BRANCH BULLETIN: eNews from Farmers Branch
Memo from the MANAGER
A simpler time

  It may be a replica of a 1920s-era General Store now under construction at the Farmers Branch Historical Park, but it represents a simpler time when the local mercantile was more than just a place to buy coffee and flour.Memo from the Manager
   In fact, in its heyday, the general store was the Facebook of its day.
   Think about it.
   It was the place everyone who was anyone in small towns across the country would go to catch up with friends, share experiences, maybe gossip a bit, pick up some mail, play games and engage in "farming" activities.
   In some smaller communities, a form of the General Store may still engender some chattering and maybe a game of dominoes. But, by and large, that era of our society has passed into history. This is all the more reason that Farmers Branch intends to preserve the idea with the 1920s General Store in the Historical Park.
   You can see in this week's banner that the building is taking shape, just to the left of the Texaco "filling" station in the center of our park. It is our plan to complete this construction in time for an opening during the upcoming holiday season.
   Joining the other structures in the park, the General Store will be a place to learn about business and products in the early 20th century but also about people and how they relied on each other - especially in the era of the 1920s, into the pre-war, depression years of the 1930s.
   It will be a special place.
   So, whether its during the Christmas Tour of Lights or at the Tree Lighting Ceremony on December 1, we invite you to come by and feast your eyes on our General Store in hopes that it may still inspire gatherings of friends and family to converse with each other and discuss the issues of the day. This may happen at family reunions, civic club meetings, school functions or just around the dinner table.
   You'll be amazed at the interaction we humans are still capable of.

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Farmers Branch approves district map for submission to federal court
DRAFT single member district map
FARMERS BRANCH CITY HALL ~ In response to a federal court order to move from an at-large City Council election system to single-member district representation, the Farmers Branch City Council, on Tuesday, approved a map drawn with five geographical districts to submit to the court for consideration.
   Under the plan, numbered places would become numbered districts upon the 2013 City Council election in May. Existing Council members would serve the terms they were elected for. However, on the next regular election cycle, the voters of that district would elect the Council member. Currently, Places 1 and 4 are up for election in 2013 with Place 2 and Mayor to be elected in 2014 while Places 3 and 5 will be voted on in 2015. The Mayor would continue to be elected at-large.
   The map and its associated information was uploaded to the Internet for public consumption as soon as it was received from the City's legal team on Monday.
   City Manager Gary D. Greer explained that this is just the first step in an extremely complex legal process which requires, among other things, the court and the plaintiffs to approve the plan before anything else happens. Mr. Greer added that although the 60 day clock on Chief Judge Sidney Fitzwater's original order expired on Monday, the court granted an extension until the end of the week in order to allow the matter to be considered at the regular October 2 City Council meeting.


Single Member District Map & Documentation

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National Night Out 2012
FARMERS BRANCH ~ Continuing a move towards more weather-friendly surroundings, National Night Out will be observed in Farmers Branch on Tuesday, October 9 with outdoor cookouts, block parties and neighborhood get-togethers. National Night Out 2012
   Farmers Branch Community Watch and the Farmers Branch Police Department are encouraging local residents to spend the evening out of doors with outside lights on to present a united front against residential crime in Farmers Branch.
   Registered National Night Out parties will be visited by as many members as possible of the Farmers Branch Police and Fire Departments along with the Mayor and City Council and City staff.
  To register a National Night Out party or for more information, call 972.919.9304.

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Bloomin Bluegrass

Top names in bluegrass music to be pickin' and grinnin' October 19-20 
HISTORICAL PARK ~ The top bluegrass performers from around the country will be on stage at the Farmers Branch Historical Park for the annual Bloomin' Bluegrass free music festival and Chili Cookoff, October 19 & 20. Bloomin Bluegrass banjo
   Currently scheduled to appear are Rhonda Vincent & The Rage, Blue Highway, Travelin' McCourys with Peter Rowan, Gibson Brothers, Michael Cleveland & Flamekeeper, Gold Heart, Kenny and Amanda Smith, The Toy Hearts, Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Bluegrass Band, and Alan Tompkins.
   Admission is free for all entertainment, including the spontaneous jam sessions that will crop up around benches, on porches of historic structures and under the shade of 100-year-old trees.
   New this year will be the Chili Cookoff where some of the (self-proclaimed) best chili cooks in the area will be whipping up tasty concoctions in search of fame and prizes. Registration for the cookoff is $20 per team. Festival-goers can sample as much chili as they want for $3, while supplies last.
   More information on this year's Bloomin' Bluegrass Festival and Chili Cookoff can be found on its website at and on Facebook at

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CityStaff Snapshot
Employee: Steve Pace Steve Pace
Title: GIS Analyst
Length of Employment: 16 years
Department: Information Services
Background: I have a Bachelor's degree in Geography from the University of North Texas, and I am a Certified GISP (Geographic Information System Professional). In my spare time I enjoy travelling, walking the beautiful nature trails around City Hall, and outdoor grilling.
What I like most about working for the City: I enjoy the professional and friendly demeanor with which my co-workers conduct themselves. I am proud to be a part of an organization that delivers such a high level of service to all its citizens. The opportunity to produce maps and graphics that assist departments in their day to day decision-making is also very rewarding.

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Snap Poll Results  
Fire Prevention Month Poster Contest Winners
Have Two Ways Out 
Third grade representatives from each public and private elementary school in Farmers Branch hold their first place winning entries in the 17th annual Fire Prevention Month poster contest. The Farmers Branch Fire Department's Wendi Kimpton said the kids were asked to depict the 2012 theme, "Have Two Ways Out" in order to encourage families to develop fire safety plans. Entries were judged by Fire Chief Steve Parker, Mayor Bill Glancy and Deputy Chief of Fire Prevention Tim Dedear. To find out more about Fire Prevention Month and associated activities, call 972.919.2650.  


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Halloween in the Park
Holiday Craft Fair coming October 20
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Irving earthquake rattles Farmers Branch weekend
FARMERS BRANCH ~ With what some described as a gentle roll and a mild shake, night owls in Farmers Branch experienced a rare north Texas earthquake a little after 11 p.m. Saturday.
  According to the U.S. Geological Survey, the 3.4 magnitude temblor's epicenter was located just north of MacArthur and Highway 183 in Irving, but it was felt in Farmers Branch and beyond.
   Farmers Branch Police and Fire Communications were briefly flooded with calls, but most were from concerned residents who were trying to find out what had happened. No damage was reported. 
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Drawing workshop invites kids to become flower children
ROSE GARDENS OF FARMERS BRANCH ~ Kids in the first through third grades are invited to a hands-on drawing workshop in pastels and crayons with members of the Farmers Branch Carrollton Art Association, in the rose garden at Gussie Field Watterworth Park on Saturday, October 6 from 10 a.m. until 12 noon. 
   There will be a demonstration in landscape and botanical design and encouragement for the participants to use their own creativity in designs. Cost is $5 and includes all supplies. Registration is required at the Farmers Branch Community Recreation Center, 14050 Heartside Place. Call 972.247.4607.

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Rain washes out Movie in the Park

REC CENTER ~ The needed, but ill-timed rain on Saturday effectively washed out the 2012 edition of Movie in the Park before it had a chance.
   Parks and Recreation officials made the call early in the day when it became apparent that the amount of rain to that point would render the field far too wet, even if the rain stopped. It didn't.
   Officials added that due to myriad events in the coming weeks, including the Holiday Craft Fair, Bloomin' Bluegrass, Celebration of Roses, Halloween in the Park and Veterans Day activities, there will not be an opportunity to reschedule Movie in the Park. For more information, call 972.919.2620.   
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Council slates single meeting for November
CITY HALL ~ As the traditional second monthly meeting date falls two days before an early Thanksgiving, the Farmers Branch City Council has opted to hold one regular meeting in November.
   That first Tuesday meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, November 6, beginning at 6 p.m. at Farmers Branch City Hall, 13000 William Dodson Parkway. Call 972.247.3131. 
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BRANCH BULLETIN: eNews from Farmers Branch
In the Banner
The 1920s replica General Store is beginning to take shape in the Farmers Branch Historical Park. Grand opening of the new "old" store is planned for the evening of the Christmas Tree Lighting event, December 1. See City Manager Gary Greer's take on the similarities between the general stores of days-gone-by and social networking sites of the 21st century.  
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Coming Up
OCT 16
National Night Out
Star Party 
OCT 20 
Holiday Craft Fair
OCT 20  Celebration of Roses
Celebration of Roses 
OCT 19-20 
Halloween in the Park
Town Hall Meeting  
City Council Meeting
(Only meeting in November)
NOV 9 
Veterans Day Celebration 
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Branch Business Brief - September 2012  
FARMERS BRANCH ~ The weekly update on the  LBJ Update Interstate 635 expansion project has been made available by LBJ Express, the construction team  
responsible for the five-year project that will completely renovate the freeway from the Dallas North Tollway to Interstate 35E. This update is for October 3, 2012.  
Denton Drive: The Denton closure between LBJ and Villa Creek for Atmos relocation has been extended to October 12. Traffic is detoured via Harry Hines and Ford. Two-way traffic on Denton north of LBJ will be restored by October 15. However, AT&T work will require lane closures on the west side of Denton through December 15. In late October, Denton will be closed for one or more nights to allow placing beams on new bridges over Denton. 
Josey Lane: Construction of the permanent paving and drainage on Josey and the east end of Villa Creek continues. Various lanes will be closed on Josey until December. 
Webb Chapel: The westbound entrance ramp to Webb Chapel will be closed at 8 pm on October 5 for approximately one year. The eastbound exit to Webb Chapel will be closed for one night on October 4. 
Marsh Lane: On October 9, there will be a one-night closure of the eastbound Marsh exit ramp. The pavement and bridge work on the west side of Marsh south of Ridgeoak has been extended to April. Placing beams for the new southbound Marsh Lane bridge will require weekend closures of Marsh during late October and early November. 
Midway Road: The eastbound to westbound U-turn lane has been reopened. Crews are also working to reopen the other U-turn lane in the near future. On October 10, there will be a one-night closure of the eastbound Midway exit ramp. Dallas Water Utilities relocation on the south side of the Midway/LBJ intersection has one lane closed in each direction until mid-October. Telephone relocation on the south side of LBJ will require closure of the northbound right turn lane through October following completion of the DWU work. Atmos will also be installing a new gas line crossing Midway beginning October 15. The Atmos line is expected to require the closure of the outside (right) southbound lane of Midway north of LBJ. All utility work on Midway is expected to be completed by late November. In addition, bridge construction may require lane closures northbound and southbound between the frontage roads through October.  
Dallas North Tollway: LBJ is narrowed to 3 main lanes in each direction at the DNT. 
Other Locations: Various main lanes of LBJ will be closed frequently during night-time hours. There will also be intermittent night-time closures of various LBJ entrance and exit ramps.  
   Full updates and additional information can be found at
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About the City of Farmers Branch 
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An historic community in the geographic center of the DFW Metroplex, Farmers Branch boasts a residential population of 28,800 and a daytime employment population of 66,000. Located on the northwest border of the City of Dallas, the City's 27 parks and lush greeenbelts feature nationally-acclaimed, award-winning soccer fields, football facilities as well as baseball and softball complexes. The city's location in the center of the Metroplex and only 15 minutes away from both DFW Airport and Love Field, along with the 2,200 hotel rooms within the city, make Farmers Branch an ideal location for residents and for business. For more information on the City of Farmers Branch, visit,,
or call 972.247.3131.