Hays County Judge Liz Sumter issued a “Year in Review” report to the local media Thursday, saying, “From my vantage point as your County Judge, I am pleased to report that 2007 was a very productive year.”
Sumter then pointed to a number of developments, starting with the passage of a $30 million parks bond, the formation of the Citizens Parks Advisory Team, (CPAT) and funding for Dudley Johnson Park in San Marcos and Harrison Park in Dripping Springs.
Other items Sumter mentions include interim subdivision rules to strengthen water availability in new developments, flood control funding for 20 low water crossings and the commissioners court’s role in bringing the Seton Hospital and the Lance Armstrong Ride for the Roses event to the Hill Country.
Concerning roads, Sumter said this about how the county’s response to the 2007 road bond defeat: “First and foremost, the Commissioners’ Court formed the citizen-based Transportation Advisory Board to develop a county-wide transportation plan that allows for maximum citizen involvement. Equally important, the county has formed the first public-private partnership for road development with Zachery American Inc. with the goal of completing badly needed improvements to FM 1626. The road and transportation challenge remains a top priority for me. The safety of our citizens and the economic wellbeing of Hays County are directly tied to this challenge, and in 2008 I will continue to give this issue my full attention.”
Sumter also pointed to the selection of a new government center site off Wonderworld Drive and a consolidation of the environmental health department and the road and bridge department into a department of Resource Protection, Transportation and Planning. The county, Sumter said, also has begun work towards a federally qualified health clinic and countywide water planning.
The judge added that a tax-rate increase, three-quarters of a cent, will fund four patrol officers for Dripping Springs, a medical crisis officer, more and better road repair materials, a web master, a planner and environmental compliance officer and funding for the Hays Trinity Groundwater Conservation District.
Sumter said she kept a busy calendar in 2007, her first year in office. During the last year, she met with citizens groups or attended public ceremonies 135 times. She met 34 times with city councils and independent school districts, attended 115 meetings of various regional committees and boards, participated in 51 workshops with the commissioners court and attended “50 or so” weekly commissioners court meetings.Email | Print