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Mark Kennedy

Wednesday, October 14th, 2009

County chooses gov center builder

Hays County commissioners unanimously chose Balfour Beatty and HDR Tuesday to design and build the largest and most costly structure ever attempted by the county. But the building won't be as expensive as once thought.

Thursday, October 8th, 2009

County contracts with ADR firm

Hays County Commissioners signed off on a program for alternative dispute resolution two weeks ago, giving low-income residents an inexpensive means for resolving civil disputes.

Monday, September 14th, 2009

County moves on government center

Hays County officials took two more steps in their 14-year-old quest for more office space earlier this month, narrowing their list to five teams of construction firms to undertake the county's largest ever building project, then authorizing...

Tuesday, May 12th, 2009

Commissioners close in on lawn policy

Hays County commissioners discussed a policy Tuesday covering which public gatherings on the county courthouse lawn will pay deposits or insurance or both or neither.

Thursday, May 7th, 2009

State inspectors fail Hays County jail, citing threats to ‘life, safety’

Hays County officials have 30 days to submit a plan to state authorities for addressing "life and safety" deficiencies in its jail after failing a Commission on Jail Standards inspection on April 23, the agency's boss told...

Tuesday, April 21st, 2009

County to work on assembly policy

Hays County commissioners decided Tuesday to draft a comprehensive policy concerning use of the courthouse and courthouse lawn after an anti-tax protest last week raised the issue.

Wednesday, April 15th, 2009

Court to move forward on ethics policy

Hays County commissioners agreed Tuesday to develop a code of ethics to keep the county from doing business with companies recently convicted in felonies or crimes of "moral turpidute" Above, left to right, are Hays County Commissioner...

Thursday, March 26th, 2009

County recognizes HCLEA in civil service move

Hays County commissioners agreed to recognize the Hays County Law Enforcement Association (HCLEA) as the collective bargain agency for county sheriff's deputies. Above, Hays County Sheriff's Office Sergeant Sam Stock (right) and Tom Stribling, attorney for the...

Monday, March 17th, 2008

A good fight spoiled

A highly contentious expenditure of $1.6 million in parks bond money to build a road lost its fire last week, when Hays County legal counsel discovered the funding is appropriate.

Thursday, January 24th, 2008

Elizabeth Sumter’s Flying Circus

Going to your county commissioners court these days is kind of like a free ticket to Monte Python’s Flying Circus: And now for something completely different.

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