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-t- Page 4A Hays Free Press • January 18, 2017 Heritage Oak: The move begins Continued from pg. 1A tage tree in Buda. Under the UDC, heritage trees are classi- fied as a"protected tree species greater than 20" in diameter, are classified as heritage trees, and are therefore afforded special consideration and protec- tion tmder the code. In September, the Buda city council, pushed by passionate residents, vot- ed 6-1 to relocate the tree on-site, which will cost the city roughly $324,000. Council member David Nuckels cast the lone dissenting vote. The press release also encouraged interested residents to go and watch the tree relocation process, but at a distance. "Residents interested in viewing the tree being moved should park at Stagecoach Park and then walk up the sidewalk along TENTATIVE TREE RELOCATION SCHEDULE Week of January 23: The tree should be fully piped and beams will be installed with a chain tensioning system. Large excavators will be delivered by the end of week and excavating could begin on the receiving hole for the tree. Week of January 30: This is moving week. The tree should be relocated and installed at some point during this week. It will take several days to move the tree. Week of February 6: Cleanup, demobilize and move equipment out. Crews will finalize irrigation work for the tree. It's expected to take approximately three days to physically move the tree to its new location at the southeast corner of the municipal site. During the tree relocation process, the city will post pictures and video clips to social media sites, as well as update the bond blog on the website. Citizens can follow the bond blog at Main Street in front of the municipal site," David Ma- rine, Buda public informa- tion officer, said. He added citizens wofft be able to watch the process on-site, but will be able to view it through the fence. Water Crossings Continued from pg. 1A data acquisition, and data management systems. Markus Ritsch, Vice President and Principal Engineer with WET, said the majority of these 22 low-water crossings flashers are pre-existing. He said WET would be retrofitting these existing flashers with new and updated equipment. The new low-water flashing locations that will be installed have not been determined at this time. In addition to the in- stallation and retrofitting of 22 low-water crossing flashers, there will be five dam monitoring stations along with 10 rain gauges installed throughout the county. The five dam mon- ito "' g!sta- be detehii0n basins that are located at the five National Resource Conserva- tion System (NRCS) structures that sur- round the city of San Marcos. The county, with the aid of the Nation- al Weather Service, will determine the loca- tions for the rain gauges. These locations have not been officially finalized, but the county, the national weather service and WET are actively researching potential locations for the 10 rain gauges. "We are still in the preliminary stages of the project," said Ritsch. "We are logistically planning our work schedule, identi- fying equipment to order this week and figuring HAYS FREE PRESS FILE PHOTO Hays County Commissioners recently authorized a $1.9 million agreement with Water and Earth Technologies for the installa- tion of low-water crossing warning systems within the county. out what aspects of the installed." project we can begin Tile low-water crossing immediately." warning system that is WET has also startedcurrently in place does working with the Haysnot provide or retain County IT any historical data of the depart- closure notifications. "Not only will ment Hays County Emergen- , making cy Management Coordi- we see how sure infra- nator Kharley Smith said structure the ability for the new many times is set up system to retain historical a low-water properly data is one of the pro- for the gram's biggest benefits. crossing new sys- "Not only will we terns. That see how many times closes, that includes a low-water crossing getting closes, that helps us look helps us look software at infrastructure projects, at infrastructure installed but the data collected and out in the field are stage projects, having values," said Assistant but the data servers Emergency Manage- config- ment Coordinator Justin collected out ured to Mclnnis. process Mclnnis said the data in the field are the data. is useful to be able to Once look at trends over time stage values." complet- and planning infrastruc- ed, this ture. County residents -Justin Melnnis, Assistant wig pro- will also see what's going Emergency Management vide the on at area streams with Coordinator cotmty real-time data. with the Ritsch said that the ability tobiggest obstacles are the provide data to both the logistics of simply getting NWS and Hays County started. The county citizens alike throughexpects to complete the a front-facing public entire project by 2018. website. Ritsch claims the com- "We have to integrate pany is starting to gain hardware from several traction. different manufacturers," "We're working as Ritsch said. big part of quickly as we can to order our startup effort will re- equipment and get the late to getting equipment system installed because ordered and received in a it's quite a bit of work to timely fashion so that we do in the 12-month peri- can integrate it and get it od allotted," Ritsch said. 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