ISSUE 8 | AUGUST 2021
Life Connected. CONNECTING THE CITY TO OUR RESIDENTS
Back to School Welcome to our new families and staff, and good luck to students!
Public Works is Hiring Multiple positions available. Join the fastest growing City in North Texas.
CONNECT WITH US Address 142 N. Ohio Street Celina, TX 75009 Phone (972) 382-2682 Online celina-tx.gov lifeincelinatx.com Facebook @cityofcelina @lifeincelinatx
WHAT'S HAPPENING? Construction updates in Downtown The City is installing a new modular building behind the City Council Chambers and the Celina Police Station. This building will house Parks & Recreation, Fire Administration, and Engineering. The modular building is scheduled to open for employee use at the end of August. Visit celina-tx.gov for updates on the relocation.
Instagram @celina_texas @lifeincelina
CITY COUNCIL Meetings are held on the second Tuesday of each month at 5 PM. City Council Chambers are located at 112 N. Colorado Street Celina, TX 75009.
EVENTS August 6 Friday Night Market August 14 Summer Music Series
Construction has started on The Silos: an entertainment venue coming soon to Beech St and Oklahoma Dr. The venue will include a whiskey bar with indoor and outdoor seating, an outdoor stage, and a cigar room.
September 3 Friday Night Market September 18 Touch-A-Truck September 25 Movie Night on The Square
TABLE OF CONTENTS New Merch Online
Celina Life Connected App
Back to School
Strategic Plan Dashboard
Road Work Update
Monitor Your Water Usage
Celina Public Library
Parks & Recreation
Citizens Police Academy
Tree City USA
Real Estate Market Snapshot
! h e r c m
h @ c r e m new op h s / m co . x t a n i l lifeince
CELINA LIFE CONNECTED APP
Available on Google and Apple The City app is a new and improved way for residents to connect to Celina's services and resources. Download it today on the Google Play or Apple App Store to start taking advantage of the functional features, including: Integrated social media feeds with information on community news, events, and updates. Informational resources on local businesses, City maps, and more. Easy-to-use issue reporting for service requests. For example, users can initiate a report, snap a picture, and the app will mark the geographic location on a map. These reporting features allow for effective tracking and follow-up from the City.
BACK TO SCHOOL
We would like to extend a sincere welcome to all of our new students, parents, and teachers gearing up to start a new year at our fabulous Celina and Prosper ISD schools. As you prepare for the upcoming year, we hope you can get connected with our schools at one of their upcoming events. August 9: Meet the Teacher - Prosper ISD Prosper ISD welcomes pre-K and elementary students and parents to meet their teacher on Monday, August 9. Visit prosper-isd.net for times and more information. August 11: First Day of School - Prosper ISD We hope you had an excellent summer vacation. Best wishes for the upcoming academic year!
August 16: Meet the Teacher - Celina ISD Celina schools welcome parents and students to meet their teachers. Each school will be hosting a meet and greet at different times throughout the day, visit celinaisd.com for more information. August 17: Meet & Greet - Celina ISD Join Celina ISD on Tuesday, August 17 at 8:30 AM at Celina Middle School. The administration team will make quick updates, followed by donuts and time for mingling. This is a great opportunity for new students and families to meet a friendly face before the first day of school and for families to begin building a support system. Learn more at celinaisd.com. August 18: First Day of School - Celina ISD Good luck to our new and returning Bobcats! We hope you have the best year yet.
Sutton Fields Homecoming Neighbors, family, and friends alike welcomed Staff Sergeant Robert Tingle home on Thursday, July 29. Celina Police Officer Chase Guidera led SSG Tingle and his family through the neighborhood with sirens and lights to mark his arrival as people gathered with signs, balloons, and smiles to welcome him home.
dedicated their lives to the service of our country. We are proud to have a supportive community that honors the outstanding individuals we live beside. If you have a positive community event or story to share, reach out to Jade Mizzell, Life Connected Manager, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
SSG Tingle is originally from Newton, Mississippi. He, his wife Kimberly, and their son Joshua have been in Texas for about 7 years and in Celina since May 2020. SSG Tingle has been a member of the Army National Guard for approximately 17 years. Most recently, he was deployed with the 36 Infantry Division out of Camp Mabry in Austin. The City of Celina is thankful for the brave individuals, such as SSG Tingle, who have
VOLUNTEER CONNECTION City Opportunities Help the Marketing Department gear up for Beware! of The Square by signing up to distribute posters throughout businesses in the community. If you are interested in participating, please sign up at celinatx.info/bewareposters.
Community Opportunities Grace Bridge is currently accepting volunteers for multiple positions. For more information, visit gracebridge.us/gbvolunteer.
Warehouse Grace Bridge is needing some people to come and help sort donations at the warehouse such as furniture, clothing, shoes, and books. This would help the organization regain some much-needed space as the community brings in more donations. Community Garden Another opportunity is to help out at the Community Garden! The garden is located in Downtown Celina across the street from the Library. They are needing a few volunteers to help harvest fruits, veggies, and herbs on Fridays before distribution, in addition to maintaining the garden during the week, Helping out in the garden makes an impact in the community by helping the organization to serve fresh produce to families. Pastry & Veggie Packing Grace Bridge feels tremendously blessed by their grocery store partners who give us extra pastries, bread, and veggies each week. Because of this abundance they have been distributing out the extra food during the week and are needing volunteers to help set up and prepare items to be given out.
Food Distribution Join the team at the Celina Food Bank as they work together to distribute food to those in need. If you would like to help during this time, they need help packing food, running the food boxes to the vehicles, traffic controllers, and family encouragers! Any children 15 years and younger, must be accompanied by an adult.
CITY COUNCIL Council Meeting
10 City Council Regular Meetings occur on the second Tuesday of each month at 5 PM in the City Council Chambers located at 112 N. Colorado Street.
Council Meeting Recap
Recap videos are recorded after each City Council Meeting to summarize and highlight topics covered during the meeting. The recap videos are typically 5 to 10 minutes long and can be found on the City of Celina, Texas YouTube page.
Council Live Stream All Regular and Special City Council Meetings are live streamed and recorded for your ease. Visit celinatx.gov/livestream.
City Ordinances Celina is governed by a Mayor and City Council who are elected by the people of the City. The Mayor and City Council acting together are the Governing Body. All Governing Body members serve three-year terms. The Governing Body, being the elected representative of the people, adopts all ordinances and resolutions and determines the general goals and policies. To view the City's ordinances, visit celina-tx.gov/ordinances.
STRATEGIC PLAN DASHBOARD
Track City Progress Online In 2018 the community and the City embarked on a journey to create a plan to shape the City as it grows. The Strategic Plan is and has been in operation since 2018 and continually brings insight into how we should grow and develop. With the community's support, the City of Celina has done well in implementing this plan, but there are still many steps left to achieve the goals we set together. With the new public dashboard, residents now have the capability to see progress towards the 10 goals set in the Strategic Plan. Strategic Plan The Strategic Plan consists of 10 two-year goals that were developed by looking at the City's vision, what we are deeply passionate
about, what fuels our economic engine, and what we can be the best at. It guides everything we do. Check it out at celinatx.info/strategicplan. Strategic Plan Dashboard Measures and displays the City's progress towards the goals defined in the Strategic Plan. The dashboard continuously updates as projects are completed. Explore the dashboard at celinatx.info/publicdash. Annual Report The Annual Report is another excellent source of information on the work that the City is doing. The Annual Report outlines the types of projects, with examples, that the City completed in 2020 in accordance with the Strategic Plan and the City's goals. Learn more at celinatx.info/annualreport20.
PUBLIC WORKS Pothole Repairs The Public Works Department is continuing to work on pothole repairs throughout the City. Report potholes and other items for repair by downloading the Celina Life Connected app to report issues to the City with photos and location information. Each request can be tracked for follow-up from the City. The app is available now on the Google Play and Apple App stores.
Sanitary Sewer Smoke Testing The City recently completed sanitary sewer smoke testing in several neighborhoods. One important task of the survey was to locate breaks and defects in the wastewater system. The information collected from this study will be used to repair and improve the City's wastewater system.
811 Day: Call Before You Dig August 11 is National 811 Day. 811 is the number you call for FREE from coast to coast in the United States to get underground pipelines and cables marked. August 11 is a reminder for everyone to Know What’s Below before beginning any projects that involve digging. In Texas, the law requires you to dial 811 or submit a locate request at texas811.org two business days before any digging project, whether you’re planting a tree or building a skyscraper. The utility companies will send locators to your home or worksite to mark (with paint and/or flags) where the underground utilities are so you can safely dig without hitting something. There are more than 7,000,000 miles of underground utilities buried in Texas. There are probably some under where you are right now. The only way to know, and to be able to dig without hitting them, is to get the lines marked before beginning your project.
NOW HIRING MULTIPLE POSITIONS
CITY OF CELINA PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT
Entry-level positions starting at $16.23/hour HS Diploma/GED required Must have active drivers license No experience necessary - we'll train you! Looking for fun, hardworking individuals
ROAD WORK UPDATE Glendenning Pkwy Repairs Glendenning Pkwy is undergoing repairs, in addition to several other rural roads within the city limits. A map of repairs can be found at bit.ly/3gTTuty.
Annual Maintenance Project The 2021 Annual Street Maintenance project is underway from May 29 to mid-October. For more info, visit celinatx.gov. Project locations include: 1. S. Arizona Drive between W. Elm Street and W. Ash Street 2. W. Main Street between S. Kentucky Drive and Dead End 3. S. Illinois Street between W. Elm Street and W. Ash Street 4. S. Arizona Drive between W. Elm Street and W. Ash Street 5. W. Ash Street between S. Arizona Drive and S. Colorado Drive 6. Twin Lakes Drive between 3412 Twin Lakes Drive and Cul-de-sac 7. Carter Ranch, Creeks of Legacy, High Point, and North Preston Lake Estates
Dallas North Tollway Extension The section of Moberly Rd between CR 9 and Fairfield Rd will be temporarily closed to traffic from June 15 to August 31. The NTTA will be conducting storm drain and roadway construction as part of the DNT Extension Phase 4B. This phase of the project involves NTTA construction on two lanes from FM 428 to the Grayson County Line. This phase of the project as a whole is expected to be complete by late 2022/early 2023. For more info, visit celina-tx.gov.
UTILITY SERVICES Trash Pick-Up Days Scan the code to enter your address and confirm your new trash pick-up day or visit: bit.ly/360aTK7. The map to the right reflects the new collection days as of December 7th, 2020. For questions, please contact Waste Connections at (469) 452-8000.
Pay My Bill Phone (877) 216-4105 ($1.25 processing fee) Auto Draft Set up by submitting a Bank Draft Authorization Online municipalonlinepayments.com/celinatx ($1.25 processing fee) In-Person/Mail 142 N. Ohio Street Celina, TX 75009
Brush and Bulky Trash Brush and bulky trash pick-up is no longer a routine service. This service is now available twice a month to customers, but it must be scheduled with Waste Connections. Brush and bulky trash pick-up will occur on the customer's next regularly scheduled trash pickup day. The deadline for registering is 4:30 PM the day before pick-up. Please note that for Monday pick-ups, customers must schedule by 4:30 PM the Friday prior.
Residents may schedule brush and bulky trash pick-ups in the following ways: Phone (469) 452-8000 Online wasteconnections.com App Wasteconnect (on Google Play or the Apple App Store)
MONITOR YOUR WATER USAGE
Celina water customers are now able to access their water usage data online from anywhere! This portal will let you track and monitor your home or business’s water use. Some of the highlights of this service are detailed below. Water usage details: View your water usage by the year, month, day, or even hour! Compare it to weather and rainfall in one easy-to-read chart. High usage alerts: You can also set a highlevel alert to monitor daily, multi-day, or billing cycle flow if you want to keep your overall usage in check.
Vacation alerts: This is great for when you are away from Celina but want to keep an eye on your home. This alert feature will send you an email if the meter reads more flow than you expect while you are away. Custom alert recipients: This feature allows you to set the alerts to email a friend, family member, or caretaker in the area to address the issue if you are away! Grab your most recent bill and go to mycelinah2o.com to create your account now! You will need your account number. Your security token (located on your bill) and your customer name EXACTLY as it appears on the bill. Please call (972) 382-3345 if you have questions.
Sign up now at MyCelinaH2O.com
What You Should Know About Stormwater What is Municipal Separate Storm Sewer Systems (MS4)? MS4 is a conveyance or system of conveyances that is: owned by a state, city, town, village, or other public entity that discharges to waters of the U.S., designed or used to collect or convey stormwater (example storm drains, pipes, ditches), not a combined sewer, and not part of a wastewater treatment plant, or publicly owned treatment works (POTW). The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) established the Texas Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (TPDES) General Permit No. TXR040000; issued December 2013 to ensure that Texas water bodies are not polluted deliberately. This permit sets the requirements and conditions for stormwater discharges from a small municipal separate storm sewer system (MS4) into surface water in the state.
CELINA PUBLIC LIBRARY
Sign Up for a Library Card Individuals must register for a Celina Public Library card to check out materials. Any Texas resident may apply for a Celina Public Library card by filling out an application and providing a government-issued picture ID. For individuals under 18, a parent or legal guardian must complete the form in person. For more information or to apply, visit celinapubliclibrary.com.
PARKS & RECREATION
Softball at The OCP Expansion
Frequently Asked Questions
The fields are getting broken in at The OCP Expansion, with softball games on the new fields next weekend!
Can I rent the pavilion at the park? Yes! Contact the Parks Department for more information. Contact information is listed on the back page.
Now Hiring: Concession Worker This seasonal, part-time position will provide customer service, food service, money handling, and more for Parks & Rec during the fall season. Shifts will take place primarily on Saturdays, with some Tuesday shifts during adult softball and occasional Sundays during tournaments. Applicants must be 16 years of age or older, possess a Class C Driver's License, and obtain a Learn2Serve Food Handler Certification before shifts. Learn more at celinatx.info/concessionworker.
Can I rent any of the ball fields? Yes! We facilitate rentals when the fields are not in use by our youth sports leagues. Contact (972) 382-2682 x 6002 for more info. Are there fish in the pond at The OCP? Yes, it is a catch-and-release pond. Proper fishing licenses are required.
Text the word PARKS to 66866 to subscribe to the Parks & Rec monthly newsletter.
CITIZENS POLICE ACADEMY Pictured above: the inaugural Citizens Police Academy class.
Second Class Starts Sept. 16 The Citizens Police Academy (CPA) is a community relations program that will help bridge the gap and strengthen the relationship between the Celina Police Department and the citizens they serve. During this nine-week course, participants learn about criminal law and patrol tactics for Criminal Investigations. The group may also take a field trip to the Collin County Detention Center. This academy will help prepare the participants to become ambassadors of the Celina Police Department within their communities. This is a free course. The program will run from Thursday, September 16 to November 11, 2021, with classes held from 6:30 to 9:30 PM. There will be two Saturday sessions on October 16 and November 6.
After graduating from the CPA, alumni become eligible to train for two additional volunteer groups: Volunteers in Policing (VIPs) and Citizens on Patrol (COPs). The Police Department will release more information on the volunteer groups and application process later in the year. If you have any questions or comments, please email Officer Chase Guidera at email@example.com.
FIRE DEPARTMENT Fire Station 3 Design The Fire Department is in the final phases of design for Fire Station 3, to be located at the intersection of FM 1385, Ballenger Road, and Crutchfield Road.
Fire Station 1 Remodel Fire Station 1 is undergoing a remodel to make space for a dedicated training room. This will allow the department to hold presentations, host large group discussions, and increases accessibility for various training.
NFPA Compliance Testing The department recently completed the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) compliance testing, which ensures adherence to the NFPA codes and standards.
Meet Your FD: Rob Hale Greetings! My name is Rob Hale. In 2004 my wife Chandra and I moved to Celina from Central Arkansas. Chandra and I have been married for 21 years. We both grew up in Texas and knew one day that we would ultimately make North Texas our home. We have been blessed to call Celina our home and equally blessed to have this community to raise our two children in. Our oldest, Maddie, is 14, and our youngest, Robbie, is 12. Both of our children have only know Celina as their home. It has always been my passion to serve others and to make the fire service my career. I began my service with CFD first as a volunteer firefighter in 2007 and then later in 2018 as a career firefighter/paramedic. This is truly the greatest job in the world and one that allows me the opportunity to serve such a great community. As a member of the Celina Fire Department, I have the honor of serving not only my neighbors but so many of our friends. To see Celina grow from the very modest small town when we moved here in ’04, to what it is today is sometimes difficult to wrap my head around. The growth has opened new doors for me and has allowed me to fulfill my dream of raising my family and working in this community that we love so much.
DEVELOPMENT SERVICES Fast Facts
Code Enforcement Scoreboard
Population: 34,140 Sales tax revenue: $485,949.86 New homes permitted: 172 Construction inspections: 7,236
New Homes Avg. new home value $503,423 Avg. square feet 3,862
Commercial Projects Permits issued parcHAUS Community Rental Homes: 2001 Celina Pkwy One Preston Station Multi-Family: 1111 S. Oklahoma Dr BB Living Community Rental Homes: 4515 Prairie Crossing ETS Celina Business Park: 6251 FM 2478 Certificates of Occupancy issued Ivan's Performance Shop: 6126 PR 902 Collin College: 2505 Kinship Pkwy Annie Jack: 309 W. Pecan St
Scan the code or visit the City website to view restaurant inspection scores.
Most New Homes by Neighborhood
*Please note that all numbers in this report reflect data from the month of July 2021.
TREE CITY USA
City Receives Tree City USA Award The Tree City USA program, organized by The Arbor Day Foundation, has been in place since 1976. This program is a national effort to encourage communities to manage and expand their public trees. Since the program's inception, over 3,400 communities have committed to becoming a Tree City USA.
is given to Tree City USA communities that demonstrate a higher level of tree care and community engagement. Through updating the City's tree-friendly ordinances, the City was able to secure the Growth Award.
Celina recently achieved the Tree City USA designation for the second year in a row. This means that the City meets four core standards of sound urban forestry management: maintaining a tree board or department, having a community tree ordinance, spending at least $2 per capita on urban forestry, and celebrating Arbor Day. Not only was Celina able to secure a second year of certification as a Tree City USA, but the City also received a Growth Award which
REAL ESTATE MARKET SNAPSHOT Average Days on Market: 15 Average Price of Home Sold: $561,149 Highest Priced Home Sold: $1,115,000 Total Days of Inventory: 54
Sales Price vs. List Price: 104.18% Number of Sales: 90 Market assessment brought to you by Texas Life Real Estate Celina's number of homes for sale has increased over this past month giving home buyers more options to choose from here in Bobcat Country. Woo hoo! There are currently 72 homes for sale with 9 homes ''Coming Soon'' as of August 5, 2021. With the Cares Act having come to an end on June 30, 2021, homeowners who took advantage of this program due to financial woes caused by the Coronavirus pandemic will now have to start making mortgage payments again. Evictions and foreclosures will start to resurface in the coming months. While this is a sad reality for some, this will hopefully help regulate the real estate market and put an end to homebuyers paying several thousand dollars over the asking price. With the new school year about to start, the number of days on market before a seller gets a contract will also start to inch up with fewer families choosing to buy during the school year. *All of the information above is based on the last 30 days of residential sales in Celina, TX as of 08/01/2021.
Megan Christensen Cell: 903-818-6079 Office: 903-821-9678
CELINA EDC July Sales Tax Sales tax collections for July totaled $531,726.81, an increase of $174,962.69 (49.04%) over the prior year.
Summer Moon Grand Opening Save the date for Summer Moon's Grand Opening Saturday, Sept. 4th! Wood-fired coffee and moon milk will soon be available daily on The Square.
Celina in the News "Celina welcomes newest Collin College campus as first phase of Collin County Outer Loop opens" read more from the Celina Record at starlocalmedia.com.
Celina360 Have you explored the Celina360 feature on the city website? Use it to virtually walk the sidewalks of Downtown Celina and take a peek inside businesses and
Annie Jack Reopening We are so excited to welcome ANNIE JACK back to Celina’s historic downtown square. Their new location is stocked full of new inventory that you won’t want to miss. Stop by and say hello to Rachel and her staff as we celebrate their re-opening!
Contact Us Address 302 W. Walnut St. Celina, TX 75009 Phone (972) 382-3455 Email firstname.lastname@example.org Online celinaedc.com
city facilities. Visit celinatx.info/celina360.
Business Connection Video Series This Celina EDC Business Connection features Hillwood Communities. Diana Carroll discusses company values and tells us more about Bluewood and Lilyana, Hillwood residential development communities in Celina. Watch the recent Celina EDC Business Connection at youtu.be/uuOXwkliSs0. Hillwood Communities Online bluewoodbyhillwood.com lilyanabyhillwood.com
In Celina, we are very passionate about small businesses. Small businesses value their community, they preserve the local history and culture, and they provide an experience. We believe it's small businesses that will help us maintain our charm as we grow. If you own a Celina business and would like to be featured as a part of the EDC video series, please visit celinaedc.com/business/#businessconnection.
August 6: Friday Night Market Enjoy 40+ handmade, homemade, and homegrown vendors alongside local musician Matt Bell. Explore our August vendors at celinatx.info/aug21fnm.
August 14: Summer Music Series Join us and the 80’s Gadgets for a radical 80’s night! The evening will kick off with a costume contest, so come dressed in your most fabulous 80’s outfit. Best dressed will win a themed candy basket from Hey Sugar. RSVP on the Life in Celina Facebook event pages for continued updates as we approach the events.
The following is a list of the current openings within the City of Celina: Concession Worker Economic Development Specialist Fleet Management Coordinator Human Resources Coordinator Management Assistant Meter Technician Police Officer Senior Planner Storm Water Maintenance Worker Storm Water Maintenance Worker Street Maintenance Worker Utility Line Maintenance Worker Wastewater Utility Line Maintenance Worker - Water Utility Line Maintenance Crew Leader Wastewater Wastewater Treatment Operator Visit celina-tx.gov/employment for more info about these opportunities or to apply.
EEOC Statement The City of Celina is committed to providing all applicants and employees with equal employment opportunities and maintaining a diverse workforce. The City will not discriminate against any individuals in accordance with applicable federal and state laws. Selection is based on the candidates whose background, qualifications and any preferences requested from the hiring manager most closely match the job requirements. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including, but not limited to, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training.