June 11 runoff election will decide Irvings new mayor and councilman

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					                                                                Volume 12, No. 4                                                         June 2005

June 11 runoff election will decide
Irving’s new mayor and councilman
              Mayoral Candidates                              Irving residents will head back to the polls on Saturday, June 11, to choose a new mayor.
                                                              Voters will decide between former councilman and business owner Herbert Gears and
                                                              former mayor and business owner Marvin Randle.

                                                              Randle served as mayor from 1977 to 1981, and also served on the City Council in the
                                                              1970s. Gears served on the City Council from 1998 to 2004.

                                                              The runoff election was necessary because none of the seven mayoral candidates received
                                                              a majority of votes, as required by the city’s charter. The top vote getters were Randle,
                                                              with 28 percent, and Gears, with 21 percent. Among the other candidates, Terry Waldrum,
                                                              received 20 percent of the vote; Mayor Joe Putnam, 15 percent; Owen DeWitt, 11 percent;
                                                              Thomas D. Spink, 3 percent; and Melvin L. Pullen, less than one percent.

                                                              Voters also will decide on a new council member for Place 5: former Irving Police Chief
    Herbert Gears                    Marvin Randle            Lowell Cannaday or local restaurant owner David Cole. Cannaday received 46 percent of
                                                              the vote and Cole received 39 percent. The third candidate for Place 5, Roland Medina,
                                                              received 15 percent of the vote. Incumbent Jim Beggs did not seek re-election.

                                                              In Place 3, incumbent Allan E. Meagher, a manager for United Parcel Service, was re-
              Place 5 Candidates                              elected with 53 percent of the vote, defeating Jason Watkins, a local chiropractor.

                                                              Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. June 11. A list of polling locations is on Page 2.
                                                              Results will be announced on the city’s Web site at, as well as Irving
                                                              Community Television Network (ICTN). The city-owned television station will provide live
                                                              coverage of the runoff election from the Civic Center Complex beginning at 7 p.m. on cable
                                                              Channel 15.

                                                              Residents who do not have cable television can view the ICTN election results via the
                                                              Internet at Call the City Secretary’s Office at (972) 721-2493 for information
                                                              about the runoff election.

                                                              Este reportaje y los lugares de votación el día de las elecciones están publicados en
   Lowell Cannaday                    David Cole              español en la página 2.

Parade will highlight patriotic music and songs
Residents are invited to show their patriotic spirit and attend the 2005 Independence Day parade, to be held at 9 a.m. Monday,
July 4. The parade will travel south on Sowers Road, west on Irving Boulevard, around Millennium Park, east on Second Street,
north on Lucille Street, and then west onto Irving Boulevard.

“We want to encourage residents and their families to come out and enjoy the marching bands and patriotic melodies that
will be the main attractions at this year’s parade,” said coordinator Jackie Madden. The parade theme is “Stars, Stripes and
Sounds: The Rhythm of Red, White and Blue.”

The city also is looking for residents with musical talent, such as percussion, brass and choir ensembles, to perform in the
parade. Musical performances will be provided by the Irving ISD All-City Marching Band, Texas Dixie Land Jazz Band, Brass
Sounds and the Irving Symphonic Band.

“We encourage participants to place special emphasis on the lyrics and rhythms of patriotic songs
as they design their parade entries,” Madden said. “Ideally, we want this year’s Independence
Day parade to showcase melodies that capture the essence of patriotism.”
                                                                                                                                 Two of last year’s
                                                                                                                                 Independence Day
Parade applications are available online at Applications also may be picked
                                                                                                                                 parade participants.
up at the Parks and Recreation Department, 825 W. Irving Blvd. Application deadline is Friday,
June 17, and all participants must submit a parade waiver, also available online. For more
information, call (972) 721-2501.

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  City Web site                                           La segunda vuelta electoral del                                                                           At the theaters                                                                                                   At the galleries
  redesigned                                              11 de Junio decidirá al nuevo                                                                             ICT Children’s Theater                                Irving Arts Center KidsArts

                                                          alcalde y regidor                                                                                         Rumplestiltskin, 10 a.m. Wednesday, June 29,
                                                                                                                                                                    Suite 200. Thirty-five minute children’s fairytale
                                                                                                                                                                    with lots of audience participation. Free.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Roger Day Live, 1:30 p.m. Thursday, July 14,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Carpenter Performance Hall. Join Parent’s
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Choice Award winner Roger Day as he captures
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Fifth Annual Art Connection Members’
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Exhibition, through July 10, Main Gallery. An
The City of Irving now has a newly redesigned and
more user-friendly Web site. New topic headings                                                                                                                                                                           the soaring spirit of childhood in an interactive          opening reception is set for 7 to 9 p.m. Saturday,
                                                          Los residentes de Irving irán otra vez a las urnas electorales el Sábado 11 de Junio para escoger al
and quick links provide speedy access to popular                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     May 28.
                                                          nuevo alcalde. Los votantes escogerán entre el ex-concejero distrital y empresario Herbert Gears y                                                              and energetic musical performance for kids of
information, and the new navigation system makes it       el ex-alcalde y empresario Marvin Randle.                                                                                                                       all ages. A “Mosquito Burrito,” “My Invisible
easier for users to see what’s on the site and navigate
quickly to topics of interest. Changes also have been                                                                                                                                                                     Dinosaur” and “Marvin the Marvelous Moose”                 Judy Johnson: Underwater Photographs,
                                                          Randle fue alcalde de 1977 a 1981 y también fue miembro del Concejo Distrital en los años 70. Gears
made to the graphics and colors on the site.                                                                                                                                                                              are just some of the sing-a-long tunes he‘ll               through Sept. 23, Dupree Theater Lobby.
                                                          fue miembro del concejo de 1998 al 2004.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          perform. The Dallas Morning News called his
Every page allows readers to submit feedback, so          Esta segunda vuelta electoral es necesaria porque ninguno de los siete candidatos para alcalde                                                                  work “joyful and empowering.” Tickets: $6.
that the city’s web team can continuously improve                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Winner’s Exhibit: Award-Winning Artwork
                                                          obtuvo más del 50 por ciento de los votos, tal como lo establece la Ley Orgánica de la Municipalidad.                                                                                                                      from Irving Art Association’s Annual Juried
the site. “Users will find it much easier to locate the   Los candidatos con mayores votos fueron Randle con el 28 por ciento y Gears con el 21 por ciento.                                                                                                                          Membership Show, June 11-July 3, Focus
information they’re looking for,” said Nancy Bauer,       Entre los otros candidatos, Terry Waldrum recibió el 20 por ciento del voto; el Alcalde Joe Putnam                                                                                                                         Gallery.
information technology director.                          el 15 por ciento; Owen DeWitt el 11 por ciento; Thomas D. Spink el 3 por ciento; y Melvin L. Pullen,
                                                          menos del uno por ciento.
As part of the process, residents and city employees                                                                                                                                            The Tweaksters
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Texas Visual Arts Association (TVAA)
were shown different site designs and asked which         Los votantes también decidirán sobre un nuevo miembro del concejo para el Lugar 5: el antiguo                                                                                                                              National Open, July 16-Aug. 14, Main Gallery.
model they believed to be the most user friendly.         Director de Policía de Irving, Lowell Cannaday o el dueño de un restaurante local David Cole.                                                                                                                              Oils, watercolors, acrylic paints and mixed media,
The test users offered opinions on everything from        Cannaday recibió el 46 por ciento de los votos y Cole recibió el 39 por ciento. El tercer candidato
the design of the site to the colors on the page.                                                                                                                   Irving Arts Center KidsArts                                                                                      photographs, digital art, clay, glass and many
                                                          para el Lugar 5, Roland Medina, recibió el 15 por ciento de los votos. El concejal Jim Beggs no buscó                                                                                                                      combinations of other art media. TVAA is the oldest
                                                          la reelección.                                                                                            The Tweaksters: Fabulous Feats of Physical Fun,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Dallas arts group with more than 300 members.
“How Do I” menus that organize links and pages                                                                                                                      1:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 12, Carpenter Performance
into different groups based on what tasks residents       En el Lugar 3, el concejal Allan E. Meagher, administrador de United Parcel Service, fue reelegido con    Hall. The Tweaksters are captivating fun! Their
may need to perform have been added to the site.          el 53 por ciento de los votos, venciendo a Jason Watkins, un quiropráctico local.                         innovative mix of acrobatic dance and artistic                                                                   Summer Sunday, 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, June 19.
These menus will help people quickly find important                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Theme: Celebrating Father’s Day and family. Free
information such as how to register a car, pay traffic                                                                                                              juggling blends pure athletic creativity with odd
                                                          El 11 de Junio las urnas electorales estarán abiertas desde las 7 a.m. a 7 p.m. La lista de los lugares                                                                                                                    hands-on arts and crafts activities for children and
tickets or make online payments. Visitors to the          de votación se encuentra a continuación. Los resultados serán anunciados en la página web de la           objects in a rhythmic, whimsical performance
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Roger Day Live                         parents; bilingual instructors will be available.
site can contact city departments, report a crime,        ciudad en, así como en la Cadena de Televisión Comunitaria de Irving (Irving          designed to tweak and delight audiences of all
download a job application, view a phone contact          Community Television Network – ICTN). El canal de televisión de la ciudad cubrirá en vivo la segunda      ages. Tickets: $6.
list, go to requests for birth certificates or marriage   vuelta electoral desde el Complejo del Centro Cívico a partir de las 7 p.m. en el canal 15 de cable.                                                                                                                       Summer Sunday, 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, July 10.
license applications, or register to vote.                                                                                                                                                                               All events are located at the Irving Arts Center, 3333 N.   Theme: Celebrating civic holidays and good
                                                          Los residentes que no tienen cable pueden ver los resultados de las elecciones transmitidos por ICTN                                                           MacArthur Blvd., unless otherwise noted.                    citizenship. Free hands-on arts and crafts activities
The calendar of upcoming events now includes arts         a través del internet en                                                                                                                                                                                      for children and parents; bilingual instructors will
events and the full month can be viewed. Events                                                                                                                                                                          For more information, call the Irving Arts Center at        be available.
also can be searched by category, date or text. The       Llame a la Secretaría de la Ciudad al (972) 721-2493 para más información acerca de la segunda                                                                 (972) 252-7558 or visit
news page can be searched by date and text.                                                                                                                                                                              The Irving Arts Center Box Office may be reached
                                                          vuelta electoral.                                                                                                                                                                                                          All exhibits are free and open to the public.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                         at (972) 252-ARTS. Box office hours are noon to
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Galleries are located at the Irving Arts Center,
“Users will find that printouts will look better and be                                                                                                                                                                  5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and one hour prior
                                                                                                                                                                                                                         to show times. Tickets to select shows are now
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     3333 N. MacArthur Blvd. Gallery hours are
easier to read with this new design,” Bauer said.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Wednesday and
                                                                                                                                                                                                                         available online at
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Friday; 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Have comments or questions about the new site?
Click on the “feedback” tab, located at the bottom
of the homepage,
                                                          Polling places for June 11                                                                                    KidsArts fun
                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Irving Arts Center activities are sponsored in part by
                                                                                                                                                                                                                         the City of Irving through the Irving Arts Board.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Saturday; and 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday.

                                                          Casillas electorales para el 11 de Junio
                                                           City Precinct No.                Polling Place                  Dallas County Precinct No.
                                                                                                                                                                       Irving Arts Center ... There’s Always Something Going On!
                                                           Distrito Electoral No.      Lugar del Distrito Electoral    Número del Distrito del Condado de Dallas

                                                                     1                Thomas Haley Elementary         4621, 4622, 4623, 4630, 4634, 4638, 4641

City Teen Court
                                                                                          3601 Cheyenne St.

                                                                     2                A.S. Johnston Elementary        4624, 4625, 4631, 4647
                                                                                           2801 Rutgers Drive

names winners                                                        3                 MacArthur High School
                                                                                       3700 N. MacArthur Blvd.
                                                                                                                      4626, 4632, 4633, 4635, 4636, 4646, 4648,
                                                                                                                                                                    Parks and Recreation Department events and activities set
                                                                     4                  L.B. Barton Elementary        4611, 4618                                    Heritage Senior Center                               Heritage Senior Center is located at 200 S.                 Lively Pointe
                        Irving Teen Court honored                                          2931 Conflans Road
                        volunteers at the annual rec-                                                                                                                                                                    Jefferson St. Memberships are available for $5
                        ognition dinner on April 26,                 5                   Irving High School           4612, 4613, 4614, 4615, 4619                  Celebrate America Party                              annually to residents 50 and older; fitness room            Drama Teach training
                                                                                         900 N. O’Connor Road                                                                                                            memberships are $50 annually. Call (972) 721-
                        hosted this year by the local                                                                                                               Seniors and their families are invited to come and                                                               Drama Teach is a dynamic organization that
                        chapter of the Independent                                      J.R. Good Elementary                                                        celebrate our great nation as only Heritage can,     2496 for more information.                                  teaches life skills to teens, using comedy, skits
                                                                     6                 1200 E. Union Bower Road       4608, 4616, 4617, 4620
                        Order of Odd Fellows.                                                                                                                       from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Monday, June 27. A hot dog                                                                   and interactive activities. The group will present
                                                                                       Otis Brown Elementary                                                        supper will be served, followed by entertainment                                                                 a special communications skills class from 6 to
                                                                     7                                                4605, 4606
                      A pizza dinner was served,                                            2501 W. 10th St.                                                        and patriotic music by the Irving Symphonic          Northwest Recreation Center                                 7:30 p.m. Thursday, June 30. This event is open
                      with soft drinks provided                                         Lee Britain Elementary                                                      Band. Cost is $4.                                                                                                to all teens, and is sponsored by Teen Court,
                      by Wal-Mart. Teens serve                       8                    631 Edmondson Drive         4602, 4603, 4604, 4607                                                                             Movie and pizza party                                       which also allows participants to get teen court
                      as attorneys, court clerks,                                                                                                                   Dad’s Double Header                                  An end-of-the-session movie                                 community restitution hours for attending.
   Raymond Tate                                                                             Cimarron Park
                      bailiffs, master jurors and                    9                    Recreation Center           4642, 4643, 4644                              Take me out to the ball game! Dads, sons,            watching and pizza party will
                      jurors, while adults assist                                          201 Red River Trail                                                      grandfathers, nephews and uncles are welcome         be from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday,                                 Battle of the Bands
with court activities and sit on the bench as                                                                                                                       Thursday, June 30. Transportation will be avail-     July 29. The event is for ages                              The third annual Battle of the Bands will be held
                                                                    10                 Las Colinas Elementary         4637, 4639, 4640, 4650
judges.                                                                                  2200 Kinwest Parkway                                                       able to the park, where you’ll enjoy comfortable,    10-15, and participants must                                from 7 to 11 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 27. Interested
                                                                                                                                                                    reserved covered seating. The Texas Rangers will     be signed up for Northwest                                  bands must supply a demo recording by Thursday,
                                                                    11                  J.O. Davis Elementary         4609, 4610                                    take on the Dodgers at 1:05 p.m. at Ameriquest       Park’s classes. Admission                                   Aug. 4, for consideration.
Individual awards were presented by Beverly Burk,                                            310 Davis Drive
an attorney who volunteers as attorney trainer                                                                                                                      Field. Staff will grill hot dogs and burgers at      is free, but registration is
and serves as a Teen Court judge. Participants                      12                Sally B. Elliott Elementary     4600, 4601                                    10:45 a.m. before departing for the ballpark         required.                                                   Trophies will be awarded for first and second
                                                                                           1900 S. Story Road                                                       at 11:45 a.m. Cost is $15 per person. Space is                                                                   place, with winners decided by audience
received a certificate of appreciation and a gold
star lapel pin; graduating seniors were honored                     13                     Fire Station No. 8         4627, 4628, 4629                              limited. Call (972) 721-2496 to sign up.             Kid’s bingo                                                 applause. To enter, most band members must be
with a framed plaque.                                                                    650 E. Las Colinas Blvd.                                                                                                        ”Back to School Bingo” is set for 7 to 8:30 p.m.            enrolled in an Irving middle or high school, live in

                                                                                    Grand Prairie Fire Station No. 8                                                Quarterly Birthday/Anniversary Party                 Thursday, Aug. 18, for ages 6-12. Admission is              Irving or have just graduated. The event is free
Raymond Luis Tate III received the 2005 Jean                        14                     3017 Roy Orr Blvd.        4645                                           July, August and September folks take note – this    free, but registration is required.                         with a school or Irving Parks and Recreation ID
Griffin Award of Merit. Raymond is a graduate of                                             Grand Prairie                                                          is a special day. Heritage will serve cake, and                                                                  card.
MacArthur High School and has participated in                                           Coppell Town Center                                                         present some great entertainment to make the         For more information, visit Northwest
Teen Court since January 2004. He plans to pursue                   15                    255 Parkway Blvd.           4708                                          celebration fun and unique. Make reservations        Recreation Center, 2800 Cheyenne St., or call               Lively Pointe is located at 909 N. O’Connor Road.
a degree at the University of North Texas.                                                     Coppell                                                              beginning Monday, Aug. 1, for this free event.       (972) 721-2529.                                             For more information, call (972) 721-8090.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                           City of Irving

    Home program                                      Resident input sought

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Mark of excellence
    helps residents
                                                      The Housing and Human Services Department seeks resident input at two public hearings on the
                                                      fiscal year 2005-06 Action Plan for use of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) funds totaling
                                                      $3,894,695.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Essential to a thriving society is an abundant, reliable

    achieve dreams                                    The June 16 public hearing will be held at 6 p.m. at the Housing and Human Services Department,
                                                      2520 W. Irving Blvd., Suite 300. The July 7 hearing will be held at 7 p.m. at the Civic Center Complex,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         and safe supply of water. The City of Irving Water Utilities
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Department plays an integral role in meeting the ever-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         growing needs of the community. The city provides some

                                                      825 W. Irving Blvd. The following nonprofit agencies have applied for Community Development                                                                                                                                                                        of the highest quality, safest drinking water in the world
Since it began in September 2000, the city’s          Block Grant and Emergency Shelter Grant funding.                                                                                                                                                                                                                   to more than 198,000 residents and businesses at rates
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         among the lowest of any major city in Texas.

Homebuyer Assistance program has helped 83
Irving residents fulfill the American dream and
buy their first home. The program provides up to                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         In 1996, Congress amended the Safe Drinking Water Act
$15,000 for the purchase of an existing home and                 Community Development Block Grant Requests                                                                                                                                                                                                              requiring community systems to provide customers with an
up to $30,000 on a newly constructed home for         Homeless Services and Prevention Services
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         annual report on the quality of their drinking water. The City
down payment and closing costs in the form of a                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          of Irving strongly supported the legislation and is pleased to
deferred forgivable loan.                             Brighter Tomorrows                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 share with you good news about your drinking water. By all
                                                                                             Case Managers           (salaries for two positions)            $73,735      in ESG
                                                      Domestic Violence Shelter                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          standards set by the Environmental Protection Agency, our
                                                                                                                                                                                      The City of Irving is proud to present its 2004 Water Quality Report. Over the years, we have
Those using the program must be first-time            Brighter Tomorrows Transitional        Case Manager        (salary)                                    $38,550     $10,174                                                                                                                                         water is safe to drink. Today’s water is processed by the City
homebuyers (not to have owned real property in                                                                                                                                         dedicated ourselves to delivering drinking water that meets or exceeds all state and federal
                                                      Housing                                Child Care for Resident Children                                $20,000     $10,000                                                                                                                                         of Dallas and delivered to the city ready for distribution and
the past three years). Applicants must contribute                                                                                                                                        drinking water standards. We continually strive to adopt new and better methods of                                              delivery to Irving residents.
at least $1,000 for existing homes and $1,500 for                                            Bilingual Case Manager                    (salary)              $15,000     $14,700           delivering the best quality drinking water to you. As regulations and drinking water
                                                      Irving Cares
newly constructed homes toward the down payment                                              Case Manager        (salary)                                    $10,000        -0-              standards change, it is our commitment to you to incorporate these changes                                                  The Water Utilities Department has a record of excellence,
and must meet these income guidelines:                                                                                                                                                          systemwide in an expeditious and cost-effective manner. In complying                                                     and the vision and hard work of its 160 skilled and
                                                                                             Family Services Coordinator                      (salary)       $25,000     $20,250
                                                      The Salvation Army                                                                                                                            with legislation, we have developed this report to provide you with                                                  dedicated employees are a proud reflection of our city.
•   A single person earning between $23,300 and                                              Homeless Case Worker                  (salary)                  $25,000     $14,550                                                                                                                                         They work continuously to ensure that our drinking water
    $37,250.                                                                                                                                                                                            valuable information about your drinking water. From this
                                                      Health Services                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    will be plentiful and safe for generations to come.
•   A family of two earning between $26,600 and                                                                                                                                                              report, you will realize what we’ve always known
    $42,550.                                          Community Dental Care                  Dental Care for Children/Elderly                                $90,000     $60,000
                                                                                                                                                                                                                     — your water is safe.
•   A family of three earning between $29,950 and     Irving Cares – Transportation
                                                                                             Van Driver   (salary)                                            $8,000        -0-
    $47,900.                                          Program
•   A family of four earning between $33,250 and
                                                                                             Play Therapist      (salary)                                    $38,460     $18,000
    $53,200.                                          Irving Family Advocacy Center
•   A family of five earning between $35,900 and                                             Bilingual Therapist            (salary)                         $38,460     $18,000
    $57,450.                                          Senior Citizens of Greater Dallas      Ombudsman        (part-time salary)                             $18,000     $17,000
•   A family of six earning between $38,550 and
    $61,700.                                          Youth Services
•   A family of seven earning between $41,250         DCET-FAMA Program                      Program Coordinator               (salary, supplies)            $20,000        -0-
    and $65,950.                                      Family Outreach of Irving              Case Worker      (salary)                                       $35,000     $20,250
•   A family of eight earning between $43,900 and
                                                      Irving Family YMCA                     Childcare Scholarships                                          $75,000     $17,000
    $70,200.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           Este informe
                                                      YWCA of Irving                         Childcare Scholarships                                          $40,000     $30,000
Completion of Homebuyer Education classes is
                                                      Education and Job Training
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 contiene la información
required and is provided, free of charge, to guide                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         importante sobre su agua potable.
first-time homebuyers through the process of          Irving Arts Center                     Wages for Summer Interns                                        $36,000     $27,000
finding a home. To obtain an application packet,      Irving Library                         Human Services Building Renovations                             $22,896     $22,452                                                                                                                                            Haga por favor que sea tradúcido
residents can visit the Housing and Human Services
Department at 2520 W. Irving Blvd., Suite 300. Call   DCET – English as
                                                                                             ESL Teachers       (salaries, supplies)                         $27,107     $17,576
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            por un amigo ó por alguien que lo
                                                      Second Language
(972) 721-4800 for more information.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        entiende y puede tradúcirlo para
                                                      DCET – “Valores Familiaries”
                                                                                             Teachers   (salary, supplies)                                   $15,000        -0-                                                                                                                                             usted. Si usted quiere recibir está
                                                      Irving Cares Jobs Desk Program         Case Worker For Unemployed                           (salary)   $20,000     $18,000                                                                                                                                              información en español, llame
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      (972) 721-2281.
Twelve graduate
                                                      Total CDBG Requests                                                                                    $671,208    $334,952
                                                      Total Funds Available (15 percent CDBG cap)                                                            $409,359

from Fire Academy
                                                      *Housing and Human Services Board

                                                                          Emergency Shelter Grant Program Requests
Twelve Irving residents graduated from the
Fire Department’s Citizens Fire Academy on            Planning & Administration
                                                      (5 percent limit)
                                                                                             Portion of Staff Salary, Supplies                                $5,038      $5,038                                                           Substances expected to be in drinking water
May 14. Graduates are Susie Banks, Bill Caldwell,
Anthony Cuington, Sue Grazioso, Carole Hill,          Essential Services (30 percent limit)                                                                                                                                                The sources of drinking water (both tap and bottled water) include rivers, lakes, streams, ponds, reservoirs, springs and wells. As water
Travis Howard, Patrick Hutchins, Stella Johnson,                                                                                                                                                                                           travels over the surface of the land or through the ground, it dissolves naturally occurring minerals and, in some cases, radioactive material,
                                                                                             Childcare for Children of Program                               $20,000     in CDBG
James Johnson, Carrye Johnstone, Kathrine                                                                                                                                                                                                  and can pick up substances resulting from the presence of animals or from human activity.
Seitzler and Sharon Unphress.                         Brighter Tomorrows Transitional/       Transitional Case Manager                      (salary)         in CDBG     $10,076
                                                      Domestic Violence                      Bilingual Case Manager for                                                                                                                    Contaminants that may be present in source water include: microbial contaminants, such as viruses and bacteria, which may come from
“We really appreciate these residents, who took                                                                                                              in CDBG     $20,152                                                           sewage treatment plants, septic systems, agricultural livestock operations and wildlife; inorganic contaminants, such as salts and metals,
                                                                                             Domestic Violence (salary)
the time to participate in the academy and learn                                                                                                                                                                                           which can be naturally occurring or result from urban stormwater runoff, industrial or domestic wastewater discharges, oil and gas production,
more about their fire department,” said Mike          Shelter Maintenance/Operations
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           mining or farming; pesticides and herbicides, which may come from a variety of sources such as agriculture, urban stormwater runoff and
Harris, public education coordinator. The next        Brighter Tomorrows                     Shelter Operations and                                                                                                                        residential uses; organic chemical contaminants, including synthetic and volatile organic chemicals, which are byproducts of industrial
                                                                                                                                                             $20,000     $17,633
class will start the first week of September. The     Domestic Violence                      Maintenance Costs                                                                                                                             processes and petroleum production, and can also come from gas stations, urban stormwater runoff and septic systems; and radioactive
academy is free to any Irving resident at least       Brighter Tomorrows                     Shelter Operations and                                                                                                                        contaminants, which can be naturally occurring or be the result of oil and gas production and mining activities.
18 years old. Call (972) 721-3695 or log on to                                                                                                               $20,000     $17,633
                                                      Transitional Housing                   Maintenance Costs                                                                                                                                                                                          In order to ensure that tap water is safe to drink, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) prescribes regulations that limit the amount of
for more information.                                 Homeless Prevention (30 percent limit)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           certain contaminants in water provided by public water systems. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regulations establish limits for contami-
                                                      Irving Cares                           Short-Term Rent/Utility Assistance                              $16,500     $10,076                                                           nants in bottled water, which must provide the same protection for public health.
                                                      The Salvation Army                     Short-Term Rent/Utility Assistance                              $25,000     $10,076
                                                      The Urban League                       Short-Term Rent/Utility Assistance                              $15,000     $10,076                                                           Drinking water, including bottled water, may reasonably be expected to contain at least small amounts of some contaminants. The presence of
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           contaminants does not necessarily indicate that water poses a health risk. Some people may be more vulnerable to contaminants in drinking
                                                      Total ESG Funds Requested                                                                              $121,538
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           water than the general population. Immuno-compromised persons such as persons with cancer undergoing chemotherapy, persons who have
                                                      Total ESG Funds Available                                                                              $100,760    $100,760                                                          undergone organ transplants, people with HIV/AIDS or other immune system disorders, and some elderly and infants can be particularly at risk
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           from infections. These people should seek advice about drinking water from their health-care providers. EPA/CDC guidelines on appropriate
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           means to lessen the risk of infection by Cryptosporidium and other microbial contaminants are available from the Safe Drinking Water Hotline
                                                      Those who cannot attend the hearing can comment in writing until Monday, July 11. Copies of the                                                                                      at (800) 426-4791.
                                                      Action Plan are available for review at the Central Library, 801 W. Irving Blvd.; Civic Center Complex,
     Latest Citizens Fire Academy graduates           825 W. Irving Blvd.; and the Housing and Human Services Department, 2520 Irving Blvd., Suite 300.

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                   Safe Drinking                                                                                                                                                                  What’s in
                                                                                                                                                                                                my water?
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Inorganic Contaminants
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Year                Contaminant                  Average Level          Minimum Level            Maximum Level            MCL         MCLG          Unit of Measure                                                                        Source of Contaminant

                    Water Act                                                                                                                                                    We are pleased to report that during the past year, the
                                                                                                                                                                                water delivered to your home or business complied with, or did
                                                                                                                                                                               better than, all state and federal drinking water requirements.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Discharge of drilling wastes; discharge from metal refineries; erosion of natural deposits.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           Erosion of natural deposits; water additive that promotes strong teeth;
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      discharge from fertilizer and aluminum factories.
    Under the Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA), EPA is responsible for setting                                                                                                  For your information, we have compiled a list in the table at right   2003-04                    Nitrate                        0.563                    0.3                     0.85                10           10                 ppm                       Runoff from fertilizer use; leaching from septic tanks, sewage; erosion of natural deposits.
    national limits for hundreds of substances in drinking water and also specifies                                                                                           showing what substances were detected in your drinking water
                                                                                                                                                                               during 2004. Although all of the substances listed are under             1999                    Nitrite                       0.013                     0                      0.03                 1            1                 ppm                       Runoff from fertilizer use; leaching from septic tanks, sewage; erosion of natural deposits.
    various treatments that water systems must use to remove these substances.
                                                                                                                                                                                the Maximum Contaminant Level (MCL) set by the EPA, and                 2002                  Selenium                        1.800                     0                       2.8                50           50                 ppb                 Discharge from petroleum and metal refineries; erosion of natural deposits; discharge from mines.
    Similarly, FDA regulations establish limits for contaminants in bottled water,                                                                                                therefore not expected to cause any health risks, we
    which must provide the same protection for public health. Each system                                                                                                                                                                               2002           Gross beta emitters                    3.467                    2.7                      4.4                50            0                 pCi/L                                                         Decay of natural and man-made deposits.
                                                                                                                                                                                     feel it is important that you know exactly what was
    continually monitors for these substances and reports directly to the EPA if                                                                                                        detected and how much of the substance was
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Water Source: City of Dallas

    they were detected in the drinking water. EPA uses this data to ensure that                                                                                                              present in the water.
    consumers are receiving clean water and verifies that states are enforcing the                                                                                                                                                                  Organic Contaminants
    laws that regulate drinking water.                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Year (range)                      Contaminant                      Highest Average                    Minimum Level                       Maximum Level                     MCL              MCLG                   Unit of Measure                                         Source of Contaminant

                                                                                                                Facts about
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               2004                            Simazine                             0.405                               0.14                              0.55                          4                  4                          ppb                                                 Herbicide runoff.
    This publication conforms to the federal regulation under SDWA requiring
    water utilities to provide detailed water quality information to each of their                                                                                                                                                                             2004                             Atrazine                            0.640                               0.37                              0.65                          3                  3                          ppb                              Runoff from herbicide used on row crops.
    customers annually. The City of Irving is committed to providing you with this
    information about your water supply, because customers who are well informed
                                                                                                               bottled water                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Water Source: City of Dallas

                                                                                         S Fifty percent of bottled water manufacturers get their water from the
    are our best allies in supporting improvements necessary to maintain the                same sources as municipal water departments.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Maximum Residual Disinfectant Level
    highest drinking water standards.                                                  S Bottled water costs about 1,000 times more than tap water, and most of that                                                                                            Year                          Disinfectant                     Average Level                      Minimum Level                      Maximum Level                     MCL              MCLG                   Unit of Measure                                         Source of Disinfectant
                                                                                         pays for product packaging and advertising.
                                                                                      S It is unlawful for bottled water companies to make health claims for their                                                                                             2004                          Chloramine                              2.573                              0.51                                4                           4                  4                          ppm                                 Disinfectant used to control microbes.
    For more information about this report, to request additional copies, or
                                                                                        products.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Water Source: City of Irving
    for any questions or concerns relating to your drinking water, please call        S Bottled water labels must include the manufacturer’s name, address and the
    Albert Lawrence, water quality supervisor, at (972) 721-2281 or e-mail               source of the water.                                                         S If the source and treatment of the water are not identified on the label, ask about                                                                         Disinfection Byproducts
                                                                                           it by calling or writing for information.                                                                                                                       Year (range)                      Contaminent                        Average Level                     Minimum Level                      Maximum Level                              MCL                             Unit of Measure                                        Source of Contaminent
                                                                                        S Because bottled water is not required to be date stamped, its quality can
                                                                                               deteriorate over time. Any bacteria in the water at the time of bottling                                                                                        2004                     Total Haloacetic Acids                      14.575                              11.7                               21.1                                  60                                    ppb                              Byproduct of drinking water disinfection.
                                                                                                 can continue to grow.
                                                                                                S Ask for a copy of the bottler’s water quality test results and                                                                                               2004                    Total Tihalomethanes                         18.400                              13.5                                28                                   80                                    ppb                              Byproduct of drinking water disinfection.
                                                                                                        compare that to the EPA standards for drinking water                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             Water Source: City of Irving

                        What are coliforms?                                                                                                                                                                                                         Unregulated Contaminants
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           Year (range)                                   Contaminant                                         Average Level                          Minimum Level                      Maximum Level                          Unit of Measure                                         Source of Contaminent
                        Total coliform bacteria are used as indicators of microbial contamination of drinking water because testing                                                                                                                            2004                                        Chloroform                                             12.000                                    0                                    24                                    ppb                              Byproduct of drinking water disinfection.
                        for them is easy. While not disease-causing organisms themselves, they are often found in association with                                                                                                                             2004                               Bromodichloromethane                                             4.950                                    0                                    11                                    ppb                              Byproduct of drinking water disinfection.
                        other microbes that are capable of causing disease. Coliform bacteria are more hardy than many disease-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               2004                               Dibromochloromethane                                             2.000                                    0                                   5.3                                    ppb                              Byproduct of drinking water disinfection.
                        causing organisms; therefore, their absence from water is a good indication that the water is microbiologically
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Water Source: City of Dallas
                        safe for human consumption.

                        Fecal coliform bacteria and, in particular, E. coli, are members of the coliform bacteria group originating                                                                                                                 Lead and Copper
                        in the intestinal tract of warm-blooded animals and are passed into the environment through feces. The                                                                                                                          Year            Contaminant               90th Percentile              No. of Sites Exceeding Action Level               Action Level          Unit of Measure                                                                        Source of Contanimant
                        presence of fecal coliform bacteria (E. coli) in drinking water may indicate recent contamination of the                                                                                                                        2003                 Lead                      2.3000                                        0                                   15                   ppb                                        Corrosion of household plumbing systems; erosion of natural deposits.
                        drinking water with fecal material. The table at right indicates whether total coliform or fecal coliform
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        2003               Copper                      0.3390                                        0                                  1.3                   ppm                 Corrosion of household plumbing systems; erosion of natural deposits; leaching from wood preservatives.
                        bacteria were found in the monthly drinking water samples submitted for testing.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Water Source: City of Dallas

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Year                          Contaminant                  Highest Single Measurement                   Lowest Monthly % of Samples Meeting Limits                              Turbidity Limits                   Unit of Measure                                      Source of Contaminant
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               2004                             Turbidity                                 0.20                                                   100%*                                                  0.3                                  NTU                                               Soil runoff.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    *All samples met regulatory requirements.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Water Source: City of Dallas

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Year                          Contaminant                                 Highest Monthly % of Positive Samples                                                  MCL                                     Unit of Measure                                               Source of Contaminant
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               2004                    Total Coliform Bacteria                                                    2                                                                *                                         Presence                                         Naturally present in environment.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    * presence of coliform bacteria in 5% or more of the monthly samples                                                                                         Fecal Coliform NOT DETECTED                                                                                                             Water Source: City of Irving

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Secondary and Other Unregulated Constituents
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Year                  Constituent                 Average Level          Minimum Level            Maximum Level              Limit           Unit of Measure                                                                         Source of Contaminent
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        2004                 Bicarbonate                      82.000                     38                      148                    n/a                ppm                                                          Corrosion of carbonate rocks such as limestone.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        2002                    Calcium                       46.533                    28.1                     74.2                   n/a                ppm                                                                 Abundant naturally occurring element.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        2004                   Chloride                       32.000                     27                       37                    300                ppm                         Abundant naturally occurring element; used in water purification; byproduct of oil field activity.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        2002                    Copper                         0.004                      0                     0.013                   n/a                ppm                Corrosion of household plumbing systems; erosion of natural deposits; leaching from wood preservatives.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        2002                 Magnesium                         4.593                    2.21                     6.61                   n/a                ppm                                                                 Abundant naturally occurring element.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        2004                       pH                           7.433                    7.3                      7.6                   n/a                units                                                                    Measure of corrosivity of water.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        2002                    Sodium                        23.600                    10.1                     33.9                   n/a                ppm                                                   Erosion of natural deposits; byproduct of oil field activity.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        2004                    Sulfate                        85.333                    55                       116                   300                ppm                                   Naturally occurring; common industrial byproduct; byproduct of oil field activity.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        2004           Total Alkalinity as CaCO3              67.000                     31                       121                   n/a                ppm                                                               Naturally occurring soluble mineral salts.

     Where do we get our drinking water?                                                                                                                              How will I know if there’s a                                                      2004           Total Dissolved Solids                 216.000                    197                     235                 1000                  ppm                                                            Total dissolved mineral constituents in water.

                                                                                                                                                                       problem with my water?                                                           2002           Total Hardness as CaCO3                134.733                   79.2                     212                    n/a                ppm                                                                         Naturally occurring calcium.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Water Source: City of Dallas
     Most of the City of Irving’s water is purchased from the City of Dallas. The City of Dallas uses surface                                                                                                                                       Secondary constituents – Many constituents (such as calcium, sodium or iron) that are often found in drinking water can cause taste, color and
                                                                                                                                                                 If the amount of a contaminant exceeds a predetermined                             odor problems. The taste and odor constituents are called secondary constituents and are regulated by the State of Texas, not the EPA. These
     water from the following seven sources: Lake Ray Hubbard, Lake Tawakoni, Elm Fork of the Trinity                                                                                                                                               constituents are not causes for health concern, but they may greatly affect the appearance and taste of your water.
                                                                                                                                                                  safe level in your drinking water (MCL, Action Level, etc.),
     River, Lake Chapman, Lake Grapevine, Lewisville Lake and Lake Ray Roberts. The TCEQ has completed                                                              we will notify you via newspapers, radio, television and
     a Source Water Susceptibility for all drinking water systems that own their sources. This report describes                                                       other means within 24 hours. With the notification,
     the susceptibility and types of contaminants that may come into contact with the drinking water source                                                              you will be instructed on what appropriate
     based on human activities and natural conditions. The system(s) from which we purchase our water
     received the assessment report. For more information on source water assessments and protection
                                                                                                                                                                             actions you can take to protect your
                                                                                                                                                                                   family’s health.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Table Definitions
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    •   Action Level (AL) – The concentration of a contaminant which, if exceeded, triggers treatment or other          •   Millerems per year (mrem/year) – Measure of radiation absorbed by the body.                                        •     Turbidity – A measure of clarity of drinking water. The lower the turbity the better.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        requirements that a water system must follow.                                                                   •   ND – Not detected.                                                                                                 •     mfl – million fibers per liter (a measure of asbestos)
     efforts, please call (972) 721-2282.                                                                                                                                                                                                           •   Maximum Contaminant Level (MCL) – The highest level of a contaminant that is allowed in drinking water. MCLs    •   Nephelometric Turbidity Units (NTU) – Measurement of turbidity in water.                                           •     ppt – parts per trillion, or nanograms per liter
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        are set as close to the MCLGs as feasible using the best available treatment technology.                        •   Picocuries per liter (pCi/L) – A measure of radioactivity.                                                         •     ppq – parts per quadrillion, or picograms per liter
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    •   Maximum Contaminant Level Goal (MCLG) – The level of a contaminant in drinking water below which there is no    •   Point of Entry (POE) – Point of entry.                                                                             •     ppb – parts per billion
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        known or expected risk to health. MCLGs allow for a margin of safety.                                           •   Treatment Technique (TT) – A required process intended to reduce the level of a contaminant in drinking water.     •     ppm – parts per million

Source: Texas Commission on Environmental Quality                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Source: Texas Commission on Environmental Quality
                                                                                      Current and future major projects
                                                                                      Lake Chapman
                                                                                      The Lake Chapman Water Supply Project involved construction of 73 miles of pipeline from Lake Lavon to Lewisville Lake, a 12-million gallon
                                                                                      balancing reservoir, water supply pump station, discharge facilities to Lewisville Lake and a metering station at Dallas’ Elm Fork Treatment Plant.
                                                                                      The facilities deliver 75 million gallons per day, with room for expansion. Having an independent water supply reduces Irving’s dependence on the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Residents can recycle                                                                                     City offers solid
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              computer equipment
                                                                                      City of Dallas, which previously was Irving’s only source of potable water.
      Drinking water is a complex business. In this report,
      we attempt to provide you with information that is
                                                                                      Valley View Municipal Complex
                                                                                      Construction is nearly complete on the Valley View Municipal Complex at 333 Valley View Lane. When the building opens in late June, it will be home
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        waste options
      comprehensive and explained as simply as possible. If you                       to Water Utilities, Streets, GIS and the new Police Auto Pound. The facilities will include office space, a warehouse, maintenance shop, material
       have any questions, please contact Water Utilities at                                                                                                                                                                                  Residents can now recycle computers and computer-related equipment
                                                                                      storage bins, parking for maintenance equipment, a car wash, vehicle refueling station and the auto pound.
         (972) 721-2281. Residents can voice any concerns                                                                                                                                                                                     at the Albertsons stores at State Highway 183 and O’Connor Road,                                        The City of Irving offers many opportunities to
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              and at Interstate Highway 635 and MacArthur Boulevard. Hours of                                         properly manage solid waste. Here are a few:
           about their drinking water. For inquiries about                            Northgate Pump Station                                                                                                                                  operation are 10 a.m. to 6 pm. Monday, Thursday and Friday and 9 a.m.
               public participation and policy decisions,                             Design drawings are going through a final city review in anticipation of bidding the Northgate Pump Station for construction. Construction is           to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.
                                                                                      expected to begin later this year. This facility will be located south of Northgate Drive between Rochelle Boulevard and Carl Road. This facility was                                                                                                           Curbside recycling – Curbside recycling is offered
                    please call (972) 721-2493.
                                                                                      recommended in the 2001 Water Master Plan to serve anticipated growth and to improve system reliability in South and East Irving. The pump                                                                                                                      to residents with city sanitation service. Curbside
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Accepted electronics are computer circuit boards and cards; computers,                                  recycling is twice per month using blue recycling
                                                                                      station will initially have a capacity to pump 15.5 million gallons per day (MGD) and will be able to accommodate an ultimate pumping capacity of       CPUs and PCs; laptops; docking stations; monitors; data storage
                                                                                      31 MGD. The facility also will include a five million gallon ground storage tank.                                                                                                                                                                               bags. To receive a free “starter kit,” which includes
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              devices; bridges, hubs and modems; cell phones; telephone equipment;                                    blue bags, information about recycling, a magnet
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              cabling and wire; and electrical hardware. Not accepted are printers;                                   with specific recycling days and a set of calendar
                                                                                      Hackberry Pump Station                                                                                                                                  WYSE or dumb terminals; copiers; televisions; hazardous materials;                                      reminder stickers, call (972) 721-2346.
                                                                                      Contractors have finished repainting the four steel tanks at the Hackberry Pump Station, 8500 Ranchview Drive. This work follows the replace-           radioactive materials; fax machines; scanners; microwaves; and video-
                                                                                      ment of the previous pump station with a new facility. The pumping capacity was improved to a new capacity of about 80 million gallons per day          cassette players and recorders.                                                                         Drop-off recycling – Recycling is offered to all
                                                                                      (MGD) with infrastructure in place to provide a future capacity of 120 MGD. Building architecture and site landscaping were both important issues
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      residents and businesses through five recycling
                                                                                      addressed with the new design in an effort to present a positive image in this developing area.                                                         Do not leave computers when the centers are closed. The City of Irving is not responsible for           drop-off centers, during normal operating hours
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              equipment left after hours, or for personal/confidential information left on computers. For more        only. For information, log on to
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              information, call (972) 721-2355.                                                                       Leaving recyclables when the center is closed is
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      considered illegal dumping.

                            Valley View Municipal Complex                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             White goods and appliances – The city offers the

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Irving ISD schools big winners in                                                                       collection and recycling of refrigerators, stoves,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      dishwashers and other appliances for residents

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              annual regional recycling contest
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      who receive sanitation service. Call (972) 721-2232
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      to find out the collection schedule.

                                                                                                                                                  U.S. EPA                                                                                    The Irving Independent School District was a big winner in the annual recycling contest sponsored
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Brush – The city provides brush collection for
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      residents who receive city sanitation service.

                                                                                                                                                  HOTLINE                                                                                     by Abitibi Consolidated Inc. With the newly implemented comprehensive school recycling program,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              the schools have been recycling tons of paper and aluminum cans and placing the materials in the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              yellow and green paper recycling containers and blue recycling containers located on each campus.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Please “Call Before You Cut,” and be considerate
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      of neighbors. Before trimming, call (972) 721-2232
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      to find out the collection schedule. By timing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              T.J. Lee Elementary School was the first Irving ISD school to place in the top three — winning second
                                                                                                                                      For information about your                                                                              place by collecting 18,732 pounds of paper in February and March. Lee was awarded $300 in prize
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      tree/brush trimmings accordingly, residents can
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      minimize the amount of time materials are left at
                                                                                                                                     drinking water, call the EPA’s                                                                           money.                                                                                                  the curb.
                                                                                                                                     Safe Drinking Water Hotline                                                                                                                 Lively Elementary School and Elliott Elementary School placed        Special wastes – The city provides collection and
                                                                                                                                          at (800) 426-4791.                                                                                                                     fourth and seventh respectively, with 14,994 pounds of paper and
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 14,204 pounds of paper collected. Both schools received $150 in
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      recycling of special wastes, including automotive
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      tires, oil, oil filters, antifreeze and lead acid batteries.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 prize money.                                                         Paint also is collected as part of this program, but
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      is not recycled. This is an on-call program, so call
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Irving schools were also winners in the aluminum can recycling       (972) 721-2232 before setting at the curb.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 contest. First place went to Townley Elementary School, recycling
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 552.78 pounds and receiving an award of $500. Good Elementary        For more information, call (972) 721-2355.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 School took second, recycling 530.23 pounds and receiving $300,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Students at John R. Good      followed by Elliott, Lee and Barton Elementary Schools each
     Tips to conserve water this summer                                                                                                                                                                                                            Elementary help to recycle.   receiving $100 in prize money.

     According to the Texas State Water Plan, our state’s existing water sources will meet only
     75 percent of the projected water demand by the year 2050. That’s why it’s critical to use water                                                        Hackberry Pump Station
     resources more efficiently to prevent shortages. Although water use varies with the time of day
     and season of the year, peak consumption is in the spring and summer and when families get
     home in the late afternoon. With the hot Texas summer approaching, here are some important                                                                                                                                               Community members, businesses and city staff
     water conservation tips to keep in mind.

     •    If the shower can fill a one-gallon bucket in less than 20 seconds, replace it with a
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              honored at Mayor’s KIB Proud Partners Awards
          water-efficient showerhead.                                                                                                                                                                                                         Residents, business community members and city staff were honored             Proud Partners Awards
     •    Recycle an old toilet with a more efficient one and save as much as five gallons per                                                                                                                                                for their environmental efforts at the fourth annual Mayor’s Keep Irving      were presented to Otis
          flush. Pay attention to dripping sounds and fix leaks.                                                                                                                                                                              Beautiful (KIB) Proud Partners Awards Celebration, held April 27 at the       Brown Elementary, Carl
     •    Don’t let the water run continuously when shaving or brushing teeth.                                                                                                                                                                Academy of Irving.                                                            Burkett, Dodge Chilille,
     •    Take showers instead of baths. More efficient showerheads use less water.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Calvary Church, Canon
     •    When washing dishes, don’t let the water run while rinsing. Fill one sink with wash water                                                                                                                                           Keep Irving Beautiful Awards were presented to Priscilla Sanchez,             USA, 2004-05 Spanish
          and the other with rinse water.                                                                                                                                                                                                     Inspections Department staff and friends – Hot Dog Gourmets; Karen            Homeowners Association
          Install faucet aerators to cut sink water consumption.
          Instead of running water from the tap until it’s cool, keep a container of drinking water
                                                                                                                                    About home water                                                                                          Peterson and Circle Drive Association – Individual Excellence; Margaret
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Ann Lopez – Individual Excellence; Islamic Center of Irving – Adopt-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Board      and     volun-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            teers, Dannie Flaherty,

          in the refrigerator.
          Rinse vegetables in a pan of cold water.
                                                                                                                                    treatment devices                                                                                         A-Spot of the Year; Yuelaunda Wilson – Sigrid Krehbiel Adopt-A-Spot
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Founders Award; Jan Cunningham – Newcomer of the Year; Fran Witte
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Hackberry Creek, Girl
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Scouts Tejas Council

     •    Use the garbage disposal sparingly. Compost instead and save gallons every time.                        S There is no single cure-all filtration system or technique.                                                               – Outreach Award; Randy Boatright – Volunteer of the Year; Marcos             Troop 2572, Grauwyler
     •    Don’t over-water plants. Collect rainwater or recycle water from fish tanks to water                   S Some home water treatment devices use more than one kind of                                                                Conde and Michelle Ramirez – Youth Volunteers of the Year; Mayor Joe          Heights Neighborhood
          plants.                                                                                                  technology.                                                                                                                Putnam – Elected Official of the Year; Sharon Barbosa-Crain, KIB Board        Association,     Greater                 Grauwyler Heights Neighborhood
     •    Check sprinklers frequently and adjust so only the lawn is watered.                                   S Different water filters remove different substances from the water.                                                         president from 1997-2005 – Vision Award; Environmental Excellence             Irving-Las       Colinas              Association volunteers receive Proud
     •    Run washing machines and dishwashers only when full.                                                                                                                                                                                Award – Del and Sigrid Krehbiel; and Master Composter of the Year             Chamber of Commerce,                                      Partners Award.
                                                                                                                S The filter must match the problem to be effective.
     •    Avoid planting turf in areas that are hard to water such as steep inclines and isolated               S Water filters approved by NSF International have been tested and meet                                                       – Cissie Pennington.                                                          Harmon Family, Hillcrest
          strips along sidewalks and driveways.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             Oaks Neighborhood Association, Irving Independent School District, Irving
                                                                                                                    product claims.                                                                                                           Golden Gloves Awards were presented to Rafael Amaya, Qaasim An-Noor,          Mall, Irving Lake Association, Mug Shots, PRG HealthState, Irving and
     •    Install covers on pools and spas and check for leaks around pumps.                                      S Only home treatment devices that meet the “absolute one micron”
     •    Plant in spring or fall when watering requirements are lower.                                                                                                                                                                       Edith Argueta, Oscar Argumedo, Louise Baugh, Ryan Claussen, Donna             Nimitz Junior Historians, PRG Realty Partners Ltd., Diana Scuza, Jinny
     •    Check the water meter and bill to track water usage.                                                         standard or NSF International’s “Standard 53” screen out                                                               Eagans, Donald Harrison, Zac Havens, Evan Hill, Ray Horton, Rusty Hoya,       Seo, Simon Property Group, The Irving Rambler, The Towers at Williams
     •    Minimize evaporation by watering during the early morning hours, when temperatures                               Cryptosporidum.                                                                                                    Arthur Jobe, Jim Jordan, Angie Lopez, Chris Miles, John Pitts, Wanda          Square, T. J. Lee Elementary, Towne Lake III Home Owners Association,
          are cooler and winds are lighter.                                                                               S Home treatment devices are not regulated or tested                                                                Pratt, Terri Ramirez, Annette Reynolds, Billy Rickman, Priscilla Sanchez      Valley Ranch Association, Vision Impact and Whataburger.
     •    Use organic mulch around plants to reduce evaporation.                                                                  by the federal government.                                                                                  and Randy Turner.
     •    Use a broom instead of a hose to clean driveways or sidewalks.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Sponsors were City of Irving, Keep Irving Beautiful, Wal-Mart, The Irving
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Selected Golden Gloves winners received bright, golden-colored leather        Rambler, Waste Management, Irving Bible Church, NCH Corporation and
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              gloves, and all winners received certificates of recognition.                 Westway Ford.

Source: Texas Commission on Environmental Quality
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               June 2005                                                                                                                                         Page 9
 Children’s                                                 It’s more than a card!                                                                                        Progress continues on public works
 Storytimes                                                 With most people’s purses and wallets bulging with cards these days, Irving librarians want
                                                            residents to know that none of them offer the unique and enduring benefits of a library card.                 projects located throughout the city
                                                            Nine-year-old Islea Roach understands the value of her card. She was one of the first residents to use
Toddler Storytime                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  ��������������                                                                                                                   Point                                     Project                     Contractor                  Cost        Completion Date
                                                            the library’s newly redesigned library card. “It’s pretty, and cool. And I don’t think I’ll lose this one,”
For children ages 18 months       to 3 years old. A         she said, as she proudly collected her stack of books and videos from the checkout desk.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   1        2003 Miscellaneous Drainage Section I                  Patco Utilities             $238,000         Spring 2005
parent or guardian must attend   the program.
Tuesday         10:30 a.m.        East Branch (bilingual)                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              2        Shady Grove – Hilburn to Shufford                 McMahon Contracting             $2.41 million      Fall 2005
                4 p.m.            Valley Ranch
                                                            The release of the more vibrant and colorful cards kicks off the library’s “More Than A Card” market-                                                                                              ��  �����
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       3        Cottonwood Creek and Vancouver Street               V. A. Construction             $245,500        Summer 2005

                                                            ing campaign, an effort also incorporating an ICTN video promoting the library and better-focused

                                  Branch                    publicity to make residents more aware of the array of services available to them.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Sanitary Sewer
                7 p.m.            Central Library
Wednesday       9:30 a.m.         Valley Ranch                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         4        2002 Miscellaneous Drainage Section II            Tri-Tech Construction           $1.35 million     Winter 2005/
                                                            Marie Easley, a regular user of the library PCs, liked the concept and the graphics. “More than the
                                  Branch                    old card, it shows everything the library has to offer: books, movies, the Internet ... a variety,” she                                                                                                                          ���
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    �                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Spring 2006
                10 a.m.           Northwest Branch          said.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             ����������                                                                                               5        Conflans Road Extension – Esters to SH 161       Sutton & Associates L.P.         $1.46 million    Summer 2005
                10:30 a.m.        Central Library                                                                                                                                                                                                                             ����
                10:30 a.m.        Valley Ranch                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          �                                                                                                                                              6        Grauwyler – Bent Tree to Betsy                   Ed Bell Construction Co.         $6.6 million      Spring 2006

                                                            Libraries have changed greatly over the past 10 years, said Library Director Patty Landers. “We have


                                                            evolved to meet the many other needs of residents, from providing access to technology through                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             7        Sanitary Sewer Replacement – Basins                    Patco Utilities            $1.69 million      Fall 2005

                11 a.m.           Northwest Branch          public computers to meeting the needs of Irving’s many young families for a full range of children’s                                                                                                                                                                                       ����
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           �                                                                                    27, 28, 29, 30, 32 and 34 (Many locations

Friday          10:30 a.m.        Southwest Branch          programs,” she said.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                throughout the city; not shown on map.)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  �                                                                                                                                                                                                    8        DART / TRE Utility Relocations                    Mustang Construction             $652,000        Summer 2005
                                                            The library recognizes that change on its new card, portraying its
                                                            expanded mission for those who associate it with some of the more                                                                              ���                                                                                                                                                                                                                         9        2004 Water Replacement Section II                  Moss Construction               $892,000         Spring 2005


Preschool Storytime


                                                            frumpy stereotypes. Forget fines and card catalogs: today’s library is

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      10        Dry Branch Creek Interceptor Sanitary             Southwestern Utility            $1.98 million    Winter 2005/06

For children ages 3 to 6 years old.                         a hip place – although you still need to be quiet in the study areas.

Monday          7:30 p.m.        Central Library                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Sewer Improvements Stage V                            Contractors


Tuesday         10:30 a.m.       Central Library            “It’s more suggestive of a contemporary library,” said Chris Diaz,

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               �      11        Greenwood, Oak Lea and Rose Street           XIT Paving & Construction            $2.1 million      Spring 2006
                7:30 p.m.        Valley Ranch               who had just received her first card and was using it to check out                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         ��
                                 Branch (family)                                                                                                                                         �                                  ��                                                                                                                                                                                       ��                         Improvements
Wednesday       10:30 a.m.       Southwest Branch
                                                            books for her daughter.                                                                                                                                            ���������
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        ��                ���������
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      12        West Irving Branch Channel Improvements           Humphrey & Morton               $1.5 million       Fall 2005
                11:15 a.m.       Valley Ranch                                                                                                                                                                               �������������                                                                                                              ��                                 ��������������


                                                            The new, topaz blue cards are available at the checkout desk of any                                                                                                                                            ��������������
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      13        2004 Miscellaneous Drainage                        Jeske Construction              $264,000         Spring 2005
                                 Branch                     library. While they are free to users registering for the first time,                                                                                                                                                                                                                         ��

                4 p.m.           Valley Ranch                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         14        2004 Sidewalks (Many locations through-            Ken-Do Contracting              $173,000        Winter 2004/05

                                                            current users can update for only a dollar.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                out the city; not shown on map.)

                                 Branch                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   �������������


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         � ��
Thursday        7:30 p.m.        Central Library            But be warned: They’re cool. And hot. And tight.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          15        Trinity View, Oakdale and Fifteenth Street          SYB Construction              $2.74 million    Winter 2005/06

Friday          10:30 a.m.       Northwest Branch           Teen Roberto Palomo presented his card at a service desk to book                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            �                   ���


                                                            a computer. “What do I think of the new card? It’s tight,” he said,                                                                                                                                                            �    ����������������

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      16        Hackberry Regent Phase II – 20” Water Main        Jackson Construction             $844,000          Fall 2005
                                                            admiringly. Seeing a quizzical look, he patiently explained the word                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        ��                                                            17        Briarwylde, Fleming and Williams Paving           Jackson Construction             $876,000        Summer 2005

                                                            for his more obtuse interviewer. “That means it looks good.”
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             �������������������                                                                                                      18        Grauwyler Heights Alley Improvements                SYB Construction               $526,000         Spring 2006
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1 – Irving Boulevard and Irving Heights                  9 – SH 183 / SH 161 / Valley View
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    4 – Pickwick, Sandy Lane and Woodoak                     13 – Estelle, Bristol and Stafford

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    For more information, call Public Works and Transportation at (972) 721-2611.

In brief
Grant for children’s program                                Irving Community Television Network (ICTN)             from 1 to 4 p.m. Monday, July 18. Recruiters from
Valley Ranch is one of 37 libraries statewide to            and the Community Affairs public information           local companies will meet with job-seekers to
receive a 2005 Texas Book Festival grant. The               staff worked with the library to create a public       discuss openings and receive résumés. For more
                                                                                                                                                                          Transportation summit to be held
$2,500 award will be used to purchase materi-
als for Mother Goose Storytime, a program in
                                                            service announcement and materials designed
                                                            to attract more tutors for the program. The PSA
                                                                                                                   information, call (972) 721-2606.

                                                                                                                   Valley Ranch Live
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Top code
which caregivers and infants from 4-18 months               will air on ICTN Channel 15 and can be viewed                                                                 “Looking Back – Moving Forward” is the theme of the eighth annual Texas Transportation Summit,
                  old participate in interactive            at                              Free fun and educational programs are available        to be held Aug. 9-12 at the Omni Mandalay Hotel, 221 E. Las Colinas Blvd. Highways, mass transit,
                    story sessions.                                                                                at 7 p.m. the first Thursday of the month at
                                                                                                                                                                          high-speed rail, air and sea, transportation funding, security, safety and financing issues will be

                                                            To become a literacy volunteer, call the               the Valley Ranch Branch Library. For more
                                                            Literacy Hot Line at (972) 721-3776 or e-mail          information, call (972) 831-0669.                      among the topics of discussion. The City of Irving founded and hosts the annual event, the largest
                       The money will be used to
                       purchase specialized books                                                                                    and most comprehensive transportation program in the state.
                       and DVDs. Mother Goose                                                                      Family programs
                       Storytime is offered dur-            Family Financial Management program                    Craft      and    informa-                             The summit will begin with a commemoration of the 50th                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             To increase residents’ awareness of code violations,
                       ing the school year at the           Annie Tinsley, from the Dallas County office of        tional programs are                                    anniversary of the Interstate Highway Act. This transportation                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     the Inspections Department provides the following
                       Valley Ranch and Central             the Texas Cooperative Extension, will be at the        presented at 2 p.m.                                    system has molded the American landscape, creating                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 reminders:
                    libraries. Participation in the         Southwest Branch Library at 3:30 p.m. Friday,          selected Saturdays in
                                                                                                                                                                          opportunities for national defense and allowing for the
                  six-week series requires reg-             June 24, with information on how to manage             the Children’s Program
                                                                                                                                                                          movement of goods and ideas that helped shape our country.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         •      Grass must be mowed regularly and cannot

                istration. For more information,            the family budget. The program is free. For more       Room. For more informa-
              call (972) 721-2458.                          information, call (972) 721-2546.                      tion, call (972) 721-2458.                             The innovative project remains the definitive example of how                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              be higher than 12 inches (including front/rear
                                                                                                                                                                          investment in transportation can yield substantial financial                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              yards and alleys).
Health fairs for teen fitness                                                “Go Wild” for                         Free computer classes                                  development for American communities.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              •      Only two garage sales per 12-month period,
The Irving Public Library will sponsor health fairs                           summer reading                       These free classes are presented in the Central                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  per address are permitted.
for grades six to 12 and their families. The fairs                              Summer       reading     clubs     Library’s PC Lab.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         •      Temporary signs may be placed on the right-
                                                                                                                                                                          Confirmed speakers include U.S. Senators Kay Bailey
are made possible by a grant from the MetLife                                     continue through Sunday,                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          of-way between the sidewalk and curb from
                                                                                    July 31, at all libraries.     June                                                   Hutchison and John Cornyn; U.S. House Majority Leader
Foundation and Libraries for the Future.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            noon Friday to noon Monday only and may not
                                                                                    Children,    teens     and     • June 21, 10 a.m. – Basic Microsoft Excel             Tom DeLay; U.S. Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson;
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    be more than 2 1/2-feet high or 4-square feet.
Fairs will be 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on:                                                 adults are eligible for        • June 22, 2 p.m. – Genealogy on the Internet          U.S. Congressman Joe Barton; U.S. Congressman Henry                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                •      Parking is not allowed on grass or dirt. Call
• Saturday, June 25 – Lively Pointe, 909 N.                                         prizes based on how many       • June 28, 10 a.m. – Computer Basics                   Cuellar; U.S. Congressman Michael Conaway; U.S. Congressman Kenny Marchant; U.S. Congressman                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Code Enforcement at (972) 721-2461 for
  O’Connor Road.                                                                   books they read. Pick up                                                               Pete Sessions; U.S. Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee; U.S. Deputy Secretary of Transportation                                                                                                                                                                                                                             regulations regarding improved surfaces.
• Saturday, July 23 – Cimarron Park Recreation                                     rules and a reading log         July                                                   George Schoener; Roger Nober, chair of the Surface Transportation Board; David Laney, chair                                                                                                                                                                                                                        •      Items not designated for outdoor use may not
  Center, 201 Red River Trail                                                     at any library or at www.        • July   7, 2 p.m. – Computer Basics
                                                                         Weekly        • July   11, 6 p.m. – Basic Internet                   of the AMTRAK Board; John Horsley, AASHTO executive director; Mark Yachmetz, associate                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    be stored outside unless zoning allows outside
• Saturday, Aug. 27 – Lee Park Recreation
  Center, 3000 Pamela Drive                                                       programs connected with          • July   12, 6 p.m. – Basic Microsoft Word             administrator, Federal Railroad Administration; Capt. Héctor Mora Gómez, chief executive officer,                                                                                                                                                                                                                         storage.
• Saturday, Sept. 24 – Central Library                                           this year’s “Go Wild” theme       • July   18, 3 p.m. – Free Web-based E-Mail            Port Authority of Manzanillo; Patrick Jones, executive director, International Bridge, Tunnel and                                                                                                                                                                                                                  •      Addresses must be visible from the street and
  Auditorium (and outside), 801 W. Irving Blvd.                                  will be held in June and          • July   19, 10 a.m. – Computer Basics                 Turnpike Association; Pete Ruane, president and CEO, American Road and Transportation Builders                                                                                                                                                                                                                            alley for emergency personnel.
                                                                                July. Schedules are available      • July   25, 2 p.m. – Basic Microsoft PowerPoint       Association; and Dennis Christiansen, deputy director, Texas Transportation Institute.                                                                                                                                                                                                                             •      Trash may not be placed at the curb before
Grant for Adult Literacy Program                            online. For more information, call (972) 721-2606.     • July   27, noon – Basic Microsoft Excel                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        6 p.m. the night before scheduled pickup. Call
The Irving Public Library has received a $1,500                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     (972) 721-2232 for the bulk pickup schedule
                                                                                                                                                                          Special registration rates are available until Thursday, June 30. For more information, log on to
grant from Dollar General Stores to update                  Job fair                                               Class size is limited and participation is on a                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  before placing bulk items at the curb.
and improve marketing strategies for the Adult              The Irving Public Library’s Job Center will host       first-come, first-served basis. Call (972) 721-2606 or call (214) 750-0123.
Literacy Program at the East Branch Library.                a free job fair in the Central Library Auditorium      for more information.

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                                                       Fire Department offers safety tips
 Neighborhood                                          The Fire Department has a number of tips to                   are completely cool before putting them in

 awards are                                            help residents have a safe and fun summer.
                                                       Unattended cooking causes 42 percent of Irving’s
                                                                                                                     the trash.

 presented                                             residential fires, including outdoor fires, said
                                                       Mike Harris, public education coordinator for the
                                                       Fire Department. To prevent these types of fires,
                                                                                                                 To prevent grass fires, don’t throw cigarettes
                                                                                                                 out of vehicle windows and don’t burn trash,
                                                                                                                 leaves or brush within the city limits. Grass
                                                       don’t leave cooking unattended and keep outdoor           fires can quickly spread, endangering homes.
                                                       grills away from combustibles when in use. The            Burning trash is against
The City of Irving has presented Neighborhood          Uniform Fire Code requires that grills be at least        the city’s fire code and
Awards to recognize individuals and projects that      10 feet away from apartment buildings when in             can result in up to a
make neighborhood organizations successful. The        use; that same distance is recommended for all            $2,000 fine. Fireworks
special honors were presented April 26 during the      residences.                                               of any kind also are
quarterly Roundtable Meeting.                                                                                    illegal within the city
                                                       Other safety tips:                                        limits. This includes
Awardees are as follows:                               • Don’t use gasoline to start grills. An ounce            transporting, carry-
• Newsletter of the Year – Irving Hospital                of gasoline has the same explosive force               ing, selling, using,
   District Neighborhood Association                      as a one-pound stick of dynamite, and the              lighting,     manu-
• Web Site of the Year – The Collections                  flame front can move at 60 miles per hour.             facturing or even
   Homeowners Association                              • Don’t add starter fluid to a fire.                      giving them away.
• Business of the Year – Office Depot                  • Keep children away from hot grills, and keep            The fine can be up
• Project of the Year – Valley Ranch                      grills in good repair.                                 to $2,000 for each
   Association’s Third Annual Pumpkin Dash and         • Don’t use grills with rusted bottoms.                   offense.
   Fall Festival                                       • Be sure gas hoses are in good shape before
• Volunteer of the Year – Mark Murray, for                using them.                                            For more information about fire safety, call (972)
   creating, printing and distributing a neighbor-     • Wet ashes with water, and make sure they                721-3695.
   hood directory for the Irving Hospital District
   Neighborhood Association
• Officer of the Year – Randy Boatright, who

                                                       Local produce at Farmers Market
   led the Espanita Neighborhood Association in
   “Take Pride Espanita,” a comprehensive effort
   to improve the appearance, communication
   and effectiveness of the neighborhood
                                                       The city has joined with Holy         Visitors will find various locally     jams/jellies; electronics; and
“On behalf of the City of Irving, I’d like to          Trinity Lutheran Church,              grown produce and herbs that           handmade crafts.
congratulate all of the winners, as well as the many   2901 N. O’Connor Road (north          are in season, and enjoy cof-
associations and persons who were nominated            of Rochelle), to offer a local        fee and sticky buns in the             Locally grown produce will be
for these awards,” said Mayor Joe Putnam. “The         Farmers Market and backyard           morning or hot dogs, brisket           offered the second Saturday
                                                       composting and recycling              sandwiches and sausage-on-a-           from June through October.
efforts that you make to improve our community are
                                                       demonstrations.                       stick in the afternoon.                For more information about
very important to maintaining a high quality of life
                                                                                                                                    having a produce booth, call
for our residents.”
                                                       Hours are 9 a.m. until sell out       Shoppers also will find yard           Fran Witte at (972) 721-2355.
                                                       for the produce and 9 a.m. to         sale items; collectibles; hand-        For other inquiries, call Angie
                                                       3 p.m. for the market.                made quilts and throws;                Hartman at (972) 570-0349.

City prepares
for West Nile
The city is working again this summer to protect           City offices will be closed Monday, July 4, for observance of
residents from the West Nile virus. The following          Independence Day. All offices will reopen at their regular hours Tuesday, July 5.
four precautions are recommended:                          City libraries will be closed July 3-4. There will be no residential trash or brush collection on
• DUSK/DAWN are the times of day that
                                                           July 4, nor will there be any curbside recycling service. The city’s drop-off recycling centers will
    residents should try to stay indoors. This is
    when infected mosquitoes are most active.              be open Sunday, July 3, and closed July 4. The landfill at 220 W. Hunter Ferrell Road will be
• DRESS in long sleeves and pants when                     closed July 4. All city recreation centers will be closed July 4. The city’s swimming pools will
    outside. For extra protection, spray thin              be open except for Heritage Aquatic Center and North Lake Aquatic Center. City holidays for
    clothing with repellent.                               the remainder of the calendar year are: Monday, Sept. 5; Thursday and Friday, Nov. 24-25; and
• DEET is an ingredient to look for in insect              Monday, Dec. 26.
    repellent. Follow label instructions and
    always wear repellent when outdoors.
• DRAIN standing water in the backyard
    and neighborhood, especially in old tires,
    flowerpots and clogged rain gutters. These
    are mosquito breeding sites.

                                                       For your health
For more information on Irving’s mosquito
control program, log on to
PublicHealth/health/vector_control.htm or call
(972) 721-3755.
                                                       HIV/AIDS testing Free saliva testing will                 painting, refreshments, a clown and balloons.
                                                       be available from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday,              Bring the child’s shot record.
                                                       July 5 and Aug. 2, at the Heritage Park Building,
                                                       217 S. Main St. For more information, call (972)          Back-to-School Healthy Families Day A Back-
                                                       742-5982.                                                 to-School Healthy Families Day will be held from
                                                                                                                 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 6, at Saver’s
                          Back to School Health Basics A day of health and          Cost-Plus, 504 N. O’Connor Road. Free health
                                                       fun for families is set for 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday,   screenings and health information for adults
City Spectrum is published bimonthly by the City       July 16, at Wellness Solutions Chiropractic, 3336         and children will be provided. The first 200
of Irving Community Affairs Department to keep         N. MacArthur Blvd., Suite 135. Presentations              families to visit the health fair booths will receive
Irving residents informed of activities and news       on backpack safety, Scoliosis screenings and              a packet of school supplies donated by Saver’s
that may be of interest to them.                       nutrition counseling will be provided, as well as         Cost-Plus.
                                                       a free chair massage, a bounce house, clown and
               Laurie M. Kunke                         face painting for kids. School sports physicals           Back to School Fiesta Free child immunizations
            Public Information Manager                 also will be offered for $20. All other activities        will be available from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday,
                                                       are free.                                                 Aug. 13, at Irving Mall. Bring the child’s shot
                   Richard Hill                                                                                  record. Free school supplies will be provided to
            Public Information Specialist              Well Child Clinic A Well Child Clinic will be held        the first 200 elementary school-aged children
                                                       from 1 to 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 19 and Aug. 6,          who get shots at this event and live in Irving.
                Lorena V. Pape                         at Northgate United Methodist Church, 3700 W.
                Graphic Designer                       Northgate Drive. Free immunizations for children          For more information on any of these events,
                                                       will be provided, as well as coloring books,              call Public Health and Environmental Services at
         Vol. 12, No. 4 • June 2005                    crayons, pencils, notebook paper, rulers, face            (972) 721-3623.

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