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Council meetings transition to virtual format amid COVID-19 pandemic

Lockhart City Council meetings will transition to a virtual format on Tuesday, April 7 as the city continues to protect the public and its staff from potential exposure to COVID-19.


Council members will still meet in council chambers while practicing social distancing. Citizens can participate virtually from their homes, which is in accordance with executive orders by Gov. Greg Abbott.


The meeting, which begins with a 6:30 p.m. workshop, is televised live on Spectrum Channel 10 and online at http://lockhart-tx.org/page/gov_meeting_videos.


Individuals wishing to address the council through video or audio conference must call (512)398-3461 ext. 235 no later than 4 p.m. Monday, April 6. Registered speakers must connect to the video/audio conference meeting no later than 6:15 p.m. on April 7.


Speakers may also address council via remote video chat from the ground floor of the Dr. Eugene Clark Library. To adhere to CDC social distancing requirements, no more than 10 people will be allowed inside the room.


Virtual attendees may also call in to listen to the meeting. The call-in number for the meeting is 1-408-418-9388 and the attendee access code is 626-304-323.

City facilities close doors to walk-in traffic amid Stay Home, Stay Safe order

In doing its part to encourage the public to honor the county-wide Stay Home, Stay Safe order, the City of Lockhart is closing doors to walk-in traffic until further notice at many facilities it operates.



City Hall will close its doors to the public at 5 p.m. Tuesday, March 31 and will remain closed to walk-in traffic until further notice. Please call 512-398-3461 for assistance.


Utilities payments


  • In person at Municipal Court: Make utility payments at the drive-thru window, 1914 W. San Antonio Street. Hours are 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday.



  • By phone: 512-398-3461


  • Drop boxes: Drive-thru drop box on Market Street. There is also one by the 308 W. San Antonio Street entrance.


Development Services


Processing materials may be dropped off at the gray basement door of Lockhart City Hall. Call (512)398-3461, ext. 237 for staff assistance.





The Dr. Eugene Clark Library is closing until further notice.


  • Curbside service has been suspended effective 5 p.m. Monday, March 30. All items currently on reserve or on interlibrary loan order will also be suspended.

  • Computer usage is suspended.


  • Please do not return materials at this time. Borrowers who have checked out materials will not be charged late fees.


  • Online resources will remain available.





The lobby has been closed to walk-in traffic. Please call (512) 398-4401 for non-emergencies. As always, in the event of an emergency, please dial 9-1-1.




The Lockhart Animal Shelter will continue operations but will be closed to walk-in traffic. Individuals may not enter without an appointment. To inquire about a lost pet, call (512) 376-3336.









Mayor shows support for Stay Home, Stay Safe order

Lockhart Mayor Lew White offered his support for a county-wide Stay At Home Order issued by Caldwell County Judge Hoppy Haden. The order takes effect at 10 p.m. Tuesday, March 31:


“I support Judge Haden’s Stay Home Stay Safe order and agree it is a necessary step our local governments need to take to protect the people we serve.  

“The restrictions outlined in the order allow for people living in our community to work and provide for the needs of their families while remaining emphatic about the need for social distancing. With exception to people in a household living under the same roof, no social gatherings of any size are allowed. Hand washing, use of hand sanitizer and proper hygiene remain crucial to preventing the spread of illness. 

“We ask that you do not take this order lightly: Leave your home only to engage in essential activities, which are outlined clearly in the order.   

“Please read the order in its entirety, especially the answers to questions that have been frequently asked when other Texas counties have instituted Stay Home Stay Safe orders.  

“The City of Lockhart stands in solidarity with Caldwell County, the county’s school districts and other cities within the county. We are united in our efforts to help curb the spread of COVID-19, and we thank you for your patience and compliance. Stay home and stay safe!” 

Lew White 
Mayor of the City of Lockhart 



'Stay Home Stay Safe' order in effect

Caldwell County Judge Hoppy Haden on Monday, March 30 announced a “Stay Home, Stay Safe” order that will go into effect at 10 p.m. Tuesday, March 31.


The order was announced three days after the county reported its first confirmed case of COVID-19: a 30-year-old Caldwell County resident who is being quarantined at a hospital outside the county.


The order requires all people living within Caldwell County, including Lockhart and its municipalities, to remain and stay at their place of residence unless performing essential activities or performing or accessing essential government functions, healthcare operations, essential businesses and essential critical infrastructure, which are all defined in Section 5 of the order.


If venturing outside one’s residence for any of the above listed reasons, an individual must at all times as reasonably possible maintain social distancing of at least six feet from any other person.


The order disallows social gatherings of any size.


The order does not include a curfew.


The judge’s order will remain in effect until April 8, when Caldwell County Commissioners Court will hold its next regular meeting. Commissioners will vote to extend the order for two weeks at a time until the CDC determines the COVID-19 crisis has passed.


Lockhart Mayor Lew White issued a statement showing his support for the order. Click here to read it.


Read the full order, which includes an FAQ at the end of the document, here. The county asks people who still have questions after reading the FAQ to e-mail eoc@co.caldwell.tx.us or call 512-359-4637.



Other Caldwell County COVID-19 Resources



County-wide COVID-19 info



The County's answers to frequently asked COVID-19 questions





City offers utilities customers support during COVID-19 pandemic

The City of Lockhart values our customers and understands we are all living amidst this public health situation, and we are making decisions out of concern and safety of our customers. Below is a summary of the initial voluntary actions to be taken to support utility customers during the COVID-19 pandemic:

  1. Pausing Payment-Related Disconnections. To ensure customers have the power they need during this crisis, the City of Lockhart has suspended service disconnections for residential and small commercial customers for 60 days effective March 24, 2020.


  2. Late Payment Waivers. The City of Lockhart is providing relief by waiving late payment fees.


    In order to qualify for a late fee waiver, customers must contact the City of Lockhart’s Utility department to make a partial payment towards their account on or before the due date. The City will forego the current requirements for extensions and payment plans.


  3. Encourage Social Distancing. With the importance of social distancing to curb the spread of COVID-19, the City of Lockhart has reminded citizens of the various ways they can reach the Utility department to make payments, including drop boxes located at both the front and back entrances of City Hall, drive-thru window at Municipal Court building, credit card payment by phone, and online web pay through the City’s website.

This decision has been made through thoughtful consideration. However, we encourage customers to make payments on their accounts in order to avoid adding to any outstanding balance during the 60 days. The measures we are implementing tonight will directly assist the Citizens of Lockhart, Texas during these hardships associate with the COVID-19 pandemic.


La Ciudad de Lockhart valora a nuestros clientes y entiende que todos vivimos en medio de esta situación de salud pública, y estamos tomando decisiones por preocupación y seguridad de nuestros clientes.  A continuación se muestra un resumen de las acciones voluntarias iniciales que se tomarán para apoyar a los clientes de servicios públicos durante la pandemia de COVID-19:

  1. Pausa de desconexiones relacionadas con el pago. Para garantizar que los clientes tengan el poder que necesitan durante esta crisis, la Ciudad de Lockhart ha suspendido las desconexiones de servicio para clientes residenciales y comerciales pequeños durante 60 días a partir del 24 de marzo de 2020.


  2. Exenciones de pago tardío. La ciudad de Lockhart está proporcionando alivio al renunciar a los cargos por pagos atrasados.


    Para calificar para una exención de pago tardío, los clientes deben comunicarse con el departamento de Servicios Públicos de la Ciudad de Lockhart para realizar un pago parcial hacia su cuenta en la fecha de vencimiento o antes. La Ciudad renunciará a los requisitos actuales para extensiones y planes de pago.


  3. Fomentar el distanciamiento social. Con la importancia del distanciamiento social para frenar la propagación de COVID-19, la Ciudad de Lockhart ha recordado a los ciudadanos las diversas formas en que pueden comunicarse con el departamento de Servicios Públicos para realizar pagos, incluidos los buzones ubicados en las entradas delantera y trasera del Ayuntamiento , ventanilla para conducir en el edificio del Tribunal Municipal, pago con tarjeta de crédito por teléfono y pago en línea a través del sitio web de la Ciudad.


Esta decisión se ha tomado mediante una consideración cuidadosa. Sin embargo, alentamos a los clientes a realizar pagos en sus cuentas para evitar agregar saldos pendientes durante los 60 días. Las medidas que estamos implementando esta noche ayudarán directamente a los Ciudadanos de Lockhart, Texas, durante estas dificultades asociadas con la pandemia COVID-19.

City Hall Lobby closing doors to walk-in traffic

At 5 p.m. Wednesday, March 25, the City Hall lobby will be closed to walk-in traffic until further notice to protect the public and its staff from potential exposure to COVID-19.


Effective March 26, City Hall staff will be available to assist the public by phone at 512-398-3461 from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday or via e-mail. If you know specifically to which department or to whom you want to speak, check our city directory page for direct numbers and extensions: http://www.lockhart-tx.org/page/city_directory


The City of Lockhart offers the following alternative payment methods for its utilities customers:


  • In person at Municipal Court: Make utility payments at the drive-thru window, 1914 W. San Antonio Street. Hours are 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday.



  • By phone: 512-398-3461


  • Drop boxes: Drive-thru drop box on Market Street. There is also one by the 308 W. San Antonio Street entrance.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, the city is taking action to offer support to utilities customers during a challenging time. Click here for more information: http://www.lockhart-tx.org/page/article/59

Residential city-wide clean-up postponed

Due to the situation involving the COVID-19 pandemic in Central Texas, the residential city-wide clean-up effort has been postponed.


Picking up and moving bulky items by hand is essential to the nature of the city-wide clean-up, and unknowingly touching surfaces previously touched by an infected person can lead to new cases of COVID-19.


Postponing the event, which is sponsored by the City of Lockhart and Central Texas Refuse, is in the public’s best interest. A new date has not yet been set.


At this time, residential utilities customers who were planning on participating in the residential clean-up are asked not to place any items at their property line for pickup.


Residents in need of bulk item collection may call Central Texas Refuse at 1-800-664-2833.

Dr. Eugene Clark Library modifies operations

The Dr. Eugene Clark Library is closing its doors to walk-in traffic and has canceled all programs, classes and events to protect the public and its staff from potential exposure to COVID-19.


Effective Tuesday, March 24, the library will continue to operate and offer access to materials, service and technology in the following ways:


Phone service and email: Community members may contact the library information desk by telephone at (512) 398-3223 or via e-mail during regular business hours, which are 8:30 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday; 8:30 a.m.-8 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday; and 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m. on Saturday. For a list of library staff e-mails, visit https://www.clark-library-lockhart.org/about-us/contact-us.


Curbside Service will begin on Tuesday, March 24. Patrons can call or reserve their material online at https://clarklibrary.biblionix.com/catalog/  or by phone.  To pick up materials, patrons will arrive at the Library, dial the main number, and remain in their vehicles. Library staff will bring their materials to curbside-designated parking spots will be located adjacent to the library on Prairie Lea Street. Materials may be returned by placing the items in the outside book drop. Staff will disinfect the materials prior to placing them back in circulation.


The library has many online services, including eBooks, downloadable magazines, and audiobooks that are available for free using your library card at https://clarklibrary.biblionix.com/catalog/


The technology center will be available by appointment. Proper social distancing as advised by the Centers for Disease Prevention (CDC) will be maintained.


Extended due dates: All items currently checked out now have a due date of June 1, 2020.

Pay utility bills online, by phone or by drop box to protect public and staff

The City of Lockhart encourages utilities customers to pay their bills online, by phone, via two centrally located drop boxes and a drive-through window to reduce foot traffic at Lockhart City Hall during the worldwide novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.


“We hope you will help us reduce the number of people using office services by conducting business online, by phone, or by drop box to limit face-to-face interaction,” said City Manager Steven Lewis. “Choosing online bill pay will especially minimize the chance for public exposure to COVID-19 while maximizing efficiency.”


The online payment option does not require customers to set up an account. Customers can select an option that enables them to make a one-time payment. You need only your account number and last payment amount to access this option. You can access the website for utility payments at https://www.municipalonlinepayments.com/lockharttx/utilities.


While Lockhart City Hall will remain open, you can also talk to a representative in our customer service department from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday by calling (512) 398-3461. Customer service representatives can answer your questions about paying online and take your payment over the phone.


Two payment drop boxes are located outside City Hall: a drive thru drop box on Market Street and one by the 308 W. San Antonio Street entrance.


Utility payments can also be made by using the drive thru window at City of Lockhart Municipal Court, 1914 W. San Antonio Street. Hours are 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday.


Visitors to City Hall are highly encouraged to use the hand sanitizer stations placed in the lobby. Visitors with symptoms indicating COVID-19 should not visit City Hall. Symptoms of COVID-19 have been identified as fever, cough and shortness of breath.


If you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, please contact your medical provider.

Council extends declaration of local state of disaster for Lockhart

UPDATE (MARCH 24): Lockhart City Council on Tuesday, March 24 voted to extend the mayor's declaration of a local state of disaster until the city's next regular meeting, which is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. April 7. No amendments were made to the declaration.


Mayor Lew White has amended his March 17 declaration of a local state of disaster for public health emergency for the City of Lockhart as the situation involving COVID-19, also known as the novel coronavirus, continues to evolve.


Per the amended declaration, gatherings are limited to no more than 10 people and the cancellation of any planned gatherings of more than 10 people is mandatory. The mayor signed the amended declaration on Thursday afternoon to reflect executive orders signed by Governor Greg Abbott that:

  • Limit social gatherings to 10 people
  • Order bars and gyms to close.
  • Allow restaurants to offer takeout, delivery or drive-thru service but prohibit dining in.
  • Require the temporary closure of schools.
  • Allow grocery stores, banks and gas stations to remain open.


The Governor's executive orders apply to the entire state. The governor's orders take effect at 11:59 p.m. Friday, March 20 and remain in effect through 11:59 p.m. April 3 and the mayor's amendments take effect at midnight Friday, March 20.


The declaration of a local state of disaster activates the city's emergency management plan and allows it to take actions necessary to promote health and suppress the virus, as well as request funds and additional resources from the state and federal governments.


The limitation on the size of gatherings extends to commercial (retail, wholesale, industrial, service, eating and entertainment) establishments. Employees of such establishments are not counted as part of a gathering. 


Representatives of such establishments are responsible for monitoring and enforcing the limitation on the size of gatherings.


Violating the declaration is punishable by a fine not to exceed $1,000 and no more than 180 days in jail.


The mayor's declaration of disaster will be in effect until March 24, unless continued or renewed with consent of Lockhart City Council.

Read the Mayor's amended proclamation here.

Read Governor Abbott's executive orders here.





Latest Coronavirus (COVID-19) updates for the City of Lockhart
The City of Lockhart Coronavirus webpage is being updated regularly with closures, cancellations and more. Click here to visit this page for more information about the 2019 Coronavirus (COVID-19).

Caldwell County Commissioners Court extends local state of disaster

The Caldwell County Commissioners Court on Tuesday, March 17 approved an order declaring a local state of Emergency for Caldwell County that includes language prohibiting community gatherings of 50 people or more as the situation surrounding the Coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to develop.


The order was amended March 18 to include what defines a community gathering and list situations to which the 50-person limit applies.


The move by commissioners extends the declaration signed into law by Caldwell County Judge Hoppy Haden on Monday, March 16 by 21 days. The original order put a cap of 250 people on community gatherings.


Violation of the order is a Class C Misdemeanor punishable by a fine not to exceed $1,000 or a sentence of up to 180 days in jail.


A local disaster declaration allows local governments to allocate resources and personnel as well as request funds and additional resources from the state and federal governments to assist in managing the effects of COVID-19.


Read the full March 18 declaration here.




Household Hazardous Waste event to proceed as scheduled

Current residents of the City of Lockhart can dispose of their household hazardous waste for free on Saturday, March 14 at City Park. Bring a utility bill or other proof of residence to the event. Details are as follows:


When: Saturday, March 14, 2020 
Time: 9:00 a.m. to noon (rain or shine) 
Where:  CITY PARK, Main/Central Pavilion—Pool Parking Lot 
What will we take:  Cleaning products:  drain cleaners, concentrates, degreasers, oven cleaners, solvents; polishers, pool chemicals, household batteries, paints, varnishes, etc … 
We will NOT take:  Waste generated by businesses and commercial farming, tires, chemical containers larger than 5 gallons, medical waste and sharps, empty containers, compressed gas cylinders, ammunition, gun powder, metal, wire and PCBs. Electronics go to the Lockhart Recycle Center.
Disposal cost to you: None
For more information: (512) 398-3461



SAFETY TIPS! (For collection day) 

• Bring products in the original containers—Do not mix products!

• Make sure containers are properly sealed and labeled correctly.

• If the container leaks, pack in larger container and use absorbents, such as cat litter, to soak up leaks.

• If you do not know what it is, mark it “unknown.”

• If possible, place materials in cardboard boxes—boxes with dividers make for good packaging.

• Place materials in areas away from drivers and passengers



Did you know:  It can be unsafe to dispose household hazardous waste in with your everyday garbage.  Many can cause serious injury to employees who pick up your garbage.  Whenever possible avoid  purchasing such items because of the disposal liabilities, costs, and environmental dangers.  If you  must  purchase, buy in quantities for immediate use-only enough for what you need.  Please explore alternative  products that are environmentally friendly / safer. 



Electronics are accepted at the Lockhart Recycling Center

You can now drop off electronics such as TVs, computers, phones, etc at the Lockhart Recycle Center located at 110 N. Brazos Street, Lockhart, Texas.  The Recycle Center is open to accept items: 

Monday-Friday:  7 a.m.-4 p.m.

Saturday:  8 a.m.-1 p.m.

Sunday:  Closed

For more information about the Recycle Center, please contact (512) 398-6452. 



March newsletter is in the mail

The latest edition of the City of Lockhart newsletter will be sent to utilities customers this month. The front page features an FAQ on the 2020 U.S. Census. The Census will begin sending forms to U.S. households on March 12. 


The City of Lockhart supports the 2020 U.S. Census. An accurate count is essential to making sure a community receives its share of federal funding that supports hospitals, fire departments, schools, roads and other resources.

Police Department releases Racial Profiling Report

The Lockhart Police Department has released its annual racial profiling report.


In 2002, the State of Texas mandated that law enforcement agencies adopt a detailed written policy on racial profiling, and collect certain data on citations, searches and arrests resulting from traffic stops by Texas Racial Profiling Law.


The Lockhart Police Department’s report was filed with the Texas Commission of Law Enforcement and was presented to Lockhart City Council at its February 18 regular meeting.


The Lockhart Police Department conducted 6,103 traffic stops in 2019. Race or ethnicity was known prior to the stop in 21 cases. Specifically, 2,764 of the motorists stopped were white, 2,716 were Hispanic/Latino, 570 were black, 38 were Asian/Pacific Islander and 15 were Alaska/Native American.


In September 2017, the State of Texas passed Senate Bill 1849, known as the Sandra Bland Act, which required police departments to document all traffic stops, including verbal warnings. Sandra Bland, a black woman, was found dead in a jail cell following a 2015 traffic stop.


“In 2019, our report showed zero incidents in which physical force resulting in bodily injury occurred during a traffic stop,” said Lockhart Chief of Police Ernest Pedraza. “The Lockhart Police Department takes racial profiling very seriously and will investigate all complaints made against an officer.”


To view the entire report, visit http://lockhart-tx.org/upload/page/0078/2019%20Racial%20Profiling%20Report.pdf.

Lockhart welcomes newest fire station

Lockhart Fire Rescue’s second fire station is officially open, operational and responding to calls.

Fire Station No. 2, located at 1911 Borchert Drive behind Lockhart Municipal Court, held its official grand opening on Wednesday, February 26, celebrating the occasion with an open house and a ribbon cutting co-hosted by the Lockhart Chamber of Commerce and the Greater Caldwell County Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.

The new station, which has access to Texas State Highway 142 (San Antonio Street) and is located near the Texas State Highway 130 toll road helps the city prepare to meet the needs of its growing population. The new station is approximately 2,600 square feet and houses fire administration, up to four fire fighters and three fire-fighting apparatus.

Fire Station No. 1, located at 201 W. Market Street, has been in service since it opened in 1914. The historic building remains in service and will eventually undergo renovations.

“We are able to respond to calls from either location,” said Lockhart Fire Rescue Chief Randy Jenkins. “Our new fire station prepares us to better protect our residents in the city’s growing western portion while also giving us the space to accommodate current and future firefighters.

“Our goal is to respond to 90% of emergency calls within 5 minutes and 30 seconds.  Fire Station No. 2 will help us to meet this goal as the city grows.”

Learn more about the 2020 U.S. Census

The City of Lockhart supports the 2020 U.S. Census. Getting a complete count in the Census, which occurs every 10 years, is important to citizens of every community for myriad reasons that include:


  • How many representatives each state gets in the U.S. House of Representatives
  • How the lines are drawn that define congressional and state legislative districts.
  • It provides critical data that lawmakers, business owners, teachers, and many others use to provide daily services, products, and support for you and your community. Every year, billions of dollars in federal funding go to hospitals, fire departments, schools, roads, and other resources based on census data.


Census forms will begin appearing in area mailboxes on March 12. 


Some frequently asked questions and answers:


Why is it conducted?

It’s in the U.S. Constitution and is required every 10 years. The last one was performed in 2010, so the time has come.



When does it start?

The U.S. Census Bureau’s awareness campaign in which many local governments participate becomes more visible in January. Forms will start hitting residents’ mailboxes in March. The Bureau’s plan is to begin getting people to fill out the forms on April 1. Follow up notices will be sent to households between April and July.



Do I have to participate?

Yes. It’s mandatory. Those who don’t participate may be subjected to fines.



Is it for U.S. citizens only?

No. You only need to be a resident. The questionnaire asks about citizenship but does not ask for a Social Security number or about any financial matters.



What does it ask?

The questions include the names, ages, sex and dates of birth of people living in the household.



Will the U.S. Census Bureau share my answers with law enforcement or any other entities?

No. The information you share with the U.S. Census Bureau is confidential. The Bureau says there are safeguards built in to protect private information.



How can we fill it out?

The form can be filled out online, by mail and by phone.



How is it tied to money?

According to the Texas Demographic Center, the distribution of more than $675 billion in federal funds, grants and support to states, counties and communities are based on Census data. The money is spent on schools, hospitals, roads, public works and other programs. An undercount of the Texas population of just 1 percent could translate to a statewide loss of about $300 million in federal funding for those programs in communities within the state, according to the Center.



How about representation in the U.S. Congress?

The trend has been that the state has gained representation in Congress after each Census. Texas received two additional seats in 1990 and 2000, and four seats following the 2010 Census.





Learn more about the 2020 U.S. Census, including how to participate and even how to apply to work as a census taker here.

City of Lockhart offices closed on Presidents Day

All City of Lockhart offices will be closed Monday, February 17 for Presidents Day. We will reopen at 8 a.m. Tuesday. Remember: To report electrical outages and water and sewer problems after hours and on weekends and holidays, call the Lockhart Police Department at 512-398-4401.

Walking trail project gains momentum

The green line depicts the planned location of the first phase of a project to build a hike/bike trail in Lockhart City Park. The yellow line, Phase 2, will complete a pathway that connects the park’s west entrance by Kreuz Market and east entrance on Carver Street. The city’s existing hike/bike trail begins on Pecos Street at Pecos Park and ends at North Commerce Street by Kreuz Market.


The City of Lockhart is currently soliciting bids from companies interested in building the first phase of a hike/bike trail in City Park.

At completion, the first phase of the trail project would give pedestrians accessing the park from the west entrance a 10-foot-wide pathway separate from vehicular traffic that would take them all the way to the pond located at the park’s center.

The trail is being built due in part to a grant from the St. David’s Foundation. The grant does not require any matching funds from the city.

“We have navigated the state’s permitting process and are looking forward to getting this project under construction,” City Manager Steven Lewis said. “Walking remains one of the most popular and most accessible forms of exercise and we anticipate this will give our residents another way to enjoy our City Park.”

The City will open bids from companies interested in constructing the trail at 10 a.m. February 20th.

The first phase of the City Park trail will measure approximately 2,100 feet long and has a projected completion date of June 2020.

The second phase of construction involves installing a trail that would provide an eastern pedestrian park entrance and is also being funded in part by a grant from the St. David’s Foundation. That six-foot-wide pathway will follow the perimeter of the pond and connect to the first phase of the trail. Construction on this phase is expected to begin this summer and completion is expected before the end of the year.

The city’s existing hike/bike trail, the Lockhart Springs Trail, begins at Pecos Street by Pecos Park and ends at North Commerce Street by Kreuz Market.







Census bureau begins outreach to group quarters facilities

The U.S. Census Bureau has begun contacting group quarters facilities across the nation ahead of the 2020 Census Group Quarters Operation – the way the Census Bureau ensures an accurate count of individuals who live or stay in a group living arrangement.

In Lockhart and Caldwell County, group quarters facilities would include the Gary Job Corps Center, assisted living facilities and the Lockhart Correctional Facility.

Group quarters include facilities such as:

  • College/university student housing
  • Residential treatment centers
  • Military barracks
  • Nursing/skilled nursing facilities
  • Group homes
  • Correctional facilities. 

The Group Quarters Advance Contact Operation takes place through March 6, and helps the Census Bureau identify administrators who can assist in counting those living in their group quarters facilities.

As part of the Group Quarters Operation, the Census Bureau collects information specific to service-based locations that serve people experiencing homelessness, known as the Service-Based Enumeration operation. These locations include:

  • Soup kitchens
  • Emergency and transition shelters
  • Regularly scheduled mobile food vans
  • Outdoor locations and other places where people are known to sleep.

Are you a group quarters administrator? Visit this page for more information. 


- Information provided courtesy of census.gov

City designates grow zones to keep creek healthy

Walkers on the Town Branch Trail may notice new signage that designates some areas along the creek as official grow zones.

While City of Lockhart crews will continue to mow and maintain the area adjacent to the trail, some areas closer to the creek will be allowed to grow freely to promote stability along the creek banks and prevent erosion.

The City pursued and received funding through the Clean Water Act 319 Grant to conduct the restoration of Town Branch. Riparian or shoreline restoration, which helps address pollution from rainfall runoff, is one of many projects the grant can be used to address.

 “Mowing up to the streambank causes loss of the riparian area and bank instability, which then leads to bank failure,” said Parks Manager Chris Sager. “The City of Lockhart has created riparian buffer areas that are known to reduce erosion, promote bank stability and improve water quality by reducing sediment load and contaminate transport to the stream." 

If you have any questions about the trail, the creek or the grow zones, call the Parks Department at 512-398-6452.

FAQ: About our outdoor warning sirens.

The 5-siren outdoor warning system emits a steady, loud noise to alert Lockhart residents who are outdoors of impending severe weather and/or chemical emergencies. If you are outside when you hear that noise, you are urged to move indoors and seek shelter on the lowest floor and an interior room with no windows and seek additional information from local TV or radio stations.   

The siren activates in the following scenarios :

  • The National Weather Service (NWS) issues a Tornado Warning.
  •  The National Weather Service (NWS) issues a Severe Thunderstorm Warning and indicates the potential for destructive winds of 70 mph or greater.
  • Observed hail of 1.5 inches in diameter (ping pong ball size) or greater.
  •  Any observed weather condition, which is judged to be hazardous to people and early warning would potentially save lives.
  • Chemical emergencies.


The sirens are tested on the first Monday of each month at 1 p.m. Sirens will not be tested during a severe weather event or if a special event is being held. Canceled tests will not be rescheduled.



The siren system is not intended to notify residents who are already indoors. We encourage you to sign up for the Warn Central Texas Notification System. This is a Regional Notification System developed for Central Texas and administered by the Capital Area Council of Governments (CAPCOG). The warning system will notify citizens of Lockhart by phone call, text or email for emergencies such as; Tornados, severe weather, flooding, and local emergency information.

You may register to receive the free emergency alerts or community information via text, e-mail, or phone at warncentraltexas.org

For questions regarding the new system or siren testing, please contact City Hall at (512) 398-3461 or the Police Department at (512) 398-4401.  Click here  for a map of the siren coverage.

View Lockhart's 2019 Annual Report here

The City of Lockhart has prepared a report that summarizes accomplishments made during the 2019 calendar year. The report is intended to give citizens and other interested parties information about the city’s activities in the last 12 months. The 2019 Annual Report titled “Courting Progress” is a way for the city’s many departments to highlight how they make Lockhart a better place to live and increase awareness of how their work contributed to strides made in the past year.

View the report here.

City seeks input on Hazard Mitigation plan

Lockhart Fire Rescue is participating in the development of the Caldwell County Hazard Mitigation plan 2020 along with several other local jurisdictions. The focus of the plan is to protect people and structures and to minimize the cost of disaster response and recovery from known hazards by identifying and implementing cost-effective hazard mitigation actions.


The draft is a 306-page document, but if you are interested in reading it, we are interested in hearing what you have to say about it. Please offer feedback to Fire Chief and Emergency Management Coordinator Randy Jenkins at rjenkins@lockhart-tx.org.


The draft of the plan is here.


Settle your library fines for free in January

Got an overdue library book or two? Gather them up and head to the Dr. Eugene Clark Library during the month of January. It is amnesty month, meaning the library will waive all overdue fines on books turned in this month. Note: Fees cannot be waived on lost or damaged materials. Questions? Call the library at 512-398-3223.

City offers free Christmas Tree recycling, pickup


When you are ready to bid adieu to your live Christmas tree, the City of Lockhart offers tree recycling at no charge.

To recycle your live tree, just place it curbside and workers will come pick it up. Make sure the tree is free of ornaments, lights, tinsel, nails, screws or tree bases and call Lockhart Public Works at (512) 398-6452 to arrange for collection.



Lockhart receives grant to improve park's, city's walkability

The City of Lockhart has been awarded a grant from the St. David's Foundation to help with park improvements and the Town Branch Trail System through the non-profit’s Parks With Purpose program.


The $200,000 grant, which requires no match from the city, will be used to continue improving walkability around City Park. Specifically, the grant will fund the construction of a 6-foot wide trail around the pond that serves as the park’s central feature. That trail will connect to the park’s entrance on Carver Street and to another trail in the planning stages that will continue to another park entrance at City Park Road.


Representatives from St. David’s Foundation, Lockhart's Parks and Recreation advisory board and the City of Lockhart's Public Works and Parks and Recreation Department were all on hand for a check presentation made at the Dec. 17 City Council meeting.


Police offer holiday safety tips

Celebrating the holidays? The Lockhart Police Department offers the following tips to keep your home, family and belongings safe during this festive time of year.

Make sure all doors and windows have secondary locks (window pins, deadbolts, dowels, etc.) and use them.
Don't hide spare keys in mailboxes or planters, or under doormats.
Ensure that dark areas and entrances have outdoor lights that are turned on after dark or are activated by sensors.
Keep trees and shrubbery trimmed so they do not conceal doors and windows. Overgrown foliage can provide a hiding place for criminals.
Place gifts where they can't be seen from the outside. 
Consider safe deposit boxes for items of value such as seldom-worn jewelry.
Be sure to mail cards, checks or gift certificates from the Post Office or at a blue U.S. Postal Service collection box.
Lock your vehicle and remove all valuables.


Use caution anytime there is a stranger at your door. 
Be suspicious of unexpected sales calls or deliveries. Ask for identification.
Be aware of scams that criminals commit to take advantage of people's generosity during the holidays. 
Investigate charities before making donations. Request info about how they will use the funds raised.


Ask a trusted friend or neighbor to watch your home.
Use timers for lights and radios while you're away.
Make arrangements for mail and newspapers (to either be temporarily stopped or have someone collect them for you)


Don't put boxes of expensive toys, electronics, or other gifts out for garbage collection. Compress large boxes and place them in black garbage bags for pick-up. 
Add new items to your home inventory. Take photos or video of all items of value in your home and list each item's make, model, serial number and other information. 
Engrave new items to help identify them in the event they are stolen. 



Have your package delivered to your work.
If traveling, your package delivered to the home of a relative or friend that you know will be home.
Have your package held at your local post office for pickup.
Take advantage of "Ship to Store” option that many stores offer.
Request that your package has signature confirmation upon delivery.
Ask your carrier to place the package in an area out of plain view.

Good Utility Neighbor Contribution Program Fund

The City of Lockhart is now a sponsor of the Good Utility Neighbor Contribution Program Fund, a program to assist eligible customers who are having difficulty paying their utility bill. Voluntary contributions from customers like you fund this program. This program will be administered by Community Action, Inc., of Central Texas on the City’s behalf, Community Action establishes eligibility requirements to receive assistance. Every dollar helps! When the fund reaches $5,000, the program will begin helping those customers that qualify and need help sometimes paying their utility bill.


Donors can make one-time donations or pledge a reoccurring monthly donation. To donate, please complete and return the donation form by mail to the City of Lockhart Utility Customer Services Department at PO Box 239, Lockhart, Texas 78644, or in person at City Hall, 308 W. San Antonio Street, Lockhart, Texas.


Good Utility Neighbor Donation Form

How to Detect Water Leaks

Water leaks can be costly and waste water.  Here are some helpful tips to help eliminate leaks around your home.

How to Detect Leaks

Lockhart - "A Look Back in Time"

The following are video files that provide Lockhart Texas historical events as discussed by Donaly Brice and Joe Bunch with Ronda Reagan at the Clark Library Annex in Lockhart, Texas on March 28, 2015. 


Select a video link below to view and to learn about Lockhart's history.


"Lockhart - A Look Back in Time"


Part 1 - Birth of a City (25:11) https://youtu.be/sCZwCs3x1EU


Part 2 - The Trail Drivers (35:20) https://youtu.be/04u1KF8v9nY


Part 3 - Law and Order (31:24) https://youtu.be/myTjtvBpqAs


Part 4 - The Hotels (22:05) https://youtu.be/hWJGRaDfgN4


Part 5 - Brock's Buildings (9:38) https://youtu.be/Yc_DWD3xQxE


Part 6 - Old Lockhart Stories (17:11) https://youtu.be/RCSQZYlTjQo


Help Avoid Mosquitoes

When considering how you can address mosquitoes, here is a helpful flyer with tips and suggestions to reduce the insects.  

Help Avoid Being Bitten By Mosquitoes FLYER

Please report standing water in public right of ways to the Public Works Department at (512) 398-6452. 

Dickens' Christmas in Lockhart

Hear Ye! Hear Ye!  A Dickens' Christmas in Lockhart held every year on the 1st weekend in December.

A Dickens' Night Lighted Parade begins at 7:00 p.m. on the first Friday in December followed by a day filled with lots of family fun on the first Saturday in December.  Saturday's entertainment will lift your heart with many family activities.  A few to mention include caroling of hundreds of Lockhart children, unique hand crafted items by local artisans as well as many unique gifts offered in the vendor's area, and lighting of the Yule Log to signify the official beginning of the Christmas season.

Information about A Dickens' Christmas in Lockhart can be obtained from the Clark Library at (512) 398-3223. 

Yule Love Shopping in Lockhart! 

Disaster Relief Packet

A Disaster Relief Packet has been developed to assist the public in finding assistance or benefits with recovery from Hurricane Harvey.    

The Lockhart Disaster Recover Center (DRC) is located at 901 Bois D'Arc Street, Lockhart, TX 78644.

The office officially opened on Tuesday, October 24, 2017.  

Please carefully review the packets to see if it can be useful to you.

FEMA Disaster Relief Packet

Small Business Administration (SBA) Federal Disaster Loans for Businesses of all Sizes, Private Nonprofits, Homeowners and Renters

Dec 2017 - Texas Hurricane Harvey Recovery Guide

Impact Fee Increases on Construction Projects



The City of Lockhart has updated its impact fees to reflect the current cost of infrastructure projects, and to make adjustments to the road, water, and wastewater impact fee capital improvements plans.  The new fees are higher than the previous impact fee rates.  However, the previous fees will remain in affect for all building permits until October 1, 2017.

In addition, building permits for construction on lots shown on a final subdivision plat approved before October 1, 2017, will continue to be charged the previous fees until October 1, 2019.  Building permits for construction on all other lots will be charged the new rates effective October 1, 2017.

For more information, contact Dan Gibson, City Planner, by phone at 512-398-3461, ext. 236, or by e-mail at dgibson@lockhart-tx.org.

Public Notice About Utility Contact Methods
The City of Lockhart does not make telephone calls to notify customers of utility service disconnection, construction, or repair; or to collect payment for services. 

If you receive a telephone call asking for permission to enter your property for any utility service work or requesting payment for utility services, please contact City Hall at (512) 398-3461 or the Lockhart Police Department at (512) 398-4401. 

Do not provide any personal information to any callers claiming to be the City of Lockhart.

Impact Fee Update Documents

The City of Lockhart prepared a five-year update of the Impact Fee Land Use Assumptions and Roadway, Water, and Wastewater Impact Fees, including capital improvements plans and the maximum allowable impact fees per service unit.

The City of Lockhart held a public hearing regarding the updates on Tuesday, April 4, 2017. Click here to view details about the public hearing.

Click on the link(s) below to view the Impact Fee Update documents:

      Land Use Assumptions for Impact Fees Report

      Roadway Impact Fee Report

      Water and Wastewater Impact Fee Analysis Capital Improvements Plan

      Notice - Increased Impact Fees on Construction Projects

If you have any questions, please contact Dan Gibson, City Planner, at (512) 398-3461 ext. 236 or via e-mail at dgibson@lockhart-tx.org.

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