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Hays Free Press February 13, 2013 NBNS Page 3A Iq BY TAYLOR HAMPTON Reporting Texas The controversy over the proposed stretch of highway known as SH 45 SW may be inching toward resolu- tion, with Hays County commissioner Mark Jones and Travis County com- missioner Gerald Daugherty playing an active role. At the ]an. 14 meeting of the Capi- tol Area Metropolitan Planning Orga- nization, chairman Will Conley cre- ated a three-man sub-committee to determine the most environmentally friendly way to build the road on the county border and set a timeline for completion. Daugherty, Travis County Pct. 3 commissioner, was appointed chair- man of the committee. Jones, the Hays County Pct. 2 commissioner, and Bill Spelman, an Austin City Council member, are vice-chairmen. Conley is Hays County Commissioner for Precinct 3. "We will work vigorously on how we design, and howwe will pay for it, and when we can start it," Daugherty said in a telephone interview. SH 45 was not scheduled to be a major topic of discussion at a CAMPO meeting on Monday. The State Highway 45 Southwest Regional Connector roadway project, a 3.6-mile road connecting MoPac in Travis County to FM1626 in Hays Count, is now in its fourth decade of planning. Such environmental groups as the Sierra Club and Save Our Springs Alliance opposed its construc- tion because they fear it would pollute campaign to complete the project, adopted a resolution that put SH 45 which Hubar had opposed. He said in SW in the city's Master Transportation the interview that he intends to follow Plan. A year earlier, the Hays County the Edwards Aquifer, a drinking water through with his campaign promises. Commissioners Court had passed a source for much of Central Texas. But He added that the committee should resolution committing to spend up to the drivers in this area of southwest know more about the promised SH 45 $5 million on a county road version of Austin have complained that the resi- SW by early May. the connector. dentiai streets along Brodie Lane are Jones said that the road should In order for SH 45 SW to be built as now clogged with traffic better suited have been built "years ago." While a a county road, TxDOT would have to for highways, timeline has not been created he said give the right-of-way back to Hays and A large portion of the traffic feed- they hope to be building in 12 to 18 Travis counties. In 1999, according ing onto Brodie Lane comes from months, to Daugherty, tax money from both Hays County residents commuting "Cars idling on a stretch of road in a counties paid for the stretch of land; into Austin for work, and from those neighborhood do more damage than the two counties then gave the right- residents of far south Travis County cars free-flowing without stopping on of-way to TxDOT to build SH 45 SW. who must first feed onto FM 1626 in a 3.6-mile county road," Jones said in FM 1626, which will connect with Hays County before making their trek a telephone interview, the proposed SH 45 SW, is already be- north. According to Cathy Stephens,ing expanded under an earlier Hays Last June, Austin City Council re- CAMPO's environmental and plan- County road bond project. FM 1626 moved the roadway from its compre- ning program manager, the current willintersect with SH 45 SWjust north hensive plan and asked CAMPO to re- plan for SH 45 is for the Texas Depart- of Leisurewoods and Cimarron Park move it from the 2035 Regional Plan. ment of Transportation and Central subdivisions. However, CAMPO voted to keep SH 45 Texas Regional Mobility Authority to SW on its plan. build a four-lane toll road that would Hampton is a reporter for Reporting Daugherty, who defeated Karen not be scheduled for construction un- Texas, a website run by the School of Huber in November, said he had ti12020-2025. Journalism at the University of Texas promised constituents during his Last September, Buda City Council atAastin. PHOTOS BY CYNDY SLOVAK-BARTON Cars along FM 1626 north of Cimarron Park, above, travel the new bypass. The bridge being built will be the eventual thoroughfare, taking vehicles easily over the dangerous low- water crossing on the road. SH 45 SW would connect to FM 1626 in this general area, just northeast of the bridge. Below, construction FM 967 and FM 1626 is beginning. San Marcos Stabbing: Police make arrest in fatality Continued from pg. 1A not speed." eight hours later, executed our detectives did an excep- At around 12:30 a.m. Feb. a search warrant at Sorrells' tional job in detailing what 3, police were called out to Austin home. happened that night. The 704 Allen Street in San Mar- Further information de- investigation uncovered ad- cos for a reportedly loud veloped as police conduct- ditionalvictimsaboutwhom party, where police esti- ed dozens of interviews to we were not aware the night mated a crowd of about 300 positively identify all par- that it happened." party goers, ties involved, as well as the Additionalcharges are Williams said Sorrells circhmstances surrounding anticipated. and Martinez got into anthe alleged stabbing. Sorrells is being held at altercation inside the resi- "There were many wit- the Hays County Jail on a dence and, in the course of nesses who gave inconsis- $750,000 bond. Martinez's the incident, Martinez was tent statements about the family has been notified of stabbed, event, and people were tam- the arrest. Police found the weapon pering with the evidenceSorrells was arrested at allegedly used in the attack and with witnesses," Wil- the San Marcos Police Head- inside the party house and, liams said. "I believe that quarters after an interview. Monarch Utilities I, L.P. Help Funded by Monarch Utilities, SouthWest Water Company and its employees, Help2Others (H20) offers recurring monthly financial assistance ($20 water) to help our qualifying elderly, disabled or low-income residential customers with their water bill. REGISTRATION EVENT! Wednesday, February 20, 2013 - 11am -Spm Kyle Public Library 550 Scott St - Kyle, TX 78640 Staff will be on site to help with registration process* Please bring the following documents: For more information: Proof of income for all household Monarch Utilities I, L.P. members over the age of 18 Current photo ID 866-654-7992 Most recent Monarch Utilities water bill *Applicants must be Monarch Utilities customers and residents of Hays County who meet eligibility criteria, including a combined household income that does not exceed 125% of the current Federal Poverty Guideline. II I I I II I I I I1 III ]II