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Hays Free Press February 6, 2013 NEWS Page 3A + PHOTO COURTESY OF GREATER SAN MARCOS PARTNERSHIP Pct. 3 Commissioner and new Greater San Marcos Partnership Board Chairman Will Conley (left), 2009-11 Board Chairman Dr. Perry Moore (center) and Partnership President Amy Madison (right) hold a plaque honoring Moore for his leadership and dedicated service to the partnership. STAFF REPORT President and CEO of the Greater San Marcos Partner- ship, Amy Madison, recently resigned to pursue another business opportunity. The partnership (GSMP) is a 501(c)6 regional economic development corporation that serves Hays and Caldwell counties, and focuses on di- recting future growth and positioning the region for a wider diversity of quality jobs with higher wages, according to their website. Hays County Pct. 3 Com- missioner and GSMP Chair- man Will Conley announced Madison's departure from the partnership in a press release Tuesday. "Amy was highly successful in developing and launching the partnership," Conley said. "Her efforts brought together two counties and seven cities to implement a regional eco- nomic development strategy. Her positive energy and work ethic will be missed." During the past two years, Madison assisted with bring- ing in 310 new business re- cruitment jobs and 643 expan- sion jobs in the San Marcos region. The partnership also received recognition as the top New Economic Development Program in the state from the Association of Texas Chamber of Commerce Executive, and the Economic Development Excellence Award from the Texas Economic Development Council. "I am proud of the many accomplishments during my tenure that have positioned the greater San Marcos region as an enviable business envi- "Amy was highly successful in developing and launching the partnership. Her efforts brought together two counties and seven cities to implement a regional economic development strategy. Her positive energy and work ethic will be missed." -Will Conley, Hays County Pct. 3 Commissioner and GSMP Chairman ronment," Madison said. "The Kyle, Buda, San Marcos, work has been demanding, Dripping Springs, Wimber- but professionally rewarding, ley, Lockhart and Luling are With the five-year strategic featured in the partnership's plan either accomplished or community profiles. near completion in 2.5 years, GSMP is a nonprofit Texas it is a good time to transition." partnership of public-private GSMP administers sepa- investors, which include Kyle, rate contracts with Hays Buda Economic Development County and San Marcos for Corporation (EDC), San Mar- economic development set- cos, Hays County, Luling EDC, vices. "The Greater San Mar- Guadalupe-Blanco River Au- cos Partnership is poised to thority, San Marcos CISD and help strengthen the regional the Chambers of Commerce community and promote the for the San Marcos Area and economic environment and Lockhart, among many oth- quality of life to national and ers. The partnership's website global prospects," states their states they have 75 investor website, partners -- seven public part- With Madison's departure, ners and 68 private partners. the partnership will begin a The funding ratio is 61 percent nationwide search to find a public and 39 percent private, new president/CEO, accord- though the partnership's goal ing to the press release. Coniey is to be funded by a 50/50 split will chair the search commit- for both public and private in- tee. vestors. Details of the search com- The Milkin Institutes 2012 mittee will be finalized and Best-Performing Cities List approved by the GSMP Board ranked the Austin-Round of Directors and should be Rock-San Marcos MSA as announced in the coming number two, up from fourth weeks, place the previous year. SUBMITTED REPORT is the fourth-most congested increased 10 percent for the roadway in Texas. Last year, same period over the previ- In an effort to help reduce families on vacation, com- ous year. Toll rates on other traffic congestion on Interstate muters traveling to work and Austin-area toll roads, includ- 35, the Texas Transportation truckers moving shipments ing Loop 1, SH 45N, US 183A, Commission this week voted experienced more than 4.6 US 290 East and SH 130 Seg- to reduce tolls on State High- million hours of delay,ments 5 & 6 (from Mustang way 130 (from 1-35 to US 183) "Our goal is to address con- Ridge to Seguin) will remain and State Highway 45SE for gestion and help people get to unchanged during the pro- trucks. From Feb. 4 to March their destinations faster than motion. TxDOT cannot offer 3, truck drivers who choose sitting on 1-35 through Aus- this discount permanently, to travel non-stop between tin," said Phil Wilson, Texas since it must repay debt on Georgetown and Buda on the Department of Transportation tollrevenues pledged. SH 130/SH 45SE toll bylbass executive director. "This is a While cash payment is no will pay the passenger vehicle great way to have trucks try longer an option when using (two-axle) toll rate of $11 or SH 130 and see its benefits." SH 130 and other Austin area less. For trucks with four ax- TxDOT first offered thetoll roads, drivers can still pay les or more, the discount pro- truck toll discount in late 2011 by mail. Rates for the Pay-By- vides more than a 67 percent ending in January 2012. Dur- Mail (PBM) option are a third discount. The toll discount for ing that time, truck toll trans- higher than TxTag rates to trucks is extended as an incen- actions increased more than offset the costs related to pro- five to reduce truck traffic on 49 percent on both SH 130 cessing the toll charges, and 1-35 through theAustin area. and SH 45SE, and toll trans- a $1.15 fee is applied to each 1-35, from SH 71 to US 183, actions for passenger vehicles monthly bill. PHOTOBYDONANDERS The Old Fish Hatchery community building, near the corner of C.M. Alien Parkway and Hopkins St., suffered major damage in a fire Sunday night. STAFF REPORT mated between $75,000 and then-Southwest Texas State $150,000. University in 1965, where it Three teenagers have been The city has hailed the San became the administration arrested and charged in con- Marcos Fire Department's building for the Aquatic Bio- nection with a fire that dam- "quick action" in averting logical Center. aged the historic Old Fish complete destruction of the In 1981 the university's Hatchery Community Build- Fish Hatchery building.Board of Regents approved ing Sunday night in the San The building, which wasplans to build a new aquatic Marcos Plaza Park. constructed in 1894-95, origi- biology center at the univer- San Marcos Fire Marshall nally served as the headquar- sity and donated the building Ken Bell arrested and charged ters for the first fish hatchery to the City of San Marcos. two boys, ages 14 and 16, and in the United States located The building was moved one gift, age 14, with arson south and west of the Missis- to its present location in Nov. and criminal mischief in the sippi River. The fish culture 1981. fire that broke out at 10 p.m. station, owned by the federal The Old Fish Hatchery Sunday. government, first opened in Community Building is part The teens' names have not 1896on25acresnearthehead of San Marcos' park system been released, of the San Marcos River at the and is popular for public and The fire damaged the back foot of Chautauqua Hill. private events and meetings. stairs and porch of the cen- At the suggestion of Presi- The building will be out of tury-old building; it also suf- dent Lyndon B. Johnson,commission until repairs are fered interior smoke and wa- perhaps Texas State Univer- finalized. ter damage, sity's most famous alumnus, Bell is continuing his fire Initial repair costs are esti- the property was deeded to investigation. Kyle Council Turnover Continued from pg. 1A "It is critical to maintain our erected in the city. A similar parks," Hervol said. "But many ership Academy. Hervol has Hervol said. "But without the held by Pickett. As of Tuesday, property values, although I measure failed in San Marcos. of these objectives are in our served as Amberwood Home- revenue to pay for these, our only Diane Hervol had filed would love to see those values ACC's tax rate for the 2012- Comprehensive Plan and we owners Association president, only other option is to put the candidacy for her expiring Dis- increase. More importantly, we 13 year is 9.51 cents per $100 will get there together as a city is a member of theVFW Ladies cost on our homeowners with trict 1 at-large seat. need to do as much as possible of property valuation. Kyle vot- eventually." Auxiliary, and is the council li- property taxes. That is why I Sinor did not return an emall to increase commercial devel- ers could also see a road bond Hervol is currently serving aison for the Depot Board and feel economic development is request for comment Monday. opment," Hervol said. "This election on the ballot this May her first term on council and the Economic Development so critical to our success as a Kyle began accepting appli- will not only spread the cifi- that could increase taxes by is the present Mayor Pro Tem. Committee. city." cations for candidacy to both zens' tax burden to more enti- 21 cents per $100 of property She has served two terms on "Transportation, safety, City Secretary Amelia San- expiring seats on Jan. 30. The ties, but it will give our citizens valuation. That general obliga- the city's Planning and Zon- parks and recreation, all of chez said Bill Sinor has filed filing deadline is Friday, March more opportunities to keep tion bond would engineer and ing (P&Z) Commission and is these are important to a grow- his candidacy for the District 3 1. The municipal elections will our tax dollars within our bor- reconstruct Bunton, Burleson, a graduate of the Kyle Lead- ing community such as ours," at-large council seat currently be held May 11. ders," while also remembering Goforth, and Lehman Roads, the importance of small busi- and extend Marketplace Av- nesses and their contributions, enue. Hervol said she wants to "I want to see improved see Kyle move forward with roads for Kyle which we des- a strong economy, attracting perately need, especially east majoremployerstothecityand of the interstate," Hervol said, developing new educational who voted last week to advance opportunities, as with the Aus- the $35.3 million road bond tin Community College's (ACC) election to a council vote after building of a new campus, being against the measure in In November 2010. nearly 60 earlier discussions. percentofKylevotersapproved "If money was no object, I to be annexed into ACC's tax- would love for Kyle to have a ing district and have a campus recreation center and more you know PEC directors are PEC members Jp for election. Director :ion petition forms and details are now available at www.pec.coop/nomination for interested members in those districts, Democracy - a cooperative principle. POWER OF COMMUNITY PEDERNALES ELECTRIC COOPERATIVE z l HIHII i t I II I i I [I " I I