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+ TAKIN' STOCK A day in the life of a youth livestock show competitor. - Page 1B NFL IN SA? Raiders show interest San Antonio area. - Page 1D in @Barton Publications, Inc. ..... HaysFreePress.com ....... ....Vol. 119 No. 44 g Buda, Kyle and Northeast Hays County, TX 75 BY PAIGE LAMBERT Hays Free Press Reporter Following allegations by his political oppo- nent of conspiracy and a cover up to a 2014 case, Hays County Sheriff Gary Curler announced last week that the matter was handled properly. And the former Hays County district attorney concurs with Curler's statement. In a ]an. 22 emailed response to the Hays Free Press, Cutler said the case, which was refer- enced by Tommy Ratliff THE TRUCK BY MOSES LEOS III moses@haysfreepress.com A standing room only crowd watched Tuesday as the Kyle Planning and Zoning Commission (P&Z) denied a devel- oper's application to rezone land that could have allowed a truck stop in the space. The Kyle P&Z denied a request from PGI Investments, LLC to re- zone 47.74 acres of land from agricultural (AG) to warehouse (W) by a 5-2 vote. Chairman Michael Rubsam and commis- sion member Michele Christie cast the dissent- ing votes. PGI, which saw two previous attempts to develop a truck stop fail, returned to P&Z after withdrawing an applica- tion in October 2015 to rezone the property to retail services (R/S). According to city during a press confer- ence two weeks ago, was reviewed internally by the Sheriff's Office. He also said the case was forwarded to the Hays County District Attor- ney's Office. "The District Attor- ney at the time, Sherri Tibbe, concurred that the matter should be closed," Cutler said in the emalled response. Curler added in his email that the Texas Rangers conducted their own independent review and "came to the same conclusion." CUTLER, 4A STOPS HERE documents, Terry Irion, a representative for PGI, wrote on Jan. 4 the property is "ideal" for warehouse zoning. He wrote it could allow a variety of uses including transportation relat- ed services, such as a truck/travel center. Irion said Tuesday Kyle is a bedroom community and there's no place "for small businessmen to have business." He cited plumbing and heating, ventilation and air con- dition (HVAC) business- es that could fall under warehouse zoning. But Irion didn't deny that his client was seek- ing a truck stop. "I can't stand here and say that they don't want to build a truck stop," Irion said. "It does. But not on 47 acres, but about 28 acres if they had their druthers." TRUCK STOP DENIED, 4A PHOTO BY ~SES LEOS III Two local law enforcement officers competed in The Battle of the Badges last Friday. The event was hosted by the Travis County Sheriff's Office and is a sanctioned boxing event that pits Austin area law enforcement officers against members of area fire de- partments. Proceeds from the event went to area non-profit Partnerships for Children. Kyle police officer Matthew Wilson (above, right) and Hays County Sheriff's Deputy Manuel De La Rosa were the only two Hays County boxers. See the full story on page 1B. Browse and buy photos online at www.haysfreepress.com under the photos link. Kyle pushing forward with Burleson Street project BY MOSES LEOS III moses@haysfreepress;oom Kyle citizens who regularly use parts of north Bufleson Street to pass through the city may have to find an alternate route for up to two weeks in the near future. The closure will be a result of the city temporarily closing the road to give contractor Capital Excavation time to complete a roundabout that will connect Burleson to the city's Marketplace Avenue project. The city has not selected a date for the closure. Marketplace, which will connect Burleson Street to City Lights Drive, is one of five projects that were approved by voters in 2013 as part of the $35 million road bond. Kyle City Engineer Leon Barba said construction on the roundabout will block through traffic from Burleson Street will be closed for two with a roundabout was based on support from weeks in the near future while the city council. "To us and to the completes construction of Marketplacecouncil, there is a lot of Avenue, which will include a roundabout, benefit in a roundabout to move traffic through there," Garcia said. Spring Branch Drive Capital Excavation is to Garcia said the to the northbound complete construction by roundabout would Interstate 35 access road the end of March. Jo Ann accommodate larger According to Barba, Garcia, project manager vehicles, such as buses residents living along with the City of Kyle, said and trucks. The city is north Burleson near the Capital Excavation is utilizing a pavement Marketplace intersection "well ahead of schedule" option that has a 20-year would have access to of the project's lune 2016 design. But she said the their homes. Northbound timeframe. She said the lifespan of the pavement traffic would be detoured project is pushing toward would depend on the onto Spring Branch drive, a March completion date, volume of traffic on the with electronic reader which is dependent on road. boards and barricades various factors. Burleson Street alerting residents. But the city will currently has a traffic "(The contractor) can be forced to close count of 7,000 to 8,000 do (the project) a lot parts of Burleson vehicles per day, with faster and it's also safer," Street to complete thethe volume expected to Barba said to council on intersection, double in 20 years. the closure. According to Garcia, Garcia said there are a In an update to the the intersection of "lot of educated guesses" Kyle City Council on Marketplace and when it comes to the Jan. 19, Barba said the Burleson roads didn't lifespan of the pavement. Marketplace project is 56 show that a traffic signal Cost of the percent complete, as of was warranted. A stop Marketplace Avenue Jan. 7. sign is "still an option," project is currently $3.8 Barba said the city's but Garcia said the million, with roughly $2 contract with contractor decision to move forward million having beer paid. ,p, l oo{ 09 ,c,a 'C/) Curious about severe weather? Want to help the National Weather Service by submitting severe weather reports? Come to the Skywarn Weather Spotter training Feb. 1 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at the Kyle Fire Station at 210 W. Moore St. Classes are free and open to everyone. No registration required. Get the full schedule online at www.weather.gov/ewx. Knights of Columbus host Vegas Night Knights of Columbus present Vegas Night Feb. 6 from 7-11 p.m. at 801 N. Burleson in Kyle. Enjoy a night of rollicking good fun with tables for everyone. Ticket are $35 at the door or $30 in advance (includes admission, pizza, 10K in poker chips and one reverse raffle ticket). Email GetTickets@ kylekc.com for info. The event is adults only and BYOB. Proceeds provide support to feed the hungry in Kyle, offer local students college scholarships and other community support projects. DRINKIN' UP Where and when locals are imbibing. - Page 1D Z 'Images of America: Kyle' book signings Learn about the history of Kyle with the help of local author Betty Harrison and the Hays County Historical Commission with the newly-published "Images of America: Kyle". Harrison will do a book signing at the Kyle Public Library on Jan. 29 from noon-2 p.m., and Jan. 30 at the Texas Pie Company from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Books will be for sale at both readings. Mary Szybist poetry readings Mary Szybist's first collection of poetry, "Granted," was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award and the winner of the 2004 Great Lakes Colleges Asso- ciations New Writers Award. Her second book, "Incarnadine," won the National Book Award for Poetry. Her work has appeared in the Iowa Review and Denver Quarterly and was featured in Best American Poetry. Szybist will have a book read- ing at the Witliff Collection on Feb. 4 at 3:30 p.m. and the Katherine Anne Porter Literary Center Feb. 5 at 7:30 p.m. News ............... 1-4A Best Bets ............ 4C [ Ill! Illlilllllllll i IIIii111 III Opinions ............... 3A Business ......... 1, 4D II!!!!l!l!!! ll!!lJl!!lJIII! Sports ............... 1-2B Service Directory ... 3D Education ......... 3-4B Classifieds ....... ..... 2-3D Community ......1-4C Public Notices ... 2,4D 7 7 +