General Questions of staff …
We value the input of our citizens. Below are questions posed by citizens during the quarterly Hutto Matters meeting held on January 10, 2013. If you have any questions about Hutto, please contact the City Manager’s Office at 759-4030 or by email at email@example.com.
- Can the curbs be painted in Hutto Park to designate parking in streets?
The City does not typically paint curbs to designate parking due to ongoing maintenance costs. Parking is allowed along any roadway unless designated as “no parking” through signage, curb painting, in front of a fire hydrant, and within an intersection.
If you have a question about whether or not on street parking is allowed in a certain area, please contact the Hutto Police Department at 846-2200.
- Where is the location for the new wastewater treatment plant?
The City recently completed a Wastewater Master Plan and the City Council will soon make a decision on expanding the current plant or moving forward with construction of a new plant.
The new wastewater treatment plant is proposed to be built at 10700 FM 1660 South. The City acquired this property in 2008 in order to construct a plant capable of serving Hutto’s current and future needs.
- Can anything be done about CR 108 from Hwy 79 to Limmer Loop with regards to widening?
Williamson County will be widening CR 108 from Hwy 79 to Limmer Loop beginning in 2013. This roadway will serve as a crucial north-south connection as areas along SH 130 develop. CR 108 will also serve the East Williamson County HEC slated to open this fall.
- Will the county be extending Ed Schmidt Blvd and CR 199 north?
Williamson County’s roadway plan does call for a future extension of Ed Schmidt Blvd to connect into Chandler RD. Preliminary design has been completed on the project but construction is unfunded at this time.
- Can the speed limits be changed to a safer speed, such as 25 mph, in subdivisions? Are there other traffic calming measures?
The standard speed limit in an urban area is 30 mph as set by state law. The governing body of a municipality may adopt an ordinance lowering a speed limit to 25 mph after a traffic and engineering study has been conducted on the roadway in question.
The police department may deploy a speed trailer to obtain the average speed of vehicles on the roadway, and obtain an “80th percentile” speed. Generally these studies have concluded that most vehicles drive under 30 mph. Please keep in mind that the roadway is for the movement of vehicles. Pedestrians may cross the roadway at an intersection or crosswalk when they have right of way, but the roadway is not a place for children to play. Drivers exiting a private drive have the responsibility to yield to all traffic traveling on the roadway.
- Can speed limit signs be posted at the entrance of the Hutto Park Subdivision?
There are speed limit signs posted at both entrances to the subdivision stating 30 mph.
- What is the City doing to lure small grocery stores to Hutto?
Hutto continues to reach out to regional and national grocery chains in hopes of luring one to Hutto. Frequent information about Hutto’s growth is sent out to regional grocers and developers. In addition, staff is looking for ways to contact grocers that are looking to establish in the central Texas market.
- Issue of pedestrian and bike traffic at FM 685 and Hwy 79 – is there a Mobility Plan to address that area?
The City Council has adopted both a Pedestrian Mobility Plan and a Thoroughfare Plan to guide mobility and transportation. The plans take a look at regional connectivity to ensure that our long-range plans mesh with future plans of the county and other municipalities for future roadways, trails, and public transportation opportunities. Pedestrians and bicyclists are recognized as an integral part of Hutto’s future transportation network.
While a crossing at FM 685 and Hwy 79 is not identified at this time, the Capital Improvements Plan does call for a crossing at Jim Cage and Hwy 79. This crossing would provide safe access from the south side of town to the historic commercial “Old Town” district. The Pedestrian Mobility Plan may be viewed here.
We recognize the need for a pedestrian and bicycle intersection at FM 685 and Hwy 79. It is not specifically identified at this time, as significant improvements will need to be made to the intersection before a feasible crossing can be installed. Part of the problem is that there is no existing sidewalk infrastructure for a potential crossing to connect with at this time either. In any case, we do recognize this need and agree that it should be improved. The City will need to coordinate any future crossing with TxDOT as they have jurisdiction over US 79 and FM 685.
- What is the status of a sidewalk on FM 1660 N?
In 2012, Hutto created a Safe Routes to School plan that identified construction of key sidewalks and trails to provide connections to school campuses. While the federal funding of this program was reduced, the City’s plan is ready for submittal if and when funding is restored.
A portion of the FM 1660 N sidewalk is included in the plan.
- When can the city regulate street parking, specifically commercial vehicles?
Sec. 12.03.004 On-street parking – Any vehicle such as a haul trailer, house trailer, recreational vehicle, semitrailer, trailer, boat trailer, commercial vehicle, all-terrain vehicle, dirt bike, or boat parked upon a public street for more than four (4) consecutive hours is hereby declared to be an obstruction in the public way. Any vehicle may not park within fifteen (15) feet of a cluster mailbox unit. A peace officer may request the removal, at the owner’s expense, of any motor vehicle in violation of this article. (Ordinance 10-17-05A, art. 12.501, adopted 10/17/05)
- School zones are needed on Limmer Loop for Cottonwood Creek Elementary School. Also add flashing lights for school zones.
School zones were not established on Limmer loop as the school sits back off of Limmer Loop and the entrance to the school is off of a private road. There is a school zone on the private road. There is also no major foot traffic on Limmer Loop. School zones will be re-evaluated once sidewalks are installed along Limmer Loop providing a pedestrian connection to the school site.
- Why is parking only allowed on one side of road only in certain areas?
Regulating parking to one side of the road or another is implemented only when necessary due to roadway width constraints. Many of the City’s downtown roadways are narrow and only allow space for parking on one side of the roadway.