Five jointly funded parks have earned an honorable mention designation for Hays County and the City of San Marcos in the 2010 City-County Cooperation Award competition by the Texas Association of Counties (TAC) and the Texas Municipal League (TML).
The city and county were given the honorable mention for a public park partnership project, in which they are expanding an existing county park and making capital improvements to four other parks.
“San Marcos and Hays County are working for their taxpayers by collaborating on this large undertaking, saving $3 million or more that would have been spent if they had not worked together,” said Frank Sturzl, TML executive director.
The facilities for which San Marcos and Hays County were awarded include a soccer complex at Five Mile Dam, a nature preserve at Prospect Park, girls softball fields at the Gary Sports Complex, the tennis complex at Rio Vista Park and a skate park at Memorial Park.
Angelina County and the City of Lufkin received the 2010 City-County Cooperation Award for their successful collaboration for a facility to house evacuees from natural disasters – mostly coastal hurricanes – who seek shelter in East Texas. As one of six state-designated shelter jurisdictions, the city and county took in thousands of evacuees during Hurricane Rita, with many of them placed in the civic center, churches and schools.
The judges – all former city and county officials – believed that two other projects deserved recognition with honorable mentions – also gave an honorable mention to Parker County and the cities of Aledo, Springtown and Weatherford for a transportation bond program.
A record of 35 applications submitted for the award, from cities and counties of all sizes.
“Joining forces to meet growing needs in a high-growth area makes a lot of sense and shows that local governments know how to get the job done,” said Gene Terry, TAC executive director.Email | Print