City of Rockwall May 2
General Election to be Cancelled
Rockwall, Texas – February 21, 2020 – The City of Rockwall recently called an election to be held on May 2, 2020 for the purpose of electing three City Council members, one each for Places 2, 4 and 6. All three incumbents, including John Hohenshelt (Place 2), Trace Johannesen (Place 4), and Patrick Trowbridge (Place 6), filed appropriate paperwork to appear on the ballot in hopes of serving an additional two-year term in office.
The filing deadline to submit an application to run for City Council in the General Election was Friday, February 14, and the last day to declare write-in candidacy on the ballot was February 18. The City Secretary did not receive candidate filings from anyone other than incumbents. Therefore, the Rockwall City Council will consider an ordinance cancelling the election due to no opposed candidates at its meeting on Monday, March 2. All three incumbents will take the Oath of Office at the regular City Council meeting on Monday, May 18 to begin serving their additional term.
Traffic Alert: Notice for Start of
One-Way Westbound Traffic on Summit Ridge
Rockwall, Texas – February 19, 2020 – Starting Monday, March 2, 2020, one-way westbound traffic will begin for Summit Ridge Drive. The section between South Alamo Road and Ridge Road (FM 740) will remain open to two-way traffic. Detour Map...
For updates on this project and any other City Capital Improvement Projects (CIP), you can go to the City of Rockwall’s Engineering CIP webpage. If you would like to receive email updates on the project when they become available, please sign up for email notifications on the CIP webpage under the project of interest.
For any questions or concerns, feel free to contact James Palmer, City of Rockwall Engineering Construction Inspector, at (469) 974-1773.
City of Rockwall Honors Newest
Recipient of Hometown Heroes Award
Rockwall, Texas – February 19, 2020 – Not one to rest on her laurels, this Hometown Hero will admittedly never slow down. She will always find some way to help make things better in our community. That unique brand of optimism, ingenuity and tenacity is exactly what Main Street Board member Claudette Hatfield has dedicated to Rockwall for nearly 45 years—and it’s precisely why Mayor Jim Pruitt chose her as the newest recipient of the Hometown Hero Award.
At a time when Rockwall needed it most, Claudette Hatfield, wife of former Mayor George Hatfield, looked around and devised a plan to effect change. She and longtime friend, Barb Coleson, rallied their personal troops and created Friends of Downtown Rockwall and subsequently Rockwall Farmer’s Market to infuse new life into the Historic Downtown area. These were all-volunteer projects with one collective goal in mind—bring people downtown, create a reason for them to stay… and keep coming back.
Nearly 15 years after the start of her crusade, the change is here. To see it now, it’s difficult to remember a time when the Square wasn’t bustling with excitement. After all, it has always been a place to congregate and celebrate, but a thriving tax generator… it was not. Her action on behalf of Downtown helped create a turning point for the area. While Claudette acknowledges her role in “the perfect storm” that happened in Downtown Rockwall at the time, she downplays the significance of her part in particular. “A few key businesses came in, and that helped, but we needed more,” Claudette said. “Friends of Downtown and Rockwall Farmer’s Market just happened to come in at the right place and time to make a difference.”
“Make a difference” may be a bit of an understatement. The Rockwall Farmer’s Market has become somewhat legendary in North Texas. Respected as one of the best in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex, the market regularly brings more than 1,000 patrons of all walks of life Downtown every Saturday, and helps foster the hometown feel of much smaller cities. The market was also instrumental in Rockwall’s Main Street designation in 2009. In short, a literal game changer.
On any given weekend from May through September, you can find Claudette at the Rockwall Farmer’s Market checking on vendors and doing whatever needs to be done. The rest of the time, she is planning for it. Her passion and enthusiasm for her chosen projects are unmatched, and have inspired countless others to dedicate their time and talents for the benefit of this community. With her trademark charming southern accent she claims, "People want to be part of a winning team." Her projects are indeed winners. What she doesn't acknowledge is that they are… because of her.
Through the Hometown Hero Award, Mayor Pruitt wanted to spotlight Mrs. Hatfield’s decades of accomplishments. “Claudette never wants praise or recognition for all she does, and yet we need to highlight her positive contributions,” he said. “Creating the pumpkin patch, decorating Downtown every fall to make it festive, founding the Farmer’s Market, and the list goes on. Her example of volunteerism has led the way for many to follow, and we want to honor that.”
Her list of volunteer projects actually extends beyond Downtown, including Helping Hands Board of Directors, Rockwall Summer Musicals, Friends of the Library, Rockwall Women’s League, and so much more. Her missions have proven to be long-lasting and pivotal for the growth and success of this community. When likened to the Energizer Bunny, Mrs. Hatfield smiles but shakes her head. It’s clearly not the first time she’s heard this analogy. Would she ever slow down; has she even considered it? "Of course not. What else would I do? We can never stop improving our Downtown and creating a destination to draw people here. There is always more to be done." The Rockwall City Council presented Claudette Hatfield with the second Hometown Hero Award at their meeting on Tuesday, February 18.
City of Rockwall gets
an "Excellent” Rating
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.
Annual Water System Maintenance
Wylie, Texas – Jan. 31, 2020: The North Texas Municipal Water District (NTMWD) will temporarily change the disinfectant in its water treatment process from March 2 through March 30, 2020. The annual, routine change is necessary to maintain the regional system and year round water quality. more...
Facts about Drinking Water Disinfection
Disinfection of drinking water is critical to protecting consumers from disease-causing microorganisms, called pathogens, including bacteria or viruses. Disinfectants are very effective at inactivating (or killing) pathogens and have enormously benefited public health. For example, the incidence of typhoid fever was reduced by 1,000-fold in the U.S. in the last century by implementing the disinfection of drinking water. more...
Down The Drain
Do your part to help Keep Rockwall’s Waterways 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
Mayor Jim Pruitt
Open Office Hours at
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.
The latest North Texas Municipal Water District Consumer Confidence Report is available on their website.
NTMWD Consumer Cconfidence Report
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.
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Emergency Alert and
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...
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:
Director of Internal Operations