November 17, 2023

City Offices and Facilities Closed for Thanksgiving Holidays

City of Rowlett facilities including City Hall, Community Centre, Development Services, Municipal Court, Library, Police and Fire Administration, and the Animal Shelter will be closed Thursday and Friday, November 23 & 24 for the Thanksgiving holiday.

There will be no trash collection on Thanksgiving Day, services will be delayed by one day.

There will be no Friday @ 5 newsletter on Friday, November 24.

Have a safe and happy Thanksgiving from the City of Rowlett!

City Recognized for Financial Reporting Excellence

The Government Finance Officers Association has awarded a Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting to the City of Rowlett for its comprehensive financial report for the fiscal year ended September 30, 2022.

 The Certificate of Achievement is the highest form of recognition in the area of governmental accounting and financial reporting, and its attainment represents a significant accomplishment by a government and its management. 

This is the 19th consecutive year that the City has received this prestigious award!

Trombone Thanksgiving

Noon, Wednesday, November 22

Kick off your holiday season with a little music on the Downtown Green in Rowlett! Join the Arts and Humanities Commission a for a festive performance of live trombone music.  

Trombone players interested in playing at the event should complete their application here so that sheet music can be sent to them.

City Council Special Run-Off Election

Saturday, December 9

Early voting: Monday, November 27 - Tuesday, December 5

On the ballot...

Councilmember Place 1

Jonathan Reaves

Kellie McKee

More info...

Holiday Fun!

Christmas Trees on Main

Attention, Rowlett residents, organizations, and businesses!

The magic of the holiday season is just around the corner, and we want YOU to be a part of creating a winter wonderland along Main Street in Downtown Rowlett! We supply the tree - you supply the decorations and creativity. Sign up now to reserve YOUR tree - then decorate any time November 27 - December 1 (by 5:00p.m.). Sign Up Now...

12 Days of Christmas

November 27-December 8

Get ready for twelve days of festive fun as the City of Rowlett transforms into a winter wonderland, spreading holiday cheer with a dazzling array of activities and events for the whole family.

Schedule and more info...

Holiday Main Street Fest & Parade

Saturday, December 2

Downtown Rowlett

5:00 – 8:00pm

A festive celebration like no other! Enjoy a magical evening filled with holiday cheer, delicious food, unique crafts, and a dazzling Parade of Lights.

More info...

Upcoming Events



Winter Reading Begins

Monday, November 20

Rowlett Library



Trombone Thanksgiving

Noon, Wednesday, November 22

Downtown Rowlett Green



12 Days of Christmas begins

November 27 - December 8

Downtown Rowlett Green

Schedule and more info...



Holiday Main Street Fest & Parade

Saturday, December 2

5-8pm @ Downtown Rowlett

More info...

View More Upcoming Events

🐶 Animal Shelter Guest Spotlight 🐱

Come Meet Ames!

Breed: Pit Bull Mix

Age: 1-2 Years

Gender: Female

Color: Fawn/white

How cute is she! Ames is heartworm negative, and current on vaccines. She is kid and adult friendly and Ames LOVES to cuddle, explore nature and play with toys. Please come meet her and show her what a true forever home is! 

If you would like to meet Ames, or any of the other adoptable animals, please contact Animal Services at 972 412-6219 or come by the shelter at 4402 Industrial St., from 10am to 5pm, Tuesday- Saturday.

See All of the Available Pets

City Department Weekly Highlights

Utility Billing

Citizen Self Service Portal to be Discontinued

Do you use our online Paymentus customer utility bill payment portal? If so, you can stop reading right now. You’re already one of the “In Crowd”.

If not, and you currently are using the Citizen Self Service portal - heads up - the City is undergoing a financial/utility billing system upgrade, and the Citizen Self Service payment method will be discontinued on November 28. Once this happens, all customer utility online payments will need to be made solely through our Paymentus utility customer payment portal. Read on...

Community Development

Is this a code violation?

Peeling, flaking, and chipped paint are a violation of Rowlett Code of Ordinances, Chapter 78-121, Subsection 304.2. Exterior surfaces shall be maintained in good condition.

  • Exterior wood surfaces, other than decay-resistant woods, shall be protected from the elements and decay by painting or other protective covering or treatment. 
  • Siding and masonry joints shall be maintained weather resistant and watertight.
  • Metal surfaces subject to rust or corrosion shall be coated to inhibit such rust and corrosion.

More info...

Food Establishment Scores

Inspections of the Rowlett food establishments are conducted following the Texas Food Establishment Rules. Food establishments earn a score based on the number of demerits accumulated out of the 100 weighted points which summarize all health and sanitation regulations. Values of the demerits are categorized in one of the following types of violations: Priority Items (3 Points), Priority Foundation Items (2 Points), and Core Items (1 Point).

View current Food Establishment Scores here...


Winter Reading Program

People of all ages can participate in our Winter Reading Program from November 20 to December 30! Readers will mark off every time they read for 30 minutes for a chance to win prizes, grand prize entry tickets, and more. Claim your Winter Reading logs starting November 20 at the red reference desk.

More info and apply here...


We're looking for committed tutors for our GED program! If you're interested in becoming a volunteer at the Rowlett Public Library, please contact Christine Demand at or 972-463-3971.

More info and apply here...

FAFSA App Assistance

Are you ready to secure financial aid for your education? The FAFSA application for the 2024-25 academic year opens in December! Don't miss out on potential grants, loans, and work-study opportunities.

To access Brainfuse, log in to your account on the library's catalog page by using your library card number and pin. Once logged in, visit Electronic Resources > Brainfuse HelpNow.


Miller Road Reconstruction

Traffic has been shifted onto the new concrete pavement according to the approved traffic control plan. Southbound Chiesa can now turn onto Miller, but northbound Chiesa cannot anymore. Tiseo Paving Company continued excavating the old asphalt pavement west of the Chiesa/Miller intersection.

November's Meetings

City Council

Regular meetings occur the first and third Tuesdays of every month. Work Sessions occur the Monday preceding the those meetings.Meetings are held at City Hall.

November 20 - Special Work Session @ 5pm

November 27 - Work Session @ 6pm

November 28 - Regular Meeting @ 7pm

(check agenda once posted for any updates)



Senior Advisory Board

Monday, November 20, 10am @ City Hall



Economic Development Advisory Board

Tuesday, November 21, 8:30am @ Rowlett Chamber of Commerce



Planning & Zoning Commission

Tuesday, November 28, 6:45pm @ City Hall




Wednesday, November 29, 5:30pm @ City Hall

View More Upcoming Meetings

The Rowlett Action Center

Your one-stop-shop for assistance!

Call 972.412.6100 for in-person help. 

Submit a Request or Ask a Question Here!
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