Posted on March 16, 2012 at 12:00 AM by Kathleen Vaught
Posted on February 3, 2012 at 12:00 AM by Kathleen Vaught
(December 2011) - Allen Police Chief Bill Rushing announced that for the third time in four years, Allen is ranked among the 10 safest cities in the United States. A City Crime Rankings study, published by CQ Press, a unit of Congressional Quarterly Inc., was based on the FBI’s 2010 statistics report. The report examined more than 400 communities with at least 75,000 people based on per-capita rates for homicide, robbery, rape, burglary, aggravated assault and motor vehicle theft.
Nationwide, Allen is ranked 9th overall (cities with a population of more than 75,000) and 8th in their population category (cities with a population between 75,000 and 99,999). In the CQ report, Allen was listed first in Texas, making it the safest city in Texas.
Stage 3 of the Drought Contingency and Emergency Water Response Plan is effective November 1. Stage 3 restrictions are designed to generate at least a 10% reduction in water use. Stage 3 measures focus on further restrictions of outdoor water consumption. In Stage 3, landscape irrigation is limited to two days per month from November 1 through March 31. Customers must use both the Stage 3 Outdoor Watering Schedule and Watering Date Table as provided to all Allen residents in a recent mailing to determine their two allowed watering days per month. If you have questions regarding your scheduled days, please contact the Water Restrictions Hotline: 214.509.3111. Also, please review the FAQs.
Stage 3 includes increased enforcement measures with code patrol 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Citations are considered Class C misdemeanors. All fines have been established by the City of Allen Municipal Court. Fine amounts vary but can be up to $2000 plus court fees for multiple violations and ignoring a citation could lead to a court issued warrant. The fine for the first day of use watering violation is $264. For fine amounts for all other water violations, contact the Municipal Court Clerk’s Office at 214.509.4380.
To report water violations, please call 214.509.3111.
Overview of Stage 3 Restrictions
All other restrictions apply from the Water Conservation Plan including Stages 1 and 2.
Limit landscape watering with sprinklers or irrigation systems between November 1 and March 31 to once every two weeks.
Prohibit the operation of spray ground recreation water parks that do not treat and recirculate water.
Prohibit hydroseeding, hydromulching, and sprigging of any grass species. Prohibit planting/watering of any cool season grass species (such as ryegrass).
Existing swimming pools may not be drained and refilled (except to replace normal water loss). Permits to construct new pools may continue to be issued and the pools may be constructed and filled with water.
Initiate mandatory water use restrictions as follows:
This is not a complete listing of Stage 3 Restrictions. Please review the Water Conservation & Drought Contingency & Water Emergency Response Plan.