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I hope everyone is enjoying the summer, and that you’re staying cool and drinking lots of water.

I’d like to take a moment to welcome Tanner Rose to the City Council and to thank Terri Grimm for her dedication to the residents of the City of Hutto during her time on the dais. Everyone on the City Council loves Hutto and wants to see the City grow and succeed, and I know that we’re all going to work toward that goal.

Thank you to everyone who joined us for the last Sunset Block Party Bash of 2019. It’s always good to see so many of you out enjoying the events we have here in Hutto. As we continue to work on the areas of focus for the Magnificent 7, we’re going to see our options to enjoy our family’s recreation time here in Hutto increase and that’s important for all of us.

The 4th of July celebration was a great chance to enjoy the new facilities at Hutto Park at Brushy Creek, and I’m excited for the events that will be happening there in the future.

KOKEFest is just around the corner and I can’t wait to see you all again this year. Parking at Hutto Park at Brushy Creek has been improved, and KOKE FM is getting ready to throw a great party with us. This will be a great chance for all of us to show neighbors from around the state (and country!) how great Hutto is, so I hope you’ll join me in welcoming the artists and fans to our City.

As always, I look forward to seeing you out and about.

 

Thank you to everyone who took the time to make sure their voices were heard in the recent city council election. Your involvement in the civic process is critical to ensure our city is headed in the direction that residents want and expect. I’d like to encourage you to vote in the special run-off election for Place 6 as well.

The City Council and I would like to thank Nate Killough for his hard work over the past three years in Place 3. We wish his family the best and we look forward to seeing him around town.

We’d like to welcome Mike Snyder and Peter Gordon to the dais, and we look forward to working together. We all serve on the council because we love Hutto and we want to see this town succeed, and we know Mike and Peter will each be great additions to the team.

Hutto Day at the Capitol was a great success. Reaching out to our lawmakers and ensuring open, effective relationships helps us achieve the goals we’ve set for our community. The pie was a hit, which is no surprise to any of us in Hutto.

By now, I hope you’ve had a chance to stop in to Chik-fil-A, or DQ. The City Council and I are excited to see these new restaurants and we know they are the precursor to venues that will allow all of us in Hutto to stay and play right here.

The last 2019 Sunset Block Party Bash is June 28, from 6 – 10 p.m., at Fritz Park, and I hope to see you all out there. Next month is our second Fourth of July celebration in Hutto Park at Brushy Creek. A few sprinkles didn’t dampen our spirits last year and this year looks to be even more fun. Both of these events are great opportunities
to enjoy some fun in the sun here in Hutto and I appreciate all the hard work the Downtown Hutto team puts into these events.

For more information on community happenings, check out the Downtown Hutto Facebook page, the City of Hutto events page, or the calendar on the website. Getting out to City events is the absolute best way to meet your neighbors and help foster that small-town feel we all love.

Hutto Community Park is the first park improvement project financed by bond funds, and I look forward to our community enjoying the new facilities with friends and family. Our partnership with Perfect Game and a grant from Texas Parks and Wildlife means our dollars are stretching further and we’re excited to see how much we can
accomplish.

One last thought before I wrap this up: Growth is inevitable. We are simply too close to Austin to avoid the population explosion. Facebook is a great place to catch up with folks halfway across the country, but I want to encourage you to get out and say hi to your neighbors in person, too. When Hutto’s population was 600, it was easy to know each other, but as our population creeps to more than 30,000 we are all going to have to step out of our comfort zones and help create the tight-knit community we all want and love.
As always, I look forward to seeing you out and about.

The City Council and City Staff are excited to welcome you to the new City Hall and Library during the dedication from 4 -7 p.m., May 2. We hope you’ll come by and take a few minutes to explore your City offices and Public Library.

As we continue to move forward in implementing the Strategic Plan, and the Magnificent 7, I encourage you to visit the City of Hutto website and check out the five Strategic Focus Areas. These SFAs are what we use as a roadmap for our continued progress and growth, and are vitally important to myself and all members of the City Council.

Thank you to everyone who joined us at the JRS Company ribbon cutting. We are always excited to have our residents participate in City life, and we love showing our new business partners and their families why we love living in Hutto.

The Downtown Farmers Market continues this month in the new location on East Street, and it’s the place to be on Wednesday evenings. We have seen hundreds come through on Wednesdays and love that you are enjoying these local businesses and artisans. You can check out the special events happening each week on the Downtown Hutto Facebook page.

On May 11, Downtown Hutto will come alive for Spring-A-Palooza 2019, and we can always use volunteers. This is a great way to meet more of your City staff and other residents, so if you’re interested in helping out, please email Kristi Robich at Kristi.robich@huttotx.gov.

Don’t forget to make your calendars and make your plans to attend the May Sunset Block Party Bash on May 24. This month’s party will feature our annual salute to veterans and fireworks. We hope you can make it for some good food, good music and good times. For more information, keep checking the Downtown Hutto Facebook page, or our City Events Facebook page

I urge you to participate in local events, come to City Council meetings and take advantage of your Hutto Public Library programs. You’ll meet your City officials, staff and fellow citizens. Those ties help keep us connected and foster the small-town feel we all know and love.

As always, I look forward to seeing you out and about.

The new City Hall and Library are beautiful. As part of the Magnificent 7, I’m proud of the progress made in the Co-Op District. Innovation Business Park is another one of the projects that are doing exactly what we hoped they would – bring business opportunities to Hutto – and I couldn’t be prouder of all the hard work that has gone into making these projects a success.

The JRS Company is settled into Burge Business Park and we’re looking forward to their growth in our community. None of that growth comes without some growing pains, but I appreciate every one of you who comes to speak at City Council meetings or writes the City Council with concerns, suggestions and solutions. You are part of what makes Hutto such a wonderful community.

Next month, the May Sunset Block Party Bash will feature our annual salute to veterans and fireworks. We hope you can make it for some good food, good music and good times. For more information, keep checking the Downtown Hutto Facebook page, or our City Events page and then mark your calendars.

Spring-A-Palooza 2019 will be right here in Downtown Hutto on May 11. We can always use volunteers, so if you’re interested in helping out, please email Kristi Robich at Kristi.robich@huttotx.gov.

This is the second month of the 2019 Farmers Market. The new location is working out wonderfully, and I want to say thank you for coming out to support your local business and residents of Hutto.

These local events are crucial to maintaining the small-town feel we all love about Hutto, and I encourage you to get out and explore them.

As always, I look forward to seeing you out and about.

Marching forward

One of the most rewarding aspects of being mayor is having the opportunity to host various community events that bring together the citizens of Hutto. This month, we had a wonderful gathering of more than a hundred members of our community join me for Hutto’s first Mayor’s Prayer Breakfast. This early morning event resulted from the united effort of our local churches and our sponsors, MA Partners, Titan Development and Al Clawson Disposal. This was a great time to come together in support of our churches, families, and the members of our public safety personnel, education system, government, and business community.

Thank you also to those who have joined me for the Mayor’s Walks in January and February. We have one more It’s Time Texas Community Challenge event coming up on March 2 at 9 a.m. Bring your families and neighbors, and enjoy our community walk and bike ride at Fritz Park.

The 2019 Farmers Market will start back up this month. The Farmers Market is at a new location in Downtown Hutto on East Street, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. every Wednesday. The new location gives you easy access to also shop some of our local businesses in our downtown area, and you can stop by for a quick visit with Henrietta the Hippo.

We also have the Reds, Whites, & Brews event, which showcases the best brews and bites Texas has to offer, coming up on March 23.

Next month, we’re looking forward to the return of the Sunset Block Party Bash series, a family-friendly event that will feature live music, food trucks, kid activities, artisan and craft vendors, and more. Mark your calendar for the fourth Friday of the month in April, May, and June, and follow our Downtown Hutto Facebook page or join our new City Events Facebook group to watch for details.

In addition to these great community events, we’re also excited to see the city offices and the Hutto Public Library move into their new spaces at the Co-op District. We hope to see you at city council meetings, and make sure you come and check out the beautiful new library space.

I’m so proud of both the new and familiar restaurants and businesses that are calling Hutto home. As our community grows, we can keep our small-town atmosphere when we say hello to our neighbors, show up for community events, and shop our local businesses. As always, I look forward to seeing you out and about in our wonderful community.

It’s hard to believe January is already behind us, and I don’t know about you, but I’m looking forward to spring.

Even with the wet weather over the past months, construction on Panda Express, Dairy Queen and The JRS Company buildings continue. The City Council members and I are excited to see more growth springing up as we head into 2019. Look for information soon on various grand openings on the City Facebook page and website. We want you to come help celebrate!

Believe it or not, next month the Farmers Market will begin again, and I encourage everyone to come out and support your local small businesses. These events help us to maintain that small-town feel in Hutto.
Save the date for Reds, Whites & Brews coming March 23.  The event will be held at a new venue (TBA) but will still feature the great Texas beers and wines we all love.

Remember, the Downtown Hutto and City of Hutto Facebook pages are a great resource to learn about the events happening here in Hutto.  Check these pages regularly for the Farmers Market schedule changes due to weather and to get tickets for Reds, Whites & Brews.

I want to also thank everyone for joining the City Council and me in the H-E-B IT’S TIME TEXAS Community Challenge. I’m proud of the commitment shown by our community to transform our health and support each other. Don’t forget to log your activities! We can bring home the award again for our city size and earn both the community grant and bragging rights, not to mention just the satisfaction of feeling better and being more productive.

Finally, there will be a Mayor’s Prayer Breakfast on February 12. Be on the lookout for more information on the City’s website and social media pages

As always, I look forward to seeing you out and about.

Happy New Year!

Welcome to a brand-new year, filled with possibilities and excitement. This upcoming year will bring a lot of great things to Hutto – new entertainment options, new restaurants, new jobs and more opportunities.

Construction continues at the Co-Op District and the new City Hall. City staff will be moving into their new digs in the next few months.

As we start to finalize the plans for the bond expenditures, I encourage everyone to keep up with the proposed projects by attending City Council meetings or watching them online or on the City Cable Channel, talking with your City Council members, as well as keeping up with the City’s Facebook page and website. We want you to know what’s going on, and we want you to ask questions if you need clarification.

Thanks again to everyone who came out to support our Holidays in Hutto events. Turnout this year, even with the drizzly weather, was great and we are looking forward to more great events. The Farmers Market will start up again in March, and the City is planning a great Red, Whites & Brews event, so as always, I look forward to seeing you out and about.

As we approach the holidays and end of the year, it is a great time to reflect on how blessed we are to live in this great city and state. Hutto is a vibrant community that is growing and accomplishing great things. I would be remiss in not giving a big shout out to the Hutto ISD, the list of accomplishments this year is too many to list.  Just check out their Facebook page and website. Congratulations to the Volleyball and Football teams for being undefeated district champs. These accomplishments a team that is willing to sacrifice and work hard to accomplish the goals.
I want to thank all of you for your support in passing the bonds that will help the council to continue to diversify Hutto’s economy, improve public safety and focus on our quality of life. Continue to keep up on the city’s Facebook and website as we begin to develop plans and prioritize the projects that the citizens have requested.
I hope you’ll join your friends and neighbors at the upcoming Holidays in Hutto events, including the Christmas Tree Lighting on Nov. 30, the Santa Claus Crawl on Dec. 1 and the Downtown Christmas Fair on Dec. 8 to celebrate the unique charm that is Hutto. Shop Locally and support the local business this coming holiday season.
As always, I look forward to seeing you out and about.
I’d like to thank everyone for their input on the upcoming Bond Election. If you’re unfamiliar with the propositions, I encourage you to visit the bond page on the City of Hutto website and learn more. Early voting is through November 2, and if you haven’t voted already, I hope to see you at the polls on November 6. For a list of all voting locations, please visit the City of Hutto website or the Williamson County website for information on voting on Election Day.

As we head into the holiday season, we’re all looking forward to spending time with family and friends. As always, we have several holiday events coming up here in Hutto. We’ll start out the season with Shop Small Saturday on November 24- a great opportunity to support your local small businesses by starting your holiday shopping early and keeping it in our community. For more information on upcoming events, please visit the City’s Facebook page or check out the Event Calendar on the website, at http://www.huttotx.gov/calendar.php.

As always, the City Council and I remain committed to bringing new businesses and growth to Hutto, to allow you to spend more time in the City you love, while patronizing local businesses and keeping your money in the community.

I look forward to seeing you out and about, as always.

Election Day

Election Day is a just over a month away.

On November 6, our residents will be going to the polls to vote on three bond propositions approved by the City Council. You, the citizens, told us the priorities you place on improvements you would like to see thanks to a scientifically valid citizens’ survey conducted earlier this year coupled with additional work sessions and community outreach. The improvements were prioritized and are reflected in the upcoming Bond Election propositions of Roads & Drainage, Public Safety & Communications Facilities, and Parks & Recreation Facilities.

My fellow City Councilmembers and City staff have been providing valuable information on the three propositions through a variety of different community outreach events. These events will continue through the month of October so be sure to educate yourself on the propositions and what they mean for the City and our citizens.

I encourage you to stay engaged and mark your calendars with the important dates. Early voting begins on October 22. Election Day is November 6.

For a list of all the voting locations and community outreach events, please visit the City of Hutto website and huttotx.gov.

Make sure you get out and vote so your voices can be heard.

I remain committed to improving the quality of life for our residents and growing our fine City as we welcome new businesses, families, and neighbors to Hutto.

I look forward to seeing you out and about, as always.

Doug Gaul
Mayor