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Page 4A Hays Free Press • May 24, 2017 BY LESLY DE LEON Wastewater projects and expansions are top priority for Kyle city officials, as developments coming in requiring utility them to Kyle leaders May "When a development comes in, a development has to pay their own way ... Any impact that a particular development is having on the system, whether that means exteriding a line or oversizing a line further down, they have to cover the cost for that." James Earp, assistant city manager 6 prioritized wastewater projects for the fiscal year ................................... ---- ....... 2018 budget. ! eco ylives and WHICH DEVELOPMENTS C LD HEW FUND KYLE'S ....to grow 1 ..... rl )LANT EXPANSION? atid i t bdsiness andj $1.5 million additional growth upper- ; .’1 3 m ,i ,n !! .......... tunities, said James Earp, 1Wait n " "" " ssi t "" L, I O t ~Z mi.ion a start cl~manager, i .. "~ D~elo~ent has I : Alsco Linen ~rvlce $200,000 ..... ....... .......... • ~,gr0w~Ou~fthe city's . • l:i ,BlancoRiver Ranch Development $3 million core, requiring the expan: , ......... _=_ .............................................. sion of utility services, Earp said. Growth can't place the infrastructure, the backbone, of a sewer collection system in the south part of town, which will allow those properties to develop," Earp said. The Plum Creek sewer line is to provide ser- vice to the 2,200 home Anthem development, located in Mountain City's extraterritorial jurisdiction (ETJ), and will be paid for by Anthem's developers. Kyle is extending the Plum Creek line as Moun- the cost for that." The Elliott branch line, which will be located be- tween west Center Street and south Old Stagecoach Road, will collect sewer from the Cypress Forest " and the Blanco River Ranch developments. While Elliott branch was a planned CIP, it was needed for incoming development on the west side of Kyle, increasing its priority. "Development will pay for part of that, but we're tain City doesfft have the going to have to pay for ability to provide ufiii : it up front and then get services .... :', reimbursed over time," "When a developmentEarp said. comes in, a development has to pay, eir own way," Earp said. 7£nyimpa t: that a particular d ve!- opment is having once system, whether : means extending a line or oversizing a line fu er down, they have to:cover The projects will pro- vide wastewater services to planned developments, and are "right-sized" for the expected growth. "There's only so much growth potential," Earp said. "The Bunton Creek interceptor, we ran the i : , cur without water and i iewater, hes d . A few large develop: ments have been ap- roved that now need ity tO provide the necessary upgrades and infrastructure, Earp said. The four top-priori- ty projects include the Southside wastewater line, Elliot branch line, Bunton Creek line and Plum Creek/Anthem line. Both Bunton Creek and the Southside sewer line projects are planned cap- ital improvement projects (CIP), Earp said. The $6.6 million South- side sewer line project will run south along 1-35 from FM 150 as far south as Yarrington Road and is ex- pected to bring in devel- opment to the south-side of Kyle. "The Southside sewer line project is putting in of Kyle, Canyon Regional, and others. Engineering for a re- gional treatment plant is about 30% complete, City Manager Scott Sellers said. Officials have looked at approved developments in the area and deter- mined the approximate model to make that big utility fund and possibly amount of sewage the enough to handle the un- a debt issuance, city would send to the developed area that's out Earp said officials are plant. in that section of town." trying to fund the plant "HCPUA has been The biggest upper- expansion with cash asstudying that because tunity for growth is the much as possible, and this could be a very good Southside line, Earp said. would fund the remainder candidate not only for Officials are also cost with a debt issuance a regional plant, but for including a $19 million through the utility fund. a portable reuse plant, wastewater treatment There is also discussion a zero discharge plant," plant expansion. Officials underway to design andSellers said. "There's a expect construction on build a regional wastewa- lot of things that they'd the expansion will begin ter treatment plant which like to see from a wa- by May 2018 and be will treat flows from the ter conservancy-reuse completed by December Blanco Basin. standpoint." 2019. "What we're going to be The location and the "It doesn't do it any looking at next is a Blanco funding of the plant has good to have lines if plant Basin service line," Earp not been determined, can'thandle it," Earp said. Sellers said. said. The Hays Caldwell However, as the Water- A few developers will Public Utility Agency stone development in the contribute a total $8 mil- (HCPUA) will take the San Marcos ETJ needs lion for the expansion, lead to identify and de- wastewater service, the The remainder $11 velop regional partners, various entities will work million for the expan- including LaSalle MUD,to accelerate construc- sion will be paid through City of San Marcos, City tion of the regional plant, '[!;:?i w Buda Hospital?: Secret's out after slip 0ued from pg. 1A .... the opening of a voters. : in the Kyle area. "This is According to the coun- !'.ili !! Often times, we hear biggest ty's website, the bypass rumors, Buda Mayor project is projected to Todd Ruge said. "Until be completed by Spring a business or company puts forward a site plan to (the planning and zoning •: ,commission), it's all spec- ulation," Jones did not provide further comment to what was said May 16. Before the moment happened, Jones, along with Vargas, presented ongoing and completed area road projects during the May 16 city council meeting. One of the primary proj- ects is a new traffic signal light at RM 967 and Remu- da Trail, which is currently being constructed. Once utilities are secured for that signal, it will be turned on and flashed in order to get people used to a signal in that location. In addition, Vargas said 1-35 improvements from Onion Creek Parkway to State Highway 45 south- east project should begin construction in 2019. Jones said SH 45 SW, which connects MoPac in South Austin to FM 1626 near Bliss Spillar Road, is 20 percent complete. Vargas said a ramp reversal project along 1-35 out of help with cong 967." [' t, - Mark Jones, r Hays County Pcti2 commissioner . near Kyle Crossing iscur- rently in the design phase. TxDOT's RM 150 ramp reversal, which spans Interstate 35 from the Blanco River to the Center Street/FM 150 bridge in Kyle, is scheduled to open this summer. Jones provided updates on the proposed Buda truck bypass, which would connect FM 967 at Robert S. Light Blvd. to FM 1626. The bypass was included in the $131.4 million Proposition 1 in Hays County's 2016 Bond, which was approved by 2019. Jones said the road would ease congestion on FM 967 and divert trucks away:from the dowmmvn sector. ,This is e:biggest: lmpr0ve ent in the Buda area," Jones said. "We have been trying to get trucks out of Buda to help with the congestion on 967" Jones also updated council on progress of State Highway 45 south- west, which connects MoPac in south Austin to FM 1626 near Bliss Road. Jones said Construction on FM 1626 south from 967 to FM 2770 is just waiting on utilities before crews begin work this summer. Jones added the county is using a $2 million surplus from the FM 1626 widening project to create the design for expanding the west side of FM 967. 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