• Chemical Spill – Sul Ross Avenue

    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

    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

    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.


  • TML Resolutions Committee

    Dear Citizens,

    Councilor Jim ‘Fitz’ Fitzgerald and City Attorney Mick McKamie are both part of the Texas Municipal League (TML) Resolutions Committee that met prior to this years Annual Conference.  The purpose of the Resolutions Committee is to look at upcoming legislative matters and other elements that impact cities in Texas and determine TML’s stance on the topic(s).

    A list of this years ‘Resolutions’ can be found on this link.

    Fitz can also be contacted if you would like to hear his perspective on the meeting.

    Thank you and have a great day in Alpine.

    Erik Zimmer, City Manager

    TML 2016 Resolutions Committee Output


  • Thank You For The Help

    Dear Community,

    I wanted to take a few moments to thank all those who have helped with the search for Ms. Zuzu Verk.  There were many volunteers out walking/searching through Alpine and the surrounding areas.  It’s a real tribute to the caring sense of our community.  My thoughts and prayers go out to her parents, family and friends.

    Special thanks to our local Police Department, Sheriff’s Department, EOC team, and Fire Department for their work and efforts through the past week.

    If anyone has additional information on the case, please call 432.837.3486.

    Kindest Regards,

    Erik Zimmer, City Manager

  • New Complaint-Contact Form

    Dear Citizens,

    As we shared at one of our recent Council Meetings, our staff was developing a ‘Complaint-Contact’ Form for ease of use for our Citizens.  The form is designed to help citizens voice a concern using our website and also help Staff and Council keep a consolidated record data-base of the submissions.

    I think you will find the form easy to use with helpful dropdowns – there is even an option to add an image.

    We sincerely hope you find the form useful and we appreciate any comments on the enhancement of the design.

    We will have a direct link to the form on the front page of our City website or you can click here for access.

    Thank you and have a wonderful day here in Alpine,

    Erik Zimmer, City Manager

  • Thank You To Many Local Businesses

    Dear Citizens,

    Last Thursday was a difficult day for our community and one that will resonate for all those involved and impacted.  As our law enforcement was working through the incidents at the high school, we had other threats posing danger at our University and Hospital.

    The City was able to open the Civic Center and provide a place for our University Students to go that lived on campus and were stranded from their dorms.  Many local businesses and individuals reached out to provide food and items of comfort for the students.

    We’d like to thank:  Ben E. Keith, True Value (Bob Ward), Porters (both Stores and Employees), The Triangle, Frito Lay (David Pallenez), Quality Inn, McDonald’s, City of Presidio EMS, Subway, American Red Cross, McCoys, Aramark and countless others offering places to stay for students.  If I have forgotten to mention anyone, I sincerely apologize.

    I am personally grateful to all of our Law Enforcement for their quick responsiveness and decisive actions.  Please support our parents, teachers, administrators and school district as they navigate through the healing process with our children.

    Erik M. Zimmer, City Manager

  • Vision Plan

    Dear Citizens,

    At last evenings City Council meeting, Councilor Stephens and I discussed the progress that has been made towards the creation of the Vision Plan for our community.

    Click HERE to download a full copy of the Vision Plan.

    In the upcoming days we will be also adding a video presentation to the website showing the vision 3D.

    Many thanks go to our partners as the Small Business Development Center and the Individuals involved from UTSA.

    We plan on having a town hall meeting / open forum to review the materials in the upcoming month and seek community participation in the implementation phases.

    Thank you for all you do for our community.

    Erik Zimmer, City Manager

  • High Grass, Weeds & Vegetation – pt 2

    Dear Citizens,

    Last July I published a blog related to high weeds and vegetation to address several calls and comments we had been receiving at City Hall.  This year we have again been blessed with quite a bit of moisture which has caused our grasses and vegetation to flourish.  I’ve been asked to re-publish the blog in an effort to help keep this top-of-mind with our community.


    Citizens of Alpine,

    Our community has been blessed this year with tremendous rainfall. In fact, we have received a little over 11.71 inches of precipitation in 2015. The area typically averages 15.4 inches of precipitation annually, so we are well on a pace to exceed the average.

    Along with the increased levels of moisture come more aggressive growth of vegetation and weeds. One of the challenges our Code Enforcement officer continues to face is the communication back to property owners to help keep their weeds down and yards maintained. Not only does this help present a better aesthetic appeal, it also helps cut down on wild animal and reptile nesting, plus assists with fire prevention.

    One of the common questions that presents itself at City Hall is the responsibility of the parkways and roadways adjacent to homes and businesses. The specific Ordinance that Alpine has adopted is 54-203 and can be found on our City Website (http://cityofalpine.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/01/Chapter-54-HEALTH-AND-SANITATION.pdf). Within that section, our governing body has outlined that: ‘A person has committed an offense if the person owns, occupies, or controls any real property and fails to maintain the parkway adjacent to the property free of weeds and grass that exceed an average of 12 inches in height.” The City does not maintain a staff that mows parkways adjacent to personal and commercial property, rather has enacted ordinance and tax structure to allow for property owners to maintain their own and keep the tax levels down.

    We ask that all property owners and citizens take the time to review the ordinance and help to improve the aesthetics and safety in the community by adhering to the adopted law.

    Thank you and please feel free to reach out to City staff or your elected representative for further dialogue on this topic.

    Have a great rest of the week,

    Erik Zimmer, City Manager

  • Hometown Hero

    Dear Citizens,

    As football seasons opens today for the Alpine High School Fighting Bucks, it’s fun to think about the Bake Turner days of yesteryear.  Texas Music Magazine had a wonderful article about him in this summer’s issue prior to Viva Big Bend.  I’ve attached a copy of the article for those who have not seen it.

    Bake is one of the good guys.  For those of us who get to interact with him, he’s such a great community steward and Alpine advocate.

    Go Bucks!  We hope the season and prosperous and injury-free.

    Erik Zimmer, City Manager


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