Com­mis­sion­ers OK F1 con­tract changes


County com­mis­sion­ers unan­i­mously ap­proved changes to their con­tract with Cir­cuit of the Amer­i­cas, back­ing away from a pre­vi­ous pledge to widen a pair of roads in the area to four lanes.

The cir­cuit also gave up ask­ing the county to pay $205,345 for a wider water line that Austin’s water util­ity rec­om­mended.

In their orig­i­nal agree­ment in May, the county and cir­cuit agreed to widen El­roy and Kel­lam roads to four lanes, a project of­fi­cials have es­ti­mated would have cost $9 mil­lion to $10 mil­lion. The roads, cur­rently two and three lanes re­spec­tively, were found to be wide enough dur­ing last month’s For­mula One Grand Prix, the county’s trans­porta­tion ex­ec­u­tive, Steve Manilla, said Tues­day.

The county may con­sider other im­prove­ments to roads in the area in­clud­ing wi­den­ing some in­ter­sec­tions or adding a third lane to El­roy Road, but those are sev­eral years off and range in cost from tens of thou­sands to tens of mil­lions of dol­lars, Manilla said.

The AARP Foun­da­tion TaxAide pro­gram is seek­ing vol­un­teers to help tax­pay­ers who are seek­ing as­sis­tance pre­par­ing and fil­ing their 2012 tax re­turns. Those in­ter­ested in help­ing should email Mar­lene Rein­schmidt at mrein­schmidt@ver­i­ For more in­for­ma­tion, go to aarp. org/tavol­un­teer8.

The an­nual Hen­drick­son High School Break­fast with Santa and Hol­i­day Ex­trav­a­ganza is sched­uled for Satur­day.

The event will in­clude a pan­cake break­fast, crafts, pho­tos with Santa, games and a silent auc­tion.

Break­fast with Santa hours is from 8 to 11 a.m. and the Hol­i­day Ex­trav­a­ganza will be from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tick­ets range from $5-$12 for break­fast; ad­mis­sion to the Hol­i­day Ex­trav­a­ganza is free.

All pro­ceeds ben­e­fit Hen­drick­son’s Se­nior Cel­e­bra­tion. For more in­for­ma­tion go to hhsse­niorcel­e­bra­

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