Here’s a quick run-down on the top happenings from the December 6 City Council meeting-

Shop Small Saturday – The City Council presented members of the Economic Development Department with a certificate of appreciation for their work during Shop Small Saturday. The Economic Development Department organized and planned the City of Hutto’s participation in the event, and encouraged more than 30 participating small businesses to help show visitors and residents the charm of “shopping small.”

More than 250 people came out to shop small in Hutto. Hutto City Council proclaimed November 24 Shop Small Saturday. This proclamation was 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.

Façade Grant Program Granted Additional Funds – The City Council granted the Old Town Façade Improvement Grant an additional $7,000 to fund all six approved applications received in 2018.

This year, the four-member review committee, including staff and a member of the Historic Preservation Committee came to the conclusion to help as many projects as possible. Although the projects may not typically commence until funded, one application met the intent of the program despite having all work already completed.

The program aims to enhance development activity within the City’s historic district, and recipients are reimbursed 50% of eligible expenses for improvements on facades visible from the public right-of-way.

PEG Channel Agreement – The City Council approved a resolution allowing the City Manager to enter in to an interlocal agreement between the City of Hutto and the Hutto Independent School District for the operation of the public, educational and governmental (PEG) access channel.

Executive Director of Communications Eliska Padilla outlined the benefits of the agreement, including maintaining the PEG access channel and delivering recorded public meetings and informational programming. Hutto ISD will continue to operate and manage PEG access channel activities by providing space on the HISD campus.

For more information on the City Council meeting, please visit the City of Hutto website for agenda, packet, and video.