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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: November 24, 2020

City Seeks Volunteers to Serve on Boards & Commissions

Boards and Commissions call for applications

The City of San Marcos is accepting applications to fill vacancies on City boards and commissions with volunteers from throughout the community. 

Citizens may fill out volunteer interest applications online through Friday, January 8, 2021, to be c...

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Press Releases
Posted on: November 23, 2020

City’s Virtual Holiday Parade Slated for November 26

Shoebox parade Announcement

The City of San Marcos will be hosting the inaugural SMTX Hometown Holiday Shoebox Parade on Thursday, Nov. 26 online at 2 p.m. on SMTX Community Services Facebook Page, Downtown San Marcos Facebook Page, City of San Marcos YouTube channel and on the City...

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Press Releases
Posted on: November 23, 2020

City Offices Closed for Thanksgiving Holiday

City Hall Closures for Thanksgiving Day

City of San Marcos offices, including City Hall, Activity Center, Animal Shelter, Municipal Court, and Utility Offices and drive-thrus, will be closed on Thursday and Friday, Nov. 26 and 27, for the Thanksgiving Holiday. The Library remains closed until D...

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Press Releases
Posted on: November 20, 2020

Black Friday Weekend Exit Ramp Closures at Outlet Malls

Map for Black Friday Mall Exits

The City of San Marcos will close two IH35 exit ramps near the San Marcos Outlet Malls for traffic control during the upcoming Black Friday weekend.  

From Thursday, Nov. 26 at 10 p.m. to Saturday, Nov. 28 at 8 p.m., Exit 200 ramp on southbound IH...

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Press Releases
Posted on: November 19, 2020

200 Volunteers Participated in Successful Fall River Clean Up

CoSM Employees during Fall River Clean up

The City’s Neighborhood Enhancement Department, as well as Keep San Marcos Beautiful and the Habitat Conservation Plan, report that almost 200 volunteers picked up trash and recyclable material during the weekend of October 2 - 4 for the Fall Ri...

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Press Releases
Posted on: November 19, 2020

Utility & Rental Assistance Available to Area Residents

Need Utility Assistance help?

The City of San Marcos is reminding area residents of utility and rent or mortgage assistance options available through Community Action, Inc. and the City’s utility billing department to help our community navigate these challenging financial t...

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Press Releases
Posted on: November 18, 2020

Public Assistance Requested for Tuesday Home Invasion

Collage of White Impala

San Marcos Police responded to the report of a home invasion at The Grove at San Marcos, 1150 E. River Ridge Parkway, on Tuesday, Nov. 17 and is asking the public for assistance in solving this crime.

On Tuesday afternoon, at approximately 12:05 p.m., an u...

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Press Releases
Posted on: November 16, 2020

Police Respond to Two Shooting Incidents, One Arrest

20Nov16_Garrett Allen Howe

San Marcos Police responded to two incidents involving the discharge of firearms over the weekend with one resulting in the shooting of an individual by an unknown assailant and the other resulting in an arrest.  This is the sixth consecutive wee...

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Press Releases
Posted on: November 14, 2020

Citywide Boil Water Notice Rescinded Immediately

Boil water notice has ended

The City of San Marcos has rescinded the citywide boil water notice that was issued Thursday evening following construction damage to a major City water main.  Water testing has confirmed no bacteria contamination is present and the water is safe...

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Press Releases
Posted on: November 12, 2020

Citywide Boil Water Notice in Effect until Saturday at 5 p.m.

Boil Water Notice

The City of San Marcos is notifying all water customers of a citywide boil water notice in effect until Saturday, Nov. 14 at 5 p.m.  The boil notice is the result of construction damage to a major City water main this afternoon which resulted in ...

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Press Releases
Posted on: November 9, 2020

Two Honorary Grand Marshals Named for 2020 Veterans Day ‘Month of Service’

Grand Marshall Group photo

 

Throughout November, the City of San Marcos is honoring our Veterans with a “Month of Service” to show our pride and respect for the Veterans who have assured freedom for our nation for 244 years.

Honorary Grand Marshals for t...

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Press Releases
Posted on: November 6, 2020

Man Arrested in Stabbing Incident on Wednesday

Mugshot of young man in black t-shirt

The San Marcos Police Department responded to the report of a stabbing on Wednesday afternoon, Nov. 4, 2020, which resulted in the arrest of Jonathan Sonny Luna (DOB 06/18/99) of Seguin, TX., for Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon-Family Vio...

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Press Releases
Posted on: November 4, 2020

East Hopkins Bike and Ped Project Beginning Nov. 9

East Hopkins Project graphic of yellow vest and yellow hardhat

The City of San Marcos Engineering and Capital Improvements Department will begin construction on the East Hopkins Bike and Pedestrian Improvement Project on Monday, Nov. 9. The project will improve pedestrian and bicycle access to busy locations along Ho...

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Press Releases
Posted on: November 4, 2020

Garza & Scott Elected; Runoff in Mayoral Race & Place 5

2020 Election Results announcement with City of San Marcos Logo

In unofficial election results released by the Hays County Elections Office at 10 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 3, Alyssa Garza and Shane Scott have been elected to San Marcos City Council Place 3 and 4, respectively. A runoff election will be called for the Mayo...

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Press Releases
Posted on: November 2, 2020

City’s “Month of Service” Kicks-Off with Honor a Veteran

San Marcos Veterans Month of Service November 2020

The City of San Marcos, with assistance from the Veterans Affairs Advisory Committee and local veterans’ organizations, will be hosting a month of service opportunities starting with “Honor a Veteran”.

From November 1 through ...

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Press Releases
Posted on: October 30, 2020

Man Arrested Downtown for Aggravated Assault

Mugshots of two white males

The San Marcos Police Department responded to an incident downtown Tuesday night, Oct. 27, 2020, which resulted in the arrest of Mekhi Arthur Burgess (DOB 07/17/98) of Cedar Park, TX., for Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon, Tampering with P...

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Press Releases
Posted on: October 30, 2020

November City Hall Calendar

Photo of City Hall

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

Sunday, November 1, 2020 

SMTX Veteran Month of Service Week 1: Honor a Veteran - Submit a name, photo, and a brief description ...

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Press Releases
Posted on: October 30, 2020

Animal Shelter to Host Next Emancipet Clinic Nov. 7

Cherry

On Saturday, Nov. 7, 2020, the San Marcos Regional Animal Shelter (SMRAS) will host the first of several upcoming Emancipet mobile spay/neuter clinics for San Marcos and the surrounding community. Pet drop-off begins at 8 a.m. at the SMRAS, 750 River Road...

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Press Releases
Posted on: October 28, 2020

SMPD Blue Santa Applications Due November 20

San Marcos Police Department Blue santa announcement

The San Marcos Police Department (SMPD) is excited to announce that the application process for the 2020 SMPD Blue Santa Program is open and applications will be accepted through Friday, Nov. 20. 

Applications are available in English and Spanish ...

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Press Releases
Posted on: October 28, 2020

City Announces 5th Annual Bin It to Win It Champion

Tree and two recycling trash cans graphic

The City of San Marcos Resource Recovery Department is pleased to announce that for the third consecutive year, Vintage Pads Apartments is the official champion of the annual Bin it to Win it recycling competition. 

Bin it to Win it is a ...

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Press Releases
Posted on: October 23, 2020

San Marcos Returns to Stage 1 Drought Restrictions

San Marcos Water Tower

San Marcos Returns to Stage 1 Drought Restrictions  

 

The City of San Marcos will return to Stage 1 drought restrictions effective Sunday, Oct. 25 in response to dropping aquifer levels. Stage 1 is implemented when the 10-day average Edwa...

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Press Releases
Posted on: October 22, 2020

Standridge Chosen as New San Marcos Police Chief

Sandridge

The City of San Marcos is announcing the selection of Stan Standridge as the new Chief of the San Marcos Police Department subject to City Council confirmation on November 4.  Following a nationwide search, Standridge was one of two finalists nam...

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Press Releases
Posted on: October 19, 2020

Children’s Playscape Closing Thursdays for Cleaning

Playscape 1

The San Marcos Parks and Recreation Department announced that Children’s Park Playscape will be closed every Thursday until further notice for deep cleaning and disinfecting beginning Thursday, Oct. 22 from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.  The park wi...

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Press Releases
Posted on: May 1, 2018

San Marcos Residents Can Text Emergency Info to 9-1-1

texting

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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