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 www.ci.irving.tx.us, 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
Residents who do not have cable television can view the ICTN election results via the
Internet at www.ictn.tv. 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
Parade applications are available online at www.ci.irving.tx.us. Applications also may be picked
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.
Arts Environment Water Report ECRWSS
In This Issue Page 3 Page 9 Pages 5-8
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 www.ci.irving.tx.us, 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 www.ictn.tv. 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 www.irvingartscenter.com.
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 www.irvingartscenter.com.
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, www.ci.irving.tx.us.
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
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
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-
• 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
(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
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
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
www.ci.irving.tx.us/fire/citizen-fire-academy.asp 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.
Page 4 June 2005 Source: Texas Commission on Environmental Quality
Safe Drinking What’s in
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
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.
firstname.lastname@example.org. 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
• 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
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
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
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 www.ci.irving.tx.us.
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
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.)
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.
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
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 www.irvinglibrary.org. 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 email@example.com. 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
irvinglibrary.org. 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 www.texastransportationsummit.com 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
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
• 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.
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 www.ci.irving.tx.us/
PublicHealth/health/vector_control.htm or call
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
www.ci.irving.tx.us 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.