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+ , , HaysFreePress.com ress c~rge January 25, 2017 Page 1D BY SAMANTHA SMITH news@haysfreepress.com For the second time in a month, Buda city lead- ers opposed a restaurant group's bid for a vari- ance to construct a sign beyond what's allowed in city ordinance. The Buda City Council unanimously denied a second appeal by the Panda Express Restau- rant Group Jan. 17 for a variance from the city's maximum allowed sign height of 12-feet. Panda's appeal fol- lowed the Buda Plan- ning and Zoning's (P&Z) denial of the variance, which sought to build a 35-foot sign. According to Chance Sparks, Buda assistant city manager, members of P&Z met Jan, 10 and denied the variance request 4-3. Jamie Green, a rep- resentative with Panda Express Restaurant Group, requested the appeal to P&Z's latest decision to deny the vari- ance based on the close vote. However, council members were informed Jan. 3 that P&Z would not take a third review of the appeal. "This is a town we want to be in," Green said, "We think it's going to add jobs and ser- vices to the city that the people want here." Green stipulated that in order to make the property developable, the restaurant needed the 35-foot sign. Council member Eileen Altmiller asked Green where the com- pany was in negotia- tions with neighboring Jamie Green, a representative with Panda Express Restaurant Group, stipulated that in order to make the property developable, the restaurant needed the 35-footsign. businesses in the area to include a Panda Express sign on their existing signage structures. Green said Cracker Barrel denied their re- quest due to the compe- tition between the two restaurants. Walmart, however, agreed to sell Panda Express a portion of their existing sign on which to advertise, but Green implied that it would not be ideal. Council member George Haehn said he was torn on the variance appeal as he hoped to try and balance the need for further development in Buda's gateway corridor within Buda's regulations on development. "The more develop- ment the better." Haehn said, "But I don't think we should supersede P&Z's decision." Buda Mayor Todd PANDA EXPRESS PASS, 4D PHOTO BY BILL PEARY The Driftwood Historical Conservation Society is negotiating with Driftwood Store owner Dan Winters to buy the building located in downtown Driftwood in order to preserve it. Above, a couple takes pre-wedding photos at the iconic building. BY SAMANTHA SMITH news@haysfreepress.com Having grown up in Driftwood during her childhood, Lisa Elliott remembers how the Driftwood General Store and Post Office was essentially the "hub of everything." "It's just like Camp Ben McCullough. These are time capsules. Members of the community will come back to this place for decades." --Casey Cutler, Driftwood Historical Conservation Society Director The building func- ~tioned as the closest torical Conservation for purchasing the store place for area residents Society (DHCS) earlier was first brought up to purchase feed for this month kick-started about six months ago. their livestock, send a plans to possibly pur- At that time, the DCHS letter, or catch up on the chase the store, discovered Dan Winters, local gossip. Casey Cutler, DHCS a local photographer "Everyone knew director, said the society who owns the property everyone in town on a hopes to preserve thethe store current is on, first-name basis," Elliott facility for generations was in the process of said. "It was so friendly to come. selling the store. and wonderful growing "It's a living heri- Since then, the DCHS, up there." tage. That's what's so with the help of Ion While the store no fascinating about it.Jones, who is Winter's longer operates, one The community has a neighbor and is part of group is planning to sense of it being there," the society, began infor- possibly purchase the Cutler said. "We hope to mal talks on negotiating structure in an effort to preserve it and keep it a a price "that everyone preserve its heritage, living heritage." feels is reasonable," The Driftwood His- Cutler said the idea Cutler said. He said Winters has joined Jones at meet- ings, where they all real- ize the focal point is to "preserve it for genera- tions." He said discus- sion "naturally evolved," as Winters talked about the possibility of selling the store as he doesn't live in it. "If we can, to do that would be a very impor- tant landmark for this area," Cutler said. How the society could pay for such a purchase, however, is something they need to work out, Cutler said. Currently, the DHSC is in the process of obtaining its non-profit designation. Discussing what they could do with the store- front is also a topic of conversation as well. Cutler said the society is talking with Winters DRIFTWOOD STORE, 4D I 4 Public Notices Notice of Public Hearing As a part of its business of exercising its groundwater powers, the Board of the Plum Creek Conservation District will conduct a heating concerning an amended application for two Water Well Production permit, which is described as follows: Name of Applicant Hays Caldwell Public Utility Agency Mailing Address 1040 Highway 123 San Marcos, TX 78666 Date Amended Application Filed September 12, 2016 Location of Wells Purpose Amount of Water Rate of Production Summary HCPUA Well #1 (PC 6713600.001) Latitude: 29.806098* Longitude: -97.388850" HCPUA Well #2 (PC 6714700.001) Latitude: 29.789488* Longitude: -97.35794" Public Water Supply 4,700 acre feet of water per year HCPUA Well #1 ( PC 6713600.001) = 1,040 gallons per minute HCPUA Well #2 ( PC 6714700.001) = 1,872 gallons per minute The amended application is applying for a water well production permit, requesting a total of 4,700 acre feet of water per year for public water supply purposes to HCPUA member entities and customers. The hearing will be held during the Board's regular meeting, at 1:00 p.m. on February 21 st, 2017, located at 1101 W. San Antonio, Lockhart, TX. Notice of Public Hearing As a part of its business of exercising its groundwater powers, the Board of the Plum Creek Conservation District will conduct a hearing concerning an amended application for a Transportation permit, which is described as follows: Name of Applicant Hays Caldwell Public Utility Agency Mailing Address 1040 Highway 123 San Marcos, TX 78666 Date Application Filed September 12, 2016 Location of Wells HCPUA Well #1 (PC 6713600.001) Latitude: 29.806098* Longitude: -97.388850" HCPUA Well #2 (PC 6714700.001) Latitude: 29.789488* Longitude: -97.35794 Purpose Public Water Supply Amount of Water 4,700 acre feet of water per year Rate of Production i'ICPUA Well #1 (PC 6713600.001) = 1,040 gallons per minute HCPUA Well #2 (PC 6714700.001) = 1,872 gallons per minute Summary The transportation facilities will consist of four primary components: well field collection pipelines, a water treatment plant, treated water pipelines, and treated water pump stations. The water produced from the wells within the District will be collected into an estimated 36-inch diameter pipeline which will transport the water to the treatment plant. The treatment plant will be located either within Caldwell or Gonzales County. The water will be transported from the treatment plant via an estimated 36-inch diameter pipeline. Two booster pump stations will be required along the pipeline to deliver the water to the HCPUA member entities and customers. The Agency commenced construction of the transportation system on October 29, 2015. Pipeline excavation began for the portion of the project that will deliver water to the City of Buda. Maps are available at wwwp__~ The heating will be held during the Board's regular meeting, at 1:00 p.m. on February 21st, 2017, located at 1101 W. S an Antonio, Lockhart, TX. + /-I'~='~ T ~