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Recycling is collected once per week, on one of your designated collection days. You can determine your collection day by viewing the collection map below. If you have questions, please contact Republic Services at 817-317-2085. Carts should be placed at the curb by 7 a.m. on collection day.
If trash and recycling service is currently being done in the alley, the cart should also be placed in the alley. If there is problem doing so, please call Republic Waste Services at 817-317-2085 and provide your contact information. They can have a manager or supervisor from Republic contact you to assess your situation.
“Back door” service can be provided for an additional charge. Please contact Republic Waste Services at 817-317-2085 to discuss.
Please contact Republic’s customer service center at 817-317-2085. They will repair or replace your cart.
Please provide your information to Republic Services at 817-317-2085 and they will schedule a pick-up date to retrieve the cart.
If the wheels pop off, please contact Republic Services at 817-317-2085. While this does not happen often, it is an easy fix. A representative from Republic Services will come by and replace the wheels.
A general obligation bond is a form of borrowing that provides government entities with funds to finance large capital improvements. This debt can be compared to a home mortgage that is repaid over time. The bonds are repaid with property taxes and therefore require voter approval. The city’s good credit ratings (AA+ from Standards & Poor’s and Aa2 from Moody’s) allow the city to pay lower interest rates on bonds.
In recent citizen surveys residents have identified street improvements as a top priority for our community. With that in mind, last fall the City Council appointed a 2020 Capital Program Advisory Committee to review street infrastructure needs and options for funding the improvements. The committee, which included 35 residents from across North Richland Hills, met from October to February and made a recommendation to the City Council to hold a May bond election. The City Council called for the election at its February 10 meeting, but because of the coronavirus pandemic the May election was postponed to November.
With concerns over the pandemic, in March Gov. Abbott suspended sections of the Election Code to allow May 2020 elections to be moved to November 2020. State law does not provide an option for the election to be postponed beyond November 2020.
Whenever possible, the city pays cash for capital improvements. However, more costly improvement projects are financed. This allows the city to complete the improvements sooner and keep the property tax rate as low as possible. If the city did not finance more costly projects, the improvements would be deferred for several years during which time costs are likely to go up. If the city chose to fund the proposed projects with cash by increasing the property tax rate, based on current property values we estimate the rate would need to increase by approximately 11.6 cents to pay cash for the projects over the next 6 years.
The city projects that property owners will not see a tax rate increase to pay for the bonds. As existing debt is paid down, the city is able to take on new debt and stay within its budget and current tax rate. Similar to your own budget, when you pay a loan off, the monthly payment can be shifted to another priority.
Property taxes are not used to fund the golf course or water park. Both the golf course and water park operate like businesses. Each pays for their operational expenses and debt service through the revenue they generate by admissions and the sale of food and merchandise. This year, for the first time in its 25 year history, NRH2O’s season was cut short due to the pandemic and the park received a loan from the city’s reserves to cover some expenses. The water park will repay the loan back to the reserve fund over the next few years.
Since 1992, the development and maintenance of the city’s parks and trail system has been funded primarily through the voter approved ½-cent sales tax for park development and more than $14 million in grants.
When it comes to the property taxes you pay, more than half of your overall tax bill is paid to the school district, 23% goes to county agencies and 22% goes to the city. This year, the average NRH homeowner will pay $1,189.66 in property taxes to the city. The graphic to the right shows how that payment is distributed to provide your city services.
In 2012, voters approved the issuance of $48 million in bonds and a 4-cent increase to the property tax rate to fund construction of the new city hall, which opened in 2016. As property values have increased and new properties have been added to the tax rolls, the city has been able to pay down the debt while decreasing the property tax rate by 3.43 cents.
In February 2003, the voters authorized $37,210,000 for street and other improvements. The bonds were issued with no increase to the property tax rate. All of the 2003 bond-funded projects were completed as planned except for the widening of Boulevard 26, which was a joint project with TxDOT. Unfortunately, due to statewide funding shortfalls and other priorities, TxDOT has been unable to proceed with the project. The city’s $3 million for the project remains unspent. In addition, there was $860,000 in savings from other 2003 bond projects.
The city is planning to use the $3,860,000 in remaining 2003 bonds to reconstruct Glenview Drive East (Boulevard 26 to Flory). In addition to having a poor pavement condition rating, Glenview Drive was identified as the street most in need of improvement in recent citizen surveys. Reconstruction of Glenview Drive West (Honey Lane to the city limit) is one of 27 street projects proposed for the 2020 bond election.
In September 2019, the North Richland Hills City Council established a 2020 Capital Program Advisory Committee to review street and other infrastructure needs and make recommendations for necessary improvements. The committee included 35 residents from across North Richland Hills. The committee met from October to February to review and prioritize projects. They considered more than 100 streets that are in poor condition, the estimated cost for reconstruction and how much the city can afford without a tax rate increase. Committee members felt that a majority of proposed bond funding should be dedicated to improving heavily traveled streets such as Glenview, Iron Horse and Bedford-Euless, and the remaining to residential streets that carry less traffic. To stretch the funding further and improve more residential streets, the committee recommended that residential streets which are currently asphalt be reconstructed with asphalt, rather than more expensive and time-consuming concrete construction.
To prioritize the improvements, the committee considered numerous factors such as existing pavement conditions, traffic volumes, maintenance records, input from citizen surveys, whether or not the roadway is a primary public safety response route and estimated costs. While there are additional streets in need of reconstruction, the committee limited its recommendation to what the city can afford without increasing the property tax rate. The committee’s recommendation was presented to the City Council on January 27 and the City Council called for a May bond election at its February 10 meeting. Because of the coronavirus pandemic, the May election was postponed to November.
The city spends $1,250,000 per year on preventive street maintenance. This includes pavement sealing, patching and overlaying techniques that preserve and extend the life of streets. When a street has exceeded its pavement life expectancy and can no longer be effectively maintained by these maintenance techniques it is recommended for reconstruction. Additionally, when a street’s subgrade deteriorates significantly due to shifting or swelling of the base layers, or other environmental factors, the street is recommended for reconstruction.
The city will utilize the competitive bidding process to hire contractors for all engineering and paving work, which will provide private sector jobs for our local economy. To qualify for city projects, contractors must comply with state and federal employment laws.
No. Under state and local purchasing and ethics laws, city officials and their family members are not allowed to bid or perform any work on city projects.
The 2020 Capital Improvement Advisory Committee and City Council have indicated the desire for a rapid implementation of voter-approved bond-funded projects. It is anticipated that engineering and design work would begin immediately after the election. Construction would begin in late 2021 on the residential street projects and in mid 2022 on the major streets.
The committee ranked major streets and residential streets in order of priority. To the greatest extent possible, construction will take place in that order. In some cases, projects in close geographic proximity to each other may be bid and constructed together for cost savings.
The biggest factor considered in ranking streets was pavement condition, followed by traffic volume. In 2019, the city contracted with Fugro, a geo-data collection firm, to independently and objectively assess the condition of every street in the city. Fugro used an Automatic Road Analyzer Vehicle with high tech sensors and imaging to collect pavement and subgrade conditions for each NRH street. Using this data, Fugro assigned each street a condition rating from 100 (best) to 0 (worst). This is the first time the city has utilized an independent, in-depth and objective assessment of street conditions. In previous years, city staff visually inspected streets and assigned condition ratings.
Project limits were determined by pavement condition rating. On Lariat Trail for example, two segments are rated in poor condition and proposed for reconstruction, while another segment (Riviera to Circleview) is in good condition and does not need improving.
High-traffic streets like Glenview, Iron Horse and Bedford-Euless Road will be reconstructed as new concrete streets. Residential streets will be reconstructed as new asphalt streets. Curb and gutter will also be repaired where needed.
On high traffic streets, plans are for sidewalks to be added to any sections where there are none. In order to stretch dollars further and improve more streets, plans for residential streets are to focus only on repaving the roadway.
Project durations will vary depending on the scope and complexity of the reconstruction. If the bond is successful, the city will keep the public informed via the city’s website, newsletter and social media as each project progresses from design through construction.
Steps will be taken to ensure that the city has legal recourse through the construction contracts to prevent a contractor from failing to complete the work in a timely manner.
The NRH Public Works Department maintains more than 543 lane miles of city streets. Through the department’s ongoing Preventive Street Maintenance Program, pavement sealing, patching and overlaying work is performed on numerous streets each year to preserve and extend the life of the streets. 163 streets are included in the Preventive Street Maintenance Program this year. You can find a map and more information on the Preventive Street Maintenance Program page.
The city plans to continue annual funding for the Preventive Street Maintenance Program whether or not the 2020 bond proposal passes.
The east section of Glenview Drive, from Boulevard 26 to Flory Street, is being planned for reconstruction in 2021 with funding remaining from the 2003 bond election.
If the 2020 bond proposal is approved and costs come in lower than anticipated, any remaining funding could be used to reconstruct additional streets.
As the city continues to pay down its debt, it is anticipated that another bond election for street reconstruction could be held in 5 to 7 years.
Scott Turnage, ChairSuzy Compton, Vice ChairGeorge AcostaCarol AndersonJeanne ArnoldBryan BeckLauren BirkesKit BuschmanJennifer ChildsGreg CliftonJohn CopeRobert CopelandBobby (Robert) CoulsonCole CoulsonTracey DriverPatrick FaramLeslie GarvisGayle HaleGreg HoffaKathy HudsonScott MazeRussell MitchellMindy MonroeDavid NewhouseSarah OlveyJim SchoolerHenry SealAmy SteeleTracye TippsMarc TrevinoJeremy VaughanLen WadeJustin WelbornJason WinansBonnie Woody
The building codes the city uses are copyrighted documents and are not located on the city's website. Copies of the I-Codes can be found at the North Richland Hills Public Library; or they can be purchased from the International Code Council at www.iccsafe.org.
The City of North Richland Hills has adopted the 2018 I-Codes as published by the International Code Council. The adopted codes include:
2018 International Building (IBC)
2018 International Residential Code (IRC)
2018 International Plumbing Code (IPC)
2018 International Mechanical Code (IMC)
2018 International Fuel Gas Code (IFGC)
Other codes used by the city include the 2020 National Electrical Code (NEC) (state minimum) and the 2018 International Energy Conservation Code (IECC).
Please note that the city has amended the published codes in several areas utilizing the North Central Texas Council of Governments Recommended Regional Amendments, as well as a number of specific local amendments. All regional and local amendments can be found under Chapter 98 of the North Richland Hills
Every contractor performing construction work requiring permits and inspections must be registered with the City. Registration is completed online (Use NRH E-Portal). There is no annual registration fee for all contractors.
Basically any new, remodeling, enlarging, altering, addition or demolition to buildings and structures will require a permit. Trade work, such as plumbing, mechanical/HVAC and electrical, require their own permits and must be obtained by state licensed personnel. Many construction repairs also require a building permit depending on the extent of the repair. There are some miscellaneous type projects that will require permits which include, but are not necessarily limited to fencing, driveways, decks over 30 inches in height, sheds exceeding 144 square feet, lawn irrigation systems, retaining walls taller than 24 inches, and some portable buildings. For clarification, please check with the Customer Service Assistants by calling 817-427-6300.
The following attachment is an unofficial version of the current permit fees (updated June 2019). Permit Fees (unofficial)
Yes, you must contact the Fire Department Fire Marshal's Office to schedule a fire inspection prior to obtaining a Certificate of Occupancy; however all permit fees must be paid before an inspection can be scheduled. The Certificate of Occupancy will not be issued until this inspection has been completed. The fire department number for setting up an inspection is 817-427-6900.
In general, the following items must be submitted for permitting of a new home. Additional items may be needed depending on location, zoning, or unique circumstances, etc.:
Copy and verification that Residential Fire Sprinkler Affidavit has been filed with Tarrant County (Click here for form)
Construction Plans: Floor Plan, Exterior Elevations, MEP’s, etc.
Wind-Bracing / Shear Wall Plan
Foundation Plan & Engineer’s Foundation Letter
Additional support documentation (i.e. engineer’s eyebrow, brick-on-wood, special structural conditions, etc.)
2018 Energy Code Compliance Report (i.e. IC3 Report, HERS Report, RES-Check Report)
Grading / Drainage Plan
For permits with a permit number format "20-0000XXXX " , requests for inspections may be left on our voice mail message center by calling 817-427-6333. Requests are received 24-7. When leaving a voice message, please leave the entire permit number, the street address and the type of inspection requested.
All other permits use this link: NRH E-Portal
Inspection requests received before 8:00 a.m. any working day are typically performed by the close of the same business day in most cases.
COMMERCIAL BUILDINGS - All commercial buildings require a building permit to re-roof. Commercial projects that include the removal of roof insulation must replace the insulation with thicknesses that meet the current energy code. An energy code calculation is typically required and generally results in an increase in insulation thickness.
RESIDENTIAL BUILDINGS - One & two family dwellings do not require a permit to replace shingles only. Permits are required for re-roofing projects that include the repair or replacement of roof decking. All re-roofing projects, including those that do not require a building permit, must meet the provisions in Chapter 9 of the International Residential Code. Flashings (including kick-out flashings and drip edges) are required; however, ice barriers are not required. The installation of a new roof covering over a single layer of existing roof covering is permitted where the new roof covering is installed in accordance with the manufacturer's approved installation instructions. Roofs containing two or more layers of shingles must be completely removed before installing new shingles. Underlayment must also be replaced when re-shingling a roof. Asphalt shingles must be installed in accordance with the shingle manufacturer’s installation instructions on solidly sheathed decks without holes, cracks, rot and/or gaps (refer to 2018 IRC Sections R905.1 & R905.2). Roofs may not have two or more layers of decking unless approved by an engineer with support documentation. All citizens are encouraged to use roofing contractors who are registered with the city and are members of the North Texas Roofing Contractors Association. A searchable website is available at https://www.ntrca.com/
For additional information, please see the Owens-Corning Technical Bulletin for roof decking requirements at http://www.owenscorning.com/NetworkShare/Roofing/10022499-Roof-Deck-Requirements-Technical-Bulletin---TB-07.pdf
The 2018 International Residential Code (IRC) adopted by the City of North Richland Hills requires roof structural panel sheathing (OSB and plywood) to meet Table R503.2.1.1(1) and typically requires a minimum of 7/16 inch thick sheathing. Table R803.1 is used for solid lumber sheathing (such as 1 X 8’s) and requires a minimum of 5/8 inch decking where rafters are spaced 24 inches on center. Additionally, section R905 of the IRC requires asphalt shingles to be applied in accordance with the applicable provisions of the code AND the manufacturers installation instructions (which ever is the most stringent).
Please know that the city does not require citizens to replace 3/8 inch plywood roof panels if it is still in good condition; and presumes that the panels met the code at the time it was originally installed. In fact, the IRC still allows appropriately rated 3/8 inch roofing panels on rafters spaced 24 inches on center to this very day; however, this product has been difficult to locate. Please be advised that there are occasions where the shingle manufacturer’s installation instructions are more restrictive than the IRC by mandating that their shingles be installed on 7/16 inch or thicker roof panels in order to honor their product’s warranty.
For additional information, please see the Owens-Corning Technical Bulletin for roof decking requirements at http://www.owenscorning.com/NetworkShare/Roofing/10022499-Roof-Deck-Requirements-Technical-Bulletin---TB-07.pdf
In most cases a garage cannot be converted into a living area. According to the city's zoning ordinance, a home must provide at least two 9' X 18' covered and enclosed parking spaces behind the front building line. As such, this requirement cannot be met when the garage is converted into a living space.
Occasionally, a property has enough room to build a replacement garage behind the front building line without encroaching on other required side and rear building setbacks. In these scenarios, it may be possible to convert an existing attached garage with the proper construction permits. Please contact the Planning and Inspection Departments at 817-427-6300 for all of the requirements if you're thinking about converting a garage.
The city's zoning regulations do not normally allow carports and garages to encroach the required building setback established by the zoning district of the property. In most scenarios, there is insufficient room to construct a carport and still honor minimum setbacks.
Republic Services is the City of North Richland Hills' garbage hauling vendor. To set up service for your business, or to arrange a temporary roll-off container for a construction project, please contact Republic Services at 817-317-2085. The use of other vendors is prohibited.
Cargo containers, railroad cars, truck vans, converted mobile homes, trailers, recreational vehicles, bus bodies, vehicles and similar prefabricated items originally built for purposes other than an occupied building or an accessory structure; are not considered an approved building and cannot be installed. Please contact Development Service at 817-427-6300 for additional details.
A plat is a legal document - a map, drawn to scale, showing the divisions and boundaries of a piece of land. In Texas, before homes and businesses can be built on vacant land, the land must first be platted.
No. Residency in NRH would still be required to be eligible to serve on P&Z. Proposition G would only remove the requirement of owning property, making the eligibility requirements for P&Z consistent with our other city Boards & Commissions.
To change the words “councilman” and “councilmen” to “council member” and “council members” and ”his” to “his or her.”
No. None of the proposed changes to the City Charter will increase costs. Some of them will save the city money and make city operations more efficient.
While ballot language is written to ensure it meets legislative and legal requirements, our intent is not to confuse voters. Each proposition was presented in an easy to understand format at the Feb. 13 City Council meeting. Use the link below to watch the presentation.
To help voters understand the proposed changes, we've also provided the following documents:
If you have additional questions, please reach out to us via email or by calling 817-427-6000.
Un bono de obligación general es una forma de préstamo que le otorga a las entidades gubernamentales fondos para financiar grandes aumentos de capital. Esta deuda se puede comparar con una hipoteca de casa que se paga con el tiempo. Los bonos se pagan con impuestos a la propiedad y por lo tanto requieren la aprobación de los votantes. Las buenas calificaciones crediticias de la ciudad (AA + de Standards & Poor’s y Aa2 de Moody’s) le permiten a la ciudad pagar tasas de interés más bajas sobre los bonos.
En encuestas ciudadanas recientes, los residentes han identificado las mejoras de calles como una prioridad para nuestra comunidad. Con eso en mente, el otoño pasado el Ayuntamiento Municipal nombró un Comité Asesor del Programa de Capital 2020 para revisar las necesidades de infraestructura vial y las opciones para financiar las mejoras. El comité que incluyó a 35 residentes de todo North Richland Hills, se reunieron de octubre a febrero y recomendó al Ayuntamiento Municipal que celebrara una elección de bonos en mayo. El Ayuntamiento Municipal convocó a una elección en su asamblea del 10 de febrero, pero debido a la pandemia de coronavirus, la elección de mayo se pospuso para noviembre.
Debido a preocupaciones sobre la pandemia, en marzo, el gobernador Abbott suspendió secciones del Código Electoral para permitir que las elecciones de mayo de 2020 se cambiaran a noviembre de 2020. La ley estatal no estipula ninguna opción para que las elecciones se pospongan más allá de noviembre de 2020.
Siempre que sea posible, la ciudad paga en efectivo los aumentos de capital. Sin embargo, se financian proyectos de mejora más costosos. Esto permite que la ciudad lleve a cabo las mejoras antes y mantenga la tasa de impuestos a la propiedad lo más baja posible. Si la ciudad no financiara proyectos más costosos, se aplazarían las mejoras durante varios años, tiempo durante el cual es probable que aumentaran los costos. Si la ciudad decidiera financiar los proyectos propuestos con efectivo aumentando la tasa de impuestos a la propiedad, según los valores actuales patrimoniales, estimamos que la tasa que necesitaríamos aumentaría aproximadamente 11.6 centavos para pagar en efectivo los proyectos durante los próximos 6 años.
La ciudad estima que los dueños de propiedades no verán un aumento en la tasa de impuestos para pagar los bonos. A medida que se paga la deuda existente, la ciudad puede asumir una nueva deuda y mantenerse dentro de su presupuesto y la tasa de impuestos actual. De manera similar a su propio presupuesto, cuando usted paga un préstamo, el pago mensual se puede cambiar a otra prioridad.
Los impuestos a la propiedad no se utilizan para financiar el campo de golf o el parque acuático. Tanto el campo de golf como el parque acuático operan como negocios. Cada uno paga sus gastos operativos y el servicio de la deuda a través de los ingresos que generan por las entradas y la venta de alimentos y productos. Este año, por primera vez en sus 25 años de historia, la temporada de NRH2O fue interrumpida debido a la pandemia y el parque recibió un préstamo de las reservas de la ciudad para cubrir algunos gastos. El parque acuático reembolsará el préstamo al fondo de reserva durante los próximos años.
Desde 1992, el desarrollo y mantenimiento de los parques y el sistema de senderos de la ciudad han sido financiados principalmente a través del impuesto a las ventas de ½ centavo aprobado por los votantes para el desarrollo de parques y más de $14 millones en subvenciones.
Cuando se trata de los impuestos a la propiedad que usted paga, más de la mitad de su cuota tributaria total es pagada al distrito escolar, el 23% se destina a las agencias del condado y el 22% a la ciudad. Este año, el propietario promedio de NRH pagará $1,189.66 en impuestos a la propiedad a la ciudad. El gráfico de la derecha muestra cómo se distribuye ese pago para proporcionar los servicios de su ciudad.
En 2012, los votantes aprobaron la emisión de $48 millones en bonos y un aumento de 4 centavos a la tasa de impuestos a la propiedad para financiar la construcción del nuevo ayuntamiento, que se inauguró en 2016. A medida que los valores de las propiedades han aumentado y se han agregado nuevas propiedades a las listas de impuestos, la ciudad ha podido pagar la deuda y reducir al mismo tiempo la tasa de impuestos a la propiedad en 3.43 centavos.
En febrero de 2003, los votantes autorizaron $37,210,000 para mejoras de calles y otras mejoras. Se emitieron los bonos sin aumento de la tasa de impuestos a la propiedad. Todos los proyectos financiados con bonos de 2003 se terminaron según lo planeado, excepto la ampliación del Boulevard 26, que fue un proyecto conjunto con TxDOT. Desafortunadamente, debido a la escasez de fondos en todo el estado y otras prioridades, TxDOT no ha podido continuar con el proyecto. Los $3 millones de la ciudad para el proyecto siguen sin gastarse. Además, hubo un ahorro de $860,000 de otros proyectos de bonos de 2003. La ciudad planea usar los $3,860,000 de los bonos restantes de 2003 para reconstruir Glenview Drive East (Boulevard 26 hasta Flory). Además de tener una calificación de mal estado del pavimento, Glenview Drive fue identificada como la calle que más necesita mejoras en encuestas ciudadanas recientes. La reconstrucción de Glenview Drive West (Honey Lane hasta el límite de la ciudad) es uno de los 27 proyectos de calles propuestos para la elección de bonos de 2020.
El Comité Asesor del Programa de Capital 2020 consideró más de 100 calles que están en malas condiciones, el costo estimado para la reconstrucción y cuánto puede pagar la ciudad sin un aumento de la tasa de impuestos. Los miembros del comité consideraron que la mayoría de los fondos de bonos propuestos deberían dedicarse a mejorar las calles con mucho tráfico, como Glenview, Iron Horse y Bedford-Euless, y el resto a las calles residenciales que tienen menos tráfico. Para estirar aún más los fondos y mejorar más calles residenciales, el comité recomendó que las calles residenciales que actualmente son de asfalto se reconstruyan con asfalto, en lugar de una construcción de concreto más costosa y que requiere más tiempo.
Para priorizar las mejoras, el comité consideró numerosos factores, como las condiciones existentes del pavimento, los volúmenes de tráfico, los registros de mantenimiento, los resultados de las encuestas ciudadanas, si la vía pública es una ruta principal de respuesta de seguridad pública o no y los costos estimados. Si bien es cierto que hay calles adicionales que necesitan ser reconstruidas, el comité limitó su recomendación a lo que la ciudad puede pagar sin aumentar la tasa de impuestos a la propiedad.
La ciudad gasta $1,250,000 al año en mantenimiento preventivo de calles. Esto incluye técnicas de sellado, parcheo y superposición de pavimento que preservan y alargan la vida útil de las calles. Cuando una calle ha excedido la expectativa de vida útil de su pavimento y ya no se puede mantener de manera efectiva con estas técnicas de mantenimiento, se recomienda su reconstrucción. Además, cuando la subrasante de una calle se deteriora significativamente debido al desplazamiento o hinchamiento de las capas base u otros factores ambientales, se recomienda la reconstrucción de la calle.
La ciudad llevará a cabo un proceso de licitación competitiva para contratar contratistas para todos los trabajos de ingeniería y pavimentación, lo que dará empleos en el sector privado que beneficiarán a nuestra economía local. Para calificar para proyectos municipales, los contratistas deben cumplir con las leyes laborales estatales y federales.
No. Según las leyes de ética y adquisiciones estatales y locales, los funcionarios de la ciudad y sus familiares no pueden presentar ofertas ni realizar ningún trabajo en proyectos de la ciudad.
El Comité Asesor de Aumentos de Capital 2020 y el Ayuntamiento Municipal han expresado el deseo de implementar rápidamente los proyectos financiados con bonos aprobados por los votantes. Se prevé que el trabajo de ingeniería y diseño comience inmediatamente después de la elección. La construcción comenzaría a finales de 2021 en los proyectos de calles residenciales y a mediados de 2022 en las calles principales.
El comité clasificó las calles principales y las calles residenciales en orden de prioridad. En la mayor medida posible, la construcción se llevará a cabo en ese orden. En algunos casos, los proyectos con proximidad geográfica entre sí pueden licitarse y construirse juntos para ahorrar costos.
El factor más importante considerado en la clasificación de las calles fue la condición del pavimento, seguido del volumen de tráfico. En 2019, la ciudad contrató a Fugro, una empresa de recopilación de datos geográficos, para evaluar de manera independiente y objetiva la condición de cada calle de la ciudad. Fugro utilizó un vehículo analizador de carreteras automático con sensores e imágenes de alta tecnología para recopilar las condiciones del pavimento y la subrasante de cada calle en NRH. Con estos datos, Fugro asignó a cada calle una calificación de condición de 100 (mejor) a 0 (peor). Esta es la primera vez que la ciudad ha empleado una evaluación independiente, profunda y objetiva de las condiciones de las calles. En años anteriores, el personal de la ciudad inspeccionaba visualmente las calles y asignaba calificaciones de condición.
Los límites de los proyectos fueron determinados por la calificación de la condición del pavimento. Por ejemplo, en Lariat Trail, dos segmentos están calificados en malas condiciones y propuestos para su reconstrucción, mientras que otro segmento (Riviera a Circleview) está en buenas condiciones y no necesita mejoras.
Las calles de tráfico pesado como Glenview, Iron Horse y Bedford-Euless Road serán reconstruidas como calles nuevas de concreto. Las calles residenciales se reconstruirán como calles nuevas de asfalto. También se repararán orillas de calles y alcantarillas donde sea necesario.
En las calles de tráfico pesado, los planes son que se agreguen aceras a cualquier sección donde no exista ninguna. Con el fin de estirar aún más el dinero y mejorar aún más calles, los planes para las calles residenciales se centran únicamente en la repavimentación de la calzada.
La duración de cada proyecto variará según el alcance y la complejidad de la reconstrucción. Si los bonos tienen éxito, la ciudad mantendrá informado al público a través del sitio web de la ciudad, el boletín informativo y las redes sociales a medida que cada proyecto avance desde el diseño hasta la construcción.
Se tomarán medidas para garantizar que la ciudad tenga recursos legales a través de los contratos de construcción para evitar que un contratista no termine el trabajo de manera oportuna.
El Departamento de Obras Públicas de NRH da mantenimiento a más de 543 millas de carriles de calles municipales. A través del Programa de Mantenimiento Preventivo de Calles continuo del departamento, cada año se realizan trabajos de sellado, parcheo y superposición de pavimento en numerosas calles para preservar y alargar la vida de las calles. Se incluyen 163 calles en el Programa de Mantenimiento Preventivo de Calles este año. Puede encontrar un mapa y más información sobre el programa de mantenimiento en www.nrhtx.com/streets.
La ciudad planea continuar con el financiamiento anual para el Programa de Mantenimiento Preventivo de Calles, ya sea que se apruebe o no la propuesta de bonos 2020.
La sección este de Glenview Drive, desde Boulevard 26 hasta Flory Street, está planificada para su reconstrucción en 2021 con fondos restantes de la elección de bonos de 2003.
Si se aprueba la propuesta de bonos de 2020 y los costos son más bajos de lo anticipado, cualquier financiamiento restante podría usarse para reconstruir calles adicionales.
A medida que la ciudad continúe pagando su deuda, se anticipa que se podría realizar otra elección de bonos para la reconstrucción de calles en un plazo de 5 a 7 años.
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There are certain requirements to run for NRH City Council. Those requirements are outlined by the City Charter and Election Code and can be found here.
Two forms are required to run for City Council: (1) Appointment of Campaign Treasurer and (2) Application for place on the ballot.
The City Charter requires a candidate application must be accompanied by a filing fee of $150.00 or a petition containing the valid signatures of at least 150 registered voters in the City of North Richland Hills.
The City Charter provides for payment of fifty dollars ($50.00) per meeting attended by elected officials. The City Council traditionally meets twice a month.
Your appointment of campaign treasurer form, application and filing fee of $150.00 or petition are filed with the City Secretary’s Office during the filing period. The filing period begins January 18, 2023, and the last day to file is February 17, 2023.
The forms can be obtained from the City Secretary’s Office during business hours. The forms are also available on the City’s website.
The Insurance Services Organization (ISO) is an advisory organization and the principle provider of rating and statistical information used by the insurance industry in the United States. Quality of public fire protection is one of the items of statistical information the ISO provides to the insurance industry. Under the Public Protection Class (PPC) program, the City of North Richland Hills has achieved a rating of 1 on a scale of 1 to 10, with 1 being the most desirable rating. Lower homeowners insurance rates are available as the city improves its PPC rating.
If there is a missed pickup or any other issue with your garbage / recycling service, please contact Republic Services at 817-317-2085 Monday - Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Republic Services is the City of North Richland Hills garbage hauling vendor. To set up service for your business, or to arrange a temporary roll-off container, please contact Republic Services at 817-317-2085.
After the hole, or wellbore, is drilled a process called "fracturing" takes place. Fracturing requires dozens of trucks with large pumps to send water down the well to make cracks in the Barnett Shale, which allows the gas to flow. The fracturing process can be noisy and may take 5 to 6 days to complete. The City regulates the hours of operation during the fracturing process and inspects the site to make sure all regulations and safety requirements are met. The water that is used for fracturing is hauled away for safe disposal.
When the fracturing is completed and natural gas finally flows up the wellbore, the initial gas to rise up will be burned off, or flared. This can be seen as bright flames from vent stacks, even when the well is a good distance away. These sights and sounds are normal and temporary. Once this is completed - usually in just a few days - everything will return to normal and production begins.
Equipment is installed to allow the gas to flow safely from the well to nearby pipelines and then on to power plants, factories and even homes. During the production phase the site is quiet and has a minimal impact. Production sites will be monitored daily by the production company and will be inspected regularly by the City. An 8 foot tall masonry wall and landscaping will surrounding the wells for safety and to screen them from the public view after they are put into production.
In communities where drilling is already taking place, the most common complaints during the drilling process are about noise and lighting. The City will monitor noise levels and can require additional sound muffling devices if noise exceeds the levels specified in the Gas Well Drilling and Production Ordinance. Lights at the gas well sites will be directed downward and shielded to prevent illumination of public roads, dwellings and buildings within 600 feet.
The City of North Richland Hills has a gas inspector on staff who makes regular inspections throughout this process to ensure that ordinances and safety standards are being followed.
Juvenile Appearances: According to State Law, persons 16 years of age or younger MUST appear in person with a parent or legal guardian before the Municipal Court Judge. PLEASE DO NOT MAIL YOUR FINE PAYMENT; payment cannot be accepted prior to the court appearance.
Minor Appearances: According to State Law, minors under age of 18 with alcohol or tobacco violations must appear with a parent or legal guardian before the Municipal Court Judge. Minors ages 18 to 21 with alcohol violations must appear in person before the Municipal Court Judge.
These dismissals have terms and are not always a defendant's right. These dismissals are offered only if the defendant appears on or before the required appearance date and meets specific terms. Fees for compliance dismissals are payable immediately by cash, check, money order or credit card.
Peppa Pig Theme Park will be located in North Richland Hills on Boulevard 26, next to NRH2O Family Water Park at the former Mountasia Family Fun Center property.
Designed to be the ultimate day for little ones, the 14-acre park will feature multiple rides, interactive attractions and themed shows, all based on instantly recognizable locations from the globally popular brand. Rides and attractions details for this all-new, standalone theme park will be announced in the future. Fans and parents of future “little piggies” can be among the first to hear the big news by signing up for the Peppa Pig Theme Park emails at https://www.peppapigthemepark.com/dallas-ft-worth/.
Merlin Entertainments will build and operate the new theme park. Merlin operates more than 140 attractions in 25 countries, including LEGOLAND, Madame Tussauds and SEA LIFE® Aquariums. They also operate Peppa Pig World of Play, a smaller indoor play center in Grapevine Mills Mall. More about Merlin Entertainments can be found at https://www.merlinentertainments.biz/
Peppa Pig Theme Park has not announced an opening date at this time, however we anticipate it to open during the second half of 2024. Fans and parents of future “little piggies” can be among the first to hear the big news by signing up for the Peppa Pig Theme Park emails at https://www.peppapigthemepark.com/dallas-ft-worth/.
This property is and has always been privately owned. While Mountasia served our community well since 1995, it was beginning to show it’s age. In 2019 the owners opted to list the property for sale, rather than continue to put money into it. Merlin Entertainments purchased the property to redevelop it as the nation’s second Peppa Pig Theme Park. Although the Peppa Pig Theme Park attracts parents and grandparents with young children in general, no one is excluded from going to the park and enjoying the amenities offered. They will have rides and attractions that accommodate kids of all ages and abilities.
Several things made this location attractive to Merlin Entertainment. Having previously served as an amusement center, the property already had zoning for an outdoor amusement park and needed infrastructure in place. Being directly adjacent to NRH2O Family Water Park and central to the entire Dallas Fort Worth region was also a plus. Additionally, the demographics of our region are in line with businesses’ target demographics. North Texas is growing and vibrant and Merlin Entertainments is excited to have the opportunity to add a world-class entertainment experience for residents and visitors alike.
The existing roadway has adequate capacity to handle park traffic without impacting traffic flow. TxDOT’s long-term plan is for Boulevard 26 to be reconstructed to a 6-lane divided section. However, the project is not currently funded, and does not have a confirmed start date.
The theme park will lease adjacent property from the City of North Richland Hills for parking. Lease payments will be made to the City’s General Fund.
Since this was a former family entertainment center, the zoning for outdoor entertainment is already in place for this property. With the zoning already in place, a zoning change request before the Planning & Zoning Commission and City Council, which would have required public hearings, was not necessary for this business.
Merlin Entertainment will be making a significant capital investment in redeveloping the property which has been vacant for the past few years. The redevelopment of this property will benefit our community in many ways including boosting the local economy and offering employment to teenagers and others. It will also bring additional property and sales tax base to pay for existing City services. Visitors to the park may spend money at other area restaurants and stores increasing revenues to those businesses as well. Additionally, it will stir interest in other vacant properties in the area.
The City is not providing any funding for this project. Merlin Entertainments will receive a rebate on a portion of any increase in property taxes and sales taxes produced by the theme park. If the business does not produce an increase in property or sales tax revenue, they receive no rebate. Even after the rebate, it’s estimated the theme park will generate a greater tax base than a retail shopping center with a grocery store, twice the tax base of a new single-family neighborhood on the same amount of acreage, or four times the tax base of an office complex. All of these comparisons are after any rebates.
Merlin Entertainments, the parent company of Peppa Pig Theme Park, is thrilled to bring exciting new employment opportunities to the community. Stay tuned for more employment details soon. Open positions for Merlin Entertainments can be found at: https://www.merlincareers.com
Frequently Asked Questions
A new live scan fingerprinting service is now available for the general public. "FAST" -- Fingerprint-based Applicant Services of Texas -- is offered by the Texas Department of Public Safety through L1. To schedule an appointment, call toll-free at 1-888-467-2080 or go on line to www.identogo.com.
Hay ciertos requisitos para postularse para el Ayuntamiento Municipal de NRH. Esos requisitos se describen en el Código Electoral y los Estatutos de la Ciudad y se pueden encontrar aquí.
Se requieren dos formularios para postularse para el Ayuntamiento Municipal: (1) Nombramiento de tesorero de campaña y (2) Solicitud de lugar en la boleta.
Los Estatutos de la Ciudad requieren que la solicitud de un candidato vaya acompañada de una tarifa de presentación de $150.00 o una petición que contenga las firmas válidas de al menos 150 votantes registrados en la Ciudad de North Richland Hills.
Su formulario de nombramiento del tesorero de campaña y su solicitud se presentan en la Oficina del Secretario Municipal durante el período de presentación. El período de presentación comienza el 13 de enero de 2021 y el último día para presentar la solicitud es el 12 de febrero de 2021.
Los formularios se pueden obtener en la Oficina del Secretario Municipal durante horario de oficina. Los formularios también están disponibles en el sitio web de la Ciudad.
Property taxes, along with other funding sources, fund your city services including public safety, streets, drainage and traffic control, animal services, code compliance, building and health inspections, parks and recreation, and library services.
The following chart shows the change in the city’s property tax rate since 2010. The 4-cent increase in 2012 was due to the voter-approved bonds for the new city hall.
The current property tax rate is $0.489389 per $100 property value.
As part of the annual city budget process, the City Council sets the property tax rate each September following required public hearings. Public hearing notices are posted at www.nrhtx.com/budget when available.
Your city taxes fund the services and infrastructure you depend on every day, such as good roads and the police, fire and emergency medical services that respond in a crisis and keep our community safe. These funds also provide for innovative library programs that encourage life-long learning, as well as superior park and recreation amenities that promote active lifestyles and provide beautiful green space for recreation and play. In 2022, the average NRH residence paid $1,280.52 in property taxes to the city. The chart below shows how those dollars were allocated.
* Admin Svs includes information technology, budget, finance, communications, human resources and other administrative services.
Property taxes fund about 44% of the city’s daily operations, with sales tax contributing about 21%. Franchise fees, permits, fines, charges for service, grants and other sources also help fund your city services.
There are two parts to the tax rate: the maintenance and operations (M&O) rate that goes to the day-to-day operations of the city and the interest and sinking (I&S) rate that goes to the city's debt service.
In 2023, the average NRH home has a market value of $383,824 and a taxable value of $269,976. At the adopted tax rate of $0.489389 per $100 property valuation, the city tax bill for this home would be $1,321.23 annually or $110.10 per month.
Visit the Tarrant Tax Info Website to view your estimated tax bill from the city, as well as other taxing entities. Information on this website is updated each year in August / September.
Look Up Your Tax Payment History
As a reminder, the taxable value of your home is significantly less than the market value of your home, due to appraisal caps and the exemptions offered by the city.
To lower your home’s taxable value and your tax bill, the City of North Richland Hills provides the following exemptions:
Individual property tax bills may increase, decrease or remain the same depending on changes in the property’s value and the exemptions that are in place. Visit www.tarranttaxinfo.com to see how your estimated tax bill from the city and other taxing entities compares to last year’s tax bill.
In 2022, to offset rising property values, the City Council increased the homestead exemption to 20%, which is the maximum allowed by state law. This, coupled with a reduction in the property tax rate, meant most property owners saw a reduction in the city portion of their tax bill in 2022. A further reduction of the city's property tax rate in 2023 means tax bills will be reduced again this year for most property owners.
If you benefit from the senior/disabled tax freeze, your bill is calculated each year at the current rate and compared to the amount you were billed in the year your taxes were frozen. You are billed the lower of the two.
Have questions about what you previously paid in taxes? Look up your tax payment history online.
Property tax rates vary by city, as do property values. Some cities may have a lower tax rate, but a significantly higher average home value. Also, they may offer no homestead exemption or a lower homestead exemption. Some cities have much higher sales tax and hotel/motel tax revenue that help fund city services, enabling the city to maintain a lower property tax rate. The following shows the average annual city property tax bill in NRH compared to the average city property tax bill in neighboring cities. (Please note, this reflects city taxes only and does not include property taxes levied by school districts or county entities.)
What is a homestead exemption? It’s a discount applied to the appraised value of your home. In 2022, the City Council increased the homestead exemption to 20%. Previously, the city’s homestead exemption was 15%. Under the 20% exemption, homeowners’ taxes to the city will be based upon only 80% of their home’s appraised value.
Is there a Senior Exemption? Yes, homeowners can also receive a senior exemption when you turn 65. The senior exemption is in addition to the homestead exemption that is available to homeowners of any age. The exemption lowers the taxable value of your property and the amount of property taxes you owe. For example, on a home valued at $200,000 the 20% homestead exemption from the city reduces the home's Taxable Value to $160,000. If you also receive the senior exemption, the Taxable Value is reduced by another $36,000 to $124,000. The city's property tax rate is applied to the $124,000 Taxable Value to determine the amount of taxes you owe to the city. Other taxing entities also offer a senior exemption. You can learn more on our Senior Exemption / Freeze page.
Not sure if you have a homestead and / or senior exemption on your property? You can check your status with the Tarrant Appraisal District at https://www.tad.org/ or give them a call at 817-284-0024. Once you have an exemption, it will stay with you as long as you own the property. You do not need to reapply each year.
Each decrease in the property tax rate by a penny would reduce the average NRH residential tax bill by $27.00 annually or $2.25 per month. Each decrease of a penny on the property tax rate would reduce revenues to the city’s general fund by $723,201.
Property values are set by the Tarrant Appraisal District (TAD) and may decrease, increase or remain the same from year to year. Property values are based on a number of factors including current housing market conditions. In recent years, population growth in North Texas has been driving up home prices. It is important to note that your home's taxable value has not increased as much as the market value due to state mandated limitations on value increases for residential homesteads and exemptions offered by the city.
In 2022, the City Council increased the homestead exemption to 20%. This means your property taxes to the city are based upon only 80% of your home's value. The City Council has also lowered the property tax rate to offset rising property values.
While senior and disabled residents may see their property values increase, their tax bill will not increase above the amount they paid in the year that they qualified for the tax ceiling, unless they buy a new home or add to on to their home.
Yes. To protest a property tax appraisal, you must file a notice of protest with the TARRANT APPRAISAL REVIEW BOARD. As a general rule, the deadline for filing is MAY 15, or the deadline printed on the Property Value Notice from the Tarrant Appraisal District, whichever is later.
Tarrant Appraisal District has extended the protest deadline for 2023. A notice posted today atop the homepage of TAD.org states: "Any 2023 protests filed after May 15 but before May 30, 2023 will be considered a timely filed protest this year."
The tax you pay to the city is less than 1/4 of your overall property tax bill. Over half of your property taxes go to the school district, with the rest going to county agencies.
While it does not collect property taxes, the State of Texas collects around $2,214 in sales and other taxes per person per year. (Year: 2021, Source)
The federal government collects more than $15,000 per person per year in income taxes. (Year: 2022, Source)
The senior / disabled tax ceiling (also known as a tax freeze) ensures that a senior or disabled person will not have a city tax bill any higher than what was paid in city taxes in the year the homeowner turns 65 or becomes disabled, even if there are increases to their property value or the tax rate.
The amount a senior or disabled homeowner pays in city taxes can decrease if changes to the appraised value and tax rate equal an amount lower than their frozen amount. However, if in subsequent years the value increases and/or the tax rate increases, the homeowner can pay more in property taxes but not more than the amount previously frozen. The cap does not reset.
If improvements are made to the home (such as an addition, not general maintenance type improvements), then the tax bill can go up by the amount of taxes related to the improvement. This amount added to the previously frozen amount would then become the new ceiling on the amount of taxes a homeowner would pay.
If a homeowner benefits from the freeze, sells their home and buys a new home of higher value, the freeze will apply to the new home at the same proportion as the freeze applied to the home they sold.
The tax freeze may be passed on to a surviving spouse if the surviving spouse is 55 years of age or older at the time of the eligible homeowner’s death and continues to reside in the residence.
A senior / disabled tax ceiling is in place for 1 out of 4 homeowners in North Richland Hills. This number continues to grow each year. To verify that you have the senior / disabled tax ceiling in place, contact the Tarrant Appraisal District at 817-284-0024.
It is important to remember that scores represent only a snapshot of the facility at the time the inspector arrived. The conditions could be better or worse while an inspector is not present. Starting in January 2023, inspections are scored on a range from 100 to 0. A score of "100" indicates no points off due to food safety violations and is a perfect score. Lower scores indicate that more food safety violations at the time of inspection. The inspector makes every effort to correct violations while they are on site, and gives the operator a deadline to fix any items that couldn't be fixed immediately.
Inspections prior to January 2023 used a different scoring method where "0" was a perfect score and demerits were issued for each food safety violation. Under the prior method, a low score meant few violations were found, while a higher score meant more violations were found.
If you have questions about food safety inspection scores or how to evaluate scores, please contact your Consumer Health Inspector at ConsumerHealth@nrhtx.com or 817-427-6650
• Low Priority (inspected 1-2 times per year minimum): A food establishment that sells only prepackaged foods; prepares and/or serves only beverages or foods with minimal handling. This may include some convenience stores or commissaries.
• Medium Priority (inspected 2-3 times per year minimum): A food establishment that prepares, serves, or sells foods from precooked ingredients with limited handling. Examples include as a retail grocery store, sandwich shop, seasonal fast food, produce market, ice cream shop, bakery or candy store.
• High Priority (inspected 3-4 times per year minimum): A food establishment that prepares or sells foods from raw meats or seafood, extensively handles foods, and serves a highly susceptible population. Examples include a full service restaurant, fast food restaurant, seafood market, fresh meat market, delicatessen, caterer, hospital food service, or nursing home food service.
A slurry seal is the application of a mixture of water, asphalt emulsion, aggregate (very small, crushed rocks), and additives to an existing asphalt pavement surface. Slurry seal should last approximately 6-9 years.
Micro surfacing is similar to slurry seal, it consists of the application of a mixture of water, asphalt emulsion, aggregate, and chemical additives to an existing asphalt pavement surface. The life expectancy of micro surfacing treatment is 5-7 years.
You will receive a door hanger 48 hours prior to the slurry seal work taking place. On the designated day, the contractor will be placing slurry seal on multiple streets, some streets will begin in the morning while others in the afternoon.
Residents are encouraged to remove vehicles from the street on the day work will take place to ensure the contractor can complete the work without delays.
If you have a conflict on the particular day that work is going to take place you may contact Public Works at 817-427-6460 and we will do our best to accommodate your request.
The typical time that a street will be closed is 4 hours. This includes placing the slurry seal on the street and curing time.
You may drive on the street once all the traffic control devices are removed. We encourage residents to limit cutting your wheel while backing up to prevent leaving marks in the fresh slurry seal.
We have made every effort to schedule the work to take place on days when trash collection does not occur.
Ground-mounted systems cannot exceed 8-feet tall and have the same setback and size standards as a permanent accessory building. Maximum sizes depend on the size of the lot and the presence of any existing permanent accessory buildings. The total area of permanent accessory buildings and ground-mounted solar systems will range between 500 and 1000 square feet.
Roof-mounted systems cannot extend beyond the roof’s edges or ridges and must have a maximum 8-inch separation between the system and the roof. Size is otherwise not restricted.
The installation of solar panels is governed by the 2020 National Electrical Code (State Minimum) and the 2018 International Residential Code.
Lastly, a detailed sketch depicting the roof framing members; including rafter size, rafter spacing, rafter direction, purlin locations, purlin bracing locations, decking thickness, type of roof material, and the number of layers of shingles, must be provided for adequate structural assessment. Roofs that do not meet minimum building code requirements may require an engineer’s design and professional seal.
Solicitation is the act of traveling either by foot or vehicle going door to door to barter or communicate either orally or by printed materials. For additional information see Section 18-482 - Definitions.
Yes. Any person who engages in solicitation activities or distribution of commercial handbills must obtain a permit from the City of North Richland Hills. For additional information see Section 18-483.
To obtain a solicitors permit a completed application must be submitted to the City Secretary’s Office to include:
• Valid driver’s license.
• Successful background check.
• Two photographs measuring at least 1.5 inch x 1.5 inch for the application and the approved solicitors badge.
• $100.00 permit fee.
Submit applications to the City Secretary’s Office at 4301 City Point Drive, North Richland Hills, TX 76180 or by e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org. For additional information see Section 18-484.
To obtain a handbill permit a completed application must be submitted to the City Secretary’s Office to include:
• $10.00 permit fee per person distributing the commercial handbills.
• Copy of the literature being distributed.
Yes. Listed below are a few exceptions:
• Charitable solicitation.
• Persons seeking solely to promote religious views.
• Personal contact or fund raising by individuals, political candidates or parties or their supporters seeking to advocate particular points of view, issues or candidates.
• Activity approved in conjunction with a city sponsored event.
For additional information see Section 18-482.
A person cannot solicit:
• Before 9:00 am.
• After sunset as defined by the National Weather Service or 8:00 pm, whichever is earlier on a given day.
• On Sunday.
• On any federally designated holiday. (New Year’s Day, Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Presidents’ Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Veterans Day, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day).
• On any day where the Department of Homeland Security has declared an orange or red state of alert.
For additional information see Section 18-493.
During business hours contact the City Secretary’s Office by e-mail email@example.com or by phone at (817) 427-6060. After business hours call the Police Department non-emergency line at 817-281-1000. Please provide the following information:
• Company name
• Representatives name (first and last name)
• Location of solicitation
• Description of violation such as no permit, not observing no solicitation sign, or not observing regulations on days/time.
If you have video, please email it to firstname.lastname@example.org with the above information.
Iron Horse Station is located at 6351 Iron Horse Blvd. This is just north of Loop 820 near the intersection of Iron Horse Boulevard and Boulder Drive. The station has 386 parking spaces and 3 loading zones.
Smithfield Station is located at 6420 Smithfield Rd. This is about one block north of Smithfield Road and Mid Cities Boulevard. The station has 549 parking spaces and 3 loading zones.
Trinity Metro allows up to 20-hour free parking at the TEXRail stations in North Richland Hills.
Beginning Aug. 15, 2022, TEXRail is offering long-term paid parking at five stations, including Smithfield Station and Iron Horse Station in North Richland Hills. Each station will feature 20 long-term designated spots, marked with corresponding signage costing only $5 per night. Customers will be able to make reservations and payments within the Ace Parking app available in Apple and Google Play app stores. For commuters and day trippers, free parking will continue to be available for up to 20 hours per trip. Please view TEXRail's parking FAQs and contact Trinity Metro if you have additional questions.
Trinity Metro has announced that effective April 1, 2023 new track designations will provide consistent boarding for passengers at the Iron Horse, Smithfield and Grapevine stations.
The delineation of track directions is a result of customer feedback and will offer clarity and consistency for TEXRail riders.
Train horns are required by federal law to be sounded at all public crossings, 24 hours a day, to warn motorists and pedestrians that a train is approaching. A quiet zone is a stretch of track where the Federal Railroad Administration has agreed that trains are not required to routinely sound the horn at each public crossing except in emergencies, such as someone on the track or workers within 25 feet of the track or at the discretion of the crew, as appropriate.
Quiet Zones have been established for all 10 railroad crossings in North Richland Hills. The Quiet Zone became effective when TEXRail service began on January 5, 2019. Residents should now be hearing far fewer train horns than before. Keep in mind that a train engineer may still sound the horn in emergencies such as a vehicle or person on the track, workers within 25 feet of the track or at the discretion of the crew as needed for safety.
While horns are no longer routinely sounded at each crossing, bells do begin to sound when the crossing signal is activated and continue until the train completely passes through the intersection. The bells are required by federal law to warn those who may be visually impaired.
At the rail stations, train operators also use bells to alert passengers of an incoming/outgoing train to/from the station.
There are different options available to make a railroad crossing eligible for the quiet zone designation. All ten of NRH’s crossings received safety improvements and equipment necessary to qualify them for this designation. In most crossing locations, a median is included, but is not always required. The alternative to a median is to include a “quad gate” design, which means that there are gates across the roadway on both sides of the tracks. With raised medians, the railroad is only required to provide gate arms on one side of the tracks since the median would prevent a driver from crossing into the oncoming lane to avoid the gate.
Both Eden Road and Holiday Lane have the quad gate design with no median. Browning, Rufe Snow, Iron Horse, Mid-Cities, Main Street, and Smithfield have medians with two gated roadway legs. Finally, Davis and Precinct Line have both medians and quad gates. Again, all crossings in NRH are part of the quiet zone.
As a train approaches the Smithfield Station heading east to Grapevine, the crossing gates at Smithfield, Davis and Main all go down. If it is a freight train or the Grapevine Vintage Railroad, the train will continue through and the gates at each crossing will come up as soon as the train passes. If it is a TEXRail train, it will stop at the station and board passengers. The gates at Davis and Main usually stay down while the train is boarding. The crossing gates on Davis and Main are down for about 3 to 4 minutes for each eastbound TEXRail train. Once the crossing gates go up, traffic on Davis gets a green light first, followed by Main Street. Trinity Metro TEXRail is in the process of reviewing crossings to determine what changes can be made to minimize interruptions to traffic flow while still maintaining federal safety requirements.
As a train approaches the Smithfield Station heading westbound to Fort Worth, the crossing gates at Smithfield and Holiday all go down. If it is a freight train or the Grapevine Vintage Railroad, the train will continue through and the gates at each crossing will come up as soon as the train passes. If it is a TEXRail train that stops for boarding at the station, the gates at the crossings may go back up while the train is stopped. Then they go back down when the train leaves the station again. Trinity Metro TEXRail is in the process of reviewing crossings to determine what changes can be made to minimize interruptions to traffic flow while still maintaining federal safety requirements.
Starting July 28, 2019 TEXRail service increased with 30 minute frequency during peak times. During off peak times trains continue to run once an hour. Passengers should consult the online schedule prior to departure. The daily service schedule can be found at https://ridetrinitymetro.org/texrail/schedules/.
Depending on each location and the speed of the train when crossing, the train clears most intersections in about a minute, generally less time than is required by a normal traffic signal cycle. Some crossings are a little longer due to unique circumstances at that particular crossing.
Median barriers are a safety enhancement that restrict driver access to the opposing lanes and prevent vehicle drivers from driving through or around lowered crossing gates. These barriers have shown a significant reduction in the number of vehicle violations at crossing gates. For railroad crossings to be designated as a Quiet Zone, safety enhancements such as the median barriers must be in place.
Studies have shown that this DMU type of train creates 72% less pollution and 75% less noise than a standard locomotive. The TEXRail Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) shows that the sound level for these trains at full throttle is under 75 dBA at 50 feet (equivalent to the sound of a household vacuum cleaner) and below 50 dBA at 100 feet (equivalent to the sound of a normal level conversation). In addition, the railroad bed is being reconstructed and new concrete rail ties installed. This will reduce the sound and vibration coming from the track itself.
The City of North Richland Hills has established “Transit Oriented Development” (TOD) districts around both station locations to allow mixed use development that will be accessed by the transit stop in a walkable environment.
Developments in the Smithfield area include:
Developments in the Iron Horse area include:
Given the limited amount of vacant land remaining in NRH and the continued desirability and attractiveness of our community, the Iron Horse and Smithfield areas would have developed in one form or another even without TEXRail. The rail station provides an opportunity for more efficient, higher quality and higher value development in these areas.
The North Central Texas Council of Governments and regional transportation authorities have been planning for more than a decade to extend passenger rail service to many communities in Tarrant, Dallas, Denton and Collin counties with connections to the existing transit systems in Dallas and Fort Worth.
In 2007, North Richland Hills was designated for future TEXRail stops by the North Central Texas Council of Governments and Fort Worth Transportation Authority (now known as Trinity Metro) and the city updated its Comprehensive Land Use Plan to incorporate the two commuter rail districts.
In 2009, the city held public hearings and adopted zoning codes and development regulations to guide future development in the Iron Horse and Smithfield stations.
In 2015, the City formalized an agreement with the Fort Worth Transportation Authority (Trinity Metro) for the two rail station locations.
Questions about TEXRail may be directed to Trinity Metro at 817-215-8600 or via their website at https://ridetrinitymetro.org/contact-us/.
You are also welcome to contact NRH Planning & Development at 817-427-6300 with any questions that you have.
It is not necessary to raise the lid on the meter box to read the meter as the meters are read electronically through a device called a "Transponder” located on the top of the meter. Readings are then transmitted to the computer in the meter reading truck. The meter is read manually if the computer is unable to read the meter due to a tamper code or malfunction and generates a missed read error message.
Bills increase for variable reasons, listed below are some of the most common:
If you would like to have your meter read again or its devices checked, contact the Water Department at 817-427-6200.
The amount of water irrigation systems use depends on a lot of factors including the number of and type of sprinkler heads the system has, and the amount of minutes that they are on. The only way to know for sure how much water you are putting on your lawn is to read your water meter.
1. Open your meter box lid and take a picture of the dial prior to starting irrigation.
2. Run your irrigation system for the amount of time you normally do.
3. Once your irrigation cycles are completed, take another picture of the dial.
4. Subtract the first reading from the second reading to calculate the amount of water used. This is how many cubic feet of water are going through your irrigation system for one watering. Multiply the amount by 7.48 to convert the amount of water used to gallons.
5. Multiply by the number of days to you water your lawn each month to see how much your irrigation system use is adding to your monthly water bill.
Most homeowners catch indoor leaks quickly, but outdoor leaks and problems can be harder to find, especially with your irrigation system. Performing irrigation troubleshooting checks to determine if you have a leak or malfunctioning system can help you conserve water and save money. Irrigation systems should be checked and fixed on a regular basis. We recommend you visually inspect your sprinkler system once a month and have it checked by an irrigation specialist at least once a year. Here's what to look for:
Look at the controller is to make sure the programming is reasonable. Sometimes an irrigation controller loses its programming due to loss of power, and goes on default, which may be the totally wrong schedule for your lawn. Routinely checking your controller’s programming and time clock can ensure you are watering at the appropriate time of day, times per week and for the a reasonable amount of time.
Locate and check each of your valve boxes. Are they flooded or dry? They should be dry. If they’re wet, and it hasn’t been raining, check them carefully for worn parts, loose wiring, or water leaking out between fittings.
Turn the stations on one by one and look for these indications of wasted water:
Keep in mind, if there are any breaks or loose fittings underground, the water loss may not be visible. Because water naturally flows in a path of least resistance and gravity pulls it down, many underground leaks do not appear on the surface of the ground. If your water usage has been unusually high, and you suspect an underground irrigation leak, consult an irrigation specialist.
Visit http://www.savetarrantwater.com/ to find a DIY video library of common sprinkler repairs.
Listed below are steps to follow to test your meter to find out if you have a water leak:
1. Test should be conducted for a thirty minute period, during which time no water is being used on the property.
2. Find your water meter. It is usually located in the front of the house in a covered box near the street.
3. Write down the numbers indicated on the meter at the start of the test.
4. Return to check the meter reading after 30 minutes have passed.
5. If the numbers have not changed, you do not have a water leak. If the numbers have changed, continue with the following steps:
6. Shut off the valves under all toilets in the house, and repeat steps 1-4.
7. If the numbers have not changed, you may have a running toilet that should be serviced. If the numbers have changed, this indicates water consumption even though water was not being used during the test. A plumber may be required to locate and repair the leak.
This is a quick estimate of cost and will vary depending upon the minimum volume included in your base rate which is not included in the above calculation. View the current rate schedule by clicking the link below for more information. Rates
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The billing date will vary according to the day of the month that the above schedule falls on.
Water customers may notice a cloudy appearance to their water from on occasion. This is merely due to air trapped in the water which can occur when repairs are made to our water mains. The repair process traps air in the water lines, giving the water a cloudy or milky white appearance when it is drawn from the tap. After sitting for a few minutes, the cloudiness will dissipate as the air bubbles break apart. The water remains safe to drink. If the cloudiness persists for more than a day or two, contact the Public Works Utility Division at 817-427-6440.
The City’s drinking water meets all Federal (EPA) standards and is safe to drink. Our water is supplied by the Fort Worth Water Department and the Trinity River Authority. According to Fort Worth and TRA, the taste and odor of the water may change from time to time because of an increase in the water supply of a naturally-occurring organic compound called geosmin. While the presence of geosmin may be easily detected by the average person, it is not toxic or harmful. The water remains safe to drink.
When geosmin levels are high, Fort Worth and TRA do make adjustments to ozonation levels and other treatment processes in an effort to improve the taste and odor. Customers may also improve the taste of their drinking water by refrigerating the water in an open container or adding a slice of lemon or lime.