Our Spring wrapped-up with the LifeGift Second Chance Run that was held in May. This was the seventh year for Team Fickes to participate in the run which brings awareness to organ donation. It was a nice, cool morning in the Fort Worth Stockyards for our team of 78 participants who came out to show their support for the cause. I am always thankful for my team of colleagues, friends, and family who register for this event since organ donation is near and dear to me following my liver transplant in 2008.
The month of May was also filled with retirements of several city colleagues that I have had great partnerships with over the years. Mayor Mary Lib Saleh and Mayor Pro-Tem Leon Hogg retired from their leadership positions with the City of Euless, and Councilmember Roy Stewart retired from the City of Grapevine. I wish them well and will miss working with them, but look forward to partnering with the new leadership that will fill their shoes!
Moving forward, we need to be prepared for the extreme heat, be aware of precautions for West Nile Virus, and how to deal with the potential for bad weather.
Our public health department does an excellent service by providing information on precautions for West Nile Virus: www.tarrantcounty.com. Know what to do and what the resources are for emergency planning and management in North Texas for bad weather. Check out the website: www.knowhat2do.com.
Courthouse construction is happening in NE Tarrant County. As a resource for our citizens to handle their business with the county such as getting a passport, auto registration, marriage license, or a transaction with the JP Court or Constable’s office, the county strives for a customer-friendly environment with up-to-date technology to serve the citizens in a smooth and quick manner. The new Northeast Courthouse, with expanded office space and services, is projected to open at the end of this year. Along with your new Northeast Courthouse, many renovations have taken place at the historic Tarrant County Courthouse in downtown Fort Worth. I encourage you to visit and tour both upon completion of construction.
May was Tarrant County Employee Appreciation month. We celebrate every year with a kickoff celebration downtown, and then in Precinct 3 with our teams at Southlake, the temporary location in Bedford, and our road crew team at the Maintenance Center. Our county employees serve the citizens under all circumstances, and I cannot thank them enough for their outstanding work! I believe we have the best employees in Northeast Tarrant County and hope the public agrees.
Have a safe and happy 4th!