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City of Lockhart's Notice on 2021 Tax Rates Available
08/05/2021

You can view the notice here, or visit our Public Notices page.


City Council Recap August 3, 2021
08/04/2021

Proposed zoning change on a 15.2-acre property on Blackjack St., presentations on the Downtown Revitalization Project and Water/Wastewater Rate Study, a contractor selected for city street improvements, new EMS equipment, public hearing dates for the proposed City budget, and partial credit for COVID-19 Relief Loan recipients were considered in last night’s City Council meeting.

 

Water and Wastewater Rate Study: City Council directed Raftelis Financial Consultants to provide more information on water usage tiers and water meter size, in relation to its Water and Wastewater Rate Study and forecast through 2026.

 

Proposed Budget: City Council set the dates for the FY 2021-2022 Budget public hearings. The first public hearing will be held August 17, 6:30 p.m. The second hearing will be September 7, also at 6:30 p.m.

 

Blackjack St. Zoning Change: Council approved the proposed zoning change for 1501 and 1503 Blackjack St. from Agricultural Open to Commercial Heavy Business District. The 15.171-acre property will be the location of a large civil construction company with an office and equipment yard. The applicants noted 40 new jobs would be created with this business relocation from Austin.

 

Street Improvements Project: Council awarded Lone Star Paving of Austin the contract to resurface the following streets this year, along with repaving the Municipal Court’s parking lot:

  • Pendergrass St. from San Jacinto St. to Bluestem Dr.
  • Lakeview Drive from San Jacinto St. to Bluestem Dr.
  • Bluestem Dr. from Pendergrass St. to Lakeview Dr.
  • Nueces St. from W. San Antonio St. to Bois D’Arc St.
  • Sunset Dr. from S. Colorado St. to end.
  • La Feliciana Dr. from Clearfork St. to end.
  • Aransas St. from White Oak St. to south end.
  • Laredo St. from N. Commerce St. to N. Colorado St.
  • 2nd St. from Neches St. to Chihuahua St.
  • 3rd St. from Neches St. to Chihuahua St.
  • 4th St. from Neches St. to Chihuahua St.
  • Monterrey St. from Neches St. to Chihuahua St.

 

Downtown Revitalization Project: Council gave TRC Engineers, Inc. the green light to move forward with conceptual design alternatives focusing on the nine-block area around the Caldwell County Courthouse. Proposed upgrades involve utility, drainage, street, hardscape, pedestrian access, and landscaping in the downtown area. TRC will host two public forums to gather feedback from the community and property owners. This evaluation will also study traffic alternatives on North Main St. between San Antonio St. and Walnut St.

 

Lockhart COVID-19 Economic Recovery Fund Status: Council members granted partial relief for 18 COVID-19 loan recipients. Each will receive $2,500 credit towards their loan. The remaining balance of the City’s COVID-19 Economic Recovery Fund will be placed on reserve.

 

EMS Fleet Replacement: Council approved the Lockhart Fire Chief’s request to replace a cab and chassis in the ambulance fleet. Both the City and Caldwell County are chipping in for the upgrades, each paying for half of the bill. Upon Council approval, the equipment will be delivered in approximately six months.

 

COVID-19 Update: The Mayor talked about how there no current updates regarding city authority on changing local COVID-19 protocols, but that people are strongly urged to get vaccinated. He also mentioned checking with the Caldwell County Office of Emergency Management on where people can get inoculated and tested for COVID in Lockhart. These locations are listed on the Caldwell County Office of Emergency Management’s website.


CDC: Masking encouraged in public indoor spaces in areas of high transmission
08/03/2021

 

                The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released new masking recommendations citing new information on the Delta variant. The new guidelines recommend fully vaccinated individuals to wear masks in public indoor settings, especially in areas of substantial and high transmission, because new data suggests that vaccinated people can pass on the virus.

 

However, the medical community maintains the vaccines are still the best way to prevent getting severely sick from COVID-19. Even with the more contagious Delta variant, most patients who die from COVID, or are hospitalized with severe symptoms are unvaccinated.

 

In May, Governor Abbott issued an executive order prohibiting local government entities from imposing mask mandates, that means the City of Lockhart is not allowed to require citizens to wear masks anywhere, including city property. The governor’s order also states that the City cannot require municipal workers to wear masks or be vaccinated unless they fall under a stated exception. Businesses, however, may decide to put their own mask requirements in place. Despite imposed limitations, the City of Lockhart is encouraging you to help stop the coronavirus in its tracks.

 

“Vaccines are readily available in Lockhart. No matter where you go, whether it be a pharmacy, grocery store, or your doctor’s office, there will be a dose ready for you,” said Lockhart Mayor Lew White. “Be responsible and do your part to stop the spread.”

 

To secure a vaccine, head to the Caldwell County Office of Emergency Management’s page.

 

(Image courtesy of the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention)


Monthly siren test CANCELLED: August 2, 2021
08/02/2021
Due to today's weather conditions, this month's emergency siren test--scheduled for this afternoon-- is CANCELLED.
Please be weather aware and pay attention to local weather reports. Our next outdoor siren test will be conducted on the first Monday of September.

 

 

 

The 5-siren outdoor warning system is used to alert Lockhart residents of impending severe weather and/or chemical emergencies.  Activation criteria for the City of Lockhart includes;

  • 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) or greater.
Any observed weather condition, which is judged to be hazardous to people and early warning would potentially save lives.

Medication disposal boxes available in Lockhart Fire Station No. 1 and 2
07/27/2021

Do you have unused, and/or expired medications you’re looking to get rid of at home?

 

DON’T FLUSH THEM DOWN THE TOILET!

 

Take them to one of the Lockhart Fire Department’s fire stations instead. Look for the “TakeAway” medication disposal box (see photo) and do the following:

  1. Place all unused medications into the envelope taken from the TakeAway box, including legally held controlled drugs and narcotics (Schedules II, III, IV, and V).
  2. Medication should be in their original containers when placed into the TakeAway envelope.
  3. Liquids must be placed in a sealed plastic bag (e.g. a zip-locked bag) before being placed inside the envelope. No more than four (4) ounces of liquids can be included in each mailing.
  4. Seal the envelope carefully.
  5. Take the sealed envelope to a U.S. Post Office or U.S. Postal Service drop box, or simply hand it to your U.S. postal carrier.
  6. DO NOT MAIL needles, syringes, lancets, injection pens, chemotherapy waste, batteries, aerosol spray cans, trash, hazardous materials, illegal drugs (marijuana, cocaine, heroin, methamphetamine).
  7. DO NOT overfill envelope.
  8. DO NOT take filled envelope back to your pharmacy.

 

 

TakeAway box locations: Lockhart Fire Station No. 1 (201 W Market St.), and Lockhart Fire Station No. 2 (1911 Borchert Dr.)

 

Since needles and syringes are NOT ACCEPTED in this program, you can still dispose of them properly by:

  1. Placing needles and syringes in a hard plastic or metal container with a tightly secured lid. (The container should be labeled “Syringes,” “Sharps,” or “Needles.”)
    1. A laundry-detergent or bleach bottle can serve as a good needle-disposal container.
    2. Be sure it’s not a see-through container.
    3. Label the container “Syringes,” “Sharps,” or “Needles.”
  2. Keep the container out of reach of children and pets.
  3. When the container is full, seal and reinforce its lid with heavy-duty tape.
  4. Dispose of the sealed container in the household trash.
  5. DO NOT use containers made of glass, clear plastic, or thin plastics.
  6. DO NOT put container in the recycling bin.
  7. DO NOT throw loose needles or syringes in your household garbage.

City Council Recap July 20, 2021
07/21/2021

Proposed new ordinances addressing unattended donation boxes and public camping, a new quarantine leave policy for Lockhart first responders, a loan repayment extension agreement for Visionary Fiber Technologies, a memorandum of understanding with GBRA, the U.S. economic development grant application, COVID-19 economic recovery fund status and community updates were discussed in last night’s City Council meeting.

 

Economic Development Performance Agreement with Visionary Fiber Technologies: Council approved a short-term extension of a repayment deadline for Visionary Fiber Technologies.

 

Lockhart COVID-19 Economic Recovery Fund Status: Council members discussed the status of the City’s COVID-19 Economic Recovery Fund. One option included crediting $2,500 to businesses that received a loan from the City and retain the remainder on reserve. No decision was made. Council plans to take action at the next meeting, August 3rd.

 

“Use of Public Areas” Ordinance:  Council members approved the “Use of Public Areas” ordinance. The City Attorney drafted the ordinance to clarify and consolidate existing regulations which are applicable and effective in reducing or preventing the effects of homelessness.

 

Quarantine Leave Policy for Fire, Police, and EMS: City Council passed an ordinance implementing the requirements of H.B. 2073 to establish a paid quarantine leave policy when police officers, firefighters, and EMT’s are ordered to quarantine due to exposures to communicable disease while on duty.

 

Memorandum of Understanding with GBRA: City Council approved a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) involving the Carrizo Groundwater Supply Project, which passes through the City of Lockhart. The MOU contemplates a short-term study to evaluate GBRA’s efforts to bring additional treated water to the Texas 130 Corridor.

 

U.S. Economic Development Administration Grant Application: City Council gave the LEDC the green light to continue with its U.S. Economic Development Administration’s grant application. The $2-million grant will help facilitate engineering and construction of a 2.5-mile wastewater line for the Lockhart Industrial Park III, located on SH-130 and SH-142. The new line would serve the future needs of the west and northwest portions of Lockhart.

 

“Donation Boxes” Ordinance: City Council approved an ordinance that requires organizations and/or people to register donation boxes with the City. Organizations have placed donation boxes in the City to receive clothing, household items, and similar goods for charitable purposes that potentially become unsightly due to over-filling, lack of maintenance, rummaging, items placed outside the boxes, broken glass, and other concerns. The Ordinance will require all such organizations and persons to register each box with the City, imposes construction and placement standards for such boxes, and details the procedure and requirements for registration.


Lockhart City Health Officer: “Do the right thing. Go, get vaccinated!”
07/20/2021

COVID-19 cases are on the rise again throughout Central Texas, including Lockhart. The Texas Department of State Health Services’ data shows hospitalization rates steadily increasing in the area over five percent since the 4th of July weekend. Health experts are concerned that, with the recent detection of the more infectious Delta variant in surrounding communities, those who are unvaccinated are even more at risk; which could overwhelm the healthcare system. As of this week, less than 50-percent of Caldwell County residents aged 12 and over have received at least one dose of the vaccine.

 

“Unfortunately, our immunization rates are lagging behind others in Central Texas,” Lockhart Mayor Lew White said. “I urge you to get vaccinated, especially now that vaccines are readily available in the community. All you need to do is walk in or set up an appointment.”

 

Though there have been reports of “breakthrough” cases—fully vaccinated people who test positive for COVID-19 —researchers say, these cases are extremely rare. Studies suggest that currently authorized vaccines—Moderna, Pfizer and Johnson & Johnson--work against circulating variants. Lockhart’s City Health Officer, Dr. Charles Laurence, is adamant that vaccines are still the best way to protect oneself from getting infected with the virus.

 

“The unvaccinated population is primarily responsible for driving the pandemic at present,” Dr. Laurence said. “Meaning, those who are not vaccinated or not fully vaccinated are at risk for getting the disease and/or spreading it.”

 

Dr. Laurence added, contrary to what is posted on the Internet and social media about vaccines being harmful, there’s science behind the vaccines. He stressed that, if you are immunized, you are safe.

 

“Do the right thing. Go, get vaccinated,” Dr. Laurence urged. “Protect yourself and, more importantly, protect your family.”

 

 

Doses are available in Lockhart, here are some ways you can secure a vaccine:

  • Check with your doctor/medical provider and local pharmacies: Your doctor or pharmacy may be enrolled to be a COVID-19 vaccine provider and have doses available.
  • Locate a COVID-19 vaccine clinic through Vaccines.gov: This website allows you to search for a location by zip code and your vaccine preference.
  • Visit a vaccine hub near you: Texas established large vaccination hubs statewide to reach more people with the vaccine. The nearest vaccine hubs in Lockhart are the following:

     

     


Mosquitoes are BACK
07/19/2021

Temperatures are heating up again after the recent rain. That means mosquitoes are OUT. Here are ways you can keep these insects at bay, so you can get back to enjoying the outdoors:

 

  • TAKE PERSONAL PRECAUTIONS
    • Use a good personal protection lotion, stick, or spray for yourself and family. Wear long sleeves and avoid dawn/dusk outside trips if possible. Yard and community spraying cannot protect you and often provides a false sense of security.
  • REDUCE STANDING WATER
    • Mosquitoes need fresh water to reproduce. Getting rid of standing water to eliminate mosquito threats, including those in children’s sandboxes, wagons, and toy trucks; underneath and around downspouts, in plant saucers, dog bowls, and tires. Other hot spots include tarps, gutters, and flat roofs.
  • TOSS
    • Toss excess grass clippings, leaves, firewood and other yard debris from your yard & garden.
  • TURN OVER
    • Turn over larger items that could hold water like children’s swimming pools or sand buckets. If it is a bird bath that is meant to have water, dump and clean it out every 3-4 days to avoid mosquito breeding.
  • REMOVE TARPS
    • If tarps stretched over firewood piles, boats or sports equipment aren’t taut, they’re holding water. Remove or tighten tarps.
  • TAKE CARE
    • Take care of home maintenance needs that can contribute to standing water. Assess areas where pool of water may form such as faucets, drains, uneven sod and hoses. Cut high grass where they hide in wait.
  • TEAM UP
    • Despite taking all precautions in your own home, talking with neighbors is a key component to mosquito control. Townhomes and homes with little space between lots mean that mosquitoes can breed at a neighbor’s home and affect your property.
  • TREAT YOUR YARD AND HOME
    • Utilize a mosquito elimination barrier treatment around the home and yard.

     

    **For more resources, here's mosquito information from the Texas Department of State Health Services, and the CDC.

 

(Image courtesy: The Center for Disease Control and Prevention)

IF YOU SEE STANDING WATER IN STREETS OR IN DITCHES, PLEASE CALL CITY OF LOCKHART PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT AT (512) 398-6452. AREAS WILL BE TREATED TO KILL MOSQUITO LARVAE.


Trash Services UPDATE: New pick-up hours and no glass recycling
07/16/2021

Starting August 16, trash and recycling carts will need to be placed at the curb by 7 a.m. on collection days. You may also have up to seven bags, in addition to your cart, ready for pick up. Also, make sure your items are placed within five feet of the roadway without obstructing traffic flow for both vehicles and pedestrians.

 

On that same date, glass will no longer be accepted for recycling. This applies to both curbside and drop offs at the Lockhart Recycling Center. Instead, here are some ways you can dispose of glass safely:

  • Wrap the item in duct tape, cloth, or an old newspaper to keep them from breaking during transit.
  • If it’s broken glass, place it in a cardboard box or a container.
  • Place glass items in your brown cart.
  • Give them away to a friend or donate it to a charitable organization.
  • Take them to the landfill.

 


Grass clippings pose roadway hazard, clog drains
07/14/2021

Lockhart has been receiving a lot of rain, increasing the need to mow lawns more often. However, the rain also contributes to improperly disposed grass clippings ending up where they are not supposed to, like the street and storm drains.

 

Here are some reasons why grass clippings are safety hazards:

  • Grass clippings clog storm drains. Clogged drains can cause water to back up onto private property.
  • Gardening chemicals, like fertilizer, in grass clippings can affect aquatic life. When grass clippings make into the City’s drainage system, they end up in local waterways, rivers, and streams.
  • Wet grass clippings can be slippery for motorcyclists and bicyclists.

Also, blowing or dumping grass clippings, leaves, or any form of yard waste into the street is prohibited under Lockhart City Code.

 

Here’s what you can do instead:

  • Collect grass clippings and/or other yard debris into a trash bag and dispose them like regular garbage.
  • Keep your grass clippings on the lawn. It can serve as free fertilizer! According to the U.S. EPA, leaving your grass clippings on the lawn doesn’t cause thatch build up; they filter into the ground and naturally decompose.

 


WATER SHUT OFF NOTICE: Lakeview Dr., Blue Stem Dr., and Pendergrass St.
07/12/2021
 
In order to replace a faulty water valve, the City's Water Department must turn off water service along Lakeview Drive, Blue Stem Drive, and Pendergrass Street, Wednesday, July 14, between 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Please plan accordingly. We apologize for the inconvenience. If repairs go as planned, the water will be turned on sooner.

 

For any questions, call our Water/Wastewater Department at (512)398-3615.


Reminder: The COVID-19 pandemic is NOT OVER
07/09/2021

The medical community is reporting an increase of COVID-19 patients in hospitals since the 4th of July weekend. That same trend is reflected in Texas DSHS’ COVID-19 dashboard, where the hospitalization rate for Trauma Service Area O—which includes Lockhart—has gone back up to 2.2 percent at the end of the week.

According to the CDC, the Delta variant is now the dominant strain of the virus in the U.S. accounting for half of all COVID-19 cases nationwide. Health experts, including Dr. Anthony Fauci of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease, say studies continue to show that vaccines are still effective against the virus.

“If you look at the number of deaths, about 99.2% of them are unvaccinated,” said Dr. Fauci. “It's really sad and tragic that most all of these are avoidable and preventable.”

In Caldwell County, just a little over 49 percent of residents aged 12 and over have received at least one dose. Even though there is no mass vaccination site in Lockhart, COVID-19 vaccines are still available in local pharmacies and medical providers.

“The vaccine gives us the chance to return to people, places, and activities we love,” Lockhart Mayor, Lew White, said. “Let’s get our lives back. Don’t throw away your shot!”

 

Here are some ways you can locate a vaccine:

  • Check with your doctor/medical provider and local pharmacies: Your doctor or pharmacy may be enrolled to be a COVID-19 vaccine provider and have doses available.
  • Locate a COVID-19 vaccine clinic through Vaccines.gov: This website allows you to search for a location by zip code and your vaccine preference.
  • Visit a vaccine hub near you: Texas established large vaccination hubs statewide to reach more people with the vaccine. The nearest vaccine hubs in Lockhart are the following:

City Council Recap July 6, 2021
07/07/2021

A proposed zoning change for an outdoor food court and a new housing development, a license extension for a downtown parklet, new hours for the farmers market, proposed financial support for the Hill Country Cook-off, and a pending homeless ordinance were discussed in last night’s City Council meeting.

 

Zoning Change Requests:

  • Food Court: City Council approved the zoning change request on 734-738 South Commerce and 738 South Colorado streets to make way for a food court. The new designation will allow the business owner to have food trucks that will serve food and nonalcoholic beverages, while an adjacent building serves as a coffee shop that also serves alcohol.
  • Balser Custom Homes: City Council denied Balser Custom Homes’ zoning change request to build a 60-duplex, 18.58 acre subdivision at 1107 Silent Valley Road.

 

New Lockhart Farmers Market Hours: City Council took the first step in amending the Lockhart Farmers Market’s hours in its Interlocal Cooperation Agreement with Caldwell County. If County Commissioners follow suit, the Farmers Markets’ new hours will be from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., instead of closing up shop at 1:00 p.m.

 

Parklet Extension: Council voted to continue Little Trouble’s parklet license agreement for three months without an option for an extension.

 

“Use of Public Areas” Ordinance: The City Attorney drafted an ordinance that clarifies and consolidates existing regulations which are applicable and effective in reducing or preventing the effects of homelessness. However, due to technical difficulties, the presentation of the ordinance was tabled. It will be taken up at the next City Council meeting, July 20.

 

HOT Application for Hill Country Cook-off Association: City Council granted the Hill Country Cook-Off Association’s application for up to $4,000 in Hotel Occupancy Tax (HOT) funding. Event organizers said the money will be used for advertisements and promotional programs in Texas and surrounding states, hoping to attract more participants and attendees. They expect up to 3,000 people to attend this year’s event. The Hill Country Cook-Off will be held at Lockhart City Park, October 15-16, 2021.

 


City’s new dog park NOW OPEN
07/03/2021

The City of Lockhart’s new dog park at City Park has completed construction and is now open to the public. It is located north of the City Park Pond, next to the skate park. The new space is divided to cater to both large dogs and small dogs, along with a playscape that will allow your pets to exercise. The dog park is part of the City’s Parks, Recreation, and Open Spaces Master Plan, adopted in 2018.



HOURS:

6 a.m. - 11 p.m.



RULES:

  • Be respectful of others
  • Use park at your own risk
  • Owners are legally responsible for the behaviors of their pets at all times
  • Agility components are for dogs only – No people allowed on the equipment
  • No dogs without people – No people without dogs
  • No dogs in heat
  • No aggressive dogs
  • No puppies younger than 4 months old
  • No more than three dogs per person
  • All children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult
  • No spike, prong or pinch collars
  • Dogs must be licensed and immunized
  • No food inside dog park
  • Dogs must be under voice control or be in sight of their handlers
  • Owners must clean up after their dogs


Thank you for following the rules!


City Hall CLOSED: Monday, July 5, 2021
07/01/2021
In observance of the 4th of July holiday, Lockhart City Hall will be closed Monday, July 5th. 

We'll be back Tuesday, July 6th, during regular business hours ( 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.)

Keep your pets safe and secure for 4th of July weekend
06/30/2021

Celebrating the 4th of July often involves fun activities, including spending time with friends and family at barbecues, and, of course, fireworks. However, what you may consider fun could be stressful to your pets.

Here are some ways you can keep your pets safe, according to the Humane Society and the ASPCA:

  1. Keep your pet away from fireworks. Animals are more sensitive to loud noises, flashing lights, and strong smells.
  2. If your pet is scared by fireworks, ask your veterinarian for help. Your vet may provide medication or give advice on what can help your pet calm down.
  3. Keep your pet indoors. Crowds are no fun for pets.
  4. Safeguard your pet with a collar, ID tag, and microchip. If your pet doesn’t have any of those, now is the time to get them an ID tag and microchipped. That way, if your pet escapes, whoever finds them knows how to find you.
    1. If you find a lost pet, either take then to the address on their tag or bring them to a local animal shelter or vet to be reunited with their family.

     

    (Photo Courtesy: iStock)

     

  5. Keep your pets on their normal diet. We know it’s hard to resist those puppy dog eyes, but some food items can give your pet severe indigestion and diarrhea.

WATER SHUT OFF NOTICE: Neches Street
06/30/2021

Thursday, July 1, the Lockhart Water Department will shut the water off on Neches Street, between Rosewood and E. Live Oak Streets, for needed repairs to the water system. Water is expected to be off from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. If everything goes as planned, the water will be turned back on sooner.

 

(Photo Courtesy: The Water Council)

 

Please plan accordingly. We apologize for any inconvenience. If you have any questions, call the Water/Wastewater Department at (512) 398-3615.


Fireworks in Lockhart: Leave it to the professionals
06/29/2021

Celebrating the 4th of July is not the same without fireworks. However, it’s illegal to set off fireworks within 5,000 feet of Lockhart city limits. So, it’s best to leave it to the pro's by attending a permitted fireworks show, like Saturday’s Independence Day Fireworks Extravaganza:

 

 

 

Here are some safety tips on how you can enjoy these shows from the CDC and U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission:

  • Make sure fireworks are legal in your area before buying or using them.
  • To protect your hearing, be sure to enjoy the show from a safe distance.
  • If a firecracker explodes near your ear, you could experience immediate hearing damage.
  • Never allow young children to play with or ignite fireworks.
  • Always have an adult supervise fireworks activities. Parents don't realize that young children suffer injuries from sparklers. Sparklers burn at temperatures of about 2,000 degrees - hot enough to melt some metals.
  • Never place any part of your body directly over a fireworks device when lighting the fuse. Back up to a safe distance immediately after lighting fireworks.
  • Never point or throw fireworks at another person.
  • Keep a bucket of water or a garden hose handy in case of fire or other mishap.
  • Never carry fireworks in a pocket or shoot them off in metal or glass containers.

Free Swim Day: July 4, 2021
06/29/2021

Think Independence Day celebrations end once the fireworks are done? We think not!

Sunday, July 4th, City Pool admission is FREE for Free Swim Day. Here are the details:

 

Free Swim Day

Sunday, July 4th, 2021

10 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Lockhart City Pool (located on City Park Rd. and Scheh St.) 

 

 


Lockhart Animal Shelter waives pet adoption fees
06/28/2021

Have you been thinking about adding a furry, four-legged family member into your home? Here’s your chance.

 

The Lockhart Animal Shelter is waiving pet adoption fees starting this week. The shelter is now over capacity with more than 50 dogs and 60 cats in house. That number is expected to grow as we approach the 4th of July holiday.

 

For more information, contact the shelter at (512) 376-3336.

 

HOURS:

Mon - Fri: 8 a.m.-4:30pm

Sat & Sun: 8 a.m.-3:30pm

 

 

(Photos Courtesy: Lockhart Animal Shelter)

 

 


City Pool NOW OPEN
06/23/2021

Lockhart City Pool has been reopened Wednesday, June 23rd, after staying closed last year due to COVID-19. To ensure everyone's safety, please pay attention to pool rules and lifeguards on-site.

 

POOL HOURS: Tuesday - Sunday: 12 p.m. - 8 p.m. Monday: CLOSED

 

ADMISSION:
Child under 1 yr : FREE
Child: $1
Adult: $2

**Now accepting reservations: Call the Public Works Department (512) 398-6452 for more.

 


Do you know who to call at the event of a power outage?
06/22/2021

If not, and you're a Lockhart electric customer, save this number: (512) 398-6117. By calling this number, you will be connected to our Electric Service Department where you can report the power outage. It is available any time, including nights, and weekends. 

 

 

If you are a Bluebonnet Electric Co-Op customer, call 800-949-4414 to report an outage.


What you need to know if you’re considering solar power in Lockhart
06/22/2021

Yes, you can go solar in Lockhart. But, before you start purchasing and installing solar panels, you’ll need to do a few things:

 

  • Select a solar panel contractor currently licensed by the City of Lockhart. They are:
    • Freedom Solar Power
    • Greenlight Solar
    • Nerd Power TX, LLC
    • Texas Energy Experts
  • Apply for a building and electric permit before installation.
  • Employ an electrician licensed by the State of Texas.
  • Installation plans must be designed by a licensed engineer, who must submit a letter stating that the roof’s structure can support the solar panels, along with a detailed description of how the panels are secured on the roof. The design must be approved by the city.
    • These agreements, referred to Exhibit A and B in the ordinance, must be signed by the property owner and the City Manager.
  • The design should include a solar panel (PV) meter to register the power produced by the panels.
    • A utility application and associated fees are required for the PV meter.
    • That meter will be installed by the Electric Department after inspection of the solar panels. The department will also replace the home’s meter with a bi-directional electric meter.

     

When the above requirements have been met and approved, the permits are issued. The Customer Service Department takes a total of three readings each billing cycle:

  • Bi-directional electric meter (two readings):
    • Reads how much power is fed into the house from the city.
    • Reads how much power is fed back into the city.
  • Solar (PV) panel meter (one reading):
    • Reads how much power is being produced by the solar panels.

 

These readings are itemized in the customer’s utility bill.

 

(Image courtesy: iStock)

Here’s a look at the City of Lockhart’s Distributed Generation Ordinance: ARTICLE III. - WATER, SEWER, ELECTRIC EXTENSIONS | Code of Ordinances | Lockhart, TX | Municode Library (Sec. 58-191 under “Additional Requirements” item B)

 

If you are a Bluebonnet Electric Co-Op customer, click here.


Still need a COVID-19 vaccine? Here’s how you can find some in Lockhart…
06/17/2021

Since May, the Texas Department of State Health Services stopped allocating COVID-19 vaccines to providers every week. However, that doesn’t mean there are no doses available in our community. The Texas DSHS still fills vaccine orders from local providers. If you, or someone you know, still needs to get vaccinated, here are ways you can locate a vaccine:

 

  • Check with your doctor/medical provider: Your doctor may have enrolled to be a COVID-19 vaccine provider and have doses available.
  • Locate a COVID-29 vaccine clinic through Vaccines.gov: This website allows you to search for a location by zip code and your vaccine preference.
  • Visit a vaccine hub near you: Texas established large vaccination hubs statewide to reach more people with the vaccine. The nearest vaccine hubs in Lockhart are the following:

 

This week, the Texas DSHS reported that 11 million Texans are now fully vaccinated. The hospitalization rate in our Trauma Service Area (TSA), which includes Austin, closes out the week at 1.94 percent.


Lockhart water to undergo annual temporary disinfectant conversion; June 25-July 25, 2021
06/17/2021

Starting Friday, the 25th, the Guadalupe-Blanco River Authority (GBRA) will start converting the disinfectant used in the Luling Water Treatment Plant—which supplies Lockhart—from chloramine to free chlorine. The annual temporary disinfectant conversion, which is required by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ), takes 30 days. Then, the disinfectant will be switched back to chloramine. The GBRA says the process burns off excess ammonia build-up and oxidizes bio-film build-up that might be forming in distribution systems.

 

(Image courtesy of the Water Quality and Health Council)

 

 During the conversion, you may notice a change in taste or appearance of your tap water. The water is constantly tested and remains SAFE TO DRINK.

 For questions, call the Water/Wastewater Department at (512)398-3615.


City Council Recap June 15, 2021
06/16/2021

A proposed zoning change for a nearly 59-acre property along West San Antonio St/SH-142, an examination of state and local regulations addressing homelessness, budget proposals, and a review of COVID-19 protocols in Lockhart topped last night’s City Council meeting.

 

Zoning Change: City Council approved the zoning change request on a nearly 59-acre property located in the 1800-2000 blocks of West San Antonio Street/SH-142. The decision allows the developer to build single family homes, apartment housing and commercial businesses along the street. It will also include an extension of Windsor Boulevard.

 

Rules and Regulations on Homelessness: City Council directed Staff to draft an ordinance that consolidates city and state regulations concerning homelessness. Just hours before the City Council meeting, Governor Abbott signed HB 1925, which forbids local governments from prohibiting or discouraging enforcement of the public camping ban.

 

COVID-19 in Lockhart: Council wants to continue giving the public and board/commission members the option to attend meetings virtually. Council members also asked Staff to post information on which local providers have doses of the COVID-19 vaccine available. The Caldwell County Office of Emergency Management stopped vaccinations at Adams Gym Sunday, the 13th, because of very low turnout and the availability of other options.

 

Caldwell County Appraisal District Budget: Council approved the Caldwell County Appraisal District’s proposed FY 2022 budget.

 

GBRA Budget: Council also approved the Guadalupe-Blanco River Authority’s (GBRA) proposed Water and Wastewater Treatment Budgets for FY 2022.

 


City Pool reopening DELAYED
06/14/2021
There is a short delay in the City Pool’s reopening. We anticipate to reopen the pool next week. Once it’s ready, we’ll let you know.

In the meantime, the Splash Pad will be OPEN. We apologize and understand the inconvenience. The City of Lockhart wants to ensure the community’s safety as we anticipate a fun and busy summer season.

Splash Pad HOURS:
Tues-Sun: 11 a.m.- 8 p.m.
Mon: CLOSED

U.S. National Weather Service warns of "excessive heat"
06/14/2021

Your thermometer may say temperatures are in the 90s in Lockhart, but if you factor in the humidity, it feels much warmer. In fact, the U.S. National Weather Service anticipates today’s heat index to reach 102 to 108 degrees that the agency issued a special weather message for excessive heat stress. Here are ways you can protect yourself from the heat:

 

 

Also, the City of Lockhart’s Summer Fan Program is ongoing. 

 

You are eligible to receive a fan, if you're:

  • Aged 65 or older
  • Disabled
  • A Lockhart resident
  • Didn't receive a fan from the 2020 Summer Fan Program

 

If you’re in need of a fan, give us a call at (512) 398-3461 or stop by Lockhart City Hall, 308 W. San Antonio St, Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.


ROAD CLOSURE: W. San Antonio St., June 12, 9:30 a.m.-12 p.m.
06/11/2021
To make way for tomorrow's Grand Parade, W. San Antonio St./SH-142, between San Jacinto St. and U.S.183/Colorado St., will be shut down 8:30 a.m.- 12 p.m.
Eastbound traffic on W. San Antonio/SH-142 will be diverted to Bois D'Arc St.

 

 
Look for alternative routes and be aware of increased pedestrian traffic. This part of W. San Antonio St./SH-142 will reopen at noon.

First ever "Lockhart Remembered" exhibit BEGINS! June 10-12, 2021
06/10/2021

Did you know this button was your admission ticket to the Chisholm Trail Roundup back in the 80s?

 

In celebration of Lockhart’s heritage, on top of its place on the historic Chisholm Trail , check out the Dr. Eugene Clark Library’s FIRST EVER “Lockhart Remembered” exhibition!

 

Aside from the library’s expansive collection of historical items, the community pitched in, too! Plus, it doesn’t hurt to also experience Texas’ OLDEST and STILL OPERATING LIBRARY, to boot ?? LOCKHART REMEMBERED EXHIBIT: Thursday, June 10, 4-7 p.m. Friday, June 11, 4-6 p.m. Saturday, June 12-3 p.m.


ROAD CLOSURE: Carver St., June 10-12, 2021
06/09/2021
Starting at 4 p.m. Thursday, June 10, Carver Street between FM-672/Flores St. and East Market St. will be shut down for the Chisholm Trail Roundup.

 

 
Find alternative routes and be aware of additional pedestrian traffic. Carver St. will be reopened Sunday morning.

Summer Fan Program 2021: Fans available for pick up!
06/08/2021

It is starting to feel like summer! With high temperatures and humidity, it may start becoming uncomfortable for some Lockhart residents. 

 

If you are:

  • Aged 65 or older
  • Disabled
  • A Lockhart resident
  • Didn't receive a fan from the 2020 Summer Fan Program

 

You are eligible to receive a free fan through the city's 2021 Summer Fan Program while supplies last. 

If you would like a fan, come by or call Lockhart City Hall at (512) 398-3461. 

 

Lockhart City Hall

308 W. San Antonio St.

Lockhart, TX 78644

OPEN: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m., Monday-Friday


ROAD CLOSURE: Main St., 5 p.m.
06/08/2021

In preparation for tomorrow's Cowboy Breakfast, Main Street between San Antonio and Market Streets will be shut down today, June 8th, starting at 5 p.m.

 

 

If you're driving around the courthouse area, be aware of barricades and increased foot traffic. This part of Main Street will be reopened tomorrow at noon.


City Park CLOSED for Chisholm Trail Roundup: June 9-13
06/08/2021
Wednesday, June 9th, City Park and City Park Road will be shut down to allow Chisholm Trail Roundup organizers and vendors to set up for the big event. The event runs from Thursday-Saturday, 5 p.m. - midnight.

 

 

If City Park Rd. is part of your daily commute, find an alternative route. This area will have increased vehicular and foot traffic in the next few days. The road will be reopened on Sunday.

REMINDER: Monthly outdoor siren test, 1 p.m.
06/07/2021
THIS IS ONLY A DRILL to prepare for severe weather and/or chemical emergencies. The City of Lockhart tests its sirens monthly.
These sirens are meant to be a warning system for those who are OUTDOORS at the time of the emergency/weather event. If you want to receive alerts wherever you are, sign up for WarnCentralTexas.org.

 

Activation criteria for the City of Lockhart includes;

• 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) or greater.
• Any observed weather condition, which is judged to be hazardous to people and early warning would potentially save lives.

Splash pad CLOSED
06/07/2021
Ahead of the Chisholm Trail Roundup, the splash pad will be CLOSED all week.
It reopens next Tuesday, June 15th.

SCAM ALERT: Phone calls threatening service termination
06/03/2021

Several Lockhart utility customers have received calls claiming that service will be terminated if they did not make payment arrangements directly with the caller. THE CITY OF LOCKHART DOES NOT REQUEST PAYMENT OVER THE PHONE. When our utilities staff contacts you, they never ask for your account number or any other personal information that you have already provided the city.

If you have received a similar call and are worried you are being scammed, call our Utilities and Billing Department at (512) 376-2475 to confirm.


New landfill information webpage now LIVE
06/02/2021

Information on 130 Environmental Park landfill drop-off services has been compiled into one dedicated location. Click here to visit the new page. The drop-off service is only available to Lockhart residential solid waste customers. 

 


City Council Recap June 1, 2021
06/02/2021

A proposed zoning change for tiny homes, Summerside subdivision expansion, a new natural gas provider, and a property tax reduction request for a historic home were topics of interest at last night’s City Council meeting.

 

Zoning Change for Towable Tiny Homes: Lockhart City Council rejected a zoning change request for a 5-acre property on 921 Silent Valley Road that would have accommodated an RV park for towable tiny homes.

 

Summerside Subdivision Expansion: Council members approved a zoning change request for approximately 100 acres. That expands the Summerside subdivision into the adjacent property to the north, which will include four commercial lots and single-family residential development.

 

TxDOT Transportation Alternatives Grant: City Council voted to proceed with a grant application to TxDOT which will help fund sidewalk improvements on East San Antonio street (SH-142), north of the courthouse square. The $1.8 million grant will provide improved pedestrian and vehicular traffic safety and realign the travel lanes. The timing of this grant opportunity coincides with plans for construction of other street, drainage, and utility improvements downtown.

 

West Texas Gas: Council granted West Texas Gas a franchise to provide natural gas to the city’s new industrial park on SH-130 and other unserved areas.

 

Historic House tax abatement: City Council determined that the owners of a registered Historic Landmark on 515 S. Main Street are eligible for City property tax abatement. One of the owners expressed to Council how expensive it can be to preserve a historic home, and, with Council approval, the tax reduction would help them pay for exterior home improvements.


Hurricane season has officially started. Are you prepared?
06/01/2021

According to the National Weather Service, hurricane season in Texas begins June 1st. Though Lockhart is not located along the Texas coast, our community could still see severe storms, heavy rain, high winds, and flash flooding.

 

Before that happens, here are some ways to prepare:

 

 

  • Create a communication plan with your family.
  • Sign up for your community or county warning system (WarnCentralTexas.org). 
  • Know flood risks in your area.
  • Purchase or renew a flood insurance policy. Homeowners’ policies do not cover flooding. It typically takes up to 30 days for a policy to go into effect, so the time to buy is well before a disaster. Get flood coverage under the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP).
  • Know your evacuation routes
  • Register for STEAR if you or anyone you know will need some assistance in an emergency event.
  • Keep important documents in a waterproof container; create password-protected digital copies.
  • Protect your property; move valuables to higher levels; declutter drains and gutters.
  • Follow weather alerts

 

When severe weather is in the forecast, you are also advised to keep an eye on local weather reports. Also, sign up for WarnCentralTexas.org to receive emergency alerts and weather notifications in real time.

For more hurricane resources, click here.


City Council Recap May 25, 2021
06/01/2021

 

Solid Waste and Recycling Collection Agreement: City Council voted to extend Central Texas Refuse’s (CTR) contract by five years, effective today, June 1, 2021.

 

Under the revised 5-year contract, residential customers may drop off waste at the Environmental Park 130 landfill, up to six cubic yards per visit, at no cost and no limit to number of times. Two annual city-wide clean ups will also continue.

 

Accounts may vary based on number of collections per week, size of receptacles, and number of receptacles. Annual rate adjustments will be tied to the Consumer Price Index (CPI). Customer rates will be considered and adjusted during the budget adoption process for FY 2021-2022.

 


City offices CLOSED Monday, May 31, 2021
05/28/2021

In observance of Memorial Day, city offices will be closed Monday, May 31st. This includes the Lockhart Recycling Center, 110 N. Brazos St. Emergency services will still be available.

Our offices will be back open Tuesday, June 1st, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. We'll see you then!


COVID-19 Vaccination UPDATE: Texas expands mobile vaccine program to include groups of five or more
05/27/2021

This week, Governor Abbott, along with the Texas Military Department and the Texas Department of Emergency Management, announced that Texans may now schedule vaccine clinics for groups of five or more. Previously, the program was limited to groups of at least ten people.

"The eligibility expansion for the State Mobile Vaccine Program will allow more Texans to get vaccinated against COVID-19," said Governor Abbott. "Vaccines are the most effective defense against this virus, and I urge groups of Texans who wish to get vaccinated as a business, family unit, friend group, or more to call 844-90-TEXAS to schedule a mobile vaccine clinic.”

 

“By working together to get more shots in arms, we will continue to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 in communities across the state," Abbott added.

 

To schedule a mobile vaccine clinic for family, friends, employees, and volunteers, call 844-90-TEXAS (83927) and select Option 3. If you’re homebound, choose Option 1 to request a state mobile vaccination team to visit your home. The call center is OPEN Monday-Saturday from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM.  


Summer Reading Challenge pre-registration BEGINS!
05/24/2021

Starting Monday, May 24, you may sign up for the Dr. Eugene Clark Library’s Summer Reading Challenge through the library’s Beanstack site. This year’s theme is “Tails and Tales” and the six-week program is open to children of all ages and adults split up in four categories:

  • Babies and Toddlers 0-4 yrs.
  • Elementary Students 5-10 yrs.
  • Preteens/Teens 11-17 yrs.
  • Adults 18+ yrs.

 

 

KICK OFF PARTY is Friday, June 4, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. at the library, which will be giving out FREE SNOW CONES, along with your summer reading kit containing program information, themed activity book, poster, and crafts.

The Summer Reading Challenge runs from June 7 to July 18, 2021.


UTILITY ASSISTANCE STILL AVAILABLE: Texas Rent Relief Program
05/24/2021

The Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs’ Texas Rent Relief Program can help pay for rent and/or utilities as far back as March 13, 2020—which means you can request assistance for up to 11 months of past due bills.

 

To qualify, households must be at or below 80% of the area median income. Per federal guidelines, applications for households at or below 50% the area median income will be prioritized along with families who have one or more members currently unemployed. Landlords are also encouraged to apply on behalf of tenants, who must co-sign the application.

 

To apply or if you have any questions, call 1-833-9TX-RENT (1-833-989-7368) or log on to TexasRentRelief.com.


Partial Road Closure: Market Street
05/21/2021

A portion of Market Street, south of the Caldwell County Courthouse, has been blocked off ahead of tonight's first Courthouse Nights music series. It will be reopened at 10 p.m. Friday, May 21. 

If you're driving in the area, pay attention to road signs and pedestrians.


New Automated Kiosks now LIVE
05/20/2021

Do you know JACK? You are about to. 

J.A.C.K., rather the new Justified Automated Collections Kiosks, have been installed at Lockhart City Hall and Municipal Court.

They are designed to be another convenient tool for you to have the ability to pay your utility bill 24/7 without having to stand in line. Aside from utilities, you can also use these kiosks to pay for traffic tickets and fines. They accept cash, credit card, and personal checks. No additional fee will be added if you choose to pay with your credit card.

 

 

TUNE IN to our social media channels: Facebook, Twitter, Nextdoor, and Instagram for a short video on how to use the new kiosks. 


City Council Recap May 18, 2021
05/19/2021

 

City Council opened the meeting with a recognition of the Lockhart High School baseball and softball teams, then dove into a packed agenda addressing nonprofit funding, the CAMPO transportation study, the American Rescue Plan Act spending guide, a first look on the Wayfinding Plan, and an update on the City’s masking policy.

 

City Council congratulates Lockhart High School’s Baseball and Softball teams: City Council awarded the Lion Baseball team and Lady Lion Softball team with certificates of recognition. The Lady Lions won the bi-district playoffs. The Lion Baseball team brought Lockhart back into the playoffs after a 30-year drought.

 

 

Wayfinding Plan: The chairman of the Wayfinding Committee proposed the addition of entryway signage along major Lockhart roadways. The committee is working to finalize the designs to present to Council on a later date.

 

CAMPO’s Western Caldwell County Transportation Study: Representatives of the Capital Area Metropolitan Planning Organization, or CAMPO, updated council on the Western Caldwell County Transportation Study. The group has been gathering public input on east-west connections between major highways, including SH-130, SH-142, SH-21 and I-35. Four routes are currently under consideration. City Council took no action on this item at this time. The deadline for public comment is June 1. 

 

City of Lockhart funds for Nonprofits: Council asked for detailed information about the number of clients served from Lockhart and whether there is duplication of resources. Representatives of seven local and area nonprofits went before Council to make their case in requesting financial support from the City. The nonprofits were:

  • CARTS
  • Hays-Caldwell Women’s Center
  • Cenikor Foundation
  • Combined Community Action-Sr. Nutrition
  • Lockhart Area Senior Citizen Center
  • CASA of Central Texas, Inc.
  • Caldwell County Christian Ministries

 

American Rescue Plan Act Spending Guidelines: The City of Lockhart has been allocated $3.08M from the American Rescue Plan Act. According to criteria, Lockhart is considered a smaller city and will receive its disbursement from the State rather than directly from the U.S. Treasury. That money will come in two cycles over 14 months or more. The first cycle consists of 50-percent of the allocation, with the second cycle providing the rest of the funding no earlier than 12 months after the first portion is received. City Council asked if this money can be used to help improve broadband access. It is to be determined, for the money must be used for eligible purposes as stated in the Treasury’s guidelines.

 

COVID-19 Masking Requirements: Pursuant to Governor Abbott’s new Executive Order, City Council voted to rescind local mask orders, emphasizing that fully vaccinated people may keep masks off in outdoor and most indoor settings, unless businesses choose to keep their masking policies in place. Prior to the meeting, the governor issued an executive order prohibiting local government entities—including cities, counties, school districts, and public health authorities—from requiring masks. Last week, the CDC announced fully vaccinated people no longer need masks in most indoor settings, unless required by federal, state, and local governments, along with respective businesses.

 

EXECUTIVE SESSION:

Central Texas Refuse solid waste collection contract: City Council moved to have City Staff continue negotiations with Central Texas Refuse. This item will be taken up in a Special Council Meeting next Tuesday, the 25th, at 7: 30 p.m.

 


Lockhart City Council rescinds masking requirements
05/19/2021

Tuesday, March 18, Lockhart City Council voted to rescind Mayor Lew White’s previous local disaster declaration requiring masks in public—in compliance to Governor Abbott’s latest Executive Order, GA-36. The governor’s order states that local government entities, including cities, counties, school districts, and public health authorities, may not impose masking requirements.

 

“It’s been a long haul,” Mayor White said. “But I’m proud of the community for all it has done to help.”

 

Masking requirements in Lockhart city facilities have also been lifted, including City Hall, the Dr. Eugene Clark Library, Municipal Court, Lockhart Police, and Fire Departments. That means, City employees and visitors are no longer required to wear face coverings in these buildings. However, city employees are still permitted to wear a face covering if they prefer.

 

“Masks may no longer be required, but we still urge you to observe the CDC’s guidance,” the mayor added. “If you’re not fully vaccinated, keep masking up.”

 

Per the CDC, someone is considered fully vaccinated if it has been two weeks since they received their last Moderna, Pfizer, or Johnson & Johnson dose. The agency’s new guidelines recognize that fully vaccinated individuals no longer need to mask up outdoors and in most indoor settings, unless required by federal, state, local, tribal, or territorial laws, including local business and workplace guidance.

 

Even after the vote, Lockhart City Council stressed the importance of supporting businesses that choose to keep masking in place. Businesses are exempt from Governor Abbott’s order, along with state supported living centers, government-owned and operated hospitals, state, and local correctional facilities.

 

To date, hospitalization rates have been on a steady decline in Trauma Service Area O, which includes Lockhart and Austin, at 2.41 percent.

  


COVID-19 Vaccination UPDATE: 12+ year olds to be vaccinated at Adams Gym
05/18/2021

 

Starting this week, per the Caldwell County Office of Emergency Management, adolescents 12 years old and older can be vaccinated at Adams Gym. A parent or guardian is required to be present if the patient is under 18. Both Pfizer and Moderna vaccines will be available. NO APPOINTMENTS REQUIRED but recommended.

Here’s this week’s vaccine clinic schedule:

 

Adams Gym

419 Bois D’Arc St.

Thursday – Friday (May 20-21) - 12:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Saturday (May 22) – 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Sunday (May 23)– 12:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

 

You may sign up using these QR codes to save your spot:

 

 


LCRA project to improve area transmission lines
05/13/2021
 

Project will increase reliability, safety of lines through Lockhart

LOCKHART, Texas – Construction is set to begin May 17 on a project to increase the reliability and capability of transmission lines that travel through the Lockhart area.
 
LCRA crews will upgrade more than 3 miles of high-voltage transmission line that goes through Lockhart.
 
LCRA Transmission Services Corporation will be replacing existing structures with higher-capacity structures to improve the resiliency of the line and allow it to deliver more electricity in the future. The new design also will make the line better able to withstand extreme conditions such as wind, ice and other weather-related issues. Upgraded lines can help minimize outages, restoration times and restoration costs.
 
The project will replace or rebuild more than 30 structures and the associated conductor on the line that runs from the Lockhart substation to the Clear Fork substation. Portions of the work will occur near the intersection of FM 20 (Blackjack Street) and U.S. 183 South (South Colorado Street) and west of U.S. 183 South on FM 20 (State Park Road). The project also includes work near Texas 130. Large construction equipment, bucket trucks and cranes will be used in the project, and traffic may occasionally be stopped for brief periods on roads under the lines as the work progresses.
 
The first phase of construction, which includes removing the existing conductor and transmission line structures, is scheduled to take place from mid-May through early June. The new line is scheduled to be constructed between June and early August.

About LCRA and LCRA TSC
The Lower Colorado River Authority serves customers and communities throughout Texas by managing the lower Colorado River; generating and transmitting electric power; providing a clean, reliable water supply; and offering outdoor adventures at more than 40 parks along the Colorado River from the Texas Hill Country to the Gulf Coast. LCRA and its employees are committed to fulfilling our mission to enhance the quality of life of the Texans we serve through water stewardship, energy and community service. LCRA was created by the Texas Legislature in 1934 and receives no state appropriations.
 
In 2002, LCRA created LCRA Transmission Services Corporation as a nonprofit corporation for transmission operations. LCRA TSC has invested more than $3.6 billion in transmission projects to meet the growing demand for electricity, improve reliability, connect new generating capacity, address congestion problems that affect the competitive market and help move renewable energy to the market. For more information, visit lcra.org.



CDC: Fully vaccinated people no longer need masks, physical distancing
05/13/2021

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced Thursday, May 13, that fully vaccinated individuals no longer need to mask up or social distance indoors and outdoors, including crowds. You’re considered fully vaccinated if it has been two weeks since you’ve received the second dose of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine, or a dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.

 

“We have all longed for this moment when we can get back to some sense of normalcy,” said CDC director, Dr. Rochelle Walensky, at a White House briefing.

 

If you’ve been fully vaccinated, here’s what you can start to do, according to the CDC:

  • You can resume activities that you did prior to the pandemic.
  • You can resume activities without wearing a mask or staying 6 feet apart, except where required by federal, state, local, tribal, or territorial laws, rules, and regulations, including local business, public transportation, healthcare facilities, and the workplace.
  • If you travel IN the United States, you do not need to get tested before or after travel or self-quarantine after travel.
  • You need to pay close attention to the situation at your international destination before traveling OUTSIDE the United States.
    • You do NOT need to get tested before leaving the United States unless your destination requires it.
    • You still need to show a negative test result or documentation of recovery from COVID-19 before boarding an international flight to the United States.
    • You should still get tested 3-5 days after international travel.
    • You do NOT need to self-quarantine after arriving in the United States.
  • If you’ve been around someone who has COVID-19, you do not need to stay away from others or get tested unless you have symptoms.
    • However, if you live or work in a correctional or detention facility or a homeless shelter and are around someone who has COVID-19, you should still get tested, even if you don’t have symptoms.

 

If you have not been vaccinated, or received your second dose, or you HAVE received your second dose but it’s been less than two weeks, the CDC advises you continue to mask up and keep your distance.

 

 “The science is also very clear about unvaccinated people. You remain at risk of mild or severe illness, of death, or spreading the disease to others,” Dr. Walensky added. “You should still mask, and you should get vaccinated right away."

 

 


Mosquitoes and how you can get rid of them
05/10/2021

Summer is slowly creeping in with warmer temperatures, the humidity, and some unwanted visitors: mosquitoes. Here are some things you can do to keep these insects at bay, so you can continue enjoying the outdoors:

 

  • TAKE PERSONAL PRECAUTIONS
    • Use a good personal protection lotion, stick, or spray for yourself and family. Wear long sleeves and avoid dawn/dusk outside trips if possible. Yard and community spraying cannot protect you and often provides a false sense of security.
  • REDUCE STANDING WATER
    • Mosquitoes need fresh water to reproduce. Getting rid of standing water to eliminate mosquito threats, including those in children’s sandboxes, wagons, and toy trucks; underneath and around downspouts, in plant saucers, dog bowls, and tires. Other hot spots include tarps, gutters, and flat roofs.
  • TOSS
    • Toss excess grass clippings, leaves, firewood and other yard debris from your yard & garden.
  • TURN OVER
    • Turn over larger items that could hold water like children’s swimming pools or sand buckets. If it is a bird bath that is meant to have water, dump and clean it out every 3-4 days to avoid mosquito breeding.
  • REMOVE TARPS
    • If tarps stretched over firewood piles, boats or sports equipment aren’t taut, they’re holding water. Remove or tighten tarps.
  • TAKE CARE
    • Take care of home maintenance needs that can contribute to standing water. Assess areas where pool of water may form such as faucets, drains, uneven sod and hoses. Cut high grass where they hide in wait.
  • TEAM UP
    • Despite taking all precautions in your own home, talking with neighbors is a key component to mosquito control. Townhomes and homes with little space between lots mean that mosquitoes can breed at a neighbor’s home and affect your property.
  • TREAT YOUR YARD AND HOME
    • Utilize a mosquito elimination barrier treatment around the home and yard.There are several different types.

 

 

(Image courtesy: The Center for Disease Control and Prevention)

 

IF YOU SEE STANDING WATER IN STREETS OR IN DITCHES, PLEASE CALL CITY OF LOCKHART PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT AT (512) 398-6452. AREAS WILL BE TREATED TO KILL MOSQUITO LARVAE.


Lockhart Mayor on fighting COVID-19: “We are almost there.”
05/10/2021

COVID-19 cases continue to decrease in Caldwell County, but the pandemic is far from over. As of Monday, May 10, according to the Texas Department of State Health Services’ latest data, there are 111 active cases in the county; down seven cases from the day before. Community leaders, including Lockhart’s Mayor Lew White, credit increased vaccine availability.

 

“COVID vaccines are readily available in Caldwell County either by appointment with local providers or walk up at Adams Gym,” said Mayor White. “Vaccinating as many people as possible will help us reach herd immunity.”

 

However, Caldwell County is still falling behind. The Texas DSHS’ most recent vaccine numbers show that 41-percent of the county has received at least one dose, that’s 10-percent less than the state average at 51-percent.

 

“It is our best path to beating this virus and returning to normalcy,” the Mayor urged.

 

The Caldwell County Office of Emergency Management, in partnership with Curative, has been holding vaccination clinics at Adams Gym since Monday, May 3rd. Despite the availability of both Moderna vaccine doses, the county’s emergency manager expressed concern over the smaller turnout. Instead of vaccinating up to 300 people per day, the clinic only saw an average of 12 people per day.

 

 As the community gradually opens, Mayor White emphasized how critical it is for people not to miss their shot.

 

“If you haven't gotten the vaccine, strongly consider doing so for your safety and that of your family and community,” White stressed. “We are almost there, so let's finish strong to the finish line.”

 

Adams Gym, 419 Bois D'Arc, turns into a COVID-19 vaccination clinic for people in need of a shot. 

 

Moderna Vaccines are still available at Adams Gym (419 Bois D’Arc) this week, May 10-14, APPOINTMENTS NOT REQUIRED:

Mon-Wed (May 10-12): 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Thurs-Sun (May 13-16): 12 p.m. – 7 p.m.

 

Also, check with your medical provider for vaccine availability. Last week, the Texas DSHS announced that weekly vaccine allocations will stop due to a decrease in demand and will only fill orders placed by vaccine providers.


COVID-19 Vaccine UPDATE: FDA expands Pfizer eligibility to 12-15 year olds
05/10/2021

Adolescents aged 12 years old and up are now eligible to receive the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. The agency made the announcement Monday, as it amended the emergency use authorization issued in December.

 

“The FDA’s expansion of the emergency use authorization for the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine to include adolescents 12 through 15 years of age is a significant step in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Acting FDA Commissioner Janet Woodcock, M.D. “Today’s action allows for a younger population to be protected from COVID-19, bringing us closer to returning to a sense of normalcy and to ending the pandemic.”

 

The FDA’s announcement comes days after the Texas Department of State Health Services encouraged pediatric providers to enroll in the COVID-19 vaccine program.

 

“Vaccinating adolescents will bring us closer to ending the pandemic and getting back to normal,” said DSHS Commissioner John Hellerstedt, MD.

 

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, approximately 1.5 million adolescents between the age of 11 and 17 got sick with the coronavirus from March 1, 2020 through April 30, 2021. Experts at the CDC said children and adolescents generally have milder COVID-19 symptoms than adults.

 

“Parents and guardians can rest assured that the agency undertook a rigorous and thorough review of all available data, as we have with all of our COVID-19 vaccine emergency use authorizations,” the FDA’s Commissioner Woodcock added.


Downtown Road Closures May 7-8: First Friday and Cinco de Mayo
05/07/2021
It's a big weekend in Lockhart with First Friday and Cinco de Mayo celebrations.
To make sure everyone is safe while taking part in this weekend’s events, parts of the downtown square have been shut down to traffic until Sunday. SH-142/E. San Antonio street north of the Caldwell County Courthouse will remain open. The NORTHBOUND LANE on Commerce Street will also remain open.

Also, runners will take over the downtown area Saturday, May 8, for the Cinco de Mayo 5K/10K. Please exercise caution in these areas, whether you’re driving or walking around. Here's a look at the route:

 

 

City Council Recap: May 4, 2021
05/05/2021

The City takes the first step in the redistricting process, a monthly music series begins at the Square, street improvements, and a landmark renovation took center stage in Tuesday night's City Council meeting.

 

Redistricting Process: To review the results of the 2020 U.S. Census, City Council engaged Bickerstaff, Heath, Delgado & Acosta, LLP of Austin to provide legal services for all aspects associated with the redistricting process. The Lockhart City Charter requires the City to review and redraw voting district boundaries after completion of the Census every ten years. Per Section 3.15 of the City Charter, the boundaries must be consistent with the requirements for equality and equal population in each district:

 

“In doing so, the council shall retain, as far as practicable, the present district boundaries while remaining consistent with requirements for equality and equal population among each of the districts.”

 

Bickerstaff, Heath, Delgado & Acosta, LLP assisted the City with redistricting in 2010.

 

Monthly Music Series at the Square: Lockhart will soon have its own version of “Blues on the Green,” called “Courthouse Nights.” City Council approved Rach & Rhodes Presents’ request for City support to start the free monthly musical event. “Courthouse Nights”’ lineup features bands performing diverse musical genres. Organizers requested “in-kind support” through additional trash receptacles around the courthouse, barricades, and electrical services. “Courthouse Nights” opens May 21st, 7 p.m.- 10 p.m., and will be held every third Friday until October.

               

Fire Station No. 1 Interior Renovations: Architectural firm, Studio Steinbomer Architects and Interiors presented City Council with recommendations on Fire Station No. 1’s interior renovations. The primary purpose of the Fire Station No.1 Condition report is to document the portions of the existing building, which may need functional updating and with more attention directed to important, life-safety issues for occupants and the better protection of the building. These improvements are intended to not alter the historic aspects of the building. City Council agreed to consider these recommendations and evaluate funding sources during the FY 2021-2022 Budget process.

 

Street Improvement Plan Update: In the City’s continuous efforts to improve city streets, City Council voted to amend the Capital Street Improvement Plan for FY 2020-2021. In 2019, Council approved a three-year plan to enhance several streets by allocating an additional $400,000 to use for those projects. Consequently, City staff identified that unused funds will be available this year and, with the City Council’s approval, ensured those funds will be used in this year’s street improvement projects.


National Small Business Week: Shop Local!
05/04/2021

On the first week of May, the U.S. Small Business Administration encourages communities to highlight local entrepreneurs and small business owners. As you may know, most of Lockhart’s businesses are considered small and every dollar you spend, not only helps local businesses stay open, but also keeps our community running.

 

Here’s how:

For every $100 you spend in a Lockhart business, the City of Lockhart collects $1.50 in sales tax revenue:

            

  • $0.50 of that goes to the Lockhart Economic Development Corporation.
  • $1.00 goes to the City of Lockhart’s General Fund, which pays for public safety, parks, and other basic city services. According to budgeted expenses, here is the breakdown:

  • About $0.51 goes to public safety (fire, police, civil service, and courts)
  • About $0.15 goes to public works, street and drainage services
  • About $0.19 goes to quality of life expenses (animal welfare, parks, cemetery, library, and other community facilities)
  • About $.06 goes to code enforcement, planning and development
  • About $0.10 goes to City administration, finance, Mayor and City Council

 

"Small town businesses are the backbone of towns like ours," said Mayor Lew White, "These businesses, not only provide valued sales tax revenue to the community, but more importantly give us constant reminders of the independent thriving community that Lockhart stands for." 

 

We appreciate our partners at the Lockhart Chamber of Commerce, the Greater Caldwell County Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, and the LEDC, who remain committed to growing a flourishing economy that supports businesses in the city.

 

"You can't say it any better than SHOP LOCKHART!" Mayor White exclaimed.


Temporary property tax relief available to Caldwell County residents
04/29/2021
 

 LOCKHART, Tx—Months may have passed since Winter Storm Uri swept through Texas, but many Texans, including Lockhart residents, continue to feel its impact while in recovery. To help ease financial stress, the Caldwell County Appraisal District, along with the City of Lockhart, encourage property owners affected to apply for temporary property tax relief.

 

“The City is looking for all ways possible to help our citizens that had damage or loss during the winter storm,” said Mayor Lew White. “Please read the details of the possible property tax relief program to see if you qualify.”

 

According to state law, property owners in counties named in the governor’s disaster declaration may apply for a temporary property tax exemption. Qualified property includes homes, apartments, commercial, and industrial buildings with at least 15-percent damage to receive a tax exemption of a portion of its appraised value as shown in the table below:

 

 

 

Texas law also states the county’s appraisal district staff will assess the damage, which will help determine how much aid a property owner will receive.

 

"Caldwell County property owners will spend the next few months rebuilding their homes and businesses,” said Caldwell County Chief Appraiser, Shanna Ramzinski. “This temporary exemption can offer some property tax relief during this difficult time.”

 

The deadline to apply is 105th day of the Governor’s issuance of the disaster declaration, which is May 28, 2021. Click here for the application.


COVID-19 VACCINE UPDATE: Adams Gym vaccinations start May 3, 2021
04/29/2021

If you have not been vaccinated against COVID-19, here is your chance. Starting Monday, May 3, a FREE vaccination clinic will be held at Adams Gym (419 Bois D’Arc St), 9 a.m. – 4 p.m., Monday thru Friday.

That week, first and second doses of the Moderna vaccine will be available. Appointments are RECOMMENDED, but walk-ups are also welcome. Scan the QR code below to sign up:

 


CDC releases new COVID-19 guidelines for summer camps
04/28/2021

As temperatures continue to warm up, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention released a new set of guidelines for summer camps. Upon opening for in-person activities, the CDC stressed the importance of masking up, social distancing, and, if eligible, being vaccinated.  The CDC’s new recommendations include:

  • Engaging in outdoor activities as much as possible and increasing ventilation for indoor activities.
    • When possible, sports and other athletic abilities should be done outdoors, wearing a mask.
    • Avoid playing close-contact or indoor sports.
  • Stagger use of common areas.
  • Physical distancing at least three feet, six feet if eating and drinking.
  • Cohorting, or maintaining the same small groups throughout the camp.
  • Limit shared objects.

 

 

The CDC emphasized that these new guidelines are not meant to replace any state, or local safety laws camps are required to follow.


CDC: Fully vaccinated people can gather outdoors without masks
04/27/2021

In an advisory released Tuesday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced that people who are considered fully vaccinated do not need to wear masks outdoors. You are considered fully vaccinated if it has been at least two weeks since you have been inoculated with the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, or your second dose of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine.

 

Even with this new development, the CDC still recommends fully vaccinated people to avoid or wear a mask for large gatherings, including sports stadiums and concerts. The agency still urges mask wearing in indoor spaces and gatherings.

 

 

In March, the CDC allowed fully vaccinated people to gather indoors without masks with others who also have been vaccinated, and those who are unvaccinated but are members of the same household. According to the CDC’s latest data, nearly 30-percent of the U.S. are considered fully vaccinated.


COVID-19 VACCINE UPDATE: COTA hosts weekend drive-thru vaccination clinic, APPOINTMENTS REQUIRED
04/27/2021

The Central Texas Vaccine Collaborative, which includes Caldwell County, announced that the Circuit of the Americas (COTA) will host another mass vaccination event this weekend, May 1 and 2.

Appointments are REQUIRED. Click here to sign up.

 


COVID-19 VACCINE UPDATE: Texas State Health Dept. lifts pause on Johnson & Johnson vaccines
04/26/2021

Over the weekend, the Texas Department of State Health Services announced vaccine providers may now continue administering the Johnson & Johnson vaccine after a thorough safety review from the CDC’s advisory committee. That committee determined the benefits outweigh the risks.

 

“The Johnson & Johnson vaccine is an important tool in our fight against COVID-19, and the scientific review over the last 11 days has affirmed its safety and effectiveness,” said Dr. John Hellerstedt, DSHS commissioner. “We know some Texans prefer the simplicity of a single-dose vaccine, and the ease of storing and handling this vaccine gives providers more flexibility. Resuming the use of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine will prevent hospitalizations and save lives in Texas.”

 

 

The Johnson & Johnson vaccine was paused April 13 after six patients developed blood clots, known as thrombosis with thrombocytopenia syndrome, or TTS. These cases triggered a safety review that led to the discovery of an additional nine instances of blood clots connected to the vaccine. That brought cases up to 15, out of seven million people who have received the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.  

 

On top of allowing the administration of the vaccine, the DSHS also shared information on how to treat  TTS. Vaccine providers were also instructed to share this fact sheet with recipients.

 

While TTS is extremely rare, you should seek medical attention if you experience any of these symptoms within three weeks of receiving the Johnson & Johnson vaccine:

  • Shortness of breath
  • Chest pain
  • Leg swelling
  • Persistent abdominal pain
  • Severe or persistent headaches or blurred vision
  • Easy bruising or tiny blood spots under the skin beyond the site of the injection

CONSTRUCTION UPDATE: Maple Street Expansion Project
04/23/2021

Starting Monday, April 26, a portion of Maple St. in front of the Cpl. Jason K. Lafleur Park will be shut down to make way for more construction, as part of the Maple Street Expansion project. The park and corresponding sidewalks will remain open, but access to the parking lot will be limited. The project is expected to take a few months before completed.

 

 

Please exercise caution and pay attention to road signs when in the area.


COVID-19 VACCINE UPDATE: No appointments necessary at COTA
04/22/2021

Starting tomorrow, you no longer need to have an appointment in order to receive the COVID-19 vaccine at the Circuit of the Americas (COTA). Leaders with the Central Texas Counties Vaccine Collaborative, which includes Caldwell County, say anyone over the age of 16 will qualify to get their free first dose of the Pfizer vaccine. Anyone 16 or 17 years old will need their parent or guardian with them in the vehicle upon arrival at COTA.

 

Hours of No-Appointment Operation at Circuit of The Americas

9201 Circuit of the Americas Blvd, Austin, TX 78617

Friday – April 23, 2021 – 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

Saturday – April 24, 2021 – 10:00 am – 3:00 pm

Sunday – April 25, 2021 – 10:00 am – 3:00 pm

 

(Image courtesy: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)


Emergency Supplies Sales Tax Holiday: April 24-26, 2021
04/22/2021

Hurricane season is almost upon us, are you prepared? After much of Texas went through a historic winter weather event in February, Texans are encouraged to have emergency supplies on-hand in case of another natural disaster. This weekend, April 24-26, the state is helping you save money to purchase emergency items you may need.

 

"As hurricane season approaches, I encourage Texans across the state to prepare today for a safer tomorrow," said Texas Governor Greg Abbott. "Our Emergency Supplies Sales Tax Holiday helps ensure that Texans can purchase necessary emergency preparedness supplies to protect themselves and their families in the event of future disasters."

 

These emergency preparation supplies qualify for tax exemption if purchased for a sales price:

  • Less than $3000
    • Portable generators
  • Less than $300
    • Emergency ladders
    • Hurricane shutters
  • Less than $75
    • Axes
    • Batteries, single or multipack (AAA cell, AA cell, C cell, D cell, 6 volt or 9 volt)
    • Can openers - nonelectric
    • Carbon monoxide detectors
    • Coolers and ice chests for food storage – nonelectric
    • Fire extinguishers
    • First aid kits
    • Fuel containers
    • Ground anchor systems and tie-down kits
    • Hatchets
    • Ice products - reusable and artificial
    • Light sources - portable self-powered (including battery operated)
      • Examples of items include: candles, flashlights and lanterns
    • Mobile telephone batteries and mobile telephone chargers
    • Radios - portable self-powered (including battery operated) - includes two-way and weather band radios
    • Smoke detectors
    • Tarps and other plastic sheeting

Note: Several over-the-counter self-care items, such as antibacterial hand sanitizer, soap, spray and wipes, are always exempt from sales tax if they are labeled with a “Drug Facts” panel in accordance with federal Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regulations. 

These supplies do not qualify for tax exemption:

  • Medical masks and face masks
  • Cleaning supplies, such as disinfectants and bleach wipes
  • Gloves, including leather, fabric, latex and types used in healthcare
  • Toilet paper
  • Batteries for automobiles, boats and other motorized vehicles
  • Camping stoves
  • Camping supplies
  • Chainsaws
  • Plywood
  • Extension ladders
  • Stepladders
  • Tents
  • Repair or replacement parts for emergency preparation supplies
  • Services performed on, or related to, emergency preparation supplies
 For more information on refunds and how shipping fees can affect your tax-free purchase, visit the Texas Comptroller’s Office.

City Council Recap April 20, 2021
04/21/2021

 

Property tax relief, a new external city financial auditor and a last-minute cancellation of a zoning change proposal topped last night’s City Council meeting.

 

Temporary Disaster Property Tax Relief:

            A representative from the Caldwell County Appraisal District made a presentation to City Council showing how property owners can apply for temporary property tax relief due to damage from Winter Storm Uri. Because Caldwell County is included in Governor Abbott’s disaster declaration, properties that have at least 15-percent damage from the storm may receive a temporary exemption of a portion of its appraised value. 

 

 

 

Qualified property includes:

  • Residential buildings (homes)
  • Commercial buildings (businesses)
  • Industrial buildings (manufacturing)
  • Multi-family buildings (apartments)

 

The deadline to apply is May 28, 2021.

 

New City Financial Auditor:

City Council appointed BrooksWatson & Co., PLLC from Houston to be the City’s new external financial auditor in the next three years, with the option to extend another two years. That term begins fiscal year ending September 2021. Lockhart’s City Charter requires the City to rotate an external financial auditor every five years. The City’s previous auditor, Harrison, Waldrop, and Uherek, fulfilled its five-year term recently.

 

Zoning Change Proposal:

                The zoning change applicant withdrew his request to change 11.011 acres at 1820 S. Colorado Street from a Commercial Heavy Business District and Agricultural—Open Space, to Commercial Heavy Business District and Residential Heavy Business District.

 


REMINDER: Utility assistance available through Texas’ Rent Relief Program
04/16/2021

It may have been over a year since COVID-19 disrupted Texans’ way of life, but the effects of the pandemic remain apparent to people who lost their jobs and are struggling to pay the bills. Here is a reminder that help is available.

 

The Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs’ Texas Rent Relief Program can help pay for rent and/or utilities as far back as March 13, 2020—which means you can request assistance for up to 11 months of past due bills.

 

To qualify, households must be at or below 80% of the area median income. Per federal guidelines, applications for households at or below 50% the area median income will be prioritized along with families who have one or more members currently unemployed. Landlords are also encouraged to apply on behalf of tenants, who must co-sign the application.

 

To apply or if you have any questions, call 1-833-9TX-RENT (1-833-989-7368) or log on to TexasRentRelief.com.


Gov. Abbott: FEMA assistance registration EXTENDED
04/15/2021

Caldwell county residents, along with fellow Texans in 126 counties, may continue applying for FEMA Individual Assistance until May 20th.

 

"Thank you to FEMA for granting this registration period extension for Individual Assistance to counties severely impacted by the winter storm," said Governor Abbott. "I encourage Texans in the qualifying counties to apply for this assistance to help repair any lasting damages from the storm."

 

If you are uninsured or underinsured and your house or business had significant damage from February’s winter storm, you are qualified to apply for Individual Assistance.  

 

If you are insured and you had damage from the winter storm event, you can still get help. Contact your insurance provider to see what damages will be covered then seek government support. Visit the Texas Department of Insurance for additional tips when filing a claim.


Texas Health Dept. orders ‘pause’ of Johnson & Johnson vaccine distribution
04/13/2021

 

The Texas Department of State Health Services instructed COVID-19 vaccine providers to stop administering the Johnson & Johnson/Janssen vaccine in accordance with the CDC and U.S. FDA’s recommendation. Both federal entities reported that six people developed blood clots six to thirteen days after receiving the vaccine.

 

 

Though federal and state health officials stated that blood clots are extremely rare as a side effect, they will continue examining the Johnson & Johnson vaccines to ensure safety.

 

So far, 500,000 Johnson & Johnson vaccines have been administered in Texas. No blood clot cases have been reported in-state.


City, Lockhart ISD Partnership Launches Joint Summer Recreation Program
04/07/2021

 

Just in time for summer, the City of Lockhart and Lockhart Independent School District (LISD) launched a joint summer recreation program called “Lockhart Summer Teen Center.” The program is free and aims to fill the need for positive recreational activities for local youth aged 13-18 over the summer.

 

Beginning June 7, participants will be able to meet from 12 - 5 p.m. on weekdays at LISD facilities, including Adams Gym, PRIDE High School’s cafeteria, and the field behind the M.L. Cisneros Education Support Center. There, they will have options to play indoor soccer, basketball, horseshoes, cornhole, board games, and other activities. Free lunches will also be provided.

 

The City and LISD have a history of collaboration and partnership, as members of the Northern Caldwell County Coalition (NCCC) along with Caldwell County, communicating and meeting regularly to discuss local needs and opportunities.

 

Mayor Lew White and Lockhart City Council members gave final approval to the program at the April 6th council meeting. With that vote, the City agrees to contribute 50-percent of the program’s cost, which will help cover personnel, supplies, and utility expenses.

 

“The City of Lockhart and LISD are proud to announce a new partnership for our city's youth,” said Mayor White. “The City sees this as the beginning of a parks and recreation program to build on for the future.”

 

The Mayor added that summer programs, like the Lockhart Summer Teen Center, provide a much-needed safe haven for teenagers through educational support, physical activity, and socialization; while also giving working families peace of mind.

 

“The district is so grateful for the City’s partnership in launching this much-needed program for our teens,” said Superintendent Mark Estrada. “In Lockhart ISD, we believe in whole-child education, which means every student should be challenged, healthy, engaged, safe, and supported.”

 

“The development of this program, through this partnership, provides equitable access to recreational activities that directly support healthy adolescent development,” Superintendent Estrada added.

 

“Lockhart ISD Community Education is excited to partner with the City of Lockhart to provide a fun, safe recreation opportunity for the teens in our community this summer,” shared LISD Director of Community Education Karla Tate. “We hope many teens will take advantage of this free, fun program!”

 

Stay tuned for more information about the program and how to apply through the City’s and LISD’s websites and social media channels. The program continues through August 1.


City Council Recap April 6, 2021
04/07/2021

A full City Council agenda led to approval of the creation of a new Parks and Recreation Department, a joint summer recreation program with Lockhart ISD, and a third-party evaluation of the Lockhart Animal Shelter.

But the biggest take away from Tuesday’s council meeting is how the City plans to pay for the additional unbudgeted $3.5M power expenses due to Winter Storm Uri.

 

 City Council decided to alleviate the burden of the winter weather's cost impact from its customers. In doing so, the following direction was given to staff to help manage costs:

  • Transfer $1.3M from the Electric Rate Mitigation Fund for emergency relief.
  • Transfer $500,000 for emergency relief through the Electric Fund Balance as a one-time expenditure.
  • Finance the remaining cost by borrowing from the City’s Water Fund Balance for a period not exceeding three years.

 

After further discussion, these items were also approved:

 

Animal Shelter Evaluation: Council awarded Animal Control & Care Academy a contract to conduct an independent assessment of the Lockhart Animal Services Division and Shelter. The City ensured that hiring a third party to assess the shelter is not uncommon and is a necessary means to find ways to improve operations. The ACCA report is expected to be available early summer.

 

City of Lockhart and Lockhart ISD joint summer recreation program: The City of Lockhart and Lockhart ISD recognized the need for a summer recreation program for local youth, aged 13-18 years old. The City and LISD partnered up and created the “Lockhart Summer Teen Center.” The free program includes activities like indoor soccer, basketball, cornhole, horseshoes, and board games. Free lunch will also be provided. The City will contribute 50-percent of the cost, which will help pay for personnel, supplies, and utilities.

 

“I was very pleased with the school district’s reaction to this request,” Mayor Lew White said. “They were enthusiastic and eager to get going.”

 

The Mayor added that summer programs, like the Lockhart Summer Teen Center, provide a much-needed safe haven for teenagers through educational support, physical activity, and socialization, while also giving working families peace of mind.

 

The Lockhart Summer Teen Center officially kicks off June 7.

 

New Parks and Recreation Department: City Council voted unanimously to create the new Parks and Recreation Department and commence the search for a new Parks director. The City determined the new Parks director will report to the City Manager, instead of the Public Works director. The new department will focus on developing a strong recreation program, well maintained, and aesthetically pleasing park and recreation facilities as outlined in the citizen-based 2018 Parks, Recreation and Open Space Master Plan.

 

Other agenda items approved by council, include:

  • Submission of a Texas Community Block Grant application for $350,000 to replace 1,500 residential water meters, which consists of 30-percent of the entire water metering system.
  • Hiring Progressive Aquatics to refurbish the Don R. Brice Swimming Pool Filtration System.
  • Waiving City Park fees for Lockhart High School’s Project Graduation event in 2021.
  • The A.A. Storey House, 515 South Main Street, given a Historic Landmark Designation, making it the 12th home to have the distinction.

 


EMERGENCY WARNING SIREN TEST, April 5, 2021
04/05/2021
At 1 p.m. today, you will hear the city's 5-siren outdoor warning system going off. THIS IS ONLY A TEST. This system is used to alert Lockhart residents of impending severe weather and/or chemical emergencies.

 

Activation criteria for the City of Lockhart includes:

 

• 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) or greater.
• Any observed weather condition, which is judged to be hazardous to people and early warning would potentially save lives.

 

No further action is required during this test. Sign up for warncentraltexas.org to receive emergency alerts.

WE'RE HIRING: Seasonal lifeguards and pool manager
04/05/2021

The City of Lockhart is looking to fill six lifeguard positions.  If you're interested, you must be a certified lifeguard and also certified in CPR/First Aid Training. Lifeguards must perform swimming pool lifeguard duties, pool maintenance/operational activities and assist with concession stand operations.  Pay range from $9.25 – $13.25 per hour.

 

**Call (512) 398-3461 to discuss opportunities to obtain certifications.

 

(Photo courtesy Shutterstock) 

 

The city is also looking to hire a pool manager who is also a certified lifeguard and received CPR/First Aid Training. This position will perform and supervise employees in pool maintenance and operational activities, operate and manage concession stand, and assist with hiring other Lifeguards. Salary range from $13.75- $19.75 per hour.

 

 You may pick up an application at City Hall, 308 W. San Antonio St., Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.- 5 p.m. These positions will remain open until filled. 


City offices CLOSED Friday, April 2, 2021
04/01/2021

In observance of the Good Friday Holiday, City offices will be closed Friday, April 2, 2021.

Trash pick up stays on normal schedule.

We'll see you Monday!


Spring in Lockhart: Bluebonnet safety
04/01/2021

It's that time of the year again! Bluebonnets are in full bloom and it's hard to resist taking photos with these beauties, especially for springtime Easter photos.

 



 

But please exercise caution before you strike a pose. Here are some safety tips from the Texas Department of Public Safety:

 

  • Always signal before leaving or entering the roadway.
  • Park off the roadway, parallel to the road in the direction of traffic.
  • Park on the same side of the roadway that the flowers are on.
  • Don’t cross lanes of traffic on foot to get to the wildflowers.
  • Obey all signs that prohibit parking on the roadway.

 

 

Also, watch out for snakes. We are in Texas, after all.


Household Hazardous Waste collection set for April 10
03/30/2021

 

Spring cleaning continues in Lockhart with the Household Hazardous Waste collection event at City Park.

 

JOIN US Saturday, April 10, 2021, from 9 a.m. to noon at the park’s Main/Central Pavilion RAIN OR SHINE.

Please bring a utility bill or other proof of residence and stay in your vehicle once you arrive to the event.

 

We will take:

  • Cleaning products: drain cleaners, concentrates, degreasers, oven cleaners, solvents, polishers, pool chemicals, etc.
  • Household batteries
  • Paints
  • Varnishes

We will NOT take:

  • Waste generated by business and commercial farming
  • Tires
  • Chemical containers larger than five gallons
  • Medical waste and sharp instruments, i.e. scalpels, syringes
  • Empty containers
  • Compressed gas cylinders
  • Ammunition
  • Gun powder
  • Metal
  • Wire and printed circuit boards
  • Electronics (You can take these to the Lockhart Recycling Center)

 

 

To keep everyone safe, please take these SAFETY PRECAUTIONS:

  • 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

This event is FREE. Call (512) 398-3461 for more information.

 

A Special 'Thank you' to our Sponsors: Capital Area Council of Governments, TCEQ, Central Texas Refuse, Keep Lockhart Beautiful, Plum Creek Watershed Partnership   


Texas HHS launches new COVID vaccine sign up website
03/29/2021

 

Right as the state opened up COVID vaccine eligibility to Texans 16-years old and older, the Texas Health and Human Services launched a new website where you can sign up for a vaccine. You can access the new Texas Public Health Vaccine Scheduler here or call (833) 832-7067, if you do not have Internet.

 

The Texas Division of Emergency Management’s Chief, Nim Kidd, announced that 2-million vaccine doses are on the way to the state the week of March 29-April 2; 700 of those doses are allocated to Lockhart providers:

 

 

Provider

Location

Moderna

J&J

Total

Aske Solutions, LLC

4001 N. U.S. Hwy 183, Lockhart, TX

400

-

400

BJP Healthcare, LLC

1724 S. Colorado St., Lockhart, TX

-

100

100

HEB Pharmacy #445

403 S. Colorado St., Lockhart, TX

-

100

100

Lockhart Family Medicine

1009 W. San Antonio St., Lockhart, TX

100

-

100

**Data provided by the Texas Department of State Health Services

 

Though vaccine eligibility has been expanded to most Texas adults, the Texas Department of State Health Services stressed that Texans 80 years and older remain FIRST PRIORITY whether they have an appointment or not.


COVID-19 vaccine sign up for homebound Lockhart residents now available
03/25/2021

 

As part of Governor Abbott’s “Save our Seniors” Initiative, the Caldwell County Office of Emergency Management added a tab in the county’s vaccine pre-registration page reserved for people who are homebound. That means, people who are unable to transport themselves to a vaccine appointment due to limited mobility that requires the use of a walker or wheelchair, they are bedridden, they do not have family in town, or have a specific ailment.

 

So far, a little over 70 county residents have been vaccinated at home. If you meet the criteria, sign up here to make an appointment or call: (512)359-4637. Only the individuals themselves, or a family member, may sign up for this service. Upon registration, expect a phone call and/or e-mail from the county to verify eligibility.

 

Due to limited doses and personnel available for this program, the county’s emergency management team will make the final determination on who is eligible and when appointments will be scheduled.


Texas opens up COVID-19 vaccine eligibility to all adults
03/23/2021

 

Starting Monday, March 29, all adults in Texas will be eligible to get vaccinated against COVID-19. According to the Texas Department of State Health Services, the state expects more vaccine supplies to come in next week.

 

“We are closing in on 10 million doses administered in Texas,” said Imelda Garcia, Texas DSHS chair of Expert Vaccine Allocation. “We want to keep up the momentum as the vaccine supply increases.”

 

(Image courtesy: The Associated Press)

 

Even with the expanded eligibility, the state health department still advises vaccine providers to prioritize people 80 years old and up, along with those who are at high risk of getting sick with the coronavirus.

 

This new development also prompts the DSHS to launch a website next week where you can register for a shot. The Texas Public Health Vaccine Scheduler will identify upcoming vaccine clinics hosted by DSHS or any participating local health department. You will also be notified when new clinics and appointments become available. The DSHS Vaccine Information page will continue to be a resource for additional providers.

 

If online registration poses a challenge, the state health department will also provide a toll-free number next week to help assist with appointments.

 

The City of Lockhart will keep you informed once the state’s website goes live and the toll-free number is provided. Right now, if you have not already, you can still pre-register for a vaccine with Caldwell County through this website, or call (512) 359-4637. You can also dial 2-1-1 to find a vaccine clinic nearest you.


GHSA; TxDOT stress pedestrian safety as spring arrives
03/23/2021

 

As temperatures warm up, people are enjoying the weather by spending more time outdoors. No matter how you travel to your destination, the Governors’ Highway Safety Association, and the Texas Department of Transportation, along with the City of Lockhart, urge you to be mindful of both drivers and pedestrians.

 

In its most recent report, the GHSA saw a 20-percent increase in pedestrian deaths nationwide for the first six months of 2020. Seven states, including Texas, accounted for over half of those deaths. A trend the group found concerning, especially with fewer drivers out on the roads due to COVID-19.

 

 

TxDOT has also seen an increase in pedestrian fatalities. While data from last year has not been finalized, between 2015 and 2019, the state agency reported 3,150 pedestrian deaths. A very small fraction of that number is in Lockhart, but you are still encouraged to exercise caution while traveling.

 

For pedestrians:

  • Cross the street only at intersections or crosswalks. Look left, right, then left again before crossing
  • Make eye contact with drivers before crossing. Don’t assume drivers see you
  • Obey all traffic and crosswalk signals
  • Use the sidewalk. If there is not one, walk on the left side of the road facing oncoming traffic
  • When walking, put away electronic devices that take your eyes and ears off the road

 

For drivers:

  • Yield right-of-way to pedestrians, especially when turning
  • Stop for pedestrians at crosswalks
  • Be cautious when passing stopped buses or other vehicles
  • Pay attention and put your phone away as pedestrians may suddenly enter your path

 

In response to these numbers, Lockhart Police steps up traffic enforcement. Officers are out on patrol focusing on issues that cause collisions, like distracted driving and DWIs, to help reduce these incidents within city limits.


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