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We drink from the Trinity as well


  Nobody wants to talk trash, but landfills represent critically important issues for the future of our collective communities.

   As owners of the Camelot Landfill in Lewisville, we have applied to the state for permission to expand the operation in order to serve the citizens of Farmers Branch as well as our surrounding communities for up to 40 more years.

  Two very important things happened last week in relation to Camelot. 

   First, after months of study and analysis, the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality has declared our application to expand the landfill as "technically complete." This clears a major hurdle in the process. Technical completion means that TCEQ staff have reviewed our permit in detail to ensure it is in compliance with state and federal regulations which are established to safeguard the health, welfare and physical property of the surrounding residents and to protect the environment.

  Essentially, TCEQ has signed off on the details of the application and the landfill as being sound, responsible and in good operating order.

   The process now moves on to public comment then a hearing that will eventually decide the fate of this request. If anyone has questions about this very complex process, please don't hesitate to get in touch with us. We want you to understand how this works.

    The second thing that happened last week was after sitting down and talking things through, we settled a federal lawsuit with the City of Lewisville with a promise to build a slurry wall and leachate extraction wells at the site in order to safeguard the Elm Fork of the Trinity River which flows nearby.

   Some reports in the news might have led people to believe that Camelot was leaking nasty stuff into the river.

   Let me be clear - that is not the case.

   What is accurate is that a few years ago, our people found and reported to the state minute parts per billion of Volatile Organic (naturally occurring) Compounds (VOCs) in monitoring wells at the landfill. This is the result of landfill gas migrating through the soil, not any liquids of any kind.

   How do we wrap our heads around "parts per billion?" Do this. Imagine the population of the United States - about 325 million people. Now, triple that number and pull out four people. That is parts per billion.    In fact, according to the EPA, there are likely more VOCs floating around in the air of many major office buildings than were found in those monitoring wells. Still, we began a plan to reduce those VOCs and it is working. In fact, to further control landfill gas, the City installed a landfill gas collection system that has been expanded three times since 2005. 

   This system controls the source of the VOCs and converts that gas to energy as it also controls odors.

   Installation of the slurry wall and leachate removal wells in the older portion of the landfill, as specified in the settlement, are safeguards that remove liquids from the waste and provide an additional barrier or subsurface wall along portions of the landfill.

   We're doing all of this because its important.

   We drink from the Trinity as well.


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Lifetime Award

Landscape Manager Pam Smith lauded by state association


ABILENE ~ In recognition of her lifetime dedication to her work, mixed with her particular brand of excellence, Farmers Branch Landscape Manager Pam Smith was given Honorary Life Membership in the Texas Recreation and Parks Society during their conference this month.
Pam Smith
Pam Smith

   "This is a big deal," said Farmers Branch Parks and Recreation Director Jeff Harting. "Pam is a visionary force for Parks and Recreation with her work evident throughout the City, state and beyond as she works to educate and push society towards a sustainable future."

   Ms. Smith joined the Parks and Recreation field in 1995 and has impacted horticulture on the national and international levels. She spearheaded the City's involvement, in partnership with Texas A&M, to create the largest environmental horticulture research project that involved four countries, seven universities and 27 states.

   "Of course, her daily contributions to the beautification of public areas in Farmers Branch are beyond measure," Mr. Harting said. "Because of Pam's direction, and the work of our amazing crews, Farmers Branch is one of the most beautiful cities in Texas."


Make a Splash

New Aquatics Center is now hiring 


FARMERS BRANCH AQUATICS CENTER ~ With water having filled the therapy and lap pools inside the Margaret Young Natatorium, officials at the Farmers Branch Aquatics Center are now looking to hire part-time people for both summertime and year-round work. Aquatics Center Logo

   Aquatics Manager Miklos Valdez said positions are available for head lifeguards, lifeguards, swim instructors, fitness instructors, recreation leaders as well as positions for concessions and ticket booth.

   The all-new Aquatics Center is comprised of two facilities - the indoor Margaret Young Natatorium, which will operate year-round, and the summer swim season, outdoor Frog Pond, set to open May 23.

   For more information on available positions or to find out more about the new Aquatics Center, visit or call 972.919.8766.


Field to be dedicated in honor of longtime volunteer Thursday night


FARMERS BRANCH ~ Longtime Farmers Branch baseball volunteer Raymond DeLeon will be celebrated Thursday evening with a new tee-ball field named in his honor.

Raymond DeLeon

   Rain postponed the dedication ceremonies from last Saturday to Thursday evening at 6:30 p.m. at the site on Dennis Lane, adjacent to Oran Good Park.

   Three vacant lots at the site were dedicated for public park purposes last year. The Farmers Branch City Council voted to name the field to be constructed in honor of Mr. DeLeon, a longtime Farmers Branch resident and former Executive Vice President of the Farmers Branch Baseball Association.

   Farmers Branch Parks and Recreation Director Jeff Harting said Mr. DeLeon has dedicated untold hours to further baseball in Farmers Branch and was selected to the Farmers Branch Sports Hall of Fame in 2006.

   The public is invited to attend the brief ceremony, after which a game will be played.


Dallas International Girls Cup set to bring the world to Farmers Branch


ROSS STEWART SOCCER COMPLEX ~ More than 90 teams from around the world are en route to Farmers Branch for the fifth annual Dallas International Girls Cup soccer tournament, set for play next week, April 1-5. Soccer

   Games will take place at the Ross Stewart Soccer Complex and at the Cox Park Soccer Complex, both in Farmers Branch. First round begins on Wednesday with quarter-finals and semi-finals on Saturday.

   Tournament play will include teams from around the U.S. as well as girls from England, Denmark, Colombia, Canada, Mexico and Sweden.

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CHECK OUT the Library
Brookhaven College Guitar Ensemble plan March 28 concert at Library


MANSKE LIBRARY ~ The Brookhaven College Guitar Ensemble, directed by Carlo Pezzimenti will perform at the Farmers Branch Manske Library on Saturday, March 28 at 2 p.m.
   The program will include pieces from the Renaissance to the present day. Among the composers that will be heard will be J.S. Bach, Isaac Albeniz, Leo Brouwer and others.
   This performance is free and open to the public. For more information call the Library at 972.247.2511.

Citizenship classes to resume in April


MANSKE LIBRARY ~ In partnership with the Catholic Charities of Dallas, Inc. the Farmers Branch Manske Library will resume citizenship classes April 8.
   Classes to prepare for the United States citizenship test will be free, but seating is limited. Students must register before April 8, by calling Rigo Aguilar at 214.553.9909, ext. 144.
   For more information call the Library at 972.247.2511. 

Opera comes to the Library, April 25


MANSKE LIBRARY ~ The Brookhaven College Opera and Musical Theater Workshop will be performing at the Farmers Branch Manske Library on Saturday, April 25 at 2 p.m.
   The group is comprised of talented singers and actors who perform scenes from famed operas and musicals. The performers are students, and the program consists of dramatic and comedic solos and group numbers. 
   This performance is free and open to the public. For more information call the Library at 972.247.2511.

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Volume 5 | Edition 12 | Number 213
Wednesday, March 25, 2015  
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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 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 or call 972.247.3131.