• Paving Questions

    Dear Citizens,

    I’ve had a couple of questions relative to the paving schedule and how the City picks which streets to target each year.  Let me work to explain the theory and decision making process in this post.

    First and foremost, I encourage each citizen to read the paving presentation that was shared in early 2015.  We presented at a City Council meeting early that year, have kept the article live on the website due to its continued relevance.

    When we think about street exposure, those blocks coming off of Hancock HIll are the most exposed and attain the most erosion after rain.  The more robust downfalls have a greater negative effect on the roads on the Hill.  Hence, we targeted seal-coating the area in 2016 and rebuilding one of the key thoroughfares after that.

    We also like to consider the streets that gain the heavy amounts of traffic.  Fighting Buck Avenue is a gateway to Kokernot Park, the High School, golf course, etc…It handles a lot of traffic daily and needed to be rebuilt.  Ave F. adjacent to the SRSU fields is another street that carried quite a bit of traffic and had some considerable drainage issues.  Therefore, we had the streets rebuilt last year.

    We are working towards revitalizing the downtown area streets and will soon have Jarrett Dirt Works rebuild several of the crossroads in the downtown district.  Our businesses, citizens and tourists that traverse the area regularly have routinely communicated that need.

    We also opted to get Carpenter Addition seal-coated this year.  Hector and I have been wanting to complete that project since 2015 and believe we can extend the life of that set of roads into the foreseeable future.

    We are now working towards finishing up some of the main Sul Ross Ave thoroughfare and will then migrate over to the 7th street area to follow behind our Gas Department work.  We have also continued to try to resurface the streets around the Murphy Street Downtown area as we see more and more traffic on those streets.  We are also hopeful to get finalization on our most recent TxCDBG grant to add more water lines and fire hydrants to the SE quadrant of town.  We will have to come behind and seal-coat plus rebuild those areas when complete.

    There are lots of positives happening with our projects and much more to complete in the future.  The City’s liability for street maintenance is $1.2M a year and we need budgeting to stay the course and continue to implement.  My sense is that by the end of 2023 or 2024 paving season, the City streets will have a renewed sense of character and life.

    Thanks for your patience and support.  As always, feel free to reach out to Hector, J or myself with any questions.

    Erik Zimmer, City Manager

     

  • City Secretary Position Profile

    Dear Community,

    The City of Alpine is now accepting cover letters and resumes for the position of City Secretary.

    We encourage all qualified and interested applicants to apply.  Please click here for a more in depth view of the position and the process to show interest.

    Have a great day,

    Erik Zimmer, City Manager

  • Texas Highway Magazine – Saddle Club Article

    Dear Citizens,

    If you have not had a chance to pick up the latest edition of Texas Highway’s Travel Magazine, here’s a link to a great article this month.

    Stephen Wood is a consummate professional and a friend to all in the community.

    Enjoy the read and have a great day in Alpine.

    Erik Zimmer, City Manager

  • Press Release – 7-14-17

    Dear Citizens and Media,

    The City of Alpine has has historically participated in the collection and distribution of the Hotel Occupancy Tax (HOT) funds. Hoteliers collect the funds when people stay in their establishments and then pay into the City HOT Fund either monthly or quarterly (depending on their size). The State of Texas has certain guidelines on how communities can distribute these funds.
    The City is allowed to delegate the expenditure of these hotel taxes to another entity (for example, a Chamber to run a Visitor Center) as long as they follow the guidelines of the usage law and keep the hotel tax funds in a separate account. Tax code 351.101 does a nice job giving further explanation.
    In 2015, the City Manager requested the Chamber to demonstrate to the City that these guidelines were being met and to submit regular sets of financial documents back to the City. In early 2016, the City Manager followed this request up in writing.  After repeated delays from the Chamber, the documents were finally submitted in February 2017. Through an initial review of these documents, the City Manager deemed it necessary for the City to take back over running of the Visitor Center. At the March 21, 2017 City Council meeting, the City Council took action and authorized the City Manager to move forward with the City taking over management of the Visitor Center.
    As part of the Cities financial process, we deemed it necessary to perform an audit of expenditures from the Visitor Center account back to January 2016. Through that audit, we found further peculiarities that caused the City to initiate a letter to the Chamber asking for further explanation from the fund. If the expenditures do not meet State requirements, the City will be asking for a refund of those questionable expenses.
    The City is aware that the Chamber has gathered legal counsel and is working back with the Texas Ranger and law enforcement in general. We continue to keep apprised and ready for the Chamber’s feedback and are cooperating with law enforcement.
    There is no wrong-doing on the City of Alpines part. We are simply working to uphold the law and ensure supporting entities do the same.
    Please address any inquiries to our City Manager, Erik Zimmer.
    432-837-3301 or erik.zimmer@ci.alpine.tx.us

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