• Free Mulch Loading Day

    On February 25, 2017 from 9am to noon, the City of Alpine will have a loader on site at the Hal Flanders Recycling Yard to load mulch from 9 am till noon. Bring a truck and Take All You Can Haul! No Limit. All residents in the tri-county area are welcome!

     

    ***The City will not be held responsible for any damages incurred while loading mulch with the loader.

    Hal Flanders Recycling Yard
    3300 Old Cemetery Rd
    Alpine, Texas 79830 United States

  • Request For Quote – Street Paving

    The City of Alpine is requesting quotes for a street rebuild project spanning 27 blocks in the City.  Details can be found on our home page or by clicking here.

    We look forward to a productive 2016 and anticipate making good strides with our road rehabilitation projects.  If you have not had a chance to review our Street presentation from last April, please do so by clicking on this link.

    We continue to appreciate the support and communication from the Citizens here in Alpine.  Have a wonderful week.

    Erik M. Zimmer, City Manager

     

  • Fire Hydrants

    Dear Citizens,

    There has been much discussion in recent weeks about the status and condition of Fire Hydrants in the City of Alpine and adjacent areas within the County.  For those of you who were unable to attend Tuesday’s City Council meeting, I thought it would be appropriate to speak to the history of the inspection program and understand where we are currently in the remediation process.

    During last years Budget preparations, City Staff recommended we budget $5K towards Fire Hydrant repair and possible implementation of new hydrants as needed.  This amount was passed by City Council through the normal budget approval process.  Councilor Fitzgerald approached me during the fall to request we start the process as soon as we could during this fiscal year.  Department Captain Mark Scudder was subsequently instructed to go through the testing during their weekly Wednesday meetings.  This process had not been completed previously since the 2011 time-frame and we were anxious to get back on the process of yearly testing.

    The testing took place Wednesday evenings through the fall season with output to the Council at our 2nd meeting in January.  There are a couple of things to consider with the output: 1. We at the City wanted to see the issues that we out there and 2. The majority of the non-functional hydrants were due to the Fire Department not being able to open the hydrants using normal force.  It’s important to also understand that if the Fire Department was responding to a fire and could not open a hydrant, they would go to the next closest one.

    The next step of the process we had mapped out was to have our Public Works department address the hard to open Fire Hydrants and the Water department to address the hydrants with water flow issues.  I detailed out a listing of those exact hydrants at the last City Council meeting and that report can be viewed on the City Manager Report link on this website.

    Our Public Works department has been working through their list and finding that most of their hydrants can be opened with a little extra force.  Hector has taken a video of one of those hydrants and shared with us: click on the following link to see the video.

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    We are very committed to resolving all the outstanding issues and our Fire Department will do a final check after remediation to ensure they are comfortable with the operation during an emergency operation.  We will report out quarterly at the City Council meetings.

    Finally, our Fire Department will be testing all the hydrants annually/regularly each fall.

    Thank you for your questions and concerns.  Safety is important in the City of Alpine.  If you have further questions, please feel free reaching out to me at City Hall.

    Kindest Regards,

    Erik Zimmer, City Manager

    PS – As an aside: We currently have approximately 19 volunteers on our Volunteer Fire Department and would like to get that number back up to 35.  We are interested in residents of the City and County who have always wanted to participate in the local department and welcome new Volunteers.

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