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Posted on: December 7, 2018

Public invited to attend second visioning meeting on future of the Library

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FBTX ~ In a continuing effort to elicit resident feedback on the prospect of a new Library, there will be a Visioning Meeting hosted by the Library Board, on Tuesday, December 18 from 7 until 8 p.m. at the Farmers Branch Community Recreation Center.

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City News
Posted on: December 6, 2018

Holiday in the Grove Market to feature Santa and shopping, December 15

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FBTX ~ The traditional Farmers Branch Market setting in The Grove at Mustang Crossing will be bustling with music, color and holiday cheer Saturday, December 15 during Holiday Marketplace at the Grove from 4 until 8 p.m. each day.

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Posted on: December 4, 2018

Registration open for new Power Switch

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FBTX ~ After more than 300 Farmers Branch residents, employees and guests took advantage of the Farmers Branch Power Switch earlier this year and will save an average of $500 on their electric bill over the next year, the City and iChoosr have teamed up a...

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City News
Posted on: November 15, 2018

Skating Under the Stars in full swing every day; Ice Pass available for residents

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FBTX ~ The outdoor ice rink, serving as the centerpiece of the Christmas in the Branch celebration, is open from 5 until 10 p.m. tonight and every night thru Friday, in front of the StarCenter in Farmers Branch, 12700 North Stemmons Freeway, off Denton Dr...

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Posted on: December 13, 2018

City outlines holiday hours

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FBTX ~ The City has announced the upcoming holiday hours for all City facilities.

MONDAY, DECEMBER 24 | Christmas Eve•    All City offices and facilities closed.•    Regular garbage/re...

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City News
Posted on: December 6, 2018

Opportunities for holiday fun with two new events at the Historical Park

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FBTX ~ Enjoy the Prairie to Posh Progressive Holiday Dinner with a menu prepared by Chef Daniel Pittman of Luck on December 13 starting at 7 pm. This progressive dinner will be held in the Historical Park structures starting with the Log Cabin and ending ...

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City News
Posted on: December 12, 2018

Brush & Bulky: New schedule designed to divert brush from landfill; pickup to be recycling days

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FBTX ~ After months of public discussion, a new brush and bulky pickup schedule will begin in Farmers Branch on February 1, designed to divert clean brush from the landfill, thereby extending the life of the City-owned Camelot Landfill.

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City News
Posted on: September 24, 2018

Police Department offers advice to be on alert for social media, email and phone scams

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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...

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City News
Posted on: August 2, 2018

City cuts property tax rate for first time in 35 years

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FBTX ~ Following approximately six weeks of study, meetings, workshops and a public hearing, Mayor Robert Dye and the members of the City Council unanimously approved the City Manager’s proposed $132 million Fiscal Year 2018-19 Budget Tuesday ni...

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Posted on: July 31, 2018

State Fire Marshal's Office to move Farmers Branch to top protection rating

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FBTX ~ Farmers Branch Fire Chief Steve Parker has announced that the Texas State Fire Marshal's Office has informed him that the City of Farmers Branch will be moved to an ISO Class 1 Public Protection Classification, effective December 1.

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City News
Posted on: September 24, 2018

Commercial Fire inspection fee structure to be implemented

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FBTX ~ Expected to help recover costs involved in fire prevention and protection, the Farmers Branch Fire Department will begin implementing an annual inspection fee for commercial structures, starting October 1.

   The City Council appro...

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City News
Posted on: September 28, 2018

The Branch Connection implements nominal membership fee

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FBTX ~ In order to draw a more inclusive audience of senior adults, the Farmers Branch Senior Center is now known as The Branch Connection.

   In addition, as a means of ensuring quality programming and in an effort to offset a portion of...

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City News
Posted on: August 24, 2018

Farmers Branch Power Switch announces winning rate; registration open thru 9/25

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FBTX~ On behalf of Farmers Branch Power Switch, energy broker iChoosr has announced the results of a reverse auction held between electricity providers in an effort to lower rates for local residents using group buying power.

   The winni...

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Posted on: September 13, 2018

Communications Director elected president of national association

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FBTX ~ Longtime Farmers Branch Communications Director Tom Bryson was elected national president of the 850-member City-County Communications & Marketing Association at the organization's annual conference held last week in Milwaukee.

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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: August 30, 2018

Registry aims to help locate those in need

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FBTX~ The Farmers Branch Emergency Management Office is encouraging local residents to participate in STEAR, the State of Texas Emergency Assistance Registry that lets local responders know the location of individuals that may need assistance during an em...

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City News
Posted on: July 13, 2018

Farmers Branch recognized for performance management

Certificate of Distinction in Performance Mgmt 2018

WASHINGTON, DC ~ The International City/County Management Association, or ICMA, has announced that the City of Farmers Branch has been recognized for its data-driven management and reporting efforts with a Certificate of Distinction.

   &...

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City News
Posted on: July 13, 2018

Economic Development Director featured in D CEO

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FBTX ~ Realizing the value of relationships and hard work were the lessons learned by Farmers Branch Economic Development Director Allison Cook on her first job, at age 15, working for her father's Houston roofing company.

Ms. Cook's perspective was detail...

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City News
Posted on: June 5, 2018

City and School District come together on new projects

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FBTX ~ The advent of Dallas County Promise being added to Turner and Smith High Schools in the Carrollton-Farmers Branch ISD, combined with the recent series of agreements between the City of Farmers Branch and the District, are setting the stage...

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City News
Posted on: June 5, 2018

Manske Library to receive national 'Big Read' grant

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FBTX ~ The National Endowment for the Arts has announced that the Farmers Branch Manske Library has been named as a recipient of a $15,000 grant to host the NEA Big Read in Farmers Branch this fall.

   A national initiative of the Nationa...

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City News
Posted on: May 30, 2018

New medical clinic open to the community

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FBTX ~ After nearly five years of work and partnership from the City of Farmers Branch, and eight months of construction, the new Farmers Branch Primary Care medical clinic is now open to the community at 13000 Josey Lane.

   The clinic s...

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City News
Posted on: May 30, 2018

Design unveiled for soon-to-be relocated fire station

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FBTX ~ With attention to its placement on a portion of an existing park, Farmers Branch Fire Chief Steve Parker recently unveiled the conceptual design for the soon-to-be-relocated Fire Station No. 2.

   The $5.5 million project will plac...

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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: April 26, 2018

Mercer Crossing recognized as "Best Real Estate Deal" by Dallas Business Journal

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DALLAS ~ Differentiating itself from other master planned communities, the Mercer Crossing mixed-use development on the west side of Farmers Branch was recently recognized by the Dallas Business Journal as the Best Single-Family or Planned Community Real ...

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City News
Posted on: March 12, 2018

Enhancements to Demo/Rebuild Program offer sliding scale of benefits

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FBTX ~ Since its inception in 2009, the Farmers Branch Demolition/Rebuild program has been responsible for more than 40 homes being demolished and replaced with newer houses in many different neighborhoods of the city.

Now, after several different iteratio...

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City News
Posted on: April 4, 2018

Fire Department urges residents to check for recalled smoke alarms

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FBTX ~ More than 450,000 smoke detectors from a North Carolina-based company have been recalled because of a manufacturer defect that could prevent them from actually detecting smoke.

   Kidde issued a recall for models PI2010 and PI9010....

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City News
Posted on: April 10, 2018

City to contest Addison violations on Farmers Branch Creek

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FBTX ~ The Farmers Branch City Council will contest the Town of Addison's request before the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality to legitimize their permit violations concerning use of water on Farmers Branch Creek where it briefly flows through Add...

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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: June 23, 2017

Resident Satisfaction Survey underscores quality of life

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FBTX ~ Nine out of 10 residents participating in the 2017 Resident Satisfaction Survey rated the quality of life in Farmers Branch as excellent or good according to a report on the survey issued by National Service Research and presented to the City Counc...

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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.

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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...Read on...

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 19, 2016

TRASH BAGS: Residents must purchase trash sacks

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FBTX ~ Under the new solid waste plan that begins this spring and reintroduces curbside recycling to Farmers Branch residents, citizens must provide their own trash sacks or bags.

Residential trash collection will remain two days a week and from the sa...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.

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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

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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, e...Read on...

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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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News Flash

Posted on: August 2, 2018

City cuts property tax rate for first time in 35 years

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FBTX ~ Following approximately six weeks of study, meetings, workshops and a public hearing, Mayor Robert Dye and the City Council unanimously approved the City Manager's proposed $132 million Fiscal Year 2018-2019 Budget Tuesday night, including the firs...

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2018-19 Proposed Budget Economic Development & Tourism News
Posted on: August 24, 2018

Farmers Branch Power Switch announces winning rate; registration open thru 9/25

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FBTX~ On behalf of Farmers Branch Power Switch, energy broker iChoosr has announced the results of a reverse auction held between electricity providers in an effort to lower rates for local residents using group buying power.

   The winni...

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Posted on: July 13, 2018

Economic Development Director featured in D CEO

Allison Cook headshot photo

FBTX ~ Realizing the value of relationships and hard work were the lessons learned by Farmers Branch Economic Development Director Allison Cook on her first job, at age 15, working for her father's Houston roofing company.

Ms. Cook's perspective w...

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Economic Development & Tourism News
Posted on: July 13, 2018

Farmers Branch recognized for performance management

Certificate of Distinction in Performance Mgmt 2018

WASHINGTON, DC ~ The International City/County Management Association, or ICMA, has announced that the City of Farmers Branch has been recognized for its data-driven management and reporting efforts with a Certificate of Distinction.

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Economic Development & Tourism News
Posted on: April 26, 2018

Mercer Crossing recognized as "Best Real Estate Deal" by Dallas Business Journal

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DALLAS ~ Differentiating itself from other master planned communities, the Mercer Crossing mixed-use development on the west side of Farmers Branch was recently recognized by the Dallas Business Journal as the Best Single-Family or Planned Community Real ...

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Economic Development & Tourism News
Posted on: March 12, 2018

Enhancements to Demo/Rebuild Program offer sliding scale of benefits

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FBTX ~ Since its inception in 2009, the Farmers Branch Demolition/Rebuild program has been responsible for more than 40 homes being demolished and replaced with newer houses in many different neighborhoods of the city.

Now, after several different iteratio...

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Economic Development & Tourism News
Posted on: May 8, 2017

DEVELOPMENT: 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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Economic Development & Tourism News
Posted on: October 19, 2016

NEW BUDGET: No property tax increase included in new fiscal year budget

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FARMERS BRANCH ~ Following the October 1 start to the new fiscal year, Farmers Branch City Manager Charles S. Cox and his staff have embarked on executing the 2016-2017 fiscal year, $97 million City budget. Coming in about 1 percent lower than the previou...

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2016-17 fiscal year budget Economic Development & Tourism 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.  
   Accord...
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Economic Development & Tourism 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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Economic Development & Tourism News

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Posted on: December 7, 2018

Library Vision Meeting

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In a continuing effort to elicit resident feedback on the prospect of a new Library, there will be a Visioning Meeting hosted by the Library Board, on Tuesday, December 18 from 7 until 8 p.m. at the Farmers Branch Community Recreation Center.

Anyone intere...

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Library Spotlight
Posted on: November 29, 2018

New Friends of the Farmers Branch Library

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Friends  of the Farmers Branch Library is a nonprofit corporation formed for the purpose of enhancing and expanding Library programs and  services. Learn how you can become a member by going to FriendsFBL.org or visit their Facebook page...

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Library Spotlight
Posted on: May 5, 2018

Manske Mobile

Manske Mobile

The Manske Mobile Library app is ready to serve you!

Search for "Manske Mobile" in the app store on your device and keep the Library at your fingertips 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Manage your account, connect to 'eBooks and More,' search th...

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Library Spotlight

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Posted on: August 12, 2018

Branch Living | Fall 2018

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As we bid adieu to summer, it’s time to head outside and enjoy the respite from the Texas heat. We’ve got a variety of outstanding outdoor events which feature mystery, honor, live music, great food, family entertainment, and so much more! Visit our Speci...

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