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+ LOBOS VS. REBS Lehman boys soccer team beats Hays 7-1. - Page 1B NEVER THE SAME Local couple talks about coping with Alzheimer's. - Page 1C Barton Publications, Inc. ............ HaysFreePress.com ......... .... Vol. 110 No. 45 Serving Buda, Kyle and Northeast Hays County 75 HERVOL PICKE'n" BY ANDY SEVILLA andy@haysfreepress.com Kyle council member Brad Pick- ett will not seek reelection this May; meanwhile council member Diane Hervol has filed to keep her seat on the city council. "I will not be running again in May," Pickett said in an email Tuesday. "My family and I have made this a matter of prayer. Our family has had a rough 3 years in regards to my health, and I need to take some time to take care of ,my health." Pickett said he had no regrets and always will be grateful to the people of Kyle for entrusting him with the op- portunity to serve. "We have some really incredible citizens and I know that their passion to make Kyle better is always their de- sire," Pickett said. And making Kyle better is why Her- vol has decided to run for another term. "Bottom line, I want to make a dif- ference and continue to contribute to Kyle's future and I ~11 work very hard towards that goal," Hervol said in an email Tuesday. "I had no idea that when I was first elected how complex the system was," Hervol said. "Now I understand it takes several years just to learn the system before you can really begin to implement your own ideas ... Ba- sically, it takes a second term to get things done, AND, I have unfinished business." Hervol said economic develop- ment is paramount as Kyle has been one of the fastest growing cities along the Interstate 35 corridor. She said she is committed to keeping that trend, all the while retaining "our fabulous small town charm." See KYLE COUNCIL TURNOVER, pg. 3A PHOTO BY ANDY SEVILLA Hays County Deputy Troy Mayes and his K-9 partner Deputy "Rocky" pose for the cameras at an afternoon press conference in the Sheriff's Office Jan. 31. Rocky led law enforcement officers '(o the second suspect of an aggravated robbery that led police in a "manhunt" for almost two hours. BY ANDY SEVILLA southeast Austin men in jail - Gary burglarizing a home off Mourning Zuniga, 29 and Justin Anthony Her- Dove Lane. andy@haysfreepress.com nandez, 24 - after leading police in a Curler said a resident of the home chase and a manhunt resulting from arrived and confronted the suspects, What seemed like a scene out of a being caught in an alleged home bur- before Zuniga and Hernandez a]]eg- Hollywood movie- a home burglary, glary, edly "fired several shots at him and several shots fired, a police chase and Hays County Sheriff Gary Cutler left." an air supported manhunt- rang true said his office was called out to an The two men fled in a silver Dodge for a quiet neighborhood in western aggravated robbery at about 9 a.m. pickup truck, while the victim, whom Buda late last week. lan. 31 in the Oak Forest Subdivision, An ongoing investigation finds two where two suspects were allegedly See BURGLARY THWARTED, pg. 2A KASZ Bingo Night Enjoy an evening of Bingo at Old Kyle City Hall Thursday, Feb. 7, 6-9 p.m. Admission is $2 per person and $10 for 2 Bingo cards. Ught refreshments served. in historic downtown Stroll through the unique antique and specialty shops and enjoy dinner downtown Thursday, Feb. 7, 5-9 p.m. 'Art UnHitched' Art Market Take in the sights and sounds of this art market featuring local artists of all types including paintings, sculpture, jewelry, live music, performance art and culinary arts, Saturday, Feb. 9, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. at 312 E. Hopkins and CM Allen Parkway (behind The Hitch) in san Marcos. Kyle Household Hazardous Waste Disposal Kyle residents may dispose of household hazardous waste at the City of San Mamos Traffic Yard, 630 E. Hopkins, Friday, Feb. 8, 12 a.m.-3:30 p.m. See the home page of www.cityofkyle.com for a complete list of acceptable items that can be disposed of. BY ANDY SEVILLA andy@haysfreepress.com After more than a year of delib- erations and public meetings, the Hays County Commissioners Court unanimously adopted a county- wide transportation plan aimed at addressing the expected population boom for the next 20 years. The plan will also serve as the County's Major Thoroughfare Plan, which under Local Govenunent Code Section 232.102 allows the county to require up to 120 feet of right-of-way for future major thor- oughfares. "Our goal with this process was to develop a plan in conjunction with our cities and neighboring counties that would serve the needs of our current and expected population growth," said Pct. 1 Commissioner Debbie Ingalsbe. "Working together on the plan helps all entities spend road dollars wisely and partner where possible to maximize the benefits to our taxpayers and travel- ing public." The transportation plan estimates the county's population will more than double in the next two decades to 371,000 residents in 2035, up from 157,000 in 2010. In the same time period, the transportation plan es- rlmates employment in the county will increase to 137,300 jobs in 2035, up from 73,000 in 2010, and vehicle miles of travel will also increase by almost half-a-million. "This is a guidepost, not a hitch- ing post. And like all plans, it will be tweaked as we move closer to need- ing and funding the new roads," Pct. 2 Commissioner Mark lones said of the transportation plan, "The routes and connection points shown on the map are for planning-purposes and will be pinpointed at a later time by our county engineer in co- ordination with other jurisdiction involved." 'Approval of the plan doesn't commit us to spend any funds and it doesn't require us to build any of the roads," Pct. 4 Commissioner Ray Whisenant said. "But, with a popu- lation expected to more than double ... by 2035, this plan will help us be ready to meet those transportation needs." The plan is intended to identify current and future transportation needs and issues, which include the decreasing system performance, lack of capacity on existing road- ways and lack of connections be- tween existing roadways. The travel speed, if ~oads arenot addressed, is estimated to decrease from 41 miles-per-hour (mph) in 2010 to 24 mph in 2035, that delay equates to 7,940 hours in 2010 to 39,773 hours in 2035, according to the transpor- tation plan. In November, the county held four public meetings on the trans- portation plan, which allowed resi- dents to provide feedback on the project and policy direction. "Public input was paramount to creating a plan that is realistic and meets the needs of the public," Pct. 3 Commissioner Will Conley said. "Hays County residents attended public meetings, participated in an online survey and were members of two advisory groups (the citizens advisory group and the techr~ical advisory group) that helped define our needs. The time and effort put into this plan was unprecedented in our county, and much credit for the final plan must be given to the citi- zens who stepped up and provided valuable insight, creating a consen- See 20-YEAR PLAN, pg. 6A CROWD FUNDING Internet provides fundraising opportunities for charities and small businesses - Page 1D Opinions ......................... 3A Sports ........................ 1-2 B Education ..................... 3-4B Neighbors ..................... 1-4C Business ............................ 1D Best Bets .................. 4C Service Directory ........... 3D Classifieds .................... 2D Public Notices ............... 2-4D