Seagoville Quarterly Newsletter

First Quarter 2023

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PREPARATIONS BEGIN FOR 2023 CITY OFFICERS

The 2023 City Officers election will be held on Saturday, May 6th. This year’s slate of offices includes the Mayor as well as Councilmembers to represent Places 2 and 4.

The first day to file an application for a place on the ballot is Wednesday, January 18th. The application deadline is 5:00 p.m. on Friday, February 17th. Applications for a place on the ballot are available at City Hall in the office of the City Secretary. Candidates must meet any state requirements along with the City qualifications for candidacy including: petition signed by twenty-five (25) qualified voters residing within the City and shall be a resident of the City for one (1) year.

The Mayor and all Councilmember Places are elected at large by majority vote.

Anyone not currently registered to vote has until April 6th to register in order to cast a ballot in the May 6th election. Voter registration applications may be obtained at City Hall. Questions concerning voter registration should be directed to the Dallas County Voter Registration Department at (469) 627-8683.

Additional information regarding the upcoming election may be obtained by contacting the City Secretary at (972) 287-6819.

Don't Leave the Engine Running While Away From Your Vehicle

With the upcoming winter season and cold mornings ahead, the police department will usually experience an upward trend in vehicle thefts. These thefts are usually contributed to vehicles left unattended, unlocked and with the engine running.


Let’s face it, who really wants to sit in a car while it warms up on a freezing cold day? Many of us have the routine of starting and warming our vehicle on cold mornings before leaving home to go on with our day. We return inside our homes to gather our belongings or grab that last cup of coffee, coming back outside to get into a warm and toasty car. But, this 5 – 10 minute vehicle warm-up can end up being costly and cause you great inconvenience and frustration.


This is the perfect opportunistic scenario for a thief to steal your car! Consider this: How much time did you save? You now have to report your vehicle stolen with the police department. You now have to file a claim with your insurance carrier. Did you know that you must have a comprehensive auto insurance policy to be compensated for the theft of your vehicle? Also, some carriers do not look favorably on practically handing your car over to thieves by leaving it running unattended in your driveway with the keys in the ignition and doors unlocked. As a result, they might have language in the coverage to exclude the policyholder from claiming a loss if this should happen. Read your policy carefully. Note any language about the policyholder being liable if he or she “increases the risk of theft” (like leaving your car running unattended).

Not only do you now have the hassle of dealing with your insurance agent, obtaining a rental car and potentially having to replace your vehicle; leaving your vehicle running and unattended is actually against the law.

The Texas Transportation Code §545.404, Unattended Motor Vehicle, prohibits leaving your vehicle unattended with the engine running and the key in the ignition. The only exception to this law is a vehicle equipped with a remote starter or a vehicle that has a push start with a key fob to be physically present for the vehicle to operate.

A violation of this law is a Class C Misdemeanor punishable by a fine up to $200 if convicted.

Never leave your vehicle running unattended!

The Fire Department hopes everybody enjoyed the holidays and wishes everybody a Happy New Year! 2022 was a very good and busy year for our department. Join us in congratulating Captain James Allen as he was awarded Firefighter of the Year for our department.


The start of the year is shaping up to have a lot of cold weather coming our way so don’t forget to cover your outside faucets and double check the batteries in all your smoke detectors to keep you and your loved ones safe. The fire department looks forward to continuing to serve our citizens and hope everybody has a great start to 2023.

Residential Rates

A minimum charge of $19.82 for the first 2,000 gallons of water usage related, and $9.53 for each additional 1,000 gallons. Winter-month averaging is used to determine the sewer charge. Water consumption billed in December, January, February, and March with the computer selecting the three (3) lowest month’s usage, determines the customer’s sewer charge beginning with the March billing each year.

Charges for new customers will be based on the city average of 4500 gallons until an average is established during December, January, February and March.

Commercial Rates

Commercial customers are billed at residential rates, except they are charged based on the actual month’s water consumption.

Online

* https://payments.seagoville.us/stw_php/stwub/ubtipact.php

* Account number and password/pin are both located on your utility bill

* You can also contact City Hall for your account number and password/pin

* Only Visa or Mastercard is accepted

* A small fee will be assessed

· In Person at City Hall

* We accept Visa, Mastercard, Cash, Check or Money Order only

· The Drop Box located in the back of the building

* Only Checks or Money orders are accepted in the drop box

* Please include your payment coupon

* If you don’t have your payment coupon, please include your name, address and a good contact number

* Please ensure your check or money order is filled out correctly to avoid a delay in payment

· Mail in Payments

*Only Checks or Money orders are accepted via mail

* All payments can be mailed to City of Seagoville at 702 N. HWY 175 Seagoville, TX 75159

* Please include your payment coupon

* If you don’t have your payment coupon, please include your name, address and a good contact number

*Please ensure your check or money order is filled out correctly to avoid a delay in payment

· ACH Payment (Bank Draft)

* We offer ACH payment via checking account only

* ACH Draft Forms are located at City Hall

* A voided check will be needed as well

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Adopt-A Spot Program

Did you know that your family or organization can adopt-a-spot in Seagoville to help keep clean?

We currently have four streets adopted. Contact Vivian Rawlings at vrawlings@seagovillelibrary.org for more information.

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