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  1. Rowlett employee survey shows consistent feedback

    Rowlett’s Director of Human Resources Richard Jones provided the City Council with the Fiscal Year 2020 city of Rowlett employee climate assessment survey results during Tuesday night’s council work session....

  2. City Council approves DCOA realignment plan, hopes to grow and keep jobs in Abilene

    The Abilene City Council approved a realignment plan for the Development Corporation of Abilene (DCOA) Thursday morning in hopes to grow and keep more jobs in the Key City. While things could get complicated explaining what the plan means, Misty Mayo...

  3. No shutdown recommended after Austin hospitals see COVID-19 admissions decline

    ...slowing at the end of June. And that's why Interim Health Authority Dr. Mark Escott gave the Austin City Council a recommendation to temporarily hold off moving from Stage 4 to the strictest Stage 5 guidelines....

  4. Bay Area prepares for busy hurricane season during COVID-19

    ...residents endured was worrisome. Several residents from flood-prone subdivisions showed up at League City City Council’s May 26 meeting to voice concerns. “Every time we have a hard rain ... [we’re] just waiting...

  5. City Finance Director resigns position

    City Commissioners accepted the resignation of the City Finance Director Elaine Altman during Thursday’s virtual meeting. The announcement came after the group broke into closed session to discuss the personnel matter.

  6. Texas hits new record for virus deaths as hospitals scramble

    Worsening coronavirus trends in Texas again set another grim milestone Thursday as the state reported more than 100 deaths in a single day for the first time, making this the deadliest week of the pandemic in what has rapidly become one of America's...

  7. Greer addresses city’s utility billing issues

    ...expect better service. In response to some of the accusations being levied on social media, Melissa Mayor Reed Greer penned a message directly to residents explaining the city’s position in greater detail....

  8. Burkburnett city offices closed to the public

    ...coronavirus. City Hall, the police station and municipal court have been closed to the public. Burkburnett city manager Lawrence Cutrone adds this was done after COVID-19 cases have kept growing in Wichita County...

  9. City of Tyler adding resources for contact tracing, more testing

    ...major concern and something we’re working on to make sure we have test sites available.” Ed Broussard, city manager City leaders are also putting more focus on contact tracing. Since there are many positive...

  10. Palmview City Council OKs purchase of ambulance as COVID-19 surges

    For Palmview, though, the question wasn’t about whether to re-open businesses but about whether to use coronavirus relief aid funds to dole out grants to residents, or to purchase a new ambulance for its emergency medical services.

  11. Round Rock City Council postpones local races till next year; reduces mask penalties

    ...elections — initially planned for May — until May of next year. The election ballot includes races for mayor and council places 1 and 4. The council voted to postpone the elections after spending a little...

  12. Sales tax revenue surprisingly strong in Waco area

    ...of dining room capacity before returning to a 50% limit, as ordered by Gov. Greg Abbott. Bellmead City Manager Yost Zakhary took the good news on sales tax revenue in stride. The July rebate "is just...

  13. City of Amarillo: Thompson Park Pool being replaced by state-of-the-art aquatics facility

    ...The nearly 100-year-old pool was closed due to structural issues. After months of research, Amarillo City Council approved $7.9 million in certificates of obligation in May to fund a new Thompson Park Pool....

  14. May sales tax data shows city of Humble closing gap from coronavirus

    ...months of coronavirus pandemic, although the May sales tax data is below what it was in May 2019, Humble City Manager Jason Stuebe said. "Only in 2020 would anyone be excited that their negative numbers are improving,"...

  15. Congressmen Castro And Doggett Want Brooke Army Medical To Help San Antonio With COVID-19 Caseload

    ...our request to save San Antonian lives,” they said. Bexar County Judge Nelson Wolff and San Antonio Mayor Ron Nirenberg have also pushed for BAMC’s assistance in recent days, emphasizing the community’s historical...

  16. Second sub-phase of Temple wastewater construction to start

    ...to update a portion of Temple’s aging wastewater system. In a unanimous vote Thursday, the Temple City Council approved a resolution authorizing the construction contract of more than $1.55 million for...

  17. Austin’s new law: Follow health authority rules or face $2,000 penalty

    Dr. Mark Escott, Austin-Travis County interim health authority, will issue a fresh set of public safety orders in the coming days that will be enforceable by a $2,000 fine after Austin City Council unanimously passed a new law.

  18. City of Pharr Awarded $37,710,421 in Financial Assistance from TWDB for Water and Wastewater System Improvements

    ...the Texas Water Development Board for helping improve our community’s critical infrastructure,” said Mayor Ambrosio Herandez, M.D. “We have been making major improvements throughout the City of Pharr to enhance...

  19. Budget outlook improves for several Cy-Fair taxing entities as sales tax collections rebound

    ...million in sales tax revenue when the fiscal year 2019-20 budget was adopted in September. Back in April, City Manager Austin Bleess said the city could see a loss in sales tax revenue of as much as $700,000 compared...

  20. Frisco's latest monthly sales tax revenues down almost 7% year-over-year

    ...of the city's lowest growth rates of the past decade. Other than hotel-motel tax revenues, Frisco Mayor Jeff Cheney said the city’s budget has fared well during the pandemic. “Our sales tax [numbers] are...

  21. Sales tax allocations up in Brown County

    ...place in May speaks to the continuing robustness of local economic activity." Also via email, Early City Administrator Tony Aaron said, "We are very happy with (Early) numbers. It’s a strong indicator as...

  22. City of Borger adjusts summer outreach program due to COVID-19

    ...in some fashion to give the kids something to do to keep them active,” said City of Borger Assistant City Manager Garrett Spradling. Safety is their number one priority, providing masks and hand sanitizer,...

  23. DeSoto Mayor McCowan Says “NO Gatherings Over 10 People”

    ...at any faster rate than the communities around us … there were three deaths of DeSoto residents.” Mayor Curtistene McCowan replied that deaths are not just among the elderly. “Yesterday one of the deaths...

  24. 'The current budget that we are spending is not adequate': Missouri City looks to invest more in street maintenance program

    If the city of Missouri City continues funding its Pavement Maintenance and Management Program at current levels, in five to six years most streets in the city will need to be reconstructed, Public Works Director Shashi Kumar said.

  25. Shenandoah City Council considers bigger budget for personal protective equipment

    "I was thinking that because of [coronavirus], we might increase the budget this year so we can stock up on masks and whatever we need for future years," Raymaker said. "It won't be a year-over-year thing." The current proposed budget for FY...

  26. Despite a pandemic, Richardson sales tax receipts increase by 10% in May

    The city collected $3.2 million in sales tax in May, a 10% increase from the $2.9 million collected at the same time last year, according to data from the Texas Comptroller’s Office. This represents a slight monthly increase from the $3.1 million...

  27. Parker County emergency management officials highlight business disaster planning

    ...plan.” Hughes said another important thing is to have data backup that can be accessed quickly. Aledo Mayor Kit Marshall, who also serves as the emergency management officer for Parker County, said recovery...

  28. Sherman adjusts acceptable levels for chemicals in wastewater

    ...are allowed to be sent to the wastewater plant to better reflect the current demand. On Monday, the city council voted unanimously to amend its utility ordinance to adjust the levels of chemicals pollutants...

  29. Lt. Edward F, Day II, appointed as Bishop Police Department’s new Chief of Police

    Wednesday, June 8, Bishop City Council voted to appoint Lt. Edward F. Day II as the Bishop Police Department’s new Chief of Police. Chief Edward Day has 14 years of law enforcement experience. Chief Edward day served as a Texas Peace Officer and is...

  30. DFW airport is now busiest in the world

    "DFW typically ranks behind Atlanta, Chicago O'Hare and Los Angeles in takeoffs and landings. But due to the instant transformation of the airline business, DFW finds itself at least temporarily on top, with long-lasting implications for travelers."

  31. Coronavirus, unemployment, uncertainty imperil Texas workers: ‘It trickles down’

    Texas cities were furloughing and firing employees this month, and state officials have ordered agencies to cut budgets. About 35% of Texas cities saw tax revenue decrease this year compared with last, according to a survey last month of about half...

  32. Frisco looking to issue debt for water, sewer, road projects

    ...to go ahead and move forward,” Assistant City Manager Nell Lange said during the meeting. Frisco Mayor Jeff Cheney said July 8 those projects were temporarily paused at the beginning of the coronavirus...

  33. April sales tax in Bee Cave shows significant decrease

    ...forcing area businesses to reduce services and staffing, resulting in a loss of revenue for many. City Manager Clint Garza said during a June 23 City Council meeting that meant a double digit downtrend...

  34. West Lake Hills cancels $22 million infrastructure bond

    ...financial implications of COVID-19, officials agreed now is not the time to incur bond debt. Furthermore, Mayor Linda Anthony confirmed the city will not take on any new public works projects this year. “I don’t...

  35. Tomball City Council discusses cuts at first budget workshop

    Tomball City Council members met Tuesday for their first budget workshop, looking at potential cuts as they prepare to enter a new fiscal year during the coronavirus pandemic. Work for the next fiscal year budget, which will take effect Oct. 1, began...

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