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Terrell App Now Available


Connect with the City of Terrell through the new free Terrell America Mobile App. Request a service, report a problem, access the Shop Terrell Business Directory and find other important information about the City all on your favorite mobile devices.


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Joint Partnership between Kaufman County
and City of Terrell Earns Harvard Recognition


Harvard's "Innovations in American Government Awards" competition is the nation's premier program devoted to recognizing and promoting excellence and creativity in the public sector. Harvard's program highlights outstanding ideals of government innovation and advances efforts to address the nation's most pressing public concerns. Since its launch in 1985, the program has received over 27,000 applications and has recognized almost 500 government initiatives.


Of the initiatives recognized by Harvard is the City of Terrell's program submission, showing a joint economic development program between Kaufman County and the City of Terrell, for which Harvard granted semi-finalist status as listed on the Harvard website.


The submission was centered around the City's Power Center Infrastructure and Economic Development Program. The Power Center Program captures development driven new tax revenue in a one-of-a-kind manner. The City of Terrell has created unique public/private partnerships that deliver infrastructure needed for economic development without forcing taxpayers to assume the risks typically associated with a proactive development model.


Terrell is situated in Kaufman County, the 4th fastest growing county in Texas. In response to new residential and employment growth, the City of Terrell and Kaufman County established the largest rural Tax Increment Financing Reinvestment Zone (TIF) in Texas. The TIF provides a financial vehicle for building much needed public improvements and generates revenue based on net incremental gains over the hundreds of land owners within the TIF.


Additionally, in 2013, the City created an innovative structure unique to the nation - the Power Center. The Power Center is an interlocal agreement between the City of Terrell and Kaufman County that assigns the net value increment from individual properties, of which the net value would have been assigned to the TIF, to be issued to the Power Center Fund to allow developers to be repaid from 100% of the City and County incremental property tax increase of the property.


The first development agreement was finalized in December, 2013, and all occurred because of the Power Center innovation. The results of the Economic Development Program are evident in the current construction along I-20 in Terrell, which includes a new family destination center for shopping, restaurants, and entertainment.


Terrell Mayor Hal Richards commented, "Over the last few years, the City of Terrell has been recognized by Yale, Harvard, Old Dominion University, Texas Department of Transportation, North Central Texas Council of Governments, the Office of the Governor, Entrepreneur Magazine, and others for our innovative partnership programs and excellence in government."


City Announces Public Hearings on Annexation


The City of Terrell proposes to institute annexation proceedings to enlarge and extend the boundary limits of said City to include certain property consisting of approximately 1041 acres of land in Kaufman County, Texas. A map of the entire area to be annexed is attached.

A complete description of the proposed property to be annexed is available at Terrell City Hall, 201 East Nash Street, Terrell, Texas 75160 or is available here.

Two public hearings will be held by and before the Terrell City Council, the first to occur on the 15th day of October, 2015, at 6:00 p.m. and the second on the 20th day of October, 2015, at 7:00 p.m. The hearings will be held in the City Council Chambers at Terrell City Hall, 201 East Nash, Terrell, Texas, 75160 for all persons interested in the above proposed annexation.

At those times and places all such persons shall have the right to appear and be heard on all said matters and things, all persons interested in the things and matters herein mentioned, will take notice.

By Resolution of the City Council of the City of Terrell, Texas, passed on the 1st day of September, 2015.


Annexation Map



Public Input Sought For Proposed Rehabilitation Of Floodwater Retarding Structure No. 87a Of The Cedar Creek Watershed, Kaufman County, Texas


The City of Terrell, Texas, local sponsors of the Cedar Creek Watershed, and the United States Department of Agriculture-Natural Resources Conservation Service (USDA-NRCS) have completed the planning process to develop a Supplemental Watershed Plan and Environmental Evaluation for the rehabilitation needs of Floodwater Retarding Structure No. 87A, also known as New Terrell City Lake, which is located just west of the intersection of U.S. Highway 80 and Farm-to-Market Road 2728 near Elmo, Texas.


This project is part of the Small Watershed Rehabilitation Amendments of 2000 (Section 313, PL 106-472). This legislation authorized the USDA-NRCS to work with local community leaders and watershed sponsors to rehabilitate aging watershed dams built under Public Law 78-534, Public Law 83-566, and the Pilot Watershed programs.


The City of Terrell and NRCS are hosting a public informational meeting to present the Supplemental Watershed Plan and the Preferred Alternative for rehabilitation of the structure. This meeting will be a follow-up to the meeting held on March 26, 2015. Meeting date, time, and location are as follows:


September 21, 2015
Thursday, 3:00 PM
Terrell City Hall, Council Chambers
201 East Nash Street
Terrell, Texas


The meeting will begin at 3:00 PM. There will be a brief overview about the proposed rehabilitation study. You will have an opportunity to provide either written or verbal comments during the meeting. Comments will be accepted through September 28, 2015.


Written comments can be submitted to the following address:


Mr. Steve Rogers
City Engineer
City of Terrell
201 East Nash Street
Terrell, Texas 75160


If you have any input or questions regarding this project, please contact Steve Rogers, City Engineer, City of Terrell, at 972-551-6607, or Glenn Lubke, Natural Resources Manager with NRCS in Forney at 972-552-5254, or provide written comments to the above address.



City Plans Annexation Along I-20


On September 1, 2015, the Terrell City Council passed Resolution No. 801 initiating annexation of approximately 1034 acres of primarily agricultural land along and south of I-20. Council members agree annexation is a "preventative" measure which discourages negative land uses that may be sought because of the recent investment in public infrastructure nearby. Annexation is also a catalyst for expanding the local tax base.

Constructed or soon to be is a total of over $54 million in public infrastructure improvements funded by the Kaufman County Bond Program, Texas Department of Transportation, City of Terrell, Terrell Economic Development Corporation and private developers. A regional hub for trade and commerce intersects along I-20, Spur 557, and FM-148, and these transportation corridors are integral to the state's roadway system.

”We are having outstanding success sustaining Terrell America as a great place to live, work and raise a family," said Mayor Hal Richards. "Our city is experiencing extraordinary momentum in attracting businesses and we will continue to support new investment, job creation and first-rate development. By bringing this acreage into the City, we will be able to ensure that change benefits neighboring property owners and gives Terrell room to grow."

"Strategic annexation of the proposed area allows the City to apply quality standards to code enforcement and development," said Torry Edwards, City Manager. "Proactively, this annexation creates a level playing field and encourages the highest and best land use. It is a strong tool for growing public/private investment for years to come."

The City has recently completed or is currently underway with (1) construction of public infrastructure costing $54 million in the area; (1) a new elevated water storage tank; (2) new wastewater collection facilities; (3) expansion of FM 148; (5) traffic signals on FM 148; (6) new ramps on Spur 557; (7) new frontage roads on I-20 and Spur 557; (8) new roads adjacent to Buc-ee's, (9) the FM148 bridge over Spur 557 and (10) new facilities for Atmos, Oncor, and AT&T. Nearby public infrastructure increases land values by increasing viable uses of the property.

The City Council will hold two public hearings on the proposed annexation on Thursday, October 15, 2015 at 6:00 p.m. and on Tuesday, October 20, 2015, at 7:00 p.m. in the City Council Chambers, Terrell City Hall, 201 E. Nash Street, Terrell, Texas.


Map of Proposed Annexation


Proposed Budget for Fiscal Year 2016


The Proposed Budget for Fiscal Year 2016 (2 meg download) will be presented to the Terrell City Council on September 1, 2015 at Terrell City Hall located at 201 East Nash Street, Terrell, Texas 75160 at 7:00 pm. The public is invited to attend the meeting.


CareFlite Medical Service Program


The Terrell City Council has adopted an ordinance requiring all residential and multi-family utility customers to pay $1 (one dollar) for participation in the Medical Service Program. This allows the customer to use CareFlite ambulance services in the event of a medical emergency. Any utility customer or multifamily residential utility customer or landlord who desires to not participate in the EMS Membership Program can sign and file a declaration of nonparticipation, on forms prescribed and provided by the City. More information



City of Terrell Out of Drought Restrictions


(May 1, 2015) Terrell city officials announce that based on information received from North Texas Municipal Water District (NTMWD), we have discontinued Stage 3 of the Terrell Drought Contingency and Water Emergency Response Plan. However, residents and businesses are encouraged to maintain conservation efforts as recommended below.


Discontinuation of Stage 3 comes at the direction of the North Texas Municipal Water District (NTMWD), the city’s water supplier. With the recent rains, lake levels have finally returned to normal levels.


NTMWD offers a free digital tool at WaterMyYard.org which helps homeowners with information to water only when needed. The website allows owners to sign-up and receive emails weekly to help determine how much water is needed to maintain a healthy lawn.

The City of Terrell requests that Customers implement the following water conservation strategies:

May through June 2015:

  • Keep sprinkler systems off and operate them in manual mode only when watering is needed.
  • Restrict landscape and lawn irrigation from 10 AM to 6 PM.
  • Sign-up at WaterMyYard.org for weekly emails based on weather data and water only as much as your lawn requires.
  • Regularly check your sprinkler system for broken or misdirected heads and/or leaks. Immediately make repairs or modifications to minimize loss and wasting water.
  • Consider changing irrigation zones to drip irrigation where appropriate.

July - September 2015

  • Maintain twice per week watering, but we encourage use of
    WaterMyYard.org to continue receiving emails on weather data and irrigation needs.
  • Stay mindful of conservation and the importance of our regional water


More information and tips on water conservation can be found at www.wateriq.org and www.ntmwd.com.

Water System Maintenance Activities

Residents may observe certain activities at times that may appear to be "wasting water." Water providers carry the responsibility to maintain good quality drinking water. The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) sets forth particular minimum requirements to help insure good water quality is maintained.


Flushing fire hydrants is one activity that may appear to be wasting water, but is actually a regulatory requirement and part of routine system maintenance to insure good water quality. In warmer temperatures chlorine residual can drop and flushing activities may occur more frequently during summer months to insure the water is safe to drink. Flushing is also required after repair of main breaks to help eliminate dirt and debris that may have entered the line.




Register Your Pet - It's the Law and
It Helps Us Care for the Animals!


Chapter 826 of the Texas Health and Safety Code grants municipalities the authority to pass ordinances requiring the annual registration of household pets, including the imposition of a fee for registration. The purpose of registration is to assist local government ensure all household dogs and cats are vaccinated against rabies. By law, funds raised from these fees MUST be used to enforce animal control laws and care for animals in our shelter.


On Tuesday, December 2, 2014, the Terrell City Council approved the second reading Ordinance #2620 requires all citizens who own pets, dogs and cats, to register them within 10 days of taking ownership. According to the ordinance, which formally takes effect on January 1, 2015, if you are a senior citizen, 65 years of age or older, the registration fee for registering your pet will be $5.00 per pet, regardless of fertility status. The registration fee for a pet that is sterile or has been spayed or neutered is $10.00. The fee for pets that are fertile or "intact" is $15.00.


Additionally, the ordinance requires that all registered pets have their registration tag, as well as their rabies vaccination tag, affixed to their collar, which must be warn at all times. Pets captured without a collar are only held for three (3) days and then immediately put up for adoption. It would be very tragic for you to lose your pet, simply because it did not have on its collar bearing the registration and rabies vaccination tags.


The Animal Control Department would like to remind our citizens that registering your pet with the city is the responsible thing to do, as well as a legal requirement. By doing so, not only are you being a responsible pet owner, but you are significantly improving your chances of getting your pet returned to you, should it inadvertently go stray in your neighborhood.


Help us by helping yourself. Plan to register your pet online starting on January 1, 2015


The City of Terrell congratulates Terrell ISD on a successful renovation project. Job well done!



 Terrell ISD



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Edwards Named Public Administrator of the Year

Torry Edwards

City Manager
Torry Edwards

(March 19, 2013) –Terrell City Manager Torry L. Edwards has been named 2013 Public Administrator of the Year by the North Texas Chapter of the American Society for Public Administration. The award recognizes outstanding accomplishment and achievement in public service.


Drawing on 25 years experience in local government and non-profit administration, Edwards is a proven fiscal manager and a strong leader in local government. Under Edwards’ leadership, Terrell is a leading city, creating a competitive environment with surging capital investment, while also stimulating economic growth east of Dallas.


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David Denney Receives Code Professional of the Year Award


The Building Officials Association of Texas (BOAT) has selected David Denney, Terrell Building Official, to receive the Code Professional of the Year Award at their annual conference held in August. This award honors individuals who provide outstanding service to protect the health, safety and general welfare of the public as it relates to the construction, occupancy and maintenance of buildings and structures in communities.

Nominees are selected from a state wide pool of building officials, permit technicians, plans examiners, inspectors, supervising inspectors, code enforcement officers, and fire officials. Nominations are accepted from a director, building official, mayor, or city manager.


Lawrence Crow, President of BOAT, who also serves as the Inspections Field Operations Manager for the City of Irving, presented the award to Mr. Denney at the September 4 Regular City Council meeting.

The workload for the Municipal Development staff has increased almost exponentially in the past several years. For example, Mr. Denney has experienced a recent surge in permitting activity with a 67% increase in the number of inspections. Total valuation for permits issued in 2009 was only $4.4 million, but in just the past 2 1/2 years the total has exceeded the $55 million mark.


Throughout this period David has not only provided outstanding customer service, he has stood in the gap to ensure construction meets or exceeds the minimum safety standards defined in the International Building Codes. The role of a Building Official, such as David Denney, in maintaining these critical safety standards is best illustrated in the fact that the primary role of Fire Departments throughout the country has transitioned into more medical emergency responses than fire fighting because of the increased safety of the structures currently being built.

David Denney's dedication to public safety is also demonstrated by his 24/7 response to emergencies such as catastrophic storms where restoration of power to storm damaged homes and businesses is greatly expedited by performing inspections and meter releases sometimes in the middle of the night.





Talk to the City of Terrell


The City of Terrell now offers a new way for citizens to report problems or request services from the City. Talk to the City of Terrell is available for everyone – from homeowners to contractors – to contact the City using one universal form. This will replace the separate forms used to report potholes or mosquitoes or to request a line locates (Right of Way Permit).


To make a service request for water, sewer, streets, drainage or mosquitoes, go to Talk to the City of Terrell. Fill out the form and send it by clicking the "Submit Request" button at the bottom of the form. The form goes to the City's work order program for routing to the appropriate department. It's also possible to track the status of a request online.


Customer service is a priority for the City of Terrell. This new service is designed to make it easier for citizens to report problems and find solutions.

Texas Giant Salvinia Effort Reaches Boaters, Raises Awareness


AUSTIN – Survey results show last year’s giant salvinia public awareness campaign by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department reached more than half of boaters living within 60 miles of four East Texas lakes targeted in the effort and that 96 percent of those boaters said they were “more likely to clean their boat, trailer or gear as a result of seeing information or advertising.”


Giant salvinia is usually spread unknowingly by people moving their boats from lake to lake. The plant “hitches a ride” on boats, motors and trailers. The invasive plant was first discovered in Texas in a small pond near Houston in 1998. It has been reported in 17 Texas lakes, including some of the state’s most popular recreational water bodies: Toledo Bend, Sam Rayburn, Caddo Lake, Sheldon Lake, Lake Texana and Lake Conroe.


Last spring’s “Hello Giant Salvinia, Goodbye Texas Lakes” campaign media buy generated more than 28.5 million audience impressions amongst boaters, anglers and the general public. Efforts included floating messages on buoys near key boat ramps, fish measuring rulers with campaign messages, online web banner ads, social media, gasoline “pump toppers” and billboard ads near key lakes, and even an amusing TV ad featuring “salvinia monster” trying hitch a ride with a hapless boater.


Given the success of the salvinia awareness effort, the department is now considering a similar initiative for zebra mussels, another serious invasive threat that is not yet widespread in Texas. The non-native mussels multiply rapidly and attach themselves to boats, piers, cables and other objects. Zebra mussels can block water treatment plant intakes and pipes, as well as cause declines in fish populations, native mussels, and birds.


“We are actively seeking partners to help make a zebra mussel awareness campaign a reality,” said Carter Smith, TPWD executive director. “Although currently only established in Lake Texoma in Texas, this exotic invader is on the doorstep of the Metroplex region and could eventually spread throughout the Trinity River system toward Houston.”


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FEMA Publishes New Flood Maps for City of Terrell


The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has presented preliminary Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRM’s) to the City of Terrell.


The FIRM’s assist city officials and local residents to identify flood risk and are used for insurance, lending and development decisions.


The preliminary maps revise and update information on the existence and severity of flood hazards in the City’s corporate limits. The maps are based on updated topographic data and decades of rainfall and storm gauge information.


Residents, property owners and business owners who believe the flood maps contain errors have until March 16, 2011, to file a protest or appeal by submitting information to FEMA through their local floodplain manager. After all comments are resolved, FEMA will notify the City, insurance companies, and residents of the effective date of the final maps.


“Flooding is the most common disaster in the U.S., and I urge Terrell residents to review the maps and be familiar with the flood risk for their property”, said Steve Rogers, City Engineer and Floodplain Administrator for the City. “The FIRM maps can assist residents, business owners and developers make informed decisions about insurance and flood protection.”


The City will host a meeting at 4:00 p.m. on Thursday, February 24, 2011, in the Council Chambers of City Hall. A representative from FEMA will be present to discuss the new FIRM maps and flood insurance options.


More information on flood insurance is available at www.floodsmart.gov.

The new maps are available for view at City Hall in the Engineering Office or at http://gispic.coterrell.org/map2007/PrelimDfirm.htm.




Kaufman County Crime Stoppers Hotline



Terrell residents now ways to help thwart illegal activity in the community.

Kaufman County Crime Stoppers provides a simple way for citizens to supply important information to help law enforcement agencies fight crime. The Crime Stoppers Hotline and Web Tips (online tip reporting) allow residents to remain anonymous while reporting suspicious activity or giving facts pertinent to specific cases.

Callers are eligible to receive cash rewards if the information they give leads to an arrest or a grand jury indictment of a felony offender.

The Kaufman County Crime Stoppers Hotline number is 877-TIPSKCC (877-847-7522). Submit a tip online at this site

When submitting a tip, residents are urged to provide as much detail as possible, including the date, time, location, descriptions or names of persons, and details of the incident. A license plate number and description are also helpful if a vehicle is involved.

To be notified when information is added to this page , please provide your email address then hit the " submit " button. You will receive a confirmation email, which must be clicked to confirm.



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