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County enters into joint election agreements


The Hays County Commissioners Court passed a resolution Tuesday to enter into joint election agreements with the cities of Woodcreek, Kyle and Wimberley, along with Wimberley ISD and the Hays Trinity Groundwater Conservation District,  for the upcoming May 9 election.

Hays County Elections Administrator Joyce Cowan explained to the court that although none of these entities have, or are expecting, contested elections, the agreements are needed because candidates could still file for write-in status.

The court approved the agreements unanimously.

The filing deadline for candidates to appear on the May 9 ballots passed on Monday.

In other business, the court voted to approve five acres of land at Five Mile Dam park as open space. The Texas Department of Parks and Wildlife (TPW) required the designation after the county developed a portion of land at the park that had been dedicated as open space.

The re-allotment will not interfere with any active recreation facilities or plans.

The court also passed a resolution allotting $6,630 towards the county’s participation in Central Texas Medical Center’s (CTMC) Health Check program. Through Health Check, county employees and their dependents covered by insurance can undertake a series of blood tests for diabetes, a cardiac risk profile and a complete blood count.

Usually the tests cost more than $400, however, they are being offered to county employees for $30. Employees can also request additional tests, such as checks of thyroid hormone levels, for an additional $15. The county is considering making this a regular budget item.

The court also re-iterated that a burn ban remains in effect for all parts of Hays County.