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There are four vaccine hubs in Tarrant County, including one in Hurst to serve residents of Keller, Roanoke and North Fort Worth. First doses allocated Second doses allocated

As of Feb. 14, 603,808 people have registered through the Tarrant County vaccine portal.

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*VACCINE ALLOTMENTS ARE ANNOUNCED ON SUNDAYS BUT DISTRIBUTED THROUGHOUT THE WEEK.

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employed and businesses open during the COVID-19 pandemic and after the unexpected 2021 winter storm. In late December, a second round worth $284 billion was approved to benet small businesses that exhausted their initial loan or did not receive a loan during the rst round. For Keller-based nonprot Christ’s Haven for Children, the funding received in the rst round allowed it to increase capacity to host and care for CONTINUED ON 12

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7 Amazon will open a new delivery station in the Alliance area in 2021. The new facility will be east of I-35W at Litsey Road and Beach Street in Fort Worth. Amazon said the six planned stations in Dallas-Fort Worth will help increase the eciency of deliveries for customers. www.amazon.com 8 Cheeky Monkeys , a play area and birthday party venue for kids, will open a third Texas location at 9160 North Freeway, Fort Worth, in spring 2021. The company provides social and educational play space for children up to 8 years old. 214-407-7007. www.cheekymonkeys.us 9 A new 10,500-square-foot neighbor- hood retail center developed by Hanbe LLC is coming to the northeast corner of Park Vista Boulevard and Keller Haslet Road in Fort Worth, tentatively named Park Vista Retail Center . Real estate broker Don Beebe said he expects the property to accommodate about ve tenants, which may include a dentist and a doughnut shop. The project is likely to be completed in late fall 2021. RELOCATIONS 10 The Nest & Roost reopened Feb. 12 at 412 N. Oak St. in Roanoke after closing its doors due to COVID-19 last April. Roanoke City Council approved a zoning change on Feb. 9 to allow the indoor

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dles, air fresheners and more in Bath and Body Works’ signature scents. 9350 Sage Meadow Trail, Fort Worth. 817-380-2434. www.bathandbodyworks.com 4 Paradise Grills opened at 9419 North Freeway, Fort Worth, at the beginning of January. The company oers outdoor kitchens and grills as well as re features and other patio accessories. 214-509-7722. www.paradisegrillsdirect.com 5 IHOP opened its rst Keller location at 700 N. Tarrant Parkway on Feb. 12, serving the chain’s signature breakfast- all-day menu as well as lunch and dinner. The Keller location oers takeout, curb- side pickup and online ordering, including family-style options only available to-go. 682-333-0201. www.ihop.com REOPENINGS 6 Glo Tanning has reopened at 1124 N. US 377, Roanoke, after remodeling, according to the city of Roanoke. The salon provides spray tans, tanning beds

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2 BODYBAR Pilates opened at 1400 Keller Parkway, Ste. 200, in Keller on Feb. 13. The studio oers group tness classes aimed at increasing strength and exibility. 817-994-2666. www.bodybarpilates.com/studios/keller 3 Bath and Body Works opened a Fort Worth location in Alliance Town Center on Feb. 5. The store stocks soaps, can-

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BlueMoundRoad speed limit changes Fort Worth City Council adopted an ordinance Jan. 12 to decrease the speed limit from 60 mph to 55 mph on a portion of Blue Mound Road from Gaeld Road south to the Denton-Tarrant County line. According to city documents, a Texas Department of Transportation project in the area required a speed zone study, which determined the proper speed for the road. According to the city, engineers accounted for the width and condition of the pavement and the amount of trac. Blue Mound’s school zone speed limit will stay at 35 mph, per TxDOT regulations, and the limit on a por- tion of the road near Northwest High School will remain at 55 mph.

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A portion of US 377 in Roanoke measuring more than a mile will receive additional upgrades once an ongoing Texas Department of Transportation project is completed in fall 2023, according to Roanoke City Manager Scott Campbell. The city will pay for upgrades related to stone work and street- lights, he said, and has also requested that road medians not be lled with concrete to allow for landscaping upgrades once road work is done. “When this is all nished, I think it’s going to be a really nice addition to the city,” Campbell said. “It is going to be a nice addition for our businesses just because the ow through town is going to be so much better.” The city of Roanoke’s capital improvement plan includes $430,000 in funds for the beautica- tion of US 377, Campbell said. TxDOT began construction in

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CITY HIGHLIGHTS ROANOKE Phase 2 of Roanoke’s Stimulus Program ended on Jan. 15, 2021. In all, 63 participating stores and restaurants were reimbursed via vouchers by the city for a total of $14,000. Of the vouchers redeemed, 83% were used at restaurants, 10% were used on retail, and 7% were used for beauty purchases. Fort Worth City Council Meets at 7 p.m. three times each month on Tuesdays. www.fortworthtexas.gov Keller City Council Meets at 7 p.m. the rst and third Tuesdays of each month. Meets at 7 p.m. the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month. www.roanoketexas.com Keller ISD Meets monthly; dates, times and locations may vary. www.kellerisd.net Northwest ISD Meets monthly at 6:30 p.m.; dates may vary. www.nisdtx.org www.cityoeller.com Roanoke City Council MEETINGSWE COVER

Keller settles in police misconduct lawsuit

City of FortWorth selects its new chief of police

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KELLER After a lawsuit was led over police misconduct, the city and plainti Marco Puente reached a settlement agreement Jan. 22. The city will pay a $5,000 deduct- ible, and the rest of the $200,000 agreed upon in the settlement will be paid by the city’s liability insurance. The deductible will come out of Keller’s general fund. Puente’s attorneys led the lawsuit in December after he was forcibly arrested Aug. 15. Charges against Puente of obstructing the roadway and interfering with police duties were dropped the same day he was arrested. The senior ocer involved, Blake Shimanek, was demoted after an internal investigation, and he resigned Feb. 1, according to the city. Police Chief Brad Fortune will address Keller City Council about pol- icy changes inspired by the incident in the future.

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FORTWORTH The city announced Jan. 25 that the next chief of the Fort Worth Police Department will be Neil Noakes, a 20-year veteran of the department who most recently served as deputy chief. “Chief Noakes brings many years of community-based law enforce- ment experience to the chief’s oce,” City Manager David Cooke said in a news release. “Even more important, he brings innovative leadership and a desire for genuine engagement with the residents we serve.” A graduate of the Fort Worth Police Academy, Noakes has served in various roles at FWPD, including sergeant, detective, and com- mander of the North Patrol Division. “In every position throughout

Neil Noakes is the new police chief. (Courtesy city of Fort Worth)

his career, Chief Noakes has focused on community prob- lem-solving, reducing crime and enhancing justice and equity for all our residents,” Cooke said. Mayor Betsy Price said Noakes is the right leader for FWPD at this time. “[He] has proven to have a heart for servant leadership and a vision for rebuilding and strengthening relationships within our communi- ties,” she said.

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As demand for the vaccine grows, Tarrant County has opened four dis- tribution sites as part of a massive campaign to vaccinate residents. About 603,808 people have reg- istered for the vaccine in Tarrant County as of Feb. 14, according to the Tarrant County vaccine dashboard. The county saw an increase in cases after the holidays, with 30% of all COVID-19 tests in January coming back positive as compared to 20% last summer. As of Feb. 14, there have been a total of 235,964 cases and 2,653 deaths in the county. “As you look at it from an individ- ual standpoint, we’re still [seeing] very high disease activity in the com- munity,” Public Health Director Vinny Taneja told Tarrant County commis- sioners Feb. 2. Fears of vaccine ecacy decreas- ing against coronavirus variants have pushedhealthocials towork around the clock to get people vaccinated. “So far, we haven’t found anything in our county, but it’s probably here in the metro area,” Taneja said. To ramp up vaccination eorts, Tarrant County Public Health has partnered with 13 cities, including Keller and Roanoke, to host a COVID- 19 vaccine distribution hub at the Hurst Convention Center. Brian Murnahan, Tarrant County Public Health public information ocer, said the county is hitting its site goal of vaccinating 2,000 people a day. It will cost nearly $700,000 to maintain the site through May 1 using money from the federal coronavi- rus relief fund, and more than 100 Tarrant County to combat COVID19 surgewith vaccine BY KIRA LOVELL & SANDRA SADEK

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What are the rollout phases, and who is eligible?

The vaccine is free of cost due to Operation Warp Speed, a federal program that pays for all costs associated with the vaccine. Tarrant County may charge an administrative fee to insurance providers if applicable. H ow much does the vaccine cost?

How long is the appointment wait time?

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volunteers are needed each day to run the vaccine hub. “[The site] is running very smooth,” he said. “We couldn’t be happier with the partnership between Tar- rant County and the Northeast Fire Department Association.” Like other vaccine hubs in the county, the Hurst site is expected to receive weekly vaccine shipments from the state. The county operates three vaccine locations at the Hurst Conference Center, the Bob Bolen Public Safety Complex Administra- tion and the Tarrant County Resource Connection. The Arlington Fire Department is hosting a site at the Arlington Convention Center. All Tarrant County sites closed Feb. 15 in the face of severe weather. The majority of sites reopened on Feb. 19. Mobilizing local partners The 13member cities of theNortheast Fire Department Association mobilized the Hurst site in less than two weeks. Hurst Fire Chief David Palla said most of the member cities have expe- rience working together, which made mobilization for the hub a lot easier. “We came together pretty quickly and pretty seamlessly to create this process, and now, the goal is to create a process with the right number of peo- ple to make it sustainable,” Palla said. Roanoke Deputy Fire Chief Kevin McCally said due to the Roanoke Fire Department’s smaller size in compar- ison to other cities that are part of the Northeast Fire Department Associa- tion, the city of Roanoke and Trophy Club have partnered to take turns sending o-duty crew members to help in Hurst. “Most of us are paramedics, even the EMTs,” McCally said. “With a lit- tle bit of training, [crew members are] allowed to give shots through medical endorsement and medical direction.” Although most of the city of

Roanoke is within Den- ton County, McCally said the city has not received requests from Denton County for help with distribution. Den- ton County has been using the Texas Motor Speedway as a vaccine hub to ramp up eorts, vaccinating 10,000 peo- ple per day. “Tarrant County was the rst one to ask for help,” McCally said. “‘I’m sure that when [Denton County]... needs assistance then we will shift our focus from Tarrant County to Denton County.” Due to the city being located in two counties, he said Roanoke benets from a dual partnership. “I commend Hurst

Do:

www.tarrantcounty.com/ COVIDshot or call the hotline at 817-248-6299, even if you are not in Phases 1A or 1B. Check to make sure you receive a message conrming your registration. When you receive a follow-up message with your appointment time and location, proceed to your specied hub to check in. After checking in, enter the hub to get your vaccine. Keep track of when to expect your second dose. You will be signed up for the booster automatically.

Register only once. Registration covers

Show up to a location without an

both doses of the vaccine.

appointment.

Register multiple people using the same contact information—it is recommended that each person registers individually. Call the Tarrant County hotline to conrm whether you are registered unless you did not receive an email or text conrmation for your registration within 48 hours.

Volunteer if you want to help. Anyone over age 18 who is willing to take a criminal background check can volunteer for the Tarrant County Medical Reserve Corps. Those interested can register online at www.bealocalhero.org. Let medical screeners know when you arrive for your appointment if you are physically unable to stand in line so that accommodations can be made for you.

for stepping up and hosting it. I have worked at that thing in the initial stages to get it up and running, and it is very well thought out,” McCally said. Getting the rst dose Palla said the average wait time from the moment people get in line to the moment they get their shot is about 30minutes. Eligible individuals are required to have an appointment. Amanda Calongne, chief of sta for state Rep. Giovanni Capriglione, RKeller, said the county has planned for some unpredictability. “What they’re expecting on any given day is that 20% of people who have an appointment that day will no-show,” she said. To combat no-shows, the county schedules more vaccinations than can be fullled each day.

SOURCE: TARRANT COUNTY PUBLIC HEALTHCOMMUNITY IMPACT NEWSPAPER

regardless of whether they are eligi- ble. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention distributes vaccine shipments based on a formula that accounts for the population over 65 and local demand, she said. Higher registration rates in Tarrant County mean the county will get more vac- cines sooner, she said. Distribution is expected to speed up as the federal government releases more vaccines. “We are expecting the number of vaccines that we receive in shipments to start doubling, if not tripling, in the coming weeks,” she said.

Amanda Moses, a Keller resident and cancer survivor, visited the Hurst Conference Center on Jan. 19—two weeks after she registered on the por- tal—to receive her rst dose. “[I look forward to being] able to shake hands and hug somebody that doesn’t live in [my] house,” Moses said. Challenges continue ahead As Tarrant County continues to vaccinate as many people as possible, ocials are working to expand access across the county. Vaccines are also being distributed by private entities, like hospitals and clinics. Calongne encouraged anyone who wants a vaccine to register now,

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PAYCH EC K P ROT EC T I ON P ROGRAM D E E P D I V E

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Wants to apply for Phase 2 loans but does not qualify

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PHASE 2 $284B total relief package

Several local entities in Keller, Roanoke and Northeast Fort Worth received loans in the rst round of the PPP. Roanoke 17.22%

$2 5K $ 50K FORT WORTH

“THE FUNDS WERE INVALUABLE. ... THAT MONEY

Keller 43.18%

MAR . 3 1

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N. TARRANT PKWY.

92 2 Limited Liability Companies (LLC) 462 corporations 3 1 8 sole proprietorships 58 nonprots 490 other business types

2,242 area businesses received PPP loans during the program’s rst round.

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to the same quarter in 2019. Another change came in the form of added regulations to ensure the money goes to business owners in need. “Last spring, a re hose was opened to get people money, and people got funds that shouldn’t have,” said Sean Bryan, a tax attorney in the Fort Worth area. “Lenders are going to be held more responsible for the borrowers and loans they give.” According to Bryan, 60% of all the money given out in the rst round was used to maintain sta payroll over the course of 24 weeks. It has

also been used for personal protection equipment, ltration equipment, drive-thru windows and other items intended to combat COVID-19. Locals react to second round Tina Patel, co-owner of Comfort Suites Roanoke, said that prior to receiving money in the rst round, she considered shutting down her hotel even though it was deemed essential as part of the hospitality industry by the state of Texas. “We’ve worked so hard to get the corporate accounts that we have

Northeast Fort Worth 39.61%

SOURCE: U.S. SMALL BUSINESS ADMINISTRATIONCOMMUNITY IMPACT NEWSPAPER

midst of such a dicult year,” Christ’s Haven CEO Cassie McQuitty said. Tighter restrictions Eligibility requirements have changed for the second round to pri- oritize smaller businesses. To qualify, businesses must have fewer than 300 employees and be able to show more than a 25% reduction in gross receipts within a specic 2020 quarter relative

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displaced children and teens. After receiving funds in the rst round, they were able to increase care services from 80% in March 2020 to 95% by the end of 2020 without reducing sta. “We are grateful to be able to provide normalcy, dignity and hope to more children and teens in the

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decisions on the best direction for their situation.” Elsewhere, Christ’s Haven received between $150,000 and $350,000 in the rst round of PPP loans and will not be applying again. “We feel like we are in a good, stable place right now,” said Kelly Strzinek, communications and marketing direc- tor at Christ’s Haven. “So much of that is due to just incredibly generous donors and people in our community [that keep] supporting us.” Eyler said he hopes the plan’s language will be modied to include newer businesses that cannot meet the qualications. “The next six months is going to tell if we’re going to survive,” he said. “Our gross receipts are denitely building, [but] right now, I have not broken even yet. I’m still losing money every month.” For more information on the second round of PPP loans, business owners can contact a local bank or visit sba.gov/funding-programs/ loans/coronavirus-relief-options/ paycheck-protection-program.

co-owner of Tune Up—The Manly Salon, received funding from the rst PPP loan the day he reopened his shop after six weeks of closure. “[The funds] were invaluable... that money carried us through that whole summer,” Eyler said. However, when Eyler tried to apply for the second round, he found he did not qualify because he could not show the required 25% decrease in revenue. Being the owner of a new business that started in 2019, Eyler said he had only a 7% decrease in revenue even though his revenue losses were greater. “I could really use it right now because we have been scratching and crawling to get back to our pre-COVID numbers,” he said. “I understand why they did it, but it doesn’t take into account small businesses who started in 2019.” Sally Aldrige, president and CEO of the Metroport Chamber of Commerce, said her sta has been providing local members with the latest information to help them obtain assistance. “Each business is dierent and has dierent needs,” Aldridge said. “We provide the tools and resources so members can make informed

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and all of our regulars that stay with us,” she said. “I knew if we ever shut down, I would never get them back.” Patel was able to maintain a 35% occupancy rate early on, but her 2020 revenue came out to 53% of what she made in 2019. Patel applied to both rounds of the loan program. The rst time, she received $67,000, which she used primarily on payroll. For the second draw, she received $78,000, which she used to pay o her property taxes in January and avoid interest rates. “We’re very grateful that the federal government has done this, but ulti- mately, it’s still not enough,” she said.

“Every stimulus package that was out there—trust me, we applied for it.” Part of the incentive for businesses to apply for the loan is the loan forgive- ness program, which frees business owners from any nancial obligations if the money was used as required. Forgivable expenses include rent; utilities, such as telephone and internet; mortgage interest and any costs relating to fortifying businesses against COVID-19. While many businesses have already applied for and even received their second PPP loan, newer businesses have struggled to qualify due to tighter restrictions. Tom Eyler,

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Dayslong failure of portions of the state’s power grid left millions of residents in the Dallas Fort-Worth area and beyond, including many of those in the Marshall Ridge neighborhood in Keller, with either intermittent power or no electricity at all. (Courtesy Rodney Eiland)

Isolated power grid, winter weather leavesmillionswithout electricity

BY BEN THOMPSON

stated the agency issued notices from Feb. 8-11 about the cold weather expected to hit Texas and that gener- ators were asked to prepare for it. ERCOT followed with a Feb. 14 notice asking customers to reduce electricity through Feb. 16. The next day, ERCOT announced the council had begun rotating outages at 1:25 a.m. Feb. 15. More than 4.3 million Texans were without power the morning of Feb. 16, according to poweroutage.us. Despite early warnings, Ramanan Krishnamoorti, a chemical engineer- ing professor and chief energy ocer at the University of Houston, said he believes the state’s reliance on market conditions to manage supply and demand is partially responsible for outages given providers’ lack of incen- tive to begin production in advance of the supply shortage. He and Cohan also cited a low supply of natural gas. “The shortfall in natural gas supply is about 20 times as large as the shortfall in wind supply compared to expectations for a winter peak cold event,” Cohan said. Planning ahead The statewide outages were the fourth such event in ERCOT’s history. One result of the most recent event in February 2011—also caused by win- ter weather—was the publication of a federal report outlining past failures of power generators and recommending ERCOT and other authorities make winterization eorts a top concern. Beyond just following previous recommendations, the state and power suppliers could have fur- ther incentivized preparation for the record-breaking conditions

Widespread power outages prompted by severe weather across Texas in February led to increased focus on the Electric Reliability Coun- cil of Texas, which manages statewide electric power ow. The failure of portions of the state’s power grid left millions of Texans without electric service the week of Feb. 15-19. As blackouts and power restoration eorts continued, public ocials, including Gov. Greg Abbott, called for an investigation of ERCOT. ERCOT did not respond to phone calls or email requests for comment. An independent system Texas’ power grid has long been controlled within the state, separate from eastern and western North Amer- ican interconnects. Founded in 1970, ERCOT operates under the supervision of the Public Utility Commission of Texas and the Texas Legislature and manages most of the state’s electric system and retail market. ERCOT ocials have highlighted benets of the insular system in the past, although its disconnect from the continent’s larger grids has left it prone to isolation issues during high-demand events, such as Febru- ary’s winter storms, experts said. “Staying independent keeps the management of our power systems within Texas. But it means that we can barely import any power when we need it most,” Daniel Cohan, a Rice University civil and environmental engineering professor, said via email. Winter collapse A Feb. 11 press release from ERCOT

The Electric Reliability Council of Texas manages an electric grid that covers most of Texas and is disconnected from larger interconnections covering the rest of the U.S.

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WESTERN INTERCONNECTION Includes El Paso and far West Texas 1 EASTERN INTERCONNECTION Includes portions of East Texas and the panhandle region 2 3

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ERCOT’s grid provides electric

ERCOT man- ages 90%

ERCOT provides for 26 million customers.

ERCOT’s grid includes 46,500 miles of transmission.

power to the majority of Texans.

of the Texas electrical load.

Real-time data varies, but more than half of ERCOT’s generation capacity comes from natural gas. Experts cited a natural gas shortage in February’s power outages.

POWER BREAKDOWN

2021 ERCOT grid power generating capacity 51% Natural gas 4.9% Nuclear

24.8% Wind 3.8% Solar

13.4% Coal 1.9% Other

0.2% Storage

SOURCES: ELECTRIC RELIABILITY COUNCIL OF TEXAS, PUBLIC UTILITY COMMISSION OF TEXAS, POWEROUTAGE.US COMMUNITY IMPACT NEWSPAPER

experienced, Krishnamoorti said. “We knew that this polar vortex was coming at least a week ahead. We could have planned,” he said. Cohan said he hopes the state will take a broader range of issues into consideration for potential updates to its energy systems.

This story reects the most up-to- date information as of press time. Stay tuned to communityimpact. com/krn for continuous coverage. “We need to look beyond the elec- tricity system and realize that this is an energy systems crisis,” he said.

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