University generates 2,000 pounds of waste per month


Texas State is doing its part to reduce the university’s waste footprint through the disposal of food, sewage and hazardous waste.

The university is considered a large generator of waste, creating about 2,000 pounds per month, said Elizabeth Arceneaux, environmental health and safety specialist.

There are multiple ways of sanitizing around campus, from disposing of dining hall food refuse to the special care of hazardous waste and efforts to clean the river, said Juan Guerra, associate vice president of Facilities.

Edwards Aquifer Authority launches irrigation suspension program for farmers, ranchers


A program from the Edwards Aquifer Authority (EAA) aims to conserve water during the drought by offering to pay farmers and ranchers not to irrigate their land. 

The Voluntary Irrigation Suspension Program Option (VISPO) is a way for irrigators to make some money while helping to conserve water.

The EAA has put a plan in place to help decrease the amount of water used by irrigators as part of the Habitat Conservation Plan. The San Marcos area is experiencing Stage 4 water restrictions for the first time due to extreme drought conditions.

The VISPO program is about “reducing demand with cash incentives,” said Rick Illgner, governmental affairs officer at the EAA.

City council unanimously approves La Cima project

In a unanimous vote with one abstention Tuesday night, San Marcos City Council passed a resolution authorizing an agreement with the La Cima developers that will permit the construction of 2,400 single-family homes.

Bringing upper-level housing to San Marcos, the proposed La Cima development will be a 2,050-acre development with 2,400 single-family homes. The development will include a 200-acre commercial and retail site and 400 acres of open space just west of the city in what is now the extraterritorial jurisdiction.

“I want to thank the subcommittee and all staffers and county representatives involved who guided us through this process,” said Mayor Daniel Guerrero. “I think we’ve come to a good mutual agreement.”

No detectable lead found in drinking water

Recent sampling tests show no detectable traces of lead in San Marcos drinking water after readings taken Sept. 4 and 8 showed a heightened level.

The city investigated the situation after heightened lead readings were found in five test samples near the Hays County Government Center.

Tests from the six water samples taken on Sept. 4 showed lead readings in three.

San Marcos ran four rounds of water sampling at six different sites and Sept. 10, after flushing contaminated water service lines, they discovered no detectible lead levels, said Tom Taggart, executive director of public services.

City officials dedicate $500,000 to light Loop 82 underpass


Construction of a bridge over the train tracks on Aquarena Springs Drive will begin at the end of this year.

The project will take an estimated 26 months to complete, said Councilmember Jude Prather, Place 2, at Monday night’s Student Government meeting. Utilities are already being moved underground to prepare for the project. Thematically, the architecture will compliment the stadium with arches, a maroon-and-gold color scheme, Lone Stars and Bobcat logos, he said.

“This will be a shaded structure right next to the football stadium,” Prather said. “I think this will be prime real estate for tailgating, and we’re looking to add in some benches and tables.”

Edward Gary, Hutchison intersection closes for reconstruction

Drivers can expect detours at Edward Gary and Hutchison Streets starting Monday, as the intersection will close for two weeks for reconstruction.

The Edward Gary and Hutchison intersection will be closed from Sept. 15 to 29 in order to widen the space to allow large vehicles better access. Traffic will be detoured to alleys next to the work area as well as Guadalupe Street, LBJ Drive and CM Allen Parkway, said Trey Hatt, City of San Marcos communications specialist.

The intersection will be expanded to accommodate larger vehicles like trucks, said Jennifer Shell, project manager for the Downtown Reconstruction Project. The reconstruction will make it easier for trucks to turn the corner without going into the intersection.

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Councilmembers continue discussion of La Cima development

The San Marcos City Council has made progress concerning the La Cima development and plans to vote on a final development agreement next week.

La Cima is a proposed development of approximately 2,050 acres, including 2,400 single-family homes, a 200-acre commercial and retail site and about 400 acres of open space in the city’s extraterritorial jurisdiction west of the city. Councilmembers have been wrestling with the conditions of the development agreement.

“The county is considering issuing the PID bonds,” said Councilman Wayne Becak, Place 4, who serves on the La Cima subcommittee. “That hasn’t been approved yet, but that’s what the county is discussing.”

A PID is a public improvement district, Becak said.

Students petition against development of Cape’s Camp, Thompson’s Island


In the November 2012 elections, three quarters of San Marcos residents voted in favor of acquiring 70 acres of riverfront property for parkland, located at IH-35 and River Road, that is known as Cape's Camp and Thompson’s Island.

The Thornton family, who owned the property, were not willing to sell the land to the city, and it would have had to have been acquired through eminent domain, which 51 percent of the voters opposed.

San Marcos officials, residents react to Austin device ban

The City of Austin’s decision to ban the use of all electronic devices while driving or biking has some students and faculty weighing the benefits of creating a similar ordinance in San Marcos.

The new law expands on a current ordinance passed in 2009, which banned texting while driving. The new ordinance goes into effect Jan. 1, 2015.

Chase Stapp, San Marcos Chief of Police, has some reservations about the ordinance due to the limitations it could potentially impose on officers in times of emergencies.

“One of my concerns with the ordinance, and I haven’t read it word for word, but at least the way I understand it, I wouldn’t want to create a situation where officers are not lawfully able to use the mobile data computers that are in police cars,” Stapp said.


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