Hays County Commissioners will consider recommendations from the County Parks Advisory Team (CPAT), including a request that $50,000 be allocated for a new parks and open space master plan.
CPAT made its recommendations to the Hays County Commissioners Court in a letter this week. The court will consider the item on Feb. 17. The money for a new parks plan would come from the remaining $8.5 million of a $30 million parks bond approved by voters in May 2007.
The master plan, written in 2002 and updated in 2006, is thought by some CPAT members to be beyond revision. While the plan calls for the county to expend its greatest efforts on the acquisition of open space, commissioners in areas increasingly populated by young families have felt compelled to approve recreational projects.
In the meantime, CPAT is asking that the commissioners allocate no more than $600,000 total out of the remaining bond money for recreational projects, with a cap of $200,000 on any single such project.
Additionally, the citizen’s committee recommends that the commissioners appoint active members of CPAT to a new advisory board that would be named the Hays County Parks and Open Space Board, which would advise the court on any future bond projects or initiatives.
In another development, County Judge Liz Sumter (D-Wimberley) is asking for an update on the Hays County Strategic Policy Plan at next week’s meeting, where commissioners also expect an update from the state Comptroller’s office, from which the county requested a broad-based audit in 2006.
Commissioners also will consider donating $500 to support the third annual Aquarena Earth Day Celebration, and hear a presentation and panel discussion on the role groundwater availability should play in determining lot sizes and the classifications of groundwater systems.Email | Print