The noise ordinance being considered by the council was not agreed upon unanimously. Councilman Chris Jones articulated his disapproval of expanding host responsibility to an unruly gathering. The other council members were favorable to this position. Jones maintained that personal responsibility should be allocated to the party-goers alone and not hold the host accountable for the actions made by individuals. Student Liaison C J Morgan asked the council to reconsider host responsibility and just ticket party-goers for their actions. The ordinance also included to provide a penalty for noise extending beyond property line, widening responsibility to party-goers and allowing police officers authority to disperse an unruly gathering.The council also accepted to streamline and downsize the current nuisance determination ordinance, but shot down the possibility of a noise barrier assessment survey that would cost $26,000. The survey would offer suggestion as to how to deal with the noise travelling from Sagewood to six surrounding homes. The survey would have considered noise barrier possibilities ranging from vegetation to a concrete wall.
Single Stream Recycling was also a key issue at this meeting. If the city adopted this method, it would add $1.77 to the $13.98 total cost for trash pickup per month.This additional cost is proposed for a five year amortization. In the $13.98 there is a recycling fee that would not be dismissed if Single Stream Recycling took effect. Vista Fibers in San Antonio, Texas would be the location for the Single Stream Recycling of San Marcos, residents would be upgraded to a 65 gallon cart, in which you could include glass. Commercial Single Stream and Multi-family Single Stream Recycling would be allowed 4 to 8 cubic yards. The city of San Antonio is 50 percent converted to Single Stream Recycling and have an annual revenue of $1.5 million, as well as has seen an increase from 21 thousand tons to 34 thousand tons of recyclables.
The City of San Marcos swore in its new City Manager at the Activity Center earlier in the day and at the city council meeting he gave his report. Rick Menchaca gave the sales tax report for the month at 1.6 percent and 5 percent overall. Menchaca urged the council to not pursue Wireless Internet for the city of San Marcos at this time due to the economic perspective. He also indicated that the Senate had passed $2 million for the airport, and that it now only needs approval in the House of Representatives.
By ANDY SEVILLA