Mayor Morgan: Finding a new normal in the midst of a global pandemic
It’s hard to believe that just one month ago, school was in session, spring break was around the corner and life was business as usual. Now, the days blur together from news conference to news conference, and the weeks feel like months. Such is life in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Donation drop off locations for masks to help our first responders
The Round Rock Fire and Police Departments, Round Rock Public Library and Round Rock Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management are working to preserve their inventory to keep first responders and medical personnel safe as they respond to calls.

Round Rock Cares raises $183,000 for local small businesses impacted by COVID-19
Round Rock Cares, an initiative started last month by Mayor Craig Morgan and local leaders to raise money for small businesses impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, is off to a great start – but more needs to be done.

So far, 163 Round Rock businesses have applied for help, identifying more than $900,000 in needed funds. To date, $183,000 has been raised.

Mayor Morgan, who has personally donated to Round Rock Cares, said that gap can be closed if more people pitch in.

“If 50,000 citizens of our city each gave $30, together we could raise $1.5 million to help meet all the needs of our small businesses,” Morgan said, “All of a sudden the impossible certainly seems possible.”

Round Rock Cares thanks former Mayor Nyle Maxwell and his wife, Nancy, for matching the first $10,000 of donations dollar for dollar, and Emerson Automation Solutions, which has matched the next $10,000. RBank announced it will match the next $10,000 of donations. Thanks also to the Round Rock Police Foundation which gave $1,000.

Round Rock Cares is part of the Greater Round Rock Community Foundation and is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization which make all donations tax-deductible. It was established with $25,000 contributions by the City of Round Rock, Dell Technologies, Round Rock Chamber and the Community Foundation.
Council meeting to feature virtual participation
The City Council meeting planned for Thursday, April 9 now includes the option to participate virtually. Until further notice, the City of Round Rock will host public meetings subject to the Open Meetings Act through videoconferencing, in order to advance the public health goal of limiting face-to-face meetings, i.e. social distancing. The meetings are broadcast on TV and online, and there is still opportunity for public input.

Board and Commission applications now open
The City of Round Rock is currently accepting applications to fill vacant seats on the Planning and Zoning Commission and Historic Preservation Commission.

City boards and commissions enable citizens to participate in local government by bringing diverse viewpoints to decision-making and advisory processes.

New survey aims to gauge Round Rock residents' current understanding, effects of COVID-19
The City of Round Rock held an online survey March 23-25 to better understand how the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic is impacting residents on a local level. More than 1,200 individuals responded — and the City was able to respond with a number of initiatives to meet needs expressed in the responses.

The City is now administering a second survey with similar questions to see how public sentiment may have changed. Even if you think your answers have not changed from the last survey, we encourage you to take this survey to let us know how you're doing. Missed the last survey's results? Learn more about the March 23-25 survey here.
Nominations for Local Legend Awards now open
We need your help in nominating the people who have had a positive and lasting impact on the culture, development and history of Round Rock for the annual Local Legend Awards. Nominations for the 2020 awards are due May 29. Selection criteria, nomination form and instructions are available at roundrocktexas.gov/locallegends.

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.

Virtual Citywide Flashlight Egg Hunt
7:45 p.m.
Thursday, April 9
Virtual Event, Facebook Live
Free Event

The entire commUNITY is invited to participate when The Easter Bunny will be going on Facebook LIVE on the  Round Rock Parks and Recreation page  to kick off the hunt. There is no charge for this virtual event but we encourage you to donate to Round Rock Cares , supporting our local small businesses. 

Upcoming board, commission meetings

Meetings to take place virtually until further notice. Learn more

Thursday, April 9, 6 p.m.

Wednesday, April 15, 6 p.m.

Thursday, April 23, 6 p.m.