Rain barrel sale now available online
The City’s Water Conservation Program is selling rain barrels at a discounted price to encourage residents to conserve water resources and protect water quality. Fifty-gallon, black barrels are currently available for $72.50 (retail price is $129). Barrels may be pre-ordered online for pickup in April at the City’s Utilities and Transportation Building, 3400 Sunrise Road.

City's financial team earns final transparency star
The Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts announced that the City of Round Rock has earned its fifth and final transparency star, making it one of only 12 cities in the state to have achieved the prestigious honor. The City’s fifth star, which is the Contracts and Procurement Star, recognizes Round Rock’s exemplary efforts in creating financial transparency around public spending.

Round Rock Police make arrest in homicide case
On Jan. 19, Round Rock Police arrested Gage Johnston on a charge of capital murder. On Jan. 9, the 28-year-old suspect is alleged to have shot and killed 27-year-old Jerrionn Burleson in the 1600-block of Peachtree Valley Drive. It is believed the two subjects, both Austin residents, knew each other.

Forest Creek Golf Club wins national awards
After an unbelievable golf season in 2020, the Golf Range Association of America has selected Forest Creek for three distinguished awards: Top 50 Public Range Facility, Top Range Renovation, and Jeff Lyle, PGA assistant golf professional at Forest Creek, as one of the Top 100 Growth of the Game Teaching Professionals.

Round Rock sets new outdoor watering schedule
The City of Round Rock has a new outdoor watering schedule to avoid oversaturated yards and better balance water distribution during the week.

The new watering days are as follows:

  • If your address ends in 4 or 8, water on Sunday and/or Thursday.
  • If your address ends in 0 or 3, water on Monday and/or Thursday.
  • If your address ends in 2, 6 or 7, water on Tuesday and/or Friday.
  • If your address ends in 1, 5 or 9, water on Wednesday and/or Saturday.

The best time to water is before noon or after 7 p.m. The watering schedule is voluntary —unless drought restrictions are in place. There are no restrictions currently in effect; however, the City recommends you follow the schedule even when no drought restrictions are in effect.

Virtual class aims to inform small businesses
The Round Rock Public Library and Austin SCORE will be offering a series of free virtual workshops for entrepreneurs and small business owners via Zoom, Fridays from noon to 1:30 p.m., Feb. 19 through March 26. This round of free, timely workshops, presented by recognized experts and practitioners, will cover the latest "Trends to Know," including using geospatial services and demographic data to plan and expand your business or non-profit.

Mayor named Citizen of the Year by Chamber
Mayor Craig Morgan was named the Round Rock Chamber’s Citizen of the Year at its virtual 2020 Business Awards program held on Jan. 26. Morgan’s leadership, character, collaboration and community service throughout 2020 were listed as attributes that led to the honor. Morgan was also presented the Innovation in Philanthropy award from the Greater Round Rock Community Foundation during the virtual event for his efforts in leading Round Rock Cares.

Round Rock Classic Baseball Tournament
Feb. 26-28
Dell Diamond
3400 E. Palm Valley Blvd.

Tickets are now available for the 2021 Round Rock Classic. The second annual event returns with a focus on fan safety and following the most stringent player testing guidelines found in college baseball. This year’s event is set to feature Auburn, Baylor, Oklahoma and Texas A&M. Tickets are available at roundrockclassic.net.

Upcoming board, commission meetings

Thursday, Feb. 11, 6 p.m.

Tuesday, Feb. 16, 6 p.m.

Wednesday, Feb. 17, 6 p.m.