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Mar 16

City of Allen / Keep Allen Beautiful Receives Prestigious State Environmental Award

Posted on March 16, 2012 at 12:00 AM by Kathleen Vaught

Community One of 10 Governor’s Community Achievement Award Winners

Keep Texas Beautiful has recognized Allen, Texas as one of 10 winners of the 2012 Governor’s Community Achievement Awards for outstanding community improvement. The award is one of the most coveted annual environmental and community improvement honors in Texas. The winners will share $2 million in landscape funding from the Texas Department of Transportation. Of this, Allen will receive $270,000 for a landscaping project along a local state right-of-way.

Communities submitted materials to one of 10 population categories and judges chose the winners based on their achievements in seven environmental and community improvement areas: community leadership and coordination, education, public awareness, litter prevention and cleanup, illegal dumping enforcement, beautification and property improvement, and solid waste management.

“Allen’s community is made up of vibrant, energetic and forward-thinking people,” said Donna Kliewer, Waste Services Manager and Keep Allen Beautiful staff liaison. “This certainly came to light with the GCAA win. It is a spotlight on the community and their involvement in making Allen one of the shining stars in Texas. It is recognition of the hours and efforts put forth by everyone to make Allen the best place in Texas to live, work and play.”

The GCAA program has recognized outstanding communities since 1969, with TxDOT providing landscaping awards since 1985. Allen will receive its award on Wednesday, June 27 in San Antonio during KTB’s 45th Annual Conference.

“We are so pleased to have Allen recognized by Keep Texas Beautiful and TXDOT as the top city in our population category,” said Steve Massey, Director of Community Services.

“The GCAA gave us the opportunity to showcase the cooperative efforts of all the interwoven aspects of Allen, which included businesses, residents, youth, churches, municipal government, non-profit agencies. It all came together beautifully to highlight the unique community in which we live.”

In addition to the GCAA award, Keep Texas Beautiful recognized the efforts made by individuals and groups to enhance their community and protect the Lone Star State's environment. Allen received two first place honors: Donna Kliewer received the Keep Texas Beautiful Leadership award, and the Public and Media Relations Office and ACTV received recognition for its Media – Electronic Promotions and Education.

Keep Allen Beautiful is an organization dedicated to developing and fostering programs which contribute towards making Allen a cleaner, healthier and more attractive city. Established by the Allen City Council in 1997, Keep Allen Beautiful is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit community organization responsible for educating the citizens of Allen in ways of preserving our environment and improving our community's appearance. KAB is an affiliate of Keep America Beautiful, Keep Texas Beautiful and Keep Texas Beautiful Proud Community. The Community Services Department provides staff support for Keep Allen Beautiful. To contact KAB or for more information about activities and events, call 214.509.4551, or visit

Keep Texas Beautiful, a statewide grassroots environmental and community improvement nonprofit, strives to educate and engage Texans to take responsibility for improving their community environment. KTB and its more than 360 affiliates work with government, businesses, civic groups and volunteers to ensure that every Texan has the opportunity to make Texas the cleanest, most beautiful state in the nation. For more information on programs and events, call 1-800-CLEAN-TX or visit

Feb 03

Allen Ranks 9th Safest City in US for a Third Time

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.

Feb 03

Stage 3 Water Restrictions

Posted on February 3, 2012 at 12:00 AM by Kathleen Vaught

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:

  • Prohibit hosing of paved areas, buildings, or windows.
  • Prohibit operation of all ornamental fountains or other amenities that use treated water.  
  • Prohibit washing or rinsing of vehicles by hose unless using a shut-off nozzle.
  • Prohibit using water in such a manner as to allow run-off or other waste.

This is not a complete listing of Stage 3 Restrictions. Please review the Water Conservation & Drought Contingency & Water Emergency Response Plan