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Lockhart Community News
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

Safely dispose of household hazardous waste on March 14

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. 



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.

Learn more about the 2020 U.S. Census

In March, Lockhart residents will begin receiving packets containing detailed information concerning participation in 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.


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 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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