City of Elgin eNews

October 2016

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Thomas Mattis
Thomas L Mattis, Elgin City Manager

Elgin Names Thomas L Mattis as new City Manager!

Mayor Chris Cannon and the City Council have selected Thomas L. Mattis as the new City Manager, who comes to the City of Elgin with lengthy experience in local government and deep professional roots in Texas. Mattis has achieved a successful and diversified career as a City Manager over the past 34 years, having served as the chief executive officer for six (6) different municipalities in three different states.

“Mary Ann and I are very excited about this opportunity to essentially ‘come home’ to Central Texas”, said Mr. Mattis. “We’ve enjoyed our time in Virginia, but are very much looking forward to becoming Elginites and serving the citizens there.”  Read more...


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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 

Flea Market Days: First Saturday of each month. Call Aletha Kribbs @ 512-285-4025
 
First Saturday Sidewalk Sales: Saturday, October 1, Historic Downtown Elgin. Flyer

Sip, Shop & Stroll: Thursday, October 13, 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. 

Walk or Bike to School: Friday, September 2, Students are encouraged to participate and learn to walk or bike to school safely. Flyer

Bulk Trash Dates: 
Tuesdays, October 4 & 18 - Bulk Trash Pick Up Request see requirements below.

“Understanding Your Grief” Support Group: second Thursday of each month, beginning September 8, 2016, 5:30 - 7 pm, Elgin Family Health Center. See more information below.

Disaster Preparedness Workshop: Wednesday, September 28, 7:30 am - 1:30 pm, Bastrop Convention Center. The  Bastrop, Elgin, and Smithville Chambers , Bastrop EDC and the Texas State Small Business Development Center is sponsoring a Disaster Preparedness Workshop. Registration and Information

Beat the Big C -
The importance of routine Screenings: Thursday, September 29, 5:30 - 7:30 pm, First National Bank Community Room. Flyer

Parks Volunteer Day: SaturdayOctober 1, 8 am, Fleming Community Center. Work with members of the community and invest in your park.See more information below Flyer

National Night Out: Tuesday, October 4, 6 to 8 pm,Your Neighborhood! You are invited to join with thousands of communities nationwide  to participate in the 33rd Annual ‘National Night Out’. Flyer              NNO Downtown: Flyer 

Fall Festival: ThursdayOctober 6, 5 - 8 pm, Elgin Public Library. Costume Contest & more, Crafts, Clowns, Vendors and more! Flyer

Walk or Bike to School Days: Fridays, October 7 & November 4. Flyer

ACC Phase II Groundbreaking: Tuesday, October 11, 10 - 11:30 am, ACC Elgin Campus. Flyer

Fine Arts Exhibition: October 12 - 23, 7 am - 10 pm ACC Elgin Campus, 1501 Hwy 290 

Improve Your Business Through Social Media: Friday, October 14, 8:30 - 10 am, Elgin Public Library, one in a series of classes for local business owners. Register by emailing Gena Carter at genacarter@elgintxchamber.com. Flyer

Community Clean Up:
Saturday, October 15th, 8:30 am registration Elgin Memorial Park, 9 - 11 am pick up litter. Flyer


Hogalicious Dessert Contest: Thursday, October 20, 6 pm, Eva Mae's, 313 North Main Street. Flyer

Pearls Before Swine Art Show: Thursday, October 20, 6 – 10 pm, 107 North Main Street Friday, October 21st 10 am – 6 pm Saturday, October 22nd 10 am – 6 pm. Read more...  Call to Artists

Over Yonder Film Festival: Saturday, October 22, 3 pm at the Cotton Oil Mill downtown. Elgin High School teachers join forces with Elgin Main Street Board adding a Film Festival element to the popular HOGEYE FESTIVAL. Press Release

Hogeye Festival:
  Saturday, October 22,  10 am - 6 pm, Historic Downtown Elgin, 
Food, Crafts, Music, Contests, Kids Activities and MORE! Visit Hogeye Festival.com

             

Improve Your Business Through Exceptional Customer Service: Monday, October 24, 8:30 - 10 am, Fleming Community Center, one in a series of classes for local business owners. Register by emailing Gena Carter at genacarter@elgintxchamber.com. Flyer

Safe Trick or Treat Trail:
Monday, October 31, 6 - 8 pm, Veterans' Memorial Park and Historic Downtown Elgin. 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!

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, October 11 - Regular Meeting - rescheduled from October 4

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 was 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.

Austin Community College - Phase II

Austin Community College
Elgin Campus Phase II Groundbreaking Celebration 
Tuesday, October 11, 10 - 11:30 am
1501 W. U.S. Hwy. 290, Elgin, TX 78621


Help us break ground on new facilities for ACC's Sustainable Agricultural Entrepreneurship and Veterinary Technology programs.


Share the news! Invite friends to sign up to receive an email invitation.

Join the Groundbreaking invitation List


Learn more about the Elgin Campus expansion and other capital improvement projects.

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.

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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.com) or Amy Miller, 512-229-3213 (amiller@ci.elgin.tx.us)   

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Shop Elgin First
Sip Shop Stroll
First Saturday Sidewalk Sale
Meet your Neighbors

Work Downtown ~ Live Downtown
Meet Your Neighbors

Whether you work downtown, live downtown or frequent downtown, come meet your neighbors and network with the businesses and residents that make up the revitalized and renovated Historic District. 
Meet n Greets will take place Tuesday, October 4th (NNO) at the Elgin Music Company and Wednesday, November 9th at 28N. We hope to see you there!

Now offering classes to Improve Your Business - sponsored by the Elgin EDC, Chamber and Main Street Board. See the Community Calendar for dates and details. Flyer

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. 

Parks & Rec Logo

Parks Volunteer Day
SaturdayOctober 1, 8 am, Would you like to do something special in your community and assist with beautifying Elgin’s 120 acres of park land?  Join your friends and neighbors for the first ever City Wide Parks Volunteer Day. There will be jobs for all ages and abilities. Civic organizations, school clubs, scout groups, and interested citizens, who wish to help clean, maintain and improve our parks are all encouraged to attend. 
 
We will meet at 8 am in Morris Park, behind the Fleming Community Center. There will be plenty of breakfast tacos, donuts and other treats to get you ready for a productive and fun morning.  After a brief orientation, volunteers will be divided up to different work sites in the community.  
 
Volunteers will be assisting with tree and shrub planting, as well as sprucing up flower beds, planting native plants and general park clean-up.  We will focus our work in Thomas Memorial Park, The Triangle at Main Street and Taylor Road and Veterans’ Memorial Park.
 
At 1:00pm, volunteers will meet back at Morris Park for refreshments, and a special thank you gift for all volunteers.   It takes us all working together to steward and support our community parks!  For additional information or to volunteer, contact the City of Elgin Parks and Recreation Department at 512-285-6190 or 
mgonzalez@ci.elgin.tx.us.  
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We have a lot of great events coming this Fall! 

Check out this list and don't miss the fun!


BACK TO SCHOOL!!!

School has started and the kids and teachers are hard at work! Visit the EISD  website for a campus information including calendars and more!

Coffee & Conversation with the Superintendent
Tuesday October 18 7:45am – 8:45am
Elgin ISD Admini Building, 1002 North Avenue C 



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

Bastrop County– WarnCentralTexas.org, a new web portal created by a partnership of cities, counties and the Capital Area Council of Governments (CAPCOG), allows residents to register cellphone numbers and emails to receive emergency alerts by text, email or phone calls about their neighborhood.
 
“WarnCentralTexas provides residents with reliable information about disasters happening in their communities from their local emergency management and emergency response personnel,” said Eric Carter, CAPCOG Homeland Security director. “It is crucial that people take the time to register their cellphone numbers and email addresses. Protect your family, property and self. Sign up for emergency warnings in your neighborhood by voice, text or email.”
According to Mike Fisher, the Bastrop County Emergency Management Coordinator, this program is of vital importance to our residents. Having timely, verified, and factual information during a crisis is of critical importance to our community, including our business community. Read more

Clean Air Coalition

What are the effects of ground-level ozone?

  • Difficulty breathing deeply and vigorously
  • Sore or scratchy throat
  • Inflamed and damaged airways
  • Shortness of breathes and pain when taking a deep breath
  • Aggravation for lung diseases like asthma, emphysema, and chronic bronchitis
  • Increased frequency of asthma attacks
  • Greater susceptibility to lung infection
  • Continued damage to the lungs even after symptoms have disappeared 

Learn more at:
http://ozoneactionheroes.com/

Ozone Advance

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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.
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Call 512-229-3334 to schedule an appointment.
www.bbtrails.org   

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“Understanding Your Grief” Support Group

will begin meeting the second Thursday of each month, beginning September 8, 2016.  The time and locations are as follows:

  • Time:         5:30 to 7 p.m.
  • Location:   Elgin Family Health Center, 902 W 2nd St, Elgin, TX 78621

The group is open to those 18 years and older. The group will provide a safe environment for participants to share their feelings about losses from all situations (death of a loved one, loss of a job, divorce, aging, etc.). 

The group is limited to 15.  Stacey Cunningham and Claydeen Harrell, Bluebonnet Trails Community Services will be co-facilitating the meetings.  All interested in attending the meetings are requested to call and register prior to attending the meetings. 


Please call Stacey at 979-208-9229, Claydeen Harrell at 512-308-7893,
or Debi Laurents at 512-581-8858.


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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

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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

A Row To Share
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, Ocotber 31, 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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