🌱 Landscaping Business Fined + Downed Tree Processing + Permits Filed
Y’all, who’s ready to say sayonara to the ice and freezing rains? *Raises hand* I certainly am! For now, I’m back with your new edition of the Round Rock Daily. Here’s all you need to know right now, including news on:
- What to do when you have tree branches down.
- A famous cookie bakery is coming to town!
- Local business found for allowing teenage employee to perform prohibited work.
Check out photos I took of pretty icicles that mother nature dropped at my door, and onto my garden. Send me any cool ice-storm photos you were able to take to: WritingWithElaine@gmail.com!
Can you take a guess at what’s underneath all the ice?
But first, today’s weather: It’s still pretty cold out and there may be patches of ice on bridges and overpasses – Travel with caution!
Cloudy with a passing shower. High: 38 Low: 31.
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Here are the top stories in Round Rock today:
- City of Round Rock has some tips on how not to stress about handling downed tree limbs from this week’s winter storm. “Residents can place up to 7 additional items free of charge, next to garbage bins on trash pick up day.” Citizens can drop off brush at the Brush Recycling Center for free, with proof of water bill and valid driver’s license. Lastly, residents can schedule a curbside pickup with a minimum $25 fee. Visit City of Round Rock for more details on these options, and what safety measures to take when encountering a downed power line.
- Curious about businesses being built in town? Check out these latest commercial permits filed in Round Rock: Salad and Go on FM 620 expected completion Nov. 2023, Color Coated Nails Bar & Spa on 2980 Joe DiMaggio Blvd. estimated completion Sept. 2023, Pet Supplies Plus on 17420 N. FM 620 estimated completion May 2023, and saving a very popular reveal for last…Crumbl Cookies on 3021 S. I-35 frontage road estimated completion July 2023! Pop over to Community Impact Newspaper for information on other commercial permits filed.
- A 17-year-old was seriously injured working on a fork lift in June 2021while employed with Round Rock Landscape Supplies. The company “permitted the minor to use a forklift and operate a skid steer loader in violation of the Fair Labor Standards Act’s protections for young workers.” Round Rock Landscape Supplies also failed to keep accurate records for other minor-aged employees, earning another violation. The employer got their act together by changing work practices to comply with the law, cooperated with investigators, and paid a total of $34,355 in civil money penalties. Fort Worth Star-Telegram has more on this story.
Today in Round Rock: *Travel with caution in icy road conditions*
From my notebook:
- Round Rock ISD recognizes the start of Black History Month! “During the Month of February, Americans across the United States commemorate Black History Month, also known as African American History Month. During this time, we celebrate the rich cultural heritage, triumphs, and the countless contributions Black men and women have made throughout history .” (Round Rock ISD Instagram)
- Don’t touch downed power lines! “⚠️UPDATE⚠️: Ice accumulations are causing scattered power outages in Round Rock due to the weight of tree branches and ice on power lines. NEVER approach, touch or attempt to move a downed power line or any object in contact with a power line. ” (Round Rock City Government Facebook)
- Road closures until further notice: “Continue to avoid all non-essential travel. Thursday should be better. Current Road Closures: ⛔️all flyovers between IH-35 & SH-45 ⛔️SH-45 westbound exit for Greenlawn ⛔️SH-45 eastbound exit for La Frontera ⛔️Northbound IH -35 exit for RM 620 and more.” (Round Rock Police Department Instagram)
- What to do if you’re experiencing power outages:“If you lose power, please call your power provider, NOT 911. This will allow our staff to focus on emergency calls.” (Williamson County and Cities Health District Facebook)
- Give the gift of blood donations: “The winter storm closures will have a severe impact on our community blood supply. We urge donors to make an appointment for this Thursday onward to help us rebuild the supply for area hospitals and their patients.” (Austin American Statesman)
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Thanks for following along and staying informed. I’ll see you soon!
— Elaine Thompson
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