Health code open houses, citizen police advisory panel and three other things to know in San Marcos, Buda and Kyle this week

Five residents remain unaccounted for after a fire destroyed 110 apartments near the campus of Texas State University.

Five residents remain unaccounted for after a fire destroyed 110 apartments near the campus of Texas State University.

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

  1. Open houses held to educate food establishments on new health code

San Marcos food establishments will have three days to learn the new state health code requirements the city plans to start enforcing later this year. The Texas Department of State Health Services enacted new rules for food establishments in 2015, called the Texas Food Establishment Rules. But the city has been holding the approximately 400 permitted food establishments to the 2006 food establishment rules.

The information sessions will be held Feb. 6-8 in the San Marcos Activity Center at various times.

2. Austin's Graffiti Park will soon be demolished
Last week, the Austin Historic Landmark Commission  unanimously approved the demolition of the concrete walls and slabs at Graffiti Park with a vote of 8-0. Christopher Neely, the Community Impact Newspaper reporter that broke the story, explains how he got the story and how commissioners did not realize the implications of exactly what they were voting on.

3. In wake of Senate Bill 4 controversy, San Marcos to form citizen police advisory panel
San Marcos Police Chief Chase Stapp last week laid out a plan for a 9-member citizen's advisory panel consisting of community members and members of the San Marcos Police Department.

The mission of the panel, he told City Council, is to hear and work through community issues, not necessarily to focus on disciplinary matters related to police misconduct.

4. Papa Jack’s live music venue, restaurant now open in Downtown Kyle
Nestled in Kyle’s downtown, Papa Jack’s, 108 W. Center St., Kyle, held its soft opening Friday.

5. Hays County commissioners approve under-budget scope for public safety projects
The team in charge of managing the Hays County Public Safety bond projects came back to commissioners with a lower budget that is in line with what voters approved in 2016. Commissioners voted last week to approve the $106.4 million scope, which includes $2.4 million in contingencies.


In an effort to encourage remaining unvaccinated staff to take the COVID-19 vaccine, the San Marcos Consolidated Independent School District board of trustees approved a one-time $250 stipend incentive July19. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
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Mortgage purchase applications are down year over year, but the Austin housing market remains hot. (Benton Graham/Community Impact Newspaper)
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Peter Lake (left), chair of the Public Utility Commission of Texas, and Brad Jones, interim president and CEO of the Electric Reliability Council of Texas, provided an update on state regulators' electric grid redesign efforts in Austin on July 22. (Ben Thompson/Community Impact Newspaper)
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According to a San Marcos landscaper, caring for your yard can not only keep your neigbors happy, but can also be therapeutic. (Courtesy Unsplash)
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Louis Ybarra of McGinnis Plumbing, which operates in Hays County, said there were multiple instances of people reporting headaches due to carbon monoxide poisoning from improper plumbing fixes done after February's winter storm.

Travis County has been discussing the possibility of a new Samsung facility with Samsung since January. (Community Impact Staff)
Travis County begins incentives negotiations with Samsung for possible $17B facility

Samsung is hoping to finalize a performance agreement by mid-August, which would include information about how the potential facility would affect property taxes.

Massey Wallace and her husband, Allen Wallace, will open a seventh location of Lonestar Kolaches at the former Little Red Wagon in October. (Brooke Sjoberg/Community Impact Newspaper)
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Texas native Amy Hageman founded Texas Tiny Pools in 2017. (Courtesy Cate Black Photography)
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Rep. Lloyd Doggett, Austin resident Cristina Guajardo, and council member Vanessa Fuentes spoke at a press conference regarding the expanded Child Tax Credit. (Trent Thompson/Community Impact Newspaper)
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From left: Duane TeGrotenhuis, Evelyn TeGrotenhuis, Alex TeGrotenhuis and Justin Mayer are responsible for the store’s operations. (Carson Ganong/Community Impact Newspaper)
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The Taylor ISD board of trustees met June 30 and approved an application for property tax value limitation from Samsung Austin Semiconductor. (Screenshot courtesy Taylor ISD)
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In records obtained from the comptroller’s website by Community Impact Newspaper, a property with an undisclosed location is the subject of an application for tax reimbursement on a $17 billion facility over the course of five years.