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Lobo, Rebel powerlifters compete at meet. - Page 1B TAKE STOCK Youth kick off Livestock week with Horse Show. - Page 1C Show Barton Publications, Inc. .......... HaysFreePress.com ::,: ....... ......... Vol. 120 No. 43 g Buda, Kyle and Northeast Hays County, TX. 75 STAFF REPORT late Thursday evening, happened around 9:30 Hays County Pct. 2 Justice said an autopsy has been 1-35 for several hours. The Jonathan Reyes, 22, of p.m. on southbound 1-35 of the Peace Beth Smith ordered. Police said no highway was reopened The Kyle Police Depart- Kyle, was identified as the near the Center Street/ just before 10:15 p.m. Ac- other injuries resulted around 11:40 p.m ment is investigating an victim in the incident, FM 150 exit. cording to Smith, the pre- from the accident. auto-pedestrian accident according to a city of Kyle An adult male, later liminary cause of death As a result of the inci- This story is developing. that killed a man along press release, identified as Reyes, was is an accident, pending dent, authorities closed We will provide updates southbound Interstate 35 Thursday's accident pronounced deceased by the investigation. Smith all lanes of southbound as they become available. BY LOGAN MCCULLOUGH news@haysfreepress.com Hays County Commis- sioners recently autho- rized an agreement with Water and Earth Technol- ogies for the installation of low-water crossing warning systems within the county. In a deal that will cost the county $1.9 million, Hays County Judge Bert Cobb said in a recent commissioners court hearing that he believes the project provides a better handle on how the county can manage low-water crossings in a timely manner for the utmost public safety. "There is so much lag time between when an identified low-water crossing is flooding, and you have people there wondering if they can cross it safely or not when obviously, they can't," Cobb said. "Then we have to send an officer out there to officially close it and put up the barriers that are already sitting on the side of the road." Water & Earth Technol- ogies (WET) is a water re- sources and environmen- tal engineering firm that provides engineering services in the areas of surface and ground water hydrology, flood warning, WATER CROSSINGS, 4A PHOTO COURTESY OF THE CITY OF BUDA In the next few weeks, the city will move the heritage oak tree to its new location at the southeast corner of the municipal site. The tree was an obstacle in the building plans of the new municipal building and the Buda City Council voted to move the tree instead of cutting it down. The moving of the tree is expecte~l< ~qtake several days. BY SAMANTHA SMITH news@haysfreepress.com Buda City Council unanimously approved an amendment to the Sunfield Municipal Utility District's consent agreement at the Jan. 17 meeting to include a rezoning agreement that would allow ap- proximately 35 acres to accommodate a medical center. Assistant City Manager Chance Sparks reintro- duced the agenda item to council members since the item had not appeared on an agenda since 2009. ZONING, 2A )q BY SAMANTHA SMITH news@haysfreepress.com The relocation of a 260-plus- year-old heritage tree on the site of a new municipal building in Buda has been delayed due to rain. According to a city press release, the plan to relocate the 53-inch diameter live oak tree will take approximately 2 1/2 weeks. J.E Dunn, Buda's general con- tractor for the project, will be on site to "oversee and supervise" the relocation of the heritage tree. "The prep work (for moving the treel consists of determining the outreach of the root system, digging around the root system, wrapping and securing the root Residents interested in viewing the tree being moved should park at Stagecoach Park and then walk up the sidewalk along Main Street in front of the municipal site. ball, as the contractor continues to excavate ar0tmd the tree in preparation for the move," Ray Cresswell, Buda project manag- er, said in the release. "The entire tree will be placed and secured on a large steel pipe framed platform to safely move the tree intact." The decision to relocate the tree on-site instead of repur- posing the wood for furnishings inside the municipal building was made "at the recommenda- tion of the Historic Preservation Commission." During the process to craft the city's transportation plan in February 2016, many Buda residents were opposed to any transportation plan "that would have an impact on the historic trees along Main Street." The release also cited the city's Unified Development Code's standards for classifying a heri- HERITAGE OAK, 4A BY ANNA HEROD news@haysfreepress.com Kyle City Manager Scott Sellers is here to stay. The Kyle City Council Tuesday approved a con- troversial employment agreement that extends City Manager Scott Sell- ers' contract by a 5-1 vote. The agreement features a $14,591 salary increase, which brings Sellers' an- nual base pay to $196,503. Kyle Dist. 6 council member Daphne Tenorio, who cast the lone dis- senting vote, said while she appreciates the work Sellers does, she believed the pay increase was too steep. Dist. 2 Council member Becky Selbera was not present at the ! meeting. "I think that the city is absolutely, unquestion- ably better off by extend- Tutus & Tennies 5K ing Mr. Sellers' contract," ~ ~1~ ~t~q~ Get your tutus ready for this year's Tutus said Mayor Todd Webster. and Tennies 5K on Jan. 28. Come outWebster said despite and walk, jog, or run a 5K and join in the some of the "negative Dance Dash in the parking lot after. Early attention" the contract I~ ~ " packet pick up and walk up registration provisions garnered on Lu Hays Counh, Lnp-*-,.. available at Dance Unlimited in Buda on social media, he believes ..~,. ~, ~g I %1V ~i~inL ~uuvww Friday, Jan. 27, 4-7 p.m. Start and finish is it is a reasonable employ- ,?, :,~ tJ0 (3) The annual Hays County Livestock Show will be held at Drip- at Dance Unlimited. See www.athleteguild. ~ ~ ping Springs Ranch Park Event Center Jan. 24-26. Visit www. com/running/buda-tx/2017-du-tutus-ten- ~ ~ ~