Posted on: January 17, 2018

Fact Check: Was a pregnant dog tied up outside in the freezing weather Jan. 16, 2018?

Fact: On Jan. 16, local media commented on a video sent to them by a viewer. Call logs show that an Animal Control officer visited the residence at 6:30 p.m. that evening. The dog was tethered to a tree with a small cord, but that was not preventing the d...

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Fact Check
Posted on: November 21, 2017

Rumor: The City of San Marcos has enacted new regulations that caused the Hitch to close

Rumor: The City of San Marcos has enacted new regulations for Mobile Food Vendors that caused the Hitch to close.

 

Fact: Beginning in January of 2017 the Health Department began working with mobile food vendors to ensure they were able to be mobil...

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Fact Check
Posted on: June 20, 2017

Rumor: The City of San Marcos is anti-pet and won’t allow animals at eating establishments & bars.

Rumor:  The City of San Marcos is anti-pet and won’t allow animals at eating establishments and bars.

Fact: Texas State law within the 2006 Texas Food Establishment Rules, which the city has adopted, prohibits animals on the premises of food estab...

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Fact Check
Posted on: April 5, 2017

Rumor: The City of San Marcos is charging fees for entry into the San Marcos River.

Fact: The City is not charging for access to the river or river parks, and has no plans at this time to implement park user fees.

The Parks Advisory Board and City staff made a presentation to the City City during the February 21, 2017 City Council meeting...

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Fact Check
Posted on: October 3, 2016

Rumor: A scary clown hoax has made it to San Marcos.

Fact: At this time, the San Marcos Police Department has no active cases involving clowns as suspects, witnesses, or victims.

The department is aware that there is at least one spurious clown social media account in San Marcos.  

While there have b...

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Fact Check
Posted on: September 22, 2016

Rumor: Resident are concerned about what appeared to be a kidnapping or hostage situation.

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Fact: We looked into the concerns and our police department tells us the incident took place Monday night after patrons and employees of IHOP saw a man and woman arguing near a vehicle next to the Old CiCis pizza in Springtown Center. There was also anoth...

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Fact Check
Posted on: February 2, 2016

Rumor: The City of San Marcos has hiked the minimum wage to $15 an hour plus benefits.

Fact: The City of San Marcos and the State of Texas adopts the federal minimum wage rate.

The San Marcos City Council voted on Feb. 2. 2016 to amend the City of San Marcos Economic Development Policy to require all jobs calculated or counted for economic d...

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Fact Check

Posted on: February 1, 2018

Is Your Game Plan Set?

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Whether you cheer for the Patriots or the Eagles or maybe just watch for the half time show and commericals, the Super Bowl has become an American holiday.  Super Bowl Sunday is the USA's second biggest day for food consumption.  That me...

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Fire Department News
Posted on: January 26, 2018

San Marcos Fire Department is Hiring!

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DEADLINE TO REGISTER IS APRIL 9, 2018

TEST DATE: APRIL 13, 2018

APPLICATION PROCESS: MUST APPLY ONLINE BY APRIL 9, 2018.

Please use the following link for additional information and to apply! 

www.sanmarcostx.gov/jobs

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Fire Department News
Posted on: November 17, 2017

Citizens Fire Academy Graduation

2017 Graduates.  Photo by Don Anders

Graduates from the 2017 class of the San Marcos Fire Department’s Citizens Fire Academy accepted their diplomas during the academy’s seventh graduation ceremony on November 6.  Citizens Fire Academy is a challenging 12-week pr...

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Fire Department News
Posted on: November 3, 2017

Federal Grant to Equip Fire Trucks with Lifesaving Devices

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The San Marcos Fire Department has received a federal grant to equip each fire station’s main fire truck and the battalion chief’s vehicle with lifesaving cardiac treatment devices.  The Assistance to Firefighters Grant Progra...

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Fire Department News
Posted on: October 23, 2017

SMFD Dedicated New Fire Engine at Station 4

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The San Marcos Fire Department celebrated the delivery of a new fire engine in the afternoon on October 27 with a “pushing-in” ceremony at Fire Station #4, 404 Broadway Street. The public was invited and encouraged to attend.

The pushin...

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Fire Department News
Posted on: October 23, 2017

SMFD and Gumby's Pizza Fundraiser

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Residents helped to raise $816.00 by ordering medium size pizzas from Gumby's Pizza on Monday, October 16, 2017.  The benefit went towards the fire departments Educational Outreach Programs.  Some of their community outreach programs are...

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Fire Department News
Posted on: October 23, 2017

Congratulations to the SMFD Graduates

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Captains Justin Calhoun, Clint Foehner, and Tory Turner applied to and were accepted into the Texas Fire Chiefs Academy – a two year program sponsored by the Texas Fire Chiefs Association.  Foehner completed his first year and is looking forward ...

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Fire Department News
Posted on: October 24, 2017

'Fill the Boot' for MDA Fundraiser

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For three days in late September 2017, the San Marcos Fire Department stood at a couple of busy intersections to collect money for the Muscular Dystrophy Association.  Firefighter Isaac Hernandez took the lead and orgainized the event.  ...

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Fire Department News
Posted on: September 18, 2017

City Remembered Tragedy, Heroes of Sept. 11, 2001

9-11 Memorial

The City of San Marcos held a remembrance ceremony to commemorate the heroes and victims of 9-11 at 8:45 a.m. on Monday, Sept. 11, 2017 at City Hall, 630 E. Hopkins.

The program opened with a welcome from City Manager, Bert Lumbreras, Mayor John Thomaides ...

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Fire Department News
Posted on: August 28, 2017

Fire Crews Lend a Helping Hand to Katy FD

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Members of the San Marcos Fire Department has joined local forces with New Braunfels, Kyle, and South Hays fire departments, along with San Marcos/Hays County EMS, to deploy to Katy to assist in rescuing victims from the catastrophic flooding in the Houst...

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Fire Department News
Posted on: July 25, 2017

Banana Split Eating Contest Between FD and PD

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Dairy Queen on Hwy 80 had a grand opening on Saturday, July 29 and recruited the Fire Department and Police Department in a banana split eating contest.  The Fire Department won the challenge!  If the food had been donuts, then the outco...

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Posted on: June 29, 2017

Lil’ Firefighters Day Camp

Probationary Firefighter Travis Sweet taught Jr. Fire Academy camper, Colton Engler, on how the fire

The San Marcos Fire Department held its second annual Junior Fire Academy camp one week in June and July.  The camp was available for boys and girls ages 8 -11.   

The mission of the camp was to install servant-leadership, teamwo...

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Posted on: July 24, 2017

Sam's Club Donates $1000 to SMFD

Sam's Club Associates and San Marcos Fire Department accepts donation check.

Fire Chief Les Stephens from the San Marcos Fire Department along with Assistant Chiefs Karl Kuhlman, Rick Rowell, and Administrative Assistant Senior Melinda Villarreal received $1000.00 dollar check on July 21, 2017 from Sam’s Club Store Manag...

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Fire Department News
Posted on: May 7, 2017

Public Safety Bond Gets Voter OK

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The public safety bond included the relocation of the Holland Street Fire Station #2, the construction of a new fire station on the east side of Interstate 35, the creation of a fire training facility located near the airport, and renovations to the San M...

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Fire Department News

Posted on: December 14, 2017

Online Submittals

Online application submittals will be required moving forward. The move from paper to electronic files will also be a time saving tool for applicants. A kiosk is available in the Planning office for those applicants who do not have access to a computer, o...

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Planning & Development Services
Posted on: December 8, 2017

Legacy Project

The Legacy Project is a hands-on community planning effort which, this year, was focused on the revitalization of Downtown Frisco. Amanda, Emilio and Craig, all undergrad students at Texas State University, competed against Grad and Doctorate students fro...

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Planning & Development Services
Posted on: November 15, 2017

2018 Preferred Scenario Amendment Schedule Available

The schedule for the 2018 Spring Preferred Scenario Amendment Process may be found HERE. The application deadline for this twice-per-year process is January 8, 2018. All applications for amendment to the Preferred Scenario Map may be made online at www.my...

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Planning & Development Services
Posted on: June 13, 2017

Revised Fee Schedule

The City Council provided direction to Planning and Development Services staff to research fee revenue and actual cost of service to process permits, review applications, and inspect permitted projects. Staff researched fees charged by other cities and an...

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Planning & Development Services
Posted on: June 2, 2017

Code SMTX - Adoption Process Begins

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Code SMTX, the project to update the City’s land development code, continues to make progress and has moved into the approval stage. Find out more about how the Code is implementing the City’s Comprehensive Plan.

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Posted on: February 20, 2018

Party in Your Park Rescheduled for March 9

The City of San Marcos Parks and Recreation Department has rescheduled this month’s Party in Your Park at Franklin Square Park due to forecasts of rainy weather.

Originally scheduled for Feb. 23, the event has been moved to Friday, March 9 at Fra...

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Press Releases
Posted on: February 16, 2018

Traffic Update

Durango Street: Durango Street between Juarez Street and Luciano Flores Street will be closed daily from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. until March 2 for a reclaimed waterline project. Rockin Q Construction, 512.738.6666

East San Antonio Street: Every Saturday ...

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Press Releases
Posted on: February 14, 2018

San Marcos Public Library News

Philosophy Dialogue Series: “Music Inside the Walls: Texas Prison Bands” presented by Caroline Gnagy

Wednesday, Feb. 21

4:30 to 6 p.m.

Austin author and musician Caroline Gnagy will present a philosophy dialogue about Texas prison bands. ...

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Press Releases
Posted on: February 14, 2018

2018 Party in Your Park Series Kicks Off February 23

The City of San Marcos Parks and Recreation Department will host the first event of the 2018 Party in Your Park series on Friday, Feb. 23 from 6-9 p.m. at Franklin Square Park, 1902 N Bishop St.

Party in Your Park is a series of events that will bring posi...

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Press Releases
Posted on: February 14, 2018

Registration Open for Spring Master Composter Program

Registration is now open for the spring Master Composter Program, organized by the City of San Marcos and Bobcat Blend, a student-run composting organization at Texas State University.

The program is administered by the State of Texas Alliance for Recyclin...

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Press Releases
Posted on: February 13, 2018

SMPD Invites Residents to Have ‘Coffee with a Cop’

San Marcos police officers will hold another “Coffee with a Cop” event at Café on the Square (downtown at 126 N. LBJ) on Friday, Feb. 16 from 8:30-10:30 a.m.

“Coffee with a Cop” is great way to bring polic...

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Press Releases
Posted on: February 13, 2018

Spots Still Available For After School Programs

The City of San Marcos Parks and Recreation Department, in partnership with Texas State University’s Department of Health and Human Performance, will host two out of school time programs at local middle schools beginning next Tuesday.

Goal:POST (...

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Press Releases
Posted on: February 12, 2018

City Seeks Volunteers for 33rd Annual River Cleanup

The City of San Marcos is calling on volunteers to register for the 33rd Annual Great Texas River Cleanup on March 3 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Started by the Texas River Protection Association to clean the entire 90 miles of the San Marcos River, the event inc...

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Press Releases
Posted on: February 12, 2018

City Offices Closed Next Monday for Presidents’ Day

City of San Marcos offices, including City Hall, Library, Activity Center, Municipal Court and Utility Offices, will be closed on Monday, Feb. 19 in observance of Presidents’ Day. Texas Disposal Systems will operate its usual Monday trash and re...

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Press Releases
Posted on: February 9, 2018

Antenna Installation and Water Tank Demolition to Begin

Construction for a new telecommunications antenna within the San Marcos Cemetery grounds is slated to begin Monday, Feb. 12. The pole will support communication equipment for City emergency services and traffic signal management.

The 195-foot tall, free-st...

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Press Releases
Posted on: February 9, 2018

SMPD Responds to Separate Incidents Involving Weapons

The San Marcos Police Department responded to two separate incidents involving weapons Thursday evening.

Accidental shooting

A man was injured Thursday evening in his apartment when a firearm discharged in a neighboring apartment, sending a single bullet th...

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Press Releases
Posted on: February 7, 2018

San Marcos Public Library News

Philosophy Dialogue Series

Wednesdays, February to April, 4:30 p.m.

San Marcos Public Library

 

Join Texas State University instructors, students, and special guests at the San Marcos Public Library on Wednesday, Feb. 14 at 4:30 p.m. for a discussi...

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Press Releases
Posted on: February 7, 2018

Juveniles Steal Car; One Shoots Self in Leg

San Marcos police are investigating an early morning car theft involving juveniles, one of whom police say accidentally shot himself in the leg during the incident.

At 3:28 a.m. Feb. 7, San Marcos police responded to a report of shots fired at Hutchison an...

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Press Releases
Posted on: February 6, 2018

February 2018 Downtown Business of the Month

For the month of February, Main Street is proud to present the Downtown Business of the Month award to KnD’s for their longevity as a Downtown business and their contributions to the local community.

Owners Kristan Alvarez and her mother, Della L...

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Press Releases
Posted on: February 5, 2018

City to Use License Plate Recognition for Parking Enforcement

The City of San Marcos will begin using license plate recognition technology to help parking enforcement officers manage downtown parking. Preparations for the automated system are underway with full implementation scheduled prior to March 1.

The City cont...

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Press Releases
Posted on: February 5, 2018

Train Hits Car Stuck on Railroad Tracks; None Injured

A train struck a car on the railroad tracks early Saturday morning after a man drove the car down the tracks between CM Allen and East Hopkins and became stuck. The driver escaped, but the collision blocked railroad crossings in San Marcos for hours.

At ap...

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Press Releases
Posted on: February 1, 2018

Set Up a Monarch Butterfly-Friendly Garden

Registration is now open for the MiGreat Challenge, a City-hosted competition to create beautiful, monarch butterfly-friendly gardens.

Prizes will be given to the first, second and third place gardens. Prizes include an official certification from Monarch ...

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Press Releases
Posted on: February 1, 2018

City Manager Announces Chief of Staff Hire

City Manager Bert Lumbreras is pleased to announce that Stephanie Reyes has been chosen to fill the position of Chief of Staff, effective February 8, 2018.

Ms. Reyes has worked at the City of San Marcos since June 2001 and has served as Assistant Director ...

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Press Releases
Posted on: January 31, 2018

Children’s Park Corporate Sponsorships Now Available

Children’s Park corporate and foundational sponsorships for key areas of the new Playscape are now available.

“Partnerships with local businesses, foundations and individuals will play a huge role in the success of our new Playscape,&am...

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Press Releases
Posted on: January 31, 2018

February City Hall Calendar

Thursday, February 1, 2018

 

Historic Preservation Commission, 5:45 p.m., City Council Chambers, City Hall, 630 E. Hopkins

 

Saturday, February 3, 2018

 

Farmers Market, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., San Antonio Street on south side of the courth...

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Press Releases
Posted on: January 30, 2018

Registration Opens Feb. 1 for Spring Break Camp

The City of San Marcos Parks and Recreation Department invites residents and non-residents alike to sign their children up for Spring Break Camp, held March 12-16 from 7:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. at the Dunbar Recreation Center, 801 W. MLK.

Spring Break Camp is fo...

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Press Releases
Posted on: January 24, 2018

City Seeks Applicants for Youth Program Funding

The City of San Marcos is currently accepting applications to fund programs serving children and youth in the San Marcos area during the 2017-2018 Fiscal Year.

Agencies already receiving funding for programs that will be used between October 2017 and Octob...

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Press Releases
Posted on: January 22, 2018

Children’s Park Pickets Now Available for Order Online

Children’s Park commemorative pickets are now available for order online at www.sanmarcostx.gov/playscape.

The cost of the personalized picket is $25, which will helps support the replacement of the 25-year-old playscape at Children’s P...

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Press Releases
Posted on: January 19, 2018

Public Invited to Appeal or Comment on Flood Maps for Caldwell, Gonzales, Guadalupe, and Hays Co.

New preliminary flood risk information and updated Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRM) will be available for review by San Marcos residents and business owners beginning Jan. 25. Individuals may view preliminary maps online at www.fema.gov/preliminaryfloodha...

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Press Releases
Posted on: January 19, 2018

Volunteers Plant 200 Trees Donated by Apache Foundation

The City of San Marcos received a grant from the Apache Foundation based out of Houston to provide 200 native trees to be planted in several of the City’s public green spaces.

The City hosted volunteer work days in November and January to plant t...

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Press Releases
Posted on: January 11, 2018

City Warns of Scammers, Unlicensed Solicitors

The San Marcos Police Department has received several complaints about phone scammers and unlicensed door-to-door solicitors and is asking the public to report suspicious activity.

Phone scammers

Residents have received calls recently from scammers telling ...

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Press Releases
Posted on: January 3, 2018

Work to Begin on McKie Water Main Project Monday, Jan. 8

City contractors will begin work on the installation of a water main along McKie and Lee streets next week. These roads will be closed to through traffic during construction.

The $588,000 project begins Monday, Jan. 8 and will replace undersized water main...

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Press Releases
Posted on: December 27, 2017

City Invites Human Services Agency Applications

Human service agency applications for funding from the City of San Marcos for 2018-2019 are now available and are due by Feb. 9, 2018.

Agencies may pick up an application from the Finance Department in the Municipal Building, 630 E. Hopkins or download fro...

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Press Releases
Posted on: December 20, 2017

Support Children’s Park Playscape Renovation

The City of San Marcos Parks and Recreation Departments is in the process of rebuilding the playscape at Children’s Park, and the community is invited to join the effort by purchasing a personalized fence picket to honor a family member, friend,...

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Press Releases
Posted on: December 5, 2017

Arrest Warrant Issued for Man Believed to Have Fatally Shot San Marcos Police Officer

San Marcos Police have issued an arrest warrant for the man they believe fatally shot Officer Kenneth Copeland Monday afternoon.

The warrant names Stewart Thomas Mettz (09/18/1966), who remains in an Austin hospital under medical care.

He has not yet been c...

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Press Releases
Posted on: December 5, 2017

SMPD Officer Shot and Killed in the Line of Duty Identified

A San Marcos Police Officer shot and killed Monday afternoon while serving a warrant in the El Camino Real subdivision has been identified.

Officer Kenneth Copeland, 58, and other SMPD officers were serving a warrant in the El Camino Real subdivision Monda...

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Press Releases
Posted on: August 27, 2017

San Marcos Municipal Court Delayed Until 10 a.m.

Hays County offices will have a delayed opening at 10 a.m. on Monday due to potential severe weather.  The San Marcos Municipal Court, which is housed in the Hays County Government Center will also open at 10 a.m.  All other City of San ...

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Press Releases
Posted on: August 27, 2017

City of San Marcos Prepares for More Outages

City of San Marcos Prepares for More Outages

 

The City of San Marcos Electric Utility (SMEU) continues to make repairs after addressing over four hundred outages today and fielding more than one thousand calls.  City officials say many of...

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Press Releases
Posted on: August 27, 2017

Harvey Continues to Bring Strong Rains and Officials Warn Residents to Stay Alert to Weather, Drivin

Harvey Continues to Bring Strong Rains and Officials Warn Residents to Stay Alert to Weather, Driving Situations

With additional road closures throughout Hays County and City jurisdictions, emergency management and first response officials continue to remi...

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Press Releases
Posted on: August 26, 2017

El Condado de Hays y La Cuidad de San Marcos activar completamente el Centro de Operaciones de Emerg

El Condado de Hays y La Cuidad de San Marcos activar completamente el Centro de Operaciones de Emergencia; Establecer una línea telefónica no urgente para residents.
                                                            

El Conda...

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Press Releases
Posted on: August 26, 2017

Hays County, City of San Marcos Fully Activate Emergency Operations Center; Establish Non-Emergency

Over Friday night and through early Saturday morning, sporadic heavy rains were reported and several low water crossings are closed throughout the county. No unusual events have occurred and no shelters are open at this time. Officials anticipate that hig...

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Press Releases
Posted on: August 1, 2017

SECRETARY CARSON ANNOUNCES ADDITIONAL $179 MILLION TO HELP STATES RECOVER FROM 2015, 2016 DISASTERS

SECRETARY CARSON ANNOUNCES ADDITIONAL $179 MILLION TO HELP STATES RECOVER FROM 2015, 2016 DISASTERS

Funding to support recovery in hard-hit areas of Florida, West Virginia, Texas, and the Carolinas

WASHINGTON – U.S. Housing and Urban Development (...

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Press Releases
Posted on: June 22, 2017

City Confirms Five Finalists for City Manager Position

City Confirms Five Finalists for City Manager Position

The City of San Marcos is considering five candidates for the City Manager position that was vacated when former City Manager Jared Miller stepped down in January to become the City Manager of Amarillo...

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Press Releases