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Page 4D BUSINESS Hays Free Press • January 9, 2013 4 + ÷ BY BEN PHILPOTr The Texas Tribune The 83rd Texas legislative session began Tuesday. Here's a short list of the expected ses- sion priorities. It's Always the Budget The recession and Republi- can opposition to raising taxes ended with about $15 billion cut from the last budget. Now, state revenues are up, but Guy. Rick Perry and other leading Republicans are calling for a constitutional amendment to restrict how quickly the budget can grow. %s a small-government conservative, I believe that government growth - if any - should be kept to the bare minimum," Perry said in a Texas Legislature began Tuesday. speech last year. "We have to said. remember there is no such thing as extra money, not when it's coming out of the pockets of taxpayers." Even at Perry's "bare mini- mum," the budget should grow this session. As the state's popu- lation grows, more people need more roads, schools and water. Planning for the Future Water actually got a pre- session boost from Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst. In a Decem- ber speech, Dewhurst said he wants to use the state's economic stabilization fund, known as the Rainy Day fund, to jump-start construction of some water management facilities like reservoirs and cross-state pipelines. "Bring out about a billion dollars out of the Rainy Day Fund, set it up in the water infrastructure bank so that we can start helping," Dewhurst House PHOTO BY ELISE HU Floor is filling up as the 83rd legislative session Houston, has already pro- But critics say it's going to posed a major finance change: take much more than that funding private school schol- billion to fund a comprehen- arships for low-income fami- sive plan that keeps the water lies. flowing amid climate change "We're going to allow bust- and population growth, ness to deduct up to 25 percent Education Funding in the ef what they would pay in the Spotlight franchise tax, and that money Texas public education ad- would go to a nonprofit," he vocates are also looking for said in a press conference last more money this session. The year. "By doing this, we are 2011 Legislature gave schools going to give an opportunity about $5 billion less than the to get a scholarship if they so state's own per-student fund- choose, to send their child to ing formulas would have de- that private school." livered. Supporters say this would Advocates hope some of not be a school voucher, an that money is restored this idea that has failed in the year. But major changes to Legislature several times over how the state pays for pub- the last decade. Opponents lic schools will probably wait say that, whatever you call it, until we get a verdict in an on- it would divert money away going school finance lawsuit, from public schools. That's expected in late spring What's a Democrat to Do? or early summer. Most of the 2013 session pri- State Sen. Dan Patrick, R- orities are Republican items. So what about the other side of the aisle? The Democrats are the minority in Texas, so maybe the question should be: What, if anything, can they do this session? "My mantra last session was: maintain sense of humor and try to minimize the dam- age," said state Rep. Elllott Na- ishtat, D-Austin. "That's what a lot of us have been focusing on the last couple of sessions." Naishtat admits it's harder for Democrats to pass bills but said it depends on the subject. He expects bipartisan support for aging-related bills he is planning. Power shar'mg also gives Democrats a chance in Austin. "In Washington, the major- ity party has all the committee chairs," said the Tribune's Ross Ramsey. '~nd in Austin that's not true. I expect about a third of the committee chairs in the House and something like that in the Senate will be Demo- crats. So they have some place of power." Democrats have enough votes in the Senate to block legislation if it comes to that. There are enough House Dem- ocrats, 55, to break quorum and shut down the chamber. "I would endorse shutting down government, putting pressure on leadership for a short time in hopes of killing the bad bill or getting leader- ship to back offofthe bill," Na- ishtat said. House Democrats last used the "nuclear option" in 2003. That year they drove to Ard- more, Okla. If there's a return trip, we'll be there to cover it. And I've already checked - Ardmore has a Starbucks. Success at TXST Continued from pg. 1D seminate findings through a lege District and the Univer- resource center and other on- sity of North Texas. The con- line tools. The research-based sortium will also count two mentoring program for male public school districts among high school and college stu- its membership. dents is based on a multigen- "In our year of gathering erational mentoring model data, building partnerships designed and piloted by S~ienz and piloting a mentoring pro- and his Project MALES team. gram at a local high school, The grant from the GTF will we have heard so much post- be awarded over a three-year tive feedback from the com- ported starting in summer munity, including nonprofits 2013 to support the work of and individuals that work the consortium, an ambitious with minority males," S~ienz statewide initiative that will said. '~s we expand the proj- align existing programs that ect through the consortium target underrepresented male my hope is that we continue students in K-12 and higher to increase awareness about education and stimulates new minority male educational initiatives within Texas colleg- attainment and grow to even es and universities, more schools in Texas to In addition to Texas State, reach greater levels of males the consortium includes Aus- through targeted and effec- tin Community College, El tive programming." Paso Community College Dis- Additional funding for the trict, Lone Star College Sys- consortium will come in the tom, Pale Alto College, San form of in-kind and direct Antonio College, South Texas support from the Division College, Tarrant County Col- of Diversity and Community "Through this GTF grant, schools like ours will be able to increase our efforts to recruit and retain our underrepresented male students at a hioher level through mentoring support and other proorams that we institute." - Michael Nave, assistant dean for assessment, University College, Texas State University-San Marcos Engagement as well as other Texas by supporting initiatives funding partners, that increase rates of postsec- The Greater Texas Founda- ondary enrollment and com- tion, formerly the Greater Tex- pletion for all Texas students, as Student Loan Corporation, with a particular focus on is a foundation based in Bryan students who may encounter that serves the residents and barriers to postsecondary suc- educational institutions of cess. Aging Art Revival: Where did the morning glories go? Continued from pg. 1D sons - until the venue closed Winn said that like Wade's in 1989 and the sculpture iguana, the morning glo- was bought by a couple in ries will continue to serve Virginia. Wade said he never aesthetic purposes in their worried about the iguana's new home. The Winn ranch whereabouts until he learned offers zip line tours of the the couple was planning to Hill Country to tourists, and sell it during their divorce. Winn has considered using "It's kind of like with your the sculptures as shade for kids," Wade said. "You never visitors waiting in line, the know where your so-called same function they served at offspring is going to end up, the Aquarena Springs cable and you just live with it. Then car ride. you'll get a call one day and But the sculptures will come to help them out. If need significant work to they're going to be destroyed, function again. The foun- you pull resources together tain's pieces need to be to stop it." cleaned, moved and have Luckily for the iguana, he rust removed. Winn also ended up at the FortWorth plans to remove layers of Zoo, where he sits on top paint to restore the sculp- of the reptile hospital. The tures' original translucence. iguana was lifted in 2010 by The details are expensive, helicopter to its new loca- and Winn is seeking funds tion. from donors who remem- Wade has watched several ber the sculptures in their other pieces of his art with- glory. Nationally renowned stand time and morph to fit art conservationist Robert new roles and locations. Alden Marshall has worked "The take on these sto- on other BuckWinn pieces ries is sometimes mythical," and said that, although cost Wade said. "They carry a little is a concern, he's interested history along with them, like in beginning the restoration those 'old roadside America' in 2013. books and any of those really "A lot of the paint put on Americana things that people prior to the '70s probably has remember seeing." heavy metals in it and has to be removed and thrown away properly," Marshall said. "Those are all challenges, but they're not impossible chal- lenges, and it's fun. I'd say the biggest challenge is to get the money for it within a certain time frame." An additional complica- tion came in April, when a windstorm toppled many of the flowers to the ground, but they do not appear wilted to Winn and other visitors. He said he finds their current state inspirational and per- haps a symbol of something they could be, beyond the shade-providing function he initially envisioned. "when art is displaced and its location for which it was built has changed, you won- der, then, what is the purpose of this thing?" he said. "For now, I'm not moving them one centimeter until I know what they want to be. They'll speak to me, and then I'll know." It' Thyme 1726 Mal Rd.f ..... gllpr /iN OPINION ON ONE OF OUR 9TORIEg? ORDINANCE NO. 128 AN ORDINANCE eF THE CITY OF UHLAND, TEXAS. ESTABLISHING A SCHEDULE OF DESIGNATED STREETS UPON WHICH VEHICLES eVER A SPECIFIED WEIGHT ARE PROHIBITED AND ESTABLISHING PENALTIES. WHEREAS. it is in the best interest of the public health, safety and general welfare to prohibit vehicles over a designated weight to travel upon certain streets in the City of Uhland; and WHEREAS, no se can be detrimerltal to the integrity of residential ames and it is essential to mitigate or prevent noise impacts to avoid irreparable damage to residential neighborhoods; and WHEREAS, vehicles of extraordinary weight and size can contribute to rapid destruction of surface stree'ts typical to residentla~ areas', WHEREAS, the City Council of the City of Uhtand finds thai Transportation Code §621,303 authorizes the City of Uhland to regulate the operation of over-weight vehicles on all roads and streets under the juhsdiction of the City of Uhiand, other than state highways; NOW THEREFORE;THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF UHLAND, TEXAS. DOES ORDAIN THAT: 1. DEFINITIONS (a) Definitions For the purpose of this Se~ion, the following terms, phrases, words end their derivatives shall have the meaning g~vee in this section, When not consistent with the context, words used in the present tense include the future, words in the plural include the singular number and words in the singular number include the plural "Shall:' is always mandatory and not merely directory, 1. "City" is the City of UHLAND. Texas. 2 "Deviating Truck" is a truck which leaves and departs from a truck route while traveling inside the City 3. "Person" is any person frm, partnership association, corporation. company or organization of any kind• 4. "Truck:' ts any vehicle designed or operated for the transportation of property and whose body weight or whose combined body and lead weight or whose rated capacity exceeds 15,000 pounds, 5. '"lruck Route~ is a way over certain slreete, as designateci in this ordinance, 6 °Destination point" is a location where merchandise or matedal is loaded or unloaded during the normal course of business. 7 "Prohibited Street" ~s any street designated by the City council of the City of Uh~and to have a gross vehicle weight limit of 15000 pounds (b) Application of Regulations, Ail trucks within the City shalt be operated only over and aleeg the truck routes established in this ordinance and on the other des~jnated streets over which truck travel is permitted, Overnight parking of trucks in residential areas is not permitted, (C) Exceptions This Section shall not prohibit: f. Operation on Street of Destination The obe~atiee of any trucks upon any street where necessary to the conduct of bus=hess at a destination point, provided streets upon which such traff˘ is permitted are used until reaching the intersection nearest the destination point: 2 Emergency Vehicles' The operation of emergency vehicles upon any street {n the City; 3, Public Utilitiee: The ope[atioo or tru~ks owned rJr operated' by the City. p~lbfic utilities, or any contractor while engaged in the repair, maintenance or construct~'~ of streets, street improvements or uti~itiee within the City; 4. Detoured Trucks The operation ot trucks upon any officially established detour m any case where such truck could lawfully be operated On the street for which such detour was established (d) Truck Routes Established (1) The City Council of the City of Uhland does hereby establish the following roads as designated truck routes through the City: a, HWY 21 beginning at city limits and ending at city I.nits b, C,RI 151 heglening at city iimits and ending st C.R, 129 c CR 129 beginning at city bruits and ending at HWY 21 d. CR 127 oegtnn[ng at city limits and ending at HWY 21 e. CR 227 beginning at city limits and ending at city limits f. FM 2720 beginning at city bruits and ending at Hwy 21 g C.R '~56 beginning at C R 127 and ending at C.R 153 h C.R, *.,53 Beginning at Heideeriech t,n and ends'~g at HWY 21 i. Grist Mill Rd Beginning at HWY 21 and ending at Old Spanish Trail (a) Prohibited Streets Eatabliehed (1) To conserve the conditions of city streets the council have public hearings and due deliberation has established a weight limit of 15,000 pound gross weight on the follOwing streets, a. Sunny Ridge Dnve b. Flint Road c. Summer Sun Cove d, Misty Drive e. Dustin's Drive f Aaron's Court g, Everett Lane h Ryle~ Court i Carlo De Tobias j reeliger Drive If} Truck Traffic tn the City- Outside Origin 1 Inside Destin,ttion Point: All trucks entering the City for a destioatv.:m point in the City shall proceed only over an earablished truck ro~e and shall deviate only at the intersection with the street nearest to the destination point. Upon leaving the destination point, a deviating truck shall return to the (tuck route by the shortest pen'nissible route. 2, Multiple Inside Destination Pointe, All trucks entering the City for multiple destination points sha~l proceed only over established truck routes and shall ~eviate only at the intersection with the street nearest to the first destination point. Upon leaviog the first destination poult, a deviating buck shall proceed tO other destination points by the shortest direction Upon leaving the last destination point, a deviating truck shall return to the truck route by the shortest permissible route. (g) Truck Traffic In City - Inside Origin 1, Outeide Destination Point At! trucks, on a trip originating tn the City, and traveling =n the City for a destination point outside the C~ty, shall proceed by the shortest direction over streets on which such traffic is permitted to a truck route as eStablished in Section (d) of this or~leance 2, Inside Destination Points. All trucks on a trip originating in the City, and traveling ,n the City for destination points in the City shall proceed as provided in Section (d) of this ordinance (h) Maps. The City Secretary s~afl keep and maintain accurate maps selling out truck routes and streets upon which truck traffic is permitted; the maps shall be kept On file in the office of the City Secretary and shall be avsilable to the public (1) Signs The City Administrator or his designee shall cause all truck mutes to be clearly sign pealed to give notice that this ordinance is in effect, ~) Violation/Penalty, A violation of this ordinance shall be a traff˘ infraction of a "class C" classihcation punishable by fines not to exceed 200,00 per offense A summary Of this Ordinance consisting of its title shal~ be published in the official newspaper of the City. This ordinance shall be effective live days after its publication Passed and approved this 28~" day of September, 2012 Glenn Smith, Mayor pro-tern Attest: Karen Gallaher. City Secretary | ::!