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September 9, 2021

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Christian from Southwest Community Center- Senior Exercise Membership is $35 for a year, offer valid until end of September. Sept 24 at 7:45pm Movie in the Park will be “The Mummy”. Oct 29 Fall Festival will include tables for sale items, trunk and treat and games. At both events, there will be opportunities to promote local businesses for free, or to sell goods by purchasing a table ($10 at Movie in the Park, $20 sponsorship at the Fall Festival). Also looking for volunteers for trunk or treat, or to supervise activities.

Dr. Jared Williams, District 6 Councilman- Next week will be 90 days in office. For strong neighborhoods, 3 priorities: strengthen economy, neighbors' safety, and a council that is fair, just and responsive. Dr. Williams discussed the egret situation. One neighbor has 250 egrets in one tree! Streets are being swept 2-3 times per week, non-profits are being utilized. Work being done includes educating the community, using deterrents like loud noises, and looking to open space conservation for suitable habitats. He discussed traffic control, including speed traps, speed studies traffic lights not working, and schools with no school zones. It is budget season. The last opportunity for people to speak about the budget, will be at a public hearing on September 14. An economic reinvestment zone is being established along the Altamesa/ Wedgwood corridor. Land is limited, looking for development projects that will create jobs. Dr. Williams currently represents 108,000 constituents in District 6. Districts are growing and that means redistricting to allow for more districts. Communities of interest can register together to request that the city keep them in the same district together. A map can be submitted- WENA is pursuing this with other Wedgwood NAs. There will be a bond election in May. We discussed park upgrades and lighting as big areas of focus. Our streetlights are frequently out, or just don't light the street well (sometimes due to trees covering them), and we have some long blocks that are very dark with no light at all (not out, just non-existent). Dr. Williams' office is working with us on prioritizing which areas are the biggest safety concerns so they can be addressed first. Please turn on lights outside your home at night. Lighting is currently being addressed along Altamesa. Report anything you can on the MyFW App or send concerns to District6@fortworthtexas.gov - it puts the city on a timeline to respond. A neighbor asked about having Texas Parks and Wildlife stock the pond at Krauss Baker Park, as they do in Greenbriar. A neighbor asked about bike lanes on Hemphill. Elizabeth Beck (District9@fortworthtexas.gov) and Chris Nettles (District8@fortworthtexas.gov) are the council reps that cover Hemphill. The next District 6 Town Hall will be in November and will cover Transportation and Public Works as well as Water Department Concerns. Watch for more information about that as it gets closer. The September Town Hall covered redistricting, bonds, and budget. The recording from that meeting can be found here.  Dr. Williams would like to be contacted with ideas, issues and interests.

Community Engagement Liason Tracy Edwards provided some updates. In It to Win It is a workshop coming up to learn about Neighborhood awards and how to celebrate our neighborhood. He reiterated the community of interest designation. He provided handouts on egrets, rental and utility assistance. He brought recycle notebooks and recycled metal straws to publicize a recycling initiative. His office can provide bags and other promotional items for National Night Out.

Code Compliance Officer Joel Jones discussed using the MyFW App to report a wide range of issues. You can see the status of those reports on the app so you'll know if they've been fixed. The most common violation is bulk trash at the curb on the wrong week. He has already issued warnings and will be issuing citations for this violation. Complaints about encampments of people experiencing homelessness were addressed. Litter abatement also assists with this. (Outreach team can be reached at 817-810-9797 or give@drc-solutions.org) Litter Stomp is coming up October 16. This is a citywide volunteer litter cleanup hosted by Keep Fort Worth Beautiful each fall. The focus of the event is to encourage your neighbors to come together and host a cleanup event in your neighborhood. Groups of neighbors can register online to participate by clicking  here.

Neighborhood Police Officer Willie Nash also discussed the aforementioned encampments as well as reporting cars that are parked for a long time. He also reported that one catalytic converter thief in area has been apprehended. Feel free to contact him by email, phone or text with problems. willie.nash@fortworthtexas.gov or 817-991-8480

Celena Fannin and Amanda Suttles told us about the Halloween event some Wedgwood moms plan. The event is planned for Sunday, October 31. Signatures are currently being solicited to close Walton from Woodway to Colusa at that time, so the kids can trick or treat safely without worrying about cars driving through. Colusa and Woodway will be open, drivers just won't be able to turn onto Walton from either, on Halloween. If you or someone you know lives in the 3500-3800 blocks of Walton, agreement to close the streets can be texted to Rachel Southard at 682-551-5232. Also text Rachel if you're willing to solicit signatures from neighbors on Walton. WENA will supply $1,000 for police security for the event. Candy donations will be accepted through an Amazon account. Watch Facebook WENA page for updates.

Scott Force provided Garden Club updates. The fall plant sale will be on Saturday September 25 from 9-12 in his front yard, 3524 Wosley. Donations of plants, pots and tools accepted. All proceeds will be used for neighborhood beautification projects. Garden Club will have a presence at the Historical Home Tour and National Night Out.

Heather Todd announced the tour of 4 vintage Wedgwood homes on Sept. 18 from 10 to 3. Covid precautions in place. Advance tickets required for the interior and exterior tours. She is looking for musicians who will play. Classic cars will be on display. Tickets at Wedgwoodhistoricalassociation.org

National Night Out will be at Wedgwood Baptist Church, 5522 Whitman, on October 5 from 5pm to 8pm. There will be fire trucks, games, police, and tables to promote local businesses and organizations. Food trucks will be available to purchase food from. If you have a local business or organization and would like to donate a raffle prize or some freebies to promote your business, please reach out to Angela Burton or Caren Wilkerson.

The following propositions will be on our ballots in November:
PROPOSITION 1- The constitutional amendment authorizing the professional sports team charitable foundations of organizations sanctioned by the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association or the Women's Professional Rodeo Association to conduct charitable raffles at rodeo venues
PROPOSITION 2- The constitutional amendment authorizing a county to finance the development or redevelopment of transportation or infrastructure in unproductive, underdeveloped, or blighted areas in the county
PROPOSITION 3- The constitutional amendment to prohibit this state or a political subdivision of this state from prohibiting or limiting religious services of religious organizations
PROPOSITION 4- The constitutional amendment changing the eligibility requirements for a justice of the supreme court, a judge of the court of criminal appeals, a justice of a court of appeals, and a district judge
PROPOSITION 5- The constitutional amendment providing additional powers to the State Commission on Judicial Conduct with respect to candidates for judicial office
PROPOSITION 6- The constitutional amendment establishing a right for residents of certain facilities to designate an essential caregiver for in-person visitation
PROPOSITION 7- The constitutional amendment to allow the surviving spouse of a person who is disabled to receive a limitation on the school district ad valorem taxes on the spouse's residence homestead if the spouse is 55 years of age or older at the time of the person's death
PROPOSITION 8- The constitutional amendment authorizing the legislature to provide for an exemption from ad valorem taxation of all or part of the market value of the residence homestead of the surviving spouse of a member of the armed services of the United States who is killed or fatally injured in the line of duty
Proposition A calls for the issuing of $400 million in general obligation bonds for the purpose of purchasing, acquiring, reconstructing, renovating, rehabilitating, improving and maintaining streets, roads, highways and bridges in Tarrant County
Proposition B calls for issuing $116 million in general obligation bonds for purchasing, constructing, improving and equipping a Criminal District Attorney Office Building to provide space for prosecutorial efforts and for other non-judicial county activities and facilities
Proposition A would provide $1,211,000,000 for the construction, renovation, acquisition, and equipment of school buildings in the District. This includes upgrades to middle schools as well as the construction of a new elementary school
Proposition B allocates $98,300,000 for the construction, acquisition and equipment of existing Fine Arts facilities. This includes upgrades to our high school and middle school auditoriums, the majority of which have been untouched for decades
Proposition C would provide $104,900,000 for the construction, acquisition and equipment of stadiums and competition gyms in the District, providing athletic centers for our neighborhoods
Proposition D would provide $76,200,000 for the construction, renovation and equipment of recreational facilities in the District. This includes the replacement of aging turf at existing athletic stadiums

Treasurer's Report shows $6398.71 on hand. Membership event with Steel City Pops was a success and garnered several membership renewals as well as several new members.

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