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Yes, the Margaret Young Natatorium is an indoor pool, with lap lanes and a therapy pool.
Boards and Commissions help implement the City Council’s vision, mission and goals. Participation on a Board and Commission is one of the most effective steps citizens can take in having an active voice in their government.
These are considered volunteer positions, and members do not receive compensation for their duties. However; they may be reimbursed for expenses if training and travel is necessary.
Time commitment varies depending on the Board or Commission. Some meet monthly, quarterly and semi-annually. Please visit fbboards.com for more detailed meeting information. Please note, there is annual Ethics and Sexual Harassment training required per the City’s Ethics Ordinance. In addition, new members will be required to take Texas Public Information Act and Open Meetings Act Training.
There are residency requirements, unless the board specifies otherwise, you must be 18 years of age or older, and a registered voter, with no outstanding debt owed to the City.
All Board and Commission meetings are open to the public in accordance with the Texas Open Meetings Act.
In February 2019 the City received with the services of Gallagher Construction undertook an evaluation and estimate of the cost to renovate the existing Library. The final report determined the following items are needed and are estimated to cost $12 million.
The City already owns the land across the street from the Library, the parking lot next to Fire Station No. 1. Moving the Library across the street takes the facility out of the floodplain and allows for a signature park to be integrated into the overall design of the Library. Visual concepts of this are available on the Conceptual Renderings page.
Yes! Should the Library Bond pass, staff will work with the selected architect to hold several public meetings to gain input from the community.
Construction costs are currently escalating at a rate of 1% per month. This was discussed during the City Council Study Session on February 5, 2019.
The current city tax rate is $0.599507. If the bond passes the increase is 3¢ making the new tax rate $0.629507.
View more information on the property tax rate impacts
The front public restrooms had to be gutted and redone 5 years ago due to a major water leak. A new front desk was added 6 years ago and new carpet was installed over 12 years ago.
That is a question only the Council can answer.
In 2009 the City put a Library Bond before voters along with 4 other propositions. The only proposition to pass was the relocation of Fire Station No. 1. Ordinance No. 3017 called for a bond election on May 9, 2009: Farmers Branch Proposition 3 – Bond New City Library in the amount of $10,750,000.
If a bond proposition fails, it will not be eligible for certificates of obligation for three years. The proposition could be brought up again at a future election.
The last major renovation was the add-on in 1975. Part of the building is much older than the current building at 44 years. The roof and HVAC replacement has been deferred until a decision is made on renovating or building new because it did not make sense to spend over $700,000 if it was going to be renovated or replaced. Same scenario with the carpet and the paint. The other point is that the City doesn't have $12 million in deferred repairs. The $12 million is the cost to renovate, which will bring everything up to code, basically gutting the building and redesigning the interior to meet the programming and atmosphere the people want from a library, as well as updating the exterior of the building. The building is to a point of putting a few million to make it nicer for 10 years plus or minus when the City will be faced with renovation or replace again. At that time construction costs are going to be significantly higher.
Over 140,000 people visit the Library every year. This number is generated through third party solution TRAF-SYS. All of the Library’s performance management data is publicly available at https://www.farmersbranchtx.gov/1063/Performance-Management.
The new Library discussion focused on the considerations below after multiple community meetings. These were all included in the RFQ.
Primary Considerations: Serve as a Library
1. Open floorplan to include flexible spaces and commons areas
2. Designated youth areas - Children & Teens
3. Technology and automation
4. Outdoor integration and park Inclusion
Secondary Considerations: Nice to have, but not critical in full form
6. Art and Culture inclusion
Residents can visit dallascountyvotes.org to check their voter registration.
If a card is lost or stolen, please notify the Library right away. The cost to replace a card is $1.
There is no age limit on library cards for Farmers Branch Manske Library.
The public computers are available to all library card holders in good standing. We also have 15 minute guest passes for non-library card holders.
> If an individual is planning on requesting a driver’s safety course, they must present a valid Texas driver’s license, valid financial responsibility and the fee.> If an individual is planning to request deferral of final disposition they must have a valid identification and the fee.> If an individual is presenting proof for dismissal of a failure to maintain financial responsibility citation they must have government issued identification and an insurance card or policy as required by law.> If an individual is presenting proof for dismissal of expired driver's license, expired registration or expired inspection, they must have a photo identification issued by a governmental agency, proof the defect was remedied within 10 days of the date of the citation, and the administrative fee.
Be prepared to pay fine and costs that day.
If paying by mail, the Court accepts personal checks, cashier's check or money orders (DO NOT MAIL CASH).If making a payment via the online payment system, the Court accepts Visa, MasterCard, Discover, or Diners Club card.
Cases currently in any type of warrant status can not be paid with personal, temporary, third party or company checks.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the Farmers Branch Court Clerk's office in person or by telephone:
Farmers Branch Municipal Court3723 Valley View LaneFarmers Branch, Texas 75244972.484.4112
Failure to appear or pay the citation by the court date assigned will cause the incurring of additional fines, fees and costs. The individual may be charged with a separate offense of Failure to Appear, which carries a maximum penalty of $500. A warrant will be issued for the individual’s arrest and may result in the loss of driving and vehicle registration privileges.
If no leak is detected in the meter box, your next step is to look at the water meter register. You may have to wipe the register face off with a wet towel to see the entire meter face. Dirt usually settles on the meter from month to month due to rain, irrigation and other moisture getting into the meter box.
• Record the reading on your meter• Do not use any water in your home for at least one hour• Recheck the meter every 20 minutes for one hour. The reading should be identical to the reading taken earlier. If it is higher, you probably have a leak. It is your responsibility to have it repaired.
Dripping faucets are easily recognized. You will have a faucet that does not completely turn off, and you may hear an annoying "drip, drip, drip" or see water collecting in the bottom of your sink or bathtub.
Continuously running toilets can be a silent culprit. Check the overflow pipes in the toilet tanks to be sure water isn’t draining. Place a few drops of food coloring in the tank, don’t flush and check the bowl in about 15 minutes. If any of the coloring appears in the bowl you probably have a tank-to-toilet-bowl leak, which will require repair.
Leaking toilets are more difficult to detect. Water loss may be caused by leaking parts or an incorrect setting. You may not always hear the problem. If the flapper valve in the toilet tank is not seating well, water will flow from the tank to the bowl and eventually down the drain as the bowl fills to a certain level. This problem can be detected by putting some blue food coloring into the tank. Wait a while and see if the water in the bowl has also begun to turn blue. If so, the flapper valve is the problem. Check more than once. The flapper valve may seat properly some of the time, but not all of the time. This can make this type of water loss difficult to detect. Another way that water loss can occur in a toilet is through the overflow in the tank. The overflow is the open pipe, usually located in the middle of the tank. If the float allows water to rise too high, water will go into the overflow pipe and down the drain. The best way to detect this is to take the top off the tank and see if water is at the top of the overflow pipe. If it is, the float may need to be adjusted.
Landscape irrigation problems can also result in water loss. These problems normally occur when sprinklers are on. There may be a break in the line or a malfunction in one of the sprinkler heads. Check to see if some parts of your lawn remain wet even when the sprinklers have not been on.
Remember: These are just suggested places to look for water loss first, and is not intended to be all-inclusive.
The City is divided into three geographic cycles for meter reading purposes. Your water meter is read about the same time each month, give or take a few days depending on weekends and holidays. If something is blocking access to the water meter box, repeat visits are made to obtain a meter reading or the customer is contacted prior to billing. Meters are typically read between the hours of 7:30 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. Occasionally, the meter readers may need to work on a Saturday.
If you have questions regarding your water bill, contact Customer Service at 972.919.2525.
The monthly rates or charges for services furnished by the water works system of the City shall be as follows (Ordinance No. 3522 approved by City Council September 11, 2018 and effective October 1, 2018):
Monthly rate minimum (first 2,000 gallons of water or less, all meter sizes): $20.94 per unit, plus any applicable oversize meter charges
For duplexes, triplexes, quadraplexes, apartment houses or any multi-family dwelling, a minimum of $20.94 will be charged for each unit regardless of whether it is located in a single family residence, duplex, apartment house or combination thereof.
The monthly rate or charges for services furnished by the Sanitary Sewer System of the City are below.
a) For private residences occupied by one family, the sewer service charge shall be as follows:
b) For duplexes, apartment houses or any multi-family dwelling, the sewer charge for each living unit shall be as follows:
c) For each business, commercial and industrial establishment, the sewer service charge shall be as follows:
Meters connected solely for fire protection systems shall be charged the monthly minimum rate established for 3/4 inch meters, in addition to volume usage charges, regardless of the actual meter size.