Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies
Project Name: Leander City Police Department Equipment Modernization
Project Recipient: Leander Police Department
Project Recipient Address: 705 Leander Drive Leander Texas 78641
Amount Requested: $236,000
Purpose: COPS program funding for the Leander, Texas Police Department for public safety technology and equipment related to communications, crime prevention, officer safety and critical incident response. Committee support for this request would be a wise use of federal funds as COPS funds may be used to acquire effective technologies and interoperable communications that assist in preventing crimes and procuring funds during the annual budget process is challenging as these items compete with the basic
and fundamental functions of the City.
Project Name: Copperas Cove Mental Health Response Team
Project Recipient: Copperas Cove Police Department
Project Recipient Address: 302 E. Avenue E Copperas Cove, TX 76522
Amount Requested: $746,793
Purpose: The Byrne JAG program funding for the Copperas Cove, Texas Police Department to create a crisis intervention team by hiring Mental Health Peace Officers. These officers will not only respond to calls for service where a person is in crisis but will provide follow-up for at-risk individuals. The intervention team will improve officer and citizen safety, increase availability of support, services, and treatment to people before a crisis, decrease the frequency of enforcement encounters with individuals with mental illness, and redirect enforcement resources to allow for additional crime detection, suppression, and community involvement. This request would be a wise use of federal funds as Byrne JAG funds may be used to support mental health and behavioral programs, to include crisis intervention teams.
Project Name: Bell County Diversion Center
Project Recipient: Bell County
Project Recipient Address: 2400 Piazza Drive, Belton, TX 76513
Amount Requested: $1.6 million
Purpose: The funding would be used to enhance the capacity of the county’s criminal justice system and our area health care systems by diverting low level offenders that interact with our first responders at the jail and/or at a hospital to a facility that can more effectively and efficiently address their mental health issues. The project is an appropriate use of taxpayer funds because it improves the effectiveness of law enforcement.
Project Name: STEM-For-All Space Institute at Texas State University-Round Rock
Project Recipient: Texas State University-Round Rock
Project Recipient Address: 1555 University Blvd, Round Rock, TX 78665
Amount Requested: $500,000
Purpose: The funding would be used to support staffing at the Institute to provide a unique opportunity for students to experience STEM learning, become aware of NASA resources and opportunities, and acquire early exposure to a wide variety of STEM careers. The project is an appropriate use of taxpayer funds because it will leverage NASA’s advances and discoveries to create the effective framework to proactively and effectively deliver STEM education.
Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies
Project Name: Wastewater Main Replacement
Project Recipient: City of Gatesville
Project Recipient Address: 803 E. Main Street, Gatesville TX 76528
Amount Requested: $466,000
Purpose: The project is an appropriate use of taxpayer funds because it reduces the risk of sewer contamination of an
adjacent FEMA floodplain with at least one tributary that runs to the Leon River.
Project Name: City of Hamilton Water and Sewer Distribution Project
Project Recipient: City of Hamilton
Project Recipient Address: 200 E Main St, Hamilton, TX 76531
Amount Requested: $2 million
Purpose: The funding would be used for water distribution and wastewater collection system improvements. The project is an appropriate use of taxpayer funds because it reduces risks of groundwater contamination and improves clean drinking water access.
Project Name: City of Marble Falls Wastewater Plant Improvement Project
Project Recipient: City of Marble Falls
Recipient Address: 800 Third Street, Marble Falls, Texas 78654
Amount Requested: $10 million
Purpose: The funding would be used for the construction of a new wastewater treatment plant. The project is an appropriate use of taxpayer funds because it will reduce environmental risks and meet the projected increase in water supply demand.
Project Name: Temple-Belton Wastewater Treatment Plant Expansion
Project Recipient: Cities of Temple and Belton
Recipient Address: 2 N. Main Street, Temple, TX 76501
Amount Requested: $10 million
Purpose: The funding would be used to support planned expansion and to meet growing demand. The project is an appropriate use of taxpayer funds because it will expand the plant capacity, return it to regulatory compliance, and meet
Project Name: City of Georgetown Aquifer Storage and Recovery Project
Project Recipient: City of Georgetown
Recipient Address: 808 Martin Luther King Jr St, Georgetown, TX 78626
Amount Requested: $8 million
Purpose: The funding would be used for improving water supply infrastructure. The project is an appropriate use of taxpayer funds because it reduces potential water insecurity for 75,000 residents.
Military Construction, Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies
Project Name: Texas Army National Guard’s Regional Training Institute
Project Recipient: Texas Army National Guard
Project Recipient Address: 2200 W 35th St., Camp Mabry, Austin, TX 78703
Amount Requested: $26.8 million
Purpose: The funding would enable the repurposing the modernization of Building 50004 on Fort Hood into the new 136th RTI HQ and Multi-Purpose Instructional Facility. The project is an appropriate use of taxpayer funds as the RTI provides training in courses that support the Total Army, training Soldiers from all components, including active-duty units stationed at Fort Hood.
Project Name: Fort Hood Barracks
Project Recipient: Fort Hood
Project Recipient Address: Department of Public Works, Building 4612, Engineer Drive, Fort Hood, TX 76544
Amount Requested: $179 million
Purpose: The funding would be used to construct a housing facility for 500 unaccompanied enlisted personnel to alleviate a 4,000-bed deficit at Fort Hood. The project is an appropriate use of taxpayer funds because it takes care of Soldiers, ensuring they have a safe and quality place to live during their initial period of service, improves morale though active demonstration of the commitment to Soldiers’ welfare, and supports recruiting efforts through messaging of that commitment.
Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies
Project Name: Interstate 35/14 Expansion
Project Recipient: City of Temple, TX
Project Recipient Address: 2 N. Main Street, Temple, TX, 76501
Amount Requested: $20,000,000
Purpose: U.S. Department of Transportation Highway Infrastructure Program request for capacity improvements to IH-35 and IH-14. This is a high-priority project to expand Interstate 35/14 through Temple and add direct connections to the HK Dodgen Loop (State Loop 363) that will improve freight movement, military response, and resident travel. Interstate 35 is one of two north/south interstates in Texas, and is an international freight link, carrying 137 million tons of freight traffic valued at $307 billion. Interstate 14 is also proposed to run concurrently on this highway segment, which will support movement of personnel and equipment to and from Fort Hood.
Project Name: RM 2243 Resiliency Project
Project Recipient: Williamson County, TX
Project Recipient Address: 3151 SE Inner Loop, Suite B, Georgetown, TX, 78626
Amount Requested: $15,000,000
Purpose: U.S. Department of Transportation Highway Infrastructure Program request for construction of roadway improvements on Hero Way/RM 2243 between 183A and Southwest Bypass. This infrastructure improvement is a good use of federal funds as it will modernize and replace dilapidated infrastructure by constructing a three-lane roadway built to modern safety and design standards, including providing drainage improvements, connect intermodal facilities, protect sensitive habitats, and connect users of suburban and rural areas to nearby high-quality technology and light industrial jobs, including those generated by the new Apple and Samsung campuses, and the Tesla Gigafactory.
Project Name: West Village Road Development Project
Project Recipient: Village of Salado, TX
Project Recipient Address: 301 N. Stagecoach Road, Salado, TX, 76571
Amount Requested: $5,500,000
Purpose: U.S. HUD Economic Development Initiatives request for the Village of Salado’s Road Development Project on West Village Road between Thomas Arnold and Williams Roads. West Village Road is a narrow substandard two-way street with no sidewalk or streetlights. In addition to serving existing business and residential developments in the area, the roadway is the main thoroughfare between Salado ISD facilities on the north and south ends of the community. The project will establish connectivity between residential, commercial, and public-school properties in west Salado, one of the fastest growing areas of the community.
Project Name: Public Safety Pedestrian Bridge Project
Project Recipient: City of Burnet, TX
Project Recipient Address: 1001 Buchanan Drive, Burnet, TX, 78611
Amount Requested: $ 5,035,425
Purpose: U.S. HUD Economic Development Initiatives request for the construction of a pedestrian walking bridge over U.S. Highway 281 North at 5th Street in Burnet, TX. Located in a school zone with substandard pedestrian safety features, this project is vital to the safety of Burnet ISD students as it will connect the northwest side of the community to the elementary, junior high, and high schools by crossing a busy state highway.