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County to approve voting locations

Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Tuesday morning the Hays County Commissioners Court will discuss and take possible action to establish vote center locations, as well as appoint judge, for the November 2019 election. 

According to the agenda item request, a polling place study group was formed to discuss and establish criteria for polling locations. The group consisted of the following 11 individuals from Hays County: Alicia Ramirez, City of Buda; Jennifer Vetrano, City of Kyle; Jamie Case, City of San Marcos; Mayor Jane Hughson, City of San Marcos; Laura Calcote, City of Wimberley; Andrea Cunningham, City of Dripping Springs; Sheila Lamb, Dripping Springs ISD; Dottie Busby, Wimberley ISD; Karen Griffin, San Marcos CISD; Tim Savoy, Hays CISD; and Sandra Tenorio, Texas Rural Communities. 

Suggested voting locations include 15 locations in San Marcos, six locations in Kyle, five locations in Buda, six locations in Wimberley, three locations in Dripping Springs/Driftwood and two locations in Austin. 

Additionally, Commissioners will vote to call a Nov. 5 election to vote for 10 Constitutional Amendments and vote to approve a contract with Hart Intercivic for the purchase of Hart’s Verity Duo voting system. 

In other business, the court will vote to approve a resolution and submit a second application to the Texas Department of Transportation for a Safe Routes to School project.

In April, commissioners voted to approve an initial grant application for the project, which will “enable and encourage children to walk and bicycle to school.”

The second application, if approved by the Court, will be detailed and comprehensive. 

The project will be requested in order to create a 10 - 12 foot shared use path “along the south side of Bebee Road and along the east side of Dacy Lane to service Science Hall Elementary School.” In addition, the project would create sidewalks along Hillside Terrace to Goforth Road as well as north from Goforth Road to Tom Green School Road. 

“Additionally, a sidewalk extending north from the intersection of Bebee Road and Dacy Lane to Hillside Terrace,” stated the agenda item request.

Additionally, the county will vote on a resolution that supports Hays County’s effort to preserve night skies. According to the resolution, Dripping Springs, Wimberley and Woodcreek are designated as Dark Sky Communities by the International Dark Sky Association. 

“The Commissioners Court of Hays County, Texas, encourages outdoor lighting fixtures and practices that follow up-to-date guidelines and use available technologies for efficient, non-intrusive lighting and will endeavor to educate and encourage landowners, businesses, residential neighborhoods, and public entities to join in this commitment to reduce energy consumption, save money, reduce light trespass and preserve our starry night skies,” the resolution states. 

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