Voter registration deadline, flooding recovery funding and 3 other things to know this week in San Marcos, Buda and Kyle

The deadline to register to vote is Feb. 5.

The deadline to register to vote is Feb. 5.

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

  1. Three-way stop sign at Heidenreich Lane and Grist Mill Road considered

On Tuesday, Hays County commissioners will hold a public hearing to consider putting a three-way stop sign at the intersection of Heidenreich Lane and Grist Mill Road in Kyle. The public hearing begins at 9 a.m. at the Hays County courthouse, 110 E. San Antonio St.

2. Public comments sought for how to spend disaster recovery funds in Hays County 
On Tuesday, Hays County citizens will be asked to weigh on how to spend about $11.6 million in federal funding  given to the county for disaster relief.  About $7.9 million will go to non-housing projects such as drainage improvements, while about $3.7 million will go toward support programs and projects that address an identified priority need and that primarily benefit low-to-moderate-income persons affected by 2015 flooding in the unincorporated areas of Hays County and the cities of Buda, Dripping Springs, Kyle, Uhland and Wimberley.

The public hearing will be held at the Hay County Courthouse at 10 a.m. Comments can also be sent to Hays County Grant Writer Lindsay McClune, at 712 S. Stagecoach Trail, Ste. 1204, San Marcos or by emailing [email protected] Comments must be received by 5 p.m. Friday.

3. Kyle asks businesses to become ‘certipied’ as part of ‘Pie Capital of Texas’ trademark initiative
The city of Kyle has a goal of becoming the official Pie Capital of Texas. The city is asking local businesses to become “certipied” and gain the official pie capital trademark.

4. Voter registration deadline is Feb. 5
Citizens have until next Monday to register to vote in the March 6 primaries. Voter registration forms can be found here and must be printed, signed and mailed to Hays County Voter Registrar, 712 S. Stagecoach Trail, Ste. 1045, San Marcos.

5. With campaigning well underway, here's how much local and state candidates have raised
Candidates running in the March 6 primaries and the November general elections were required to submit campaign finance reports Jan. 16. These reports show how many political contributions and expenditures candidates received and spent during their first few months of campaigning.


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