THIS Week
Senior living project seeks alternate location while obsolete building prepped for demolition

FARMERS BRANCH ~ The City-owned property at the southwest corner of Webb Chapel and Golfing Green will be undergoing changes in the coming weeks that City officials want local residents to know.
   The area currently contains about three acres of undeveloped property, Fire Station No. 1, Library overflow parking and an obsolete structure being prepared for demolition later this month.
SENIOR LIVING
   In recent months there had been discussion about the possibility of locating a multi-story, senior citizen living complex on the undeveloped three acres. After healthy debate, the proposed developer has decided to pursue the senior living project at an alternate location. The City will continue to work with developers on the prospect of placing single-family homes on the tract.
DEMOLITION
   The existing, obsolete structure just south of the Library parking at 13605 Webb Chapel is being prepared for demolition during the week of March 28.
PUBLIC SAFETY TRAINING
   As is frequently done with buildings prior to demolition, Farmers Branch Police and Fire Departments will conduct training exercises at the building, Tuesday, March 22 through Saturday, March 26.
   Neighbors and others in the area should not be alarmed at any appearance of heavy Police or Fire Department presence and activity at that location.
Council approves change for Mercer Crossing

FARMERS BRANCH ~ Acting on a high profile zoning case, the Farmers Branch City Council on Tuesday approved a new 268-acre planned community in Mercer Crossing on the City's west side.
   This new community, to be developed by Centurion American, is located west of Mercer Crossing Lake and will contain approximately 600 single-family homes, as well as new retail and multi-family development.
   Now that the zoning that been approved, Centurion American plans to move forward immediately with the first phase of the project this summer.
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RECYCLING Update
Recycling cart delivery begins next week; storage guidelines announced

FARMERS BRANCH ~ With delivery of new recyling carts to Farmers Branch residences beginning next week, the Farmers Branch City Council took action Tuesday to solidify new rules for storage of the carts.
   Residents will begin receiving 95-gallon rolling containers from Community Waste Disposal beginning the week of March 21. The recycling program will begin pickup the week of April 4.
   When rolled out for pickup, containers should be placed near the same location as trash collection (curb or alley) behind the curb line and will be collected according to the schedule map at fbrecycles.com.  Carts must be returned to their storage location by 9 a.m. the day after service.
   The curbside recycling program is free to Farmers Branch residents.
   The new ordinance requires that carts be hidden from street view, such as in a garage or behind a wood fence.  For those that, for whatever reason, cannot store a cart in the garage or backyard, they may store the cart next to the house provided that carts are screened in with opaque fencing in an L-shaped configuration.
   There will be a grace period until October 1 for installation of proper screening.
   Fines for solid waste ordinance violations will range up to $500. However, City officials emphasize that residents will have ample opportunity to learn about proper storage and correct any issues. Fines will not be assessed except for multiple repeat violations.
   For more information, go to fbrecycles.com or call 972.919.2597.
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HOLIDAY 
Hours
Good Friday, Easter hours listed

FARMERS BRANCH ~ The City of Farmers Branch has listed special hours for City offices and facilities on Good Friday and on Easter Sunday. City Hall by air
   Most City offices and facilities, including the Citizen Collection Center, will be closed on Good Friday, March 25. There will be no garbage pickup that day. The only exceptions will be the Margaret Young Natatorium and the Community Recreation Center (both open from 6 a.m. until 5 p.m.) and the Farmers Branch Historical Park, open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
   All City facilities are closed on Easter Sunday, March 27.
BRANCH Briefs
City prepares for potentially busy mosquito season

FARMERS BRANCH ~ Mosquito season is coming soon and Farmers Branch staff is already preparing.
   As in years past, Farmers Branch will implement its Integrated Mosquito Management (IMM) program. Resident participation and involvement is crucial to the success of the IMM program. 
   Additionally, Environmental Health staff will be working closely with Code Enforcement to address stagnant pools and properties that have the potential to become mosquito breeding grounds.
   Efforts will be focused on prevention through education, surveillance, and use of larvicide. Beginning in May, the Environmental Health Division will put out traps to collect mosquitoes that will be tested for West Nile Virus by Dallas County. These sample pools will be used to determine if and when the city will be sprayed for mosquitoes.
   Residents are reminded to drain standing water, wear insect repellent with DEET, and avoid going outside at dusk and dawn when mosquitoes are most active. Report standing water to 972.919.2536. To learn more about the city's mosquito program, visit farmersbranchtx.gov/mosquito.
Three out of four cities now operating on NTECC

CARROLLTON ~ First, there was Farmers Branch and now Addison and Coppell have joined the ranks of public safety agencies dispatching from the North Texas Emergency Communications Center.
   NTECC is a cooperative effort between Farmers Branch, Carrollton, Addison and Coppell, combining emergency and public safety communications capabilities under one roof.
   Farmers Branch was the first agency to go online at NTECC in February with Police and Fire communications. Since then, Coppell and Addison have moved their capabilities to the state-of-the-art center.
   Carrollton is due to round out the quartet by moving their emergency communications to the center on or about the end of March.
Farmers Branch one of top 50 safest cities out of 1,800 in Texas

FARMERS BRANCH ~ The public records analytic site backgroundchecks.org has listed Farmers Branch in the top 50 safest cities in Texas, out of more than 1,800 municipalities in the state.
   The site ranked cities according to violent and property crime statistics and other data combined from FBI Crime Reports, natural language analysis, social media sentiment analysis and their own research.
   Farmers Branch was listed as the 33rd safest city in Texas based on that criteria. The site shows the Farmers Branch violent crime rate at 118.1 incidents per 100,000 population (proportionally) while the state average is 406 incidents per 100,000 people.
   The site also shows the chance of being victimized by property crime in Farmers Branch at 3.7 percent.

Shredding event announced for April 2

FARMERS BRANCH ~ In addition to the start of the recycling program in April, the City of Farmers Branch has announced the first of two document shredding events has been planned for Saturday, April 2.
   A shredding truck will be on hand at Farmers Branch City Hall from 9 a.m. until 12 noon to accept household document destruction from Farmers Branch residents. Organizers emphasize this is for residential use and should not be used for commercial or home-based businesses.
   The service is free to Farmers Branch residents. Proof of Farmers Branch residency may be required.
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ELECTION Information
CITY COUNCIL CANDIDATES
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(listed by ballot position)
Ana Reyes
Chuck Zubarik
Terry Lynne

EARLY VOTING

LAST DAY TO REGISTER TO VOTE IN MAY 7 ELECTION: April 7 

ELECTION DAY: May 7 from 7 am to 7 pm

LOOKUP HELP

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

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Volume 6 | Edition 11 | Number 264
Wednesday, March 16, 2016  
Branch Bulletin
is published weekly by the Communications Office of the
City of Farmers Branch, Texas since March 5, 2011

Comments are welcomed at fbinfo@farmersbranchtx.gov

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WHAT HAPPENS TO RECYCLABLES AFTER THEY ARE PICKED UP?
City Staff recently visited the Community Waste Disposal's Material Recovery Facility (MRF or MuRF) to find out what happens to recyclable materials after they are picked up from residents. Find out more in this exclusive video extra:
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TRASH COLLECTION
will continue the same twice weekly schedule on the same days and from the same location either in front of or behind homes (with alley access). This service remains free for Farmers Branch residents, except that the City will no longer provide trash sacks. Paper or plastic trash sacks can be purchased at most hardware and grocery stores. For more information, call 972.919.2597.
SIGNS
are out to inform residents of the impending delivery of recycling carts.

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 Extras
Economic Development 4th Quarter Update & Year in Review
Economic Development 4th Quarter Update & Year in Review
FBPD 'Open Carry Law' Meeting Presentation
FBPD 'Open Carry Law' Meeting Presentation
TRAIL Master Plan
 
IN the BANNER
 
A verdant Spring is on the way.
VOLUNTEER Opps
   Applications are being accepted for membership on several of the City's volunteer advisory boards and commissions, according to City Secretary Amy Piukana.
   Currently, the following boards have vacancies:

Planning & Zoning Commission
Family Advisory Board
Senior Advisory Board

March 2016
MARCH 23
TELL IT TO THE MAYOR
3 to 6 pm @ City Hall
Office Hrs w/Mayor Bob Phelps
972.919.2515

MARCH 25
GOOD FRIDAY HOLIDAY
Most City facilities including Citizen Collection Center closed
No garbage collection
Natatorium open 6 am - 5 pm
Rec Center open 6 am - 5 pm
Historical Park open 8 am - 5 pm
972.247.3131

MARCH 27
EASTER SUNDAY
All City facilities closed
972.247.3131

TUESDAYS @ Senior Center
AARP Tax Help
10 am to 3 pm
By appointment
972.919.8740

All events & meetings are subject to change. Call listed numbers or 972.247.3131 for verification or more information.



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  lovethebranch.com or call 972.247.3131.