Update, 3:45 p.m., the plot grows thicker – An alert citizen forwarded this e-mail he received yesterday from a TxDOT official:
I can appreciate your concern that there is currently no school zone designation for the new Jacobs Well Elementary School in Wimberley on RM 2325.
Since the school is now open, we are able to assess the traffic in and around the school better for consideration of a school zone.
Our course of action:
- We are going confirm that the current speed limit of 55 mph is appropriate by performing a speed study over the next couple of days.
- Once the speed study is completed we will submit the speed study and proposed school zone to the TXDOT Transportation Commission for approval. This step has to be done to make the speed limit and school zone enforceable by law enforcement. This may take up to 2 months as the commission meets on September 24th and again on October 29.
- Once the speed zone and school zones are approved by commission Minute Order we will install the appropriate signs reflecting the speed limit and school zone.
This whole process may take a couple of months. If you have any further questions feel free to contact us via e-mail or at the number listed below.
Public Information Office
Austin District -TxDOT
We received an e-mail this morning, now confirmed by the WISD administration office, that the school board voted unanimously Tuesday night at a called meeting to install a rainwater collection system at the new elementary school.
From Dottie Busby, administration secretary: "A motion made by Melissa Young to move forward in installing rainwater harvesting at Jacob's Well Elementary using moneys from the contingency (fund) and/or interest money from the Jacob's Well construction project; seconded by Matt Polhemus; approved 5-0."
Sometimes a community speaking up can make a difference.
The e-mail mentioned that TxDOT had acceded to appeals from the school district to install school zone signs and thus help reduce the chances for a serious accident at the school's dangerous approaches. Ms. Busby said there was some discussion of this (traffic issues) at the school board meeting but no announcements were made. We have a call in to school board president Dave Williams to see what the scoop is.