Produced by the City of Arlington Public Information
October 1999 Volume 1 Number 1
|Year 2000 Weekend Celebrations Near
Critical Service Personnel Prepare for the Arrival of the New Millennium:
Smooth Transition is Expected
On New Year's Eve, Arlington will have additional patrol officers on the streets and Arlington 9-1-1 will be fully staffed with call-takers and dispatchers. In Emergency Operations Centers throughout Tarrant County, officials representing TXU Electric, Southwestern Bell Telephone and Lone Star Gas will forego their New Year celebrations to assure abundant service delivery to customers.
According to Fire Chief Robin Paulsgrove, the City of Arlington sees the arrival of the new millennium as an opportunity to increase public awareness about emergency preparation. "We expect Arlington will see the normal situations associated with New Year's celebrations," Paulsgrove said.
Because of the many precautions that have been taken to correct computer problems, the arrival of Jan. 1, 2000 will cause only minimal disruptions. Most of the City's critical systems can be operated manually and are not dependent on computers. According to a joint study issued this month by the city's Internal Audit and Technology Services departments, core city services that impact citizens the most, such as water treatment and traffic control computer systems have been tested for Y2K compliance.
This information is a Year 2000 readiness disclosure in accordance with the Year 2000 Information and Readiness Disclosure Act.
In one recent flood, some residents were pulled from trees to safety as several feet of floodwater filled their homes. Erosion damage and sediment from the flooding were extensive, adding to high repair and cleanup costs. If Johnson Creek is left as it is, the creek bed will continue to erode, causing further problems.
The Johnson Creek Corridor Plan provides 100-year flood protection for homes and businesses while developing and managing flood zones for other purposes. Integral elements of the plan include improved water quality and preservation of natural areas. The undisturbed bottomlands along the creek are Arlington's last and best floodplain forests. They are still home to foxes, beavers, and a host of resident and migratory birds.
Central to the plan is a vision of Johnson Creek as an urban greenway linking one end of the city to the other. Trails and walkways would connect inner city destinations, including Six Flags Over Texas, The Ballpark in Arlington, the Downtown Arlington, and the University of Texas at Arlington. Street and bridge enhancements link key elements and will allow for the removal of antiquated structures that impede the flow of water.
Implementation of the Johnson Creek plan will also allow the expansion and renovation of several parks in the city. Highlights of the program include expansion of Meadowbrook Park for floodwater detention, greenway recreation, and urban beautification. Vandergriff Park and Founders Park will also be renovated.
By funding the Johnson Creek plan through a sales tax, a large portion of the improvements will be financed by tourists and nonresidents. The proposed one-quarter of one percent sales tax, if approved, will fund the greenway projects and relieve flooding problems on the creek.
For more information about the Johnson Creek Corridor Plan or to schedule an educational presentation for your club or neighborhood organization, call the Arlington Parks and Recreation Department at 459-5474.
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Keeping You Posted
Teen Read Week is October 17-23. Good reads for teens are listed at www.ala.org/yalsa. For local activities, call the Central Library at 459-6907.
The Annual Egg Roll Festival is Saturday, Oct. 23 at the Asian Market Center at New York Ave. and Pioneer Parkway. For more information, call 212-2690.
The Arlington Municipal Airport Open House is Saturday, Oct. 23 from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. For information, call 465-7831.
Join District 4 Council Member Robert N. Cluck, M.D. for the Oct. 27 Council District Forum at 6:30 p.m. at the Woodland West Recreation Center, 3200 Norwood Dr. Topics include Johnson Creek and the city's new operating budget.
October Halloween Costume Parties for fifth and sixth graders are Friday, Oct. 29 at Hugh Smith and Woodland West recreation centers. Admission is $5. Call 459-5474 for information.
Daylight-saving time ends at 2 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 31. The Arlington Fire Department reminds you to change the batteries in smoke detectors when rolling clocks back one hour.
The entry deadline is Friday, Nov. 5 for the Sharing the Dream Martin Luther King, Jr. Essay and Art Competitions. Scholarships and U.S. savings bonds are available to winners. For information, call 459-7217 or 459-6404.
Saturday, Nov. 6 is National Pet Adoption Day. For local activities, call Arlington Animal Services at 451-3436.
Texas Recycles Day is Nov. 13. Take small unwanted appliances to the University of Texas at Arlington parking lot at the southeast corner of Cooper and Mitchell streets. For details, call the Recycling Office at 459-6771.
To volunteer is to work in an environment where contributions are welcomed and appreciated. Join the City of Arlington Volunteer Service Program by calling 459-6929.
Progress as Promised
Center and Mesquite Streets
City Employment Listings
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City Cable Channel 5 Listings
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