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  1. TAYLOR POLICE RECEIVE AWARD IN PERSON

    At the July 21 City Council meeting, the Taylor Police Department formally received their Best Practices Program Recognition Award from the Texas Police Chief’s Association...

  2. McDowell fills seat as new City Administrator

    David McDowell is Clifton’s new City Administrator and he’s no novice to the position or Bosque County. McDowell has lived in Bosque County since 2000 with his wife BJ and sons Michael and Dayton, but he started his municipal career in Lancaster in...

  3. Caldwell approves drainage study

    The Caldwell City Council has approved a drainage study on the west side of Caldwell for $50,000 with Strand Associates of Brenham. The council unanimously approved the study at their regular meeting on Tuesday, July 20. Caldwell City Administrator...

  4. Mayor’s Message – Pleasanton

    I ’d like to use this week’s article to explain some roles that are defined in the City Charter. Let’s start with the mayor. Article VII. Sec 2. of the charter explains the mayor’s duties and powers. A summary of the mayor’s duties and...

  5. Jourdanton City Attorney addresses ‘Communistic’ accusation

    Citing a need to clear up some misinformation stated at the previous meeting, Jourdanton City Attorney Eric Santee held a 40-minute presentation, Understanding Off-Site Built Housing Issues within the Current Code of Ordinances, at the July 6 council...

  6. Clute, Bellaire enter joint drainage and street improvement agreement

    ...street drainage problems and sidewalk construction projects in the respective communities. Clute City Council unanimously approved an interlocal agreement with Bellaire officials to assist each other with...

  7. Funeral honors Wharton EMS chief

    Dozens of first responders in cruisers and ambulances joined the long funeral procession on Wharton’s Boling Highway Monday for EMS Director John Kowalik. Kowalik, 55, worked for the Wharton community 34 years and died July 18.

  8. Higher property values, lower tax rates factor into city budget

    El Campo - Property tax rates are dropping, but values are up. The city expects to receive the same amount of revenue as last year for this source. This could mean your tax bill looks lower than last year, depending on your gain in value and...

  9. Abilene works on plan to modernize city water systems following February freeze

    ...we’re looking for from council today is direction. do you want us to pursue any of this?” Said Abilene City Manager Robert Hanna. As it stands the city believes that it is compliant. Though Lessons learned...

  10. City manager scheduled to pedal with Brownsville residents

    Brownsville City Manager Noel Bernal is asking for the community’s input on a sidewalk and trails master plan. “What we are seeking is feedback from the community in terms of where we can improve the connectivity from our current trails and sidewalks...

  11. Looking to the future of Keller Sports Park

    For those who use it, the Keller Sports Park is an important community amenity, but the city and the youth sports associations are looking at ways that it can better support their needs. City Council has made developing the sports park one of its top...

  12. KPD, KFD struggle with space; structural issues

    Kerrville City Council members and staff are currently discussing how to address the city’s facility needs for the Kerrville Police Department and Kerrville Fire Department, in response to a myriad of issues both departments are facing, including...

  13. Freeport continues Budget discussion at Special meeting.

    Creating a communications manager position as part of the 2021-22 budget was one of the topics discussed Monday night during a workshop session dedicated for amending the proposed spending plan. Council has until the end of Sept. 30 to approve a...

  14. A breakdown of the proposed $1.2 billion city budget for Corpus Christi

    ...which is the start of the city's fiscal year. On Tuesday, Corpus Christi leaders got a breakdown from city manager Peter Zanoni. Nearly $300 million would go to the city's general fund with a focus on everything...

  15. Council green lights next Hogan Park transformation phase

    “Soon, the Bill Williams Complex at Hogan Park will have additional turf softball fields and new LED lighting. Plans are currently being completed for the construction of a new exterior loop trail, as well as relocating the existing dog parks to make...

  16. City: 80% of city's water meters upgraded

    The city reported more than 40,000 meters have been installed and that collectors, which gather data from water meters, have been or will be placed throughout Midland on city assets. Nine collectors installed include those on elevated water storage...

  17. Edinburg breaks ground on new recreation center

    ...a game or a volleyball game and the parents can go for a walk or you can bring the dogs," Edinburg Mayor Richard Molina said. "Take them for a walk here in the dog park so it's a multipurpose facility."...

  18. Stormwater fee proposed for Corpus Christi

    He told council members that Corpus Christi is the only large city in Texas that doesn't have such a fee, and the money collected would go towards improvements to the city's stormwater system in hopes of reducing the amount of polluted runoff...

  19. Belton extends reinvestment zone agreement

    ...extending the Belton Tax Increment Reinvestment Zone agreement for an additional 20 years during a Belton City Council meeting on Tuesday. The current agreement is set to expire in 2024. During the meeting,...

  20. Cove council discusses tax rates in special workshop

    The Copperas Cove City Council met Tuesday to discuss the property tax rate for the Fiscal Year 2021-2022 budget. Currently, city residents are assessed a tax rate of 78.65 cents per $100 valuation, which the council ultimately adopted on Aug. 4,...

  21. New residential, office building plans at Hall Park in Frisco progress

    The Frisco Planning and Zoning Commission on July 27 granted a time extension to the developer for changes to project plans. Project work calls for 214 urban living units, a hotel, and office and restaurant space within 14.5 acres in the southwest...

  22. Georgetown considering $90.4M budget, prepares for growth

    City staffers are creating the FY 2021-22 budget with considerations for future growth, City Manager David Morgan said. Staffers presented a draft budget with a general fund totaling $90.4 million, a 3% increase from FY 2020-21 projections.

  23. Columbus City Council approves improvement funds for downtown

    On Monday, July 26, the City of Columbus met in regular session to discuss items that included a $25,500 payment under the 4B Revenues. The funds approved will be used to revitalize and refurbish the ...

  24. Killeen council approves redistricting services contract

    The Killeen City Council moved forward Tuesday with an interlocal contract with an Austin-based law firm, to provide redistricting services. Council members approved the contract with Bickerstaff Heath...

  25. Seadrift Certificates of Obligation to fund wastewater treatment plant

    There will be no tax increases to fund the new Wastewater Treatment Plant for the residents of Seadrift as the city council approved issuing Certificates of obligation during a July 20 special meeting. The Seadrift City Council had Dusty Traylor of...

  26. McAllen Holiday Parade to return to in-person attendance

    “This year, we are proud to announce that the 2021 presentation of the McAllen Holiday Parade will be live and in-person,” Mayor Javier Villalobos said. The parade will travel a 1.5-mile-long route along Bicentennial Boulevard. It will begin at 6...

  27. City Of Amarillo approves Location Incentive Agreements that will bring in over 200 new jobs to the area

    Kevin Carter, president, and CEO of the Amarillo Economic Development Corporation said these new businesses will provide over 200 new jobs and add 8 million dollars in additional payroll. Carter said in the last 30 years, Amarillo has done great in...

  28. Missouri City bond referendum could be on November ballot

    Missouri City voters in November could be tasked with deciding whether or not to pass about $96 million in bond referendums, the first for the city since 2014. An exploratory committee is reviewing a list of street, park and other projects to make...

  29. Big Chief Landing hotel envisioned

    The Gun Barrel City Council considers a performance agreement Tuesday with a developer for a $12 million dollar hotel project at Big Chief Landing. At a June meeting of the city council, Economic Development...

  30. Temple could see $10 million for road projects

    Temple might soon see $10 million in federal funds for transportation projects following an announcement by U.S. Rep John Carter, R-Round Rock, and Temple Mayor Tim Davis. The money is part of a Transportation, Housing and Urban Development...

  31. Lions Park to be cleared out, revamped; Waco chipping in $2 million

    Waco Mayor Dillon Meek said the city plans to get input from children on the design of the park and what attractions it should have. “After all, this park is for the children of our community,” Meek said. Lions Park first opened in 1952 as a ballpark...

  32. Career and family bring Elliott back to East Texas

    Lee Elliott, now in his sixth week as Linden city administrator, traces his youthful days to New Boston and Texarkana. From there, he went to the University of Central Arkansas in Conway, Arkansas, to major in history. But it was a course in city...

  33. Linden official realistic about widespread pothole problems

    In his observation, 50% of the town's roads did not have enough top base for lasting repair of potholes. His administration, with the public's input, will expect to spend the first year developing three plans for infrastructure improvement. These...

  34. Historic Downtown Mansfield Announces $50 Million Revitalization Project

    The development – in collaboration with Hoque Global, a Dallas-based investment firm – will bring residential, retail, recreational, office and parking space to four acres of land along Smith and Elm streets in Historic Downtown Mansfield. Also...

  35. The PARC to host second annual city-wide scavenger hunt throughout Amarillo

    “I don’t know many places that do it. We started it last year when the pandemic started. We were trying to find a unique way to raise funds since we really couldn’t do our typical fundraisers. So we’re trying to come up with a unique way to still do...

  36. City council delays election on proposed changes to Lubbock charter

    Tuesday’s meeting was the third time the council discussed the proposals with an August deadline looming to order a charter amendment election for November. Ultimately, disagreements centering around council compensation and public confusion over a...

  37. Council OKs $15 million shift in federal funds for COVID-19 response to streets, safety

    El Paso - More than $9 million will go toward delayed street projects like resurfacing residential streets and restriping roads. The rest of the funding will be allocated toward purchasing radios for first responders, vehicles for road maintenance,...

  38. Council discusses preliminary budget

    Sachse city council heard the bond committee’s recommendation and discussed the preliminary budget during the workshop prior to the July 26 regular meeting. The bond committee, which has spent the last...

  39. Crews work on bank fix

    Dig setbacks have temporarily stalled a multi-million dollar bank stabilization project along Backbone Creek, expected to restart soon as the city dips into contingency funds to repair issues including a raw water line construction mishap. To that...

  40. Council approves 2021 update to five-year plan

    The Elgin City Council voted to approve the latest iteration of the city’s list of proposed construction and improvement projects for the next five years. The council’s vote on July 20 was the formal adoption...

  41. Abilene City Council hears water resiliency plans, costs in wake of winter storm

    As part of its budget talks Tuesday, the Abilene City Council examined possible plans to help "harden" its water system in the wake of the February winter storm that left the city temporarily without service. But it won't come without cost. And while...

  42. Abilene City Council approves first reading of 2022 budget

    The council also approved in a first reading a proposed tax rate of 77.51 cents per $100 of property value, a revised 2021-2022 budget and a yearly revision of fees. That is a slight decrease from the tax rate adopted for the previous two fiscal...

  43. Lewisville considers turning aquatic park into splash pad

    ...Town Aquatic Facility into a splash pad. Stacie Anaya, director of parks and recreation, told the City Council at a July 12 work session that this would help the city be more efficient with its water, and...

  44. Brilliant city manager hopes her success translates onto Bay Area dancing event

    Mary Chambers, Assistant City Manager for Nassau Bay, will be kicking up her heels as a participant in Dancing with the Stars for the Bay Area Alliance. “When my friend called me and asked if I’d participate, I said, ‘I don’t dance well, but I’ll do...

  45. City of Kyle, Kyle Economic Development announce Costco to come to Kyle

    “We have been working to make Kyle a hub for high-paying and high-quality jobs along the I-35 corridor and having a company like Costco invest in our city is a valuable opportunity for our strong and always growing workforce,” Kyle City Manager Scott...

  46. Athens considers bond for new police station

    ...police facility. The first reading was set for Monday and a vote for early August. At the June 14 city council meeting, after studying the requests for qualifications, the members voted unanimously to award...

  47. Longtime Stephenville fire chief reflects on career, retirement

    Reflecting on his 50 years with the department, Chew said that the one accomplishment he is most proud of was his part in the investigation and subsequent report on the 2013 explosion at the West Fertilizer Company in West, Texas.

  48. Oak Ridge North revenue reaching prepandemic levels

    Oak Ridge North general revenue is up 7% since the 2019-20 fiscal year and 4.5% more than 2018-19. The total city revenues are up almost 12% from fiscal year 2019-20 and about 8% from fiscal year 2018-19, she said. Clawson said revenue from permits...

  49. Plano Mayor’s Summer Internship Program honors 82 teenagers with community parade

    A drive-by parade at the Plano Event Center on Monday honored 82 teenagers who participated in the Plano Mayor’s Summer Internship Program. Attendees cheered with noisemakers, signs and pom-poms as the interns drove by in decorated cars and waved....

  50. Cottonwood Shores quickly approves preliminary fiscal 2022 budget

    Cottonwood Shores city council members sped through an initial approval of next year’s budget on Thursday, July 22, in less than 15 minutes. The budget and approval of a previous meeting’s minutes were the only items on the special meeting agenda....

  51. Breaking New Ground

    City officials and representatives of Dalfen Industrial and Stream Realty on Monday ceremoniously broke ground on Phase 1 of a new master-planned industrial park – dubbed the Mesquite Airport Logistics Center – located on East Scyene Road near...

  52. HSB to vote on sales tax increase

    Hoping to collect up to an additional $200,000 per year, the Horseshoe Bay City Council voted unanimously Tuesday, July 20, to call for special election to be held Nov. 2 to increase the sales tax rate from 1.75 to the maximum 2 percent allowed by...

  53. Tyler City Council to discuss amending restrictions on installation of solar panels

    Tyler City Council during its Wednesday meeting will consider changing an ordinance that restricts the installation of solar panels within city limits. The current ordinance states that residential solar installations must be situated so that they...

  54. Laredo council votes to hire consultants to improve city's water quality

    On Monday, Laredo City Council approved a motion by Councilman Dr. Marte Martinez to hire consultants that worked in Corpus Christi and allow them to achieve the superior water quality rating for the City of Laredo and to allow an advisory committee...

  55. Lakeway property valuations rise 12% from FY 2020-21

    Council heard that year over year, the city saw the taxable value of existing property increase 8% while adding $188.41 million in taxable valuation from new properties. This new property on the tax rolls adds 4% to the city’s tax base, City Manager...

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