City Offices Closed July 4th
By Floyd Miller
City offices to close for July 4th ABILENE, Texas – In observance of the July 4th holiday, most City of Abilene offices and community service centers will be closed on Monday, July 4, with the exception of those providing life safety services such as fire and police protection. The Abilene Zoo will be open regular hours, 9 a.m.- 5 p.m., throughout the holiday weekend. On July 4, the Zoo will offer Festival on the 4th, featuring family-friendly activities and food vendors from 10 a.m. until about 2:30 p.m. Activities will include a children’s patriotic parade, a magic show, face painting and air castles. Free tickets to Hurricane Harbor, Six Flags, and Schlitterbahn Water Park will be awarded to contest winners throughout the day. For more information about the festival, phone the Abilene Zoo at 673-9453. Animal Services and the Abilene Water Utility will be available over the holiday weekend to respond to emergencies. To contact Animal Services for an emergency, phone Abilene Police at 673-8331. The Animal Shelter, 925 South 25th Street, will be open as usual on Saturday, July 2, from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m., for citizens to visit the shelter. Normal weekday business hours at the shelter are 9 a.m. until 6 p.m. For emergencies such as water and sewer repairs, or water-wasting complaints, residents may call 676-6000 seven days a week, 24 hours a day, including holidays. Both public library locations will be closed on July 4, but materials may be returned in the book drops at both locations. Patrons may also renew/reserve items online at www.abilenetx.com/apl. CityLink Transit will not run on July 4, but will resume regularly-scheduled routes onJuly 5. No residential refuse pickup routes will be collected on July 4. Limited commercial refuse pickups will be conducted on July 4. Residential and commercial routes scheduled but not collected on July 4 will be collected on their next, regularly scheduled collection day. The City of Abilene Recycling Center, 2209 Oak Street, will be open regular hours on July 2 and 3, but will be closed July 4.All citations due to the Municipal Court on July 4 will instead be due on July 5. The next Teen Court will be held July 11 at 5 p.m. The Planning and Zoning Commission meeting that would normally be scheduled for the first Monday of the month, will instead be held on Tues., July 5, beginning at 1:30 p.m.
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