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Posted on: August 14, 2018

City Again Accepting Applications for Housing Assistance

The City of San Marcos is accepting applications for a fourth round of disaster recovery housing assistance to people who incurred damage to their homes in the 2015 May and October floods and have unmet needs caused by the flooding.

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Press Releases
Posted on: August 14, 2018

Police Investigating Early Morning Homicide in San Marcos

San Marcos Police are investigating a homicide that occurred early this morning at a local apartment complex. At 2:24 a.m. emergency personnel were called to the parking lot of Park North Condos on the 1600 block of Aquarena Springs Drive. The co...

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Press Releases
Posted on: August 10, 2018

City, TxDOT to Cut Ribbon on Loop 82 Overpass

The City of San Marcos and the Texas Department of Transportation will host a ribbon cutting ceremony celebrating the completion of the Loop 82 Overpass on Monday, Aug. 20 at 10 a.m. near the north corner of Bobcat Stadium in San Marcos.

The event will fea...

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Press Releases
Posted on: August 9, 2018

City to Test School Zone Flashing Lights Next Week

City crews will test school zone flashing signs the morning and afternoon of Aug. 14 in preparation for the fall semester. School zone speed limits will not be enforced during the testing.

Once the test is complete, the signs will not be activated again un...

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Press Releases
Posted on: August 8, 2018

San Marcos Neighborhood All-Star Games Are Back!

The San Marcos Neighborhood All-Star Games (SNAG) are coming back after taking a short break on Sept. 22 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Rio Vista Park.

This old-fashioned, neighborhood-vs-neighborhood field day will feature tug-o-war, corn hole, putt-putt golf, ...

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Press Releases
Posted on: August 8, 2018

Allstate Insurance Named Downtown Business of the Month

Downtown is proud to award Allstate Insurance Agency- Chandler Insurance Group the August Business of the Month for their commitment to service and positive influence within the downtown community.

Full-time agent Randal Grizzle has been with Allstate in C...

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Press Releases
Posted on: August 7, 2018

Arts Commission Now Accepting Grant Applications

The City of San Marcos Arts Commission is now accepting funding applications for projects that promote the arts, tourism and cultural diversity in our community.

The City will host a free grant writing workshop presented by Lisa Westerbeck on Monday, Aug. ...

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Press Releases
Posted on: August 6, 2018

Mother Daughter Tea Tickets Now Available

The City of San Marcos and Recreation Department will host its first ever Mother Daughter Tea on Saturday, Sept. 29 at the Dunbar Recreation Center, 801 Martin Luther King Dr.

Young ladies ages one year and older, along with their mothers and mother figure...

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Press Releases
Posted on: August 6, 2018

Animal Shelter at Capacity, Seeks Forever Homes for Pets

The San Marcos Regional Animal Shelter is currently at maximum capacity for animals and is holding a “Back to School” adoption special to encourage residents to give pets in the shelter their forever homes.

All pets, including dogs, pup...

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Press Releases
Posted on: August 3, 2018

Fifth Victim of Deadly Apartment Fire Identified

The fifth and final victim of the deadly fire at Iconic Village and Vintage Pads apartments has been identified by the Travis County Medical Examiner’s Office in coordination with Justice of the Peace Maggie H. Moreno.

 

Belinda Moats of ...

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Press Releases
Posted on: August 2, 2018

Ribbon Cutting for Craddock Median Moved to Aug. 18

The City of San Marcos will celebrate the completion of the Craddock Avenue median project with a ribbon cutting Saturday, Aug. 18 from 9-10 a.m. at the intersection of Craddock Avenue and Archie Street.

The event was postponed from Aug. 4 because last mon...

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Press Releases
Posted on: August 2, 2018

August City Hall Calendar

Thursday, August 2, 2018

 

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

City Council Budget Workshop, 4:15 p.m., City Hall Conference Room, City Hall, 630 E. Hopkins. (Televised live on Time ...

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Press Releases
Posted on: August 1, 2018

San Marcos Public Library News

Kent Cummins Magic Show

Wednesday, Aug. 8

11 a.m. and 1 p.m.

San Marcos Public Library

Magnificent magician Kent Cummins and his granddaughter the Amazing Adele will astonish all ages with feats of mystifying magic and illustrious illusion at the San Marcos P...

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Press Releases
Posted on: July 31, 2018

On-Scene Portion of Fire Investigation Concludes

The San Marcos Fire Department; Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF); San Marcos Fire Marshal; San Marcos Police Department; and State Fire Marshal’s Office have completed the on-scene portion of the investigation of the Jul...

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Press Releases
Posted on: July 30, 2018

Portable Meth Lab Prompts Hazmat Call Sunday Afternoon

The San Marcos Fire Department’s Hazmat unit and the Hays County Narcotics Task Force dismantled a portable methamphetamine lab at the abandoned Burger King at 1011 N IH-35 Sunday afternoon.

San Marcos Police were responding to a suspicious perso...

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Press Releases
Posted on: July 26, 2018

Four Victims of Deadly Apartment Fire Identified

Four of the five victims of the deadly fire at Iconic Village and Vintage Pads apartments have been identified by the Travis County Medical Examiner’s Office in coordination with Justice of the Peace Maggie H. Moreno. The fifth victim of the fir...

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Press Releases
Posted on: July 25, 2018

Feral Hog Management Program Kicks off in Hays County

Contact: Nick Dornak 

 The Meadows Center for Water and the Environment

 (512) 245-6697

FeralHog@txstate.edu

 

The Meadows Center for Water and the Environment

601 University Dr. San Marcos, Texas 78666

Feral Hog Mana...

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Press Releases
Posted on: July 23, 2018

Fifth Body Recovered from Fire; Search Continues

A fifth body has been recovered from the scene of last week’s deadly apartment fire, and recovery efforts will continue until all areas are searched and cleared.

The bodies have been transported to the Travis County Medical Examiner’s o...

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Press Releases
Posted on: July 22, 2018

Press Conference Scheduled Monday; Resource Center to Open

Investigators will hold a press conference Monday, July 23 at 10 a.m. in Room 3 of the San Marcos Activity Center, 501 E. Hopkins, to provide an update on the recovery operations and investigation in Friday’s deadly apartment fire.

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Press Releases
Posted on: July 22, 2018

Investigators Recover Bodies from Apartment Fire Scene

Fire investigators recovered three bodies Sunday morning from the scene of the fire that caused extensive damage at Iconic Village apartments and Vintage Pads apartments early Friday morning.

Justice of the Peace Maggie H. Moreno declared the victims decea...

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Press Releases
Posted on: July 20, 2018

Fire Update 5 - Shelter Operations Complete; Assistance Center Open Saturday

Update: 6:30 p.m.

Shelter operations at the San Marcos Activity Center are complete as no displaced residents requested overnight shelter, and the Activity Center will open tomorrow for normal operations at 10 a.m. Fire and emergency personnel are still on...

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Press Releases
Posted on: July 20, 2018

Fire Update 4 - River to Reopen at 5 p.m.; Residents Asked to Check In

Residents of the Iconic Village and Vintage Pads Apartments who stayed there last night and have not checked in with the City are being asked to call the information hotline at 512.754.2291.

All buildings at Iconic Village and building L at Vintage Pads ap...

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Press Releases
Posted on: July 20, 2018

Fire Update 3 - One Injured Critically, 5 Others Suffer Non-Life Threatening Injuries

One person suffered critical injuries in this morning’s apartment fire and was transported to Brooke Army Medical Center for treatment. Officials have confirmed that five others suffered non life-threatening injuries, and four people remain unac...

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Press Releases
Posted on: July 20, 2018

Fire Update 2 - Information Hotline Established: 512.754.2291

An information hotline has been established for residents and people seeking information on their loved ones who were displaced by the fire at Iconic Village Apartments and Vintage Pads Apartments at 512.754.2291.

Shelter, assistance and donations

The San M...

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Press Releases
Posted on: July 20, 2018

Activity Ctr. Established as Shelter, Press Conference at 10 a.m.

The San Marcos Activity Center, 501 E. Hopkins, has been established as a shelter for people displaced by the fire at Iconic Village Apartments and Vintage Pads Apartments. Central Texas Medical Center is providing meals, and the Red Cross is on site.

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Press Releases
Posted on: July 20, 2018

Apartment Fire Injures at Least Six, Still Active

An early morning apartment fire has injured at least six people and continues to burn as firefighters from San Marcos, New Braunfels and Kyle fight the blaze.

The fire started just before 5 a.m. at Iconic Village Apartments at 222 Ramsay St., engulfing one...

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Press Releases
Posted on: July 19, 2018

San Marcos Fire Department Accepting Donations for Fan Drive

The San Marcos Fire Department is accepting donations for the annual Family Eldercare Summer Fan Drive.

The Fire Department will accept donations of new fans at its five fire stations, including Fire Station 5 at 100 Carlson Circle; Downtown Station 1 at 1...

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Press Releases
Posted on: July 19, 2018

Need a HERO? They’ll Soon Be Available on the Weekend, Thanks to Expanded Program

Contact: Diann Hodges, Texas Department of Transportation

Phone: (512) 832-7027

AUSTIN – Help is on the way for motorists who find themselves stranded or involved in a crash on weekends. Thanks to the recent approval of $2.1 mill...

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Press Releases
Posted on: July 18, 2018

SMEU Employees to Compete in Lineman’s Rodeo Saturday

San Marcos Electric Utility employees will compete in the 22nd Annual Texas Lineman’s Rodeo this weekend at Nolte Island Park in Seguin.

Apprentices Tyler Mattke and Mathew Clark will be competing individually with 130 other apprentices from util...

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Press Releases
Posted on: July 18, 2018

Lindsey Hill PSA Presentation Moved to Price Center

A neighborhood presentation meeting to discuss the Lindsey Hill Preferred Scenario Amendment Application is scheduled for Monday, July 23 from 5:30 – 6:30 p.m. at the Price Center, 222 W. San Antonio Street. This meeting was previously scheduled...

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Press Releases
Posted on: July 17, 2018

Arts Commission Seeks Nominations for SMart Award

The City of San Marcos is seeking nominations for the SMart Award, recognizing artists, arts and cultural organizations, community members and businesses, students and friends of the City who have contributed substantially to the cultural and artistic lif...

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Press Releases
Posted on: July 17, 2018

Main Street Streamlines Committee Meetings in August

Main Street is making it their mission to increase community involvement in Downtown San Marcos by consolidating its committee meetings to the second week of each month at 10 a.m. at their office, 317 N. LBJ Dr. starting in August. The meetings will take ...

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Press Releases
Posted on: July 16, 2018

Mermaid Installation to be Complete Early this Week

The San Marcos Arts Commission is placing ten mermaid statues in various locations around San Marcos in what has been named the “Mermaid March.”

Work began last week to install the statues and is expected to be complete early this week....

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Press Releases
Posted on: July 10, 2018

SMPD, SMFD, APD Bomb Squad Investigate Suspicious Item

San Marcos Police and Fire, the Austin Police Department Bomb Squad, and the Union Pacific Railroad investigated a suspicious item on the railroad tracks behind Copper Beech Apartments on Mill Street Monday evening. The item was ultimately determined to b...

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Press Releases
Posted on: July 9, 2018

Residents Able to Opt Out of Phone Book Delivery

San Marcos residents who do not wish to receive phone book deliveries may opt out online at www.yellowpagesoptout.com. This national consumer choice and opt-out site shows all the phone directories delivered in your area based on zip code and allows resid...

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Press Releases
Posted on: July 6, 2018

Hopkins to Close Daily for Utility Work Starting Monday

Hopkins will be closed from N. Johnson Street to Travis Street from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily July 9 - 20 to allow City electric crews to replace utility poles in preparation for the Hopkins Street Improvements between Bishop and Moore Streets, scheduled to ...

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Press Releases
Posted on: July 5, 2018

Dvorak Elected President of International Town and Gown Assn.

Lisa Dvorak, Community Liaison for the City of San Marcos, was elected President of the International Town and Gown Association (ITGA) at the association’s conference in Columbus, Ohio. Dvorak began her year-long tenure on July 1.

As the largest ...

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Press Releases
Posted on: July 3, 2018

San Marcos Police Lead Multi-Agency Takedown of Crime Ring

The San Marcos Police Department has concluded a multi-agency operation that broke up a major crime ring responsible for stealing heavy equipment, vehicles, and other property and led to the indictments of 20 suspects in June.

The investigation started in ...

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Press Releases
Posted on: June 29, 2018

City of San Marcos, Hays County Urge Purgatory Creek Visitors to Use Caution Near Spillway Work Site

Beginning July 5 visitors to the Purgatory Creek Natural Area in San Marcos will see heavy equipment and materials being moved into the area near the auxiliary spillway at the dam. The October 2015 floods caused some minor erosion in the area around the a...

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Press Releases
Posted on: June 28, 2018

Summerfest to Feature Music, Fireworks, Children’s Patriotic Costume Contest and Parade

The 38th annual Summerfest will open at 6 p.m. on July 4 at San Marcos Plaza Park, featuring music, food, vendors, a children’s parade, and a stunning fireworks display. Summerfest is a free, community wide event for the whole family to enjoy.

Th...

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Press Releases
Posted on: June 27, 2018

New Accessory Dwelling Unit Guide Posted Online

The City’s Planning and Development Services Department has developed a comprehensive guide on Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs), or secondary living spaces constructed on single family lots, that is available online at www.sanmarcostx.gov/adu.

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Press Releases
Posted on: June 26, 2018

Registration Open for New Life Long Learning Classes

San Marcos Parks and Recreation is offering new Life Long Learning courses for the greater San Marcos area beginning in July. The classes are primarily for those age 50 and above, but adults of any age are welcome to register. For complete course descript...

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Press Releases
Posted on: June 25, 2018

Tree Trimming, Utility Pole Work Continue on Hopkins

Hopkins will be closed from Moore Street to Scott Street from 6:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily until Friday, June 29 as City crews continue trimming and removing trees on Hopkins St. to make way for new utility poles. The work is in preparation for the Hopkins S...

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Press Releases
Posted on: June 22, 2018

Craddock Median Ribbon Cutting Scheduled August 4

The City of San Marcos Community Services- Community Enhancement Division will host a ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate the completion of the Craddock Avenue Median project on Aug. 4 from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. at the corner of Craddock Ave. and Archie St. ...

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Press Releases
Posted on: June 21, 2018

San Marcos Public Library News

Bonzo Crunch: Fool at Large

Wednesday, June 27

San Marcos Public Library

Contact: Pamela Carlile/512.393.8217

Come experience the nostalgic joy of the circus and the classic humor of a Ringling Brothers clown at the San Marcos Public Library on Wednesday, Jun...

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Press Releases
Posted on: June 19, 2018

Miss Beautiful SMTX Crowned in Third Annual Pageant

Kalene Spencer was crowned Miss Beautiful SMTX 2018 by the reigning 2017 Miss Beautiful SMTX Kia Davis recently. Kalene received a $155 Visa gift card, a sash, crown, and a bouquet.

On Friday, June 8 the third annual Miss Beautiful Pageant took to the stag...

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Press Releases
Posted on: June 18, 2018

Fire Damages Amazon Fulfillment Center in San Marcos

A fire and subsequent fire suppression efforts caused significant damage to a limited portion of the Amazon Fulfillment Center in San Marcos Monday afternoon. There were no injuries, and the building was evacuated successfully.

The San Marcos Fire Departme...

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Press Releases
Posted on: June 16, 2018

Pedestrian Killed in Auto Hit and Run; Suspect Arrested

UPDATE: Police have identified the man accused of a fatal hit-and-run Friday evening.

Uriah Keith Robinson (DOB 12/29/1988) of San Marcos has been charged with multiple felonies:

  • Intoxication Manslaughter ($500,000 bond)
  • Fail to Stop and Render Aid Felony ($...
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Press Releases
Posted on: June 13, 2018

San Marcos goes to Stage 2 drought restrictions June 17

The City of San Marcos will enter Stage 2 drought restrictions effective Sunday June 17 at noon. The Edwards Aquifer Authority implemented Stage 2 on June 11.

Stage 2 is implemented when the 10-day average Edwards Aquifer index well level falls below 650 f...

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Press Releases
Posted on: June 8, 2018

Beat the Heat: Stay Cool and Healthy

As high temperatures rise to the upper 90s with heat indexes over 100 degrees, the City is encouraging residents to take extra precautions to avoid heat exhaustion and dehydration. In extreme heat or during a heat wave, keeping your cool will keep you hea...

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Press Releases
Posted on: June 7, 2018

City Names New Fire Marshal, Brings Office Under Fire Dept.

The City of San Marcos is pleased to announce the hiring of Kelly Kistner, a former assistant State Fire Marshal and fire forensics professional, as the City’s new Fire Marshal.

With the hiring of Kistner, the City of San Marcos Fire Marshal&...

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Press Releases
Posted on: June 5, 2018

Residents Can Sign Up for Zoning Application Notifications

As part of the new San Marcos Development Code (CODE SMTX), the City is encouraging interested residents and property owners to sign up to receive notice of new zoning applications, Comprehensive Plan Map amendment applications, and related neighborhood m...

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Press Releases
Posted on: June 4, 2018

San Marcos Public Library News

Summer Reading Program Kickoff

Friday, June 8, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.

San Marcos Public Library

Contact: Susan Smith/512.393.8200

Get ready to rock at the San Marcos Public Library for a very special Summer Reading Program kickoff festival on Friday, June...

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Press Releases
Posted on: May 21, 2018

Falling aquifer levels trigger Stage 1 drought restrictions

The City of San Marcos will enter Stage 1 drought restrictions effective May 27 in response to dropping aquifer levels. The Edwards Aquifer Authority implemented Stage 1 on May 21.

Stage 1 drought rules restrict use of sprinklers to one day per week on a d...

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Press Releases
Posted on: May 17, 2018

San Marcos CVB Presents Rogers Family Tourism Awards

Local business owner Dane Adamson and the Lions Club Tube Rental were presented with the Rogers Family Tourism Award and Lifetime Achievement Award at the annual Travel and Tourism Week Reception hosted by the San Marcos Convention and Visitor Bureau on W...

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Press Releases
Posted on: May 17, 2018

Police Seek Public’s Help to ID Aggravated Robbery Suspect

San Marcos Police are seeking help from the public identifying a man who robbed a Metro PCS store in February of this year.

On Sunday, Feb. 4, 2018, a man robbed the Metro PCS store at 1515 Aquarena Springs Drive around 4:50 p.m. The suspect was disguised ...

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Press Releases
Posted on: May 14, 2018

SMPD to Run the Torch for Special Olympics

The San Marcos Police Department will participate in the 2018 Special Olympics Law Enforcement Torch Run on May 23.

“The purpose of the LE Torch Run is to bolster awareness of Special Olympics of Texas, as well as to raise funds for Special Olymp...

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Press Releases
Posted on: May 14, 2018

Planning Manager, GIS Analyst Honored by Texas State

Planning Manager Abigail Gilfillan and GIS Analyst Phillicia Phillips received an award for Outstanding Support from a Governmental Agency from the Texas State Geography Department recently.

The City of San Marcos Planning and Development Services departme...

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Press Releases
Posted on: May 1, 2018

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.

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

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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Press Releases
Posted on: March 28, 2018

Bike boxes repainted downtown for increased bicycle safety

The bike boxes downtown have recently been repainted to help increase bicyclist safety.

The green areas on N. LBJ at the intersections of Hopkins, Hutchison and University are called “bike boxes” and are designated areas where bicyclist...

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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 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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