1. News & Announcements

  1. San Marcos Water Tower

    San Marcos Returns to Stage 1 Drought Restrictions

    The City of San Marcos will return to Stage 1 drought restrictions effective Sunday, Oct. 25 in response to dropping aquifer levels. Stage 1 is implemented when the 10-day average Edwards Aquifer index well level falls below 660 feet above mean sea... Read on...
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    Standridge Chosen as New San Marcos Police Chief

    The City of San Marcos is announcing the selection of Stan Standridge as the new Chief of the San Marcos Police Department subject to City Council confirmation on November 4. Following a nationwide search, Standridge was ... Read on...
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    Children’s Playscape Closing Thursdays for Cleaning

    The San Marcos Parks and Recreation Department announced that Children’s Park Playscape will be closed every Thursday until further notice for deep cleaning and disinfecting beginning Thursday, Oct. 22 from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. The park will remain ... Read on...
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    Virtual Holiday Shoebox Parade Call for Entries

    The City of San Marcos will be hosting the inaugural SMTX Hometown Holiday Shoebox Parade on Thursday, Nov. 26, 2020, online at 2 p.m. Read on...
  5. Lawton, Benjamin Reece - Mugshot

    Man Arrested for Aggravated Assault on Peace Officer

    The San Marcos Police Department is releasing information regarding an incident that occurred on Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2020, and resulted in the arrest of Benjamin Reece Lawton (DOB 02/22/77) of Hazel Park, MI., for Aggravated Assault on a Public Servant... Read on...
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    San Marcos Electric Offers Rebates for Planting Trees

    In celebration of Texas Arbor Day on Friday, Nov. 6, the City of San Marcos Electric Utility is implementing the Shade Tree Rebate Program to encourage residents to plant shade trees around their homes. The program ... Read on...
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    Police Respond to Seven Discharged Firearms Calls and Arrest Two over Weekend

    The San Marcos Police Department responded to seven separate discharged firearms calls between Saturday, Oct. 10 at 9 p.m. and Sunday, Oct. 11 at 5 a.m. Most incidents occurred at large parties with one resulting in the arrest of two individuals. Read on...
  8. Save the Date Wreaths Across America December 19, 2020 text on background of military cemetery

    City Cemetery Official Location for Wreaths Across America Day

    The City of San Marcos Parks and Recreation Department is pleased to announce that the San Marcos City Cemetery will join over 2,100 official locations across the country to participate in National Wreaths Across America Day on Saturday, Dec. 19, 2020. Read on...
  9. Three Small Kids in Halloween Costumes and Face Paint

    Farmer Fred’s Harvest Fall Carnival Goes Virtual for 2020

    The City of San Marcos Parks and Recreation Department’s Youth Services Division will host two new programs in place of the annual Farmer Fred’s Harvest Fall Carnival that is traditionally held the Friday before Halloween. Read on...
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    Downtown Begins Curbside Parking Pilot October 12

    The City of San Marcos is implementing a 90-day Curbside Parking Pilot Program to assist downtown businesses with COVID recovery efforts. An initiative of the Main Street Program, the pilot will... Read on...
  11. Womens Hall of Fame with flowers in bottom left corner and city seal in bottom right corner

    Women’s Hall of Fame Postponed to 2021

    The City of San Marcos and Women’s Hall of Fame committee has decided to postpone the Women’s Hall of Fame nominations and induction until Fall of 2021. Read on...
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    Chief Finalists Public Meet & Greet on October 14

    The City of San Marcos invites the public to a Community Meet & Greet for the two police chief finalists on Wednesday, Oct. 14 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at the Embassy Suites San Marcos Conference Center, Spring Lake Salon, 1001 E McCarty Ln. Read on...
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    City of San Marcos to host “Month of Service” in lieu of Veterans Day Parade

    The City of San Marcos, with assistance from the Veterans Affairs Advisory Committee and local veterans’ organizations, will be hosting a month of service opportunities for the community to honor all who have served. Read on...
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    City Accepting Applications for Arts and Cultural Grants

    The San Marcos Arts Commission is accepting applications for 2021 Arts and Cultural Grants now through Nov. 9. Read on...
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    Update: Warrants Issued for Driver Involved in Labor Day Traffic Fatality

    On Wednesday, Sept. 23, the San Marcos Police Department obtained warrants for Kyle Nissen, 30, of San Marcos for Intoxication Manslaughter with Vehicle (2nd Degree Felony)... Read on...
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    San Marcos Art League Offers “Art Scared” Installations for Halloween Fun

    The San Marcos Art League (SMAL) is joining forces with the San Marcos Main Street Program and the Downtown Association of San Marcos to host “Art Scared.” Read on...
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    San Marcos Drought Restrictions Scheduled to End Sunday

    The City of San Marcos will return to year-round water conservation rules, ending currently imposed drought restrictions, starting Sunday, October 4. Read on...
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    City to Test School Zone Flashing Lights Tomorrow

    The City of San Marcos Transportation Division will test school zone flashing signs and inspect traffic signs within school zones on Wednesday, Sept. 30. Read on...
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    Keep San Marcos Beautiful to Share in $400,000 Grant Award

    COSM is excited to report that its Keep San Marcos Beautiful program has been named as an affiliate recipient of a portion of a recent $400,000 grant award to... Read on...
  20. San Marcos Police Department Seal

    City Announces Two Final Candidates for Police Chief

    The City of San Marcos has narrowed down its search for the next Chief of Police to two finalists to complete the final stages of the interview process by early November. Read on...
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    Discovery Center Offers Curbside Pickup On Oct. 7

    Starting Wednesday, Oct. 7, the San Marcos Discovery Center will offer curbside pickup for native plants purchased at the online store. Read on...
  22. Traffic Map detailing the speed limit sign placement

    Hopkins Street Project Amends Traffic Plan with Speed Reduction

    In an effort to monitor and improve the flow of detoured traffic .... Read on...
  23. San Marcos Police Department Seal

    Two Shooting Incidents Reported in San Marcos

    The San Marcos Police Department has been called to the scene of two non-fatal shootings since Sunday, prompting public safety concern within the community. Read on...
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    Wastewater Treatment Plant Recognized as “Utility of the Future Today”

    The City of San Marcos Wastewater Treatment Plant (WWTP) has received national recognition as a Utility of the Future Today for Community Partnering and Engagement. Read on...
  25. SMPD Blue Santa 2019

    SMPD Kicks Off Blue Santa Season, Donations Needed

    SMPD is asking the public for financial donations for this year’s SMPD Blue Santa Program, which will undergo a major transformation this year due to COVID-19 restrictions. Read on...
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    Phased Scooter Pilot Program Launches in San Marcos

    The City of San Marcos, in collaboration with Texas State University, has signed a pilot agreement with Spin electric scooters for an initial two-step... Read on...
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    UPDATE: Redpoint Apartments Murder Suspect Turns Himself In

    On Wednesday, September 16, Steven Deshawn Crawford (DOB 12/20/1999) turned himself in to the Hays County Jail. Crawford was identified as a suspect in... Read on...
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    Citizen Committee to Study Use of Force Opens to Applicants

    The committee’s charge is to study the Use of Force policies of SMPD, compare those policies to national standards, and make recommendations to the City Council. Read on...
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    Testing Scheduled Oct. 17 for Career with SMPD

    The San Marcos Police Department (SMPD) is hosting the biannual entrance exam for interested applicants on Oct. 17. The deadline to apply is Oct. 12. Read on...
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    San Marcos Celebrates International Housekeeping Week

    “Our housekeepers are vital in ensuring a clean, welcoming and safe experience for visitors in San Marcos,” said Denise Pardo, Destination Services Manager. Read on...
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    City Seeks Volunteers for Fourth Annual Fall River Cleanup

    The City of San Marcos is calling on volunteers to register for the Fourth Annual Fall River Cleanup, scheduled for Friday, Oct. 2 through Sunday, Oct. 4. Read on...
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    City to Reopen Parks, River Access & Facilities on Sept. 16

    The City of San Marcos will reopen all public facilities, riverfront parks, neighborhood park playgrounds, athletic complexes, tennis and basketball courts on Wednesday, Sept. 16 at 8 a.m. Read on...
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    San Marcos Animal Shelter Receives $20,000 from ASPCA

    “We want to get the word out that we are here to help people worried about losing their pets due to evictions and work instability. If you feel like you have to make a choice..." Read on...
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    Labor Day Weekend Claims 13th Traffic Fatality of the Year

    On Sunday, Sept. 6, San Marcos Police, San Marcos Fire and Hays County EMS responded to a multi-vehicle collision on W. Wonder World Drive and Purgatory... Read on...
  35. American Flags draped on buildings in downtown San Marcos

    City Requests “Welcome Home” Photos for Video to National Guard by Sept. 14

    The City and the Hays County Veterans Resource Office invite members of the public to submit “welcome home” photos for inclusion in a City-produced message to... Read on...
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    Arbor Day Foundation, Texas A&M Forest Service, City to Provide Free Trees to San Marcos Residents

    The Community Canopy program encourages homeowners to plant trees in their yards to help broaden the city’s tree canopy and provide cleaner water to residents. Read on...
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    Updated Stormwater Utility Rates Effective Oct. 1

    In an effort to establish a financial framework for a more equitable and sustainable customer rate structure, the City of San Marcos is introducing an updated... Read on...
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    City Council Approves 2020 Vote Centers

    During Tuesday night’s meeting, the San Marcos City Council approved the established list of 2020 General and Special Election Vote Centers for early... Read on...
  39. Comprehensive Plan Steering Committee Accepting Applications (Words graphic)

    Comprehensive Plan Steering Committee Accepting Applications

    “Members of the steering committee will have an important role in furthering the planning process by providing unique perspectives, expertise, and ensuring..." Read on...
  40. San Marcos Police Department Seal

    City Announces Five Finalists for Chief of Police

    Ralph Andersen & Associates is assisting the City with the search, which resulted in an applicant pool of 92 candidates from across the United States Read on...
  41. City of San Marcos Seal

    September City Hall Calendar

    Meetings listed below are subject to change. Please check with the City Clerk's office for official postings. Read on...
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    City Offices Closed on Labor Day

    City of San Marcos offices and services, including the Library’s front porch pick-up and public transit, will be closed Monday, Sept. 7 for the Labor Day holiday. Read on...
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    Participate in the Platinum Planning Study through Sept. 28

    The study aims to identify needs and strategies to support potential transportation and development planning efforts within the San Marcos community. Read on...
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    September is Bioblitz Month for Pollinators in San Marcos

    Check out our project page to follow our progress live or find a teaching guide for maximizing this science adventure for in-person, virtual, or homeschool classrooms. Read on...
  45. San Marcos Police Department Seal

    Scams, Fraudulent Calls Increasing in San Marcos

    Law enforcement agencies will never request payments through gift cards. Citizens are cautioned against giving out personal information or payment to these callers. Read on...
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    San Marcos Convention & Visitor Bureau Wins Marketing Awards

    The SMCVB won a first place People’s Choice Award for their COVID-19 messaging, as well as a second place People’s Choice Award for their cooperative marketing... Read on...
  47. COVID testing site staff wearing PPE

    TDEM Offering Free COVID Testing in San Marcos, Kyle

    The San Marcos COVID mobile testing site will be at San Marcos High School and the Kyle mobile testing site will be at the Hays CISD Performing Arts Center. Read on...
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    Community Backpack Giveaway Scheduled for Aug. 29

    The City of San Marcos Parks and Recreation Department’s Youth Services Division is partnering with Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc., Phi Xi Omega Chapter to host,.. Read on...
  49. CM Allen upgrades include green biofiltration areas with native plants

    CM Allen Wins Regional EPA Green Infrastructure Competition

    Installations with GI/LID elements often help to reduce pollution and flooding, conserve clean water and minimize the heat island effect of concrete in cities. Read on...
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    “SMTX 2020” Watch Party Scheduled Sept. 2

    The video will be broadcast on Spectrum Ch. 10 and Grande Ch. 16 or 123-16. It will also stream online and on City of San Marcos- City Hall Facebook page. Read on...
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    City Breaks Ground on New Public Service Center

    The new Public Service Center on Clovis Barker Road will provide a streamlined and centralized location for public utilities, transportation operations, fleet operations... Read on...
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    San Marcos Named “Beautiful Hill Country Retirement Town”

    From the crystal-clear waters of the San Marcos River to the Kissing Tree community, the article paints a picture of a modern, convenient retirement in San Marcos. Read on...
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    City Expects 2020 Street Overlay Completion Sept. 4

    Motorists should drive slowly and use caution when travelling through the work zone. Motorists are advised to be aware of heavy equipment and construction... Read on...
  54. San Marcos Police Department Seal

    Overnight Collision Results in 12th Traffic Fatality of 2020

    At approximately 2 a.m. on Thursday, Aug. 13, SMPD responded to a major traffic collision southbound IH35 near the Blanco River exit (208). Read on...
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    City and CARTS Announce Interurban Bus Updates

    COSM and CARTS announce the resumption of the Interurban Express 1517 Gold Bus, with service from Austin to San Marcos, beginning August 24. Read on...
  56. Dana Washington

    Youth Services Director Hired by Community Action

    “The establishment of this position marks an exciting point of forward motion for San Marcos youth,” said Carole Belver, Executive Director of Community Action. Read on...
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    Resident Engagement Improves with SMTX Connect Redesign

    The SMTX Connect upgrade achieves the City’s goals of improving and centralizing the resident reporting system for issues within the community. Read on...
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    August City Hall Calendar

    Meetings listed are subject to change. Please check with the City Clerk's office for official postings. Read on...
  59. 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...
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    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...
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    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...
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    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...