Neighborhood News

Harmful Neighborhood Zoning Change Request Needs Your Firm Voice Eastsiders!

Dear Neighbors and residents who want to save our east side from unwanted and unwise developers, and their slash and burn tactics...SPEAK UP!

 The opposition to ZC-18-117 has gained tremendous support with our neighborhood associations and nearby residents! A Dallas based developer (Stantec) is requesting a Zoning Change that would allow their bulldozers to level  5.5 beautiful acres full of 200 year old oaks and 50 year old pine trees under A-43 +acre , single family rural residential protection, and build a high density, out of place, and over-crowed 44 unit TownHouse cluster by sidestepping the long standing A-43 zoning and replacing it with a R-2 Townhouse\ Cluster zoning.

I \we have yet, out of hundreds of neighbors our opposition team has spoken to and had sign petitions opposing this zoning change, had one single east side resident say they are in favor of this ill-conceived plot to bring another high density project to our area.

Quite the opposite, everybody seems very ready to draw a line in the sand against out of town developers and non invested landowners wanting to change zoning, sell out to developers and make their exit. I say enough is enough!

Do You Agree? Then NOW is the time to speak out, and speak loud!

 Our opposition leaders, including the entire Hidden Meadows HOA, and John T. White Neighborhood Association will be meeting with our City Council representative Gyna Bivens on July 3. Her office has, believe me, heard loud and clear the firm opposition to this zoning change, and I feel confident that she understands the significance of your vote on this issue.

On one side there is a Dallas based developer, working with two landowners, neither of who live, or Vote in Fort Worth, or District 5.

On our side is a growing tide of neighbors, landowners, and homeowners who moved to this area to avoid just this kind of high-density, unattractive, and renter heavy dwellings.

I ask every person who reads this, and is against the traffic, trash, crime, noise, and construction heavy burden this development will bring us all, to write TWO simple emails.

One to  Honorable Council Woman Gyna Bivens at    Gyna.Bivens@fortworthtexas.gov expressing your OPPOSITION to ZC 18 -117 and be specific in your reasons.

The second,  address to:

Chair of the Zoning Commission
c\o Planning & Development Department
City Hall,
200 Texas, St
Fort Worth , Tx 76120

email   Zoninglanduse@fortworthtexas.gov

 

Neighbors, as we are building a file to present at our meeting with Gyna on July 3, the Planning And Development Department at 1:00pm July 11 ( Please attend if possible)  and finally to the City Council at 7 PM Tuesday, August 7, ( HERE YOUR ATTENDANCE IS CRITICAL) would you please blind copy me at  davefulson@mac.com  so I can add your opposition to our growing files.

We have so often stood by silently while quick buck developers, supported by our representatives, have forced improper zoning, followed by high density development into our beautiful east side. Lets Stop this ZC 18-117 in it's tracks and keep the current A-43 1+acre rural residential zoning in place as it should be.

GOD BLESS those of you who will join your neighbors to fight this!

Dave Fulson  8101 John T. White Rd

cell 817-343-2470.  davefulson@mac.com

This is OUR new library!

Share feedback for public art at new eastside library

July 2, 2018 – Artist Elena Manferdini will design artwork to be integrated into the Eastside family library building to create an immersive, imaginative experience for kids and their families who visit the library.

Provide feedback during a focus group including the artist and families with children up to 18 years old. Workshops are scheduled at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. July 13 at eSkills Library, 2800 Stark St.

The first of its kind in North Texas, the family library will be at 3851 E. Lancaster Ave. and will provide educational programs that complement a child’s formal education and be an environment that encourages curiosity, reading, creativity and critical thinking.

There are 2 more meetings to discuss the overall library function later this month as well.

The Fort Worth Library is working to develop a strategic plan that will guide future service for its patrons. Staff is gathering input and insights from organizations and individuals throughout the community through surveys, focus groups, meetings and events.

Attend one of two meetings this summer to provide input about the future of the Fort Worth Library:

July 16, 6:30-8 p.m., Southwest Regional Library,
4001 Library Lane.

Aug. 27, 6:30-8 p.m., Summerglen Branch,
4205 Basswood Blvd.

New animal ordinances approved

Posted June 27, 2018

After more than a year of discussions and public input, the Fort Worth City Council approved a series of updated animal ordinances on June 26.

City staff periodically reviews the animal care and control ordinances to ensure compliance with associated rules and laws as well as relevant content for changing policies, development standards and cultural practices.

A partial list of revised ordinances includes microchipping, the “leash law” and intact-pet permits.

Microchipping

Microchipping will be the primary/recommended method for pet identification. Animals adopted or otherwise microchipped by the city are registered in a national database at no cost to the owner.

Pet owners who object to a microchip can get a collar-attached city license and pay a three-year ($100), five-year ($150) or life-of-pet fee ($200). The fee schedule is set to keep city expenses to a minimum (fewer renewals) while maximizing savings to the resident through a life-of-pet option.

Multifamily pet requirements

Landlords will now need to verify microchip, rabies vaccination and intact-pet status or permit. Before the updated ordinance, landlords only had to verify a current pet license.

Dangerous dogs

The new ordinance defines dangerous dogs as those that attack humans. This is consistent with state law. Dogs attacking animals are addressed as aggressive dogs.

Aggressive dogs

Dogs that attack other domestic animals are now recognized as aggressive dogs and are subject to a new criminal violation for known aggressive dog attacks. This is also consistent with state law.

Quarantine of animals

In the past, a veterinary practice is where a majority of quarantines occurred. The new ordinance allows for home quarantines as is consistent with state law.

“Pooper scooper law” — pet waste pickup

Previously, pet owners were only required to “scoop poop” on the owner’s property and parks. Now, pet owners have a responsibility to clean up pet waste in all public areas in addition to private property.

Intact-pet fees

This is a two-tiered ordinance.

• The intact-pet permit fee remains at $50.

•  If an intact dog is impounded at the shelter, and the owner does not want to spay/neuter their pet, they can pay $500 and apply for an intact-pet permit.

 The permit application must be approved.

“Leash law” aka under immediate control

Currently, dogs must be kept restrained, but no leash or specific control is required. The updated ordinance requires owners to have immediate control of a dog by a leash or through voice, gesture or other means. Exceptions include residential zones where a leash would be required and at special events and parks where agreements, administrative rules and other ordinances set requirements.

The revision requires dogs to be maintained under control so they are not a nuisance to others while allowing obedient dogs to safely accompany responsible owners at outdoor activities.

Retail sale of dogs and cats

The ordinance prohibits the retail sale of dogs and cats anywhere other than where the cat or dog was born (for example, at the home of the breeder). An exemption applies for nonprofit organizations, rescue groups or dog shows.

The ordinance encourages adopting dogs and cats rather than purchasing through pet stores and puppy mills.

To learn more, call 817-392-1234 or visit the animal page.

This is the same info, as a printable PDF.

LOIS BOGUSCH: A LIVING LEGEND FOR 4-H FAMILIES

 

Lois Bogusch, who founded the East Fort Worth 4-H Club at Meadowbrook UMC after retiring from full-time teaching, received the Leader's Legacy Award during the Texas 4-H Roundup this week in College Station. Children and parents mentored by Lois in our local 4-H club nominated her for the annual award that recognizes a  leader who has been an integral part of the 4-H Youth Development Program for 20 years or more.  Congratulations to Lois, our 4-H families and the leaders who are keeping her legacy alive!

JOIN THE FUN AT MEADOWBROOK UMC'S  SUMMER READING CAMP

 

MUMC'S Project Transformation interns have been so busy with the first 1-1/2 weeks of our second 8-week reading camp that we haven't gotten all 8 interns together for a formal group photo. They took time out for the opening worship service at the Central Texas Annual Conference, where they were blessed by Bishop Mike Lowry and celebrated with with PT staff(in gray) and interns from University and Bedford (the other host churches). It's hard to miss Jennifer Gonzales, our unflappable 2nd year site host (hint: far right, midway up). See if you can pick out the others.

The best way is to join the MUMC volunteers who have been greeting and reading to summer campers all week as interns evaluated reading skills and worked through early registrants and a lengthy waiting list to reach the magic 80-child camp maximum. If you can't make it during the day, join us at the first Family Fun Night at 6 p.m. Thursday, June 21 in the Community Life Center. The interns have chosen a Luau theme for the evening, which features food, entertainment, games and fellowship. You don't have to stay all evening but drop by to support our interns and welcome the children and their families to our church.

I don’t know about everyone else but I feel like stopping all the clocks. We need a respite from how fast our time is slipping away. Just yesterday we celebrated a new year and already half of it is gone. Where in the world did it go?

Several issues have shown up on the radar of late.

First we lost acres of old growth forest to an uncaring developer. Instead of the stiff fine he should have paid, he got exactly what he wanted…a cleared lot. We have been told that he will plant more trees than he took down. Who counted?

Who will oversee what trees are planted and where, and if they will be cared for properly? You can’t just stick a twig in the ground and get a  hundred year old tree. East Fort Worth citizens complained in time to stop part of the carnage, but no intervention happened until the dirty deed was done.

East Fort Worth citizens were the instigators of the tree ordinance years ago because of just this same misbehavior. Has nothing changed?

One other major issue we have to deal with is the concrete crushing operation which could happen on East 1st Street.

We, as a unified community, were able to turn this away last year, but now it’s back. Wallace Hall went to TCEQ to get his OK from that organization first. He was approved by TCEQ.

His next step will be to file another re-zoning application. In the meantime a Temporary Special Use category is being proposed by city staff so that "problem properties" can be utilized for unacceptable operations for a "period of time" and then developed as they should be.

Who would police the operation during the temporary use time? What would be the penalty for abusing the rules during operation and once the use is permitted how would the time line be enforced?

I was told that there are stiff fines in the new category for rule breakers. When have we ever collected fines? We have a recent example of how well that works.

I could give you several more examples of fines levied and never collected by the city. Mike Phipps can give you even more than I can.

I’m off to the dentist this afternoon to make a final decision on all the tooth work I told you I’m contemplating. I’ve finally decided that I’m tough enough to face the discomfort. Took a lot of thinking.

Later.

Wanda

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