1. News & Announcements

  1. Photo of City Hall

    August City Hall Calendar

    Meetings listed are subject to change. Please check with the City Clerk's office for official postings. Read on...
  2. Photo of dog and cat cuddling with &#34Forever Homes Needed&#34 headline, Clear the Shelters logo.

    Annual Clear the Shelter Event Goes Virtual, Month-Long for 2020

    This campaign aims to find safe homes for as many pets as possible. Local animal shelters team up with local partners, including NBC and Telemundo affiliates... Read on...
  3. Road Closed sign

    University Drive to Close for Utility Work Starting Aug. 3

    Traffic will be detoured to Hutchison Street for the duration of the project. University buses will be permitted to use North Edward Gary Street for Texas State University access. Read on...
  4. Road Closed sign

    Fredericksburg Street to Close July 27 for Wastewater Main Replacement

    This project will replace approximately 300 feet of sewer main that has deteriorated due to age. Motorists can expect lane closures during construction. Read on...
  5. Electric Juice Mural

    Arts Program Announces New Anti-Littering Mural Project

    The ultimate goal of the mural project is to serve as an anti-litter and river preservation reminder to those entering the San Marcos River District. Read on...
  6. Photo of City Hall

    Candidate Filing Period Opens for November Election

    San Marcos is accepting applications for candidates seeking a place on the ballot for the upcoming General and Special elections taking place this November. Read on...
  7. San Marcos Police Department Seal

    Public Survey Opens as Part of SMPD Chief Search

    The City of San Marcos is hiring a new chief of police and City leadership is asking for the community’s help in determining the priorities for the position. Read on...
  8. Photo of City Hall

    City Invites Human Services Agency Applications

    The City of San Marcos is now accepting applications for funding for the 2021 fiscal year from Human Services Agencies. The deadline for applications is Friday, Aug. 21. Read on...
  9. Photo of moving boxes with &#34Main Street is Moving!&#34 written on them

    Main Street Moving to Chamber Building by August 1

    The Main Street Program is moving a few blocks from their current location, near the square, to a building at the entrance to downtown at 202 North CM Allen Parkway. Read on...
  10. Graphic with Virtual Workshop time and date

    Downtown Design Virtual Community Workshop Slated for July 23

    The City is hosting a Virtual Community Workshop on Thursday, July 23 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. to seek input on updates to the downtown architectural design guidelines... Read on...
  11. COVID Test Site

    San Marcos COVID Test Site Moves to Rattler Stadium

    The location for this week’s free walk-up COVID testing in San Marcos has moved from San Marcos High School to the San Marcos Toyota Rattler Stadium. Read on...
  12. San Marcos Police Department Seal

    Weekend Vehicle Collision Results in Motorcyclist Fatality

    The City of San Marcos Police Department, Fire Department, and Hays County EMS were dispatched to the 1600 block of Post Road for a traffic collision involving... Read on...
  13. Watering Schedule Chart

    San Marcos to Enter Stage 1 Drought Restrictions

    Stage 1 rules limit at-home car washing, washing impervious surfaces and foundation watering to one day per week. Full rules can be found on the City... Read on...
  14. Map to brush drop-off location behind San Marcos Animal Shelter

    Brushy Waste Drop-Off & Community Clean-Up Saturday

    The City will host a brushy waste drop-off and community clean-up for residential garbage and recycling service customers on Saturday, July 11 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Read on...
  15. Parks and Recreation News Image

    City Highlights Essential Services of Parks & Recreation

    The City is celebrating July’s “Parks and Recreation Month,” by highlighting work of park & recreation professionals who are providing services that are vital to a healthy San Marcos. Read on...
  16. Photo of City Hall

    Council to Consider Funding COVID-19 Testing with CDBG

    The City Council is seeking comments on a proposal to add a COVID-19 testing program using $105,530 of the newly issued $425,261 CDBG-CV funds. Read on...
  17. City Seal

    July City Hall Calendar

    Please check with the City Clerk's office for official postings. Read on...
  18. COVID-19 Testing Schedule for Hays County Graphic

    Free COVID Test Site Open July 12-16 in San Marcos

    Free, walk-up COVID-19 testing will be offered at San Marcos High School daily between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. from Sunday, July 12 to Thursday, July 16. Read on...
  19. A blue city bus is parked in a parking lot.

    City Receives Additional State Transit Funding

    The City of San Marcos has been awarded $257,257 in State Small Urban formula funds for transit expenses from the Texas Department of Transportation (TXDOT). Read on...
  20. A graphic saying June 25 at 8 p.m. River Park Closures

    San Marcos River Parks to Close at 8 p.m. Thursday June 25

    The City of San Marcos river parks will be closed again until further notice as of 8 p.m. on Thursday, June 25. Read on...
  21. Photo of children standing in line wearing red, white, and blue outfits from previous SummerFest pat

    Virtual Children’s Patriotic Costume Contest Call for Entries

    In an effort to continue the fun tradition for families, the annual contest will be administered through Facebook due to the in-person event cancellation. Read on...
  22. Fireworks Announcement Graphic

    City Announces July 4 Fireworks Postponed, Holiday Closures

    Due to concerns about the rise in COVID-19 cases in San Marcos, the City of San Marcos is announcing that the annual July 4 fireworks display is being postponed... Read on...
  23. San Marcos Police Department Seal

    Citizen Tips Help SMPD Identify Fatal Hit and Run Suspect

    Due in major part to citizen tips, the San Marcos Police Department (SMPD) has been able to identify and arrest the suspected driver involved in the June 1 fatal hit and run incident. Read on...
  24. Joint PNZ Workshop Graphic

    City Council, P&Z Commission Host Joint Downtown Design Workshop

    The City Council and Planning and Zoning Commission participate in a virtual, Joint Workshop to discuss downtown design on Thursday, June 25 at 6:30 p.m. Read on...
  25. COVID-19 Testing Schedule Final Graphic with location/time details

    COVID Testing Site Tests over 700 Sunday, More Tests Scheduled

    City of San Marcos officials announced that the free COVID-19 testing site at Bonham Pre-k school on Sunday, June 14 tested at least 701 people... Read on...
  26. Police Lights

    Driver Killed in Train Collision Sunday Morning

    A driver was killed when he was struck by a train on Sunday morning at the McCarty Lane railroad track intersection. Read on...
  27. Photo of three smiling children at COSM Summer Camp

    Summer Camp Online Registration Begins June 15

    Starting Monday, June 15, the Parks and Recreation Department will open online registration for the Discovery Camp and Summer Fun summer camp programs. Read on...
  28. COVID testing site staff wearing PPE

    Free COVID Testing Scheduled for San Marcos June 14 & 20

    TDEM announced yesterday they will offer free COVID-19 testing in San Marcos on Sunday, June 14 and Saturday, June 20 as part of the Governor’s new initiative... Read on...
  29. San Marcos Police Department Seal

    Major Collision Results in Traffic Fatality Tuesday Night

    The driver of a Dodge pickup truck was killed and the highway closed when his vehicle ran into the back of a semi-trailer on southbound IH35 Tuesday night. Read on...
  30. Cheatham Street after overlay project.

    City Completes Street Overlay Projects

    The City’s Public Services Department recently completed street overlay projects on Cape Road, Cheatham Street, Mosscliff Circle and Post Road. Read on...
  31. Photo of bus interior with seats on either side, view from view of front to back

    Transit Detour Due to Cape Road Construction/Desvió de Transito por la Construcción en Cape Road

    The Route 4 detour is expected to continue for the duration of the City’s construction on Cape Road, tentatively scheduled to end in October. Read on...
  32. Construction workers installing street features

    Stormwater Improvements, River Road Detour Starting June 8

    The City’s Engineering & Capital Improvements Department will begin work on a one-year, $7.8-million project to provide flood protection for the Blanco Gardens... Read on...
  33. San Marcos Police Department Seal

    SMPD Searching for Suspect in Last Night’s Hit and Run Fatality

    SMPD is asking the public for help identifying the driver of a vehicle that hit a pedestrian in the 1600 block of Post Road last night at around 10 p.m. Read on...
  34. Photo of City Hall

    June City Hall Calendar

    Meetings listed are subject to change. Please check with the City Clerk's office for official postings. Read on...
  35. Photo of Rio Vista

    San Marcos Announces Summer Program Updates

    Cancellations and tentative scheduling of summer programs in response to COVID-19 restrictions for the Parks and Recreation Department, Public Library and Fire... Read on...
  36. San Marcos Police Department Seal

    Victim Identified, Suspect Sought in Yesterday’s Shooting

    The San Marcos Police Department (SMPD) is investigating the fatal shooting of a woman that occurred early Saturday evening. Read on...
  37. Photo of City Hall

    Council to Consider Projects for $722,904 in CDBG Funding

    The San Marcos City Council is seeking comments on proposed programs and projects to be allocated funding in the CDBG 2020-2021 Action Plan. Read on...
  38. San Marcos Police Department Seal

    Suspects Identified in Wednesday’s Sadler House Assault

    After a thorough, multi-county investigation, the San Marcos Police Department has identified three suspects in the shooting incident that occurred at Sadler House... Read on...
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    San Marcos Transit Updates & Fare-Free for June

    The City of San Marcos continues to monitor and adjust the public transit services in an effort to protect public health while continuing transit services. Read on...
  40. Police Lights

    UPDATE: Third Death from Accident, Investigation Ongoing

    On Tuesday, May 26, the seven-year old passed away due to injuries sustained in the accident. The child was receiving treatment at Dell Children’s Medical Center. Read on...
  41. Police Lights

    Police Respond to Fatal Vehicle Accident Saturday

    Officers and medics provided immediate emergency care to the occupants at the scene. At this time, speed is expected to be a factor in the crash as well as a blown tire. Read on...
  42. Screenshot of Discovery Center Online Storefront

    Discovery Center Offers First Online Native Plant Sale

    On Saturday, May 23 at 10 a.m., the San Marcos Discovery Center is opening its brand-new online store to the public and offering curbside plant pickup. Read on...
  43. Photo of City Hall

    Council to Consider Projects for COVID-19 Response Funds

    The San Marcos City Council is seeking comments on proposed programs and projects to be added to the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG)... Read on...
  44. San Marcos Fire Chief Les Stephens holding a test tube with a label.

    Hays Co Task Force Completes COVID Testing at Nursing Facilities

    On Friday, May 22, the Hays Co Task Force responsible for testing County nursing facilities will complete testing for all residents and employees across six facilities... Read on...
  45. San Marcos Police Department Seal

    UPDATE: Citizen Tip Credited for Hit and Run Arrest

    The suspect in a fatal hit and run accident in February turned himself in to authorities over the weekend after SMPD obtained a warrant for his arrest. Read on...
  46. SM Regional Animal Shelter front of building

    Petco Invests in COSM Animal Shelter During COVID-19

    “We are thrilled to accept this award and put it to good use continuing to offer a safe and compassionate space for local animals during this crisis,” Read on...
  47. Artist Rene Perez with Banners

    New Downtown Banners Feature Local Artist’s Work

    The City of San Marcos recently installed artist-designed banners throughout downtown as part of a placemaking initiative led by the Main Street Program. Read on...
  48. San Marcos Police Department Seal

    SMPD Evacuated Due to Auto Accident and Gas Leak

    At 8:53 p.m. on Tuesday, May 19, a San Marcos Police Officer suffered a medical issue while driving and crashed into a gas main and nearby manufacturing building.. Read on...
  49. Map of Park Opening Plans

    City River Parks Reopen Friday, Caution Still Advised

    Starting this Friday, May 22, the City of San Marcos will reopen riverfront parks to active recreation seven days a week. Park visitors are expected to use caution... Read on...
  50. Bobcat Blend Caged Trailer

    Got Leaves? Donate Them to Local Compost Initiative

    San Marcos residents can now divert leaves and grass clippings from the landfill by donating it to compost, with a convenient drop-off location open through June 12. Read on...
  51. City of San Marcos Seal

    Annual Memorial Day Ceremony Goes Virtual

    Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the City of San Marcos and local stakeholders will commemorate Memorial Day virtually with a video ceremony. Read on...
  52. Veterans Memorial

    City Offices Closed Memorial Day

    City of San Marcos staff working in municipal offices and virtually will observe a holiday on Monday, May 25 in honor of Memorial Day. Texas Disposal Systems will... Read on...
  53. Photo of City Hall

    Feedback Sought on Five-Year CDBG Plan

    The San Marcos City Council will hold two Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) virtual public hearings at their regular meeting on Tues., May 19, at 6 p.m. Read on...
  54. SMPD vehicle parked in front of SMPD Headquarters

    Certified Officers Invited to Join the SMPD Family

    The San Marcos Police Department is hosting an entrance exam for certified applicants on Saturday, June 6 that includes a potential $3,000 hiring incentive... Read on...
  55. San Marcos Police Department Seal

    Shooter Positively Identified & SMPD Officers Recovering

    The Texas Rangers have positively identified Jose Alfredo Perez DeLaCruz (DOB 01/13/1974) as the person who shot and killed Officer Justin Putnam and wounded... Read on...
  56. SM Regional Animal Shelter front of building

    Highest Live-Release Month Ever for San Marcos Animal Shelter

    San Marcos Regional Animal Shelter is celebrating the highest live-release month in its history with a 98.2% live-release outcome reported for the month of April. Read on...
  57. Kickoff survey logo

    Downtown Design Kickoff Survey Now Open for Response

    The City of San Marcos Planning and Development Services Department is seeking community input on downtown design through an online Kickoff Survey. Read on...
  58. American flag on dark background with May 2 election information

    San Marcos to hold May 2 Special Election

    With the March 9 resignation of City Council Member Joca Marquez, Place 5, the City of San Marcos is holding a Special Election in conjunction with the upcoming May elections for local school boards. Read on...
  59. texting

    San Marcos Residents Can Text Emergency Info to 9-1-1

    With storm season in full swing, the City of San Marcos is reminding residents that in an emergency they can send text messages to 9-1-1 in the Central Texas area. Read on...
  60. City Seal

    City Council Approves New San Marcos Development Code

    The San Marcos City Council approved Code SMTX, a new 434-page development code that aligns with the City’s comprehensive plan and will guide how... Read on...