Reynaldo Leaños Jr.

Commissioners vote to partially fund renovations to law enforcement center

Commissioners voted unanimously Tuesday to approve $10,000 in funding to put toward remodeling portions of the county jail.

According to the Hays County Commissioners Court agenda for April 22, Capt. Mark Cumberland requested a “required” remodeling of the Hays County Law Enforcement Center’s inmate holding area.

The design and construction of the remodel are estimated to cost less than $50,000, according to the agenda. The county-provided funding for the project was saved for “miscellaneous jail improvements” in the Tobacco Settlement Fund during fiscal year 2014. County staff will begin the process of securing construction services when an architect is chosen for the project and the design is finished, according to the agenda.

Track competes at Texas Relays, Bobcat Invitational over weekend

The Texas State track and field team participated in the Texas Relays and hosted the Bobcat Invitational last weekend.

The Texas Relays, a meet spanning three days, is held at UT in Austin. The event features collegiate athletes from universities such as Duke, Baylor and North Carolina and includes high school and international athletes.

Coach Dana Boone prior to the meet said this was the teams’ best chance to showcase their ability in front of a large audience.

Tina Valenzuela, senior multis, finished in the top 20 in 100-meter hurdles, high jump, 200-meter dash, long jump, shot put and 800-meter run. She finished 21st in javelin throw.

Alexus Hebert, junior sprinter, checked in at 66th in the preliminary 100-meter dash.

Some officials, students say trams experiencing mechanical issues

Texas State will receive a new fleet of buses in the fall, but students and administrators say the trams currently servicing the university are showing symptoms attributed to operating past their life spans.

First Transit, the university’s bus provider, will remain responsible for the current fleet until Veolia Transportation takes over the Bobcat Tram services in August, according to a Nov. 20 University Star article. The contract with Veolia includes a fleet of 43 new buses.

Nancy Nusbaum, interim director of Transportation Services, said the majority of Texas State’s buses are “well past their youthful life.”

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