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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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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: August 28, 2020

September is Bioblitz Month for Pollinators in San Marcos

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Throughout the month of September, the City of San Marcos Parks and Recreation Department will be hosting a citizen-science initiative called the bioblitz as part of the National Recreation & Parks Association’s “Parks for Pollinat...

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Press Releases
Posted on: August 25, 2020

Scams, Fraudulent Calls Increasing in San Marcos

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The San Marcos Police Department (SMPD) seeks to alert the public about a recent increase in reports of attempted scam calls made to locals in and around San Marcos.

“Recently we have received calls from residents reporting they were contacted by...

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Press Releases
Posted on: August 24, 2020

San Marcos Convention & Visitor Bureau Wins Marketing Awards

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The San Marcos Convention & Visitor Bureau (SMCVB) was awarded two Idea Fair awards from Texas Association of Convention and Visitor Bureaus (TACVB) during their Annual Conference, held virtually, on August 12.

The SMCVB won a first place People&rs...

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Press Releases
Posted on: August 21, 2020

TDEM Offering Free COVID Testing in San Marcos, Kyle

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The Texas Division of Emergency Management (TDEM), City of San Marcos and Hays County are partnering to provide additional free COVID testing at locations in San Marcos and Kyle from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. next week from Monday, Aug. 24 to Saturday, Aug. 29.

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Press Releases
Posted on: August 21, 2020

Community Backpack Giveaway Scheduled for Aug. 29

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The City of San Marcos Parks and Recreation Department’s Youth Services Division is partnering with Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc., Phi Xi Omega Chapter to host a community backpack giveaway and school supply drive on Saturday, Aug. 29 in the S...

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Press Releases
Posted on: August 20, 2020

CM Allen Wins Regional EPA Green Infrastructure Competition

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The City of San Marcos CM Allen Roadway Reconstruction Project achieved second place in the EPA Region 6 2020 Outstanding Green Infrastructure/Low Impact Development (GI/LID) Project Competition.

The competition assessed projects implementing realistic app...

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Press Releases
Posted on: August 20, 2020

“SMTX 2020” Watch Party Scheduled Sept. 2

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The City of San Marcos has announced it will host a free video watch party of this year’s collaborative annual review of city progress, called “SMTX 2020,” online and through the City’s public access channel on Wedn...

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Press Releases
Posted on: August 19, 2020

City Breaks Ground on New Public Service Center

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The City of San Marcos is breaking ground on the new Public Service Center on Clovis Barker Road which will provide a streamlined and centralized location for public utilities, transportation operations, fleet operations, and infrastructure services for t...

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Press Releases
Posted on: August 17, 2020

San Marcos Named “Beautiful Hill Country Retirement Town”

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San Marcos is a great place to retire, according to a new article featured in Southern Living magazine’s August edition.

From the crystal-clear waters of the San Marcos River to Kissing Tree, the community designed to welcome 3,000 homeowners age...

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Press Releases
Posted on: August 17, 2020

City Expects 2020 Street Overlay Completion Sept. 4

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The City of San Marcos Transportation Division of the Public Services Department expects to begin work on the remaining 2020 overlay projects on Monday, Aug. 31, with completion expected by Friday, Sept. 4, weather-permitting.

The remaining projects includ...

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Press Releases
Posted on: August 13, 2020

Overnight Collision Results in 12th Traffic Fatality of 2020

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A vehicle occupant identified as Maria D. Villegas (DOB 07/01/1950) of San Benito was killed late last night in a collision on IH35 southbound in San Marcos at the Blanco River exit.

At approximately 2 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 13, the San Marcos Police...

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Press Releases
Posted on: August 13, 2020

City and CARTS Announce Interurban Bus Updates

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The City of San Marcos and CARTS announce the resumption of the Interurban Express 1517 Gold Bus, with service from Austin to San Marcos, beginning August 24 with a modified schedule.

Riders may purchase interurban daily and monthly passes on the HopThru A...

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Press Releases
Posted on: August 13, 2020

Youth Services Director Hired by Community Action

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The City of San Marcos, through an agreement with Community Action, Inc., is pleased to announce the hiring of Youth Services Director Dana Washington to lead a new, collaborative initiative to improve the lives of San Marcos youth.

This position was forma...

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Press Releases
Posted on: August 10, 2020

Resident Engagement Improves with SMTX Connect Redesign

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SMTX Connect, the official City of San Marcos civic engagement tool, is being upgraded today to a new platform that will allow residents a simpler and better experience when reporting non-emergency issues, requesting services, and commenting to the City.

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Press Releases
Posted on: July 31, 2020

August City Hall Calendar

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Saturday, August 1, 2020

Clear the Shelters Month: All cats free! – Aug. 1 through Aug. 8 at San Marcos Regional Animal Shelter, 750 River Rd, San Marcos, TX. For more information, visit the Adoption Center.

Tuesday, August 4, 2020

City Co...

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Press Releases
Posted on: July 29, 2020

Annual Clear the Shelter Event Goes Virtual, Month-Long for 2020

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Clear the Shelters, the national pet adoption annual campaign that normally takes place on a single day every August, has been extended with various specials lasting through the entire month of August at the San Marcos Regional Animal Shelter!

Each year th...

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Press Releases
Posted on: July 27, 2020

University Drive to Close for Utility Work Starting Aug. 3

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Starting Monday, Aug. 3, the City of San Marcos Engineering and Capital Improvements Department will close University Drive to conduct construction to replace an aged wastewater main from Moon Street to North LBJ Drive and along North LBJ Drive from Unive...

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Press Releases
Posted on: July 23, 2020

Fredericksburg Street to Close July 27 for Wastewater Main Replacement

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On Monday, July 27, the City of San Marcos Engineering and Capital Improvements Department will begin construction efforts to replace a sewer main on Fredericksburg Street between Hopkins and San Antonio Streets. Motorists can expect lane closures during ...

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Press Releases
Posted on: July 22, 2020

Arts Program Announces New Anti-Littering Mural Project

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The City of San Marcos Mural Arts Program is seeking artist submissions to be considered for a newly commissioned public mural to enhance the pair of bridge barriers on CM Allen Parkway by the Children’s Park.

The ultimate goal of the mural proje...

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Press Releases
Posted on: July 21, 2020

Candidate Filing Period Opens for November Election

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The City of San Marcos is accepting applications for candidates seeking a place on the ballot for the upcoming General and Special elections taking place this November.

Positions to be filled during this election include the offices of Mayor, Council Membe...

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Press Releases
Posted on: July 20, 2020

Public Survey Opens as Part of SMPD Chief Search

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The City of San Marcos is hiring a new chief of police and City leadership is asking for the community’s help in determining the priorities for the position and the department through completion of a brief online survey.

“This is great ...

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Press Releases
Posted on: July 17, 2020

City Invites Human Services Agency Applications

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The City of San Marcos is now accepting applications for funding for the 2021 fiscal year from Human Services Agencies. The deadline for applications is Friday, Aug. 21.

To participate in the application process, an agency must meet the following criteria:...

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Press Releases
Posted on: July 16, 2020

Main Street Moving to Chamber Building by August 1

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This month the City of San Marcos Main Street Program is moving a few blocks from their current location, near the square, to a building at the entrance to downtown at 202 North CM Allen Parkway that also houses the San Marcos Chamber of Commerce.

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Press Releases
Posted on: July 15, 2020

Downtown Design Virtual Community Workshop Slated for July 23

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The City of San Marcos is hosting a Virtual Community Workshop on Thursday, July 23 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. to seek input on updates to the downtown architectural design guidelines and standards.

The Virtual Workshop will allow the community to explore current...

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Press Releases
Posted on: July 13, 2020

San Marcos COVID Test Site Moves to Rattler Stadium

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The location for this week’s free walk-up COVID testing in San Marcos has moved from San Marcos High School to the San Marcos Toyota Rattler Stadium at the intersection of SH-123 and Monterrey Oak. Participants should enter the stadium from this...

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Press Releases
Posted on: July 13, 2020

Weekend Vehicle Collision Results in Motorcyclist Fatality

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On Sunday, July 12 at approximately 4:47 p.m., the City of San Marcos Police Department, Fire Department, and Hays County EMS were dispatched to the 1600 block of Post Road for a traffic collision involving a red 2010 Volvo S40 and a black 2004 Suzuki mot...

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Press Releases
Posted on: July 9, 2020

San Marcos to Enter Stage 1 Drought Restrictions

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The City of San Marcos will enter Stage 1 drought restrictions, effective Sunday, July 12, in response to dropping aquifer levels.

“We have had a dry year so far, and increasing temperatures mean people are watering more,” said Tom Tagg...

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Press Releases
Posted on: July 8, 2020

Brushy Waste Drop-Off & Community Clean-Up Saturday

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The City of San Marcos will host a brushy waste drop-off and community clean-up for residential garbage and recycling service customers on Saturday, July 11 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at 750 River Road.

Residents driving to the drop-off will take the San Marcos...

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Press Releases
Posted on: July 7, 2020

City Highlights Essential Services of Parks & Recreation

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The City of San Marcos Parks and Recreation Department is celebrating July’s “Parks and Recreation Month,” by highlighting the selfless, passionate and essential work of park and recreation professionals who are providing ser...

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Press Releases
Posted on: July 2, 2020

Council to Consider Funding COVID-19 Testing with CDBG

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The San Marcos City Council is seeking comments on a proposal to add a COVID-19 testing program to the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) 2019-2020 Action Plan using $105,530 of the newly issued $425,261 CDBG-Coronavirus Response (CDBG-CV) funds. Co...

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Press Releases
Posted on: July 1, 2020

July 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.

 

Thursday, July 2, 2020

Historic Preservation Commission – 5:45 p.m. Location information will be available prior to th...

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Press Releases
Posted on: June 30, 2020

Free COVID Test Site Open July 12-16 in San Marcos

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Free, walk-up COVID-19 testing will be offered at San Marcos High School, 2601 Rattler Road, daily between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. from Sunday, July 12 to Thursday, July 16. This testing opportunity is made possible by the Texas Division of Emergency Managemen...

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Press Releases
Posted on: June 24, 2020

City Receives Additional State Transit Funding

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The City of San Marcos has been awarded $257,257 in State Small Urban formula funds for transit expenses from the Texas Department of Transportation (TXDOT).

This funding is in addition to a $6.4 million disaster relief CARES Act grant for public transit e...

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Press Releases
Posted on: June 19, 2020

San Marcos River Parks to Close at 8 p.m. Thursday June 25

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The City of San Marcos river parks will be closed again until further notice as of 8 p.m. on Thursday, June 25. The dog park, the skate park, and natural areas will remain open, but visitors to these areas should observe CDC recommendations on social dist...

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Press Releases
Posted on: June 19, 2020

Virtual Children’s Patriotic Costume Contest Call for Entries

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The City of San Marcos is now accepting photo entries for the SummerFest Virtual Children’s Patriotic Costume Contest.

In an effort to continue the fun tradition for families, the annual contest will be administered through Facebook due to the in...

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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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