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ISSUE 6 | JUNE 2021

Life Connected. CONNECTING THE CITY TO OUR RESIDENTS

Summer Reading Program Sign up now at the Celina Public Library. Kids of all ages welcome.

Splash & Blast Presented by Hillwood Communities. Water Slides | Fireworks | Live Music


CONNECT WITH US Address 142 N. Ohio St. Celina, TX 75009 Phone 972-382-2682 Online celina-tx.gov lifeincelinatx.com Facebook @cityofcelina @lifeincelinatx

CONGRATS TO OUR 2020 LIFE CONNECTED AWARD RECIPIENTS Congrats to Jai Harris-Ellis and Diego Matehuala The 2nd Annual Life Connected Award was officially awarded to two outstanding individuals in our Celina community: Jai Harris-Ellis and Diego Matehuala. Thank you both for all that you do! The Life Connected award is awarded to an individual who has made a difference in the lives of many through positive connections. While this award was designed with the intention of selecting one award winner per year, these two individuals were simply too outstanding to choose just one of them as this year's recipient. The award recognizes selfless efforts to connect people and overcome obstacles while embodying Celina’s core values: Integrity, Community, Excellence, and Service. Winners are nominated by the community, and final selections are determined by the nominee's fit with the established award criteria.

Instagram @celina_texas @lifeincelina

CITY COUNCIL MEETINGS Meetings are held on the second Tuesday of each month at 5 pm. The Celina City Council Chambers are located at 112 N. Colorado St. Celina, TX 75009.

EVENTS June 4 Friday Night Market June 12 Street Dance June 19 Make Music Day June 26 Splash & Blast


TABLE OF CONTENTS Online Merch Shop

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Celina Life Connected App

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Volunteer of the Year Award

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City Council

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Road Closures

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Letter from the City Manager

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Utility Services

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Monitor Your Water Usage

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Stormwater

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Celina Public Library

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Parks & Recreation

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Meet Your Police Department

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Development Services

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Real Estate Market Snapshot

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Celina EDC

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Life in Celina Podcast

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Events

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Job Openings

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CELINA LIFE CONNECTED APP

Available on Play and App Store Celina Life Connected is an integrated mobile app featuring bill pay, web mapping, issue reporting, and more. This new app provides a way for citizens and visitors to stay informed regarding Celina's services and resources. Users can view and search by categories like service requests, online services, news, and events.

App users can also view Celina social media feeds to get updated information on community news, updates and more. If you have any questions or comments about the Life Connected App, please email Ogi Colakovic at ocolakovic@celina-tx.gov.

Celina Life Connected now serves as the mobile and online service request system for the City of Celina. The app allows residents to identify issues and report those service requests directly to the appropriate department within the City. Residents can upload a photo of the issue and mark the geographic location on a map. Each request can then be tracked for followup and feedback from the City.

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VOLUNTEER OF THE YEAR AWARD Pictured left: Corbett Howard, and Philip Ferguson, Pictured right: Michelle Baggett and Mayor Sean Terry.

Join us as we congratulate our 2020 Volunteers of the Year: Philip Ferguson and Michelle Baggett! Philip has served as a volunteer for 7 years, on both the Community Development Committee and Main Street Board. Philip is a hard worker and is very creative. He took the Movie Night to another dimension, not the Twilight Zone, but as close as he could get. Philip's creativity gave Halloween a whole new flair, resulting in Beware of the Square. We are excited to collaborate with him in achieving his vision for Celina to be designated as the Halloween Capital of North Texas. Philip, we sincerely appreciate your efforts to bring vibrant events and opportunities for connections between our community and Downtown. Michelle is the creator of Friday Night Market. It was a dream in Celina for the last decade

but Michelle, with her babies in toe, had the vision and dedication to make the market a reality in Celina. This event has provided an excellent opportunity to showcase local businesses, vendors, and performers. It has, and will continue, to reaffirm and grow the Square as a cultural hub for our community. Michelle has gone above and beyond in her service to the city. She has served 7 years on the Main Street Board and will continue to be a strong voice on the new Downtown Commission Board. Thank you and congratulations to these two outstanding individuals! We sincerely appreciate all that you do.

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CITY COUNCIL Council Meeting

8 City Council Regular Meetings take place on every 2nd Tuesday of the Month at 5:00 pm. at the City Council Chambers located at 112 N Colorado St.

Council Meeting Recap

Recap videos are recorded after each City Council Regular Meeting to summarize and highlight topics that were covered during the meeting. The recap videos are typically 5-10 minutes long and can be found on the City of Celina, Texas YouTube page.

Council Live Stream All Regular and Special City Council Meetings can be viewed in real-time on our website. Recordings are also available for your convenience. Visit celina-tx.gov/1350/live-video-stream.

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ROAD CLOSURES

Annual maintenance underway Please be advised that the city's 2021 Annual Street Maintenance project has begun. Construction started on May 29, 2021 and will run through mid-October 2021. Please visit celina-tx.gov 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.

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LETTER FROM THE CITY MANAGER To my fellow residents of Celina: When I became city manager four years ago, I never dreamed of the excitement and joy we would experience as a community. Navigating through these many months alongside our city council and staff has been a privilege, as has meeting with many of you and celebrating your love for the city, and hearing some of the concerns you have as we grow forward, together. As we continue on this incomparable journey, I wanted to take a few moments and acknowledge the most common criticism I hear from our citizens and tell you about some exciting ways we have addressed and will continue to address your concerns. Issues surrounding our city water service are always at the forefront of people’s minds. I’m aware of this because of your discussions with me and also because my family and I live here and use Celina's water. Unfortunately, I am aware there were some circumstances in the past that forced the city to take some drastic measures years ago that raised rates and offered little explanation as to the reason for the rate hike or the outcomes yielded by the increase. To date, we continue to experience many positive outcomes in our water service and supply, and I wanted to share some of those with you along with the story of how we arrived with the service we have today. The city’s water service and supply have also made great progress. Since I arrived in Celina, water service in our city has been among my highest priorities. We have launched studies and a strategic water plan that would acknowledge and address our challenges, adjust for future growth and development, and align our pricing structure with cities similar to us in size.

Many of our early challenges have been corrected. Today, we are more drought resilient and weather resilient than we have ever been. During the last winter storm event in February, the city’s system had no reports of customers who lost their water service. The investments we decisively made in our infrastructure protected our community from horrible conditions experienced across the state. In the aftermath of that storm, we credited every customer for 2,000 gallons of water, knowing people were forced to use much more water than normal during that week. For customers who reported broken pipes, which yielded unprecedented water usage, we gave a 100% credit to their account after their repairs were complete. Continued on next page.

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LETTER FROM THE CITY MANAGER Along with resilience, we have strengthened our agreements with developers who are building neighborhoods in our city. Rather than our existing customers paying the price for the growth of Celina, our developers now bear much of the financial and physical responsibility of expanding our water services. Exponential growth is inevitable, but I do not believe the financial burden for such growth should be your responsibility. We develop a win/win relationship with developers and the city while maintaining our commitment to the existing residents. Another investment we have made to protect your water system and supply is the addition of elevated and ground storage. While growth accelerates at the highest pace, we have yet experienced, maintaining a vast water surplus is essential. Our investment in these storage facilities and towers will safeguard our community now and in the future. In the coming years, you will see even more elevated and ground storage structures built. This should assure every water user in the city that they will never be without a strong water supply, no matter how much growth we experience. Finally, the city has overhauled our online services and provided easier access to information, usage tracking, and more convenient customer service and bill payment options. For instance, we recently eliminated a service charge for online bill payments in order to give more options to our customers. We also launched a citizen’s analytics tool on our website that allows a user to monitor their water usage in real-time so they can audit or adjust their current water usage patterns. The city went to great lengths to test the accuracy of water meters in every neighborhood, offering the customer even more confidence in our monitoring and billing. And we are in the midst of finalizing a

massive update to our website which will greatly increase the information available to our users. While all of these successes are noteworthy and important to our long-term water system infrastructure, I still have two priorities remaining that every customer should know. First, I want to continue to make the best decisions we can to get our water rates in line with neighboring and comparable cities. What you and I pay each month should align with what friends and family in other cities pay for their water. With all the growth around us, we believe this can and should be accomplished soon. Secondly, we need to move towards a system of winter averaging that will balance water and sewage rates for every home in the city. A current water study is wrapping up, and once we have the results from this study, we will be able to identify when this change will be implemented. I write all of this as evidence to each of our valued customers that your city is committed to offering the best water service and supply available. The accomplishments along the way have moved us in a very positive direction; yet, we still have a way to go before every goal is accomplished. Every customer knowing and understanding from where we have come to where we are now and where we will continue to go is imperative to me. I will transparently update you along the way and will still be available to hear your feedback. We are grateful for you—our residents and loyal customers—and we are glad to be Life Connected in Celina. Yours truly, Jason Laumer City Manager, City of Celina

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UTILITY SERVICES Trash pick-up days Scan the code to enter your address and confirm your new trash pick-up day or visit: https://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 customers next regularly scheduled trash pick-up 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 wasteconnections.com App Wasteconnect (on Google Play or the Apple Store)

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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.

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STORMWATER

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.

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CELINA PUBLIC LIBRARY EVENTS

June 1 @ 11 AM: Professor Brainius Attend a S.T.E.M focused, family-friendly, "edu-tainment" experience! June 8 @ 11 AM: Storytelling with Ms. Maria Listen to exciting adventures of your favorite animal friends. June 15 @ 11 AM: Celina Fire Department Enjoy a fun and informative storytime all about firefighters and how they help our community. June 22 @ 11 AM: Collin County Animal Services Meet the heroes who help protect the animals in our community. June 29 @ 11 AM: Celina Police Department Enjoy a fun and informative storytime all about police officers and how they help our community.

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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SUMMER READING PROGRAM Stop by the library to sign up The 2021 program runs from May 28 to July 28 and is open to to kids of all ages (preschool to teen). Participants must read 650 minutes and/or the minimum number of books according to their reading level (see below). There are 5 prize tiers (earned after reading 130 minutes). After completing a tier stop by the library for a prize.

Reading levels Pre-school (0-5 years): Minimum of 8 books. Reader (6-12 years): Minimum of 4 books. Teen (13-19 years): Minimum of 4 novels.

Save the date Friday, May 28 at 11 AM Summer Reading Kickoff Register for Summer Reading Program, and enjoy sidewalk chalk, frozen treats, and balloon animal creations by Stretch and Company!

Connect with us for more info Address 142 N. Ohio St. Celina, TX 75009 Phone 972-382-8655 Email lshaw@celina-tx.gov Online celinalibrary.com

Friday, July 30 at 10:30 AM End of Summer Reading Awards Ceremony Celebrate the end of the reading program with us at the City's Annex building (behind the library).

@celinapubliclibrary @celinapubliclibrary

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PARKS & RECREATION Pictured left: Gary Don Hendricks, Park Crew Leader, and right: Cody Webb, Parks & Recreation Director.

City of Celina Employee of the Year: Gary Don Hendricks Kudos to Gary Don Hendricks, Park Crew Leader, for receiving the City of Celina's Employee of the Year Award. Gary Don has served the City of Celina Parks & Recreation Department for 14 years. He and his wife, Kendra, live in Celina and have four children: Kason, Katie, Charlie, and Cam. Gary Don embodies the spirit of our community and the core values of our city. He is always available to do whatever needs to be completed and maintains a positive attitude in everything he does. He truly is a model employee for the entire city, and we congratulate him for earning this distinguished honor as our 2020 Employee of the Year.

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PARKS & RECREATION 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 sport leagues. Contact information for the Parks Department is listed on the back page. Are there fish in the pond at Old Celina Park? Yes, it is a catch-and-release pond. Proper fishing licenses are required.

Registration for fall is open Registration for fall youth sports is now open, info online at sports.celinatx.gov. Fall sports include soccer, softball, and flag football.

Adult softball league full The league maxed out at 12 team. As a result, we plan to do a follow-up season in August. Visit our website for more info and updates.

OCP expansion opening in June Old Celina Park (OCP) is the hotspot for most sports league action here in Celina. The OCP expansion is scheduled to open this June. The expansion includes four synthetic turf baseball/softball fields, over 400 additional parking spaces, extending our multiuse fields, and adding lights to the multiuse fields.

Follow us on Facebook for more information on the Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for the expansion of Old Celina Park! We can't wait to celebrate this long-awaited expansion. Hope to see you there!

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

@celinatxparks @celinatxparks

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MEET YOUR POLICE DEPARTMENT Pictured above: Officer Cameron Coduti with his wife and two children.

Officer Cameron Coduti My name is Cameron Coduti, and I am from Arlington, Texas. I am married with an 8-yearold son and a 1 and half year-old daughter. I spend most of my free time with my wife and kids, as we try to take small vacations to different parks around Texas, build Lego sets with my son, listen to a constant loop of Baby Shark with my daughter, and discreetly sneak into donut shops. I have wanted to be a police officer since I was 8 years old. My father has been in law enforcement for the last 20 years, and I grew up around police officers and hearing stories of the job. I believe one of the greatest things we can provide to ourselves and each other in life is service. I began my service in the Army and later transitioned to the Air Force. After serving my country, I felt the calling to serve the citizens in my own community. I started

my career in law enforcement in 2018 with the Pantego Police Department and transitioned to the Celina Police Department at the beginning of 2020. I chose this career because I enjoy serving the community I live in, every day is different, and I enjoy the life experiences this job offers.

@celinapolicetx @celinapolice

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DEVELOPMENT SERVICES

City wins 2021 CLIDE Award The City of Celina recently won a Celebrating Leadership in Development Excellence (CLIDE) Award for the Traditions Park/Bobcat Trail Master Plan. This awards program was created to encourage and reward innovative development projects and practices that accommodate growth and ensure sustainability in North Texas.

neighborhood, providing an array of park amenities, re-purposes the former football stadium with an amphitheater, introduces trails and adds tremendous value to the area. Public investments such as these have been shown to attract new development and bring in additional revenue to cities while providing high-quality recreation to residents.

The CLIDE Award is given to private and public projects and programs that exemplify the program's established guidelines and principles for development excellence. The City is honored to receive this award for the Traditions Park/Bobcat Trail Master Plan which was established in the City's 2020 Parks Master Plan. The Traditions Park/Bobcat Trail Master Plan encompasses a predominantly low-income

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DEVELOPMENT SERVICES Fast facts

Code enforcement scoreboard

Population: 32,603 Sales Tax Revenue: $500,686.27 New Homes Permitted: 349 Construction Inspections: 4,827

New homes Avg. New Home Value: $411,496 Avg. Square Feet: 3,337

Commercial projects Construction permits issued BB Living Rental Homes - 4430 Prairie Crossing Cambridge Crossing Amenity Center 2225 Huddleston ETS Celina Ph. 2 - 1922 Choate Pkwy The Grove - 360 W. Frontier Pkwy Wellspring Estates Ph 2 - Wellspring Estates

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

Most new homes by neighborhood

Certificates of Occupancy issued Steve's Classic Car Repair - 6335 FM 2478, Su. D Drop Tine Construction - 721 E. Pecan Su. 210 Creeks of Legacy West Amenity Center 3621 Cimarron River

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

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DEVELOPMENT SERVICES

Celina senior planner earns doctoral degree Article written by Audrey Henvey For Raha Pouladi, working as a senior planner for a blank canvas like Celina is a blessing. “I have the privilege of seeing all the changes and all the decisions that we make on a daily basis on that canvas,” she said. The senior planner for the city of Celina defended her PhD on April 30, securing her ability to graduate from the University of Texas at Arlington on Friday with a Doctor of Philosophy in Urban Planning and Public Policy. The degree process involved getting 48 credit hours and undergoing a dissertation

process. Pouladi said the dissertation process is what provided the most value when it comes to her current job with the city of Celina. “Over time, I realized that I need to be a better listener and be humble and at the same time strong,” Pouladi said. Hearing comments from committee members on her work taught her the need for humility, she said, but there were also times when she learned the importance of standing her ground. That’s very important when it comes to what she does for the city, she said. “Developers bring in plans, and we need to review them and give back comments,” Pouladi said, “and because of all the ordinances that we have, sometimes we get pushbacks.” Continued on next page.

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DEVELOPMENT SERVICES On April 30, she defended her dissertation and was able to do so without any revisions, a feat she was told only 3-5% of students achieve. All the while, her coworkers with the city of Celina watched the proceedings live online and cheered her on from a watch party. “Raha’s PhD brings transferable skills to Celina and shows attention to detail, confidence, perseverance, hard work and determination,” Celina Planning Manager Madhuri Mohan said. “In addition to that, it brings her, the planning department and our city overall credibility and validates one of our core values of excellence.” The main portion of Pouladi’s study focused on public policy and outreach, a topic she saw in action as the city worked through developing its comprehensive plan and downtown master plan.

Her degree journey proved to be a six-year process that involved moving from Iran to the United States with her husband, who went for the same degree, and getting a job with the city of Celina in 2018, where she now works as a senior planner. “Raha’s commitment to excellence is unparalleled,” Development Services Director Dusty McAfee said. “She has a genuine thirst for knowledge and solving difficult challenges. Although PhDs are relatively uncommon in municipal government, it is unsurprising that Raha finds new ways to provide value to the organization. About the only area she has not demonstrated mastery in is the ‘Mod Squad,’ which is the fantasy football team for The Annex, although she tries really hard.”

“Honestly, my eyes were glowing when we were doing those meetings and the public would show up,” Pouladi said. “That was amazing.” Since she has pursued her doctoral degree, Pouladi said many people ask her why she doesn’t want to teach. “My answer to them would be ‘Because this position that I have is so fulfilling, and this time of year, I’m reviewing a plan, and I’m able to see the results next year. This is not something that you get when you teach.’” Article courtesy of Audrey Henvey, Celina Record, May 15, 2021.

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REAL ESTATE MARKET SNAPSHOT Average Days on Market: 21 Average Price of Home Sold: $589,773 Highest Priced Home Sold: $6,337,500 Total Days of Inventory: 37 Sales Price vs. List Price: 103.74% Number of Sales: 83 Market assessment brought to you by Texas Life Real Estate Holy cow!!! Can you believe the average price of a home in Celina is nearly $600,000?!?! Now that school is officially out, we will start to see more homes hit the market for the summer selling season. The rain has not deterred buyers from venturing out to see properties and writing offers with homes still selling above list price. Builders continue to struggle with getting materials delivered on time and are fighting rising costs on all materials, primarily lumber. The majority of builders in Celina are releasing two lots a month to lucky buyers on lengthy waiting lists. Long story short, if you live in Celina, your home is worth its weight in GOLD. *All of the info above is based on the last 30 days of residential sales in Celina, TX as of 06/01/21 Megan Christensen Real Estate Agent Celina, Texas Cell: 903-818-6079 Office: 903-821-9678

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CELINA EDC May sales tax Sales tax collections for May totaled $500,686.27, an increase of $222,125.36 (79.74%) over the prior year.

Celina EDC Open House Stop by the EDC office on Thursday, June 17th from 6 – 7:30 PM to learn who we are at the Celina Economic Development Corporation and how we serve the community. RSVP here.

New website released To conclude the week long spotlight of economic development activities for #EconDevWeek, we rolled out our shiny new website. #EDW2021 Newly added small business resources, business directory, gigabit information, and so much more.

2021 Economic Development Week At the City Council Meeting Tuesday, May 11th Mayor Sean Terry and City Council of Celina officially recognized May 9-15 as National Economic Development Week (EDW)! EDW was created by the International Economic Development Council (IEDC) in 2016 to increase awareness of local programs that create jobs, advance career development opportunities, and improve the quality of life in communities everywhere. Learn more on the IEDC website,

Connect with us Address 302 W. Walnut St. Celina, TX 75009 Phone 972-382-3455 Email info@celinaedc.com Online celinaedc.com

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CELINA EDC

Business Connection Video Series The next Celina EDC Business Connection features Rollertown Beerworks - title sponsor of Celina Cajun Fest May 8th, 2021! Staff tell us about their opening experience and connection to the community. #celinasupportscelina Rollertown Beerworks Website www.rollertownbeerworks.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 www.celinatx.gov/1389/Celina-EDC-BusinessConnection.

Rollertown Beerworks Address 412 N Oklahoma St #106, Celina, TX 75009

@celinatxedc @celinaedc

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LIFE IN CELINA PODCAST

Recent podcast episodes 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. In case you missed it, check out one of our recently released episodes. Life Connected: Hope in the darkness Jai Ellis and her team at Celina Drug went above and beyond during the Covid-19 pandemic. They not only led the charge for vaccinations in Celina and the surrounding communities, they provided hope as well. Jai's servant heart and her selflessness earned her recognition from the city. Jai Ellis was recently named the 2021 Life Connected Award Recipient.

The Real Dill: Pickled with Bobcat pride It is amazing that it took more than 40 episodes to get Pat Hunn on Life in Celina. He's the perfect guest for this community podcast. He is a long-time resident, member of the 1974 state championship football team and he's been the voice of Bobcats for more than 30 years. That's not even mentioning the amazing things he's doing outside of Celina. (Spoiler alert: he's "The Pickle King of the World.") This is a great conversation with a great guy, who wholeheartedly loves Celina, Texas. Find these episodes, and more, at lifeincelinatx.com/podcast.

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EVENTS CALENDAR

Event volunteer opportunities One of the secret ingredients for the success of our events is our amazing volunteers! Volunteering offers a great way to get connected and give back to the community. During a typical event, we have an array of 4 hour volunteer shifts available. During the shift, volunteers will receive an event t-shirt, water, snacks, and a meal ticket. Join our volunteer database today by visiting celinatx.info/volunteer. After signing up, you will receive emails about opportunities as they arise. Contact hgatlin@celina-tx.gov for more info.

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STREET DANCE

Saturday, June 12 from 7-9 PM A perfect date night or fun for the whole family, Street Dance is the perfect excuse to get out of the house on a Saturday night. Join us on the Square for free western-style dance classes. They'll walk you through two styles of dancing: the two-step and line dancing. There will be a performance from local country band to follow- feel free to show off your new dance moves or nod along.

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Adult beverages will be for sale on the Square from the Celina Chamber of Commerce. Otherwise, our downtown businesses will be open for all of your shopping and dining needs.

For more information, contact Mark Sena at 214-906-8361 or visit www.drwhomes.com.

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MAKE MUSIC DAY

Saturday, June 19 at 12 PM Make Music Day is a celebration of music around the world with over 1,000 cities in 120 countries that participate. Join us in Downtown Celina for free activities and a Bluegrass jam session brought to you by Mario Sinacola & Sons! Downtown businesses will also host local performers throughout the day. Follow the event on the Life in Celina TX Facebook page for updates. 1-2 PM: Childbloom Guitar Program Instrument Making Class 3-4 PM: Rhythm 4 You Drum Circle 6-8 PM: Bluegrass Jam Session

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SPLASH & BLAST

Celebrate our nation's independence at Celina Splash & Blast Presented by Hillwood Communities. The event will be held at Old Celina Park (12670 FM428) from 5-10 PM on Saturday, June 26. Cool off with free water slides, enjoy our food and market vendors, and rock out to live music throughout the day. Performers include DJSC, the exclusive DJ for the Dallas Cowboys from 5-7 PM, and the one-and-only Coffey Anderson from 7:30-9 PM! This years lineup is brought to you by Centurion American. To wrap up this fabulous evening at the park, we are going all out to with the biggest fireworks spectacular that we've had to date! Thank you to our sponsors Coserv and Mario Sinacola & Sons for helping us make that dream a reality. Fireworks start at 9:30 PM and you wont want to miss it!

Shirts on sale @ lifeincelinatx.com

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SPLASH & BLAST

Schedule of events 5 PM Event opens 5-7 PM DJSC 7:30-9 PM Coffey Anderson 9:30-10 PM Fireworks show 10:30 PM Last shuttle departs

Parking and shuttles Due to limited parking at Old Celina Park, we will be offering complimentary shuttles throughout the event. The shuttles will pick up at two locations: Celina High School and Brookshires. Simply park your car and hop aboard. Shuttles will start to run at 5:00 PM and the last shuttle will depart Old Celina Park at 10:30 PM. Follow Life in Celina TX on Facebook for maps and information regarding this service.

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FRIDAY NIGHT MARKET

Friday, July 9 from 6-9 pm Come explore over 40 vendors at the July Friday Night Market presented by Hemphill Orthodontics. Can't wait to start shopping? Shop our July vendors now at celinatx.info/july21fnm. In addition to shopping and food, attendees can enjoy live music brought to you by Mario Sinacola & Sons. Our July entertainment includes a performance from Michael Peterson and Will St. Peter.

Masters in Jazz Studies: Performance at UNT (19). He is currently pursuing a DMA in Jazz Studies also at UNT, and his debut record Honestly with OA2 Record was released in June of this year. Follow Michael Peterson @mpjazzmusic or find him online at michaelpetersonjazz.com. Follow Will St Peter @wspjazz or find him online at wspjazz.com.

Michael Peterson - a Dallas based saxophonist, composer, and educator who performs frequently throughout the region with his own ensemble, The Michael Peterson Group, and in multiple genres as a sideman. Will St Peter, a guitarist originally from Maine, moved to North Texas in 2017 to obtain a

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JOB OPENINGS

The following is a list of the current openings within the City of Celina: Assistant to the City Manager Firefighter - Paramedic Fleet Management Coordinator Meter Technician Police Officer Public Safety Officer Sr. Accountant - Capital Assets Utility Customer Service Meter Crew Leader Utility Line Maintenance Worker Wastewater Utility Line Maintenance Worker - Water Utility Line Maintenance Crew Leader Wastewater Youth Librarian

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 celina-tx.gov/1018/EmploymentOpportunities for more information about these opportunities or to apply.

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Celina Life Connected Newsletter - June 2021  

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Connecting the City to our residents.

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