By SEAN MARLIN
Hays and Travis Counties may have their differences, but they’re in agreement about a possible legal matter.
In executive session this week, the Hays County Commissioners Court contemplated a lawsuit filed by Hays and Travis Counties against Coldwater Development Co. and Rodman Excavation Inc.
Coldwater is the developer and owner of the Ranches at Hamilton, which straddles Travis and Hays Counties. Contracted by Coldwater, Rodman built a road that stretched across the subdivision of the Ranches at Hamilton. As dual plaintiffs, Hays and Travis Counties claim that during the spring rains last year, an inordinate amount of sediment flowed from the road into the nature preserve Hamilton Pool, thus polluting a protected nature area.
The counties are asking that Coldwater and Rodman pay to clean the extra debris from Hamilton Pool and Hamilton Creek. The counties also seek unspecified civil restitution.
The State of Texas also is a plaintiff because the pool and creek are state nature preserves. The counties will split any monetary settlement with the state. If the parties cannot settle, a trial is expected sometime this year.
In another development, the Hays County commissioners approved a budgetary calendar for 2010 at this week’s meeting.
Commissioners and County Judge Liz Sumter (D-Wimberley) have until May 1 to complete their individual office budgets, by which they will determine costs for operations, car allowance and salaries.
The individual budgets will then be considered by the court as a draft of an overall budget, which is set to be approved sometime by September 30.
The court also unanimously approved the $1,000 purchase of a single taser after a short presentation by Precinct 3 Constable Darrell Ayres (R-Wimberley). The constable’s office already has covered the cost by cutting vehicle costs.
“We have never had to use a taser on a person, and that’s good,” Ayres said. “We want it to stay that way. It is like an insurance policy. The dynamics of this less than lethal weapon are very valuable in law enforcement.”Email | Print