- Mayor Announces Drought Contingency Measures & Preview Water Conservation Improvements to City Facilities
Earlier today, Corpus Christi Mayor Nelda Martinez announced Moderate Drought Stage 2 of the City’s Drought Contingency Plan at a press conference at the American Bank Center.
After being in voluntary Stage 1 measures for eight months, continuing drought conditions contributed to lowering lake levels below 40%, requiring the City to initiate Moderate Drought Stage 2. “Conservation is our least expensive and most available option for protecting our water supply,” Mayor Martinez said. “We ask everyone, including the 10 cities in the Coastal Bend the City of Corpus Christi supplies water to, to do their part to conserve.” The provisions include:
- Summer 2014 Adult Softball League
Four Divisions * Registration offered July 21–August 14
The Corpus Christi Parks & Recreation Department will be offering its Summer II 2014 Adult Softball League, which is comprised of four divisions, at the Greenwood Softball Complex, 4501 Greenwood Drive. Each league will feature a nine-game season that will begin the week of August 25, 2014.
- City Road Closures for the Week of July 12 – July 18, 2014
Shoreline Boulevard Realignment
Saturday – Friday
Southbound Shoreline Boulevard will be closed from Schatzell Street to Furman Avenue and motorists will be detoured to westbound Schatzell Street, then southbound Water Street to Shoreline Boulevard. Lawrence Street will become two-way traffic from Water Street to northbound Shoreline Boulevard. Water Street, between Furman Avenue to Buford Street, will become a one-way street. Westbound Buford Street, from southbound Shoreline Boulevard, will be open to church traffic only. Drivers are encouraged to turn onto Water Street from IH-37 instead of driving to Shoreline Boulevard and using the detour.
- Filing Period to begin for City Council Candidates
City Secretary Rebecca Huerta reminds everyone the City election for Mayor, three At-Large Council Members and five District Council Members will be held on November 4, 2014.
- Mayor to be honored by National Latino Leaders Group
Corpus Christi Mayor Nelda Martinez will be recognized this weekend for her outstanding leadership skills during the U.S. Conference of Mayors annual summer meeting in Dallas. The Latino Leaders Network (LLN) will host the 22nd Tribute to Mayors Sunday, June 22nd at the Omni Dallas Hotel.
“When I reflect on receiving the Latino Leadership Award, I must acknowledge the many strong, wise women who modeled leadership for me growing up – from my formidable mother to my dear friend and mentor, the late mayor Mary Rhodes. Additionally, I am pleased that this honor recognizes the many best practice advances Corpus Christi has made in managing growth, maintaining infrastructure, and planning for a future water supply – work that simply couldn’t happen without a dedicated City staff and a cohesive and very capable Council team. I remind myself every day how blessed I am to be the Mayor of the most beautiful city in the Milky Way Galaxy,” said Mayor Martinez.
- Coastal Bend Green Built Association Joins with the City of Corpus Christi in Announcing the Water Smart Design Home Certification
New Home Certifications Now Available from the Departments of Environmental and Strategic Initiatives (Water), Gas, and Parks and Recreation
The City of Corpus Christi and the Coastal Bend Green Built Association are pleased to announce the new Water Smart Design Home Certification. The new program will be outlined Thursday, June 19, at 10 a.m. at 7638 Rancho Vista Blvd, in Corpus Christi. The announcement will be held at a new home that incorporates important water saving elements. "We at the CBGB have worked closely with the City on this conservation program and are very happy to see the City recognizing the Water-Saving benefits of a New Home,” said Bart Braselton, Chairman of the Coastal Bend Green Built Association.
- City Senior Centers and Reliant Energy to host "Beat the Heat" Cooling Centers
Corpus Christi Senior Community Services in partnership with Reliant Energy are hosting the "Beat the Heat" project. This marks the 5th consecutive year that Reliant Energy Cooling Centers provide places for South Texas residents to escape the heat, stay cool during the day and minimize their home electricity use.
- City Manager’s Diploma Policy Paying Off
Receiving a high school diploma is an achievement most people accomplish but sometimes reaching the goal can be difficult. In June 2012, City Manager Ron Olson discovered more than 100 City employees did not have at least a high school diploma or equivalency certificate and made a policy change to make that milestone more achievable. The City of Corpus Christi now has 59 employees who have received their GED or General Education Development test credential thanks to the City Manager’s requirement.
- City Manager Announces Four City Appointments
City Manager Ron Olson announced four staffing appointments for key positions within the City organization earlier to today at the regularly scheduled City Council meeting. The appointments include: Alyssa Michelle Barrera, Business Liaison; Belinda Mercado, Deputy Director of Municipal Information Systems; Carlos Gonzalez, Director of Facilities and Miles Risley, City Attorney. “Recruitment has been completed and we are pleased the City has found excellent personnel additions to our team,” said City Manager Ron Olson.
- Miles K. Risley Selected As New City Attorney
The selection process for the new City Attorney has concluded with Mr. Miles K. Risley set to fill the vacant City Attorney position with the City of Corpus Christi. Mr. Risley has over 20 years of legal experience including having performed as City Attorney for both the City of Wichita Falls and the City of Victoria. His experience mirrors requirements for the position and exhibits specific areas of expertise in relation to municipal law, including economic development and working with state and federal entities. The selection of Mr. Risely is subject to City Council confirmation, which will be scheduled for June 24, 2014 during an upcoming City Council meeting. If approved, his first day of employment will be August 25, 2014.
- Animal Care Services Adoption & Event Information
June 20 – National Take your Dog to Work Day. Join us in celebrating the joy that animals bring to our lives by adopting a homeless pet. $10 dog adoptions for all adult dogs over 1yr old.
June 25 – Cactus & Vine hosts Canines & Cappuccinos from 5:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m. All dogs taken to the event are sponsored and free to approved homes. The first 25 people will receive FREE microchips (one pet per household.) Bring your pet, and bring your friends! 2115 Ayers Street.
- Public Health District Announces Childhood Healthy Weight Program (MEND) Hotline
The Corpus Christi-Nueces County Public Health District is announcing its new Childhood Healthy Weight Program and (MEND -Mind, Exercise, Nutrition, and Do it) Hotline number.
Classes are FREE and parents who wish to participate may call (361) 826-MEND (6363). The program consists of two comprehensive, community education courses focusing on helping children and their families live healthier lives. The classes are for children ages 2-6 and ages 6-13 and participants must be accompanied by a parent/caregiver to attend this 10-week program. Children ages 6-13 must meet the 85% BMI (body mass index) requirement. Children ages 2-6 have no weight requirement. Applicants must be under insured; Medicaid or Chip eligible.
- Construction of New Street to Affect Ennis Joslin Road and Nile Drive Traffic
The City of Corpus Christi Traffic Engineering office advises residents beginning Monday June 16, 2014 through Sunday July 6, weather permitting, contractors will work to create a left turn lane for the new Islander Way. During the work, the inner northbound and southbound lanes of Ennis Joslin Drive, from Pharaoh Drive to Nile Drive, will be closed.
- Recreation’s S.P.A.R.K. 2014 (Summer Programs And Recreation for Kids) Will be Offered at Six City Recreation Facilities
Online and On-Site Registration starts June 13
Kids, there is no reason to be bored this summer. Join us for a summer of endless play!
S.P.A.R.K. (Summer Programs And Recreation for Kids) 2014 is an open campus recreational program for youths ages 6-16 that may include arts and crafts, sports tournaments, board games, indoor and outdoor play, guest speakers, and other activities in a generally supervised environment for registered participants. This Corpus Christi Parks & Recreation Department program will run June 16–August 8, 2014, Monday–Friday from 11am–4pm at six recreation facilities throughout the city: Joe Garza, Lindale, Oak Park, Oso, and Solomon Coles Recreation Centers, and Ben Garza Gym. This open recreation program is FREE of charge that also includes a daily FREE lunch and snack.
- Variable Salinity Desalination Demonstration Project 46
The City of Corpus Christi is joining efforts with federal and state governments, local industry and the Corpus Christi Regional Economic Development Corporation to implement a demonstration desalination facility. This initiative will provide information about desalination technology options, source water quality, energy requirements, environmental impacts, beneficial uses of brine and cost to implement a full scale facility. The City’s interest regarding alternative desalination and brine management technologies and products is to ensure that proven and cost-effective options are considered.
- District Meetings Offer Chance to Help Plan Corpus Christi’s Future
Corpus Christi is growing so fast that it has “outgrown” its comprehensive plan. The city is developing a new, citywide comprehensive plan called Plan CC and is inviting city residents to attend district meetings near where they live or work during the month of June. At the meetings, participants will identify the things they want to keep and the things they would like to change, as well as their priorities for housing, infrastructure, transportation, economic development and quality of life. The results of these meetings will then be shared at a citywide forum at the end of June and incorporated into Plan CC’s planning framework.
- Bay Jammin’ Concert Series – FREE!
Summer Live Entertainment Lineup at Cole Park Amphitheater
June 5–August 21, 2014
The Corpus Christi Parks & Recreation Department’s Cultural Services Division and Time Warner Cable, J² Productions, along with other local businesses once again invite you to come out to Cole Park Amphitheater to enjoy the Bay Jammin’ CONCERT Series. This year’s lineup will be held every Thursday evening June 5–August 21, 2014, from 7:30pm–9:30pm. The stage is set under the stars against our beautiful Corpus Christi bayfront.
The City will showcase a variety of bands. Music will be live—in a variety of genre from rock, country, world beat, jazz, blues and much more. All these concerts are offered FREE for everyone, so bring your lawn chairs, blankets and enjoy this wonderful entertainment.
- Bay Jammin’ Cinema Series – FREE!
Summer Entertainment Lineup at Cole Park Amphitheater
June 6–August 15, 2014
The Corpus Christi Parks & Recreation Department’s Cultural Services Division and Time Warner Cable, J² Productions, along with other local businesses once again invite you to come out to Cole Park Amphitheater to enjoy the Bay Jammin’ CINEMA Series. This year’s lineup which will run June 6–August 15, 2014 is full of action, adventure and will bring out the laughter in all ages. Movies will be shown under the stars against our beautiful Corpus Christi bayfront every Friday evening after dark. All films are closed captioned. The movies are offered FREE for everyone, so bring your lawn chairs, blankets and enjoy this wonderful family entertainment.
- Mayor Martinez Congratulates Community; Local Corpus Christi Resident Awarded Grand Prize Toyota Prius-Plug-In
WHAT: Corpus Christi is one of five U.S. cities named as a winner of the third annual National Mayor’s Challenge for Water Conservation for their commitment to making water-saving choices. During the month of April, Corpus Christi led an effort among over 23,000 people across the nation who pledged to take 277,742 specific actions over the next year to change the way they use water in their homes, yards and communities. Other winning cities included Dallas, Texas, Huntington Beach, Calif., Bremerton, Wash., and Crete, Neb.
- City Announces Suspension of Collective Bargaining with the Corpus Christi Professional Firefighters Association – Local Union 936
The City of Corpus Christi announced the suspension of collective bargaining negotiations with the Corpus Christi Firefighters Association – Local Union 936 today. The suspension comes after violations which constitutes negotiating in bad faith and engaging in unfair labor practices by the Union.