1. FEMA releases preliminary flood maps, seeks public input
The Federal Emergency Management Agency, or FEMA, has released preliminary flood maps that give updated flood risk information in parts of Hays County and along the San Marcos River in Caldwell, Gonzales, Guadalupe and Hays counties. These preliminary flood maps—known as Flood Insurance Rate Maps, or FIRMs—are an update to the existing flood maps, which use data that is more than 30 years old.
An open house is scheduled from 2-7 p.m. Aug. 24 at the San Marcos Activity Center, 501 E. Hopkins St., where representatives from the state, county and city of San Marcos, along with FEMA representatives and their mapping partners, will answer questions about floodplain and flood insurance issues. A workshop will be also be held Aug. 24 from 10 a.m.-noon at the activity center for realtors and insurance agents to learn about impacts to insurance, rating options, reform legislation and changes to the National Flood Insurance Program.
Property owners can view the maps at http://maps.RiskMAP6.com to see the specific areas being remapped.
2. Buda City Council to vote on annexation of land for new subdivision
Council members will hear the second of two readings to annex nearly 30 acres of land into the city. The land, located just east of the Green Acres subdivision, is slated to be used for the Sunhomes At Hillside Lake subdivision, which early concept drawings show include single-family condos, homes to be owned and multifamily apartments. The meeting will be held at Buda City Hall, 121 S. Main St., at 6 p.m. Tuesday.
3. Kyle City Council to receive update on road bond projects
Council members will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Kyle City Hall, 100 W. Center St. Among the agenda items is a presentation that updates council members on road projects and gives the latest cost estimates.
4. Hays County holds budget workshop
Commissioners will meet Tuesday to discuss the proposed fiscal year 2017-18 Hays County budget. The meeting begins at 9 a.m. and the budget workshop takes place at 10 a.m. The court meets at the Hays County Courthouse, 111 E. San Antonio St., San Marcos. The agenda can be viewed here.
5. San Marcos City Council to receive updates on comprehensive plan projects
Council will hear the status of San Marcos' latest economic, environmental, neighborhood, parks and transportation projects created through the city's comprehensive plan. City Council meets at 5 p.m. Tuesday at San Marcos City Hall, 630 E. Hopkins St.
City Council will also hear the second of two readings for revisions to the "Dining with Dogs" variance, which states dogs are only allowed in dining establishments that have patios and received an approved variance from the ordinance at a cost of $200. Revisions include allowing restaurant owners to meet with city staff before the owners apply for a variance and requiring food establishment employees to be trained on restrictions applicable to businesses allowing dogs on the premises.