Strategic Goal No. 2: Nurture and Promote Vital, Vibrant Neighborhoods
Community Achievement Award – Keep Texas Beautiful (KTB) has recognized Irving as one of 10 winners of the 2014 Governor’s Community Achievement Awards for outstanding community improvement. The award is one of the most coveted annual environmental and community improvement honors in Texas. The winners will share $2 million in landscape funding from the Texas Department of Transportation; Irving will receive $310,000 for a landscaping project along a local state right-of-way. Communities submitted materials based on their population, with Irving competing in the largest category (more than 180,000). Judges chose the winners based on their achievements in seven environmental and community improvement areas: community leadership and coordination, education, public awareness, litter prevention and cleanup, litter law and illegal dumping enforcement, beautification and community improvement, and solid waste management.
Strategic Goal No. 7: Cultural, Recreational and Educational Environments
Spring Break Camp – City recreation centers enrolled nearly 185 children in this year’s Spring Break Camp. The camp provided fun activities in a safe environment to students in grades K-5. Throughout the week, campers participated in sports activities, arts and crafts, games and a field trip.
Irish for a Day – Heritage Senior Center celebrated the luck of the Irish by hosting its St. Patrick’s Day Shenanigans party on March 14. More than 50 members enjoyed refreshments and were entertained by the McGuire School of Irish Dance, which performed a variety of traditional, Celtic routines for attendees.
Teen Spring Bling – Cimarron Recreation Center hosted 55 teens at the Spring Bling event on March 7. Participants played volleyball and dodgeball, enjoyed food and beverages, and were entertained by a disc jockey throughout the evening.
Declaration for the Right to Libraries – Irving city officials, residents and library staff gathered at the Feb. 20 City Council meeting where Mayor Beth Van Duyne proclaimed February as the Declaration for the Right to Libraries month. The Declaration, developed by the American Library Association, was featured at signing events to highlight the numerous services libraries perform across the nation. Approximately 700 individuals showed their support by adding their signatures to the document during the month of February.
Spring Break Program Results – West Irving Library hosted five children’s events during Irving Independent School District’s Spring Break week. More than 1,000 residents attended the events. Spring Break programs featured homegrown science-themed events, a magic and puppet show and a highly successful “Touch A Truck” program, which drew in more than 300 visitors.
Strategic Goal No. 8: Sound Governance
On-the-Spot Awards – City of Irving employees continue to provide excellent customer service and perform above and beyond their normal job responsibilities. The following employees have recently received On-the-Spot Awards for their performance: Jenmy Alvarado, Mike Edwards, Donna Floyd and Darrell Hammond – Code Enforcement.
Strategic Goal No. 9: Infrastructure
Water/Wastewater Improvement Project – Construction is complete on the Britain, Mavis, Milner, Windsor, Colony, Wentwood and SH 183 East Frontage Road Water and Wastewater Improvements Project. This project included replacement of water and wastewater lines for 170 commercial and residential properties. Construction was completed on schedule and 15 percent below awarded amount for a total of $1,256,526.35.