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April 21st, 2009
Notebook: Council Meeting 04/21/09

Tuesday, April 21, 2009 at City Hall, 630 E. Hopkins | Schedule: 5:30 p.m. Proclamations; 6 p.m. Workshop; 7 p.m. Regular meeting

Update from extended bar hours taskforce

A task force established to study extending bar hours until 2 a.m. in San Marcos will report to the city council with its recommendations to implement extended bar closing hours later this summer. In November, voters approved a non-binding referendum by 71 percent to extend bar hours.

The taskforce is recommending that the city council consider an ordinance implementing the change on first reading at its May 5 meeting and on second reading at its May 11 meeting with automatic reviews in six and 12 months.

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Outline of taskforce’s seven recommendations [txt]

Update on Carrizo-Wilcox water supply efforts

In 2006, the city of San Marcos joined the Hays Caldwell Public Utility Agency with the cities of Kyle, Buda and Canyon Regional Water Authority to work together to develop future water supplies from the Carrizo-Wilcox Aquifer. Graham Moore, P.E., who serves as general staff for the agency, will provide an annual status report.

Workshop on pro-rata assessments

The city council will hold a workshop on a proposed ordinance on reimbursements for utility line extensions to serve new areas of development. The proposal would provide developers with a way to be reimbursed for water or sewer line extensions to their development that benefit other properties. This type of assessment can help reduce the city’s debt for utility extensions in undeveloped areas while not placing the entire cost burden on a single development. The workshop starts at 6 p.m.

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Elements of proposed pro-rata assessment system [pdf]

Honors and proclamations

Mayor Susan Narvaiz and the city council will present proclamations for Earth Day, Public Service Recognition Week, Autism Awareness Month, Viva Cinco de Mayo, and Feria del Mariachi, with special honors for Mexico singer Pedro Fernandez. A group of city employees also will be recognized for their participation in an in-house conservation survey. Proclamations are presented starting at 5:30 p.m.

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