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JANUARY 30, 2013 4_ + PLAYOFF HOPES Hays and Lehman girls basketball teams battle for playoff spots. - Page 1B LIVESTOCK SHOW Annual youth livestock show out the best in Hays County. - Page 1C brings Barton Publications, Inc. ............ HaysFreePress.com .............. Vol. 110 * No. 44 ...... Serving Buda, Kyle and Northeast Hays County 75 + HOPKINS PROCTOR Runoff election needed to fill City Council Place 2 BY KIM HILSENBECK kim@haysfreepress.com With no majority winner in the Buda City Council Place 2 special election last Saturday, the two candidates with the highest vote totals, Wdey Hopkins and Amy Proctor, will face each other in a runoff election later this spring. Hopkins, a retired managing execu- tive for government housing finance corporations, received 110 votes - 48 percent of the total. He is on the Buda zoning board of adjustments commit- tee. Hopkins also said he was instru- mental in bringing the 300-unit, $21 million Silverado Crossing apartment development complex to Buda. Amy Proctor, a 30-year resident of Buda who listed her occupation as "family advisor," received 64 votes, or 27.8 percent. The third candidate, former Buda City Council Member Cathy Chilcote, received 55 votes for 24 percent of the total. City Secretary Danny Batts said the votes will be canvassed at the Feb. 5 city council meeting. LI.S. Census data puts the popu- lation of Buda at 7,660 as of the last estimate in 2011. According to Hays County voting records, 5,038 of those residents - about 65 percent- are reg- istered voters. Chilcote, community director at a property management firm, lost her previous council seat in November to George Haehn. She said the turnout for the special election, less than five percent of registered voters, is disap- pointing. She also said the lack of a crisis may have deterred more people from voting. "It's very sad," she said. "There's no fire. There is no crisis or big issue driv- ing who needs to be on [the council]." Chilcote said she called many peo- ple ahead of the election and a high percentage were unaware one was being held. She said they asked her if there was a problem in Buda. "It's often difficult when you have these little elections and the city is do- ing so well," Chilcote said. "There is See BUDA RUN-OFF ELECTION, pg. 2A -" x 91 t d c- p'.,- .,t--, ) PHOTO BY STEPHANIE FARLEY Tibetan Monks make Mandala at TXST Tibetan Monks of the Drepung Loseling Monastery visited the LBJ Student Center on the Texas State University campus Monday. They performed an ancient opening ceremony before beginning a Mandala - painting with colored sand. They will finish, and then destroy the art on Feb. 1. Read more about the monks on page 1C. Campaign expenditures due for local candidates BY ANDY SEVILLA andy@haysfreepress.com Reporting campaign contributions and expenditures is something state rules explicitly demand. Buda city council candidate and former mem- ber, Cathy Chilcote, failed to do just that and said it was simply "an over- sight." "l spent less than $500 so I thought I did not need to file one," Chilcote said in an email. "... Isn't it a situa- tion wherein if you spend less than $500.00 you do not have to file?" The Texas Ethics Commission rules, however, state something dif- ferent about modified reporting- the declaration not to accept or spend more than $500 in connection with an election. "To file under the modified sched- ule, a candidate must file the declara- tion required under subsection (c) [a candidate must file a declaration of intent not to accept more than $500 in political contributions or make more than $500 in political expenditures (excluding filing fees) in connection with the election] of this section no later than the 30th day before the first election to which the declaration ap- plies," state the commission rules. 'A declaration filed under subsection (c) of this section is valid for one election "1 spent less I thought I did not need to file one." -Cathy Chilcote, former Buda council candidate cycle only." '~,s this was a smaller election, I did not do a campaign mailer. Only door hangars which I ran off and a letter which I ran off," Chilcote said, adding that she only expended funds to buy stamps and 50 signs, which totaled $376.23 Chilcote, who as of Tuesday morn- ing had not filed any campaign fi- nance reports, did not specify in her email whether she would be filing a modified report late. The Election Code states that the criminal penalty for untimely or in- complete reports is a Class C misde- meanor offense. Chilcote lost her seat on the Buda city council in November to George Haehn, and was vying for a spot left vacant by Todd Ruge who was elected mayor in December. Chilcote came in last place for the Place 2 seat in the Jan. 26 elec- tion, and contender Wiley Hopkins, who garnered 48 percent of the vote, fell short of securing his position on council Saturday, but lead his oppo- nents in campaign contributions and expenditures. According to his Jan. 15 campaign finance report, Hopkins took in a $100 contribution, from Buda resident Wesley Roach, for the whole report- ing period, and expended $1326.07 for posters, yard signs and flyers. Amy Proctor, who took in 28 per- cent of the vote and Hill once again face off with Hopkins in a runoff elec- tion, reported no campaign contribu- tions, but expended $639.14 for yard signs, flyers and cards, according to her filed campaign finance reports. Proctor filed three different cam- paign finance reports with City Secre- tary Danny Batts, all of which identi- fied the exact same expenditures. Proctor's first campaign finance report filed on Jan. 14, showed no contributions and three expenditures - $169.14 to Buda Postal Station for flyers and cards on Dec. 28; $370 to CAMPAIGN FINANCE REPORTS, pg. 4A Those pesky insects! Insects and other invertebrates can be problematic for humans. They BY ANDY SEVILLA andy@haysfreepress.com The Kyle City Council chambers filled with applause and cheers Tuesday night after council mem- bers unanimously voted to move forward with a road bond election that would reconstruct Bunton, Burieson, Goforth and Lehman Roads, while also extending Mar- ketplace Avenue. These five roads were identified as priority projects in a 2012 city vi- sioning process. "I almost want to cry I'm so hap- py," said Mayor Lucy Johnson of the council's unanimous decision to move forward with a road bond See ROAD BOND, pg. 2A BY ANDY SEVILLA andy@haysfreepress.com It is no surprise that council members would want to under- stand the will of their constituents, especially on matters dealing with taxes, safety and a road bond. In that effort, a majority of the Kyle City Council attended a mo- bility committee meeting on Jan. 19. The meeting was not officially posted announcing that a quorum of the city council would be pres- ent. Council members Diane Her- vol, Samantha Bellows-LeMense, Becky Selbera and David Wilson ended up attending the meeting. That's not a problem, except when one of the members actually spoke in public, giving an opinion to a constituent, thus making the meeting in violation of the Texas Open Meetings Act. A week later, at the first coun- cil meeting following the mobility committee meeting, council mem- bers joked about their violations. The following transcript shows the joking manner in which the members ralked about the viola- tion before the official start of the council meeting: Diane Hervol: Hi there Lucy Johnson: Heard you guys had an illegal meeting? (Laughter) Brad Pickett: Laughing (inau- dible).., great David Wdson: Yeah well, it's what the newspaper is going to say. It's what the newspaper is going to say. Johnson: did you guys, like, vote on any like huge new bond pro- can invade your home, car posal? and yard as well as disrupt Make It/Take It Samantha Bellows-LeMense: your favorite outdoor activities. ~-" --- Yes, we totally passed everything. In the process, they can make Valentine Legally Blonde comes to the We c.ame to a consensus, it was you itch, sting and sometimes amazmg. far worse. Learn to recognize The Buda Public Library is hosting a HCISD Performing Arts Center The meeting and subsequent and avoid many of the most Valentine craft extravaganza for kids common ones in Hays County ages 8-11 from 11 a.m.-3 p.m., Feb. Tickets for the Hays CISD musical "Legally Blonde" are on sale jokes devolved at that point, with at a special presentation 9. The kids can make their Valentine now. Opening night at the Performing Arts Center is Thursday Wilson finally saying, ,'Who knows. 2-3:30 p.m., Saturday at the gifts and take them home. The at 7 p.m., and additional performances are set for Friday and We have to be more careful. With Buda Public Library. The event event is free, but pre-registration is Saturday at 7 p.m., as well as a Saturday matinee at 2 p.m. To is free and open to the public, required. Call 295-5899. buy tickets, contact Donna Andrade at the PAC at 268-8443. See OPEN MEETINGS, pg. 2A Opinions ......................... 3A Best Bets .................. 40 lillililllilllllllllllll GALA WINNERS! sports ........................ 1-2B Service Directory ........... 3D businesses,Kyle gives honors to IoCalpeople at gala. Education ...................... 3-4B Classifieds .................... 2D IIII I!111 IIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIitll - Page 1D Neighbors ..................... 1-4C Public Notices ............... 2-4D IIIIIIIlllllllllllllllllllllll Business ............................ 1D 7"9 3 5 7 3"8 7 5 2 9''7 +