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City of Rockwall Offices Closed for Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday

Rockwall, Texas – January 11, 2019 – City of Rockwall offices will be closed on Monday, January 21, in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. Republic Services will perform their garbage and recycling collection schedule as normal.

Rockwall Resident Brings Unique Experience to Housing Authority Board

Rockwall, Texas – January 15, 2019 – Rockwall Mayor Jim Pruitt has appointed decorated Vietnam War hero, Joseph P. Lynch, to the Housing Authority Board. The board oversees the dwellings set aside for elderly and needy residents in the City of Rockwall. Fifteen year Rockwall resident and local hero, Mr. Lynch, brings a unique experience as the newest appointee to the board.

One of 15 children, Joe Lynch was raised in two different housing projects in the Dorchester and South Boston neighborhoods of Boston. Rising from his humble roots, Mr. Lynch says, gives him a perspective that few others share. “I will strive to help residents in any way I can, by providing hope, motivation and vision to see that there is always a way to achieve your goals.”

Indeed, Joseph Lynch has lived a life of service. To overcome his impoverished background, he enlisted in the U.S. Army at the age of 17, and he says that has made all the difference in his life. Joe was quickly deployed in Vietnam as a Helicopter Machine Gunner, where he earned four of the military’s top awards before the age of 20. Joe Lynch earned the Silver Star Medal, Purple Heart, Air Medal for Heroism, and the Army Commendation Medal for Heroism, along with many other designations.

“Some people I grew up with got involved with gangs and drugs, and Connie and I were able to escape all that,” Joe said. “The Army helped shape the person I have become, and helped put me on a path to a better future.” After recovering from wounds received in combat, Mr. Lynch joined the 82nd Airborne Division, and rose through the ranks before his retirement as Chief Warrant Officer Three. The last 11 of his 23 years of service were spent in Army Intelligence. Not one to rest on his laurels, Joe earned a master’s degree in management and a graduate-level certification in diversity from Cambridge College, then went on to begin a second illustrious career in manufacturing management.

Connie and Joe Lynch met growing up in the same housing project, and this marks 50 years of marriage for the pair. “I had jobs delivering milk and newspapers to her family,” Joe said. “We were both just kids, and even then, I knew she was the one.” Once in Rockwall, Joe began volunteering for various organizations in the area, including the Rockwall Veteran’s Court, Baylor Scott & White Medical Center Lake Pointe, and the Dallas Veteran’s Court. In 2015, the Rockwall City Council honored Joe Lynch for his service by naming local street, Lynch Court, in his honor. The recognition holds a special significance for Joe, because his uncle and namesake had Joseph P. Lynch Square in Boston named in his honor after he was killed in action during World War II.

When Mayor Pruitt learned about Mr. Lynch’s background, he knew he would be a benefit to the Housing Authority Board. “There are few people who can bring his unique level of service and experience to this role,” Mayor Pruitt said. “We are fortunate to have Mr. Lynch working to help the residents of Rockwall.”

Rockwall Urges Caution with Third-Party Bill Payment Website Doxo.com

Rockwall, Texas – January 10, 2019 – The City of Rockwall has offered a service for many years for residents to streamline payments of their utility bills online. It’s convenient, safe and it’s free. But there is another system that appears to be affiliated with the City of Rockwall, that offers to facilitate utility bill payment—and many residents have had problems with the service—so the City is urging caution when using Doxo.com.

In actuality, Doxo.com is a third-party site that enables people to pay their utility bills, but unlike the City of Rockwall’s service, Doxo.com charges a fee, sends a check through the mail and cannot guarantee the bills will post on time—which can result in late fees or disconnection of service on the resident’s City account. The City has no way of knowing the payment has been made until the check arrives in the mail.

The best option for residents is to visit: Rockwall.com/utilitybilling.asp and click “Pay Your Bill Online.” If you have additional questions, please feel free to call the Utility Billing Department directly at (972) 771-7736.

City of Rockwall May 4, 2019
General Election

Rockwall, Texas – December 21, 2019 – In early 2019, the City of Rockwall will call an election to be held on May 4, 2019 for the purpose of electing the Mayor and three City Councilmembers - one each for Places 1, 3 and 5. Terms for all elected Rockwall City Councilmembers are for a period of two years. All four incumbents - Jim Pruitt, Mayor; Bennie Daniels, Place 1; Kevin Fowler, Place 3; and Dana Macalik, Place 5 - are eligible to run for re-election.
 
An informational candidate packet for residents who may be interested in learning more about running for Rockwall City Council is available both at City Hall (385 S. Goliad on the 3rd floor, City Secretary’s Office) and online for download via the City Secretary’s webpage at www.rockwall.com/citysecretary.asp. The period for submitting an application for a place on the May 4 ballot runs from Wednesday, January 16 through Friday, February 15.

It is anticipated that the City of Rockwall’s municipal election will again be administered by the Rockwall County Elections Administrator, as has been done in past years. Early voting is scheduled for Monday, April 22 through Tuesday, April 30 (excluding Sunday). Election Day voting will be held Saturday, May 4 from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Specific information concerning polling locations and early voting times will be made available on the city website and on the county Election Administrator’s website as soon as those details become available.

Applications for ballots by mail must be requested from and mailed to the Rockwall County Elections Administrator’s Office and received no later than the close of business on April 23. The address is 915 Whitmore Dr., Suite D, Rockwall, TX 75087.
 
Please direct questions regarding ballots by mail, voter registration, designated voting locations, voter identification requirements, absentee voting, precincts, etc. to the county elections office by calling (972) 204-6200. Information concerning the Rockwall City Council municipal election may be directed to City Secretary Kristy Cole, by calling (972) 772-6406 or by email at kcole@rockwall.com.

Portion of Hays Road to
Close for Construction

Rockwall, Texas – December 10, 2018 – The developer of the Stone Creek subdivision in North Rockwall has announced that they will begin work on an existing section of Hays Road adjacent to their current project. Beginning Tuesday, December 18 through Monday January 28, Hays Road will be temporarily closed from Montrose Drive to the intersection with John King Blvd. The project will include demolition and paving improvements on this portion of the road.

Reconstruction Project to
Begin December 3 on Highland Drive

Rockwall, Texas – November 20, 2018 – A project to reconstruct Highland Drive in Rockwall begins on Monday, December 3. This project is part of the 2018 street bond funding approved by voters in May. Phase one covers the portion of Highland Drive between Bedford Falls Lane and Driftwood Street.

The reconstruction project includes concrete curb and gutter, water and sanitary sewer line reconstruction and storm drainage adjustments. Phase 2 is currently in engineering design and covers the portion of Highland Drive from Driftwood Street to Valley Drive. The estimated completion date for the project is Summer 2019.

Emergency Alert and
Preparedness Program Details

Rockwall, Texas – Rockwall County Emergency Management is currently utilizing a communications service that allows us to send important, valuable safety information directly to residents using the latest technology. more...

 



Only Rain
Down The Drain

Do your part to help Keep Rockwall’s Waterway’s Clean!  Be on the lookout for pollutants that can damage our natural environment.  If you see any illicit/illegal discharges into our Inlets, Storm Sewers, Lakes, Creeks and Streams please report by calling (972) 772-6791.  Types of Illicit/illegal discharges:  Chlorinated backwash and draining associated with swimming pools, fertilizers, pesticides, lawn/landscape waste, household toxins, Industrial discharges, oil, anti-freeze, paint, cleaning fluids, sanitary sewer discharges, septic tank discharges, wash waters from commercial/industrial activities and washing machine discharges.

Current Area Lake Levels

Lake Ray Hubbard
Lake Lavon

Mayor Jim Pruitt
Open Office Hours at
City Hall

Mayor Jim Pruitt has announced he will have open office hours each Monday from Noon to 4 P.M. at Rockwall City Hall, 385 S. Goliad Street (one block south of the Downtown Square). more...

Rockwall City Council provides an Open Forum at each meeting

Open Forum is an opportunity for citizens to address the Council so that it can hear specific concerns or general comments. 

The Mayor and Council welcome any citizen wishing to address the City Council during the Open Forum providing that no public hearing is scheduled for the topic and comments be limited to (3) three minutes. 

The City Council does not typically respond to citizen concerns or take action during the meeting as a result of comments offered during Open Forum.  If directed by Council, the appropriate action to address a citizen’s concerns will be initiated by a member of the City Manager’s staff during normal business hours.

NTMWD Consumer
Confidence Report

The latest North Texas Municipal Water District Consumer Confidence Report is available on their website.  
NTMWD Consumer Cconfidence Report

Rockwall Needs a Trader Joe's

A group of enthusiastic citizens are using social media to recruit a Trader Joe’s to come to Rockwall. 

If you would like to show your support, like and share their Facebook page at Rockwall Needs a Trader Joe’s

Check out the free recipes and meal ideas at
www.traderjoes.com/recipes

Let's Tackle
Kitchen Grease!

Why Should I help?

  • Prevent grease buildups from blocking sewer lines.

  • Stop sewer overflows into streets and storm drains

  • Save money spent on costly cleanups of sewage spills.

  • Reduce the number of times you have to clean your
    grease trap (food services).

  • Protect the quality of our water.

    More (English)... | More (Spanish)...

Charter Cable
Programming Changes

Charter Communications has informed the City of Rockwall that its channel lineup is continually evolving to meet the changing needs of its customers.  Charter recently increased their total high-definition lineup, boosted the video on demand offering, and increased broadband speeds following a move to an All-Digital platform.  more...

City of Rockwall gets
an "Excellent” Rating
for Transparency

The City of Rockwall received an excellent rating and ranked among the best in this area related to transparency in handling and responding to requests for public information. The City was one of 113 local agencies audited by The Dallas Morning News over a period of one year, a study in which the newspaper assessed how well state laws were followed regarding open access to information about how taxpayer money is spent and whether best practices were followed.

City of Rockwall Performs Regular
Test of Outdoor Emergency Warning Siren

The City of Rockwall conducts regular tests on the first and third Wednesday of the month at 2:00 p.m. unless there is severe weather approaching or already in the DFW area.

For more information, please contact:
Joey Boyd
Director of Internal Operations
Phone: (972) 772-6408
Email

Rockwall...
It's Just Better Here

VIDEO from the Rockwall EDC showcasing Rockwall.  The "Epic" 8 minute version  will be premiered at the North Texas Commercial Real Estate Expo (NTCAR) at the Sheraton Downtown Dallas in front of about 1,500-2,000 commercial brokers, etc.  We have done this show for years and we are always asked where's Rockwall?  Well...we are showing them!  Please share Rockwall, It's just better here.
watch the video..

City of Rockwall Honored As
Preserve America Community

The City of Rockwall was recently honored with the designation as one of the nation’s newest Preserve America Communities. Preserve America is a federal initiative to encourage and support community efforts to preserve and enjoy America’s priceless cultural and natural heritage. more.

SH 276 Project Kicks Off

Rockwall, Texas – Work is kicking off on the reconstruction of SH 276 to FM 549 in Rockwall. The project will widen the roadway to a four-lane highway with a center median and sidewalks. SH 276 will be realigned between SH 205 and Wildrose Drive. Intersections will be constructed at Faircrest Drive and Graystone Drive and the Sh 276/SH 205 intersection will be relocated south to connect to Sids Road. The existing Sh276/Sh 205 intersection will remain but will not connect to the realigned SH 205. The project is estimated to be completed by the Spring of 2020.

Ed Bell Construction Company is the contractor on the $20.6 million project. Work is expected to complete in spring of 2020.

TxDOT to Begin Maintenance
Work on FM 1141

Rockwall, Texas – The Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) has informed the City of Rockwall that they have begun a maintenance project on FM 1141, from SH 66 to FM 552. As part of the project TxDOT will create two 11 foot lanes with a three foot shoulder in each direction. The project is scheduled to be completed by the summer of 2019.

City of Rockwall
2017 Annual Report

Known for its vibrant landscapes and rich history, the City of Rockwall has become a hub for activity in recent years. Rockwall was once a small, primarily residential, scenic city by the lake. Now, with more than 41,000 residents, Rockwall is a growing community that offers dynamic business opportunities and an extraordinary quality of life for its residents.
2017 Annual Report...