Mayor: Round Rock marks accomplishments in 2019
At the city of Round Rock, we often focus on long-range planning, looking five to 10 years down the road as we consider policy decisions. But at the end of each year, it’s nice to take a step back and review all that we have been able to accomplish in just 12 months. Mayor Morgan takes a look at a number of successes Round Rock saw in 2019.

Multiple road projects to break ground in 2020
In 2019, the City of Round Rock put in place funding strategies to accelerate transportation improvements over the next five years – and beyond. The City has a target of investing a minimum of $240 million over the next five years to improve roadway capacity and connectivity in a program we’re calling Driving Progress. 

Kalahari on track to open in November 2020
Progress continues on Kalahari Resorts in Round Rock, which will be home to America's largest indoor water park, an almost 1,000-room resort hotel, and a 150,000 square foot convention center. The resort, which is located along U.S. 79 across from Dell Diamond, is on track to open in November 2020.

This tourism-centered project is expected to diversify available employment opportunities in Round Rock and provide substantial property tax revenues that will benefit essential City services and infrastructure.

Parklets construction takes shape Downtown
Construction is underway on six new “parklets” that will be constructed along East Main Street from Mays Street to Sheppard Street in Downtown Round Rock.

The parklets will include new trees, benches, additional landscaping, lighting elements and expanded walkable space for pedestrians. The contract also includes design for additional lighting and sidewalks to allow pedestrians safer access to Main Street from adjacent underutilized parking lots. The project is expected to be complete in late spring.

Make a resolution to recycle right in the New Year
Consider making recycling one of your New Year’s resolutions in 2019! Recycling at home is easy and convenient with the City’s single-stream curbside recycling. Toss your recyclables in your green recycling container — no sorting necessary — then place at the curb on your scheduled pick-up day.

Accepted items include aluminum containers, cardboard, glass and plastic containers labeled 1 through 7.

The following items are not accepted: paint cans, pizza boxes, Styrofoam, broken glass, light bulbs, dining ware, shredded paper, laminated paper, food-contaminated items or plastic bags.

Here are a few other tips to keep you recycling right in the New Year:

  • Recycle it, if it is recyclable. Check out roundrocktexas.gov/curbside for a full list of recyclable items. Misplaced items cause contamination and the materials have to be sent to the landfill.

  • Detach unlike materials. Remove metal lids from glass jars, liners from cereal boxes, foil from yogurt tubs, etc. Although recyclable, these cannot be separated properly at the recycling facility.

  • Remove food, sauces and juices. Rinse aluminum, plastic and glass. Helps prevent contamination and odors and less likely to attract bugs to your cart.

  • Save space. Crush cans and plastic bottles and flatten boxes. Do not break glass as it jams equipment.

  • Plastic bags and broken glass are among the most problematic materials for recycling facilities. Plastic bags wrap around conveyor lines and all work must stop while the bags are cut off. Broken glass jams equipment and also gets mixed up with other recyclables resulting in recyclables being categorized as contaminated and sent to the landfill.

Improve your business savvy with Biz.ability classes
Austin SCORE  will be offering a series of free workshops for entrepreneurs and small business owners from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. Fridays, Jan. 17 through Feb. 28 at the Round Rock Public Library, 216 E. Main St.

These free timely workshops, presented by recognized experts and practitioners, will cover a variety of issues facing small business owners and entrepreneurs including finances, marketing, and strategic planning. 

Click on the links below to learn more about each class and register to attend:

Run with Round Rock Police
5:30-7 p.m.
Monday, Jan. 13
Fleet Feet Round Rock
3750 Gattis School Rd., Suite 500

Is fitness a part of your New Year's Resolutions? If so, run alongside Round Rock officers and your neighbors. The leisurely-paced 5K leaves the Fleet Feet running store at 6 p.m. and passes through the nearby Forest Creek neighborhoods. It's free to participate and you can just show up — no registration necessary. Kids and dogs welcome!

Green Thumbs Up Class: Raised Bed Gardens
6:30-7:30 p.m.
Tuesday, Jan. 14
Round Rock Public Library, 216 E. Main St.

This event is perfect for anyone who is interested in beginning a raised bed garden or looking to spruce theirs up and gain some new ideas. Topics will include constructing raised beds, soil and amendments for raised beds, and planting in a raised beds. This program will have something for everyone.

Coffee with a Cop at Tru by Hilton
8-10 a.m.
Wednesday, Jan. 15
Tru by Hilton
2900 Hoppe Trail

Join us for our first Coffee with a Cop of 2020. The mission of Coffee with a Cop is to break down the barriers between police officers and the citizens they serve. By removing agendas and allowing opportunities to ask questions, voice concerns, and get to know the officers in your neighborhood.

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Walk and Celebration
1–3:30 p.m.
Saturday, Jan. 18
Walk starts at McConico Building, 301 W. Bagdad Ave. and ends at First Baptist Church, 306 Round Rock Ave.

Join the  Round Rock Black History Organization for the 33rd Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration, which will include a commemorative walk, weather permitting, followed by a program at the First Baptist Church of Round Rock. This event is free and open to the public.

Friends of the Library Afternoon Tea
1-3 p.m.
Saturday, Jan. 18
Round Rock Public Library, Meeting Room A
216 E. Main St.

Have you ever wanted to know more about helping the Round Rock Public Library?
Are you a new or returning Friends member looking forward to jumping into the upcoming events? Join us for a fun afternoon of tea and cookies to learn all about the opportunities you can be a part of in 2020!

Local Author Fair
11 a.m.-2 p.m.
Saturday, Jan. 11
Round Rock Public Library, Meeting Room C
216 E. Main St.

Come and meet local authors, purchase some books and listen to readings from published works in the Gallery. More than 30 local authors will be in attendance to sell books, network and perform public readings of their works. The Local Author Fair is sponsored by the Friends of the Round Rock Public Library.