News & Information
News & Information
Kyle City Council must adopt an operating budget each fiscal year, which runs October 1 through September 30.
The budget files for FY 2016-2017 are below.
The City of Kyle was contacted recently by the Texas Department of Transportation about whether or not it would support a roundabout on FM 1626 at the intersection of Dorman Rd., near an entrance to the Plum Creek neighborhood.
The Kyle e-Newsletter is sent each Friday and contains pertinent information about events and happenings in the City of Kyle.
Helping to keep Kyle clean and looking great is the goal of the new Kyle Adopt-a-Street program.
What is Kyle Adopt-a-Street?
The City of Kyle is hiring. We have seasonal, full-time and part-time opportunities. And with a growing city, more positions will likely become available in the near future.
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Meetings / Events
Meetings / Events
- Planning and Zoning Commission Workshop Meeting - 10/25/2016 - 6:30pm
- Kyle Area Youth Advisory Council - 10/27/2016 - 6:30pm
- Kyle City Council Meeting - 11/01/2016 - 7:00pm
- Kyle Public Library Board Meeting - 11/10/2016 - 6:30pm
- Kyle City Council Meeting - 11/15/2016 - 7:00pm
- Parks and Recreation Board - 11/28/2016 - 7:00pm
- Kyle City Council Meeting - 12/06/2016 - 7:00pm
- Kyle Public Library Board Meeting - 12/08/2016 - 6:30pm
- Kyle City Council Meeting - 12/20/2016 - 7:00pm
- Parks and Recreation Board - 12/26/2016 - 7:00pm
- Youth Basketball League Registration - 10/25/2016 (All day)
- Adult Kickball League Registration - 10/25/2016 (All day)
- Advanced ESL/GED Ready Classes - 10/25/2016 - 10:00am
- Youth Basketball League Registration - 10/26/2016 (All day)
- Adult Kickball League Registration - 10/26/2016 (All day)
- Preschool Express Storytime - 10/26/2016 - 10:30am
- Cosplay @ the Library - 10/26/2016 - 5:00pm
- Youth Basketball League Registration - 10/27/2016 (All day)
- Adult Kickball League Registration - 10/27/2016 (All day)
- Baby Lapsit (0 to 18 mos.) - 10/27/2016 - 10:00am
Recreation / Library / Social
Recreation / Library / Social
So, you want to know a little more about Kyle, Texas? That’s why you clicked here! We can’t say we blame you — it’s a very cool town.
Kyle was founded in 1880. The town was named after Fergus Kyle, the son of Claiborne Kyle who moved here from Tennessee. Under the famed Auction Oak Tree, plats of land were auctioned off to several hundred folks who became the town’s first citizens.
My, how we’ve grown! In 2016, Kyle was the second largest city in Hays County with a population of 36,800. Population estimates put Kyle at 55,000 by 2030.
With easy access to locales north and south, Kyle is a major city on the I-35 corridor in Central Texas. It’s home to Seton Medical Center Hays, Hays CISD administrative offices, Austin Community College Hays, several medical facilities, and H-E-B Plus, major retailers, numerous restaurants and many homegrown businesses.
Here are some cool Kyle tidbits:
- Kyle got its first stoplight in 2007.
- Kyle is 30.4 square miles, with 185.5 miles of roadway and more than 600 acres of beautiful park land.
- Kyle is a Home Rule city. Residents elect the mayor and city council, but a city manager, Scott Sellers, runs the city’s day-to-day operations. He does so with a $79 million operating budget.
- Our Parks and Recreation department offers community events including Market Days, Founders Parade, Santa’s Arrival and Tree Lighting, Polar Bear Splash, Easter Eggstravaganza, and our annual July 4th Fireworks.
- Signature special events include Kyle Field Day, Kyle Hogwash and Hops & Jalapenos.
- Kyle is now home to the Central Texas Lobos, a semi-professional soccer team.
- Kyle is also a good place for business. The city houses many businesses and with an educated population, there’s plenty of room for growth.
Helpful Information about Hiring a Contractor
Hiring A Contractor
Whether you’re planning an addition for a growing family or simply building a shed, finding a competent and reliable contractor is the first step to a successful and satisfying home construction or improvement project. These guidelines are intended to serve as a general reference guide to anyone looking to build, repair or improve their home.
1. Obtain names of several contractors
Home construction contractors are not licensed or regulated by the State of Texas. The State of Texas does require that any person performing plumbing, heating & air conditioning (hvac) and electrical work must be state licensed. We recommend that the homeowner ask the contractor for several references and follow up on them. Homeowners who live in and homestead their homes through Hays Central Appraisal District may do electrical, plumbing and mechanical work on their homes after securing the appropriate permits. For more information on these licensed trades go to:
Texas Plumbing Board of Examiners- http://www.tsbpe.state.tx.us/
Texas Department of Licensing and Regulations- https://www.tdlr.texas.gov/licensesearch/
2. Research your project
Ask questions of your friends, neighbors and local home improvement stores. Your research should include what has to be done, the best ways to do the work, the types of materials that may be used and their cost. Contact the Better Business Bureau before you make a final decision on any contractor to determine if there are any complaints on file.
3. Obtain and compare bids on your project
It’s usually a good idea to ask at least three contractors to estimate the costs of your project. Make sure that the bids detail the scope of the work, the types of the materials that will be used and the total cost of the project.
Once the bids are received, take time to compare them carefully. Be sure each includes everything you want. Keep in mind that the lowest bid is not necessarily the best bid. A particularly low bid may indicate that the contractor does not fully understand the scope of the project or is too inexperienced to accurately estimate the amount of labor and materials required.
4. Beware of con artists
Door-to-door fraud is a growing problem. Reputable contractors do not normally solicit work in this manner. Here are some signs to look for:
- Arrival in an unmarked vehicle;
- Ask you to sign an estimate or authorization before you have decided to actually hire them;
- Appear to be willing to do the job at an unusually low price;
- A post office address with no street address, or a phone number that is just an answering service;
- Asking for full or substantial payment before work begins;
- High pressure sales tactics;
- Refusal to give you a written estimate, contract or provide local references.
5. Signing a contract
Once you have agreed on a bid with a contractor, obtain it in writing. A contract should include at the minimum:
- An exact description of all the work to be performed
- A detailed list of the materials to be used which defines textures, brands, colors, sizes etc.
- The total dollar amount of the contract and a schedule for payments. Make every attempt to pay a minimal or no down payment for supplies or services.
- Who will be responsible for getting the necessary building permits, preferably the contractor
- Any promises made by the salesperson/contractor
- The starting and completion dates
- Any warranties provided by the contractor
- The contractor’s signature as well as your own
6. Financing your project
If a lender is financing your construction project, make sure that you know your lender and that you understand how the loan proceeds will be disbursed and how subcontractors will be paid. Be careful of contractors who claim they can arrange financing for you.
A building permit is generally required when performing structural work or when a home’s basic living area is changed. Separate permits for electrical, heating/cooling, or plumbing work are required in some cases. Check with the building department before starting a job to learn if a permit is required. When the building department issues a permit for home improvement work, it will inspect the work when that work has reached a certain stage to make sure it complies with various codes and regulations. The City of Kyle Building Inspection Department wants to be of service to you and urges you to call, or email us with any questions.
7. Completing the project
Before you sign off and make the final payment, make sure the job is complete. Check that:
- All work meets the standards spelled out in the contract
- You have written warranties for materials and workmanship;
- You have proof that all subcontractors and suppliers have been paid;
- The job site has been cleaned up and cleared of excess materials, tools and equipment;
- You have inspected and approved the completed work;
- The City’s final inspection has been done and all appropriate approvals granted.