sunshine.


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Water: Use What You Need, Save the Rest

Thru Sat, Dec 31 
  • 6:30 to 9:30 pm each evening
  • Driving tour starts at Stemmons/Valley View
  • Free and open to the public with donations accepted
  • Historical Park portion closed Dec 25, 31 & Mondays 




Sat, Dec 31

  • Manske Library 10 am-6 pm
  • Rec Center 7 am to 5 pm
  • Historical Park 12 to 6 pm
  • Senior Center 1 to 5 pm
Sun, Jan 1 
Mon, Jan 2 
  • Rec Center 6 am to 5 pm
  • Historical Park 8 am to 5 pm
  • No garbage collection
All hours are subject to change
Call 972.247.3131

LIGHTTOURLast chance for 2011 Tour of Lights
Tour of Lights
FARMERS BRANCH ~ The final days of the 2011 Farmers Branch Tour of Lights is upon us with the annual celebration drawing to a close on New Year's Eve.  Anyone wanting to take in the 300,000 bulbs of the tour are advised to make an early start to avoid crowds.
   The driving tour begins at the intersection of Stemmons Freeway at Valley View and follows the signs down William Dodson to City Hall then around to the Farmers Branch Historical Park.
   Admission is free with donations accepted by the non-profit groups at the park. The Historical Park section of the driving tour will be closed December 31.

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TREERECChristmas Tree recycling continues through Jan. 3

FARMERS BRANCH ~ Farmers Branch residents who want to recycle their natural Christmas trees should bring them to Oran Good Park through Tuesday, January 3.
   Public Works officials said the trees must be clean, without flocking, lighting or tinsel. If enough trees are collected, the trees will be mulched and the mulch offered on a first-come, first-served basis to residents, at no charge, on Saturday, February 18 at 1399 Valley View. Call 972.919.2597.

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BannerTour of Lights
With thousands of vehicles having experienced the 2011 Tour of Lights, there are but a few days remaining to take the driving tour which will be open through New Year's Eve.
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LBJExpressLBJ Express is the name given to the five-year project that will renovate and expand capacity for Interstate 635, the LBJ freeway, from Central Expressway to Stemmons Freeway through parts of Dallas and Farmers Branch. Begun in 2011, the project team updates its status, and lane closure information weekly, including weekend bridge construction that could have serious traffic impacts. 
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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.Unsub