Over the past few years, the Town has been in a dispute with Farmers Branch over the impact of the Vitruvian development on Farmers Branch Creek that has yet to be resolved. Recent attempts to settle the dispute have unfortunately not been successful. As a result, over the span of five days beginning last Thursday, five letters were couriered to Addison cancelling/amending long-standing services between our two cities. Two of the changes directly impact resident services: the cancellation of our contract for library services and the implementation of a $500 annual fee for Addison seniors to use the Farmers Branch Senior Center. (See links to Addison’s responses at end of the article.)
In addition, Farmers Branch indicated they will not participate in the rebuilding of Midway Road, have terminated an agreement to share refrigerated storage for dead animal disposal, and have given us an unreasonable deadline to fix an unmetered Addison sewer line that flows into Farmers Branch’s sewer system and has since the early1990s.
The goal of these actions by Farmers Branch’s Council is to attempt to exert political pressure on the Addison City Council to make a decision that is not in the best interest of Addison residents.
Farmers Branch has a flier at the Senior Center informing residents that Addison is polluting Farmers Branch Creek despite an “official ruling.” There has not been any such ruling and the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) has never issued any water quality violations against the Town.
Addison staff is doing everything we can to make alternative service arrangements with other neighboring communities for our residents. While we are no longer issuing Farmers Branch library cards, if you currently have a Farmers Branch Library card you can use it until it expires. We will continue to issue vouchers for Dallas Public Library cards. There is a TexShare program available through the Dallas Public Library that will allow Addison residents to access library services at 500 libraries across the state, including those in Farmers Branch and Carrollton. You can get more information on the TexShare program here.
While we are looking at additional programming options for seniors at the Addison Athletic Club, we would also encourage our seniors who use the Farmers Branch Senior Center to explore the senior centers in Carrollton, Richardson, and Coppell, that offer much more reasonable non-resident fees. We hope you will share with us what types of programs you would like to see in Addison so we can do our best to accommodate your requests. Please share your thoughts with Deena Israel at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We have created some FAQs to give you more details about the Farmers Branch Creek dispute. We want to make sure our residents understand the facts of the situation. Addison has repeatedly attempted to resolve this dispute with Farmers Branch but to no avail. We remain committed to acting in a fiscally responsible manner and in the best interests of the Town, the community, and the region.
If you have any further questions, please contact Town Hall at 972.450.7000 or email Director of Public Communications Mary Rosenbleeth at email@example.com.
Addison’s Responses to Farmers Branch’s Letters
Response to Farmers Branch flier distributed at the March 27 Addison City Council Meeting