September 15, 2023

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New City Council Meeting Schedule Begins Monday

Beginning Monday, September 18, the City Council will expand their meeting schedule to two nights to allow the time necessary to fully discuss items presented on Work Session agendas. 

  • Work Sessions will be held at 6:00 PM on the Monday preceding the first and third Tuesday regular City Council Meeting (unless it falls on a holiday, in which case there will be no Work Session). 
  • The regular City Council meetings will be held at 7:00 PM on the first and third Tuesday of each month. 
  • Both meetings will continue to take place at Rowlett City Hall.

Find meeting agendas and minutes here…

Watch meetings live on RTN16 or via streaming video online.

City Council and Planning and Zoning Commission meeting videos are also available online here…

Fiscal Year 2024 Budget

A Public Hearing on the ad valorem tax rate for Fiscal Year 2024 will be held during the regular City Council Meeting on Tuesday, September 19. The City Council will vote to approve an ordinance formally adopting the Fiscal Year 2024 Budget and Tax Rate during the Special City Council Meeting Wednesday, September 20. Fiscal Year 2024 begins October 1, 2023.

More info, budget highlights, and the FY2024 Proposed Budget here…

Town Hall Meeting Recording

Thank you to everyone who joined us at the Town Hall Meeting on September 13! If you were unable to attend but still want to keep up with all that's going on in YOUR hometown, we recorded it just for you! Watch it here...

City Adopts New Business Hours Beginning September 29

Beginning September 29, 2023, the City of Rowlett will implement new business hours, open to serve customers Monday-Friday, 7:30 AM to 5:30 PM.

More info...

Hispanic Heritage Month

September 15-October 15 has been proclaimed by the City Council as Hispanic Heritage Month in the City of Rowlett! To commemorate this proclamation, the downtown water tower will be lit blue and red on TONIGHT (September 15), as a symbol of Rowlett’s commitment to honoring Hispanic heritage and supporting equity and inclusion throughout the community.​

Hispanic Heritage Month started with a weeklong commemoration when it was first introduced by Congressman George E. Brown in 1968. The need to recognize the contributions of the Latin community gained traction in the 1960’s during the Civil Rights Movement. At this time, awareness of the multicultural groups living in the United States was gradually growing. In August of 1988, Congress authorized the designation of National Hispanic Heritage Month by Public Law 100-402. September 15 was chosen to kickoff Hispanic Heritage Month because it coincides with the Independence Day of several Latin American countries such as El Salvador, Guatemala, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, and Honduras, following the Independence Day of Mexico (September 16) and Chile (September 18). 


The Hispanic population has been integral to the prosperity and rich culture of Texas and the nation. Hispanic Heritage Month celebrates the history and countless contributions that Latinos have made over the years!

Friday Night Grooves on Main

Are you ready to groove and have an unforgettable Friday night? Join us in Downtown Rowlett every Friday evening in September at 7pm for the electrifying Friday Night Grooves on Main concert series. Delicious food trucks will be serving up a mouthwatering variety of culinary delights, and for the little ones, a fantastic bounce house will keep them entertained for hours! 

Here's the lineup:

September 15 - Buffet Beach Band

September 22 - Sugarlime Blue 

September 29 - Hazard County Music

More info...

Sapphire Bay Marina Boat Ramp Temporarily Closed

Due to the low water level in Lake Ray Hubbard, the public boat ramp at Sapphire Bay Marina is no longer a safe option for launching and has been temporarily closed. We’ll provide a status update once lake levels rise, and the ramp can be reopened.

Taste of Fall Farmers & Craft Market

Get ready to savor the flavors of autumn at Rowlett's highly anticipated "Taste of Fall Farmers and Craft Market" a GO TEXAN certified market! Join us starting on September 21 in the heart of Downtown Rowlett from 5:30pm to 8:30pm for an unforgettable evening of delicious treats and delightful crafts. 

Upcoming Events



Friday Night Grooves

Friday, September 15

7 pm @ The Downtown Rowlett Green

More info...



Home Buyer's Work Shop

Saturday, September 16

10 am @ The Rowlett Public Library

More info...



Medicare 101

Monday, September 18

5:30pm @ The Rowlett Public Library

More info...



Public Hearing for Proposed Tax Rate

Tuesday, September 19

7pm @ City Hall Council Chambers

More info...



Taste of Fall Farmers & Craft Market

Thursday, September 21

5:30pm-8:30pm @ Downtown Rowlett

More info...

View More Upcoming Events

🐶 Animal Shelter Guest Spotlight 🐱

Come Meet Wylie!

Breed: American Bull Dog Mix

Age: 3 Year

Gender: Female

Color: White/Black

If you would like to meet Wylie 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

Fire Department

Remembering and Honoring 9/11

The City Council along with the Fire and Police Departments took part in remembering September 11 with a ceremony at Fire Station 2. It was also a monumental day for firefighter Marc Deuble, who completed his 345th 5K to honor the fallen firefighters. Congrats to Marc! What an honor you brought to those heroes who gave the ultimate sacrifice! Watch the 9/11 Memorial Sculpture Unveiling Recap Video here...

Sculpting Remembrance: The Story Behind the Rowlett 9/11 Memorial Podcast Episode

In this touching episode, we go behind the scenes of the new 9/11 memorial sculpture at Fire Station 2 in Rowlett. You'll hear from the talented artist Jonathan Millet, Fire Chief Neil Howard,and two representatives of the Rowlett Arts & Humanities Commission- Deborah Crosby & Deputy Mayor ProTem Jeff Winget.

Discover the sculpture's symbolism, with 343 cutout Maltese Crosses, each bearing the name of a firefighter lost on that fateful day, and bronze cast firefighters representing unity and service.

Listen here...

Watch here...

Rowlett Public Library

Library Card Sign-Up Month

To celebrate Library Card Signup Month, we're holding three drawings for $50 to Half Price Books! How do you win? Choose your path below:

  • Sign up for your very own library card. All ages are eligible.
  • If you know someone who doesn't have a card, encourage them to come in. Each person you refer is an entry.
  • Use your library card during the month of September.

Is your library card well-worn or missing? We'll replace it during the month of September as well, free of charge!

Storytime - Wednesdays & Thursdays @ 10:00am & 11:00am

For toddlers and preschoolers (ages 0 to 4) who can actively engage and listen for 30 minutes. Due to limited space, tickets are required for entry and can be collected at the reference desk the day of the program.

Elementals - Wednesdays @ 4 pm

Kids ages 5 to 8 can enjoy STEAM-related activities that bring forth innovation and creativity. This month’s theme is LEGO®.

  • 20: Gravity Derby - Using LEGO® systems, we will earn about the science behind sledding.
  • 27: Sail Car - Build your own LEGO® sail car and race to win the day.

STEAM Squad - Thursdays @ 4pm

Kids ages 9 to 14 can learn about FIRST® LEGO® League and participate in activities related to the competition.

  • 21: Introduction to Robotics - Learn how the SPIKE™ Robot system works.
  • 28: Team Dynamics - Build FIRST® LEGO® League teams and work on team dynamics

Parks & Recreation

Fall Lunch on the Lawn

Fall will be here soon! Join us every Monday in October for the Fall Lunch on the Lawn Series! Indulge in delicious treats from a variety of food trucks in Downtown Rowlett. Stop by from 11am to 2pm and satisfy your cravings with an array of food options. Don't miss out on this fantastic opportunity to enjoy a delightful lunch outdoors. See you there! 

Disc Golf Tournament

Join us for an exciting day of disc golf at the Disc Golf Tournament on Saturday, October 7, at the picturesque Rowlett Disc Golf Course located in Pecan Grove Park!

Check-in begins bright and early at 7:30 a.m. so make sure you arrive with plenty of time to spare. The tee-off is scheduled for 8:30 a.m. giving you the perfect opportunity to showcase your disc golf skills in a stunning outdoor setting. Register here...

Police Department

Congratulations Officer Borusqueta

Officer Borusqueta fought and won his bout at the Guns and Hoses Boxing Tournament in Allen, TX this past Saturday. The Guns and Hoses Foundation of North Texas is a non-profit organization. They provide financial help to families of fallen police officers and firefighters who bravely served but lost their lives in the line of duty. Additionally, they contribute to children's charities backed by local police and fire departments, making a positive impact in our community.

National Coffee with a Cop Day

Mark those calendars and grab your mugs because on Wednesday, October 4, we're celebrating National Coffee With A Cop Day from 7:30-9:30 am.

We will have two locations at McDonalds:

 -3505 Lakeview Pkwy

 -8503 Lakeview Pkwy

Bring your coffee game, questions, and we will see you there!

National Night Out- Tuesday, October 3

The Rowlett Police Department invites you and your neighborhood to participate in National Night Out, an annual event sponsored by the National Association of Town Watch.

More info...

Community Development

Rowlett Bee City USA Seminar Series 

Saturday, September 30 from 9:00 am–12:00 pm, at the Rowlett Community Centre.  

Keep Rowlett Beautiful sponsors this program - come learn about creating your own pollinator gardens, get natural landscaping tips, and find out about the global nature recovery plan where people, economies and nature thrive together.

More info...

Food Safety Education Month: New Resource from CDC for People at High-Risk

Some groups of people are at a higher risk for food poisoning. This Food Safety Education Month, check out CDC’s new resource to find out which foods are riskier or safer to eat for these groups:

·     Adults 65 or older

·     Children younger than 5

·     People with weakened immune systems

·     Pregnant people

Each table also has a downloadable PDF version.

Is This a Code Violation?

Rowlett Code of Ordinances, Chapter 78-121, Subsection 302.11 states It is an offense to allow the obstruction or encumbrance, entirely or in part, any portion of any public street, alley, sidewalk or parkway area in the city with any item, whether temporary or permanent, including, but not limited to, lumber, boxes, firewood, posts, fences, and vehicles, unless expressly authorized by city ordinance.

Exempt from this prohibition are trees, shrubs, landscaping, bike racks placed in the right-of-way by the city, bike racks placed in the right-of-way by a developer as required or permitted by the city, and mailboxes located in the parkway area that are maintained in compliance with other city ordinances, rules and regulations.

For more information or to submit a request concerning a code violation visit the Code Enforcement website here... 

Economic Development

Garland ISD Superintendent Dr. Ricardo Lopez provided a State of the District update at the Rowlett Area Chamber and Visitors Center Luncheon this week! "The Garland Independent School District and Gilbreath-Reed Career & Technical Center are tremendous resource partners in workforce development initiatives for students and our existing workforce." shared Charles Mazarakes, Asst. Director, Rowlett Economic Development. The Rowlett Workforce & Talent Development Committee, a partnership with the Rowlett Area Chamber and Visitors Center & Rowlett Economic Development, focuses on providing students access to a world-class talent development program.


Alley Reconstruction: Rice Dr/Tulane Dr, Meadowlark Ln, University Dr/Knightsbridge Dr, & Sara Dr/Westwood Cir

Texas Civil Construction poured the northbound side of street pavement on Bob White Drive and the sidewalk on Meadowlark Lane. They worked on building the forms for the remaining sections of the alley.

Dalrock/SH66 Utility Relocations

A & M Construction and Utilities completed installing the 16-inch water line in the northeast corner of the intersection. They are working on getting the pavement restored. The boring subcontractor began boring the sanitary sewer line in the northwest corner of the intersection.

Miller Road Paving, Drainage and Utility Improvements

Northbound Chiesa Road at the Miller intersection remains closed according to the approved traffic control plan. Tiseo Paving Company completed the cement treatment of the subgrade and cut the subgrade to final grade. Placement of the asphalt layer of the pavement is scheduled to begin this Friday and is expected to take 6 days.

Dalrock/SH66 Utility Relocations

A & M Construction and Utilities completed the 10-inch water line connection crossing Dalrock and continued work on the 16-inch water line in the northeast corner of the intersection.

Next Week's Meetings

City Council

Regular meetings occur the first and third Tuesdays of every month. Work Sessions occur the Monday preceding the those meetings. The next meeting is...

September 19 @ 7pm

Work Session- September 18 @ 6pm (check agenda once posted for any updates)



Senior Advisory Board

Monday, September 18 at 10am @ Rowlett City Hall



Rowlett Youth Advisory Board

Monday, September 18 at 6:30pm @ Rowlett Community Centee



Rowlett Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Commission

Wednesday, September 20 at 7pm @ Rowlett 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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