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					Town Hall News
Keeping It Country Celebrating Fifty Years, 1958-2008
500 S. State Highway 5, Fairview, TX 75069 Phone: 972 562-0522

Official Publication of The Town of Fairview March 2009
Official Website: www.fairviewtexas.org Fax: 972 548-0268

Message from the Fire Chief
Dick Price Fairview Fire Rescue would like to update our customers on several items that may impact you: Burn ban Per the Fire Prevention and Protection Ordinance #5.01.001 Fire Bans, as the Fire Chief, I have enacted a total burn ban as of Saturday 2/21. This burn ban coincides with the county wide burn ban that went into effect on the same day. It is in effect for 90 days (May 22) or until rescinded or extended depending on the droughtlike conditions. This ordinance may be reviewed in person at Town Hall or on line at the Town’s web page www.fairviewtexas.org . Click on Code of Ordinances and then select Fairview and then Chapter 5 Fire Prevention and Protection. Fire Station 2 Fire station #2 is well under way. It is being built at 1200 Stacy Road on the east side water tower site. A new sign will be erected shortly depicting what the fire station will look like once it is completed. We will continue to be engaged with the contractors throughout the project to ensure a high quality station is built for the firefighters in order to serve you, our customers. We hope to have the station in service by November 2009. Parking in fire lanes The Fire Marshal and I would like to remind you that we closely watch for parking violations in the fire lanes. We are especially watchful of the fire lane situation at our two public schools. Although it may seem okay to park your vehicle in a fire lane for just a few minutes to run into the school office (or into a business), you are still in violation of state law. We would also like to remind you that parking is restricted in fire lanes 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and not just when school is in session (or a business is open). On a recent Saturday night, I observed three school

buses and eight private vehicles parked in the fire lane at the Sloan Creek Middle School. There was an after-hours basketball tournament being held and the gymnasium had a large quantity of children and adults in attendance. Fire safety is a 24 hour job and we will be very focused on our efforts to always ensure the fire lanes are kept free of obstructions. Your help is appreciated in keeping our schools and businesses safe. Storm related information Per the Collin County Sheriff’s Office the reverse 911 phone notification system they own and operate will cease to be used for storm notifications. Due to the tremendous volume of calls the system needs to make and due to the fast moving nature of these storms, their system is not able to meet the level of service needed. Fairview’s outdoor warning system is operated by the town and is used to provide warnings in severe weather (as we did during the February 10 storms). Remember this is an OUTDOOR warning system so use of a weather radio or information provided by local media stations should also be used to obtain severe weather information. If you decide to get a weather radio, find one with the SAME (Specific Area Messaging Encoder) feature and set it to Collin County (SAME code #048085). This will allow the radio to stay silent until there is a weather alert sent by the National Weather Service office in Fort Worth that may impact Collin County. The radio also needs to have a battery back-up feature so it will work during power outages.

Annual Spring Trash Off
Mark your calendars for Fairview’s annual “Trash-Off” on Saturday, April 4, from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at town hall. We will accept most household garbage and vegetation, and this year for the first time we will also be able to accept

many household hazardous wastes. We still cannot accept tires, road flares, ammunition, fireworks, smoke detectors, medical waste, sharps, radioactive items, large appliances, or waste from commercial enterprises. Participants must bring proof of residency. A water bill works best.

to a minimum height of eight feet any trees or shrubs that extend above any sidewalk, trail, or other public right-of-way and a height of fourteen feet above any public street, road or alley (Ordinance 2007-12-4A adopted 12/4/07). Should you need further clarification please contact Code Enforcement Officer Robert White at 972-562-0522 extension 233. *** A friendly reminder that Town of Fairview Ordinance 2007-3-6B requires that trash and recycling containers be placed out no earlier than 5:00 pm the day before collection and must be removed by 6:00 am the day after collection. Thank you for your help in this matter.

Road Updates
 The reconstruction of the southern section of Meandering Way is complete. Work on the new bridge is well underway. Construction is expected to take 90 actual work days. Stacy Road continues to improve (but still aggravate). We are told the construction will wrap up in June. Fairview Parkway is planned to be paved the week of March 2-6 A new school speed zone is in placed at Sloan Creek Middle School during drop off and pick up hours. We expect TXDOT to replace signage in the next several weeks. TXDOT recently notified the town they will install a new traffic signal at the intersection of SH 5 and FM 1378. The signal will likely be put in place very late in 2009.

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Treasures from the Earth Diamonds, Gold and Dinos
Beginning April 3 the Heard Natural Science Museum & Wildlife Sanctuary will present Treasures from the Earth, a new exhibit featuring an exotic collection of diamonds, gems, precious metals, rare minerals, pearls and fossils. Many of these specimens are on loan from exclusive collectors and some have never been exhibited in public, making the Heard’s newly renovated exhibit space the perfect place for their debut. Treasures from the Earth includes a vault where the public will have the opportunity to view some of the largest uncut diamonds (up to ten carats) ever found in the United States from the Crater of Diamonds State Park in Arkansas. In addition, the vault features dendritic gold, large birthstones and a silver ingot recovered from the Spanish galleon, Nuestra Señora de Atocha, which sunk off the Florida Keys in 1622. A series of walk-through galleries describe the formation of these striking specimens as well as highlight their functions in our daily lives. Throughout the exhibit there are exciting and educational displays tailored for adults and children of all ages. Not to be missed are our Children’s Activity Area, which includes Panning for Pyrite and our new interactive Observation Station where children can share and exchange information and observations about objects found in the natural world. A wide variety of unique, never-before-seen fossils

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The Village at Fairview
Progress continues on The Village mixed use development. Two of the larger stores, Macy’s and JC Penney, have made significant progress in the last several weeks. You may have noticed large HVAC units being added to the roof of JC Penney by helicopter. Both of these anchor stores are on schedule to open on time by August 5, and each has indicated they may be able to open early. Dillard’s closed on their property and have begun construction. They should open about March 2010. Construction on the first three quality restaurants (Italian, Mexican, steak) of many should begin this spring.

Code Reminders
Spring is around the corner and lawn and landscape projects await our motivation to tackle them. Remember when dealing with trees and shrubs that a landowner must trim and/or prune

including a dinosaur nest and a T-Rex skull, are featured next to our popular walk-through Mosasaur. No matter what your family’s interests, the Heard Museum has something for everyone including our Animals of the World exhibit featuring non-native mammals as well as our collection of native Texas reptiles and amphibians. Enjoy the beauty of the native plant garden, a 289-acre wildlife sanctuary with more than seven miles of nature trails as well as the beautiful Heard ropes course. Summer Camp sign-ups also begin March 2 nd. Visit the Heard Museum for more fun education and exploration!

Sloan Creek Middle School Students Show Service and Environmental Conscientiousness with Lake Lavon Service Learning Project
By Hallie Schwalm It’s a normal school day and it is 9:00 a.m. in the morning. Hundreds of students are not in a normal classroom, they are knee deep in mud picking up trash, releasing fish and painting fences around Lake Lavon. Sloan Creek Middle School students, faculty, and staff will be participating in their Third Annual Outdoor Service Learning Project at Lake Lavon on March 13. The lake is a main water source and environment for many animals, and is an important part of the ecosystem of the Collin County area. Last year’s project received the Governor’s Volunteer Award from Governor Rick Perry. The project gives the SCMS students a chance to learn about the environment and give back to the community by cleaning up the lake. This is an opportunity for students to take an active role in the planning process and decision making, equipping them as student leaders for today and tomorrow. “I am really looking forward to helping the community,” said sixth-grader Kayla Grudzielanek. “Community service is a key component to our overall learning goals at Sloan Creek,” added SCMS Principal Gavan Goodrich. Seven hundred and seventy students as well as about 200 volunteers are expected to participate in these community service events. SCMS students will be cleaning up the shores

between Highland, Brockdale and Culeoka Parks. Along with the cleanup, each grade level will focus on a different learning topic. The sixth graders will be cleaning up Brockdale Park, learning about insects, putting up bird houses, picking up trash, and painting. They will also learn about the Raptors. The seventh grade classes will be cleaning up the dump at Culeoka Park. They will be doing “Project Wildlife” and learning through the Heard Museum. The eighth graders will be working on mitigation in the Highland Park area and will be doing soil science. The students at SCMS are dedicated to what they do every year at Lake Lavon, whether it is picking up trash or painting the trail pipes. The students will be releasing fish into the lake along with testing the water. “The Lake Lavon project makes helping the community fun. I also feel good about being able to clean up the community,” said Adrienne Chang, seventh grade. “My favorite part of the Lake Lavon project is how we get to explore and find things freely,” said eighth-grader Brenna Martin. Following their day at Lake Lavon, the Sloan Creek Middle School newspaper staff will publish and mail the school newspaper, Leopard Life, to the surrounding areas focusing on the experience of the day and how the conditions of the lake affect the surrounding communities. The students are working on a billboard and have produced a website to promote keeping the lake clean. The primary source of funding for the Learning Project comes from the Starz Grant and donations from local business owners. This year twenty middle school students from the seventh and eighth grades are student leaders working on the planning of the Lake Lavon project. Sloan Creek teachers are working towards turning this project over to the students. To volunteer contact Ray Dunlap of The Town of Fairview at 972-562-0522 extension 222 or rdunlap@fairviewtexas.org and he will pass your information on to volunteer coordinators.

Sustainable Landscape Seminars
Keep Allen Beautiful is presenting a series of seminars designed to help create sustainable

landscapes. Design Basics is Saturday, February 28 at the Fire Training Center at 310 Century Parkway. Choosing Plant Material (perennials, shrubs, and trees) is Saturday, March 14 at the Allen Municipal Court Building’s Community Room. Maintenance of the Landscape (turf and tree care) is Saturday, March 21 at the training center. Each seminar is $5; the entire series is $10. Seminars run from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon. For reservations, contact Andrea Smith at 214509-4553 or asmith@cityofallen.org.

Wine Pairings. For more information, please call Judy Webster at 972-727-9131, x227 or visit the ACO website at www.acocares.org.

NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARINGS
Notice is hereby given that the Fairview Planning and Zoning Commission will convene at 7:00 p.m. on March 26, 2009 at Town Hall, 500 S. State Highway 5 to conduct a public hearing and take action regarding a Site Plan for the Boy Scouts of America facility comprising a general office, meeting space, and light retail uses, within The Village At Fairview development, generally located on the south side of the intersection of Fairview Village Drive (formerly Murray Road) and the frontage road of Central Expressway (US 75), within the Commercial Planned Development District (CPDD), Zone K.

Wine Masters Food & Wine Pairings
Please join Allen Community Outreach on Friday, March 27, 2009 at the Heritage Ranch Golf and Country Club from 7:00 – 10:30 p.m. for ACO’s 7th Annual Wine Masters Food &

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