City Council supports San Marcos River Foundation's application for bond funding

The San Marcos River Foundation received an endorsement from the city for a funding application to the Hays County Parks and Open Spaces Advisory Committee. (Courtesy Pierce Ingram for The Nature Conservancy)
The San Marcos River Foundation received an endorsement from the city for a funding application to the Hays County Parks and Open Spaces Advisory Committee. (Courtesy Pierce Ingram for The Nature Conservancy)

The San Marcos River Foundation received an endorsement from the city for a funding application to the Hays County Parks and Open Spaces Advisory Committee. (Courtesy Pierce Ingram for The Nature Conservancy)

City Council voted 6-1 in favor of supporting the San Marcos River Foundation's application to the Hays County Parks and Open Space Advisory Commission, or POSAC, for funding to acquire some 102 acres of land for open space and conservation purposes.

The property is part of the San Marcos River recharge lands and is known as the Elsik tract. If the application is approved, funding would be provided through the $75 million POSAC bond approved by voters in 2020.

Council Member Shane Scott was the lone vote against the resolution. He also attempted to postpone the item indefinitely, which had a July application deadline, but received no support.

"They need to have city backing in order to ... possibly get the funding," Council Member Melissa Derrick said. "If it's going to have a chance to even succeed, then we have to get it done in time for them to apply to POSAC."

Mayor Jane Hughson proposed an amendment to remove a section from the resolution about possible transfer of ownership of the land to the city, which could include development, management and maintenance of the property.


The amendment followed remarks made by Scott, who was concerned the foundation would attempt to sell the land to the city for a profit.

A split City Council voted 4-3 in favor of the amendment. Hughson and Council Members Alyssa Garza, Mark Gleason and Scott passed the measure. Council Members Max Baker, Saul Gonzales and Derrick voted the other way.
By Warren Brown
Warren joined Community Impact at the beginning of 2020 as the editor of its New Braunfels paper and now reports the news in San Marcos, Buda and Kyle. Warren previously wrote for the Dallas Observer and Fort Worth Weekly and he brings a passion for truth and equality to his reporting.


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