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Page 2A NEWS Hays Free Press * January 25, 2017 The Hays Free Press 0SSN 1087-9323) published weekly by Barton Publications, Inc•, P.O. Box 339, Buda, "IX 78610• Periodicals postage paid at Buda, TX 78610 and additional mailing offices• POSTMASTER: Send address changes to Barton Publications, Inc., RO. Box 339, Buda, "IX 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: 113W. Center Street, Kyle, TX 78640 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 brought 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. LEI'rERS GUIDELINES We welcome locally written letters to the editor on timely topics of community interest• BY SAMANTHA SMITH Buda city leaders ear- lier this month approved the purchase of three new Buda Police Depart- ment vehicles that were approved within the city's fiscal year 2017 budget. The three new vehicles will cost roughly $22,700 equipment from the older vehicles," Buda Police Chief Bo Kidd said, "We are only going to have to completely outfit one police car, which costs approximately $20,000." Kidd said that the department needed the three vehicles for a variety of reasons. "One of the cars is a re- placement due to it being per vehicle, which wastotaled in an accident, approved by the Buda one of the cars is replac- city council as part of the ing a patrol car that had budget process in 2016. well over 100,000 miles 'A lot of the time the cost of the equipment that goes into the police vehicle costs the same as the vehicle, but that is not the case for these vehi- cles since we can reuse "One of the cars is a replacement due to it being totaled in an accident, one of the cars is replacing a patrol car that had well over 100,000 miles on it and the third car is going to be added to the fleet for a new officer." -Bo Kidd, Buda police chief on it and the third car is involved in a collision on truck that was in his blind going to be added to the Sept. 1, 2016 on the west spot crashed into him, fleet for a new officer," access of Main Street.causing the vehicle to be Kidd said. Kidd said officer Fred- totaled and Erdman to be Kidd said that one dy Erdman was traveling injured. of the vehicles would with his lights and sirens "Freddy is now on light ' • r replace a cruiser that was en route to a call when a duty, but he s still recove - ing," Kidd said. Kidd said the approval of the three new patrol vehicles would give the department six total vehicles, with two officers sharing each patrol car. Currently Buda has 12 full or part time police officers on the force. He added the vehicles rotate with each shift, which lasts the course of a 12-hour period and that general fleet maintenance is performed in-house, outside of large repairs, based on officer feedback from their inspection of police vehicles before every shift. Kidd said delivery of the new patrol cars would take 90 days. Yawington: Development plan - and no truck stop - in final stages Continued from pg. ,1A original request from Dec. 15 for the warehouse • " t rezonmg as staff carom administratively change its application midstream." Koontz said the public no- rice was also kept the same for consistency. However, Koontz said council is allowed to make appropriate zoning changes. He said there was a "new plan and new ex- pectation going forward" where RS zoning would be "appropriate" and that the applicant could make it work. "By investing in this junction, what we call the gateway to both cities, we are taking steps to secure our future and highlight the importance of regional cooperation." -.John Thomaides, San Marcos Mayor chor store, restaurant pads, there could be modifica- tions, such as roadway access and retaining her- two hotels and a conve- nience store with an eight- pump gas station, along with other retail sites. According to the release, That plan was crafted through a several months the plan provides a view of long regional planning, what types of businesses effort that involved Kyle s would have the "greatest Economic Development,chance for success at Hays County, the Greater that location." Kyle City San Marcos Partnership Manager Scott Sellers said (GSMP), the city of San Marcos and PGI. The current concept plan calls for a retail an- itage oak trees, the plan is "essentially complete," Sellers said. "By investing in this junction, what we call the gateway to both cities, we are taking steps to secure our future and highlight the importance of re- " • " n in a statement the concept glonal cooperation, ]oh plan is the "starting point Thomaides, San Marcos for recruiting busine ,ses mayor said in a statement. to that location. Whi~ Hays County Pct. 4 Commissioner Ray Whisenant said the prog- ress made on the concept plan is "encouraging" and he's confident the project will benefit "the county as a whole." "Bringing retail busi- nesses to Kyle and San Marcos through this development is a sound investment in our future financial success in Hays County," Whisenant said in a statement. Regional cooperation on the plan began after the Kyle Planning and Zoning commission (P&Z) denied an application from PGI to rezone the 47-acre property to ware- house in January 2016. The move could have allowed for a potential truck stop to be built on the property, which drew criticism from residents of the Blanco Vista subdivi- sion, which is located near the property. PGI in 2013 had previously attempt- ed to rezone for a truck stop, but were ultimately denied by council. Council didn't discuss the zoning Feb. 2, 2016 as PGI pulled the request. City leaders then worked with represen- tatives from PGI, Hays County, San Marcos and the GSMP for the plan. "We are excited about this project moving for- . ward and we look forward to brining new businesses to Kyle," a spokesperson for PGI said in a statement. Webster said he is glad to see the project coming together due to coop- eration among several entities. "We look forward to doing great things for all of the entities involved, but mostly for residents of Kyle and San Marcos," Sellers said. SH21: Little progress seen on saAely measures 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@ 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. Continued from pg. 1A questions submitted by residents after a previous town hall meeting. According to TxDOT crash data, there were ten fatal accidents along SH 21 from 2012 to 2017. The most recent fatal collision occurred Jan. 2 when a Buda man was killed in a wrong-way crash on SH 21. According to the data, there were nearly 400 accidents on the highway during the five-year time frame. Despite the accidents, Vargas said the current .............. iiliii and turn lanes, as well as SH 21, however, is listed as level of service (LOS) for adding shoulders. Thea priority corridor for the the roadway for SH 21 state broke the project up state. from the Bastrop County into three phases along Hnformnatel~ this corridor did not rank high line to SH 80is anAor aSH21. " "d B, which means vehiclesBut the projects are not enough, Vargas sm . traveling at a free flow funded at this time, Vargas "But that doesn't mean we speed are following the said. The projects were should stop." posted speed limit 35 to 50 submitted for funding Should funding be ap- percent of the time. during the 2016 fiscal year, proved, TxDOT estimates In addition, Vargas said but he said the road didn't a 24-month time period to the state is looking to qualify. Other fundingprepare a contract for bid. widen parts of SH 21 to a sources are being sought In addition, the state is also three-lane roadway using for the projects. TxDOT preparing for warrant stud- the "Super 2" configu- could also work with Hays ies for intersections on SH ration, which features and Caldwell county of- 21 at FM 2001 and FM 2720 alternative passing lanes ficials as well. Vargas said (Old Lockhart Highway). But when it came to potentially lowering the speed limit, Vargas said a speed study performed by a consultant proved inconclusive Residents, however, were concerned over information that was presented. Uhland Mayor Brian Geiger grew frustrat- ed after he claimed TxDOT was providing conflicting information regarding the timeline for certain studies during the course of three town hag meetings. Niederwald resident Melanie Puryear was worried about trucks that travel through neighbor- hoods that line SH 21. Puryear also worried about the potential growth of Uhland and Niederwald and how that could affect traffic, saying she belives it could "look like South Lamar" in a decade. But she ultimately felt after three town hall meet- ings with officials that it "doesn't seem like it's accomplishing anything." "If it was a county road, they could get something done," DiUard Puryear said. "Since it's a state highway, it's out of their reach as far as getting things done." Uhland resident Patri- cia Sylvester said she was upset that "little has been done" during the three meetings. "It's like all of our anxiety and frustrations are falling on deaf ears," Sylvester said. For Sylvester, an in- creased law enforcement presence on SH 21 is needed for the roadway. But she felt TxDOT is trying to do "too much and that's what's taking too long." Prioritizing items is what she believes could help move the process forward. 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