City of Dallas Carryout Bag Ordinance

The Dallas City Council has approved an ordinance to help reduce the proliferation of single-use carryout bags.  Under the new ordinance, effective January 1, 2015, retailers wishing to offer single-use carryout bags must assess a five-cent fee per bag.  Included as part of this effort to reduce litter, restaurants will be required to offer takeaway items in recyclable paper bags only, unless a plastic bag or film is needed to protect against moisture. 

 The City is hopeful that you and your neighbors will see less litter from single-use carryout bags at your homes and in your communities which will improve aesthetics and have a positive impact on everyone’s quality of life. 

 The City is asking that you help them spread the word and encourage your families, your friends, and your neighbors to bring reusable bags with them when they shop, thus avoiding a fee if their favorite retailer or grocer does not offer free reusable bags.  A link to the carryout bag ordinance is at www.GreenDallas.net and information about the ordinance is also posted on our social media pages.  If you have any questions or suggestions about how the City can continue to create a greener and more sustainable Dallas, email them at greendallas@dallascityhall.com or call the Office of Environmental Quality at (214) 670-1200. 

City urges residents to take precautions against West Nile Virus

The City of Dallas is taking a proactive approach to protecting citizens against the West Nile Virus by continuing its “fight the bite” campaign in 2014 with radio announcements, billboards, social media, brochures and community meetings.

Ground spraying for mosquito control will be based on a positive West Nile Virus mosquito trap result from a public health laboratory or a consistently high mosquito trap count and will take place within five hours after the City is notified. Spray maps and news releases will be sent to all news media and posted at www.dallascitynewsroom.com.

Mosquito surveillance efforts occur year-round with off-season trapping conducted from November to April and increased surveillance that includes 90 mosquito traps from May to October. The City will also continue to work closely with Dallas County and the State of Texas on prevention efforts. City staff will respond quickly to complaints of standing water and will post signs identifying swimming pools and other large water sources that have been treated to prevent mosquito breeding.

Increased vigilance will help eliminate potential breeding sites, since mosquitoes can grow from egg to adult in as little as seven days. Breeding sites for mosquitoes include stagnant swimming pools, stagnant ponds, pet water dish, birdbaths, potted plants, tires, empty containers, toys and clogged gutters and drains.

Citizens have an important role to play in protecting themselves and their loved ones from illnesses caused by mosquitoes. The best way to “fight the bite” and avoid exposure to the West Nile virus is by employing the 4 Ds’:

Defend yourself by using insect repellents – Follow label instructions

Dress in long sleeves and pants, loose and light colored clothing when outside

Dusk and dawn, stay indoors to avoid mosquitoes when they are most active

Drain standing water and install or repair window screens

To report standing water or mosquito problems call 3-1-1. For more information visit www.dallascitynewsroom.com and click on the West Nile Virus tab at the top of the page.

Fair Park Sparks! brings fireworks and music to Fair Park June 13

The public is invited to attend Fair Park Sparks!, a fun-filled event for the entire family from 5:00 to 10:30 p.m. on Friday, June 13. The free outdoor festival celebrates the addition of thousands of new decorative enhancement lights that will illuminate Fair Park’s historical buildings, grounds and the ever-popular Esplanade Fountain.

“Turning on the lights and fountains reflects the city’s commitment to improving Fair Park and its surrounding neighborhoods as we continue to grow south,” Mayor Mike Rawlings said. “I encourage all citizens to drop by Fair Park Sparks! to enjoy the live music, food, fireworks and family activities and experience one of our city’s greatest assets in a whole new way.”

Musical entertainment will include nationally recognized bands Sugar Ray with guest Big Bad Voodoo Daddy. Synchronized fountain shows will take place at the Esplanade, along with an artist gallery, wine bar, concessions, food trucks, event booths and museums. Children’s activities will include face painting and roving entertainers. The evening will conclude with a spectacular fireworks display.

“Fair Park is the premiere year-round destination for visitors and offers many events and entertainment opportunities for the entire family,” said Fair Park General Manager Daniel Huerta. “Everyone is invited to join us for Fair Park Sparks! and experience live entertainment under one million lights.”

Admission to Fair Park Sparks! is free. Parking will be available at gates 5 and 6 for $5. Visitors can also take the DART Green Line to Fair Park.  

Fair Park is host to eleven of the top 29 festivals in the DFW metroplex. Annually, more than 5.3 million visitors enjoy 1,200 festivals, shows, concerts, performances, including the North Texas Irish Fest, Kwanzaa, Taste of Dallas, Festival de Mayo, Earth Day, 5k and 10k and half marathon runs and other special events.

Dallas City Notice Regarding Zebra Mussels and Texas Lakes

This Memorial Day weekend, City of Dallas Water Utilities reminds you to Clean, Drain and Dry your boat! Our lakes and rivers are under attack by zebra mussels. This destructive invasive species harms aquatic life, damages boats and even affects your water supply. Lake Texoma, Ray Roberts, Lewisville, Bridgeport, Belton and Lavon are already infested, and without your help, zebra mussels could spread throughout the state.

It’s illegal to transport Zebra Mussels
If you’ve boated recently, adult zebra mussels or their microscopic larvae could be hiding in your boat and trailer. By hitching a ride on your boat, zebra mussels can spread and infest new lakes across Texas.

It is illegal to possess or transport zebra mussels knowingly or unknowingly in the state of Texas. In 47 North and Central Texas counties boaters are also required by law to drain all water from their boats when approaching or leaving public waters.

Don’t be a carrier: Clean, Drain, Dry
Prevent the spread of zebra mussels by always following these steps:

CLEAN off any vegetation, mud or foreign objects on the boat, trailer and gear before you leave the lake. Adult zebra mussels attach to hard surfaces such as boat hulls, motors and pipes.

DRAIN all water from the boat. Zebra mussel larvae are invisible to the naked eye and can hide in the water in your motor, bilge, live wells and bait buckets.

DRY the boat and trailer for a week or more before entering another water body. It’s a surefire way to kill any remaining zebra mussels.

Visit TexasInvasives.org/ZebraMussels for more information.

Thank you for doing your part to stop the spread of these destructive invaders in Texas lakes and rivers.

Video Link:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h2IIHvWB3A0

Dallas Announces Ground Spraying Protocol for West Nile Virus

In the City of Dallas ground spraying activities for mosquitos control will be based on a positive West Nile Virus (WNV) mosquito trap result from a public health laboratory or a consistently high mosquito trap count as outlined under the City of Dallas 2014 Mosquito Control Plan.
– Only EPA approved products for ground spraying will be used.
– Products will only be dispensed from an ultra-low volume (ULV) truck mounted sprayer or a back pack sprayer (if conducting localized spraying).
– Spray activities will take place between 9 p.m. and 5 a.m.
– Spray activities will begin within 5 to 7 hours after the City is notified by the lab of a positive mosquito trap. All locations will be double sprayed on consecutive days.
The location(s) of all ground spraying actives and a map will be posted on the City’s web site. Citizens may contact 311 to report standing water or 214-670-1733 to get additional information on the City’s ground spraying activities.
People have an important role to play in protecting themselves and their loved ones from illnesses caused by mosquitoes. The best way to avoid exposure to West Nile virus is to avoid mosquito bites by employing the 4 Ds’:

Defend yourself by using insect repellents – Follow label instructions
Dress in long sleeves and pants, loose and light colored clothing when you go outside
Dusk and dawn, stay indoors during this time to avoid mosquitoes when they are most active
Drain standing water and install or repair window screens

Protection against mosquito bites
Dallas residents are urged to take precautions against mosquito bites by reducing outdoor activity during early morning and nighttime hours. Residents who are outside during these times should cover their arms and legs and use a mosquito repellant.

Prevent mosquito breeding
Residents should eliminate standing water to prevent mosquito breeding and the spread of West Nile Virus. Breeding places for mosquitoes include swimming pools that are not kept clean, stagnant ponds, pet watering dishes, birdbaths, potted plants, old tires, empty containers, toys and clogged rain gutters and French drains. Standing water should be eliminated promptly, as mosquitoes can grow from egg to adult in as little as seven days.
To report standing water or mosquito problems Dallas residents should call 3-1-1. For additional information on mosquito control visit www.dallascityhall.com.

City of Dallas to provide free mosquito dunks to residents

To control mosquito populations and combat West Nile Virus, the City of Dallas Code Compliance Services Department will provide free mosquito dunks to City of Dallas residents.

The mosquito dunks will be available from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday at 3112 Canton St., Suite 100 and at 7901 Goforth. The City will provide one package per household. Citizens must show proof of residency (driver’s license or utility bill) and can only apply the dunks to their property. The product is not for resale and residents should follow the product label. Dunks will be distributed while supplies last.

People have an important role to play in protecting themselves and their loved ones from illnesses caused by mosquitoes. The best way to avoid exposure to West Nile virus is to avoid mosquito bites by employing the 4 Ds’:

Defend yourself by using insect repellents – Follow label instructions
Dress in long sleeves and pants, loose and light colored clothing when you go outside
Dusk and dawn, stay indoors during this time to avoid mosquitoes when they are most active
Drain standing water and install or repair window screens

Protection against mosquito bites
Dallas residents are urged to take precautions against mosquito bites by reducing outdoor activity during early morning and nighttime hours. Residents who are outside during these times should cover their arms and legs and use a mosquito repellant.

Prevent mosquito breeding
Residents should eliminate standing water to prevent mosquito breeding and the spread of West Nile Virus. Breeding places for mosquitoes include swimming pools that are not kept clean, stagnant ponds, pet watering dishes, birdbaths, potted plants, old tires, empty containers, toys and clogged rain gutters and French drains. Standing water should be eliminated promptly, as mosquitoes can grow from egg to adult in as little as seven days.

To report standing water or mosquito problems Dallas residents should call 3-1-1. For additional information on mosquito control visit www.dallascityhall.com.

City to hold Final Charter Review Commission Community Meeting

WHAT: The Charter Review Commission will conduct its final community meeting. Residents are encouraged to attend the meeting and give their input on the recommended changes to the Dallas City Charter before they are presented to the Dallas City Council.

WHEN: Tuesday, April 29, 2014
5:30 p.m. – 7 p.m.
WHERE: Dallas City Hall – Council Chambers
1500 Marilla Street

Preston Royal Library Book Sale

The Preston Royal Library will hold its’ Annual Book Sale this Saturday, April 26, from 10:00 am to 5:00pm in the library auditorium. Books (including many children’s books), CD’s, DVD’s, magazines and other printed materials will be sold. Take advantage of this great opportunity to support your local library and get a bargain in the process.

Donations can be dropped off during library hours. Donation forms can be requested at the front desk.

The Preston Royal Library is located at 5626 Royal Lane, less than one block west of the Tollway.

Urgent-rescheduled block party

Due to the predicted stormy weather, The Meadows Board made the difficult decision to postpone the Spring Block Party until April 27th. With Texas weather it is a hard choice to make, but the best decision for the safety of all our neighbors- if indeed we have sudden hail, storms or high winds. We hope everyone will have enjoyable celebrations for the Passover and Easter Holidays and join us on APRIL 27th from 4:00-6:00! Should this change your RSVP, please update your response at http://www.evite.com/l/7EsB2Mn4gm Thanks!!!