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Page 2A mEWS Hays Free Press ° January 23, 2013 + Edward MAKING SENSE OF INVESTING + 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, TX 78610 and additional mailing offices. POSTMASTER: Send address changes to Barton Publications, Inc., P.O. 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. com • Mail: P.O. Box 339, Buda, Texas 78610 CORRECTIONS 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. DEADLINES • 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. Buda City Council candidate, PI. 2 Cathy Chilcote Why are you the most qualified candidate for this position? I am currently the only candidate who has council experience. I understand you need taxes to drive the budget. I have acted conservatively in raising taxes, and in my spending practices on the council. I have voted to place items on triggers, so that spending does not occur unless there are assocated revenues to apy for the items. We currently have less than 7% debt CHILCOTE in Buda, yet we are able to support a police force and pay for roads and other improvements. What is the No. 1 issue affecting our community, and what will you do to address it? Managing the growth which will come no matter what and attracting the right businesses to Buda that will support and contribute to our revenues seem to be the most urgent items right now. We have crops that will turn to rooftops. Land will be developed right in the heart of our town. We have codes and a comprehensive plan that will dictate what is built, how it is built and where it will be built. We need to continue with our CIPs to address roads, water and sewer capacity. Water will be somethng that everyone wants more of and needs but will cost a lot more money. Sewage needs to go under IH 35 to the east side, with an agreement done with GBRA. Infrastructure will be key in the enxt year or so. How can you help bring jobs to Buda? Employers need a workforce. I have listened to many employers talk about the quality of life needed in a community to retain their workforce. Buda is a terrific town with lots to do, plenty of open spaces to recreate, and lots of shopping and services. In addition to quality of life, employers need an educated workforce. The HAYS CISD Career and Technology Program has . worked diligently for many years recruiting ACC and other educational institutions in which to enroll students wherein certificates are earned, and students are placed in their field of interest. With ACC coming soon, and Texas State in San Marcos, UT and St Edwards, so closely located to Buda, we are an ideal fit to promote what we have here and attract larger clean industry that hires many workers. The Buda EDC has brought together the city manager, the Chamber President, and is promoting and recruiting strong businesses to locate to our area. This has been a great beginning for Buda. What is the last book you read? I read 'No Easy Day', the story behind the movie "Zero Dark Thrirty". What adjective would a close friend use to describe you? DETERMINED Something readers might be surprised to learn about you? I am the only candidate in the race that has addressed a City of Buda budget, attended more council meetings than any sitting council member, and I was directly responsible for bringing jobs to Buda. Current job and prior public service: After retiring from the Hays CISD, I attended ACC and received a certificate in property management. Since retirement, I have been working for housing properties in the Austin area. My public service extends to being a girl scout leader, a boy scout leader, a Head Start volunteer in the migrant fields in Calif; a leader for CYA (catholic youth advisor); co- sponsor for the Leo Club at Hays High School for 4 years; a founding board member of the North Hays County Optimist Club; a member of the Buda Lions Club since 1993 and secretary for 2 years; a school board member for Santa Cruz Catholic School; board member for the LGC; board member for the Buda Economic Development Corp; founding member for the HAYS CISD Education Foundation; past City of BudaVolunteer of the Year; member of the Friends of the Library; past co-chair of Red, White and Buda; Founder of the Trail of Lights for the City of Buda; creator of the Senior Advisory Board; Founder of Keep Buda Beautiful; member of the YMCA CAPS program in Calif; etc. I have always been a big believer in building better communities thru active volunteerism, and have taught my children to first and foremost give back to their community. Education: Attended West Valley junior College, Cupertino Junior College, College of Notre Dame. Attended ACC here in Austin in the 1990's for my certificate in property management. Worked as a social worker- -my field of interest originally in college. Moved to Austin and to Buda with Lockheed Corporation in the 1980% then back to San Diego to work on the Space Shuttle project, then back to Buda where I have lived for the last 20 some years. I have roughly 100 Continuing Education Units in government classes associated with my position as councilmember, taken over the last 12 years. Lots of times, changes in life also affect your investments. That's why there's never been a better time to schedule your free portfolio review. We'll talk about the changes in your life, and help you decide whether it makes sense to revise your investments because of them. A portfolio review will help ensure your investments are keeping pace with your goals. Call your local financial advisor today. Janet Ross Financial Advisor 251N FM 1626 Bldg 2 Ste B Buda, TX 78610 512-312-2840 www.edwardjones.com Member SIPC Shirley C Malone Financial Advisor 203 Railroad Street Suite 1B Buda, TX 78610 512-312-2332 County welcomes free emergency roadside assistance in Kyle and Buda STAFF REPORT County Commission- ers welcomed the Highway Emergency Response Opera- tor (HERO) Program to Hays County last week. The program, a partner- ship between the Central Texas Regional Mobility Au- thority and the Texas Depart- ment of Transportation, is designed to reduce travel de- lays and keep traffic moving safely along Interstate 35 and U.S. 183. The HERO Program, whose extension into Hays County- from the Travis County line to Yarrington Road - was funded by the Capital Area Metropolitan Planning Orga- nization (CAMPO), provides free assistance to stranded motorists, according to Mo- bility Authority Executive Di- rector Mike Heiligenstein. "The HERO Program will benefit all Hays County resi- dents who travel IH-35," said Drivers can call 512-974- HERO (4376) for help with their vehicle or to report a stranded motorist. Pct. 2 County Commission- flat tires, pumping up low er Mark Jones, adding that tires, adding gasoline, add- emergency service assistance ing water to radiators, pro- along the interstate should viding battery jump-starts, be quick and traffic delays performing minor vehicle reduced since a"HERO truck repairs, relocating vehicles will already be stationed on out of a travel lane, calling the roadway during peak towing or emergency ser- drive times." vice, transporting stranded The emergency service motorists to a safe location, will operate along IH-35 in providing cell phone service Kyte and Buda north to State and providing drinking water Highway 130 in Georgetown. to stranded motorists. HERO services include: Pct. 3 Commissioner Will traffic control and assistance Conley, who chairs the CAMPO at incidents, clearing dam- board, noted that the service aged and disabled vehicles will free up law enforcement from roadway lanes and officers who patrol the area shoulders, picking up road- and often stop to help stranded way debris, providing mo- motorists, taking them away torist assistance, changing from law enforcement duties. Road Bond Continued from pg. 1A That meeting was not cer- tified nor posted; and a ma- jority of council attended that meeting- Samantha Bel- lows-LeMense, Diane Hervol, Becky Selbera and David Wil- son - and LeMense spoke up to help answer a concerned resident's question. "I am embarrassed, be- cause I was unaware of the situation. As it was, I have been under the weather and wanted to attend to show my support and help out where I could," LeMense said. "I'm very disappointed in staff," she said. "Steve Widacki (city engineer) was the staff point person for the mobility committee and it was under his charge to post an agenda, as well as a possi- ble quorum (of council) and I'm very disappointed that that did not happen." Widacki responded that since the meeting was only a presentation, he didn't think it was necessary to post a notice. LeMense, who sat next to Hervol, did communicate privately with the council member during the meeting, though LeMense said their discussions were not specific to the potential road bond nor on which way they would vote when the matter goes before council. City Attorney Julian Grant, who is the former Local Gov- ernment Affairs Section Chief of the Office of the Attorney General, did concede that council members in atten- dance of the meeting were in violation of state law. Though Grant's depart- ment is in charge of legal matters, he said posting no- tice of the meeting was left in capable hands, but a "perfect storm" and "a lot of assump- tion" led to "our collected fault" in violating state law. The "perfect storm" en- compassed Grant and City Manager Lanny Lambert's absence from work on Fri- day, as well as City Secretary Amelia Sanchez's absence due to her beingat school, "We follow all policies, rules and procedures that require all public meetings, gatherings and city sponsored events to be cer- tified and posted• This simply was an oversight. There is no willful intent to violate the law." -Lanny LambeR, Kyle city manager according to Grant. "We follow all policies, rules and procedures that require all public meetings, gatherings and city spon- sored events to be certified and posted," Lambert said. "This simply was an over- sight. There is no willful in- tent to violate the law." Grant said the state viola- tion does not jeopardize a po- tential road bond election in May, because no council ac- tion was taken at the Jan. 19 mobility committee meeting. Section 551.141 of the Open Meetings Act provides that "[a]n action taken by a governmental body in viola- tion of this chapter is void- able." For her part, LeMense said her comment "was merely to help educate the public," and as the city council liaison for the mobility committee, she said "(it's) a very strict tightrope of being able to be there, but not be so involved to sway the committee in form or fashion." LeMense told residents in attendance at the Jan. 19 meeting that they could con- tact their city council mem- ber with any concerns, ques- tions or comments they may have with the potential road bond. "I feel that if you can't talk to your city council mere- We offer affordable powder coated wrought iron for all of your fencing needs - prefab panels, posts, gates, drive gates and hardware. I l MII mill FENCE I I SUPPLY m i 10% off for all military and government employees. THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE! 512-312-4699 www.AustinFencesupply.Com Gene@ AustinFencesupply.Com bers, then they shouldn't be representing you," she said. The estimated 30 people, including council members, the mobility committee and city staff, that attended the meeting were greeted with a stack of papers that included a survey, a tax rate impact analysis and estimated proj- ect costs. City staff, who have pre- sented the potential road bond facts to several groups abundantly, offered resi- dents in attendance details and visual aides that left many residents leaning to- ward supporting the road bond option that would reconstruct all five roads identified as priority in a 2012 city visioning process- Bunton, Burleson, Goforth, Lehman and Marketplace Roads. Concerns of clogging downtown Kyle surfaced af- ter the presentation of a road bond option that would en- gineer all five roads, but only reconstruct Bunton, Burle- son and Goforth roads. Some residents also took issue with the order in which roads would be reconstruct- ed, which is what prompted LeMense to speak up and as- sure residents that council members are listening. The mobility committee, too, took to the podium and offered personal anecdotes as to why all five roads should be reconstructed, which is pre- cisely the recomfiaendation they have offered council. "I was really proud that the mobility committee has shown so much leadership as far as trying to get infor- mation out to the public. I'm very happy that they're so proactive in this and trying to help the community and trying to keep an open mind as far as what citizens want," LeMense said. The survey presented to those in attendance offered residents the ability to choose an the option that better fit their desire - engineering and reconstruction of all five roads or engineering of all five roads, but only reconstruc- tion of three roads - though they were not presented with the option of choosing no roads for reconstruction. The survey did allow for comments and the results will be presented to council. The mobility committee will host its second and final public information session on the potential road bond at 1 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 26 at City Hall. +