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Sewell Park was inundated mid-morning when the San Marcos River rose. The Aquarena Springs Drive bridge was closed for a time until the water went down. DAILY RECORD PHOTOS BY RUSSELL WILDE
Anita Miller - Managing Editor By mid-morning Monday, you couldn’t help but wonder if Mother Nature was setting up for a replay of last year’s October floods. More than six inches of rain fell in San Marcos and more than five inches in upstream... more
The future of the downtown lot is still up in the air. DAILY RECORD PHOTO BY RUSSELL WILDE
Russell Wilde - Staff Reporter Right now it doesn’t look like much more than gravel and weeds surounded by stone blocks, but the city-owned lot at 214 E. Hutchison could make a big impact on downtown. What that impact should be depends on who you... more
  By Denise Cathey Staff Reporter San Marcos,TX – Dr. Mario Garza and Maria Rocha slip out of the city council chamber. In the lobby, the couple embrace each other as Rocha begins to cry. They’ve won a unanimous vote – allowing them to lay to rest... more
A car speeds through the intersection where a roundabout is planned. DAILY RECORD PHOTO BY RUSSELL WILDE
Russell Wilde - Staff Reporter Thousands of students, cars, buses and bikes are coming to a head on the eastside of the Texas State University campus. The three-way intersection where Academy Street and Sessom Drive meet has been identified for... more
Sewell Park was inundated mid-morning when the San Marcos River rose. The Aquarena Springs Drive bridge was closed for a time until the water went down. DAILY RECORD PHOTOS BY RUSSELL WILDE
The future of the downtown lot is still up in the air. DAILY RECORD PHOTO BY RUSSELL WILDE
Jeannette Chavez and Luis Garcia Jr. dance the zapateado together as part of the Guadalupe Dance Company’s performance on the patio at 6th Anniversary Celebration at Centro Cultural Hispano de San Marcos. DAILY RECORD PHOTO BY DENISE CATHEY
A car speeds through the intersection where a roundabout is planned. DAILY RECORD PHOTO BY RUSSELL WILDE
Traffic along Aquarena Springs Drive has been taking a somewhat serpentine route in recent days, as ongoing construction has necessitated lane changes. City engineers say to expect more of the same until mid-October. DAILY RECORD PHOTO BY ANITA MILLER
Sewell Park was inundated mid-morning when the San Marcos River rose. The Aquarena Springs Drive bridge was closed for a time until the water went down. DAILY RECORD PHOTOS BY RUSSELL WILDE
The parking lot at Bobcat Stadium. 
San Marcos River flooding closed Cape’s Road.
A student takes cover from the heavy rain under a bus stop.
The river rages at Rio Vista before Cheatham Street, and park access, were closed.

Whether or not a downed power pole near the intersection of Hwy. 123 and Wonder World Drive caused any outages was unknown as of press time. First responder and utility trucks were tied up much of the morning with flood-related situations. 

Lime Kiln Road near Travis Elementary after the heaviest ran fell. 

River, creeks overflow banks

Anita Miller - Managing Editor

By mid-morning Monday, you couldn’t help but wonder if Mother Nature was setting up for a replay of last year’s October floods.

More than six inches of rain fell in San Marcos and more than five inches in upstream areas like Wimberley and Woodcreek. 

Once again, Sink Creek threatened Travis Elementary School and a swollen Purgatory Creek made its way through the heart of town. 

Court eyes tax freeze for seniors

Anita Miller - Managing Editor

Hays County Commissioners are poised to decide today whether to freeze property tax increases on residence homesteads of people who are disabled or over the age of 65 or to possibly increase exemptions.

The primary difference is that the former would be a permanent move, while the latter could be adjusted over time.

Either could provide “certainty” to those taxpayers, Precinct 3 Commissioner Will Conley argued during a workshop on the issue last week.

Budget and tax rate set by council

The San Marcos City Council approved a budget of $193.8 million for the 2017 fiscal year and voted to hold the property tax rate at 53.02 cents per $100 of taxable value for the 10th year in a row last week.

The city council also approved adjusting drainage utility rates to fund expanded maintenance and construction of drainage channels in San Marcos; adjusting water and wastewater rates in continuation of a gradual process to fund future water supply; and adjusting solid waste and recycling rates.

August report shows an uptick

Anita Miller - Managing Editor

There’s good news for the local housing market in the August market report compiled by the Four Rivers Association of Realtors. 

“San Marcos’ market is strong,” Amy Dubose of the association said.

The number of homes for sale in San Marcos was up 55.9 percent compared to August 2015 and last month saw 53 listings close.

Demand for homes remains strong, the association said, driving a continued increase in home value. Compared to August 2015, the median home price in San Marcos had risen by 20 percent to $196,205.

The future of the downtown lot is still up in the air. DAILY RECORD PHOTO BY RUSSELL WILDE

Decision looming on vacant downtown lot

Russell Wilde - Staff Reporter

Right now it doesn’t look like much more than gravel and weeds surounded by stone blocks, but the city-owned lot at 214 E. Hutchison could make a big impact on downtown. What that impact should be depends on who you ask.

City staff presented four different options to the city council ranging from a 13 spot parking lot to a multimodal transportation hub with electronic device charging and stage for performances.

The options divided the council which sent staff back to the drawing board to create a hybrid mockup of the ideas presented.

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