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Wastewater contract approved for five additional years

San Marcos City Council members voted unanimously at a Feb. 3 meeting to extend their wastewater treatment contract with CH2M Hill for another five years.

CH2M Hill is an engineering company that provides consulting, design, construction and operational services that involve innovating energy resources like nuclear and water, according to the business’ website.

Pay raise for city council approved by 5-2 vote

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San Marcos City Council approved an ordinance to raise the monthly compensation for its members and the mayor by $500 each at Tuesday’s meeting.

The council passed the measure by a 5-2 vote. Councilman Jude Prather, Place 2, and Councilman Shane Scott, Place 6, voted against the proposal. Members in support of the increase cited city growth and increasing workloads.

The city council established the salary in 2007, said Mayor Daniel Guerrero. The rate has not changed since its creation.

Council members will see a monthly compensation increase from $950 to $1,450. Monthly salary for the mayor will rise from $1,200 to $1,700.

The discussion of whether to increase the rate and by how much began in 2014, Guerrero said.

City council passes housing rental program

The San Marcos City Council passed an ordinance Tuesday that will establish consequences for multiple noise, trash and parking violations.

The rental nuisance abatement program will help to reduce violations in homes within the city. Residents of rented homes who have two or more notices of violation or citation must register with the program. The program was created to increase violation notification, make long-term solutions and reward good properties or management. It will create the ability to suspend use of underperforming properties and provide application of rules to rent.

City council to reduce Greater San Marcos Partnership funding

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San Marcos City Council cut funding to the Greater San Marcos Partnership (GSMP) Tuesday with plans to use the remaining money for a city-led economic development team.

Council members voted 4-3 in favor of splitting the funding from $360,000 to $120,000 and using the rest to put together a staff to focus on city development. Five citizens spoke in favor of continued funding at the current rate at Tuesday’s city council meeting. Citizens asked the council members to consider how much work GSMP has done for the city.

City council votes to expand San Marcos airport for further private development

San Marcos City Council voted unanimously Feb. 3 to renew its contract with Texas Aviation Partners, LLC to further fund expansion of the San Marcos Regional Airport.

The contract between Texas Aviation Partners and San Marcos was renewed at the city council meeting for another five years of growth. The original contract ended at the beginning of January after five years. The council had to either renew or scrap the project and funding after the original contract expired.

City council adds permitted parking area to Ridgeway Drive

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The San Marcos City Council approved the first of two readings for an ordinance to create a designated permit parkway from the 100- to 200-block area of Ridgeway Drive at a Feb. 3 meeting.

The ordinance would allow only permitted vehicles to park in the area from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Ning Zou, transportation engineering manager for the city, presented a petition in favor of the parking ordinance from 18 of the 25 homes in the area to show local support.

Causes for permitting include students parking in the area and limited space, Zou said.  

Kelly Slade, a San Marcos resident who lives on the 100 block of Ridgeway Drive, spoke in opposition of the ordinance.

Rideshare services possible pending city ordinance

City council plans to pass regulations on rideshare services this spring, making alternative transportation in San Marcos a reality.

The ordinance, which is currently being drafted, will apply to transportation networking companies such as Lyft and Uber, said Chase Stapp, San Marcos chief of police.

“(Rideshare services) will provide new transportation options for the community,” said Mayor Daniel Guerrero.

Some companies are operating in the area but do not have official legal status in San Marcos yet, Stapp said.

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