A Hometown Visit From Santa

A big red Fire Rescue truck delivered Santa to the waiting children at City Hall. Crowds gathered to watch the annual live-tree lighting under perfectly clear skies and just like that… the Christmas spirit had arrived in McLendon-Chisholm.

The City’s 3rd Annual Christmas Tree Lighting was a huge success. Citizen’s enjoyed community, hot cocoa and delicious cookies and shared the spirit of Christmas by donating unwrapped gifts for our Toy Drive. A special reading by Mayor Keith Short of T’was the Night Before Christmas was followed by the children visiting Santa and sharing their Christmas wishes.

Thank you to City staff, Council, volunteers and MC Fire Rescue for making this a wonderful night for all to remember.

Don’t forget to keep the Christmas spirit going this holiday season by visiting City Hall to donate an unwrapped gift for our Toy Drive and non-perishable food for our Food Drive.

Annual Christmas Tree Lighting

SANTA & CHRISTMAS TREE LIGHTING – DECEMBER 1, 2021

Santa Claus is coming to town…

The City’s annual Christmas Tree Lighting is Wednesday, December 1 from 5:30-7:30pm. Everyone is welcome to come and enjoy Santa, songs, hot cocoa and cookies at City Hall, 1371 W. FM 550.

Bring a camera for photo opportunities with Santa and share the holiday spirit by bringing an unwrapped toy for our Toy Drive or non-perishable food for our Food Drive.

Comprehensive Plan Adopted by City Council

The McLendon-Chisholm City Council adopted the 2021-2040 Comprehensive Plan at the September 29 City Council meeting.

The Comprehensive Plan was created by the community utilizing relevant information from the previous Comprehensive Plan adopted in 2016, feedback from multiple sources including an online community survey and in-person community forum, and the direction provided by the Comprehensive Plan Advisory Committee (CPAC).

“The Comprehensive Plan is a very important best practice tool that captures the vision of what the community wants to be in the future and defines how we get there,” said Mayor Keith Short. “We thank everyone involved in this effort, including the volunteers who served on the CPAC, our citizens and city staff.”

What is a Comprehensive Plan?

A Comprehensive Plan, also known as a general plan, master plan or land use plan, is a document designed to guide the future actions of a city. The comprehensive plan presents a vision for the future with long-range goals and objectives for all activities that affect the local government.

The citizens appointed by the City Council that guided the process as members of the CPAC included:

  • Mark Kipphut, Chairman
  • Michael Davis
  • Stephen Doll
  • Chris Dorward
  • Frances Egan
  • Rebecca Freeze
  • Christian Giadolor
  • Bob Hermann
  • Shari London
  • Ashley Maxfield
  • Gary Nickel
  • Beverly Stibbens

You can download the adopted 2021-2040 Comprehensive Plan here.

Free Covid-19 Testing In Royse City

Rockwall County Emergency Management has partnered with Royse City ISD and My Labs Direct to provide FREE COVID-19 testing for residents (no residency requirements).

My Labs Direct files administration fees to the insurance company but there is NO COST to the patient. No one will be denied testing due to insurance coverage. Results are guaranteed within 24 hours but often come the same day. Make your COVID-19 test appointment here.

Free Covid Testing

 

City of McLendon-Chisholm X-treme Green Event

The City of McLendon-Chisholm will host a free recycling, shredding and bulky trash event for McLendon-Chisholm residential CWD customers on Saturday, October 16 from 8 a.m. to noon at Chisholm Baptist Church, 1388 SH 205.

Please see the traffic flow below and bring a copy of your driver’s license for proof of eligibility. This service is available only to City of McLendon-Chisholm residential utility/trash customers. The shredded paper will be recycled.

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TRAFFIC FLOW MAP

Rockwall County Monoclonal Antibody Treatment Center

Rockwall County now has a monoclonal antibody treatment center located on Rockwall County property between the Library and Courthouse near 1111 E Yellow Jacket Ln.

This treatment center opened Monday, September 6th, and is operated by MDLabs, the Rockwall County partner that administered vaccines out of Wilkerson Stadium.  This treatment center will aid in keeping people with COVID-19 out of local hospitals.  Treatment works best if a COVID-positive person receives the monoclonal antibody treatment within the first five days of symptom onset. However, individuals are eligible to receive treatment up to 10 days after symptom onset. Patients must be observed for one hour after treatment to ensure no adverse effects are experienced.

It is preferred that patients have a referral from a doctor and schedule an appointment. However, there is limited capability to assess and provide a patient referral on-site if necessary.  There is limited capacity for walkups. However, walkup availability is not guaranteed. Walkups without a referral will take longer to process than someone with an appointment and doctor’s referral. MDLabs will collect insurance information and file an administration claim; however, a co-pay/payment will not be collected. Insurance companies are paying administration fees for the antibody treatments just as they do with vaccines. Filing for the administration fee is how MDLabs can support Rockwall County, and no one will be denied treatment based on insurance coverage.

Get more details at the MDLab website | Schedule an Appointment Here

Running Water Tap

RCH Water Supply Disconnects

The City is aware of several complaints regarding RCH Water Supply Company in regard to water service disconnects due a previous account holder’s failure to pay.

The City encourages anyone experiencing this situation to file a complaint with the Public Utility Commission (PUC) of Texas.

The City also encourages customers to contact us once such complaints have been reported to the PUC. Customers may also call the Public Utility Commission at 888-782-8477 for additional guidance.

Rossini Vineyards Entrance

The City of McLendon-Chisholm Welcomes Rosini Vineyards

A wonderful new addition to the McLendon-Chisholm community is Rosini Vineyards, located on 25 acres at 411 State Highway 205 within the city limits.

If you have not made a visit to this beautiful venue yet, you need to do so,” said Mayor Keith Short. “Local residents and owners Greg and Carol Rosini have invested in their passion, and this love an commitment to quality and excellence shows.”

In fact, the Rosini’s have already won a silver medal for their Blanc du Bois dry and Cabernet Sauvignon in The Lone Star International Wine Competition.  The Rosini’s one-of-a-kind wines are made from grapes grown on the property’s vineyard, as well as from the high plains, east Texas and central Texas.

There is a tasting room and barrel room for sampling the Rosini Vineyards blends, with a menu that includes a variety of flatbreads, paninis, and small bites. Reservations are not required, but recommended for groups of six or more.

The property is also available for private events, and includes a four-bedroom, five-bath Ranch house with a pool that can be reserved via VRBO.

Learn more about this McLendon-Chisholm asset at www.rosinivineyards.com.

CITY HALL CLOSED FOR LABOR DAY

The City of McLendon-Chisholm wishes you a happy and safe Labor Day Holiday.

City Hall will be closed in observance on Monday, September 6. Our Department of Public Safety will continue to serve 24/7, and we thank our officers for their dedication and hard work for our community.

Mayor Pro Tem Kipphut Represents the City at Growth Summit Luncheon

McLendon-Chisholm was represented today by Mayor Pro Tem Lorna Kipphut at the Rockwall Area Chamber of Commerce’s Growth Summit Luncheon, featuring economic development updates from the cities surrounding Rockwall.

“McLendon-Chisholm is a one-of-a-kind city, with residents who fiercely try to protect a peaceful way of life and wide open, green spaces,” she said during her presentation.

Mayor Pro Tem Kipphut also noted that both population growth and property values have steadily increased through the years, even in some difficult economic times. According to Zillow.com, the typical home value in McLendon-Chisholm is $589,141, and the current population is 3,815 per the 2020 U.S. Census.

Accomplishments during the 2020-2021 fiscal year include: the groundbreaking for Mike D. Donegan Public Safety Building; an all-cash purchase for a new fire engine due to a healthy fund balance; a new wastewater line installed in the retail district, also purchased with cash; road repairs for Pullen, Klutts and Sonoma Verde; an animal control contract executed with the City of Rockwall; the launch of a new website; and the update of the audio/visual equipment in the City Council chambers.

“All of our employees are essential, and we are proud that City Hall has remained open and fully operational throughout the pandemic,” she added. The city also presented the 2020 Christmas Tree lighting and a 5k/Fun Run in the spring, under the leadership of Councilmember Trudy Woessner.

The city is currently in the process of updating its Comprehensive Plan, and a draft will soon be available for public comment.

“In summary, we are on the verge of real change, but smart growth means that we will preserve what we hold dear,” Mayor Pro Tem Kipphut said in closing.

Pictured Above: Representing McLendon-Chisholm at the Rockwall Area Chamber Growth Summit on August 25 were as pictured from left: Council Member Trudy Woessner; City Administrator Lisa Paloma; Mayor Pro Tem Kipphut, who was the presenter; and Council Member Dan Tucker.