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  1. Somerville Council eyes equipment purchases

    ...loader for the public works department. Somerville City Administrator Danny Segundo said in a memo to Mayor Tommy Thompson and council members that the city’s equipment is aging. The public works department...

  2. San Juan recognizes local department, nationally-ranked athlete, approves fiscal budget

    The San Juan City Commission and Parks and Recreation Director Patrick Willingham recognized the San Juan Parks and Recreation staff for earning the Texas Amateur Athletic Federation Silver Member City Award. The San Juan City Commission approved and...

  3. Review recommends more firefighters in Highland Village where ISO rating to drop one level

    To obtain a higher rating, the ISO recommends the fire department add 12 employees to staff a second fire engine, Thomson said. The cost is about $1 million a year, according to discussions. “That is a huge pill to swallow,” Mayor Charlotte Wilcox...

  4. Congressman Cuellar announces $5 million to Camino Real

    On Oct. 7, Congressman Henry Cuellar (TX-28) announced $4,996,436 in federal funding for the Camino Real Community Services Center in Lytle to support the increase and strengthening of treatments for serious mental illnesses, serious emotional...

  5. Mayor’s Message – Pleasanton

    Pleasanton will host a free Collaborative Career & Job Fair with Workforce Solutions Alamo and Coastal Bend College. Coastal Bend College will be providing information on trade and certificate programs. The event is being coordinated by EMC Strategy...

  6. Highland Village approves agreement to fund joint fire training facility with Lewisville, Flower Mound

    The agreement states that the facility would be owned solely by the city of Lewisville, but it would grant the Flower Mound and Highland Village fire departments the right to use it. The facility would be built at the Jerry R. Galler Public Safety...

  7. Harlingen hires new city manager; Gonzalez to receive $225,000 salary

    Earlier this week, city commissioners unanimously appointed Gonzalez to the city manager’s post, two weeks after naming him interim city manager following the new majority’s firing of City Manager Dan Serna.

  8. Pflugerville officials vote to begin negotiations with private ambulance service despite pending election

    During an Oct. 12 meeting, City Council approved a motion to begin negotiations with Acadian Ambulance Services of Texas LLC. City documents state a probable contract contains a base term of two years with an option of up to three subsequent years...

  9. Amarillo City Council approves plan for first round of American Rescue Plan funds

    The city has a spending plan for the first installment, more than $19.8 million, of more than $39 million total from the U.S. Treasury Department. Assistant City Manager and CFO for the City of Amarillo, Laura Storrs, said the city has been looking...

  10. Buda City Council approves drainage and waterline projects

    The Buda City Council approved an interlocal agreement on Oct. 12 with Hays County for maintenance of drainage culverts at Robert S. Light Boulevard and approved a bid for a contract to add 2,600 feet of new waterline along RM 967.

  11. Diboll announces new city manager

    The City of Diboll has hired current Lufkin assistant city manager Jason Arnold to be the new Diboll CIty Manager. Arnold will take over on November 1. In the meantime Keith Wright, interim city manager, will continue to serve.

  12. Alleged mismanagement of Sirena Fest funds threatens to derail plans for special playground in Salado

    Construction on the playground will begin in January 2022, according to the mayor of Salado, who said the village will make it happen with or without money from the Sirena Fest.

  13. City manager returns after bout with COVID

    Van Alstyne City Manager Lane Jones returned to the office Monday after an extended battle with COVID-19. The illness forced him to miss nearly three weeks of works as he worked to recover. “I feel weak but I’m told this takes time,” he said on his...

  14. Mineral Wells city manager resigns

    Randy Criswell, who guided Mineral Well as city manager for more than two years, resigned Tuesday night, Mayor Regan Johnson reported. “We regrettably accepted” the unannounced departure, Johnson said after a Tuesday meeting in which the closed-door...

  15. Mayor Becky Brewster tells us she's been a fan of Star Trek, featuring William Shatner as Captain Kirk, since she was a little kid.

    ...announced the one and only Captain James T. Kirk was going to space from Van Horn, Texas. Van Horn Mayor Becky Brewster has been a lifelong science-fiction fan. That's when her trek began. "All my friends...

  16. Hobby Airport unveils Houston-inspired mural in hopes of a 2026 World Cup bid

    The Houston Airport System, in collaboration with the Houston 2026 World Cup Bid Committee, unveiled a 10,000-square-foot mural at William P. Hobby Airport on Oct. 12. Entitled “Gateway to the World,” the mural was painted by Houston street artist...

  17. Corpus Christi's City Council updates film ordinance to clear up any confusion

    During Tuesday's City Council meeting, members voted to update the ordinance in an effort to clear up any misunderstandings within its language. Permits are now only required when filmmakers need exclusive use of public property.

  18. Amarillo City Council gets update on broadband initiatives

    Rich Gagnon, Amarillo managing director and chief information officer, spoke about the benefit and need for broader access to broadband and the cost-benefit it brings to the city. “This is a truly transformational opportunity for the city of...

  19. Corpus Christi City Council moves forward with recycling program

    A recent audit found that roughly 40 percent of what's collected from blue recycling carts isn't what the city considers recyclable. That includes things like plastic toys, clothes, glass, and styrofoam. That's why the city is now launching its...

  20. Loews breaks ground on new $550 million Arlington hotel and convention center

    ...Loews Arlington Hotel and Convention Center. Executives from the company were joined by Arlington Mayor Jim Ross, former Mayor Jeff Williams, Chairman & Managing Partner of the Texas Rangers Ray Davis,...

  21. Pendleton Whisky Velocity Tour Finals moving to Corpus Christi

    “As Mayor of Corpus Christi, I am honored to welcome the PBR (Professional Bull Riders) to our beautiful city and to see them join the exciting line-up during our legendary Buccaneer Days festivities,” said Corpus Christi mayor Paulette Guajardo. "It...

  22. Cottonwood Shores weighs protecting night skies from light pollution

    The Cottonwood Shore City Council wants residents to enjoy the sky at night. Councilors are also encouraging other local communities to join them — along with Granite Shoals — in becoming part of the International Dark-Sky Association.

  23. Austin drops to Stage 3 COVID guidelines, but officials urge vigilance

    During a joint session on Tuesday, October 12 with the Austin City Council and the Travis County Commissioners, Dr. Desmar Walkes, Austin-Travis County health authority, announced Austin and Travis County have moved into Stage 3 risk as area COVID-19...

  24. City of Keller’s family-friendly mission recognized at U.S. Capitol

    In a newsletter from Mizani on Oct. 10 about the recognition, he wrote that the City Council set and sought to accomplish its goal of becoming the most family-friendly city in Texas this year by bringing tax relief, ensuring public safety, investing...

  25. Southlake launches landscaping reimbursement grant for local businesses affected by winter storm

    ...whose landscape was damaged by the February winter storm. The $182,500 grant program was approved by City Council in August and gives business owners the opportunity to be awarded a reimbursement not to exceed...

  26. Mark Soto takes oath as St. Hedwig city marshal

    Mark Soto took the oath of office Oct. 7, after the St. Hedwig City Council approved to hire him, effective immediately. Soto, until last Thursday, was serving as chief deputy marshal in Santa Clara. He lives in Nixon, where he serves on the city...

  27. Colleyville putting $35 in residents’ pockets with gift card program ahead of holidays

    ...Colleyville’s popular gift card program is back, just in time for the holiday season. Last week, the city council approved the sixth iteration of the program, which started in 2020 with $10 gift cards to promote...

  28. Converse lauded for public works enhancements

    Converse is the recipient of the Texas Municipal League’s 2021 Municipal Excellence Award in public works for cities over 25,000, recognized for revitalization of its two parks. “We are very proud of the Converse Public Works team for enhancing the...

  29. Reno City Council approves officer mental health leave

    Reno city police will now have at least three days of mental health leave after experiencing trauma while on the job after City Council action Monday. Councilwoman Amanda Willows, a former police officer, adamantly supported the proposal.

  30. Bogata City Council shoots down mobile home law

    Councilwoman Glenda Martin told him the ordinance was not aimed at him, but there were some mobile homes in town in bad shape and that was the intent of the ordinance. “The cleanup has been stalled 10 or 12 years. We are trying to get on with that,”...

  31. Cooper Lake State Park Celebrates 25 Years

    Fall may be the best time to experience a Texas State Park and Cooper Lake State Park is no exception! Making this October more special than most is the park’s 25th Anniversary Celebration. Cooper Lake State Park was opened to the public in 1996 and...

  32. Frisco to regulate city's short-term rentals

    Beginning Nov. 15, Frisco property owners looking to rent out space for less than 30 days at a time will have to apply for a city permit online, pay a $300 annual fee plus city hotel taxes, provide floor plans, set a maximum number of guests and meet...

  33. 'Great to celebrate with family and friends'

    On behalf of the Yorktown City Council and myself as the Mayor, I want to personally welcome you to the 63rd annual Western Days celebration. After a one-year hiatus due to the Covid issue, it is great once again to be able to celebrate with family...

  34. Oak Ridge North City Council approves $4.5M loan for public works facility, various city projects

    The Oak Ridge North City Council unanimously approved a $4.5 million loan from the city’s economic development corporation, which is funded by sales tax revenue, during a regular Oct. 11 meeting. The loan approved is to not exceed $4.5 million and...

  35. Austin police officers can now check out Narcan at the start of every shift

    ...city council this August included additional funding for future doses of the medication as well. Mayor Pro Tem Natasha Harper-Madison was a leading force behind including the funding for the Narcan. ...

  36. Palestine celebrates 175 years this weekend

    One hundred and seventy-five years ago, the newly formed Anderson County was in need of a county seat. With no established community fulfilling the requirement of being within one mile of the geographic center, Palestine was established. With the...

  37. 'I wholeheartedly support it': Local leaders continue push to hold banks accountable for more lending in minority neighborhoods

    DESOTO, Texas — If you want change that lasts, change the law. That's what communities across North Texas are working on in response to WFAA’s series of investigative reports called Banking Below 30.

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