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Posted on: April 3, 2020

San Marcos Regional Animal Shelter ‘Pets of the Week’ April 3

Diesel and Carson Wells are Pets of the Week

NOTE: Our need remains great to find immediate fosters and adopters for our shelter pets. Adoptions and fosters can be done remotely as our shelter is currently closed to the public. 

Diesel

Some lucky human will be bringing home an awesome dog if ...

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Press Releases
Posted on: April 3, 2020

City Implements Virtual Meetings, Public Comment

City of San Marcos Virtual Meetings

With the public being asked to “Stay Home to Save Lives” and stop the spread of the coronavirus, City of San Marcos officials are offering new ways to “attend” public meetings and offer comments virtually.

Interim Ci...

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Press Releases
Posted on: April 2, 2020

Mayor Issues Public Health Advisory

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San Marcos Mayor Jane Hughson issued a Public Health Advisory on April 2, “Stay Home to Save Lives”, continuing to urge the public to remain at home during the coronavirus pandemic.

In a video message to San Marcos residents April 2, Hu...

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Press Releases
Posted on: April 1, 2020

SWAT Assists SMPD with Tuesday Night Arrest

Derek Arredondo

On Tuesday, March 31 at approximately 9 p.m., the San Marcos Police Department responded to a call for an unconscious driver in a vehicle that was stopped at the intersection of Guadalupe Street and the west access road of IH35.

Upon arrival, officers ran ...

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Press Releases
Posted on: April 1, 2020

April City Hall Calendar

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Tuesday, April 7, 2020

City Council – 3 p.m. Work Session followed by Executive Session, 6 p.m. Regular Session. Virtual. Televised live on Time Warner Ch. 10 and Grande Ch. 16 or 123-16 and video streamed online at http://sanmarcostx.go...

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Press Releases
Posted on: April 1, 2020

San Marcos Utilities Provide Normal Service Levels During COVID-19 Event

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The City of San Marcos utility and transportation systems have preemptively implemented policies to ensure full service access to water, wastewater treatment, transportation and electric power services to customers throughout the COVID-19 pandemic event.

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Press Releases
Posted on: March 31, 2020

City Creates Online Dashboard for COVID-19 Stats

Hays County COVID-19 Dashboard

A new online dashboard on the City of San Marcos and Hays County websites provides the public with a current count and other statistics related to COVID-19 cases in Hays County in near real-time.

According to the City’s Emergency Management Coord...

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Press Releases
Posted on: March 31, 2020

Toilets Are Not Trashcans – Don’t Flush Those Wipes

Don't Flush Those Wipes

City of San Marcos wastewater collection system employees have a message for San Marcos residents about flushing wipes down the toilet: please don’t.

With so many people cleaning and disinfecting more heavily due to the COVID-19...

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Press Releases
Posted on: March 27, 2020

San Marcos Regional Animal Shelter ‘Pets of the Week’ March 27

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NOTE: Our need remains great to find immediate fosters and adopters for our shelter pets. We are currently offering a “Pay What you Want” promotion for adoptions, which can be done remotely as our shelter is currently closed to the pub...

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Press Releases
Posted on: March 27, 2020

Updates: Food Bank, Utilities, Senior Wellness Checks

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San Marcos continues to mobilize and collaborate in an effort to offer critical services to help our community manage the COVID-19 economic disruption and services crisis.

Food Bank Pickup Information

Hays County Food Bank pickup times are below:

  • Tuesday at ...
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Press Releases
Posted on: March 27, 2020

City Accepting Applications, Offering Virtual Workshops for CDBG Funds

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The City of San Marcos will accept applications from non-profit organizations and City departments for Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) project and program funding from March 27 through May 1, 2020. The City is not accepting applications from indi...

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Press Releases
Posted on: March 26, 2020

WIC Innovates to Safely Serve Area Families

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In response to difficulties presented by the recent events surrounding COVID-19, the Women, Infants, and Children’s (WIC) program has instituted new procedures to help safely serve clients, including safe office distancing and an expansion of th...

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Press Releases
Posted on: March 25, 2020

County Issues Order to Stay at Home, Work Safe with Curfew

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To help stop the spread of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19), Hays County residents will be under a Stay at Home, Work Safe Order effective March 26 at 11 p.m. and continuing until 4 a.m. on April 10, 2020. The Order may be rescinded or extended as nece...

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Press Releases
Posted on: March 25, 2020

San Marcos Transit Adjustments Due to COVID-19

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Due to COVID-19, the City continues to monitor and adjust the public transit services:

The Interurban Express 1517 service has been suspended until conditions improve. Alternate intercity services and schedules may be found at www.ridecarts.com.

The City&am...

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Press Releases
Posted on: March 24, 2020

City Closing River Parks Today Due to COVID-19

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In an effort to protect public health and to discourage social gathering, the City of San Marcos is closing all river front parks effective today, March 24, at 11 p.m.

Parks affected include: Rio Vista, City Park, Plaza Park, Veramendi, Bicentennial, Child...

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Press Releases
Posted on: March 24, 2020

Adopters, Fosters Still Needed Urgently at Animal Shelter

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The San Marcos Regional Animal Shelter (SMRAS) continues its urgent plea for assistance from individuals, volunteers or organizations to foster, rescue or adopt shelter animals to increase space within the shelter due to the Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19).

Sh...

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Press Releases
Posted on: March 24, 2020

FDA Alerts Consumers About Unauthorized Fraudulent COVID-19 Test Kits

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The U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) released an announcement that warns consumers about unauthorized fraudulent coronavirus tests that are being marketed to test for COVID-19 in the home.

At this time, the FDA has not authorized any test that is...

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Press Releases
Posted on: March 23, 2020

SMPD Officer Struck by Vehicle While Exiting Patrol Car on IH-35

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All lanes of IH-35 northbound around Exit 205 B were shut down this afternoon following a major accident involving a police officer, according to the San Marcos Police Department (SMPD).

Interim Police Chief Bob Klett said SMPD Officer Paul Beller was disp...

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Press Releases
Posted on: March 23, 2020

City to Close Playscapes, Dog Park, Skate Park and Restrooms due to COVID-19

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In an effort to encourage social distancing and discourage social gathering, the City of San Marcos is closing the Children’s Park Playscape, City Park Playscape, all neighborhood park playscapes, Dog Park, and Skate Park.

Out of an abundance of ...

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Press Releases
Posted on: March 23, 2020

COVID-19 Hotline Available for Hays Co. Residents

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To address a rising tide of questions and concerns about the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19), the Hays County Local Health Department, in conjunction with the City of San Marcos, has established a call center to respond to questions from Hays County r...

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Press Releases
Posted on: March 19, 2020

City to Offer Remote Services as Public Lobbies, Counters Close Beginning March 20

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City to Offer Remote Services as Public Lobbies, Counters Close Beginning March 20

In order to help prevent the spread of Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) and per the Centers for Disease Control guidelines, the City of San Marcos is closing public-facing counte...

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Press Releases
Posted on: March 18, 2020

City Clarifies Order Restrictions on Restaurants & Bars

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Following yesterday’s order by San Marcos Mayor Jane Hughson to prohibit public or private community gatherings of 10 persons or more anywhere within the city limits until April 1, 2020, the City is clarifying how the occupancy restrictions appl...

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Press Releases
Posted on: March 17, 2020

Mayor’s Order Now Prohibits Gatherings Over 10 Persons

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Following yesterday’s order by San Marcos Mayor Jane Hughson to prohibit public or private community gatherings of 50 persons or more anywhere within the city limits, she signed a new Order today that reduces that number to 10 persons. The new O...

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Press Releases
Posted on: March 16, 2020

Mayor’s Order Prohibits Gatherings Over 50 & Closes Select Facilities Until May 11

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As of today, Monday, Mar. 16, San Marcos Mayor Jane Hughson signed an Order to Prohibit any public or private community gathering of 50 persons or more anywhere within the City of San Marcos effective at 2 a.m. on Tuesday, Mar. 17 and continuing until May...

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Press Releases
Posted on: March 14, 2020

City and Hays County to Issue State of Disaster

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Following today’s announcement by Hays County of the first presumptive positive COVID-19 case, the City of San Marcos, in coordination with the County, is planning to declare a state of disaster and will be holding a joint press conference at 10...

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Press Releases
Posted on: March 13, 2020

City & Regional Partners Remain Vigilant about COVID-19

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The City of San Marcos continues to coordinate with regional government agencies to be proactive and prepared for the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19). 

Although the first two positive cases were reported this morning in Austin, no cases of COV...

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Press Releases
Posted on: March 12, 2020

San Marcos Regional Animal Shelter ‘Pets of the Week’ March 12

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Jamie

Jamie, a two-year-old Shephard mix, loves affection and happily accepts belly rubs. This 58-pound sweetie loves to run and run. Jamie is also quite playful and one of her favorite games is fetch! This pretty girl also knows how to sit. Some simple tr...

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Press Releases
Posted on: March 12, 2020

San Marcos to hold May 2 Special Election

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With the March 9 resignation of City Council Member Joca Marquez, Place 5, the City of San Marcos is holding a Special Election in conjunction with the upcoming May elections for local school boards. Council elections for San Marcos are typically held in ...

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Press Releases
Posted on: March 11, 2020

Upcoming Library Events: March 12 to March 18

Library News

Long-Term Care Planning

March 12, 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

Planning for the possibility of long-term care gives you time to learn about services in your community and what they cost. This program will explain the four levels of long-term care: independent l...

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Press Releases
Posted on: March 11, 2020

Main Street Gives Love to Downtown Businesses

Top: Seth Katz (North Street); Carol Powers (Paper Bear); Carina Boston (Splash); Gilbert Gomez (Roy

The City of San Marcos Main Street Program recognized several downtown businesses, partners and volunteers at its fifth annual Love Downtown Awards on Friday, Feb. 21.

The event honored the contributions of downtown merchants and volunteers who work tirele...

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Press Releases
Posted on: March 10, 2020

SMPD Arrest Two on Drug Charges

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San Marcos Police officers arrested two suspects in the early morning hours of March 6 when they were found in a reported stolen vehicle parked at the Raceway on Highway 80 at approximately 2:14 a.m.

“Officers approached the vehicle and found two...

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Press Releases
Posted on: March 10, 2020

Marquez Resigns, Election Plans Underway

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On Monday, March 9, San Marcos City Council Member, Dr. Joca Marquez tendered her written resignation to the City Clerk’s office.  Dr. Marquez has held the Place 5 seat since December 2018.  She was elected for a three-year ter...

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Press Releases
Posted on: March 6, 2020

Shared Use Pathway Project Construction Update

Photo of Cheatham St. Bridge over San Marcos River

Next week, residents and park patrons will see construction along the San Marcos River and below the Cheatham Street bridge as Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) contractors begin excavation to construct a below-grade crossing at Cheatham Street f...

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Press Releases
Posted on: March 6, 2020

Comment Period Open for Stormwater Technical Manual Updates Due to Atlas 14

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The City of San Marcos Engineering & Capital Improvements Department is accepting comments on updates to the City’s Stormwater Technical Manual through March 31. The changes reflect new data released by National Oceanic Atmospheric Administr...

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Press Releases
Posted on: March 6, 2020

Carr to Join City as Neighborhood Enhancement Director

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This week the City of San Marcos announced the selection of Greg Carr as the new Director of Neighborhood Enhancement. He will join the City team on Monday, March 23.

“Greg will join the City with 30 years of experience in animal services, code e...

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Press Releases
Posted on: March 5, 2020

San Marcos Regional Animal Shelter Pets of the Week

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Carlie

Carlie is a super sweet two-year-old domestic medium hair Tabby mix who is ready for her new home. She is very chill and likes everyone who visits. Carlie loves ear scratches and basking in the sunshine. She greets everyone and isn’t afrai...

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Press Releases
Posted on: March 5, 2020

City & Regional Partners Coordinate Coronavirus and Flu Precautions

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The City of San Marcos in coordination with Hays County, Texas State University, Congressman Lloyd Doggett’s office, local school districts, regional and state agencies, met Wednesday, Mar. 4 to coordinate and discuss efforts underway to address...

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Press Releases
Posted on: March 4, 2020

Upcoming Library Events: March 5 to March 11

Library News

High School Equivalency Registration

March 5, 9:00 a.m. or 6:30 p.m.

Adults wanting to prepare for the High School Equivalency exam come register for our free classes. Classes meet Monday through Thursday at 9:00 a.m. and Tuesday and Thursday at 6:30 p.m.

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Press Releases
Posted on: March 4, 2020

Call for Entry: Miss Beautiful SMTX and You(th) Can Do It!

Former and Pageant emcee Mayor John Thomaides with Miss Beautful SMTX 2019 Elsa Sanchez

The City of San Marcos Parks and Recreation Department, with the assistance of San Marcos Consolidated Independent School District (SMCISD), is holding the fifth annual Miss Beautiful SMTX and You(th) Can Do It! pageants on Friday, Apr. 24 from 7 to 9 p.m...

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Press Releases
Posted on: March 3, 2020

City Seeks Comments on Five-Year HUD Plan

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The City of San Marcos is seeking comments on the 2020-2024 Consolidated Plan draft, which is required by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) for Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) grants. This draft Plan includes feedback fro...

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Press Releases
Posted on: March 3, 2020

UPDATE: VIDEO RELEASED Police Search for Truck and Driver in Hit and Run Death

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UPDATE: Video Footage Released in Hit and Run Fatality

SMPD have released video footage of the pick-up suspected of being involved in a fatal hit and run accident early Sunday morning that killed a San Antonio man. Here is a more detailed description of th...

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Press Releases
Posted on: March 2, 2020

March City Hall Calendar

City Seal

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

Monday, March 2, 2020

City Council Proclamations – 4 p.m., City Hall, 630 E. Hopkins, San Marcos, TX 78666

 

Tuesday, Mar...

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Press Releases
Posted on: March 2, 2020

San Marcos Police Search for Truck and Driver in Hit & Run Death

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San Marcos Police are searching for the driver in a weekend hit and run incident that resulted in the death of a San Antonio man.

On Saturday, Feb. 29 at 1:27 a.m., a caller to 9-1-1 reported seeing a man lying on the edge of the roadway in the 200 block S...

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Press Releases
Posted on: February 28, 2020

Changes to Parking Spots at Rio Vista Park

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Construction of the Shared Use Pathway Project, jointly funded by the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) and the City of San Marcos, is underway at Rio Vista Park. Because of the construction, the city had to realign parking spaces to ensure the p...

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Press Releases
Posted on: February 28, 2020

Discovery Center Offers Spring Workshop Series

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The City of San Marcos is hosting a free nature and conservation workshop series from Mar. 14 to May 9 at the San Marcos Discovery Center, 430 Riverside Drive.

Workshop topics include veggie gardening and composting, taking an edible plant walk and gardeni...

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Press Releases
Posted on: February 28, 2020

First 2020 Party in Your Park at El Camino Real March 6

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The City of San Marcos Parks and Recreation Department will host the first Party in Your Park of the year on Friday, Mar. 6 from 5 to 8 p.m. at El Camino Real Park, 401 Cottonwood Pkwy.

Party in Your Park is a free event series open to the public that brin...

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Press Releases
Posted on: February 27, 2020

Changes to Human Services Agency Application Process

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The City of San Marcos is reminding organizations that the Human Services Application process for funding has changed. Under the new process, applications will be due in August; previously they were due in February each year.

Human Services agencies in San...

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Press Releases
Posted on: February 27, 2020

San Marcos Regional Animal Shelter ‘Pets of the Week’

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Lando

 

Lando is feeling frisky and ready to play! This two-year-old boy has the most gorgeous green eyes. He loves to play and chase, but might get a little too excited, so it’s best to use toys rather than your hands. Lando will do best...

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Press Releases
Posted on: February 27, 2020

Upcoming Library Events: Feb. 27 to Mar. 4

Library News

Early Explorers

February 27, 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

Come join us for a world of exploration! We’ll read books on a different country each month, followed by a fun craft or activity that will bring the country and its culture to life. Ages 3-5. T...

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Press Releases
Posted on: February 25, 2020

Brief Pursuits Result in Overnight Arrests

Aubrianna Alvarez and Elijah Montez

San Marcos Police engaged in two vehicle pursuits in the same area of town at approximately the same time overnight on February 25, 2020. SMPD Interim Chief Bob Klett said social media posts incorrectly reported that gun shots were fired during these inci...

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Press Releases
Posted on: February 24, 2020

35th Annual Great Texas River Clean Up

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The City of San Marcos, Texas State University and the City of Kyle are calling on volunteers to register for the 35th Annual Great Texas River Clean Up, which takes place March 7 from8:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. This annual event aims to pick up litter ...

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Press Releases
Posted on: February 19, 2020

City of San Marcos 50+ Events for March 2020

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50+ Duplicate Bridge

The City of San Marcos Parks and Recreation has partnered with the Texas Capital Bridge Association to offer Duplicate Bridge every Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the San Marcos Activity Center.  Th...

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Press Releases
Posted on: February 19, 2020

Upcoming Library Events: Feb. 20 to Feb. 26

Library News

Creation Station

February 20, 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

This program provides children a chance to explore many art forms. Come stretch your creativity with different art and maker projects each month! All supplies provided. Ages 5-10.

Job Search and R&eacu...

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Press Releases
Posted on: February 14, 2020

San Marcos River Shared Use Pathway Project Underway

River and Bike Path Map

On Monday, Feb. 17 residents and park patrons will begin to see construction on a new ADA-compliant bicycle and pedestrian concrete trail in and around the areas of Children’s Park, Rio Vista Park and Ramon Lucio Park.

The trail will be a 1.7-mil...

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Press Releases
Posted on: February 13, 2020

San Marcos Regional Animal Shelter ‘Pets of the Week’

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Beans

This boy is a wiggly, happy soul! Beans is a three-year-old American Staffordshire Terrier mix who loves treats and will patiently wait by your feet for his next snack. He is potty trained and is working to walk nicely on a leash. Beans would be a gr...

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Press Releases
Posted on: February 12, 2020

City Scores Fourth in Texas for Stormwater Treatment

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Out of nine cities and one county ranked across the state, the City of San Marcos placed fourth on the Annual Environment Texas Stormwater Scorecard for 2020.

The Scorecard evaluates stormwater management policies of local governments, particularly in how ...

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Press Releases
Posted on: February 12, 2020

City Spring Break Camp Registration Now Open

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The City of San Marcos Parks and Recreation Spring Break Camp will be held at Dunbar Recreation Center, 801 Martin Luther King Dr, from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. from Monday, Mar. 16 through Friday, Mar. 20.

Parks and Recreation Department staff will keep chi...

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Press Releases
Posted on: February 12, 2020

Upcoming Library Events: Feb. 13 through Feb. 19

Library News

High School Equivalency Registration

February 13, 9:00 a.m. or 6:30 p.m.

Adults wanting to prepare for the High School Equivalency exam come register for our free classes. Classes meet Monday through Thursday at 9:00 a.m. and Tuesday and Thursday at 6:30 p....

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Press Releases
Posted on: February 12, 2020

Texas Rangers Arrest Former City Staffer for Theft

Jason Pence

On Tuesday, Feb. 11, the Texas Rangers arrested Jason Pence (06/15/78) on charges of Theft by a Public Servant more than $30,000 but less than $150,000 following a lengthy investigation.

A December news article detailed concerns and prompted other ...

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Press Releases
Posted on: February 10, 2020

City Offices Closed Next Monday for Presidents’ Day

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City of San Marcos offices, including City Hall, Library, Animal Shelter, Activity Center, Municipal Court and Utility Offices, will be closed on Monday, Feb. 17 in observance of Presidents’ Day. Texas Disposal Systems will operate its usual Mon...

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Press Releases
Posted on: February 7, 2020

Mayor Elected CAPCOG Executive Committee Chair

Mayor Jane Hughson

San Marcos Mayor Jane Hughson is the new Chair of the Executive Committee for the Capital Area Council of Governments (CAPCOG).  

“I am honored to work alongside other area leaders in this new role.  We are truly a regional boar...

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Press Releases
Posted on: February 6, 2020

San Marcos Regional Animal Shelter ‘Pets of the Week’

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Duff

 

Are you searching for a companion who wants nothing but love? Then Duff is your man! This two-year-old sweetheart is obsessed with attention and affection. Duff absolutely adores scratches behind the ears and will happily play with toys. He ...

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Press Releases
Posted on: February 5, 2020

City Seeks Public Feedback on Annual CDBG Funding

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The City of San Marcos is kicking off a community outreach campaign seeking public input on the City’s annual allocation of Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds. A public meeting will be held on Wednesday, Feb. 19 at 6 p.m. at the San ...

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Press Releases
Posted on: February 5, 2020

Upcoming Library Events: Feb. 6 through Feb. 12

Library News

LEGO Mania

February 6, 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Grab a bowl full of LEGOs and a base plate and build your dream creation. For ages 4 and up.

Storytime

February 7, 10:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m.

Children are invited to the library for great stories, songs, and fun.

Yar...

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Press Releases
Posted on: February 3, 2020

Neighborhood Conversation Scheduled for February 12

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The City of San Marcos Neighborhood Commission is hosting a Neighborhood Conversation for Sector 9, which includes Hunter’s Hill, Willow Creek, and Kissing Tree on Wednesday, Feb. 12 at 6 p.m. at Village Main, 215 S. Reimer Ave. The event is ope...

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Press Releases
Posted on: January 30, 2020

February 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.

 

Monday, February 3, 2020

City Council Proclamations – 4 p.m., City Hall, 630 E. Hopkins, San Marcos, TX 78666

Tuesday, ...

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Press Releases
Posted on: January 30, 2020

Upcoming Library Events: Jan. 30 through Feb. 5

Library News

Early Explorers

January 30, 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

Come join us for a world of exploration! We’ll read books on a different country each month, followed by a fun craft or activity that will bring the country and its culture to life. Ages 3-5.

Mic...

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Press Releases
Posted on: January 29, 2020

Feedback Sought on Mitigation and Recovery Funding

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The City of San Marcos is hosting a community meeting at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 12, at the San Marcos Activity Center, 501 E. Hopkins St.to provide information and seek public comment about the proposed draft Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Mi...

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Press Releases
Posted on: January 28, 2020

Best Friends For Life (BFFL) Program To Begin March 2

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The City of San Marcos Parks and Recreation Department, in partnership with Texas State University’s Therapeutic Recreation graduate students, will host the inclusive recreation program, Best Friends For Life (BFFL), starting Monday, Mar. 2 at t...

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Press Releases
Posted on: January 28, 2020

Valentine Mailbox Opens in Kissing Alley

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The San Marcos Main Street Program kicked off their annual Love Letters from Downtown campaign by opening the Valentine mailbox in Kissing Alley. It will be open through Friday, Feb. 14.

“There’s no holiday better suited for a hallmarke...

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Press Releases
Posted on: January 27, 2020

Two Arrested After Weekend Chase Ends in San Marcos

San Marcos Police

Two men are facing charges from both the San Marcos and New Braunfels Police Departments after stealing two vehicles and evading officers. At approximately 7:44 a.m., Sunday, Jan. 26, the San Marcos Police Department received notification from the New Bra...

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Press Releases
Posted on: January 23, 2020

San Marcos Regional Animal Shelter ‘Pets of the Week’

Black dog outside looking at camera

Honey

This kitty is full of love! Honey is a two-year-old girl who can’t stop herself from exploring her surroundings. She’s a little bit of a diva and wants all the love to herself, so she would prefer to be the only kitty in the home....

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Press Releases
Posted on: January 22, 2020

Senior Expo Featuring Vendors, Services on Jan. 30

Photo of seniors walking around booths at 2018 Senior Expo

The Ninth Biennial Senior Citizen Expo will take place on Thursday, Jan. 30 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the San Marcos Activity Center, 501 E. Hopkins. The free event is hosted by the San Marcos Parks and Recreation and the Senior Citizen Advisory Board. Se...

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Press Releases
Posted on: January 22, 2020

Public Invited to Participate in San Marcos Transit Plan

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On Tuesday, Jan. 28, the City of San Marcos, in collaboration with Texas State University, is hosting three follow-up community meetings in an effort to seek public input for the San Marcos Transit Plan, a five-year transit plan for the San Marcos communi...

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Press Releases
Posted on: January 22, 2020

Upcoming Library Events: Jan. 23 through Jan. 29

Library News

Passport to Reading Challenge & Chat

January 23, 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Join us this month in our Passport to Reading challenge. January’s challenge is to read a book with an animal in it. Both fiction and nonfiction books are welcome! Each P...

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Press Releases
Posted on: January 21, 2020

February Parks & Recreation Programming for Ages 50+

San Marcos Parks and Rec

50+ Duplicate Bridge 

The City of San Marcos Parks and Recreation has partnered with the Texas Capital Bridge Association to offer Duplicate Bridge every Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the San Marcos Activity Center. The San Marco...

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Press Releases
Posted on: January 17, 2020

Blanco Riverine Flood Mitigation Project Public Meeting 2/6

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The City of San Marcos will host a public meeting at the San Marcos Activity Center, 501 E. Hopkins St., on Thursday, Feb. 6 at 6 p.m. to discuss the City’s proposed project to construct a berm/floodwall structure between River Road and the Blan...

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Press Releases
Posted on: January 16, 2020

San Marcos Regional Animal Shelter ‘Pets of the Week’

Brindle dog looking at camera

Buttercup

A very special kitty looking for a special home! Buttercup is a brave girl who has won over all of our hearts. She’s one year old and came to us as a stray. She has been diagnosed with glaucoma in both eyes and is likely blind. However,...

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Posted on: January 15, 2020

Upcoming Library Events: Jan. 16 – Jan. 22

Library News

Growing Up Wild

January 16, 10:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.

Come out to this nature experience! We’ll read books on different nature topics each month, followed by a fun craft or outdoor activity. Preschool aged children are welcome to attend our 10:00 a...

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Press Releases
Posted on: January 15, 2020

City Offices Closed for Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday

Photo of Martin Luther King, Jr. Rally from 2019

City of San Marcos offices, including City Hall, Public Library, Activity Center, Municipal Court, Animal Shelter, Discovery Center, and Utility Offices will be closed Monday, Jan. 20, for the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday.

San Marcos THE BUS routes will ...

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Press Releases
Posted on: January 14, 2020

Tickets Available for 50+ Valentine’s Celebration

Photo of couple laughing at Golden Sweethearts Ball

The City of San Marcos Parks and Recreation Department is hosting the 21st annual Golden Sweetheart’s Ball on Friday, Feb. 14 from 6 to 10 p.m. at the San Marcos Activity Center, 501 E. Hopkins. Couples and singles ages 50 and above are invited ...

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Press Releases
Posted on: January 13, 2020

Six Arrested After Foot and Vehicle Pursuit

Johnson, Wilson and Fields

Six people are facing charges in San Marcos after reportedly stealing purses from customers at Walmart, stealing a car from the parking lot and running from police.

At approximately 2:19 p.m. Sunday afternoon, San Marcos police officers were dispatched to ...

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Press Releases
Posted on: January 13, 2020

UPDATE: Arrest Made in Connection to December Downtown Shooting

Vincent Favata

At approximately 4:51 p.m. on Friday, January 10, the San Marcos Police Department arrested Vincent Favata (10/3/1975) in connection with a shooting in downtown San Marcos on December 17, 2019. The shooting injured two people st...

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Press Releases
Posted on: January 13, 2020

San Marcos Regional Animal Shelter ‘Pets of the Week’

Black dog outside looking at camera

Marita

Don’t let this girl’s serious glare scare you away, she is one sweet kitty! Marita is a two-year-old calico who recently raised a full litter of kittens. Now that her kittens are old enough to be adopted, she’s ready to...

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Press Releases
Posted on: January 10, 2020

New City Management Meet & Greet on Jan. 23

Community Meet and Greet Graphic

The public is invited to attend a community meet and greet with new executive staff from the City of San Marcos on Thursday, Jan. 23, from 5 to 6:30 p.m. in the Spring Lake Ballroom at the Embassy Suites, 1001 E. McCarty Ln.

Newly appointed Assistant City...

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Press Releases
Posted on: January 9, 2020

City Seeks Input on Sidewalk Maintenance & Gap Plan

Photo of employees installing sidewalk

The City of San Marcos Public Services Department will host a public meeting at the San Marcos Activity Center, 501 E. Hopkins St., on Monday, Jan. 27 at 6 p.m. to seek input to update the City’s Five-Year Sidewalk Maintenance and Gap Infill Pla...

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Press Releases
Posted on: January 8, 2020

Upcoming Library Events: Jan. 9 to Jan. 15

Library News

High School Equivalency (Formerly GED) Registration

January 9, 9:00 a.m. or 6:30 p.m.

Adults wanting to prepare for the High School Equivalency exam come register for our free classes. Classes meet Monday through Thursday at 9:00 a.m. and Tuesday and Thursd...

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Press Releases
Posted on: January 7, 2020

Sunset Acres Subdivision Improvements Meeting Jan. 14

Sunset Acres Scope Map

The City of San Marcos Engineering and Capital Improvements staff will hold a neighborhood meeting on proposed improvements to the Sunset Acres subdivision at the Mendez Elementary School cafeteria, 1805 Peter Garza Dr., at 6:00 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 14.

D...

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Press Releases
Posted on: August 3, 2018

Fifth Victim of Deadly Apartment Fire Identified

Iconic Village fire victims

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 Big Wells (born Aug....

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Press Releases
Posted on: May 1, 2018

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

texting

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

City Seal

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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