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Jeff Barton

Thursday, June 17th, 2010

TPW to assess property as county shooting range

A state agency is assessing a 563-acre site along the San Marcos River to determine its feasibility as a county shooting range and public park. After the assessment, the Hays County Commissioners Court may decide to spend $5.5 million of its remaining $8.5 million in parks bond money to purchase the land.

Monday, June 14th, 2010

Commissioners Court rejects another jail capacity study

The Commissioners Court again erupted into raised voices and rancor during a discussion this week of the Hays County Jail, a topic that has proven to be more durable than even the court’s storied disagreements over road...

Monday, June 14th, 2010

Commissioners court rejects state jail study

By a 3-2 vote last week, Hays County commissioners said they have heard enough about the problems with the Hays County Jail and rejected the possibility of a needs analysis by the Texas Commission on Jail Standards...

Monday, June 7th, 2010

Hays County Jail back in compliance with state

Though the Hays County Jail has attained compliance with state standards and no longer is subject to state sanctions, Sheriff Tommy Ratliff told county commissioners last week that maintenance problems still abound.

Monday, May 31st, 2010

CAMPO approves 2035 plan with $1.138 billion in Hays County projects

Hays County and its municipalities are in for $1.138 billion in the Capital Area Metropolitan Planning Organization (CAMPO) 2035 plan approved last week. Meanwhile, Hays County commissioners replaced outgoing Judge Liz Sumter on the CAMPO board with...

Thursday, May 27th, 2010

CenturyLink drops county back-billing, adds charges

CenturyLink has dropped its back-billing of Hays County for services since their contract expired, but now has substantially increased new charges. Meanwhile, the county is waiting for an advanced communications system to be set up by new...

Wednesday, May 19th, 2010

Shooting task force brings new plan to county court

The Hays County Shooting Sports Task Force wants Hays County to use $5.5 million of its remaining $8.5 million in parks and open space bonds to build a shooting sports complex on 563 acres fronting the San...

Wednesday, May 19th, 2010

The List: Roads, trails Hays County wants in CAMPO master plan

In addition to keeping Texas 45 Southwest in the program, Hays County officials hope to add transportation projects totaling $473 million to the Capital Area Metropolitan Planning Organization's 25-year master plan.

Wednesday, May 19th, 2010

Hays County commissioners ask CAMPO to keep SH 45 SW on the table

While fighting off Travis County's efforts to kill the awaited arterial into Austin, local leaders are seeking inclusion of $473 million in other transportation projects that include widening U.S. 290, Ranch Road 12, FM 150 and the...

Thursday, May 13th, 2010

County to hold veterans task force meetings

Hays County is sponsoring meetings for veterans and their dependents to share information gathered by a County Veteran Task Force. The meetings will be held on May 20 and May 27.

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