Volume 16, Issue 46- Friday, December 7, 2018Optional Link
USACE, GLO seeking input on $32B coastal protection project
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) and Texas General Land Office (GLO) officials are accepting public opinion from residents along the Texas Gulf Coast on a proposed $32 billion coastal protection project to help prevent coastal storm surges, prevent erosion, habitat loss, water quality degradation and fight rising sea levels. Each of those factors pose risk of negatively impacting the state and national economy, according to the Coastal Texas Study Team hosting the third public meeting in Port Isabel. 

Estimated to cost from $71.6 million to $83.1 million, the proposed coastal protection plan on South Padre Island calls for building two miles of 12-foot tall, 100-foot-wide sand dunes that will be aligned with the existing dune system. The sand dunes would begin two miles from the Brazos Santiago Pass North Jetty system and end 4.2 miles from that same system. The dunes are designed to reduce erosion to the shorelines, help combat storm surges and restore habitat, according to the proposed plan. The public has until Jan. 9, 2019 to submit comments on the proposed Coastal Texas Study. The study team will review and address public input and create a final report that will be proposed to the U.S. Congress for authorization and funding. The goal is to complete the final report in 2021 and if Congress approves and funds the plan, construction should take from 10 to 15 years to complete and could begin as early as 2025.
El Paso Water planning new water purification facility
El Paso Water officials are working with the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) to plan and design a new advanced water purification facility that is expected to increase the use of treated waste water into potable drinking water. City officials expect to seek bids in about two years on the advanced filtration plant, expected to create a higher level of filtration using a "closed loop" system. 

The water system already uses a reclamation plant that treats 8 million gallons of waste water daily through four steps of filtration and then treats that into portable water using more steps of filtration to kill any remaining bacteria and viruses, according to Gilbert Trejo, chief technical officer for the water system. That treated waste water is treated again and pumped back into the aquifer for about five years before it is added to the water system, a similar method now used by water systems in other arid areas such as Arizona and California. 

Because wastewater in large cities often represents up to 60 percent of the water, the advanced filtration system will be designed to treat sewage water with additional filtration to use immediately, rather than returning to the aquifer. The new, closed loop system will use many steps of filtration that include ultraviolet and carbon filtration, according to city officials, who expect desalination to produce 10 percent of the water supply and 6 percent from advanced purification by 2030.
Counties proposed in $136.4B transportation plan comply with air quality regulations
U.S. Department of Transportation officials ruled that the Metropolitan Transportation Plan developed for 12 counties in North Central Texas by the Regional Transportation Council (RTC) comply with federal air quality regulations. The ruling allows projects in 10 of the counties, now in noncompliance for ozone pollution, to proceed with roadway and transit projects scheduled for construction within the next four years. Those counties include Collin, Dallas, Denton, Ellis, Johnson, Kaufman, Parker, Rockwall, Tarrant and Wise. 

The 2019 Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) prepared by the RTC includes transportation projects approved for federal, state and local funding to proceed with construction within the next four years. Those projects include the Cotton Belt rail corridor, State Highway 199, LBJ East, and the Southeast Connector, a $1.2 billion three-freeway interchange in southern Tarrant County (Interstate Highway 20, IH 820 and U.S. Highway 287). 

The plan calls for using a multimodal approach with more investment in the maintenance of existing infrastructure to serve the growing population. It calls for spending $53.6 billion on freeways, tollways, arterials and managed lanes; $36.8 billion for infrastructure maintenance; $33.3 billion for rail and bus systems; $9.5 billion for management and operations; and $3.2 billion for growth, development and land-use strategies. More information on the Mobility 2045 plan is available here.
Strategic Partnerships salutes Texas' Lone Stars
Chris Cutler, Chief Information Officer, Teacher Retirement System of Texas 
Chris Cutler

Career Highlights and Education:    
I proudly serve as the Chief Information Officer and technology evangelist for the Teacher Retirement System of Texas (TRS). TRS is a $151 billion pension fund serving over 1.5 million members. As CIO, I oversee and provide strategic direction for the use of technology and information resources that enables TRS to successfully fulfill its mission. As a technology evangelist, I'm continually seeking ways to use and exploit technology solutions to increase business efficiency, drive value and make a positive impact in our member's lives. This will be my 25th year at TRS. Before coming to TRS, I spent over 7 years with the Texas Department of MHMR, which is now the Texas Department of State Health Services as Project Manager, Network Specialist and Director of IT. I have an M.B.A. in Management Information Systems from St. Edward's University and a B.B.A. in Computer Information Systems and Business Management at McMurry University.

What I like best about my public service is: For me it is the mission: "Improving the retirement security of Texas educators by prudently investing and managing trust assets and delivering benefits that make a positive difference in members' lives". At TRS, we serve the teachers, administrators and support staff that educate our children and young adults - our future. I suspect that each one of us can recall an educator that spoke into our lives and helped shape us into who we are today. Many of us have educators in our family. I know it's true for me, my daughter is currently a first grade teacher. The ability to do what I love in support of our mission is truly an honor.

The best advice I've received for my current job is: I had a mentor that would always say, "What problem are we trying to solve?" From this advice, I learned the importance of being able to clearly understand and to articulate the "why". Many times, issues and challenges are brought to us, as leaders, hoping to jump to a solution or particular outcome. It can be tempting to jump into action and go right into the "how" without fully understanding the problem that needs to be solved therefore only addressing a symptom not the root cause.

Advice you would give a new hire in your office: I encourage new hires during their first 60 days to listen twice as much as they speak. They need to take time to become a human sponge, soaking up as much information about their new organization as possible. I encourage them to be open to new ideas, be curious, and work on building relationships with those they will be working with. The most valuable thing you bring to your new job is your knowledge, passion and experience. However, when you step into a new environment, you need to seek to understand that environment before trying to implement new ideas simply based on past experience from other positions.

If I had the opportunity to leave work early, I could probably be found: I can normally be found taking pictures at a baseball field where my son will pitch. I might also be found babysitting and snapping photos of my two grandchildren.

People would be surprised to know that: People may be surprised to know that I enjoy photography. I started by taking pictures at my son's t-ball games. I initially began snapping shots of the game, because I couldn't stand just sitting in the stands; I like to move around. Through my son's high school years, I was the team photographer for football and baseball games. My photography had caught the eye of several families who then asked me to take family pictures or senior pictures. I have also had some photos published in the newspaper and other media outlets. Since my son is now playing at the college level, I have found my time focused more on landscape photography, especially sunsets and sunrises as well as snapping photos of my grandchildren.

One thing I wish more people knew about the Teacher Retirement System of Texas: TRS has frequently been voted as one of the top workplaces to work in Austin. We are proud of that fact...and I can attest that it is, indeed, a GREAT place to work!
DFW Airport to issue up to $11B in bonds for proposed terminal and upgrades
Dallas-Fort Worth (DFW) International Airport officials plan to issue up to $11 billion in bonds in the next five to seven years to pay for improvements that could include a new, sixth terminal as well as to refinance existing debt, according to Michael Phemister, vice president for treasury management at the airport. About a half of the bonds will be used to pay for airfield and terminal upgrades to accommodate increasing passenger traffic; and the other half will be used to refinance debt. Current plans are to begin selling bonds the summer of 2019 to retire $1.3 billion of higher-cost debt. Airport officials have the option to issue about $5.2 billion in debt through 2023, according to Phemister. The board of directors for DFW and city council members in both Dallas and Fort Worth would need to approve the issue of the bonds before any bonds are sold. 

The airport completed a multibillion-dollar renovation of three of its terminals in 2017 and is now working on rebuilding one of its major runways. New end-around taxiways are planned to help reduce congestion on the airfield, and airport officials say roads, bridges and other infrastructure will also need to be updated in the coming years.
Application for post-Harvey Homeowner Assistance Program available
The application for the Homeowner Assistance Program is now available in all eligible Hurricane Harvey affected counties, according to the General Land Office (GLO). The GLO allocated $1.098 billion in Community Development Block Grants for Disaster Recovery funds from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), for rehabilitation and reconstruction of thousands of owner-occupied single-family homes damaged by Hurricane Harvey. Homeowners in Harris County and the city of Houston will be able to apply for similar programs funded by direct allocations. 

Potential applicants should review the Homeowner Assistance Program Checklist to have all applicable documents ready prior to applying. Interested homeowners should visit here to apply online or download a printable version of the application. Potential applicants can also find in-person assistance at regional Homeowner Assistance Program offices serving their area. In addition to a main office in each region, each county will have at least one application drop off location or satellite office. Additional satellite offices and application intake locations may be announced in the future. For assistance, interested participants can email cdr@recovery.texas.gov or call 1-844-893-8937.

Regional funding available:
- Central/Golden Crescent Region: $116,828,970 for Bastrop, Burleson, Caldwell, Calhoun, Comal, DeWitt, Fayette, Goliad, Gonzales, Grimes, Guadalupe, Jackson, Karnes, Lavaca, Lee, Madison, Milam, Victoria and Washington counties 
- Coastal Bend Region: $121,608,469  for Aransas, Bee, Jim Wells, Kleberg, Nueces, Refugio, San Patricio 
- South East Texas Region: $205,019,250 for Hardin, Jefferson and Orange counties
- HGAC-W/Lower Colorado Region: $218,621,431 for Austin, Colorado, Fort Bend, Matagorda, Waller and Wharton counties
- HGAC-E/Gulf Coast Region: $258,049,169 for Brazoria, Chambers, Galveston, Liberty, Montgomery and Walker counties
- Deep East Texas Region: $127,884,027 for Jasper, Newton, Polk, Sabine, San Augustine, San Jacinto and Tyler counties
HCC approves purchase of land for future campus
The Houston Community College (HCC) board of trustees have approved the proposal to purchase 24 acres of land with an option to acquire an additional 30 acres to relocate and expand the Northwest College Katy campus at 228 Colonial Parkway, near the intersection of Interstate 10 and Grand Parkway. HCC estimates the total cost of the project-including the land purchase, design services and construction-will be about $55 million. 

The $55 million would be funded by the sale of HCC properties, a short-term bank loan and bonds as well as student tuition and fees. One of the HCC properties up for sale will be the current Katy campus at 1550 Foxlake Drive in Houston. HCC plans to build a 140,000-square-foot building to allow capacity to grow from 4,000 students to 7,000 students. Purchase of the land is expected to take place in January; and construction on the new campus is scheduled to begin in December 2019 and open to students by June 2021.
Harris County Flood Control District moving ahead with $20M drainage project
Harris County Flood Control District (HCFCD) officials approved $20 million in funding for the first of two phases of a project that will improve drainage along Farm to Market (FM) Road 2920 near Tomball. The HCFCD, in cooperation with the Harris County Toll Road Authority (HCTRA), want to extend State Highway 249 to ease congestion in that area. Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) officials have agreed to contribute $20 million; and an additional $21 million in bonds approved by Harris County voters will also help fund the drainage project. 

The two-phase project, designed and constructed by the Harris County Flood Control District, seeks to improve the flow of stormwater along a drainage channel-designated as M124 by the HCFCD-from the FM 2920 area south to where it ends at Willow Creek. The drainage upgrades along FM 2920 are necessary as the road frequently floods during rains and there is no place for the water to go. Phase I will expand detention capacity and extend the channel north of FM 2920 to connect with a roadside ditch north of FM 2920 and is expected to be sent for construction bids in 2019. This part of the project is in conjunction with the Harris County Toll Road Authority's ongoing extension of SH 249, as HCTRA had to add drainage to the tollway extension. 

The second phase of the project extends and widens M124 south to Willow Creek and constructs stormwater detention. TxDOT will likely build culverts under FM 2920 at that time to allow water from Phase 1 to flow to Willow Creek. County officials approved a $901,245 contract with an engineering firm to conduct a preliminary engineer report on the second phase. This action will help officials provide a timeline for that portion of the project.
Norris appointed as adjutant general of  Texas
Tracy Norris
Maj. Gen. Tracy Norris was appointed by the governor as the adjutant general of Texas. Norris is the first female to serve in that role, which is the commander of those who serve in the Texas Army National Guard, Texas Air National Guard and Texas State Guard. When she begins her new duties on Jan. 1, she will report directly to the governor. Norris now serves as deputy adjutant general for the Army and previously was the assistant deputy adjutant general for the Army. 

During her 32 years of service, Norris also has been the commander of the 176th Engineer Brigade and as chief of staff for the 36th Infantry Division. In her new duties, she will oversee units such as the 249th Transportation Company, 36th Special Troops Battalion, and the 36th Sustainment Brigade, which are stationed at Fort Hood. She will replace Maj. Gen. John Nichols, who has served as the adjutant general of Texas for seven years.
League City gathering input for $250M bond
League City staff members are holding a town hall meeting Dec. 13 to gather public comment about services a new library should provide. The city has included a $22.5 million library as one of several projects for potential inclusion on a possible $250 million May bond referendum. Library officials will present an overview of programs, services and facilities before soliciting ideas to be included in a strategic plan and needs assessment. 

The city council in late November approved a library needs assessment contract with a Houston-based architecture firm for $95,900. The city is exploring a 40,000-square-foot branch on the west side of town. The town hall is set for 6:30 p.m. at the Helen Hall Library, 100 W. Walker St.
Ballard to retire as CEO of Trinity Metro
Paul Ballard
Paul Ballard informed board members of Trinity Metro (formerly the Fort Worth Transportation Authority) that he is retiring in April as president and chief executive officer of the organization that oversees public transit in the Fort Worth metropolitan area. 

Ballard, who has 48 years managing public transit, was recognized for managing construction of the TEXRail commuter line scheduled to begin service on Jan. 5 from downtown Fort Worth to Grapevine and the Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport. He was also recognized for leading the transition of the Fort Worth Transportation Authority, also known as the T, into Trinity Metro after Tarrant County officials replaced nine members of its board with new members of the board of directors. 

Before joining Fort Worth's transit system in April 2014, Ballard proposed and oversaw the development of the Music City Star commuter rail system that serves Nashville and middle Tennessee.
Hufsmith-Kohrville Road widening project moving forward
Harris County Precinct 4 and the Texas Department of Transportation have finished the first segment of a widening project  in the Tomball and Magnolia areas, and the remaining segments are slated for construction bids in 2019 and 2020. This widening project of Hufsmith-Kohrville Road from Spring Cypress Road to Farm-to-Market 2920 is estimated to cost about $37 million. 

This portion of the north-south thoroughfare lies south of FM 2920 and carries 12,000-17,000 vehicles per day on the two-lane road. The first segment of the project finished in May 2016, and the northernmost segment is set to be complete by early 2019. 
Brooks and Edwards join Fort Worth's Transportation & Public Works Department
Tanya Brooks
Fort Worth's Transportation & Public Works Department added two members to its leadership team. Tanya Brooks will be assistant director overseeing the Traffic Management Division. In her new role she will be responsible for maintaining and operating the city's parking, signal, street lighting, pavement markings and street signage programs, as well as the transportation and engineering planning sections. Brooks is currently assistant director responsible for the Mobility Planning Division in Dallas' Department of Transportation. She has worked for the City of Dallas for 20 years in transportation planning in the departments of Public Works and Transportation, Sustainable Development and Construction and Planning and Urban Design. 

Chad Edwards
Chad Edwards will be the mobility and innovation officer. He comes to Fort Worth with nearly 20 years of experience in transportation planning. Most recently, Edwards was assistant vice president of capital planning at Dallas Area Rapid Transit, where he had oversight of several areas, including corridor development, feasibility assessments, transit system planning and travel demand modeling. Prior to DART, Edwards worked as a transportation planner for the North Central Texas Council of Governments, the region's metropolitan planning organization. Brooks and Edwards will begin their new positions in January.
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New system to help TABC improve investigations
The Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission (TABC) has partnered with the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD), the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS), the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT), the Texas Police Chiefs Association and and the Sheriffs Association of Texas to develop a new system to help TABC improve investigations of bars, clubs and retailers of alcohol who may be violating liquor laws. The partners created a new on-call hotline, called Target Responsibility for Alcohol-Related Emergencies (TRACE), that allows law enforcement officers to more easily notify TABC when a fatality or assault occurs due to possible violation of liquor laws. 

Currently, local law enforcement officials are not permitted to cross jurisdictional boundaries such as cities or counties and the delays in reporting cases often occur and these cases do not receive a credible investigation because of the amount of time lapsed, according to TABC officials. A grant from TxDOT will help pay for the TRACE program, which will be housed at the Texas Parks and Wildlife Game Wardens. The TPWD will staff the dispatch and pass information to the regional on-call staff for TABC. This will allow TABC to interview those involved in an alcohol-related assault or fatality, gather credit card receipts and collect video surveillance of the bar, club or alcohol retailer with much less delay.
State health officials remind Texans to get flu vaccinations
Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) officials are encouraging Texans early during National Influenza Vaccination Week, that it is not too late to get a flu shot. The vaccination can help reduce the risk of flu and its potentially serious complications. People can find out where flu shots are available at texasflu.org or by contacting their health care provider. 

"Last flu season was severe, and the U.S. saw a record number of flu-related hospitalizations and pediatric deaths," said Dr. Jennifer Shuford, DSHS Infectious Disease Medical Officer. "We have no way of knowing if this flu season will be milder or just as severe as last season. We are recommending all Texans 6 months of age and older get their flu vaccine as soon as possible." Vaccination is especially important for older adults, infants, pregnant women and people with chronic health conditions because they are at greater risk of developing serious complications from the flu. 

Influenza is a contagious disease caused by one of a number of related viruses. Flu symptoms may include fever, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, body aches and fatigue. The onset of symptoms is sudden, and people should stay home until at least 24 hours after their fever is gone except to get medical care. People experiencing symptoms are encouraged to seek treatment promptly. Antiviral drugs may shorten the duration or lessen the severity of the flu if started within 48 hours of the onset of symptoms. People can help stop the spread of flu by getting vaccinated, washing hands frequently, covering coughs and sneezes and staying home when they're sick.
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March 4-6
The P3C Public-Private Partnership (P3) Conference & Expo will be held March 4-6 at the Sheraton Dallas Hotel, 400 North Olive St., Dallas, Texas. Register for the event here.

Join over 1,250 senior representatives from governments, higher education institutions and leading firms in the global construction and financial markets. The conference attracts professionals from all corners of the industry and provides a valuable opportunity to facilitate new partnerships with industry peers and public sector partners. Attendees will discover new alternative project delivery methods, strategies for implementing successful P3 projects, the nuts and bolts of how deals work, and how to manage risks associated with legal and financial frameworks. 

Attendees will participate in interactive panels, workshops, and conversations specifically tailored to the needs of public agencies evaluating P3s. The conference is designed for all levels in the market including those beginning to explore P3s and seeking to better understand where alternative and accelerated project delivery methods can be applicable.
Affordable housing shortages are now a top concern for government officials throughout the country. Every metro area in the United States is dealing with a severe shortage of affordable housing. The National Low Income Housing Coalition reports that the problem is impacting even rural areas of the country.  

Because of the magnitude of the problem, and the belief that all families should have a place to call home, new models are being tested and all types of funding options are being studied. Incredible as it may sound, data reports that the lowest-earning 20 percent of Americans pay an average of 87 percent of their incomes for housing. Since many cannot manage that, there are thousands of homeless people in every part of the country.  

"Shared Housing" is one of the newer models being tested. This option can be structured in many ways but basically shared housing is a model where an agreement formalizes the co-residence of two or more family units within the same housing unit. A number of states have pilot projects to test the viability of this type of housing arrangement. 

New York City's Department of Housing Preservation and Development is about to launch a pilot program called Share NYC. A request for expressions of interest has been released, seeking proposals from private-sector firms for the design, construction and management of shared housing units by developers. 

City officials hope to find a private-sector developer willing to provide shared housing units that will include two or more independently occupied rooms that share a kitchen and possibly bathroom facilities. In other words, more than one family will reside in the unit and only certain areas will be shared.

Unable financially to construct new or rehabilitate existing affordable housing facilities, municipal leaders are being forced to find new ways to provide affordable housing. Funding options, however, are not abundant. One West Coast city will use property tax revenue for affordable housing projects. At least one state legislator has announced an intention to create a state trust fund for housing projects. And in several cities, voters have approved bond packages that include affordable housing funding. The housing problem, unfortunately, cannot be prolonged or ignored...the need is too great!

Pablos to resign as secretary of state
Rolando Pablos
Secretary of State Rolando Pablos has announced that he is resigning to return to private law practice. Pablos has been in the position for two years. Pablos, an attorney who practices business, administrative and international law, previously served as chair of the Texas Racing Commission and had been a Public Utility commissioner. 

The secretary of state is appointed by the governor but subject to confirmation through the Texas Senate. In addition to overseeing elections, the secretary of state maintains business and commercial records for the state and is a senior adviser and liaison to the governor on Texas border issues and affairs with the Mexican government.
TxDOT approves funding for $16M upgrade of roadway in Hewitt
Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) officials approved funding for a $16 million upgrade of Farm to Market Road (FM) 2113. The agency expects to award a contract next year to begin construction on the project to improve 2.2 miles of FM 2113 in Hewitt. The existing segment of FM 2113, also known as Spring Valley Road, is often used by many commuters as an alternate route to travel south to the Temple area to avoid congestion on Interstate 35 between Waco and the Temple/Belton area, according to Jim Devlin, interim city manager in Hewitt. 

Traffic now backs up on the road that runs through many new residential areas and an elementary school. The road was originally designed for a rural area with much less traffic. Upgrades to FM 2113 include the addition of a center turn lane, creating wider shoulders and improvements to drainage. No timeline has been adopted for construction of the project to begin.
TCEQ issues draft permit for wastewater treatment plant in Galveston
The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) issued a draft permit for a new wastewater treatment facility at Seawolf Park in Galveston. The structure will replace the treatment plant that was damaged and closed in 2008 when Hurricane Ike struck the island. 

Galveston city officials expect to receive a final permit from TCEQ within six months and will then seek bids for construction of the new wastewater treatment facility. The city has designated federal funding to replace the plant and has nearly completed the engineering design for the new facility.
TxDOT proposing $420M project to expand U.S. 90 in San Antonio
The Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) has proposed a $420 million project to expand U.S. Highway 90, between Loop 410 and State Highway 211, on the far west side of San Antonio to reduce frequent traffic congestion and address increased development planned for that area. 

The proposed plan would transform U.S. 90 from a four-lane divided highway into a six-lane expressway, converting frontage roads to one-way and improving interchanges along the expressway. The public has until Dec. 19 to contact TxDOT to provide input on the U.S. 90 project that is expected to begin construction in 2022.

Browne tapped as city manager of Schertz
Mark Browne
Mark Browne has been selected as the new city manager in Schertz. Browne who previously was the city manager in Terrell Hills, is currently the city manager in Alamo Heights. He also served 27 years in the U.S. Air Force and rose to the rank of colonel. 

Brown will succeed John Kessel, the former city manager who resigned in January.
Hewitt selects Thomas as city manager
Bo Thomas
The Hewitt City Council has selected Bo Thomas as the new city manager. Thomas, who has served as city manager in Bellmead since July 2012, will replace Adam Miles, who resigned in November. 

Thomas previously served as city manager in Page, Ariz., and in Hobbs, N.M.
Carroll ISD considers design plan for music center
Carroll Independent School District trustees are considering design plans for a new music center at Carroll High School. Voters approved $24 million in bonds to pay for the new music hall designed only for musical performances. Also planned are renovations to the existing auditorium for theatre performances that will include a new black box theater and media lab for the auditorium. 

The costs of the new music center and renovations to the existing auditorium will be available once the bidding process occurs. District officials project the completion date for the project is April 2020.

Valgardson named director for San Angelo Regional Airport
Jeremy Valgardson has been selected as the new director of the San Angelo Regional Airport effective on Jan. 16, 2019. 

He has served as manager of the Cedar City Regional Airport since February 2016 where he earned recognition for securing more than $40 million in state and federal grants to improve that airport. Deputy Director Mitch Sprunger had served as interim airport director since July. 
Denton County approves fund to widen U.S. 377
Denton County Commissions approved $982,275 to assist the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) with buying land and relocating utilities on a project to widen a portion of U.S. Highway 377 in the southwestern area of the county. 

The improvements include expanding the roadway from two-lanes to four-lanes and installing curbs and gutters, raised medians and concrete drainage areas at an estimated cost of $9.8 million, with TxDOT funding $8.8 million of the project. Construction will not begin for several years.
Wilkins resigns as treasurer/finance director in Katy
Becky Wilkins has resigned as treasurer and finance director for the city of Katy after a little more than four years in that post. She accepted and began a new job Dec. 3 as director of finance in Liberty Hill. 

The city administrator in Katy, Byron Hebert, will serve as the interim treasure and finance director until a new treasurer and finance director are hired. City officials have begun advertising for applicants for finance director/ treasurer position.

Gov. Greg Abbott has announced the following appointments/reappointments from Nov. 30-Dec. 6

David Junkin- Wimberley, 453rd Judicial District Court
Ademola "Peter" Adejokun- Arlington, Texas Board of Professional Engineers
Rolando Rubiano- Halingen, Texas Board of Professional Engineers
Kiran Shah- Richmond, Texas Board of Professional Engineers
Texas State Auditor's Office- Report on the Self-reported Implementation of Sunset Advisory Commission Management Actions
Texas Department of Information Resources and the Texas State Library and Archives Commission- Texas Digital Storage Study 2018
Texas A&M and the University of Maryland- The Growing Threat of Urban Flooding: A National Challenge 2018
Texas Health and Human Services- Texas Hospital Uncompensated Care Report
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: 
  • Texas Department of Information Resources- Telecommunications Specialist III/NOC Help Desk Technician
  • Texas Facilities Commission- Maintenance Specialist V
  • Texas Commission on Environmental Quality- Manager V Water Availability
  • Texas Employee Retirement System- Payroll Analyst III
  • Teacher Retirement System of Texas- Project Manager
  • Texas Education Agency- Customer Service Representative III
  • Texas Education Agency- Assistant Director III Technology Management
  • Texas Department of Public Safety- HUB Specialist IV
  • Texas Board of Professional Engineers- Customer Service Representative IV
  • Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts- Fiscal systems Analyst
  • Montgomery County- Coordinator Safety Risk Management
  • City of Corpus Christi- Budget Analyst II
  • City of El Paso- Senior Human Resources Specialist
  • City of Georgetown- Transportation Planning Coordinator
  • City of Austin- Librarian III
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