City Manager's Blog

Water Supply Documents

January 7, 2016
Citizens of Alpine,

We have recently added two new documents to our website related to Water supply for both Alpine and Far West Texas.

The first document is the Far West Texas Water Plan which is a 5-year plan document and recently updated effective January 2016.

The second document is the LB Guyton Phase II Report from 2007. This is a wonderful document with maps related to our well site locations and great background information on all our active wells.

If you’re interested in water and our water supply, I encourage you to get familiar with these documents. You can click on the hotlinks embedded in this article or go to our Environmental Advisory Board page on our website.

Have a great day!

Erik Zimmer, City Manager

Barking Dogs

January 6, 2016
Alpine Citizens,

Through the course of this past year, one of the questions we fielded quite often at City Hall was regarding barking dogs. Several residents have asked, ‘What do I do if my neighbor has dogs that bark during the night and keep me up?’

Jennifer Stewart (Animal Control Supervisor) has put together this handy guide that we have posted on our Police Department page under Helpful Links. Click Here to access.

We hope you find this information useful and please feel free to reach out to my office with any questions or concerns. Animals are an important part of our community and we have a strong Humane Society here in Alpine as well. They can also be a great resource for remedies and methodologies to help calm pets.

Have a great day.

Erik Zimmer, City Manager

2016 Street Paving – Targeted Areas

January 4, 2016
Dear Citizens,

Happy New Year! During mid-December, I shared with our Mayor and City Council the areas that our Public Works team will be targeting for paving during the 2016 season. The City will primarily focus on seal-coating streets versus full-rebuilds. We believe we have many roads across the City that can be saved with some minor repair and a full new coat (seal-coat) put on top of the existing road. In order for a road to survive for 28-30 years, we need to seal-coat it every 7 years. I outlined this process in the presentation shared with Council early in 2015 and posted on our website.

We will be reviewing the schedule shared with our elected officials at our January 5, 2016 City Council meeting. If you are unable to attend the meeting, please feel free to view the files here on our website.

Make it a great 2016

Erik Zimmer, City Manager

2016 Paving Targeted Streets

Map for paving 2016

New Glass Crusher Functioning

December 15, 2015


Dear Citizens,

Patsy McWilliams shared some great news with me today…our new glass crusher is fully assembled and functioning. Karen will begin crushing glass tomorrow and work to get caught up on the backlog.

We will start accepting glass again at the Recycling Center around January 4, 2016.

Thank you for your patience and we look forward to using the more powerful and productive machine.

Erik Zimmer, City Manager

Parks Meeting – Wednesday December 16th

December 10, 2015
Dear Citizens,

We have our next Parks Board meeting this upcoming week and I invite all of you to attend. We are reviewing all parks that the City maintains, plus open spaces owned and maintained by Sul Ross, the County and AISD. We will also be reviewing any covenants regarding use of these spaces.

The Boards next step will be to survey the residents about needs, uses and future ideas/wants. We anticipate having that survey out by the end of December.

One final note: on the radio today it was mentioned by Mr. Oscar Cobos that I recommended closing some parks (naming Baines and Medina Parks in particular). Point of clarity, I have never mentioned nor considered closing Baines or Medina Parks. I have recommended that the City look at all open spaces that we maintain and the Board make a recommendation back to Council on which parks are most important to the Citizens and how we will financially maintain these parks. For those who attended the Parks Board meeting in November heard that message.

Thank you and please feel free to reach out to me with any questions. Being actively engaged in our local boards and our annual budget process by our citizens is critical to our communities long term health.

Erik Zimmer, City Manager

Food Day – Saturday October 24th

October 22, 2015
Come celebrate at the Farmers’ Market on Historic Murphy street this Saturday. The event will run from 9am-noon and feature everything from:

  • Food sampling
  • Native treat tasting
  • Healthy Halloween snacks
  • Information on health eating
  • Plus a whole lot more

Download the flyer HERE and share with your friends and family.

Have a great rest of the week,

Erik Zimmer, City Manager

Municipal Court – Code Enforcement Presentation

October 21, 2015
At our most recent City Council meeting, our Municipal Court Judge (Judge Trook) and Code Enforcement Officer (Robert Polanco) presented the process flow for Criminal Violations through our local Municipal Court.

Click HERE to view the presentation.

The City fields calls weekly on regarding different ordinance violations across town. We felt it was important to take time during one of our Council Meetings to discuss the process flow of the Cases and how our Judge, Prosecuting Attorney and Code Enforcement officer handle the violations.

Our number one goal as a City is compliance and helping our citizens and property owners achieve that objective.

If you have questions, please reach out to Judge Eve Trook or Mr. Robert Polanco.

Thank you and have a great day,

Erik Zimmer, City Manager


October 20, 2015
The ‘Daytripper’ with Chet Garner recently stopped here in Alpine for the filming of one of his episodes.

Click HERE to link to his blog/website for a preview featuring our community.

Have a great week!

Erik Zimmer, City Manager

Wastewater Treatment Plant Projects

October 7, 2015
Dear Citizens,

At last evening’s regular City Council meeting, our Utilities Director Lawrence Cutrone took us through a presentation reviewing two important projects we are targeting for our WWTP. The City is working through an Enforcement case with TCEQ and are presenting these projects to them as options for our C-SEP project.

Please feel free to reach out to Lawrence or myself with any questions and we will gladly respond.

Have a great day!

Erik Zimmer, City Manager

Click HERE to view presentation.

Positive Train Control

September 25, 2015
Click HERE for the latest presentation from Union Pacific on their efforts with Positive Train Control.

Please contact me here at City Hall or your elected official to have more dialogue on the impacts associated with the pending deadline for implementation of December 31, 2015.

Thank you ,

Erik Zimmer, City Manager

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