Superior Performance

Arlington Receives National Certificate of ExcellenceICMA

The City of Arlington is being recognized for superior performance management by the International City/County Management Association - Center for Performance Measurement. Arlington is among 28 jurisdictions scheduled to receive a Certificate of Excellence during next month's ICMA Annual Conference in Milwaukee. The certificate is the highest award presented by the ICMA-CPM. According to City Manager Jim Holgersson, the City of Arlington has worked to create a culture that utilizes performance measurement in decision making. Holgersson said performance matters and results count. "Performance is the real value that public sector employees bring to the community," he said. "Our performance management program includes staff training, effective reporting processes and the development of the annual Business Plan, which outlines how we use City resources to accomplish the priorities identified by the City Council and community. It is a representation of our projects along with performance measures and indicators," Holgersson said.Read more.

Water conservation

 

Pets of the Year

Make Your Selection NOW for Animal Services CalendarPet Calendar

Twelve winners have emerged as Pets of the Year for the new 2012 Animal Service Calendar. Now Facebook fans have until Saturday, Aug. 20, to select the most popular pet, which will be featured on the calendar cover. The calendar is a fundraiser for the Animal Services Center, which offers adoptions, licensing programs, field enforcement services, and educational programs to encourage responsible pet ownership. This is the fifth year for the calendar, but the first time the project has turned to social media to solicit entries and public participation. Read more and see winners.

Not Just Kid Stuff

Arlington Sports Leagues Are Great for Adults, Too Adult sports leagues  

Intramural sports were Kyle Turner's refuge from the "real work" of majoring in business at Texas Tech University. So it's not surprising that his current refuge from a 9-to-5 job is like a post-graduate equivalent of intramurals. It's called Adult Sports Leagues, and the City of Arlington has lots of it. Turner has an affinity for softball and flag football, which he gets to play no matter the season. If he were interested in, say, basketball or volleyball or even inline skating, he could play those sports, too. Read more.

Fire Station No. 9 DedicatedFire Truck

Energy-efficient design, a community service room to provide medical assistance, and a new location that will allow for faster response times are among the features of the city's new $3.47-million fire station. The Arlington Fire Department unveiled Fire Station No. 9 on Saturday during a packed open house and dedication. Families mingled with firefighters while touring the 12,000-square-foot station, 909 Wimbledon Drive. Read more and see video.

Making a Switch

Finding Electricity Provider Is Easy Way to Save Money

Power shot

With 100-degree days upon North Texas, air conditioners are running full tilt to keep us cool. Despite how wonderful it is, air conditioning isn't free - we pay for the comfort. Some of us pay dearly when we don't have to.  Since the Texas Legislature passed Senate Bill 7 in 1999, Texas municipalities have had the option to allow competing electric providers. The City of Arlington decided to exercise that option and has more than 38 different companies to choose from.  If you're paying 12 cents or more per kilowatt-hour, you need to shop around, says David Chase, general manager of Texas Power. The Arlington-based retail electricity provider currently offers a 12-month plan at a fixed rate of 8.4 cents per kilowatt-hour, one of the lowest 12-month fixed rates available at the moment. Read more.

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Water Adventures
 

There's still time to beat the heat with water fun at an Arlington pool or at Six Flags Hurricane Harbor, as the above photo shows. The water park will be open daily until Sunday, Aug. 21, when it shifts to weekends until Sept. 25. As for City pools,

Helen Wessler and Woodland West pools are now closed. Allen Bolden and Howard Moore pools close on Aug. 19. Randol Mill and Bad Königshofen pools will be open weekends through Sept. 5.
Details on pool dates and times.

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Drought Conditions 

As high temperatures persist with little rain, we remain under a severe weather alert. Stay with the City of Arlington webpage to get updated information on power warnings, hazardous weather conditions, energy conservation and tips on staying cool. It's hot and dry. Be careful out there!

 

SAVE THE DATE
Ecofest logo 

Ecofest Arlington is Sept. 17 from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. at Levitt Pavilion. This family-oriented event provides classes on do-it-yourself projects, demonstrations by vendors like the Critterman and the Blackland Prairie Raptor Center, entertainment and local musical talents. It's all designed to stimulate environmental awareness and stewardship across North Texas. Details and last year's video.

 

Tax-Free Weekend!
 
Get a break from state and local sales taxes on Aug. 19, 20 and 21. In addition to clothes, footwear and some backpacks, Texas families can also get a sales tax break on most school supplies under $100.
 
 

LOOKING AHEAD

 

The Arlington City Council meets Tuesday, Aug.  16, at City Hall. Agenda.

 

Planning and Zoning Commission meets Wednesday, Aug. 17, at City Hall.

 

Learn how to borrow eBooks for your Nook, Pandigital, Kobo, Sony Reader or other eReader device in an eBook & More for Mobile Devices class on Thursday, Aug. 18, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. and Tuesday, Aug. 23, from 10 to 11:30 a.m. at the Southeast Branch Library Community Room.

  

Running through Sept. 31 at the Arlington Museum of Art is Points of View, an exhibit featuring the work of five artists who work in mixed media, acrylic, experimental media painting, oils and watercolor. 

  

Free music under the stars will be back for the 2011 Fall Concert Series on Sept. 1 at the Levitt Pavilion at Founder's Plaza with local fave Brave Combo. See Concert Calendar.

  

Volunteers are needed for AISD's Operation Graduation Walk on Saturday, Sept. 10, to encourage students to come back to school. Details at 682-867-7373. Online registration form.

IN THE BANNER 

Classes resume for Arlington and Mansfield ISD students Monday, Aug. 22. The City of Arlington reminds motorists to slow down in school zones when yellow school zone lights are flashing.

PAWS A MOMENT

 

Paw Print

 

Community Services Educator Chris Huff educated a total of 26 youth in responsible pet grooming and ownership in the annual Arlington Animal Services Center Youth Pet Grooming Academy. 

other Animal Services stories. 

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NEW ON THE WEB

Whether it's a complaint about graffiti or a compliment about a job well done, a new reporting system is now available online to make submitting requests to the City much easier. The new Action Center online form made its debut Friday, August 12, on the City of Arlington website. This new reporting interface has colorful, descriptive icons for every city program from parks and animal services to public safety and transportation. A GIS mapping tool was also added to help users identify the specific location of an issue. 

 

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