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+ HaysFreePress.com )!72;;i i 2 MN IHG LEHIGH Cement company says it wants to protect its right to operate. - Page 1D January 25, 2012 * Page 1C you care about Buda BUDA PARKSAND "~'I~,~!;~i ~'I~ " '~ l~!~"~'~'!t"~l ~i uda Parks are the best keep secret in town! Currently, the City of Buda has ap- proximately 250 acres of parkland within 11 indi- vidual parks. This includes approximately 3 miles of multi-purpose concrete and crushed granite trails. Many of our neighbor- hood parks offer a variety of playgrounds, covered picnic shelters, cooking grills, picnic tables, park benches and basketball play pads. Residents enjoy four game/practice youth baseball and softball fields, four game/practice soccer fields, and acres of nature parkland. The City of Buda is creating its first citywide parks master plan to guide future decisions for parks, recreation, trails and open spaces in Buda and you are cordially invited to be a part of the planning process. The new master plan will cover all aspects of parks, recreation, trails and open space, and will serve as a guideline for pri- oritizing projects and fiscal planning of quality of life enhancements in the city for the next 10 years. This will include a trails master plan that will map existing city trails and trail con- necters, and will outline future trails that will con- nect parks, schools, neigh- borhoods and businesses. Your input in this public process is vital as the city and park system continues to grow and develop. Please join us on Thurs- day, February 9 in the Buda Elementary School Kunkel Room located at 300 San Marcos Street (upper campus) to discuss ideas and opportunities. and to help plan for the future of our parks. There will be an Open House at 6:30 p.m. where you can look at maps of Buda's park system and enjoy light re- freshments. The presenta- tion/ discussion will begin at 7 p.m. If you are unable to at- tend the public meeting, you are welcome to email your input to jjones@ ci.buda.tx.us regarding the following questions: What are the good qualities of Buda's parks today? What are the not so good aspects of Buda's parks today? Regarding all aspects of Buda's parks, what are the top 2 to 3 things lack- ing today? Where would you like trails .to connect to? What amenities should be included in City Park? What should not be in- cluded? For more parks master plan information, contact Jack Jones at 312-0084. The newly constructed Kyle Public Library on Scott Street is expected to open stations, a children's Nay area and a soecial collections room. PHOTO BY BRENDA STEWART later this spring. The 20,O00-square-foot structure boasts 50 computer Officials hope to see Kyle's new library doors open by spring BY KIM HILSENBECK kim@haysfreepress.com At the newly completed Kyle Public Library on Scott Street, rows of empty shelves await being filled. Inside the 20.000-square-foot building with high ceilings, it's as quiet as it will ever be; no patrons, no computers and no furniture. Connie Brooks. the library director, said she expects the new library to officially open later this spring. "I think when visitors take that first step in the door. they will be thrilled." she said. At the new library, residents will have access to 50 computer stations- 30 more than now, including two just for children - as well as public meeting rooms, a quiet reading room, and an expanded selection of information to check out. There will also be a special collections room for historical books and reference materials. Programs already offered by the library will continue, such as job training, lan- guage classes, tax preparation and more, with additional space and resources. The lobby, separated from the main area by glass doors, will offer a place for local residents to meet and talk without disturb- ing other library patrons while avoiding the heat, cold or inclement weather. The $3.5 million building was more than the original $3.2 million budget ap- proved by Kyle's City Council. Yet Brooks said the city got excellent value for its money since it was built during a reces- sion when construction firms scramble to win business: With other city services needing fund- ing, including the police department and road improvements. Mayor Lucy Johnson thinks the library went to the top of the list because of public support, but also because of the services provided to city residents. "The library is where people have access to computers, which allows them to search for jobs, get job training, take adult educa- tion classes and more." Johnson said. "It's the most-used city building." Brooks said the library also receives private and corporate donations, as well as profits from the Library Thrift Shop, which brought in $34.000 last year. A sale of engraved bricks that will be placed near the build- ing entrance has raised $13,000 so far. The Burdine Johnson Foundation recently donated $200.000 for new collection items, includ- ing books, ebooks, and audiobooks. "We saw the library had a real need and we wanted to help," said Bill Johnson, the foundation president. ...... +, ,, th as aff OPi eyen,, Brooks Said the li;. ::):, brary could not funetlon "The library is where people have access to computers, which allows them to search for jobs;job training; adult education and more, .. It's the without its volunteers. She also credited the Friends of the Library for its generous support. But with the new building will also come some changes to library policies and internal procedures. "We're growing up," Brooks said. "Some -Lucy Johnson,Kyle Mayor of our policies were never written down. Others need to be updated." One change Brooks noted was the community room usage. "There may be a rental fee and we're exploring a new reser- vation system." There will also be changes INTERIOR PHOTOS BY DAVID WHITE to the policy regarding library patron behavior. The changes do not include expanded hours or changes in library late fees. whiCh are capped at $10. Library staffwill move into the new facility once the furniture arrives. Then comes the big move, which Brooks said will give them an opportunity to weed through the current collection and either recycle or donate old collection items. "We don't get much of a chance to get rid of older items," Brooks said, "because we must have one collection item for each resident served to be accredited. We need- (about ing, though : Significantly deer'eased in The large lC tion from Burdine Johnson Bill Johnson's mother. "Some of the books are so old, they still say'when we land on the moon,' "Brooks said. [lays and babies in Buda ~ BUDA BITS Our JP, Scott Cary, has another title, he is now a grandfather. Scott and Merry Cary are now the proud grandparents of a seven-pound, 12-ounce granddaughter. Berkley Elise was born Wednesday, Janu- ary 17 at St. Luke's Hospital at The Vintage in Houston. Parents are Faith (Cary) and John Lane. Don't look for Melanie Reynolds at Shear Impres- sions for the next week since she is in Italy spoiling her first grandchfid.)kllen Joseph was born Thursday, January 19 inVenice, Italy at 9:08 a.m. (our time) and weighed in at seven pounds, I0 ounces. He is the l~rst- born child of Mallory (Reyn- olds) and Joseph Gonzales. Dad is an MP in the Arm~ serving in Italy. The family is scheduled to return to the States in June. Grant and Garison Grizzle celebrated their 6th birthday on Sunday (even though their birthday was on Mon- day) at The Jumpy Place in Kyle. The theme of the birth- day was "football" with a football cake made by their dad. Again this year, rather than guests bringing gifts for the twins, they were asked to bring DVDs to be donated to children at Texas Scot- tish Rite Hospital in Dallas. The Grizzle boys have both received care at the hospital which is operated solely by donations. Thanks to Byron and Cathy Severance. owners of The Jumpy Place, for making the party so much ffm and taking care of all the clean- up duties. Such a great party place where you can be as- sured of a good time for all. Thanks also for having the TV on the football game for all the dads. Birthdaywishes go out to Wanda Townsend on Jan 27; Hal Odell, Dick Respess, Jerry Sears and Judy Shelton on Jan. 28; Barbara Goodson on Jan. 29. Starting offthe first day of Feb. with birth- day wishes to Audrey Elder and PerryWatson. Cimarron Rose Antiques in downtown Buda is cel- ebrating the third year in business this month. Stop by and visit with owner Hope Sanford at her shop at 218 Main Street. Watch for the opening soon of a new restaurant in the brick building on Main Street that was a post office years ago and more recently home of tiae.Rollin- Hot Grill. Don't forget the 20th an- nual membership meeting of the Friends of the Buda Library on Sunday, Jan. 29, at 2 p.m. at the library. Refreshments ~ll be served and the public is invited. After: Hours Clinics nights, weekends & holidays (512) 346-6611 Mon-Fri: 5pm-9pm Sat & Sun: 8am-4pm ARC Cedar Park ARC Far West ARC Round Rock ARC Southwest Monday: 5pm-9pm Saturday: 8am-4pm ARC After Hours Clinics are staffed by pediatricians and family medicine physicians. Sunday: Closed ~ Limited I~ours at ARC Cedar Park After Hours Clinic,