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Thank You To Our SRSU Lobo Football Team

February 28, 2017

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Lobos Cleanup Brush Piles Around Community!

The Sul Ross State University football team lent a hand cleaning up brush in alleyways this past Thursday, February 23, 2017. Keep Alpine Beautiful coordinator, Patsy McWilliams, reached out to the team after receiving citizens’ complaints regarding brush piles in their adjacent alleyways. Brush is not only a visual nuisance, but is also a health and safety hazard.

The City of Alpine strives to make Alpine a more place for all its residents. As per City Ordinance (82-56), it is unlawful to place any sort of litter or trash including, brush, yard trimmings, bulky items, or tires. next to a dumpster, in an alleyway, or on any public property.

Coach John Pearce, SRSU head football coach, was up for the task. He encourages his team to not only do their best on the field and in school, but also in the community. On Thursday afternoon, the 41-man team was split in to two groups and headed to two alleys where brush piles were especially bad. McWilliams and Alpine High School student volunteer, Bobbie Roberts, led one group and Brian Hartman with the City of Alpine Public Works department led the other. Each group gathered two trailer loads of brush, couches, fencing materials, and lumber. All items were taken to the Hal Flanders Recycling Center where the brush will be mulched, the metal fencing will be recycled, and the lumber and couches will be properly disposed.

This was not the first time the Lobos helped Keep Alpine Beautiful. Coach Pearce and the Lobos have helped recycle illegally dumped tires by loading a 40’ Conex container for shipment each year since 2014. The Lobos have hand-loaded every tire amassing 65,000 pounds of tires recycled! Keep Alpine Beautiful is grateful for their help! The team makes light work of these monster tasks.

Once again thanks to our partners at Sul Ross State University! Go Lobos!

Erik Zimmer, City Manager

Skyway Gardens LTD – Property Development

February 17, 2017
Dear Citizens,

One of the items our City Council will be contemplating at the upcoming City Council meeting will be a proposal by Investment Builders, Inc out of El Paso to build a development near the Centennial School. IBI will be looking for a resolution of support by our City Council as they need the support to apply for the Texas Department of Housing Tax Credit program.

A copy of the presentation can be obtained by clicking on this LINK. We will also have a few copies available to view at City Hall. Please feel free to reach out to me individually if you would like to discuss in more detail.

Thank you and have a great weekend in Alpine.

Erik Zimmer, City Manager

Notice of Upcoming Elections

January 13, 2017
Prescribed by Secretary of State

Section 141.040, Texas Election Code

NOTICE OF DEADLINE TO FILE APPLICATIONS FOR PLACE ON THE BALLOT FOR COUNCILMEMBERS WARD ONE,
WARD 3 AND WARD 5(AVISO DE FECHA LÍMITE PARA PRESENTAR SOLICITUDES PARA UN LUGAR EN LA BOLETA)

Notice is hereby given that applications for a place on the May 6, 2017 City of
Alpine City Council Regular Election ballot may be filed during the following time:
(Se da aviso por la presente que las solicitudes para un lugar en la boleta de la Elección
Regular, 6 de Mayo, 2017, City of Alpine, se pueden presentar durante el siguiente horario:)

Filing Dates and Times:
(Fechas y Horario para Entregar Solicitudes)

Start Date January 18, 2017
(Fecha Inicio)

End Date February 17, 2017
Fecha Límite)

Office Hours:8:00 A.M. to Noon and 1:00 P.M. to 5:00 P.M. Monday through Friday
(Horario de la Oficina)

Physical address for filing applications in person for place on the ballot: City Hall,
100 N. 13th Street, Alpine, Texas 79830

(Dirección a física para presentar as solicitudes en persona para un lugar en la boleta) -
City Hall, 100 N. 13th Street, Alpine, Texas 79830

Address to mail applications for place on the ballot (if filing by mail): City Secretary,
City of Alpine, 100 N. 13th Street, Alpine, Texas 79830

(Dirección a donde enviar las solicitudes para un lugar en la boleta (en caso de presentar
por correo)) - City Secretary, City of Alpine, 100 N. 13th Street, Alpine, Texas 79830

Volunteer Fire Department Application

January 13, 2017
Dear Citizens,

We’ve received some inquiries recently on the process to become a volunteer fire fighter. Here is a LINK to the application one needs to fill out. Please feel free to bring the completed application to the Emergency Operations Center or to City Hall.

Rural cities and counties across America depend on their community members to volunteer for a large assortment of activities that are important to the vitality of the area. We certainly appreciate the many volunteers in Alpine that: work on parks, are firefighters, host community visitor events, serve as ambassadors to the community, plus a whole host of other activities.

Have a wonderful weekend in our community.

Erik Zimmer, City Manager

State and Regional Water Plans

December 7, 2016
Dear Citizens,

Some of you participated in the regional forum here in Alpine in early June to offer comments for our State and Regional Water plans.

Texas Water Development Board posted the following to their website recently.

Please take some time to review and gain a better understanding of the water strategy in the state and region.

Click HERE to access the website and reports.

Have a great week,

Erik Zimmer, City Manager

Old Friendships

December 6, 2016
I was excited to hear from an old friend Don Cohen this week. Don was the Executive Director at the Eagle County Economic Development Council while we lived in the Eagle Valley. Don was (and still is) a dynamic leader who helped our Board through many important decisions.

Don and his wife Terry have since moved ‘down the hill’ to Denver and are enjoying many of the neat aspects associated with Denver’s downtown revitalization. He is also working part time for Winnebago (blogging for them). Little did I know that Don and his wife traveled to the Big Bend Region in 2015 and were able to experience the Cowboy Poetry Gathering.

Take a look at his blog article here!

Thanks Don for sharing your perspective on our little piece of paradise.

Erik Zimmer, City Manager

Comment Period – Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy

December 1, 2016
Dear Citizens,

Our Rio Grande Council of Governments has developed a committee focused on economic development in the region. The committee has a draft document prepared (click here) for review by the people in the region. Please take the time to read the strategy and offer comments (if you so choose) to the Annette Gutierrez – Executive Director at the COG.

This is not the same plan as our City of Alpine Vision Plan, rather focused on the entire region.

Thank you and have a wonderful day in Alpine,

Erik Zimmer, City Manager

Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy

Chemical Spill – Sul Ross Avenue

November 29, 2016
Dear Citizens,

Several folks have contacted their City elected official or my office regarding the chemical spill on Sul Ross Avenue (just west of Phelps Ave). The chemical’s formal name is AE-P Primer MSDS and is a common substance the City and/or it’s vendors utilize on street repair and maintenance.

First and foremost, I would like to apologize to our citizens for the concern and worry this has caused. J Horry (our new ACM over Outside Services) and myself are working back with TCEQ and the vendor responsible for the spill on clean-up. We anticipate starting the remediation later today. TCEQ has outlined a couple of expectations with J and he will be providing the oversight to the clean-up and subsequent re-vegetation.

Please feel free to reach out to myself or J with any concerns (erik.zimmer@ci.alpine.tx.us and j.horry@ci.alpine.tx.us).

Erik Zimmer, City Manager

23rd Annual Artwalk

November 16, 2016
Dear Citizens,

Don’t forget to come out and enjoy Artwalk  again this year. Keri and Team have done a wonderful job in preparation for this years event and we sincerely hope all citizens, guests and vendors have a fabulous time here in Alpine.

The Arts and appreciation of local artists has been an integral part of Alpine’s history. Enjoy the weekend and celebrate part of what is great in our community.

Erik Zimmer, City Manager

Artwalk Website

Texas Pacifico – Strategic Plan

November 2, 2016
Dear Citizens,

At last evenings City Council meeting, I gave a brief presentation regarding a meeting I attended with TxDOT and Texas Pacifico in San Angelo last week. One of the components of the meeting was to discuss the updated Strategic Plan that Texas Pacifico is working towards.

I have included a link to that plan HERE for your review.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate in reaching out to me for further discussion.

Thanks and have a great day here in Alpine.

Erik


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