- New Hours for Corpus Christi Public Libraries
After receiving public requests for more convenient hours, the Corpus Christi Public Libraries has extended operating hours at most branches:
- Packery Channel Boaters Encouraged to Use Caution near South Jetty
The City of Corpus Christi advises boaters of possible shoaling, an underwater mound of sand, near the Packery Channel South Jetty.
The majority of the shallow area is at the South Jetty, but boaters need to exercise caution when entering and exiting the last 600 feet of the channel because the conditions change daily. The shallowest area was -4.5 ft. (NAVD88) and we are estimating water depth of -3.0 and -5.0 ft. (NAVD88). The average sea level measured at Bob Hall Pier is estimated at +0.48 ft. (NAVD88). There is a chance the shoal could be shallower than what was measured.
- Grandparents and Other Relatives Raising Children Conference
The Corpus Christi Parks & Recreation Department’s 78415 Community Youth Development Program and Senior Community Services will co-sponsor the 15th Annual Grandparents and Other Relatives Raising Children Conference on Wednesday, September 17, 2014 from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the American Bank Center, Watergarden Room, 2nd Level, 1901 N. Shoreline.
- City Road Closures for the Week of August 30 – September 5, 2014
Shoreline Boulevard Realignment
Saturday – Friday
Southbound Shoreline Boulevard will be closed from Schatzell Street to Furman Avenue and motorists will be detoured to westbound Schatzell Street, then southbound Water Street to Shoreline Boulevard. Lawrence Street will become two-way traffic from Water Street to northbound Shoreline Boulevard. Water Street, between Furman Avenue to Buford Street, will become a one-way street. Westbound Buford Street, from southbound Shoreline Boulevard, will be open to church traffic only. Drivers are encouraged to turn onto Water Street from IH-37 instead of driving to Shoreline Boulevard and using the detour.
- City Awarded $7 Million in Highway Safety Improvement Grants
The Texas Department of Transportation has awarded the City of Corpus Christi $7 million in grants aimed at highway safety improvements.
The funds will provide construction and operational improvements on and off the state highway system. City traffic engineering staff identified highway safety projects to interconnect and improve traffic signals on arterial streets. The project will include Agnes Street, Ayers Street, Greenwood Drive, Kostoryz Road and Port Avenue. Street selection is based on accidents reported over the past three years and will include improvements to more than 60 traffic signals.
- Picky Pete Clean-Up Program Kick Off
The Mayor’s Advisory Committee on Community Pride, Dusty Durrill, Whataburger and Corpus Christi Solid Waste Operations have teamed up to roll out the Picky Pete Clean-Up program for the 2014-2015 school year. A news conference showcasing the program and those involved will take place Wednesday, August 27th at 10:00 a.m. at Windsor Park Elementary, 4525 S. Alameda Street.
- City Labor Day Holiday Schedule
Most City of Corpus Christi offices, including City Hall, libraries and Municipal Court will be closed Labor Day, Monday, September 1, 2014.
Garbage Collection & Recycling Collection: WILL BE COLLECTED on Labor Day.
Heavy Brush: WILL NOT BE COLLECTED on Labor Day.
- Agriculture Commissioner Joins Mayor to Stress Critical Need for Increased Water Conservation as Drought Conditions Persist
When: 11:30 a.m., Monday, August 25
Where: Corpus Christi City Hall, 1201 Leopard Street, 6th Floor Conference Room
Who: Agriculture Commissioner Todd Staples and Corpus Christi Mayor Nelda Martinez
- New Municipal Court Technology Will Improve Public Services
The public asked for it and the City listened. Paying citations is about to get a lot easier, thanks to technology upgrades coming to the Municipal Court system, providing greater efficiency, public responsiveness and employee productivity.
The City selected Tyler Technologies, Incode court management software to replace its antiquated municipal court software that lacked modern features, such as financial and collection modules. The applications are expected to improve court functions, including court case and jury management, warrant and citation import, scheduling, court notifications and a secure online payment system. "The online payment process will make a huge difference in reducing the volume of foot traffic Municipal Court handles, which will mean less wait time and shorter lines for customers and a more productive, accountable staff, while sustaining our position as a paperless court," said Corpus Christi's Director of Municipal Court Kimberly Jozwiak.
A necessary step in the implementation process will require the court to be closed to the public Monday, August 25 through Friday, August 29.
- City Council Passes Resolution with Offer to Return to Fire Union Contract Negotiations
The City Council passed a resolution offering to continue contract negotiations with the Corpus Christi Professional Fire Fighters Association – Local Union 936 earlier today. “The City is serious about getting back to the table in a fair and equitable manner,” said Ron Olson, City Manager.
The City Council has made an offer to get negotiations back on track including:
- Filing Period Ends for City Council Candidates
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 November 4, 2014 City Council Election. All Candidates have been invited to City Council Chambers at City Hall, 1201 Leopard Street, at 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, August 20, 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.
- First 2014 Human Case of West Nile Confirmed
The Corpus Christi – Nueces County Public Health District reports it has received its first human case of West Nile Virus (WNV) confirmed by the Texas Department of State Health Services. This is the first human case of West Nile Virus identified in Nueces County this year.
- Condition Update on Injured City Firefighters
Two firefighters were injured Sunday while battling a blaze at a business located in the 3200 block of Morgan Avenue.
Flames broke out around 3:00 a.m. Sunday at a resale shop. Two firefighters were injured when a wall collapsed. Marco Vasquez, a Firefighter II/Paramedic is undergoing surgery at a local hospital for a broken leg. Captain Robert Harrison was treated and released and is recovering at home from a shoulder injury. Corpus Christi Fire Chief Robert Rocha said, “We are thankful these injuries are not life threatening. Our firefighters are highly trained to deal with a variety of fire incidents and we will be looking at protocols the department uses to insure our firefighter’s welfare.” Harrison is a 20 year veteran of the Fire Department and Vasquez has worked for the department for 5 years.
- City Needs Community Input to Help Redesign Website
The public’s input is very important to the City of Corpus Christi and your participation is valuable to build a website responsive to the needs of customers.
We want to hear from residents, business owners, developers and visitors on how the City can improve your next visit to the website, whether it’s to pay your utility bill, locate a City service or facility, or applying for a building permit.
- Municipal Court Technology to Improve Public Services
You asked for it and the City listened, paying citations is about to get a lot easier thanks to technology upgrades coming to the Municipal Court system, providing greater efficiency, public responsiveness and employee productivity.
The City selected Tyler Technologies, Incode court management software to replace its antiquated municipal court software that lacked modern features, such as financial and collection modules. The applications are expected to improve court functions including court case and jury management, warrant and citation import, scheduling, court notifications and a secure online payment system. "The online payment process will make a huge difference in reducing the volume of foot traffic Municipal Court handles, which will mean less wait time and shorter lines for customers and a more productive, accountable staff, while sustaining our position as a paperless court," said Corpus Christi's Director of Municipal Court Kimberly Jozwiak.
- State Commission Honors City Libraries with Grants
The Corpus Christi library system has been awarded three Texas State Library and Archives Commission grants totaling almost $50,000. The grants will fund several programs.
- City Experiencing Frequent Water Main Breaks due to Dry Conditions
City crews are working 12 to 14 hour days keeping up with summertime water main breaks. The intense heat is causing the soil to shift which builds pressure in older lines, causing the pipes to crack and water to over flow. Over the weekend, there were almost 30 calls for service. All calls are prioritized based on the amount of water leaking and homes affected. So far this year, the City has received 750 confirmed breaks to date, compared to 697 in 2013.
- 9-11 Patriot 5K Run Honoring First Responders
This year marks the 13th anniversary of the events of September 11, 2001. In honor of the brave First Responders who made great sacrifices on our behalf, as well as those who stand ready to do so today, Chief of Police Floyd Simpson has announced the 4th annual Patriot 5K Run & Walk.
- Grace Period for City’s Modified Peddler Ordinance Ends September 8th
Local and out of town door to door sales people and peddlers have 30 days to become compliant with the City’s updated peddler ordinance. The modified regulations come after recent complaints to the Corpus Christi Police Department about people selling items in neighborhoods after dark.
- August 2014 City Board, Committee & Commission Vacancies
The City Secretary’s Office is currently seeking biographical information forms for the following boards:
Arts and Cultural Commission – Three (3) vacancies with terms to 9-1-17 representing the following categories: 1 – Youth/Education, 1- Higher Education, and 1-Architecture. The commission recommends the use, location, lease or purchase of works of art to be considered a part of the beautification or cultural development of the City.
Board of Adjustment – Seven (7) vacancies with terms to 4-4-16. The board hears appeals for interpretations of the zoning ordinance.