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Haltom City, TX  76117
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Message from Mayor David Averitt

haltom city council mayor david averittOn behalf of the City Council I would like to take this opportunity to extend season's greetings to the citizens of Haltom City.

For many of us, the holidays are a time of celebration and also a time to reflect on the year that is passing and prepare for the new year which is about to begin.

I hope you all have a very happy Thanksgiving, a merry Christmas and a happy and peaceful New Year. May 2017 bring you good health and prosperity.

 

Best wishes,

 

David Averitt

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 Mayor - Haltom City

 

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New Parks and Recreation Director

Christi Pruitt, just promoted to Di­rector of Parks & Recreation in November 2016, is a familiar…
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Crossroads N'Letter - Dec/Jan

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Veterans Memorial Site Dedication

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DPS Points Surcharges

How do I know if the violation will result in a conviction on my record?

Any violation filed in the Haltom City Municipal Court will be recorded on your driving record unless you receive and successfully complete deferred disposition or receive and successfully complete defensive driving. In order to receive deferred in the Haltom City Municipal Court, you must set a court date and appear before the Judge or you must pay the fine plus $25 (this is an increase in the fine assessed by the Judge to allow you to receive deferred without going to court). You cannot receive time to pay and you cannot hold a commercial driver’s license. In order to receive deferred on a no insurance violation, you must show proof of current insurance covering you as a driver, not hold a commercial drivers license, and pay the full fine assessed. There is not a $25 increase in the fine for deferred on no insurance violations. You may also appear before the Judge with your current insurance policy and request deferred.
You may also want to consider defensive driving.


Why will I be charged more money if I paid my fine in court but did not get deferred to keep it off of my record?

In 2003, The Texas Legislature enacted the Driver Responsibility Program that creates a system of both points and surcharges for conviction of certain offenses. In general, a person accumulates points when he or she is convicted of a moving violation. Once a person accumulates six points, a surcharge is assessed. Some offenses result in automatic surcharges without regard to the number of points a person has accumulated. The surcharge is NOT assessed by the Municipal Court in which the violation was filed. It is a state law and processed through Texas DPS.

 When are points assessed?

Points are added to a driver’s license when a person is convicted of a moving violation that occurred on or after September 1, 2003. Points accumulate on the date that the conviction is recorded by the Texas DPS.

How are points assessed?

Each conviction for a moving violation results in two points being attached to the driver’s license. Each conviction for a moving violation resulting in a accident adds three points to the driver’s license. Points are assessed for convictions in Texas and in any other state.

Under what circumstances are points NOT assessed?

Points are not assessed for speeding when the person was driving less than 10 percent above the posted speed limit. For example, if a person was going 70 miles per hour in a 65 mile per hour zone and was convicted of speeding, points would not be added to that person’s driver’s license. However, points are assessed for any conviction stemming from speeding in a school zone. Points are also not assessed for seatbelt convictions. Also, a moving violation that is dismissed following the successful completion of either a driver safety course or deferred disposition will not result in the accumulation of any points. Finally, points are not assessed for conviction of an offense that has an automatic surcharge.

What is a moving violation?

DPS designates, by rule, the offenses that constitute a moving violation. The Texas Administrative Code defines moving violation as “an act committed in connection with the operation of a motor vehicle on a public street or highway, which constitutes a hazard to traffic and is prohibited by state law or city ordinance.” The Administrative Code also provides a list of 178 offenses that constitute moving violations for which points are assessed. The complete list may be found on the Texas Secretary of State’s website at: http://info.sos.state.tx.us/fids/37_0015_0089-1.html.

How do drivers know if they have any points on their license?

For those drivers who do not keep up with their own points, a notice will be sent to the last known mailing address of the person holding the driver’s license when five points have accumulated against the driver’s license.

What does it mean to have points on a driver’s license?

Each year DPS will determine how any points have accumulated against the driver’s license. Any person who has accumulated six or more points in the past 36 months will be assessed a surcharge. The surcharge will be $100 for the first six points and $25 for each additional point. Points remain on the driver’s license for three years from the date of conviction.

What are differences between an immediate surcharge and a surcharge assessed from points?

Conviction of certain offenses results in an immediate surcharge rather than the assessment of points. These surcharges are paid annually for three years. These traffic offenses and surcharges are:
Driving While License Invalid - $250
Failure to maintain financial resp. (FMFR or No Insurance) - $250
No Drivers License - $100

How do drivers know they owe a surcharge?

DPS notifies a driver that a surcharge has been assessed. The notice is sent via first class mail to the last known address of the driver. The notice must give the deadline for paying the surcharge and explain the consequences of not paying the surcharge.

What happens if a driver doesn’t pay the surcharge?

If a driver fails to pay the surcharge or enter an installment agreement to pay the surcharge before the 30th day after the notice is sent, the driver’s license is automatically suspended. The person’s license remains suspended until the surcharge and any related costs are paid.

Library News/Events

HCPL's Holiday Story Time - Dec 15

hcpl holiday storytimeThe Haltom City Public Library will be hosting a Holiday Bedtime Story Time on Thursday, December 15th at 6:30 p.m.

Featuring Santa & Mrs. Claus. Wear your pajamas (Mom & Dad too!). Don’t forget to bring your camera for a photo with Mr. & Mrs. Clause. There will be a holiday craft, a puppet show and holiday stories.

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Family Movie Night - Dec 12

prancerJoin us at the Haltom City Public Library for our Monthly Movie Night on December 12, 2016 at 6:30 p.m. December's feature film is 1985's "Prancer".

When 9-year-old Rebecca Harrell, stumbles across one of Santa’s reindeers, Prancer, in the forest, no one will believe her. Rebecca’s father comes across the wounded Prancer but it magically vanishes before his eyes. Rebecca nurses Prancer back to health in secret.

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'16 Pumpkin Decorating Contest Winners

haltom city library pumpkin contest 2016 8The Haltom City Public Library's 2016 Pumpkin Decorating Contest entries can be seen below. Winners are noted in the caption below each picture.

There were four age categories:

  • Ages 5-8
  • Ages 9-12
  • Ages 13-17 (none entered)
  • Adults 18 & older

Thanks to all who entered, and take note that there will be a 2017 contest next year!

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Coloring & Cookies for Grown Ups

haltom city libraryThe first Friday evening of each month come to the Haltom City Public Library's after-hours "Coloring & Cookies for Grown Ups" coloring party from 6:30 - 8:00 p.m. Materials are provided but feel free to bring your own coloring accouterments. Relieve stress and have fun at the same time. Adults only, please.

For more information call the Library at 817-222-7786.

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Parks & Rec News/Events

New Parks and Recreation Director

haltom city parks recreation director christi pruittChristi Pruitt, just promoted to Di­rector of Parks & Recreation in November 2016, is a familiar face in Haltom City, serving as the Recreation Supervisor for the last 12 years. She joined Haltom City in December of 2004 and re-opened the Recreation Center after renovations, adding top-of-the-line fitness equipment, new classes, community events, and reviv­ing old classes and sports programs. Through the years, Christi has grown the Recreation Center and its pro­grams and has developed many relationships with residents and business owners in the process.

Christi got her Bachelor’s degree at Texas Christian University in Fitness Promotion (she is a die-hard Frog fan!). She has worked for the YMCA, the City of Grapevine as the Marketing Coordinator for their Parks and Recreation Department, and General Mo­tors as their onsite Fitness Center Manager. In her free time, she enjoys spending time in the gym and volunteering with the children’s pro­gram at her church on Wednesday nights. Above all else, she loves spending time with her family...husband Jeff and their two daughters, which you will see from time to time at many of the events here in Haltom City. She says that her “work” for the city has allowed her to follow her goals of doing something that she’s both passionate about and serves a great purpose. The Haltom City community is what has kept her around all these years and she is thrilled to step into this new role. She is looking forward to restoring our existing parks and being a part of exciting projects in the city, such as the Veterans Memorial at Haltom Road Park.

Veterans Memorial Site Dedication

haltom city veterans dedication november 2016 veteransThe City of Haltom City honored our country’s heroes on Veterans Day on November 11, 2016. The ceremony was held at the North end of Haltom Road Park. City officials, the Veterans Memorial Committee and staff were present to conduct a site dedication for our new Veterans Memorial Structure that will be coming soon to Haltom Road Park.

It will be a place where citizens can come together to reflect on love of country and the price of freedom. A photo album is posted on our Facebook page and a video of the event is posted below. A groundbreaking will take place in spring, 2017.

 

 

Winter 250' Softball League

haltom city north park softballParks & Recreation will be offering a 2017 Winter Softball 250 feet League that will play at North Park. Outfield fences will be brought in to 250 feet to shorten the playing field and make for an exciting and challenging game, including unlimited home runs over the short fence. Registration begins Monday, November 21, and ends December 30...or until leagues are full

Register online here, starting November 21, 2016. The season will begin in early January, 2017.

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2017 Winter Youth Basketball

haltom city recreation center new gym floorHaltom City Parks & Recreation is now registering youths ages 7-12 (as of September 1, 2016/birth certificate required) for our 2017 winter youth basketball league. All leagues will be co-ed, unless enough register to have separate leagues.

Register now through November 23rd and pay $60, which includes a jersey and an individual award. Register late, between November 28th & December 2nd, and the fee is $80.

Online registration is available here.

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