Crossroads N'Letter - Oct/Nov '16
The October/November 2016 Crossroads City Newsletter is available for download.
Hazardous Waste Drop-Off - Nov 5
Properly dispose of your household hazardous waste on Saturday, November 5, 2016 when Fort Worth’s Crud Cruiser comes to Haltom City. From 9 - 11:00 a.m., the Crud Cruiser will be in the parking lot of the Haltom City Public Library, 4809 Haltom Rd. (mapped below) Items accepted include:
- automotive fluids
- cleaners & chemicals
- cooking oil
- lawn, garden and pool chemicals
- light bulbs
- paint and painting supplies
The first 20 cars will receive a cooking grease collection container and funnel, the next 20 cars will receive a funnel only, and while supplies last, can lids will be given away to the rest of the cars.
These items are not accepted:
- ammunition and explosives
- appliances and electronics
- building materials
- bulk trash and yard waste
- butane and propane cylinders
- medical waste
- radioactive items
Proof of residency in Haltom City will be required and this service is offered by the Environmental Collection Center. Call the ECC 817-392-1234 for more information.
HCPL's Weekly Story Times
The Haltom City Public Library hosts a series of Story Times throughout the week. The Library is located at 4809 Haltom Rd. For more information call the Library at 817-222-7786.
Pre-School Story Time
Appropriate for ages 3 and older, the Library hosts a Pre-School Storytime on Thursdays from 11 – 11:45 a.m. The first Thursday of each month is the "Parade of Puppets", a puppet show.
Appropriate for ages 2 and younger, the Library hosts a Toddler Time on Fridays from 10:30 – 11:15 a.m.
Bi-lingual Story Time
Appropriate for infants to 5 year olds, the Library hosts a Bi-lingual Story Time on Wednesdays from 10:30 - 11:00 a.m. Come for bi-lingual stories in Spanish & English. Other activitiess, such as crafts or movies, are also featured.
The Library also hosts special story times throughout the year, including during the annual Summer Reading Program in June and July.
HCPL's Hooowling Halloween - Oct 27
Mark your calendars for Thursday, October 27, 2016 from 6:30 – 8:00 p.m., as ghosts and goblins will be out that night at the Haltom City Library's annual Hooowling Halloween. There will be not-so-scary stories and a craft along with trick or treating. Kids are of course encouraged to come in costume...moms and dads too!
Positive WNV Sample - Sept 16
Tarrant County Public Health (TCPH) has once again confirmed the presence of West Nile Virus (WNV) in a mosquito sample collected in the following area within the City of Haltom City: Diamond Oaks Drive South.
Weather permitting (wind speeds must be under 10 mph), Haltom City will spray the location the week of Monday, September 19th, 2016. Ground spraying will start at 9:00 p.m. and conclude by 5:00 a.m. the following morning. If spray conditions are favorable the City will spray the area at least twice during the week.
Haltom City reminds residents of the importance of taking personal protective measures to safeguard against the West Nile Virus. Residents should routinely dump standing water on their property, use repellent and cover their extremities from dust to dawn. Haltom City has compiled a list of ways you can protect yourself from mosquito-borne illnesses.
Click the image at right for a visual map of the zones that will be sprayed on the dates listed above.
Friends of HCPL Fundraiser - Oct 15
The Friends of the Haltom City Public Library will be celebrating National Friends of Libraries Week (NFLW) early this year. The official kick off for NFLW in Haltom City is Saturday, October 15th from 8 – 10:00 a.m. at Applebee’s Grill & Bar, located at 6645 NE Loop 820 in North Richland Hills.
Join the Friends and your friends for a scrumptious breakfast which will include pancakes, sausage, potatoes, coffee, tea, orange juice and soft drinks.. Tickets are $10.00 per person. Tickets may be purchased at the Library (cash, check or credit card) or from one of the Friends’ members (cash only) by calling Terri at 817-798-8734.
Coloring & Cookies for Grown Ups
The 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.
FY2017 Budget Brief
The FY2017 Haltom City Budget Brief, passed by the City Council on second reading on Sept. 12, 2016, can be downloaded here in PDF format.
HCPL's Pumpkin Decorating Contest
The Haltom City Library is once again hosting a Pumpkin Decorating Contest for ages 5-adult. Decorate a pumpkin or gourd, real or artificial, anyway you want. Use glue or paint, carve a design...or all of the above! Bring your pumpkins to the library by Saturday, October 22, 2016. Judging will take place during our annual "Hoooowling Halloween" party on Thursday, October 27th.
Test Your Smoke Alarms
The Haltom City Fire/Rescue Department reminds you that every bedroom in your house needs a working smoke alarm. Half of home fire deaths happen between 11:00 p.m. and 7:00 a.m., when most people are asleep. Install smoke alarms in every bedroom, outside each separate sleeping area, and on every level of the home, including the basement. Larger homes may need more alarms.
For the best protection, install interconnected smoke alarms in your home. This way, when one sounds, they all sound.
Be sure to test alarms at least once a month by pushing the alarm's test button. Replace all smoke alarms when they are 10 year sold or if they do not sound when tested. Some people, especially children and older adults, may need help to wak up. Make sure it is someone's responsibility tol wake them if the smoke alarm sounds.
If your alarm does go off, get outside and stay outside. Meet all inhabitants at a predetermined meeting place outside of your home. Call the fire department from a cellphone or a neighbor’s phone, and stay outside until the fire department says it’s safe to go back inside.
Drop-off Old Meds at Walgreens
Do you have old and expired medicine just sitting in your medicine cabinet and you’re not quite sure how to get rid of it? Walgreens has installed kiosks in some of their stores to give customers a way to quickly and easily dispose of their unused drugs at no cost. The program will make the disposal of medications, including opioids and other controlled substances, easier and more convenient while helping to reduce the misuse of medications and the rise in overdose deaths.
The closest Walgreens for Haltom City residents that offers a kiosk is located at 4520 Western Center Blvd, Haltom City, TX 76137. The pharmacy is always open, so you can drop off your unused medications 24 hours a day.
Store information and hours are available here.
6Stones CPR Fall Blitz
Haltom City is a proud partner with 6Stones Community Powered Revitalization Program (CPR). The "Fall Blitz" is happening on Friday, October 21st and Saturday, October 22nd.
CPR is a joint effort between 6Stones, the cities of Hurst, Euless, Bedford, Watauga, Cleburne, Richland Hills, Haltom City, various businesses, nonprofit organizations and churches. The goal is to help homeowners who are struggling to make necessary exterior home repairs. Mobilizing community volunteers, 6Stones aim to strengthen, grow and revitalize our community one home and one family at a time.
Volunteers and Site Captains are needed for this impactful community event. There are an array of options for you and your family to give your time to support your neighbors during the CPR effort. Jobs like house scraping and painting, yard clean-up and landscaping, fence repair, food deliveries to volunteers, and morning kick-off set-up and registration each day, just to list a few. We will also need skilled labor volunteers prior to the Fall Blitz for things like carpentry and pressure washing to get the homes ready for their revitalization. The number of community volunteers determines the number of houses we can improve, so we need everyone’s help. Online registration is available here. Learn more about the work of 6Stones, please visit their website.
Clothes Connection & Supply Depot
The Birdville ISD Council of PTAs operates two programs to help BISD students from low-income homes: Clothes Connection & Supply Depot. These programs serve disadvantaged BISD students with school supplies, one shoe voucher, and two clothing orders per year. Their mission is to help kids feel better about themselves and they offer clothing from sizes 3T and up. Clothes Connection receive clothing donations from Birdville schools, local businesses and the community.
Clothes Connection and Supply Depot are non-profits run entirely by volunteers. They are funded by contributions from BISD employees through payroll deduction, local PTAs, and other donations. Funds donated to the Clothes Connection are used to purchase new socks, new undergarments, clothing items and Payless Shoe vouchers. Funds donated to Supply Depot are used to purchase school supply packs and backpacks.
To donation clothing: They accept clean, gently used, school appropriate clothing of all sizes at their facility during regular hours of operation. Donations may also be dropped off at any BISD campus.
To donate your time: please contact the Clothes Connection VP at or the Supply Depot VP at to schedule a special workday for your school or organization.
To donate financially: Cash or checks may be sent to:
BISD Council of PTAs
6125 E Belknap St
Haltom City, TX 76117
Please designate donation for Clothes Connection or Supply Depot
Hours of operation are Tuesday and Wednesday from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and they are closed during school holidays and half days. Additional hours may be available at the beginning of the school year. They may be reached by phone by calling 817-547-3990. See their Facebook page for more information.
Our storefront is located at:
5308 E. Belknap St.
Haltom City, TX 76117
More information can be found online here.
Clothes Connection and Supply Depot are 501(c)3 non-profit and donations may be tax-deductible; please request a receipt for your records, if needed.
2-1-1 Texas - Resource Assistance
2-1-1 Texas, a program of the Texas Health and Human Services Commission, is committed to helping Texas citizens connect with the services they need. Whether by phone or internet, their goal is to present accurate, well-organized and easy-to-find information from state and local health and human services programs.
2-1-1 Texas is a free, anonymous social service hotline, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. No matter where you live in Texas, you can dial 2-1-1 and find information about community resources. Whether you need help finding food or housing, child care, crisis counseling or substance abuse treatment, one number is all you need to know.
Fund the Fabulous Five
Every month, for less than a cup of coffee, you can help fund special projects throughout Haltom City. Residents and business owners who want to help can make a $.50 cent minimum donation on their utility bill each month for one or all five the following donation funds:
- Haltom City Animal Services
- Haltom City Fire Department
- Haltom City Police Department
- Haltom City Parks and Recreation
- Haltom City Public Library
All of the money collected by your donation will be dedicated to the specified departments chosen by you.
Here are some of the special projects that were funded through your utility bill donations:
- The Animal Shelter has been able to give their homeless animals additional medical treatments and surgeries to keep them healthy and save their lives until they get adopted.
- The Fire Department has purchased smoke detectors, public education materials, take clown training and hosted the annual firefighter recognition awards banquet.
- The Police Department purchased new Tasers for all officers, body-worn cameras for all officers and an interview and interrogation room with an audio/video recording system.
- The Parks and Recreation Department has purchased equipment that better prepares their ball fields, expanded their fitness room and most recently, purchased the new water bottle filling station outside of the big gym.
- The Library purchased a credit card machine, end panels for library shelving, a Library app, a printer for public computers and recycling containers for the public.
There are a couple of ways to sign up for this donation...fill out this online form, include a donation in your monthly water bill, stop by Utility Billing at City Hall or call 817-222-7717. City Hall is located at 5024 Broadway Ave.
Are You Registered to Vote?
The General Election will take place on Tuesday, November 8, 2016. Early voting will take place from October 24 - November 4, 2016. The last day to register to vote in this upcoming election is October 11, 2016. Voter registration cards are available at City Hall or you can register to vote online at VoteTexas.gov. This website offers all the information you will need about voting, your polling place and more.
A valuable state-by-state resource guide for students wishing to vote can be viewed online here.
Positive WNV Sample - Aug 15
Tarrant County Public Health (TCPH) has once again confirmed the presence of West Nile Virus (WNV) in a mosquito sample collected along the Estes Park Road area within the City of Haltom City.
Due to the rain the week of August 15th, we were unable to spray. Spraying did take place Wednesday, August 24th.
Haltom City reminds residents of the importance of taking personal protective measures to safeguard against the West Nile Virus. Residents should routinely dump standing water on their property, use repellent and cover their extremities from dust to dawn. Haltom City has compiled a list of ways You Can Protect Yourself from mosquito-borne illnesses.
A map of the spray zone is shown below:
"Raspberry Pi" Computer Exhibit at HCPL
A hands-on exhibit, on loan from the University of Texas at Dallas, is now on display at the Haltom City Public Library. This "Raspberry Pi" exhibit is a fun way to learn about computers and computer coding for children (and adults) of all ages.
The computer has three easy-to-use programs of varying difficulty to teach children all about computer coding in a safe environment. This interactive display is in the Children’s Department.
AirCheckTexas Voucher Program
The AirCheckTexas Drive a Clean Machine Program continues to accept applications for replacement vouchers after the Texas Legislature restored full funding to what has become one of the most successful air quality programs in Dallas-Fort Worth. Currently, approximately $16 million is available to North Texas vehicle owners.
Administered locally by the North Central Texas Council of Governments (NCTCOG), AirCheckTexas provides qualifying motorists vouchers worth up to $3,000 toward vehicle replacement ($3,500 for hybrids and some other fuel-efficient models) or repair vouchers of up to $600.
North Texans whose vehicles have failed the emissions portion of the state inspection in the past 30 days or are at least 10 years old are encouraged to apply for assistance if they meet income criteria. For example, a family of four earning $72,750 or less per year may receive assistance. Vehicles must be registered in one of the participating counties: Collin, Dallas, Denton, Ellis, Johnson, Kaufman, Parker, Rockwall or Tarrant. Assistance through this application-based program is offered on a first-come, first-served basis. For more information, visit this site on the NCTCOG website or cal 800-898-9103.
The additional funding approved by the Legislature is expected to allow NCTCOG to provide vouchers for the replacement of approximately 6,000 vehicles. In fiscal year 2015, 547 vehicles were replaced with the help of AirCheckTexas vouchers, pushing the total to 31,132 replacements since the program began in 2002.
KHCB Honored by Keep Texas Beautiful
The 49th annual Keep Texas Beautiful (KTB) Conference was held in Sugarland, Texas during the month of June, 2016. Keep Haltom City Beautiful (KHCB) Board member Rick Edgett represented Haltom City at the annual conference. KHCB was honored again as a Gold Star Affiliate and earned Sustained Excellence from our events and programs during the 2015 calendar year. KHCB also once again won 2nd place in our category of the 2015 Governor’s Community Achievement Awards (GCAA).
KHCB has won this prestigious award three times in its history: 1989, 1998, & 2004. Winning this award brought in $250,000 for a new landscaping project along a TxDOT roadway in Haltom City.
If you are interested in serving on our Board, please fill out an application to serve on a board or commission or contact the Community Projects Coordinator.
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(L to R) Wayne Clowers, Birdi Blocker, Rick Edgett, Councilmember Walter Grow, & Carol Williams (Chair)
Utiltiy Billing Payments
Dear Utility Customers:
Haltom City did not receive USPS mail July 6th-8th, 2016. A report has been filed with the United States Postal Service. If you mailed a utility payment during the first week of July, 2016, please check with your financial institution to see if your payment has cleared. If not, please complete this form and we will contact you regarding your account.
The Utility Department can also be reached at 817-222-7717 or 817-222-7713. We apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused.
Message from NT Police Chiefs Assc.
The North Texas Police Chiefs Association began in 1960 and is a 501 (c) non-profit organization comprised of Police Chiefs from 115 agencies in the North Texas area. The member agencies include: Municipal, Campus, County, Federal, Hospital, ISD and Special agencies to form the North Texas Police Chiefs Association.
With the recent events that occurred in the metroplex and nationwide, agencies have noticed a substantial increase in the outpouring of support from community members. As a mark of respect and appreciation for the public’s backing, the Association will release a published letter of appreciation, as well as a word of thanks posted to select digital billboards across the DFW area.
The billboard advertisement will run for two weeks beginning Monday, August 1, 2016. The North Texas Police Chiefs Association is releasing the letter of thanks and billboard advertisement on behalf of the agencies in which it serves.
Smoking Ordinance Amended
Effective June 13, 2016, the Haltom City Council approved the amended Smoking Ordinance No. O-2016-013-10, which regulates smoking and tobacco use in Haltom City parks. The Ordinance now states that smoking and tobacco use is prohibited in ALL City parks to include the use of electronic vaping devices. Smoking is ONLY permitted in the parking lots.
Please be sure to properly dispose of your cigarette butts. We appreciate your cooperation in making our parks safe, clean, and enjoyable for everyone.
Aug/Sept Crossroads N'letter
The August/September 2016 Crossroads City Newsletter is available for download.