August 31, 2015

City News: Police Chief Finalists, City Services Survey

Two recent City news items that affect all of us in Oakhurst:

Most residents satisfied with city services; public safety, streets merit attention

Most Fort Worth residents are satisfied with city services, although they would like to see more emphasis placed on street and facility maintenance and public safety services.

Those are the major findings of the latest citizen survey, conducted this spring by ETC Institute of Olathe, Kan.


The survey's purpose was to assess residents' satisfaction with the delivery of major city services and to help determine priorities for the community as part of the city's ongoing planning process. Of the households that received a survey, 1,685 completed the survey. At least 200 households were surveyed in each of the city's eight council districts.

More than three-fourths (76%) of respondents indicated they were satisfied with the quality of life in Fort Worth.

For more details, visit http://fortworthtexas.gov/news/2015/08/citizen-survey-results/.

Get ready to meet the finalists for police chief

Finalists for Fort Worth police chief are expected to be announced later this week, and the public will have an opportunity to meet the candidates the following week.

“A very important part of this recruitment and hiring process is transparency and inclusiveness,” City Manager David Cooke said. “To that end, one of the components of the process is a Community Forum where members of the public can meet and listen to the candidates answer questions.”

The Community Forum is planned for 7-9 p.m. Sept. 10 at the Bob Bolen Public Safety Complex, 501 W. Felix St.

For more details, visit http://fortworthtexas.gov/news/2015/08/meet-police-chief-finalist/.

August 12, 2015

Public Zoning Meeting TONIGHT!

Passing along this message from the Fort Worth League of Neighborhoods:


1985 - 2015
 
CELEBRATING 30 YEARS ADVOCATING ON BEHALF OF FORT WORTH NEIGHBORHOODS
 
This is an important meeting; we encourage you and your fellow neighborhood leaders to attend.

Public meeting TONIGHT to discuss proposed changes to residential zoning definitions.

Wednesday, August 12, 6 pm
University Christian Church
2720 South University Drive, Room 207

An upcoming public meeting will provide residents a chance to comment on proposed zoning definitions related to residential uses, including options for a new "single housekeeping unit" definition.

The meeting will start with an open house at 6 pm for one-on-one questions and comments with city staff, followed by a presentation on proposed changes to certain definitions, including:
  • Restaurant
  • Community home
  • Transient or short-term resident (new)
  • Boarding house or lodging house
  • Family
  • Single housekeeping unit (new)
After the public meeting, the Zoning Commission will conduct a public hearing and vote on the definitions on September 9 at 1 pm at City Hall.  The City Council will conduct a public hearing and vote on the definitions at its meeting on October 13 at 7 pm at City Hall.

Click here to view the pre-council briefing on this issue. Under Available Videos, scroll to Pre-Council, July 21, 2015; click and scroll to Item 11.

ALSO, PLEASE SAVE SEPTEMBER 28 ON YOUR CALENDAR AND PLAN TO ATTEND THE LEAGUE'S FALL GENERAL MEMBERSHIP MEETING—A CELEBRATION OF 30 YEARS OF THE LEAGUE OF NEIGHBORHOODS. DETAILS TO FOLLOW!

August 8, 2015

West Nile Virus Update

Kathryn Omarkhail forwarded the following letter from the City Manager's Office:

Email to Neighborhood Leaders
August 6, 2015

We were informed this afternoon by Tarrant County Public Health there has been another confirmed West Nile Virus (WNV) positive mosquito sample collected in your area at Fire Station 19, 2605 Carnation Ave, 76111.

It’s extremely important that residents continue to reduce the mosquito population by removing mosquito habitats from your property and to remind your neighbors.
 
When you’re outdoors, remember to wear repellent that contains DEET.

We want to remind you the most effective means of protection, even more protective than spraying, is to stay focused on the reduction of the mosquito population:
  • Please check your yard for standing water in empty flower pots, pet bowls, toys, etc.
  • Maintain your swimming pool.
  • Wear clothing with long sleeves and pants when applicable.
  • Avoid being outdoors during dawn and dusk when mosquitoes are most active. 
Additional information is available on the City’s website:  www.fortworthtexas.gov/mosquitoes.