Here’s a quick run-down on the top happenings from the November 1 City Council meeting-
Shop Small Saturday – Hutto City Council proclaimed November 24 Shop Small Saturday. This proclamation is to support small businesses and promotes vibrant communities. Small Business Saturday was launched in 2010 by American Express. The Saturday after Thanksgiving is deemed as Small Business Saturday across the nation. In 2017, more than 108 million consumers nationwide reported shopping or dining at independently owned businesses.
On Saturday, Nov. 24, you can join in the nationwide fun and Shop Small in Downtown Hutto and share gifts from the places we all love every single day. Before you get started, join city staff at the Welcome Station located on East Street for giveaways and more.
City of Hutto sees reduction in crime – Hutto Police Chief Byron Frankland presented the City of Hutto yearly crime report at the Nov. 1 City Council meeting which showed an overall downward trend in crime rates across the City.
Of special interest is the 14 percent decrease in sexual assaults. This decrease coincides with the ordinance passed by the City Council in June 2017 restricting where registered child sex offenders may reside in Hutto. The new ordinance restricted child sex offenders from living closer than 1,000 feet from areas where children congregate, including bus stops, playgrounds and schools.
In fiscal year 2018, although calls for service rose 12 percent, overall citations fell 16 percent, and the report reflected a decrease in burglaries, robberies, criminal mischief and driving while intoxicated offenses among others, as compared to fiscal year 2017.
Earlier this year, a report from the National Council for Home Safety and Security listed Hutto as the seventh safest city in Texas. The rankings were compiled using the most recent FBI crime stats.
Co-Op Update – Developer Bob Wunsch of MA Partners provided an update on the construction of the mixed-use retail residential development in Hutto to City Council.
The Co-Op District will be home to the anchor tenants of the City Hall & Library, Southside Market and Barbecue and Flix Brewhouse. Wunsch said the Co-Op District will have 70,000 square feet of lease space.
Construction continues with an approximate completion date for City Hall mid to late January. Co-Op Blvd and Live Oak Street are expected to be paved by December 15. Improvements by TXDOT to US Hwy 79 will start in early January.
The project has experienced 65 documented rain days and 900 rain hours thus the City has approved work to be conducted on Sundays to make up time and help the construction schedule.
For more information on the City Council meeting, please visit the City of Hutto website for agenda, packet, and video.