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Wednesday, August 17, 2016
BRANCH BULLETIN - eNews from Farmers Branch
Acute need underscores Battle of the Badges blood drive this weekend

FARMERS BRANCH ~ With multiple hundreds of units of blood required for the victims of the July 7 sniper attack in downtown Dallas, the Battle of the Badges annual blood drive in Farmers Branch takes on special significance.
   Set for August 26 & 27, from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. at the Farmers Branch Community Recreation Center, the annual event traditionally establishes bragging rights between the Farmers Branch Police and Fire Departments for the coming year.
   However, Farmers Branch Police Chief Sid Fuller said that good-natured competition takes a back seat to the urgent need to replenish the depleted blood supply.
Allison Cook named Economic Development Director

FARMERS BRANCH ~ With confidence in her leadership as well as her proven aptitude for business development, expansion and retention, Farmers Branch City Manager Charles S. Cox has promoted Allison Cook to the post of Director of Economic Development & Tourism for the City of Farmers Branch.
Economic Development Director Allison Cook

   Ms. Cook has been with the City of Farmers Branch since 2011 when she started the first City program that focused on business retention. She was later promoted to Economic Development Manager. With previous Director John Land's appointment as Deputy City Manager, Allison was elevated to Director of Economic Development and Tourism earlier this week.
    The department's focus on revitalization, retention, redevelopment and recruitment has landed the Farmers Branch Economic Development team on the Dallas Business Journal's list of Top 10 Economic Development Agencies for the past four consecutive years.

Frog Pond curtails weekend hours through Labor Day Monday

FARMERS BRANCH ~ With students returning to school, the Farmers Branch Aquatics Center's Frog Pond will shorten their operating hours for the remaining weekends of operation this season.
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   The Frog Pond will maintain weekend hours of 12 to 6 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays through Labor Day weekend. Additionally, availability of Frog Pond attractions may be limited.
   Labor Day Monday will be the final day of operation for the summer. Call 972.919.8720 or visit .
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Community invited to retirement reception for Chief Sid Fuller

FARMERS BRANCH ~ Completing 33 years in law enforcement, including the past 10 in Farmers Branch, Police Chief Sid Fuller will be honored with a retirement reception on Wednesday, August 31 at 2 p.m. at Farmers Branch City Hall.
   Chief Fuller came to Farmers Branch after 23 years with the Irving Police Department. His decade in Farmers Branch has been marked by significant advancements in law enforcement technology, regional cooperation and a precipitous drop in the local crime rate.
   The public is invited to attend.

Freedom Award
FARMERS BRANCH ~ The U.S. Secretary of Defense has given the "Employer Support Freedom Award" for 2016 to Chief Sid Fuller and the Farmers Branch Police Department for their support of the National Guard and Reserve Member Employees.

Water line nears completion on Valley View while work goes on

FARMERS BRANCH ~ The ongoing reconstruction of Valley View Lane, between Josey Lane and Webb Chapel Road, will feature periodic changes of open lanes in the next few weeks as the project continues.
   The initial phase of the project involved the replacement of an old water line on the eastbound side which reduced open lanes for motorists heading east.
Upcoming Calendar

AUG 26 & 27
Blood Drive | 9 am to 3 pm @ Rec Center
817.343.1271 |

AUG 27
8 am to Noon @ The Grove at Mustang Crossing
972.919.2620 |

AUG 31
2 pm @ City Hall
972.247.3131 |

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

CODE CORNER: Trash & Recycling

   In an effort to maintain neighborhood appearance, the City Code specifies certain time frames that material can be placed out for trash or recycling collection.
   Whether it be trash, recycling, brush or bulk, items SHOULD NOT be placed out for collection earlier than 6 p.m. the day BEFORE designated collection.
   Likewise, recycling containers SHOULD BE returned to their storage locations no later than 9 a.m. the day AFTER scheduled service.
   Materials and containers out too early or left out too late is a violation of City Code and may result in a court citation. Find out more about trash and curbside recycling collection.
  Additionally, recycling containers should be shielded from street view when not placed out for collection. This could be:
  • In the back yard
  • In the garage
  • Behind a screening fence if stored beside the house
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   Code Enforcement has provided a helpful video tutorial of how to construct a simple screening fence. A sample screening fence and recycling container can be seen in the lobby at City Hall. 
  If any resident is unable to construct, or afford to construct, a screening fence, there may be assistance available from local civic agencies (as resources are available). For more information on screening requirements, call Code Enforcement at 972.919.1414.
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Mosquito spraying to conclude tonight

FBTX~ Mosquito traps positive for West Nile Virus have precipitated another round of mosquito spraying which will conclude tonight for neighborhoods in the western part of the City.
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   Farmers Branch Environmental Health Manager Katy Evans said the areas to be sprayed are generally bordered by Webb Chapel Road to the east, Interstate 35E to the west, Valwood Parkway to the north and Valley View Lane to the south.
   Spraying will begin after 9 p.m. each evening, weather permitting and will conclude before dawn.
   Residents are advised, as a precaution, to bring in pet dishes or cover them, cover aquatic ponds, fish ponds and birdbaths and do not go outside during the posted hours.
   For more information, please call the Mosquito Hotline at 972.919.9868 or visit
Summer Funshine carnival a success

FBTX~ Closing out the season, the Summer Funshine Carnival raised $3,600 for Farmers Branch facilities. 
   Held last Friday at the Community Recreation Center, the event's proceeds will benefit the Animal Adoption Center and Farmers Branch Market improvements at The Grove @ Mustang Crossing.
   A recreational day camp for school-age kids, Summer Funshine averaged 228 campers per day for the 2016 season.
Council to meet in special meeting

FBTX~ Mayor Bob Phelps and the Farmers Branch City Council will meet in special session to discuss elements of the City Manager's proposed budget on Monday, August 29 at 2 p.m.
   The meeting will be held in the training room at Farmers Branch Fire Department Administration, 13333 Hutton Drive in Farmers Branch.
City offices to close for Labor Day

FBTX ~ Most City of Farmers Branch offices and facilities will be closed on Monday, September 5 in observance of the Labor Day holiday, with a few notable exceptions. 
   Both the Community Recreation Center and Margaret Young Natatorium will be open from 6 a.m. until 5 p.m. 
   Next door, the Frog Pond will celebrate its last day of summer season operation by opening from 12 noon through 6 p.m. In addition, the Farmers Branch Historical Park will be open from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. 
   There will be regular garbage and recycling collection on Labor Day Monday.
Oncor to trim trees through end of Aug

FBTX ~ Residents are reminded that Oncor is performing regular maintenance on trees that could interfere with electrical service lines. 
   According to the Oncor web site, "one tree can affect a power line serving an entire neighborhood ... when branches grow into distribution lines, they may cause problems during the next wind, ice or electrical storm." 
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In the Banner

FBTX ~ Popcorn clouds break over the kids pool at the Farmers Branch Aquatics Center's Frog Pond as the facility enters the last few weekends of the summer swim season. Hours are 12 to 6 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays up to, and including Labor Day Monday.

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Plan Ahead

@ Farmers Branch Market | 8 am to Noon @ The Grove at Mustang Crossing
Live Tejano music, bounce houses, crafts, salsa contest & street tacos
972.919.2620 |

Outdoor movies in the Library amphitheater, featuring "The Karate Kid"
Showtime is dusk | 972.247.3131 |

Most City offices closed | Exceptions: Rec & Natatorium open 6 am - 5 pm | Frog Pond open 12 - 6 pm | Historical Park open 8 am - 5 pm | GARBAGE & RECYCLING WILL BE COLLECTED

SEP 8 - 25
Presented on select nights by The Firehouse Theatre
972.620.3747 |

SEP 10, 17 & 24
8 am to Noon | The Grove @ Mustang Crossing

SEP 16-17
ENCOUNTERS from the PAST >> Find Out More
Interactive guided tours of historic Keenan Cemetery
972.406-0184 |

SEP 17
Outdoor movies in the Library amphitheater, featuring
"STAR WARS: The Force Awakens"
Showtime is dusk | 972.247.3131 |

SEP 24
DATE NIGHT in the PARK >> Find Out More
Food trucks, live music & an outdoor movie @ Farmers Branch Historical Park | 972.919.2620

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 or call 972.247.3131.