- 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.