Sunnyvale Review June 2022
INSIDE THIS ISSUE Road Maintenance...........4 Library Summer News.....5 Fire Station Progress.......6
Mayor's Message Dear Neighbors, With the warm weather finally here, school out for summer, and vacation plans underway, it is a great time of year for the people of Sunnyvale! It is nice to be at a point where people feel safe to travel, enjoy the company of friends, and visit family once more. As for the George family, May was very busy. We traveled out of town for two different weddings and visited Colorado to attend my daughter’s medical school graduation. Anne will be starting her Internal Medicine residency at Baylor Scott and White - Fort Worth, and we are very excited to have her closer to home. The Council and staff have been very busy and there is certainly a lot going on in Town. After an extensive search, the Council has selected Mr. Jeff Jones as the new Town Manager for the Town of Sunnyvale. You can read more about Jeff in the following pages. The Council and I are excited about the extensive municipal experience Jeff is bringing and we are looking forward to working with him. Next, the Council met in February for our 2022 Strategic Planning Retreat. After many follow-up discussions, actions to support proposed strategies were agreed upon. At the May 2 Town Council meeting, the Council adopted the strategic action plan discussed during the retreat. The plan can be found on the Town's website at townofsunnyvale.org/strategicplan. Staff will use these approved goals and objectives to prepare the Town's 2022-2023 budget. Additionally, keep an eye out from now until September for announcements on public hearings and Council sessions regarding the budget and tax rate. Public input and feedback are an essential component of every functioning democracy, so we value your input during these sessions. In this newsletter, you will read about community events such as Sunnyfest, status updates on capital improvement projects, information on road maintenance, and more. I am very excited to have everyone back together for Sunnyfest this year. Whether you are a new resident, or someone who has been here for many years, please take time to come out and celebrate with your neighbors. If you see me there, please say hello as I would love to visit with anyone who may have questions, or just wants to talk. As always, I am here to serve. Please feel free to reach out to me with any questions or concerns. Have a wonderful summer and I hope to see you soon!
Mayor Saji George
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New Town Manager Jones joins Town as Town Manager
Jeff Jones' career in public service spans three decades of service in five communities across Texas and Wyoming. Jones most recently served as the President and General Manager of The Woodlands, TX, during a time when the community was rated the best city in America by Niche.com and one of the fastest growing cities in the U.S. by VisualCapitalist.com. Before leading The Woodlands, Jones served as Deputy City Manager and Assistant City Manager in Mesquite, TX and Assistant City Manager in Hurst, TX. In Hurst, Jones played a key role in the development of the Hurst Conference Center. He has also worked as a Budget Analyst for the State of Kansas, in addition to serving the cities of Casper and Douglas, Wyoming. Jones earned a Master of Public Administration from Texas Tech University’s Center for Public Service and a Bachelor of Science from Black Hills State University. He is also a graduate of the Public Executive Institute held at the University of Texas at Austin’s Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs. Jones has been a full member of the International City/County Management Association (ICMA) since 1996 and also previously served as President of the Urban Management Assistants of North Texas. His first day with the Town was on June 1. The Town is pleased to welcome him and his family to Sunnyvale.
My Water Advisor Town introduces new app to monitor water consumption
The Town of Sunnyvale is excited to announce our partnership with Master Meter, Inc. to bring an advanced technology called My Water Advisor 2.0 that easily allows you to access your water account via a web-ready device (computer, laptop, tablet, or smartphone application) in real-time while providing the following benefits: Create monthly water budgets. Proactively conserve water. Address high consumption during the month - not after it's too late when the bill arrives. Be notified of leaks throughout the month to address them promptly.
HOW TO SET UP YOUR ACCOUNT: 1. Visit www.mywateradvisor2.com. 2. Click "Join My Water Advisor." 3. Choose the following sign up option: "Sign up with Account Number." 4. Enter your account number and your full name as it appears on your bill. 5. Enter a valid email address and create a password. 6. Enjoy! Questions? Call (972) 203-0325.
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Road Maintenance Road Maintenance Project Underway In September 2021, the Town Council approved a $2.4 million contract with Reliable Paving for the repair and reconstruction of several of the Town’s asphalt streets. Roads were selected based on an analysis of pavement conditions, with the worst roads ranking highest and prioritized first.
Unfortunately, the contractor was unable to begin the work before the weather turned cold for the winter when asphalt cannot be poured. In March 2022, Reliable Paving began the work, which is expected to be complete this summer. The following roads will be repaired or replaced as part of the contract: Town East Boulevard - from New Hope Road to Collins Road and East Fork Road to Polly Road Long Creek Road - from Clay Road to Larkin Road Gloria Road - from East Fork Road to end Collins Road - from Tripp Road to Redstone Drive Polly Road - from East Fork Road to Barnes Bridge Road East Fork Road - from Town East Boulevard to Gloria Road Town staff is currently looking at how to best apply remaining road maintenance funds on other streets around Town. Inflation, supply chain issues, and labor shortages are greatly effecting pricing and contractor schedules. Staff hopes to finalize an updated plan for Council in the coming months. The Town will continue to discuss allocating additional resources to road maintenance during upcoming budget discussions.
Gloria Road Progress
A map of streets that are being repaired/replaced under the current contract can be viewed at www.townofsunnyvale.org/townprojects. 4 | Sunnyvale Review
Capital Improvement Collins Road, Tripp Road to Town East Boulevard: An updated traffic study as well as preliminary design is underway on this project. The Town is hoping to have preliminary drawings complete later this year, at which time we will schedule a meeting for the public to view the plans and ask questions. Tripp Road Culvert Replacement: This project is under construction and is expected to be completed, with Tripp Road reopened by the end of June, weather permitting. SH 352, U.S. 80 to Mesquite city limits: This project is under construction and is being managed by the Texas Department of Transportation. All lanes are open to traffic. Work to finalize the project is underway; this should be completed this summer. Harris Addition Sewer and Alley Replacement, Phase I This project is substantially complete although the contractor is addressing clean-up issues. Final acceptance is expected this summer.
Doris Padgett Library Summer Reading 2022: Oceans of Possibilities
Make your way beneath the waves for a summer of reading fun. The Doris Padgett Public Library's Summer Reading Program is scheduled for June 7 - July 29. Complete fun reading challenges for a chance to win amazing prizes! Experience amazing nautical story times every Wednesday, craft amazing sea treasures on Thursdays, and meet special guests during the Friday Family Fun entertainment series. Finish the summer by learning to hula dance at the End of Summer Reading Luau on July 29!
Join the Friends of the Sunnyvale Public Library
Looking for a way to support the Library? Consider joining the Friends of the Sunnyvale Public Library. The Friends work hard to support the activities of the Doris Padgett Public Library through volunteering and financial donations. Applications for membership are available at the Library.
The Library's Story Time program is back and better than ever! Story Time is designed for children ages 2-5, however children of all ages are welcome to join the Library every Wednesday at 10:30 a.m. for songs, stories, dancing, and a fun craft that you will be able to take home.
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Police Department Citizens Police Academy set to launch this summer
The Sunnyvale Police Department is gearing up to launch the department's first ever Citizens Police Academy, a program that provides an understanding of law enforcement through lectures, demonstrations, and hands-on exercises. The program is designed to give the public a working knowledge of the Sunnyvale Police Department and the goal is to increase the rapport between citizens and police officers. An inaugural date of mid-summer 2022 is planned. Subscribe to the Town's weekly eNewsletter or follow the Town of Sunnyvale and the Sunnyvale Police Department on Facebook to be notified of the official launch of the Citizen's Police Academy.
Prescription Drug Take-Back planned for October
The Sunnyvale Police Department will participate in the Drug Enforcement Administration's biannual Prescription Drug Take-Back Day in October. Once a specific date has been set, it will be shared. The National Prescription Drug Take Back Day aims to provide a safe, convenient, and responsible means of disposing of prescription drugs. While this event only occurs in April and October of each year, if you need to dispose of medications, the Police Department has a prescription disposal drop box available in their lobby, located at 364 Long Creek Rd. The lobby is open 24/7.
Fire Department Fire Station #1 progress
The work on the new Sunnyvale Fire Station continues to progress. Frequent rain events over the past two months have delayed the project schedule slightly. The contractor has now finished pouring concrete for the foundation of the building and will soon begin bringing in flex-base and pouring concrete in the parking areas. Vertical construction has started for the building. Framing around the apparatus bay and over the living and administrative areas of the fire station is underway. Work will also begin soon to extend a sanitary sewer line across the horse pasture to bring sewer service to the building. This work is being coordinated closely with the operator of the horse barn to minimize disturbing the horses.
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Calendar of Events June
13 - Town Council Meeting, 7 p.m. 14 - 4B Meeting, 5:30 p.m. 15 - Planning and Zoning Meeting, 6 p.m. 21 - Library Board Meeting, 6 p.m. 24 - Sunnyfest, 6-10 p.m. 27 - Town Council Meeting, 7 p.m.
4 - Independence Day, Town facilities closed 5 - BOA Meeting, 6 p.m. 11 - Town Council Meeting, 7 p.m. 12 - 4B Meeting, 5:30 p.m. 20 - Planning and Zoning Meeting, 6 p.m. 25 - Town Council Meeting, 7 p.m. 29 - End of Summer Reading Luau
1 - BOA Meeting, 6 p.m. 8 - Town Council Meeting, 7 p.m. 9 - 4B Meeting, 5:30 p.m. 16 - Library Board Meeting, 6 p.m. 17 - Planning and Zoning Meeting, 6 p.m. 22 - Town Council Meeting, 7 p.m.
5 - Labor Day, Town facilities closed 6 - BOA Meeting, 6 p.m. 12 - Town Council Meeting, 7 p.m. 13 - 4B Meeting, 5:30 p.m. 20 - Library Board Meeting, 6 p.m. 21 - Planning and Zoning Meeting, 6 p.m. 26 - Town Council Meeting, 7 p.m.
Dates and times are subject to change. Please visit townofsunnyvale.org for meeting information.
Save the date! June 24, 6 - 10 p.m. Town Center Park Sunnyvale Review | 7
Town of Sunnyvale 127 N. Collins Rd. Sunnyvale, TX 75182
Contact the Town: Town Hall: (972) 226-7177 Court: (972) 203-4144 Utility Billing: (972) 203-0325 Development Services: (972) 203-4188 Library: (972) 226-4491 Animal Control: (214) 862-4525 Water Emergencies: (972) 251-0567 Fire Department Non-Emergency: (972) 203-0314 Police Department Non-Emergency: (972) 226-4606 Emergencies: 911 www.townofsunnyvale.org