During the Texas Municipal League (TML) 105th Annual Conference and Exhibition at the George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston on Oct. 3-6, the City of Round Rock was presented a 2017 Municipal Excellence Award in the city spirit category for cities over 25,000 in population. The award recognizes the City for the Love the Rock day of service.
Love the Rock is a day of service that was made possible by the coordination of more than 35 churches of numerous denominations, the City of Round Rock, neighborhood associations, and the solid waste collection company. Together, they assembled 1,200 volunteers to work on more than 200 homes of those in need, including the elderly, disabled, people recovering from surgery or illness, and single parents. During the 2016 event, a record-breaking 555 tons of garbage along with 93 tons of brush were removed. Using tools from the City’s Tool Lending Center, volunteers mowed and weeded lawns, trimmed trees and bushes, hauled heavy items, and much more. The clean-up event alleviated 37 standing code violations and prevented numerous more. Love the Rock did more than beautify a neighborhood; it truly changed residents’ quality of life.
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 in five subject categories (management innovations, communication programs, city spirit, public safety, and public works).
TML is a voluntary association of 1,155 Texas cities. Guided by its purpose statement — Empowering Texas cities to serve their cities — the League provides support and services to city governments. The City of Round Rock is a member of TML.