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Posted on: August 10, 2020

Resident Engagement Improves with SMTX Connect Redesign

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SMTX Connect, the official City of San Marcos civic engagement tool, is being upgraded today to a new platform that will allow residents a simpler and better experience when reporting non-emergency issues, requesting services, and commenting to the City.

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Press Releases
Posted on: July 31, 2020

August City Hall Calendar

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Saturday, August 1, 2020

Clear the Shelters Month: All cats free! – Aug. 1 through Aug. 8 at San Marcos Regional Animal Shelter, 750 River Rd, San Marcos, TX. For more information, visit the Adoption Center.

Tuesday, August 4, 2020

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Press Releases
Posted on: July 29, 2020

Annual Clear the Shelter Event Goes Virtual, Month-Long for 2020

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Clear the Shelters, the national pet adoption annual campaign that normally takes place on a single day every August, has been extended with various specials lasting through the entire month of August at the San Marcos Regional Animal Shelter!

Each year th...

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Press Releases
Posted on: July 27, 2020

University Drive to Close for Utility Work Starting Aug. 3

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Starting Monday, Aug. 3, the City of San Marcos Engineering and Capital Improvements Department will close University Drive to conduct construction to replace an aged wastewater main from Moon Street to North LBJ Drive and along North LBJ Drive from Unive...

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Press Releases
Posted on: July 23, 2020

Fredericksburg Street to Close July 27 for Wastewater Main Replacement

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On Monday, July 27, the City of San Marcos Engineering and Capital Improvements Department will begin construction efforts to replace a sewer main on Fredericksburg Street between Hopkins and San Antonio Streets. Motorists can expect lane closures during ...

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Press Releases
Posted on: July 22, 2020

Arts Program Announces New Anti-Littering Mural Project

Electric Juice Mural

The City of San Marcos Mural Arts Program is seeking artist submissions to be considered for a newly commissioned public mural to enhance the pair of bridge barriers on CM Allen Parkway by the Children’s Park.

The ultimate goal of the mural proje...

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Press Releases
Posted on: July 21, 2020

Candidate Filing Period Opens for November Election

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The City of San Marcos is accepting applications for candidates seeking a place on the ballot for the upcoming General and Special elections taking place this November.

Positions to be filled during this election include the offices of Mayor, Council Membe...

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Press Releases
Posted on: July 20, 2020

Public Survey Opens as Part of SMPD Chief Search

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The City of San Marcos is hiring a new chief of police and City leadership is asking for the community’s help in determining the priorities for the position and the department through completion of a brief online survey.

“This is great ...

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Press Releases
Posted on: July 17, 2020

City Invites Human Services Agency Applications

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The City of San Marcos is now accepting applications for funding for the 2021 fiscal year from Human Services Agencies. The deadline for applications is Friday, Aug. 21.

To participate in the application process, an agency must meet the following criteria:...

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Press Releases
Posted on: July 16, 2020

Main Street Moving to Chamber Building by August 1

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This month the City of San Marcos Main Street Program is moving a few blocks from their current location, near the square, to a building at the entrance to downtown at 202 North CM Allen Parkway that also houses the San Marcos Chamber of Commerce.

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Press Releases
Posted on: July 15, 2020

Downtown Design Virtual Community Workshop Slated for July 23

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The City of San Marcos is hosting a Virtual Community Workshop on Thursday, July 23 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. to seek input on updates to the downtown architectural design guidelines and standards.

The Virtual Workshop will allow the community to explore current...

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Press Releases
Posted on: July 13, 2020

San Marcos COVID Test Site Moves to Rattler Stadium

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The location for this week’s free walk-up COVID testing in San Marcos has moved from San Marcos High School to the San Marcos Toyota Rattler Stadium at the intersection of SH-123 and Monterrey Oak. Participants should enter the stadium from this...

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Press Releases
Posted on: July 13, 2020

Weekend Vehicle Collision Results in Motorcyclist Fatality

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On Sunday, July 12 at approximately 4:47 p.m., the City of San Marcos Police Department, Fire Department, and Hays County EMS were dispatched to the 1600 block of Post Road for a traffic collision involving a red 2010 Volvo S40 and a black 2004 Suzuki mot...

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Press Releases
Posted on: July 9, 2020

San Marcos to Enter Stage 1 Drought Restrictions

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The City of San Marcos will enter Stage 1 drought restrictions, effective Sunday, July 12, in response to dropping aquifer levels.

“We have had a dry year so far, and increasing temperatures mean people are watering more,” said Tom Tagg...

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Press Releases
Posted on: July 8, 2020

Brushy Waste Drop-Off & Community Clean-Up Saturday

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The City of San Marcos will host a brushy waste drop-off and community clean-up for residential garbage and recycling service customers on Saturday, July 11 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at 750 River Road.

Residents driving to the drop-off will take the San Marcos...

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Press Releases
Posted on: July 7, 2020

City Highlights Essential Services of Parks & Recreation

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The City of San Marcos Parks and Recreation Department is celebrating July’s “Parks and Recreation Month,” by highlighting the selfless, passionate and essential work of park and recreation professionals who are providing ser...

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Press Releases
Posted on: July 2, 2020

Council to Consider Funding COVID-19 Testing with CDBG

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The San Marcos City Council is seeking comments on a proposal to add a COVID-19 testing program to the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) 2019-2020 Action Plan using $105,530 of the newly issued $425,261 CDBG-Coronavirus Response (CDBG-CV) funds. Co...

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Press Releases
Posted on: July 1, 2020

July City Hall Calendar

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Meetings listed below are subject to change. Please check

with the City Clerk’s office for official postings.

 

Thursday, July 2, 2020

Historic Preservation Commission – 5:45 p.m. Location information will be available prior to th...

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Press Releases
Posted on: June 30, 2020

Free COVID Test Site Open July 12-16 in San Marcos

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Free, walk-up COVID-19 testing will be offered at San Marcos High School, 2601 Rattler Road, daily between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. from Sunday, July 12 to Thursday, July 16. This testing opportunity is made possible by the Texas Division of Emergency Managemen...

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Press Releases
Posted on: June 24, 2020

City Receives Additional State Transit Funding

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The City of San Marcos has been awarded $257,257 in State Small Urban formula funds for transit expenses from the Texas Department of Transportation (TXDOT).

This funding is in addition to a $6.4 million disaster relief CARES Act grant for public transit e...

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Press Releases
Posted on: June 19, 2020

San Marcos River Parks to Close at 8 p.m. Thursday June 25

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The City of San Marcos river parks will be closed again until further notice as of 8 p.m. on Thursday, June 25. The dog park, the skate park, and natural areas will remain open, but visitors to these areas should observe CDC recommendations on social dist...

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Press Releases
Posted on: June 19, 2020

Virtual Children’s Patriotic Costume Contest Call for Entries

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The City of San Marcos is now accepting photo entries for the SummerFest Virtual Children’s Patriotic Costume Contest.

In an effort to continue the fun tradition for families, the annual contest will be administered through Facebook due to the in...

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Press Releases
Posted on: June 18, 2020

City Announces July 4 Fireworks Postponed, Holiday Closures

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Due to concerns about the rise in COVID-19 cases in San Marcos, the City of San Marcos is announcing that the annual July 4 fireworks display is being postponed until further notice. Staff will continue to discuss and monitor the situation to determine wh...

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Press Releases
Posted on: June 16, 2020

Citizen Tips Help SMPD Identify Fatal Hit and Run Suspect

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Due in major part to citizen tips, the San Marcos Police Department (SMPD) has been able to identify and arrest the suspected driver involved in the June 1 fatal hit and run incident.

Brenda Vasquez Hurtado (DOB 11/27/78) of San Marcos su...

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Press Releases
Posted on: June 16, 2020

City Council, P&Z Commission Host Joint Downtown Design Workshop

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The San Marcos City Council and Planning and Zoning Commission will be participating in a virtual, Joint Workshop to discuss downtown design on Thursday, June 25 at 6:30 p.m.

The meeting will be held virtually on Zoom. A link to join the meeting will be po...

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Press Releases
Posted on: June 16, 2020

COVID Testing Site Tests over 700 Sunday, More Tests Scheduled

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City of San Marcos officials announced that the free COVID-19 testing site at Bonham Pre-k school on Sunday, June 14 tested at least 701 people throughout the day. The testing was coordinated by the Texas Division of Emergency Management (TDEM), the Texas...

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Press Releases
Posted on: June 15, 2020

Driver Killed in Train Collision Sunday Morning

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A driver was killed when he was struck by a train on Sunday morning at the McCarty Lane railroad track intersection.

On Sunday, June 14 at approximately 9:05 a.m., the San Marcos Police Department (SMPD), San Marcos Fire Department and Hays County EMS were...

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Press Releases
Posted on: June 12, 2020

Summer Camp Online Registration Begins June 15

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Starting Monday, June 15, the City of San Marcos Parks and Recreation Department will open online registration to San Marcos residents for the Discovery Camp and Summer Fun summer camp programs. Non-residents will be able to register beginning Monday, Jun...

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Press Releases
Posted on: June 11, 2020

Free COVID Testing Scheduled for San Marcos June 14 & 20

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The Texas Division of Emergency Management (TDEM) announced yesterday that they will offer free COVID-19 testing in San Marcos on Sunday, June 14 and Saturday, June 20 as part of the Governor’s new initiative to test underserved communities.

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Press Releases
Posted on: June 11, 2020

Major Collision Results in Traffic Fatality Tuesday Night

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The driver of a Dodge pickup truck was killed and the highway closed when his vehicle ran into the back of a semi-trailer on southbound IH35 Tuesday night.

At approximately 10:37 p.m. on Tuesday, June 9, the San Marcos Police Department, Fire Department, a...

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Press Releases
Posted on: June 5, 2020

City Completes Street Overlay Projects

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The Transportation Division of the City’s Public Services Department recently completed street overlay projects on Cape Road, Cheatham Street, Mosscliff Circle and Post Road.

Overlay projects are one component of the City’s Pav...

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Press Releases
Posted on: June 4, 2020

Transit Detour Due to Cape Road Construction/Desvió de Transito por la Construcción en Cape Road

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This week the City of San Marcos transit services began implementing a detour on Route 4 which is expected to continue for the duration of the City’s Main Lift Station Force Main Replacement construction on Cape Road, tentatively scheduled to en...

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Press Releases
Posted on: June 3, 2020

Stormwater Improvements, River Road Detour Starting June 8

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On Monday, June 8, the City’s Engineering & Capital Improvements Department will begin work on a one-year, $7.8-million project to provide flood protection for the Blanco Gardens Neighborhood.

“This is the beginning of multiple proj...

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Press Releases
Posted on: June 2, 2020

SMPD Searching for Suspect in Last Night’s Hit and Run Fatality

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The San Marcos Police Department (SMPD) is asking the public for help identifying the driver of a vehicle that hit a pedestrian in the 1600 block of Post Road last night at around 10 p.m. and resulted in the victim’s death.

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Press Releases
Posted on: June 1, 2020

June City Hall Calendar

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

Tuesday, June 2, 2020

City Council Proclamations – 2 p.m., Virtual, Televised live on Spectrum Ch. 10 and Grande Ch. 1...

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Press Releases
Posted on: June 1, 2020

San Marcos Announces Summer Program Updates

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The City of San Marcos is announcing cancellations and tentative scheduling of summer programs in response to COVID-19 restrictions. Plans for annual summer programming for the Parks and Recreation Department, Public Library and Fire Department are below:...

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Press Releases
Posted on: May 31, 2020

Victim Identified, Suspect Sought in Yesterday’s Shooting

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The San Marcos Police Department (SMPD) is investigating the fatal shooting of a woman that occurred early Saturday evening.

On Saturday, May 30 at approximately 6:51 p.m., officers responded to reports of a shooting at the Redpoint Apartments (formerly Th...

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Press Releases
Posted on: May 29, 2020

Council to Consider Projects for $722,904 in CDBG Funding

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The San Marcos City Council is seeking comments on proposed programs and projects to be allocated funding in the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) 2020-2021 Action Plan. Comments will be accepted during a virtual public hearing at the City Council ...

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Press Releases
Posted on: May 28, 2020

Suspects Identified in Wednesday’s Sadler House Assault

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After a thorough, multi-county investigation, the San Marcos Police Department has identified three suspects in the shooting incident that occurred at Sadler House Apartments, 1271 Sadler Drive, on Wednesday evening.

On May 27 at approximately 5:12 p.m., S...

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Press Releases
Posted on: May 27, 2020

San Marcos Transit Updates & Fare-Free for June

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The City of San Marcos continues to monitor and adjust the public transit services in an effort to protect public health while continuing transit services. Current updates are below:

  • The City is extending “fare-free” transit service unt...
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Press Releases
Posted on: May 27, 2020

UPDATE: Third Death from Accident, Investigation Ongoing

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The Travis County Medical Examiner’s office announced that one of the child occupants of Saturday’s single vehicle rollover accident has died. On Tuesday, May 26, the seven-year old passed away due to injuries sustained in the accident...

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Press Releases
Posted on: May 24, 2020

Police Respond to Fatal Vehicle Accident Saturday

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At approximately 7:42 p.m. on Saturday, May 23, the San Marcos Police Department responded to the scene of a single vehicle rollover accident at 200 Northbound IH35 that resulted in the ejection of nine of the ten occupants. Witnesses stated that the whit...

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Press Releases
Posted on: May 23, 2020

Discovery Center Offers First Online Native Plant Sale

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On Saturday, May 23 at 10 a.m., the San Marcos Discovery Center is opening its brand-new online store and offering curbside plant pickup to all customers. Customers may schedule plant pickups weekly from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday at the ...

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Press Releases
Posted on: May 22, 2020

Council to Consider Projects for COVID-19 Response Funds

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The San Marcos City Council is seeking comments on proposed programs and projects to be added to the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) 2019-2020 Action Plan using the newly issued $425,261 in CDBG-Coronavirus Response (CDBG-CV) funds. Comments will...

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Press Releases
Posted on: May 22, 2020

Hays Co Task Force Completes COVID Testing at Nursing Facilities

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On Friday, May 22, the Hays County Task Force responsible for testing County nursing facilities will complete testing for all residents and employees across six facilities in Hays County.

Overall, more than 1,000 employees and residents will be tested in ...

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Press Releases
Posted on: May 21, 2020

UPDATE: Citizen Tip Credited for Hit and Run Arrest

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The suspect in a fatal hit and run accident in February turned himself in to authorities over the weekend after the San Marcos Police Department (SMPD) obtained a warrant for his arrest.

Antonio Rene Alonzo (DOB 09/08/1996) of San Marcos turned himself in ...

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Press Releases
Posted on: May 21, 2020

Petco Invests in COSM Animal Shelter During COVID-19

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The San Marcos Regional Animal Shelter announced it has been awarded a $2,500 grant from the Petco Foundation to support its lifesaving efforts during the COVID-19 crisis.

“We are thrilled to accept this award and put it to good use continuing to...

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Press Releases
Posted on: May 20, 2020

New Downtown Banners Feature Local Artist’s Work

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The City of San Marcos recently installed artist-designed banners throughout downtown as part of a placemaking initiative led by the Main Street Program.

“Placemaking means creating spaces where people want to spend time,” explained Dow...

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Press Releases
Posted on: May 20, 2020

SMPD Evacuated Due to Auto Accident and Gas Leak

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At 8:53 p.m. on Tuesday, May 19, a San Marcos Police Officer suffered a medical issue while driving and crashed into a gas main and nearby manufacturing building, causing an evacuation of the San Marcos Police Department Headquarters, 2300 S Interstate 35...

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Press Releases
Posted on: May 20, 2020

City River Parks Reopen Friday, Caution Still Advised

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Starting this Friday, May 22, the City of San Marcos will reopen riverfront parks to active recreation seven days a week from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Park visitors are advised and expected to use caution and exercise responsibility to help prevent the spread of ...

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Press Releases
Posted on: May 19, 2020

Got Leaves? Donate Them to Local Compost Initiative

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The City of San Marcos Resource Recovery Program and Texas State University Bobcat Blend Composting Program are offering San Marcos residents an easy way to divert leaves and grass clippings from the landfill with a convenient drop-off location through Fr...

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Press Releases
Posted on: May 19, 2020

Annual Memorial Day Ceremony Goes Virtual

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Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the City of San Marcos and local stakeholders have decided to commemorate Memorial Day virtually by creating a short video ceremony to share with the public starting on Monday, May 25. The video will be shared to the ...

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Press Releases
Posted on: May 18, 2020

City Offices Closed Memorial Day

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City of San Marcos staff working in municipal offices and virtually will observe a holiday on Monday, May 25 in honor of Memorial Day.

Texas Disposal Systems will operate its usual Monday routes.

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Press Releases
Posted on: May 13, 2020

Feedback Sought on Five-Year CDBG Plan

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The San Marcos City Council will hold two Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) virtual public hearings at their regular meeting on Tuesday, May 19, at 6 p.m. to provide Council and the City with direction for moving forward on major housing and public...

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Press Releases
Posted on: May 13, 2020

Certified Officers Invited to Join the SMPD Family

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The San Marcos Police Department is hosting an entrance exam for certified applicants on Saturday, June 6 that includes a potential $3,000 hiring incentive for those chosen. In order to qualify for the exam, registrants must be currently licensed by Texas...

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Press Releases
Posted on: May 12, 2020

Shooter Positively Identified & SMPD Officers Recovering

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The Texas Rangers have positively identified Jose Alfredo Perez DeLaCruz (DOB 01/13/1974) as the person who shot and killed Officer Justin Putnam and wounded Officers Franco Stewart and Justin Mueller on Saturday evening, April 18 during their response to ...

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Press Releases
Posted on: May 12, 2020

Highest Live-Release Month Ever for San Marcos Animal Shelter

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The San Marcos Regional Animal Shelter is celebrating the highest live-release month in its history with a 98.2% live-release outcome reported for the month of April.

Since December 12, 2018, the Animal Shelter has directed animal rescue efforts towards th...

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Press Releases
Posted on: March 12, 2020

San Marcos to hold May 2 Special Election

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With the March 9 resignation of City Council Member Joca Marquez, Place 5, the City of San Marcos is holding a Special Election in conjunction with the upcoming May elections for local school boards. Council elections for San Marcos are typically held in ...

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Press Releases
Posted on: May 1, 2018

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

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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

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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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