February 2021 Monthly Newsletter
Distributed at the beginning of each month, this monthly newsletter provides updates on events and relevant city & community activity.
City Council updates are sent separately after monthly meetings.
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City Council and Board & Commission Meetings
Jacksonville City Hall, 315 S. Ragsdale St. (unless noted)
  • Jacksonville Public Library Board Meeting
  • Tuesday, February 2nd @ 5:15pm
at City Hall
  • City Council Agenda Workshop
  • Thursday, February 4th @ 12pm
at City Hall
  • Regular City Council Meeting
  • Tuesday, February 9th @ 6pm
  • Vanishing Texana Museum Board Meeting
  • Monday, February 15th @ 5:15pm
at Vanishing Texana Museum, 302 S. Bolton St.
  • Keep Jacksonville Beautiful Board Meeting
  • Tuesday, February 16th @ 8:30am
at City Hall
JACKSONVILLE PUBLIC LIBRARY
DEMO IS COMPLETE!
Demo has been completed and renovations are beginning on the new Jacksonville Public Library, which will be located inside the Norman Center on Commerce Street.

Public & Community Service crews were able to start and complete the demo process once the roof and ceiling had been cleared of all inspections.

Stay tuned for exciting changes as this building is transformed into our new downtown Library for all of our citizens to enjoy for many years to come!

Project completion date: April/May 2021
JACKSONVILLE POLICE DEPARTMENT
Chief Reece Daniel
Former Jacksonville Chief of Police Reece Daniel passed away on Friday,
January 29, 2021 following a brief illness.

Daniel served as the city's top law enforcement official for 10 years (2006-2016).

His law enforcement career spanned four decades and he worked as a police chief for 15 years. Daniel's service to the local community also included a stint as an Adjunct Professor of Law Enforcement at Jacksonville College.

Per family, there will be a private burial only.
JACKSONVILE ANIMAL SHELTER
SIX PUPPIES WERE BORN!
The shelter staff were on hand to witness the birth of six puppies to a dog that has been in our shelter since mid December. Jada and her puppies are doing well and receiving a lot of love and attention.
Puppies and mom will be available for adoption in approximately six weeks.
We had several animals adopted during the month of January! Thank you to the community for choosing to adopt from our shelter. Here are just a few of the happy animals who found their
"fur-ever" homes!
To see a listing off all of the animals we currently have available for adoption, please visit our website by
clicking on the button below!
JACKSONVILLE FIRE DEPARTMENT
Obstacle Course Safety Training
City of Jacksonville Fire Fighters place the value of training to remain safe at the highest priority. Rookies took part in a special obstacle safety course recently. Several simulations were set up for firefighters to navigate through an obstacle course while essentially blindfolded. They were tasked with following a fire hose through multiple obstacles meant to simulate possible mayday situations.
This type of training helps firefighters feel more comfortable in an odd and stressful environment, which leads to safer decisions during actual fire events.
SPOTLIGHT EMPLOYEE OF THE MONTH
BUSINESS SPOTLIGHTS OF THE WEEK
AROUND TOWN
Snow over Jacksonville - January 10, 2021
Mayoral Proclamation
Mayor Randy Gorham presented a
Mayoral Proclamation
to Natalie Duncan
thanking her for
her 35 years of
outstanding service and dedication
to Christus Francis Hospital as well as
contributions to our City.
Leading By Example!
City leaders rolled up their sleeves to get their first
Covid Moderna vaccine injection.
Love's Lookout
Visitor's Center
Volunteers
The volunteers at Love's Lookout Visitor's Center want to invite everyone to come by and see our new logo on our tomato welcoming travelers to our City!

The Visitor's Center has breathtaking views, clean restrooms and the most knowledgeable volunteers who can assist visitors with travel tips to get the most out of their time in our City and surrounding areas.

Volunteers pictured (left to right):
Dale McCorkle, Sue Adams and Melissa Dement.
PUBLIC SAFETY COMPLEX CONSTRUCTION UPDATE
Work is continuing to take place at the new Public Safety Complex located on Bolton Street. This state of the art building will house the City of Jacksonville Fire and Police Departments and serve as our Emergency Communications Headquarters.
Estimated project completion date: July 2021
(Drone photo credit: Jon Hargett)
WOODS! WATER! WOW!
The Explore Jacksonville 'Events Poster' is here!

Please contact Melissa Hardy at melissa.hardy@jacksonvilletx.org or call 903-339-3310 if your business would like to have a poster to display in your store front.
KEEP JACKSONVILLE BEAUTIFUL AWARDS
  • January Beauty in Business Award Recipient:
Myco Plastics, Inc. - 902 Cherokee Trail
To learn more about the Keep Jacksonville Beautiful Committee,
or to donate, please email KJB at the below link.
Please include your name and phone number.
City of Jacksonville, Texas
Communications
communications@jacksonvilletx.org
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