- 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:
- City Road Closures for the Week of November 15 – November 21, 2014
Beginning Monday, October 27, 2014 and for the next three months; 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.
- Mayor’s PRIDE Committee Revisits Agnes-Laredo Corridor
Join Corpus Christi Mayor Nelda Martinez, members of the Mayor’s Advisory Board on Community PRIDE and the IceRays as they clean-up the Agnes-Laredo corridor. It’s part of the Mayor’s commitment for a lasting partnership with the westside neighborhood. The event will take place Saturday, November 15th at 9:45 a.m. at the Antonio E. Garcia Arts & Education Center, 2021 Agnes Street.
- 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.
- “Tis Tamales Season” at Heritage Park
Additional cooking demonstrations will be offered based on demand.
The Corpus Christi Parks & Recreation Department’s Cultural Services Division invites you to attend one of its Tamale Cooking Demonstrations to be held in the Galván House at Heritage Park.
3 demonstrations will be offered as follows:
· Wednesday, November 19, 2014 from 10:30am–noon
· Wednesday, November 19, 2014 from 6:00pm–7:30pm
· Saturday, December 6, 2014 from 10:30am–noon
- 2014 Corpus Christi Kite Festival
Come Fly a Kite
Free Event by the Mayor’s Fitness Council
Sometimes getting fit starts with just getting outdoors, moving around and having fun…like flying a kite in the park! Join us at Cole Park on Saturday, November 8th from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. for the 2nd Annual Kite Festival. The Mayor’s Fitness Council is partnering with a local group of kite enthusiasts to bring you this FREE event! It will feature stunt kite flying demonstrations by Carter Tate, a visit from Izzy and the Islander Athletics and Cheer team, dance demonstrations from Cinderella School Dance and Corpus Christi Brazilian Capoeria, fitness routines by Rec Sports Fitness, a set by the Moody Jazz Ensemble, and music our friends at CC3 productions. In addition, attendees will have chances to win prizes such as gift certificates, Ice Ray tickets, fitness bags and equipment, t-shirts and more!
- November 2014 City Board, Committee & Commission Vacancies
(Note: Board appointments are postponed due to the upcoming General Election on November 4, 2014. We will continue recruiting applicants and will resume appointments after the new City Council is sworn-in.)
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.
Building Code Board of Appeals – Four (4) vacancies with terms to 5-4-16 representing the following categories: 2 – Building Industry, 1- Engineer and 1- Member Not Connected with the Building Industry. The board hears appeals of decisions and interpretations of the building official on rulings and alternate materials and methods of construction and considers variances of various City Codes.
- Run or Dye 5K Fails to Meet City Requirements for Permit
The Run or Dye Corpus Christi 5K Run was scheduled to take place Saturday, November 15th. Viral Events, a Utah company hosting the run, has not provided the City the necessary documentation to obtain the event permit to utilize public facilities. The City has no connection with this company and has not endorsed any relationship with this company. Numerous calls made by City representatives to Virtual Events have gone unanswered.
If you are thinking about participating in a themed fun run, here are some tips from the Better Business Bureau:
- 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.
- Temporary Closure of KidsPlace in Cole Park to Improve Decks
The Corpus Christi Parks & Recreation Department advises residents that a construction crew from playground vendor Little Tikes Commercial will be working on an improvement project that will require the temporary closure of KidsPlace in Cole Park. The playground will be closed for the work starting at 7am on Monday, November 3, and is expected to take two weeks to complete.
- Winter 2014–2015 Youth Basketball League Registration
Online Registration offered October 27–November 16
The Corpus Christi Parks & Recreation Department will be offering registration for its Winter 2014–2015 Youth Basketball League. Girls and boys ages 6 to 17 (as of December 31, 2014) are eligible to participate in this league. The eight-game season will run from January to mid-March 2015.
- Bayfront Butterfly Release for Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day
October is Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month and on Wednesday, October 15th, a community gathering will take place along the city’s bayfront.
According to the March of Dimes, every year approximately 1 in 4 pregnancies end in miscarriage, stillbirth or the death of a newborn. The focus of the event is to generate public understanding and compassion for parents and families. The event is from 6:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. at McGee Beach, located at 222 S. Shoreline Boulevard. Mayor Nelda Martinez will be attending and there will be a butterfly release.
- “Walk for Memory” Kickoff Celebration
The City of Corpus Christi, Parks and Recreation Department, Senior Community Services announces the 7th Annual Coastal Bend Walk for Memory event. The Walk for Memory Kickoff Celebration will be held Thursday, October 9, 2014 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at The Plaza at Mirador, 5857 Timbergate Drive.
The 7th Annual Walk for Memory event is scheduled for Saturday, November 1, 2014 at Heritage Park, 1581 North Chaparral Avenue from 8:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. The goal of the walk is to generate funding for respite and other support services for Alzheimer’s disease patients and their families. All proceeds remain in the Coastal Bend. Event organizers hope to generate greater public awareness of National Family Caregivers Month and to recognize those who care for their loved ones 24/7 throughout the year.
- City Spraying to Target Pesky Mosquitos
Tonight, Vector Control crews will be out in force spraying the Annaville area for mosquitos. The group is expected to begin spraying around 6:45 p.m. in the area of McKinzie Road then head west to the city limits. All areas of the City are expected to be sprayed between the next 10 to 14 days. Police Commander John Houston who overseas Animal Care Services and Vector Control said, “Significant rainfall has caused a high amount of mosquitos citywide and we are taking this opportunity to spray and control.”
- Vector Control Crews to Spray for Mosquitos
Tonight, beginning at 6:45 p.m., Vector Control crews will be spraying on the city’s Southside. The areas include:
· Everhart Road east to Rodd Field Road
· Saratoga Boulevard south to along the Oso Creek
All other areas of the city will continue to be monitored. This is the second time Vector Control employees have sprayed for mosquitos. Last Thursday, they focused efforts on an area near the Port of Corpus Christi.
- City Announces Partnership with Local Partners Pledging to Fight Litter
The time is here for citizens, business owners, schools and churches to join the City and take the pledge to “Leave it Better than You Found It” and clean up Corpus Christi!
Earlier today, Mayor Nelda Martinez announced details of the local anti-litter pledge and introduced the partners who are supporting the community driven program during a joint news conference. Some of the partners include; Stripes, La Palmera Mall, Del Mar College, the Regional Transit Authority and the Corpus Christi Chamber of Commerce. The partners and their employees began the process by taking the “Leave It Better” pledge. In order to help maintain their pledge commitment, these companies will post signs, posters and banners throughout the work place as constant reminders of how they are helping to make Corpus Christi the cleanest city on the Texas Gulf Coast.
- City Announces Support from Community Partners Pledging to Fight Litter
When: 10:30 a.m., Thursday, September 18th
Where: City Hall Council Chambers, 1201 Leopard Street
Who: Mayor Nelda Martinez, Solid Waste Operations Director Lawrence Mikolajczyk and Community Partners
Corpus Christi Mayor Nelda Martinez will kick off the second phase of the City’s litter education efforts called, “Leave it Better than you Found it.” The event encourages citywide support from citizens, business owners, schools and churches, to take the pledge and clean up Corpus Christi. Signing the anti-litter pledge and playing the virtual scavenger hunt also makes everyone eligible to win prizes.
- City to Host Fall Miriam and Bob Racusin Youth Tennis League
Registration 2 pm - Saturday, September 21 – HEB Tennis Center
The Corpus Christi Parks & Recreation Department, in collaboration with the Corpus Christi Tennis Association, will offer Fall Miriam & Bob Racusin Youth Tennis League. It will be hosted at the H-E-B Tennis Center.
This is a fun competition for youths (10 & under), (14 & under), and (18 & under) with beginner and intermediate divisions. The league is a team-based program with six players randomly drafted on each team in the age categories listed and playing abilities. Play will not be gender specific as boys and girls could be competing against one another. A Skills Test will be given on Sunday, September 21st, to place players in levels for the team drafts.
- Roll Up Your Sleeves for Oso Creek Park
Be part of this nature trail development
September 20, 2014, 8–11am
The Corpus Christi Parks & Recreation Department and the Adopt-a-Park group for Oso Creek Park – Section 2 invite everyone to join them for a volunteer event on Saturday, September 20, 2014 from 8am–11am at Oso Creek Park. Come meet the group at the trailhead located at the west end of Salsa Circle. Remember to wear long pants, closed-toe shoes, gloves and sunscreen along with a hat. The tools will be provided.
- CC Parks & Recreation Arts & Cultural Commission Announces 2015 Arts Grant Program
Beginning September 10, 2014, the application for the 2015 Arts Grants Program will be available on the Corpus Christi Parks & Recreation website www.ccparkandrec.com (click ‘Arts & Culture’).
The Arts Grants Program is available to 501c3 non-profit corporations and tax-exempt community-oriented organizations providing arts programs and activities within the City of Corpus Christi. The funding source for the Arts Grants Program is the Hotel Occupancy Tax, so all programs and activities submitted must meet State requirements to promote tourism and the convention and hotel industry before being considered for an award.