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City Council allocates funds to community development projects

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Carson Ganong, News Contributor

August 5, 2020

The San Marcos City Council met for their regular biweekly meeting Aug. 4 after a one-month hiatus to discuss the city’s response to COVID-19 as well as various resolutions and land ordinances. The meeting began with a COVID-19 status update, after which the council voted to approve a program to...

City Council seeks to improve COVID-19 testing capabilities

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Daniel Weeks, News Editor

June 17, 2020

San Marcos City Council met for its biweekly meeting June 16 to redirect COVID-19 relief project funds to improving testing, provide funding for police department building additions and discuss Community Development Block Grant projects. The council agreed the city needs improved testing capabilities,...

County offices and courts reopening in Hays County

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Daniella Carrera, News Reporter

June 10, 2020

Offices, lobbies, courts and parks within the Hays County system are in varying stages of reopening to the public. All members of the public who enter county buildings should wear face coverings and maintain six feet between themselves and others who are not in their own family. Below are the current...

City Council moves forward with COVID-19 project funding

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Daniel Weeks, News Editor

June 2, 2020

The San Marcos City Council met for their regular biweekly meeting June 2 to discuss the development of the Community Development Block Grant Coronavirus Response fund allocation and pass various land ordinances. The council approved the amendments to the CDBG program to add $425,261 in COVID-19-related...

City Council passes city improvement plan and commercial scooter ban

The San Marcos City Council, via Zoom, looks at a slideshow presentation of the city's Ordinance 2020-32.

Daniel Weeks, News Editor

May 20, 2020

The San Marcos City Council met for their regular meeting May 19 to pass a multi-million dollar plan for improving city services, pass a commercial scooter ban and discuss a variety of land ordinances and resolutions. On the first and final reading, the council unanimously authorized the usage of...

San Marcos seeks applicants for COVID-19 response funds

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Daniel Weeks, News Editor

May 6, 2020

The City of San Marcos is accepting applications until May 20 for funding through a $425,261 Community Development Block Grant for Coronavirus Response. The funding comes from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. San Marcos is seeking qualified applications from for-profit entities,...

City Council enacts temporary parklet program, amends fiscal year budget

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Daniel Weeks, News Editor

May 6, 2020

The San Marcos City Council met for their regular meeting May 5 to discuss a temporary downtown parklet program and amend the 2019-2020 fiscal year budget for mental health services for public safety employees. City Council passed a temporary program allowing businesses to convert on-street parking s...

City council approves first reading of cite-and-release ordinance, COVID-19 eviction ordinance

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Daniel Weeks, Assistant News Editor

April 9, 2020

San Marcos City Council met for their regular meeting online over Zoom April 7, passing the cite-and-release ordinance, passing an action giving relief to tenants facing eviction and discussing additional funding for novel coronavirus (COVID-19) tests. The council voted 4-3 in favor of passing the...

City council passes cite-and-release ordinance during first reading, now pending second vote

San Marcos citizens stand outside the Council Chamber with signs advocating for a new cite and release ordinance Tuesday, March 3, 2020, and the City Council meeting at City Hall.

Gabriella Ybarra, News Reporter

April 7, 2020

The San Marcos City Council passed an ordinance encouraging the use of cite-and-release during its first reading on Tuesday, April 7, with four members voting in favor and three opposing it. The reform will need to be voted on twice in two separate city council meetings. If passed during its second...

Cite-and-release vote could tie given Marquez resignation

Dr. Jocabed Marquez is sitting at a city council discussion.

Gabriella Ybarra, News Reporter

April 7, 2020

The fate of a cite-and-release ordinance could be affected by the recent resignation of Place 5 City Council member Jocabed “Joca” Marquez. Marquez, who was elected in December of 2018 to serve a three-year term and sat on the Criminal Justice Reform Committee, had been a primary supporter of...

City to offer remote services as public lobbies, counters close March 20

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Jakob Rodriguez, Editor-In-Chief

March 21, 2020

The City of San Marcos announced the closing of all public-facing counters most public facilities to entry from the public beginning Friday March 20. The order from the city is aimed at preventing the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) and falls within the Centers for Disease Control guidelines....

Hays County issues state of disaster amid COVID-19 concerns, first presumptive case

Hays County Judge Ruben Becerra holds up a paper with instruction on how to combat coronavirus.

Jakob Rodriguez, Editor-In-Chief

March 15, 2020

City and Hays County officials issued a state of disaster following the county's announcement of the first presumptive case of COVID-19. Hays County reported its first presumptive case of COVID-19 on Saturday, March 14, according to a county press release. The patient was admitted to a local hospital...

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