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Hays Free Press February 2, 2011 N~ Page 3A + Hays County reskkd to Pales &WlldUfe Gay. Rick Perry has ap- pointed Richard 'Dick' Scott of Wimberley to the Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission for a term to expire Feb. 1, 2017. The commission oversees the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department. Scott is co-owner of Trans-Global Solutions Inc. He is a member of Delta Sigma Pi and the Boys and Girls Country of Houston Executive Board. He is also a volunteer contributor for the Hays County Future Farmers of America and 4H Club, a lifetime member of the Houston Livestock Show Committee, and a past board member of the Lower Colorado River Authority. Scott received a bachelor's degree from Lamar University. Perry also reappointed Dan Friedkin of Houston. Both appointments have to be confirmed by the state senate. Count,/ofliou Two Hays County offices are relocating this week to a new building at 2171 Yar- rington Road in San Marcos, next to the county's trans- portation department. Customers can now find the Development Services department and the Fire , Marshal's office in a nearly 14,000-square-foot build- ing that was authorized by the Commissioners Court in mated to the new Subdivi- the summer of 2010 to help sion Coordinator position. consolidate office space and Garza noted that custom- ease crowding, ers may find service inter- The Commissioners' . rupted at the new location Court on lan. 25 did away until the move is cam- with the Resource Protec- pleted, boxes unpacked and tion, Transportation and computers reconfigured, Planning Department, an and encouraged them to umbrella for the county's call before heading to the development and transpor- new office. Field inspec- tation functions, and cre- tions will not be delayed. ated two separate depart- During the move, director ments - Transportation and Clint Garza and staff can DevelopmentServices. In also be contacted at clint. doing so, the Court noted garza@co.hays.tx.us. the expanded services both Only the physical ad- groups are providing to a dresses for Development rapidly growing county. Services and the Fire Jerry Borcherding, P.E., Marshal have changed. The is serving as director of the mailing address for De- Transportation Department, velopment Services is P.O. formerly the Transporta- Box 1006, San Marcos, TX tion Division of RPTP. Clint 78667, phone 512-393-2150. (James) Garza is serving as The Fire Marshal's mailing director of the Development address is P.O. Box 988, San Services Department and Marcos, TX, 78667, phone Roxie Botkin has been pro- 512-393-7339. TAll www.JacksonHewitt.com *A Refund Antidpation Loan (PAD of $1,561.22 secured by a customer~ tax refund offered by Republic Bank & Trust Company to qualifying applicants. If aplxo~d, Lender charges of a credit investigation fee and a finance charge apply. Available to Assmecl Refund (AR) customers only ~,R fees apply) Most office~ are independently owned and operated. tH&R Blodd is a registeeed trademark of HRB Innovations, Inc and is not affiliates with Jackson Hewitt, K-2 Outlawed Continued from pg. 1A ordinance, which must pass a "In general, making things il- second time at the next coun- legal does not necessarily mean cil meeting to become law. The that you are making them hard councilapproved the ordinance to get, only that you are mak- on first reading 6-1 with Mayor ing them for sale under illicit Lucy lohnson dissenting, means and putting the sale of "The safety of our children them in control of drug lords is my focus in this effort, the and bullies and thugs," John- safety of young people .... [It's] son said, adding that she was an attempt to identify for the more concerned about the det- public this is not something rimental effects of already ille- that we want to have happen in gal drugs. our community. We hear about She also said she has not seen drug problems, but I think ev- proof that the salvia divinorum, cry city needs to make the ef- some cousins of which she said fort to prohibit things that hurt grows naturally in parts of the our children or our adults," said Hill Country, is harmful to its council member David Wilson, users. who has pushed the ordinance, lohnson's objections drew lohnson said she was con- impassioned rebukes from her cerned about being the only colleagues, who returned re- city on the corridor to outlaw peatedly to the welfare of chil- the product, meaning that dren and teenagers. people who buy salvia divino- "If we stop this now, we can rum legallyin other cities could start having a clean town," be cited or arrested passing council member Becky Selbera through Kyle. said. Crawfish Fest Continued from pg. 1A Clinton & Parliament red beans and rice and Funkadelic, Doug Ker- fried rattlesnake. The event shaw, Papa Grows Funk and Dr. Zog. Tickets are $20, with free admission for kids eight years old and younger. That gets visitors all the crawfish they can eat, for as long as the supply holds out. Last year, the festival was held in a parking lot near Austin City Hall, drawing about 7,000 visitors, along with 15 food vendors and 25 arts and crafts booths. The crowd went through 6,000 pounds of crawfish in seven hours, said orga- nizer French Smith of the Manchaca-based Roadway Productions. In addition to the free crawfish, vendors will sell Louisiana-themed food such as etouffee, gumbo, features musical entertain- ment and children's activi- ties .throughout the day. "It's pretty much a mel- I low good time, Smith [ said. Tuesday night, coun- cilmembers unanimously Thisa~ voted to extend city park ~~~ hours to 11 p.m. to accom- tr~oll~ ~ modate the festival. Under the fee schedule recently adopted by the city, Buda will charge just $490, along with a $500 deposit, for the use of the park. But the city will ben- efit from hotel occupancy tax and sales tax, noted Park Director lack Jones Last luly4, Roadway Pro- ductions put on the Brew- B-Que festival that drew an unanticipated crowd of 6,000 to Buda City Park. Hidng Freeze Continued from pg. 1A ing debt. The city's debt ser- vice payment will increase by $450,000 next fiscal year and by $2 million over cur- rent levels by 2014, Lambert said. "I don't know we can raise taxes 15 cents in two years. I think we have to look at refinancing that debt and leveling off that balloon payment. I just don't know we can do" a 15-cent tax in- crease, Lambert said. The hiring freeze will not apply to the eight vacant police officer slots nor to the police chief position vacated on Friday by Mike Blake, who accepted the same job in Bastrop. It also doesn't apply to the hiring of a new library director, who was named to the posi- tion on Tuesday before the hiring freeze was instituted. Lambert also outlined several exceptions to the freeze on capital expendi- tures for projects under- way including $15,000 for an economic development marketing plan, $45,000 for a pool slide that has already been ordered and $15,000 for a July 4 fireworks dis- play. "I don't want to be the grinch that stole Christ- mas and take away July 4," Lambert said. The city's mid-term fi- nancial outlook is com- pounded by anticipated in- creases in contributions to the municipal retirement system, contractual guar- antees of step-raises for police officers and hikes in health, liability and work- man's compensation insur- ance rates, Lambert said. The city council, most of whom took office in early 2010 pledging a new era of fiscal restraint, institut- ed a small increase in the tax rate this fiscal year by scrapping a number of big- ticket public works p.roj- ects that had been slated for funding. The specter of forthcom- ing tight times continues to be a factor in council dis- cussions, as it was on Tues- day when council members discussed "quiet zones" around railroad cross- ings. To a person, council members said the project would be nice - especially in crossings crowded by homes or businesses -- but that they couldn't see pay- ed We're going to need ing for it right now. every single penny and "When I look between dime for the next six years now and the year 2016, just to make ends meet," I'm really concerned about said council member Russ where our budget is head- Huebner. To make bill payment easier, sign in to your PEC account at www.pec.coop. >> POWER OF COMMUNITY PEDERNALES ELECTRIC COOPERATIVE Monday, Febnmry 7 11:00 a.m.--1 p.m. {Speakerl~ins at 11:30 o.m.-- Lunch served at noon] San Marcos Convention Center/Embassy Suites Hotel CENTRAL TEXAS MEDIC3kL CENTER Please reserve your seat by caging 512.754.6159 or email Iba.aclamsaahu.org before February 4. $40/ticket {Table Sponsorships available) Featuring special guest speaker HeM/se, the premier lifestyle management expert who engages her audience around the country with her sage advice, great wit and Texas charm. Public Informational Meeting for Lakewood Drive Bridge Construction Where: Hays Hills Baptist Church When: Monday, February 7th, 2011 1401 N. FM 1626 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Buda, Texas 78610 Hays County Precinct 2 Commissioner Mark Jones will sponsor a meeting to discuss planned improvements to the low water crossing on Lakewood Drive at FM 1626, a priority road bond project approved by voters in November 2008. Representatives from Huitt-Zollars, the County's consultant engineering firm for the design of the project, will be available to provide in-depth information about the planned improvements and what drivers can expect during construction. Construction is to be coordinated with that of the new bridge over Little Bear Creek on FM 1626. Both projects are expected to begin construction in mid-summer of 2011. For more information contact Commissioner Jones at 512.262.2091 or mark.jones@co.hays.tx.us. + ~lll~ll[~lllll~lllllTl~ll Illmilatlllllllllff~l'Wll~r~l'r~llrrrrtVa~llY ~- lr:llhm,rllmllmmrm, lrml~ram11~ ~r,i ,1,1,