KELLER — Keller is once again considered by Fort Worth, Texas Magazine’s as one of the Best Places to Live, according to a story in the March 2013 issue.Location, quality school system, park and recreation facilities and natural beauty are highlights listed in the story.Keller officials can add that title to a recently released report about other city awards.Public safety, quality of life, and financial transparency and excellence are reasons Keller received top awards in 2012, including being listed as the third hottest neighborhood in the country by an outlet of the National Association of Realtors and on D Magazine’s list of Top 20 Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex Suburbs.Besides the Realtor.com notice, a recent release by city officials lists several other awards given to Keller last year.“I think we’re growing as fast as we are and receiving these recognitions because people see that Keller really provides the whole package,” Mayor Pat McGrail said in the statement. “People want to live here and work here because this community is something special — and word is getting out.” Public SafetyIn 2012, Keller Police Department received its third Advanced Law Enforcement Accreditation Award, demonstrating it meets or exceeds more than 450 national standards reviewed by the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies.Reviewed every three years, Keller Police Department is one of 20 in the state to receive the award, known as the highest professional achievement a police agency can attain. Only two percent of law agencies nationwide currently have this status.Also in 2012, the Keller Fire Department was recognized for the third time as being StormReady by the National Weather Service, an honor shared with only four percent of communities nationwide.The status requires a community to establish a 24-hour warning point and emergency operations center; have more than one way to receive severe weather forecasts and warnings and to alert the public; create a system that monitors local weather conditions; promote the importance of public readiness through community seminars; and develop a formal hazardous weather plan, which includes training severe weather spotters and holding emergency exercises.“We demand excellence from our men and women in uniform, which is why we hold ourselves to these high standards,” Keller Public Safety Director and Police Chief Mark Hafner said. Quality of LifeFor recycling and sustainability efforts, Keller was honored with the Keep Texas Beautiful Award.Participation among the Parks and Recreation Department, Keller residents and Keller businesses, earned the city first place in a Lifestyle Improvement Challenge sponsored by Baylor Regional Medical Center at Grapevine, earning a $25,000 prize used to reinvest in community health.Also in 2012, Keller Parks and Recreation Department was recognized by the trade publication Club Industry for the city’s Lifestyle Improvement Challenge the Best Community-Based Program in the nation.“The entire community should be proud of these honors because we couldn’t have done this without everybody’s hard work,” Fitness Program Coordinator Clint Konkle said. For the third year in a row, the Keller Public Library was honored with the Achievement in Excellence in Libraries Award from the Texas Municipal Library Directors Association. Out of 561 public libraries in Texas, the Keller Library is one of only 30 in the state honored.“We are so fortunate to have a talented staff that makes significant contributions to lifelong learning for the citizens of Keller,” Library Director Jana Prock said. FinancialKeller financial achievements in 2012 include the 23rd consecutive Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting from the Government Finance Officers Association and its 16th consecutive Distinguished Budget Award.Keller was also recognized with a Gold Award by the Texas Comptroller for financial transparency, including the city among its Leadership Circle award winners for a third year.“We are pleased to once again meet the gold award standards for financial reporting transparency and the high standards of the GFOA,” Finance Director Johnny Phifer said. Other recent awards include being named in 2012 as one of “Great Eight Places to Live,” by Fort Worth, Texas Magazine; recognition as an “Emerging Art Town” by Southwest Art Magazine; certification as a Scenic City by the Scenic Texas organization; and third among the “Top 10 Most Notable High-Growth Areas in the Country,” according to the Gadberry Group.Since 2007, Keller has also been named to CNN/Money Magazine’s biennial listing of “Top 100 Places to Live — America’s Best Small Towns,” including taking seventh place in 2009.