Volume 17, Issue 42 - Friday, November 1, 2019 Optional Link
Capital Metro presents $9.6B transit plan with new Austin rail, bus lines
Proposed light rail or bus lines are at the center of a new Project Connect plan for Austin that could cost up to $9.8 billion.

Transportation planners with Capital Metro presented the cost estimates for transit expansions at a joint meeting of Capital Metro's board of directors and the Austin City Council on October 30. The bulk of the costs would go toward building two new routes, which could either be light rail or bus rapid transit lines with sections that are elevated or in tunnels in the downtown area.

The Orange line would travel north-south along North Lamar Boulevard and Guadalupe Street to downtown and parallel to South Congress Avenue. According to the plan, the Orange line could serve a range of 45,000 to 74,000 riders per day with end-to-end trips taking 42 to 53 minutes.

Blue line passengers could travel from Austin Community College's Highland campus in Central Austin to Austin-Bergstrom International Airport by way of Lady Bird Lake and East Riverside Drive. Capital Metro officials said 30,000 to 52,000 riders could travel on this line each day with trips taking 35 to 45 minutes.

Building both the Orange and Blue lines as light rail would cost $6.3 billion to $8.1 billion. Selecting bus rapid transit for the two lines would reach $3.2 billion to $5.5 billion in costs. If both lines were to go underground in the downtown area, that would add an extra $1.9 billion to $2.3 billion.

Project Connect also features more MetroRapid bus routes and a proposed commuter rail line to the city of Manor that would use existing railroad tracks.

Capital Metro directors and Austin City Council members are scheduled to host another joint meeting in January 2020 and, in the spring, address funding options as they prepare a bond referendum for November 2020. Capital Metro would apply for federal funding that could amount to 40 percent of total project costs and then, if approved by voters, draw from future bond funds to pay for the remainder.
Patrick issues 2019 interim charges
Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick released 116 interim charges to the Texas Senate on October 30 to study before the 2021 legislative session. The charges are an indication of the lieutenant governor's priorities and those of the Texas Senate.

Included in the charges are seven directed to the Senate Select Committee on Mass Violence Prevention and Community Safety.

The Business and Commerce Committee will study information technology, unmanned aerial vehicles, electricity, and health-care costs in addition to monitoring broadband service, medical and health care billing, and drug cost transparency, and deployment of network nodes in public right-of-way.

Charges for the Criminal Justice Committee are to examine crime victims support, vaping device use by minors, gang violence, crimes against students with disabilities, hazing, capital murder punishments, and intoxication-related offenses.

The Education Committee is tasked with examining best practices for teacher recruitment and retention and studying alternative education policies and programs. It also is charged with evaluating special education services strategies, monitoring school safety and mental health promotion, HB 3, and public school finance.

Finance Committee members are charged with reviewing investment strategies and performance of the Teacher Retirement System, the Permanent School Fund, and university funds. They also will examine technology related to state agency purchases and upgrades, best practices for executing performance-based contracting, restrictions on appropriations, business personal property tax, and natural disaster funding.

Health and Human Services Committee members are to examine the state health and human services finance system and analyze heart health, vaping, rural health, and Department of Family Protective Services procedures.

Members of the Higher Education Committee will review community colleges, data transparency, facility needs, adult learner programs, formula funding, and health institution formula funding.

Intergovernmental Relations Committee members will study the Low-Income Housing Tax Credit Program, federal housing programs accessible to Texas, and infrastructure resiliency.

Both the Natural Resources and Economic Development Committee and Water and Rural Affairs Committee are charged with reviewing the use of local tax abatements, eminent domain, future water supply, river authority infrastructure, and groundwater regulatory framework.

The Property Tax Committee will monitor implementation of SB 2 and ad valorem taxation, and the State Affairs Committee will study election integrity and security, conscience protections, private personal data, taxpayer lobbying, unborn protection, Second Amendment legislation, personal property protection, and lobbying loopholes.

Transportation Committee members will study primary causes for traffic-related accidents. They also will review project delivery for major roadway construction projects and make recommendations to ensure on-time project completion and improve cost efficiencies. In addition, they will evaluate the Texas Department of Transportation Flight Services.

Veteran Affairs and Border Security Committee members will review veteran treatment courts, health care, and mental health. They also will study border security transnational crime and technology.

For more 2019 interim charges, click here.
Flood control district study estimates $1.5B cost for Harris County tunnel
First Street Tunnel in Washington, D.C.
A preliminary feasibility study commissioned by the Harris County Flood Control District has determined conditions in Houston and its surrounding areas are suitable for constructing large-diameter tunnels to move stormwater out of the county.
 
Tunnel costs, including a 50 percent contingency, for a representative 10-mile-long, 25-foot or 40-foot diameter tunnel would be an estimated $1 billion to $1.5 billion, respectively. The study did not associate a proposed tunnel with any specific watershed, alignment, or location. 

This short-term study took a high-level look into the feasibility of constructing large-diameter deep tunnels to help move stormwater out of Harris County. The study considered the soil types and geotechnical challenges specific to Harris County, evaluated hydraulic capacity and impacts, scheduling and cost projections, and compared geotechnical conditions in Harris County with three stormwater tunnels in Washington, D.C., four stormwater tunnels in San Antonio, Dallas, Austin, and Houston, and others around the country.

Harris County Purchasing is set to publish a request for statements of qualifications for Phase 2 of the district's feasibility study this fall.
SPI to issue 2019 Texas Bond Report
More than $12 billion in local bond proposals are on the ballot for November 5 special elections across Texas.

Want to know which bond referendums succeeded and what contracting opportunities will result? Strategic Partnerships, Inc.'s Fall 2019 Texas Bond Report has everything you want.

Compiled by Kirk Yoshida since 2007, the bond reports list every public entity that calls a bond election, project information details, cost projections and the election results. The report also includes a list of proposed upcoming bond elections.

Call to reserve your copy of the Texas Bond Report today!

For more information or to view a sample report page, contact Yoshida at 512-531-3927 or kyoshida@spartnerships.com.
TxDOT planning $300M expansion to widen, lower Interstate 30 in Dallas
I-30 illustrative concept
The city of Dallas is in line for a $300 million state road project that would redesign part of Interstate 30 into a 12-lane below-grade roadway, known as the "Canyon."

Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) representatives presented their plans on October 29 to lower I-30 between Interstates 35E and 45, construct six 12-foot-wide freeway lanes in each direction, and improve mobility between downtown and South Dallas.

The I-30 project already is included in TxDOT's Dallas City Center Master Assessment Process (CityMAP) design document, which gained support from Dallas City Council members in 2016.

Preliminary plans by the city of Dallas feature two deck parks over the new highway. One would be built between Griffin and Akard streets and the other between Harwood and St. Paul roadways.

TxDOT officials said project approval could be secured this fall with construction starting in 2022.
Strategic Partnerships salutes Texas' Lone Stars
Dr. Virginia Liepman, Ed.D., Superintendent, San Augustine ISD

Dr. Virginia Liepman
Career highlights and education: I have served as superintendent for San Augustine ISD (SAISD) since 2014. Prior to that, I served as assistant principal and subsequently as principal for two Pasadena ISD elementary schools. I recently was named a "Distinguished Administrator" by the Texas Music Educators Association (TMEA). In 2017, I was presented with the "Leadership Award" by the San Augustine County Chamber of Commerce. I attended The University of Texas at Austin and Stephen F. Austin State University and earned a bachelor of science in education. I later earned a master of science in education and child psychology, and a mid-management certification. In 1998, I earned a doctorate in educational leadership (Ed.D.) and founded an educational consulting company.
 
What I like best about my public service: The best thing about my public service is that I get to surround myself with amazing people every day. The students in my district are the most amazing young people I have ever known.

The best advice I have received for my current job: Never lose sight of why you are in this profession, and make every decision based on what is best for your students. I love the quote by Barbara Colorose that states "If kids come to educators and teachers from strong, healthy, functioning families, it makes our job easier.  If they do not come to us from strong, healthy, functioning families, it makes our job more important." I live by this philosophy.

Advice you would give a new hire in your office: In order for new hires in our district to reach our students and make a meaningful impact on their learning and their lives, they must first be willing to work hard to build meaningful and lasting relationships with our students.
 
If I ever had the opportunity to leave work early, I could probably be found: Attending a school event. I also love visiting my children and three grandchildren.

People would be surprised to know that I: Never wanted to do anything other than be a teacher.

One thing I wish more people knew about San Augustine ISD: September 24, 2019 marked the 115th birthday of SAISD. We celebrated this momentous occasion with our students by recognizing and honoring the rich history and heritage we share here. A lot has changed since 1904, yet this occasion is but one of the many times our district celebrates its successes.
Aransas County, Rockport partner on new courthouse-city hall complex
Concept drawing of courthouse-city hall complex
Aransas County and the city of Rockport have moved into the design phase of their project to build a new courthouse-city hall complex.

The complex will be a part of the Downtown Anchor Project to rebuild the area. Both the county's courthouse and Rockport's city hall were destroyed by Hurricane Harvey in 2017.

The county courthouse will be built on the property owned by Aransas County, and City Hall will be built on nearby property to be owned by the city.

In addition to developing designs, architects will provide a needs assessment to serve as a resource in determining the size and exact features of the project that best fit city and county needs and that meet budget criteria.

Cost estimates are $16 million to $18 million for construction of a 55,000-square-foot courthouse and $9 million to $10 million to build a 28,000-square-foot city hall.
Regents approve Prairie View A&M engineering, research building 
Roy G. Perry College of Engineering
Regents at the Texas A&M University System added a $70 million engineering classroom and research building at Prairie View A&M to the system's capital plan on October 31.

The start date for the construction project is 2020, and regents appropriated $7 million for pre-construction services and related project costs.

Prairie View A&M's engineering complex comprises five buildings, four of which are more than 40 years old and unable to keep up with enrollment growth in undergraduate and graduate programs.

The new three-story Engineering Classroom and Research Building Project within the Roy G. Perry College of Engineering will be on the main campus in Prairie View. The project will provide new instructional and laboratory capacity supporting undergraduate education, student innovation, and emerging areas of research across engineering disciplines. This new facility also will create an engineering quad within the Engineering Complex.

Spaces in the facility include:
  • Instructional spaces such as general purpose and cooperative learning classrooms, computer labs, and specialized instructional labs;
  • Research labs such as standardized wet labs, smart manufacturing labs, and computational labs; and,
  • Offices and support spaces.
The project also will include selective demolition of an existing parking lot, utility extensions, walkways, new parking, and landscaping. According to the board's agenda materials, a more definitive project scope and budget will be determined during the pre-construction phase and approved by the board before the construction contract award.
DFW assessing tornado damage ahead of request for disaster declaration
Courtesy of Nextdoor
Federal officials arrived in Dallas on October 30 to assess the communities wrecked by 10 tornadoes in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex.

Dallas County officials were coordinating with the Federal Emergency Management Agency to determine if the threshold had been met for a federal disaster declaration.

Eric Johnson, mayor of Dallas, tweeted that multiple state agencies, including the Texas Division of Emergency Management, also were surveying the impacted area to finalize a preliminary damage assessment.

Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins reported that the county likely underestimated its initial projection of $6.5 million for debris cleanup costs.

If a disaster declaration is issued, federal funds would help reimburse local government expenses for debris removal, repairs to destroyed or damaged roads and bridges, and emergency protective measures to safeguard life and property.

Dallas ISD (DISD) officials are starting plans for rebuilding after tornadoes damaged Jefferson High School, Cary Middle School, and Walnut Hill Elementary School. DISD Superintendent Michael Hinojosa said the district is considering construction of a new K-12 campus or 6-12 campus with no elementary school.
Athens planning new $24.87M runway
Athens Municipal Airport
Athens city officials are working on plans to build a new runway at Athens Municipal Airport and apply for a Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) grant.

Early estimates are that the project will cost $24.87 million. To be eligible for the TxDOT grant, 10 percent to 20 percent in local funding must be committed from local sources, such as the city and the Athens Economic Development Corporation.

City officials said the airport needs a new runway to accommodate larger aircraft. Because roads and obstructions prohibit the extension of its existing 3,988-foot runway, they are planning a new 5,500-foot runway that skews southeast of the current one.

If the grant is approved, they expect construction to begin as early as 2021.
Former Tyler Mayor Joey Seeger presents plans for a new Rose Garden Complex convention center.
Four Tyler mayors convened a press conference October 29 to announce the city's plans to build a new $21 million conference and convention center among several improvements at the Rose Garden Complex.

Current Mayor Martin Heines said the first phase of the project would include construction of the conference and convention center facilities as well as major street and parking improvements and renovation of the historic Mayfair Building for preservation and increased capacity.

Later phases would include demolition of the Harvey Convention Center to build a park in its place.

The improvements are needed to update outdated facilities and improve the city's ability to compete for conferences and other special events. Officials said the city's half cent sales tax fund, hotel occupancy taxes, and private donations will finance the project. 

Councilmembers are scheduled to appoint a committee at their November 12 council meeting to start work on developing a project design. Site work is expected to begin in 2020 with completion by 2023.
Voters to weigh in on future of Austin Convention Center, exposition center
Austin Convention Center
Early voting ends today, but voters have Election Day on November 5 to determine the outcome of special elections around the state.

Two ballot propositions for Travis County and the city of Austin will affect the future of the Austin Convention Center and Travis County Expo Center.

Proposition A on the Austin ballot would require a City Council supermajority and voter approval for the use of city land for sports or entertainment facilities. This includes the sale, transfer, or lease of the land, such as the site of the Major League Soccer Stadium being built at McKalla Place near the Domain.

Citizens successfully petitioned for Proposition B which seeks a cap of 34 percent on how much of Austin's hotel occupancy tax (HOT) may be spent on the Austin Convention Center expansion and directs reallocation of remaining HOT funds. The proposition also would establish a requirement for voter approval on all Convention Center improvements in excess of $20 million.

Travis County's Proposition A would allow the county to assess a 2-cent hotel occupancy tax on room rentals to finance the county's plans to redevelop the Travis County Exposition Center. The county does not currently collect HOT funds.
Kilgore working on designs for $12M public safety center headquarters
The city of Kilgore is developing preliminary designs for a 34,000-square-foot public safety center to house the headquarters for police and fire services.

Kilgore's existing police department building, which was built in 1968, would be replaced by the new facility. Fire Station No. 1 also has reached end of life.

City officials said they hope to complete the third design phase and make substantial progress on the fourth design phase in advance of a possible November 2020 bond referendum. If the measure were to pass, project completion is anticipated in two to three years due to demolition of the existing facility and temporary relocation of staff.

Project costs are estimated at $10 million to $12 million.
Waco to rehabilitate historic bridge
Courtesy of Baylor University
The city of Waco is requesting bids to rehabilitate the 475-foot Waco Suspension Bridge, originally built in 1870. The bridge at Indian Spring Park is listed on the National Registry of Historic Places and is a Texas Historic Landmark.

City officials said the bridge is in need of reinforced anchors on each bank and repairs to its cable housings. The project also calls for replacing decks and cables and building accessibility ramps at each entry.

On the downtown side of the bridge, seven longhorn statues will need to be temporarily moved to allow a 15-foot-deep trench to be dug to reach the bridge's anchors.

Bids will be accepted until 2 p.m. December 19, 2019. A mandatory pre-bid meeting is scheduled for 2 p.m. November 13 at the City of Waco Operations Center.

The city is seeking to have the project completed within 545 days from the date of the notice to proceed. City Council members are scheduled to award a construction contract in January 2020.
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Public officials to convene for P3 Government Conference
December 3-4 / Washington, D.C.
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State forms Judicial Selection Commission
Gov. Greg Abbott appointed four commissioners to the newly formed Texas Commission on Judicial Selection on October 28. HB 3040 created the 15-member commission to evaluate the merits of alternative methods of judicial selection, to produce findings, and to recommend reforms.

Abbott appointed Charles "Chip" Babcock, David Beck, Martha Hill Jamison, and David Oliveira with Beck serving as chairman.

Charles Babcock
Babcock of Houston is a partner at a law firm and is a member of the State Bar of Texas, American Law Institute, and the Brown University Advisory Board. He is a fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, the International Academy of Trial Lawyers, American Board of Trial Advocates, Litigation Counsel of America, The Center for American and International Law, and The Texas Philosophical Society.

David Beck
Beck of Houston is a senior partner at a law firm and is a member of the State Bar of Texas, Warren E. Burger Society National Center for State Courts, the Center for American and International Law Board of Trustees, and the National Judicial College Advisory Board. He is a fellow of the Texas Supreme Court Historical Society and the American College of Trial Lawyers.

Martha Hill Jamison
Hill Jamison of Houston is retired, and previously served on the Fourteenth Court of Appeals for nine years, and as judge of the 164th Civil District Court for nine years. Prior to her service with the Texas judiciary, she worked in both public and private sectors. She is board certified in Civil Trial Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. Additionally, she is a member of the State Bar of Texas and the American Law Institute and former president of the American Judicature Society.

David Oliveira
Oliveira of McAllen is a partner at a law firm and is a member of the State Bar of Texas, Cameron County Bar Association, and the Lone Star National Bank Advisory Board. He also is a member and former chair of the Valley Initiative Development and Advancement and a member of The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley Development Board and the UT Chancellors Council Executive Committee.

Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick appointed state Sens. Joan Huffman of Houston, Juan "Chuy" Hinojosa of McAllen, Brian Birdwell of Granbury, and Robert Nichols of Jacksonsville to the commission. Speaker Dennis Bonnen named state Reps. Todd Hunter of Corpus Christi, Brooks Landgraf of Odessa, Ina Minijarez of San Antonio and Carl Sherman of DeSoto to the commission.

Filling out the remaining committee positions are Wallace B. Jefferson, Thomas R. Phillips, and Lynne Liberato who already have been appointed by the Texas Supreme Court, the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals, and the State Bar of Texas, respectively.
Gov. appoints Cruz as director of economic development, tourism
Adriana Cruz
Adriana Cruz has been appointed as the executive director of the Economic Development and Tourism (EDT) division within the office of the governor.

Gov. Greg Abbott's appointee most recently served as the president of the Greater San Marcos Partnership. She also has more than 20 years of leadership experience in economic development, marketing, and international business including as vice president of global corporate recruitment for the Austin Chamber of Commerce.

In her new role, Cruz will lead the teams within EDT charged with promoting Texas' business and tourism qualities. She also will work closely with local and regional economic development teams to expand job creation and economic growth in rural, suburban, and metro communities across the state.
Sugar Land names new city manager
Mike Goodrum
Sugar Land City Council recently named Mike Goodrum as its next city manager.

Goodrum currently serves as the city manager of Coral Springs, Florida. He previously served in various positions at the city of Sugar Land, starting as an intern and advancing to assistant city manager.

He will succeed Allen Bogard, who plans to retire in January after a 44-year career in public service.

The city is negotiating final terms with Goodrum, and the City Council is expected to consider a contract during an executive session on November 5.
Oak Ridge North taps Buras as EDC director
Jordan Buras
Interim City Manager Heather Neeley announced the hiring of Jordan Buras as the city of Oak Ridge North's new director of economic development on October 28.

Buras recently served as the acting executive director and deputy executive director of the Louisiana Seafood Promotion and Marketing Board under the state's Department of Culture, Recreation, and Tourism.

She previously served as executive assistant to the lieutenant governor of Louisiana.


Washburn finalist for Dripping Springs ISD superintendent post
Todd Washburn
Dripping Springs ISD (DSISD) trustees named Todd Washburn as the district's lone finalist for superintendent on October 30.

By law, the board must wait 21 days before making Washburn's appointment permanent.

Washburn is the associate superintendent for curriculum, instruction, and assessment at Eanes ISD. He has served in various positions in public education from teacher to associate superintendent.

He is set to succeed former Dripping Springs ISD Superintendent Bruce Gearing, who is now superintendent of Leander ISD. Dr. Nola Wellman has served as DSISD's interim superintendent since the start of the school year.
McLaughlin named Kingsville manager
Mark McLaughlin
The Kingsville City Commission selected Mark McLaughlin as the city's new manager on October 28.

He will take over for Kingsville Finance Director Deborah Balli who has been serving as interim city manager since former City Manager Jesus Garza accepted the city manager's position in Victoria.

McLaughlin is currently the city manager of Flatonia, Texas. He previously was a program leader for a U.S. Air Force contractor and commanding officer at the Naval Air Station in Kingsville.

His first day as Kingsville's city manager is scheduled for December 2.


Pharr promotes 2 to asst. city managers
Hilda Pedraza
The city of Pharr promoted Hilda Pedraza and Anali Alanis as new assistant city managers.

Pedraza had been serving as city clerk for Pharr while Alanis was its human resources director. Both have worked for the city for more than 10 years.

Anali Alanis
Alanis previously served as a human resources coordinator for the city, and Pedraza earned her Texas Registered Municipal Clerk certification in 2010 and recertified in 2015.
Whitehouse names Robeson police chief
Paul Robeson
The city of Whitehouse has selected Paul Robeson as its new chief of police.

Robeson currently serves as a lieutenant with the Tyler Police Department. Before that, he worked as a patrol officer, sergeant, and police training supervisor.

He will begin as acting police chief with Whitehouse on December 2 where he will take over for interim Police Chief Frank Brewer.
Energy District taps Williams as director
Elijah Williams
The board of directors of the Energy Corridor District in Houston named Elijah Williams as its executive director.

Previously, Williams served as the legislative liaison for NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston and Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama. Williams also served in the Obama Administration at the U.S. Small Business Administration and at NASA Headquarters in Washington, D.C.

The Energy Corridor District is a governmental entity established in 2001 by the Texas Legislature as Harris County Improvement District No. 4.
Attorney association elects Mims president
Paige Mims
Plano City Attorney Paige Mims was elected to a one-year term as Texas City Attorneys Association (TCAA) president on October 10.

As the presiding officer of the association, Mims will lead TCAA's business meetings and semi-annual conferences. TCAA membership consists of more than 500 municipal attorneys.

Mims previously served as deputy city attorney and assistant city attorney of Plano, city attorney of Corsicana, and assistant attorney general for Texas.


GOVERNOR'S APPOINTMENTS
Gov. Greg Abbott has announced these appointments/reappointments from October 25-31:

 

Jim Lattimore - Graford, Brazos River Authority (BRA) Board of Directors (reappointed)


Wesley Lloyd - Waco, BRA Board of Directors (reappointed)


Thomas Abraham - Sugar Land, BRA Board of Directors


Gary Boren - Lubbock, BRA Board of Directors


Mike Fernandez - Abilene, BRA Board of Directors


David Savage - Katy, BRA Board of Directors


Darren G. Yancy Sr. - Burleson, BRA Board of Directors


Austin Ruiz, O.D. - Harker Heights, BRA Board of Directors


Dina Lynne Moore - Round Rock, Governing Board of the Texas School for the Deaf 

RECENT REPORTS & DATA
Texas Comptroller's Office - Fiscal Notes: Texas' Digital Divide

Texas Sunset Advisory Commission - Sunset in Texas (2020-2021 87th Legislature)

U.S. Department of Transportation - Geographic Summary of Pedestrian Traffic Fatalities
JOB BOARD
Dozens of public-sector jobs are available. Click here to view all job openings and guidelines for job submissions to SPI. New jobs added this week:
  • Office of the Texas Governor - Counsel (Attorney III)
  • Office of the Texas Governor - Research Specialist (Research Specialist III)
  • Texas Department of Information Resources - Accountant III (Accounts Payable/Billing Representative)
  • Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts - CPA-CAPPS Deployment Payroll Analyst VI
  • Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts - CPA - Support Services Program Specialist
CORRECTION
In the article "HOV lanes added to I-35 Austin design" that appeared in the October 25, 2019 edition of Texas Government Insider, the type of lanes the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) is considering for the project was misreported. TxDOT is considering adding two high-occupancy vehicle (HOV) lanes, or managed lanes.

We apologize for the error.


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