- Corpus Christi City Council Runoff Election - Election Night Arrangements
- City Road Closures for the Week of December 13 – December 19, 2014
City contractors will do road work on Horne Road between Ayers Street and Port Avenue. Eastbound Horne Road traffic will be shifted onto the westbound lanes and traffic will be reduced to one lane in each direction.
Saturday – Friday
City contractors will do utility work at the intersection of Chaparral Street and Starr Street. Depending on which corner of the intersection crews are working, Chaparral Street and Starr Street will be periodically closed. Lawrence Street will remain closed to traffic between Mesquite Street and Chaparral Street while The Cosmopolitan building is under construction.
- City’s Animal Care Services Helps Reunite Dogs with Owners
Two dogs missing for more than two months from a home in the 2100 block of Meadowgrove Drive, are back home thanks to the assistance of a good Samaritan and employees with the City’s Animal Care Services.
In September, the owners reported the dogs, two-year-old white German Shepherds, missing. In November, Animal Care Services received a report from a concerned citizen about two white colored dogs being kept at a home in the 2400 block of Windblown Drive, in less than favorable conditions and appeared underweight. An investigation was conducted by Animal Care officers who discovered a resident found the lost dogs and placed them in the backyard. The individual reported the female dog could not keep any food down.
- City Invites Everyone to its "Walk to Be Well" December Monthly Walk
Mark your calendar for 9am on December 13th to join Tanya Simpson at Salinas Park for her brief five-minute presentation on staying healthy through the holidays. She will then join attendees to walk the park trail. Simpson is the Health Promotion Coordinator with the Health Department. If you have questions about this topic and how it can help you, then you don’t want to miss this walk and this session of the ‘Walk to Be Well’ program. It’s free! This will be the last monthly walk as the program comes to an end.
- City of Corpus Christi Stage 2 Drought Contingency Measures Continues
The City of Corpus Christi reminds residents and customers the city remains in Stage 2 of the Drought Contingency Plan. Even with recent rains, there has not been enough rainfall to refill Lake Corpus Christi and Choke Canyon to change the drought stage.
Stage 2 conservation measures were initiated on July 28th and continue to be in place. Those measures include: 1) Sprinkler irrigation limited to one day per week, the designated watering day is on the customer’s garbage pickup day; 2) Car washing is limited to designated watering day, except at a commercial car wash. Fundraising car washes need a permit; 3) Hand-held and drip irrigation is allowed any time.
- Local School Children Perform Holiday Carols at City Hall, 1201 Leopard Street, First Floor Atrium, beginning December 12
This year, a long standing tradition will continue as area choirs fill City Hall with the sounds of the season. This Friday in the Atrium, the Kostoryz Elementary choir will perform some Christmastime favorites along with the theme song from the popular holiday film, “Polar Express.” This is one of several concerts scheduled to take place during the month of December at City Hall. The public is invited to attend.
Sounds of the Season Schedule
- “Be a Santa to a Senior” Gift Giveaway
Giving Area Older Adults a Dose of Holiday Cheer
The “Be a Santa to a Senior” campaign has delivered more than one million gifts to needy seniors throughout North America. The area office of Home Instead Senior Care has partnered with the City’s Senior Community Services Department to distribute 10 trees to senior care facilities and businesses. Participants will go to the nearest tree location, remove an ornament from the tree and purchase a gift. When returning the gift to the senior care facility or business, make sure the ornament is attached to the gift and give it to an employee. (Gift wrap is greatly appreciated).
- 250 Seniors Will Celebrate the Season at the City’s 31st Annual Holiday Dinner
The Corpus Christi Parks & Recreation Department’s Senior Community Services will be hosting its 31st Annual Holiday Dinner on Thursday, December 11th from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the American Bank Center – Watergarden Room “A”.
The opening ceremonies will begin at 11:30 a.m. and dinner will be served at noon. A dance will be held from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. with music provided by The Party Singularity.
- City Confirms Expiration Date of Fire Union Contract Resulting in Cancellation of Contract
The City of Corpus Christi and the Professional Firefighters Association – Local Union 936 labor contract was acted on earlier today by the Corpus Christi City Council cancelling the contract. The collective bargaining agreement notes a July 31, 2014 expiration date but a perpetual clause binds the City and its taxpayers to unfunded debt and liability for years to come even without a new contract. The Fire Union has demanded $31.8 million in current contract negotiations.
“Citizens can be assured fire and emergency medical services will continue despite the contract cancellation,” said City Manager Ron Olson. “The action validates the July 31, 2014 expiration of the contract and negates the perpetual clause. The City and taxpayers would be committed to $10 million per year forever if the contract were not cancelled,” added Olson.
- Corpus Christi City Council Runoff Election Reminder: December 8–12 Is Last Week for Early Voting
As a reminder, City Secretary Rebecca Huerta has released the list of Early Voting Substations, Mobile Early Voting Locations and Election Day Polling Sites for the December 16, 2014 City Council Runoff Election for Single-Member Districts 1 and 2. The last week of early voting will be held Monday, December 8, 2014 through Friday, December 12, 2014.
- Military Value Projects Move Forward Projects
Two Texas State Agency Boards gave approval today in Austin to the City of Corpus Christi, giving the green light to move forward with $4.5 million in military value projects. The Texas Military Preparedness Commission (TMPC), which includes former State Representative Connie Scott, approved five projects benefiting the Strategic Military Port. The Texas Public Finance Authority (TPFA) consented to repurposing the City's existing debt to provide funding for the projects.
- Mayor’s Fitness Council Health Business Partners Program Fall 2014 Class of Certified Organizations
The Mayor’s Fitness Council is excited to announce the Fall 2014 class of certified organizations in the MFC’s Healthy Business Partners which are Corpus Christi Independent School District (CCISD) and Smoothie King.
To become certified as a Healthy Business Partner each organization completed a self-assessment of their policies, employee support systems and health plans as they relate to physical fitness, nutrition and tobacco use. These organizations demonstrated a significant commitment to creating a work environment that fosters health and wellness for their employees. To celebrate their commitment to health, the organizations will receive a Healthy Business Partners decal to display at their primary locations, a set of health and wellness posters, tips and a letter of recognition. In addition, each organization will be eligible for future grants and recognition programs offered through the Mayor’s Fitness Council.
- December 2014 City Board, Committee & Commission Vacancies
(Note: Board appointments are postponed due to the upcoming Run-Off Election on December 16, 2014. We will continue recruiting applicants and will resume appointments after the new City Council is sworn-in January 13, 2015.)
The City Secretary’s Office is currently seeking biographical information forms for the following boards:
Board of Adjustment – Seven (7) vacancies with terms to 4-4-16. The board hears appeals for interpretations of the zoning ordinance.
- New Flight Information Displays at CCIA
Just in time for the peak travel season, CCIA has installed a new display system in the terminal that gives customers the flight information they need in “real time.”
“The old system was tired and had seen better days,” said Marketing Manager Kim Bridger. This new display gives our customers the most up to date information available and does so in a modern, easy to read, digital screen. Customers will now be able to view flight and weather information on the screens, as well as important messages about safety and security. This information will also be available on the airport website at www.corpuschristiairport.com/flights.cfm.
- City Thanksgiving Holiday Schedule
Most City of Corpus Christi offices, including City Hall, libraries, Animal Care Services and Municipal Court will be closed Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, November 27th and Friday, November 28th.
Garbage Collection: Thursday, November 27th routes will be collected Saturday, November 29th. Mon. /Tues. /Wed. /Fri. Routes will have no change in collection.
Recycling Collection: Thursday, November 27th routes will be collected on Saturday, November 29th. Mon./Tues./Wed./ Fri. Routes will have no change in collection.
- Kleberg County Judge Juan Escobar and Corpus Christi Mayor Nelda Martinez Host Job Fair & Town Hall Meeting
Jobs Today. Jobs Tomorrow. Are You Ready?
Kleberg County Judge Juan Escobar and Corpus Christi Mayor Nelda Martinez Host Job Fair & Town Hall Meeting
The South Texas region continues to be a leader in economic development and growth in Texas. There is an increasing demand for a skilled workforce. In an effort to spur residents to prepare for the job opportunities, Kleberg County Judge Juan Escobar and Corpus Christi Mayor Nelda Martinez will host a FREE public jobs town hall meeting/career fair on Tuesday, December 2nd Kleberg County.
- “Operation Heat Help” Applications Now Being Accepted
City of Corpus Christi Gas Department Helping the Community
“Operation Heat Help” Applications Now Being Accepted
It is the time of year to light the fireplace, turn on the heater and huddle under blankets to keep the cold away. Unfortunately, many people in our area do not have the resources to heat their homes. The City of Corpus Christi Gas Department, with the help from the Nueces County Department of Human Services and the City of Corpus Christi Utility Business Office, is proud to be able to bring “Operation Heat Help” to the citizens in need.
“Operation Heat Help” is an annual program developed to provide assistance to the community by covering the gas portion of a customer’s utility bill from November 2014 to February 2015, up to $100 per household for those that qualify.
- Corpus Christi City Council Runoff Election Drawing Will Determine Ballot Order
City Secretary Rebecca Huerta has scheduled a drawing to determine the order of placement of names on the ballot for the December 2014 City Council Runoff Election for Single-Member Districts 1 and 2. The Runoff Candidates have been invited to City Council Chambers at City Hall, 1201 Leopard Street, at 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, November 19, 2014, to take part in the drawing. Candidates can either draw for themselves, send a representative to draw for them, or a member of the City Secretary’s staff will draw for the candidate.
Early voting will be held from Monday, December 1, 2014 through Friday, December 12, 2014. Election Day is December 16, 2014.
The following is a list of the runoff candidates:
- Requests for Proposals Sought for Montgomery Ward Building in Downtown Corpus Christi
The Corpus Christi Housing Finance Corporation (CCHFC) is seeking request for proposals for the purchase and redevelopment of the Montgomery Ward Building site, located at 501-521 N. Chaparral Street. This project is intended to be a catalyst in further revitalizing downtown Corpus Christi and is considered a prime location.
- City Clarifies Inaccuracies in Fire Union Political Advertisements
In light of recent political advertisement inaccuracies by the Fire Union, the City of Corpus Christi has released the following information for clarification.
• Public safety funding specifically the Fire Department has increased from 21.11% of the General Fund in 2004 to 23.28% in 2014.
• The Fire Department budget went up in 2014-15 and the City has offered an additional $1.8 million in salary increases as part of fire union contract negotiations.
• Fire personnel raises have grown by 31% over the past 10 years.
• Presently, Fire Union contract demands would cost an additional $30 million. As of October 1, 2014, the City and Fire Union have not come to an agreement for a new labor contract.