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  1. Officials urge caution with pop-up COVID testing sites

    According to the Better Business Bureau scam tracker, there have been 133 COVID-related scams reported in Texas since the start of the pandemic, but only seven have been reported since the start of the omicron surge in early December—and almost all...

  2. Austinites to weigh-in on project reviving Austin Opera House

    The push to revive Austin's Opera House heads to Austin City Hall Thursday. During a public hearing, Austinites will weigh in on a proposed new development on Academy Drive not far from South Congress Avenue.

  3. Raymondville awards drainage contract, opens bids on CDBG proposals

    Raymondville city commissioners on Tuesday awarded a $49,200 contract to R&R Paving Co. of San Benito, funded by a 2018 Community Development Block Grant. The company, which completed two street paving...

  4. City Secretary resigns

    The Bandera CIty Council accepted City Secretary Jill Shelton’s resignation during a January 11 special meeting of the council.The council voted all in favor to accept Shelton’s resignation letter.“I make a motion to accept the resignation, with a...

  5. Spur City Council keeps existing hotel/motel funds procedures

    In the regular monthly meeting of the Spur city council Jan. 18, 2022, alderpersons voted to continue existing procedures for disbursement and tracking of hotel/motel tax funds, after further review following...

  6. BRENHAM CITY COUNCIL APPROVES URGENT NEEDS

    Council voted to approve the purchase of a new pumper truck for the Brenham Fire Department before an 8 percent price increase takes effect at the end of the month. The new $855,000 Pierce Fire Truck will replace a 2002 Ferrara Pumper truck which has...

  7. Ex-Longview city manager brings 40-plus years of experience to Marshall positiion

    David Willard has officially stepped into the role of Marshall’s interim city manager, working to keep the city moving while councilmembers work to secure a permanent candidate. While he serves as interim city manager, Willard said his plan is to get...

  8. Lewisville Roundup: Road repair, contests and more

    Marichelle Samples has been hired as Lewisville’s Director of Economic Development. Samples has over nine years of local government experience and comes to Lewisville from the Dallas Attorney’s Office, where she served as assistant city attorney.

  9. Point Comfort city administrator resigns

    The Point Comfort City Council accepted the resignation of City Administrator Robby Silva during its regular meeting Tuesday night. In addition, Councilman Steve Lambden made a motion to ask Elizabeth Martinez to step in as interim city...

  10. The Colony City Council discusses citywide curfew for minors

    The Colony Police Chief David Coulon presented an item for the city’s curfew for minors in a Tuesday city council meeting. The citywide curfew for minors in The Colony could potentially be extended for another three years.

  11. City ‘workshops’ plan of finance for city hall, targeted projects

    The Rockport City Council, at its workshop Wednesday, Jan. 19, spent about two hours discussing the plan of finance to issue General Obligation Refunding Bonds (approximately $16,665,000) to refund the Series 2012 General Obligation Refunding Bonds,...

  12. Search for new chief enters next phase

    Beeville City Manager John Benson said last week during an interview with the Bee-Picayune that Baker Tilly US, the search firm hired by the city to assist with a nationwide search, had narrowed a field of 30 applicants to 14 candidates.

  13. Progress continues on Rusk State Hospital

    The targeted completion date for the patient complex, as of the Aug. 2021 update, was March 2023. It was stated earlier this month that substantial completion is anticipated in April 2023, due to delays caused by lost work days during severe weather.

  14. Construction of new Longview fire station nears completion

    The basic infrastructure for the new building is complete, Chumbley said. Only minor details remain, such as some electrical, plumbing and HVAC work. “Once we do that, then we’ll be able to come in and finish the flooring out,” he said. “That...

  15. State of the City address details growth

    “The business of the city still was happening even with the pandemic,” said Mayor Don Denbow, who detailed some of the COVID-19 mitigation efforts the city has undertaken during the last year, including limiting access points to the City Government...

  16. Commission weighing options for new Anna Library

    Earlier this month the task force visited several libraries across the Dallas/Fort Worth region that have been recently constructed or renovated. The goal of this “discovery tour’ was to get an idea of what goes into building a modern library. The...

  17. Port Isabel launches new vessel turn-in program

    The city of Port Isabel teamed up with the Texas General Land Office (GLO) and Texas Parks and Wildlife (TP&W) to help get old, inoperable, and broken-down boats off the streets. Starting Wednesday, a vessel turn-in program will begin in the city for...

  18. Georgetown to continue partnership with Grainger for discounted products

    The Georgetown City Council approved an extended time agreement with international operation material supplier W.W. Grainger at a yearly maximum cost of $150,000 at its Jan. 25 meeting. The contract allows the City of Georgetown to receive product...

  19. City of Beaumont planning to demolish dozens of abandoned properties, owners asking for more time

    City leaders say enough is enough. The city council heard from about a dozen property owners on Tuesday who asked for more time to fix things up. If they don't, the city will demolish their property.

  20. Archer Public Library to roll out internet hotspot program

    The Archer Public Library is rolling out a new program that will bring an internet hotspot to those who need it. According to librarian Gretchen Abernathy-Kuck, the library has come into possession of 10 hotspots devices which can be checked out.

  21. Beaumont City Council approves electric scooter proposal for downtown use

    The Beaumont City Council approved the proposal from Bird Electric scooters on Tuesday. They’ll be installed in the next two months. The scooters will then stay for a one-year pilot program to see how things go. They will come at no cost to the city...

  22. Lubbock City Council moves public safety, health to top of priority list amid record growth

    On Tuesday, the Lubbock City Council started its work session by outlining its priorities in the next year. While keeping most the same, councilmembers requested making public safety the top priority and putting public health as its own item.

  23. Nederland moves to privatize city pool staffing

    For the first time, the city of Nederland is looking into outsourcing the summer labor for the public swimming pool as a result of recent staffing changes that have presented obstacles to the proper operation of the facility.

  24. Beaumont selects firm for City Manager search

    The Beaumont City Council has decided who will seek its next City Manager. After no discussion at all, the council voted unanimously to contract with Baker Tilly US to do a national search for City Manager Kyle Hayes’ replacement.

  25. Amarillo City Council issues certificates of obligation for athletic field lighting project

    After a nearly two-hour conversation between city of Amarillo officials as well as members of the City Council, the council, during Tuesday’s meeting, approved the notice of intent to issue up to $7 million of certificates of obligation in a 4-1...

  26. Wimberley city leaders break ground on Hospitality Center in the square

    Wimberley city leaders celebrated the groundbreaking of the community’s first hospitality center near the town square on Wednesday, Jan. 19. The center on Oak Drive will offer local residents and visitors an information kiosk, accessible public...

  27. New parks, recreation opportunities to join Bay Area

    This year, League City will break ground on Bay Colony Park as well as acquiring acreage in the city’s eastern and undeveloped western portion, earmarking the acreage for future green spaces. Assistant City Manager Bo Bass said the city prioritizes...

  28. FEMA to help with COVID-19 testing as Travis County prepares for post-omicron

    FEMA will be stepping in to help with the demand for COVID-19 testing in Travis County. The announcement from Travis County Judge Andy Brown follows a flare-up in COVID cases after the holidays. And while the number of omicron-fueled cases is...

  29. Dallas Police Department wants $1.4 million to track the use of force during arrests

    DPD proposes hiring Police Strategies LLC to analyze incident reports and officer statements. The company developed a program known as the "Police Force Analysis System" that has turned such data into an online dashboard available to the public in...

  30. Yorktown searching for new city administrator

    “Multiple cities demographically comparable to Yorktown who are also currently searching for a city administrator have been contacted. Local citizens, as well as Yorktown City Council members, were contacted and an Interview and Hiring Committee was...

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