City of Elgin eNews

November 2017


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, November 14 - Regular Meeting
Elgin City Council  2016-2017
Chris Cannon, Mayor & Juan Gonzalez, Mayor Pro-Tem 
Jessica Bega & Mary Penson - Ward 1
Juan Gonzalez & Susie Arreaga - Ward 2
Phillip Thomas & James Daniel Lopez, Ward 3
Sue Brashar & Neil Beyer - 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.
Volunteers are needed for projects throughout the year. Email for more information Contact the City Secretary, Amelia Sanchez at 512-281-5724 or

Blue Santa

Blue Santa

Registration begins October 30th! 
Deadline to apply to receive Blue Santa assistance is Thursday, December 7th by 5pm! All applicants must apply in person at the Elgin Police Department at any time of the day. 

Donations of new toys and cash are accepted through December 9th:
Elgin Blue Santa c/o Elgin Police Department 202 Depot Street Elgin, Texas 78621

For information, please call 512-285-5757 or email

Coats for kids

Coats for Kids

Distribution Day Saturday, December 9th 8am-3pm at the Palmer Events Center, 900 Barton Springs Road. For more information: Phone- 512-467-8982

CAPCOG launches Text to 9-1-1 region wide

“Call if You Can, Text if You Can’t.”

The Capital Area Council of Governments has deployed Text to 9-1-1 service region wide after successfully testing that the region’s 31 public safety answering points (PSAPs), or 9-1-1 call centers, can reliably receive and respond to SMS text messages. The service is now activated on the four major cellphone service providers —Verizon Wireless, AT&T Mobility, Sprint, and T-Mobile — in Bastrop, Blanco, Burnet, Caldwell, Fayette, Hays, Lee, Llano, Travis and Williamson counties. A full Q&A about text to 9-1-1 is available at

Text 911

CARTS Introduces new buses to Rural Transit Fleet

The Texas Department of Transportation was awarded more than $20 .8 million in federal TIGER* grants to improve transportation services for rural populations in October of 2015. The funding will help replace 325 vehicles located throughout the state that are used to transport rural residents.

             The Capital Area Rural Transportation System (CARTS) was one of the rural transit recipients     selected to receive funds. This award has helped CARTS supplement our rural transit fleet with 20 new buses. These additions to our fleet will increase the reliability and safety of the services we provide to our rural customers. Over the next few weeks CARTS will be introducing these 20 new 22ft buses to our Country Bus fleet. We will be highlighting their arrival in the various communities.
             CARTS is a rural and small urban transit district serving the non-urbanized areas of Bastrop, Blanco, Burnet, Caldwell, Fayette, Hays, Lee and Travis counties, and the City of San Marcos/Martindale urbanized district. CARTS provides community-based regional   transportation throughout its District. 
      For information about CARTS and its services visit

Elgin Police Dept

Internet Purchase Exchange Location

The Elgin Police Department is pleased to announce an "Internet Purchase Exchange Location" or "MeetUp Spot" in partnership with OfferUp located in front of the Police Department. The "MeetUp Spot" program will eliminate the need for two strangers to exchange items at a home or residence. Having a designated public space to conduct a transaction can help deter criminal intent and activity. #MeetUpSpots.Read more


Fun activities outside! 

Music, hiking, movies, and more!  Volunteer for Park projects and find out about all the fun at this link!  

Book Club

Library programs 

Activities for kids, Pot Luck Book Club for adults, arts and crafts classes and activities for all ages. Check for all the details! Library Newsletter here

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Sip Shop & Stroll Live Music 

Thursday November 9th  from 5 to 8 enjoy a variety of Live music, store specials, wine and beer samples, refreshments and experience a beautiful evening strolling through downtown Elgin!   or on Facebook, VisitElginTx 


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. 


Thursday, November 2- Dia de los Muertos/Day of the Dead 

4:30pm Elgin Public Library

Friday, November 3- Walk or Bike to School Day

Saturday, November 4- Veteran's Appreciation Parade 

10am Historic Downtown Elgin. Activities during the day at VFW Hall at 118 Old Sayers Road.  Organized by the American Legion Post 295 and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 6115

Thursday, November 9- Sip, Shop & Stroll 

5-8 pm Historic Downtown Elgin Click here for link to participating businesses:  

Saturday, November 11- McKinney Roughs Nature Park Hike 

9am Meet at Fleming Community Center, Transportation and lunch provided.         Register here

Friday, November 17- Fleming Film Night- Pocahontas  

6-8pm Fleming Grand Hall. Juice and snacks provided. 

Saturday, November 25- Small Business Saturday 
click here  for link to additional information on Where's Priscilla Scavenger hunt.  

Thursday, November 30- Gingerbread House Decorating 

5pm Elgin Public Library. Tickets can be picked up at the library. Limited space. 


Santa Sightings throughout the month 
Check here for updated listings of where you can meet Santa, share your holiday wishes and take your own pictures - Selfies with Santa!  

Friday, December 1- Holiday Concert with Elgin ISD Elementary School choirs 6:30pm   Veterans’ Memorial Park OR if inclement weather, Elgin ISD Admin building

Saturday, December 2 –Hot Cocoa Stroll & Holiday by the Tracks
Elgin Public Library & Historic Downtown Elgin

Saturday, December 2 – Elgin VFD Lighted Christmas Parade
Dusk, Elgin Memorial Park to Historic Downtown Elgin

Saturday, December 2 – Live Nativity by St. Peter’s Lutheran Church
 After the parade, Veterans’ Memorial Park

Friday, December 8-Movies in the Park- A Christmas Carol 
6-8pm Elgin Memorial Park. Popcorn and hot chocolate will be available for purchase. 

Saturday, December 9- Holiday Sweater Weekend downtown
Wear your holiday sweater downtown and enjoy holiday specials from participating businesses! 

Thursday, December 12- Superintendent Social
6-7:30 pm Elgin High School - Visit with Superintendent and EISD Staff.  

Thursday, December 14- Sip, Shop & Stroll
5-8pm Historic Downtown Elgin

Friday, December 15- Movies in the Park- The Grinch
6-8pm Elgin Memorial Park. Popcorn and hot chocolate will be available for purchase.  

Saturday December 16 - The Art of Holiday Giving downtown
Studio 612, Earthen Metals and 28 N will be open with artists, and downtown stores will be featuring locally made and handcrafted items.  Find the perfect gift for even the hardest to buy for on your list!  
Wednesday, December 20- Gingerbread Man Workshop
6-8pm Fleming Classroom Juice and snacks will be provided.

Saturday, December 23- Stocking Stuffer Saturday  

Last chance to fill those stockings- Enjoy holiday specials and a great variety of products downtown.  

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!

Current Job Openings

Director of Finance 
Chief of Police
Patrol Officer I 
Bilingual (Spanish) Utility Billing Clerk 
Additional information available at: Job openings

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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Bulk Trash:  New information 

The City of Elgin has Residential Bulk Pickup every 2nd and 4th  Wednesdays of each month. All bulk requests are to be submitted in writing, at ,our website at or forms may be picked up at City Hall. Call in requests will not be accepted. The deadline to schedule a pickup is Friday at 5pm prior to the next scheduled bulk date. 
Chapter 42, Article IV, Section 42-272 “Bulky waste and brush waste shall not be placed out for collection earlier than 5:00 p.m. two days before the established collection day and shall be moved from the collection site no later than 7:00 a.m. the date after the collection day.”
Violation of the rules and requirements –including exceeding the limit for bulk trash placed at the curb may result in citation and potential fines per City Ordinance.
Bulk dates, Acceptable/ Non-acceptable items can be found on the City Calendar/Services at  

Get the Facts on Ozone Advance 

Learn about what is being done about ozone in Central Texas
"Be Air Aware" 

Learn more about Ozone Action Days here
Sign up for air quality alerts.  

Dog n Cat

Support for Animals 

Want to lend a helping hand to the Bastrop County Animal Shelter?  Here's a Shopping List for items they need year round!

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.

Low-Cost Spay & Neuter Clinic at Elgin General Store. Appointments required.

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