City of Elgin eNews

February 2016

City of Elgin Offices will be closed on Monday, 2/16/16.
Trash service will not be affected
For utility or other emergency assistance, after business hours, call 512-285-5757

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Elgin EDC Hires New Economic Development Director

The City of Elgin EDC has hired a new Economic Development Director due to the retirement of the previous director.

The Elgin Economic Development Corporation has named Owen Rock as its new director. Rock who was born and raised in Dublin, Ireland started his career in economic development in South Bend, Indiana.  Following his tenure in Indiana he moved to Oklahoma to lead the economic development program for the Stillwater Chamber of Commerce before being recruited by Oklahoma City.  When he left Oklahoma City Rock moved to Fond du Lac, Wisconsin to head their entrepreneur and small business development program.  Eventually Rock along with his wife Hallie, who is from Houston, and their son Dylan decided to move to Texas to be closer to his wife’s family.  Rock took a job in League City as the Economic Development Manager and was instrumental in attracting the first Cabella’s to the Houston market before accepting the position with the Elgin EDC.
Rock has an undergraduate degree from Oklahoma State University and a master’s degree from the London School of Economics.  He is a graduate of the University of Oklahoma Economic Development Institute and received a Certified Economic Development Finance Professional from the National Development Council.

Rock stated that “I am very pleased to have the opportunity to work with the Elgin EDC particularly at this time when the region is growing so fast.  Elgin has been smart in adopting the ED programs and incentives it has in place, it is way ahead of some communities with larger populations”


Retiring EDC director: ‘This is where you want to be’

Joe Newman was a central figure in helping bring new businesses to town and helping guide Elgin through one of the fastest periods of growth in the city’s history.

He could rarely say much about what businesses he was talking to, but what he can say is that there are a lot of eyeballs on Bastrop County, and that isn’t likely to stop any time soon.

“We’re blessed in this area to be around the Austin area because if you want to see growth, this is where you want to be,” Newman said.

Read the whole article for information on economic development and retail recruiting on the city website Newsflash



We hope you will take some time to look around our City of Elgin Website and let us know what you think!  Read more at  News Flash

Save the Date

Community Calendar

Find all the upcoming events, meetings, and classes via the Community Calendar on the home page. 
The calendar lets you view all items or you can select a category, such as events, meetings, library or parks, etc. 
You can also sign up to get notifications when the calendar is updated and even specify the types of events you want to know about. 

Save the Date!
Farmers' Market: Open every Saturday at Veterans' Memorial Park - see more info below

Valentine’s Day Celebrations in Historic Downtown Elgin: See Shop Elgin First section below for all the Valentine's Specials this month! 

Free Community Shred Day: Saturday, January 30, 9 am - 1 pm, Greater Texas Federal Credit Union, 11401 Hwy 290 E. Building A, Manor. Flyer


Elgin Historical Association Annual Show and Tell: Monday, February 1, 7 pm, Fleming Community Center. Bring and old thing and tell us about it. Leland Lundgren, the estate sale mogul, moderating.

Free Cooking Class Series: February 2, 9, 16, 23 and March 1 and 8. Sponsored by The Happy Kitchen and HEB 1080 US 290. Flyer

Black History Month Hatitude 2016: Saturday, February 6, 9:30 am meet and greet, 10 am program, Elgin Public Library Civic Center. Flyer


Black History Month Program - NAACP Chapter 6174: Saturday, February 6, 6:30 pm, Elgin ISD Admin Building, Saluting Cheryl Thomas, T. Berry and Bishop Mayes for years of service to Elgin ISD Schools. NewsFlash

Sip, Shop & Stroll: Thursday, February 11, 5 – 8 pm in Historic Downtown Elgin.  Sip a little wine as you shop and stroll through Historic Downtown Elgin. In Store Specials updated each month. See Valentine Specials below.

Barn Concert: SaturdayFebruary 27, 6 pm - Cornell Hurd, at the Carter Barn, 1005 Red Town Road. Dinner, silent auction and door prizes.  Fundraising event for Friends of Elgin Parks.  $40 tickets for additional information call: 512-285-6190. Fundraising Letter

Emancipet Mobile Clinic: Monday, February 22, 8 am drop off - 5 pm pick up, Elgin General Store, 1155 Dildy Drive. Appointments required for spay/neuter procedures.  Visit emancipet.org for more information. Flyer

SuperHero 5K Run to Cure Diabetes: Saturday, March 5, 9 am, Veterans' Memorial Park, 109 Depot Ave. Register 


Celebrate Texas Independence Day: Saturday, March 5, Historic Downtown Elgin.
The Owl - music all afternoon and evening - Texana themed - Jordan Sisters, Mayeux & Broussard. Artists Nancy Lou Webster, Shirley Bowen and Berry Perez will be in the store giving demonstrations on their crafts.
G&M Drygoods- all of our Texas products on sale.

Spring Break Preview: Monday through Friday, 3/14 - 3/18. Contact Ms Melinda for activities requiring registration at 512-281-5678. Flyer
                  
Check out the Community Calendar on our website for more information about these events, and keep up with the fun in Elgin! Also see the City of Elgin Annual Events List!


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Elgin City Council Meeting Information

  • City Council meets first Tuesday of the month. View Meeting Agendas for details
  • You may contact the City Secretary at 512-281-5724  with questions. 
Tuesday, February 2nd - Regular Meeting

Elgin City Council  2015-2016
Marc Holm, Mayor & Chris Cannon, Mayor Pro-Tem 
Jessica Bega & Mary Penson - Ward 1
Juan Gonzalez & Edward Maldonado  - Ward 2
Chris Cannon & Craig Fromme - Ward 3 
Sue Brashar & Keith Joesel - Ward 4 

 
Serve on a Community Board - Complete the Application for Community Boards and submit it online. Read more about all the Community Boards and Committees

2016 Elections

The voting dates for 2016 are as follows: March 1st, May 24th and November 8th
Library Early Voting dates February 16th - 26th, May 16th - 20th and October 24th – November 4th.  Additional details available at Bastrop County Elections


Library News

Elgin Public Library 
Book Club, Story Times, Family Movie Nights, Arts and Crafts, Materials Galore, Free Wi-Fi!
Hours of Operation 
Tuesday & Thursday - 10 am to 7 pm
Wednesday & Friday - 10 am to 6 pm
Saturday - 10 am to 4 pm

The Elgin Public Library has activities, classes, children's programs and more every week. To find out what they have for You view their Library Newsletter or the Public-Library webpage.

See Spring Break Activities below!!!

Shop Elgin First

Shop Elgin FIRST

Support the businesses and organizations that make our community a great place to live! 
 

Valentine’s Day Celebrations:
LunchBox Crafts: Wednesday, January 27, Feb 3 & 10, 11:30 am - 1:30 pm, G&M Drygoods, bring your lunch and make a vintage valentine card for your sweetie. FREE

Heart Molds by Nancy Lou Webster: Saturday, January 30, at The Owl

Sip, Shop & Stroll: Thursday, February 11, 5 - 8 pm in Historic Downtown Elgin. 
The OWL: "Local Love". Featuring local artists and their work, Chocolate strawberries and Moscato wine tasting.  Live music. Owl Design will feature a Valentine Tablescape. 
G&M Drygoods: CraftNight - make a vintage valentine card for your sweetie.  Wine and nibbles! 

Check the  In Store Specials closer to the Sip, Shop & Stroll event for more participating businesses. 

Special Desserts with Dinner at Elgin Local Goods, Thurs & Friday, 2/11 & 2/12 before Valentine's Day. On Sunday, 2/14 (Valentines Day), we will have brunch and then two special seatings for Valentine's Dinner.  One from 6 - 8 pm and the other 8 - 10 pm.  Both will have live music.  Reservations are requested.

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Businesses may submit their information for a FREE listing in the City of Elgin Business Directory by completing the Directory Request Form.  If you have any questions or need assistance please contact the Website Administrator at: 512-281-5724 or smac@ci.elgin.tx.us                                                                                                           

BBQ Receipts Welcome

Bring Your BBQ Receipts Downtown for Specials and Discounts! 
Now through December, participating downtown merchants are offering in store specials and/or discounts to customers with a receipt from Meyers Elgin Smokehouse or Southside Market & Barbeque.  Look for the sign, "BBQ Receipts Welcome Here!" to find participating merchants. 
Guests staying at the Elgin Holiday Inn can enjoy discounts and specials too when they bring their room card to participating merchants.  All this to say, if you have not been downtown lately, you need to check it out – there are lots of new businesses opening!

* * * * * *   Texas Film Round Up in Bastrop County * * * * * *


TAMI is a non-profit organization working to discover, preserve, and educate the community about Texas’ film heritage. By partnering with institutions and individuals across the state, TAMI digitizes and provides web access to thousands of moving images that offer insight to Texas’ history and culture
TAMI will bring the Texas Film Round-Up to Bastrop County March 1 - 12! The collection event will be hosted at the Bastrop, Smithville, and Elgin public libraries where Bastrop County residents can drop off their films and videotapes for our free digitization program. We will also have a screening event to kick-off the Round-Up, tentatively planned at the Bastrop Opera House. At the screening event, we will be showing films of Bastrop County that have already been digitalized. Madeline Moya will be at the BCHC meeting on January 28 to answer any questions you have, and if you do have materials. For questions email Madeline Moya, Managing Director, at:
mmoya@texasarchive.org  or call: 512-485-3073

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Elgin ISD Libraries are open Monday's
From 4 - 7 pm. The public is welcome and can set up individual accounts to check out books. 

Neidig . Elgin . Booker T Washington Elementary . Elgin Middle School . Elgin High School .


Coffee & Conversation with the Superintendent - Tuesday, February 16, 2016, 7:45 - 8:45 am at the EISD Admin Bldg, 1002 N Avenue C.


Elgin ISD drives year-after-year gain in college application rates
Last year, only 53% of Elgin's seniors in the Class of 2015 submitted their ApplyTexas college application by July 2015. This year's Class of 2016,  more than 89% submitted their application and its only January. See Elgin's success factors here.

 
See Austin Community College Elgin Campus class and continuing education information. 



PARD

Spring Break Activities
Flyer

Activities for all ages and interests sponsored by the Elgin Parks and Recreation Department and the Elgin Public Library. See the flyer for dates and times and enjoy everything from Foot Golf to Cooking to Movies and more. 

Contact Ms Melinda at 512-281-5678 for activities that require sign up.

Pics with Santa

New Legal Clinic Kicks Off in Bastrop County 

Texas RioGrande Legal Aid (TRLA) has partnered with the Bastrop County Bar Association and Volunteer Legal Services of Central Texas (VLS) to begin providing free monthly legal advice clinics to Bastrop-area residents.  The clinics will be held on the first Tuesday of each month during the school year. The first clinic took place, January 5th, from 4:15 to 6pm in the library of the Bastrop Intermediate School. For more information: Texas RioGrande Legal Aid


Project ChildSafe

300 Firearm Safety Kits
to Be Distributed Locally

The Elgin Police Department will provide 300 free firearm safety kits to local residents through a partnership with Project ChildSafe, the nationwide firearms safety education program. The safety kits, include a gun lock.
Read more

River Valley Farmers' Market in Historic Downtown Elgin!

Every Saturday 9 am - 1 pm in Veterans’ Memorial Park - fresh produce, eggs, grass-fed beef, hand-made crafts, children’s activities, and more! The Farmers’ Market hosts live music and Sidewalk sales on First Saturdays. Follow the RVFM at their website or Follow them on their Facebook page. 
Check out local food options & Information at Local Food Network

Farmers Market Banner
A Row To Share

Stacey Van Landingham Community Cupboard Board Member
From Our Gardens to Your Table – Join a handful of Elginites who have decided to donate their own home-grown fresh produce to the Elgin Community Cupboard. Simply prepare an extra row, sow a few more seeds or plant an extra container of cherry tomatoes. When you're ready to harvest contact Carolyn Lanford with the Community Cupboard at 281-4011 for information on when to deliver your donation or arrange for pickup. You can also visit us online at www.arowtoshare.wordpress.com for information.

Depot Museum

Depot Museum

The museum is open five days a week, Tuesday through Saturday, from 2 - 5 pm. Admission is free.


Check the Website for updates to the featured exhibits at the museum. 

Rotating Mini-exhibits add some sparkle about current holidays and events. The Museum also has an extensive photo collection and souvenirs for purchase. For inquiries call 512-285-2000. Read more or Follow us on Facebook

Reduce - Reuse - Recycle

TRASH TALK - Reduce - Reuse - Recycle

Recycling Info:
Commissioner Snowden, Precinct 4 announces new recycling center information:  Bull Run Road-Recycle Bin will be emptied Monday, Wednesday, and Friday instead of two days a week. PLEASE crush cans, plastic bottles, and break down cardboard boxes.  If bin is full, please do not leave recycled items on the ground.

Recycling conserves natural resources, creates jobs, and saves landfill space. Recycling is included with the weekly trash service for residential customers with in the city limits. Each resident is allowed up to 3 recycle bins.  To request an additional recycling bin contact us at: 512-281-5724  

For information on City of Elgin trash service, recycling, & bulk waste see our 
website.

Upcoming Bulk Dates - Tuesday, February 9 and 23. 
Tires, Whole Trees, Construction Debris, and/or Piles over 3 cubic yards Do NOT Qualify for bulk pick up. These items must be disposed of by the resident. 


Links to information for trash and recycling services in the surrounding areas are also available.  For an interactive site that allows you to find resources for disposing of recyclables and hazardous waste items visit  
Keep Bastrop County Beautiful

Adopt A Spot

The Adopt a Spot program is sponsored by the City of Elgin to beautify our community.  The program offers two opportunities for you and your neighbors to play an ongoing role in maintaining an area that needs a little extra attention or beautification – Adopt A Spot Litter Control and Adopt a Spot Beautification. Read more and find out how you can participate!


Save the dates and join the fun as we pick up litter in public right-of-ways around town Saturday April 9, Thursday June 16, Saturday, October 15.  Available spots: Any spot on public property can be considered for adoption. Available spots are listed on the Adoption forms or you can choose a spot. Please call 512-229-3227 for information and any questions you may have regarding the Adopt A Spot programs.
Dog n Cat


Pets or Pests - We can help


Visit our Animal Control web page to read all about finding lost pets, reporting pest problems or pet concerns, pet care and more. 

To request assistance from the Animal Control Officer call the Elgin Police Department at 512-285-5757.

Get a Purple Wildcat Flag from Elgin Main Street. 
The full sized flags are great to hang any time, or to put out for events like Western Days, Homecoming and more.  Flags may be purchased for $20 at Elgin City Hall, 310 North Main Street or Dorothy’s Jewelry and Gifts, 104 Depot Street. 

Elgin has been a Main Street City since 1990. Purchase of these items supports this program which in turn supports downtown revitalization and preservation of our Historic Downtown District.

CARTS Rural Bus

Catch a Ride

Bus Stop Downtown & Hwy 95 North! 
Commuter Bus Service Available from Elgin to Austin via Cap Metro! Daily weekly and monthly passes are available. For information call 474-1200 or visit
Cap Metro

The CARTS buses pick up riders downtown on Depot Street & Ave C and at the Hwy 95 North Park & Ride at Elgin Memorial Park. CARTS provides many different transportation options for rural communities. Please check out their website at Ride Carts. Door to Door service is also available for qualified riders. 

For info on the Elgin Manor 990 route with service to Austin, please visit
Ride Carts - Metro Services

The Interurban Coach is a regional intercity route providing connections between Austin, Bastrop, Bertram, Burnet, Elgin, Georgetown, Giddings, LaGrange, Liberty Hill, Lockhart, Luling, Marble Falls, Paige, Round Rock, San Marcos, Smithville, Taylor and Texas State University and makes connections to Greyhound, Capital Metro and Amtrak. Read more here

Air Now

Air Quality Awareness!

Please consider signing up for Air Quality Alerts and Ozone Action Alerts and download the AirNow app. For More information visit our website.
 
Learn how residents and businesses across Central Texas can “Be Air Aware”:Explore additional information at
Air Quality Resources - CapCoG

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