NewsFlash - Jan. 19
Town of Sunnyvale Weekly Update
New Fire Chief to be Sworn in Monday
The Town of Sunnyvale will swear in Tami Kayea as Fire Chief during its Monday, Jan. 22 Town Council meeting, when she will officially become the first female Fire Chief for a full-time department in North Texas and one of only five in the state. The Sunnyvale Town Council meeting is set for 7 p.m. at Sunnyvale Town Hall, 127 N. Collins Road.
Town Manager Jeff Jones announced Chief Kayea’s appointment on Dec. 20. He cited her vast experience in the field, along with her fourth-generation heritage in the fire service.
“Chief Kayea is not only impeccably qualified to run a department, her family history and penchant for the community spirit in smaller towns made her the perfect choice for Sunnyvale,” said Jones.
Chief Kayea holds a master’s degree in management and leadership from Tarleton State University and is a graduate of the Executive Fire Officer Program through the National Fire Academy. She also holds Master Firefighter Certification and is a Licensed Paramedic.
Having been promoted through the ranks, Chief Kayea draws on more than 27 years of fire service experience with Dallas Fire and Rescue where she served as EMS Section Chief and Battalion Chief before being promoted to Deputy Chief in 2018. In Sunnyvale, she fills the vacancy left by the August retirement of Fire Chief Doug Kendrick.
Chief Kayea has served on Dallas Fire and Rescue’s Critical Incident Stress Management Team and Peer Support Team as well as the Governor’s EMS and Trauma Advisory Council. She has lectured extensively and is the author of numerous articles on fire service and EMS procedures. She counts her proudest accomplishment as being named Staff Officer of the Year, nominated by the officers who worked for her.
Town Council Meeting
Check the meeting agenda for additional actions and meeting details.
Monday, Jan 22, 2024, 07:00 PM
Sunnyvale Town Hall, 127 North Collins Road, Sunnyvale, TX, USA
Road Construction - What To Expect Next Week
Project updates for the Week of Jan. 22:
Work is underway on $16.4 million worth of road improvement projects recently approved by the Sunnyvale Town Council.
Phase 2B and 2C include the repair and overlay of the following sections of asphalt roadway (dates are subject to change). This week's activity is scheduled to include:
- Town East Boulevard from Polly to Collins - Traffic is open in both directions. Construction is largely completed except for striping and some minor paving involving the Town East/Polly intersection, which will be completed later in January when weather permits.
- Tower Place (Town East to the Library) - Construction was scheduled to begin Tuesday, 1/9; however, this project is being delayed due to colder than average temperatures and rain that is expected to last through the end of this week. Once construction does start, access to/from the library will be maintained. The parking lot will also be repaved, so library patrons will need to park in the Vineyard Park Parking Lot during construction.
- North Paschall from Tripp to US 80 Frontage Road - Paving is completed. All that remains is the final striping that is expected to be completed by the end of January, weather permitting.
- South Paschall from US 80 Frontage Road to Long Creek - Paving is completed. All that remains is the final striping that is expected to be completed by the end of January, weather permitting.
- Long Creek from Larkin to US 80 - Construction began Jan. 2 on the northbound/eastbound lane. Initial paving has been completed and the lane reopened to traffic on January 13. It is expected that the southbound/westbound lane will start in late January following the colder than average temperatures and the rainy weather that is expected to last through the end of this week. The entire project is expected to be completed by mid-February, weather permitting.
The latest updates and a preview of upcoming activities are available at TownofSunnyvale.org/RoadProjects. Construction schedules can change with short notice. We appreciate your patience.
It's National Walk Your Dog Month! Do you need a dog in your life to walk with you? Call (214) 862-4525 or visit Petfinder page to learn about available pets.
Of course we have cats, too! All adoptions are FREE. Keep sharing with your friends and networks and let's resolve to find forever homes for Sunnyvale's shelter pets!
Kodak Needs a Special Foster Home!
We're still looking for a foster home for Kodak, a one-year-old German Shepherd. Kodak has severe anxiety issues and needs lots of care and attention. He is a great, loving dog. He's just very needy right now.
The Town will be responsible for Kodak's healthcare and food while in foster care. He can be adopted for FREE, and his new owner will be responsible for his continued health and recovery.
If you can assist, please contact the Sunnyvale Animal Shelter at (214) 862-4525.
Notice of Deadline to File an Application to Appear on the May 4 Ballot
Sunnyvale voters will elect two Town Council members for Places 5 and 6 on May 4, 2024. Council Member terms are for a period of three years. All incumbents – Larry Allen, Place 5; and Jonathan Freeman, Place 6 - are eligible to run for re-election. Anyone interested in running should visit the Town Secretary's web page to find out about requirements and the application process.
All applications to run must be submitted by 5 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 16.
Story Times for children ages 2 to 5 and their caregivers are held on Wednesday mornings at 10:30 a.m. Story Times include several books and a fun craft or project to take home!
The library can arrange special story times for schools, daycare centers, or other groups upon request. For more information, call 972-226-4491
Doris Padgett Public Library, 402 Tower Place, Sunnyvale, TX 75182