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Posted on: October 21, 2021

San Marcos Regional Animal Shelter Pets of the Week

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Dog of the Week: Bon Bon (48262821)

Brace yourself to fall in love! Bon Bon is a 7-year-old Red Australian Cattle Dog/Moutain Cur mix. He's a mellow senior looking for his retirement home. Bon Bon had a rough life before coming to SMRAS, but he do...

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Posted on: October 19, 2021

City to Dedicate Downtown Outdoor Gallery

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The City of San Marcos’ Mural Arts and Main Street Programs will host a dedicaton ceremony for the Downtown Outdoor Gallery, 111 E. MLK Drive, which features work created by local artists. The ceremony will be held Friday, Oct. 22 beginning at 6...

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Press Releases
Posted on: October 14, 2021

San Marcos Regional Animal Shelter Pets of the Week

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Dog of the Week: Robinson (48229389) Robinson is the whole package! At 40 pounds, with a gorgeous dark brown coat, and eyes that make you melt every time. He's extra cuddly, loves to meet new people, and we think he would enjoy a four-legged pal,...

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Press Releases
Posted on: October 11, 2021

Tree Work Scheduled for Week of October 11

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Beginning the week of Oct. 11, crews will remove freeze damaged and diseased trees and tree limbs on various city properties. The work will require amenities in some city parks to close, including the small dog section of the Dog Park on Monday, Oct. 11. ...

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Posted on: October 7, 2021

San Marcos Regional Animal Shelter Pets of the Week

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Dog of the Week: Louis (46845715) 

Louis (46845715) has been at SMRAS since March 5, 2021. He's the cutest gray hippo of a dog at 67 pounds! He loves to play in water, play fetch with his favorite tennis ball, and cuddling with his human....

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Press Releases
Posted on: October 5, 2021

Residents, Visitors Invited to Farmer Fred's Harvest Fall Carnival

Farmer Fred's Fall Carnival

The City of San Marcos Parks and Recreation Department will host Farmer Fred’s Harvest Fall Carnival on Friday, Oct. 29 from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. at City Park, 170 Charles Austin Drive. The annual event will feature free carnival games, a variety of...

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Posted on: October 4, 2021

CITY COUNCIL MEETING UPDATE

Council Meeting update

Tonight's City Council meeting, October 4, 2021, will be available to stream online only. It may be viewed from the Council Video page: bit.ly/3ol5DeP or from the Live Television Stream page: bit.ly/2QoOwGY.

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Press Releases
Posted on: October 1, 2021

City to Launch Music on the Square Concert Series, Accept State Designation

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Music on the Square Concert Series

On Thursday, October 7, the City of San Marcos will kick off Music on the Square, a new family-friendly concert series. Free concerts will be held every Thursday in October on the lawn of the Hays County Historic Courthou...

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Press Releases
Posted on: September 30, 2021

San Marcos Regional Animal Shelter Pets of the Week

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Dog of the Week: Toad (48293613)

Toad is such a treasure! This 65-pound boy enjoys all the pets, napping, and more napping. He has met other dogs at the shelter and has even lived with another dog his size, so he would enjoy another dog friend in his new ...

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Press Releases
Posted on: September 29, 2021

San Marcos Police Department Joins Active Bystandership for Law Enforcement Project

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Beginning the week of October 4, 2021, the San Marcos Police Department will train all sworn officers in the Active Bystandership for Law Enforcement (ABLE) Project. The evidence-based national training and support initiative developed by the Georgetown U...

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Press Releases
Posted on: September 28, 2021

Public Invited to Participate in Vision SMTX Virtual Survey

SMTX Vision

The City of San Marcos invites the public to participate in a virtual survey to provide input on the Vision SMTX comprehensive plan rewrite project. The interactive virtual survey is available now through October 4.

The virtual survey is offered in both En...

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Posted on: September 23, 2021

Lauren Surley Named as Director of Communications and Intergovernmental Relations

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The City of San Marcos has selected Lauren Surley to serve as the Director of Communications and Intergovernmental Relations. Surley was chosen from a nationwide candidate pool of 63 applicants. 

Surley has 10 years of professional communications ...

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Posted on: September 23, 2021

San Marcos Regional Animal Shelter Pets of the Week

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Dog of the Week: Gunther (47990933)

This hyper boy has enough energy to keep up with you on a good run or a long walk. Gunther told us he would love a four-legged friend in his new furever home so he can have a play buddy. This sweet boy is 3 years old, 63...

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Press Releases
Posted on: September 22, 2021

9th Annual SMArts Awards Presentation Set for Sept. 30

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In observance of National Arts and Humanities Month, the San Marcos Arts Commission will present its SMArts Advocacy Awards to individuals and organizations who are making significant contributions to the San Marcos arts and cultural scene Thursday, Sept....

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Press Releases
Posted on: September 17, 2021

San Marcos Police Investigate Death at Apartment Complex

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On Thursday, September 16, at approximately 11:30 a.m. the San Marcos Police Department responded to a call to assist EMS at The Lyndon apartments, 200 Springtown Way. Upon arrival, officers located a deceased male identified as 20-year-old Austin Salyer....

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Posted on: September 17, 2021

Volunteers Needed for Great Texas River Clean Up

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The City of San Marcos and Texas State University are calling on volunteers to register for the Fifth Annual Fall River Clean Up scheduled for Saturday, October 2 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. 

Just like this past spring, due to continued COVID-19 condit...

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Press Releases
Posted on: September 16, 2021

Rio Vista Falls Maintenance Work to Begin in October

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Beginning in early October, the instream structures and bank improvements at Rio Vista Falls will undergo maintenance. The Rio Vista Falls area will be closed to the public for the duration of the maintenance work, which is expected to be completed in Mar...

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Press Releases
Posted on: September 16, 2021

San Marcos Regional Animal Shelter Pets of the Week

Pets of the Week

Dog of the Week: Chip (48163442)

Chip is a peaceful, loving boy. He's house-trained, walks great on leash, kind-hearted, and definitely a couch potato! This 56-pound boy has lived with other dogs of all sizes, and is looking for a quiet home where...

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Press Releases
Posted on: September 15, 2021

San Marcos Regional Animal Shelter Offers Adoption Specials for Clear the Shelters 2021

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The San Marcos Regional Animal Shelter (SMRAS) is participating in KXAN’s annual Clear the Shelters event. Between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. on Saturday, September 18, the adoption fee for all ready-to-go pets will be $25. 

This special includes cats and ...

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Press Releases
Posted on: September 15, 2021

City Awarded National Park Service Grant to Fund Nominations to National Register of Historic Places

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The City of San Marcos has been awarded a $30,000 grant through the Underrepresented Community Grant Program. The grant is funded by the Historic Preservation Fund and administered by the National Park Service, Department of Interior. 

The Underre...

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Press Releases
Posted on: September 14, 2021

Entries Invited for San Marcos' Veterans Day Parade

Veterans Day Parade

The City of San Marcos is now accepting entries for the 2021 Veterans Day Parade, which will be held on Saturday, Nov. 6 and presented by the City of San Marcos Parks and Recreation Department with assistance from the Veterans Affairs Advisory Committee. ...

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Press Releases
Posted on: September 10, 2021

Bobcat Gives Back Program Collects Students' Donations

Bobcats Give Back Program

This summer, local students diverted 2,849 pounds of material from landfills through Bobcats Give Back. The sustainable move-out initiative was created to provide an outlet for gently used and unwanted household items throughout the community. The program...

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Press Releases
Posted on: September 9, 2021

San Marcos Regional Animal Shelter Pets of the Week

Pets of the week

Dog of the Week: Concha (48311388)

Concha is a beautiful 76-pound girl with a heart of gold. She's house- and crate-trained and has lived with older children and adults. She has lived with other dogs but doesn't love to share her stuff, s...

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Press Releases
Posted on: September 9, 2021

San Marcos City Manager Announces Retirement

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San Marcos City Manager Bert Lumbreras has announced his intention to retire effective January 31, 2022. Lumbreras formally notified members of the San Marcos City Council during their regular meeting on Tuesday, September 7, 2021.  

In a letter t...

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Press Releases
Posted on: September 9, 2021

San Marcos Transit Delays on Bus Route 1

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Due to a shortage in regional bus drivers caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, some CARTS routes may not be able to maintain the current 30-minute pickup frequency. The City of San Marcos and CARTS are working to maintain the 30-minute frequency for Route 1, ...

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Press Releases
Posted on: September 8, 2021

City to Host 9/11 Remembrance Ceremony, Stair Climb

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On Saturday, Sept. 11, 2021, the City of San Marcos and the San Marcos Fire Department will host two events commemorating the 20th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks. The events include a public flag raising ceremony, followed by a memorial stair c...

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Posted on: September 8, 2021

City Invites the Public to Participate in Vision SMTX

SMTX Vision

The City of San Marcos invites the public to participate in a series of in-person, pop-up, take-home, or virtual community events to provide input on the Vision SMTX Comprehensive Plan.

On Wednesday, September 15, the City will host a Vision SMTX Community...

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Press Releases
Posted on: September 7, 2021

Core 4 Partnership launches Youth Task Force 2021

Core 4 Partnership

The Core 4 Task Force, made up of the City of San Marcos, Hays County, San Marcos CISD, and Texas State University, is now accepting applications for the Fall 2021 Youth Task force subcommittee. The subcommittee was formerly known as the San Marcos Youth ...

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Press Releases
Posted on: September 2, 2021

City Encourages Community to Attend COAD-SMTX Meeting

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As National Preparedness Month begins, the City of San Marcos encourages residents to participate in the first general membership meeting of Community Organizations Active in Disasters – San Marcos (COAD-SMTX). The meeting will be held on Wednes...

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Press Releases
Posted on: September 2, 2021

Local Artist's Work Featured on New Street Banners

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On Wednesday, September 1, the City of San Marcos installed new street banners that feature the work of a local artist. The banners are located in the downtown area and along East Hopkins Street in front of City Hall. 

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Posted on: September 2, 2021

San Marcos Regional Animal Shelter Pets of the Week

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Dog of the Week: Cass (48207293)

Oh boy, oh boy, Cass is ready for the next big adventure! He loves to walk on leash, meet new people, and go for runs! This bubbly 5-year-old Shepherd/Chinook mix has he's never met a stranger he didn't like. Cass loves to ...

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Press Releases
Posted on: August 26, 2021

Five-Year Sidewalk Maintenance and Gap Infill Program

Public Works Maintenance and Gap Infill Program

The Public Works Department invites the public to attend the five-year Sidewalk Maintenance and Gap Infill program meeting. The department is seeking ideas and comments on sidewalk areas to include in the plan update. The meeting will take place on August...

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Press Releases
Posted on: August 26, 2021

San Marcos Regional Animal Shelter Pets of the Week

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Dog of the Week: Malcolm (46717133)

Malcolm (46717133) is the cutest Staffordshire Bull Terrier/Ibizan Hound mix. He LOVES to jump. But don't worry, he is very polite and doesn't jump on you, just reeeally high in the air! He is a lively ...

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Press Releases
Posted on: August 25, 2021

City of San Marcos Kicks Off Mermaid Month

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The City of San Marcos will host a Mermaid Month kickoff event Wednesday, September 1 celebrating the City’s recent designation as the Mermaid Capital of Texas. The event will be held at the San Marcos Rec Hall, 170 Charles Austin Drive, beginni...

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Press Releases
Posted on: August 20, 2021

Party in Your Park Returns August 27

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The City of San Marcos’ Parks and Recreation Department will host its first Party in Your Park event of 2021 on Friday, August 27. The event will be held from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Dunbar Park, 801 Martin Luther King Drive.

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Press Releases
Posted on: August 19, 2021

San Marcos Regional Animal Shelter Pets of the Week

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Dog of the Week: Hank (46109194) 

Hank is back at the shelter, but that's ok! He has hope that the next hooman that comes along will be his perfect match. Hank is house and crate-trained, has met several children (and was a champ), and ri...

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Press Releases
Posted on: August 13, 2021

City to Conduct School Zone Light Testing

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Next week, the City’s Public Works Department will inspect traffic signals within school zones. Crews will also restripe faded crosswalks and stop bars in school areas. 

Crews will test the flashing school zone lights in the morning and afternoon ...

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Press Releases
Posted on: August 12, 2021

San Marcos Regional Animal Shelter Pets of the Week

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Dog of the Week: Mikey (45922385) 

Mikey is an incredible catch. This leggy dude greets everyone with a super enthusiastic hug! He loves meeting new people and running beside you while you run, bike, or skateboard! He's incredibly smart and learns...

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Press Releases
Posted on: August 11, 2021

CARTS Stops in Austin to Move During Construction

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Beginning August 16, 2021, the stop located at Plaza Saltillo for CARTS Interurban 1510 and 1517 will temporarily move to E. Seventh and Comal Streets (far side stop). The detour will remain in place for the duration of the construction project.

As a remi...

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Press Releases
Posted on: August 6, 2021

City of San Marcos Surplus Auction

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The City of San Marcos is auctioning surplus items including office furniture, shelving, kitchen items, fitness equipment, body cams, appliances, phones, vintage cameras. The auction may be accessed by going to the Rene Bates Auctioneers website and searc...

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Press Releases
Posted on: August 6, 2021

Applications Now Open for Human Services Grants

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The City of San Marcos is now accepting applications for Human Services Grants. A total of $999,120 in local funding is available to human services agencies, and $150,000 may be restricted to programs that respond directly to effects of the COVID-19 pande...

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Press Releases
Posted on: August 5, 2021

I-35 Ramp to Close During Tax Free Weekend

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On Saturday, August 7, the City of San Marcos and contracted crews will establish traffic controls to ease congestion near the San Marcos Premium Outlets. The efforts will accommodate an expected increase in traffic due to Texas’ annual Tax-Free weekend.

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Press Releases
Posted on: August 4, 2021

City to Host National Purple Heart Day Reception and Ceremony

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On Saturday, August 7, the City of San Marcos will host a public ceremony and reception honoring National Purple Heart Day and celebrating the City’s designation as a Purple Heart City on the National Purple Heart Trail. The event will be held at the Vete...

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Press Releases
Posted on: August 2, 2021

Arts Commission Seeks Nominations for Smarts Award

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The City of San Marcos Arts Commission is seeking nominations for the annual SMarts Award, a recognition program honoring artists, arts and cultural organizations, community members, and businesses who have contributed substantially to the cultural and ar...

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Press Releases
Posted on: July 29, 2021

Construction to Begin on Phase I of Sessom Creek Improvements

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The week of August 2, 2021, crews contracted by the City of San Marcos will begin work on Phase 1 of the Sessom Creek Improvements Project. The overall project aims to remove and replace the exposed wastewater main in Sessom Creek, reduce the amount of se...

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Press Releases
Posted on: July 29, 2021

San Marcos Regional Animal Shelter Pets of the Week

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Dog of the Week: Vulcan (46604132)

 Vulcan is the coolest Black-Mouth Cur/Retriever cross! If you're looking for an adventure buddy, this 2-year-old is your guy! Vulcan loves jumping up to get the rope for a good game of tug of war. After running ...

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Press Releases
Posted on: July 28, 2021

Final Section of Shared Use Pathway Project Construction to Begin

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Beginning Wednesday, July 28, residents and park patrons will see construction around the railroad trestle between Children’s Park and Rio Vista Park. Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) contractors will begin authorized excavation and vegetation r...

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Press Releases
Posted on: July 28, 2021

City of San Marcos General Obligation Bonds Earn AA S&P Global Rating

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On Friday, July 23, 2021, S&P Global Ratings assigned a “AA” long-term rating and stable outlook to the City of San Marcos’ general obligation bonds and certificates. The rating follows a thorough review of financial docu...

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Posted on: July 23, 2021

San Marcos Regional Animal Shelter Surpasses Capacity, Urges Adoptions

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The San Marcos Regional Animal Shelter announced today, Friday, July 23, that it has surpassed its capacity and urged community members to help clear space for newly arriving pets. An adoption event planned for Sunday, July 25 at The Cigar Vault&rsquo...

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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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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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