Karen Zamora

City manager to resign in September

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San Marcos City Manager Jim Nuse announced June 4 that he will resign from his position at the end of September.

According to a city press release, no reason was given as to why he decided to step down from his role as city manager. Nuse became city manager in 2010 after working with the City of Round Rock for more than 27 years. He was Round Rock’s city manager from 2002-2010.

“I’ve enjoyed being a member of this great San Marcos team,” Nuse said in the press release. “There is still a lot to do over the next four months, and I look forward to continue addressing significant issues and tasks with the city council and staff.”
During his time in San Marcos, Nuse served on the Hays Caldwell Public Utility Agency and the Greater San Marcos Partnership.

City council passes new master plan

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City councilmembers unanimously approved the final reading of the new Comprehensive Master Plan Tuesday, which will officially be updated for the first time in almost 20 years.

“Ladies and gentlemen, we have a master plan. Congratulations,” said Mayor Daniel Guerrero at the city council meeting.

The councilmembers, city staff and residents completed the 13-month process of updating the city’s 17-year-old master plan, which will now guide the population growth and infrastructure for the next 10 years. Matthew Lewis, director of planning and development services, said the whole process started with Dream San Marcos. Lewis said public input was the driving force of finalizing the master plan.

University name change passes Senate, still needs House approval

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Texas State is one step closer to its sixth name change since 1903.

State senators unanimously approved Senate Bill 974 April 10, which would eliminate “–San Marcos” from the end of the university’s name. The change is currently pending in the House, from which university administrators hope to hear a final decision later this week. The institution’s name was modified 10 years ago from Southwest Texas State University to its current title. Provost Eugene Bourgeois said this should be the last name change for the university.

University President Denise Trauth said in a statement the school is already referred to as “Texas State” or “Texas State University” in instances other than legal documents.

ASG proposes cite and release program for nonviolent crimes

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Students busted by university police for small amounts of marijuana could avoid jail time under a “cite and release” resolution the Associated Student Government hopes to push through the administration.

ASG senator Kevin Kutras authored a resolution that would allow the University Police Department to participate in a cite and release program, which is an option under Texas House Bill 2391. Law enforcement officers can issue citations for nonviolent crimes without taking the individual to city or county jail under HB 2391. ASG passed its resolution in February.

Master plan update reading gets first approval from city

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City councilmembers voted unanimously Tuesday to approve the first of two readings of the new Comprehensive Master Plan, which is being updated for the first time since 1996.

The council, city staff and residents recently completed a 13-month process of updating the city’s master plan, which will guide the growth and development of San Marcos for the next 10 years. The council will make its final vote on the plan April 16.

“It’s been a plan a long time coming,” said Mayor Daniel Guerrero.

Professor researches, creates robots for dangerous tasks

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Harold Stern, director of the Ingram School of Engineering, is often terrified when Heping Chen’s $100,000 hunk of steel roams the halls of Roy F. Mitte’s fifth floor.

Chen, assistant professor at the Ingram School of Engineering, has worked with robotics for more than 15 years. He spends approximately 20 hours each week researching and assembling them. With the help of Hongtai Cheng, postdoctoral research associate from China, Chen has manufactured one semi-automotive and two stationary robots. All three robots are designed to make tasks easier.

“Robots can release people from some tedious, dangerous or hazardous work,” Chen said.

City Council votes to prohibit Zelicks’ live music

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Members of the San Marcos City Council affirmed prohibiting Zelicks Icehouse from having live, outdoor, amplified music during their Feb. 19 meeting.

The councilmembers voted 5-2 in favor of an appeal to Zelicks’ conditional use permit from Barry James and his wife Brenda Smith. Live outdoor music will no longer be allowed at the bar. Councilmembers Jude Prather, Place 2, and Ryan Thomason, Place 5, were the dissenting votes.

James and Smith own the Young Building across the street from the bar and appealed Zelicks’ conditional use permit because of concern about the high volume of noise during evenings.

City council approves Lazy Oaks Ranch development agreement

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The San Marcos City Council approved a piece of development Tuesday that would create up to 1,750 new single-family residences in the city’s outlying land.

The councilmembers voted 6-1 in favor of the development agreement for the western extraterritorial jurisdiction. The approval allows Lazy Oaks Ranch, LP to build single-family neighborhoods on a 937-acre tract near San Marcos Baptist Academy, with an additional 469 acres of open space and floodwater drainage area. Councilman Jude Prather, Place 2, was the dissenting vote.

$2 million gift creates master’s in nursing

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The St. David’s School of Nursing at Texas State announced a monetary gift Monday that will assist in plans for a new master’s degree.

Marla Erbin-Roesemann, St. David’s School of Nursing director, said St. David’s Foundation donated $2 million to help Texas State create a Master of Science in the nursing field. The gift will provide funding for hiring faculty, recruiting students and developing the curriculum for the next five years.

“It is a very substantial gift,” said Associate Provost Cynthia Opheim. “It means recruiting top-notch faculty and having the kind of facilities you need for this level of program.”

Downtown construction causes closure of bookstore

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Downtown construction has caused a local business owner to close the books on his North LBJ Drive store.

Daniel Mull, owner of Dan’s Discount Bookstore, said sales and customers decreased by 50 percent due to construction blocking part of North LBJ Drive, and closed his business’ doors Saturday.

“I was in denial for at least a month or two,” Mull said. “It was my brother who said ‘I am really worried about you because I’ve seen construction kill a lot of businesses.’ Then I realized he was right because I have seen the same thing.”

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