Awards and Recognition
GTOT Investment Policy Certificate of Distinction
Members of the Government Treasurers’ Organization of Texas (GTOT) Review Committee congratulate the City of Sachse for its commitment to maintain a comprehensive written investment policy that meets the criteria set forth in the GTOT Investment Policy Review Checklist to fully comply with the Texas Public Funds Investment Act (PFIA). The certificate is good for a two-year period expiring February 29, 2016.
Investment Policy Certificate
GFOA Distinguished Budget Presentation Award for Sachse's 2013 Municipal Budget
From left to right: City Manager, Billy George; Sara Word; Berna Fitzpatrick; Teresa Savage; and Mayor Felix.
The Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting has been awarded to the City of Sachse by the GFOA of the United States and Canada for its Comprehensive Financial Report (CAFR) for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2013. The Certificate of Achievement is the highest form of recognition in the area of governmental accounting and financial reporting, and its attainment represents a significant accomplishment by a government and its management. This is the fifteenth consecutive year that the City’s CAFR has received this recognition.
The GFOA has awarded a Distinguished Budget Presentation Award to the City of Sachse, Texas for its annual budget for the fiscal year beginning October 1, 2013. In order to receive this award, a governmental unit must publish a budget document that meets program criteria as a policy document, as a financial plan, as an operations guide, and as a communication device. This is the second consecutive year that the City’s budget has received this recognition.
Texas Municipal League Library Achievement of Excellence
From left to right: Ellen Ritchie, Librarian; Mignon Morse, Library Manager; and Mayor Felix
The Sachse Public Library was recipient for the ninth year in a row by TML for demonstrating excellence in all of the following categories: conduct a Summer Reading Program, providing services to underserved populations, providing enhanced services to the public, providing current marketing materials, developing a set of policies and procedures for the library, which have been reviewed and updated within the last five years, providing cultural, topical, and educational programming for adults and families, providing literacy support for all ages, investing in collaborative efforts, establishing staff training, and providing a web presence. Sachse was one of the 39 out of 555 public library system in the state to be recognized in 2014.
Texas Municipal League Award of Excellence
During the TML Conference in October 2009, the City of Sachse was awarded the TML Municipal Excellence Award for Public Safety in Communities under 25,000. This award was in recognition of the Builders' Crime Prevention Program, a packet of information supplied to builders to reduce construction site thefts. There are over 1,100 cities in TML, the majority of which are cities under 25,000 in population. There are five award categories: Management Innovations, City Spirit, Communication Programs, Public Works, and Public Safety. Sachse was the 2009 winner in the Public Safety category.
TML Award Recipients Information
Back-to-Back: Texas Municipal League Award of Excellence
At the 2010 TML Conference, Sachse was awarded the TML Municipal Excellence Award for Communication Programs for cities with population under 25,000. This award was for Sachse's response to a series of home burglaries against citizens of Asian descent. The police department staff created a "Crime Alert Warning Flyer" in both English and Vietnamese and posted it to the city's website. The flyer was also distributed by Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) volunteers to all homes with occupants of Asian descent, area banks, and Asian-frequented businesses. Through radio-broadcast, message board alerts, newspaper stories and extra police patrol, the Asian community felt more at ease and not a single burglary targeting citizens of Asian descent occurred again in Sachse.
TML Award Recipients Information
Sachse Recognized as Storm Ready Community
The National Weather Service recognizes cities and communities who are StormReady. A program started in 1999 in Tulsa, Oklahoma, StormReady helps America's communities with communication and safety skills needed to save lives and property, before and during an event. StormReady helps community leaders and emergency managers strengthen local safety programs, to be better prepared to save lives during severe weather with advanced planning, education and awareness. No community is storm proof, but StormReady helps communities save lives.
Sachse is a Tree City USA City
The Tree City USA program, sponsored by the Arbor Day Foundation in cooperation with the USDA Forest Service and the National Association of State Foresters, recognizes cities who create a framework for action, education, a positive image and citizen pride. There are 3,400 communities across the US designated as Tree City USA cities. To qualify, a town or city must meet four standards established to ensure that every qualifying community would have a viable tree management plan and program. The four standards are: 1) Establish a Tree Board or Department; 2) Adopt a Tree Care Ordinance; 3) Establish a Community Forestry Program; and 4) Conduct an Arbor Day Observance and Create and Present an Arbor Day Proclamation.
Tree City USA Designation
National Environmental Hall of Fame
Sachse was inducted into the National Environmental Hall of Fame for its initiatives taken toward a sustainable community within the Green Building Program, including wind energy programs. These initiatives demonstrate the city's commitment to environmental, economic and social stewardship.
Sachse's Environmental Hall of Fame Award
Library Director's Association Achievement of Excellence
The Sachse Public Library received the Texas Municipal Library Director's Association Achievement of Excellence in Libraries Award in 2012, the fifth year in a row to achieve the award. Libraries receiving the award must demonstrate excellence in the following categories: conduct Summer Reading Program, provide service to underserved populations, provide enhanced service to the public during the past year, provide current marketing materials, develop a set of policies and procedures for the library which have been reviewed and updated within the past five years, provide cultural, topical and educational programming for adults and families, provide literacy support for all ages, invest in collaborative efforts, establish staff training, and provide a library web presence.
Best Practices Recognition to the Sachse Police Department
The Texas Police Chiefs Association recognized the Sachse Police Department for achieving the Best Practices Recognition. Sachse is the 41st department in Texas to achieve the recognition. In order to achieve the recognition, police agencies must prove their compliance with 164 best practices in law enforcement policies. These Best Practices were developed to assist agencies in efficient and effective delivery of service, reduction of risk and the protection of individual's rights. The Texas Best Practices Recognition Program has become the new Gold Standard for Texas Law Enforcement.
Texas Police Chiefs Association Recognition Program
TRAPS Excellence in Programming Award
The Sachse Parks and Recreation Department received the TRAPS (Texas Recreation and Park Society) Excellence in Programming Award for its annual Pumpkin Prowl event. The Pumpkin Prowl event was created to add an activity in the fall for the children and families of Sachse and is based on the premise of an Easter egg hunt, except the children hunt miniature pumpkins. Family games, hayrides, and refreshments add to the fun. TRAPS is a professional and educational organization founded to advance the profession of parks, recreation, and leisure services in Texas. Each year, the Society sponsors an award program designed to honor the outstanding achievements in a variety of categories, including Outstanding Programming and Innovations in Park Development.