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Memo from the MANAGER
Prevention is a team effort
 

  West Nile virus - it even sounds bad.

   Most of you remember that we've had some bouts with West Nile outbreaks of varying severity during the past five years, notably last year when Dallas County had to use airplanes to spray the entire area.Gary 2013

   As a reminder, West Nile virus is a mosquito-borne disease that proliferates during the warmer months when stagnant water fosters mosquito-breeding.

   In order to help combat these threats, the City engages in strategic spraying in and around neighborhoods where mosquitoes are heavy. We provide information and education on prevention methods via our website. And, we've even provided free mosquito larvacide, or "dunks" for immersion in stagnant water.

   You know, Farmers Branch residents are so diligent in wanting to keep the threat of West Nile to a minimum, the dunks have been snatched up before we even had a chance to get out widespread messaging on them.

   Rest assured, as more come available, we will let you know.

   The point is that no one wants to repeat last summer when Dallas County opted to spray for mosquitoes by air in order to curb the outbreak.

   Working together, we can make an impact on the mosquito population. First and foremost, be smart about standing water. Go look for it on your property. Chances are there may be some that you hadn't considered. Then, if you don't know about West Nile virus, take a look at these resources and be more informed. If you see standing water problems or if your neighborhood is having a problem with mosquitoes, call the Farmers Branch Environmental Health office at 972.919.2539.  

  
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Featured STORIES
Police advise to be wary of summertime scammers 

  

FARMERS BRANCH ~ Although there has not been a substantial increase in reported scams, Farmers Branch Police want to be sure citizens are educated on the work done by con artists, in hopes of avoiding victimization. Farmers Branch Police car

Farmers Branch Police Lieutenant Jay Siegel said scams come in a variety of guises but usually have some common patterns.

"Unsolicited mail, unsolicited emails, unsolicited phone calls and unsolicited home contacts with an offer too good to be true is usually too good to be true," he explained. "Any promise of a large sum of money or any effort to obtain personal financial information is a scam."

Lt. Siegel added that sometimes the pitch will be that you have to pay money before getting money, or you are being asked to wire money or purchase prepaid debit cards.

"People should listen to that voice inside their heads and realize when something is wrong with what they're being told," he said. "People perpetrating these scams are convincing, relentless and unscrupulous. They will try to endear themselves by aligning with your religious beliefs or political affiliation.

"Sometimes they will pretend to be your bank or financial institution or prey on personal tragedy or even pretend to be law enforcement in order to threaten and intimidate."

Anyone being scammed should call the Farmers Branch Police Department at 972.484.3620.

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Additional info on types of scams are available online and in weekly installments in Branch Bulletin through the summer   

 

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Classic party band set to play Independence Day celebration

 

FARMERS BRANCH ~ Billed as a 'classic party band' featuring music of the 60s, 70s and 80s, Groove Knight will perform in concert at the Farmers Branch Independence Day festivities, set Wednesday, July 3 at the Farmers Branch Historical Park.

Groove Knight
Groove Knight 

   Gates open at 6:30 p.m. and admission is free. Families are encouraged to bring blankets and lawn chairs for the concert at 7 p.m. The traditional Fourth of July fireworks finale will conclude the evening, after dark.

   The Farmers Branch Historical Park is located at 2540 Farmers Branch Lane, between Denton Drive and Ford Road, and a short walk south from the DART Green Line station in Farmers Branch.

   Free parking will be available at the Metrosquare Business Park, two blocks south of the Historical Park on Ford Road, with a free shuttle to the gate. Call 972.919.2620 for more information.  

 

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New website now online 

 

FARMERS BRANCH ~ The Farmers Branch website just got an extreme makeover.

www.farmersbranchtx.gov   The online presence for the City organization has a new look, a new feel and a new address, at www.farmersbranchtx.gov. Launched earlier this week, the new site is organized by function with "mega menus" offering a capsulized site map under each major heading on top of the home page, "Departments," "Government," "Community," "Business" and "Visitors."

   Directly below that, six graphic buttons offer users the opportunity to report a concern, make an online payment of a utility bill or court citation, check out the latest City news, browse a gallery of City photos or send feedback to City Hall.

   City-related news stories will always occupy a spot on the home page, as will links to specific functions on the left side of the page. Find out more at www.farmersbranchtx.gov.

 

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Hazard mitigation plan survey featured online 

 

FARMERS BRANCH ~ The City of Farmers Branch, in partnership with the Dallas County Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management, is requesting public input on the 2013 Dallas County/Farmers Branch Hazard Mitigation Action Plan, according to Farmers Branch Fire Chief Steve Parker.   

   An online survey is available for residents to provide input on how to reduce future impacts of hazards affecting our community.

   Mitigation plans are required to be updated every five years to help reduce the vulnerability of people and property in our city. The City's current plan was adopted in 2008.

   For more information on the update, visit the Dallas County Homeland Security & Emergency Management Hazard Mitigation Action Plan website or call the Farmers Branch Fire Department at 972.919.2640. 

 

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Branch
BRIEFS
   
Trash placement can be tricky

 

FARMERS BRANCH ~ With the weather during the past month, an ever-increasing amount of trash seems to blowing from refuse bags set out for collection.

   Farmers Branch Solid Waste officials reminded residents that bags should be closed, secured and only put out after 6 p.m. the night before scheduled pickup and by 7 a.m. on your pick up day.

   For more information, call 972.919.2597.

 

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Parting SHOT    
Ethel in Moore, OK
No stranger to four-legged friends here in Farmers Branch, Animal Adoption Center Manager Ethel Strother takes time to share a moment with one of the many pets displaced by the tornado in Moore, OK.  

 

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Volume 3 | Edition 26 | Number 122
Branch Bulletin
is published weekly by the  Communications Office
of the City of Farmers Branch, TX.
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Branch BRIEFS
City Council changes regular meeting time to 6:30 p.m.

 

FARMERS BRANCH ~ Responding to citizen requests for a slight adjustment in the start time, the Farmers Branch City Council has voted to reset regular Council meetings to a start time of 6:30 p.m., beginning in July. 

   Officials said there had been some requests for the change so that more citizens would be able to return from work and attend the meetings if desired.

   There is only one regular City Council meeting scheduled in July, on Tuesday, July 16. The new start time will take effect as of that meeting.

   Regular meetings of the Farmers Branch City Council are held at Farmers Branch City Hall, 13000 William Dodson Parkway. Live coverage on meeting nights begins at 6:30 p.m. on FBTV, with replays of the most recent meeting at 7 p.m., seven days a week. FBTV can be found on cable channel 16 in Farmers Branch (15.1 digital), on AT&T Uverse channel 99 throughout the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex and online at  www.farmersbranchtx.gov with video on demand available, beginning with meetings in June.

   For more information, call 972.247.3131.


Texas Industries to move HQ to LBJ frontage in Farmers Branch

FARMERS BRANCH ~ Cement, building material and energy services company, Texas Industries has announced the move of their headquarters from the Stemmons Freeway area of Dallas to the LBJ corridor on the west side of Farmers Branch.

Park West
Park West

   The company has rented 44,000 square feet of space in the Park West complex at Interstate 635 and Luna Road, joining CCS Medical, another recent headquarters relocation to Farmers Branch frontage on LBJ.


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Local NEWS
Animal Services Manager helping out in Moore aftermath

 

MOORE, OK ~ Continuing the trend of offering assistance to other communities in crisis, Farmers Branch Animal Service Manager Ethel Strother is en route to Moore, Oklahoma to assist local authorities in finding homes for pets displaced by the tornado disaster.

   She will be working with local officials and with the Humane Society to hold a large scale adoption event Saturday at the Cleveland County Fairgrounds.

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West Nile Watch

   

 

 

 

 

 

Farmers Branch Environmental Health officials have posted information online that can help local residents and business people guard against the West Nile threat by eliminating potential mosquito breeding areas.

 

   For more information, visit these online resources 

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Old Glory flies over Liberty Plaza in Farmers Branch seven days a week.
 
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LBJ Express UPDATE
FARMERS BRANCH ~ The weekly update on the 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
Wednesday, June 26, 2013. 
Interstate 635-LBJ
LBJ Express Finished Project Animation 
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 Westbound LBJ, Midway Road, and Marsh Lane will be closed for major bridge construction work during night-time hours of June 27. Closure hours may vary but will be confined to 8pm and 6am. Southbound Midway and Marsh will be detoured on Valley View to Webb Chapel. All westbound LBJ traffic will be detoured along the westbound frontage road from the Midway exit to the Marsh entrance ramp.

Valley View (at IH35E): The IH35E northbound frontage road left lane will remain closed at Valley View through mid-July. The U-turn lanes in both directions will be closed from today, June 26 through June 30. In addition, there will be various lane closures along Valley View between the IH35E frontage roads for several weeks to facilitate construction of a new IH35E northbound entrance ramp over Valley View.

IH 635/IH35E Interchange: The ramp connecting eastbound LBJ to southbound IH35E will be closed tonight, June 26. The ramp connecting northbound IH35E and westbound LBJ will be closed on the nights of June26-July 3. The ramp connecting westbound LBJ to northbound IH35E and the westbound Josey entrance ramp will be closed tonight, June 26. Southbound IH35E will be closed on the nights of July 8 and 9.

Denton Drive: Denton will be closed for bridge work from June 28 at 8 pm through June 30 at noon and on the nights of July 12-14.   

Josey Lane: Construction of the permanent paving and drainage on Josey will require various lanes closed through June. The eastbound frontage road will be closed between Josey and Bankway from June 19 until mid-September. Frontage road traffic will be detoured via Forest Lane to Webb Chapel. Josey will be closed at LBJ on the night of July 8. 

Webb Chapel: Webb Chapel will be closed on the nights of June 26, June 28 and July 10. Various lanes of Webb Chapel will be closed in early July.

Marsh Lane: The pavement and bridge work on Marsh south of Ridgeoak will continue through June 30 when all through lanes should be reopened.

Valley View at LBJ: Valley View will be closed on the night of July 11. 

Midway Road: The southbound left turn lane on Midway Road at LBJ and both U-turn lanes are closed indefinitely. The right two lanes of northbound Midway will be closed for drainage work through July 1.The westbound Midway entrance will be closed on the nights of July 1 and 2. The eastbound Midway exit is scheduled to be closed on the nights of July 1, 2 and 10. Midway will be closed for bridge construction on the nights of June 27 and 28. The eastbound frontage road east of Midway will be closed during off-peak hours daily through mid-July.

Welch Road: Welch is narrowed to one lane in each direction south of LBJ through July 3 for drainage work.

 

For more information, visit www.lbjexpress.com.   

About the City of Farmers Branch Farmers Branch Logo
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 greenbelts 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 farmersbranchtx.gov,  visitfarmersbranch.com, lovethebranch.com or call 972.247.3131.