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Council Begins Process for Strategic Annexation
Tuesday, September 6, the Terrell City Council approved a resolution to
start the process of five separate strategic annexations. These annexations
are intended to protect and enhance entryways to the City of Terrell.
This concept was included in the Terrell 2015 effort and Council's approval
of this resolution is consistent with the Terrell 2015 program goals.
Terrell 2015 was a citizen led effort of over 100 individuals from throughout
Terrell. Citizens analyzed Economic Development issues, City issues, and
School District issues; all with the intent of setting and achieving important
community goals. Terrell 2015's recommendations included protecting and
enhancing entryways to our community.
The five annexations cover the US Highway 80 corridor north of the Metrocrest
Business Park, the State Highway 205 and Griffith Avenue intersection,
a portion of FM 429 adjacent to the Terrell Animal Adoption Center, agricultural
land west of FM 1392, and city owned land bordering on State Highway 34
north of the new Terrell Police Headquarters. Each of these annexation
areas are prominent, high-profile entrances that set the tone and impression
of our community for visitors, businesses and residents. A total of roughly
1900 acres are proposed for annexation. The annexation process includes
mailings to impacted land owners, newspaper advertisements, public hearings,
and formal readings on new City Ordinances.
Mayor D.J. Ory stated, "Our citizens, schools and businesses deserve
first class entryways to our first class community. With Terrell growing
and booming, the economic opportunity for high quality new development
and redevelopment along the major roadways leading to Terrell has never
been greater. It is our responsibility to enhance and protect these entryways;
doing so will benefit both those currently within the City Limits and
those in the newly annexed areas. Being in the City Limits means we can
share common development goals and consistent quality standards."
For more information on annexation contact the City Attorney, Mary Gayle
Ramsey at 972 524 1920.
Annexation map packet
Support For Terrell Police
On Friday, July 8, 2016, Chief Jody L. Lay of the Terrell Police Department,
as well as Asst. City Manager Mike Sims, receives several items intended
to remind police they are supported. The brief event took place in front
of the Terrell Police Department at 201 E. Nash Street. A number of business
owners from the Downtown Business Owner's group donated funds to donate
several "Back the Blue" items to the department. Chief Lay announced
that both items would be temporarily mounted on a wall in the current
facility, only to be permanent mounted in the public lobby of the new
Terrell Police Headquarters building, located at 1100 N. S.H. 34 in Terrell,
which is slated to be occupied by police in November of this year.
The Terrell CBD Facade Improvement Program
The Terrell CBD Facade Improvement Program is a revitalization effort
designed to enhance the unique identity of Terrell through historic preservation
and community involvement, improve the visual and historic appearance
of downtown Terrell buildings, encourage increased investment in the CBD,
and promote additional commercial activity downtown, in order to create
a vibrant thriving Central Business District (CBD). Projects are limited
to front facades on Highway U.S. 80
(Moore Ave.) between Hattie and Gardner Streets, south of High Street
and north of Cottage Street. As an economic incentive, the Terrell City
adopted the following facade improvement program for the historic Central
Benefits to Owners:
- Assistance for professional services to help design/engineer façade
improvements will be available on an as needed basis.
- 50% reimbursement (up to $5,000) of construction costs; starting
reimbursements after October 1, 2016; 50% reimbursement of
construction costs up to $5,000 per floor and per building side.
- Waiver of any/all related city permit fees.
- Up to three (3) years of reimbursement or abatement of any increase
city only ad valorem taxes attributable to the facade improvement.
If you have any application questions, please contact the Municipal Development
Department at 972-551-6600 ext. 247
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."
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
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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