This convenient bill payment option will allow for customers to make payments 24/7 using a credit card, debit card, or check by calling 469-309-4170 or 1-844-278-0557. (Please note: You will need your twelve-digit account number)
The City of Waxahachie is currently working to update its Comprehensive Plan, which serves at the City’s blueprint for the long-range development of the community. The Comprehensive Plan provides both a framework and the policy context within which to make decisions relating to land use and future development. The plan itself, however, is general in nature and does not call for specific action or encourage any particular legislative strategy.
Once the draft Comprehensive Plan is reviewed, discussed, and adopted, this document will be used to coordinate and guide the establishment of development regulations. As an example, per state law, zoning regulations must be adopted in accordance with a Comprehensive Plan and the City’s Zoning Ordinance will be reviewed following to the adoption of the updated plan.
“With Waxahachie experiencing steady growth that is expected to continue, it was time to look at the current Comprehensive Plan and update it. The last plan was adopted in 2007, so City leadership did feel it was time to look at it again and make any necessary updates,” said Paul Stevens, City Manager. “An important part of this process is getting feedback from citizens. We encourage people to look at the draft plan and give us their thoughts,” said Stevens.
A draft plan has been constructed and is available online for public viewing. That draft plan may be found on www.waxahachie.com, under the Departments tab in the Planning and Zoning section. There is also a direct link on the home page of the website.
In order to ensure the plan captures the long-range vision of the community, the City requests citizen input on the drafted document. Citizens are encouraged to view the plan and email any comments to Darren Groth, Director of Planning and Zoning at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Comments are accepted until July 5, 2016. Once the online comment period closes, the Comprehensive Plan will be scheduled for a Public Hearing before the Planning and Zoning Commission (P&Z) on July 26, 2016. A subsequent hearing will be scheduled with City Council. Citizen comments may also be provided during the public hearings.
If citizens have questions or would like more information about the Comprehensive Plan or the update process, please call 469-309-4290.
We had another grand time this year at the 3rd Annual Crossroads of Texas Film Festival! Mark you calendars for April 20-23, 2017, and look for more details on www.crossroadsoftxff.com closer to the event. In the meantime, enjoy this video and photos from this year’s event!
The Downtown Farmers Market opened with huge success for the 2016 season on Saturday, April 16! The market is located at 410 S. Rogers and is open each Saturday through October from 8am to 1pm. Farmers Market offers the best in locally grown produce, handmade wares and gifts, meats, farm fresh eggs, salsas, jams, jellies, baked goods, plants, and so much more! Make it part of your Saturday!
The City of Waxahachie, along with the Waxahachie Convention and Visitors Bureau, are proud to announce the lineup for the 2016 Crossroads of Texas Film Festival. This year’s festival will be held May 18-21, 2016 and will include an all-star lineup of Texas-made films. The festival theme this year is “Music in Film” and the films featured are musicals, about musicians, or include musicians in the cast. In addition to the film screenings, the festival will also include a luncheon with a panel discussion on Music in Film with industry professionals, two free outdoor screenings, Waxahachie Walk of Fame dedications, and VIP receptions and parties for VIP pass holders.
“This is the third year of the festival and we are extremely excited about how well it has been received. In paying tribute to films that are made in Texas, or by Texans, I feel we are doing something truly special and unique that people can get excited about,” said Amy Hollywood, Director of Communications and Marketing.
City leaders are excited to host this event and watch it grow. “The first two years of the festival were very successful, and we look forward to seeing it grow in the coming years. Not only is this an opportunity for our local residents to celebrate our rich film heritage, it also brings in visitors from all over, including film industry professionals who may at some point bring a project back to Waxahachie,” said Paul Stevens, City Manager.
Tickets will go on sale in mid-February on the festival website at www.crossroadsoftxff.com. Tickets may be purchased a la carte for the individual screenings and events, or VIP passes are available once on sale.
The complete festival lineup and schedule is:
Wednesday May 18th:
11AM: Luncheon and Panel Discussion on Music in Film (Chautauqua Auditorium, 400 S. Grand)
3PM: SELENA, (Texas Theater, 110 W. Main)
The true story of Selena Quintanilla-Perez, a Texas-born Tejano singer who rose from cult status to performing at the Astrodome, as well as having chart topping albums on the Latin music charts.
7PM: SIR DOUG AND THE GENUINE TEXAS COSMIC GROOVE (Chautauqua Auditorium) Q&A Following with anticipated guest film maker Joe Nick Patoski.
Sir Doug and the Genuine Texas Cosmic Groove tells the story of Doug Sahm, the wild man musician’s musician and unsung hero of Texas music.
Thursday, May 19th:
11AM: BEST LITTLE WHOREHOUSE IN TEXAS (Texas Theater, 110 W. Main) Q&A Following with anticipated guest Barry Corbin.
Town Sheriff and regular patron, fights to keep a historical whorehouse open when a TV preacher targets it as the Devils playhouse.
3PM: THREE BURIALS OF MELQUIADES ESTRADA (Texas Theater, 110 W. Main) Q&A following with anticipated guests Julio Cedillo, Sonny Carl Davis, Eric Williams.
Ranch hand Pete Perkins looks to fulfill the promise to his recently deceased best friend by burying him in his hometown in Mexico.
6PM: VIP Reception at The Dove’s Nest (105 W. Jefferson) VIP Passes only, no exceptions.
8:30PM: TRUE STORIES (Outdoors Downtown, bring your lawn chair or blanket!)
A small but growing Texas town, filled with strange and musical characters, celebrates its sesquicentennial and converges on a local parade and talent show. Filming locations: Dallas, McKinney, Red Oak
Friday, May 20th:
11AM: PURE COUNTRY (Texas Theater, 110 W. Main)
Dusty Chandler (played by George Strait) walks away from his over-produced concert tour and finds happiness, love, and himself.
3PM: TWO STEP (Texas Theater, 110 W. Main) Q&A following with anticipated guests Alex R. Johnson (writer & director), Jason Douglas, Barry Tubb.
The lives of James, a directionless college dropout, and Webb, a career criminal with his back against the wall, violently collide.
7:30PM: Private VIP party with live band (Odd Fellows Lodge, 208 ½ S. Rogers) Doors open at 7:30; show at 8:15. VIP passes only, no exceptions.
Saturday, May 21st:
9AM: VIP Breakfast (College Street Pub, 210 N. College) VIP passes only, no exceptions.
10AM: Dedication of Walk of Fame Stars for Ronnie Dawson and Ernest Tubb (Texas Theater, 110 W. Main) Open to public, no ticket needed
11AM: SECONDHAND LIONS (Texas Theater, 110 W. Main) Q&A Following with anticipated guests Tim McCanlies, Jason Douglas, Morgana Shaw, Joe Dishner.
A coming-of-age story about a shy, young boy sent by his irresponsible mother to spend the summer with his wealthy, eccentric uncles in Texas.
3PM: TIN CUP (Texas Theater, 110 W. Main)
A washed up golf pro working at a driving range tries to qualify for the US Open in order to win the heart of his succesful rival’s girlfriend. Filming locations: Arlington, Houston, Kingwood
Closing night activities:
4-8PM: Food Trucks in Downtown Carriage Rides, Petting Zoo, Pony Rides and Cow Patty Bingo
6-8PM: Street Dance in Downtown with 1100 Springs (no ticket needed for dance)
5-8PM: VIP Tent open with BBQ Supper, VIP passes only, no exceptions.
8:30PM: GRAND CHAMPION (Outdoors Downtown, bring your lawn chair or blanket!) Q&A Following with anticipated guests Barry Tubb and Buck Taylor.
Determined young boy Buddy and his prize-winning steer, Hokey, make their way through the Texas stock show circuit, ultimately winning Grand Champion. When Buddy realizes Hokey’s fate, he kidnaps him and they have a wild adventure across Texas, where they receive help from unlikely sources along the way.
For more information on the Crossroads of Texas Film Festival, please visit the festival website at www.crossroadsoftxff.com, or call 469-309-4012.
Recently, some citizens have asked about the status of upcoming pavement improvements on Rogers Street, including the section in front of City Hall.
The failure of the pavement in Rogers Street adjacent to City Hall was precipitated by a water main failure. This water main is very old and probably dates from near the turn of the last century. The water main itself needs to be replaced prior to the installation of new pavement. The project to replace the water main as well as the pavement is currently being designed. City leaders are anticipating that this project will be ready for bidding by the end of this month.
This project will include repairs to Rogers Street from Franklin Street southward to the railroad tracks, Jefferson Street from Rogers to Jackson and S. College in front of the feed store. The repairs will include pavement and utility repairs.
Once work begins, the project is expected to last 120 days. For questions regarding this or other street improvements, please call 469-309-4300.
The City of Waxahachie water customers may notice a change in the taste of their drinking water for the next few weeks. The city is temporarily converting to the use of free chlorine disinfectant to disinfect the drinking water. This change will be effective for a four week period.
At the end of the four weeks the city will convert back to a chloramines disinfectant and the utility crews will be flushing fire hydrants to remove any excess buildup of materials.
This proactive program is required to remove material buildup within the distribution system after prolonged use of alternative disinfectant methods. The conversion to free chlorine will take place on Monday, February 1, 2016. The city will switch back to a chloramines disinfectant on Sunday, February 28, 2016.
During this temporary conversion, citizens may detect a slight chlorine odor. This program will not affect the water quality in any regards to its use, however, customers who undergo kidney dialysis should consult with your physician prior to treatment during this period, and aquatic pet owners should take appropriate safeguards to protect those pets during this timeframe.
For questions regarding this program, citizens may contact Kendall Borg, Water Treatment Superintendent at (469) 309-4361, e-mail at email@example.com or Rita Munoz, Administrative Secretary at (469) 309-4320, firstname.lastname@example.org.