Here's what you need to know to start your week in San Marcos, Buda and Kyle.


1. Greenbelt Alliance to present on proposed regional trail
San Marcos Greenbelt Alliance President Mark Taylor is set to give Hays County commissioners on Tuesday an update on the proposed regional nature trail that would run through San Marcos, Buda and Kyle and connect to the Violet Crown Trail currently under development.

According to a memo to the court, a work group consisting of representatives from the county and the three cities as well as the Meadows Center, Texas State University and other partners has given the proposed trail a name—The Emerald Crown Trail—and, thanks to the work of Texas State Geography students, have preliminary mapping of possible routes to the trails. The work group plans to hold public workshops about the trail in March, according to Taylor's memo.





2. Hays County commissioners to submit road projects for CAMPO funding
About $400 million will soon be available for Central Texas transportation projects, and Hays County wants a piece of it.

Commissioners will vote on which road projects they want to seek funding for through the Capital Area Metro Planning Organization, who in December put out a call for cities and counties to submit projects they wanted covered through state and federal dollars.

Projects on the county's list for possible funding include FM 110 between SH 123 and I-35 at Yarrington Road, the FM 110 overpass at SH 123, RM 967 safety improvements at Buda Sports Complex Drive, the FM 2001 extension of White Wing Trail from I-35 to the existing FM 2001, RM 3237 corridor safety improvements from RM 150 to RM 12, FM 621 corridor improvements from CR 266 to Crystal River Drive, and US 290 and Trautwein Road intersection improvements.

The deadline to apply for funding is Jan. 18. The commissioners court agenda shows all the projects the county is considering for CAMPO funding.





3. Buda, San Marcos seek volunteers to serve on boards and commissions
The cities of Buda and San Marcos will soon have a slew of open positions on several boards and commissions that report directly to the respective city councils and help advise council members on certain issues such as parks, arts and veteran affairs. Here are Buda's open positions and San Marcos's open positions.





4. What to expect in Texas’ voting rights court fights in 2018
Voter ID and map redistricting could be two hot topics in 2017 as Texas waits on courts to rule on the fate of the state’s embattled political maps and voter identification requirements. Our partners at the Texas Tribune look at what that means during a midterm election year.





5. Aquarena Springs Drive to close later this week
Aquarena Springs Drive from Charles Austin Drive to Mill Street will be closed in each direction from 8 p.m. Thursday until 6 p.m. Friday. Drivers can detour via Thorpe Lane and Hopkins Street.