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Posted on: June 12, 2020

Independence Day festivities canceled due to COVID concerns

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FBTX ~ Due to significant concerns about the spread of COVID-19 as well as prohibitions on gatherings of greater than 100 people, the City of Farmers Branch has joined other area cities in making the decision to cancel our July 2 Independence Day firework...

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City News
Posted on: June 26, 2020

Demo work begins to prepare for Rec Center renovation

Gym renovation rendering

FBTX ~ Demo work for Phase 1 of the Farmers Branch Community Recreation Center renovation has begun. The goal of the demo is to secure the area and to prevent construction dust from migrating upstairs.

   Patrons will be able to ...

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City News
Posted on: June 22, 2020

Public input requested on I-35E Vision with new survey

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FBTX ~ The Farmers Branch Planning Department is asking residents and businesspeople to weigh in on the future of the Interstate 35E corridor through Farmers Branch with a new survey online June 22 through July 5.

   New development in th...

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Posted on: June 22, 2020

City outlines hours for holiday weekend

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FBTX ~ Most City offices and facilities will observe the Independence Day holiday on Friday, July 3 with many offices and facilities also closed on Saturday, July 4.

   Closed on both days will be City Hall, Municipal Court, Animal Adopti...

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City News
Posted on: June 19, 2020

Dallas County requires face coverings in businesses & public buildings

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FBTX ~ The Dallas County Commissioners Court has approved a measure now requiring all persons over the age of 10 to wear a mask or face covering in businesses & public buildings..

Although a strong recommendation until now, the new order mandates face ...

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Posted on: June 22, 2020

KFBB to sponsor shredding / textile recycling July 11

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FBTX ~ Keep Farmers Branch Beautiful will host a Document Shredding and Textile Recycling Drop Off event on Saturday, July 11 from 9 a.m. until 12 noon at City Hall.

   Open only to Farmers Branch residents, household documents can be sen...

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City News
Posted on: June 12, 2020

Mayor Robert Dye to form Task Force on policing

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FBTX ~ Continuing the effort to expand the scope of the local policing perspective, Farmers Branch Mayor Robert Dye has announced that he will be appointing a diverse Task Force to examine the future of policing and law enforcement outreach to the communi...

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City News
Posted on: June 12, 2020

Farmers Branch Police Chief addresses use-of-force practices

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FBTX ~ In response to the national conversation on law enforcement, Farmers Branch Police Chief David Hale has immediately addressed, included or affirmed a number of practices included in the local department’s use-of-force policies:

  • Ban Chokeho...
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City News
Posted on: June 12, 2020

Aquatics Center reopens June 15 to 50 percent

Frog Pond water park play structure

FBTX ~ In accordance with the latest directives from Austin, the Farmers Branch Aquatics Center - including the Margaret Young Natatorium and Frog Pond Water Park - will open on Monday, June 15 at 50 percent capacity, during normal business hours.

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City News
Posted on: June 12, 2020

City Council approves solar installations for three City facilities

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FBTX ~ Taking a giant green step forward, the Farmers Branch City Council on Tuesday unanimously approved the installation of solar panels on three City facilities, expected to generate more than 850,000 kilowatt hours of electricity annually.

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City News
Posted on: June 5, 2020

Financial Transparency Dashboard makes current information more accessible

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FBTX ~ In a continuing effort to make the business of running the City’s business ever more transparent, the Farmers Branch Finance Department has rolled out a new Financial Transparency Dashboard as a “one stop shop” for inf...

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City News
Posted on: June 5, 2020

Fire Chief Steve Parker announces retirement

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FBTX ~ After 32 years in the fire service, the past 20 in Farmers Branch with nine years as Fire Chief, Steve Parker has announced his intent to retire from service on August 4.

   The announcement comes on the heels of the Fire Departmen...

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City News
Posted on: June 1, 2020

Recreation 2020 summer camps relocate to The Branch Connection

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FBTX ~ Summer Funshine and Teen Leadership programs will be held at The Branch Connection this year.

Summer Funshine Program

  • Registration has reopened for Farmers Branch residents. Non-residents may register beginning June 1, if space is available. Registra...
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City News
Posted on: June 1, 2020

Virtual Summer Reading Club kicks off this week

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FBTX ~ The Manske Library is excited to announce that they are going virtual with Summer Reading this year with same fun, same challenges but in a different format.

   This year’s the...

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City News
Posted on: June 2, 2020

New estimate sends Farmers Branch population near 50,000

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FBTX ~ While the 2020 Census is ongoing, the U.S. Census Bureau has released new population estimates, placing the Farmers Branch population at 48,158 - up 18.8 percent from the previous year’s estimate of 40,527.

By comparison with neighboring c...

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City News
Posted on: June 5, 2020

The Branch Connection continues to help older adults

The Branch Connection Feel Good Friday drive thru

FBTX ~ The Branch Connection has been serving so many older adults through their variety of drive-thru services. They host monthly birthday drive-thrus and give away birthday boxes. Every week since April, they’ve hosted twice a week drive-thrus...

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City News
Posted on: June 1, 2020

Sketches released for Rec Center phased renovation

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FBTX ~ A phased renovation of the 16-year-old Farmers Branch Community Recreation Center will begin soon with an overhaul of the first floor, including expanded fitness and childcare areas, new look to walls and surfaces, and relocation of the welcome des...

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City News
Posted on: June 1, 2020

First Station 2 now open for business

Fire truck bays in new Fire Station 2

FBTX ~ Fire Department personnel began moving into the all-new Farmers Branch Fire Station No. 2 on Thursday. The new station occupies a corner of Holiday Park at Valley View and Alpha and replaces the undersized and outdated Station No. 2 on Spring Valle...

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City News
Posted on: May 29, 2020

Farmers Branch population jumps by 18.8 percent

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FBTX ~ While the 2020 Census is ongoing, the U.S. Census Bureau has released new population estimates, placing the Farmers Branch population at 48,158 - up 18.8 percent from the previous year’s estimate of 40,527.

   By comparis...

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City News
Posted on: May 22, 2020

City Secretary's Office among 18 of 595 agencies to be recognized

AMES Award with Mayor

FBTX ~ As the City’s caretaker of records, meetings, elections and more, the Farmers Branch City Secretary’s Office has been recognized by the Texas Municipal Clerks Association with their Achievement of Excellence Award.

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City News
Posted on: April 30, 2020

City facilities to begin limited reopening on Monday

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FBTX ~ In response to Texas Governor Greg Abbott’s phased plan to reopen Texas, the City of Farmers Branch will reopen certain facilities to limited capacities on Monday.

   City Manager Charles Cox said Farmers Branch City Hall...

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City News
Posted on: April 27, 2020

Farmers Branch Manske Library begins home delivery of books to residents during pandemic

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FBTX | April 27, 2020 ~ In an effort to restore some degree of normalcy to everyday life, the Farmers Branch Manske Library is today beginning home delivery of library books, DVDs and audiobooks and continuing through the duration of the national emergenc...

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Posted on: April 23, 2020

Dallas County outlines 'Rules for Reopened Services' in latest order

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FBTX ~ Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins has offered an outline of Rules for Reopened Services in his latest update to the Stay Home Stay Safe order, issued today.

   Effective at 12:01 a.m. Friday, retail services previously not classifie...

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City News
Posted on: April 27, 2020

Fleet and warehouse operations take up residence at new service center

New City fleet service center

FBTX ~ After years of planning and construction, the City’s new Keenan Service Center quietly began operations this week at 13333 Davis Court.

   On Monday morning Fleet and NAPA Warehouse operations completed their move from th...

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City News
Posted on: April 17, 2020

DART starts grocery pickup and delivery service for paratransit customers

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FBTX ~ Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) paratransit drivers have added grocery pickup and delivery to its services for customers.

   The agency’s drivers will pick up groceries from the store and deliver them directly to the cus...

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City News
Posted on: April 6, 2020

City facilities remain closed, events canceled thru May

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FBTX ~ With social distancing measures as a means of stopping the spread of coronavirus remaining in place, City facilities will continue to be closed to the public until further notice.

   For now, offices remain staffed and the City Ha...

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City News
Posted on: April 6, 2020

Now is the time to fill out the U.S. Census

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FBTX ~ The City of Farmers Branch is encouraging all residents to step up and be counted in the 2020 U.S. Census.

   Even though National Census Day has been planned for Wednesday, April 1, there is still plenty of time to take part.

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City News
Posted on: April 13, 2020

Jackie Byles to lead The Branch Connection

Jackie Byles new manager of The Branch Connection

FBTX ~ The Farmers Branch Parks and Recreation Department has announced that Jackie Byles will become the new manager of The Branch Connection, beginning Monday, April 13.

   A Texas native, enlisted in the United States Navy straight out...

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City News
Posted on: April 6, 2020

Parks & Recreation implementing "friendly monitors" to encourage social distancing

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FBTX ~ The City of Farmers Branch wants our residents to continue reaping the benefits of our many parks when it’s time to get some fresh air during this health emergency.

   However, it’s going to take some cooperatio...

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City News
Posted on: April 6, 2020

Community adapting to stay-at-home situation

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FBTX ~ Although asked to stay at home for longer than most people have ever considered, the Farmers Branch community is rising to the challenge to be sure everyone is cared for during this time.

   Farmers Branch Fire and Police Departmen...

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City News
Posted on: April 6, 2020

Evictions are halted during COVID crisis

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FBTX ~ As the first of the month typically means rent is due for tenants in Farmers Branch and across Texas, there is important information that everyone should know about special measures that have been taken to help Texans that are impacted by the econo...

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City News
Posted on: April 6, 2020

Parks & Recreation plans to hold Master Plan Community Input meeting via Facebook Live

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FBTX ~ Moving forward with a virtual event, Parks & Recreation is inviting the public to a Parks & Recreation Master Plan Community Input Meeting via Facebook Live, @farmersbranchparksandrec, on Monday, April 6 at 6 p.m.

   Reside...

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City News
Posted on: March 5, 2020

Dallas County shelter-in-place order now in effect

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UPDATE | Tuesday, March 24, 2020

Dallas County shelter-in-place order now in effect

FBTX  ~ By order of Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins, in an effort to combat the spread of coronavirus, all residents of Dallas County should shelter-in-place, thro...

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Posted on: March 19, 2020

City Election postponed until November

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FBTX ~ Acting on authorization from Austin, the Farmers Branch City Council on Thursday voted unanimously to postpone the 2020 municipal election from May 2 to November 3.

Recognizing that the coronavirus pandemic could present a shortage of poll workers a...

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City News
Posted on: March 5, 2020

City Secretary's Office seeking volunteers for Boards & Commissions

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FBTX ~ Anyone wishing to give back to the City through volunteer service on one of the City’s many Boards and Commissions is encouraged to check out the information page at fbboards.com and apply through the City Secretary’s Office.

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Additional Info... City News
Posted on: March 13, 2020

Summer Funshine registration now open for residents

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FBTX ~ Resident registration is now open for the Summer Funshine Program, a recreational day camp for children ages 6-12 that is held at Farmers Branch Community Recreation Center beginning May 29.

   The program Monday through Friday (ex...

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City News
Posted on: February 14, 2020

Power Switch provider offers competitive rate on 100 percent green energy

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FBTX ~ The popular Farmers Branch Power Switch program has marked a milestone with the current cycle’s new electricity provider dealing in 100 percent renewable energy and offering a competitive rate to assist residents in lowering their costs.

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City News
Posted on: February 21, 2020

Mayor & Council District 2 up for balloting this year

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FBTX ~ At the close of filing for the 2020 Farmers Branch City Council elections, two candidates had filed in each race - for Mayor and for Council District 2.

   In the Mayor’s race, Brenda Brodrick will face incumbent Robert C...

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Additional Info... City News
Posted on: February 14, 2020

Residents will be invited to offer input on I-35E corridor vision

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FBTX ~ Residents and businesspeople will play a key role as Farmers Branch City leaders undertake a visioning process in 2020 in order to gain a clearer picture of what the corridor on both sides of Interstate 35E through Farmers Branch will look like in ...

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City News
Posted on: February 7, 2020

City leaders looking for teens to serve on Youth Council

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FBTX ~ Mayor Robert Dye and the Farmers Branch City Council are actively searching for high school students in the community to serve on the first Farmers Branch Youth Council.

   The goal of the Youth Council is to create a pathway for y...

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City News
Posted on: February 7, 2020

Online magazine names Farmers Branch third best place to live in Dallas

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FBTX ~ In their annual list of top 20 best places to live in Dallas, MoneyInc.com has proclaimed Farmers Branch to be number three on the list, behind only Frisco and Addison.

   MoneyInc.com author Liz Flynn said the most common factors ...

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City News
Posted on: February 7, 2020

Dallas County offers coronavirus resource info

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FBTX ~ With heavy news coverage on the outbreak of the coronavirus in China, along with anecdotal confirmed cases in the U.S., the Dallas County Health and Human Services Department has released resources so residents can have the best possible informatio...

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City News
Posted on: February 7, 2020

West Side Water Tower officially recognized

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FBTX ~ Since 2006, the Tnemec corporation has celebrated the innovative and creative uses of its coatings on water tanks with the annual Tank of the Year contest. 

   Each year, tanks of all varieties from across the U.S. and Can...

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City News
Posted on: January 23, 2020

West Side Art Trail to connect neighborhoods

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FBTX – City of Farmers Branch residents and visitors will soon have more transportation options for getting around the city with the advent of the “Westside Art Trail,” a $10.4 million project with construction largely funded...

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City News
Posted on: January 23, 2020

Commemorating olden days garners 21st century award for Historical Park

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SOUTHLAKE ~ The Farmers Branch Historical Park has been recognized by the DFW Area Parks & Recreation Directors Association with the 2019 Arts & Entertainment Award for the Historical Park’s Laura Ingalls Wilder event.

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City News
Posted on: January 22, 2020

Firehouse leaps into professional ranks

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FBTX ~ Operated as a community theatre since its founding, the Firehouse Theatre in Farmers Branch has joined the Actor’s Equity Association, meaning it has graduated to the ranks of professional theatre.

   According to D Magaz...

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Posted on: January 23, 2020

Sustainability Manager leads discussion with philanthropist

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DALLAS ~ Last week, Farmers Branch Sustainability Manager Katy Evans (left) shared the stage with local restauranteur and philanthropist Shannon Wynne, leading a discussion about his journey to becoming an environmental activist.

   The e...

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City News
Posted on: January 23, 2020

Branch Connection celebrated on 20th anniversary

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FBTX ~ The 20th anniversary of The Branch Connection was observed at the Silver & Gold Soiree, including special ceremonies Saturday evening at the facility, followed by a special dance.

   Farmers Branch Mayor Robert C. Dye welcomed ...

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City News
Posted on: January 22, 2020

Residents can compost without dealing with a bin

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FBTX ~ Thanks to a new program offered by the Farmers Branch Department of Sustainability & Public Health, residents will now be able to participate in composting without dealing with the challenges of a composting bin at home.

   Beg...

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Posted on: January 9, 2020

Mayor implements new office hours for new year

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FBTX ~ Mayor Robert Dye will be available for open office hours at City Hall every second and fourth Tuesday, from 8 to 11 a.m. and second and fourth Friday from 3 until 5 p.m.

   Everyone is invited to drop by City Hall to visit with the...

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City News
Posted on: January 9, 2020

Senior homestead exemption savings equals 4-cents on property tax rate

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FBTX ~ The Farmers Branch City Council voted unanimously Tuesday night to lower the property tax bills of the over-65 population in Farmers Branch by an equivalent of 4-cents on the property tax rate.

   The Council raised the Resident Ho...

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City News
Posted on: January 9, 2020

Night Court starts January 21

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FBTX ~ In an effort to increase community compliance, Farmers Branch Municipal Court is adding a Code Enforcement docket in the evening on the third Tuesday of every month, beginning January 21.

   Hours will be from 5 until 6:45 p.m. Res...

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City News
Posted on: January 9, 2020

Aquatics' Ashley Muñoz heralded by national professional organization

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AOAP ~ Farmers Branch Aquatics Supervisor Ashley Muñoz has been named the Competitor Swim Aquatic Professional of the Month by the Association of Aquatic Professionals.

   She is directly responsible for up to 75 part-time staf...

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City News
Posted on: January 9, 2020

Retana tapped for NLC committee assignment

2019-2020 OFFICIAL - Cristal Retana

WASHINGTON ~ Farmers Branch City Council Member Cristal Retana has been appointed to the National League of Cities 2020 Human Development federal advocacy committee.

   This committee has the lead responsibility for developing NLC federal...

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City News
Posted on: December 20, 2019

Vacation House Watch provides peace of mind

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FBTX ~ The Vacation House Watch program is a program developed by the Farmers Branch Police Department designed to provide peace of mind to Farmers Branch residents while they are away from home for extended periods of time.

   Members of...

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City News
Posted on: December 12, 2019

New state-of-the-art 911 system delivers better, more accurate information

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CARROLLTON ~ The North Texas Emergency Communications Center, which serves the cities of Carrollton, Coppell, and Farmers Branch, as well as the Town of Addison, recently upgraded its 911 communications infrastructure to a new, all-digital NextGen911 syst...

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City News
Posted on: November 14, 2019

City conforms to regular posted dates, special proclamations

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FBTX ~ Flags on City offices and facilities should be lowered to half-staff only on six regular occasions throughout the year or by order of the governor or president.

   Unless otherwise noted, on such occasions, flags should fly at half...

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City News
Posted on: October 24, 2019

Fire Department receives federal grant to assist in staffing

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FBTX ~ The Federal Emergency Management Agency has awarded the Farmers Branch Fire Department a Department of Homeland Security Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) Grant.

   The City will receive $1,008,534 to hire s...

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City News
Posted on: October 11, 2019

City Council schedules 2020 meeting dates

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FBTX ~ The Farmers Branch City Council decided dates for their regularly scheduled meetings for the upcoming 2020 calendar year during their work session earlier this week.

   Regular meeting dates include: January 7 & 21, February 4 ...

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City News
Posted on: October 24, 2019

Emergency Management reminds residents that sirens are designed to be heard outdoors

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FBTX ~ In the aftermath of Sunday's weather, the Farmers Branch Emergency Management Office reminds residents that the City’s eight Outdoor Warning Sirens are activated for threats that affect the safety of residents such as tornados, large hail...

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City News
Posted on: August 22, 2019

Council approves new regulations for short-term rental operators

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FBTX ~ In the age of online access to everything from private rooms or homes to rent, a new City Council-approved ordinance better defines the nature of how short-term rentals integrate into Farmers Branch neighborhoods in a positive manner.

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Posted on: August 15, 2019

PGBT lane widening project traverses west side

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FBTX ~ Drivers traveling the President George Bush Turnpike will see work underway to widen and improve the roadway between Interstate 35E in Carrollton and Belt Line Road in Irving, encompassing the stretch of the tollway that runs down the western side ...

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Additional Info... City News
Posted on: July 31, 2019

Mike Mashburn promoted to be new Director of Parks & Recreation

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FBTX ~ With impeccable credentials and a track record of success, Mike Mashburn has been promoted to Director of Parks & Recreation, according to City Manager Charles Cox.

   After earning his degree in Recreation and Leisure Studies,...

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City News
Posted on: July 25, 2019

New adoption trailer unveiled at Bark Park opening

Adoption Trailer

FBTX ~ Made possible by a generous endowment left to the Animal Adoption Center by Ms. Sue Moore, mobile pet adoptions in Farmers Branch will now be more accessible.

   The new mobile Adoption Trailer was unveiled as part of the festiviti...

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Posted on: July 12, 2019

Farmers Branch is one of only three Texas cities cited for Performance Excellence

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WASHINGTON, DC ~ The International City/County Management Association has announced that Farmers Branch, Texas, has been recognized for its data-driven management and reporting efforts with ICMA's highest award - the Certificate of Excellence in Performan...

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City News
Posted on: June 7, 2019

Farmers Branch welcomes Tenet Healthcare with headquarters relocation

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FBTX ~ With a great deal of excitement and anticipation, the City of Farmers Branch has announced that Tenet Healthcare Corporation has signed a long-term lease for the company’s new corporate headquarters, at International Plaza Building I in Farmers Bra...

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City News
Posted on: July 25, 2019

New Historical Park Manager is historically qualified for the job

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FBTX ~ With a passion for history, an eye for detail, and a wealth of knowledge and museum expertise to her credit, Hillary Kidd has been promoted to the position of Farmers Branch Historical Park Manager.

   Prior to joining the Parks an...

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City News
Posted on: April 4, 2019

City Council takes landmark step towards ending child homelessness in Farmers Branch

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FBTX ~ In line with the priorities of their strategic plan, and motivated by the recent Point-in-Time count, that identified 43 homeless C-FB ISD students living in Farmers Branch, the Farmers Branch City Council on Tuesday took a landmark step towards en...

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City News
Posted on: September 19, 2018

FBPD warns residents to be vigilant for scammers

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FBTX ~ The Farmers Branch Police Department is asking residents to be aware that scams are on the increase, and are being perpetrated on social media, via email, and by telephone.

Scammers will prey on a person’s fear, desire to make easy money, compassion...

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City News
Posted on: May 9, 2018

Futuristic pilot launches with new market season

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FBTX ~ A futuristic-looking smart pole, the KitstiK™, has 'landed' in The Grove @ Mustang Crossing, in conjunction with the 2018 Farmers Branch Twilight Market kickoff.

   The City of Farmers Branch, Texas is staking a claim for progressi...

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City News
Posted on: February 26, 2018

Farmers Branch becomes first court in Texas to offer online resolution of some cases

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FBTX ~ Farmers Branch Municipal Court has brought traffic tickets back to the future, keying on a new trend in technology to offer a virtual courtroom, affording the opportunity for most Class C misdemeanor cases to be handled online.

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Posted on: May 8, 2017

New mixed use project to replace big box at Inwood and Alpha

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FBTX ~ After a great deal of negotiation, the Farmers Branch Economic Development Office has announced a new mixed use project for the corner of Alpha and Inwood Roads. 
    The new project on the 14-acre tract will include retai...
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City News
Posted on: March 31, 2017

FBPD warns residents to be wary of unlicensed solicitors

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FBTX ~ The Farmers Branch Police Department is reminding residents that anyone selling any product or service door-to-door must have a permit issued by the Police Department.
    Information has been received that residents in the area of...
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City News
Posted on: March 7, 2017

BRANCH ALERT: New system targets information to specific, geographic areas

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FBTX ~ Employing technology that can notify residents of anything from severe weather to community updates, via voice or text, the City of Farmers Branch is announcing the launch of the Branch Alert system.  
Anyone wishing to receive thi...
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City News
Posted on: March 30, 2017

MANSKE MOBILE: New app puts Library at your fingertips 24/7

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FBTX ~ Manske Mobile, the new Library app is ready to start serving the patrons of the Farmers Branch Manske Library with access to manage accounts, connect to eBooks and more, search the catalog and place holds on popular books.
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City News
Posted on: February 15, 2017

TCEQ: State commission orders full review of Farmers Branch Creek water rights case

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AUSTIN ~ In what is being described by homeowners along Farmers Branch Creek as a major victory, the three-member Texas Commission on Environmental Quality unanimously remanded a water rights dispute between Farmers Branch and Addison back to their staff ...

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City News
Posted on: February 14, 2017

RECYCLING: Numbers show huge results in first nine months of curbside program

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FBTX ~ With participation from 85 percent of single family homes in Farmers Branch, the new curbside recycling program has easily eclipsed totals from the old drop-off program in less than a year's time since kickoff.  
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City News
Posted on: February 15, 2017

DONATION: Metrocrest Hospital Authority donates lifesaving equipment to FBFD

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FBTX ~ Thanks to a $102,375 grant from the Metrocrest Hospital Authority, the Farmers Branch Fire Department will soon be equipped with four new LUCAS Chest Compression Systems.
   Providing consistent chest compressions when administeri...
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City News
Posted on: February 15, 2017

FITNESS EXPERT: Rotha Crump named Water Fitness Pioneer by national association

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FBTX~ The United States Water Fitness Association has named Farmers Branch Senior Center staffer Rotha Crump one of the Top 25 Water Fitness Pioneers in the country.

   A local instructor, Rotha has been teaching water fitness for more th...
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City News
Posted on: December 12, 2016

NEW: City Secretary's office enhances transparency with online public information request process

Open Information Request Portal FBTX ~ Streamlining the process of public information requests like never before, Farmers Branch City Secretary Amy Piukana said her office is preparing to launch an online public information request process.    The City recently purchas...Read on... Public Information Request Portal City News
Posted on: October 19, 2016

TEXT 9-1-1: Text to 911 option now available in Farmers Branch

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FARMERS BRANCH ~ The Denco Area 9-1-1 District has announced that it has implemented text-to-911 service for all of Denton County and the City of Carrollton, including the North Texas Emergency Communications Center, serving public safety dispatch for Far...Read on...

City News
Posted on: November 30, 2016

NEW ARCHIVE: City records archive now available to anyone online

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FBTX ~ Ushering in a new degree of transparency like never before, the City of Farmers Branch has launched an online City Records Archive that allows anyone to access packets, minutes of public meetings, ordinances, resolutions and more.
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City News
Posted on: October 19, 2016

GAS LINE UPGRADE: Atmos is upgrading natural gas lines in the area

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FARMERS BRANCH ~ Atmos Energy will be working in Farmers Branch in October to replace existing natural gas lines that connect to residential gas meters generally between the area of Rosser Road to Kerr Trail.

According to information provided by Atmos,...Read on...

City News
Posted on: October 19, 2016

SQUIRREL SCAM: Farmers Branch PD alerts residents to squirrel scam making rounds

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FARMERS BRANCH ~ Believe it or not, there's a squirrel scam that has come to light in the past few days from a Farmers Branch church.

Scammers are targeting the elderly by telling them they saw a squirrel scamper into their attic and for a couple of hu...Read on...

City News
Posted on: September 20, 2016

GOOD WITH NUMBERS: Sherrelle Evans-Jones brings wealth of experience to Finance Department

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FARMERS BRANCH ~ With more than 12 years experience in public accounting, most recently as CFO for Klyde Warren Park in Dallas, Sherrelle Evans-Jones has been named as the new Director of Finance for the City of Farmers Branch by City Manager Charles Cox....Read on...

City News
Posted on: September 2, 2016

FBPD: David Hale takes the reins as Chief of Police

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FARMERS BRANCH ~ Poised for a seamless transition, 22-year FBPD veteran David Hale has been appointed Farmers Branch Chief of Police by City Manager Charles Cox.

Succeeding the retired Sid Fuller, Chief Hale brings a wealth of law enforcement traini...Read on...

City News
Posted on: August 24, 2016

NEW JOB: Allison Cook named Director of Economic Development & Tourism

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FARMERS BRANCH ~ With confidence in her leadership as well as her proven aptitude for business development, expansion and retention, Farmers Branch City Manager Charles S. Cox has promoted Allison Cook to the post of Director of Economic Development &...Read on...

City News
Posted on: July 21, 2016

VALLEY VIEW: Construction will swap lanes in upcoming work

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FARMERS BRANCH ~ The ongoing reconstruction of Valley View Lane, between Josey Lane and Webb Chapel Road, will feature periodic changes of open lanes in the next few weeks as the project continues.

The initial phase of the project involved the repla...Read on...

City News
Posted on: July 27, 2016

SHARROWS: New lane markings encourage harmony between motorists and cyclists

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FARMERS BRANCH ~ The artwork appearing on roadways in Farmers Branch is a precursor of more pedal power to come as new "sharrows" signify the most visible signs, to date, of the implementation of the Trail Master Plan.

Crews started putt...Read on...

City News
Posted on: July 27, 2016

PROMOTION: John Land becomes Deputy City Manager

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FARMERS BRANCH ~ Recognizing his leadership capabilities along with his intricate knowledge of city government, City Manager Charles S. Cox has promoted Managing Director John Land to the position of Deputy City Manager.

"I can think of no one ...Read on...

City News
Posted on: July 27, 2016

IMM: Integrated Mosquito Management combatting warm weather pests

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FARMERS BRANCH ~ As the weather continues to warm up, coupled with periodic and uncharacteristic rainfall this summer, Farmers Branch staff is working hard to protect residents from mosquito-borne diseases such as Zika and West Nile Virus.

Resident...Read on...

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Posted on: July 27, 2016

CERTIFIED: City Secretary receives certification from international agency

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FARMERS BRANCH ~ The International Institute of Municipal Clerks had conferred the designation of 'Certified Municipal Clerk' (CMC) upon Farmers Branch City Secretary Amy Piukana.

The IIMC grants the CMC designation only tho those municipal clerks w...Read on...

City News
Posted on: June 20, 2016

CONSTRUCTION: Joint Fire Training Tower now under construction at Farmers Branch Fire Admin

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FARMERS BRANCH ~ Years of planning and coordination have given way to the moving of dirt as construction has begun on the state-of-the-art Fire Training Tower that will be shared by Farmers Branch, Carrollton and Coppell's departments.

Soon to ri...Read on...

City News
Posted on: April 13, 2016

SAFE CAM: FBPD asks for the help of extra "eyes" in the community

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FARMERS BRANCH ~ As one of its newest crime prevention and investigation tools, the Farmers Branch Police Department is asking local residents and businesses to register their surveillance cameras for the SafeCam initiative.

"Citizen-provided...Read on...

City News
Posted on: April 13, 2016

ALARMS: Changes to ordinance designed to reduce false alarm calls

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FARMERS BRANCH ~ With eight valid alarm calls last year, out of 3,059 responded to by the Police Department, the Farmers Branch City Council has approved changes to the local alarm ordinance, designed to keep officers on the street and away from false ala...Read on...

City News
Posted on: March 2, 2016

RECYCLING PROGRAM NOW UNDERWAY: Set materials out by 7 a.m.

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FARMERS BRANCH ~ After an absence of 15 years, the new curbside recycling program in Farmers Branch has begun.

When rolled out for pickup, recycling containers should be placed near the same location as garbage collection (curb or alley) behind the ...Read on...

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Posted on: February 24, 2016

LIVE: Four partner cities now live on state-of-the-art dispatch center

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CARROLLTON ~ After years of planning, preparation, testing and checking, the North Texas Emergency Communications Center, or NTECC, is now fully implemented with public safety dispatch for its four member cities - Farmers Branch, Carrollton,?Coppell and A...

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City News
Posted on: April 6, 2016

WICKER: Capacity of West Side infrastructure enhanced by Wicker Pump Station

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FARMERS BRANCH ~ Now fully back online after a fire last year, the Wicker Pump Station, at the ground storage facility near Denton Drive and Wicker Avenue, is greatly enhancing the already vast capacity of Public Works infrastructure on the West Side of F...Read on...

City News
Posted on: February 5, 2016

RECYCLING: What can be recycled?

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FARMERS BRANCH ~ Responding to a recommendation from a citizen committee as well as repeated requests through the years, a new residential recycling program will begin in Farmers Branch this spring at no additional cost to residents.

A calendar for...Read on...

City News
Posted on: February 5, 2016

AT HOME: Retailer to take up residence in vacant building on Midway at LBJ

At Home Farmers Branch FARMERS BRANCH ~ Home decor superstore At Home has announced the company will expand its reach in the North Texas market with a new store opening in Farmers Branch this May. The 137,000 square foot store will be in the building formerly occupied by Walmar...Read on... City News
Posted on: February 1, 2016

ACCORDS: Agreements between cities help clear hurdles to Camelot Landfill expansion

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FARMERS BRANCH ~ The effort to expand the Farmers Branch-owned Camelot Landfill in Lewisville took a couple of major steps forward this month with the finalizing of negotiated agreements with the Cities of Lewisville and Carrollton.

Fulfillment of the ...Read on...

City News
Posted on: January 12, 2016

CITY MARSHALS: Three sworn into service for new court office

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FARMERS BRANCH ~ Bringing a wealth of law enforcement experience to Farmers Branch, three City Marshals have been sworn into service, establishing the first Marshals Office to serve all processes for the Municipal Court.

Jesse Ramon, Jr., Gary Elkin...Read on...

City News
Posted on: November 12, 2015

SUPPORT: Free wristbands show support for Farmers Branch Police Department

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JUSTICE CENTER ~ Farmers Branch residents are invited to show their support for the Farmers Branch Police Department by picking up a "Standing with Farmers Branch Police" blue rubber bracelet at City Hall or at the Justice Center.
Farmers Br...Read on...

City News
Posted on: July 10, 2015

WATER & SEWER RATES: Proposed rate increase attributable to fixed costs from providers

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FARMERS BRANCH ~ The record rainfall of 2015 in addition to a legal battle over the source for local drinking water is combining for a perfect storm the will likely result in higher water and sewer rates for the new fiscal year.

Most costs associate...Read on...

City News
Posted on: September 28, 2015

RAPID FLASH BEACONS: New flashing crosswalks designed to improve pedestrian safety

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FARMERS BRANCH ~ In a continuing effort to improve pedestrian safety at strategic spots, the Farmers Branch Public Works Department has installed solar-powered rapid flash crosswalk signs at three locations.

The rapid flashing of beacons is activated...Read on...

City News
Posted on: August 5, 2015

SAFE ZONES: FBPD sets up exchange location for online business, child custody

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FARMERS BRANCH ~ In an effort to further the safety of the community, the Farmers Branch Police Department has initiated a “Safe Exchange Zone” program for the exchange of items that have been bought, sold or traded or for child custody exchanges.

...Read on...

City News
Posted on: April 21, 2015

APP-SOLUTELY: Farmers Branch launches mobile app for smartphones and tablets

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FARMERS BRANCH ~ Helping to put City of Farmers Branch information and resources at the fingertips of citizens, the Farmers Branch Mobile App for smartphones and tablets has debuted in Apple’s App Store and on the Android Marketplace.

Entitled “MyFB...Read on...

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Posted on: April 21, 2015

DRUGS: Prescription take back now possible five days a week at FBPD

Drug take back.

FARMERS BRANCH ~ In what was previously a once or twice a year event, dropping off old prescription medications for proper disposal is now a permanent service offered by the Farmers Branch Police Department.

Sergeant Terry Eoff said the new receptac...Read on...

City News
Posted on: April 6, 2015

ROSE ROSETTE: Landscape Manager does battle against rose disease

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FARMERS BRANCH ~ Growing a City of roses requires commitment, skill and sometimes information, in order to promote healthy plants that showcase our streets and neighborhoods.
Farmers Branch Parks Landscape Manager Pam Smith said local rose gardeners s...Read on...

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Posted on: May 26, 2015

TORNADO: National Weather Service confirms EF-1 tornado skipped across Farmers Branch in May

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FARMERS BRANCH ~ After an on-site damage assessment, officials from the National Weather Service have confirmed the storm that hit Farmers Branch at about 2:35 a.m. May 24 included an EF-1 tornado.

The large storm cell swept across the Metroplex fr...Read on...

City News
Posted on: January 2, 2015

LONG TERM PLANNING: Farmers Branch Fire Inspector reflects on graduating college at 70

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FARMERS BRANCH ~ Not all college students graduate in the originally intended four years. Some take five, some take six.
Don Ross was on the 50-year plan. A part-time Farmers Branch Fire Inspector for the past five years, Don is fondly looking bac...Read on...

City News
Posted on: April 6, 2015

RING IN THE OLD: Original bell from Old Church finds its way home to the Historical Park

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FARMERS BRANCH ~ On an unusually warm Tuesday in January, a crew of specialized craftsmen carefully helped place a 100-plus-year-old bell back into the belfry where its service began in the 1890s.

The Old Church at the Farmers Branch Historical Park...Read on...

City News
Posted on: July 1, 2014

BONDS: Bond rating agencies assign sought-after 'AA+' to Farmers Branch in advance of sale

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FARMERS BRANCH ~ In anticipation of a bond sale to fund the new joint public safety dispatch system and the voter-approved 10-year street improvement project, bond rating agencies Fitch Ratings and Standard and Poors have both assigned Farmers Branch the ...Read on...

City News
Posted on: March 20, 2014

PLATINUM: State Comptroller recognizes Farmers Branch as among the best in fiscal transparency

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AUSTIN ~ The Texas State Comptroller's office has named Farmers Branch as one of only 36 local governments in Texas to achieve their new Platinum award for financial transparency.

The Comptroller's Leadership Circle Program has recognized Farmers Branc...Read on...

City News
Posted on: March 13, 2014

IN THE GARDEN: Gussie becomes a trial garden for England's David Austin Roses

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FARMERS BRANCH ~ Now that the EarthKind Rose trial is over, the rose garden at Gussie Field Watterworth Park in Farmers Branch is becoming a trial garden for England's David Austin Roses.

Volunteers from local rose societies along with Farmers Branch ...Read on...

City News
Posted on: February 11, 2014

FERAL CATS: Program to control feral cat population launched by Animal Services

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FARMERS BRANCH ~ City of Farmers Branch Animal Services has begun a program to trap, neuter and return feral cats to their environments in an effort to reduce the population. Studies have shown that this method, sterilization rather than euthanasia, effec...

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City News
Posted on: September 14, 2014

DEMO/REBUILD: New incentives give homebuyers even more reason to build new homes

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FARMERS BRANCH ~ New "Demo/Rebuild" rules give homebuyers even more incentive to replace older homes with newer ones.

The availability of quality housing stock in the City of Farmers Branch encourages the retention of businesses, attracts new...Read on...

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Posted on: April 4, 2013

Farmers Branch Police encourage education against scammers

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FARMERS BRANCH ~ Although there has not been a substantial increase in reported scams, Farmers Branch Police want to be sure citizens are educated on the work done by con artists, in hopes of avoiding victimization.

Farmers Branch Police Lieutenant Jay...More >>

City News
Posted on: April 15, 2013

City Council lays foundation for repair industry practices

Foundation repair ordinance protects Farmers Branch homeowners

FARMERS BRANCH ~ In an effort to protect local residents against less qualified practitioners in the multi-billion dollar, unregulated Texas foundation repair industry, the Farmers Branch City Council passed an ordinance requiring a permit for foundation ...More >>

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