Adventure park zip line equipment sold/removed at Splash Dayz

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The zip line equipment at Splash Dayz is coming down. City Council members approved the removal of the equipment last month after several cost estimates were presented on the project. Continue reading

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New members sworn in with Oath of Office

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Newly elected city council member Evelyn Spurlock is sworn in by City Secretary Amy Arnold.

Oaths of office were administered Tuesday night at the White Settlement City Council meeting to newly elected council members Evelyn Spurlock and Danny Anderson. City Secretary Amy Arnold  governed the ceremony and became somewhat emotional during the reading of the oath due to the fact that her father-in-law, who recently passed, served in a council position. Council members unanimously voted newly elected member Danny Anderson as Mayor Pro Tem. Continue reading

Council votes in 8% property tax increase, EDC awards grants and sells property

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by Ben Posey

At the top of White Settlement citizen concerns was the property tax increase that the council members voted into place at Tuesday night’s meeting. One citizen asked for explanation during the public comment section on why the city had to raise taxes when property values were already up according to the Tarrant County Appraisal District. No explanation or comment was given by any council member after the question was posed. Continue reading

City council looks at passing 8 percent tax increase over last year’s rate

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By Ben Posey

A short agenda at a special called meeting for the White Settlement City Council this past Thursday evening saw a 3-0 vote by council members Paul Moore, David Mann and Steve Ott, (Elzie Clements – absent) to raise the total tax rate from .733103 to .755693 for 2016-17. The number of council members (3) nearly outweighed the number of citizens (4) in attendance for the 20 minute meeting. Continue reading

Special WS council meeting called for Thursday, July 28

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by Ben Posey

The White Settlement City Council has called a special meeting for this Thursday, July 28 at 6 p.m. to discuss and consider the proposed tax rate for 2016-17.
“This meeting is not to adopt the tax rate,” according to a press release sent by A.C. Hall, Media Manager for the City of White Settlement. “This meeting is to take the record vote which means council will vote for the rate to not exceed. This will allow city staff to move forward with calculations on the budget.”
The scheduling of two public hearings on the proposed tax rate are also on the agenda and are set for Aug. 16 and Aug. 30.
The public hearing for the City’s Operating Budget, EDC Budget and CCPD Budget is on the agenda to be set for Sept. 13.
More information on budget workshops will be published as it is made available.

Council reinstates library cat at special me(ow)eting Friday

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by A.C. Hall

Following a wild week of media exposure that spread beyond the United States into countries all around the world, the White Settlement City Council held a special meeting on Friday to re-visit their decision to remove Browser the cat from the library.  This comes after the story was picked up by the Washington Post, online news giant Gawker.com, and international media outlets. Continue reading

Council votes to remove cat from library

Claire Smith poses with Browser the cat and a library worker.

Claire Smith poses with Browser the cat and a library worker.

by A.C. Hall

On Tuesday, the White Settlement City Council voted to remove Browser, the cat that has lived in the library for the past six years.  This came despite an outpouring of support for the cat.  The council chambers were full, with most in attendance there to voice their support for Browser.
Discussions on this item began with Mayor Ronald A. White, who spoke in support of Browser.  Council member Dave Mann also voiced his support of keeping the cat in the library.  Eight members of the audience also spoke, each of them voicing their approval for keeping Browser in the library.  Reasons given were his pest control abilities, his ability to draw children to the library, and the fact that he is loved by the people of the city.  A petition signed by 618 people who support keeping the cat in the library was also mentioned.   Continue reading

Citizens remember councilman Mike Arnold

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by A.C. Hall

In remembrances written on an online tribute wall created by his family through Greenwood Memorial Park, White Settlement city council member Mike Arnold, Sr. was described as “a gentle giant, a helpful neighbor, the first sophomore at BHS to make varsity football,” and  “a fine example for scores of children and adults.”  Would any disagree? Continue reading

Splash Dayz waterpark budget approved by councilmembers

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by A.C. Hall

At Tuesday evening’s White Settlement City Council meeting the budget for the Splash Dayz waterpark was unanimously approved.  With council members Elzie Clements and Mike Arnold out with approved absences, the remaining three members heard from city staff members who have been working diligently on preparing the budget for the waterpark.  Finance Director Phil Bray addressed the council about the proposed budget. Continue reading

Splash Dayz coming to White Settlement

Preliminary Conceptual Site Plan for Veterans Park Hawaiian Falls Waterpark and Adventure Park

Splash Dayz is new name for the water park.

by A.C. Hall

At a joint meeting on Monday between the White Settlement Parks and Recreation Board and the White Settlement City Council, some big decisions were made about the future of the waterpark formerly known as Hawaiian Falls.  After considering many different names for the waterpark, the City decided to name it Splash Dayz.   Continue reading

City begins repairs, cleanup at water park

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by A.C. Hall

As the City of White Settlement took possession of the Hawaiian Falls Waterpark last week they began assessments on the property.  Some of the council members who walked through the park took to social media to share their thoughts on the state of the property and their impressions painted a vivid picture.  Overgrown weeds, cracks in pools, piles of junk and garbage, issues with water slides, and improper painting are just some of the problems that these council members say they encountered at the property. Continue reading

Water park now in the hands of the City

A view of the water park shows slides, a lazy river, a wave pool, a zipline and other park attractions that will be taken over by the City.

A view of the water park shows slides, a lazy river, a wave pool, a zipline and other park attractions that will be taken over by the City.

by A.C. Hall

It’s been over a week since White Settlement Mayor Ronald A. White announced the City’s intention to terminate their lease agreement with Hawaiian Falls over unpaid lease payments.  In that time, both the City and Hawaiian Falls have sounded off on the issue. Continue reading

Developers, businesses in discussion with city

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by A.C. Hall

EDC Director Kyle Reeves began the monthly Economic Development Corporation meeting by talking about new businesses that are opening along White Settlement Road and Cherry Lane.  Reeves also referenced ongoing discussions with many other potential businesses, business growth and White Settlement’s overall economic health. Continue reading

Council considers new parade and new employee

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by A.C. Hall

Mayor Ronald A. White has spent time on social media in recent weeks talking to citizens about the possibility of more free city events and the ways to make them happen.  This comes as some citizens have reacted negatively over the City’s money saving decision to scale back some annual holiday events like Christmas while canceling others. The annual Easter egg hunt at Veterans Park is one such event that has been canceled as council works to save money.  At last week’s White Settlement City Council meeting, Mayor White opened a discussion with the council about this subject. Continue reading

Council takes additional steps to combat erosion along creek

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by A.C. Hall

For the second time in recent months the White Settlement City Council addressed erosion happening along the municipal complex banks of Farmer’s Branch Creek.  Previously, a decision was made to construct a retaining wall behind the library that would combat the soil erosion that was taking place along that bend of the creek.  With that wall now complete, council turned their sights to the other side of the creek as it takes another bend behind the fire station.  Before them was a proposal to build a second retaining wall in that location.
“This will just help amend what we’ve already done and prevent further erosion back towards the sidewalk and parking lot behind the Fire Hall,” Parks and Recreation Director Rich Tharp said. Continue reading

New businesses open as sales tax continues to falter

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by A.C. Hall

While the sales tax revenue news hasn’t brightened, there was encouraging news shared at last week’s White Settlement Economic Development Corporation meeting.  EDC Director Kyle Reeves listed many businesses and establishments that have come to town in recent months.
These included the First Church of Fort Worth, an investment company, Freedom Church, a used furniture store, Smoothie King, G2 Garage, Michael’s PC repair, and a fire alarm installation company.  Reeves said he continues to have conversations with interested builders and developers and has been showing many of them available spaces around town. Continue reading

Council confirms Cherry Lane closure imminent

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by A.C. Hall

In a special meeting on Tuesday the White Settlement City Council received an update on the soil contamination in the 2000 block of south Cherry Lane.  Assistant City Manager Jeff James gave the update, first providing some background on this issue.  According to James, the first time this issue was noticed was in 1989 when there was a leak in the underground gas tanks of the gas station on the east side of the Cherry Lane and I30 intersection.  The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality addressed the problem at that time and installed two well sites that would allow them to monitor the area for future leaks.   Continue reading

Councill hears sobering update on sales tax revenue, budget workshops coming soon

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by A.C. Hall

Last week the White Settlement City Council held a workshop on the mid-year budget.  At this workshop, City Manager Jim Ryan and Assistant City Manager Jeff James delivered some sobering updates and projections on the sales tax revenue the City is bringing in.  Sales tax revenue accounts for around twenty percent of the city’s overall revenue.  Ryan started the meeting by saying the steep declines in the oil and gas industry has struck the City severely.  The largest sales tax payer in the city is involved in the oil and gas industry and has seen their sales tax revenue drop as that industry continues to decline.  Overall, the city has seen sales tax revenue drop for ten months straight and it is consistently falling below projections.  Ryan said they tried to anticipate these trends when making the budget. Continue reading

Board applications and Charter School discussed at meeting

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by A.C. Hall

Newly elected council member Dave Mann and newly re-elected council member Steve Ott took their oath’s of office Tuesday night as the council discussed several items on the December agenda.  One thing discussed at length was ethics.  Ott requested this item be placed on the agenda as he asked if there was any interest among fellow council members to resurrect talks of implementing an ethics document to govern the council and Mayor.  Earlier this year council voted to do away with an ethics document they had been using.  Ott said this leaves the council powerless if an ethics violation occurs. Continue reading

First responders honored for swift water rescue

Firefighter Dusty Schauer is presented a certificate by Mayor Ron White.

Firefighter Dusty Schauer is presented a certificate by Mayor Ron White.

by A.C. Hall

It’s been a year of record setting rainfall in Texas, and much of that rain came in late November as persistent rain fell in North Texas.  On Nov. 27, those heavy rains led to a dangerous situation in White Settlement as a motorist got stranded in the creek due to high waters.  Driving in an SUV, the driver tried to cross the creek at Redford Street and the force of the waters swept the motorist all the way down to the Judd Street bridge.   Continue reading

New members sworn in; ethics, flooding discussed

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White Settlement City Council, Dec. 8, 2015

Editors Note: Due due a print error, the city council story was missing the final portion in print. It is printed in its entirety here.

by A.C. Hall

Newly elected council member Dave Mann and newly re-elected council member Steve Ott took their oath’s of office Tuesday night as the council discussed several items on the December agenda.  One thing discussed at length was ethics.  Ott requested this item be placed on the agenda as he asked if there was any interest among fellow council members to resurrect talks of implementing an ethics document to govern the council and Mayor.  Earlier this year council voted to do away with an ethics document they had been using.  Ott said this leaves the council powerless if an ethics violation occurs. Continue reading

EDC hears report on recent retailer conference in Dallas

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by A.C. Hall

Last week, Economic Development Director Kyle Reeves gave a report on the recent Dallas retailer conference that the City of White Settlement attended.  Reeves spoke while a slide show played showing the large City of White Settlement booth at the event.  With a towering display, Reeves said the booth was visible from almost anywhere in the convention area.  He went on to say that the City had great attendance at the booth. Continue reading

Most incumbents re-elected, all propositions pass

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by A.C. Hall

Voter turnout was way down this year compared to 2014 as there were no major federal positions on the ballot.  In White Settlement, City Council place 4 incumbent Danny Anderson was defeated by opponent David Mann.  Mann had a 47 vote lead in early voting, and held steady on election day en route to a 397 votes to 331 votes victory over Anderson.  One thing Mann did extensively in recent weeks was campaign on the internet, utilizing local Facebook groups to get his campaign message out and answer questions from potential voters.    Continue reading

Election 2015: 2015 White Settlement Candidate Spotlight

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2015 White Settlement Candidate Spotlight

Informing the voters is among the most important duties a newspaper holds.  As an official newspaper of the City of White Settlement, we believe it is our responsibility to help local voters go into the upcoming election as informed as possible.  Here at The Grizzly Detail, we’re proud to present this year’s candidate spotlight so the voters of White Settlement can learn more about the men who are running for local office.  We endeavored to ask questions that will give you a deeper understanding of the candidates, where they stand on the issues, and what they’ll do if elected/re-elected to office.  Candidates are listed in the order in which they’ll appear on the ballot.   Continue reading

Council makes changes to several funds

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by A.C. Hall

Several bookkeeping issues were present on the White Settlement City Council agenda for Tuesday night.  One of these issues was the voluntary donation on citizens’ water bills.  The bill states that this donation is for the library, city parks, and the animal shelter.  However, the ordinance behind this donation program was never changed to include the animal shelter. Continue reading

Council approves budget and property tax increase

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by A.C. Hall

After more than a month of budget workshops and public hearings, the White Settlement City Council considered passage of the final 2015 – 2016 budget at their Tuesday meeting.  Prior to voting on the budgets, council held one last public hearing for the Crime Board budget, the Economic Development Corporation budget, and the City budget.  No one spoke regarding the crime board or EDC budgets, but several individuals addressed the council regarding the City budget. Continue reading

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by A.C. Hall

In what should be their final budget work session, the White Settlement City Council made a few changes to the budget on Monday afternoon.  The big issue that remained up for discussion was a raise for city employees.  Up until last week, the budget was balanced with no deficit.  This was thanks in large part to the negotiating done with insurance companies that kept employee health insurance rates steady.  However, restoring the library budget led to a deficit of nearly $100,000.  That deficit would grow when council decided on a raise for the city employees.   Continue reading

Library hours to remain the same, citizens voice concerns about budget

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by A.C. Hall

The White Settlement City Council met again on Tuesday and announced to a full council chamber that the discussed cuts to the hours of operation of the Library will not be happening after all.
“The funding for the library will not be cut,” Mayor Ronald A. White announced. Continue reading

Council candidates set

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by A.C. Hall

The deadline to file for the upcoming White Settlement City Council election has passed, and the candidates are now locked in.  Up first is place 4.  Currently held by Danny Anderson, this place will be up for grabs between two men.  Incumbent Danny Anderson has filed to run for re-election, and he will be opposed by David Mann.  Mann currently holds a position on the White Settlement Crime Board.
Also being decided in this election is place 5.  This place is currently held by Steve Ott, and like place 4, there are two candidates running for this seat.  Incumbent Steve Ott has filed to run for re-election, and he will be opposed by George Klecan.
The election will be held in early November, but stay tuned to The Grizzly Detail over the coming months as we give you in depth insight into the election, the candidates, and the issues that matter to them.

New one way traffic pattern for Liberty Elementary

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by A.C. Hall

The White Settlement Council voted unanimously on Tuesday to make the portion of Odie Street that runs by Liberty Elementary a one way street from 6:45 – 7:45 a.m. and from 1:45 – 3:45 p.m. on school days.  This was in an effort to reduce traffic congestion as parents drop off their kids and pick them up at Liberty.
The need for this change comes in large part due to changes in the White Settlement Independent School District boundaries that will see more students coming to Liberty.  White Settlement Police Department Chief J.P. Bevering touched upon this as he addressed the council. Continue reading

Council votes to raise property tax rate by 4 cents

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by A.C. Hall

Over the course of three meetings last week the White Settlement City Council continued to work on the budget for the upcoming fiscal year.  With sales tax revenues down over $300,000, the original proposed budget had a deficit of over $600,000.  Over the course of the budget discussions, the amount of that deficit that will need to be paid out of reserves shrunk to around $150,000.  The city currently has over $4 million in reserves. Continue reading