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Mayor's Update: Thankful
On October 3, 1789, George Washington issued a proclamation designating Thursday, November 26 as a national day of thanks. However, it wasn’t until October 3, 1863, that Thanksgiving became an official holiday. “I do therefore invite my fellow citizens in every part of the United States, …to set apart and observe the last Thursday of November next, as a day of Thanksgiving…” proclaimed President Abraham Lincoln. In 1939, President Franklin D. Roosevelt moved the holiday up a week, but after two years, he signed a bill into law on November 26, 1941, officially making the fourth Thursday in November the national holiday of Thanksgiving Day. With this being said, City offices will be closed Thursday and Friday this week in observance of Thanksgiving. Offices will reopen at 8 a.m. on Monday, November 28.
The city offices will be closed in observance of Thanksgiving starting at 3 p.m. on Wednesday, November 23. Offices will reopen on Monday, November 28.
Blanco's Annual Lighted Holiday Parade Entry Form Information
Possible Water Outage on NOV. 9
We are aware that the alert that was sent out earlier today had the wrong month listed. We apologize for the confusion and the alert was immediately updated.
TXDOT Work on Square
TxDOT's contractor is actively working on the sidewalk enhancement project on 4th Street. The work will enhance the City and its ADA ramps and will remove certain curbs to provide better access. The project is estimated to take 6-8 weeks to complete. TxDOT is performing this work to enhance the city and its ADA/sidewalks so that all visitors can enjoy the City.
What's New at the City!
Coming up in November 2022, the City of Blanco will no longer be mailing post cards for the water bills, the water bills will be coming on a paper format in envelopes. Also our credit card system, will be changing from PSN to Fastgovpay. We will also be offering our customer auto draft for their water bills. We will keep you posted.
Scenic City Announcement
We are so excited to announce that the City of Blanco has achieved Gold Status for Scenic City Certification! "The Scenic City Certification Program (SCCP) was developed and implemented to establish a foundation of cohesive scenic standards and land planning practices that advance sustainability through environmental conservation, ecosystem management, and environmental education." There are currently only 91 certified Texas Scenic Cities. Big thanks to all those who helped with the application; we couldn't have done it without you!
Relief Route Feasibility Study Documents
If you were unable to attend last night's TxDOT public meeting and want more information regarding the relief route feasibility study, there are copies of the fact sheet and comment form at City Hall! There will be more opportunities for input on this project in the future, but TxDOT kindly requests that citizens submit comments by Oct. 14, 2022.
Mayor’s Update: HPO and Gateway Monument
Historic Preservation Officer Vacancy
9/20/22 Zoom Meeting - Senator Campbell/TxDot/Blanco Elected Officials
Mayor's Update: Community Compliance Officer
I have heard and read about some concerns with the City’s code compliance work. In the past, the City has had virtually no code compliance program. The City hired a part-time Community Compliance Office, Jonathan Wheeler. He was hired at the request of a couple of council members and some citizens, to help start a little clean-up around the town. The Community Compliance Officer works with citizens to solve problems and resolve issues while protecting property and personal rights and freedoms. His job is not to harass or coerce the citizens of Blanco. His essential duties are the following:
Mayor's Update: TXDot Public Meeting Information
As many of you have heard, there will be an in-person TxDOT public meeting on Sept. 29, 2022, from 5-7 p.m. at the Blanco High School cafeteria (1215 4th Street) regarding the US 281 Blanco County project. In addition, TxDOT will also be having a virtual public meeting for the project on Sept. 29, 2022, at 5 p.m. through Oct. 14, 2022, at 11:59 p.m. Citizens wishing to attend the meeting can visit www.txdot.gov and keyword search “US 281 Blanco County.” TxDOT’s public meetings will provide an opportunity for the public to review and comment on project information and update and proposed alternatives. We appreciate TxDOT giving us the opportunity to provide feedback on this project. The proposed improvements cover Highway 281 north and south of Blanco throughout the county, but not within the city limits; they include:
Stage 2 Water Restrictions
As of Sept. 1, 2022, the City of Blanco has implemented Stage 2 water restrictions for all customers of the City of Blanco.
UPDATED Revised Stage 3 Water Restrictions
Revised Stage 3 Water Restrictions
On August 4, 2022, City Council approved updating the current Stage 3 water restrictions to include fruit under the garden section. Here is the updated language: The watering of vegetable gardens and fruit trees will be permitted between 8 p.m. and 8 a.m. using the odd/even system (even house numbers on Sunday/Thursday, odd numbers on Saturday/Wednesday) with a hand-held bucket or a hand-held hose equipped with a positive shut-off nozzle for short duration watering. We will remain in Stage 3 at this time and let everyone know if that changes. In the meantime, please continue to help conserve our water. Thank you for your patience and understanding during this drought.
Stage 3 Revised Notice
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