Fort Worth Fire Chief
James (Jim) Davis, an assistant chief in Columbus, Ohio, has been named the new Fort Worth fire chief.
“I am confident that we have found the right person for the job,” said Fort Worth City Manager David Cooke. “Jim's strong background in training and emergency response will be invaluable assets to our department and our city.”
Earlier this year, Davis was named assistant fire chief in Columbus, a city with a population only slightly larger than Fort Worth.
Davis was responsible for all areas of training and education for the 1,550 firefighters and paramedics in the Columbus Division of Fire. He is a registered nurse with more than 20 years of emergency department, intensive care and mobile intensive care unit experience, including 20 years as a flight RN/EMT with Medflight of Ohio.
Davis holds a master’s degree in operational excellence and process improvement from Ohio State University’s Fisher College of Business and a doctorate in adult learning theory from the University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education Chief Learning Officer program.
“As the fire chief in Fort Worth, I want to make a strong effort to build off the foundation that exists within the Fort Worth Fire Department,” Davis said. “I want to be an ambassador and cheerleader to the great work these firefighters do every day in this community. I hope to create a future within the fire department that respects the past, yet embraces the future. That future involves becoming a learning organization that develops their staff through education and training, executes at the highest level to serve the residents and guests of Fort Worth and conducts itself with professionalism and positive labor-management relationships.”
for EFWBA Board
Proposed slate of Officers & Directors for the 2020 calendar year.
President: Jason Ray
CEO Clayton Youth Services
President Elect: Mike Whisenand
Vice President: Tony Prenger
President, Pinnacle Bank Woodhaven
Secretary: Don Boren
Owner, Don Boren & Co.| Kwik Kopy
Treasurer: Angela Baker
Southside Bank, Rosedale
Immediate Past President: Wanda Conlin
(non elected, non voting position)
Schwennsen Financial Services
Deputy Chief, FWPD
FWISD Eastside Outreach
Polytechnic HS Alumni Association
Senior Director of Sponsored Programs and Foundation Relations,
Texas Wesleyan University
former owner of Los Pastores Restaurant on Rosedale, business and realestate investor in east Fort Worth, active member in Federación de Zacatecas
Executive Director of Healthy Tarrant County Collaboration, current President of White Lake HIlls Neighborhood Association. Linda has been active in leading collaboration efforts between East and Southeast Fort Worth and City Hall regarding economic development issues in East Fort Worth
Fifty two in attendance in August!!!!!!!!!!! That is really good for a month when people are still on vacation. Our group was networking and having a good time getting back together after not meeting in July. I noticed a few of our regulars were still out doing other things. Brian Builta had told me he was going to Ireland. I hope he didn’t stay permanently. Angela Baker was not in her usual spot, but her Army still came to help with set up. Thanks to Lauren and Norma.
David Cooke, our City Manager, was an interesting speaker. He told us how we arrive at the yearly budget. On his watch there have been citizen/staff meetings to get input from all stakeholders before the final proposed budget is presented for City Council consideration. Don and I have attended and there will be one more in August before Council presentation. At those meetings, a lot of good question and suggestions are made and discussed. Cooke is a “shoot from the hip” kind of guy and doesn’t back away. If he has an answer, he gives it to you, if not, he tells you he doesn’t. One of the things I was sorry to hear is that storm water fees are likely to go up again. We realize that drainage must be controlled, but at the same time we see exploding development with no thought to what pouring concrete on every inch of dirt is causing.
One of the question asked by Jason drew an interesting response. The question as to what Cooke felt was one of the things he wants the city to do which they are not doing, was answered, “ We need to start conserving open space”.
I think we all see the need for that when we see the acres of concrete in the Medical District and West Seventh.
A report from the contractor doing the work on La Hacienda on East Lancaster is a positive one. The roof has been replaced on all the units. AC units have been replaced, and 15 units have been rehabbed and made ready for occupancy.
We have also learned that the two 4D properties, which are in such bad need of repair will be closed on in mid-August , bought by the same owners who are doing the major renovation at La Hacienda. The construction company doing the work is local. Avery Family Construction is operated by Derek Kunze, who was born and raised in East Fort Worth. Most of us are familiar with the family name.
Our plans for the November event are underway. We will be in the new building at Texas Wesleyan and expect a large attendance.
We are having a silent auction again this year and would like some really good auction item. Start asking local merchants for items worth at least fifty dollars which showcase their businesses.
By now you have received the information flyer you can use which explains what the annual event is and how we use the money.
Our next speaker is Interim Police Chief Ed Kraus. This should be very interesting.
See you September 5th.
David Cooke became Fort Worth’s city manager June 30, 2014, following a national search. Cooke is responsible for implementing the Mayor and City Council’s policies and managing the $1.6 billion city government enterprise with approximately 6,600 employees.
While the City of Fort Worth’s population grows at approximately 20,000 new citizens per year, Cooke’s focus is on:
His prior experience includes 13-1/2 years as County Manager and 4 years as Deputy County Manager, in Wake County, N.C.; and 12 years with the city of Charlotte, N.C.
Cooke has also worked with a full-service engineering and consulting firm, has taught economics at a community college, and was a presidential management intern with the Department of Defense.
Cooke received his undergraduate degree and master’s degree in public administration from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Senator Beverly Powell, a lifelong resident of North Texas and a determined advocate for public education, has spent four decades as a successful real estate professional. Throughout her career, Beverly Powell has been instrumental in the development of successful commercial and residential projects across Tarrant and Johnson counties.
A graduate of Burleson public schools and the daughter of a Texas history teacher, Beverly developed a passion for education very early. A non-traditional student and single mother, she went back to college, graduating cum laude from her parent’s alma mater, Texas Wesleyan University, where she also earned an MBA. Beverly’s belief in the power of education and her passion for the Texas Wesleyan commitment to non-traditional students earned her a position on the school’s Board of Trustees, where she continues to serve today.
Beverly served her community as a trustee for the Burleson Independent School District from 2007 to 2017. Her motivation to broaden the public education experience was the reason her colleagues elected her to two terms as President.
Beverly is proud to serve Senate District 10 in Tarrant County and will continue to fight for a vibrant economic environment and access to educational opportunities for all Texans.
State Senator Beverly Powell delivered an update on legislative action taken by the every-other-year convening of the state elected officials at our June meeting. Some good, some bad, as usual. We’re fortunate that they only meet every other year. We wonder where they come up with some of the goofy ideas we hear about.
Senator Powell is very focused on education in our public schools, and we did come out better there. I say that with hope, that we see better results from legislative decisions. Time will dictate what those results are.
Powell is an engaging speaker, and seems very committed to making a difference in positive ways. She was really at her best in the question and answer period. Straight answers coming from a politician are sometimes rare, but in this case, the audience felt like the answers were true and to the point.
We will be hosting our Fort Worth City Manager David Cooke on August 1. It’s a good time to have him give an update on proposals for the City budget. The budget will be voted on soon, and takes effect in October. This comes after input from all city departments and citizens. A group has been meeting on a regular basis to hear and comment on proposed budget items.
In the years that David Cooke has been with the city, there have been major changes in the way things are done and how tax dollars are allocated. The City has managed to balance the budget and make positive pension changes which benefit the fiscal health of Fort Worth.
July has been extremely hot and we’ve all seen some of our favorite plants curl up and give up. It’s Texas in the summer time and at this writing we haven’t hit the 100 degree mark yet. That tells me that we’re probably in for it in August. I grew up in West Texas where it got 110° in the shade — if you could find shade — so I’m born to it.
Speaking of born to it… I turned 90 years old on July 15th. Time flies, and I don’t know where the years went. I’ve been too busy to notice I guess.
Be sure to tell Dan you’re coming to the meeting so he can get a good head count for the caterer. Wanda
Ms. Detra Whitmore
Our May guest Speaker is Ms. Detra Whitmore, VP of Administration/Trinity Metro.
Detra Whitmore was named Vice President of Trinity Metro in August 2016. Detra joined the transportation industry with Trinity Metro in 2005, starting as an administrative assistant and literally working her way up through the ranks. As VP of Administration she oversees the Administration, Planning & Development, and Customer Service departments. She oversees all aspects of the internal administration of Trinity Metro.
She is the agency’s Freedom of Information and Records Retention Officer. Detra is responsible for directing the short-term and long-term public transit needs for Tarrant County cities. She also directs the planning of new routes, alterations of routes and cost estimating that also includes identifying appropriate sites for new facilities and improving existing facilities. She is a certified Project Manager Professional.
May 7 Spirit Night!
We had a good crowd at Lancaster Mexican Inn where we enjoyed food, friends and raised money for our Scholarship fund and other "Education is Good Business" programs.
Tobi Jackson serves the children and their parents of District 2 as Trustee, and she serves the entire city as the President of the Fort Worth Independent School District Board. Tobi is seeking reelection to serve on the school board.
Tobi and the Architectural Design Team and Bond Team will be showing us the plans for the remodeling and upgrades to Eastern Hills High School, built in 1959 and currently educating over 1,700 students. The rennovations are part of the 2017 Bond Package which is nearly $50 million dollars in construction.
EHHS is the only school in the world with two Pulitizer Prize-winning photographers as alums – “Skeeter” Hagler and Michael Ainsworth.
EHHS offers three Gold Seal Program of Choice. EHHS is the site of Fire Science Technology, Law Enforcement and Legal Services. Under these new programs it is possible for a student to graduate high school with College credits, have EMT certification, and be able to receive up to a $50,000 salary in those respective careers.
The group presentation we had at the April meeting showed us the awesome new look that Eastern Hills High School will present to the community when the bond construction work is completed. Construction is scheduled to start this summer.
A complete new façade brings it into this century, a far cry from the dated 50s look it has now. The presenters from the architectural firm showed their commitment and involvement with the project, leading the audience to believe that the work will become a real asset to our community. Student involvement in the planning process makes it a project which should make the students take pride in their academic surroundings.
One of the issues the students had voiced strongly was the need for more natural light and that is one of the real changes being made with the north and west faces. They are now designed with more windows for north light. Good things are coming with the more than fifty million dollars to be spent in East Fort Worth.
Slides from the presentation about this development
O-SDA Industries– Developer and Owner Saigebrook Development
• 15+ years experience in multi-family development
• Developer of approx. 5,000 units, more than 1,200 units in Texas
• Innovative , neighbor hood appropriate development with proven track record
• Ownership 15 years +
• Art in Public Places
• Texas owned
• Green Development Practices
• Onsite Management
• Senior Development- reserved for residents 55 and older
• Consist of 66 units
• Approx 50 of the units will be 1 bedroom units
• Approx 16 will be 2 bedroom/ 2 bath
• Buildings would be at least 30% brick or stone and reflect craftsman style design of the neighborhood with elements of the Fash mansion included
• Onsite management and maintenance
• Onsite amenities and social services
• Mixed income for seniors on a restricted income
Existing Zoning vs Proposed Zoning
The property has split zoning. The west portion is zoned “A-10” One-family and the east portion is zoned “CF” Community Facility.
• A -10 district includes one family detached dwellings with min lot size of 10,000 square feet.
• Community Facilities - Public facilities including churches, govt. offices, health services, community and group homes, and recreation facilities.
• Planned Development - Special district permitting specific commercial, residential/commercial mixed use and is site plan specific.
Proposed Site Plan
• 1 story building facing Sargent
• All other buildings are 2 story and have elevator service
• Single entrance off Oakland Blvd
• 32% percent open space
• 82 parking spaces (1 per bedroom)
• 3 outdoor courtyard/amenity areas
• Onsite clubhouse and amenity center
• Property will be fenced on all sides; not gated
• Will include security cameras at key locations
Megan Lasch is the owner of O-SDA Industries and project manager for Saigebrook Development ventures, both firms that specializes in the development and construction of affordable housing. Through O-SDA’s partnerships, Megan has developed and/or owns over 1,900 affordable housing units and has secured and closed in excess of $400 million in housing developments. These projects span to many communities throughout Texas including Austin, Dallas, Fort Worth, Waco, Tyler, Georgetown, and Longview to name a few. Megan is an advocate for affordable housing throughout central Texas and is a member of the Texas Affiliation of Affordable Housing Providers.
In addition, she has served on the board for Skillpoint Alliance and was elected chair in 2016. Megan was a was a finalist in the 2018 Austin Under 40 Awards.
Aside from her development firm, Megan recently ventured into the world of parenthood. Megan and her husband Josh are proud parents of a 2 year old little boy, Beckett Lasch who ‘keeps us on our toes.’
Learn more at: www.saigebrook.com
• Business center
• 24 hr. Fitn ess Center
• Multi-purpose room with kitchen
• Indoor/Outd oor entertainment options
• BBQ grills and picnic tables
Planning & Development Director
The Planning and Development Department seeks to make Fort Worth the most livable city in Texas by promoting orderly growth and development, safe construction and neighborhood vitality.
Randle has depth of experience within the City in several key positions. Randle has been the Planning and Development Department Director since Nov. 2010. His prior City jobs include Program Management Director for twor years 2008–2010, Trinity River Vision Director for 2 years, 2006–2008, and he was Acting Parks and Community Service Director for 3 years, 2003–2006.
Randle's educational background for these various City positions include his MLA Landscape Architecture and Regional Planning from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, 1989 and his undergrad work at University of Guelph, where he earned his BLA, Landscape Architecture in 1987.
Our February speaker was Randle Harwood, Development Director for the City. For the first time we were able to have a good visual presentation, which could be seen by everyone in the room. Harwood has been in Fort Worth for a long time and he told us that he and his wife lived in East Fort Worth for a time. This gives us more confidence in any of our presenters, when we hear that they are actually familiar with the area.
We were given an overview of development in all areas of the city. The statistics are staggering when you realize how we are growing and what our geographic area actually encompasses. We are no longer a small town.
One of the topics was a new development proposed for Oakland Boulevard adjacent to the Urban Village boundaries is a small Senior housing project, which we will hear more about in the March meeting. The proposal is being brought by Saigebrook, a company with other projects in Fort Worth.
One of the things Harwood mentioned is that luring high paying jobs to our area sometimes depends on the education level of our work force.
If you want to contribute to the book fund the bowl will be available when you check in on Thursday March 7th.
We are planning to give money to purchase books to Charles Hodges at the April meeting, so that he can get all the paper work and order in and the books can be in the libraries for September. This is an effort we have engaged in for three years now, and it has meant a lot to the nine Elementary Schools which feed into Eastern Hills.
2019: New year, new meeting location!
East Fort Worth Business Association has grown, and we have outgrown our previous meeting location. We had to move to a larger venue to accomodate our meetings and provide ample parking. The January 2019 meeting saw the largest attendance ever, well over 80 members and guests, not counting the mayor's security and local TV news crews.
Meadowbrook United Methodist Church is our new 2019 meeting location, and each month, lunches will be catered by local restaurants. The January meeting was catered by our wonderful friends and eastside community partners, MEXICAN INN on Lancaster Ave.
Mayor Price was our honored guest for the first meeting of the new year. She announced her intent to run for another term as Mayor at our meeting.
Mayor Price opened her remarks by thanking EFWBA for being a force of good for east Fort Worth businesses and schools. She recognized Wanda Conlin as the "unelected mayor of East Fort Worth."
Price admitted that the east side has long been neglected by the City, which focused on new development areas. That is changing with new inner-city programs. Stop Six was the first to see new sidewalks, streetlights and more police officers, which has resulted in a 40% increase in new home permits for that area. Ash Crescent is the second area to see community improvement, and the near Northside will be the third area to get additional funds.
Mayor Betsy Price
Betsy Price, a Fort Worth native, was elected in 2011 as the 44th mayor of the City of Fort Worth. In 2017, Price was re-elected for her fourth two-year term. She will be up for re-election this year.
Along with her focus on promoting jobs, strengthening education, fighting crime and improving mobility, Price has made significant strides along the path toward her vision of a healthy, engaged and fiscally responsible city.
Under her leadership, Fort Worth has become a foremost cycling community, adding miles of new bike lanes and trails. Promoting pedestrian-friendly urban villages has also remained a staple of Price’s vision for rebuilding the city’s urban core. Moreover, she continues to push her long-term goal of linking neighborhoods and job centers with a comprehensive and convenient commuter rail system.
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