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Outdoor Warning System

It’s spring time here in North Texas and with spring weather we may often see severe storms that come with it. Over the years, the City of Keene has invested in warning systems to alert our citizens of approaching severe weather. However, there is often confusion on what a person should do if they hear the sirens activate. Keene Fire would like to take a moment to help educate our citizens on what it means when the sirens are activated in town. First let us share some information about Outdoor Warning Systems (OWS).

An Outdoor Warning System is a system designed to alert people who are outdoors and not in the safety of a sturdy structure. Usually, people are not around a radio, TV, or any other device that may provide weather warnings while they are outdoors. Traditionally, these systems have been mistakenly referred to as “tornado sirens”, but the term fails to acknowledge all hazardous situations for sounding sirens. These situations include, but may not be limited to tornados, hail, high winds, or other catastrophic events in which the community needs to be informed immediately. The OWS should only be used as a supplemental warning tool. Citizens should always tune in to their local weather station to get additional information.

So what is the criteria for setting off the OWS? Below is the current criteria adopted by the City of Keene.

The Outdoor Warning System shall be activated should any of the following occur:

1. Tornados, Funnel Clouds, or other catastrophic events reported by the:

  • Mayor 
  • City Administrator 
  • Trained storm spotters
  • National Weather Service
  • Supervisor for the Fire Department
  • Supervisor for the Police Department
  • Supervisor for the Public Works Department

2. Reported hail of 1.25” in diameter or greater

3. The National Weather Service issues a Severe Thunderstorm Warning for Johnson County with the phrase “Destructive winds in excess of 70 mph are likely with this storm”.

4. Johnson County is under a under a Tornado Warning and a system has crossed the County line that could cause potential severe weather for the Keene area.

5. Any condition, which is judged to be hazardous to the citizens and an early warning could potentially save lives.

We hope this information helps the citizens to understand how and when the sirens are activated. As you can see, the sirens are not just for tornados. They can also be for other catastrophic events. Furthermore, these policies follow the regional guidelines that were developed for the North Central Texas Council of Governments, by the National Weather Service for Outdoor Warning System activation. This is the criteria that most cities in North Texas have adopted and use.

We feel that if people understand why the sirens were activated, then it may help them make a better decision on how to stay safe, no matter what city they are in.

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Economic Development

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Keene, TX 76059

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Water & Wastewater

The City provides water, wastewater and trash collection services to its residents. The following is a brief summary of our billing policies and rates for all persons obtaining water, wastewater and trash collection services from the City of Keene.

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Trash Pickup

Trash carts are provided by our trash collection provider, Republic Services. Carts can be placed by the curb or public right-of-way no earlier than 7:00 pm the day prior to the scheduled day of collection and removed from the curb or public right-of-way no later than 9:00 am the day after the scheduled day of collection.

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City Manager

The City Manager, appointed by the City Council, is the City's chief administrative officer and is responsible for the daily activities and services of the City. The City Manager works closely with the City Council and City Department directors to ensure the highest quality of life to the residents and businesses in Keene.

Police

The Police Department consists of eleven full-time officers and four reserve officers. Since 1981, the Keene Police Department has housed the Emergency Communications for the Keene Police and Fire Rescue.

 

City Secretary

The City Secretary is an officer of the City, appointed by the Mayor and City Council. The position of City Secretary is a statutory position required by State Law and the City Charter.

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Finance

The Finance Department is responsible for all financial functions of the City, and provides accounting and budget services to all departments within the City of Keene.

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Municipal Court

Municipal Court is the Judicial Branch of City government. Municipal Court handles Class C misdemeanor criminal cases, including certain traffic violations. Cases involving violations of city ordinances are also tried in the Municipal Court.

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Information Request

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Animal Control

To help return your lost doggie safely back home, our Ordinances require that you register your dog with the Keene Animal Control every 12 months. The number on the dog tag is all our office needs to identify and locate the owner.

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Community Profile

On behalf of the City of Keene, I would like to welcome you to our home. We are a small community located on the Highway 67 corridor between I-35W and the new Chisholm Trail Parkway with just over 6,100 in population and growing.  

Whether you are bringing your business here or your family, the city of Keene is a great place to be. We are proud to say we have a great school system. Offering options from the public or the private school system, a student can go from kindergarten to a master’s degree without ever leaving the city limits. This is one reason the City of Keene was recently ranked by Niche.com as the #16 best town under a population of 100,000 to raise a family in Texas.  

Affordability, along with education, is also key in searching for a place to raise your family. Our average home prices are below that of Fort Worth, but only a short 35 minute drive to their downtown or 7th street area and less than an hour to DFW Airport. We were also in the top 10 most affordable cities around Fort Worth ranked by Movoto.com.  

On top of being a great place to raise a family, Keene has elected officials and city staff in place that are forward thinking and open minded to do what it takes to see this community flourish. We have multiple opportunities for manufacturing and warehousing with our industrial park off of HWY 67 and CR 318 as well as multiple sections of raw land prime for commercial development.  

The Keene Economic Development Corporation (Type A Board) and Keene Business Development Corporation (Type B Board), along with the Keene Chamber of Commerce continue to do a great job in promoting our community to make it more inviting for businesses and families.  

Whether you’re here to visit or here to stay, we welcome you to Keene!  

Best Wishes,    

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Mayor James Chapline 

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Demographics

2010 Census Data

POPULATION 6,106  

Male

2,917 47.8%
Female 3,189 52.2%
White 4,349 71.2%
African American 375 6.1%

American Indian

57 0.9%
Asian 153 2.5%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 325 5.3%
Other Race 674 11.0%
Two or More Races 173 2.8%
Hispanic or Latino (of any race) 1,849 30.3%
Median Age 30.4  
Average Household Size 2.97  
Households 1,923  
Owner-Occupied Housing Units 1,014 52.7%
Data compiled from the 2010 US Census. Updated on September 8, 2015