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Posted on: September 3, 2015

Ready, Set, Clean — KIB Aims to Make This Year’s Trash Bash Event Bigger, Better

KIB Trash Bash

Volunteers needed to help make Irving cleaner and greener from 9 a.m. to noon Sept. 26 during Keep Irving Beautiful’s 24th Annual Trash Bash.

Keep Irving Beautiful (KIB) is enlisting the support of individuals, groups and business organizations to make t...

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Posted on: September 3, 2015

IPD to Conduct DWI No-Refusal Operations During Labor Day Weekend

IPD to Conduct DWI No-Refusal Operations During Labor Day Weekend

The Irving Police Department (IPD) will be conducting DWI No-Refusal operations over the Labor Day holiday weekend, from Sept. 4 through Sept. 5. The IPD runs the operations by means of a grant from the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) as part o...Read on...

Posted on: September 1, 2015

Are You Ready? September is National Preparedness Month

National Preparedness Month

North Central Texas residents are all too familiar with how rapidly events change. With experiences in both man-made and natural hazards, life has trained citizens to be on alert. City and county governments are hard at work to make sure people are protected. It is a team effort, ensuring that each person will be ready. This is why Irving's Office of Emergency Management (OEM) encourages residents to be prepared before an emergency occurs.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency declared September as National Preparedness Month. The city encourages both residents and businesses to:

  • Be Informed. It is important to know what types of hazards can affect this area and how to be prepared. Irving residents and businesses face hazards such as flooding, severe weather and earthquakes.
  • Make a plan with your family. If you are separated when an emergency occurs, it is important to have a plan to meet and connect. Know where the meeting spots will be before an emergency occurs.
  • Get a Kit. Build an emergency supply kit with food, water and essential items that you and your family will need if you had to leave your house very quickly. 
  • Get Involved. Learn about volunteer opportunities available in the community. For example, the OEM offers training and volunteer opportunities designed to help keep Irving safe in the event of an emergency.
National Preparedness Month

Irving and its OEM encourage residents and businesses to be ready at a moment's notice. Begin by following the City of Irving Facebook and Twitter social channels, as well as subscribing to iAlert and Alert Center notifications. For more information about National Preparedness Month, visit ready.gov/septemberRead on...

Posted on: August 17, 2015

Don't Miss Laughs by the Lake

Don't Miss Laughs by the Lake

Jumbo jokes and gigantic giggles are in store for the return of North Texas’ largest outdoor comedy festival, Laughs by the Lake, which will take place from 7 to 10 p.m. Sept. 4 at Lake Carolyn, 501. E. Las Colinas Blvd. More than just a show, the Laughs b...Read on...

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Posted on: September 1, 2015

Campión Trail Dedication Ceremony

Campion Trail Dedication Ceremony

Join leaders from Dallas County as well as the cities of Grand Prairie and Irving at 10 a.m. Sept. 9 for the joint dedication of the Lone Star Campión Trail Connection at Mountain Creek Preserve, 1000 E. Hunter Ferrell Road in Irving. Light refreshments w...Read on...

View the Proposed Dallas-to-Fort-Worth Trail
Posted on: August 31, 2015

City Holiday, No Trash Collection Sept. 7

City Holiday, No Trash Collection Sept. 7

In observance of Labor Day, there will be no residential trash, curbside recycling or brush collection on Monday, Sept. 7. In addition, the following facilities will be closed: 

  • City Hall
  • Heritage and North Lake aquatic centers
  • Hunter Ferrell Landfill
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Posted on: August 26, 2015

Budget Public Hearings

Budget Public Hearings

The City of Irving will be holding public hearings related to the adoption of the fiscal year (FY) 2015-16 budget and tax rate. Public hearings will be held on the following dates in the City Council Chambers at Irving City Hall, 825 W Irving Blvd.

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Posted on: August 31, 2015

2015 Dragon Boat, Kite, Lantern Festival Cancelled

Dragon Boat, Kite, Lantern Festival Postponed

The 2015 DFW Dragon Boat, Kite and Lantern Festival, scheduled for earlier this year, has been cancelled as a result of the existing water restrictions at Lake Carolyn. 

The Marco Polo World Foundation announced May 15, 2016 as the next date for the annua...

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Posted on: August 31, 2015

Main Street Event Brings Family Fun to Heritage District

Main Street Event Brings Family Fun to Heritage District

Hometown fun awaits the entire family at the two-day Irving Main Street Event set for Sept. 18-19. The festival opens with live music and a variety of free children’s activities from 6 to 10 p.m. Sept. 18. The festival continues from noon to 4 p.m. Sept. ...Read on...

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Posted on: September 1, 2015

Public Hearing Will Discuss 2016 DART Bus Service Changes

DART

A public hearing, preceded by a series of community meetings, has been scheduled to receive comments on proposed bus service changes in Dallas, Irving, Richardson, Garland, Farmers Branch, Carrollton, Glenn Heights and Rowlett. The hearing will be held 6:...Read on...

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Posted on: August 28, 2015

Dallas County Health and Human Services Reports Second Human Case of West Nile Virus in Irving

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Dallas County Health and Human Services officials report that an 85-year-old male Irving resident died this week from the West Nile virus. The man, who had underlying medical conditions, lived in the 75061 ZIP code.

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Posted on: July 23, 2015

SMU Releases Updated Map of Earthquake Swarm

Earthquake Info

Dallas County Earthquakes, Jan 1 to July 9 2015

Southern Methodist University (SMU) released its preliminary earthquake catalog for the Irving-Dallas earthquake swarm based on the seismic monitoring equipment deployed by the university. Earthquake symbol size is scaled by magnitude and color-coded by date of occurrence, and earthquakes with high location uncertainties have been removed.

The location of current seismic sensors recording the sequence are shown as gray triangles; note that some sensors are outside of the map boundaries. The map is provided as part of the ongoing collaboration between SMU and the cities of Irving, Dallas and neighboring cities. The preliminary earthquake locations have not been published in the peer-reviewed scientific literature and are subject to change.

For more information, view SMU’s preliminary report released Feb. 6, 2015.

Legislative Efforts
Following a series of earthquakes in North Texas, the City of Irving traveled to Austin this legislative session to request the state fund and study increased seismic activity in the area and helped to successfully secure $2 million to be used for that study.

Most Recent Tremor
Aug. 31, 2015, 3:15 a.m. - M1.8
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City of Irving
 
Legislators originally had identified $2.5 million in the state budget to purchase equipment, but no money had been allocated to study the data collected. State Rep. Rafael Anchia and his office worked with Irving officials, including Mayor Beth Van Duyne, to press for and secure additional state assistance to fund a study. Van Duyne traveled to Austin in early May to testify before the Energy Resources Committee.

The supplemental budget approved by the Legislature included the initial $2.5 million for equipment and an additional $2 million for the study of seismic activity. The legislature designated the funding for the Bureau of Economic Geology, a research component of the University of Texas at Austin.

The legislation also includes a requirement to produce a report by December of 2016 and appointment by Gov. Greg Abbott of a technical oversight committee.

“The city feels the study and analysis of the North Texas earthquakes is a state issue, and we appreciate the state legislature concurring with that assessment and providing direction and funding to do so,” said Irving City Manager Chris Hillman. “Irving residents, along with all North Texas residents, look forward to the results of the analysis.”

Funding for the equipment and hiring of people to conduct the study is available as soon as the bill becomes law. The bill has not been signed by the governor yet. Unless it is vetoed or the governor takes action to sign the bill, it will become law on June 20.

More Resources
Residents are highly encouraged to learn more about earthquakes. Below are helpful resources:
Southern Methodist University’s (SMU) preliminary report released Feb. 6, 2015.
SMU's report on the Azle tremors, released April 21, 2015.
U.S. Geological Survey – U.S. agency that monitors seismic activity.
Texas Railroad Commission – State agency that oversees drilling.
Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) – U.S. disaster preparedness agency.

The City of Irving understands that residents have questions and concerns related to the earthquakes and has gathered the information to share with the community. All of these resources and more can be found online at cityofirving.org/earthquakesRead on...