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Together – Month
The new Buc-ee's will
boost new development
the WFAA Report
Mayor Makes Presentation to County Judge
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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 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
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
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
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
- 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
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
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 - A Great Place to Live and
Edwards Named Public Administrator
of the Year
(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.
David Denney Receives Code Professional of the Year
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
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
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
Texas Giant Salvinia Effort Reaches Boaters, Raises
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.”
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
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.
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.
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