Keller Citizen

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City, design firm to host Old Town Keller input meeting

City staff and employees of Arlington-based design firm Schrickel, Rollins and Associates will host a meeting to discuss improvements to Old Town Keller-West during a public input meeting scheduled from 6-8 p.m. Thursday at The Keller Round House, 107 W. Vine St.

There will be no formal presentation at this meeting, according to the city, but area residents and business owners - particularly those in the Old Town Overlay District - are welcome to offer one-on-one input to city employees and the consultants. Following a series of meetings with area business owners, residents, and appointed and elected leaders over the past several months, the city is moving forward with plans to invest heavily in Old Town Keller in the year ahead and hoping to begin construction by fall 2015.

The City Council earmarked $1.5 million for improvements to Old Town-West in this fiscal year's budget; the city’s vision for that area, which runs from Farm Road 1709 to Pecan Street on the west side of U.S. 377, ultimately includes additional parking, lighting, streets, pedestrian access and safety, signage, landscaping, and a pedestrian promenade area between the businesses. Preliminary discussions of the project have also included building a pedestrian connection between Old Town and the Keller Sports Park.

For more information about the project, or to submit comments electronically, contact Interim Public Works Director Keith Fisher at

Runway closure causes increase in aircraft noise west of DFW

Northeast Tarrant County residents may have noticed an increase in airplane noise during the past week, and it’s caused by runway maintenance.

According to Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport, a north-south runway is scheduled to be closed March 9-22. Airport officials notified the town of Westlake that during that time, Westlake residents may hear an increase in airplane noise because of re-routed incoming and departing flights, according to the town.

Residents in other nearby cities, such as Trophy Club, Southlake and Grapevine, may have heard the increase in aircraft noise as well.

Deloitte on magazine’s ‘Best Companies’ list again

Deloitte University was named to Fortune Magazine’s list of the “100 Best Companies to Work For” for the 16th year.

The magazine ranked Deloitte No. 97 — it was 61st last year — on the 2015 list, citing an emphasis on volunteerism within the country’s largest professional service firm.

Deloitte‘s Leadership Center has been located in Westlake since 2011.

Library to host Plots & Rhythm Festival

Residents interested local musicians and authors can see many gathered Saturday at the Keller Public Library, 640 Johnson Road, at the "Plots and Rhythm Festival."

From noon to 2:30 p.m., the library's patio will host the Keller Folk Music Society and 10 local authors of different genres. Two local children's authors will also read stories for kids. Refreshments will be available.

Mark David Smith, 817-390-7808

Twitter: @MarkSmith_FWST