Here’s a quick run-down on the top happenings from the February 7 City Council meeting-

Assistant City Manager Helen Ramirez Moving to Brownsville: City Manager/CEO Odis Jones presented departing Assistant City Manager Helen Ramirez with a certificate of appreciation for her dedication to moving the City forward.

In her role as Assistant City Manager, Ramirez has provided strong leadership assisting the City Manager with overall governance by providing strategic guidance and leadership for the economic development, public infrastructure, planning and quality of life functions of the City.

“It has and will continue to be my pleasure to mentor Helen Ramirez,” said Jones. “Helen is an outstanding leader and incredible talent that I along with our Executive team, staff, City Council and citizens will deeply miss. She has been loyal, hard working, and a significant part of renewing the City government in Hutto, and we wish her and her family well,” added Jones.

Ramirez says, “I will always treasure this time spent leading and learning under Odis as my City Manager along with the entire Executive Team while serving the Hutto community. The amazing things we have accomplished will propel me as I take on this new challenge in Brownsville as Deputy City Manager.”

City Council Voted to Award Parks Master Services Agreement: The Hutto City Council voted to award a master services agreement to Burditt Consultants, LLC for the development of projects funded by the voter approved bonds passed in November 2018.

The $50 million bond allows for the construction, acquisition and development of infrastructure for parks and recreational purposes, including the construction of a recreation center and athletic fields.

The award allows architects and engineers to propose projects, which will then go to the parks committee for a recommendation, ultimately to City Council for approval.

Employees Prepare for Move to New City Hall: City of Hutto employees discussed the upcoming move to the new City Hall and Library and the impact the move would have on City services.

During the move, Utility Billing and Court operations will be disrupted. More information on billing and service hours will be updated.

Discussion of Proposed Goals supporting Objectives and Focus Areas for Fiscal Year 2018-2018: During the City Council meeting, moving theCity of Hutto forward in the goals outlined in the Strategic Plan & Execution Guide.

Each year, at the direction of the City Manager, staff prepare goals and critical paths that ensure the completion of strategic goals that support the city-wide Council-approved objectives and strategic focus areas.

Each goal supports one or more of the following 10 City objectives:

  1. Construct and maintain infrastructure to provide levels of service
  2. Create an “Open for business” culture
  3. Create an aggressive, progressive economic development strategy for the community
  4. Enhance mobility within the City
  5. Generate a strategic path forward for enhancing the public safety apparatus including police, fire, and emergency medical services
  6. Enhance the overall governance of the community
  7. Ensure responsible fiscal stewardship through transparency and reporting
  8. Implement a quality city-wide customer service program
  9. Maintain a positive and inspired workforce
  10. Maintain an environment and quality of life that encompasses a safe, friendly, and an entertaining atmosphere for all ages

Additionally, each objective, supports one or more of the city's Strategic Focus Areas for the City of Hutto:

  • Well balanced and diversified economy
  • Public safety
  • Fiscal responsibility
  • Quality of life and services
  • Infrastructure and growth

The proposed goals are tactical, achievable, and specific actions, programs, documents, or policies that the organization is engaged in to strategically advance the objectives toward completion.

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