201 East Nash St. P.O. Box 310 Terrell, Texas 75160

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Safety Survey Letter

Over the last year, the Terrell Fire Marshal’s Office began analyzing historical data on insurable loss fires within the City of Terrell.

From August 1, 2015, to August 1, 2017, the Terrell Fire Department responded to a total of 24 property loss structure fires. Of the structure fires responded to, 75% of the fire loss was single-family residential units.

In an effort to decrease the amount of residential fire loss and potential loss of life the Terrell Fire Department will begin conducting fire safety surveys at all unoccupied single-family residential structures who establish new City of Terrell water accounts prior to occupancy. This service is FREE and will begin on January 1, 2018, in accordance with City Ordinance 2713, adopted 10/10/2017.

Residents who reestablish service after having their water service disconnected for nonpayment are not eligible for this service. The service is only for initial tenant occupancy and will be conducted prior to occupancy.

TFD is also installing FREE smoke detectors as well as FREE carbon monoxide detectors to residents who apply and meet the requirements for the program for as long as supplies last.

Contact the Terrell Fire Marshal’s Office at 972-551-6600 for questions about the safety survey program, or access to the detector applications and program rules.

Fire Dept. Officials will conduct an informational meeting Friday, November 17, 2017, at 11 AM at City Hall. Any persons who want more information are welcome to attend.

Flight Thrills, Historic Aircraft, Kids Activities on Tap at Flights of Our Fathers Air Show and Fly-In

(TERRELL, TEXAS – September 7, 2017) – A full day of fun is on tap Saturday, September 23 at Terrell Municipal Airport during the 10th annual Flights of Our Fathers Air Show and Fly-In, benefiting the No. 1 British Flying Training School (BFTS) Museum. There will be aerobatic flights, kids’ activities, displays of military and vintage aircraft, a car and motorcycle show, and much more.
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Trinity Valley Board selects exterior design for Terrell…

The City of Terrell and Trinity Valley Community College have reached an agreement that will transfer the former hospital site located at 1551 State Highway 34 South in Terrell to establish a Health Science Center. TVCC will invest approximately 8 million dollars in capital improvements to renovate and repurpose the current facility and will provide 25 scholarships annually for a 10 year period to Terrell High School graduates, with preference given to those who choose a Health Science curriculum.

TVCC President Dr. Jerry King complimented both entities on their diligent work in crafting an agreement that would benefit the City and allow TVCC to increase its visibility and services in Terrell and the surrounding high growth region. Dr. King stated, “I appreciate the vision of the TVCC Board of Trustees and the Terrell City Council. We are excited and look forward to providing greater educational opportunities for our students in Terrell, Kaufman County and throughout the TVCC service area in the renovated facility.”

Terrell Mayor, D. J. Ory, states that the presence of the Trinity Valley Health and Science program in Terrell will establish a regional location of training future generations of Health and Science professionals.

Terrell City Manager, Torry Edwards, stated that the City has forged partnerships with TVCC, Terrell Independent School District, Terrell Economic Development Corporation as well as the Terrell Chamber of Commerce to promote academic excellence in Terrell and the North Central Texas area.
The agreement was approved by the TVCC Board of Trustees at its regular meeting on Monday, November 28, 2016, and by the Terrell City Council at its meeting on Tuesday, November 29, 2016.

In addition to TVCC’s investment in the property, terms of the agreement will also include the establishment of an Associate Degree Nursing (RN) Program, provide public health educational events and health fairs, work with TISD to establish a Dual Credit Health Science Academy as well as other programs. Scholarships will be available beginning with the 2018-2019 academic year. Graduates of Terrell High School from any year will be eligible to apply.

TVCC ultimately plans to move and expand the nursing programs from the current location in the Health Science Center in Kaufman to the renovated Terrell Campus. The current Health Science Center in Kaufman will become a Continuing & Workforce Education Center providing non-credit classes designed to meet community needs for workforce training and personal enrichment in Kaufman County. The Continuing & Workforce Education Center will provide training and preparation for employment, test preparation, state employment, licensures and certifications, required professional development, GED preparation and training partnerships with area high schools, the regional workforce centers, governmental agencies and other groups.

“This is an incredible opportunity for the college that will give us room to expand the nursing program, develop new health occupations programs, and provide much needed space for students to study and collaborate,” said TVCC Health Science Center Provost Dr. Helen Reid. “I fondly remember taking students to this same hospital for their clinical rotations back in the 1980s. It will provide exciting possibilities for realistic learning experiences such as using the ICU for a high-fidelity simulation lab and having surgical technology students practice in a real operating room. I am looking forward to the transition.”

Written by:
Mark Meredith


TVCC Article

New Online Registration System

Our new online registration system is now open! You can view facility availability, register for programs and activities, and purchase a membership all in one place. Between work, kids, and friends, we know it can be difficult to find time to register for programs.  Our new online registration allows you to register when it’s convenient for you!

You can also sign up to receive text message alerts when a game or activity is canceled.  Click here to create your account and get started: http://activenet.active.com/cityofterrell/login

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.

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.

“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.”

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.

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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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.