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Posted on: February 25, 2021

City to Reopen Activity Center on March 1 with COVID Protocols

ACTIVITY CENTER REOPENING

The City of San Marcos will reopen the Activity Center to the public on Monday, March 1, with COVID safety protocols.  

The Activity Center gym, pool, and other recreation rooms will reopen on the same modified schedule as was used in late 2020. &...

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Press Releases
Posted on: February 23, 2021

San Marcos Residents Urged to Report Winter Storm Damages to FEMA

NF BOIL REPORT TO FEMA

As temperatures rise, people across the state have begun to assess problems caused by the unprecedented winter weather experienced this past week. From busted water pipes to roof repairs, the City of San Marcos asks its residents and businesses to report ...

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Press Releases
Posted on: February 22, 2021

Vision SMTX Comprehensive Plan Kicks Off with Virtual Community Workshop

VISION SMTX VIRTUAL WORKSHOP

The City of San Marcos invites the public to participate in a virtual community workshop to kick off the Vision SMTX Comprehensive Plan on Thursday, Feb. 25 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

The comprehensive plan rewrite project, known as Vision SMTX, was directed b...

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Press Releases
Posted on: February 21, 2021

Boil Water Advisory Lifted & Plumbing Permit Fees Waived

BOIL WATER ADVISORY CANCELED

Effective today, Sunday, February 21, 2021, the City of San Marcos has lifted the boil water advisory for all City of San Marcos water customers as testing has confirmed that our water is safe to drink. 

As of yesterday afternoon, all City water s...

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Press Releases
Posted on: February 19, 2021

City Urges Water Conservation Through the Weekend

HELP US CONSERVE WATER

The City of San Marcos is urging water conservation for all City of San Marcos water customers throughout the weekend to help stabilize the water pressure within the water distribution system.  Reducing water usage is the only way to increase wat...

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Press Releases
Posted on: February 19, 2021

Lift Station Generator Failure Causes Wastewater Spill

WASTEWATER SPILL

A generator failure at the City’s Main Wastewater Lift Station, near River Road and the I-35 Frontage Road, caused untreated wastewater to discharge into the San Marcos River in the early morning hours of Thursday, Feb. 18, 2021. The City&rs...

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Press Releases
Posted on: February 17, 2021

City Issues Boil Water Advisory & Urges Residents to Conserve Energy

BOIL WATER ADVISORY

Effective today, February 17, 2021, the City of San Marcos is issuing a boil water advisory for all City of San Marcos water customers due to water pressure dropping within the distribution system. It is also critical that residents conserve electricity a...

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Press Releases
Posted on: February 13, 2021

Mayor Signs Disaster Declaration & Public Urged to Avoid Travel

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With additional wintry precipitation expected later today and throughout the weekend that may make road conditions even more hazardous for motorists, Mayor Jane Hughson signed a Declaration of Local State of Disaster today that will be in effect for seven...

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Press Releases
Posted on: February 13, 2021

SMPD Urges Drivers to Avoid Travel & Slow Down on Roads

TRAFFIC ALERT

The San Marcos Police Department is urging drivers to slow down and to avoid traveling as ice is present on bridges and roadways throughout San Marcos. Ice has also begun to form on some non-elevated sections of I-35.

Currently, bridges on Wonder World Dr...

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Press Releases
Posted on: February 11, 2021

City Offices Closed for President’s Day Holiday

Extended Closure through March 1

City of San Marcos offices, including City Hall, Public Library, Activity Center, Municipal Court, Animal Shelter, Discovery Center, and Utility Offices will be closed on Monday, Feb. 15, for President’s Day. Since City facilities are already cl...

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Press Releases
Posted on: February 9, 2021

Volunteers Needed for Great Texas River Clean Up

Volunteers Needed for Great Texas River Clean Up

The City of San Marcos and Texas State University are calling on volunteers to register for the 36th Annual Great Texas River Clean Up happening from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Saturday, Mar. 6, 2021. 

The Texas Rivers Protection Association started the...

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Press Releases
Posted on: February 8, 2021

I-35 Crash Results in Double Fatality on Sunday

Deadly Crash Investigation

On Sunday, Feb. 7 at approximately 10:24 p.m., the San Marcos Police Department, Fire Department and Hays County EMS were called to a crash on southbound Interstate 35 near mile marker 208 that involved a Jeep and a semi-truck pulling a trailer. ...

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Press Releases
Posted on: February 4, 2021

Major Work Completed on Wonder World Drive & Hunter Road Improvements

Wonder World Construction Update with Map

This week, City contracted crews completed major construction work on intersection and safety improvements at Wonder World Drive and Hunter Road.  Drivers will note that barricades have been removed and signal timing has been revised for regular ...

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Press Releases
Posted on: February 2, 2021

SMPD Searches for Teenage Shooting Suspect

San Marcos Police Department Seal

On Saturday, Jan. 30, 2021, the San Marcos Police Department responded to a shooting that occurred at the Whispering Oaks community, formerly Siesta Mobile Home Park, 503 Uhland Road. 

Officers arrived to the scene and discovered two gunshot victi...

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Press Releases
Posted on: February 2, 2021

City Hosts Virtual & Socially Distanced February Events

City of San Marcos Events for the month of February

City facilities will remain closed to the public through the end of February but the City will offer the following virtual, drive thru, and socially distanced special events for residents. 

February Extended Events 

Book Reading Contest &a...

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Press Releases
Posted on: January 29, 2021

February City Hall Calendar

February City Hall Calendar

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

Tuesday, February 2, 2021 

City Council Proclamations – 2 p.m. Virtual session. 

Council Work Ses...

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Press Releases
Posted on: January 28, 2021

City Facilities Remain Closed to Public Until March 1

Extended Closure through March 1

As COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations within San Marcos and Hays County continue to be on the rise, City facilities will remain closed to the public through the end of February.  Facilities are scheduled to reopen to the public on Monday, March ...

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Press Releases
Posted on: January 25, 2021

SMPD Arrests Armed Robbery Suspect

SMPD Arrests suspect for armed robbery at Spirit Pit Stop

The San Marcos Police Department arrested a suspect in connection with an armed robbery at Spirit Pit Stop, 1214 IH 35 South, that occurred December 11, 2020. The suspect has been identified as Miguel Perez (DOB 01/19/2000) of San Marcos, TX.

Perez was arr...

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Press Releases
Posted on: January 22, 2021

Suspect Arrested for Murder at San Marcos Hotel

Murder suspect Melvin George Nicholas Jr arrested

At approximately 8:39 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2021, San Marcos Police were called to the Econo Lodge Hotel, 811 S. Guadalupe Street, and upon arrival located a deceased male inside one of the rooms. 

The decedent was identified as 33-year-old An...

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Press Releases
Posted on: January 22, 2021

Hays County Opens Online Portal for COVID-19 Vaccines

Hays County Opens Online Portal for COVID-19 Vaccines

On Friday, Jan. 22, 2021, the Hays County Local Health Department (HCLHD) received a shipment of 1,950 Pfizer COVID-19 vaccines. It also launched an online portal where individuals eligible to receive COVID-19 vaccinations can sign up for appointments: ht...

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Press Releases
Posted on: January 22, 2021

City Earns GFOA Award for Financial Reporting

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For the 41st time, the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA) awarded the City of San Marcos the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting. This award is for the 2018-2019 fiscal year.

The Cert...

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Press Releases
Posted on: January 21, 2021

Downtown San Marcos Street Signs Get Makeover

New signs coming to Downtown San Marcos

Starting the week of January 25, 2021, the City of San Marcos will begin installing new street signs in the downtown area. The branded street signs are part of the Main Street Program’s ongoing efforts to showcase downtown’s rich histo...

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Press Releases
Posted on: January 19, 2021

Construction Update: Phase 4 Begins on Wonder Drive and Hunter Road Improvements

Intersection Improvements Begin Nov. 30

On Tuesday, Jan. 19, construction work begins on Phase 4 of the intersection safety and improvement project at Wonder World Drive and Hunter Road. This is the last major phase of the project, which will focus on the corner of the intersection closest to t...

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Press Releases
Posted on: January 14, 2021

City Offices Closed for Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday

City Hall Closure MLK Jan 18

City of San Marcos Offices, including City Hall, Public Library, Activity Center, Municipal Court, Animal Shelter, Discovery Center, and Utility Offices will be closed on Monday, Jan. 18, for the Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday. Since City facilities are a...

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Press Releases
Posted on: January 13, 2021

SMPD Receives Safe Policing for Communities Certification

San Marcos Police Department Seal

On Monday, January 6, 2021, the Texas Police Chiefs Association Foundation certified the San Marcos Police Department’s compliance with President Donald J. Trump’s Executive Order No. 13929. The certification makes SMPD eligible for di...

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Press Releases
Posted on: January 8, 2021

Cape Road Closure Beginning Jan. 11

Cape Road Closed Jan. 11 through Jan. 15

MEDIA NOTICE:  

As part of the Blanco Gardens Subdivision Drainage project, Cape Road will be closed Jan. 11 through Jan. 15 at the intersection of River Road to install a storm drain.  Traffic will be detoured around the road closure by ...

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Press Releases
Posted on: January 8, 2021

Kalka Hired as City’s New Finance Director

Marie Kalka Photo

City of San Marcos is announcing the hire of Marie Kalka as the City’s next director of finance. Kalka will begin her career in San Marcos on January 19, and was chosen from a nationwide candidate pool of 53 applicants.  Ralph Andersen & Asso...

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Press Releases
Posted on: January 6, 2021

City Facilities Remain Closed to Public Until Feb. 1

Facility Closure

Due to continued rising COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations within San Marcos and Hays County, City facilities will remain closed to the public through the end of January 2021.  Facilities are scheduled to reopen to the public on Monday, Feb. 1 a...

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Press Releases
Posted on: January 6, 2021

San Marcos Ends Water Restrictions on January 10

Water Restrictions End on January 10

The City of San Marcos will end Stage 1 drought water restrictions effective Sunday, Jan. 10 and will return to year-round water conservation rules.  Recent rains across the hill country area that recharge the Edwards Aquifer have moved water lev...

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Press Releases
Posted on: January 5, 2021

Rental Property Registration Mandatory as of January 1

Rental Property Registration

The City of San Marcos Neighborhood Enhancement Department is reminding owners of rental property located within the City limits that as of January 1, 2021, they are required to register their properties on an annual basis. Registration may be completed o...

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Press Releases
Posted on: January 4, 2021

Holiday Weekend Results in 16th Traffic Fatality for 2020

City of San Marcos Seal

On Thursday, Dec. 31, 2020, at approximately 11:40 p.m., San Marcos Police, San Marcos Fire, and Hays County EMS were dispatched to I-35 in the area of Exit 206 northbound TX-82 Loop & Aquarena Springs Drive in reference to an auto-pedestrian accident...

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Press Releases
Posted on: December 31, 2020

SMPD Arrests One from November Grove Apts Incidents

Demarques Whitehurst arrested for Grove Apts Incident

On Tuesday, Dec. 29, 2020, San Marcos Police arrested 21-year-old Demarques Milan Whitehurst in San Antonio, TX., for crimes that occurred in November at The Grove at San Marcos, 1150 E. River Ridge Parkway.

SMPD detectives determined that Whitehurst was i...

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Press Releases
Posted on: December 31, 2020

Grow Zone and Native Prairie Pilot Program Underway

Willow Springs

The City of San Marcos Keep San Marcos Beautiful and Habitat Conservation Plan programs have partnered to conduct a pilot program for a grow zone and native prairie at Willow Springs Park, 325 Ellis Street. 

A grow zone allows native plants to gro...

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Press Releases
Posted on: December 30, 2020

Skate Park to Close Next Week for Graffiti Removal

Skate Park Graffiti

The San Marcos Skate Park will be closed for graffiti removal Tuesday, Jan. 5 and Wednesday, Jan. 6.  The park will reopen for use on Thursday, Jan. 7.

“We’ve seen a sharp increase in graffiti vandalism across the City this yea...

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Press Releases
Posted on: December 29, 2020

Shelter Exceeds Goal with 131 Adoptions to Forever Homes

Baylor and Madison Adopted

The San Marcos Regional Animal Shelter (SMRAS) exceeded its December goal of 120 new adoptions with a total of 131 pets being placed in their forever homes during the Holiday Adoption Special.  These were pets at the shelter or in foster care who...

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Press Releases
Posted on: December 28, 2020

SMPD Makes Christmas Eve Aggravated Assault Arrest

Mug shot of Richard Allen Davis

On Thursday, Dec. 24, San Marcos Police arrested Richard Allen Davis (DOB 9/02/1969) of San Marcos for Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon following a stabbing incident.

At approximately 6:31 p.m. on Christmas Eve, officers were dispatched to ...

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Press Releases
Posted on: December 28, 2020

Heritage Association Donates $5,000 to Public Library

Diane Insley and Linda Coker

The City of San Marcos Public Library recently received a $5,000 donation from the Heritage Association of San Marcos to benefit the San Marcos and Hays County Local History Archives in the new library addition. 

“We’re thankfu...

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Press Releases
Posted on: December 28, 2020

January City Hall Calendar

January City Hall Calendar

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

 

Friday, January 1, 2020

New Year’s Day – City Hall Offices closed. 

Saturday, January 2, 2...

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Press Releases
Posted on: December 22, 2020

City to Close Facilities to Public Dec. 28 to Jan. 12

City Facilities Closed until January 12

The City of San Marcos is closing all public facilities for the two weeks following the Christmas holiday, from Monday, Dec. 28 to Tuesday, Jan. 12, to help ensure that COVID-19 case counts remain low among City staff and within the overall community. &am...

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Press Releases
Posted on: December 21, 2020

City Offices Closed for Christmas

City Hall Offices Closed for Holidays

City of San Marcos offices, including City Hall, Activity Center, Animal Shelter, Municipal Court, Public Library, and Utility Offices will be closed on Thursday and Friday, Dec. 24 and 25, for the Christmas holiday. 

San Marcos Municipal Court, l...

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Press Releases
Posted on: December 21, 2020

Weekend Auto Fatality is 15th for San Marcos in 2020

White Chevy crashed into railing

On Sunday, Dec. 20, 2020, at approximately 3:30 a.m., units from the San Marcos Police Department, the San Marcos Fire Department, and Hays County EMS were dispatched to a major traffic collision on IH35 northbound near the 204-mile marker which resulted ...

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Press Releases
Posted on: December 15, 2020

SMPD Requests Assistance in Spirit Pit Stop Robbery

Spirits Robbery Offender

On Friday evening, Dec. 11, San Marcos Police responded to the report of an Aggravated Robbery at Spirit Pit Stop, 1214 IH 35 South, and is asking the public for assistance in solving this crime.

At approximately 6:53 p.m. on Friday, an unidentified offend...

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Press Releases
Posted on: December 15, 2020

Two Weekend Incidents Lead to Multiple Arrests

Mugshots of 5 Arrests

The San Marcos Police Department responded to two separate incidents that led to several felony arrests over the weekend.

“Huge thanks to our officers for their hard work and diligent efforts to solve these crimes and keep our community safe,&...

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Press Releases
Posted on: December 11, 2020

Local Transit Holiday Schedule Begins Dec. 14

Transit Holiday Schedule Begins Dec. 14

CARTS Interurban and Local San Marcos "The Bus" transit service will be on a modified holiday schedule starting Monday, Dec. 14. The last day for the extended service schedule for the 1517 Interurban is Friday, Dec. 11, and service for the 1517 ...

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Press Releases
Posted on: December 11, 2020

Aggravated Assault Offender Arrested on Thursday

Jason Jordan Trevino Arrested on Thursday Dec. 10

On Thursday afternoon, Dec. 10, San Marcos Police arrested Jason Jordan Trevino (DOB 6/28/2000) of San Marcos for Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon, Evading Arrest, and Tampering with Evidence

At approximately 12:30 p.m. on Thursday, offic...

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Press Releases
Posted on: December 10, 2020

Chief’s Advisory Panel Public Meeting on Dec. 21

Chief's Advisory Panel on Dec. 21

NOTE:  The meeting has been rescheduled to Monday, Dec. 21 and will be available for remote viewing through Zoom with the link available on the SMPD Facebook page and the Chief’s Advisory Panel web page the day of the meeting.  ...

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Press Releases
Posted on: December 9, 2020

Curative Mobile Testing Announces Holiday Closures

COVID-19 Testing Announces Holiday Closures

Free COVID-19 testing continues to be available throughout Hays County at Curative mobile sites in San Marcos, Wimberley, Buda, Dripping Springs, and Kyle. In observance of the Christmas and New Year’s holidays, all Curative mobile testing sites...

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Press Releases
Posted on: December 9, 2020

Hughson and Gleason Victorious in Runoff Election

Mayor and Place 5 Election Results

In unofficial election results released by the Hays County Elections Office at 8:54 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 8, Jane Hughson has been re-elected Mayor and Mark Gleason has been elected to San Marcos City Council Place 5. 

The Dec. 8 election will be ...

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Press Releases
Posted on: December 8, 2020

SMPD Arrests Driver of Stolen Vehicle on Monday

Jacob Anthony Fuentes Mugshot

Early Monday morning, Dec. 7, San Marcos Police Department officers arrested Jacob Anthony Fuentes (DOB 5/31/1998) of San Marcos for driving a stolen vehicle and for several other charges stemming from the incident. 

At approximately 2:21 a.m. on ...

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Press Releases
Posted on: December 4, 2020

Shelter Sets Goal to Match 120 Pets to Forever Homes

Holiday Animal Shelter Adoption Special

$20 Holiday Adoption Special  

The San Marcos Regional Animal Shelter is offering a holiday adoption special of $20 for all adoption-ready pets through Tuesday, Dec. 22. These are pets at the shelter or in foster care who are already spayed or neu...

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Press Releases
Posted on: December 4, 2020

Family-friendly Holiday Activities in Downtown San Marcos

Downtown San Marcos Mobility Hub

The San Marcos Main Street Program has kicked off its annual Season’s Greetings from Downtown campaign by opening the holiday mailbox in Kissing Alley until Friday, Jan. 1.  A holiday selfie installation was also recently unveiled at th...

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Press Releases
Posted on: December 2, 2020

SMPD Searching for Offender in Aggravated Robbery

Sunoco Robbery Video Surveillance photos

The San Marcos Police Department responded to the report of an aggravated robbery at Sunoco, 1200 Hwy 80, on Sunday, Nov. 29, and is asking the public for assistance in solving this crime.

On Sunday morning, at approximately 12:29 a.m., an unidentified off...

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Press Releases
Posted on: December 2, 2020

December City Hall Calendar

December City Hall Calendar event dates

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

Wednesday, December 2, 2020 

City Council Meeting – 3 p.m. Work Session followed by Executive Session 6 p.m. ...

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Press Releases
Posted on: December 1, 2020

New Public Library Hours and Services Starting Today

San Marcos Public Library New hours and Services

The San Marcos Public Library has moved into the new portion of its building and has reopened for public services beginning today, Tuesday, Dec. 1. The new library hours are Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m.&a...

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Press Releases
Posted on: December 1, 2020

SMPD Searching for Armed Offenders in Second Grove Incident

San Marcos Police Department update on The Grove Incident

San Marcos Police are searching for two armed offenders who are believed to be responsible for a second incident at The Grove at San Marcos, 1150 E. River Ridge Parkway, and continue to ask the public for their assistance in solving this crime.  ...

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Press Releases
Posted on: December 1, 2020

Patton Street Closed to Traffic Through End of December

Patton Street Closure through the end of December

The City of San Marcos Engineering and Capital Improvements Department began construction on a storm sewer associated with the Victory Gardens Subdivision Improvement Project on Monday, Nov. 30, that will require Patton Street to be closed to traffic from...

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Press Releases
Posted on: November 30, 2020

Mountain Laurel Garden Club Donates to Wreaths Across America Event

Wreaths Across America Donation

The Mountain Laurel Garden Club gathered recently at the San Marcos City Cemetery flagpole to make a monetary donation in support of the Wreaths Across America event that will take place at the City Cemetery on Saturday, Dec. 19.

The Club&rsqu...

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Press Releases
Posted on: November 30, 2020

Virtual Downtown Design Community Workshop on Dec. 9

Virtual Community Workshop Downtown Design

The City of San Marcos Planning and Development Services Department is hosting a Virtual Community Workshop online on Wednesday, Dec. 9 from 6 to 8 p.m. to seek input on updates to the downtown architectural design guidelines and standards. 

The V...

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Press Releases
Posted on: November 30, 2020

Call for Agencies to Apply for Additional CDBG-CV Funding for Housing & Business Relief

City of San Marcos Seal

The City of San Marcos is accepting applications through December 30, 2020, from non-profit organizations, government agencies, and City departments for Community Development Block Grant Coronavirus Response (CDBG-CV) funding for the Design and Administra...

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Press Releases
Posted on: November 25, 2020

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

Veterans month of service final week opportunity

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

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Press Releases
Posted on: November 25, 2020

Wonder World Dr and Hunter Rd Improvements Begin Nov. 30

Intersection Improvements Begin Nov. 30

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

The planned improv...

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Press Releases
Posted on: November 25, 2020

San Marcos Police Investigates Third Homicide of 2020

Mugshots of Enalisa Blackman and Michael Ifeanacho

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

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

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Press Releases
Posted on: 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

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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