City of Elgin eNews

March 2016

City of Elgin Offices will be closed on Friday, 3/25/16.
Trash service will not be affected
For utility or other emergency assistance, after business hours, call 512-285-5757

City Hall


Elgin Parks & Recreation Survey

The City of Elgin Parks and Recreation Advisory Board is conducting a Parks and Recreation Survey. This information will be used to complete an update of the Open Space Parks and Recreation Master Plan.

Since the plans adoption in 2010 a number of major projects have been completed or are in process including renovation of the Fleming community center, completion of Shenandoah park trail, Morris memorial park restrooms and bath house, sidewalks on FM 1100, Avenue C, 11th and 2nd Streets, planting trees throughout the park system and an indoor recreation center is set to break ground in 2016.

Please take a few moments to share your thoughts about parks and recreation in Elgin and help develop an updated plan that will guide the next five to ten years of park development in Elgin. The Elgin Parks & Rec Survey can be found at this
link. Or you can complete the survey at the Elgin public library.

For more information contact Amy Miller, Community Development Director amiller@ci.elgin.tx.us or Michael Gonzalez, Parks and Recreation Director at mgonzalez@ci.elgin.tx.us


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


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


Birthday Program for Texas -  Wednesday, March 2, 7:30 pm, Fleming Center - Dr. Harry Krenek, a true-purple former Elgin star, is the program speaker.  All are welcome.  Dr. Krenek's personal and professional interest is history, especially Texas History.  Texas Independence Day is March 2, a special day for all who love Texas.
Sponsored by the Elgin Historical Assoc.

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.
See specials below in Shop Elgin First Section.

Sip, Shop & Stroll: Thursday, March 10, 5 – 8 pm in Historic Downtown Elgin.  Sip a little wine as you shop and stroll through Historic Downtown Elgin. In Store Specials updated before each event.


Spring Break Activities: Monday through Friday, 3/14 - 3/18. Contact Ms Melinda for activities requiring registration at 512-281-5678. Flyer

Walk or Bike to School Day: Wednesday, March 23, Elgin ISD and the City of Elgin are promoting another Walk to School Day. Flyer

Easter Egg Hunt & Fun Day: Saturday, March 26, Thomas Memorial Park. FREE and open to the public. Bring your own chair, blanket and basket. Games, refreshments & music. Sponsored by Elgin Sub District of Churches.

Pet Care in the Park: Saturday, 3/26, 10 am - 2 pm, Elgin Memorial Park. Dogs and Cats can get $10 rabies, $5 microchips! Flyer

Music in the Park: Fridays, April 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, 8 pm, Veterans' Memorial Park. Free Concerts! Bring your lawn chairs or blanket, and your own adult beverages. Enjoy the sounds of music from an eclectic list of bands. Flyer

Local Lore - An Elgin History Adventure: Saturday, April 2, 10 am - 2 pm, Veterans' Memorial Park. A fun filled time learning about our town’s history!   Activities include maps illustrating Elgin’s growth over the years, storytelling, museum tours, River Valley Farmers Market, games of the past, and an architectural and business scavenger hunt downtown. 

Pearls of Youth Art Show: April 23 - 24. Watch for more details in the next eNewsletter or check our website for updates. 

Art Studio Tour: April 30. Watch for more details in the next eNewsletter or check our website for updates.
             
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!


Sign up for Notifications to get emails regarding events you want to know about!

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

The May 7, 2016 City of Elgin general election will be cancelled. The general election was to be held to fill the Mayor At-Large and council member seats for Ward 1, Ward 2, Ward 3, and Ward 4. The incumbents are unopposed.
 
Chris Cannon -- Mayor At-Large.
Jessica Bega -- Ward 1.
Edward Maldonado -- Ward 2.
Craig Fromme -- Ward 3.
Sue Prinz Brashar -- Ward 4.
 
As no one but the incumbents filed to run for the Council seats, in accordance with Texas Election Code, Section 2.053(a), the City of Elgin may declare unopposed candidates elected to their position. The City of Elgin general election will officially be cancelled by a vote during the regular meeting on March 1, 2016.
 
Special Election filling the vacancy for Ward 3 filing deadline is March 7, 2016. If that position is unopposed, the city special election will officially be cancelled by a vote during the regular meeting on April 5, 2016.
 
Phillip Thomas has filed for the vacancy in Ward 3,

 
The unopposed candidates will be sworn in during a special called meeting on May 10, 2016.


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! 
 

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 Bowlin and Berry Perez will be in the store giving demonstrations on their crafts.
G&M Drygoods- all of our Texas products on sale.
American Legion – Western Days at The Post! Old fashion drink cocktails all day.
Elgin Local Goods – Featuring a variety of Texas themed items for sale.
River Valley Farmers Market – Music and Go Texan Giveaway items. 

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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: 512-229-3230 or smac@ci.elgin.tx.us                                                                                                           

BBQ Receipts Welcome

Bring Your BBQ Receipts Downtown for Specials and Discounts! 

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  Flyer

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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, March 22, 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


Elgin Police Department

Warrant Round-Up
The Elgin Police Department will begin an aggressive Warrant Round-Up for individuals with outstanding municipal court warrants. The Round-Up begins March 5, 2016
Attention: The Municipal Court Judge will waive the warrant fee for everyone that comes in to pay their warrant in Full before the Arrests begin. 
We encourage those with outstanding warrants to come pay their fines and get rid of their arrest warrants. Individuals with outstanding warrants may be arrested at their residence, place of employment, school, or any other location. So act now to avoid arrest. If you have active warrants or delinquent traffic, misdemeanor (Class C) citations, or parking citations the time to act is NOW. All fines, court costs, and warrant fees must be paid in full. To find out if you have an outstanding warrant for your arrest with the Elgin Municipal Court, you should contact us IMMEDIATELY.

How to Take Care of an Outstanding Warrant: 
-Contact the Elgin Municipal Court located at 310 N Main St. Elgin, Texas 78621 or by calling (512) 281-0318 Monday-Friday 8-4
-Forms of payment accepted include, exact amount of Cash, money order and cashier's check. 

You can also pay with a debit or credit card by calling 1-800-444.1187 M-F 8-5 or at the link below.

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. The Elgin photography exhibit returns.  A few new looks will catch the eye of viewers.
Make it a date to visit the museum, and bring someone with you. Help with local genealogy is available, with more than 5 thousand photos in the photo collection.

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, March 8 and 22. 
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!


Community Clean Up dates 2016
Save the dates
and join the fun as we pick up litter in public rights of way around town Saturday, April 9 at meet at 8:30am at Elgin Memorial Park, Thursday, June 16, meet at 6pm at Elgin Memorial Park, and Saturday, October 15 meet at 8:30am at Elgin Memorial Park. 

Community Clean Up days are sponsored by Republic Waste Services and the City of Elgin.  We provide the trash bags, gloves, door prizes and refreshments!  

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.


Pet Care in the Park: Saturday, 3/26, 10 am - 2 pm, Elgin Memorial Park. Dogs and Cats can get $10 rabies, $5 microchips! Flyer

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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