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Posted on: April 24, 2017

TASTES & TUNES: Popular series to run on consecutive Thursdays in May

TasteAndTunes for web.png FBTX ~ In order to avoid the oppressively hot weather later in the summer, the popular Tastes & Tunes food truck/concert series will be presented on consecutive Thursdays in May at The Grove @ Mustang Crossing.     The events, on Thu...Read on...
Posted on: February 22, 2017

ELECTIONS: Early voting now underway for City elections


FBTX ~ The Dallas County Election Department is conducting early voting for the May 6 City election, through May 2 at Dallas County early voting locations, including Farmers Branch City Hall. 
   In Farmers Branch, all voters can vot...Read on...

Posted on: April 24, 2017

BEST FISHES: One ton of catfish await anxious young anglers at Fishin' Fun, coming May 13

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FBTX~ Kids ages 16 and under can experience the thrill of pulling in the ‘big one’ at the annual installment of ‘Fishin’ Fun’ coming Saturday, May 13 on Rawhide Creek at Gussie Field Watterworth Park near ...Read on...

Posted on: March 30, 2017

MANSKE MOBILE: New app puts Library at your fingertips 24/7


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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Posted on: March 31, 2017

SCAM ALERT: FBPD warns residents to be wary of unlicensed solicitors

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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Posted on: March 9, 2017

ALARMING: Home Depot donates 250 smoke alarms to FBFD for community

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FBTX ~ Thanks to a generous donation of 250 smoke alarms, the Fire Department is once again "Out to Alarm Farmers Branch."

All residents are encouraged to make sure their smoke alarms are in working order to have the early warning they need to escape a f...
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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 this k...
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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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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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Posted on: February 15, 2017

DONATION: Metrocrest Hospital Authority donates lifesaving equipment to FBFD


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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Posted on: February 15, 2017

POLAR PLUNGE: Annual icy excursion nets $14,000 for Special Olympics Texas

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FBTX ~ With colorful costumes and steely resolve, dozens of local and area residents jumped into the icy water of the Farmers Branch Aquatics Center's Frog Pond Saturday to support Special Olympics Texas as part of the 2017 Polar Plunge.
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Posted on: February 15, 2017

STATE OF THE CITY: Mayor Bob Phelps address available for viewing online and on FBTV

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FBTX ~ Mayor Bob Phelps' 2017 State of the City address, to an assembled luncheon at the Farmers Branch Chamber of Commerce, is now available for viewing online and on the City's channel.
   The 23-minute presentation can be found at youtube...
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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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Posted on: January 17, 2017

CHARTER REVIEW: City Council seeks applicants for Charter review

City Hall Front FBTX~ The Mayor and City Council are seeking citizens from each voting precinct interested in serving on a committee to review the City Charter and recommend any changes to be put before the voters in 2018.    Per the City Charter the Ci...Read on... Charter Review application
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...

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
Posted on: November 3, 2016

BRIDGE WORK: Alternate routes of travel are recommended as Marsh Lane bridge work begins

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FARMERS BRANCH ~ Motorists regularly using Marsh Lane between Carrollton, Addison and Farmers Branch should consider alternate routes as the extended process of constructing a new bridge on the southbound side of Marsh Lane at Farmers Branch Creek is set ...Read on...

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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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...

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 prev...Read on...

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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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Posted on: July 27, 2016

DCAD: Property values continue upward trend

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DALLAS ~ Certified property values in Farmers Branch for the 2016 tax year stand at $4.85 billion, up from last year's total of $4.5 billion, according to figures released this week by the Dallas Central Appraisal District.

The report shows Farmers...Read on...

Posted on: July 27, 2016

SHARROWS: New lane markings encourage harmony between motorists and cyclists


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...

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...

Posted on: July 25, 2016

PETS: Clear the Shelters Day a howling success

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FARMERS BRANCH ~ The Farmers Branch Animal Adoption Center was cleared of all adoptable pets on Saturday, July 23 during the third annual installment of 'Clear the Shelters' Day.

The Farmers Branch facility participated with more than 50 other shelte...Read on...

Posted on: July 27, 2016

IMM: Integrated Mosquito Management combatting warm weather pests


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.

Resident...Read on...

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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...

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...

Posted on: June 15, 2016

TOP FIVE: DBJ names Farmers Branch Economic Development one of best in DFW

Dallas Business Journal FARMERS BRANCH ~ With the value of last year's deals measured at $843.9 million, the Farmers Branch Economic Development Department was named by the Dallas Business Journal as the number four agency in Dallas Fort Worth for 2015. The annual Book of Lists ...Read on...
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...

Posted on: May 5, 2016

CITY MANAGER: City Council names Charles S. Cox as new City Manager

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FARMERS BRANCH ~ Drawing on a wealth of expertise and institutional knowledge, the Farmers Branch City Council named Managing Director and long-time Finance Director Charles S. Cox to be the next City Manager of the growing community.

"I’m excited...Read on...

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...

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...
Posted on: February 24, 2016

LIVE: Four partner cities now live on state-of-the-art dispatch center


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...

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...

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...

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...

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...
Posted on: February 1, 2016

ACCORDS: Agreements between cities help clear hurdles to Camelot Landfill expansion


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...

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...

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...

Posted on: July 10, 2015

WATER & SEWER RATES: Proposed rate increase attributable to fixed costs from providers


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...

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...

Posted on: September 28, 2015

SWEEPS: Code Enforcement focusing on area areas to boost compliance

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FARMERS BRANCH ~ In an effort to boost code compliance across the City, the Community Services Department has announced that Code Enforcement officers will be focusing resources on areas with a history of significant code issues.

These "sweeps&...Read on...

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.

...Read on...

Posted on: April 21, 2015

APP-SOLUTELY: Farmers Branch launches mobile app for smartphones and tablets


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...

Posted on: April 6, 2015

ROSE ROSETTE: Landscape Manager does battle against rose disease


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...

Posted on: April 21, 2015

TIME TO SPLASH: Margaret Young Natatorium now open permanent regular hours

Aquatics logo FARMERS BRANCH AQUATICS CENTER ~ After several weeks of getting programming off the ground, the Margaret Young Natatorium at the Farmers Branch Aquatics Center is now open for a full slate of permanent operating hours. Featuring a four-lane lap pool and a...Read on... Additional Info...
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...

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...

Posted on: July 24, 2014

VALUES UP: DCAD reports Farmers Branch property values up 9.6 percent

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DALLAS ~ Farmers Branch property values are on the way up.

According to certified property values, released today by the Dallas Central Appraisal District, certified taxable values in Farmers Branch, for the 2014 tax year, stood at $4.2 billion, up 9...Read on...

Posted on: July 25, 2014

NO TEXTING WHILE DRIVING: Distracted driving grace period ends, citations could apply


FARMERS BRANCH ~ With the grace period for public education now ended, the Farmers Branch Police Department will be on the lookout for distracted drivers who could wind up with a citation.

Earlier this year, the Farmers Branch City Council took action ...Read on...

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Posted on: July 1, 2014

BONDS: Bond rating agencies assign sought-after 'AA+' to Farmers Branch in advance of sale


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...

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...

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...

Posted on: February 11, 2014

FERAL CATS: Program to control feral cat population launched by Animal Services


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


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 >>

Posted on: August 21, 2013

Voluntary water conservation measures remain in effect

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FARMERS BRANCH ~ Although 2013 proved to be wetter than usual for north Texas, Farmers Branch City Manager Gary D. Greer wants to remind residents voluntary water conservation measures remain in effect.

"Although the rain we've had last summer wa...More >>

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 >>

Posted on: July 31, 2013

DROP OFF: Residents can drop off chemicals at Dallas truck

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DALLAS ~ Farmers Branch residents will soon be able to participate in a city of Dallas mobile truck drop off program that will dispose of batteries, oils, such as motor oil and oil filters, latex paint and antifreeze, known collectively as BOPA (Batteries...More >>

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Posted on: October 15, 2014

BLUEGRASS REVEALED: Bluegrass queen Rhonda Vincent discusses the allure of the music

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FARMERS BRANCH ~ Dubbed the “new queen of Bluegrass” by the Wall Street Journal, the Grammy-nominated and 12-time International Bluegrass Music Award winner, Rhonda Vincent recently reflected on the attraction of bluegrass music as she prepared for travel...Read on...