City of Elgin eNews

September 2015

City Offices will be closed Monday, September 7th - Labor Day.  Trash Service will run as scheduled.

For utility or other emergency assistance call 512-285-5757

City Hall

City of Elgin Launches NEW Website
The City of Elgin has launched a new 
Website! The new site features updated pages with easier navigation and search ability. This eNewsletter was developed on the new site and is part of the "Notify Me" feature that the community can sign up for.  
FREE Listing in Business Directory:
Another new feature is the Business Directory.  Residents can use this to find area goods and services. It uses both alphabetical and category searches to help them find what they need.
Businesses may submit their information for a FREE listing in the Business Directory by completing the
Directory Request Form.  If you have any questions or need assistance please contact the Website Administrator at: 512-281-5724 or

We hope you will take some time to look around and let us know what you think!  Read more at  News Flash

Save the Date

Community Calendar

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

Save the Date for September and Beyond:
Farmers' Market: Open every Saturday at Veterans' Memorial Park - see more info below

First Saturday Sidewalk Sales: Saturday, September 5 - Look for sidewalk sales downtown on First Saturday of the month.  Enjoy specials at the River Valley Farmers' Market at Veterans’ Memorial Park and the Flea Market at Elgin Memorial Park. 

Sip, Shop & Stroll: Thursday, September 10, 5 – 8 PM in Historic Downtown Elgin. Welcome back teachers and students!   Everyone can visit downtown for extended store hours as well as in store specials, live music, wine tastings and more!  Teachers show your school ID for specials and discounts at participating businesses.  Check Facebook for updates on September 10.

Adult Kickball Fall 2015: Every Thursday, September 10 – October 8, Register NOW by calling Michael Gonzalez at 512-285-6190.  Read More

Library Literary Event:  Sunday, September 13, 2 – 5 PM. Author Amanda Downum will be speaking about her new book "Dreams of Shreds & Tatters". Read More

Elgin ISD Homecoming Parade and Pep Rally: Wednesday, September 16, see details below

CPR & First Aid Training: Saturday, September 26, 9 AM – 4 PM at Fleming Community Center Grand Hall, Pre-registration required - call Michael Gonzalez at 512-285-6190. Read More

Transportation Meeting for Bastrop County: September 29th, 2015 – Elgin Public Library from 6 - 7:30 PM - see more info below 

Fall Festival: Thursday, October 1, Elgin Public Library, 5 - 8 PM - Read More

National Night Out: Tuesday, October 6, Your neighborhood!  Click here for Neighborhood Registration information - see more info below

Fine Arts Exhibition at Austin Community College in Elgin: October 12-23.  Paintings, sculpture, glass, and jewelry on display in the lobby of ACC.  Free to the public.  Enjoy! see more info below

Hogeye Festival: Saturday, October 24, 10 AM – 6 PM visit Hogeyefestival

Check out the Community Calendar on our website for more information about these events, and keep up with the fun in Elgin! 

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 about meetings. 
Tuesday, October 6 - Regular Meeting rescheduled 
to October 20 

Elgin City Council  2015-2016
Marc Holm, Mayor & Chris Cannon, Mayor Pro-Tem 
Jessica Bega & Mary Penson - Ward 1
Juan Gonzalez & Edward Maldonado  - Ward 2
Chris Cannon & Craig Fromme - Ward 3 
Sue Brashar & Keith Joesel - Ward 4 

Serve on a Community Board - Complete the City of Elgin Application for Community Boards and submit it online. Read more about all the Community Boards and Committees

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.


The Hogeye Festival News

Seeking Sponsors: We would love for you to be a part of our event. Sponsorship ranges from $100 - $3500. Sponsoring Hogeye provides great advertising exposure both to the local community and Central Texas. 

Hogeye Vendors: Main Street is currently accepting vendor applications for 2015 Hogeye Festival for Arts & Crafts and Children’s Activities. You can access the application and further information on our website.

Hogeye Volunteers: Join the Passel of Hogunteers! Volunteer for the 28th Annual Hogeye Festival.

Contact us at 512-229-3217 or by email at
Thanks for your porkticipation!

For more information please visit our website at:

Like us on Facebook – Elgin Hogeye Festival - and share the piggy news with your friends!   

B.E.S.T. Leadership Program

The B.E.S.T. Leadership Program was founded in 2005 as a means to cultivate community and business leaders in Bastrop County. The Bastrop, Elgin and Smithville Chamber of Commerce  all partner together to provide this  8 session program. Participants are given unique insights into city, county and state level organizations which allow them to build a more in depth perspective of their own community’s opportunities and challenges.

Applications are now being accepted for the 2015-2016 program that will begin in September 2015. Please see the Leadership Program document
 for more information and to download an application. You can also contact the Chamber Office for any questions about this year’s program at 512-285-4515

Citizens Police Academy

The Elgin Police Department conducts a Citizens Police Academy at least once a year. The  Academy last for 13-14 weeks and meets once a week and 1 or 2 Saturday’s during the class. Assistant Chief of Police Phillip Taylor has the responsibility for planning the Citizens Police Academy each year and usually arranges to hold at least 1 class in the fall. This year's class starts September 24th. Read more

Elgin ISD Homecoming & Pep  Rally

Elgin ISD Invites the community to celebrate Homecoming and share our wildcat pride with a parade and pep rally on Wednesday, September 16th.  The parade will begin on 2nd Street at the water tower by the Old High School.  Parade will continue on 2nd to Main Street, turn south on Main and continue to Depot Street and Veterans’ Memorial Park.  The Pep Rally will be held on Depot Street and in Park.  Wear purple and white and join the fun in Elgin where we are One Town One Team One Voice!  

Transportation Meeting for Bastrop County

The public is invited to attend three public visioning workshops this September and October to provide input on a vision and goals for a future transportation system and to help the project team identify transportation system needs in the county.
The Public Visioning Workshops will be held at the following locations.  

September 29, 2015 – Elgin Public Library from 6 - 7:30 PM
404 N Main Street, Elgin, TX 78621

September 30, 2015 – Smithville Rec Center from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
106 Gazley Street, Smithville, TX 78957

October 7, 2015 – Bastrop Public Library from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
1100 Church Street, Bastrop, TX 78602

Fine Arts Exhibition at Austin Community College Elgin

October 12-23.  Paintings, sculpture, glass, and jewelry on display in the lobby of ACC.  Free to the public.  Enjoy! Artists wishing to be included may call 512-431-7756 or email   Elgin ACC Campus is located at 1501 Hwy 290.  Campus hours are 7:00 am to 10:00 pm  

National Night Out
Tuesday, October 6, 2015

National Night Out

Neighborhoods throughout Elgin are invited to join with thousands of communities nationwide for this event. Elgin Police Officers and City Officials will be visiting neighborhoods throughout Elgin in support of building a community partnership. Neighborhoods are encouraged to come together and send a message that we are working together to prevent crime and keep our neighborhoods safe.

Residents are encouraged to turn on their porch lights, from 6 to 8 pm, and spend the evening outside with their neighbors. If you are willing to get involved and organize a group of your neighbors contact the Elgin Police Department at 512-285-5757.

Find More Information Here

River Valley Farmers' Market in Historic Downtown Elgin!

Every Saturday 9 AM- 1 PM in Veterans’ Memorial Park - fresh produce, eggs, grass-fed beef, hand-made crafts, children’s activities, and more! The Farmers’ Market hosts live music and Sidewalk sales on First Saturdays. Follow the RVFM 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

Depot Museum

The museum is open five days a week, Tuesday through Saturday, from 2-5 PM. Admission is free.

The Elgin Historical Assn. is excited to announce that a special traveling exhibit called, "Quanah & Cynthia Ann Parker: A Pictorial Exhibit of Their Story," will open as part of the coming Hogeye Festival on Saturday, October 24.  It consists of over 40 rarely seen photos as they make their way around Texas, initiated by the Texas Heritage Trails program.  In 1836 Cynthia Ann was taken by a Comanche raiding party, and over years, she became wife to a Comanche Chief and mother to children, including Quanah. Cynthia Ann was taken back by Texas Rangers. Quanah became a very important Comanche leader. Many people know the basic story, and this show will demonstrate the tragedy of these two courageous individuals.  The exhibit will remain in Elgin until the end of the year.

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

TRASH TALK - Reduce - Reuse - Recycle

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

Reduce Reuse Recycle
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!

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. 

Get a Purple Wildcat Flag or 78621 T-shirt 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.  The blue t-shirts have the 78621 zip code with an outline of the downtown skyline. Flags may be purchased for $20, t-shirts for $10, 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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