City of Elgin eNews

June 2016

City offices will be closed Monday, July 4th.
For utility or other emergency assistance, after business hours, call 512-285-5757

City Hall

Chris Cannon Sworn in as Mayor

Chris Cannon was sworn in as Mayor in front of a standing room only crowd at City Hall May 10th.
Cannon’s wife Lauren and their two children Mason and Caroline were present along with other family, friends and colleagues who gathered to witness the swearing-in ceremony and to watch the changing of the guards. At the midpoint of Tuesday’s city council meeting, former mayor Marc Holm stepped down and Cannon took his seat as mayor, presiding over the remainder of the meeting.
“Chris is one of the most outstanding people I’ve ever known. He was serious everyday about his job, and he had a real heart for people,”  Fred Brown, former state representative for Bryan/College Station said of Cannnon.
Cannon served as Brown’s legislative director at his district office while Cannon was attending Texas A&M University.
Cannon was born and raised in Elgin and reached the rank of Eagle Scout before graduating from Elgin High School in 2003 and attending Texas A&M University where he majored in Communications and Journalism.
Cannon returned to Elgin and began his career in public service after being elected to city council. He has worked for Commissioner Lee Dildy on the Road and Bridge Crew in Precinct 4, and owns and operates Cannon Insurance Services in Elgin.


Save the Date

Community Calendar

Find all the upcoming events, meetings, and classes via the Community Calendar on the home page. 
The calendar lets you view all items or you can select a category, such as events, meetings, library or parks, etc. 
You can also sign up to get notifications when the calendar is updated and specify the types of events you want to know about. 

Save the Date!

Farmers' Market: Open every Saturday at Veterans' Memorial Park - see more info below

Flea Market Days - First Saturday of each month. Call Aletha Kribbs @
First Saturday Sidewalk Sales: Saturday, June 4, Historic Downtown Elgin. Flyer

Sip, Shop & Stroll: Thursday, June 9, 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.

Elgin Farm Tour: Sunday, June 12th, Group tour of area farms. Check our facebook page for details. 

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

Be Well Do Well: Tuesdays, June 7 - July 5, 5:30 - 7:30 pm, Elgin Public Library Civic Center. Learn How You Can Be Well and Do Well with Diabetes - A program for people with type 2 diabetes. FREE! Flyer and registration form. 

Juneteenth Celebration & Parade: Friday, June 10th, Dance & Vendors - 8 pm to midnight Veterans' Memorial Park. Saturday, June 11th, Historic Downtown Elgin & Veterans' Memorial Park - 10 am to 6 pm. Preceded by pageant on Thursday. Flyer

Western Days Festival & Parade: Saturday, June 25th, 10 am Parade on Main Street, Festival in Elgin Memorial Park. Preceded by Miss Western Days & Tiny Tots pageants, Family Night at the Carnival and the Tennis Court Dance. Visit the Chamber Website for details. 

July 4th ”Push, Pedal and Pull People’s Patriotic Parade” and Celebration - Monday, July 4, 9:30 am meet at City Hall for parade line up, 10 am Parade begins, followed by a program at Veterans’ Memorial Park
Beach Party -
Saturday, July 16, Elgin Memorial Park 

For 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, June 7 - Regular Meeting

Elgin City Council  2016-2017
Marc Holm, Mayor & Juan Gonzalez, Mayor Pro-Tem 
Jessica Bega & Mary Penson - Ward 1
Juan Gonzalez & Susie Areaga - Ward 2
               Philip Thomas, Interim & 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.
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 the adult and family events too!

Shop Elgin First

Shop Elgin FIRST

Support the businesses and organizations that make our community a great place to live! 

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 and find out about other food trucks around town.

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. 

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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                                                                                                           

BBQ Receipts Welcome

Bring Your BBQ Receipts Downtown for Specials and Discounts! 

Participating downtown merchants are offering in store specials and/or discounts to customers with a receipt from Meyers Elgin Smokehouse or Southside Market & Barbeque.  Look for the sign, "BBQ Receipts Welcome Here!" to find participating merchants. 

Guests staying at the Elgin Holiday Inn can enjoy discounts and specials too when they bring their room card to participating merchants.  All this to say, if you have not been downtown lately, you need to check it out – there are lots of new businesses opening!

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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


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Clean Air Coalition:
Floods and Flooding

During a flood cleanup, the indoor air quality in your home or office may appear to be the least of your problems. However, failure to remove contaminated materials and to reduce moisture and humidity can present serious long-term health risks. Standing water and wet materials are a breeding ground for microorganisms, such as viruses, bacteria, and mold. They can cause disease, trigger allergic reactions, and continue to damage materials long after the flood.

To learn more about flood clean up and indoor air quality, visit: 
Flood Cleanup and Effects on Indoor Air Quality.
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.  

Check out these fun camps 

Camp Invention – Elgin ISD students entering first through sixth grades – bring your curious mind and make some amazing discoveries with the only nationally accredited non-profit, elementary enrichment program backed by the Inventors Hall of Fame.  July 11 – 14 from 8am to 4pm, registration fee $55 at Neidig Elementary School.   Open to elementary school students enrolled in Elgin ISD.  For more information visit  to register call 1-800-968-4332. 

Invention Project Using science, technology, engineering, math, and creativity, spend the week inventing things!  Open to all students entering grades 7 & 8:   July 11 - 14, 8 am to 4 pm at Elgin Middle School. Parents pay $55 of the total tuition.  For more information visit  and to register call 800-968-4332.  


The EISD Athletic Department is offering Sports Camps throughout the summer for all sports. Check out the flyer for a complete list with dates, times, ages, cost and contact. Flyer

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


Summer Events & Activities

Activities for all ages and interests sponsored by the Elgin Parks and Recreation Department will take place this summer.  Watch the City of Elgin facebook page and our Website for details. Flyer see below.

Watch for more fun to come! 

Other Summer Activities...

Boys & Girls Club Summer Program
Tuesday, June 7 through Thursday, June 30, 8 am to 6:30 pm at Neidig Elementary. Breakfast and lunch provided. $50 for the 4 week program. For more information visit
Boys & Girls Club - Elgin Unit.

Summer Youth Art Classes 
Classes to be held at the Fleming Community Center.  June 20th - 24th from 1 - 3 pm ages 7 and up welcome to attend. Monday, June 20 - pastels. Tuesday, June 21 - learn the basics of sculpting using modeling clay. Thursday, June 23 - Water color painting basics. Friday, June 24 - learn how to make greeting cards. Class space is limited. Four classes for $40. Separate class registration $15 each. Families registering more than one child, receive 25% discount for all classes except Ceramics.
Ceramics classes:  Wednesdays, June 22, July 6 and July 27 Cost for 3 ceramics classes $60 Ceramics - must be 10 and older. Class limited to 12.
Register early by emailing Claudia Smith: or text or call 512-797-3138.  Classes to be held at Fleming Community Center.

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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:
(Open Memorial Day weekend. Closed June 1st & 2nd. Regular hours starting June 3rd)
  • Monday – Saturday Noon – 5:45 pm
  • Sundays 1:00 pm – 5:45 pm
  • Most Fridays – Families Swim FREE 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
August 13th until September 6th – Open to the public weekends only
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
  • 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

RIDE ALONG - Not the Movie!

Phillip Taylor, Assistant Chief of Police would like to invite you out for a ride along with an officer to see what goes on in your city.

The Elgin Police Department allows and encourages citizens to ride along with our officers on a shift or part of a shift. In order to be considered, a person must be at least 18 years old with no criminal record. Application for a ride along must be turned in to the department at least 5 days prior to the requested date and time so that the department can adequately plan for the ride along. 

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

Farmers Market Banner
A Row To Share

Stacey Van Landingham Community Cupboard Board Member

From Our Gardens to Your Table – Join a handful of Elginites who have decided to donate their own home-grown fresh produce to the Elgin Community Cupboard. Simply prepare an extra row, sow a few more seeds or plant an extra container of cherry tomatoes. When you're ready to harvest contact Carolyn Lanford with the Community Cupboard at 281-4011 for information on when to deliver your donation or arrange for pickup. You can also visit us online at for information.

Depot Museum

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. A new mini-exhibit has opened featuring mementos of the luxury train American Orient Express.  This certainly gives a new meaning to 'traveling in comfort'.  Compliments of Javier J. Garza, long time employee of the rail line.

Have you noticed, the museum's outdoor sign has been moved to make way for the new sidewalk.  The museum is working toward a new look for a sign that will be erected in the museum yard.  Many thanks to Amy Miller for her guidance through this experience.  The museum is welcoming more visitors all the time.  Come see for yourself and bring a friend to show off an excellent museum-wide exhibit about the history of Elgin.

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


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


Reduce - Reuse - Recycle

TRASH TALK - Reduce - Reuse - Recycle

Recycling Info:
Commissioner Snowden, Precinct 4 announces new recycling center information:  Bull Run Road-Recycle Bin will be emptied Monday, Wednesday, and Friday instead of two days a week. PLEASE crush cans, plastic bottles, and break down cardboard boxes.  If bin is full, please do not leave recycled items on the ground.

Recycling conserves natural resources, creates jobs, and saves landfill space. Recycling is included with the weekly trash service for residential customers with in the city limits. Each resident is allowed up to 3 recycle bins.  To request an additional recycling bin contact us at: 512-281-5724  

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

Upcoming Bulk Dates - Tuesday, June 14 & 28. 
Tires, Whole Trees, Construction Debris, and/or Piles over 3 cubic yards Do NOT Qualify for bulk pick up. These items must be disposed of by the resident. 

Links to information for trash and recycling services in the surrounding areas are also available.  For an interactive site that allows you to find resources for disposing of recyclables and hazardous waste items visit  
Keep Bastrop County Beautiful

Adopt A Spot

The Adopt a Spot program is sponsored by the City of Elgin to beautify our community.  The program offers two opportunities for you and your neighbors to play an ongoing role in maintaining an area that needs a little extra attention or beautification – Adopt A Spot Litter Control and Adopt a Spot Beautification. Read more and find out how you can participate!

Community Clean Up dates 2016
Save the dates
and join the fun as we pick up litter in public rights of way around town. Thursday, June 16, meet at 6 pm at Elgin Memorial Park, and 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.

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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