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Page 2A NS Hays Free Press • January 2, 2013 The Hays Free Press (ISSN 1087- 9323) published weekly by Barton Publications, Inc., 122 N. Main St., Buda, TX 78610. Periodicals postage paid at Buda, "IX 78610 and additional mailing offices. POSTMASTER: Send address changes to Barton Publications, Inc., RO. Box 339, Buda, TX 78610. ISSN#1087-9323 NEWS TIPS If you think it's news, we probably do too! • Newsroom phone: 512-268- 7862 • E-mail: news@haysfreepress. corn • Mail: RO. Box 339, Buda, Texas 78610 e0RRECTI01 Any erroneous reflection upon the character, standing or reputation of any person, firm or corporation which may appear in the pages of the Hays Free Press will be corrected upon being br ought to the attention of the publisher. DEADUNES • The deadline for display advertising and any contributed news copy in the Hays Free Press is 5 p.m. Friday the week prior to publication. • The deadline for Letters to the Editor and classified word advertising in the Hays Free Press is noon Monday the week of publication, though we encourage readers and advertisers to observe the Friday deadline, LETTERS GUIDELINES We welcome locally written letters to the editor on timely topics of community interest. We ask that you keep them to about 350 words in length and that you not indulge in personal attacks on private individuals, Letters may be edited for brevity and clarity, All letters should be signed by the author and include a daytime phone number where the author can be contacted for verification. Letter writers are limited to one letter per month. Letters can be emailed to csb@haysfreepress. com HISTORY Founded April 10, 1903, by Thomas Fletcher Harwell as The Kyle News, with offices on the corner of Burleson and Miller Streets in the town's oldest remaining building. It merged into The Hays County Citizen in 1956. The paper consolidated with The Free Press in October, 1978. During its more than 100- year history the newspaper has maintained offices at more than a dozen locations in Kyle and Buda. Travel Expenses Continued from pg. 1A incidentals for the confer- ence, which is held annually and hosts informative ses- sions that serve as continuing education for city officials. In response to an open re- cords request by the Hays Free Press, City Secretary Amelia Sanchez provided 80 pages detailing conference reserva- tions, travel, meals, emails and finances on Dec. 20. According to those docu- ments, only City Manager Lanny Lambert and Council Member David Wilson had settled expenses with the cir. Johnson, Selbera and Le- Mense had not. In a second response to the original open records request, Finance Director Perwez Mo- heet presented 135 pages of documents on Dec. 26, show- casing expense reports by Sel- bera and LeMense. According to those documents Selbera still owes the city $16 and Le- Mense owes $143.52. Council members Diane Hervol, Brad Pickett and Ray Bryant declined attending the event on the city's dime, during fiscal year 2013 budget talks. Of the three, only Bryant at- tended the conference - as his employer, Texas Disposal Sys- tems (TDS), covered the cost, according to city documents. Johnson said Monday that she accepted the cash ad- vance at the "urg(ing)" of city administration, but was con- founded, as it was the first time the city offered cover- age of expenses in advance to travel. "This was weird because this is the first time we've done it like this. I guess I'm just not used to it," Johnson said in a telephone call. She said she intends to re- fund the $434.34, as she did not want to charge the city her airfare for the conference, nor any meals. She said she had not refunded the city yet because the matter had not "come up," and she was unac- customed to receiving cash in advance of city travel. Moheet did, however, com- municate to the elected offi- cials via email on Dec. 19 that TML travel finances needed to be "settled" soon. "This is a reminder to please submit your travel expense claim to settle up for the trav: el advance in the amount o[ $434.34 issued to you by the City to attend the 2012 TML Conference. It is important that the travel advance is- sued to you is reconciled and settled as soon as possible," the email read in part, which also warned council mem- bers that an open records request for that information had been submitted by the Hays Free Press and would be responded to, by the city, two days later. In the documents received Dec. 26, LeMense said she would only charge the city reimbursement for her 524 miles in gas/travel, which amounts to $290.82. She said she would not be "filing any meals to the city." The Dec. 26 documents Show that Selbera is charg- ing the city $85.90 in meals, though only three of the seven receipts for those costs were submitted. 'She is also charg- ing 599 miles for travel at a cost of $332.44. The city had estimated travel from Kyle to Grapevine at 479.9 miles and is reimburs- ing travel at $0.555 per mile. Wilson requested that the $434.34 check issued to him be voided and that he just be reimbursed for the expenses he incurred, which amounted to $19.98 for food. The total cost for registra- tions to the 2012 TML Confer- ence was $2,580, though $955 of that was refunded to the city after Hervol, Pickett and Bryant declined registration to the conference. Lodging for the event to- taled $400.94 for each elected official that attended. They attended three days of the conference and only required lodging for two days, at $169 per night. Lambert required three days of lodging, as he attend- ed the conference for its en- tire duration, Dec. 13-16. Lambert was provided with a cash advance amounting to $490.34. His total travel expense equaled $306.26. He reimbursed the city $233 on Dec. 12, although he only owed Kyle $184.08. City docu- ments show the overpayment was applied to gas charges. NOTICE OF SPECIAL ELECTION AVISO DE ELECCION ESPECIAL To the Registered Voters of the City of Buda, Texas: A los Votantes Registrados en la Ciudad de Buda, Texas. Notice is hereby given that the polling place listed below will be open from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., on January 26, 2013, for voting in a Special Election to elect a Councilmember for Place 2. Notificamos, por medio de la presente, que las casillas electorales sitadas abajo se abrir6n desde las 7:00 AM hasta las 7:00 PM el 26 de enero de 2013 para votar en la Elecci6n Especial para elegir a un Concejal para el Lugar 2. LOCATION OF POLLING PLACE: LUGAR DE LOS CENTROS DE VOTACION City of Buda City Hall, 121 Main Street, Buda, Tx 78610 Early voting by personal appearance will be conducted at the Main Early Voting Polling Location at the Buda City Hall, Buda, Texas beginning on Wednesday, January 9, 2013 and ending on Tuesday, January 22, 2013. Voting will be conducted on weekdays from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM from January 9, 2013 through January 18, 2013. Additionally, voting by personal appearance will be conducted at the Main Early Voting Polling Location on Monday, January 14, 2013 from 7:00 AM to 7:00 PM and on Tuesday, January 22, 2013 from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Voting will not be conducted on Monday, January 21,2013 due to a City Holiday. La votacidn adelantada en persona se llevard a cabo en la principal ubicacidn de votaci6n temprana en la Buda City Hall, Buda, Texas, el Midrcoles, 09 de enero 2013 y termina el Martes, 22 de enero 2013. La votaci6n se llevard a cabo de lunes a viernes 08 a.m.- 5:00 PM desde 09 de enero 2013 al 18 de enero de 2013. Adenuis, el voto en persona se llevard a cabo en la principal ubicaci6n de votacidn temprana la Lunes, 14 de enero 2013 07 a.m.-O7:OO pm y los Martes, 22 de enero 2013 07 a.m.-7:OO pm la votaci6n no se llevard a cabo en lunes, 21 de enero 2013 por ser dfa de fiesta de la ciudad. Applications for ballot by mail shall be mailed to the Hays county Elections Administrator, 712 South Stagecoach Trail, San Marcos, Tx 78666. Las solicitudes para boletas de votacidn en ausencia por correo deberdn enviarse al Administrador de Elecciones del Condado de Hays, 712 South Stagecoach Trail, San Marcos, Tx 78666. Issued this the 18th day of December, 2012. Publicado este dfa 10 de diciembre de 2012. Danny S. Batts II City Secretary / Secretario de la Ciudad 00h;w p ks rules lt;llge effect Pr(,lt tilts public alcokt,l cLisplay, consumption on San larcos River SUBMITIED REPORT The new park rules: New rules for San Marcos community parks took effect on Jan. 1, aimed at achieving safer, cleaner, more family-friendly parks and protect- ing the environment. The ordinance bans public display and con- sumption of alcohol in all city parks, similar to rules in effect at Tex- as, Hays County and Texas State Univer- sity parks. The rules allow park patrons to have alcohol in rented special event areas (such as pavilions and park facilities) or during active water activities in the San Marcos River (tub- ing, kayaking and ca- noeing0. Patrons bringing alcohol to consume while on the river must use designated access and exitpoints at City Park and Rio Vista Park. Signs des- ignating these areas will be posted early in the new year. City Marshal Ken Bell and Jeff Caldwell, park ranger man- ager, are heading up efforts to reach out to the community with information about the rifles that were adopted by the city council last May, with an effective date of Jan. 1, 2013. Bell, the park rangers and the parks and recre- ation department are working with community organizations and park patrons to bring every- one up to speed. Staff members are available to speak to groups about the rules. "Many people who use our parks thought the rules were already in place last summer," said Bell. "We appreciate the level of cooperation we have received and will continue working with park patrons to make sure they understand and comply with the rules." PHOTO BY DON ANDERS William Ford, assistant director of community services-parks and recreation, and Jeff Caldwell, park ranger manager, check out new signs that will be installed soon announcing new rules in effect on Jan. 1. • Prohibit the public display and consumption of alcohol in city parks • Prohibit alcohol on city owned dams, spill- ways and bridges • Ban the use of Styrofoam-type products in parks and the river, including coolers, ice chests, cups, plates, toys, floats, kickboards, tings or swim gear. Styrofoam liners used as floatation devices or dock supports are exempt if they are encapsnlated by a water- based acrylic or latex coating or within a boat • Create tobacco-free zones in play areas and ath- letic fields * Require container lids to be secured in the San Marcos River • Allow the use of barbecue pits and pop-up tents in des- iguated areas • Regulate the use of spear guns and gigs in the San Mar- cos River for wildlife manage- ment purposes • Apply park roles in city natural areas • Increase the minimum fines for littering to $250 in the river and parks Bell noted that the new rules will complement the Habitat Conservation Plan activities along the San Mar- cos River, which get under- way in 2013 to protect endangered species. Lit- ter reduction, prohibition of styrofoam products and the public education effort will assist both programs. The city council approved the park rules in May after recommendations for their adoption from the parks and recreation advisory board, the River Task Force and the city's neighborhood commission. The rules will be reviewed by the city council in January 2014, after they have been in effect for a year. For more information, contact the Neighbor- hood Services Department at (512) 393-8470, Parks & Recreation at 393-8400. Seton Hays hosts car seat safety checl00:Jan. 8 BY STEVE TAYLOR Special to the Hays Free Press Is your child's car seat in- stalled in your car correctly? If you're not sure, a certified child passenger safety technician will check it foryou- free of charge- from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 8, at Seton Medical Center Hays in Kyle. To minimize wait times, call for an appointment, (512) 336- 3423. Inspectors will ensure that seat belts are properly strap- ping down the car seat and that seat harnesses are being used properly. They also can help de- termine if your child's car seat has been subject to any recent manufacturer recalls. Parents are asked to bring the car seat instruction booklet and vehicle owner's manual with them, if possible, in case tech- nicians find anything unusual that should be addressed. Some pddenne regarding child car seats: • The most common mistake people make when installing a safety seat is not getting a tight fit. To correct this problem, use one hand to press down the child safety seat while us- ing your other hand to pull on the safety belts or lower anchor 468-4451 122 Main Street Downtown Buda at the traffic light Open every day 295-6008 We offer affordable powder coated wrought iron for all of your fencing needs - prefab panels, posts, gates, drive gates and hardware. • r: ; FENCE SUPPLY 10% off for all military and government employees. 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