City of Elgin eNews

August 2016

For utility or other emergency assistance, after business hours, call 512-285-5757

City Hall

Community Blood Drive!

There will be a Community Blood Drive on Wednesday, August 31st from noon to 6 pm at the Fleming Community Center, 802 N Ave C. 

The blood drive is in conjunction with the 
Blood Center of Central Texas who is celebrating their 65th birthday. They are the exclusive provider and guardian of the community blood supply for 39 medical facilities in a  ten-county service area of Central Texas. One donation can save the lives of three Central Texans. As the primary provider for the needs of Central Texas, they count on your donations to help maintain a safe and stable blood supply. Visit their website for information on donating blood and what your donation can mean for someone needing a transfusion.

To donate blood at the Community Blood Drive please make an appointment by registering at
 Event Brite.com or Contact Nancy Schmidt at 830-660-4599. Flyer 


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Council Approves Grant Application


The Elgin City Council unanimously approved for Elgin’s Economic Development Corporation (EDC) to submit an application for approval to qualify for a $50,000 United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) grant that would start the ball rolling on development of a packaging facility and community kitchen in Elgin. The facility would be available to any citizen of Elgin and the surrounding area, with a focus on providing a space for area farmers to be able to come in to produce and package value-added items from their local farms.  Read More...

Elgin Courier - Thursday, June 16, 2016 by Rachel Lucio


Save the Date

Community Calendar

Find all the upcoming events, meetings, & classes via the Community Calendar on the website 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 specify the types of events you want to know about. 


Elgin Farmers' Market: Open every Saturday in Veterans' Memorial Park - National Farmers Market Week - August 7-13 - see activities below!

Flea Market Days - First Saturday of each month. Call Aletha Kribbs @ 512-285-4025
 
First Saturday Sidewalk Sales: Saturday, August 6, Historic Downtown Elgin. Flyer

Bastrop & Buescher State Parks: Saturdays, August 6 & 13, multiple activities. Flyer

Emancipet -  
Monday, August 8 Low-Cost Spay & Neuter Clinic at Bastrop Animal Shelter. OR Monday, August 22 Low-Cost Spay & Neuter Clinic at Elgin General Store. Appointments required.  emancipet.org/appointments

Sip, Shop & Stroll: Thursday, August 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 before each event. 

Pool Open for the Season: Regular season hours started June 3rd. See website for details. Flyer

Community Blood Drive - Wednesday, August 31, Fleming Community Center. Please make an appointment by registering at Event Brite.com or Contact Nancy Schmidt at 830-660-4599. Flyer

Bulk Trash Dates - 
Tuesdays, August 9 & 23 - Bulk Trash Pick Up Request see requirements below.

Save the date September:
Thursday, September 8- Sip, Shop & Stroll from 5-8pm in Historical Downtown Elgin
Saturday, September 3 First Saturday Sidewalk Sale Historical Downtown Elgin
Saturday, September 3- Elgin Farmers’ Market from 9am-1pm Veteran’s Memorial Park
Saturday, September 3-Flea Market Days- Elgin Memorial Park 


For more Summer Activities for Kids and Family, see the Public Library and Parks & Rec sections below!

             

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, August 2 - Regular Meeting

Elgin City Council  2016-2017
Chris Cannon, Mayor & Juan Gonzalez, Mayor Pro-Tem 
Jessica Bega & Mary Penson - Ward 1
Juan Gonzalez & Susie Arreaga - Ward 2
Phillip Thomas & 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

November 8, 2016 City of Elgin Special Election*

A Special Election filling the vacancy for Ward 2 will be held on November 8, 2016. 
Filing deadline for candidates is August 25th, 5 pm.
*Only Ward 2 residents will vote for this position. 

Early Voting dates: October 24th – November 4th at the Elgin Public Library.
Additional information will be posted as available.

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.

For a complete list of Summer Fun at the Library click here! Don't miss out on the many activities planned for kids of all ages and adult and family events too!

~ READING ~ CREATING ~ WATCHING ~ 

Shop Elgin First

Dine Elgin FIRST

No Cook Tuesdays- The Economic Development Corporation, the Chamber of Commerce and the Main Street Board are working together to encourage the community to shop and dine in Elgin. Dine Elgin First is an expansion of the Shop Elgin First program.  Dine Elgin First will include weekly drawings and a grand prize drawing on August 22 for gift cards from Elgin restaurants. 
Customers will enter the drawing at participating restaurants by sharing their name and email on entry forms to be placed in red gift bags at the cash register or other central location in the restaurant.  An official drawing will be held to select the weekly winners.  All entries will be included in the grand prize drawings on August 22.  Customers will also be encouraged to check in at restaurants and share reviews on social media.
>>>>  Press Release and Restaurant List 

Food Trucks Sprout Up in Elgin

By Cassie Smith - Elgin Courier

Food trucks are slowly becoming more common in Elgin; the most noticeable trucks are on the corner of Main Street, seated on a spacious green lot that sits right next to the city’s railroad tracks, and behind the popular snack hut, Hakuna Matata at 101 N. Main Street. The food trucks include Aunty Fanny’s enigmatic black and purple desert truck, and THL’s Patty Wagon’s boisterous yellow burger joint, and a bright green truck that is soon-to-be a sandwich spot.  
Read more about all the other food trucks around town.

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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                                                                                                        

First Saturday Sidewalk Sales!
Historic Downtown Elgin

Take a stroll through Historic Downtown Elgin. Check out the specials on selected merchandise at participating retailers & restaurants. New retailers and restaurants are popping up all over downtown. You will find an eclectic selection of gifts, clothing, housewares, decor, art and more. 


While you are in town, visit the Flea Market Days in Elgin Memorial Park and the Farmers' Market in Veterans' Memorial Park. 

*  *  *  *  Light up Elgin for the Holidays!  *  *  *  *


We need your help to make Elgin a lighted wonderland for the Holidays!  
The Friends of Elgin Parks and the Elgin Main Street Board are working together to transform Veterans' Memorial Park, the library, city hall complex, Fleming Community Center, and Elgin Memorial Park into a blaze of holiday lights from Thanksgiving through Christmas.  
The illuminated extravaganza starts with a ten foot tall lighted singing Christmas tree and ultimately, with your help, will include hundreds of thousands of lights on multiple displays. Visit the
Friends of Elgin Parks webpage for more information, or contact Martha Cox
(luckyxena@gmail.comor Amy Miller, 512-229-3213 (amiller@ci.elgin.tx.us)

Make your tax deductible donation today through PayPal.com,       


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Family Health Center at Elgin ISD 
Located at 902 W. 2nd Street.
Serving Elgin ISD students, faculty, staff, and our Community.
Open all summer!

Primary Care, Counseling & Dental Services.
Flyer
Call 512-229-3334 to schedule an appointment.
www.bbtrails.org   

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Clean Air Coalition:
Commute and Save Money while helping the environment!

The myCommuteSolutions site can help you find a carpool buddy, plan a transit trip, map out a bike route, and more! By logging your commute you can  see fuel saved, calories burned, and pollution reduced. 

See which options work best for you when you sign up for myCommuteSolutions. Getting started is easy- register for this FREE service by clicking the “Register Now” button. The myCommuteSolutions site serves Bastrop, Burnet, Caldwell, Hays, Travis, and Williamson counties. 


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Zika Virus
What is the Zika Virus? 

Zika virus disease is caused by Zika virus that is spread to people primarily through the bite of infected mosquitoes. Sexual transmission also has been documented.

There is currently no vaccine or treatment for Zika. The most common symptoms of Zika are fever, rash, joint pain, and conjunctivitis (red eyes). In previous outbreaks, the illness has typically been mild with symptoms lasting for several days to a week after being bitten by an infected mosquito. Zika virus infection in pregnant women is a cause of microcephaly and other severe fetal brain defects. Zika also has been linked to Guillain-Barré syndrome, an uncommon sickness of the nervous system in which a person’s immune system damages the nerve cells, causing muscle weakness and sometimes paralysis.  Special thanks to City of Austin, Health and Human services website. 

What can I do? 
Prevent the bite, day and night – The following steps can decrease mosquito breeding habitats, and reduce the overall mosquito population.  
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BACK TO SCHOOL!!!

Teachers and Staff are gearing up for the first day of school on Monday, August 22nd. 
Visit the EISD  website for registration dates and more
to be sure you are ready to return.


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

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Check out the Fun for everyone!

Municipal Pool Open Till Labor Day!

Watch the City of Elgin facebook page and our Website for details.

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Elgin Municipal Pool at Morris Memorial Park
Admission Fee:

  • Ages 0-5: Free
  • Individuals: $2.00
  • Swim Pass: $65.00 (55 entries per pass per person)
Open to the Public:
August 13th until September 6th – Open to the public weekends only
  • Monday – Saturday Noon – 5:45 pm
  • Sundays 1:00 pm – 5:45 pm
  • Most Fridays – Families Swim FREE 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Programs at the Pool:
  • Water Aerobics: MWF 9:30 am – 10:15 am
    TTH 8:00 pm – 8:45 pm
  • Daycare Swim: TTH 9:35am – 11:30am
  • Swim Lessons in Elgin www.bastropymca.org
  • Pool Party Reservations: Saturday or Sunday only 6:30pm – 8:30pm

 

Warm Weather Increases Snake Activity 
As warmer weather sets in the City of Elgin residents are more likely to see snakes everywhere. Elgin Animal Control has had reports of many snakes all over the city. If residents do encounter a snake on their property or in their home the best course of action is to call a professional that can safely remove it.
Elgin A.C.O Allen is also available after normal business hours. The best way to discourage snakes from coming onto your property is to keep your yard cut and clean. Piles of brush, firewood or debris create an inviting environment for snakes to hide in and feed. The snakes are attracted to the sheltered area and the shade attracts rodents and other prey for the snakes.
The most commonly seen snake in the area is the rat snake and the eastern hognose. Both of these snakes are non venomous .
Bastrop County and Elgin  is home to four types of venomous snakes, including the rattlesnake, copper head, cottonmouth (which is a type of pit viper) and the coral snake, a member of the elapidae family.

Read more to identify these snakes.


Elgin Police Department

Citizens Police Academy


The Elgin Police Department conducts a Citizens Police Academy at least once a year. The  Academy last for 11 weeks and meets once a week and 1 or 2 Saturday’s during the class. Assistant Chief of Police Phillip Taylor has the responsibility for planning the Citizens Police Academy each year and usually arranges to hold at least 1 class in the fall. This year's class starts September 29th. Read more

Elgin Farmers' Market
in Historic Downtown Elgin!

Every Saturday 9 am - 1 pm in Veterans’ Memorial Park - fresh produce, eggs, hand-made crafts, children’s activities, and more! The Farmers’ Market hosts live music and Sidewalk sales on First Saturdays. Follow the EFM at their website or Follow them on their Facebook page. 

Check out local food options & Information at Local Food Network

August 7-13 is National Farmers Market Week.
The Elgin Farmers' Market is going to start the celebration on August 6 with the following:
* Live music with Patty Finney at 9 am
* Howard and Skye are playing at 10 am 
* David Dunn is playing at 11 am
* Kid's activities will feature fun with water at 10 am.
* Free market bags provided by Capital Farm Credit will be given away as well as pens and pencils, recipes and other goodies from the Texas Department of Agriculture.

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A Row To Share

A ROW TO SHARE - From Our Gardens to Your Table
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.


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Resources for planting large or small


A new online resource to promote planting small – provides helpful information about planting window boxes.  This information can also be used for larger planting areas.  To encourage folks to  "Plant a Window Box for Pollinators" by using a new, free online tool available at the redesigned People's Garden Initiative website.   The new website shares People's Garden success stories and numerous resources, from videos to checklists, on how-to create a garden that benefits the community and incorporates sustainable practices.

"The website's 'Plant a Window Box for Pollinators' tool is a fun way for gardeners to select native plants for their gardens and, at the same time, help bees, butterflies and other pollinators flourish," said Agricultural Marketing Service Administrator Elanor Starmer.

The People's Garden Initiative works with agencies and offices across USDA and with federal, state and local partners to start and sustain gardens with the mission of growing healthy food, people and communities. USDA's Agricultural Marketing Service, Transportation and Marketing Program oversees the Initiative for the Department

Depot Museum
Depot Museum has a new sign. Visit them Soon!

Elgin 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

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Legal Clinic Open 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 provide 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


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Reduce - Reuse - Recycle

TRASH TALK - Reduce - Reuse - Recycle

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

Bulk Trash Pickup
Bulk trash pickup is every other Tuesday. Arrangements must be made in writing, in advance, to be placed on the pickup route by emailing the
 Utility Billing Department or complete and submit a Bulk Trash Pick Up Request.  Deadline for scheduling a bulk pick up is 5:00 PM the Friday before the next pick up date. This is a free service included in the price that City of Elgin residential customers pay for water, wastewater, recycling and garbage service. Trash & Recycling Procedures.

Upcoming Bulk Dates can be viewed on the City Services Calendar.

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. 
*3 cubic yards is roughly a load that would fit in a standard pickup truck bed.

Bulk Waste Disposal Option at the Bastrop Transfer Station 

Located at 1209 Linden Street Bastrop Texas - Monday through Friday: 8:30 am to 3:30 pm.   Brush, construction & demolition waste, some appliances, furniture, scrap metals   
Remove refrigerants & coolants (CFC’s) from air conditioners, refrigerators, & freezers.
$10.00 minimum charge / $10.00 per cubic yard. Check or Money Order Only.
Tires – $3.00 each - Rims must be detached - Passenger car & light truck tires only. 
For questions, call:  512-332-8920.  No Hazardous Waste or Electronics Accepted  

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 date 2016
Save the date
 and join the fun as we pick up litter in public rights of way around town. Saturday, October 15 meet at 8:30 am 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.


Monday, August 8 Low-Cost Spay & Neuter Clinic at Bastrop Animal Shelter. 
 or
Monday, August 22 Low-Cost Spay & Neuter Clinic at Elgin General Store. Appointments required.
http://emancipet.org/appointments/?location=mobile

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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