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Effective May 2020: We will no longer be accepting donations of materials until 2021 (time to be determined). Due to our closure during the COVID-19 pandemic, the Annual Friends of the Library Book Sale will not be conducted to relieve us of the items we’ve collected in 2020. As we will not have a place to store a second year’s worth of donations we are asking that you hang on to them for the future, or look at local agencies that may be able to benefit from your donation.
We accept donations throughout the year at your Main Library (202 Cedar Street). We do ask that you bring your donations to the alley behind the Main Library (where the outside book drop is located) Monday through Friday between 9 am to 4 pm You will see double doors where you may then ring the door bell and someone will come out to help assist you in unloading your donations.
Please note we stop receiving donations the week prior to the Annual Book Sale in preparation to move all donations for the sale. During this time, if you still wish to donate, you may be asked to bring your materials to the Abilene Convention Center located at:1100 N 6th StreetAbilene, TX 79601
You can also deliver them to the library after the sale has ended.
There will also be two specialty areas including the Corner Store featuring almost new books at a fraction of the original cost and the "Antiques and Uniques" area for rare and collectible materials.
We accept cash or checks and credit cards and debit cards such as Mastercard, Visa, Discover and Diners Club. American Express not accepted.
The majority of materials are received through donations form the community. A small fraction of items come from the library's collection.
Yes. There is a children's section and we suggest you arrive at the sale early as this area is a popular section.
Remaining materials are donated to local organizations and non-profits. No materials are used towards next year's sale unless donated back to the library at a later time.
Although we appreciate your donations, we ask that you not donate materials once materials are moved to the Convention Center. You may begin to donate after the sale has ended.
Yes. There are a number of volunteer opportunities both before, during, and after the sale. It's a great opportunity to see what the Friends do. We'll provide you with contact information for the event's volunteer coordinator as we get closer to the next sale date.
Only the Preview Sale requires a Friends' membership. If you're not a Friend of the Library, memberships may be purchased the night of the Preview Sale at the Convention Center. Please be sure to arrive early to do so.
Proceeds go towards benefiting the Abilene Public Library. Your support of the sale not only helps you stock your personal libraries, it helps to support your public library to provide enhanced library services including materials, equipment, programming, and staff training opportunities.
Permits are required to enhance the safety of City occupants, and are used by the City of Abilene to regulate construction. Following codes ensures that all construction in Abilene meets minimum standards. Inspections ensure compliance with applicable building, zoning, health, and safety codes.
A permit is required whenever an owner or authorized agent intends to do any of the following entailing the occupancy of a building or structure:
A permit is also required for any of the following concerning any electrical, gas, mechanical or plumbing systems:
The installation of these systems is regulated by City code.
Yes. Additionally, carports in the front of a house may require a special exception. Applicants should contact the Planning and Development Services department at 325-676-6382 for information.
It depends on the height of the fence, and the location's zoning requirements:
Yes, if replacing more than 5 squares (one square is a 10 by 10 area, or approximately three bundles of shingles).
It depends on the size of the unit, and whether utilities are included:
Yes. Owners may obtain the permit and perform the work on their own homestead. Permitting requires proof of a homestead exemption filed through the Central Appraisal District of Taylor County, located at:1534 S Treadaway BoulevardAbilene, TX 79602
They can contacted at 325-676-9381. Verification can be provided using a copy of your tax form.
If the work is to be performed by a contractor, the contractor must be a properly licensed plumbing contractor and must be registered with the City of Abilene.
It depends on deck height and construction:
A permit expires if work has either been suspended for more than 180 days, or if work has not commenced within 180 days after the permit was issued.
Yes, after all of the following requirements have been met:
For more information, contact Building Inspections at 325-676-6273.
Yes. The Department of State Health Services (DSHS) requires that, before renovation or demolition work begins, an asbestos survey must be conducted by an individual who has been accredited to safely and accurately collect representative samples. Contact the local DSHS office for assistance at 325-795-5863, or visit the Department of State Health Services website.
The City of Abilene's Asbestos Survey Verification form (PDF) must be submitted to obtain a permit.
Commencing construction without first obtaining a permit is a code violation, and violators are subject to receiving a citation.
Any construction requiring inspection that has been covered will be exposed to facilitate an inspection. Corrections may be necessary to meet the code requirements. Any associated cost is the responsibility of the contractor or owner.
For contractors performing re-roofing, plumbing, mechanical, electrical, and irrigation work, a Stop Work Order will be posted, and an investigation fee equal to the amount of the required permit fee will be assessed. If a second violation occurs within 12 months, a ten times fee will be assessed.
For property owners, a Stop Work Order will be posted and an investigation fee equal to the amount of the required permit fee will be assessed. In addition, a Stop Work Order Release Fee will be assessed.
Contractor information may be obtained from the MyGov website or by calling 325-676-6273.
To become established, you must complete the necessary steps, depending on what type of contractor you are pursuing.
Certificates of Occupancy are coordinated by Building Inspection at 325-676-6232. An application may be obtained from our Applications page.
Contact the Water Utility Billing Office at 325-676-6405 to set up an account.
Contact Building Inspection at 325-676-6273 for the proper permit before scheduling the work. Only a licensed plumber can make a service connection to a City sewer main.
A construction inspection is a visual check of the construction work to ensure that structural integrity, safety, and adherence to code is maintained.
Contact the Development Services Center at 325-676-6232, located at:555 Walnut StreetAbilene, TX 79601
You can also call inspectors directly using their phone numbers listed in the Staff Directory.
City staff members perform inspections respective to the industry. The Building Inspections Department is staffed by professionally qualified licensed or certified:
House plans are kept on file for one year.
Local Amendments to the codes are available in booklet form online as printable versions (Pamphlets) and for purchase from Building Inspections. We can be contacted at 325-676-6273.
The City of Abilene currently uses:
For information about mobile home permitting requirements, see the Mobile Home Inspection Checklist (PDF).
There is no charge for line locating services.
The City of Abilene Water Utilities Department locates water and sewer lines. Contact us at 325-676-6425.
For all other buried lines, dial 811. If 811 service is not available in your area, call 800-344-8377. For more information, visit the Texas 811 website.
According to the Outdoor Advertising Association, one vehicle wrap can generate between 30,000 to 70,000 impressions daily
Whether targeted to pedestrians or vehicle passengers, vehicle media has the power to reach mobile consumers. Particularly by reaching consumers who receive less exposure from traditional channels such as print or broadcast (Arbitron Corporation).
You can come to City Hall in person or file a complaint by calling 325-676-6241. You can also make a complaint via the Report a Problem page.
Officers will try to perform an initial investigation within 2 to 5 days. Health and safety issues take first priority. The number of calls received may also affect response times.
You may choose to stay anonymous; however, the Code Enforcement Officers will not be able to inform you of the actions taken. Leaving contact information is vital to a thorough investigation. Code Officers do not discuss the name of a complainant with a violator when a complaint is investigated.
Several factors may contribute to the amount of time required to respond to a citizen's report of a nuisance, including:
During the growing season, complaint inspections and abatement are significantly delayed due to the number of calls received for tall grass and weeds. From the initial inspection to owner notification, and to subsequent abatement, there may be delays due to the timelines set by the State, and by the property owner's willingness to comply.
Call the Environmental Enforcement Office at 325-676-3867 with as much as you know about the event such as the:
If the dumping is in the rights-of-way:
If the dumping is elsewhere, please provide as much information as possible to assist us in an investigation:
To report someone dumping items, you may:
The homeowner or tenant is responsible for maintaining the area between the middle of the street to the middle of the alley (or the back property line if there is no alley) free of litter, debris, and high weeds.
Residents are responsible for the trimming of trees located on their property, to the center of the alley, and in the parkway (the area which extends from the property line to the curb or street pavement edge). You may contact a professional landscaping or tree trimming service to assist you with the trimming. Tree branches and limbs may be taken to the Abilene Brush Center located at 2149 Sandy Street off of East Highway 80 for recycling. This service is free for Abilene residents. To report tree limbs touching electrical lines, call American Electric Power (AEP) at 1-877-373-4858; to report tree limbs touching telephone lines, contact your telephone service provider.
The City of Abilene will investigate complaints of dead, diseased, or insect-harboring trees, and will deem it a nuisance when its condition constitutes a hazard to life or property.
The City will issue a Notice of Violation giving the property owner 10 days to abate the nuisance. A re-inspection will be made 10 days from the date of the notice. If the property is still in violation, the City may abate the nuisance and the owner will be charged an abatement fee, an administrative fee, and a penalty fee. If the charges remain unpaid after 30 days from the billing date, the City will file a lien on the property and the debt will accumulate interest at 10% per year from the due date until paid.
The City cannot mediate other tree disputes among neighbors. If you wish to report a violation, call 325-676-6241.
Vehicles are not allowed to be parked in the yard of any residence.
Driveways must be constructed in accordance with the requirements of the Public Works Department, and an Approach Permit must be obtained prior to construction. For more information regarding the Approach Permit, call the Public Works Department at 325-676-6281.
No. Except for heavy commercial and heavy/light industrial vehicles, commercial vehicles with a rated capacity greater than one ton may not be parked in zoning districts on any:
Contact Planning and Development Services for on-street regulations of specific locations If you wish to report a violation, call the non-emergency number for the Abilene Police Department at 325-673-8331.
If you operate a home business in a residentially zoned area, you may not:
For additional information, view the Home Occupation Brochure (PDF).
No. It is a violation of the City Code to post signs on utility poles or trees, or in the City right-of-way. Violations are punishable by a fine of up to $500 per day, per violation. If you wish to report a violation, call 325-676-6241.
Items that are not intended for use outdoors or are not made of a material that is resistant to damage or deterioration from exposure to the outdoors may not be stored on a porch, in a yard, under a carport, or within any area visible to the public.
Yes, on your own property. However, composting is effective only if the material is turned every 30 days. Otherwise, you have created a plant growth waste pile instead of compost.
Ask them where they dispose of your waste. Require that the contractor provide you with local landfill receipts or recycled material disposal receipts.
Thank you for your interest in renting the Abilene Convention Center for your event. Please complete a booking request and we will be in touch.
Call 325-676-6361 or check the Box Office.
Call the Abilene Convention Center at 325-676-6361, eTix 800-514-3849, or visit the eTix website.
Call the Abilene Convention Center at 325-676-6361, Celebrity Attractions at 800-869-1451, or visit the Celebrity Attractions website.
Call the Abilene Convention Center at 325-676-6361, Premier Productions at 800-965-9324, or visit the Premier Productions website.
The Abilene Convention Center is located at 1100 North 6th Street, at the intersection of North 6th and Pine.
Office hours are Monday through Friday, from 8 am until 5 pm, or staff is available after office hours by appointment. Contact the Convention Center at 325-676-6211.
Federal regulations prohibit the widening or deepening of a creek that is identified as a "water of the United States", which all the creeks in Abilene are labeled. However, removal of sediment that has accumulated within the creeks may be removed as long as the original grade of the creek bed is maintained. Additionally, federal regulations prohibit the use of steel tracked vehicles and bladed vehicles (such as motor graders and bulldozers) within the boundaries of the creek. Therefore the City of Abilene is limited to the changes that can be made to the creeks.
Best Management Practices are the techniques (buffers, silt fences, detention ponds, swales, etc.), schedule of activities, prohibitions of practices and maintenance procedures to prevent or reduce the discharge of pollutants.
A detention pond is an engineered drainage structure designed to temporarily hold a set amount of water while slowly draining to another location. They a best management practice installed for flood control when large amounts of rain could cause flash flooding if not dealt with properly. Additionally, detention ponds act as a trap where pollutants picked up by the initial surge of stormwater settle out before leaving the detention pond.
When an area is paved, or covered with a building, water runs off the property much faster than when it is in a natural state. The total amount of discharge is the same, but the discharge happens over a shorter amount of time. A hydrologist will design a detention pond to temporarily detain the water and keep the runoff to the desired rate. When the rain ends, though, the detention pond will be empty shortly afterwards.
No. They are two completely separate drainage systems. Effluent in the sewer system receives extensive and thorough filtration prior to being discharged. The storm drain system on the other hand, receives no filtration whatsoever, and discharges directly into the local creeks and empties into Lake Fort Phantom Hill untreated.
There are miles of channels, creeks, and storm drains within the City of Abilene to maintain. Stormwater's maintenance crews clean out detention ponds, storm drains, channels, and drainage ways throughout the year as they are reported. Unfortunately, there are just too many drainage structures and not enough resources or crews to keep them all in proper functioning order at all times. The Stormwater maintenance crew performs maintenance operations on a day-to-day basis; however, it simply can not keep up with daily illegal dumping of debris into these open channels. Therefore, we rely heavily on the citizens of Abilene to assist in keeping us informed of clogged drainage ways, illegal dumping, and illegal discharges.
It sounds like a good idea. But during a rainstorm, trash is quickly swept to detention ponds and storm drains and any screen or filtration device placed in front of these structures would cause trash to accumulate and clog the grate, preventing proper drainage and end up flooding the street. With hundreds of miles of pipes and channels in the system alone, there would be far too many blocked detention ponds and storm drains to have crews cleaning them as the rain falls.
The City of Abilene manages the flood channels and, in fact, some do have a barrier or screen near the discharge point. Unfortunately, this only catches the trash that floats in the channels or detention ponds, leaving most of the toxins like pet waste, used oil, pesticides, fertilizers, etc. flow straight through into the local creeks.
Such a facility would be extremely costly to build and maintain. And, the massive amount of water coming through the facility during a rainstorm would easily overtax the system.
The following are but a few of the pollutants found in the system on a daily basis:
On a typical dry summer day, many gallons flow through the system. This flow comes from over watered lawns, fire hydrant pressure releases, and car washes throughout the city, just to name a few. In a heavy rainstorm, this flow can increase by many, many gallons.
The City of Abilene does not issue flood elevation certificates. You should consult a local phone directory for Engineers - Professional or Surveyor.
Design drawings for a variety of construction projects including typical street sections, alley design, residential and commercial concrete approaches and curb and gutter sections are available in either the Design Standards or the Drainage Standards.
The Owner/Contractor must provide the City of Abilene with a Street Contractors Bond in the amount of $1,000 in order to obtain a permit. The bond can be obtained from most insurance companies, and must expire December 31 of the current year. All work in the Public Right-of-Way (ROW) must be permitted through the Engineering Division of the Public Works Department. This applies to any sidewalk, curb and gutter or driveway, either new or repairing.
All concrete forms must be inspected and approved by Inspection Services Division. Call Public Works at 325-676-6281 to schedule an inspection. Call by 3 pm for an inspection on the morning of the next day. Call by 10 am for same day, afternoon inspections.
If all City standards have been met, a Blue Inspection notice will be placed on the forms. If standards are not met, a Yellow Correction Notice will be placed on the forms. After owner/contractor has made corrections, another inspection is required (no charge). All inspections thereafter for the same problem will be a re-inspection fee. See the Fee Schedule for re-inspection fee.
No. The adjacent property owner is responsible for the repair and maintenance of the sidewalk and curb. Reference: Chapter 29, Article III, Section 29-Municipal Code.
Call Environmental Health at 325-676-6291 to initiate a complaint against the specific establishment. Be prepared to provide specific details about the name and address of the facility, the date and time the unsafe practice was observed, and the exact practice in question.
Contact Environmental Health at 325-676-6291 to report any possible food borne illness. You will be asked to provide specifics such as:
It will first be necessary to obtain a Certificate of Occupancy by contacting Building Inspection at 325-676-6273. Then, contact Environmental Health at 325-437-4590, and be prepared to answer specific questions regarding location, menu, time frame for opening, whether it's a new or used facility, etc.
Environmental Health will conduct an inspection for a permit. Environmental Health will also conduct preliminary inspections on a facility before you purchase, lease, or remodel. This service is recommended and is free of charge.
Permits are also available for mobile food establishments, snow cone stands, push-carts, and temporary food events. Contact Environmental Health at 325-676-6291 for specific details on each one of these.
The Texas Food Establishment rules identify three different types of bed and breakfast establishments, depending on the number of rooms available and the types of meals served. Contact Environmental Health at 325-676-6291 to determine the need for a permit.
No. The Texas Food Establishment Rules waive the need for a permit for non-profit, charitable fund-raising events. However, you must notify Environmental Health in advance of the event. They will issue a Bake Sale Letter to verify that the local health authority has been notified. Contact Environmental Health at 325-676-6291 to request a Bake Sale Letter. Be prepared to provide specific information about the event.
Operators of public and restricted access (motels, hotels, apartment complexes, swim clubs, etc.) pools and spas are required to obtain a permit annually. Owners of residential pools and spas are not required to obtain a permit. Contact Environmental Health at 325-676-6291 for more information.
Contact Environmental Health at 325-676-6291 to determine the need for a permit. An Environmental Health staff member will be assigned to inspect the pool/spa, and if it meets all code requirements, an application for permit will be issued. Environmental Health will issue a permit upon completion of the application and payment of the required fee (Code Compliance). Swimming pool/spa permits for public or restricted access pool or spa must be renewed annually.
Pools and spas must meet minimum requirements for:
If you believe a public or restricted-access pool is in violation, please contact Environmental Health at 325-676-6291.
Report the address to Environmental Health at 325-676-6291. An Environmental Health staff member will investigate the complaint.
You may report mosquito development in standing water at either a private or public location online and selecting Mosquito Problem in a Public Area or by calling (325) 437-4590 or (325) 676-6291. The City of Abilene encourages personal protection at all times during mosquito season. We concentrate on Public Health significant mosquitoes.
Mosquito Problem in a Public Area
Several Texas laws require that certain conditions (suspected, probable or confirmed) be reported to the state or local health department. View the following resources:
Efficient disease surveillance helps:
Texas laws mandate that the following are responsible for disease reporting:
Please note not all laboratories report directly to the health department. Health professionals are responsible for reporting cases regardless of whether it may be reported by another agency.
View the list of Texas notifiable conditions. There are diseases that are to be reported immediately, within one working day or within one week. All conditions/diseases need to be reported in compliance with the given time frame. Outbreaks, rare occurrences such as exotic diseases or an unusual number of diseases should also be reported, even if it is not a notifiable condition.
In the first half of 2017 (January through June) we had 24 sanitary sewer overflows, 20 of those caused by grease. If we don't cool it with all the fats, oil and grease, Abilene will be headed toward a drainwreck. These overflows create a large, stenchy mess in our roadways and lead to road closures. Closed roads prevent traffic from visiting businesses and affect commute times for residents. Finally, sewer overflows are expensive to fix - not just for the City, but for local businesses and residents.
So what does this ordinance mean for your business? The good news - if you are already pumping grease regularly and have trip manifest records on-site, nothing. You are in compliance and it will be business as usual. But for those food service businesses that are not, it is now a requirement.
From now on, the City of Abilene will be doing random inspections. Businesses that are in violation of the ordinance will have an opportunity for voluntary compliance - an option period to correct the violations. If violations are found during the follow-up inspection and with any future inspections, a minimum fine of $1,000 will be issued. The amount and course of action by the City are dependent on the severity of the violations. Extreme issues can even result in a stop work order.
An Open Records Request is the preferred method, but you may also contact Fire Prevention at (325) 676-6434 to obtain a copy of a fire report. Please provide the date and location of the fire.
Fire Code requires fire permits for various operations and activities. Contact Fire Prevention at 325-676-6434 for information or visit the Fire Marshal's Office to view various permit guidelines and submitting.
Call 911 if you think there is a fire or other emergency.
To report trash burning, please dial 911.
Exit the premises immediately and call 911 from another location.
An Open Records Request is the preferred method to request an environmental survey. You may also submit an inquiry in writing to:
Abilene Fire DepartmentFire Prevention250 Grape StreetAbilene, Texas 79601
The Abilene Fire Department has a free smoke alarm program for homeowners who cannot afford them. If you do not have a working smoke alarm in your home, contact the Abilene Fire Department at 325-676-6434 Monday through Friday from 8 am until 5 pm. We will be happy to provide one. Download the Smoke Detector application (PDF)..
State law requires landlords to provide smoke alarms in all rental properties.
It is telling you to replace the batteries.
The Abilene Fire Department is under the direction of the Fire Chief, who is appointed by the City Manager, and consists of 2 branches: Emergency Services and Support Services. Our Department is also fortunate to have a Fire Chaplain who spends time not only with our personnel but also those in need of emergency incidents.
All patch requests will be reviewed and answered. Email your request to the Fire Department.
The Abilene Fire Code is under the 2009 International Fire Code with local amendments. Copies of local amendments are available from Fire Prevention at 325-676-6676. Visit the Abilene Code of Ordinances to review local codes and amendments.
The City of Abilene's Public Protection Classification (PPC) rating is 1 (1 being best and 10 being worst). In 1998, the Texas Department of Insurance began using a Fire Suppression Rating Schedule, the system used in all other states, which grades fire protection on the basis of a city's actual fire exposure and water flow necessary to control fires wherever they occur. The detailed reports of inspections are now carried out by ISO, a private organization, overseen by the Texas State Fire Marshal.
View more information on the rating system.
7 am to 5:30 pm on Weekdays. The service station is open from 5 am until 5 pm on all weekdays except Wednesdays, when it's 7 am to 5:30 pm.
If the vehicle will not move and needs to be towed, the procedure is to call Police's regular number 325-673-8331 in order to get the next authorized wrecker service in the rotation. The vehicle will be towed to the Shop.
If a flat tire occurs, and a spare cannot be found, most local tire service companies have an answering service to dispatch an emergency repairman, if the vehicle needs to be repaired before the Shop opens back up.
A maintenance Preventative Maintenance (PM) (PM-B) is scheduled every 6 months for most vehicles (4 months for refuse trucks). The mileage interval is 12,000 on cars and pickups, 8,000 miles on heavy trucks, and 6,000 miles on refuse trucks.
Every 4,000 miles on most vehicles. For machines with hour meters, the engine manufacturer's recommendation should be followed. However, as a guideline, 150 to 175 hours is used in the absence of the recommendation.
Phone Fleet Management 325-676-6449 and the trip will be scheduled into the Motor Pool, and the Shop will be notified.
Call 325-676-6073 and ask for the foreman.
Call 325-676-6068 and ask for the secretary, or stop by the office.
This causes complications. If it is an emergency and it must be done, at least get the other vehicle's mileage to input into the authorization station. No matter what, notify Fleet Maintenance as soon as possible.
Try another gas pump. There are two pumps for unleaded gas, and two for Diesel.
If neither one will work, the problem may be with the Gasboy card reader. Notify the police, who will try to dispatch a Shop person to get the pumps working again, and go to a Skinny's store or an L and L Convenience Store who are able to fill a City of Abilene vehicle in an emergency. The receipt needs to show the vehicle number, the license tag number, and your clear signature.
In most cases, the odometer reading (mileage). Do not enter the tenths. If your machine only has an hour meter, enter that number. Do not enter the tenths.
If your vehicle has both an hour meter and an odometer, usually the odometer reading is entered, unless you are certain that your vehicle is an exception. If your machine has no meter whatsoever, just enter a zero.
Call Fleet Management at 325-676-6449.
FIRM stands for Flood Insurance Rate Map. A FIRM shows areas of land that are prone to flooding.
The city must regulate development in flood prone areas in order to be accepted in the National Flood Insurance Program. Acceptance in this program is necessary for property owners in the city to obtain flood insurance.
A floodplain is the area that may be covered with water during a significant rain event. The rain event used to define a floodplain is that which has a 1% chance of occurrence during any given year. This rain event is also called the "100 year storm".
A floodway is an area within the floodplain that must remain open for the flow of floodwaters. Construction in the floodway is generally prohibited.
A BFE is the elevation above sea level to which water will rise during a 100 year storm.
Generally yes. However, the finished floor must be elevated higher than the Base Flood Elevation and the structure must not be located in the floodway without special engineering analysis that has been reviewed and approved by the city.
You may review the FIRM panels in the Public Works office at City Hall, 555 Walnut Street, Abilene Texas, 2nd floor, Monday through Friday, 8 am to 5 pm. You may also view Floodplain Maps Online or call 325-676-6313 for further assistance.
The maps are developed using statistical rainfall data for the Abilene area along with detailed ground surface information to calculate the rise and spread of floodwaters through the city's creek system. The maps have been reviewed by city staff and generally reflect what has been observed during actual flood events. However, it is possible that certain properties are shown to be in a mapped floodplain, but may not be at risk due to their actual location or elevation.
Questions may be answered by Public Works staff at city hall, or through emails to Larry Wright submitted.
The appeals and protest period for the preliminary maps ended November 11, 2009. After that date, no further appeals and protests will be accepted by FEMA related to the preliminary maps. Changes to the maps after that date must be by a Letter of Map Amendment (LOMA) or a Letter of Map Revision (LOMR), submitted in accordance with FEMA regulations.
The map has been prepared by FEMA.
The map was prepared using detailed ground surface elevation and topographic data collected in 2005. The spread and height of floodwater in the city's creeks were determined using hydraulic engineering methods.
The purpose of the revised map is to improve the accuracy of information related to floodwater elevation and limits.
The city provided funding for the surveying and modeling and provided input regarding actual experience with flood events in Abilene.
Most mortgage companies require flood insurance for houses that are in the floodplain. The City of Abilene does not require flood insurance.
If your house is in the floodplain according to the FEMA maps, you may be required by your lender to purchase flood insurance. If your house is in the floodplain but you do not have a mortgage, then it is your personal decision whether or not to buy flood insurance. There may be some advantage to purchasing flood insurance before the new maps become effective. Certain properties where the floodplain status has changed may be "grandfathered" and reduced rates may apply for insurance purchased before the new maps become effective.
Contact your insurance agent for more information.
The City provides analog (paper) plots for a fee as well as an interactive Internet site with the most frequently accessed mapping data. For specific information about fees, contact the GIS division at 325-676-6415.
The City can generate map plots in sizes up to 3 feet by 4 feet for a fee. You can print your own maps using the online mapping portal.
This card is Valid for 1-year at an annual fee of $10 with access to all the same services of the General Library Card and is for all Texas residents not residing in the City of Abilene or military. Although all Texas residents may acquire this library card, you must be present at the library to do so.
This card allows access to library computers only.
TexShare Cards give access to statewide library card that lets you borrow materials from more than 500 Texas libraries. You may acquire one at any library branch with a valid library card. If enrolled in the program outside of Taylor County, present us with your TexShare Card to receive our library card at no charge. You may borrow two items, except DVDs. These cards do not grant access to our Digital Services.
You may apply for a temporary library card, valid for 3 weeks, and you'll be limited to 2 items for checking out. Once we receive verification of your address, staff will modify your record to a permanent card.
Effective October 1, 2018 there are no late fees for overdue materials. Due dates will still be utilized on all materials checked out. If you have three or more items currently overdue on your account, you will not be able to checkout new materials until the overdue items are returned.
Replacement cards are $1. Library staff will need to view your Photo ID to access your account. Minors will be allowed to verify their contact information.
Yes. To checkout library materials the library card must be presented to library staff if the primary cardholder is not present. All family members are able to acquire their own library card if needed.
Yes. You will need to present a Photo ID for library staff to access your account. Minors without a Photo ID will be allowed to verify their contact information.
Your Personal Identification Number (PIN) is used to access your account online and/or use the self-checkout stations. If you do not register for a PIN, contact library staff. PINs can be a combination of letters and numbers (not case-sensitive) and must be at least 4-characters long.
Yes. Contact us and staff will ask for your 13-digit library card number to renew materials. Materials may not be renewed if there is an outstanding hold on the item(s) or if you've reached your renewal limit.
Yes. Students attending Abilene Christian, Hardin-Simmons, or McMurry universities may use your student/faculty/staff ID as your public library card. Likewise, public library cardholders have borrowing privileges at the three university libraries; however, you will be limited to 5 items at a time.
Contact library staff at 325-677-2474 or visit your nearest branch and report it to staff. We may then update your account to require a Photo ID for checkout and issue you a new library card for $1. If you do not report your library card lost/stolen, you will be held responsible for items checked out or returned late.
Your email address is used to send notifications of available holds, late items, etc, which are automatically generated by our system. You will also receive an courtesy emails to alert you of library materials needing to be returned 2 days before they are due. This helps eliminate late fees.
Yes. We are requiring all Immunization Services to be scheduled appointments at this time. Please call 325-692-5600 to schedule your appointment. Immunization hours are Monday through Friday, 9 until 11:45 am and 1 until 4 pm. In addition, immunizations are also given until 6 pm on the 1st Tuesday of each month. Be sure to bring any shot records you have for your child when you come to the clinic.
Due to COVID, services may be interrupted, delayed or closed. Please call for the most up to date information.
You may also contact the Health District at 325-692-5600 for information on the vaccination requirements for the areas you plan to visit.
The Health District investigates communicable diseases and can be reached at 325-692-5600. Doctors, hospitals, and laboratories are required to report certain communicable diseases to the Health District. Reported diseases are investigated in order to minimize risks of transmitting the disease to others, and to determine appropriate public health interventions to reduce risks to the community.
At this time, the Health District does not accept credit or debit cards. Cash and checks are accepted.
Confidential testing for HIV is available at the MERCY Health Care Center located at 1902 Shelton Street. Rapid HIV testing is available to patients that qualify medically. Testing and treatment for other sexually transmitted diseases are also offered for a small co-pay.
Due to COVID, services may be interrupted, delayed or closed. Please call for the most up to date information.
The STD clinic is a walk-in clinic that opens at 8 am, Monday through Thursday. Patients will be seen on a first-come, first-served basis with a limited number of available appointments each day. Consult for Pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) services are also available through the STD clinic by appointment only. Free STD testing is the first Monday of every month from 8 to 10 am and 1 to 3 pm.
For additional information or to schedule an appointment, please call 325-676-6634, ext. 202.
Please note: Free STD testing is not currently available due to COVID19.
The Health District provides medical care for uninsured men, women, and children through various grants and programs that are based on the financial eligibility of the individual/family. Your level of coverage and types of services provided are dependent upon the program you qualify for. Please come to the clinic with proof of income such as one month of pay stubs, social security award letter or taxes, and a valid ID to apply. If you do not have these items please speak to our eligibility specialist to see how we may still be able to help you. Please apply at MERCY Health Care Center located at 1902 Shelton Street, and call 325-676-6634.
Costs for medical care may vary depending on the service you need and the program you are eligible for. While some programs cover costs completely others may require the patient to pay a portion of their charges according to their income. You will be fully informed of your financial responsibility prior to receiving services.
Family Planning services include a physical exam, education, STD screening and selected method of contraception. LARCs (IUD and nexplanon) are available for insertion at the time of your appointment. We also offer preconception counseling and early prenatal appointments. Call 325-676-6634 for more information about eligibility or to schedule an appointment. MERCY Health Care Center is located at 1902 Shelton Street. Monday through Friday 8 to 12 and 1 to 5. Call 325-676-6634 for more information.
At the MERCY Health Care Center, Wellness Exams are provided to eligible children through the Texas Health Steps Program. If your child is covered under a Medicaid program, they will be evaluated for important milestones by our Family Nurse Practitioner. We also provide low cost Back to School, Sports Physicals and HeadStart Exams. We offer free lead screening for preschool-aged children. If your child is uninsured and you are financially eligible, they may qualify for our Primary Health Care program which would cover their Well Child Visit and other visits to the MERCY Health Care Center during the year.
MERCY Health Care Center is located at 1902 Shelton Stree. Monday through Friday 8 to Noon and 1 to 5 pm. Call 325-676-6634, ext. 212 for more information.
A qualified applicant may obtain a certified copy of a birth certificate at the Health District Vital Statistics Office. We can retrieve records from any county in the State of Texas. For a birth certificate application form, visit Vital Statistics. Certificates are available for pickup the following business day after a completed request and payment is received in our office and a photo ID is required to receive a vital record.
The following persons may apply:
Vital record application forms are available in our office for all other states within the U.S, or you may visit the National Center for Health Statistics website.
If you need to make corrections to a birth certificate, applications may be obtained from the Vital Statistics office. You will need to:
You'll be notified within four to six months about the correction. If you need to add a father's name, you can either file a paternity form or obtain a court order. The forms you need are available at the Vital Statistics office, and our staff is available to assist you. Please call 325-692-5600 to set up an appointment.
A certified copy of a death certificate may be obtained at our office. The following persons may apply:
A photo I.D. is required to pick up a vital record. The request form and additional instructions are available by visiting Vital Statistics.
The library cannot reset your password, but if you access the Hoopla Log In Screen, you can choose the option "Forgot Your Password?" so Hoopla can help you retrieve it.
Yes, currently each episode of a TV show counts as one checkout. Hoopla doesn't allow you to check out an entire season of a show for viewing.
New titles are added on a regular basis by the company. The titles that are added are not established by library staff, but Hoopla will offer a great selection to supplement the public library's physical collection.
No, the Hoopla collection is established by the company itself. However, with a collection of over 200,000 titles, you're bound to quite a few items to suit your preferences.
The majority of the time it's due to a slow Internet connection, especially if using a 3G/4G connection.
No, only one account on Hoopla can be established per library card. However, members of your family can register for a library card for free and then establish their own Hoopla account. Remember, Hoopla users must be at least 13-years-old to access this service.
Your checkout limits will reset themselves at the beginning of each month.
If you require additional assistance, view the Hoopla Support page for additional help topics, or contact Hoopla using their online form, which can be accessed at the bottom of Hoopla's homepage.
You may also email the Abilene Public Library at and we'll be happy to assist you.
Vacancies that are open for recruitment are announced on the City of Abilene Employment Opportunities website. Once a job is posted, you simply build an applicant profile and then you can apply for as many positions as you are interested in. If you do not see any positions you are interested in, you may submit an online Job Interest Card at the Employment Opportunities site. Then the site will email you a notification once a job in the category you are interested in is posted. The Job Interest Cards are listed by Job Category on the Employment Opportunities website.
You may apply for jobs on the City of Abilene Employment Opportunities website. We do not accept paper applications since launching our online process. If you are having difficulty with the online process, please visit Human Resources at 555 Walnut, Room 103, and we will help you explore the job opportunities at one of the kiosks located in the lobby.
After the closing date for a position, the supervisor for the position will review all applications to determine which persons will be interviewed. Only the applicants who are scheduled for interviews will be contacted.
Once the interview process is complete, the Department contacts Human Resources with a list of the top applicants. Applicants will then receive an email letting them know the status of selection. Since Human Resources completes all background checking and driving records prior to notification of the applicants, the timeframe for notification can be a week or more after the interview process.
When all information is completed, the selected applicant is contacted and conditionally offered the position, and a date is set to begin employment with the City of Abilene upon satisfactory results from the pre-employment drug test.
Yes, the profile you create for yourself online stays in the application system. You can update as you like, and continue to apply as you like.
Positions for Abilene Fire Fighter and Abilene Police Officer are civil service positions. Therefore, applications are only accepted during an open recruiting period. For more information, you can visit their recruiting page or call 325-676-6347.
Yes, you do. If you have already created a profile online, you may review it and update the information as necessary when applying for a position.
To verify employment with the City of Abilene, contact Human Resources at 325-676-6347 or 325-676-6392.
For information more extensive than dates of employment:
You must provide a return address and a daytime telephone number in case we need to contact you and make your request as clear and as specific as possible to allow us to identify exactly which records you are requesting. The Office will respond to your request within ten business days.
To file a claim against the City for damages, please contact the Risk Management division at 325-676-6316. Each claim is reviewed on a case by case basis. Because of the complexity of some cases, research time varies.
If there are no injuries in the accident, please call non-emergency police at 325-673-8331. If there is an emergency situation, please call 911. Police will contact Risk Management and the claim process will begin.
To report a City employee driving recklessly, contact the Risk Management division at 325-676-6316. Please provide information in as much detail as possible including the time, a vehicle number, the location, and a short description of the incident.
Yes, provided your wireless provider has local service in our coverage area, can complete your call, and they can locate you. Currently, Verizon (formerly Alltel) ClearTalk (Flat Wireless), AT&T Mobility, Nextel Partners, Sprint, and T-Mobile have service in our District.
Our District area is the City of Abilene (including the part of Abilene in Jones County) and all of Taylor County, including all communities, incorporated, and unincorporated areas of Taylor County. Location information is displayed at the emergency call centers for our telecommunicators to dispatch assistance. However, you should always try to know your location to be able to tell the 911 operator.
Yes, however, he must have a current $1,000 Street Contractor's Bond, obtain a permit from the City Engineer's Office and comply with the City of Abilene Construction Standards.
No, if a sidewalk is in place and in bad condition it is the property owner's responsibility to repair or replace it.
No, driveway approaches must be constructed at all access points to the property.
No, sackcrete itself does not meet City of Abilene Standards.
The sharing of materials among libraries for you to have access to materials not owned by your local library.
You may request books, videos, sound recordings, and more items not owned by the public or university libraries in the Abilene Library Consortium. Before requesting materials, check the catalog for local holdings.
Materials take 2 to 4 weeks to arrive and you will be notified when you item is available for pickup. If there is a problem with you request, or it could not be filled, we will notify you.
Submit your request using the WorldCat database available on the Interlibrary Loan page. Watch our How-To Video if you need help.
There is generally no charge as the majority of libraries we work with lend materials at no cost to you.
Pickup your requests at the branch location you requested your item be held at when completing your request.
The lending library determines the loan period for their materials, but the typical checkout is 3 weeks. There are no renewals on these materials.
Return materials to any branch location. We prefer for you to turn them into staff at the circulation desk to ensure they are handled properly.
Each library card is limited to requesting up to 10 titles each month. This number will reset at the start of the month.
The United States Constitution and the Texas Constitution guarantee all people, regardless of the following have the right to trial by an impartial jury:
You were selected at random from a list of Abilene residents. You do not have to be a registered voter to serve.
As a juror, you must be fair and impartial. Your actions and decisions must be free of any bias or prejudice. Your actions and decisions are the foundation of our judicial system.
Yes. The Texas Supreme Court has rules to assist you in your conduct as a Juror, which will be given to you by the presiding Judge.
The attorneys for either side of the defendant use the information on these forms during the jury selection process. This process saves time for prospective jurors and the attorneys. You may be assured that your personal information is kept confidential.
Jurors must be:
You may be excused from jury service if any one of the following applies:
If you fall into one of the above categories and you wish to be excused from jury service, you will need to complete and sign the bottom portion of your Jury Summons and mail or fax it promptly to the address shown.
The judge must grant the only other excuses from jury service. If you are in doubt or think you may not be qualified to serve on a jury for one of the above or any other reasons, please notify the Judge. If you will be unable to be present for jury service and you do not fall within one of the categories, you will be required to mail or fax your reason for not being present for jury service. The letter must include a telephone number where you can be notified of the judge's decision on normal business days between 8 am and 5 pm.
Jury service is normally for one day.
Yes, you will be paid $6 if you are selected to actually serve on the jury. The Abilene Teen Court solicits donations and you may, but are not obligated to, contribute your juror fee to this fund. For more information, please ask the bailiff or other court personnel.
Your employer is not required to pay you while on jury duty; however, the law prohibits employers from firing an employee serving as a Juror. An employee whose employment is terminated in violation of this section is entitled to return to the same employment that the employee held when summoned for jury service, if the employee; as soon as practicable after release from jury service, gives the employer actual notice that the employee intends to return.
A person who fails to comply with this summons is subject to a contempt action punishable by a fine of not less than $100 or no more than $1,000. Additionally, a person shall be fined not less than $10 or nor more than $100 if the person:
Any person charged with a criminal offense or any party to a civil case has a right to a jury trial. All parties are equal before the law and each is entitled to the same fair treatment.
There are two basic types of cases, criminal and civil (including family cases):
beyond a reasonable doubt.
Nothing; all activities are free. The only costs will be on the final day where you will need to pay for your own items purchased from available food trucks or vendor areas.
Food and beverages are allowed inside the library for many Lib-Con activities. Beverages without lids must remain outside of the library unless participating in our movie showings. Food items will be accepted in these rooms only.
The majority of activities do not require registration with the exceptions of the Cosplay Contest, Cosplay Skits, Cosplay Chess, and the Art Contest (when offered).
Nothing; we'll supply all materials needed.
No, although everyone is welcome to do so - it's completely voluntary.
Yes. The ages provided at these events are guidelines. We welcome everyone to attend all events, but parents/guardians will be required to be present with a child if participating in functions aimed at an older audience.
Yes, we'll provide activities including:
Be on the lookout for the events we have planned and come out to the ones of interest to you.
Yes, Lib-Con is for everyone and we've got plenty of activities appealing to kids.
Yes and on a limited basis. If interested in volunteering, visit the Volunteer Page, email Ellene Cudd, or call 325-677-2474.
Yes, exhibitor registration forms and information are available on our Exhibitor Page. We encourage everyone to take part in this event.
If wanting to compete for prizes, participants need to be at least 7 years old. There will be a special category for youth ages 0 through 6 to present their costumes, accompanied by a parent/guardian.
Local food trucks will be available at the Main Library on the final day of Lib-Con. Although Lib-Con activities are free, guests will be responsible for their food purchases. Each year we do offer great options including vendors selling burgers, fish, desserts, and more.
Volunteers will be needed throughout the entire length of Lib-Con. On the volunteer application, you may select the preferred day/s you would like to volunteer.
2 to 4-hour shifts are available each of the days of Lib-Con. You may designate on your application which shifts you would be willing to work, listing all shifts.
There's a variety of tasks we will have for volunteers to help make sure Lib-Con runs smoothly. Such includes:
If you have an interest in helping with any area of Lib-Con, inquire about helping with general tasks.
You may list your preference for volunteering at a specific location on the volunteer form and we will do our best to match you with the location of our choice.
Choose from the options below to request a title we do not own.
Library cards are free for City of Abilene residents, active duty military, military retirees and military dependents holding a valid and current Department of Defense ID card. Visit our Get a Library Card page for details.
All Texas residents not residing in the City of Abilene may acquire a library card at an annual fee of $10. Learn more on our Get a Library Card page.
There are no age restrictions; however, minors will require a parent/legal guardian present to acquire a library card unless the individual is married or is an emancipated minor.
The Abilene Public Library sends out notifications to patrons via email, not postal mail. Such notifications include alerts on available holds to pickup, overdue items, pre-overdue notices to alert you 48 hours before item/s are due, etc. If we do not have an email on file, you will not receive alerts from your library.
Contact the Abilene Public Library and staff will verify we have your correct email address on file. Additionally, you may want to check your spam/junk email folders to see if our notices are being sent there so you may make them as being safe to receive.
A Personal Identification Number (PIN) is established when you register for a library card. PINs are at least 4 digits/characters in length and allow you to access your account online, use our self-checkout stations, etc. If you did not register for a PIN, or don't remember your PIN, contact the Abilene Public Library and staff may assist you.
All library cards are valid for 1 year. If needing to renew your library card, contact us or visit any branch library location and staff will ask to verify your contact information, as well as collect the $10 annual fee if you have a non-resident library card.
Depending on the item, you keep them for the corresponding amount of time:
Effective October 1, 2018 there are no late fees for materials you checkout from the library. All items will continue to have a due date. If you have three or more items on your account that are overdue, you won't be able to checkout again until the overdue items are returned.
Library fees may be paid in person at any public library branch location. Acceptable forms of payment are cash, check, or debit/credit card. You may also pay public library fees at any of the three private university libraries (Abilene Christian, Hardin-Simmons, McMurry).
Please note, if paying fees for lost/damaged materials, these fees must be paid at the location the item originated from. The public library does not accept payment for university items, and university libraries do not accept payment for public library items if they're damaged or lost.
You may also pay your fees online with a valid debit/credit card by accessing your library account. Please note there is a convenience fee added to each payment for processing. Below are steps for paying online:
Once paid, your account will be updated automatically in our system, but please feel free to retain your confirmation email if needed.
Contact library staff to assist you further. We may look towards renewing the item to provide you with additional time to locate it. If needing to pay for a lost/damaged item, you will be charged for the price of the item and a non-refundable processing fee.
If you have paid for a lost item, and locate it at a later time, bring it back to the library with your receipt and library staff will provide you with a refund (minus the non-refundable processing fee). Refunds are not available for damaged materials.
If you have lost an item belonging to Abilene Christian, Hardin-Simmons, or McMurry University libraries, you will need to contact the university library the item belonged to in order to pay for these materials. The Abilene Public Library does not accept payment for lost/damaged university items since they do not belong to us.
Contact the branch library you returned the item to and library staff will access your account to renew the item and check all library branches for the title. If unable to locate the item, we may place an internal search to continue to look for it.
Branch phone numbers are as follows:
Yes. We will require a valid photo ID. If you're a minor, library staff may verify your information to access your account. If needing a replacement card, they're offered for $1 at any branch library.
Yes. Materials may be returned to any location including university libraries at Abilene Christian, Hardin-Simmons, and McMurry.
Yes. All locations offer a 24-hour book drop for returning library materials.
Visit your library and staff will ask to see your library card to access your account and renew the items requested. You do not need to have the items present to renew them.
Contact the Abilene Public Library during our normal business hours and library staff will ask for your 13-digit library card number to access your account and renew the items in question.
You may renew materials online 24/7 by visiting the Abilene Public Library website. You will need access to your 13-digit library card number and PIN to access this feature.
You will not be able to renew library materials if:
The maximum number of items that can be checked out are as follows:
Visit a library branch or contact the Abilene Public Library and staff will ask for your 13-digit library card number to place a hold on an item for pickup at any of our three branch locations. Available holds are held for 8-days once they arrive.
Visit our Interlibrary Loan page to make a request (you will need your 13-digit library card number and PIN). You may also visit or contact the Abilene Public Library and staff may place the request on your behalf. Available Interlibrary Loan materials come with a set due date and the library will hold these items until they are due back to the lending library.
You may place a hold online on our catalog for items. You will need your 13-digit library card number and PIN.
Yes. The online catalog and databases are accessible remotely from any Internet-enabled computer or device. You will need your 13-digit library card number to access most databases; however, the AncestryPlus database is only accessible inside the library.
Contact the Abilene Public Library and staff will assist you. Some of the common reasons may be due to having a fine in excess of $3, an expired library card, or our system being temporarily down.
Yes. Both the Main Library and Mockingbird Branch offers access to meeting rooms at a rate of $10 per hour. These rooms are free for non-profits, however.
The South Branch Library also offers access to a meeting room at a rate of $50 for the first two hours with an optional $25 fee for use of advanced audio/visual equipment. This room is also free for non profits.
For more information, view our Meeting Room section on our Policies page.
Yes. We offer a wide range of programming and adults can take advantage of our book club and various workshops hosted over a variety of topics on a regular basis. View our Events Calendar to see the current program listings.
All locations offer access to:
We do not offer faxing services, but we may refer you to nearby businesses if requested.
Yes. We accept donations at the Main Library, located at:202 Cedar StreetAbilene, TX 79601
Items may be dropped off inside the library, or you may do so by the double doors in the alley way (near the outside book drop). By ringing the doorbell, staff will help you unload your donations. This service is offered between 9 am to 4 pm on weekdays.
All locations are available to provide tours to school groups, organizations, clubs, etc. Contact the branch location of your choice and library staff will connect you with the proper employee to handle your request.
Yes. WiFi is available at all library branch locations during normal business hours.
Yes. Internet access is available at all library branch locations. You must have a valid library card to sign on. Guests/visitors may see library staff to inquire about signing on as a guest.
Yes. Librarians at each location may serve as proctors. This service is offered at no charge; however, we do ask that you contact the Abilene Public Library and speak with staff so we may acquire some information and answer your questions.
Although this service is free, charges may apply if requiring library staff to mail in a test. In this case, students will be responsible for mailing fees.
Once you have been accepted into the program and completed your orientation, the volunteer coordinator (or supervisor if at a branch location) will establish a regular volunteer schedule suiting both parties' availability.
Volunteers are able to serve at any of our three branch library locations depending on need and available opportunities. We will try our best to match you with a preferred location if possible.
Once a completed application is reviewed, a prospective volunteer would be notified by the volunteer coordinator to setup an interview to review your application, answer questions, and go over available opportunities for placement.
Yes, standard assignments outline some of the primary opportunities available. Additional tasks may be available and, at times, may be outlined. Such opportunities may include:
Please indicate any special skills you may have in the Volunteer Application form (PDF) before submitting to the library.
As part of the application process, you will need to consent to a background check performed by the Abilene Police Department and Human Resources should you be selected. Your application will not be complete unless you provide your consent.
Yes, volunteers will be held to the same standards as library employees, although casual wear is acceptable. For more information, review the Expectations section of the Volunteer Policy (PDF).
Yes. By visiting Pay Abilene, citizens can search for their violation by last name, citation number, driver's license number or vehicle information. Credit cards accepted are Master Card, Visa, American Express and Discover. Debit cards with the Visa or Master Card logo are also accepted.
Citizens who use this online service must pay for their tickets in full at the time of use if they have not already contacted Municipal Court and made arrangements for a payment plan.
Please note that paying tickets online will include a 5% processing fee, with a minimum fee of $2.95. It is the defendant's responsibility to make the payment to the right court and for the correct amount. If payment is rejected for any reason, the fine amount will be refunded but the processing fee will not. Please pay carefully.
For more information about this service, contact a Municipal Court representative at 325-676-6333 Monday through Friday from 8 am until 5 pm, excluding City holidays. You may also visit our offices at 4575 S 1st Street.
To contest a parking citation, you must appear in person to request a parking hearing which will be conducted by a parking hearing officer. This hearing allows you to present your case to the officer for him or her to make a determination regarding your citation. A finding of guilty by the parking hearing officer may be appealed to an appeal officer. The request must be made within 10 days from the date of the violation.
You must first enter a plea of not guilty. This plea may be entered in one of two ways:
When you enter a plea of not guilty on a traffic citation, you will be listed on the Pre-trial Docket. The Pre-trial is an opportunity for the defendant to discuss the facts of the case with the City Attorney's Office in an effort to resolve the matter without a full trial. When you are issued a citation, an instructional sheet is attached explaining the procedures to contest a citation.
Information on a traffic citation can be obtained in person at the Municipal Court Office. The Court is located at 4575 S 1st. You may also call the Court at 325-676-6333.
No. State law only allows defendants to either represent themselves or be represented by an attorney. However, a parent may sit in the courtroom while his or her child is on trial, but be aware that unless you have a license to practice law in Texas, the child will have to speak for himself or herself.
This option is subject to the Judge's approval and may or may not be granted.
Pay court cost, serve out probation for up to 180 days, and avoid a conviction for a similar offense while on probation. Other terms and conditions may be imposed by the Judge. Successful completion of the probation will result in the dismissal of the citation.
Yes. You must either appear in person or forward a request by postal mail within 10 days from the date of the citation in order to be considered for the dismissal of a traffic citation by attending a defensive driving class. You must provide a copy of your insurance certificate (or other form proving financial responsibility). The certificate must either be in your name, or show you listed as a driver on the policy. You must have a valid Texas driver's license, and you must pay the court costs for a regular citation (or if the violation was in a school zone).
If you have already taken a defensive driving course in the past year to keep a citation off of your record, you are not eligible to attend another class.
Defendants are required to hold a valid Class C Texas drivers license. Those who hold a Commercial Driver License (CDL) are not eligible. For all exceptions that can disqualify someone for a defensive driving class, please contact a Municipal Court representative at 325-676-6333.
To reschedule a pre-trial/trial date, requests must be submitted in writing at least 7 days prior to the date of your pre-trial/trial date. The judge must approve the request before the pre-trial/trial date may be reset. If the judge grants the request, then the court will send a notice of the new appearance date and time. If the judge denies the request, you will be expected to appear as originally scheduled.
Failure to appear could cause a new citation to be issued with a warrant for your arrest.
If you have been notified by Municipal Court or one of the Court Marshals that you have a warrant for your arrest, you should appear in Municipal Court immediately regarding the citation. The court is a safe harbor; if you voluntarily appear in court you will not be arrested.
Failure to appear in court when you have a warrant could result in your arrest, regardless of the location where you are contacted. Locations may include such places as your location of employment, your home, your school, or even during a traffic stop by law enforcement. If you are concerned that you may have a Municipal Court warrant, you can check the list shown on the Warrants List or call us at 325-676-6333.
No. Municipal Court is a fine only court, and will not pay for representation by a defense attorney.
You will not be able to use this service if your library card has expired.
Yes, by viewing the instruction guides, you will find steps for returning materials early.
Yes, by making a Purchase Request to the library. Materials will be added to the collection within 24 hours of purchase. The only time we are unable to fill a request is if the item is not available for purchase.
If your item failed to download, email the Abilene Public Library and provide your library card number and the title of the item. Staff may reset your download limit to try again. By phone, you may contact a supervisor at any branch library:
Yes, you may download an item on up to three devices per checkout.
When notified via email, your title will automatically checkout to you. Sign in to your account, access your loans page under the account settings, and your available holds will be listed there for you to download to your device.
If you do not want to use the Automatic Holds Checkout feature, access your OverDrive account and adjust your personal settings. Then, when notified it is available to checkout, you will have 72 hours (from the time of delivery of the email) to checkout your title and download. Items not checked out in this time frame will then go to the next person in line.
Yes, 3-days before an item is due, you will be given an option to renew the item as long as it does not have any outstanding holds.
The next time you try to access the item(s), you will receive a message that the title has expired and it will delete itself from your PC or device.
If the file successfully downloaded and it is missing pieces, this may be due to an error in the file. Email the Abilene Public Library to report the issue and we will contact OverDrive to look into the matter.
No, but we do offer a service called Book-A-Librarian where you can signup for 1-on-1 help for a librarian to show you how to use OverDrive. You may also take advantage of the TECH Time sessions hosted from 2 to 4 pm on Mondays at the South Branch Library and Thursdays at the Main Library.
The Main Library is located at:202 Cedar StreetAbilene, TX 79601
The South Branch Library is located at:1326 N Mockingbird LaneAbilene, TX 79603
Registering for an OverDrive account is needed to authorize your device for accessing and downloading the un-encrypted eBook and audiobook files.
You may download and listen to audiobooks only on Kindle Fire devices.
If a title doesn't show up on your carousel immediately, verify you are connected to WiFi, then access your menu options to sync you device with Amazon. It should then detect the item you checked out, download it, and then you will be able to find it on your carousel.
Yes and no; Texas residents, residing outside of Taylor County, may access OverDrive by obtaining a non-resident library card for an annual fee of $10. Although you may acquire a library card for free through the TexShare program, these accounts do not grant access to the OverDrive collection.
Our splash pads open from dusk until dawn, April through October.
During the swimming season, Adventure Cove is open Sunday and Monday from 1 to 7 pm and Tuesday through Saturday 11 am until 7 pm. For more information, please visit our Adventure Cove page or call 325-676-6484.
For more information, visit the Adventure Cove page.
Yes. The City of Abilene Recreation Division hires certified lifeguards to supervise Adventure Cove.
We are currently not offering swimming lessons at Adventure Cove.
For more information, contact us at 325-676-6217.
Please call 325-676-6094 for more information about available plots. The public can access information about current burials as well.
View an online map of the City Cemetery.
For specific information on block numbers, contact the Cemetery Office at 325-676-6094 or come by our office at:633 Walnut StreetAbilene, TX 79601
To locate a gravesite at the City Cemetery, visit Find a Grave and follow the on screen prompts. You may also contact us at 325-676-6094 for help with locating a grave.
The City Cemetery is located at:1133 Cottonwood StreetAbilene, TX 79601
The Cemetery office is located at:633 Walnut StreetAbilene, TX 79601
The fees for burial plots are as follows:
Yes. You may purchase spaces for future use, but grave opening and closing may be paid only at the time of need.
Yes, although there are restrictions on the size of the marker. For more information, contact us at 325-676-6094 or come by our office from 8 am until 5 pm, Monday through Friday, except for on City holidays. The office is located at:633 Walnut StreetAbilene, TX 79601
There is a permit fee that must be paid prior to the placing of any markers. For fee information, visit the Fee Schedule page.
Vases, wreaths, flowers or ornaments must be placed on the grave marker or in a piece of pipe in the ground in line with the row of grave markers. We reserve the right to remove any decorations that may become unsightly or interfere with the maintenance of the cemetery.
No construction is permitted on cemetery lots, including such items as:
These items interfere with mowing and other Cemetery operations. For further information, contact us at 325-676-6094.
Please contact the Cemetery office at 325-676-6094 to obtain information on planting any kind of tree or shrub.
Visiting hours are from sunrise to sunset, seven days a week.
Yes, we offer two Activity Buildings, four Recreation Centers, the Aquatic Center (Adventure Cove) and Festival Gardens, which is 100% outdoors.
Reservations for our facilities are done in person at the Community Services office, located at:633 Walnut StreetAbilene, TX 79601
You can also reserve a spot online at the My Parks and Recreation website.
You can locate a pavilion at the My Parks and Recreation website.
Yes with a valid bounce house permit from the Parks Division. No water or splash inflatables are allowed.
A 14-day notice is required in order to cancel or transfer a reservation. There will be a $5 charge for canceling or transferring a reservation.
You can make donations through joining Parks Bucks by adding $1 to your water bill.
You can also create recurring or one time donation at the My Parks and Recreation website.
The following forms of payment are accepted:
Park hours are 5:30 am to midnight.
View a list of parks in the Facilities module.
The City of Abilene prohibits the possession or consumption of alcoholic beverages inside any buildings, facilities, and parks (Section22-2) Violations could result in fines, penalties, and/or arrests. Use of alcoholic beverages at Festival Gardens is allowed under certain provisions. Call 325-676-6217 or email the Parks and Recreation Department for more information.
Parking on the grass at any of the parks is prohibited (Section 22-13).
The City of Abilene buildings, facilities and parks are “Smoke Free” areas (Ordinance 41-2014). Violations could result in fines, penalties and/or arrests.
Yes. Please be courteous of other park patrons, remember to be safe when conditions are windy, and dispose of coals properly after they have cooled. No grills within 100 feet of splash pads, playgrounds or other public activity areas. Trailer mounted grills must be parked in a marked parking space in the parking lot. No vehicles anywhere other than improved roads or parking lots.
Per Section 22-8, no person shall build any fire in any park area except in a proper container, which container shall be so constructed that it will not damage any park property, including grass, or will not be apt to cause the spread of fire.
Per section 22-7, no person shall operate, manipulate, fly or cause to be operated, manipulated or flown any model airplane with a motor driven propeller in the public parks of the city, except in areas designated for such activity by the Director of Community Services. Contact the Abilene RC Society for information about requirements for flying at Seabee Park which is Abilene Parks only designated area for such activity.
Yes, all waters within our park boundaries are considered public waters and fishing is allowed. There are restrictions in some areas to allow for boat traffic and other activities for safety reasons. Any person actively trying to capture fish must have a valid fishing license issued from the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department. State fishing guidelines must also be adhered to when fish are taken from public waters. Please see Texas Parks and Wildlife for more information.
Walking Distances are as follows:
City-owned Seabee Park and Johnson Park at Lake Fort Phantom Hill provide for a primitive camping environment.
The Abilene State Park is located in nearby Tuscola. For reservation information, contact State Parks, or call the local number at 325-572-3204.
The City ordinance requires dogs be on a leash or at heel, walking by your side and under voice command. You should also bring pet litter bags to remove pet waste.
Many City parks have practice backstops. While they aren't reserved, particular leagues have historically used the sites. Check with your league for direction. Many of the school sites also have backstops. The game fields are under contract with the sports leagues. Check with the school administration for more information.
Advance reservations are considered on a first come, first served basis for up to one year advance. Reservations are subject to any price increase approved by the City Council. The person renting the City facility must be 21 or older. For more information, please call 325-676-6217.
To request the use of a park facility ballfield, see our Facility Rental and Use page.
These are the dog park guidelines:
1. The dog park is open dawn to dusk.2. Dogs must be licensed and have current rabies vaccinations on their tags or the owner must have a current rabies vaccination certificate in their possession while using the park.3. Dogs belonging to City of Abilene residents must display city license tags.4. Dogs must remain on leash while entering and exiting the park gates. Both the small dog and large dog areas are double gated and the exterior gate must be closed before opening the interior gate. Dogs should be unleashed while they are between the inner and outer gates before they are allowed to enter the park.5. Owners must remain inside the enclosures at all times while their dog is in the park.6. Any dog exhibiting aggressive behavior must be removed immediately.7. Owners are responsible for damage or injury inflected by their dogs.8. Owners must have a visible leash with them at all times.9. Owners are responsible for removal and proper disposal of feces of their pets."10. All children must be under strict supervision and children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult.11. There is a limit of two dogs per person per visit.12. Puppies under 4 months are not allowed.13. Dogs in heat are not allowed.14. The small dog area is for dogs less than (30) pounds only.15. Food is not allowed in the park area. Dog treats are not allowed in the park area.16. Spiked collars are not allowed in the park.
Registrations can be done from any device at the My Parks and Recreation website. or use the MyAbi app on your mobile device.
Registration for summer camp begins in March. Registration for the After School program begins in July.
The City of Abilene offers both adult and youth sports. Additional league resources can be found at:
You must cancel your registration within the first 2 days of the activity start date.
The City of Abilene does offer scholarships for Winter Break Camp, Spring Break Camp, and Summer Camp. Availability is limited.
To discover information regarding Senior Services Division, please visit the Seniors page.
To volunteer at Rose Park Senior Activity Center, please call 325-734-5300.
For all other volunteer opportunities, please call the Retired Senior Volunteer Program at 325-793-3520 or visit the West Texas Rehabilitation Center website.
Yes. The Senior Services Division offers transportation for senior citizens 60 and older. Transportation is offered to and from one of the four Senior Centers. Senior Citizens will be picked up from their home and brought to the Senior Center for activities and lunch. Participants must be able to get on and off the bus without assistance. Following the lunch program, the senior citizens will be returned to their residence.
Twice a month, staff provides transportation to and from a local grocery store. There are no assigned fees for this service; however confidential donations are accepted. Please call 325-734-5300 for transportation arrangements.
The City of Abilene Senior Services Division offers transportation for medical appointments Monday through Thursday from 9 am to 1:30 pm. Reservations can be made at 325-676-4694.
The Tennis Centers hours are as follows:
Yes. The rate per hour varies. To reserve lesson times please call 325-676-6292.
At the Rose Park Tennis Center, we teach players from 4 years old to adult, at all levels of play from beginner to advanced. Contact Rose Park at 325-676-6292 or visit the Facility Rentals page for further details.
The public right-of-way refers to the land area dedicated to public use, typically for pedestrian and vehicular movement. The public right-of-way is controlled and generally maintained by a public agency, such as the City, County, State, or Federal government. Public rights-of-way can include:
The parkway is the portion of the public right-of-way between the curb or edge of street pavement and the property boundary of the adjacent private property. Landowners are required to maintain the parkway, including sidewalks and landscaping, located adjacent to their property. This area often includes:
Landowners are required to maintain the parkway, including sidewalks and landscaping, located adjacent to their property. The parkway is the portion of the public right-of-way between the curb or edge of street pavement and the property boundary of the adjacent private property. The parkway often includes:
Generally, easements establish a portion of private property where someone other than the landowner has legal property rights. Utility easements provide space for utilities such as water, sewer, electricity, and cable. Drainage easements allow water to flow to an area designated for detention.
Access easements allow public access across or to a particular area. No structures are allowed to be built over an easement, including swimming pools. For easement locations on a particular property, call the Planning Department at 325-676-6237.
If there is not enough space in front of the house to build a carport and comply with current setback regulations, the homeowner can request a special exception from the Board of Adjustment. Special exceptions are granted based primarily on compatibility with surrounding land uses. View the Glossary page for more information and to apply.
Please review the Fences, Walls, and Hedges in Residential Areas (PDF) for more information.
Please call 325-676-6237 for more information.
Please review the Home Occupations Brochure (PDF) for more information.
Setbacks vary depending on zoning, street classification, and the surrounding zoning districts. Information on individual properties must be obtained from the Planning Department. Please call 325-676-6237.
If all options have been explored and there are no feasible alternatives within the regulations of the ordinance, a property owner can request a variance from the Board of Adjustment. They must demonstrate that the request has no negative effects on public health, safety, or welfare and that there is some unique characteristic of the property that does not allow compliance with the current regulations. The property owner must also demonstrate a non-financial hardship if they were not granted a variance to the regulations.
Building permits are required for any structures that will have electricity. If there is no electricity, a permit is only required if the building will be over 200 square feet. Building permits are not required for fences 7 feet or less in height or decks lower than 30 inches in height.
Building permits can be obtained from the Development Service Center on the first floor of City Hall. Contact Building Inspections for specific details. Also, see the Fences, Walls, and Hedges in Residential Areas (PDF) for details on fencing requirements.
Please review the Plat Handout (PDF) for more information.
Site plans are required for all new structures except detached single-family dwellings and duplexes. Additions to do not require site plan review if they are attached and less than 50 percent of the value and square footage of the existing structure. Review the Site Plan Application and Checklist (PDF) for more information.
Garage sales are only permitted in residential districts and are subject to the following guidelines:
An Itinerant Business Permit is required:
A permit is not required for garage sales in residential zoning districts, businesses that are operated or owned by the same person or entity that owns the property, or businesses that hold a lease term on the property of at least one year. For more information on Itinerant Businesses visit our Applications page. For more information, call the City of Abilene Planning Division at 325-676-6237.
This is another term for polluted runoff and other sources of water pollution that are hard to pinpoint. The term "nonpoint source pollution" (NPS) comes from the federal Clean Water Act of 1987. There, it is used as a catch-all for all kinds of water pollution that are not well-defined discharges (point sources) from wastewater plants or industries.
NPS pollution, unlike pollution from industrial and sewage treatment plants, comes from many different sources. NPS pollution is caused by rainfall or snowmelt moving over and through the ground. As the runoff moves, it picks up and carries away natural and human-made pollutants, finally depositing them into:
States report that nonpoint source pollution is the leading remaining cause of water quality problems. The effects of nonpoint source pollutants on specific waters vary and may not always be fully assessed. However, we know that these pollutants have harmful effects on drinking water supplies, recreation, fisheries, and wildlife.
We all play a part. NPS pollution results from a wide variety of human activities on the land. Each of us can contribute to the problem without even realizing it.
We can all work together to reduce and prevent nonpoint source pollution. Some activities are federal responsibilities, such as ensuring that federal lands are properly managed to reduce soil erosion. Some are state responsibilities, for example, developing legislation to govern mining and logging, and to protect groundwater. Others are best handled locally, such as by zoning or erosion control ordinances. And each individual can play an important role by practicing conservation and by changing certain everyday habits.
Participate in the next community or creek cleanup in your area. Storm drain stenciling events - where the destination of storm water is clearly marked on the drain - are a fun way to let your neighbors know the storm drain is only for rain. Attend public hearings or meetings on the topic so you can express your concerns. Quickly report stormwater violations to the City of Abilene when you spot them. Keep learning about polluted stormwater runoff and tell a friend!
If you notice a foreign substance flowing into a storm drain inlet (especially motor oil or anti-freeze) or see someone pouring something into a storm sewer, please call the Stormwater Services Division at 325-676-6280 to report the location.
Dumping used oil is illegal. One gallon of motor oil can pollute 250,000 gallons of drinking water. Contact the City of Abilene Stormwater Services Division at 325-676-6280 to report incidents of illegal dumping.
To properly dispose of your used, but uncontaminated (not mixed with other fluids) motor oil, dispose of it through your recycling program with the City of Abilene. For more information on the recycling and waste collection in Abilene, call 325-8672-2209 or visit their Recycling Center page. Check with local automotive shops to see if they accept automotive fluids.
Storm drains are for the sole purpose of rainwater overflow. Dumping trash, pollutants and debris in the catch basins is illegal and is a federal violation of the Clean Water Act of 1972 as well as the City of Abilene Municipal Code. If it's a neighbor, they may not understand the catch basin's direct connection to local creeks. If you have an amicable relationship with him/her, it may be just a matter of informing and making them aware of its environmental impact.
If it is someone who you feel is knowingly violating and repeatedly dumping into storm drains, please contact the City of Abilene to report incidents of illegal dumping.
The City of Abilene Environmental Recycling Center accepts all types of waste. We encourage you to review the Environmental Recycling Center page for more information.
There are varieties of educational programs on how to prevent stormwater pollution. The City of Abilene Stormwater Services Division offers many type's educational brochures that can be found on the City of Abilene's Stormwater Services Division page and are also available at City Hall in the first floor foyer located at 555 Walnut.
You can contact the Stormwater Services Division for more information.
It is illegal to knowingly dump or discharge hazardous materials or pollutants into drainage channels; the City of Abilene can impose stiff fines on the perpetrators. Illegal dumping of the following into storm drains is against the law:
The best place to wash your car is to use a full or self service car wash. They are designed to recycle used water and filter out many of the harmful chemicals and pollutants washed away from your vehicle.
Although we highly recommend going to a full or self service car wash, an alternative is to park your vehicle on the lawn or gravel. Use biodegradable soaps to wash your vehicle, using as little water as possible. Shut off water while washing your car, then rinse. Remember not to leave your car on the lawn.
Grass, leaves, and yard clippings that are repeatedly swept into drainage structures can clog drains, which may result in flooding and can become a breeding ground for rodents and insects. Additionally, grass and leaves decompose and may contribute to new plant growth (blooms), which can deprive aquatic life of their oxygen.
Smoke testing is a cost effective way to locate cracks, breaks or defects in the sewer system. Once a problem area is located, necessary repairs are made to prevent sewer gases or waste from leaking out as well as water or contaminants seeping into the system.
A smoke blower is placed over manholes and smoke is blown through the sewer system.
No. It may make you cough, and it may have a slight odor, but it is not harmful to you, your pets, or your plants. The non-toxic smoke will not harm clothing, drapes, or furniture. If there are individuals in your home who have respiratory problems or are mobility impaired, please notify the Water Utilities Department at 325-676-6000 prior to testing.
Smoke should only enter your premises if the drain traps in your home are dry or defective, or if you have a plumbing issue. You may want to pour approximately 3 cups of water down your drains, especially those rarely used, to ensure that the drain pipe trap will be effective.
Smoke testing will be occur between the hours of 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday.
You may contact us at 325-676-6000.
Permit fees are not required for religious groups, charities, farmers' markets, and educational organizations.
Upon completion of the application, the city licensing officer shall issue a permit to the applicant within five business days, unless grounds for denial exist. For questions call 325-676-6208 or 325-676-6202.
If West Nile virus is detected in the city limits, the Environmental Health's Mosquito Controls initial response will be to intensify its efforts to reduce mosquito breeding sites and increase its levels of larviciding in those areas in which West Nile virus has been found. Reducing the adult mosquito population with pesticides (adulticide) approved by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will be done if necessary to prevent human illness or to suppress a heavy nuisance infestation of mosquitos.
The decision to spray, by truck mounted sprayers, will be based on surveillance information or the documentation of West Nile virus activity at a level that indicates a threat to human health. Spraying will be concentrated in areas most at risk for disease occurrence and will be conducted by certified and licensed applicators. The program's aggressive campaign against mosquito larvae is intended to minimize the need to use adulticide.
When necessary, we will use the ground application of pesticides to kill mosquitos that pose a low health risk to the residents of Abilene and our environment. In the case of an adulticide, only targeting adult mosquitos, we would use botanical insecticides (plant-derived compounds) or synthetic versions of, which include pyrethrins and synthetic pyrethroids, as well as piperonyl butoxide. In an emergency situation, we may use malathion or sumithrin.
All of the products we use are registered with the Environmental Protection Agency and applied according to label directions by our trained and certified technicians. Mosquito adulticides are applied as ultra-low volume (ULV) sprays. ULV applications involve small quantities of the active ingredients in relation to the size of the area treated, typically less than 2 ounces per acre, which minimizes exposure and risk to people and the environment.
The spraying will take place in areas of concern, as determined by our mosquito and disease surveillance programs. Our trained and certified technicians use a variety of surveillance techniques and treatment criteria to ensure effective mosquito control with the least amount of risk to our residents and our environment. Typically there will be a ½ mile radius sprayed from where the West Nile Virus and mosquito pool is located.
There are several factors that go into a determination by Environmental Health to use an adulticide to control mosquitos, they are:
Generally, there is no need to relocate during mosquito control spraying. The pesticides have been evaluated for this use and found to pose minimal risks to human health and the environment when used according to label directions. Although mosquito control pesticides pose low risks, some people may prefer to avoid or further minimize exposure. Some common-sense steps to help reduce possible exposure to pesticides include:
Since the spray dissipates in a few minutes, it is not necessary to wash off outdoor furniture or playground equipment before use.
Stormwater runoff is precipitation from rain or melting snow that "runs off" across the land instead of seeping into the ground. This runoff usually flows into the nearest:
Collectively, the draining water is called stormwater runoff and is not treated in any way.
Water from rain and melting snow either seeps into the ground or "runs off" to lower areas, making its way into streams, lakes and other water bodies. Stormwater runoff becomes a problem when it picks up and carry's debris, chemicals, dirt and other pollutants as it flows or when it causes flooding and erosion of stream banks. Some - like pesticides, fertilizers, oil and soap - are harmful in any quantity. Others - like sediment from construction, bare soil, or agricultural land, or pet waste, grass clippings and leaves - can harm creeks, rivers and lakes in sufficient quantities.
In addition to rain and snowmelt, various human activities like watering, car washing, and malfunctioning septic tank can also put water onto the land surface. Here, it can also create runoff that carries pollutants to creeks, rivers and lakes.
Polluted runoff generally happens anywhere people use or alter the land. For example, in developed areas, none of the water that falls on hard surfaces like roofs, driveways, parking lots or roads can seep into the ground. These impervious surfaces create large amounts of runoff that picks up pollutants. The runoff flows from gutters and storm drains to streams. Runoff not only pollutes' but erodes stream banks. The mix of pollution and eroded dirt muddies the water and causes problems downstream.
Polluted stormwater runoff generally happens anywhere people use or alter the land. People going about their daily lives are the number one source of stormwater pollutants. Most people are unaware of how they impact water quality. Some common examples include:
Developed areas in general, with their increased runoff, concentrated numbers of people and animals, construction and other activities, are a major contributor to Non-point source pollution, as are agricultural activities. Other contributors include forest harvesting activities, roadways, and malfunctioning septic systems.
Polluted stormwater runoff is the number one cause of water pollution in Texas. In most cases in Texas today, stormwater either does not receive any treatment before it enters our waterways or is inadequately treated. Polluted water creates numerous costs to the public and to wildlife. As the saying goes, "we all live downstream." Communities, such as Abilene, that use surface water for their drinking supply must pay much more to clean up polluted water than clean water.
Polluted water hurts the wildlife in creeks, streams, rivers and lakes. Dirt from erosion, also called sediment, covers up fish habitats while fertilizers can cause too much algae to grow, which also hurts wildlife by using up the oxygen they need to survive. Soaps hurt fish gills and fish skin, and other chemicals damage plants and animals when they enter the water.
The quantity of stormwater is also a problem. When stormwater falls on hard surfaces like roads, roofs, driveways and parking lots, it cannot seep into the ground, so it runs off to lower areas. To give you an idea of the difference a hard surface makes, consider the difference between one inch of rain falling onto a meadow and a parking lot. The parking lot sheds 16 times the amount of water that a meadow does!
Because more water runs off hard surfaces, developed areas can experience local flooding. The high volume of water also causes streams banks to erode and washes the wildlife that lives there downstream.
The City of Abilene is preventing stormwater pollution through a stormwater management program. This program addresses stormwater pollution from construction, new development, illegal dumping into storm sewer systems and drainage ways, and pollution prevention and good housekeeping practices in municipal operations. It will also continue to educate the community and get everyone involved in making sure that only thing that stormwater contributes to our water resources is: water.
"Best Management Practices (BMP)" is a term used to describe different ways to keep pollutants out of runoff and to slow down high volumes of runoff. Preventing pollution from entering water is much more affordable than cleaning polluted water! Educating City residents about how to prevent pollution from entering waterways is one best management practice. Laws that require people and businesses involved in earth disturbing activities -like construction and agriculture - to take steps to prevent erosion are another way to prevent stormwater pollution. There are also laws about litter, cleaning up after pets and dumping oil or other substances into storm drains.
Education and laws are just two best management practice examples. Some BMPs are constructed to protect a certain area. Some are designed to slow down stormwater, others help reduce the pollutants already in it - there are also BMPs that do both of these things.
Detention ponds, built to temporarily hold water so it seeps away slowly, fill up quickly after a rainstorm and allow solids like sediment and litter to settle at the pond bottom. Then, they release the water slowly. These ponds are one constructed BMP example. Other examples include:
Streams and creeks feed into rivers, lakes and eventually the ocean. We all drink water, so we are all affected when our water is polluted. When water treatment costs rise, the price of drinking water goes up. If you like to fish, swim or boat, you may have heard or been affected by advisories warning you not to swim, fish or boat in a certain area because of unhealthy water or too much algae. Shellfish like clams, oysters, and shrimp cannot be harvested from polluted waters, so anyone that enjoys these foods or makes a living from the shellfish industry is affected.
Money made from tourism and water recreation can also be impacted, as are businesses and home flooded by stormwater runoff. When we pollute our water, everyone is affected!
The Federal Clean Water Act requires large and medium sized towns (Abilene meets the large criteria) across the United States to take steps to reduce polluted stormwater runoff. The law was applied in two phases. The first phase addressed large cities. The second phase, often referred to as "Phase II," requires medium and small cities, fast growing cities and those located near sensitive waters to take steps to reduce stormwater.
These laws require chosen cities to create a Stormwater Management Plan to meet the requirements in the City's permit.
Polluted stormwater runoff is a leading cause of impairment to the nearly 40% of surveyed U.S. water bodies which do not meet water quality standards. Over land or via storm sewer systems, polluted runoff is discharged, often untreated, directly into local water bodies. When left uncontrolled, this water pollution can result in:
The regulatory definition of an MS4 (40 CFR 122.26(b)(8)) is "a conveyance or system of conveyances (including roads with drainage systems, municipal streets, catch basins, curbs, gutters, ditches, man-made channels, or storm drains): (i) Owned or operated by a state, city, town, borough, county, parish, district, association, or other public body (created to or pursuant to state law) including special districts under state law such as a sewer district, flood control district or drainage district, or similar entity, or an Indian tribe or an authorized Indian tribal organization, or a designated and approved management agency under section 208 of the Clean Water Act that discharges into waters of the United States. (ii) Designed or used for collecting or conveying stormwater; (iii) Which is not a combined sewer; and (iv) Which is not part of a Publicly Owned Treatment Works (POTW) as defined at 40 CFR 122.2."
In practical terms, operators of MS4s can include:
The Stormwater Phase II Rule added federal systems, such as military bases and correctional facilities by including them in the definition of small MS4s.
The federal Clean Water Act mandates that cities must comply with stormwater regulations; however, funds are not provided to these subject municipalities for the required stormwater management. Therefore, stormwater fees are one method municipalities can choose to raise funds to oversee these mandated requirements. Cities can levy fees based on a variety of standards, but one of the most common methods is to base them on the amount of impervious surfaces (surfaces like concrete and roofs, where water can't seep into the ground) on a property. In these cases, property owners with more impervious surfaces pay more than those with less impervious surfaces.
When our water is polluted, we all pay in one way or another. Damage from urban flooding can raise merchant prices and insurance rates. Sediment and pollution laden water takes more money to treat before it can be used for drinking water. Tourism and recreation businesses suffer along with residents when swimming, fishing and boating are curtailed. Shellfish become more expensive and harder to harvest when shellfish beds close. And the list goes on.
Because everyone plays a role in creating the pollution in stormwater runoff, we all have a role in cleaning it up.
In August 2003, the Abilene City Council approved the creation of the Stormwater Services Division and passed a stormwater fee to fund the new division. The fee is based on how much runoff surface (Hard Surface Area) exists on a piece of property, not the actual or theoretical stormwater runoff.
Please see the Stormwater Services Fee Rates for more information.
There is no way to measure stormwater from each property; therefore, Hard Surface Area (or impervious cover) is a good "indicator" of the amount your property will generate. Most cities in Texas that have a stormwater fee are using Hard Surface Area as the basis for the fee.
Please see the Stormwater Service Fee Rates for more information
To fund the Stormwater Services Division, this includes:
Curbs and gutters act as a drainage system for stormwater runoff and directing water away from the roadway. Runoff is the major contributor to erosion and damage to our street system. Curbs and gutters hold the pavement in place and collect runoff from the paved streets. Curbs and gutters are designed specifically to quickly convey water runoff away from the street to the storm drains. Keeping these clear of debris and vegetation helps maintain the health and longevity of your street. Water is the single most damaging element to street pavement.
The City cleans only streets with curbs because the accumulation of debris at the curb is caused by the design of the street and vehicular movement. Streets are designed with a crown in the middle sloping toward the sides. Water and debris move toward the curb and gutter areas. Vehicle movement scatters debris to the edges of traffic lanes.
Streets with no curbs are affected by the same factors as curbed streets, but with no curb the debris is dispersed onto areas adjacent to the paved surfaces. Uncurbed streets are, in effect, self-cleaning. Additionally, street sweeping with no curb and gutter can actually create more problems as the brushes pull the dirt and debris from the side of the street onto the asphalt.
The City currently lists all scheduled sweeping projects on its Stormwater Services page OR you can view the schedule on TV via Suddenlink Cable channel 2.
Six sweepers are presently in operation on a full time basis (five during the day and one during the early hours). The City uses a zone-rotation concept to ensure all roads within the city limits receive a fair amount of coverage. Sweeper operators rotate through 42 zones (17 on the north side and 25 on the south side), which contain over 1,700 standard lane miles of road. The amount of debris in each zone dictates the speed at which an operator is able to complete a zone. The season will also dictate how quickly get to and through a zone. If you want to know when the sweeper will be in your neighborhood, it is best to check the schedule on the webpage noted above or watch one of the channels listed above. For more information or to report hazardous situations call the Stormwater Hotline 325-437-4937
There are a number of factors that affect the sweeper not being able to remove debris from your street. Most often it’s because large items are blocking the roadway, these items include:
Keeping the roadway in front of your house free of large objects and obstructions is the best way to assist street sweeping crews’ clean-up efforts. You can do this by:
Often times, vehicles are parked too close to each other for the sweeper to maneuver between them (one parked car equals nearly three car lengths of space that can’t be swept because the street sweeping equipment must maneuver around it, which can result in debris build up.
Club packets are available at all three branch locations staring June 1. Materials will be located at the circulation service desks and at select events and programming.
No one needs a library card to participate in any of our programming; however, we certainly encourage everyone to get a library card if you don't already have one.
No. Everyone may join one club. If you're 18 and still in high school, it will be your choice to join either the Teen or Adult Reading Club.
If entering the fifth grade at the start of the upcoming fall semester, he/she will be a part of the Kids' Reading Club. If entering into the sixth grade, he/she will participate in the Teen Reading Club.
No; you may also count any books, eBooks, or audiobooks you've read from the library, from your personal library, borrowed from a friend, purchased, etc. As long as they are read between June and July, they will count towards the library's summer reading clubs.
Nothing. All summer reading clubs and programming is offered 100% free. It's one of the best sources of summer entertainment library staff is excited to offer the community each year.
Contact the Abilene Police Department's non-emergency number at 325-673-8331. Please provide the location of the sign, the type of sign (stop, yield, speed limit, etc.), and the type of damage.
To report problems or concerns, contact the Traffic Sign Shop at 325-676-6065.
Contact the Abilene Police Department's non-emergency number at 325-673-8331. Please provide the intersection name, the direction of travel and the nature of the malfunction.
The City of Abilene does not maintain street lights except at signalized intersections. Either Taylor Electric or AEP maintain street lights within the City of Abilene.
For a detailed description of which agencies support specific lights, see Street Lighting.
If a tree or tree limbs are causing an obstruction for vehicles please contact Traffic and Transportation at 325-676-6065 or submit an Overgrown Trees or Vegetation report.
The City has an official Road Hump Program that sets forth the road hump request process:
For more information, read about the Road Hump Program (PDF) or contact the Traffic Engineering Division at 325-676-6281.
A Construction Parking Permit can be used to allow certain vehicles associated with a job site to park on the street without regard to a posted parking time limit. For additional information, contact the Traffic and Transportation division at 325-676-6281.
The City’s Trap Program will concentrate on high-risk rabies carriers (Foxes, raccoons, coyotes, and skunks) and some nuisance animals in targeted areas. Citizens will come to the shelter to pick up traps and sign a trap agreement.
Animal Service field officers will pick up trapped high risk animals and citizens will bring in their nuisance animals. Citizens can drop off trapped animals for impound between 10:30 am to 5 pm Monday through Friday excluding observed holidays at:925 S 25thAbilene, TX 79602
No. Citizens can choose to purchase or borrow their own trap to collect nuisance animals and then bring them to Animal Services or they may contact a service provider to have nuisance animals removed. (Animal Services does not maintain a list of such service providers).
Yes, Animal Services does expect there to be a waiting list for traps as we have a high number of high risk rabies carrying mammals inside our city limits.
Yes, any High Risk rabies carrier (Foxes, Skunks, Raccoons, and Coyotes) will be serviced as normal Monday through Friday between 9 am and 4:30 pm Traps set on weekends to capture animals will result in a citation being issued and the animal being released on property. No Saturday drop offs are allowed for trapped animals.
Nuisance animals such as feral cats, squirrels, opossums, or other small rodents and mammals will require the citizen to bring that animal to Animal Services between 10:30 am to 5 pm Monday through Friday excluding observed holidays. No Saturday drop offs. Animal Services is located at:925 S 25th StreetAbilene, TX 79602
A humane trap is a cage with a door on one end which can be lifted up and set in place with a small hook. The door is connected to a flat metal trip plate on the bottom of the trap. The trap is baited by placing food at the back of the trap, past the trip plate.
When an animal enters the trap, the weight of its paw on the trip plate triggers the door to shut behind it. The trip plate is far enough away from the door so that the animal is not harmed.
Yes, feral cats on a targeted area basis; however domesticated cats will not be trapped by the City of Abilene. There is no ordinance requiring a person to restrain their cat only to have the animal licensed and currently vaccinated with a rabies vaccine.
Yes, an Animal Services field officer will place a trap in an area where feral dogs have been roaming and attempt to live trap the animal.
A protective order is a civil court order that is designed to stop violent and harassing behavior and to protect you and your family members from an abuser. Abusers who violate certain parts of a protective order can be arrested.
The purpose of a protective order is to prevent future assaults by your partner. The protective order will usually make it illegal for him to be near you, your children, your home, your workplace, and your children's school. Then you can call the police for help when he is where he is not supposed to be and the police can intervene before he assaults you or your children again.
A protective order may order your abuser to:
You can apply for a protective order if your abuser is one of the following:
A person who has a divorce pending is eligible for a protective order. The protective order must be filed in the court in which the divorce is pending. You may also be able to get a protective order against someone who has sexually assaulted you even if they are not a family or household member (like a co-worker or neighbor).
Nothing, a protective order is free. You cannot be charged a fee for filing, serving, or entering a protective order. The court may order that your abuser pay any attorney fees (if applicable), and all other fees, charges, or expenses incurred in connection with the protective order.
In Texas there are three types of Orders of Protection:
A Magistrate's Order of Emergency Protection (what most people call an Emergency Protective Order). These are called different things in different parts of the state. They are good for 31 to 61 days. If your partner has been arrested for a family violence assault, you must ask for this before he is released from jail.
A Temporary Ex Parte Order is a court order designed to provide you and your family members with immediate protection from your abuser. In order to get a Permanent Protective Order, you need to have a full-court hearing with your abuser present. A Temporary Ex Parte Order will protect you from the time you file for the Permanent Protective Order until your full court hearing.
You may receive a Temporary Ex Parte Order without your abuser present. The court can issue a Temporary Ex Parte Order if it decides that the information given in your application for a protective order presents a clear and present danger of family violence to either you or a family member. A Temporary Ex Parte Order lasts for the period of time specified in the order, usually until the date of your full court hearing. In most places the court will schedule a date for a formal hearing no later than the 14th day after the date the application is filed
A Permanent (Or Final) Protective Order is a court order that is designed to stop violent and harassing behavior and to protect you and your family from the abuser. A Permanent Protective Order is effective for the time period specified in the order up to a maximum of 2 years. If there is no time period specified in the order, then it expires on the second anniversary of the date the order was issued.
If the respondent is still incarcerated on the date that the protective order is set to expire, then the expiration date is extended for one year from his date of release. For more information regarding Protective Orders, call the District Attorney's Office at 325-674-1296, or call the Noah Project at 325-676-7107.
Reading times are based on geographic location. To request information on when your meter will be read, please contact customer service at 325-676-6405. A representative will be able to tell you the date when it is normally read.
Sometimes it becomes necessary to estimate consumption, for reasons such as non-access to the meter. Customers who feel their bill has been estimated may call and request a reread. It can take up to four business days to reread meters. Once the access to the meter is cleared, we will obtain a reading and send a corrected bill if appropriate.
Please call the Water Utility Office at 325-676-6405 to obtain information regarding:
Please visit our Water Meter Replacement Project page for up-to-date information.
Typically the cause is water staying in the water heater too long. This causes the water to turn stagnant. Single-handle type water faucets are typically being used in these situations and are not being fully turned to the cold position. This can occur when a water heater is too large for the amount of hot water typically used. It can also occur when the dip tube (cold water inlet) in the water heater deteriorates.
Flushing out the water heater will provide an immediate temporary solution. Long-term solutions for low usage are to decrease the size of the water heater, or to use more hot water. If the dip tube has deteriorated, it must be replaced.
Hardness refers to the calcium and magnesium carbonate content. Water hardness in the City of Abilene varies depending on the water source being used. Currently the hardness averages about 240 milligrams per liter calcium carbonate. This equates to about 14 grains per gallon.
In order to ensure that tap water is safe to drink, the Environmental Protection Agency and the Texas Natural Resource Conservation Commission set forth regulations which limit the amount of certain contaminants in drinking water. Our water is below all state and federal primary drinking water maximum contaminant levels (MCL). In addition to being less than federal or state MCLs, the majority of listed contaminants are not detected at all.
Regulations require routine monitoring for approximately 75 chemical or radiological substances. Our water is routinely tested for over 170 substances. In addition, regulations require routine monitoring for bacteria in the distribution system.
Frequency of testing is set forth in the drinking water regulations. Bacterial testing is performed on a daily basis. Chemical testing is performed on a quarterly to annual basis. Radiological testing is performed every four years.
Bacteria testing is performed by the City of Abilene Health Department Laboratory. The Texas Department of Health Laboratory performs all required chemical and radiological tests.
Yes. The City of Abilene Environmental Laboratory performs biweekly analyses of samples taken from the water treatment plants and the distribution system. Approximately 40 substances or parameters are measured to assure the quality of the drinking water in the system. Area lakes are sampled monthly with approximately 20 substances measured. The water treatment plants also do continuous testing of the water as it is being treated.
The citizens of the City of Abilene approved by referendum to add fluoride to its drinking water supply. Fluoride is a water additive that promotes strong teeth, especially in growing children. The American Dental Association recommends a concentration of 0.7 parts per million (PPM). The City of Abilene's public water supply maintains a fluoride level of about 0.7 PPM.
The City of Abilene uses chlorine dioxide, free chlorine, and chloramines to disinfect our drinking water. The City of Abilene public water supply utilizes water treatment processes including disinfection to meet or exceed all applicable federal and state regulations for public health and safety.
The City of Abilene Water Department sponsors a variety of free educational programs. Educators are encouraged to take advantage of these quality programs. For program information, call 325-676-6041 and ask for the Laboratory Manager.
The Water Department also offers tours of its water treatment plants and the wastewater treatment plant. Please call Water Administration at 325-676-6419 for more information and scheduling.
The City of Abilene Water Utilities Department has initiated a project to replace its approximately 43,000 water meters. The meters will be replaced with an Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI) system. AMI smart water meters give customers live data access, help conservation efforts, and ensure a better water future.
Not necessarily. The new meters will simply record consumption more accurately. In some cases, your bill may increase, but only if your current meter has been underreporting usage.
No. The Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI) system is a budget neutral project. It is anticipated that the cost of the new system will be offset from the money saved from underreporting, leakage, theft of water, and on-site meter reading.
The work will begin near the fall of 2019. The entire project is estimated to be completed within 18 to 24 months. The work will be performed during normal working hours of 8 am to 5 pm, Monday through Friday. For information regarding which area we are currently servicing, check our Water Meter Replacement Project page.
A contractor will come to your residence and replace your meter. The water meter will be checked to verify that water is presently not in use. If no water is being used, the meter will be replaced. There will be interruption of service for approximately 10 to 30 minutes during the replacement. After the meter has been replaced, your service will continue as normal. In many cases, the transition will be completely inconspicuous and will not affect the residents.
In most cases, it's a simple procedure that will require anywhere between 10 to 30 minutes.
We have contracted with Pedal Valves, Inc. to conduct the meter replacement service. The installers/crew will drive trucks and wear uniforms identified with the Pedal Valves logo or "PVI". The City will also have inspectors and customer liaisons on-site to handle any issues that may arise.
Please note that no member of our meter replacement team will ask to enter your home, request personal information, or seek payment of any kind. Should you incur such an incident, please contact our Water Meter Customer Care Hotline at 325-676-6311.
No, all meters in our City are located outside of homes. After your water meter is replaced, Pedal Valves will flush the line using an outdoor spigot to ensure that no debris is left in the line and subsequently into your sink filters or inside lines.
In most cases it will not be necessary for anyone to be home. The majority of the work will take place near the street or alleyway in the meter box. If you have any questions or concerns, contact the Water Meter Customer Care Hotline at 325-676-6311.
In rare instances, the main cutoff valve to your home may be left off. This will occur when the Pedal Valves installation team is not able to pressurize your home following the installation. The normal cause of this condition is when an inside spigot is opened during the installation and subsequently left open. The water is not turned back on to ensure a sink or bath tub does not overflow with the resident not home to turn the water off. In these cases, your water will be left off and a notice will be left on your door providing you a point of contact to call to have your water turned back on.
AMI stands for "Advanced Metering Infrastructure." It is a method of using communication technology to read meters remotely without having to access each and every meter located inside meter boxes in the ground.
Advanced meter systems are quickly becoming the standard for utilities around the country. These new devices allow for more accurate and faster collection of water usage readings than the current manual method and improve safety conditions for City staff. Introducing automatic meter reading as the standard for Abilene is one of the ways we can better serve our customers and improve the overall efficiency of the utility department.
No. The radio transmission operates in compliance with Federal Communications Commission (FCC) regulations to avoid interference with other electronic devices.
Yes. Data transmitted from the meter through the system is encrypted through the entire process.
Verification of the transfer will begin with photographic documentation and data recording. Before the existing meter is removed, the technician will take a photograph of the old meter dial and record the actual accumulated consumption numbers, as well as the serial number and property address. The new meter will then be installed.
The bar codes on the new meter and transmitter will be scanned linking that meter with the property address and customer account. Duplicate bar code stickers will be included with the other old meter data in each property file. Once the new meter is activated, usage will begin recording automatically.
Your new meter does not require any maintenance by the homeowner. As before, the City will take care of all maintenance. Please note that your new meter has transmitting technology which automatically sends usage information to our offices. Damage to the transmitting equipment will send an alert to the Water Utilities department prompting an inspection. Please take precaution when caring for your lawn near the lid mounted transmitter.
Chapter 32 Utilities Section 32-6, Section 32-7, and Section 32-13 outline the City ordinance regarding utility property. Residents should not technically access the City's meter box, and if there is an issue or if you need access, please contact 325-676-6000. Tampering with the new meters can cause interruption of service or fees for damage.
The new Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI) system will provide customers the ability to see and manage their water consumption data in real time. Billing representatives at the Customer Service Center will also have access to real time usage data allowing them to answer questions and resolve billing issues quicker and more comprehensively.
Other benefits include customizable leak alerts, an interactive dashboard, and cost saving advice.
At this point in time, the City and Pedal Valves crews are working solely on the installation of the meters and data collection system. Once we've tested to insure hardware and software is working properly, we'll make the data system and all its resources available to the public. We do not currently have an estimate for when this will launch, but information will be provided when we do.
In the meantime, the newly installed water meters will work with our current system, and residents can expect water billing to continue as usual.
You can find more information on our Water Meter Replacement Project page, as well as a "What to Expect" video. We will continually update our website and social media outlets as we progress into new districts and neighborhoods. Check this page to find out what area we are currently servicing.
We are happy to answer any additional questions or concerns you may have. You can call our Water Meter Project Customer Care Line at 325-676-6311 or email Water Meter Project staff.
The costs for new or transferred connection are as follows:
The charges will appear on your first bill.
Please allow at least 1 business day for service to begin. Customers submitting applications online or via email will receive an email confirming when service will begin.
To report water leaks or sewer stops, call 676-6000, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. A real person will answer your call, and friendly field staff will come to help.
You can pay your utility bill in a variety of ways. Visit our "Pay Your Bill" page for more information.
For current rates and fees, visit our Billing Structures page.
Visit our Connect or Disconnect Service page for more information.
The City of Abilene offers same-day service for requests received by 1 pm at no extra charge. The primary name on the water account must come by the Water Office located at:4595 S 1st StreetAbilene, TX 79605
They must bring their drivers license and social security number information with them. Payment must be current at the present address before a transfer can be completed.
A $17.50 fee will be added to the first bill at your new address.
Please call the Water Office customer service center at 325-676-6405 to obtain information regarding your account balance, the due date for your payment, or any other billing inquiries.
WIC, the Supplemental Food Program for Women, Infants, and Children, is an important resource in improving the health and nutrition of women, infants, and children during pregnancy and early childhood. Some of the services WIC offers include:
Pregnant women are encouraged to apply as soon as they find out they are pregnant. Dads, grandparents and foster parents raising children are also encouraged to apply on behalf of their children. Families that qualify for Medicaid, SNAP (Food Stamps) or TANF automatically qualify for WIC services and must show proof of enrollment in at least one of these programs. All other families must meet the income guidelines.
WIC works with local stores to provide these items.
Yes, WIC works. Children lead healthier lives because WIC provides supplemental foods and emphasizes nutrition education during pregnancy, lactation, and early childhood. National studies show that WIC has a positive impact on reducing low birth weight, saving on Medicaid costs and encouraging pregnant women to seek early prenatal care. Studies also show WIC participants consume larger amounts of important nutrients such as iron, protein, calcium, and vitamin C. Children participating in WIC are better immunized and more likely to have a regular source of medical care.
Start the application process at Texas WIC. From there, you can give us a call at 325-692-1680 to make an appointment at our local office. You will be asked to bring the following items to your appointment: