News Releases

September 11, 2013

 

Rabies case confirmed within Abilene city limits

 

ABILENE, Texas – The City of Abilene’s Animal Services Division announced today that a skunk found in west Abilene tested positive for rabies. The specimen was confirmed by the Texas Department of State Health Services.

            

                                              

Animal Services recommends the following tips to help alleviate the potential danger of rabies:

 

 

 

 

4.  Do not interact with wildlife.

 

Rabies is a virus disease of the central nervous system. It can be transmitted by the bite of a rabid animal or through the saliva of a rabid animal being introduced into a fresh scratch or similar skin break and rarely by other routes. Saliva in contact with unbroken skin or even on a scratch wound over 24 hours old (one where a scab has formed) usually won’t require anti-rabies treatment. You should immediately see a doctor if you have been bitten and think the animal could be rabid.

 

In case of contact with a potentially rabid animal in city limits, contact the City of Abilene Animal Services Division during regular business hours at 325-698-0085 or at 325-673-8331 after hours or during holidays.

 

Animal Services Receives $7,000 Donation from Local Car Wash

 

ABILENE, Texas - Abilene Animal Services will receive $7,146 from a fundraiser held by Mister Car Wash. The check will be presented today at 10:30 a.m. at the Mister Car Wash south side location; 4002 Buffalo Gap Road.

 

“With this donation we will renovate the old fire education trailer to become a mobile adoption unit and disaster response for animals. This project will serve the community and the shelter animals for years to come,” said Animal Services Manager Aaron Vannoy.

 

Mister Car Wash raised $95,000 total for humane societies during their fourth annual Paws-a-thon fundraiser. The event took place at 105 car washes, including two here in Abilene, during the month of July. Customers purchased “paws” displayed at each location to donate to the cause.

 

The City of Abilene and the Animal Services Division would like to thank Mister Car Wash and the community for their donations and hard work on the Paws-a-thon fundraiser.

 

For more information contact Animal Services at 325-698-0085.

 

 

September 5, 2013

 

Men’s Flag Football League to Begin

ABILENE, Texas - The City of Abilene Recreation Division is hosting a Men’s 8 on 8 Flag Football League this fall.  Cost is $400 per team.  The league is open to men ages 18 and older. 

Games will start on Thursday, September 19.  Registration must be completed at the Community Services Office, located at 633 Walnut Street, Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. The registration deadline is September 13. 

All games will be played at Curley Hays Football Field.  If you are an individual looking to get placed on a team, please call Donnie Hart at 325-676-6431. 

For more information, please call 325-676-6217.

 

September 3, 2013

 

Punt, Pass & Kick local competition

 

ABILENE, Texas – The City of Abilene’s Recreation Division will host the NFL/Gatorade Punt, Pass & Kick local competition on Saturday, Sept. 7, 2013 from 12:00 - 3:00 p.m. at Rose Park located at S 7th and Barrow Streets.

 

This event is open to youngsters, ages 6-15 (as of December 31, 2013) and is FREE of charge. Birth Certificates are required to verify age at registration. Registration will be held at the site on the day of the event, there is no pre-registration required. Participants may come at any time during the competition time to compete. Awards ceremony will be held immediately following the competition. Participants may compete in only one local competition in the Abilene area.

 

Separate age divisions for boys and girls will be offered. Gym shoes ONLY will be allowed for competition. Cleated, turf or football shoes are not allowed. Scoring will be based on distance and accuracy.

 

Winners of each age division will qualify for the PP&K sectional competition to be held here in Abilene in October. Sectional winners may advance to the Dallas Cowboys Team Championship to be held at Cowboy Stadium.

 

For more information, call (325) 676-6217.

 

August 29, 2013

 

Hunting Regulations within City Limits

 

ABILENE, Texas – With hunting season nearing, it is important that citizens understand the hunting regulations within the City limits. The discharge of firearms within the City limits is illegal except under certain circumstances. The provision applies also to air rifles capable of shooting more than 30 feet. However, on areas of land greater than 10 acres and more than 150 feet from a residence or occupied building, a shotgun, air rifle, pistol, BB gun or bow and arrow may be discharged in accordance with city, state and national laws and regulation.

 

If the 10 acre exception applies, no shot should be made with the expectation to cross the boundary of the area. If a 10 acre tract is bisected by the city limit boundary, the entire parcel including portions in extraterritorial jurisdiction may be included in the calculation of the 10-acre minimum.

 

The City ordinance sections 20-20 through 20-24 may be found here, on the website.

 

Cargill donates 4 tons of food to Animal Services

 

ABILENE, Texas – Local pet and livestock food manufacturer Cargill is donating four tons of dog food the Abilene Animal Shelter. Today, at 10 a.m., Cargill is donating 62 bags of puppy food, 62 bags of 30-percent protein dog food and 57 bags of high energy dog food.

 

“This food donation will provide proper nutrition for all our shelter animals and ensure they are staying healthy and happy until they are adopted into a new home,” said Animal Services Manager Aaron Vannoy.

 

On average, Animal Services uses 150 lbs. of food a day. This donation will provide about 26 days’ worth of food for the shelter.

 

The shelter is always appreciative of donations, including food, towels and newspapers.

 

“Cargill wishes to be involved in the communities where we have manufacturing plants, and is happy to provide the Abilene Animal Shelter with this donation,” Cargill Plant Manager Greg Noland said.

 

Cargill is an international producer and marketer of food, agricultural, financial and industrial products and services.

 

For more information contact Abilene Animal Services at 325-698-0085.

 

 

August 28, 2013

 

Most City offices closed Labor Day

                                                                                                     

ABILENE, Texas – Most City of Abilene offices and community service centers will be closed Monday, Sept. 2 in observance of the Labor Day holiday with the exception of those providing life safety services such as fire and police protection.

The Abilene Animal Shelter will be closed Sept. 2. Citizens with an animal related emergency should contact the Abilene Police Department at 325-673-8331 and an Animal Services Officer will be dispatched to handle the call. After Labor Day, the shelter will resume its normal operations at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 3.

 

Solid Waste Service offices and the Environmental Recycling Center (ERC) will not be open Sept. 2. Commercial and residential services will continue as scheduled.

CityLink Transit will not run on Sept. 2 except for previously scheduled medical transportation trips.

Municipal Court will also be closed on Sept. 2. All citations due Sept. 2 will be due on Sept. 3 with no penalty.

Other City closings for Sept. 2 include: City Hall, the Health Division, all Abilene Public Library locations, Abilene Civic Center, the Development Corporation of Abilene, the Airport Administration Office and City Recreation and Senior Citizen centers.

The Abilene Zoo will be open regular hours, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. with the admissions ending at 4:30 p.m.

 

The Water Services Center, 701 E. Hwy. 80, will be open on Sept. 2, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., to take delinquent payments for customers whose water has been turned off and for new customers needing water service. For water emergencies, sewer problems and reports of water conservation ordinance violations, citizens may call the Water Services Center’s emergency hotline, 325-676-6000, seven days a week, 24 hours a day.    

 

August 26, 2013

 

City of Abilene to Host Girls Volleyball League

 

ABILENE, Texas – The City of Abilene Recreation Division is hosting a Girls Volleyball League in the fall of 2013. The league is open to girls ages 9 to 12. Division I is open to girls ages 11 to 12, division II is for girls ages 9 to 10.

 

The entry fee is $45 per child and includes the team jersey, knee pads and a trophy. League play will consist of two weeks of practice and five games, followed by an end of the season tournament. Games will begin on Saturdays, starting October 5th.

 

Please register at the Community Services Office located at 633 Walnut St., Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. The registration deadline is Friday, September 13th.

 

For more information, please call 325-676-6217.

 

 

August 22, 2013

 

City Honors Local Student Improving Lives in the Community

 

ABILENE, Texas – Mayor Norm Archibald is declaring August 22, 2013 Emily Kimberlin Ramirez Day in honor of a local student dedicating her time to helping those in need.

 

Sixteen-year-old Emily Kimberlin Ramirez was born with cerebral palsy. As an Abilene High School student she faced the challenge of opening the doors to the school independently. When funds were not available to install automatic doors at the school Emily, with the help of her mother, launched a fundraising campaign titled “Keep Calm, Install Handicap Doors”.

 

Local news media picked up on Emily’s story. Her campaign was aired on KTXS, KTAB and KRBC news, and was published in the Abilene Reporter News. With the help of the community the campaign has provided 10 automatic doors for Abilene High School and other AISD campuses.

 

“As Mayor I am honored to recognize her for her action, determination and passion. She is truly an Abilene hero,” said Mayor Norm Archibald.

 

For more information on the campaign, visit the Facebook page, “Keep Calm, Install Handicap Doors”.

 

 

August 21, 2013

 

Free After-School Program for City of Abilene Residents

 

ABILENE, Texas - The City of Abilene Recreation Division is providing a free after-school program for City of Abilene residents. The program will be held at Rose Park Recreation Center, Cobb Recreation Center, Cesar Chavez South Park Recreation Center, Sears Recreation Center and G.V. Daniels Recreation Center. 

 

The after-school program is free and open to children ages 6 to 13.  Program hours are Monday through Friday from 3 to 6 p.m.  To register your child, please visit the Recreation Center of your choice and complete the required forms.  Parents may enroll their child at any time. 

 

Staff will be available to assist with homework, plan organized gym games, lead arts and crafts projects, schedule field trips, and more. 

 

For more information, please call 325-676-6217.

 

August 19, 2013

 

Free Flea and Tick Dip for Pets

 

ABILENE, Texas – With the recent rain and slightly cooler temperatures the fleas and ticks are celebrating.  Animal Services is providing a free tick and flea dip for dogs and cats Wednesday, August 21st from 2-4 p.m. at the ACCO Farm and Ranch Center; 249 E. S. 11th Street. Personnel will administer a flea and tick spray to cats. All cats must be in a carrier.

 

“The partnership with the City of Abilene has been great and we hope all residents of the Big Country can come; have their pets dipped or sprayed and continue to be great pet owners,” said Kevin Jackson of ACCO Farm and Ranch Center.

 

“This may be the last one we have for a while and it is a great chance for all the area to protect their animals and families from dreaded diseases that fleas and ticks can carry,” said Animal Services Manager Aaron Vannoy.

 

The flea and tick dips are designed to kill any ticks and fleas on the pet at the time of the dip. However, owners will also need to treat the yard and any other areas the pet may come in contact with. A pesticide dip and a non-pesticide dip will be offered.

 

For more information, call the Abilene Animal Shelter at 325-698-0085.

 

 

Back to School Safety

 

ABILENE, Texas – Abilene students start the 2013-14 school year August 26th. It is important to remember a few tips to keep all children and drivers safe when dropping off and picking up students in school zones.

 

1. Cell phone use in a school zone is prohibited. This includes texting.

 

2. Watch the speed limit.

 

3. Don’t stop in the travel lane even if you’re just dropping off or picking up students. This slows down traffic and delays everyone.

 

4. Cross only at designated areas when walking to school.

 

5. Follow the instructions given by officers and school personnel when dropping off or picking up students.

 

6. Pay attention.

 

By staying alert and following these guidelines drivers can help prevent accidents, and promote safety in City school zones. For more information on school zone safety you can contact the Traffic Division at 325-676-6281.

 

August 7, 2013

 

Road Work Update


Crews will continue working on the entrance ramp from State Highway 36 to northbound Loop 322 Thursday, August 8th. The ramp will close for a while in the morning. The exit ramp from northbound Loop 322 to E. Hwy 80 will also close for additional work.


Drivers are advised to be cautious, watch their speed and stay alert when driving through this area.

 

August 6, 2013

 

Movie in the Park coming August 9th

 

ABILENE, Texas – The City of Abilene Recreation Division will show “Escape From Planet Earth” at the Movie in the Park on Friday, August 9th. “Escape From Planet Earth” details the travels of Astronaut Scorch Supernova as he finds himself caught in a trap when he responds to a S.O.S. from a notoriously dangerous alien planet. 

 

The movie will begin at 9 p.m. at the Rose Park Amphitheatre located at South 7th St. and Barrow St. There is no cost to attend and everyone is welcome. Bring family, friends, blankets, lawn chairs and snacks and enjoy a movie night at Rose Park.

 

For additional information, please call 325-676-6217.

 

 

August 5, 2013

 

 

Free Flea and Tick Dip for Pets

 

ABILENE, Texas – Animal Services is offering their third flea and tick dip for dogs, puppies, cats and kittens. The dip will be held Wednesday, August 7th from 2:00-4:00 p.m. at the ACCO Farm and Ranch Center located at 249 E. S. 11th St.

 

“We want people to come and have their pet dipped; it gives us a time to educate each one of them about long term solutions to a flea and tick problem” said Aaron Vannoy, Animal Services Manager for the City of Abilene.

 

The flea and tick dips are designed to kill any ticks and fleas on the pet at the time of the dip. However, owners will also need to treat the yard and any other areas the pet may come in contact with. A pesticide dip and a non-pesticide dip will be offered.

 

For more information, call the Abilene Animal Shelter at 325-698-0085 or Kevin Jackson at ACCO Farm and Ranch Center 325-676-3333.

 

 

Dog Bite Prevention and Rabies Education

 

ABILENE, Texas – Animal Services is offering community education courses this week to help teach residents about rabies, dog bite prevention and proper pet care. The rabies and dog bite prevention courses will be held August 6th at 6:30 p.m. at the Abilene Public Library located at 202 Cedar St., and August 8th at 7:00 p.m. at the Mockingbird Library branch.

 

Since June 1st Animal Services has processed 65 bite reports from Abilene citizens. Forty of these bites involved children and may have been preventable.

 

“Each time I respond to a dog bite to a child it is a difficult situation; several times the bites occur in the home and with a family or friend’s pet.  If the child or parents knew to look for the signals the pet is giving them; then the bite would not happen,” said Field Supervisor Joe Helm.

 

Animal Services will also hold a Proper Pet Care course to teach people of all ages how to properly care for their animals and how to stop the over population of pets in our community. This course will be offered August 8th at 8:00 p.m. at the Mockingbird Library branch.

 

The classes will be led by Animal Services Manager Aaron Vannoy and his two dogs; Dora and Snitch. Door prizes will be given out and each participant receives a free City of Abilene Animal License. 

                 

 

August 2, 2013

 

                                                                                                                       

Abilene selected to host statewide conference

 

ABILENE, Texas – The City of Abilene Community Services Department is pleased to announce Abilene has been selected as the 2015 host site for the Texas Recreation and Park Society annual conference.

 

The conference will bring in approximately 1,000 professionals in the Parks and Recreation field to Abilene. This is an excellent opportunity for Abilene Parks and Recreation staff to showcase their facilities and programs.

 

“We’re excited to have the privilege of hosting the 2015 TRAPS Annual conference here in Abilene for the first time since 2002.  We cannot wait to showcase all the great things we’re doing with our Parks and Recreation programming with the nearly 1,000 parks and recreation professionals that attend this event,” said Community Services Director James Childers.  

 

The City of Abilene worked with the Abilene Convention and Visitors Bureau to secure the host site for the conference.

 

“Abilene is eager to host the 2015 TRAPS conference which would not have been possible without the enthusiastic support of the Community Service Department, said Nanci Liles, Executive Director of the Abilene Convention and Visitors Bureau.  Local support is needed to host meetings and we are grateful to the City of Abilene for supporting these efforts.  We look forward to showcasing Abilene to 1,000 TRAPS members around the state. This convention will boost the Abilene economy by $450,000.”

 

The Texas Recreation and Park Society is a nonprofit educational and professional organization founded to advance the profession of parks, recreation and leisure services in Texas. For more information visit http://traps.org/.

 

 

July 25, 2013

 

 

Civic Center to host drought workshop

 

ABILENE, Texas – The Texas Water Infrastructure Coordination Committee (TWICC) is hosting a drought workshop Thursday, August 1st at the Abilene Civic Center. The purpose of the workshop is to provide information about funding and other assistance for public water systems and other entities.

 

The seminar is free, but space is limited. The deadline for registration is July 30th, or when full. For information on how to register you can call TWICC at 512-472-8591 or e-mail TWICCWorkshop@gmail.com.

 

TWICC is an umbrella organization of state and federal funding agencies, technical assistance providers, water and waste water trade organizations and regulatory agencies. The purpose of TWICC is to identify and develop solutions to water and wastewater infrastructure compliance issues and to seek affordable, sustainable and innovative funding strategies for the protection of public health and the efficient use of resources in Texas.

 

Spraying completed for West Nile Virus in Abilene

 

ABILENE, Texas – Spraying is now completed in response to a positive test showing West Nile virus in mosquitoes trapped in northeast Abilene.

 

An Environmental Health truck with a sprayer unit attached sprayed insecticide in an area bounded by Ambler Ave on the north, EN 10th St. on the south, Judge Ely Blvd. on the east and Cedar Creek on the West. This is the area data showed the spraying would be most effective.

 

The City will continue to trap, test and monitor mosquitoes.  Additional spraying will be considered if new indications of a West Nile virus threat are received.  The presence of mosquitoes in an area alone is not enough to trigger spraying.

 

Residents are still encouraged to drain all standing water. Residents are also advised to take precautions by using mosquito repellent and wearing protective clothing during peak mosquito hours, which are from dusk to dawn.

 

 

July 24, 2013

 

Donkeys in need of adoption

 

ABILENE, Texas – Animal Services is looking for people to adopt several donkeys dropped off at the shelter this summer. There are a total of 20 donkeys in need of adoption.

 

On June 18th 10 donkeys were brought to Animal Services by an Abilene resident stating the donkeys were dumped on his land. There are three grey and white, four brown and black and three black and tan donkeys in this group.

 

On July 12th three donkeys were surrendered by their owner from Callahan County. The mother, father and daughter are all white.

 

On July 23rd seven miniature donkeys were surrendered to the shelter. The miniature donkeys were brought by their owner from Comanche County.

 

Adoption fees are $20 for the first donkey and $5 for each additional donkey.

 

For more information, call the Abilene Animal Shelter at (325) 698-0085.

 

 

 

 

July 23, 2013

 

Party in the Park to Celebrate Parks and Recreation Month

 

ABILENE, Texas – The Community Services department is hosting a party at Nelson Park to celebrate Parks and Recreation month. The party is Thursday, July 25th from 6:00-8:00 p.m. It is free for all who attend.

 

There will be hot dogs, chips and soda and a bounce house for families to enjoy. A dunking booth will be set up with Recreation Staff and Community leaders. To earn tosses at the dunking booth, attendees are asked to donate canned food, which will be given to the food bank. Tosses can also be purchased with the proceeds going towards scholarships for Recreation programs.

 

“This event is a way to highlight everything our parks have to offer,” Director of Community Services James Childers said. “It’s an opportunity for families to come to Nelson Park, go to the Zoo, go to the Splash Pad, go to Camp Barkeley and enjoy their time at the park,” Childers said.

 

For more information, call 325-676-6217.

 

 

July 22, 2013

 

 

Recent rain causes lake levels to rise at three Abilene water sources

 

ABILENE, Texas – Water levels at three Abilene water sources, Lake Fort Phantom Hill, Hubbard Creek Reservoir and O.H. Ivie Reservoir, have increased significantly since last week’s rain event.

 

Including run-off and scalping efforts, Lake Fort Phantom Hill rose 2.4 feet, or equivalent to 1.896 billion gallons of water. It is estimated 591,901,000 gallons of water were pumped into Lake Fort Phantom Hill during scalping operations. Scalping occurs when the City draws water from the Clear Fork of the Brazos River and pumps it into Lake Fort Phantom Hill.  

 

Hubbard Creek Reservoir saw a 4.1 foot rise in lake elevation. This equates to an estimated 8.779 billion gallons of additional water into the lake. All of the water is from run-off from the Hubbard watershed.

 

O.H. Ivie Reservoir rose 1.6 feet. It is estimated 2.502 billion gallons of additional water is now in the lake. It is all from run-off from the Ivie watershed.

 

The City draws water from all three lakes. Lake Fort Phantom Hill is the closest lake, and primary source. The secondary source is Hubbard Creek Reservoir and then O.H Ivie Reservoir.

 

Lake Fort Phantom Hill is currently at 10.2 feet below the spillway, and the City remains in Stage One - Water Alert.

 

 

Spraying to begin to combat West Nile Virus in Abilene

 

ABILENE, Texas – In response to a positive test showing West Nile virus in mosquitoes the City plans to begin spraying activity on Monday, July 22 and Wednesday, July 24 in northeast Abilene.  Weather permitting; an Environmental Heath truck with a sprayer unit attached will spray insecticide in an area bounded by Ambler Ave on the north, EN 10th St. on the south, Judge Ely Blvd. on the east and Cedar Creek on the West. This is the area data shows the spraying will be most effective.  

 

It’s important to note that this planned response is subject to change. Spraying is only performed in early morning or evening hours when the mosquitoes are likely active.  Rain, temperatures below 60 or above 90 degrees and winds below one or over 10 miles per hour may prevent spraying.

 

The City of Abilene currently uses an insecticide called Kontrol 30-30.  It is used due to its safety rating and limited environmental impact.   

 

City officials anticipate increased mosquito populations will emerge this week due to the recent rain.  Residents are encouraged to drain all standing water. Residents are also advised to take precautions this week by using mosquito repellent and wearing protective clothing during peak mosquito hours, which are from dusk to dawn.

 

Councilman to Speak at Late Night Basketball Session

 

ABILENE, TX. – Councilman Anthony Williams will be speaking to youth attending the City of Abilene’s Late Night Basketball program Tuesday July 23, at 6 p.m. at the G.V. Daniels Recreation Center.

 

“I am a strong supporter of the Late Night Basketball program, and look forward to helping these young adults make positive life choices. It is my mission to guide them to build a foundation for a bright future, by offering some insight on goals, education and life,” Councilman Williams said.

 

In 2007, Councilman Williams led an effort to bring back the program, having served as director of a similar program in the 1990s.

 

Late Night Basketball at the G.V. Daniels Recreation Center is free for anyone 13 to 18 years old.  Games take place Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6 to 9 p.m. at the center.  Each night will feature not only basketball but a variety of speakers touching on topics like drugs, relationships, violence, consequences of choices and goals.

 

G.V Daniels Recreation Center is located at 541 North 8th St. For more information about Late Night Basketball or other activities at G.V. Daniels Recreation Center, call 325-676-6443.

 

July 19, 2013

 

       Special Announcement – West Nile Virus Alert

Your Cooperation is Needed Urgently 

 

Mosquitoes trapped in northeast Abilene have tested positive for West Nile virus (WNV). Test by the Texas Department of State Health Services Arbovirus Laboratory in Austin on mosquitoes collected July 9th confirmed the presence of the disease in our City.

 

West Nile Virus is a potentially serious illness which is spread by the bite of an infected mosquito.  In some cases the disease can lead to chronic disability and even death. 

   

Recent rainfall in our area Abilene has left many areas of standing water that can provide a breeding ground for mosquitoes that can spread this disease. One of the most effective ways to protect our citizens and residents is to eliminate these areas of standing water. 

 

It can take as little as a table spoon of standing water to provide a location for mosquito larva to grow into an adult.

 

The following types of businesses are particularly likely to have these conditions that will foster the breeding of mosquito populations.   

 

Tire Shops

Nurseries

Automobile repair and body shops  

Boat Sale and repair

Wrecking yards

Chemical Supply

Business with outside storage and or display of barrels, buckets, bird baths pottery, tarps, plastic containers and similar non-porous surfaces.  

 

Please help us by taking some time to look at your business and eliminate any standing water that might be present. 

 

July 18, 2013

 

Applications for 2013-2014 City University now available

 

ABILENE, Texas – The City of Abilene is now accepting applications for the 2013/14 City University program.  Applications can be obtained on the City’s website, www.abilenetx.com, as well as at City Hall on the first floor at the Customer Service Center and at all three (3) City libraries.  Interested citizens may apply through September 9th.

 

City University is a community leadership and involvement program that offers a way for participants to become better informed about City programs and services.  Each class learns how to access government and elected officials and explores the value of serving on City boards and commissions.  Participants go behind the scenes of City of Abilene facilities, find out how various divisions operate, and meet City employees who deliver the services they count on throughout the year.

 

Sessions will begin Thursday, Sept. 19, and will take place once a month from 1:30 to 7:00 p.m., continuing through May.  Participants are asked to attend 7 of the 9 classes to graduate.  Tuition for City University is $50.

 

Over the past seven years, City University has graduated over 200 participants from the program.  Each class is made up of a diverse group of citizens who come from the Abilene community. 

For more information about City University, contact Joanna Clark at 325-676-6246 or Jayme Johnston at 325-676-6649.

 

July 17, 2013

 

Mosquitoes test positive for West Nile virus in Abilene

 

ABILENE, Texas – Mosquitoes trapped in northeast Abilene have tested positive for West Nile virus (WNV). The mosquitoes were collected July 9th. The Texas Department of State Health Services Arbovirus Laboratory in Austin notified the City’s Environmental Health Division of the positive test result today.

 

“This test shows that the West Nile virus is circulating in our area,” Environmental Health Manager Glenn Bailey said. “It’s important to take precautions by using mosquito repellent and wearing protective clothing during peak mosquito hours, which are from dusk to dawn.”

 

The most effective repellents contain DEET, Picardin or Oil of lemon eucalyptus. Bailey also suggests limiting outdoor activities during dusk and dawn when many mosquitoes are most active. It is also important to eliminate or drain any water that stands for more than three to four days.

 

As part of the ongoing monitoring for WNV, Environmental Health routinely collects mosquitoes from several locations around the city. The mosquitoes are identified and tested for WNV.A spraying regimen in the area around the trapping site has been scheduled to eliminate as many mosquitoes as possible.

 

West Nile virus is most often spread by the bite of an infected mosquito.  It is a potentially serious illness which in some cases can lead to chronic disability and death.

 

Catch the third annual Senior Talent Show

 

ABILENE, Texas – The City of Abilene Senior Citizens Services presents the third annual Senior Talent Show.  This year’s event will take place September 14 at the Abilene Civic Center Auditorium at 2 p.m.  People of all ages are invited to attend.  Tickets at the door are $5 for adults, $3 for children. Children under the age of three are free.

 

The Senior Talent Show will feature the talents of those 55 years of age and older.  Acts could include singing, musical performances, variety acts and dancing.  Individual and group acts are welcome. Cash prizes will be awarded to the first, second and third place winners.

 

Seniors interested in auditioning for the show can fill out an application at the Rose Park Senior Activity Center in Rose Park located at South 7th St. and Barrow.  Auditions will take place on August 2 and 9 at 4 p.m. in the Rose Park Senior Activity Center.

 

Sponsorship opportunities are available by calling Laura Holbrook at 325-734-5300.  For more information about the Senior Talent Show and other events and services offered by the City of Abilene Senior Citizens Services, call 325-734-5300.

 

July 16, 2013

 

Weather Related Street Closures

 

As of 4:30 p.m.

 

-Marigold from Plaza to Arnold Blvd.

 

-S.32nd St. from Treadaway to Vine St.

 

-S.28th St. from Treadaway to S. 27th St.

 

 

July 15, 2013

 

Senior Services Division recognized with Award

 

ABILENE, Texas – The City of Abilene Senior Services Division was recently recognized as the recipient of the Cornerstone Award from the Aging in Texas Conference. The award is given to a group that is making a significant contribution to the senior citizens community.

 

James Childers, Director of Community Services, attributes the success of Senior Services to the staff. “I think this award is yet another testament to the fact that we have an excellent Senior Services staff here in Community Services.  Our staff partners with the numerous volunteers and outside groups to provide the absolute best experience to our senior citizens,” Childers said.

 

The Senior Services Division is home to five senior centers across Abilene. Senior Citizens have the freedom to choose the facility they wish to attend, allowing them to experience new classes, programs and people.

 

The ability to meet the needs of transportation, meals and opportunities to remain active and social, make Abilene’s services stand out amongst senior centers in Texas.

 

July 12, 2013

 

Fire Control Conference

 

ABILENE, Texas – The City of Abilene Fire Department is hosting the 59th Annual Abilene Area Fire Control Conference August 19 - 22. The conference is being conducted by the Texas Engineering Extension Service (TEEX) and enables area firefighters to keep updated on new developments and opportunities in various fire control and protection methods.

 

The conference is available to any and all members of volunteer, paid or part-paid fire departments. Students are encouraged to bring completed forms with them to the conference. These can be downloaded and filled out by going to www.abilenefiredepartment.org and clicking on the Course Schedule. Cost is $25 per evening. Make checks payable to Abilene Fire Control Conference (AFCC).

 

Monday and Tuesday classes will be held at the Abilene Civic Center located at 1100 North 6th Street and Wednesday and Thursday classes at the Fire Department Training Field located at 4242 East Lake Road.

 

July 11, 2013

 

Animal Services works to give second chance to stray dog

 

ABILENE, Texas – Animal Services is looking for potential adopters for a stray dog with a new lease on life. The shelter is currently providing medical assistance to the dog, which is in need of a leg amputation. The animal was dropped off as a stray Tuesday and appears to have been tangled in a chain or wire. The leg surgery is set to be completed today.

 

Animal Services has named the dog “Chance”. Chance is a male dog, about one year old. He is believed to be a pointer mix, weighing in at 42 lbs.

 

Chance should be available for adoption next week. The shelter will hold a lottery style adoption. Prospective adopters must come to the shelter at 925 S. 25th St. and provide a valid driver’s license along with a current vet reference. One adopter will be chosen from a basket at random. They will have 24 hours to adopt the dog.

 

For more information, call the Abilene Animal Shelter at (325) 698-0085.

 

 

July 10, 2013

 

Movie in the Park coming July 12

 

ABILENE, Texas – The City of Abilene Recreation Division will show “ParaNorman” at the Movie in the Park on Friday, July 12. ParaNorman is about a misunderstood boy who takes on ghosts, zombies and grown-ups to save his town from a centuries-old curse.

 

The movie will begin at 9 p.m. at the Rose Park Amphitheatre located at South 7th St. and Barrow St. There is no cost to attend and everyone is welcome. Bring family, friends, blankets, lawn chairs and snacks and enjoy a movie night at Rose Park.

 

For additional information, please call 325-676-6217.

 

 

July 9, 2013

 

City of Abilene employees award scholarships

 

ABILENE, Texas – During the City Council meeting on July 11, 2013, Mayor Norm Archibald will present the Employee Scholarship Fund Awards to five students, whose parents are employed by the City of Abilene. The graduating seniors each received a $1,000 college scholarship which they can use at the college of their choice.

 

The students, who are winners of the City of Abilene Employee Scholarship Awards for 2013, are:

 

 

 

 

 

 

For the last 22 years, City of Abilene employees have contributed money out of their pay checks to help support the dependents of their co-workers with higher education expenses. Graduating high school seniors, who are dependents of City employees, have the opportunity to submit a scholarship application which is then reviewed by a panel of local college counselors and educators.

 

Since this program was implemented, City employees have contributed over $103,200 and have awarded 101 scholarships to dependents of City employees.

 

 

July 8, 2013

 

Animal Services offers free flea and tick dips for dogs at ACCO Farm and Ranch Center

 

ABILENE, Texas – Animal Services announced today that free tick and flea dips are available for dogs this Wednesday, July 10 from 2 p.m. through 4:00 p.m. at the ACCO Farm and Ranch Center, 249 S. 11th in Abilene Texas. Come to the facilities east parking lot and contact one of the employees for assistance with the dipping. The service is for dogs over 6 months old only; however you can learn about how to treat cats/kittens.

“With the recent rains, we’re seeing more animals in the community with fleas and ticks,” Animal Services Manager Aaron Vannoy explained. “By offering the flea and tick dips at ACCO Farm and Ranch Center, we are providing an opportunity for dog owners to bring their pets in and help rid them of these potentially disease-carrying pests.” 

The flea and tick dips are designed to kill any ticks and fleas on the pet at the time of the dip. However, owners will also need to treat the yard and any other areas the pet may come in contact with. A pesticide dip and a non-pesticide dip will be offered.

Donations for City of Abilene Shelter animals will also be taken.

For more information, call the Abilene Animal Shelter at (325) 698-0085 or Kevin Jackson at ACCO Farm and Ranch Center (325) 676-3333

 

 

July 5, 2013

 

Proposed Fiscal Year 2014 budget unveiled

 

ABILENE, Texas – City Manager Larry Gilley has filed his proposed Fiscal Year 2013-2014 (FY 14) budget with the City Secretary’s Office. The FY 14 proposed General Fund budget is $79,112,270 as compared to the FY 13 original budget of $75,740,100 which is an increase of 4.5 percent. The proposed budget is available online on the City of Abilene website, www.abilenetx.com, under the City Spotlight heading.

 

Here are highlights of the proposed FY 14 budget:

 

 

 

No adjustments to the fee schedule are in the proposed FY 14 budget.

 

 

Sales tax growth is projected to increase for the FY 13 revised budget and the FY 14 proposed budget.   

 

 

This proposed tax rate is a decrease as compared to FY 13. The rate will be allocated between the General Fund and the Debt Service Funds.

 

The FY 14 general fund expenditures will require a tax rate of 50.49 cents for the General Fund. The FY 13 rate was 49.37 cents. In addition, 17.65 cents will be the required for the Debt Service Funds compared to the FY 13 rate of 19.23 cents. The decrease in the debt service rate is due to the cash financing of the FY 13 Capital Improvements Program.  

 

 

As an objective affirmed by the City Council, we remain committed to being an employer of choice by investing in the development, engagement, and compensation of our employees. Toward that goal, the proposed FY 14 budget includes an across the board compensation adjustment for all employees of 3% effective January 1, 2014. 

 

The City Council will hold Budget Workshops to review the proposed FY 14 budget at 1:00 p.m. on Tuesday, July 23 in City Council Chambers located inside City Hall, 555 Walnut St., and continue on Wednesday, July 24 if necessary.

The workshops will air live on Abilene Television Network (ATN), the City’s education and government channel. ATN is available on Suddenlink Cable Channel 7 and broadcast Channel 7 KXN-TV.

The 2014 fiscal year begins October 1, 2013 and ends on September 30, 2014.

 

 

July 3, 2013

 

National Therapeutic Recreation Week is July 8 - 12

 

ABILENE, Texas – In celebration of National Therapeutic Recreation Week (July 8 – 12), The City of Abilene’s Adaptive Recreation Services is hosting several events.

Here is the schedule of events taking place at Adaptive Recreation Services, 2609 South 7th St. in Rose Park:

 

 

 

 

 

 

Abilene Adaptive Recreation Services provides specialized leisure and adaptive recreational activities for persons with disabilities. ARS offers various programs throughout the year including the Special Olympics.

 

July 2, 2013

 

Abilene Police Department and Taylor County Sheriff’s Office

seek Justice Assistance Grant

 

                         

ABILENE, Texas – The Abilene Police Department and the Taylor County Sheriff’s Office are jointly applying for the Fiscal Year 2013 Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Awareness Grant Program: Local Solicitation. The grant is for $42,140 which the Police Department and Sheriff’s Office would share equally if awarded the funding.

 

In the grant application, the Police Department is seeking the following:

 

Protech Mighty Mite Ballistic Shield-The Police Department provides first responder protection to approximately 117,000 residents of the city of Abilene.  The Department has a need to purchase two ballistic shields to aid and provide protection to first responders faced with critical situations.  These shields will provide needed protection to officers when the risk of injury is heightened in tactical situations.

 

Taser Electronic Control Device- It has been the goal of the Police Department to equip each of its officers with an electronic control device.  The availability of this type of device has proven to reduce the risk of injuries not only for the officers but also the individuals they contact. In order to achieve this goal the Police Department needs to purchase six additional electronic control devices.

 

COBAN- The Abilene Police Department currently has a need to supplement its COBAN Digital recording/storage system with a new DVR burner system.  This device is use to create DVD/CD’s of digital stored evidence for use in criminal prosecutions and internal reviews. 

 

 

Citizens may provide input about the grant application by sending comments to:

 

Abilene Police Department

Attn: Lt. Scott Rowley, Training Division

PO Box 174

450 Pecan Street

Abilene, Texas 79604-0174

Phone: 325-676-6537

E-mail: scott.rowley@abilenetx.com

 

 

 

July 2, 2013

 

Animal Safety during Fourth of July holidays

 

ABILENE, Texas – The sights and sounds of the upcoming Fourth of July celebrations are enjoyable for people, but the commotion of some Independence Day events can confuse animals, make them nervous and even cause them to run away or place themselves in harmful situations. Listed below are tips to help keep your animals safe over the Fourth of July holiday:

1. Keep pets indoors and away from crowds so that they feel more protected.

2. Animals that are already crate trained may feel safest in their crate.

3. Consider boarding your animals in a safe place that is farther away from the holiday festivities. If you plan to travel during this time, boarding your animal might be a better option than leaving the animal at home.

4. Your veterinarian may choose to prescribe a sedative for your animal if it tends to become easily spooked by the fireworks. Remember that your animal must be seen by a veterinarian in order to receive any prescribed medications.

5. If you have horses, be sure to keep them inside barns or corralled and away from the sound of fireworks.

6. Place and identification tag on your animal or have your animal micro-chipped and registered

 

If your pet becomes lost:

1. Check the neighborhood or area where the pet became lost, as pets have been known to be found close to home even several days later. Put up signs with your pet's photo and your phone number.

2. Contact your microchip registration company. Once notified, they may activate a lost pet recovery network or place your lost pet on a "hot sheet."

3. Contact your veterinarian. If your pet is wearing a rabies tag, the number on the tag can be traced to your veterinarian.

4. Contact City of Abilene Animal Services at 325-698-0085 or visit www.abilenetx.com/animal to view pictures of all animals that have been brought to the Abilene Animal Shelter located at 925 South 25th St. If possible, visit the shelter daily to see if your pet has been brought in.  If an animal is wearing an identification tag with contact information, Animal Services staff will attempt to notify the owner.

5. Place a lost pet ad in your local newspaper or online, and check daily in “found pet” ads.

 

If you have concerns or questions about helping your animal to make it safely through the Fourth of July holiday, please consult your veterinarian.

 

 

 

July 1, 2013

 

City-related closings for July 4th holiday

 

ABILENE, Texas – Most City of Abilene offices and community service centers will be closed on Thursday, July 4 in observance of the Independence Day holiday with the exception of first responders providing life safety services from the Fire Department and Police Department.

 

The Abilene Animal Shelter will be closed July 4. Citizens with an Animal Control emergency may call the Abilene Police Department at 325-673-8331 and an Animal Services Officer will be available to respond. The Animal Shelter will re-open on Friday, July 5 at 10:30 a.m. to resume normal business hours. 

 

Solid Waste Services division offices will not be open July 4 but all commercial and residential container collection will run on regular schedules. There will be no bulk and brush collection on July 4, those scheduled collections will continue on July 5. The Environmental Recycling Center will also be closed for the holiday.

 

CityLink will not run fixed routes and paratransit service on July 4. The CityLink office will be closed on July 4 as well.  Only medical transportation trips will be scheduled that day.

 

The Municipal Court will also be closed on July 4. All citations due July 4 will be due on July 5 with no penalty.

 

The Abilene Zoo will be open to the public during regular hours from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.  

 

The Water Services Center, 701 E. Hwy. 80, will be open on July 4, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., to take delinquent payments for customers whose water has been turned off and for new customers needing water service. For water emergencies, sewer problems and reports of water conservation ordinance violations, citizens may call the Water Services Center’s emergency hotline, 325-676-6000, seven days a week, 24 hours a day.

 

Other City closings on July 4 include: City Hall, Abilene-Taylor County Public Health District, and all Abilene Public Library locations, Abilene Civic Center, the Development Corporation of Abilene, the Airport Administration Office and City Recreation and Senior Citizen centers.

 

 

June 27, 2013

 

City to host zero-tolerance week for high grass and weeds

 

ABILENE, Texas – The City of Abilene’s Code Compliance Division is asking property owners to keep their lawns and vegetation under 12 inches as required by city code. To encourage this, Code Enforcement Officers will adopt a zero-tolerance approach during the week of July 22-26. Property owners could receive a citation and a contractor could be called to mow the yard at the property owner’s expense.

 

City regulations define grass and weeds over 12 inches as a public nuisance and are a Class C misdemeanor subject to a fine of up to $500. 

Ed McRoy, Assistant Director of Planning and Development Services notes, “This issue generates the highest number of complaints for our Code Compliance Section and it cost our taxpayers approximately $20,000 to $30,000 each year to deal with.”

 

 

June 26, 2013

 

Win prizes for Parks and Recreation Month

 

ABILENE, Texas – The City of Abilene Parks and Recreation Division is hosting a contest to celebrate July as Parks and Recreation Month. One random winner will receive a $100 Gift Card. This is your opportunity to tell us why you love your Abilene Parks and Recreation.  To enter you must:

    • Take a photo of yourself or family members enjoying a City of Abilene Park or Recreation Facility.

     

    • Complete the following the following phrase “My Abilene Parks and Recreation is ___________________”.  For example, My Abilene Parks and Recreation is Awesome!

     

 

The contest ends on Thursday, July 18, at 11:59 PM. Top prize includes a $100 Gift Card.  Additional winners will receive Parks and Recreation Prize Packages.

 

All photographs submitted by the contestant become the property of the City of Abilene, will not be returned to contestant and may be used for promotional purposes. By entering the contest, the contestant agrees to these terms and conditions and releases the City of Abilene for any use of the photographs.

 

There is no limit on the number of entries.  For more information, please call 325-676-6217.

 

 

June 25, 2013

 

City welcomes new Communications & Media Relations Manager

 

ABILENE, Texas – The City of Abilene welcomes Leah Mazzarelli as the City’s new Communications & Media Relations Manager. Leah will start her new position in July and will represent the City as its primary spokesperson and communications manager.

 

She is originally from New York where she obtained her degree in Broadcast Journalism and Political Science from Syracuse University. Leah moved to Abilene two years ago to work in local television, most recently as the morning show anchor and producer for the NBC affiliate.

 

“I look forward to my new position, helping to get the City’s message out and serving the citizens of Abilene. This position will be a great challenge and one I’m excited about meeting” said Leah.

 

City Manager Larry Gilley said “Leah’s background and accomplishments are impressive.  The media and journalism skills she brings to the table will enhance our communications services to our citizens.”

 

 

June 18, 2013

 

Storm Shelter Registration program announced

 

ABILENE, Texas – The City of Abilene and Taylor County announce a Storm Shelter Registration program available to all residents. This free and opt-in (voluntary) program will provide emergency responders with a database of storm shelter/safe room/basement locations within the City of Abilene and Taylor County. Information gathered will be accessible only to emergency responders and will not be shared or distributed for any other reason.

 

Valuable information on the database such as shelter address, shelter type and shelter location on the property can help emergency agencies locate and assist residents who may have become trapped inside their shelters due to falling debris, structure collapse or other emergency situations.

 

Lieutenant Greg Goettsch of the Abilene Fire Department states, “This information could be crucial in the timely rescue of survivors of storm activity or malicious attacks by intruders who are otherwise unable to exit the structure without assistance.”

 

To register, citizens can go to the City’s website, www.abilenetx.com and look under I Want To… then click on Register My Storm Shelter. Citizens can also register by visiting the Taylor County website, www.taylorcountytexas.org and look under Government Offices, Emergency Mgmt. & Environmental Enforcement, then click on Storm Shelter Registration. Those who need assistance completing the form may contact 211Texas by dialing 2-1-1 or 673-8211 between the hours of 8:00 AM and 5:00 PM.

 

 

June 18, 2013

 

Neighborhood Services accepting applications for Single-Family Rehab and First Time Homebuyer Programs

 

ABILENE, Texas – The City of Abilene Office of Neighborhood Services has announced that they are accepting applications for the Single Family Rehab Program. These are voluntary programs funded through the FY2012/2013 HUD HOME Investment Partnerships program.

 

Single Family Rehab is an affordable housing program that addresses building code deficiencies (plumbing, electrical, roof), accessibility and safety issues.

 

The First Time Homebuyer Program offers down payment and closing cost assistance for persons buying a house for the first time.

 

Interested parties should call 325-437-4576 for information.

 

 

June 18, 2013

 

Public health concern over synthetic cannabinoids and bath salts

 

ABILENE, Texas – Synthetic cannabinoids, known by many names and sold as incense, and bath salts are becoming more prevalent in the city. These products are causing a public health concern for the citizens of Abilene and Taylor County as well as our schools.

 

Recently the Planning & Zoning Commission and the Abilene City Council unanimously voted to limit where businesses which sell these products inside the City limits can be located. Shops which continue to sell these products and are currently located in prohibited areas will have four months to relocate or close their businesses. While the action taken by the Council is a positive step in curbing the sale of synthetic marijuana, the City Council has urged State Legislators to adopt legislation which would ban these products. Texas Governor, Rick Perry has been asked to add this issue to the Special Legislative Session.

 

Information on how to contact area and State elected officials is now available on the City’s website: www.abilenetx.com

 

For more information on the dangers of these products, visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website, www.cdc.gov and search Synthetic Cannabinoids.

 

 

 

Elected Officials Contac Info.

 

Washington

 

U.S. Senator, John Cornyn

517 Hart Senate Building

Washington, D.C. 20510

Phone 202-224-2934. Fax 202-228-2856.

Texans writing Senator Cornyn or his staff should mail all correspondence to his Washington D.C. office or use the online contact form found on his website at www.cornyn.senate.gov

 

U.S. Senator, Ted Cruz

Dirksen Senate Office Bldg.

Suite SDB-40B, Washington DC 20510

Ph: (202) 224-5922

Contacting Senator Cruz may also be done through his website below www.cruz.senate.gov

 

U.S. Rep. Randy Neugebauer Congressional District 19

429 Cannon House Office Building

Washington, D.C. 20515

Phone 202-225-4005. Fax 202-225-9615

Abilene office- 500 Chestnut St., Room 819

Phone 325-675-9779. Fax 325-675-5038

For e-mail, go to www.randy.house.gov  

 

Austin

 

Texas Governor, Rick Perry

P.O. Box 12428

Austin, TX 78711

Phone 512-463-2000. Fax 512-463-1849

Information and Referral Hotline: (800) 843-5789, Office of the Governor Main Switchboard, (512) 463-2000. Website: http://www.governor.state.tx.us/

 

Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst

P.O. Box 12068

Austin, TX 78711

Phone 512-463-0001.

Website: http://www.ltgov.state.tx.us/

Write to state representatives at P.O. Box 2910, Austin, TX 78768. To e-mail legislators, go to www.capitol.state.tx.us and click on the appropriate links.

 

Texas Senate

 

Senator Troy Fraser- District 24

P.O. Box 12068, Capitol Station

Austin, TX 78711

Phone 512-463-0124

Website: http://www.senate.state.tx.us/75r/senate/members/dist24/dist24.htm

 

Senator Robert Duncan- District 28

P.O. Box 12068, Capitol Station

Austin, TX 78711

Phone 512-463-0128

Website: http://www.senate.state.tx.us/75r/senate/members/dist28/dist28.htm

 

Texas State Representative-District 71

 

Representative Susan King

P.O. Box 2910

Austin, TX 78768

Phone 512-463-0718

Website: http://www.house.state.tx.us/members/member-page/?district=71

 

 

June 15, 2013

 

General Runoff Election for City Council Place 6

 

To the Registered voters of the City of Abilene Texas:

Notice is hearby given that the polling places listed below will be open from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., on June 15, 2013, for voting in a general election to elect City Councilmember Place 6.

 

Precincts                                      Polling Locations

101-107A-205                                  Johnston Elementary

                                                      3602 N.12th St

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102-103-404-405                              Church of Christ

                                                      S. 11th and Willis (3333 S. 11th)

 

104-105-106                                   Westminster Presbyterian

                                                      4514 S. 14th

 

201-202-203-204-401                       New Life Temple Assembly of God

                                                     2465 Old Anson Rd.

 

108-301-302-304-305                       New Beginnings United Pentecostal Church

306-307A                                        5535 Buffalo Gap Rd.

 

402-403                                          Hillcrest Church of Christ

                                                      605 E. Ambler (Jones County Pct. 302)

 

406-407                                          Thomas Elementary School

                                                      1240 Lakeside Drive

 

 

June 13 , 2013

 

Motorcycle. scooter enthusiasts to celebrate Ride to Work Day

 

ABILENE, Texas – The 3rd Annual Abilene Motorcycle and Scooter Ride to Work Day will take place on Monday, June 17, 2013. Ride to Work Day is celebrated annually around the world to promote the value of motorcycle and scooter transportation while highlighting safety as well as public awareness. Benefits include saving on gasoline, reducing traffic congestion and just being a fun mode of transportation.

 

Motorcycle and scooter owners are invited to celebrate Ride to Work Day by gathering with their motorcycle or scooter in front of City Hall, located at 555 Walnut St., at 11 a.m. The group will then ride to Kent’s Harley Davidson, located at 3106 South Clack St., for a free lunch. 

 

“Ride to Work Day is a great opportunity for anyone who rides motorcycles or scooters to get together,” said Dean Cater, Abilene’s Ride to Work Coordinator. “We can heighten motorcycle and scooter awareness in our community and make Abilene a safer place to ride.”

 

For more information about the 3rd Annual Motorcycle and Scooter Ride to Work Day, visit www.abilenempo.org under Upcoming Events, or contact Abilene’s Ride to Work Coordinator Dean Carter at 325-437-4542.

 

 

June 10 , 2013

 

Movie in the Park coming June 14

 

ABILENE, Texas – The City of Abilene Recreation Division will show “Dolphin Tale” at Movie in the Park Friday, June 14. The movie is inspired by the amazing true story of a brave dolphin and the compassionate strangers who banded together to save her life.

 

The movie will begin at 9 p.m. at the Rose Park Amphitheatre located at South 7th St. and Barrow St. There is no cost to attend and everyone is welcome. Bring family, friends, blankets, lawn chairs and beverages and enjoy a movie night at Rose Park.

 

For additional information, please call 325-676-6217.

 

 

June 3 , 2013

 

Late Night Basketball begins June 11

 

ABILENE, Texas – Late Night Basketball at the G.V. Daniels Recreation Center begins Tuesday, June 11 and runs through July 28 on Tuesday and Thursday nights for both girls and boys ages 13 to 18 years old.  Games will take place from 6 to 9 p.m. at the center.  Each night will feature not only basketball but a variety of speakers touching on topics like drugs, relationships, violence, consequences of choices and goals.

 

“The Late Night Basketball League is a preemptive program that teaches young boys and girls the importance of making positive choices in their life through the game of basketball,” said Terrence Crisp, G.V. Daniels Coordinator.

 

Late Night Basketball is free for everyone.  Those interested can sign up the first night of the program Tuesday, June 11 at 6 p.m.  G.V Daniels Recreation Center is located at 541 North 8th St. For more information about Late Night Basketball or other activities at G.V. Daniels Recreation Center, call 325-676-6443.

 

 

May 30, 2013

 

Rabies confirmed in stray dog

 

ABILENE, Texas – The City of Abilene Animal Services is asking any citizen who may have been at the Animal Shelter, located at 925 S. 25 Street, between the dates of Wednesday, May 22 and Friday, May 24 to call 325-437-4585 and leave the requested information. You will be contacted by the Texas Department of State Health Services with more information.

 

Animal Services has confirmed a Blue Heeler mix puppy (pictured below) turned into the shelter from outside the city limits, has tested positive for rabies. The dog was brought in to the shelter on Wednesday, May 22, with no unusual symptoms. By Friday, May 24, the puppy was acting erratically and, for the safety of the general population, was humanely euthanized.

 

Animal Services stresses the importance of immunizing pets over the age of four months, keeping them confined in a secure enclosure or on a leash while walking and to immediately report any wild animals exhibiting unusual behavior.

 

Rabies is a viral disease of the central nervous system. It can be transmitted by the bite of a rabid animal or through the saliva of a rabid animal being introduced into a fresh scratch or similar skin break and rarely by other routes. Saliva in contact with unbroken skin, or even on a scratch wound over 24 hours old where a scab has formed, usually do not require anti-rabies treatment. You should immediately see a doctor if you have been bitten and think the animal could be rabid.

 

For more information on rabies you may go to the American Veterinary Medical Association website: www.avma.org or www.worldrabiesday.org

 

 

May 30, 2013

 

The City of Abilene pools open Saturday, June 1, under the direction of USA Pools

 

ABILENE, Texas – This weekend, cool off at the City of Abilene’s pools, Rose Park Pool, 2642 S. 9th Street, and Stevenson Park Pool, 541 EN 7th Street. The summer pool season kicks off Saturday, June 1, 2013.

 

Hours of operation for Rose Park Pool will be 1 p.m. to 6 p.m., Tuesday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday and 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday.
Admission is $4 per person for adults, age 16 and older, and $2 for youth, age 6 - 15. A concession stand is available.

 

Hours of operation for Stevenson Park Pool will be 1 p.m. to 6 p.m., Tuesday through Sunday. Admission is $1 for ages 6 – 15 and $2 for ages 16 and over.

 

Children 5 and under at both pools are admitted free with a paying adult.

 

Rose Park and Stevenson Pools are available for private rentals. Reservations can be made by calling USA Pools at 1-877-248-1872 ext.0.

 

New this year, USA Pools will offer swim lessons. For more information or to schedule lessons, contact USA Pools at 1-877-248-1872 ext.0.

 

 

May 30, 2013

 

Sign up for Safety City's Summer Safety Camp

 

ABILENE, Texas – It’s time to sign up for Safety City’s Summer Safety Camp.  The camp, located at Safety City will have two sessions available. The first one begins Monday, July 22, and runs through Thursday, July 25. The second session begins Monday, August 5 and runs through Thursday, August 8. 

 

Summer Safety Camp will offer activities and lessons about various safety topics in a hands-on learning environment.  Each day will feature a special guest and topics such as water, bicycle and bus safety, sports and fitness safety, fire safety and making good choices.  

 

Registration is taking place now through Friday, July 12. The camp is open to students entering the 2nd through 4th grade in the coming school year. Cost is $40 per person which includes a T-shirt if registered by the July 16 deadline.

Space is limited so register soon.  To download a registration form, visit www.safetycityabilene.net/safetycamp.  For more information call 325-676-6096 or e-mail safetycity@abilenetx.com.

 

 

May 28, 2013

 

CityLink Summer Fun Passes now available

 

ABILENE, Texas –CityLink Transit now offers Summer Fun Psses for kids that use the City bus system to get to and from summer activities. The passes, available for students 5 to 18 years of age, can be used for an unlimited number of rides on the fixed-route bus system from June 1, through August 31.

 

Summer Fun Passes may be purchased at CityLink bus station located at 1189 South 2nd St. All students are eligible for a $15 Summer Fun Pass.

 

For more information, call 325-676-6287 or visit CityLink at 1189 S.2nd St.

 

 

May 24, 2013

 

Abilene Zoo kicks off giraffe exhibit expansion

 

ABILENE, Texas – The Abilene Zoological Society invites the local media to attend the announcement of a $3million giraffe exhibit expansion and renovation project.  This two-year project will include doubling the area of the current exhibit and adding a new covered feeding deck.  Three smaller exhibits of African animals are also included in the expansion.

 

WHEN:         Thursday, May 30

TIME:             10:00 a.m.

WHERE:        Abilene Zoo Learning Center/Administration Building Classroom A

 

Architectural drawings of the amazing new exhibit, press packets and a tour of the current giraffe facilities will be available.

 

Zoo officials and Society volunteers will be available to answer media questions.

 

 

May 22, 2013

 

Most City offices closed for Memorial Day

 

ABILENE, Texas – Most City of Abilene offices and community service centers will be closed Monday, May 27, 2013 in observance of Memorial Day.

 

The Abilene Animal Shelter will be closed on May 27, but will be open on Saturday, May 25 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Citizens with animal-related emergencies should call the Abilene Police Department at 673-8331 and the animal control officer on duty will be dispatched to handle the call. The shelter will resume normal hours on Tuesday, May 28, with field calls will being answered beginning at 9 a.m.

 

The Solid Waste Services Division will provide all scheduled residential and commercial container collection on Memorial Day. There will be no brush or bulky collection on Monday. That collection will resume on Tuesday, May 28. The Environmental Recycling Center (ERC) will be open normal hours Saturday, May 25. The ERC will be closed Monday.

 

The Municipal Court will also be closed Memorial Day. All citations due on May 27, will be due May 28.

 

CityLink Transit will not run on Monday. Other holiday closings include City Hall, the Water Office, Health Division, all Abilene Public Library locations, Abilene Civic Center, the Development Corporation of Abilene, the Airport Administration Office and City Recreation and Senior Citizen centers.

 

However, the Water Service Center on 701 E. Highway 80 will be open May 27, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. to accept delinquent payments, to continue water services and to set up services for new customers. The Water Emergency Repair Service’s hotline, 676-6000, is also available 24 hours a day to report water and sewer problems.

 

The Abilene Zoo is open regular hours from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Memorial Day.

 

 

May 16, 2013

 

Corrected Rabies Case within Abilene city limits

 

ABILENE, Texas –The City of Abilene’s Animal Services division announced that there is a positive case of rabies in a skunk found in South Abilene in the 3400 Blk. of Buffalo Gap Rd. The specimen was confirmed by the Texas Department of State Health Services. Three domestic dogs were with the rabid skunk, two were current on their vaccinations and one was not.

 

                                                          

Animal Services recommends the following tips to help alleviate the potential danger of rabies:

 

  • Immunize all dogs and cats over the age of four months.

 

  • Keep all pets confined in a secure enclosure or on a leash while walking.

 

  • Immediately report any wild animals exhibiting unusual behavior.

 

Rabies is a virus disease of the central nervous system. It can be transmitted by the bite of a rabid animal or through the saliva of a rabid animal being introduced into a fresh scratch or similar skin break and rarely by other routes. Saliva in contact with unbroken skin or even on a scratch wound over 24 hours old (one where a scab has formed) usually won’t require anti-rabies treatment. You should immediately see a doctor if you have been bitten and think the animal could be rabid.

In case of contact with a potentially rabid animal in city limits, contact:              Animal Services: 325-698-0085 (regular hours) or 325-673-8331 (after hours)

 

 

May 14, 2013

 

Upcoming City Council meeting date change

 

ABILENE, Texas – The next Abilene City Council meeting is scheduled to take place Monday, May 20 at 8:30 a.m. in City Hall Council Chambers.

 

Usually held on Thursday’s, this meeting was rescheduled so that canvassing returns and results of the May 11, 2013 City General Election could be presented within 11 days after the election which is required by state law. For a copy of the agenda, log onto www.abilenetx.com and go to City Government, City Council and click on Agenda and Minutes.

 

For more information about the May 20, 2013 City Council meeting, contact the City Secretary’s office at 325-676-6202. 

 

 

May 13, 2013

 

Come Celebrate Bike to School and Work Day

 

ABILENE, Texas – Thousands of bicycles travel the Abilene roadways. In celebration, National Bike to School/Work Day will be celebrated on Friday, May 17. This special day highlights bicycle safety as well as promotes public awareness. In Abilene, bicyclists are invited to ride their bikes to school or work.

 

The Ride to School event begins at 10 a.m. at Dyess Elementary located at 402 Delaware Rd. with a media conference following and remarks from AISD, Abilene Police and Fire Departments, The Melvin Martin Center for Children’s Safety, TxDOT, Biketown,  Abilene Bicycle Club and Dyess AFB.     

 

The Bike to Work event begins at 11:30 a.m. at City Hall located at 555 Walnut St. with a ride to the Center for Contemporary Arts at 220 Cypress St. and closing remarks.

 

“Bike to School/Work Day is a great opportunity to educate citizens about the shared roads concept for motorists, bicyclists and pedestrians in our city,” said E’Lisa Smetana, Event Coordinator. “We can heighten bicycle and pedestrian awareness in our community and make Abilene a safer place for cycling or walking.”

 

For more information on Bike to School/Work Day contact Abilene Metropolitan Planning Organization Executive Director, E’Lisa Smetana at 325-676-6492.

 

 

May 13, 2013

 

Living Well/Health and Fitness Jamboree

 

ABILENE, Texas – Friday, May 17 the Rose Park Senior Activity Center will host a Living Well/Health and Fitness Jamboree. Activities begin at 8:30 a.m. and last until noon.  The Jamboree is a day of fun activities to promote the importance of overall health and fitness for senior citizens.  This free event is open to adults 55 years of age and above.

 

Guests can visit many exhibitor booths and sessions that will include speakers and demonstrations focusing on overall health and wellness. Door prizes will be given away at the event. Lunch will not be served at the event but refreshments will be available.

 

Rose Park Senior Activity Center is located at 2625 South 7th St.  For more information about the Living Well/Health Fitness Jamboree and activities leading up to the Jamboree, call 325-734-5300.

 

 

May 11, 2013

 

May 11, 2013 General City/School Electtion polling sites


Precinct #
Precinto#

101, 107A, 205 Johnston Elementary School – 3602 North 12th, Abilene, TX 79603
102, 103           Church of Christ-S.11th & Willis – 3333 South 11th, Abilene, TX 79605
104, 105, 106    Westminster Presbyterian Church – 4515 South 14th St., Abilene, TX 79605
107                   Tye Community Center – 103 Scott Street, Tye, TX 79563
201, 202            Cobb Park Recreation Ctr. – 2302 State Street, Abilene, TX 79603
203, 204, 401     Sears Park Recreation Ctr. – 2250 Ambler Ave., Abilene, TX 79603
206                    Merkel Middle School Gym – South 3rd & Ash, Merkel, TX 79536
207, 109T          First Financial Bank – 117 N. Main Street, Trent, TX 79561
301, 302            Southern Hills Church of Christ – 3666 Buffalo Gap Rd., Abilene, TX        79605
303                    Tuscola City Hall – 418 Graham Street, Tuscola, TX 79562
304, 305            New Beginnings United Pentecostal Church – 5535 Buffalo Gap Rd., Abilene, TX 79606
108, 306, 307 Zion Lutheran Church - 2801 Antilley Rd., Abilene, TX 79606
(Wylie I.S.D.)
308, 108J          Buffalo Gap City Hall – 709 Litel Street, Buffalo Gap, TX 79508
402, 403 Hillcrest Church of Christ - 650 East Ambler, Abilene, TX 79601
(Jones County Pct. 302)
404, 405           Highland Church of Christ - 425 Highland, Abilene, TX 79605
406, 407, 408 Thomas Elementary School- 1240 Lakeside Drive, Abilene, TX 79602
(407, 408 Wylie I.S.D.)
409 Lawn City Hall – 150 Main Street, Lawn, TX 79530
(Runnels County 33)

 

 

May 9, 2013

 

Weather Related Street Closures

4:30 p.m.

Stormwater Services has closed the Mockingbird underpass until further notice. The pump is not operational and any water could quickly rise.

 

May 8, 2013

 

Results of Best Tasting Water Contest

 

ABILENE, Texas – The 44th Annual Central West Texas Regional Water School held the “Best Tasting Water Contest” Tuesday, May 7, at the Abilene Civic Center.  Below are the results of the contest:

 

Best Overall – City of Wink

Best Ground Water serving less than 10,000 residents – City of Wink

Best Surface Water serving less than 10,000 residents – City of Bridgeport

Best Surface Water serving greater than 10,000 residents – City of Abilene

             

Public water systems were encouraged to enter their water in the contest that was judged by a three member panel. Contestants had to be public water systems that treat the drinking water themselves and have at least one representative who is a member of TWUA.

 

The Cities of Wink and Abilene will be eligible to compete at the State Contest in February 2014 in Corpus Christi, representing the Central West Texas Region upon approval of the results by the Big Country LAS Executive Committee.

 

Entries came from Abilene, Jacksboro, Wink, Kermit, Sterling City, Bridgeport,Robert Lee, Winters, Stamford and Runaway Bay.

 

May 7 , 2013

 

Physical fitness opportunities for citizens

 

ABILENE, Texas – The City of Abilene Recreation Division is offering a Co-Ed Volleyball League and a Woman’s Basketball League for the summer. 

 

The Co-Ed Volleyball League will feature rally point scoring. Games will be held on Monday and Thursday evenings from June 10 through July 11. A championship round will follow. Games will be played at Cesar Chavez South Park Recreation Center located at 1002 Cherry St. A mandatory managers meeting will be held Thursday, June 6, at 6 p.m. at Cesar Chavez Recreation Center. Registration deadline is June 6. Cost is $175 per team. Teams must have at least three women on the court at all times.

 

The Women’s Basketball League begins play on Monday, July 15. Games will be played on Mondays and Thursdays at Cesar Chavez South Park Recreation Center located at 1002 Cherry St. through August 10. Registration deadline is July 11 and is open to women 18 years of age and older. A mandatory managers meeting will be held Thursday, July 11, at 6 p.m. at Cesar Chavez Recreation Center.

 

For more information on either one of these programs you may contact Cesar Chavez Recreation Center at 325-676-6442 or 325-676-6217

 

May 2 , 2013

 

City's Recycling Center to expand hours of operation

 

ABILENE, Texas – Beginning May 7, the City’s Environmental Recycling Center (ERC) will expand its weekday hours of operation. The new operating hours are:

Sunday- Closed

Monday: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Tuesday to Friday: 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Saturday: 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

 

“The new hours will allow citizens to take advantage of longer summer daylight hours,” said ERC Manager, Bob Ervin. In addition to the longer hours, only #1 & #2 plastic will be accepted at the ERC and drop-off site locations. This change is a result of decisions by recycling manufacturers that are no longer purchasing #3 through #7 plastic or plastic bags.

 

Water bottles are an example of #1 plastic and milk jugs are an example of #2 plastic.

 

For more information about ERC programs and services, visit http://www.abilenetx.com/SolidWasteServices/recycle.htm or call the ERC at 325-672-2209. The ERC is located at 2209 Oak St.

 

 

May 1 , 2013

 

Best Tasting Water Contest

 

ABILENE, Texas – The 44th annual Central West Texas Regional Water School will hold the “Best Tasting Water Contest” at 9:00 a.m. on Tuesday, May 7, 2013 in the main foyer of the Abilene Civic Center at 1100 N. 6th Street.

 

Public water systems are encouraged to enter their water in the contest by contacting Mike Michaud at the Environmental Lab at (325) 676-6041 no later than Wednesday, May 1, 2013. Contestants must be public water systems that actually treat the drinking water themselves and have at least one representative who is a member of the Texas Water Utilities Association (TWUA).

 

The judges, who are members in good standing with the TWUA, will look for specific taste qualities when determining the award winners. The categories for the contest are:

 

              Best Ground Water, population greater than 10,000

              Best Ground Water, population less than 10,000

              Best Surface Water, population greater than 10,000

              Best Surface Water, population less than 10,000

              Best Overall Tasting Water

 

The contest winners will be announced during the Central West Texas Regional Water School luncheon at 12:00 p.m. on Wednesday, May 8 on the exhibition floor of the Abilene Civic Center.

 

The TWUA Central West Texas Regional School provides training for area and regional water and wastewater employees for licensing.

 

 

April 26, 2013

 

Second rabies case confirmed within Abilene city limits

 

ABILENE, Texas – The City of Abilene’s Animal Services Division announced that there has been another positive case of rabies in a skunk found in south Abilene. This is the second positive test confirmed this month. The specimen was confirmed by the Texas Department of State Health Services. Animals Services will deliver notices to those residing in the area where the positive rabies case was confirmed.

                                                        

Animal Services recommends the following tips to help alleviate the potential danger of rabies:

 

  • Immunize all dogs and cats over the age of four months.

 

  • Keep all pets confined in a secure enclosure or on a leash while walking.

 

  • Immediately report any wild animals exhibiting unusual behavior.

 

Rabies is a virus disease of the central nervous system. It can be transmitted by the bite of a rabid animal or through the saliva of a rabid animal being introduced into a fresh scratch or similar skin break and rarely by other routes. Saliva in contact with unbroken skin or even on a scratch wound over 24 hours old (one where a scab has formed) usually won’t require anti-rabies treatment. You should immediately see a doctor if you have been bitten and think the animal could be rabid.

 

In case of contact with a potentially rabid animal in city limits, contact:

Animal Services: 325-698-0085 (regular hours) or 325-673-8331 (after hours).

 

April 18, 2013

 

City of Abilene implements new technology for job applications

 

ABILENE, Texas – The City of Abilene is launching a new software system to improve the application and hiring processes for employment with the City.  Beginning Monday, April 22, 2013, job seekers will be able to apply online for open positions by visiting www.cityofabilene.jobs.  Interested candidates can apply for current vacancies or sign up for new openings as they become available.  Using this new technology, the City’s Human Resources staff and department managers will be able to access online records to expedite hiring and enhance selection of new employees. The new software streamlines the job search and application process for job seekers.  Instead of completing multiple applications to apply for multiple job openings, candidates will use one profile to submit multiple applications electronically.    

 

“This new online system will significantly enhance the process for applicants as well as create efficiencies for HR staff and hiring managers,” said Ronnie Kidd, Managing Director for Administration. 

 

Beginning April 22, 2013, the City will begin to phase out paper applications. Job seekers will be able to submit applications from their own personal computers, or submit applications using kiosks in the customer relations center on the first floor of City Hall or by accessing computers at one of the City’s three library branches.  The Texas Workforce Commission is also partnering with the City to provide computer access to job seekers.  As always, assistance for applicants is available at City Hall located at 555 Walnut St. from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

 

April 17, 2013

 

Coca-Cola Refreshments of Abilene to receive
Keep Abilene Beautiful Award

  

ABILENE, Texas – Keep Abilene Beautiful and Mayor Norm Archibald will award the 2013 Mayor’s Water Conservation Award to Coca-Cola Refreshments of Abilene during the Chamber of Commerce Business After Hours this Thursday, April 18.

 

“It’s a pleasure to recognize Coca-Cola Refreshments of Abilene,” said Mayor Norm Archibald. “We value their efforts to promote water conservation and waste reduction initiatives in our community.”

 

Nominated by the City of Abilene’s Stormwater Services Division, Coca-Cola partnered with the City of Abilene in September 2011 to donate rain barrels to the citizens of Abilene.  The rain barrels collect water in order to help offset water bills, assist with everyday gardening tasks and reduce storm water runoff.  Coca-Cola donates 50 rain barrel kits and drums each quarter which are distributed from the City’s Environmental Recycling Center. 

 

“For more than 60 years, Coca-Cola of Abilene has played an active, hands-on role in the Abilene community,” said Buddy Moore, Plant Manager, Coca-Cola Refreshments.  “As part of our water stewardship commitment we're implementing a wide range of in-plant conservation and waste reduction initiatives.  These include watershed protection, expanding community drinking water access, the Rain Barrel Program, agricultural water use efficiency and water reclamation representing more than 1,000,000 gallons of water per month.  To reach our company’s 2020 Vision sustainability goals, Coca-Cola Refreshments of Abilene has committed to a 5% water reduction, reclaim, replenish goal annually through 2020.”

The award ceremony, hosted by Keep Abilene Beautiful, The Fire Escape and Clearlight Windows and Doors, will take place at The Fire Escape, located at 501 Hickory St., on Thursday, April 18 beginning at 5:30 p.m.   

 

April 16, 2013

 

Nelson Splash Park opens Saturday

ABILENE, Texas –Nelson Splash Park will open this Saturday, April 20. Nelson Splash is free to the public and operates seasonally from sun up to sun down seven days a week. Nelson Splash is located in Nelson Park next to the Abilene Zoo, Camp Barkeley Dog Park, Nelson Lake, Fort Imagination playground and Nelson Park softball fields. 

 

The 3,000 square foot splash park has 26 water features and areas for both younger and older children. The water features are triggered by sensors which are activated by tapping the hand at the main entrance. Nelson Splash also has shaded picnic tables, water fountain, and restroom facilities. Open flame barbeque pits are not allowed within 100 feet of Nelson Splash. For more information about the City of Abilene’s parks system, visit http://www.abilenetx.com/Parks/index.htm.

 

April 12, 2013

 

Seal coat street improvement project begins Monday

 

ABILENE, Texas – Monday, April 14, 2013 the City of Abilene’s Public Works Department will begin a seal coat street improvement project that will take place in five areas around the city. The first improvement area is located on Buffalo Gap Road to Treadaway Boulevard and Danville to South 27th Street. This first phase of the project will take an estimated three weeks to complete depending on weather conditions.

The seal coat project is scheduled to take place in the following order:

Area #1

Various streets within the following area:

Buffalo Gap Road to Treadaway Boulevard and Danville Drive to South 27 Street

Area #2

Various streets within the following area:

Sayles Boulevard to Treadaway Boulevard and South 14th Street to South 7th Street

Area #3

Various streets within the following area:

Danville Drive to Mockingbird Lane and North 1st Street and North 10th Street

Area #4

Various streets within the following area:

Treadaway Boulevard and Judge Ely Boulevard to East North 10th Street and Ambler Avenue

Area #5

Various streets within the following area:

Treadaway Boulevard to Judge Ely Boulevard and East Highway 80 to East North 10th Street

Signage will be placed in the effected neighborhoods and notifications will be made to property owners in the area.  Residents are asked not to park on the street while seal coat improvements are taking place on their street.  Drivers traveling in these areas are encouraged to be cautious of workers performing the seal coat improvements.  

To view maps of the project areas and specific streets that will be seal coated, visit the City’s website www.abilenetx.com and look under the City Spotlight heading.

 

April 11, 2013

 

Rabies case confirmed within Abilene city limits

 

ABILENE, Texas – The City of Abilene’s Animal Services division announced that there is a positive case of rabies in a skunk found in south east Abilene. The specimen was confirmed by the Texas Department of State Health Services. Animals Services has also confined a dog that came into contact with the skunk and will be delivering notices to those neighborhood residents that a positive rabies case was confirmed in their area.

                                                          

Animal Services recommends the following tips to help alleviate the potential danger of rabies:

 

 Immunize all dogs and cats over the age of four months.

 Keep all pets confined in a secure enclosure or on a leash while walking.

 Immediately report any wild animals exhibiting unusual behavior.

 

Rabies is a virus disease of the central nervous system. It can be transmitted by the bite of a rabid animal or through the saliva of a rabid animal being introduced into a fresh scratch or similar skin break and rarely by other routes. Saliva in contact with unbroken skin or even on a scratch wound over 24 hours old (one where a scab has formed) usually won’t require anti-rabies treatment. You should immediately see a doctor if you have been bitten and think the animal could be rabid.

In case of contact with a potentially rabid animal in city limits, contact:

Animal Services: 325-698-0085 (regular hours) or 325-673-8331 (after hours).

 

April 3, 2013

 

City Recreation’s Summer Playground registration coming soon

  

ABILENE, Texas – Registration for the City of Abilene Recreation Division’s Summer Playground Program will begin Wednesday, April 10 at 9 a.m. The Summer Playground Program offers children ages 6 to 13 a safe environment during the summer to enjoy games, field trips, crafts, gym activities and more at one of six locations around Abilene Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Breakfast and lunch will be provided courtesy of Abilene ISD.

Online registration will be available at www.abilenetx.com by looking under the City Spotlight heading. For those registering online, please contact the Community Services Office prior to April 10 at 325-676-6217 to receive a username and password which is required to register. Registration will also take place on April 10 at the City of Abilene’s Community Services Office located at 633 Walnut St.  

Session One will be held June 10 to June 28 at a costs of $71 per child.  Session Two will be held July 1 to July 26 (no activities held July 4) and costs $87 per child.  Session Three will be held July 29 to August 16 (no meals provided the week of August 12) and costs $71 per child.  Field trip fees are not included in the cost.  Each child will receive a free Summer Playground T-shirt for the summer.

Summer Playground locations are:

Cesar Chavez South Park Recreation Center; 1002 Cherry Street

Cobb Park Recreation Center; 2302 State Street

G.V. Daniels Recreation Center; 541 North 8th Street

Rose Park Recreation Center; 2605 South 7th Street

Sears Park Recreation Center; 2250 Ambler Avenue

Jackson Elementary; 2650 South 32nd Street (Jackson Elementary will be open Session One and Two only.)

For more information about the Summer Playground Program, please call 325-676-6217.

 

April 2, 2013

 

“Don’t Mess with Texas Trash-Off” to take place Saturday

  

ABILENE, Texas –This Saturday, April 6, Keep Abilene Beautiful, the Texas Department of Transportation and the City of Abilene are partnering to host the “Don’t Mess with Texas Trash-Off”. The beautification event will bring together hundreds of volunteers who will pick up litter in public areas such as streets, highways and empty fields.

Registration for the “Don’t Mess with Texas Trash-Off” will take place in the Kmart parking lot located at 4565 South 1st St. from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. Lunch will be provided from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. to all volunteers, along with musical entertainment and games.  Volunteers are still needed.  Families or groups can pre-register for the Trash-Off by calling 325-734-3301 or by visiting www.keepabilenebeautiful.org. Keep Abilene Beautiful will also recognize the largest volunteer group for their participation.

“Last year, 472 volunteers collected over 10,000 pounds of litter,” said Keep Abilene Beautiful Coordinator Nicole Eaves. “This year we hope to have even more people from the community participate in the “Don’t Mess with Texas Trash-Off” and help make Abilene an even better place to live.”

Drivers in Abilene are encouraged to be especially watchful of volunteers who are participating in the “Don’t Mess with Texas Trash-Off” on Saturday, April 6.  

 

April 2, 2013

 

Abilene participates in World Autism Awareness Day

ABILENE, TX. – The city of Abilene is taking part in World Autism Awareness Day by turning the lights of the Abilene Civic Center blue tonight April 2, 2013. This is part of the Light It Up Blue movement started by the organization Autism Speaks.

Tonight, prominent structures across North America and the world will turn their lights blue in efforts to raise awareness for autism and commemorate World Autism Awareness Day which is today Tuesday, April 2.

Well known structures that will bask in the blue light include the Empire State Building and Rockefeller Center in New York City, Sydney Opera House in Sydney, Australia and the CN Tower in Toronto, Canada.

“As a parent of an autistic child, I understand firsthand the financial and emotional challenges autism places on families,” said David A. Vela, Deputy City Manager. “Many children in Abilene and the surrounding areas could be helped to reach their greatest potential with accurate, early diagnosis and appropriate intervention.”

“I am grateful that the city of Abilene has chosen to raise community awareness and participate in World Autism Awareness Day,” said Vela.