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March 31st, 2009
Notebook: Council Meeting 03/31/09

Tuesday, March 31, 2009 at City Hall, 630 E. Hopkins | Schedule: 5:30 p.m. Proclamations; 6 p.m. Workshop; 7 p.m. Regular meeting rescheduled from March 17

Housing workshop

The Development Services department has gathered demographic information regarding the current state of the city’s housing stock, including identifying gaps and discrepancies in housing availability. The study includes comparison of city housing statistics with other university communities in Texas. The city council will review existing housing programs, potential funding sources and discuss whether to provide direction to staff on developing a comprehensive housing policy. The workshop starts 6 p.m.

Rio Vista tennis courts

The city council will consider awarding a contract for $568,126 for the reconstruction of the Rio Vista tennis courts to Thomas & Thomas Inc. The project will demolish the existing courts and build six new tennis courts with a perimeter fence, walk, irrigation, sport court lighting, shade canopies, benches and a bicycle rack. The only city-owned tennis courts, they were originally built 25 years ago with assistance from H.E.B.

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Bid tabulations for Rio Vista tennis courts [pdf]

Letter recommending award to Thomas & Thomas Inc [pdf]

Public hearings

The city council will hold public hearings on a land use amendment and zoning change at 1420 Hopkins; a land use amendment and zoning change for 633 Uhland Road, and a zoning change for 413 Riverside Drive.

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Rezoning application for 1420 Hopkins St [pdf]

Rezoning application for 633 Uhland Rd [pdf]

Rezoning application for 413 Riverside Dr [pdf]

Grant applications

The city of San Marcos is aggressively seeking outside funding opportunities, including federal economic stimulus funding. The city council will consider submitting several grant applications proposed by the City of San Marcos. They include:

  • $1,052,232 for a COPS Hiring Recovery Grant for six police officer positions funded through the federal Omnibus Spending Bill. The grant pays for 36 months of full salary and benefits.
  • $270,000 for Assistance to Firefighters Grant from Federal Emergency Management Agency for video conferencing training equipment, with a $30,000 local match.
  • $121,363 in a joint application and interlocal agreement with Hays County for a Justice Assistance Grant, with funds to be divided equally between San Marcos Police and Hays County Sheriff’s office.
  • $35,333 from the Office of the Attorney General to continue partial funding for a Victim Services Coordinator position at San Marcos Police.
  • $15,155 grant from the Alice K. Reynolds Foundation to buy a tractor and accessories for the San Marcos Nature.
  • $10,000 from PetSmart Charities for purchase traps and to provide vouchers to spay/neuter and vaccinate some 200 cats for Animal Services.

Honors and proclamations

Mayor Susan Narvaiz and the city council will honor the award-winning Dance Team from Miller Junior High School. In addition, the Mayor and City Council will present proclamations for Math Awareness Month, Financial Literacy Month, the LBJ Lecture, Child Abuse Prevention Month, and Bicycle to School and Work Day. Proclamations are presented at 5:30 p.m.

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