It has been my honor to serve this community and give it my all over the last 25 years. Thank you for electing me first to the City Council where I served 3 years, then as your Mayor for the last 22 years. I believe the time has come to focus on spending more quality time with my family. The choice not to run for reelection this spring was not made lightly. I am incredibly grateful for the residents of North Richland Hills and the trust they have bestowed in me to represent them for a quarter century.
While DFW has become the 4th largest metropolitan area in the country and North Richland Hills has grown from 55,000 to over 70,000 residents during my time in office, our city continues to be a family-friendly community and a wonderful place to call home. I am proud of the work we have done together to manage the growth and improve North Richland Hills.
While we accomplished a lot over the past 25 years, I am most proud of the important investments we have made in our city infrastructure, parks, equipment and staff. We updated and replaced aging facilities, providing the community with a modern library, recreation center, senior center, animal shelter, police station, fire stations and city hall. We built more than 20 parks and trails, made improvements to Iron Horse Golf Course and NRH2O Family Water Park, and provided wonderful recreation programs and special events. Our world-class amenities have made North Richland Hills a destination for families and brought the nation’s second Peppa Pig Theme Park here.
As our community has grown, we have grown our police and fire departments and equipped them with the best training and tools available – always keeping the safety and security of our community as the top priority.
While North Richland Hills expanded with many new neighborhoods and commercial centers, we never lost sight of where this city began. We’ve worked to ensure our original neighborhoods stay well-maintained and vibrant. We’ve redeveloped our oldest parks and are continuously investing in our infrastructure.
We’ve attracted many new businesses to our mature corridors including Babe’s, Sweetie Pie’s, Patriotic Pig, Floor & Décor, Winco, Platinum Music Complex, Painted Tree, Gritr Sports, Seconds & Surplus, Warespace, Tru by Hilton Hotel and the soon-to-open Volli Entertainment. Soon, we will see more new businesses and a Homewood Suites by Hilton hotel on the former mall property near our new City Hall.
We have invested over $100 million in improving our city streets, while building strong partnerships with regional partners to increase mobility through highway improvements and the addition of TEXRail, which will benefit our community for generations.
We have weathered recessions and a pandemic and come back stronger, with the retail vacancy rate down to 6.3%, the lowest since 2004.
We have focused on providing high-quality services, while being good stewards of the public’s dollars and lowering the tax burden for senior citizens and homeowners.
To our residents, thank you for your trust and for caring about our community. I have loved getting to know you and learning about what’s important to you. We haven’t always agreed, but we have listened to one another and worked together for the greater good.
To the many elected colleagues I have worked alongside, thank you for your service, your friendship and your wisdom. We didn’t always agree either, but I know in my heart that we were all devoted to making our community a better place.
To our city staff, thank you for your professionalism, your dedication, and your passion to serve North Richland Hills. You are the best of the best. We wouldn’t be the award-winning community that we are without your excellent service and hard work.
And most importantly, to my wife, Carol, my children and their spouses, and over the last 10 years, my granddaughter Reis: Thank you for your encouragement, your understanding and your sacrifices. I could not have done this without you. Thank you also for choosing to make your homes, start your families and be involved in this great City. I love you all. It has been the honor of my life to serve our community over the past 25 years.
Mayor Oscar Trevino