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July 21st, 2010
House subcommittee approves $400K for SMPD


Left to right: San Marcos City Councilmembers Fred Terry, Ryan Thomason and Gaylord Bose, San Marcos Police Department Chief Howard Williams, Mayor Susan Narvaiz, U.S. Representative Lloyd Doggett, and Councilmembers Kim Porterfield and John Thomaides.


U.S. Congressman Lloyd Doggett (D-Austin) announced this week that a U.S. House of Representatives subcommittee has approved his request to establish a mobile, state-of-the-art regional tactical operations command center for the San Marcos Police Department (SMPD).

The appropriation for $400,000 still has to complete the legislative process.

The unit would allow officers to respond on the scene of critical situations in Hays, Caldwell, and some other nearby Central Texas counties. The command center will free normal dispatch personnel to continue important work on the normal incoming emergencies while these larger and long-term emergencies are coordinated from the mobile command center.

During the Pike House fire in 2007, four different fire departments and two police departments worked together, but lacked a central command post. This new mobile command center will serve as a location to make decisions and coordinate the actions of different departments working together.

“What’s happening in San Marcos is an important part of what has made Hays County the 15th fastest growing county in the nation,” Doggett said. “It’s not only the beautiful natural environment, but the security that families share. This federal support for local law enforcement is a part of enhancing that security.”

Said SMPD Chief Howard Williams, “These vital funds will allow first responders, not just in San Marcos but across the region, to have at their fingertips the kind of mobile command center they need to keep in communication and keep families safe during critical situations like the 2007 Pike House fire.  This is an important piece of the ongoing equation of how the department can continue to evolve to meet challenges.”

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0 thoughts on “House subcommittee approves $400K for SMPD

  1. Is it wise for local governments to take money from a Federal government that doesn’t have any?

  2. Everybody hates other people’s pork, but lines up to take photos and celebrate their own. I wish some local leaders would tell Doggett to quit writing checks we can’t cash. It isn’t other people’s money — we are federal taxpayers too.

  3. Does $400,000 cover the entire cost of the state-of-the-art regional tactical operations command center? That sounds like an expensive project to me. Maybe I am just easily impressed by PR-speak, but that sounds like a lot more than $400k to me. If so, how much more is needed and where does it come from?

  4. Bingo, again, Ted. You seem aware of what the HEB tennis court renovations cost (especially for what we got); the new fire station, the rehab of the old Rec Building on the River, the Tom Goynes water chute, the update/remodeling of City Hall, etc., etc. Not to mention helping people move their global businesses three miles south. And John McG, it is REALLY hard not to say, “if there’s money out there, we’ll take it, lest our Texas tax dollars go to some bird-brain state like Arizona or Michigan.” The strings come later, when SOMEBODY has to make up the difference between the “incentive” and the deed.

    Ms. Hutchinson once gave a tutorial here explaining that Texas was getting back only about half what it paid to the Common Pool in Washington for the Common Good. That is why we have enlightened souls like our Governor refusing to take back OUR money to help the jobless, the undereducated, the starving, the mentally challenged, the kids, etc. It makes great theater, great politics, and a HUGE source of money and power. Also why Texas is running near dead last in all categories of social services and innovation. Kay B. helped a lot, incidentally, across Texas.

    Surprise! We all want more than we can afford, and the first cut goes to the entities, often as not corporations, at the trough. Ever hear the old West Texas phrase, “sucking hind tit”? We may need to get used to it.

  5. billy:

    Ms. Hutchinson once voted for the BAILOUT, Patriot Act and undeclared wars. She is part of the problem. It is sad that local leaders feel the need to trot off to DC to grovel for some Federal funds that will ultimately be borrowed from the Chinese.

    This is like going to the bank, borrowing $300 in your grandkids name, buying him a bicycle and putting under the
    x-mas tree. Thanks Grandpa.

  6. No Craig, I’m going to have to disagree with you slightly, here.

    This is like Congressman Doggett going to the Bank of China and borrowing $400,000 in YOUR name,

    and then using it in his re-election campaign.

  7. Yeah! I bet the guys in the photo with Lord Doggett don’t use this photo for campaign materials (their opponents might).

  8. Lets give it to the social programs that need funding or some more hike and bike trailes. Wait we could buy some more green space that we need. If the fed is giving our money away lets give to to someone else outside of our city or county or state.

  9. Somebody’s been listening to those old Three Stooges again! I mean Rush, Glen, and Sean. Do I get a prize?

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