February City Update & Important Information
I am so excited about the future of Farmers Branch and the direction in which our city is growing.
Mayor Glancy already took steps to discontinue the mandate by the former mayor of citizens having to sign up in advance to speak at Council meetings during Citizen Comment. Now, anyone who wishes to speak can just show up and speak. You will still have 3 minutes as in the past. No advance sign-up required.
Our city management is working hard to make sure that all employees understand that they and the Council are in the customer service business. Give them kudos when they deliver good service and let them know when they have not. They are working hard to make engagement with the city a better experience.
As you know, I am running for mayor. Thank you to the over 170 people that attended my kick-off event. If you have questions of me or would like me to visit with you and your neighbors, I would be delighted. Just send me a note and I’ll make it happen. Please support my campaign at www.ElectTerryLynne.com With your help we will make a difference and provide better local government to ALL Farmers Branch residents!
I have campaign signs so send me a note if you would like one. My team will get it to you.
Feel free to stay in touch with me if you have a question, comment or concern about things happening in our city. My full contact info is at the bottom.
UPCOMING CITY COUNCIL MEETINGS
The next City Council meeting for January will take place on Tuesday, January 31st, at 6pm, in the City Council Chambers. The meeting are open to the public. The Study Session will take place at 3:00pm prior in the upstairs meeting room.
Mayor Bill Glancy will be presiding.
SPECIAL NOTE: Mayor Glancy has said that the public may now speak at City Council meetings during Citizen Comment and on agenda items without having to pre-register online.
Citizens are given 3 minutes to speak to any topic as long as they are cordial and don’t make disparaging remarks to Council or staff. This is your time to bring issues to the attention of Council and the City.
The agenda for the Council Meetings and Study Sessions may be found by clicking on AGENDA. Be sure to search for January 2023.
GREEN GRABBER PICK-UP SCHEDULE FOR BRUSH AND BULK
The week of February 6th will be Bulk Item Pick-Up Week. The Green Grabber will pick up BULK items on the same day as your recycling bin pick-up. Bulk consists of furniture, mattresses, appliances, etc.
The other weeks of the month the Green Grabber will only pick-up BRUSH.
Please do your part to help us save our landfill by separating your brush and green items from bulk items and put brush out the remaining three weeks of the month.
Residents may call for a “special bulk pick-up” by The Green Grabber. Special Pick-ups are done on Wednesdays as available. Call 972-919-2597.
Join your neighbors and friends for a casual conversation with the Farmers Branch Police Department next Saturday, February 4th at Starwood Cafe, from 9 am to 11 am.
No speeches. No agenda. Just a chance to ask questions, voice concerns and get to know your local first responders!
FREEBIE FOR ACTIVE ADULTS AT THE BRANCH CONNECTION
The First Monday Breakfast for February takes place Monday, February 6th, at 8:15am at The Branch Connection and will be limited to the first 100 active adults. Free for TBC members and $5 for non-members. Come join us for some good food, meet new neighbors and see what all is happening at TBC!
Join The Branch Connection today and take advantage of these and so many more fun activities! Click NEWSLETTER for The Branch Connection Newsletter and see all the great things happening there!
CONGRATULATIONS TO COUNCILWOMAN ELECT TINA BENNETT
TINA BENNETT won the Special Election for District 3 representative.
There will be a reception on Tuesday at 5:30pm in the City Hall foyer for Tina and the rest of Council. The public is invited.
Tina will be sworn-in at the January 31st Council meeting.
Each month, I have been telling you about my campaign. It’s really pretty simple…the 4 pillars of my campaign are:
- Customer Service
I will work with our City Council to Make Our City Better and deliver these attributes to residents just as I did when I served on our City Council. You deserve nothing less.
“Listen First” has been a constant theme of mine. You cannot represent people if you do not listen to their concerns. To do that, you have to be involved.
Serving ALL residents of our city is my goal. We have a diverse population in many ways. Everyone deserves their voice heard at City Hall.
Please consider supporting my campaign by going to www.ElectTerryLynne.com Let’s bring back responsible local government!
See interview with Terry on OBBM Network Weekly News.
If you would like a yard sign to show support for my campaign, just send me a note with your name and address. My team will drop one off for you. Thank you.
2022 PROPERTY TAX DIVIDEND
1.) Why is Farmers Branch paying out a property tax dividend?
It is a one-time 2% reduction of your 2022 assessed property taxes approved by the City Council last year as a means of financial relief for the citizens of Farmers Branch.
2.) How do I calculate my property tax dividend?
The .02 dividend was calculated based on 2022 Certified Property Values from Dallas County. The Farmers Branch City Taxable Value is divided by $100 and multiplied by $0.02. For example: a $200,000 Farmers Branch taxable value/ $100 x 0.02 = $40.00
Click DIVIDEND for more information.
DOGS ON THE LOOSE! STILL A PROBLEM
I am repeating this message because it is still an issue. The City has experienced a rash of dog attacks recently. Having been a victim of one myself, dog owners need to know that Farmers Branch ordinances require dogs to be kept in secured areas (backyards) or on leashes when outside of their secured area.
Sec. 18-131. – Dogs and cats not to run at large
- No owner of any dog or cat shall allow any dog or cat to run at large or be outside of or off the owner’s premises, whether vaccinated or not. All dogs or cats on the owner’s premises shall be securely kept behind an adequate fence or shall be kept on a chain adequate to restrain such dog or cat from leaving the owner’s premises in violation of the terms of this article.
- A person commits an offense if the person causes a dog or cat not owned by him to be at large by intentionally, knowingly, or recklessly releasing a confined dog or cat.
- A person commits an offense if the person is the owner of a dog and the dog makes an unprovoked attack on a human, domestic animal or domestic fowl while said dog is at large, and the attack causes bodily injury or death to the human, domestic animal or domestic fowl.
Owners found guilty of violating this are subject to misdemeanor fine and possible civil action.
There are a number of other ordinances that apply to pet ownership. Residents should check with Animal Control, 972-919-8770, for further information.
Want to know more about narcotics investigations? How a traffic stop works? A crime scene search? You can learn a lot by attending our next Citizens Police Academy.
It’s a 33-hour block of instruction designed to give the public a working knowledge of the Police Department’s personnel and policies. It consists of a series of classes held once each week for three hours.
The instruction is comprehensive, covering a different area of the Police Department each week. Officers, supervisors, and personnel assigned to that particular division conduct each instructional block. And it’s free!
The next academy will start March 2nd and end on May 11th . Click POLICE ACADEMY for more info and to sign-up.
PARK & RECREATION EVENTS
Dads and daughters are invited to an enchanting night out at the annual Daddy Daughter Dance. Activities will include music and dancing, refreshments, a keepsake photo, and more.
Elevate your experience with a VIP package that includes admission for two, a reserved table, special dessert tray, take home centerpiece, and a priority pass for a keepsake photo. Advance ticket Purchase required. Tickets can be purchased in person at the Recreation Center or call 972-247-4607 for more information.
Farmers Branch is known as “City in a Park”. There are a number of new projects coming to our city. Click Park Projects to see what is planned and what is in the works!
As you can see, there’s a ton of things happening in our city… Click on the following links to see what else is going on:
Farmers Branch Historical Park
Farmers Branch Chamber of Commerce
Please let me hear from you regarding any questions, comments or concerns you have about our great city. Thank you again for allowing me to be of service to you.