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Page 6A m Hays Free Press August 10, 2011 + + BY SEAN KIMMONS sean@haysfreepress.Com It's inevitable these days that thermometers will shoot past the century mark. The scorching climate has ham- mered people who brave the outdoors as emergency ser- vices pick up the pieces. San Marcos, the nearest city that compiles histori- '~al weather, data, has had a current run of temperatures above 100 degrees from July 31 to August 9. The streak doesn't appear to be ending soon with a forecast of simi- "It's the weekend superman that we worry about; doing a bunch of yard work under the sun." -dohn Mosely, Director of Operations for the San Mar- ., ol~l-lays County E.M.S. Tip= to ~ ~ dludr~ this heat wave from the Texas Depart- Drink plenty of fluidsbut avoid drinks with alcohol, caffeine or a lot of sugar. Plan strenuous outdoor activity-for early morning or evening when the temperature is lower. Take frequent breaks when working outside. Wear sun block, hats and light-colored, loose-fitting clothes. Eat more frequently, but be sure meals are well balanced and light. Check frequently on the e(derty and those who are ill or may need help. At first sign of heat illness - dizziness, nausea, headaches, muscle cramps - move to a cooler place, rest a few minutes, then slowly drink a cool beverage. Seek medical attention immediately if ~onditions do not improve. lar highs through Sunday. Since July 1, San Marcos/ of dehydration since July 1, a the heat. Six people have blood pressure and adminis- Hays County Emergency hospital spokesperson said. drowned this summer in ter intravenous treatment if of 69 days over 100 degrees MedicalServicestransported Dehydration figures could the lake, located west of San necessary, set in 1925. On Monday, at least three hyperthermia be related to other ailments, Marcos in Comal County."We've had to do some ex- Camp Mabry broke a record patients and 19 others suf- not just extreme heat, offi- "It's exceptionally high," tensive rehab for firefight- with 22 straight days above fering from dehydration, cials say. he said of the death toll. ers," Moseleysaid. 100 degrees. said Director of Operations Additional injuries attrib- "More people are out in rec- He warns anyone doing Amanda Fanning, a me- John Moseley. uted to hot weather are pos- reational areas now." strenuous outdoor activity teorologist at the National Buda Fire Department re- sible, Moseley said, since Extreme fire conditionsto stay hydrated. Weather Service in New ported one case of dehydra- calls are tracked under an are also taking their toll. "It's the weekend super- Braunfels; says that a sub- tion in luly, EMS Chief Dan- array of health categories. When fires flare up, para- man that we worry about; tropical high pressure sys- iel Baum said. Moseley added that the re- medics are there to treat fire- :doing a bunch of yard work tern is sitting above the re- At Seton Medical Centercent deaths at Canyon Lake fighters. In thick protective under the sun," he said. gion, blocking out rain and Hays, there has been one could possibly be blamed layers, firefighters can easily If someone has dizziness, keeping skies clear. case of heat stroke and heat on the weather as heavyoverheat so paramedics re- :headaches and stops sweat- "It hangs out all summer," exhaustion, and four cases volumes of people escape hydrate them, monitor their ing, be sure to call 911 as Fanning said of the system. LCRA Bid: Hays joins non-profit to bid on utilities Continued from log. 1A and wastewater. The 32 u~lities LERA started with cost the authority $300 million to acquire and build, and are falling short of break- hag even by about $3 million a year, authority officials have "When we had these discussions, one of u tr facilities and infrastruc- tore tor unincorporated areas of the reasons that 1felt that 1could support the county that are not current- ly served by or located within a it is that.., we are not committing our mumcip ty, cer cated water or sewer utility," in the words taxpayers to any portion of that cost." of its unanimously-approved said. Water/wastewater utili- enabling resolution. Like the ties are generally expected to be -Debble Gonzalea Ingalabe, Hays County Pet. 1 Commieaioner Central Texas UDC, the water self-suffident. I.ERA decided in and sewer authority could not 2008 to divest itself of all water/ be "self-sustaining. Whisenant said this Would al- ilevy taxes or financially obligate wastewater utilities and focus Pet.! Commissioner Dehbte low for more reasonable water; ~ :lI-Iays County taxpayers beyond on long-range water availability Ganzales Ingalsbe, whose dis- aser fees. ll) he issuance of revenue bonds planning, triet includes much of the east- "If the ~ purch~ by Hays County users Whisenant noted that LCRA era Kyh area, said her stipport LCRA systems) and me water System. has already sold off four or five is contingent an taxpayers not participate in a regional" l ,said the UDC of the utilities, leaving 27 or 28 served by the utility not being thority, then the next ~~6~Si~ad county tax dollars in the current bid package, on the hook for buyingit, whether they (water amd sewer ~rany purpose and taxpayers Hays County has contrib- "When we had these discus- authoflty) would want to exer- + are not liable for any decisions uted about $65,000 to prepare sions, one of the reasons that I cise its ability to own mtd con: ~ade by the corporation. and submit the UDC's indica- felt that l could support it is that tract with Travis County's side ~' ~. [ Members,of the public at- tive and final bids to LCRA. ... we are not committing our ofthat general operating area to tending Tuesday's commis- Commissioners allocated the taxpayerstoanyportionofthat provide treated surface, potable sioners court meeting evinced money from the county's LCRA cost," Ingalsbe said. water to Hays County through skepticism about the wisdom Service Fee Fund, for which the +~ct 2_~oner Mark the ~ctt~ required to ~,,the count, s ,participation county anticipated revenues ~i'i~~~tJnopen do thar,"Whisenant said. + hi+ i~ae UDC and the bid for the court ~ut tl~matter but has The West Travis County Re- I.ERA systems, and pressed of $200,000 this year. The fund is comprised of money paid ~,cotm- gional~Watex System serves ~-,~h~ for assurances that to the county by I_ERA under ty's involvement in the effo/t, an estimated 20,380 people in property taxpayers would be a contract negotiated ha 2001 The Hays County Water and Hays and Travis counties, in-' insulated from the costs. when LCRA laid a water pipe- Sewer Authority, originally cluding 7,000 water users in "Under no drctunstances am line along US 290 from tbe Col- formed in 2000 but donnant for northern Hays County. Itisalso iinterestedincormectingfman- orado River. most of the decade except as a the only obvious water source : eial responsib~t~, (for the bid) The UDC has the power to vehicle for the county to col- for much of fast-growing Hays to, the taxpayers, said Charles incur debt, though it cannot fi- lect the IERA service fee, has County, especially the affluent O Dell, a Dripping Springs area nancially obligate its members recently been dusted off and Dripping Springs area along resident who styles himself a and ultimately Hays County could play a role in operation U.S. 290. IER/gs holdings do taxpayer watchdog. property taxpayers -- in any of the ulflities if the coalition is notinclude anywaste~water sys- In ~1~ly to their opposition way; Whisenant said. The coali- successful in buying them. terns ha:Hays Count. The LCRA to the, use of county funds for tion may only pay off debt with Whisenant said the ideal hasinvcstedabout$14 0milh%n revenues from the purchased situation would be for the wa- in its water system in Hays and water/wastewater systems, or ter and sewer authority and western 11"avis counties, IRA with contractual agreements other interested parties to form representative Robert: Cullick with local governments, and a public utility agency through has said others, to purchase portions of which the the West Tm~ Commismo" nets created the water/wastewater systems. County Regional Water System HCWSA ha 2000 "to 1facilitate Whisenant said the UDC would could be owned and operated., planni~ for water amd sewer activities associated with the UI~, Whisenant said Hays County cannot be legally liable for the repayment of revenue bonds issued by the UDC. Brad Rollins contributed to this report. soon as possible, he said. Medics suggest that a per- son can monitor hydration levels by viewing their urine. If urine is dark, the person needs to drink water right away. "That's an immediate in- dicator of your hydration level," says Moseley, who adds that 40 ounces of water should be drunk for every hour of outdoor activity. So far this year, San Mar- cos has had at least 30 days ' above 100 degrees, with many days near that mark. At Austin's Camp Mabry, there have been 55 days above 100 degrees. The capital city is on its way to beat the record "It will start weakening probably in the transition to the fall." Old Fashioned Fountain Treats Ice Cream * Milkshakes Roars * Sundaes * lkanana Splits Ice Cream Sodas Malts Fast friendly service with an old-fashioned flavor Fountain Hours: Mon-Sat, 8 am-8 pm Pharmacy Hours: Mon-Fri, 9 am-6 pm . 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