The North Central Texas Council of Governments’ Regional Cooperation Award recently was given to the cities of Keller and Colleyville.The award honored the cities for becoming the first to merge a municipal court in the State of Texas in October."Our collaborations with neighboring cities over the past several years have shown time and time again that by working together, we can find ways to better serve our residents and better spend our tax dollars," McGrail said, via the Mayor’s weekly update. "This regional outlook, on everything from 9-1-1 dispatch and jailing services, to animal services, to the municipal court, has provided creative solutions to 21st century problems and saved thousands of dollars now being directed into other city projects and programs."McGrail said the court merger alone is expected to save the city about $146,000 annually."It eliminated the need for what would have been a costly expansion of our court to serve Keller’s rapidly growing population," he said.