7 things for San Marcos, Kyle and Buda residents to know July 10-16

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1. Hays County Commissioners Court meets Tuesday at 9 a.m.

The meeting’s agenda includes discussion and possible action on the issuance of a series of bonds related to transportation projects included in last year’s two county bond propositions. At 11 a.m. commissioners also hold a workshop related to voting equipment. Last week the Hays County Election Commission accepted a county committee’s recommendation to purchase new voting equipment from Hart, the county’s current vendor for elections equipment. The meeting and workshop are held at the Hays County Courthouse, 111 E. San Antonio St., San Marcos. The agenda can be viewed here.

2. Hays County and K Friese & Associates host an open house on the FM 150 character plan Tuesday from 6-8 p.m.

County commissioners Will Conley and Ray Whisenant review concepts of the FM 150 character plan alongside representatives and engineers from K Friese & Associates, the firm contracted by the county to develop the plan. The character plan seeks to address safety and aesthetics on FM 150 as well as current and anticipated capacity issues on the span of the road from Arroyo Ranch Road in Kyle to RR 12 in Dripping Springs. The meeting is an open house format, and there will be a 10-minute welcome at 6:15 p.m. Project documents and materials will be available for residents to review at the meeting, and they will be made available online here. Residents are invited to come and go at their convenience. The meeting takes place at Dripping Springs High School, 940 Hwy. 290, Dripping Springs.

3. The San Marcos Planning and Zoning Commission meets at 6 p.m. Tuesday.

On the commission’s agenda are two requests to build purpose-built student housing downtown. The purpose-built student housing designation allows construction of apartments that are geared toward students and can be rented by the bedroom. The first request is for apartments to be built at 323 Lindsey St. and 410 North St. The second request is for Cheatham Street Flats, which would be built at 421 Guadalupe St. and 101 and 103 E. Grove St. The commission meets at City Hall, 630 E. Hopkins St., San Marcos. The meetings agenda can be viewed here.

4. The Kyle Planning and Zoning Commission meets Tuesday at 6:30 p.m.

The meeting’s agenda includes a potential conditional-use permit to allow the construction of a new IDEA charter school near the intersection of Goforth Road and Bluestem Street. The commission will provide a recommendation of whether to approve the permit, and the recommendation will go to City Council for final consideration. The commission meets at City Hall, 100 Center St., Kyle. The agenda can be viewed here.

5. The Buda Planning and Zoning Commission meets Tuesday at 7 p.m.

The commission will discuss items related to the next phase of the Sunfield Municipal Utility District, located off FM 2001 east of Buda, as well as the Silverado Planned Unit Development, located near Cabela’s Drive and Main Street. The meeting is held at Buda City Hall, 121 S. Main St., Buda. The agenda can be viewed here.

6. The city of San Marcos holds a 20th anniversary celebration for the San Marcos Activity Center on Wednesday.

The event celebrates the San Marcos Activity Center, which opened in 1997. The event includes refreshments, and the activity center will offer free admission all day, including admission to events such as Total Wellness and Pickleball. The celebration takes place from 4-6 p.m. at the activity center, 501 E. Hopkins St., San Marcos. Call 512-393-8400 for more information.

7. The city of San Marcos hosts a reception for the five finalists for the city manager position on Thursday.

The reception is part of the vetting process for the city’s vacant city manager position. The process also includes interaction with city staff, City Council members and the community as well as tours of the city. The five finalists for the city’s top position are James Childers, Robert Cowell, Bert Lumbreras, Michael Marrero and Stephen Riley. The event takes place from 5:30-8:30 p.m. at Dick’s Classic Garage, 120 Stagecoach Trail, San Marcos.

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Brett Thorne reported on education, business, economic development and city government in San Marcos, Kyle and Buda from 2012 to 2017. Thorne attended Texas State University in San Marcos, where he graduated in 2010. He joined Community Impact Newspaper as a reporter in 2012 and was promoted to editor in 2013.
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