The Austin American-Statesman wades into an effort by San Marcos, Buda, Kyle and four Hays and Caldwell county water supply corporations to tap into the Carrizo-Wilcox Aquifer possibly near where Gonzales, Bastrop, Fayette and Gonzales counties meet. The paper quotes San Marcos water and wastewater department director Tom Taggart saying the project could cost as much as $138 million. The first phase, currently projected for completion in 2018, is estimated to cost about $61 million. (See also yesterday’s Paper Trail) … New Braunfels officials are having enough difficulty getting ahead of transportation needs and managing capital improvement projects that they’ve resorted to hiring consultants. The city anticipates needing a infrastructure consulting firm on retainer for two or three years, the New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung reports, and has budgeted $150,000 for those services this year. The paper says city management is currently negotiating with Austin-based Espey Consultants Inc. (Today’s Papers bets the contract comes out costing about $150,000.) … In Caldwell County, A corrections facility management contractor is walking away from discussion of a 1,000-bed federal deportation center near Dale and Lytton Springs after 150 angry residents shouted down a site selector working for Emerald Correctional Management before he abandoned the meeting. “We don’t go where we aren’t wanted,” he told the Lockhart Post-Register. The facility would have housed immigrants who entered the country unlawfully for the U.S. Immigrations and Customs Enforcement. … News8Austin plugs San Marcos’ apparent emerging status as a winter destination for kayaking enthusiasts. Thanks to one of the city’s medal-winning Olympians, several top kayakers are training on the San Marcos River at Rio Vista Falls. The city park is also hosting the U.S. Olympic team slalom trials this spring.
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