City kicks off $3.6 million street maintenance project
Construction is taking place on a number of arterials as a part of the City’s ongoing street maintenance program.

Portions of University Boulevard, Old Settlers Boulevard, Sunrise Road and Red Bud Lane will undergo improvements starting on April 13. These projects, totaling $3.6 million, were approved by the City Council at their Feb. 13 meeting.

Draft comprehensive plan now online for feedback
The City of Round Rock invites you to review the draft of Round Rock 2030, an update to the city’s comprehensive land use plan, prior to commencement of the adoption process. The plan is a policy guide and framework for land use decisions for the next decade. Round Rock 2030 highlights how the city has changed over the past decade and creates a vision for this decade. Check out the document online and give us your feedback!

Virtual activities, services available online
Want to stay active while at home? How about something to entertain the kids? The City of Round Rock's Library, Parks and Recreation Department and Sports Center are all creating virtual programming for you to enjoy in the comfort and safety of your home! From story times and game ideas to basketball camp and resume reviews, we've got you covered.

Parks and Recreation offers free mulch delivery
Round Rock Parks and Recreation Department has created a new program to deliver free mulch to neighborhoods across the city! The mulch is delivered straight to your driveway so your family can get outside and get active while placing the mulch in your flower beds and around your trees. Check the link below to see if your neighborhood is next!

Spring clean your yard and water wisely
Springtime is a great time to clean out landscaping beds and cut away dead branches and plants to prep for the new spring growth. In addition to cleaning gutters and planting beds, checking out your irrigation system is another great maintenance tip to get the yard ready for spring. Here are some tips:

Inspect Irrigation 
Check your system for clogged, broken or missing sprinkler heads and those that have been covered by grass.
If water is pooling in your landscape or you have large soggy areas, you could have a leak in your system.
Redirect sprinklers away from your driveway, house or sidewalk to apply water only to the landscape.

Watch Your Water 
Check water pressure. High water pressure looks like mist, or fogging, coming out of the sprinkler heads. This can be reduced with pressure reducing heads, nozzles or valves.
View your water use online on the City customer portal, RRTXWater.com.

Select Smart 
Update your irrigation controller system’s schedule with the seasons; don’t water more than once per week.
Replace the battery in your controller. The 9-volt battery will help save the program in the event of an extended power outage.
Selecting a WaterSense labeled controller takes the guesswork out of scheduling. The City provides a rebate on them, too.
Look into other smart tools, including soil moisture meters, rain and freeze sensors, weather stations and water flow meters.

Mulch is Magic 
Mulch prevents weed growth, retains water and insulates the soil and plants during cooler months, which means less irrigation is needed.
Use mulch wherever possible around trees, in shrub beds and even potted plants, mulching to a depth of 3-6 inches.
Apply mulch annually. The City of Round Rock provides free mulch to its water customers at the Brush Recycling Center, 310 Deepwood Drive.

Round Rock Cares fund exceeds $350,000
Round Rock Cares raised $356,000 and helped 160 small businesses in the 21 days since it was created by community leaders with an initial $100,000.

The community’s generosity has prompted the Greater Round Rock Community Foundation, which is managing Round Rock Cares, to begin considering a second round of funding for small local businesses affected by COVID-19.

Economy remains top worry in second survey
Round Rock residents remained concerned about the economic impact on the community of the COVID-19 pandemic, but fewer are worried about the impact to their households, according to a second online survey conducted by the City of Round Rock. While staying at home is the top answer to the question of how to help others, there are growing numbers saying the economy should be opened back up.

Bring the library into your home this Library Week
This week is National Library Week! In the midst of COVID-19, the Round Rock Public Library's staff has been working diligently to expand its digital resources. Many of these items are available online or through free apps. All use your Round Rock Public Library card as your login.

Popular digital resources:
RB Digital — Explore this large collection of downloadable eComic books, eAudiobooks, and eMagazines.
Overdrive — The Library's collection of downloadable eBooks has titles for little kids, for beginning readers, for middle-grade and teen readers, and adults.
TumbleBooks — Kids in grades K – 6 have even more online resources when you use TumbleBooks.
Brainfuse-HelpNow — Get online tutoring for students in grades K-12 and also adult learners.
Odilo — Explore our collection of Spanish-language eBooks.
Mango Languages — Learn a new language—there are 70 to choose from!
Freegal — Access the entire catalog of Sony Music Entertainment artists.
Library Research Databases — Dig into our huge collection of online research materials and find everything from book recommendations to business tools to legal documents and research journals.

City braces for financial impacts of COVID-19
Round Rock's CFO reported to City Council on April 9 that the City entered the COVID-19 pandemic in strong financial position and has a plan in place to deal with economic declines.
Sales tax, hotel/motel occupancy tax and other revenues are expected to take a significant hit this year due to the actions taken by local and state officials to limit interaction among people to prevent the spread of the virus.

Find COVID-19 resources, information online
The City of Round Rock has taken a number of steps to deal with the health threat posed by the Coronavirus (COVID-19), and continues to share up-to-date information at roundrocktexas.gov/coronavirus. Visit the page for a growing list of resources for donations and assistance, as well as links and information from trusted public health agencies.