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PROPERTY TAXES

Public invited to Tax Rate and Budget Workshop
Wednesday, Sept. 3rd - 6pm

The City of Smithville will have the 2nd Public Hearing on the 2014-15 Ad Valorem Tax Rate and a Budget Workshop on Sept. 3 at 6 p.m. in the Council Chambers of City Hall, 317 Main St.  All interested citizens and property owners are hereby notified of their right to appear and be heard (time limited) on these matters.  Action will be taken on these matters at the Sept. 15 Council Meeting at 6 p.m.

 

NEW IN TOWN RULES

NEW GOLF CART ORDINANCE

golf-cart-webBeginning Aug. 1, golf carts must be registered with the City of Smithville at City Hall, 317 Main. The registration is $25. Drivers must be 18 years of age, have a valid Texas Driver’s License and the cart must be properly insured. Once you have registered your golf cart you will be given a registration form to take to the Smithville Police Department where they will inspect your cart and issue a permit. The permit is good for two years.

Golf carts can only be driven on two lane roadways with a maximum speed of 30 mph. (Carts may not run on Loop 230.) Carts are to follow traffic laws and city rules. Any golf cart in violation of the golf cart rules can result in a fine up to $500 and a traffic citation.

 
WELCOME TO SMITHVILLE TEXAS PDF Print E-mail

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"It's possible in Smithville!" That's what we say and that's what we do.

Highlights of our fair town include: centrally located between Austin, Houston, San Antonio and Bryan-College Station. Community-minded town, great shopping, lodging, dining, art, film-making and pure fun. Historic buildings and homes. Easy access technology.

Places of interest to tourists like the Texas Veterans Memorial Park.  Great moments, such as our five-day Jamboree, and our Texas Photo Festival. World class biking and hiking trails, kayaking, biking, skateboarding, dog park, antiques/vintage shopping, rodeo arena, World Record holder and more.

No matter what time of year, we look forward to being with family, seeing old friends, and to meeting you, the friend we have not yet met.  Come borrow our scenery.

 
TEXAS PHOTO FESTIVAL PDF Print E-mail

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PRE-EVENT PHOTO CONTEST * PRIZES * RECOGNITION
Deadline Sept. 1 to submit photos.

Want your photographs to be seen by thousands of people with your photo credit? You have until Sept. 1, 2014 to submit photos in any of the following eight categories and become one of Smitty’s favorite photographers. Three top prizes.  All submissions should be images from Smithville, Texas and the surrounding area.

Winners will be announced and featured at the Texas Photo Festival in October. "Read more" for details and rules.

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WEEKLY CHAMBER EVENTS:  Volunteers of all ages welcomed at meetings!

  • THURS, Aug. 28 - Community Relations Committee, 6 p.m., Smithville Public Library. Steve Simmons with Amy's Ice Cream, Phil's Ice House, iFly, Baked by Amy and creator of business complexes such as Austinville will be there to share how he creates places like Austinville and makes them thrive by placing synergistic businesses together.
  • MON, Sept. 1 - LABOR DAY. Chamber office closed
  • THURS, Sept. 4 - Facebook Seminar, Smithville Rec Center, Smithville.  RSVP - see related article this page
  • TUES, Sept. 9 - Tourism Committee, 6pm, Pocket's Grille
  • WED, Sept. 10 - Board of Director's meeting, 11:45am, La Cabana Lion's Club Meeting Room
  • TUES, Sept. 16 - Smithville Film Commission meeting, 7 pm, La Cabana's west meeting room. Topic is Texas Photo Festival planning.
  • THURS, Sept. 18 - Ribbon Cutting for Smithville Rebekah No. 180 and Odd Fellow Lodge No. 393, 2:00pm, Location TBD
  • THURS, Sept. 18 - Monthly Mixer, 5-7 pm, more details to follow

Each morning, check out the CALENDAR at TOP RIGHT. To have a community event added to the calendar, email kathy.lynch@smithvilletx.org.

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MEMBER ANNOUNCEMENTS: For more members’ specials, real estate, and job openings.  CLICK HERE

  • Bastrop State Park JUNIOR RANGER ACTIVITIES will be held on Saturday, Aug. 30 at 10 a.m. Join us at the picnic area between the pool and playground to explore nature using all our senses, writing, drawing and describing what is all around us.  Call Mick Haven at 512-237-2241 ext. 225.
  • Buescher State Park THE CCC: A LASTING LEGACY will be held on Saturday, Aug. 30 at 7:30 p.m. Ever wonder how Texas got its first state parks? Learn about the young men that built our parks, survived the Great Depression and left a lasting legacy across the US. There will be a brief presentation and documentary film. Event will begin at the Buescher State Park Recreation Hall. For more information contact Mick Haven at 512-237-2241 ext. 225.
  • Smitty’s Picks PHOTO CONTEST DEADLINE - You have until Sept. 1, 2014 to submit photos and become one of Smitty’s favorite photographers. All submission should be of Smithville, Texas and the surrounding area. For contest rules, visit www.texasphotofestival.org, email smittyspicks@smthvilletx.org or call 512-237-2313.
  • Classic Bank's 125th BIRTHDAY on Sept. 5. Everyone invited to celebrate. Refreshments. 493 Hwy 71 W, Bastrop.
  • The Bastrop YMCA, in collaboration with the Friends of the Lost Pines State Parks, will host the third annual BURNING PINE 5K/10K and JUNIOR RANGER RUN on Saturday, Sept. 6. Race participants will run through Bastrop State Park, beginning at 7:30 a.m., and the Junior Ranger Run (family 1K run/walk) starts at 9:30 a.m. The event commemorates the anniversary of the 2011 wildfires that devastated the beautiful Lost Pines and all funds raised will help support the restoration of Bastrop State Park as well as support the financial assistance campaign at the Bastrop YMCA. To register, visit www.burningpinerun.com.
  • Smithville Family Dentistry is asking local businesses to come out and join them celebrate our troops. They will be providing free dentistry to our troops, families of our troops, and veterans on FREEDOM DAY USA, Thursday, Sept. 11 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. There is a large front lawn area where our local businesses can set up booths, tables, and or tents to give away free goods or services. To reserve a spot, call Alex Roman at 512-237-2448.

Last Updated on Sunday, 24 August 2014 21:04
 
SPECIAL NOTICES PDF Print E-mail

CONTINUING EDUCATION

B.E.S.T. Leadership class taking applications
Friday, Aug. 29 - RSVP

best_logoB.E.S.T. (Bastrop, Elgin, Smithville, Texas) Leadership class is accepting applications thru Friday, Aug. 29. The classes will be held on the fourth Friday of each month for nine months. First class is Sept. 26-27. The cost is $475. The purpose of BEST Leadership is to train vigorous, skilled, and effective leaders who will contribute to the future growth and direction of Bastrop County. Contact the Bastrop Chamber office at 512-303-0558 or chamberpres@bastropchamber.com.


CONTINUING EDUCATION

Facebook workshop for businesses
Thursday, Sept. 4 - RSVP
facebookDo you want to put the power of social media to work for your business?  Tto start effectively marketing your products and services to new and existing customers?  Attend this informative hands-on workshop to uncover tools, tips, and tricks for Facebook that you can use right away. The workshop will be held on Thursday Sept. 4 at 6:30 p.m. at the Smithville Recreation Center, at 106 Royston.

The workshop will be designed to provide information specifically for businesses in Bastrop County. We will cover Facebook advertising tactics, other (free and paid) Facebook marketing tools, where to find good content and the importance of visual content. Bring your laptop to follow along and practice during the workshop. Call 512-237-2313 to reserve your spot. Seating is limited.

 

FUNDRAISER

Community Gardens dinner to be held
Saturday, Sept. 13

SmithvilleCommunityGardens_LOGO-webThe Smithville Community Gardens Dinner will be held Saturday, Sept. 13 at the Smithville Recreation Center, 106 Royston. The doors open at 6 p.m. and dinner, catered by John Chabot the Caterer, will be served at 7 p.m.  Tickets are $25 and can be purchased at the Smithville Area Chamber of Commerce, city hall and the public library.
Sponsors and auction items are needed to help make this event a success. Proceeds from the event will go towards garden equipment, seeds and plants; education and outreach events and materials about community garden projects; and a construction fund for a building.

 

SAVE OUR RIVER

LBRCB to help protect the Colorado River

coloradoriver_tinman_tombettes_cropped Recent media coverage presents it as a “Rice Farmer vs. Highland Lakes” issue downstream, but it’s not.  The management of the Colorado River affects Bastrop County and Smithville in some very important ways.

The newly formed Lower Colorado River Basin Coalition (LCRBC) serves as a forum of organizations, businesses, communities, and agricultural, recreational, environmental and other associated interests whose members depend upon the Colorado River Basin downstream of Longhorn Dam in Austin. The purpose of the LCRBC is to promote discussion of political, legislative, agency and regulatory issues of importance to the future of the lower Basin.

The Colorado River is a vital asset to our community and is currently under attack. Please take the time to review the attached material and consider joining this important organization. Your membership will help your business and our community have a voice at the table.

For more information: www.waterdownstream.com or call the Smithville Area Chamber of Commerce at 512-237-2313.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 27 August 2014 21:55
 
SCHOOLS & YOUTH PDF Print E-mail

SISD websitewww.smithvilleisd.org

SISD Smart Phone App: http://bit.ly/1i91fGF.

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SISD First Day of School – Monday, Aug. 25.

FOOTBALL and VOLLEYBALL SCHEDULES ONLINE

The 2014 B.E.S.T. COLLEGE NIGHT will be held at the Bastrop High School cafeteria on Wednesday, Sept. 24 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Geared towards juniors and seniors. Find out what you want to do and where you want to go after high school. Meet with college and career recruiters, find out about scholarship opportunities from different colleges and more. Financial aid sessions will be at 6 p.m. and 7 p.m.  Free.

YOUTH ART CONTEST - The Texas State Parks Youth Arts Contest runs until Nov. 1 and has five categories: art, writing, photography, videography and music and is open to anyone under 19. Visit your Texas State Parks. Texas State Parks (including Buescher and Bastrop State Parks) offers diverse and abundant scenery to inspire your inner artist. To get started check out http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/state-parks/programs/arts-in-parks/ for resources on how to get started and ideas for art activities.

 
HISTORIC DISTRICT PDF Print E-mail

CHARMING AND HISTORIC

Smithville boasts a large number in national register

One of Smithville's historic homes.  Photo courtesy of Fran Hunter.Smithville, Texas, a town of under 4,000 according to the Census, overflows with historic charm in its downtown district.  Both in commercial and residential, Smithville has 206 properties listed in the National Historic Register.  How's that for special!

 

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