Andrew Blanton

San Marcos surplus water supply to be sold to neighboring cities

Officials with the City of San Marcos are offering a portion of the surplus water supply to neighboring areas with shortages while the Carrizo-Wilcox Aquifer pipeline project awaits construction.

The Hays Caldwell Public Utilities Agency (HCPUA) includes San Marcos, Kyle, Buda and the Canyon Regional Water Authority. HCPUA officials plan to construct a water supply pipeline that will connect cities to the Carrizo-Wilcox Aquifer to meet the demands of the growing populations. The 100-mile pipeline will reduce the use of the Edwards Aquifer, which currently supplies water to central Texas, according to a report by HCPUA.

Texas State University System faces funding shortage for campus expansion

University system officials across the state have delayed campus construction projects after the 84th Texas Legislative Session did not approve revenue bonds.

House Bill 100 (HB100) passed April 9 in a 131-13 vote. HB 100 will issue over $3 billion in revenue bonds to universities across Texas.

Senate Bill 150 (SB 150) was approved April 7 by the Committee on Higher Education. The bill must pass a full Senate vote before revenue bonds can be issued.

Traditionally the legislature approves additional tuition revenue bonds every eight years, said Mike Wintemute, Texas State University System communications director. However, the approval failed to leave conference in the final hours of the 83rd Legislative Session in 2013.

Texas State to host Mexican exchange students through government program

The Texas State Intensive English (TSIE) program is expected to receive 20 students and faculty this summer to participate in non-credit academic studies as part of an international program.

The Proyecta 100,000 program aims to strengthen the exchange of “students, researchers and academics between Mexico and the U.S.,” according to a press release from Foro Consultivo Cientifíco y Technológico. The program began September 2013 and has spurred discussion between U.S. and Mexican officials concerning government relations.

Mexican students and instructors enrolled in Proyecta 100,000 will attend a four-week session with the TSIE program over the summer, said Rosario Davis, associate director. The program includes academic and cultural activities.

Student team triumphs at commercial build competition

A team from the Construction Science and Management program defeated 11 other universities to place first in a commercial build competition.

Construction science and management seniors James Holmes, Trevor Lundgren, Mitchell Classen, Ricky Conaway and Oliver Moore, won the Region 5 TEXO Association Commercial Build Competition. They defeated the University of Texas at Austin and Texas A&M University in the competition.

Students were given a request for proposal (RFP) Feb. 28 outlining the project. They had 16 hours to create a construction plan. The plan was for a 70,000-square-foot Holt-Caterpillar sales and service facility, Lundgren said.

Student business team to compete internationally

The student team for the McCoy College of Business Administration advanced to the Americas Regional competition in the 2015 Chartered Financial Analyst Institute Research Challenge.

The team, led by Scott Markwardt, economics graduate student, advanced after placing second by a margin of 0.35 of a point to West Texas A&M University.  The team will compete with over 50 universities from North, Central and South America April 15-16 in Atlanta, Georgia, according to the CFA website.

Student organizations discuss net neutrality

The future of corporate broadband Internet favoritism was halted Feb. 26 after the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) narrowly approved net neutrality regulations in a 3-2 vote.

Net neutrality regulations will prevent Internet service providers from allowing or selling content at different levels. This will ensure any legal user is allowed access to the same speed of data transfer, and providers cannot reduce the service of one consumer over another higher-paying client.  

Angela Pates, political science senior and College Democrats president, believes content on the Internet should be available to everyone, not only those who can afford it.

Historical society recovers fading memories

The Hays County Historical Commission will continue to preserve the culture and history of the region after swearing in nine new members Feb. 10.

The additional members bring the total to 31 chairmen. The commission, which holds an office and museum on the first floor of the courthouse downtown, is working to restore aging landmarks.

Restoring the second jail built in Hays County remains an ongoing project for the commission. Linda Coker, courthouse coordinator, said the structure, which was in use from the late 1800’s until 1937, is listed on the National Register of Historic Places by the National Park Service. The courtyard of the county jail is the site of the only official hanging in San Marcos, Coker said.

Waste disposal method changing, evolving in San Marcos

San Marcos officials will provide residents with a new standard of solid waste removal in an effort to expand recycling and conserve limited landfill space.

Trash Disposal Systems (TDS), in conjunction with city council members, will begin distributing 65-gallon trash carts Oct. 1 to replace 96-gallon carts.

TDS originally introduced 1,000 65-gallon trash carts, as well as green-waste containers, for a pilot program on Nov. 1, 2013, said Amy Kirwin, Solid Waste Coordinator. A majority of residents involved were satisfied with the program.

“When we added the single-stream recycling, the big 96-gallon cart and started taking more material, that was very popular, and (residents) were filling up the recycling containers,” Kirwin said.

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