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Posted on: November 25, 2020

City’s “Month of Service” Final Week: Hays County Food Bank Donations

Veterans month of service final week opportunity

The City of San Marcos, with assistance from the Veterans Affairs Advisory Committee and local veteran organizations, will conclude their month of service opportunities with “Donate to the Hays County Food Bank” and the Veterans Food A...

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Press Releases
Posted on: November 25, 2020

Wonder World Dr and Hunter Rd Improvements Begin Nov. 30

Intersection Improvements Begin Nov. 30

The City of San Marcos Engineering and Capital Improvements Department will begin multimodal improvements for pedestrian, bike, and striping access at the intersection of Wonder World Drive and Hunter Road on Monday, Nov. 30. . 

The planned improv...

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Press Releases
Posted on: November 25, 2020

San Marcos Police Investigates Third Homicide of 2020

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San Marcos Police responded to The Lodge Apartments, 1975 Aquarena Springs Drive, on Tuesday evening for calls of gunshots which ultimately resulted in a murder investigation.  

 On Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2020, at approximately 9:13 p.m., offi...

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Press Releases
Posted on: November 24, 2020

City Seeks Volunteers to Serve on Boards & Commissions

Boards and Commissions call for applications

The City of San Marcos is accepting applications to fill vacancies on City boards and commissions with volunteers from throughout the community. 

Citizens may fill out volunteer interest applications online through Friday, January 8, 2021, to be c...

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Press Releases
Posted on: November 23, 2020

City’s Virtual Holiday Parade Slated for November 26

Shoebox parade Announcement

The City of San Marcos will be hosting the inaugural SMTX Hometown Holiday Shoebox Parade on Thursday, Nov. 26 online at 2 p.m. on SMTX Community Services Facebook Page, Downtown San Marcos Facebook Page, City of San Marcos YouTube channel and on the City...

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Press Releases
Posted on: November 23, 2020

City Offices Closed for Thanksgiving Holiday

City Hall Closures for Thanksgiving Day

City of San Marcos offices, including City Hall, Activity Center, Animal Shelter, Municipal Court, and Utility Offices and drive-thrus, will be closed on Thursday and Friday, Nov. 26 and 27, for the Thanksgiving Holiday. The Library remains closed until D...

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Press Releases
Posted on: November 20, 2020

Black Friday Weekend Exit Ramp Closures at Outlet Malls

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The City of San Marcos will close two IH35 exit ramps near the San Marcos Outlet Malls for traffic control during the upcoming Black Friday weekend.  

From Thursday, Nov. 26 at 10 p.m. to Saturday, Nov. 28 at 8 p.m., Exit 200 ramp on southbound IH...

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Press Releases
Posted on: November 19, 2020

200 Volunteers Participated in Successful Fall River Clean Up

CoSM Employees during Fall River Clean up

The City’s Neighborhood Enhancement Department, as well as Keep San Marcos Beautiful and the Habitat Conservation Plan, report that almost 200 volunteers picked up trash and recyclable material during the weekend of October 2 - 4 for the Fall Ri...

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Press Releases
Posted on: November 19, 2020

Utility & Rental Assistance Available to Area Residents

Need Utility Assistance help?

The City of San Marcos is reminding area residents of utility and rent or mortgage assistance options available through Community Action, Inc. and the City’s utility billing department to help our community navigate these challenging financial t...

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Press Releases
Posted on: November 18, 2020

Public Assistance Requested for Tuesday Home Invasion

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San Marcos Police responded to the report of a home invasion at The Grove at San Marcos, 1150 E. River Ridge Parkway, on Tuesday, Nov. 17 and is asking the public for assistance in solving this crime.

On Tuesday afternoon, at approximately 12:05 p.m., an u...

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Press Releases
Posted on: November 16, 2020

Police Respond to Two Shooting Incidents, One Arrest

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San Marcos Police responded to two incidents involving the discharge of firearms over the weekend with one resulting in the shooting of an individual by an unknown assailant and the other resulting in an arrest.  This is the sixth consecutive wee...

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Press Releases
Posted on: November 14, 2020

Citywide Boil Water Notice Rescinded Immediately

Boil water notice has ended

The City of San Marcos has rescinded the citywide boil water notice that was issued Thursday evening following construction damage to a major City water main.  Water testing has confirmed no bacteria contamination is present and the water is safe...

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Press Releases
Posted on: November 12, 2020

Citywide Boil Water Notice in Effect until Saturday at 5 p.m.

Boil Water Notice

The City of San Marcos is notifying all water customers of a citywide boil water notice in effect until Saturday, Nov. 14 at 5 p.m.  The boil notice is the result of construction damage to a major City water main this afternoon which resulted in ...

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Press Releases
Posted on: November 9, 2020

Two Honorary Grand Marshals Named for 2020 Veterans Day ‘Month of Service’

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Throughout November, the City of San Marcos is honoring our Veterans with a “Month of Service” to show our pride and respect for the Veterans who have assured freedom for our nation for 244 years.

Honorary Grand Marshals for t...

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Press Releases
Posted on: November 6, 2020

Man Arrested in Stabbing Incident on Wednesday

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The San Marcos Police Department responded to the report of a stabbing on Wednesday afternoon, Nov. 4, 2020, which resulted in the arrest of Jonathan Sonny Luna (DOB 06/18/99) of Seguin, TX., for Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon-Family Vio...

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Press Releases
Posted on: November 4, 2020

East Hopkins Bike and Ped Project Beginning Nov. 9

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The City of San Marcos Engineering and Capital Improvements Department will begin construction on the East Hopkins Bike and Pedestrian Improvement Project on Monday, Nov. 9. The project will improve pedestrian and bicycle access to busy locations along Ho...

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Press Releases
Posted on: November 4, 2020

Garza & Scott Elected; Runoff in Mayoral Race & Place 5

2020 Election Results announcement with City of San Marcos Logo

In unofficial election results released by the Hays County Elections Office at 10 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 3, Alyssa Garza and Shane Scott have been elected to San Marcos City Council Place 3 and 4, respectively. A runoff election will be called for the Mayo...

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Press Releases
Posted on: November 2, 2020

City’s “Month of Service” Kicks-Off with Honor a Veteran

San Marcos Veterans Month of Service November 2020

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 starting with “Honor a Veteran”.

From November 1 through ...

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Press Releases
Posted on: October 30, 2020

Man Arrested Downtown for Aggravated Assault

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The San Marcos Police Department responded to an incident downtown Tuesday night, Oct. 27, 2020, which resulted in the arrest of Mekhi Arthur Burgess (DOB 07/17/98) of Cedar Park, TX., for Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon, Tampering with P...

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Press Releases
Posted on: October 30, 2020

November City Hall Calendar

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Meetings listed below are subject to change. Please check with the City Clerk’s office for official postings.

Sunday, November 1, 2020 

SMTX Veteran Month of Service Week 1: Honor a Veteran - Submit a name, photo, and a brief description ...

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Press Releases
Posted on: October 30, 2020

Animal Shelter to Host Next Emancipet Clinic Nov. 7

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On Saturday, Nov. 7, 2020, the San Marcos Regional Animal Shelter (SMRAS) will host the first of several upcoming Emancipet mobile spay/neuter clinics for San Marcos and the surrounding community. Pet drop-off begins at 8 a.m. at the SMRAS, 750 River Road...

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Press Releases
Posted on: October 28, 2020

SMPD Blue Santa Applications Due November 20

San Marcos Police Department Blue santa announcement

The San Marcos Police Department (SMPD) is excited to announce that the application process for the 2020 SMPD Blue Santa Program is open and applications will be accepted through Friday, Nov. 20. 

Applications are available in English and Spanish ...

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Press Releases
Posted on: October 28, 2020

City Announces 5th Annual Bin It to Win It Champion

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The City of San Marcos Resource Recovery Department is pleased to announce that for the third consecutive year, Vintage Pads Apartments is the official champion of the annual Bin it to Win it recycling competition. 

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Press Releases
Posted on: October 23, 2020

San Marcos Returns to Stage 1 Drought Restrictions

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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 Edwa...

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Press Releases
Posted on: October 22, 2020

Standridge Chosen as New San Marcos Police Chief

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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 one of two finalists nam...

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Press Releases
Posted on: October 19, 2020

Children’s Playscape Closing Thursdays for Cleaning

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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 wi...

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Press Releases
Posted on: October 15, 2020

Virtual Holiday Shoebox Parade Call for Entries

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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.

The parade is dedicated to promoting community engagement, holiday spirit, and shopping local in the great city of San Ma...

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Press Releases
Posted on: October 15, 2020

Man Arrested for Aggravated Assault on Peace Officer

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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)&...

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Press Releases
Posted on: October 14, 2020

San Marcos Electric Offers Rebates for Planting Trees

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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 is open to existing single-family reside...

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Press Releases
Posted on: October 14, 2020

Police Respond to Seven Discharged Firearms Calls and Arrest Two over Weekend

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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 ...

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Press Releases
Posted on: October 13, 2020

City Cemetery Official Location for Wreaths Across America Day

Save the Date Wreaths Across America December 19, 2020 text on background of military cemetery

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.

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Press Releases
Posted on: October 9, 2020

Farmer Fred’s Harvest Fall Carnival Goes Virtual for 2020

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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. As a safer alternative to the in...

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Press Releases
Posted on: October 9, 2020

Downtown Begins Curbside Parking Pilot October 12

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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 establish 15-minute curbside parking spaces in areas of down...

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Press Releases
Posted on: October 7, 2020

Women’s Hall of Fame Postponed to 2021

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 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.

 The San Marcos Women's Hall of Fame began in 1984 to h...

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Press Releases
Posted on: October 7, 2020

Chief Finalists Public Meet & Greet on October 14

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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.

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Press Releases
Posted on: October 5, 2020

City of San Marcos to host “Month of Service” in lieu of Veterans Day Parade

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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. These opportunities will rep...

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Press Releases
Posted on: October 5, 2020

City Accepting Applications for Arts and Cultural Grants

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The San Marcos Arts Commission is accepting applications for 2021 Arts and Cultural Grants now through Nov. 9.

Art projects must meet the following criteria to be eligible for funding: 

  1. Promotes the arts, which may include: instrumental and vocal ...
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Press Releases
Posted on: October 1, 2020

Update: Warrants Issued for Driver Involved in Labor Day Traffic Fatality

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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 (...

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Press Releases
Posted on: September 30, 2020

San Marcos Art League Offers “Art Scared” Installations for Halloween Fun

Photo of Downtown storefronts along Hopkins Street

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,” an art installation bringing Halloween to the windows of downtown buildings on ...

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Press Releases
Posted on: September 30, 2020

San Marcos Drought Restrictions Scheduled to End Sunday

San Marcos Water Tower

The City of San Marcos will return to year-round water conservation rules, ending currently imposed drought restrictions, starting Sunday, October 4. 

 

Year-round conservation rules are implemented when the 10-day average Edwards Aquifer ...

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Press Releases
Posted on: September 29, 2020

City to Test School Zone Flashing Lights Tomorrow

City of San Marcos Seal

In preparation for the fall semester, the City of San Marcos Transportation Division will test school zone flashing signs and inspect traffic signs within school zones on Wednesday, Sept. 30.

 

During the testing, motorists will see the school zon...

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Press Releases
Posted on: September 29, 2020

Keep San Marcos Beautiful to Share in $400,000 Grant Award

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The City of San Marcos 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 Keep Texas Beautiful. U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) G...

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Press Releases
Posted on: September 28, 2020

City Announces Two Final Candidates for Police Chief

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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.  From the original pool of 92 applicants from across the nation, five candi...

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Press Releases
Posted on: September 28, 2020

Discovery Center Offers Curbside Pickup On Oct. 7

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For a limited time, starting Wednesday, Oct. 7, the San Marcos Discovery Center will offer curbside pickup for native plants purchased at the online store.

 

Customers may schedule curbside plant pickups from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Wednesday through Fr...

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Press Releases
Posted on: September 25, 2020

Hopkins Street Project Amends Traffic Plan with Speed Reduction

Traffic Map detailing the speed limit sign placement

In an effort to monitor and improve the flow of detoured traffic from the Hopkins Street Project, the City of San Marcos is amending the traffic plan and implementing temporary speed limit reductions from 30 mph to 25 mph on Belvin and San Antonio Streets...

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Press Releases
Posted on: September 25, 2020

Two Shooting Incidents Reported in San Marcos

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The San Marcos Police Department (SMPD) has been called to the scene of two non-fatal shootings since Sunday, prompting public safety concern within the community.

 

Sunday, Sept. 20

On Sunday, Sept. 20 at 7:55 p.m., SMPD received a call reporting a...

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Press Releases
Posted on: September 24, 2020

Wastewater Treatment Plant Recognized as “Utility of the Future Today”

Photo of elected officials and WWTP representatives holding award banner in front of WWTP.

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.

 

The San Marcos WWTP is one of 65 water utilities being recognized for transformat...

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Press Releases
Posted on: September 23, 2020

SMPD Kicks Off Blue Santa Season, Donations Needed

SMPD Blue Santa 2019

The San Marcos Police Department (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.  

 

Each year, SMPD c...

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Press Releases
Posted on: September 21, 2020

Phased Scooter Pilot Program Launches in San Marcos

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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 deployment of 200 shared scooters beginning this month. Spin has separate agreements with each entity wh...

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Press Releases
Posted on: September 17, 2020

UPDATE: Redpoint Apartments Murder Suspect Turns Himself In

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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 the May 30 shooting death of 21-year-old Ivoryana Chante Ballard at the Redpoint Apartments.

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Press Releases
Posted on: September 15, 2020

Citizen Committee to Study Use of Force Opens to Applicants

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The City of San Marcos is accepting applications for membership on the San Marcos Police Department (SMPD) Use of Force Policy Ad Hoc Committee. The deadline to apply is Wednesday, Sept. 30.

The committee’s charge is to study the Use of Force pol...

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Press Releases
Posted on: September 14, 2020

Testing Scheduled Oct. 17 for Career with SMPD

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The San Marcos Police Department (SMPD) is hosting the biannual entrance exam for interested applicants on Saturday, Oct. 17. The department is interested in both certified and noncertified applicants. The deadline to apply for the test is Monday, Oct. 12...

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Press Releases
Posted on: September 14, 2020

San Marcos Celebrates International Housekeeping Week

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The San Marcos Convention & Visitor Bureau (SMCVB) is honored to recognize the professional housekeepers of San Marcos.

“Our housekeepers are vital in ensuring a clean, welcoming and safe experience for visitors in San Marcos,” said...

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Press Releases
Posted on: September 14, 2020

City Seeks Volunteers for Fourth Annual Fall River Cleanup

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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.

“Due to the conditions created by COVID-19, we are changing up the Fall River Cleanup,&...

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Press Releases
Posted on: September 11, 2020

City to Reopen Parks, River Access & Facilities on Sept. 16

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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.  Children’s Park Playscape will reopen on Frida...

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Press Releases
Posted on: September 9, 2020

San Marcos Animal Shelter Receives $20,000 from ASPCA

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The San Marcos Regional Animal Shelter (SMRAS) has been awarded a $20,000 grant from the ASPCA® (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®) as part of its national ASPCA Relief and Recovery Initiative, which includes p...

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Press Releases
Posted on: September 8, 2020

Labor Day Weekend Claims 13th Traffic Fatality of the Year

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On Sunday, Sept. 6 at approximately 1 p.m., San Marcos Police, San Marcos Fire and Hays County EMS responded to a fatal multi-vehicle collision on W. Wonder World Drive and Purgatory Creek Bridge.

According to evidence at the scene and witness statements, ...

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Press Releases
Posted on: September 4, 2020

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

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The City of San Marcos (COSM) 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 the Texas Army National Guard 4th Battalion-133rd Field...

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Press Releases
Posted on: September 4, 2020

Arbor Day Foundation, Texas A&M Forest Service, City to Provide Free Trees to San Marcos Residents

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The City of San Marcos Community Forestry Program is providing 500 free trees to homeowners through a partnership with the Texas A&M Forest Service, the USDA Forest Service and the Arbor Day Foundation’s Community Canopy program, a program t...

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Press Releases
Posted on: September 4, 2020

Updated Stormwater Utility Rates Effective Oct. 1

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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 stormwater utility fee structure effective October 1, 2020, pending Council approval during the ...

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Press Releases
Posted on: September 3, 2020

City Council Approves 2020 Vote Centers

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During Tuesday night’s meeting, the San Marcos City Council approved the established list of 2020 General and Special Election Vote Centers for early and election day voting in San Marcos. The proposed vote centers were first approved by the Hay...

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Press Releases
Posted on: September 2, 2020

Comprehensive Plan Steering Committee Accepting Applications

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The City of San Marcos Planning and Development Services Department is accepting applications from community members interested in serving on the Comprehensive Plan Rewrite Steering Committee. Application forms are due by 5 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 28.

The Ci...

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Press Releases
Posted on: September 1, 2020

City Announces Five Finalists for Chief of Police

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The City of San Marcos has selected five candidates to interview in its Chief of Police recruitment process. Ralph Andersen & Associates is assisting the City with the search which resulted in an applicant pool of 92 candidates from across the United ...

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Press Releases
Posted on: September 1, 2020

September City Hall Calendar

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Tuesday, September 1, 2020

City Council Proclamations – 2 p.m. Virtual. Televised live on Spectrum Ch. 10 and Grande Ch. 16 or 123-16 and video streamed online at http://sanmarcostx.gov/421/City-Council-Videos-Archives/.

City Council Meet...

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Press Releases
Posted on: August 31, 2020

City Offices Closed on Labor Day

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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.

Animal Control will be available at 512.805.2650.

Texas Disposal Systems will operat...

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Press Releases
Posted on: August 31, 2020

Participate in the Platinum Planning Study through Sept. 28

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The Capital Area Metropolitan Planning Organization (CAMPO), in collaboration with the City of San Marcos, invites the public to participate in the San Marcos Platinum Planning Study Virtual Open House and online survey, beginning August 31 and running th...

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Press Releases
Posted on: May 1, 2018

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

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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.

The Capital Area Council of Governments deployed Text to 9-1-1 service region wide in Octobe...

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Press Releases
Posted on: April 18, 2018

City Council Approves New San Marcos Development Code

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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 the City grows in the coming years.

“This is a day of celebration! Our new code has been in the works for four...

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