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+ + Page 2A NEWS Hays Free Press January 27, 2016 Interested in being on the PEC Board? + The Hays Free Press (ISSN 1087-9323) published weekly by Barton Publications, Inc., 122 N. Main St., Buda, 1)( 78610. Periodicals postage paid at Buda, "IX 78610 and additional mailing offices. POSTMASTER: Send address changes to Barton Publications, Inc., P.O. 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. com Mail: 113 W. 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 classifiedword 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@ 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. BY PAIGE LAMBERT Hays Free Press Reporter Hannah is a 4-year-old female Australian cattle dog/boxer mix. She loves to play with other dogs and enjoys affection from people. Hannah would make an excellent companion for any- one with a low-key, calm household in need of a darling dog to shower with love. "1 think the message has gotten across to residents We are seeing an overall improvement in people Hands-free ordinanc- es are sweeping Central Texas with Austin, San Antonio and every major city in Hays County except Dripping Springs under the ban. paying attention more." State officials argue a ban on using mobile de- vices while driving would -Jeff Barnett, Kyle Police Chief greatly decrease distract- ed driving accidents, ordinance that mirrored While there isn't any There is very little data, Austin's in July. Council data about distracted however, to back it on the memberWiley Hopkins, driving in Buda, the me- local level, a supporter of the ordi- tive of the ordinance was According to the nance, said he proposed to prevent statistics from Texas Department of the idea after almost building up. Transportation, 2,266 being sideswept by an "The whole idea was urban crashes in 2014 oncoming vehicle, prevention, and certainly involved cell phone "The driver was using a communities north and usage. Among those, ] 1 device and swerved inte south of us influenced were fatal, my lane," Hopkins said. the importance of it," Austin and San "This happened twice aHopkins said. "We also Antonio enacted the cell few months prior to pro- have a large commuter phone ban Jan. 1 of last posing [the ordinance]." community, so it was year, with Wimber]ey Buda Police Chief Be incumbent of us to have quickly following suit. Kidd said this type ofconsistency." The typical hands-free distracted driving wasn't Kyle Police Chief Jeff ordinance states drivers a chronic issue before. Barnett said Kyle has and bicyclists can't Kidd added there hav- been free of distracted engage in texting or calls, en't been any citations violators since the city view photos or perform issued, council adopted the any action requiring Buda used a grace ordinance in September. the individual to use a period to educate people Since the grace period mobile device, and post signs around ended Nov. 1, Barnett Drivers can't use a the main thoroughfares, said officers have only device while stopped "I think we've all ben- given a handful of verbal at traffic signals or stop efitted from the succes- warnings. signs. Ordinances do give sion of these cities' edu- "It could have been exception to emergency cation," Kidd said. "We coincidental, when they officials and law enforce- were educated by Austin stopped someone for ment. and I'm sure Kyle learned an expired registration Buda adopted an a little from us too."and noticed they were Buda moves forward with location for municipal facility BY MOSES LEOS III approved the $55 million bond, which included $21 million to go toward a new municipal facility. Cost overruns extend- That facility would ing to engineering and house a new library, mu- flood mitigation for the nicipal court, city hall, site of Buda's proposed community multipur- new municipal facility pose room and emergen- didn't deter the Buda City cy preparedness space. Council from sticking The city in 2015 pur- with its plan. chased 8.6 acres near The Buda City Coun- Jardine's Foods to house cil Monday voted 4-3 the facility. to move forward with But concerns arose re- property acquired by the garding the site after the city near Jardine's Foods Oct. 30 flood event. along Main Street for the "It was obvious to facility. Councilmembers anyone that saw water Angela Kennedy, George through the property," Haehn and David Nuck- Ruge said. "It raised els cast dissenting votes, questions. We decided to Buda Mayor Todd take a step back." Ruge said his decision to Ruge said the city's move forward was based plan was to "beef up" on keeping a facility on its site for the facility to Main Street. meet a 500-year flood, "I'm a firm believer plus one foot. The city that we need to have the designed the site to a facility on Main Street," 100-year floodplain. Ruge said. "It needs a But cost overruns Main Street address. It quickly became will have one." apparent. Improving the Buda council's deci- site to within a 500-year sion came after a nearly flood would cost the city two-hour long executive $2 million dollars more. session about the facility, The city had purchased which is part of the city's the land for $2 million, 2014 bond package, with a sub-cost of almost Voters in Nov. 2014 $1.7 million. Chewbacca is a 3-year-old domestic shorthair tabby with a lot of swagger. Wherever his four paws touch is his kingdom. He loves other cats and really enjoys goofing around with them. Chewbacca is a very affectionate man and would do well in just about any home! PAWS Shelter and Humane Society is a non-profit, no-kill shelter operated primarily on donations and adoptions. 500 FM 150 E, Kyle, TX 512 268-1611 All animals are fully vaccinated, spay/neutered, microchipped and dewormed. ~i!~!~!~i~ii!ii~ii~ii~ii~i~i~iii~i~i~!~i~:~i~i~!~iii~iii~!i~i~iii~i~ii~i~iii~i~iiii~i:~i~!~ii~i~i~!~i~i~ii~iii!~i~:~i~!ii~iiii~i!~i~i~!~!i~i~ii~!ii~i~i!i~iiii~i~iiii~i~i~iiii!~i~i!i~i~i~iii~iii~iii!~i~i~i~iiiii~i~i~!i~iillii~i~ill~i~i~iill~i~ii!~!~i~i~!i~i~!i!!iii~i~ii!ii~;iii!ii~i!i~i~:ii!~!i~i;~i~i~i;i~!iiii~ii~iiiii~;i~i!i!~i~iii~i!~!~ii~i~iii~i~i~i~!~i~i~!~i~i~i~i~i!~i~i~iii~i~ii~!~ii Com ittedto ur] et eaithsmee : Haehn, who advocated for finding an alternate location, said cost and topography issues were his main concerns. "Unfortunately, it seems like when you get a bid, there's always cost overruns. Doesn't matter if it's state or local, that's the way it is," Haehn said. "Cost of the engineering for the site and flood mitigation, those were things that weren't anticipated." In December, the city sought to find alternate locations for its facility. The city identified ten alternate locations, with five that were feasible. While he couldn't name the other properties, Ruge said they were locations that the city has "looked at before." The alternate properties, according to Ruge, were going to be anywhere from $1 million to $4 million cheaper than the ]ardine's location. By choosing to stay with the same location, the city now will work on redesigning the project to fit within new Unified Development Code standards in regard to drainage. The city opted to use a 2012 HalffAssociates study of floodplains. According to city documents, the Halff study uses more accurate data than FEMA flood plain maps. In addition, the facility will also have open trenches and box culverts along with an underground detention area for drainage. But the city will also look at cutting costs for the facility to mitigate the overrun. That includes cutting the cost of an $800,000 pedestrian bridge to $300,000. For Ruge, there were a "lot of positives" for the site to move forward. He added even with overages, the estimated tax burden to Buda residents for the bond would be two cents lower than the quoted 14.8 cents per $100 valuation. "We have an opportunity to do something great with that property," Ruge said. holding a cell phone," he summer months when said. "Most officers don't thousands of people visit want to write multiple for vacation and are off violations when they stop school. Both cities' grace drivers." periods ended late last Barnett said he wasn't year. surprised by the lack Barnett said the city of violators. Those who of Kyle is awaiting a commute to Austin green light from the were probably already Texas Department of in a hands-free mindset Transportation (TxDOT) before Kyle even adopted to install six more hands- the ordinance, he said. free signs along 1-35 "I think the message right-of-way points to has gotten across to help educate visitors. residents," Barnett said. 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