Kalahari now open in Round Rock
Last week, the Round Rock City Council helped celebrate the opening for Kalahari Resorts and Conventions Round Rock, the new home of America’s Largest Indoor Waterpark Resort with 223,000 square feet of wet and wild fun. The new resort created approximately 1,000 jobs in 2020 and expects to hire additional associates as demand grows in 2021.

Mayor: City continues to thrive as Council evolves
Round Rock will soon welcome two new Council Members, Michelle Ly and Frank Ortega, who were elected by Round Rock voters in the Nov. 3 election. Read Mayor Craig Morgan's monthly column to learn more about the City's reputation of maintaining a solid vision while experiencing transitions on City Council.

Local Legends honored for contributions
The Historic Preservation Commission announced this year’s four Local Legend Award honorees at the City Council meeting on Thursday, Nov. 12. Charlie Culpepper, George White, Juanita Jewel Shanks Craft and St. Paul AME Church were recognized for their contributions to the culture, development and history of Round Rock.

Tell us what you know about stormwater
When it rains, it “flows,” but where does all that water go? Is it filtered or treated? The City of Round Rock works to prevent pollution of our creeks and rivers from stormwater and urban runoff through education and management. Let us know what you know in our Stormwater Survey. With your help, we can better focus our public outreach efforts.

Free COVID-19 testing available before the holidays
The Williamson County Office of Emergency Management and the Texas Department of Emergency Management are sponsoring the following free COVID-19 testing sites in Williamson County. No symptoms are required. 

  • Now through Nov. 20, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., drive-up testing at the Williamson County Expo Center, 5350 Bill Pickett Trail, Taylor.
  • Now through Dec. 31, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., walk-up testing at the Georgetown Public Library, 402 W. 8th Street, Georgetown. View available slots

Williamson County and Cities Health District (WCCHD) is partnering with Austin Public Health to provide limited free drive-through COVID-19 testing in Round Rock to individuals experiencing symptoms. You must go through an online screening process to make an appointment in order to participate in this testing. Take the online screening

This holiday season, consider how your holiday plans can be modified to reduce the spread of COVID-19 to keep your friends, families and communities healthy and safe.

Round Rock ranked one of top mid-sized cities
Round Rock is the ninth most-livable mid-sized city in the U.S. according to a recent study by Smart Asset. The ranking analyzed data for 227 cities across multiple metrics, including four-year home value change, median monthly housing costs, poverty rate, median household income, unemployment rate, percentage of residents without health insurance and average commute time.

FY20 budget amendment passes on first reading
The Round Rock City Council approved Nov. 12 on first reading a second amendment to the Fiscal Year 2020 budget due to unexpected increased revenue in two sports-related funds and to reflect income from federal CARES Act funding. Second reading is scheduled for Nov. 24. The FY 20 budget was adjusted earlier this year to reflect expected revenue declines due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Connect with the Library's digital resources
The Round Rock Public Library offers great online resources you can access from home. Our newest online resource, Niche Academy, provides video tutorials to teach you how to use those resources, as well as how to use social media apps such as Facebook.

Learn how to access digital ebooks, access tutoring and other resources for kids and adults and more by visiting my.nicheacademy.com/roundrockpl.
Round Rock takes first at Parks Maintenance Rodeo
Round Rock's Parks Maintenance Team is second to none! The team, which is made up of employees from the City's Parks and Recreation Department, won first overall at this year's Texas Recreation and Park Society (TRAPS) annual Maintenance Rodeo. The award was announced earlier this month at the Central Region Maintenance Rodeo in Temple.

City offices closed for Thanksgiving

City offices, including the Library, Clay Madsen Recreation Center, Municipal Court, Baca Center and Utility Billing Office will be closed Thursday and Friday, Nov. 26-27, for the Thanksgiving holiday. Utility bills and court-related fines can be paid online. Capital Metro and Star Shuttle Paratransit buses will not run on these days. Residential trash and recycling pickup will occur one day later, shifting Thursday pickups to Friday and Friday pickups to Saturday.
Upcoming board, commission meetings

Tuesday, Nov. 24, 6 p.m.*

Wednesday, Dec. 2, 6 p.m.

Thursday, Dec. 3, 6 p.m.

*This meeting was incorrectly labeled Thursday, Nov. 24 in the Nov. 4 Newsflash. We apologize for the error.