Hays County Encourages Residents & Visitors to be Weather-Aware as 2nd Anniversary of Memorial Weekend Flood Approaches
Hays County Encourages Residents & Visitors to be Weather-Aware as 2nd Anniversary of Memorial Weekend Flood Approaches
The May City Council Meeting has been postponed until May 10th.
CITY OF UHLAND TEXAS COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT BLOCK GRANT PROGRAM
The City of Uhland is giving notice of the city’s intent to submit a Planning and Capacity Building Fund application for a grant from the Texas Community Development Block Grant Program. The grant application request is for $36,180.00 for citywide planning activities named in the application. The application is available for review at City Hall during regular business hours. Para obtener una copia en espanol, comuníquese con más información en español, comuníquese con Karen Gallaher at (512) 398-7399.
To whom it may concern,
My name is Margo Blevins, and I work for the Texas German Dialect Project (www.tgdp.org) based at UT Austin. The TGDP strives to record and preserve the Texas German dialect and to pass Texas German history, culture, and language on to future generations. As part of this, we are working to interview people who still speak the German that has been passed down over generations.
My question for the Uhland City Hall is this: do you know of anyone who remembers any of the German their ancestors spoke? People do not need to be perfect German speakers (i.e., remember everything) — we’re just doing our best to preserve what’s left.
I would be more than happy to talk with you on the phone, answer questions via email, or meet with you in person. Please feel free to contact me by replying to this email, or by calling me at work (512- 910-5047) or on my personal phone (512-803-8288).
Thank you for any help you can offer!
Have a wonderful weekend, and I look forward to hearing from you.
Texas German Dialect Project Research Assistant
Commissioner Jones would like to extend the invitation for you to attend the public hearing for the FM 2001 Realignment project. It will be held on March 28th at Studio Estates Club House. The Open House will begin at 5:00 p.m. with a presentation at 6:00 p.m. If you have any questions please contact the office at 512-262-2091. Please see the link from TXDOT as well as the attachments above.
Thanks to the support of our Partnership and contributions from the Texas State Soil and Water Conservation Board, Guadalupe-Blanco River Authority and the City of Kyle, sampling is currently underway in the Plum Creek watershed to better understand the complexity and primary sources of bacteria loading in Plum Creek.
A 12-month bacterial source tracking study will be examining the DNA signature of fecal bacterial found in Plum Creek.
HERE IS WHERE YOU COME IN!
We need fecal samples from a variety of animal species (including Homo sapiens) in the watershed to refine our DNA library. Lucas Gregory, a research scientist with the Texas Water Resources Institute and Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service, will be leading a team to collect samples.
We need volunteers to allow the team access to collect fecal samples from the following:
Human – Wastewater Treatment Facility (8)
Human – Septic System (8)
Feral Hogs (10)
Various small and medium mammals (10)
NOTE: Sampling will be completed discretely and your privacy will be protected. Due to laboratory processing times, sampling needs to take place on Mondays.
SO, IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO BE A PART OF THIS CRITICALLY IMPORTANT STUDY TO SHAPE THE FUTURE OF WATERSHED PROTECTION IN PLUM CREEK, PLEASE RESPOND TO THIS EMAIL WITH:
(1) YOUR NAME
(2) BEST WAY TO CONTACT YOU
(3) TYPE OF SAMPLE YOU COULD PROVIDE
Thank you so much for your continued support!
Plum Creek Watershed Partnership
Hays County Courthouse, San Marcos, TX – The Hays County Local Health Department has received confirmation from the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) of a local, travel-associated case of Zika virus infection in Hays County. The individual, who is not contagious and does not pose a risk to Hays County residents, contracted the illness while traveling to Puerto Rico in August 2016.
The mosquito that carries Zika is native to Central Texas. Zika virus is transmitted to persons primarily through the bite of an infected mosquito (Aedes species, which can also transmit West Nile virus, dengue fever and chikungunya virus). The Aedes mosquitos are aggressive daytime biters and are located near populated areas.
The most common symptoms of Zika virus disease are fever, rash, joint pain, and conjunctivitis (red eyes). The illness is typically mild and lasts about one week. During that time, a mosquito that bites an infected person can carry the virus to the next person it bites, so it is critical to follow your health care provider’s recommendation to reduce exposure to others.
Preventative measures residents can take to avoid mosquito bites include:
On December 14, 2016, CDC issued guidance related to Zika for people living in or traveling to Brownsville, Cameron County, TX. On November 28, the Texas Department of State Health Services reported the state’s first case of local mosquito-borne Zika virus infection in Brownsville. Additional cases of mosquito-borne Zika have been identified in the area, suggesting that there is a risk of continued spread of Zika virus in Brownsville, TX.
On January 22, 2016, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) posted interim guidelines for health care providers in the United States caring for pregnant women during a Zika virus outbreak. Zika infection in pregnant women may be associated with congenital microcephaly and fetal loss. Guillain-Barre syndrome has also been reported in patients after suspected Zika infection. CDC is recommending that all pregnant women consider postponing travel to areas where Zika virus transmission is ongoing. A link to the guidance can be found at http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/volumes/65/wr/mm6502e1.htm. Persons with suspected infections should also be evaluated and managed for possible dengue and chikungunya virus. Aspirin and other NSAID’s should be avoided until dengue can be ruled out to reduce the risk of hemorrhage.
The Hays County Epidemiology Team continues to remind local health care providers and partner organizations to be aware of Zika as they see patients and to ask about travel history. The County works with providers to help them assess the need for laboratory testing and facilitate testing from the State Health Department lab in Austin.
Hays County encourages people to follow travel precautions and avoid mosquito bites. The Zika virus has been declared an emerging public health threat by the World Health Organization. For more information about the Zika virus, visit www.TexasZika.org and http://www.cdc.gov/zika/ and for information about the Hays County Mosquito Surveillance Program visit Fight the Bite.
This is to give notice that the City of Uhland has determined that the following proposed action under the Texas Department of Agriculture Community Development Program, Contract Number 7216461, is partially located in the 100-year floodplain. The City will be identifying and evaluating practicable alternatives to locating the action in the floodplain and the potential impacts on the floodplain from the proposed action, as required by Executive Order 11988, in accordance with HUD regulations at 24 CFR 55.20 Subpart C Procedures for Making Determinations on Floodplain Management.
Project Description: The City, in conjunction with County Line Special Utility District, will ensure the city’s residents of a reliable and constant potable water service at adequate pressures and flow rates. Construction will include the installation of 4,000 l.f. of 12” water line, 3 fire hydrants, 8 gate valves, 15 customer transfers and associated appurtenances. Approximately 0.04 acres of the project activities are located in Zone A of the 100-year floodplain on Cotton Gin Road at Plum Creek Road. This acreage is already geographically located in the floodplain. There will be no adverse effect on the floodplain. There are no practical alternatives.
The proposed project is located on Cotton Gin Road, from Hwy 21 to Plum Creek Road, Uhland, Hays County, TX 78640.
There are three primary purposes for this notice. First, people who may be affected by activities in floodplains and those who have an interest in the protection of the natural environment should be given an opportunity to express their concerns and provide information about these areas. Commenters are encouraged to offer alternative sites outside of the floodplain, alternative methods to serve the same project purpose, and methods to minimize and mitigate impacts. Second, an adequate public notice program can be an important public educational tool. The dissemination of information and request for public comment about floodplains can facilitate and enhance Federal efforts to reduce the risks and impacts associated with the occupancy and modification of these special areas. Third, as a matter of fairness, when the Federal government determines it will participate in actions taking place in floodplains, it must inform those who may be put at greater or continued risk.
Written comments must be received by the City of Uhland at the following address on or before 1/2/17:
City of Uhland, 15 N. Old Spanish Trail, Uhland, TX 78640, Attention: Vicki Hunter, Mayor Pro-Tem.
Para más información en español, comuníquese con Karen Gallaher al (512) 398-7399.
Hays County Hazard Mitigation would like to gather public perceptions and opinions regarding natural hazards in Hays County. In addition, we would like information regarding the methods and techniques you prefer for reducing the risks and losses associated with these hazards.
In observance of Thanksgiving, Waste service will be Saturday, November 26, 2016.
The council will reconvene in January. We wish everyone a Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, and Happy New Year!
PROGRESSIVE WASTE SOLUTIONS WILL PROVIDE A BULKY WASTE COLLECTION EVENT.
PLEASE HAVE YOUR BULKY WASTE ITEMS ON THE CURB FOR COLLECTION BY 7:00 AM ON NOVEMBER 12, 2016
WE WILL COLLECT UP TO FOUR (4) CUBIC YARDS OF BULKY ITEMS PER RESIDENCE. AS A REFERENCE, YOUR TRASH CART IS ALMOST ONE CUBIC YARD IN SIZE.
ITEMS MAY NOT WEIGH MORE THAN 40 POUNDS. BUNDLES MUST BE NOT LONGER THAN FOUR (4) FEET IN LENGTH OR MORE THAN 40 POUNDS IN WEIGHT.
ACCEPTABLE ITEMS INCLUDE FURNITURE, WATER HEATERS, APPLIANCES, BUNDLED BRUSH, WOOD (NO PROTRUDING NAILS), DRYWALL AND SIMILAR ITEMS.
ANY REFRIGERATOR, FREEZER OR AIR CONDITIONER MUST HAVE THE FREON REMOVED AND HAVE A TAG FROM A CERTIFIED TECHNICIAN THAT THE FREON HAS BEEN REMOVED.
NO FLAMMABLE LIQUIDS, COMPRESSED GAS TANKS, GASOLINE, OIL, DIESEL FUEL, KEROSENE, CHEMICALS, AMMUNITION OR EXPLOSIVES.
WE ARE PROUD TO SERVE YOU. QUESTIONS, CALL 512-398-7399
CITY OF UHLAND and PROGRESSIVE WASTE SOLUTIONS
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN TO ALL INTERESTED PERSONS, THAT:
The City of Uhland, has received a petition to initiate Zoning changes to the said property from Agriculture (A) to General Business District (GBD), following described territory, to-wit:
Field note description for Lot #10, a 10.4392acre (454,731 square feet) tract of land being out of a called 57.76-acre tract of land as conveyed to 58 Uhland, LP, by deed recorded in Volume 2836, Volume 464, Document number #5037799, Official Public Records Hays County, Texas (O.P.R.H.C.T.), said 57.76-acre tract being situated in the John Stewart League Survey, Abstract-14 and the August Reuss Survey, Abstract-398, Uhland, Hays County, Texas, and being more particularly described by metes and bounds.
Complete descriptions are available at city hall.
A public hearing will be held the Fifth (5) day of October, 2016 at 6:00 pm in the City Hall, 15 North Old Spanish Trail, Uhland, Texas. For all persons interested in the above proposed Zoning change.
At said time and place all such persons shall have the right to appear and be heard. Of all said matters and things, all persons interested in the things and matters here in mentioned, will take notice.
Karen Gallaher, City Administrator
Hays County has determined there is a need for a bond referendum in November 2016 to fund transportation infrastructure and public safety facilities to meet the needs of our growing population. A final determination about a bond referendum was made on August 16, 2016, during Commissioners Court following a workshop with the County’s financial advisor and the County Auditor, that showed the County could issue as much as $250 million in bonds without increasing the tax rate or negatively affecting the County’s AA Bond Rating. The Court ultimately decided to request a vote on Proposition No. 1 for $106.4 million and Proposition No. 2 for $131.4 million.
The Hays County Commissioners Court Tuesday proposed a tax rate of 0.4600 per $100 of assessed valuation for Fiscal Year 2017, down from 0.4670 in FY16. The County’s 2017 fiscal year begins October 1, 2016.
The Commissioners Court also proposed a County government budget for FY17 of $179,156,141.00. The FY16 budget is $178,442,071.00.
Public hearings on the proposed tax rate are set for September 8 at 10 a.m. and September 13 at 1:30 p.m., and a public hearing to adopt the proposed County budget is set for September 20 at 1:30 p.m. All hearings will be held at the Hays County Commissioners Courtroom, 111 E. San Antonio St., San Marcos. The hearings will be livestreamed and archived at www.co.hays.tx.us.
Because the proposed tax rate exceeds the effective tax rate, state law requires two public hearings be held by the Commissioners Court before the proposed rate is adopted, which would also be required if the proposed rate exceeds the rollback rate. The FY17 proposed tax rate is 0.4600 per $100. The effective tax rate is 0.4465 per $100 and the rollback tax rate is 0.4916 per $100.
The effective tax rate is the total tax rate needed to raise the same amount of property tax revenue for Hays County from the same properties in both the 2015 and 2016 tax years. The rollback tax rate is the highest tax rate that Hays County may adopt before voters are entitled to petition for an election to limit the rate that may be approved to the rollback rate.
Your specific taxes owed under any of the above rates can be calculated using this formula:
Property tax amount = (rate) x (taxable value of your property) divided by 100.
For assistance or detailed information about tax calculations, contact Luanne Caraway, Hays County Tax Assessor-Collector Luanne Caraway at email@example.com, 512-393-5545 or from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday at 712 S. Stagecoach Trail, San Marcos, TX 78666.
County documents pertaining to the current and proposed budgets and tax rates are available at www.co.hays.tx.us by choosing the Financial Transparency icon.