Life Connected Newsletter | JULY 2021 | Celina, TX

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ISSUE 7 | JULY 2021


The OCP Expansion Grand Opening Just in time for National Parks & Rec Month. Celebrate at the park!

Celina PD Podcast Takeover Don't miss the recent episodes of the Life in Celina Podcast featuring Chief Cullison and Officer DiGeorge.

CONNECT WITH US Address 142 N. Ohio Street Celina, TX 75009 Phone (972) 382-2682 Online Facebook @cityofcelina @lifeincelinatx Instagram @celina_texas @lifeincelina

THE OLD CELINA PARK Expansion is now complete. Celebrate with us! We are incredibly excited to announce The Old Celina Park Expansion's grand opening on Saturday, July 10th. The City will be hosting a ribbon cutting and grand opening at the park to commemorate the occasion. The event is free, open to the public, and will include a range of activities for the whole family. The event runs from 9 AM to Noon. Attendees will have a chance to explore the new expansion and all it has to offer and will be able to enjoy myriad entertainment throughout the event. The celebration will feature a free kids zone, live music from local DJ Loud & Clear, complimentary refreshments, and free giveaways. All are welcome to join in on the festivities.

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 July 9 Friday Night Market July 10 The Old Celina Park Expansion Grand Opening July 16 Music Series July 23 Movie Night July 30 Music Series



Collin College


Celina Life Connected App


Volunteer Connection


City Council


Road Closures


Utility Services


Monitor Your Water Usage




Celina Public Library


Parks & Recreation


Police Department


Fire Department


Development Services




Life in Celina Podcast




Job Openings







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Meet Brenda Carter, Celina Campus Executive Dean The new Collin College Celina Campus opens this fall, providing greater access to higher education for not only Celina but all of northwestern Collin County. Registration is now open and fall classes start on Aug. 23. Brenda Carter, Celina Campus’ executive dean, has been with Collin College for 16 years, serving as the dean of academic affairs at the McKinney Campus before coming to Celina. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, a Master of Science in Educational Psychology and is currently working on her educational doctorate in higher education. Continued on next page.


COLLIN COLLEGE She said she and her team are excited and looking forward to welcoming students to the Celina Campus this fall. A conversation with her about the new campus is below. Why did you become interested in education? My mother installed in me the value of an education. I watched her move from a high school dropout to a licensed nurse. It showed me how education can change one’s life. I wanted to provide educational opportunities so others could enhance their life and their families. What excites you the most about the Celina Campus? I am truly excited that the Celina Campus has been welcomed with open arms by the communities it serves. I am also excited by the quality educational opportunities it will provide for the northwestern sector of Collin College, one of the fastest growing sectors of Collin County.

What should students and the community know about the campus and its offerings? First, we are your campus with a highly qualified faculty and staff. Collin College emphasizes being a part of the community, and the Celina Campus will continue that tradition. We offer a variety of both academic and workforce courses, leading to transfer opportunities or immediate employment. What programs will be available at the new Celina Campus? The campus will offer a variety of academic transfer courses as well as workforce programs including Business Management, Construction Management, Information Technology and health sciences. There will also be Continuing Education classes available. Is there an office where questions can be answered about the Celina Campus and its academic offerings? The Celina Campus will utilize a one-stop shop concept where students can move seamlessly from application to enrollment. The one-stop shop includes the offices of admissions, advising including assistance with class registration, testing, the cashier, and financial aid. Please contact Associate Dean of Student and Enrollment Services, Pamela Lee at How can people contact you? My email address is and my office number is (469) 905-3571.

Apply and register now! Fall classes start August 23.

For more information about the Celina Campus, visit



Available on Google and Apple The City app is a new and improved way for residents to stay connected 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 of a pothole, and the app will mark the geographic location on a map.


VOLUNTEER CONNECTION Kudos for Splash & Blast Huge thanks to all our volunteers for contributing to the success of Splash & Blast. Volunteers truly are the heart of our community and we couldn't do it without you. Pictured above: volunteers Denise Teague (left) and Philip Ferguson (right).

Community Opportunities Cornerstone Assistance Network of North Central Texas is a nonprofit serving neighbors in need in Celina, Prosper, Gunter, and beyond. 1. Shop and donate items directly to Cornerstone North Central Texas. Simply scan the QR code to explore their Amazon Charity Lists. 2. Sign up for the 2021 Adopt-ABackpack program. When you adopt a backpack, you will purchase the backpack and fill it with all specific school supplies for a student in need.

Hello everyone! I am so pleased to join the city and get a Volunteer Program started. I hope summer has treated everyone well so far. On June 26th, the City held its annual Splash and Blast event. THANK YOU to all the volunteers that helped make this event a success! If anyone you know is interested in volunteering, please direct them to to register, and they will start receiving updates as opportunities become available. I look forward to meeting our amazing volunteers very soon! Sincerely,



Jade Mizzell Life Connected Manager


CITY COUNCIL Council Meeting

13 City Council Regular Meetings occur on the second Tuesday of each month at 5 PM at the City Council Chambers located at 112 N. Colorado Street.

Council Meeting Recap

Recap videos are recorded after each City Council Regular Meeting to summarize and highlight topics covered during the meeting. The recap videos are typically 510 minutes long and can be found on the City of Celina, Texas YouTube page.

Council Live Stream All Regular and Special City Council Meetings can be viewed in real-time on our website. Recordings are also available for your convenience. Visit



Annual Maintenance Underway The City's 2021 Annual Street Maintenance project has begun. Construction started on May 29, 2021, and will run through midOctober 2021. Please visit for more information. Project locations include: S. Arizona Drive between W. Elm Street and W. Ash Street W. Main Street between S. Kentucky Drive and Dead End S. Illinois Street between W. Elm Street and W. Ash Street S. Arizona Drive between W. Elm Street and W. Ash Street W. Ash Street between S. Arizona Drive and S. Colorado Drive Twin Lakes Drive between 3412 Twin Lakes Drive and Cul-de-sac Carter Ranch, Creeks of Legacy, High Point, and North Preston Lake Estates

Dallas North Tollway Extension Please be informed that the section of Moberly road between County Road 9 and Fairfield Road will be temporarily closed to traffic from June 15, 2021, to August 31, 2021. During this time, the North Texas Tollway Authority will be conducting storm drain and roadway construction as part of the Dallas North Tollway Extension - Phase 4B.


UTILITY SERVICES Trash Pick-Up Days Scan the code to enter your address and confirm your new trash pick-up day or visit: 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 ($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.

Brush and bulky trash pick-ups can be scheduled in the following ways: Phone (469) 452-8000 Online App Wasteconnect (on Google Play or the Apple App Store)



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 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.



What You Should Know About Stormwater What is Municipal Separate Storm Sewer Systems (MS4)? 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.



July Events July 6 @ 11 AM: Southwest Dairy Farmers Learn about the dairy industry while getting a chance to see cows up close. Bring your cameras! July 13 @ 11 AM: Margaret Clauder Presents Enjoy brilliant ventriloquism, puppetry, and masterful storytelling! July 20 @ 11 AM: African Drums with Baba Kwasi Learn how people can come together with sound, storytelling, movement, and rhythm! July 27 @ 11 AM: James Wand Spy Magic "The Super Spy Magician" demonstrates the power of reading, writing, secret codes, and a cool spy book!

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July 10: Grand Opening of The Old Celina Park Expansion The Parks & Recreation Department is beyond excited to welcome residents to explore The Old Celina Park (OCP) Expansion and celebrate at a grand opening ceremony on Saturday, July 10th, from 9 AM-Noon.

are a new concessions building and restrooms. These facilities, and the turf fields and new 400-space parking lot, are fully lighted, allowing for functional daytime and nighttime use.

This exciting grand opening comes after over a year of construction, which expanded The Old Celina Park from the original park all the way to FM 455. Concrete trails suitable to pedestrians or bicyclists have been created to allow for year-round recreation and mobility in the park. Residents will find four turf baseball/softball fields complete with spectator bleachers and nearby picnic tables in the new portion of the park. Within the baseball/softball complex



Frequently Asked Questions Can I rent the pavilion at the park? Yes! Contact the Parks Department for more information. Contact information is listed on the back page. 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.

July is National Parks

Are there fish in the pond at The OCP? Yes, it is a catch-and-release pond. Proper fishing licenses are required.

& Recreation Month Celebrate by getting outdoors and enjoying our parks!

To be added to our monthly newsletter for updates text the word PARKS to 66866 and follow the prompt.

@celinatxparks @celinatxparks


POLICE DEPARTMENT Pictured above: Officer Bryce Kennedy (center) and fellow award recipients.

P.D. on 'Life in Celina' Podcast The two most-recent episodes of the Life in Celina Podcast feature members of your Celina Police Department.

Celina Officer Receives Award Congratulations to Celina Officer Bryce Kennedy for a job well done. In June 2021, Officer Kennedy was presented with an award from the United States Attorney’s Office in recognition of his dedicated service to the people of the Eastern District of Texas. The Celina Police Department is grateful to have Officer Kennedy as part of the Celina family. Thank you, Officer Kennedy, for all you do in keeping our community safe.

One episode includes new-to-Celina Police Chief John Cullison talking about his excitement to be a part of the Celina community. The other episode showcases Officer (and former rock star) Shane DiGeorge. Officer DiGeorge describes his experience in the rock world and how he discovered a call to serve.

@celinapolicetx @celinapolice


FIRE DEPARTMENT Health & Wellness Program The Fire Department has implemented a new health and wellness program that will help combat some of the common issues associated with the fire service. These common issues include heart disease, obesity, and cancer.

New Firefighter Program A redesign of the new firefighter program is currently underway. This will allow new members to be ready for their first day on shift and will prepare them in a setting that enhances focus on their knowledge, skills, abilities, and needs.

Ramping Up Training Early phases of an officer development program and a driver development program have recently been implemented. Both programs will contribute to personal growth for individuals in those roles and the growth of the Department as a whole. A new training plan for the Department as a whole has also been fully implemented, which is allowing team members to grow and develop their fire ground skills.

Meet Terry Anderson, Celina Firefighter and Paramedic Hey everyone I’m Terry Anderson II. I am a Firefighter/Paramedic for the City of Celina. I am originally from Marshall Texas. I am married to my beautiful wife, and together we have two children. Our little girl is 3 years old and our son was just born at the end of March. I’m very grateful for them, and watching them grow is very rewarding. When I get free time we love to take weekend getaways or go out to the lake. I joined the Army Reserves during High School, and proudly served 8 and a half years including one tour to Afghanistan. I began my Firefighting career with Little Elm Fire Department and was there a total of 3 years before joining Celina Fire Department in 2018. I am grateful for the brotherhood in Celina and look forward to growing and evolving with the men and women I work with. I am honored to be able to serve the people of Celina and enjoy meeting you all around the City. @celinafiredept



Code Enforcement Scoreboard

Population: 33,595 Sales tax revenue: $485,949.86 New homes permitted: 320 Construction inspections: 6,663

New Homes Avg. new home value $480,540 Avg. square feet 3,723

Commercial Projects Construction permits issued Alliance, Prose 51 Multi-Family 4400 Prairie Crossing parcHAUS Rental Homes 2001 Celina Pkwy

Scan the code or visit the City website to view restaurant inspection scores.

Most New Homes by Neighborhood

Cambridge Crossing Amenity Center 2225 Huddleston Dr Certificates of Occupancy issued Collin College 2505 Kinship Pkwy Metroport Commercial Realty Group 701 N. Preston Su.320 Annie Jack 309 W. Pecan St

*Please note that all numbers in this report reflect data from the month of June 2021.


EDC June Sales Tax Sales tax collections for June totaled $485,949.86, an increase of $196,134.06 (67.68%) over the prior year.

New Bludot Business Directory The Celina EDC recently invested in a new, one-stop business directory to provide the community with the info they need to contact, locate and interact with local businesses. This interactive directory is available to the public at under the Business Directory tab.

Celina in the News Frisco no longer leads North Texas in residential building permits. Read more from the Dallas Business Journal at

New EDC Twitter Account

The Downtown Merchant Meeting will be changed to a quarterly meeting beginning July 2021. Moving forward, all meetings will be held from 9 – 10 AM in the City Hall Annex Building at 112 N. Colorado St Celina, TX 75009. Food will be provided.

Contact Us Address 302 W. Walnut St. Celina, TX 75009 Phone (972) 382-3455 Email Online

Connect with us on Twitter @edccelina!



Business Connection Video Series This Celina EDC Business Connection features Hey Sugar Candy Store! Manager Kass Jagers tells us more about the unique treats sold in-store and discusses their connection to the community. #celinasupportscelina Watch the recent Celina EDC Business Connection at

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

Hey Sugar Website Hey Sugar Address 303 W. Pecan St Celina, TX 75009 @celinatxedc @celinaedc


LIFE IN CELINA PODCAST Pictured above: Police Chief John Cullison (left) and Life in Celina podcast host Drew Meyers (right). Called to Serve: Rock star to cop car

The City of Celina and the Celina Economic Development Corporation proudly present the Life in Celina podcast. We regularly share the stories behind the amazing people, businesses, and groups that make Celina home. Subscribe and listen to Life in Celina to hear the stories that connect our community. New Police Chief: 'Community-oriented policing' In April, John Cullison was named the new Chief of Police in Celina, Texas. He immediately hit the ground running, and his leadership skills instantly began to shine. It doesn't take much of this conversation to realize that Chief Cullison is proud to wear the badge and beyond thrilled to be in Celina.

Shane DiGeorge was living the rock 'n roll lifestyle (literally) when he finally started listening to his servant heart. He was the frontman for Electric Crush, which was starting to blaze a trail in the modern rock world. But a random ride-out with his brother-in-law, a police officer in Gunter, changed Shane DiGeorge's life forever. Now, this former rock star is a member of the Celina Police Department, and he's so proud to wear the badge. Visit to listen to 'Taking Away' by Electirc Crush. Find these episodes, and more, at





Join us Downtown for the 2021 Summer Music Series presented by Centurion American. Get outdoors and enjoy some fresh tunes, brought to you by Mario Sinacola & Sons. Food and beverages will be available out on the Square or at any of our Downtown eateries. Celina Chamber of Commerce will be providing alcoholic beverages. We encourage you to bring your lawn chairs and blankets.

Friday, July 16: D City Rock A classic rock tribute band bringing you essential hits you'll sing along with and wanna dance 'til the sun comes up!

Friday, July 30: GoodNGone Rocking Texas country band out of Dallas influenced by George Strait, Dwight Yoakam, and Jack Ingram. FB: @goodngoneband

Saturday, August 14: 80s Gadgets Fun rockin' 80s cover band in DFW. Playing at bars, birthday parties, and corporate events throughout North Texas. FB: @80sgadgets

FB: @Dcityrock



Friday, July 23 @ 7 PM Calling all Trolls! Join us in Downtown Celina to watch Trolls: World Tour (PG) presented by Mario Sinacola & Sons. Arrive at 7 PM to play games and sing with Poppy and Branch. DJ Loud & Clear will be playing diverse melodies from all Troll tribes. There will also be free bounce houses and crafts, thanks to our kids' zone sponsor Centurion American. Represent your tribe by wearing your Trolls hair and/or music genre’s costume. Food and beverage will be available from vendors or Downtown businesses for purchase. Bring your own lawn chair and blankets. The movie starts around 8:30 PM, once the sun sets.



Friday, August 6 from 6-9 PM The 2021 Friday Night Market is proudly presented by Hemphill Orthodontics! Come down to the Square to get outside, shop local, eat delicious food, and listen to live music. These open-air markets offer a fantastic variety of vendors. There is sure to be something for everyone. Shop our August vendors at Each market also features live music from local performers, brought to you by Mario Sinacola & Sons.

Upcoming Markets September 3 October 1 November 5



The following is a list of the current openings within the City of Celina: Assistant to the City Secretary Concession Worker Meter Technician Police Officer Sr. Accountant - Capital Assets Storm Water Maintenance Worker Streets Crew Leader Utility Customer Service Meter Crew Leader Utility Line Maintenance Worker Wastewater Utility Line Maintenance Worker - Water Utility Line Maintenance Crew Leader Wastewater

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.

Visit for more information about these opportunities or to apply.