City of Round Rock wins statewide excellence award

Culvert liner project named best in public works for cities over 25,000 in population

Council Member Rene Flores, Council Member Tammy Young, Utilities Director Michael Thane and General Services Director Chad McDowell received the TML award on behalf of the City.

During the 2019 Texas Municipal League (TML) Annual Conference and Exhibition in San Antonio this week, the City of Round Rock received a 2019 Municipal Excellence Award in public works for cities over 25,000 in population. The award recognized the City for its Culvert Liner Project. 

The City of Round Rock’s Utilities and Environmental Services Department used an innovative approach to rehabilitate corrugated metal pipe culverts. Instead of the traditional method of excavating the roadway and removing the pipes to replace them, the City sprayed concrete onto the existing metal pipes. Round Rock also pioneered a strategic way of applying the concrete to prevent bottom deterioration. Not only were these techniques effective, but the projects were completed with minimal design time, reduced installation expenses, no road closures, and lower maintenance costs. The effort was led by City Engineer Danny Halden.

On hand at the Conference to accept the award were members of the City Council and staff. 

“The best innovations are those that make our processes more efficient and effective,” said Utilities Director Michael Thane. “I am excited to see our staff’s work recognized among the best in our state, and I’m proud of employees like Danny who exhibit excellence on a daily basis.”

TML’s Municipal Excellence Awards recognize and encourage the achievements of Texas cities in meeting the challenge of municipal governance.  Innovative problem-solving, excellence in management, increasing citizen participation, and reaching toward higher service levels are all daily occurrences in Texas cities, and they deserve recognition. This awards program seeks out the best of these programs to honor.  Awards are given in two population categories (under 25,000 and over 25,000) and five areas (management innovations, communication programs, city spirit, public safety, and public works).

The 2019 TML Annual Conference and Exhibition was held at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center in San Antonio on October 9-11 and attracted more than 3,000 city officials, who learned ways to govern more effectively, discussed critical issues, and shared best practices and solutions.

TML is a voluntary association of 1,161 Texas cities that provides support and services to city governments.

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