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February 6, 2003 Current Events Page 3 The Free Press BY BRENT STRONG between the court and the dif- was proposed by Pct. 1 Staff Writer ferent departments in the coun- Commissioner Debbie ty. In the past, department Gonzales-Ingalsbe and Pct. 4 COUNTY - A promotion heads have reported to commis- Commissioner Russ Molenaar. and a $22,000 raise for sioners court. Powers said the During the vote, though, Hays County Director of change will streamline theIngalsbe voted against the raise. Environmental Health Alan process. Ingalsbe said she believed Walther caused a few eyebrows "Anytime you're running anWalther would do a good job to be raised as well. operation with a $54 million and that the position is needed, The commissioners' court budget and consolidate to one but the court needed to have voted 3-2 coming out of execu- person it's helpful," Powers further discussions. tive session last Tuesday to said. As to whether or not the new give Walther the pay raise from Pct. 2 Commissioner Susie salary, which dwarfs the $67,804 to $90,000, along with Carter, who voted against the $69,231 in compensation for the new title of County pay increase, said she doesn't the county judge, diminishes Administrator. The money will see Walther's new responsibili- the power of the county judge, come from a $70,000 contin- ties as a benefit to the county. Powers said, "I used to think gency fund used to pay for "If the man already is hav- that might be an issue. It does- items not budgeted during the ing problems, then increasing n't bother me. I didn't run for fiscal year. his responsibilities won't help," this job just for the money." To those wondering why Carter said. "The environmental One person ignored in the Walther received such a dra- health department is needing to debate over salary is the person matic raise in pay, County do a better job and Alan is receiving the money. Walther Judge Jim Powers offered a always given the money he has said he's received plenty of sup- simple answer, requested and doesn't do a bet- port in light of the controversy. "When you look at the fact ter job or even a good job, in "I've had some wonderful that he was making close to my opinion." calls and e-mails," Walther $70,000 and he'll be oversee- Walther provoked Carter's said. "I've been very thankful ing people like the county engi- ire when a 1,541-1ot subdivision for that." neer (who is) making $90,000, partly in the Kyle Extra- When asked how much of a it was an easy decision," Territorial Jurisdiction came to raise he would give himself, Powers said. commissioners court Tuesday Walther responded, "I haven't Walther's responsibilities as for preliminary plat approval even considered that. I'm County Administrator will without the proper plans for pleased with what the court did include overseeing all of the water and wastewater use. concerning my pay raise. I department heads in Hays Oddly enough, the originalcouldn't even put a dollar fig- County and acting as a liaison motion to give Walther the raise ure to it." 268-7862 262-6397 ax: 268-0262 E-Mail: or BY BILL PETERSON they need to move on." officials believe administrative Editor The city has approved an offices can't fit on the lot unless issue of Certificates of the city builds a multi-storied KKYLE--Within two months, Obligation to capitalize five structure. yle's city governmentimprovements, including new Councilmember Troy will decide whether to build its city offices. Mattis has frequent- Bearden said he would like to new administrative offices, or ly said the present offices, at the keep the city's options open for anything else, on the former site former Post Office on Center the site of a new office building, of The Bon Ton, which perished Street, leave the city staff with as the former site of the leg- by fire last Nov. 30. inadequate room. endary grocery story might not Finally, after nearly two Whether the site of the for- afford sufficient flexibility. months of speculation, the city mer Bon Ton at Center and In other developments: and Bon Ton owner Craig Fuller Front Streets would fill that bill The city adopted, on sec- have entered into an option remains to be determined. The ond reading, a four-month agreement on the property, city has retained consultation to extention of its residential build- according to Kyle City Manager study the feasibility of such a ing moratorium, which first Tom Mattis. The city has until move. Mattis has also said the went into effect last March. March 21 to close on the proper- site could be suitable for some Council also approved a ty, should itdetermine a suitable other city use if city offices site development plan for a use for it. aren't feasible. 23,000 square foot complex of "The owner wants us to have The Bun Ton site is bounded professional offices near the the ability to do our delibera- by city streets on three sides, intersection of FM 2770 and SH tions," Mattis said. "But if we're with a commercial building on 150, on land formerly owned by not going to buy the property, its remaining side. Some city Benchmark Development. Kyle Pumpage Fine, from page 1 Kyle City Manager Tom Mattis said at the end of a long state- ment issued Wednesday. Mattis said after the Tuesday night's council meeting that the city doesn't intend legal action against the water board, as had been contemplated late last year. "We're focused on a quick, final resolution," Mattis said. "Obviously, you're not going to accomplish that through the COUrtS." If Tuesday night's episode effectively ended a rancorous four-months of hostility between the city and the water board, it also extended and enlivened ten- sions that have existed for at least as long between Mattis and factions of the city council. On the former front, Mattis said council was put off by the water board's grandstanding on the city's problem, while BS/EACD President Jim Camp said the city - parficularlyMattis - dragged its feet on the problem from the moment last summer when the board first alerted the city about the overpumpage. The city and the water board last met on Jan. 16, after Mattis had proposed that the city make $45,000 in water system improvements with hopes of reducing its fine by $31,389.18. The aquifer board's next propos- al, which was to have been pre- sented to council Tuesday night, Would require the city to pay the entire fine with the possibility of receiving $22,000 back if the water board finds a 15 percent "It's contrary to our interests reduction in the city's water sys- to have publicity that seems to tem losses in two years, be designed to embarrass the However, said Mattis, the City of Kyle," Mattis said. water board's proposal not only Camp said his column and departed from the framework of the aquifer board's cooperation earlier negotiations, but the with the news media, have been board violated the bounds of motivated by a desire to be open "professional courtesy," by first with the public. In addition, said taking its proposal public in a Camp, the city left the board column, written by Camp, which with little choice, r ran earlier this week in two Hays Camp said the city responded County newspapers, much too slowly when it was Along with his irritation at originally informed of the water Camp's column, Mattis problem, then continued a slow expressed disdain that the news pace of cooperation during the media was out in relatively large succeeding months. Camp said force for Tuesday's council the board met with Mattis on meeting and accused the aquifer Nov. 27 and requested informa- board of orchestrating the con- tion on the Kyle's number of liv- troversy for its own political benefit. Kyle Pumrm Fine, 10 SPRING BEDDING PLANTS TOMATOES & PEPPERS 6" GERANIUM, BEGONIA, IMPATIEN SPECIAL SALE SHRUBS: DWARF YOUPON DWARF NANDINA BURFORD HOLLY DIGUSTRUM PHOTINIA ELEAGNUS VARIGATED BLUE POINT JUNIPER 3-GAL, $9.95 1-GAL, $3.45 Hours: Monday through Friday, 9 to 5:30 p.m Sunday: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Hwy 142, 1/2 mile NE of MarUndale "NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING ON AMENDMENT OF IMPACTS FEES" IOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the City Council of the City of Buda, Texas will lold a public hearing at the Buda Elementary School Lunchroom, 300 San Marcos ;treet, Buda, Texas on March 11, 2003 at 7:00 p.m to consider the amendment of land lse assumptions and a capital improvements plan and imposition of an impact fee for lew or expanded services from the City of Buda water and/or wastewater systems. ['he shaded potion of the map shown below is the area in which the fee may be applied in-full )r in-part, depending on the service arrangement and in no way obligates the City to extend ervice beyond its incorporated area. The maximum amount of impact fee that can be charged )er service unit is estimated at $2,721 for water service and $1,514 for wastewater service. The act amount of the impact fees to be levied, at or below the maximum, will be determined by he Buda City Council subsequent to the Public Hearing. kny member of the public has the right to appear at the hearing and present evidence for or tgainst the plan and proposed fee. Information on prospective growth, land uses, and needed :apital improvements that were used to calculate the maximum fee amount is available from Cir. Grey White, Assistant City Manager, at the City Hall address listed above.