520 Country Lane
Phone: (512) 295-4792
Cell: (512) 461-0301
EMERGENCY CITY CONTACT:
Larry Odom, Mayor
Terry Strawn, Mayor Pro Tem
Ruth Wagner, Council Member
Candace Blake, Council Member
Mark Lantrip, Council Member
Amber Weber, Council Member
Connie Gibbens, City Secretary
In 1978, a small group of residents got together to talk about incorporating our subdivision known as Country Estates. At the time, there were only three cities in Hays County - Buda, Kyle, and San Marcos.
After several discussions, we decided to proceed. We met as a group on the lot where Jerry and Linda McKnight's house now sets. Only Phase I of Leisurewoods existed then so they were invited to participate. However, they decided not to join in our group. That is why our boundary line is to the east is FM 1626.
In 1975, Austin was growing southward very quickly. That was the reason we were interested in forming our city. Following this group meeting in early 1979, we decided to proceed. We gathered much information and started the legal process to incorporate.
When we went to Commissioner's Court, they were somewhat surprised that we were going to incorporate. Originally, our name was going to be Hays City. However, the court requested that we use a different name since there was a community in western Hays County referred to as Hays City (not incorporated). To avoid a lengthy argument, we decided to drop the word City and just use Hays as our official name.
After all of the legal stuff was completed, we held our incorporation election at Jim and Virginia Turner's house on Tanglewood Drive. The election for incorporation passed 85 to 2 and we formally became the fourth city in Hays County.
- Narrative provided by Lamont Ramage, Mayor of Hays (1979 - 1995)