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  • 28 Aug 2022 11:20 AM | Anonymous

    FORT WORTH, Texas (August 24, 2022) — The Fort Worth Botanic Garden invites guests to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month Sept. 15 to Oct. 15 during ¡Celebramos!, a series of events in the Garden celebrating Hispanic culture. 

    “This year ¡Celebramos! offers new additions to the lineup following last year’s successful inaugural series,” said CEO and President Patrick Newman. “Celebrating the rich heritage of one of our many diverse communities is a reinforcement of our commitment to serve and be welcoming to all.” 

    When entering the Garden during Hispanic Heritage Month, guests will be greeted by a colorful art display, turning the Leonard Courtyard into the Garden’s own version of Frida Kahlo’s La Casa Azul in Mexico City. The final ¡Celebramos! event will be an evening for adults. “An Evening at Casa Azul” will feature food, drinks and music. See event listing below for more events and for more details visit fwbg.org/celebramos

    Learn About La Herbolaria with Fort Worth Blue Zones — Sept. 17, 12 p.m. - 2 p.m.
    Quinceañera Community Celebration — Sept. 17, 4 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
    Mariposa Market — Sept. 24, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. and Sept. 25, 12 p.m. - 5 p.m.
    Latin American Walking Parade & Festival — Sept. 24, 5 p.m. - 8 p.m.
    Día de la Familia — Oct. 1, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
    Family Movie Night, Featuring Disney’s Encanto — Oct. 1, 8 p.m.
    Lunchtime Lecture Series: Caribbean Urban Ethnobotanies in New York City, Oct. 4, 12 p.m.
    Blessing of the Animals — Oct. 4, 4 p.m. - 6 p.m.
    Fort Worth Opera Presents “¡Bienvenidos!” — Oct. 8, 2 p.m.
    Fort Worth Opera Presents “¡Bienvenidos!” — Oct. 15, 2 p.m. - 3 p.m.
    An Evening at Casa Azul — Oct. 15, 6 p.m. - 10 p.m. 

    Guests are encouraged to become members to receive special discounts throughout the event series. Visit fwbg.org/membership to join today.  

  • 25 Aug 2022 11:31 AM | Anonymous

    CITY NEWS future city hall-lobby view.jpgAs part of a goal to transform the way city services are delivered in Fort Worth, the City purchased the former Pier 1 building at 100 Energy Way. The move will bring functions from 22 departments from 14 buildings into the site.

    The existing tower is also undergoing a number of changes to support a welcoming and functional space for municipal government.

    Some changes are already underway, such as replacing more than 20 sections of roofing, replacing core information technology functions and updating security systems.

    Project managers are working through designs to heavily renovate many of the floors in the building to promote collaboration and transformed services. These renovations will include emphasizing the shared daylight principle, looking to maximize the use of natural light into the space and provide lines of sight to windows for all workers on the floor.

    A critical part of the upgrades is ensuring the designs allow City departments to grow and change over the next 50 years, putting an emphasis on constructing spaces that can be easily converted to meet departments’ future needs.

    In addition to renovating the City staff floors, the tower will be undergoing major changes to play host to the City’s one-stop-shop customer service functions. This area will house many of the major customer-facing functions in one area, reducing trips around town and bringing together critical functions that currently operate in distant buildings.

    Updates are also coming to the lobby level. These changes are aimed at providing an efficient and equitable City Hall experience. Look for intuitive wayfinding, alternative areas to work while in the building, and a pre-council lobby area to better serve members of the community on council days.

    The building will see updates to the terrace level, including the cafeteria, which will eventually host a food hall concept, providing meal options to those in the tower and from the surrounding neighborhood.

    Additional changes are planned to better accommodate some of the incredible art from the community, including the potential for a rotating art program and partnerships with local art communities.

    Updates are being made to better serve residents who require ADA accommodations. Everyone should feel safe and welcomed while visiting their City Hall.

    Residents can learn about Future City Hall by emailing questions. Many of these questions and answers will appear in future communications with residents.

    View details on the Council Chamber groundbreaking event on Sept. 15.

  • 23 Aug 2022 11:33 PM | Anonymous

    As temperatures finally show signs of dropping, the Fort Worth Botanic Garden has returned to regular operating hours. In July, due to high temperatures, the Garden began closing at 3 p.m. daily.

    Now, gates open at 8 a.m. and close at 6 p.m., with the last tickets of the day sold at 5 p.m. and the last photography passes at 4 p.m.

    FWBG | BRIT members receive early admission daily at 7 a.m. Not a member? Join today. 

  • 23 Aug 2022 11:30 PM | Anonymous

    CITY NEWS oem-fwtx alerts-english.png

    This week’s heavy rainfall and flooding underscores the need for every resident to receive reliable weather warnings.

    Residents can register for a free service called Fort Worth Texas Alerts. In the event of community emergencies, an emergency alert will be sent by text or email. Or residents can sign up for optional weather warning alerts via text, email or voice calls.

    The city’s Fire Department Office of Emergency Management manages the emergency alert system designed to be one of the tools used to alert residents of hazardous conditions.

  • 23 Aug 2022 11:27 PM | Anonymous

    The Fort Worth City Council met at 10 a.m. in the Council Chamber at City Hall.

    • The Council approved a maximum property tax rate of $.7125 per $100 in valuation.
    • Members approved a resolution disapproving the 2023 budget of the Denton Central Appraisal District.
    • Members approved a resolution authorizing a design concept for the Council Chamber Building at Future City Hall.
    • The Council passed updated service and assessment plans for several Public Improvement Districts.
    • Members approved ceremonial travel for District 3 Councilmember Michael Crain to France, Sept. 16-23, as part of the Fort Worth Sister Cities delegation.
    • Crain presented a proclamation to Colonial Kids for a Cause for their charitable work in the community.

    Other Aug. 23 Council meetings

    • Local Development Corp.
    • Fort Worth Housing Finance Corp.
    • Crime Control and Prevention District board. Board members approved the FY2023 recommended CCPD budget in the amount of $117,387,173.

    Watch City Council meetings live on Fort Worth TV, either online or on TV. You can also watch the meetings via the Fort Worth TV video library and on the City's YouTube channel


  • 20 Aug 2022 9:36 AM | Anonymous

    Council work session

    The City Council met at 1 p.m. Tuesday:

    • Informal reports. Community center management; Follow-up on dredging ponds and lakes in parks; Historic cemeteries in Fort Worth; Monthly development activity report; Parental leave update; Eastside transportation planning projects and subregional studies; Non-FEMA flood risk area initiative; Proposed changes to PID Advisory Board operating requirements; Will Rogers Memorial Center capital projects update; Women in firefighting (Camp Heat).
    • Presentations. Update on Future City Hall, Tanyan Farley, Athenian Group; Culture and Tourism capital project update, Michael Crum, Public Events Department; Omni Hotel expansion, Robert Sturns, Economic Development Department; ARPA funding proposal to reduce gun violence, Police Chief Neil Noakes and Leah King, United Way of Tarrant County; Short-term rental data mining, registration and zoning options, Dana Burghdoff, City Manager’s Office.

    The City Council also conducted an executive session at noon and a public comment meeting at 6 p.m. The next public comment meeting will be at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 6, in the Council Chamber at City Hall. Residents are allowed to address the City Council on any topic, but topics related to the proposed FY23 budget are especially encouraged.

    Watch Council meetings via the Fort Worth TV video library and on the City’s YouTube channel.

  • 20 Aug 2022 9:35 AM | Anonymous

    The City of Fort Worth, with partners Cisco and Presidio, officially launched free CFW Neighborhood Wi-Fi access in five neighborhoods: Ash Crescent, Lake Como, Northside, Rosemont, and, coming this fall, Stop Six. City officials and community partners gathered at Como Community Center on Tuesday to celebrate the launch and speak about the benefits of this great resource.

    “Access to the internet provides a sense of connectiveness, and our community has that today,” Leon Reed, Lake Como Neighborhood Association second vice president, said. “What I’m really proud of is the benefits the children of our community will receive as they will have a real opportunity to advance their education by continuing to learn at home. And I’m also excited about the adults having the opportunity to go online and search and apply for jobs. I’m so proud of the vision of Fort Worth to provide all its citizens the opportunity to enjoy what the world has to offer.”

    Many Fort Worth residents have lacked home internet access, making it difficult to attend online classes, apply for jobs or tap into other social service resources. The issue became especially apparent during the COVID-19 pandemic, where lack of connectivity was impacting residents’ quality of life

    In 2020, the City of Fort Worth kicked off an effort to bring free Wi-Fi to some of the neighborhoods most affected by a lack of connectivity. (See the neighborhoods on the map below.) The project began with $5 million in seed money from the CARES Act, and was completed with additional ARPA funds. Fort Worth ISD also joined the partnership to make the program possible by allowing the City to use school buildings to hold equipment that will originate the signal. CFW Neighborhood Wi-Fi complements FWISD’s effort to deliver connectivity to student’s districtwide.

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  • 20 Aug 2022 9:34 AM | Anonymous

    CITY NEWS medstar-pd 7th st partnership.jpg

    The West Seventh Street district is a very popular venue for area residents to enjoy a night out with friends. On Friday and Saturday nights, thousands of visitors and residents crowd the entertainment venues in the blocks bordered by West Seventh, Bledsoe Street, University Drive and Foch Street.

    The large number of visitors creates a significant challenge getting emergency medical resources into the district for medical calls.

    Since September 2018, a unique partnership between the bicycle teams from Fort Worth Police Department and MedStar has helped improve patient access to medical resources. MedStar’s Bicycle Emergency Response Team – BERT for short – responds to medical calls in the West Seventh District as requested either through a 911 call, or by Fort Worth police officers on duty in the district.

    Since the program was begun, BERT medics have treated 466 patients, with 61% of the patients treated on scene without the need to dispatch an ambulance or fire truck into the entertainment district. This keeps those resources available for other community responses.

    The FWPD-MedStar partnership operates on Friday and Saturday nights from 10 p.m. to 3 a.m., all year long.

    MedStar’s BERT members undergo extensive training in bicycle operations through the International Police Mountain Bike Association, especially focusing on navigating in large crowds. Bikes are equipped with all the medical equipment necessary to treat patients suffering from medical or trauma emergencies.

  • 13 Aug 2022 11:39 PM | Anonymous

    Fort Worth’s homeowners could see the City’s property tax rate drop 2 cents if the City Council considers a new rate as part of the fiscal 2023 budget process.

    City Manager David Cooke proposed the decrease when he put before council members a $915.3 million General Fund budget Tuesday. The City’s overall budget will top $2.3 billion.

    Water rates, garbage collection fees and stormwater fees are not going up.

    “Again this year, the City’s economic outlook is positive, even as we continue to feel long-term effects of the COVID-19 pandemic,” Cooke said. “We’re seeing gains in local job growth, property values, sales tax collections and new building permits. But along with Fort Worth’s impressive population growth come increased demands on City services and infrastructure.”

    Cooke said City staff is being even more mindful in this budget cycle about how to achieve goals of making Fort Worth a more livable and vibrant city. He said it is important to show residents the City is being a good steward with their money, but at the same time improving their quality of life.

    How programs and services are provided for future generations is always an underlying budget goal, Cooke said. That’s become a little more difficult this budget cycle because the City is also experiencing cost increases and the pressures of the current economy and job market.

    “The budget is a process and a path that are years in the making,” Cooke said. “We have to be thinking about the future. It’s about today and also what we’re doing in the long-term.”

    Property tax rate reduced again

    Cooke recommended reducing Fort Worth’s property tax rate to $71.25 cents per $100 assessed valuation. The reduction is needed to help residents achieve an affordable lifestyle as consumer prices continue to rise.

    The owner of a home valued at $200,000 would pay $1,425 in City property taxes. Exemptions would change the final amount of the tax bill.

    New positions deliver improved service

    The recommended budget is an increase of 10% over the fiscal year 2022 adopted budget, or about $83.4 million. It is one of the largest increases in recent years, but needed to keep up with growth and maintaining infrastructure, Cooke said.

    Monies will pay for bridges and road maintenance, further improve neighborhoods and place renewed focus on picking up litter and making roadways brighter at night.

    The new budget includes about 300 new positions, with about 200 of those paid for in the General Fund. Those include 40 new positions in the Development Services Department. Police will gain 71, which includes 45 new officers who will be on the streets in fiscal 2024; 23 new jobs in Fire, and 14 to staff a new library.

    The additional positions in Development Services will help provide faster and more efficient service to both developers planning large-scale projects and homeowners tackling improvements around the house.

    Pay-as-you-go expansion

    For the fiscal 2023 budget, Cooke proposes allocating 7 cents of the 71.25 cents tax rate to Pay-as-you-go, or PayGo. The boost, coupled with the impact of higher appraisal values, will put $12.3 million more into the fund that uses cash to pay for projects. That will total $65.2 million.

    Among other things, money for street maintenance will jump 34.5%, from $35 million to $47 million. Streetlight maintenance will increase by $3 million. Funds for pavement markings will increase to $6.5 million.

    Focus on a cleaner Fort Worth

    To help foster a visibly cleaner Fort Worth, City staff is proposing an increase in the monthly environmental fee that many residents see on their utility statements. The increase is needed to put more money behind litter cleanup and illegal dumping enforcement.

    The current fee is 50 cents monthly for single-family residences. Under the proposed increase, the first since the program began in 1996, a homeowner will pay $1.50 per month. Monthly fee increases are also proposed for commercial, industrial and nonprofit properties, which makes the distribution of the fee  equitable across all properties.

    The proposed increase would add $6 million annually, and expand capacity for other environmental projects and services, such as $4 million for street sweeping. The environmental fund will increase to $16.1 million, up from $4.9 million. The new amount includes the transfer of $4.4 million from the Solid Waste Fund.

    Watch City News for more details on many of these topics over the coming weeks.

    Plenty of opportunities to give feedback

    Fort Worth residents have many opportunities to speak on the proposed fiscal 2023 budget. A series of community engagement meetings will be held at geographically dispersed locations across Fort Worth. The dates and times of these meetings are below. The dates in blue boxes are City Budget Meetings; the dates in green boxes are Community Conversations.

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  • 13 Aug 2022 11:37 PM | Anonymous

    CITY NEWS auditor-david medrano.pngAfter a national search, David Medrano has been named Fort Worth’s next city auditor. City Council will appoint him at its next meeting on Tuesday, Aug. 9.

    “David is joining the City with a wealth of leadership experience and strategic mindset that will serve our Internal Audit Department, and the entire City, well,” Mayor Mattie Parker said.  The role of the city auditor position is vital to good governance, and his ability to work collaboratively to find and implement innovative solutions will help ensure the City operates with efficiency and accountability.”

    Medrano has recently served as chief financial officer for SunLine Transit Agency in Thousand Palms, Calilf.; chief internal auditor for the Imperial Irrigation District in Imperial, Calif.; and internal audit chief for the County of Santa Barbara, Calif. He also has experience in audit and finance with several major energy companies in Texas.

    Medrano has a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Southern Methodist University, a master of accounting degree from the University of St. Thomas in Houston, and an executive-accelerated development certification from Rice University.

    John Riggs has been serving as interim city auditor since December 2021, replacing Patrice Randle, who retired.

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