Red water: Start of remedy eyed
City planners seek money to replace lines every year
A 10-year city plan to rid Rockdale of its perennial red water problem exists and some major work is about to get underway.
Interim City Manager Randy Holly said there’s $500,000 earmarked for replacing water lines this year and he believes the projects will “make things better.”
That’s the good news. Full Story
Bloodmobile in Thorndale on Sunday
A Scott and White Bloodmobile will be on the campus of St. Paul Lutheran Church and School from 8 a.m. to 12-noon Sunday.
Donors will receive a T-shirt, smiley-face stress ball, a coupon for a free dipped cone from participating Dairy Queen locations and a chance to win a $50 Visa gift card. Full Story
About two dozen solar-powered cars beamed through Rockdale and Thorndale Thursday drawing lots of attention. Students not ET, were at the helm. It was part of the Solar Car Challenge, a twoday trip from Fort Worth to Austin. The vehicles and their entourages had rested during the noon hour at the Milam County Courthouse in Cameron. Full Story
3.86-cent city tax hike eyed
Council schedules public hearings
City council members, meeting Monday in the first of three budget-related sessions at City Hall, have proposed a 3.86-cent tax increase for 2014.
Council members Nathan Bland, Colby Fisher, Doug Calame and Leroy Phillips voted in favor of the proposal, while Joyce Dalley voted against.
Councilman Willie Phillips did not attend the meeting. Full Story
Few surprises in certified values
Certified values for Milam County entities were released Tuesday by Chief Appraiser Dyann White of the Milam Appraisal District (AD) and there weren’t many surprises.
As expected, values for Milam County as a whole and the Rockdale ISD went down due to the settlement dropping the value of Luminant’s Sandow Power Plant Units $65 million. Full Story
TENNIS UNDER THE STARS—
Well, under the lights anyway. For the third consecutive year the youth division of the Rockdale Open Tennis Tourney was an evening and nighttime affair, shifting the bulk of matches away from the heat of the day at the Veterans Park courts. There were 84 youth and 20 adult participants. See results, photos, beginning 1C. Full Story
Downtown cleanup eyed by volunteers
MDD okays funds for paint, equipment
Rockdale’s downtown group wants to mobilize volunteers to clean up, and spruce up—what else?— downtown Rockdale.
The Municipal Development District (MDD) endorsed the idea in its meeting last Wednesday and recommended $4,296 for materials and equipment and up to another $5,104 for a painting project. Full Story