The Vision Becomes Reality
Dec 16, 2013 09:26AM
● By Anonymous
In a matter of weeks, the doors of DPS North will open, giving Southlake its third public safety facility. The building will serve as a training center, house both fire and police personnel and help our first responders get to those in need much sooner. It’s a great achievement and the latest in a series of investments into our community that began more than 15 years ago.
These critical safety and security investments would not have been possible without the Crime Control and Prevention District (CCPD). In the ’90s, Southlake’s population jumped to 16,750 residents from 7,082 residents, more than a 100-percent population increase. The upsurge created a need for additional revenue sources to support safety and security. That’s why, in 1996, Southlake began considering a CCPD.
After a great deal of research and planning, plans for a CCPD in Southlake were formally brought forward to the city council at a February 1997 meeting. Voters approved it in November later that year. The district came with requirements that included the creation of a CCPD board and a comprehensive plan for how to use the new revenue. We knew we had a big task in front of us that would require a lot of work, but I think time has proven that it has been well worth the long hours and enormous effort.
Since the CCPD’s inception, more than $48 million sales tax dollars have been allocated to meet long-term safety goals. First, in 2002, DPS West opened its doors at 2100 Southlake Blvd. In January 2010, DPS Headquarters opened in the center of our city at 600 State St. in Southlake Town Square. Four years later, DPS North will open at 100 East Dove Rd. All of these buildings were constructed in strategic positions so that the DPS personnel can achieve better emergency response times, which aid in the reduction of homeowner insurance rates.
For many years, the Crime Control board has worked with the city council to create a safety and security infrastructure that is needed for this growing city. Simply put, all of this would not be possible without the board’s thoughtful and careful planning. I would like to take a moment to thank current and past members who have helped make these capital investments possible.
Current Board Members
· Bob Mundlin, President, Place 5
· Robert Williams, Vice President, Place 2
· Ken McMillan, Place 1
· Frank Powers, Place 3
· Richard Sandow, Place 4
· William (Biff) McGuire, Place 6
· Craig Sturtevant, Place 7
Former Board Members
· Martin Schelling (past president, 12 years)
· Lou Ann Heath
· Kim Clancy
· Jerry Farrier
· Pam McCain
· John Swift
· Andy Wambsganss
· Peter Gaal
· Frank Pittman
· Stuart Spencer
All of our boards and commissions are made up of extraordinary people who give their time and energy to make Southlake a great place to live. The members of the CCPD board are no exception. As Southlake has grown and changed, the board has kept up with our fluctuating needs, such as the addition of an enhanced SRO program in Carroll ISD schools. And now that much of our city’s infrastructure has been built, the board will focus on other parts of its plan to support Southlake’s safety and security. I am grateful for their service and dedication, and I look forward to working with them in the future.See you in Southlake.