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Page 6A NEWS Hays County issues call for parks project SUBMrrFIED REPORT The Hays County Commis- sioners Court on Tuesday au- thorized a call for projects for consideration of funding from the park bonds approved by voters in 2007. Applications will be considered for all types ofactive and passive parks and recreational projects as well as open space and endangered habitat lands. The Parks and Open Space Advisory Board (POSAB), a citizens&apos; group appointed by Court members which coun- sels the Commissioners Court on allocation of park bond funds and other park-related matters, will review and score the applications based on new criteria developed for this round of funding. The court will make the final funding decisions as early as October. Since the $30 million bond approval, the court has okayed parks projects throughout the county, and until recently only $600,000 remained. But in August the County realized a savings on its acquisition of endangered habitat land, paying approximately $5 million for 1,000 acres of the Nicholson Ranch, less than the $8.4 million set aside for habitat land. The purchase is expected to bring some 800 acres of endangered golden- cheeked warbler habitat into the Count, s Regional Habitat Conservation Plan. The origi- nal call for projects requested a preferred tract size of 500- plus acres. Applications must be sub- rnitted to the Hays County Grants Administration Omce by 5 p.m. Friday, Oct. 1. Ad- ditional information and ap- plications are available under Quick Links at and from the Hays Coun- ty Grants Administration Of- lice, 111 E. SanAntonio Street, San Marcos, or 512-393-2209. Buda Death Continued from pg. 1A "This allowed him to have more time to think," Deripa- sak said. She also described her son as fun and outgoing. "He could make me smile just by walking in(to) the room," Deripasak said. Funeral services are planned for Thursday afternoon at 2 p.m. at the Shien-Shelton Funeral Home located in Skiatook, Oklahoma. Flash Flooding Continued from pg. 1A In the last three years, Hays County has installed 16 au- tomated flood sensors at the most dangerous low water crossings. The computerized warning systems monitor wa- ter levels and automatically begin to flash when water rises, indicating to motorists that the road is flooded. County offi- cials receive notification when roads are flooded, and area residents and commuters can check closures on the county website. "They've been atremendous mated crossings. "We can't be everywhere and we can't have people on every mad monitor- ing every crossing." With rains expected to con- anue to fall on the saturated region, Turner urged local mo- torists to monitor the weather, listen for advisories from the National Weather service, and keep an eye out for flooded low water crossings. "If you get to a low water crossing or any water over the road that looks significant, turn around, don't drown," Buda Budget: Wishlist for capital projects Continued from pg. 1A wastewater projects, including the state-mandated expansion of the city's wastewater treat- ment plant, which was nearing full capacity. Another $2.8 mil- lion could be sued to extend water and wastewater service into the Oxbow subdivision four years down the road. While the lion's share of the CIP focuses on infrastructure projects that aren't likely to get the average citizen jazzed up, it does outline $4.6 million in the 2011-12 fiscal year for con- struction of a new library. That's a price drop from earlier projections. Last Janu- ary, city staff estimated that it would cost $5 million to ex- pand the library on its current site, $8 million to build a new facility on donated land or $11 million to purchase land and build. "Do we need things? Yes, but we need to be realistic about what kind of debt our base supports," Tenorio said. 'd sometimes that means we don't get a big new library." In another change from the original plan, the CIP dropped about $10 million in expansion for Buda City Park, replacing it with a $50,000 parks master plan study that could guide fu- ture growth. Each penny on the prop- erty tax rate would yield about $1 million in a 25-year bond, meaning the city won't be able to afford more than a small fraction of the projects without seeking outside funding. "The challenge is how to do this without incurring a lot of debt," Chlicote said. "We need to make sure we utilize as much grant funding as we can." The city currently carries about $27 million in debt, said finance director Chris Ruiz. In addition to possible hikes in Buda's property tax rate, Ten- orio said she wanted the city to be cognizant of the financial burden imposed on citizens by other taxing entities like Hays CISD and Austin Community College, which could annex the area this spring and im- pose a nine-cent property taxi as well as rising utility bills. "Is it a pipe dream? No," Ten- orio said of the CIP. "It's some- thing we want to be creative about how we get, all while be- TRANSPORTATION PROJECTS: $59.94 MILLION Representing about 60 percent of the capi- tal improvements the city hopes to undertake in the next five years, Buda is only undertak- ing about $95,000 in this budget cycle for ongoing road repairs. Transportation projects include: Ongoing Pavement Repairs, $461,800 Main Street Sidewalk and Bridge, $334,000 Bluff Street Reconstruction, $1,322,600 Old Goforth Road Reconstruction, $7,599,300 Dacy Lane Reconstruction from Hillside Terrace to Kelly Smith Lane, $4,843,300 N. Main Street Signals at Sequoyah and Bradfield, $379,600 West Goforth from Cedar Street to IH-35, $3,439,000 Truck Bypass from FM 967 to FM 2770, $7,717,000 Overpass at Truck Bypass and Railroad, $5,960,700 Old Black Colony Road Reconstruction, $7,029,900 Old San Antonio Road, $6,652,200 Overpass at Truck Bypass and FM 967, $6,145,500 Main Street Widening from Garrison Rd. to Cabela's Dr, $5,179,600 Cabela's Drive Extension, $2,878,400 WATER PROJECTS: $16.43 MILLION The next biggest slice of the CIP pie, the water projects include about $6 million the city has committed to the Hays-Caldwell Public Utility Agency. Buda is covering five percent of the cost for construction of a water line that will pipe water from the Carrizo-W'fl- cox Aquifer into Hays County. Kyle recently committed $34 million to cover its 28 percent share. Water projects include: Main StreetWaterline Replacement, $327,500 Main St. Pump Station andWell #1 Up- grades, $51,600 HCPUA Management, $465,574 HCPUA Construction, $5,638,382 NE Buda Loop, $2,534,900 OxbowWater Service, $1,316,300 IH-35 East Water Line, $1,309,600 Southwest TM, $2,522,200 NW 18-inch loop at Manchaca Springs Road, $1,333,700 l Hays Free Press September 8, 2010 i WASTEY IATER PROJECTS: $16.12 MILLI )N In May, t ,e city voted to issue up to $3[8 million in debt to upgrade the citys wastwa- ter treatme zt plant, which had reached tlae 90 percent ca[ acity that triggered state reqqire- ments for e qansion. The city says it can[ repay that ([ebt through wastewater revelme. Wastew'ter projects include: CityWasewater Model, $75,000 Replace lluff Street Lift Station, $1,27.  Garlic Creek Force Main, $1,683,200 ReplaceDowntown Clay Pipe, $1,466,E Bradfield!Lifschutz Upgrade, $1,115,2( WCID #1 Lift Station Upgrade, $423,75 I 12-inch FM 967 Interceptor, $2,380,60( South Butla Interceptor (IlL $1,096,50( Garlic Creek Lift Station, $1,355,900 Northeast 1-35 Interceptor, $466,200 SouthweSt 1-35 Interceptor (III), $1,221 OxbowWastewater Service, $1,478,800 15-inch Northwest IH-35 Interceptor, $1,065,600 15-inch Southeast IH-35 Intercpetor (I $1,019,400 600 )1 ) I 100 % FACILITIES PROJECTS: $4.6 MILLION I The city issued debt in 2007 for a new [ Parks Department building in Buda City | Park, which is set for construction this ye. But plans are less certain for a proposed $ | million,plus library expansion or reconstJ ac- tion. Facilities projects include: Parks Bulling, $300,000 Buda Public Library, $4,373,000 / / DRAINAGE PIOJECT: $184,000 The only lroject in this category is a Cil Drainage Master Plan, Included in this ye :'s budget. | PARKS PROJECTS: $50,000 While the city considered putting large- scale parks projects into the CIP, the only expenditure to survive was a $50,000 stud, for a parks master plan that could plot oui future park development. asset," Turner said of the auto- oRJI Turner said. hag responsible to the city." Westside FutureWater Suppl $928,700 i AUSTIN TELCO www.,,,oo ,, , 295.408 I I I I t FEDERAL CREDIT UNION FREE TO JOIN + < Great rates For - I Affordable Rates Flexible Ter00s Fast, Frieadl00) Service Commercial Real Estate 25 %** Home Equity Loans 'o 0/0" etro S ng +