From staff reports
Hays County commissioners on Tuesday preliminarily approved the first San Marcos-area expenditure from $30 million in parks and open space bond money passed by voters last May.
After weeks of behind-the-scenes wrangling, the Christian Federation of Police Officers youth sports program won $1.6 million toward its athletic fields and park complex. The facilities are part of the Village of San Marcos one-stop-shop social services campus planned for 29 acres off Hunter Road on a future extension of Reimer Avenue.
Sponsored by Commissioners Debbie Gonzales Ingalsbe and Will Conley, the county’s contribution will be used to pay for the street extension and for fields, restrooms and concession stands. The grant was approved 3-1 with Commissioner Karen Ford voting in opposition after her motions to cut some of the money expended for the street portion of the project were brushed aside.
Before leaving the courtroom earlier in the meeting, County Judge Elizabeth Sumter said she would abstain from the vote because she is on the board of the Hays Caldwell Council on Alcohol and Drug Abuse, one of the future tenants of the related campus.
Debate over the appropriation tapped into deep-seated differences over appropriate use of the bond money and the proper role of the citizens committee appointed to vet parks projects.Email | Print