Carrollton News 4-19-17

-This Week/Weekend-

 

Coffee with a Cop – April 22

Join your neighbors and the Carrollton Police Department for Coffee with a Cop. This is a recurring, come-and-go community get together. There are no speeches or agendas, just simply an informal opportunity for citizens and officers to get to know each other better. Join us at the grounds of the historic A.W. Perry Homestead Museum (1509 N. Perry Road) on Saturday, April 22 from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Coffee with a Cop is a great way to share your ideas, comments, and concerns, or introduce your children to police in a friendly, casual setting.

 

Spring Concert on the Square Series Continues – April 22

There is always something going on in Downtown Carrollton. The spring Concert on the Square series continues on Saturday, April 22 from 6-8 p.m. with The Rumble Kings, a local rock ‘n roll cover band. Come and sing along as they cover artists like Elvis, Johnny Cash, SRV, Straycats, Hendrix, and everything else that rocks and rolls. Don’t forget to bring your blankets and lawn chairs to enjoy some springtime music. Visit cityofcarrollton.com/downtown for more details on all upcoming Downtown Carrollton events.

 

Perry Museum Movie on the Lawn: Silent Film Series – April 22

Silent Film Series at the A.W. Perry Museum returns on Saturday, April 22 with a free screening of Seven Chances (1925), Not Rated. This Buster Keaton comedy follows a man who has just learned that he will inherit $7 million dollars if he marries by 7 p.m. on his 27th birthday, and that day is today! Movie begins at sunset. Bring lawn chairs or a blanket for seating.

 

Early Registration Discount Available for Carrollton Trails 5K – April 23

Register now to run in the City of Carrollton’s 6th Annual Carrollton Trails 5K on Saturday, April 29 and receive the low price of $15 for individual entry. Pre-registration by April 23 guarantees a race bag, T-shirt, and timing chip. Any changes made after April 23 will incur a $5 change fee. The event also includes a 1-mile Fun Run/Walk, so bring the family along and don’t forget your canine kids.

 

Register online at cityofcarrollton.com/signupnow. Visit cityofcarrollton.com/carrolltontrails5k for more information.

 

Early Voting Begins – April 24

Early voting by personal appearance will be conducted at Josey Ranch Lake Library (1700 Keller Springs) and at Hebron & Josey Library (4220 N. Josey Lane), and all other locations as designated by the Dallas County Elections Administrator. The dates and times of early voting are as listed below. For additional details, visitcityofcarrollton.com/elections.

 

April 24 – April 28 (MondayFriday) 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
April 29 (Saturday) 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
April 30 (Sunday) 1–6 p.m.
May 1 – 2 (MondayTuesday) 7 a.m. – 7 p.m.

 

Teen League – April 26

Teens ages 13 to 18 are invited to the Teen League at Josey Ranch Lake Library (1700 Keller Springs Road) on Wednesday, April 26 at 6:30 p.m. Get service hours while you help make the library a better place. A signed waiver is required to participate in this event. To download the required waiver, or for more information on teen programs at the Library, visit CPLTeen.wordpress.com, Facebook.com/CPLTeenLeague, or call 972-466-4800.

 

Metrocrest Services Works to Fight Hunger

Metrocrest Services is kicking off a new drive in the fight against hunger, and seeking to raise at least $100,000 from the community. The Metrocrest Hospital Authority will match the donations dollar-for-dollar, up to $100,000. The “foodraising” initiative was announced March 23 at the Metrocrest Services 12th Annual Keyholder Breakfast where more than $75,000 was raised to kick off this drive. This included an incredibly generous donation by Sam Pack’s Five Star Ford in Carrollton.

 

In 2016, the Metrocrest Services food pantry provided 549,190 meals to the community – a 28 percent increase from the previous year. So far in 2017, the non-profit has already seen a 17 percent increase in

need. More than 200 families rely on Metrocrest Services for their groceries each week. While the need is increasing, current donations are not able to keep pace with the demand.

 

Contributing is easy: simply visit metrocrestservices.org and donate online (use “Food Pantry” under Fund Designation), or mail your gift to Metrocrest Services at 13801 Hutton Drive, Suite 150, Farmers Branch, TX 75234 and write “Pantry” in the check memo. For more information, visit metrocrestservices.org or call 972-446-2100.

 

Registration Now Open for Summer Camps and Classes

The May-August 2017 issue of Carrollton’s Leisure Connections magazine will fill you in on all City events, activities, and classes for the summer. Leisure Connections is available online at cityofcarrollton.com/leisuremag. Hard copies of the magazine are available at Rosemeade Recreation Center (1330 E. Rosemeade Parkway), Crosby Recreation Center (1610 E. Crosby Road), Hebron & Josey Library (4220 N. Josey Lane), Josey Ranch Lake Library (1700 Keller Springs Road), City Hall (1945 E. Jackson Road), Carrollton Senior Center (1720 Keller Springs Road), and other City facilities.

 

City-sponsored activities at recreation centers, libraries, and other leisure facilities include athletic league opportunities, community events, and classes for adults and children. Registration is now open for both residents and non-residents; classes begin Monday, May 1. To view more class times or to register, visitcityofcarrollton.com/signupnow.

 

Carrollton’s Pet Photo Contest is Back for Another Year

The City of Carrollton has opened a photo contest for locals to showcase their favorite furry friends by submitting photos of their pets for entry into a 2018 wall calendar, proceeds of which will benefit the Carrollton Animal Services and Adoption Center (2247 Sandy Lake Road).

 

Participants can enter multiple photos of as many pets as they would like, but individual pets are only eligible to win one month. Each photo entry is $5 and all entries must be received by 5 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 1. Photos should be in a high resolution digital format and sent to photos@cityofcarrollton.com OR City Hall, c/o Marketing Services, 1945 E. Jackson Road (mailed in or dropped off photos must be on a CD or a memory stick). No paper photos. Include with photo submission: animal’s name, owner’s name, phone number, and email address. Cash or check payments can be made in person or mailed in to City Hall, Marketing Services. Electronic payments can be made online through Carrollton’s WebTrac registration system at cityofcarrollton.com/signupnow. Just find the Photo Contest button and fill out the form. A RecTrac account is required.

 

The contest is open to everyone from amateurs to professionals. Photo submissions will be judged on composition, creativity, and cuteness! Furry friends only, no humans please. Winners will be announced in August. Visit cityofcarrollton.com/petphotocontest for more contest details, entry information, sponsorship opportunities, and photo requirements.

 

Egrets Have Been Spotted; Take Steps Now to Avoid Nesting

Many are aware of the challenges the City faced in 2011 with migratory birds nesting in residential areas of the community. These challenges were avoided in 2012 through 2016 by developing a strong partnership between City staff and the residents in affected neighborhoods. Nesting season is just a few months away, so it is time to start taking preventative steps to keep these birds from settling into our neighborhoods. The City encourages residents to join this effort by taking the following steps: trim tree canopy to allow light to shine between limbs and other trees and remove old nesting material. If you identified migratory bird activity in your trees last year, begin thinking now about hanging visual deterrents such as owls, scare-eye balloons, reflective tape, or other similar material in your tree. Report heron and egret activity to Animal Services immediately by calling 972-466-3420.

 

Water Restrictions in Effect

Each year, the City of Carrollton’s Water Conservation Plan calls for restrictions on time-of-day watering beginning April 1. The use of a permanently installed automatic irrigation system is prohibited between the hours of 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. from April 1 through October 31. Time-of-day restrictions conserve water by minimizing evaporation and wind drift during the warmest hours of spring and summer days. This allows more water to penetrate deep into the soil which promotes healthier roots for plants and turf grass.

 

Protect your landscape and your wallet by watering early in the morning (well before sunrise) and deeply by breaking long watering cycles into two or three shorter cycles. You can find more detailed instructions about outdoor watering at cityofcarrollton.com/water.

 

Save Money & Water – Free Irrigation Inspections Now Available

Through the City’s Save Water by the Yard program, free irrigation inspections are available again this year. Eligible Carrollton Water Utilities residential customers, with in-ground irrigation systems, can apply to receive the inspections through September 30 or until the funds are exhausted.

 

Save Water by the Yard inspection service includes a consultation by a licensed irrigation expert who will check the settings on the sprinkler system’s control box, check all system lines for leaks and improperly functioning sprinkler heads, and provide customers with tips on system maintenance and water conservation. Residential customers who previously participated in 2015 or 2016 are ineligible for an inspection in 2017. For more information or to make an appointment for an inspection, Carrollton residents should call 972‑466-3000.

 

For more information on Carrollton water conservation, visit cityofcarrollton.com/water or contact the Public Works Department at 972-466-3425 or Water Utilities at972-466-4206.

 

 

-Next Week-

 

Sixth Annual Carrollton Trails 5K – April 29

This race shows off one of Carrollton’s best assets, the hike and bike trails. Earn your best time as you run along the Blue Trail in the heart of the City’s greenbelt area. LiveWire Fitness will sponsor a warm up session at 7:30 a.m. before the race begins at 8 a.m. The Fun Run/Walk will begin at 8:30 a.m. On race day, participants should park at Creekview High School (3201 Old Denton Road) in order to be bused to the starting line along the trail.

 

Register online at cityofcarrollton.com/signupnow. Pre-registration by April 23 guarantees a race bag, T-shirt, and timing chip. Any changes made after April 23 will incur a $5 change fee. Sponsorship opportunities are available for this event. Visit cityofcarrollton.com/carrolltontrails5k for more information.

 

City Council Meeting – May 2

The public is invited to attend all City Council meetings. The Council generally meets the first and third Tuesday of each month in the City Council Chamber on the second floor at City Hall, 1945 E. Jackson Road, Carrollton, Texas 75006. The work session begins at 5:45 p.m. followed by the meeting at 7 p.m. Minutes of meetings become available after City Council adopts them, usually at subsequent meetings. Check for updates at cityofcarrollton.com/calendar.

 

 

-Upcoming/Ongoing-

 

May the Fourth Be With You Star Wars Event – May 4

In a galaxy not so far away, Downtown Carrollton will honor Star Wars Day with a free event on the Square. Come in costume to enjoy Star Wars-themed booths, activities, and photo opportunities followed by a free screening of Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015), PG-13. Bring your blankets and lawn chairs to enhance your movie-viewing experience and may the 4th, er, force be with you.

 

Cinco de Mayo Celebrations – May 4

The students from Creekview High School’s Ballet Folklorico class will perform dances from states all over Mexico. Enjoy the colorful costumes and traditional dancing by local high school students at 7 p.m. at Hebron & Josey Library (4220 N. Josey Lane). Be prepared to get up and learn a few steps yourself! The dancers are great teachers and great with kids! For more information, visit cityofcarrollton.com/library.

 

General Election to be Held May 6

The City of Carrollton will hold a General Election on Saturday, May 6, 2017 for City Council places 2, 4, 6, and Mayor. Early voting by personal appearance will be conducted at Josey Ranch Lake Library (1700 Keller Springs) and at Hebron & Josey Library (4220 N. Josey Lane) from April 24 through May 2. Early voting details can be found at cityofcarrollton.com/elections.

 

Photo ID is now required to vote in Texas (visit, votetexas.gov for more information). For Election Day polling location information, Dallas County residents can visitdallascountyvotes.org; Denton County residents can visit votedenton.com. For additional information about the General Election, visit cityofcarrollton.com/elections.

 

ELECTION DAY VOTING LOCATIONS

Saturday, May 6, 2017

LOCATION ADDRESS PRECINCTS
Crosby Recreation Center 1610 E. Crosby Road Dallas County Precincts 2408, 2409, 2411 
Josey Ranch Lake Library 1700 Keller Springs Road Dallas County Precincts 2400, 2401, 2402, 2403,2404, 2405, 2406, 2407, 2410
Hebron & Josey Library 4220 N. Josey Lane Denton County Precincts 2003, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2018
Rosemeade Recreation Center 1330 E. Rosemeade Parkway Denton County Precincts 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2033

 

Celebrate Drinking Water Week Starting May 7

The City of Carrollton will join the American Water Works Authority (AWWA) and communities from all across the nation to celebrate Drinking Water Week fromSunday, May 7 through 13. Citizens are encouraged to tap into the great taste of the City’s drinking water and learn more about this vital resource. Keep an eye out for the May Utility Bill Newsletter for the complete 2017 Water Quality Report. For details about the City’s water, visit cityofcarrollton.com/water.

 

ABCs of Genealogy Class Continues – May 9

Looking to find your long lost relatives? Join Carrollton resident and local genealogist J.T. McKinney at the Josey Ranch Lake Library (1700 Keller Springs Road) for the ABCs of Genealogy Series. Free classes will be held from 10 a.m.-noon on the second and fourth Tuesdays of the month beginning May 9 through August 22. It is recommended to attend all classes as information builds on the previous course, but it is not mandatory. Registration not required. For more information, visitcityofcarrollton.com/library.

 

Study for Finals at the Library – May 10

Grab your classmates and join us at Josey Ranch Lake Library (1700 Keller Springs Road) on Wednesday, May 10 for four hours of study time to prepare for your finals. You can split up into groups or find a quiet spot in the room. Snacks and coffee will be served to keep up your studying strength. This study session is for ages 13-18. There is no cost and registration is not required.

 

City Reminds Homeowners to Check ID

The City of Carrollton reminds homeowners to use caution when allowing any strangers inside their home. Due to recent reports of City personnel imposters in Irving, Carrollton has provided a few tips for residents in case they receive a visit from a City employee:

 

  • Be aware that City personnel will rarely, if ever, need to come inside the home.
  • Check for ID and do not be afraid to ask someone to show a badge if it is not visible.
  • •Look to the vehicle. A City worker will most likely be driving a City vehicle with the logo prominently displayed.

 

Remember, do not allow someone into your home if you are unsure of their identity or purpose. You have the right to confirm the worker’s story with the City of Carrollton at 972-466-3000 if service to your address was not requested. If there is any suspicious activity, immediately report it to the police department by calling 911.

 

The Toilet is Not a Trashcan

Did you know, when you flush your toilet or turn the water on in your house, the resulting wastewater has just begun a 20-mile journey to the treatment plant? Your habits have a direct impact on whether that journey will be uneventful as well as how much it will cost to treat the wastewater once it gets there. Join the City of Carrollton in its efforts to maintain efficient and properly functioning plumbing throughout the City. For more information on non-flushable items, visitcityofcarrollton.com/toilettrash.

Follow Carrollton’s Real-Time Construction and Traffic Updates Site

The City of Carrollton now offers a new communication tool to keep residents aware of any traffic shifts or delays caused by both City-managed and TxDOT-managed construction projects. A new Facebook page, @CarrolltonRoads, delivers real-time updates posted directly from the streets of Carrollton.

 

The City of Carrollton is one of the first municipalities to deliver information 24/7, and work is still being done to provide e-notifications on post updates. For now, residents can visit cityofcarrollton.com/traffic or find @CarrolltonRoads on Facebook to stay armed with the latest information before they travel within Carrollton.

 

Wildlife Sightings Throughout Carrollton

Many residents have shared their concern for wildlife in our City, specifically noting bobcat and coyote activity. This time of year it is not uncommon to see both species active during the day as both will mate in late winter and early spring. These more frequent sightings have led some to believe there is an increased risk to people and domestic pets. However, while both bobcats and coyotes have adapted to living in closer proximity to people, they have not abandoned their natural fear of humans.
If you know of either species living near your home, turn on the lights and make a little noise before letting pets out into the yard. If you encounter wildlife while walking your pets, maintain a safe distance, make plenty of noise, and report the activity to Animal Services. The City’s wildlife management plan does not call for the trapping of each reported bobcat or coyote. However, we evaluate each call on its individual merits to determine the most appropriate next step. Sick or injured animals, or those with a significantly reduced fear of humans may result in efforts to capture the specific animal. These determinations cannot be made without your active participation by reporting the activity you see in your neighborhood. Please contact Carrollton Animal Services at 972-466-3420 to report bobcat or coyote activity.

 

Register Pets with the City to Keep Them Safe

Carrollton Animal Services wishes to remind Carrollton animal owners to register their pets with the City each year. Since proof of rabies vaccination is required with registration, it is convenient to register with the City when animals receive their shots. Identification, convenience, and savings all come with a pet’s City registration tag. A current City tag clearly shows the public that a pet has been vaccinated against rabies. Registered pets may also be quickly reunited with their owners at a lesser fee than those not currently registered.

 

To register by mail, send the rabies certificate and $5 per spayed or neutered pet or $20 per unaltered pet to Carrollton Animal Services or stop in for a tour of the new facility (2247 Sandy Lake Road). Also, for a limited time, stop by with a donation of $10 or more and receive a free t-shirt supporting the animals. For more information, call Animal Services at 972-466-3420 or visit cityofcarrollton.com/animalservices.

Disposing of Household Hazardous Waste

Are you unsure of how to dispose of your old paint, fertilizers, used motor oil, or other household chemicals? For Carrollton residents, disposing of your household hazardous waste is easy, free, and you do not have to leave your house! Simply call the Waste Management Household Hazardous Waste Hotline at 1-800-HHW-PKUP (1-800-449-7587) to schedule a collection appointment. You will be sent a kit explaining how to package the items for collection by a customer service representative from Waste Management. For more information on the Household Hazardous Waste Program or to see a list of items that are accepted, visitcityofcarrollton.com/solidwaste.
Be in the Know with Carrollton’s eNewsletter

Receive the latest City-sponsored information about new development and restaurants, City Hall news, upcoming events, and details about new programs in one convenient email. Contact information is confidential and subscribers will only be emailed the eNewsletter. The Carrollton Connection is a convenient way to stay connected to the City of Carrollton with a bi-weekly email sent directly to you. Visit cityofcarrollton.com/enewsletter OR text 22828 to subscribe. For more information, email your comments or questions to thecarrolltonconnection@cityofcarrollton.com.

 

Help Carrollton Keep Our Water Clean
Storm water is rainwater or snow melt that flows over surfaces, like parking lots, streets, lawns, and buildings, and then enters the storm drain system by the storm inlets (gutters) located in parking lots and on the sides of streets. The storm drain inlets are designed to remove water from the streets to prevent flooding. The storm water is then discharged to surface waters like creeks, lakes, ponds, and rivers. The water that enters the storm drain system does not get treated before being discharged to the surface waters. Ideally, our storm water should be comprised completely of rainwater. Unfortunately, as rainwater flows over the various surfaces, it picks up contaminants and carries them to surface waters. Contaminants can include motor oil, soap/detergents, paint, trash, pet and human waste, fertilizer, and many other items. These contaminants pollute our surface waters. The result of the pollution can include fines and harmful effects on our drinking water supply, recreation, and wildlife.

Carrollton’s storm water permit from the state requires us to reduce the amount of pollution in our storm water. Carrollton relies heavily on YOU, our residents and businesses, to help keep pollution out of our surface waters and to report violators when you see them. Please call 972-466-3060 to report polluters!

 

Protect Your Child from Sexual Abuse: COMMUNICATE. LISTEN. BELIEVE.

The Carrollton Police Department wishes to remind you that child safety is our responsibility as adults, not a burden that children should shoulder by themselves. Research indicates that one in three girls and one in five boys will be sexually abused. Fewer than 10 percent of child victims report. Worse still, 52 percent of child molesters surveyed reported that, when the children did tell, they were able to “talk the adults out of calling the police.” After that, most molested more children.

Sexual abuse starts with a relationship. Offenders gain the child’s trust and friendship. Offenders are clever. They talk to the child about or expose the child to sexual behavior or pornography. If the offender is sneaky enough, the child will not feel uncomfortable. They make it feel good because they know that if they cause pain or fear, the child will tell. Most children don’t tell because they get tricked into thinking they went along with it or caused it. Simply put, children are no match for offenders if the offender is older, more manipulative, or able to control the situation.

Unless parents or caregivers have talked to them, children will not know that what is happening is wrong. The more it happens, the harder it is to tell. Offenders tell children that people won’t believe them, will be angry at them, or will be hurt by the disclosure. They are convincing and children believe them.

The overwhelming majority of child abuse victims are abused by someone they know and trust and their parents would never suspect. Only you can protect your child. Educate yourself and your family about child abuse. Don’t let a child molester do it for you! The first call you make should be to the Police. Police are not concerned with your immigration status when reporting child abuse. For more information, visit cityofcarrollton.com/police.

 

The Carrollton Public Library Will Send You Reading Suggestions

Discover fresh titles that interest you — Mystery, Business, Young Adult, Science Fiction, Fitness, Thrillers & Suspense, Kids’ books, and more! Visitcityofcarrollton.com/library/nextreads, select your topics, and then subscribe for free to receive a monthly or bi-monthly list of books via e-mail, suggested by a Carrollton Public Library librarian. Each title has a brief description and a link to the catalog, so you can check out available e-books (currently only available to Carrollton residents and all Denton County residents) or place a hold to pick up later at either Library with your Library Card!

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