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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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Message from Mayor David Averitt

Dear Citizen,

haltom city council mayor david averittLet me first say, what an honor it has been for me to serve as Mayor of Haltom City. In May 2015, I asked for this job, and have pledged my experience, independence, and passion for public service, to listen to you and work tirelessly to deliver results.

While I am pleased with what we have accomplished together so far, it was Will Rogers who reminds us “Even if you’re on the right track, you’ll get run over if you just sit there”. Haltom City is experiencing levels of opportunity and progress that are nearly unequaled in our history, and our future is one of further growth and great potential. These will only be achieved by our coming together and working as a unified community. For the past sixty six years, the people of Haltom City have added to the foundation of civic achievement on which we stand. Each generation worked hard to shape a bright future for themselves and their families.


Since assuming office, the City Council and I have worked diligently to create new initiatives and address the following areas of concerns which were highlighted by many citizens during our recent public forums:

Raising Community Standards
We are seriously addressing the quality of all public facilities, ensuring only optimum engineering, and incorporating advanced technology to better communicate with citizens. Going forward, we must demonstrate pride in ownership!

Frequent and Accessible Town Hall Meetings
To ensure the City Council’s priorities are in line with our community’s, we held approximately 20 Town Hall meetings where we discussed issues ranging from economic development, code enforcement, citizen engagement and the need for embracing new technology.

Increased Transparency
As good stewards of public funds, the City Council now requires line item budgets be prepared and used during our annual budget meetings, as this allows us to fully identify and understand where all public funds will be spent, prior to their allocation.

Employee Retention Program
For far too long our city employees have been underappreciated. This past year, the City Council began the process of addressing our employee pay structure, the competitiveness of employee benefits, and fully implementing an employee retention policy.

Veterans Memorial
The City Council recently appointed a Veterans Memorial committee to facilitate the creation of a Veterans Memorial to be located on parkland currently owned by Haltom City. We expect to have this project completed by fall, 2017.

Public Arts Master Plan
The City Council recently adopted the creation of a Public Arts Master Plan, and will soon appoint a Committee which will be composed of five members selected by the Mayor and ratified by the City Council. This Committee will advise the City Council on matters related to a public arts program, including ways to create an enhanced visual environment for Haltom City residents; commemorate the City’s rich cultural and ethnic diversity; integrate the design work of artists into the development of the City’s capital infrastructure improvements; and promote economic vitality in the City through the artistic design of public spaces.

Municipal Government Internship Program
The Municipal Government Internship Program exposes students to career opportunities in local government while developing and strengthening profession skills in a work environment that enriches the academic experience. Throughout the City’s departments are a wide range of internship opportunities for almost every major. Internship opportunities and duties may include, but are not limited to:

  • Community Development Department – Perform various entry-level professional planning and case processing duties and assist in a wide variety of studies and research projects which may include report writing, statistical calculations, computer work, and other related activities. Research, develop, and apply for grants from state and federal agencies and prepare necessary reports on the progress of grant projects, reorganize, catalog, and manage historical files and assist in the development of productivity analysis reports.
  • Fire Department – Track compliance, develop statistical reports, research current businesses, and file permits on citywide hazardous material usage.
  • Human Resources Department – Assist in the citywide study of employee classification and compensation, answer benefit inquiries and assist in establishing policies and procedures.
  • Library Department – Assist the public in the use of electronic equipment and resources in the Library; assist Library Technicians in providing service at the customer help desks, and help in providing basic computer workshops to staff and the public.

While I am pleased to report that we are meeting our goals for the previous twelve months, I’m not satisfied...as much work remains to be done. The City Council and I will soon begin preparing a budget for fiscal year 2016/2017, where we will collaboratively tackle such pressing issues as:

Economic Development
We must take full advantage of and further develop our geographic strengths by enlisting the support of a Master Planned Development firm who will evaluate our entire city and assist with formulating a comprehensive plan to manage long and short term growth so that we may more accurately allocate city resources and improve infrastructure. Additionally, we must continue to develop relationships with large community stakeholders to facilitate much needed development along vital corridors.

Parks and Recreational System
We must continue to work and ensure our park and recreational system remains second to none. We must also adopt a ‘Standards of Operation’ manual for both city staff and citizens in order to best observe the high standards for which our parks are being held.

Transparency
We must continue to require line item budgets be utilized during our budget process so that we may understand where all tax dollars are spent prior to their allocation. Copies of a line item budget will also be placed at City Hall, and Library for anyone to view.

Public Arts Master Plan
Assisting this newly appointed committee to evaluate our entire Community and determine where best to strategically place public art. Long term, this will be a key element in raising our standards and attracting retail development.

Develop a More Aggressive Street Maintenance Program
We must utilize voter approved reallocation of sales tax dollars in our street maintenance fund to more aggressively address our aging infrastructure needs.

Code Enforcement
We must adequately fund and equip our Code Enforcement Department with the resources and tools necessary as they are one of the important keys in facilitating the revitalization of our neighborhoods.

Redundancy
We must continue to review all departments for areas of redundancy and possibilities of improved services and increased efficiency.


Governing is a team business by design and the City Council and I are committed to maintaining high standards demanded by our residents As citizen leaders we all have the obligation to be creative and resourceful in our approach to these challenges. As part of a newly implemented management approach, we now include department leadership and ideas from all city employees in addressing our every-day problems. I want to thank our entire management team and employees for meeting challenging spending targets, as our continued vigilance on fiscal issues is imperative.

Looking ahead, I am confident that Council Administration will continue to scrutinize each allocation of public funds to ensure we are getting the most "bang for our buck", remain accountable and transparent to the citizens and work tirelessly to deliver the high quality levels of services which our residents deserve. We will continue holding Town Hall meetings throughout the year to ensure the City Council’s priorities remain in line with those of our citizenry.

As Mayor, I want to say what a privilege it is to serve the citizens of our great community. While Haltom City has its challenges, we also have many people who are willing to help carry the weight going forward. I hope you’ll become a part of that team.

 

Respectfully,

 

David Averitt

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Mayor - City of Haltom City

 

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Paperback Book Sale - Jan 9-14

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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

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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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2017 Haltom Stampede - Feb 11

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haltom stampede february 11 2017Mark your calendars for our 31st Annual Haltom Stampede 5K & Fun Run Celebration on Saturday, February 11, 2017. Be a part of one of Tarrant County’s longest running races! Registration is now available online. The Fun Run starts at 8:30 a.m. and the 5K starts at 9:00 a.m.

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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.

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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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