At its regular meeting on Tuesday night, The Colony City Council is scheduled to formally vote on the municipal budget for FY 2017-18. The budget includes a 1/4-cent reduction to the tax rate. Click here to view the preliminary budget online or here to view the agenda for this week’s meeting.
The City of The Colony, The Colony High School, and The Colony Chamber of Commerce have joined forces to host a Job Fair from 11:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 20, in the high school gymnasium, 4301 Blair Oaks Drive. Job-seekers are encouraged to bring resumes and references, and be dressed for an interview. Click here for all the details.
The city’s new partnership with Simple Recycling featuring curbside clothing pickup kicks off this week! Postal issues in Houston resulting from Hurricane Harvey, however, have delayed delivery of the orange bags used for the service. Residents who planned to participate this first week are asked to contact Simple Recycling to ensure they have orange bags to fill for collection. Call 866-835-5068 or visit simplerecycling.com for more information or to request bags.
#DYK? The Colony Skatepark is officially closed while construction for the renovation and expansion of the park is underway. Contractors will be working on the park over the next several months to improve the existing site and expand it to nearly double the current size. When the park reopens this winter, it will be an all-wheel facility which will accommodate skateboards, scooters, in-line skates and bikes (plastic pegs only). Click here for more details about the project.
The Colony Animal Services is partnering with the Texas Coalition for Animal Protection to host a low-cost vaccination clinic from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Sept. 16, at TCAS, 4720 East Lake Highlands Drive. Full set of shots will cost $25; rabies only $5. Call 972-370-9250 for more information. Click here to fill out your forms in advance.
Registration is underway for this weekend’s Back to Hogwarts Bash at The Colony Public Library! The event celebrating all things Harry Potter is scheduled for 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 16, at the library, 6800 Main St. Click here for ticket information. You may also email Youth Services Librarian Jacquelyn Yu or call 972-625-1900, ext. 3, for general information. Library patrons are advised the library will close early at 3 p.m. Saturday to accommodate preparations for the big Bash.
The first of THREE special events in The Colony this week happens Friday, Sept. 8, at The Colony Five Star Complex as Movies in the Park returns! Grab the lawn chairs and blankets and come on out for a FREE showing of The Lego Batman Movie (Rated PG). Gates open at 7 p.m., movie starts at 8 p.m. Concessions will be available for purchase. For more information, call Parks & Recreation at 972-625-1106.
The annual Bow Wow Luau supporting The Colony Animal Services Injured Animal Fund is scheduled for 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 10, at Hawaiian Falls Waterpark, 4400 Paige Road. Concessions will be available for purchase. Limit two dogs per owner. Purchase your tickets online in advance and save $4. Day-of-event tickets are available for $20 per person. For more information, please contact the Parks and Recreation Department at 972-625-1106.
Did you know that the Carson & Barnes Circus will be debuting its “CircusSaurus” show in The Colony this weekend, Sept. 9-10, at The Colony Five Star Complex? There are four shows, at 4:30 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, and 1:30 and 4:30 p.m. Sunday. Discount tickets are available through Friday, Sept. 8, at The Colony Recreation Center, 5151 North Colony Blvd., for $12/adult (includes admission for one child). Child tickets can also be purchased for $6/child (for ages 2 – 11). You can also purchase tickets online at http://www.BigTopShow.com, or at the box office on the performance dates. For more information contact the Parks & Recreation Department at 972-625-1106.
The Colony Fire Department has deployed resources to assist with the statewide emergency response toHurricane Harvey. A TCFD Division Chief left Sunday morning as part of a communications and incident management team. On Sunday afternoon, an engine company was requested as part of a strike team associated with the Texas Intrastate Fire Mutual Aid System (TIFMAS). The team is comprised of members of TCFD, Flower Mound, Lewisville, Lake Cities and Southlake FDs, and was headed to north Houston. This morning, TIFMAS requested a brush truck as part of a strike team leaving out of Plano and headed to Rockport. They are expected to be gone at least five days. Residents wishing to assist victims of the hurricane are encouraged to make monetary donations to the Red Cross, which is operating three shelters in the D-FW area. Please do not take donated items to shelters as they don’t have the staffing or storage to support such donations. New/gently used clothing, toiletries and non-perishables may be dropped off from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily at Trusted World, 15660 N. Dallas Parkway, Dallas, TX 75248. Click here for more info.
Motorists are reminded that the Texas Legislature passed a statewide ban on texting and driving back in June, which goes into effect on Friday, Sept. 1. Under the new law, drivers are prohibited from reading, writing, or sending electronic messages while operating a motor vehicle. Motorists may still talk on the phone while driving but only with a hands-free device. Violations are punishable by a fine but the new law also states that if an accident caused by texting and driving results in the death or serious bodily injury of another person, they can be charged with a Class A misdemeanor punishable by a fine not to exceed $4,000 and a jail term not to exceed one year. Full text of the law is available here.
Did you know that The Colony has an Adult Kickball League? This fun, active league for adult ages 16 and up plays games on Monday evenings at The Colony Five Star Complex, 4100 Blair Oaks Drive. Teams are made up of at least five men and five women, and can have a maximum of 20 players total. It’s fun for all ages! The fall season will kick off on Monday, Sept. 18. You may register at The Colony Recreation Center, 5151 North Colony Blvd., or online at playtc.com, through Sept 7. Call 972-625-1106 for more info.
OK, it’s not actually this week but now is the time everyone needs to know that the first day of school in Lewisville ISD is nextMonday, Aug. 28. Be prepared for additional traffic on the roads during your morning commute, including school buses. If the yellow or red lights are flashing and the stop arm is extended, traffic must stop. The area 10 feet around a school bus is the most dangerous for children – stop far enough back to allow them space to safely enter and exit the bus. Also, observe school zone speed limits and watch for children on sidewalks and crossing streets going to and from campus. School is already underway in neighboring ISDs, including Little Elm (which serves The Tribute subdivision), Frisco, and Plano. Drive safe!
According to the Red Cross, a decline in new and current blood donors has made it difficult for the agency to keep pace with hospital patient needs. By giving blood, you can help sustain a sufficient community blood supply. The Red Cross will be hosting a blood drive from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 24, at the City Hall Annex, 6804 Main St. To make an appointment, click hereor visit redcrossblood.org and use sponsor code “colonycommunity.” In less time than it can take to go out to eat, you can make a difference for cancer patients, accident victims, and others in need. Call 972-624-2246 for more info. (This drive was previously scheduled to be held at the Community Center.)
Starting now and leading into Labor Day weekend, The Colony Police Department is putting additional officers on the streets dedicated to patrolling for impaired drivers. This is effort is possible thanks to a grant from TxDOT. According to a recent release, the additional enforcement should serve as a reminder and a warning to those that might contemplate operating a vehicle while impaired. The increased enforcement period began Friday, Aug. 18, and will continue through Sunday, Sept. 3. If you observe an impaired driver please contact The Colony Police Department by dialing 9-1-1.
Active families make for a healthy community! We encourage you to Get Out & Play with us from 9 to 11 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 9, at Kids Colony Playground, 5151 North Colony Blvd. Our Parks & Recreation Department brings the fun, you bring the energy! We will have all kinds of games to play including kickball, disc golf, 9 Square in the Air, and much more. Bring your brothers and sisters and all of your friends, and come play! This FREE event is recommended for ages 5-12. A snack will be provided for all participants at the conclusion of the games. Call Parks & Rec for more info at 972-625-1106.
In response to a positive pool test for West Nile virus in mosquitoes last week, truck-mounted adult mosquito treatments are scheduled for 9 p.m. Monday,Aug. 7, in the Wilcox Park area. This is the second of two scheduled treatments for that area, the first of which occurred Sunday night. Click here for more information, including a mapof the treatment zone. Click here for info about the city’s overall mosquito control program and personal protection tips. Please bear in mind the city only sprays for mosquitoes in response to a positive test for disease in a given area.
Traffic flow through the parking lot in City Hall will be altered overnight starting at 5 p.m. Monday, Aug. 7, through 6 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 8. Contractors will be performing routine maintenance on a cell tower, and will be blocking the western-most part of the lot. Thru-traffic will still be able to pass under the awning (9-6 clearance) to access either the utility billing or library book drop-offs on either side of the building. Click here for more details, including a map.
It’s still July but just barely. The new school year will be here soon! Are you ready? If not, don’t miss Parks & Recreation’s annual Back 2 School Bash from 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 1, at the Recreation Center (5151 North Colony Blvd.). Two sessions are held: the first at 5 p.m.; the second at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are still available for both sessions. The event is FREE for residents ($3 for non-residents) but registration is required and space is limited. Stop by the Recreation Center to register or call 972-625-1106 for more details.
After you’ve gathered your free school supplies next door, stop by The Colony Police Department for National Night Out 2017. TCPD has partnered with multiple city departments to host an Open House/Touch-a-Truck event from 6 to 9 p.m. at its headquarters (5151 North Colony Blvd.). Come on by and visit with your local first-responders in this event aimed to build police-community partnerships. For more, email CRO@thecolonytx.gov or call Officers Koiner or Lee at 972-625-8273.
The Colony City Councilnormally meets on the first Tuesday of each month but in light of the aforementioned events, the first regular meeting of August will be held at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 2. Clickhere for the agenda. The Council is also scheduled to conduct a special session at 6 p.m. Monday, July 31, to consider making appointments to city boards and commissions. Call the City Secretary’s Office at 972-624-3105 for more info.