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Page 2A NEWS Hays Free Press February 8, 2017 The Hays Free Press (ISSN 1087-9323) published weekly by Barton Publications, Inc., Re. Box 339, Buda, TX 78610. Periodicals postage paid at Buda, TX 78610 and additional mailing offices. POSTMASTER: Send address changes to Barton Publications, Inc., P.O. Box 339, Buda, TX 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, "IX 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 classified word 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. BOND UPDATE BY SAMANTHA SMITH With a handful of projects already un- derway, several items within Buda's $55 million bond, which was passed by voters in 2014, are seeing various degrees of construction, with others nearing completion. Prop 1 MUNICIPAL FACILITY Except for the mechan- ic, electrical and plumb- ing design plans, the new municipal building design plans have been approved for the final stages with a final report and maximum guaran- teed price to be finalized byJan. 31. "The progress on props 1 & 2 are currently on schedule, site work is in progress. Prop 2 PUBLIC SAFETY FACILITY According to a Jan. 18 blog entry on the city of Buda website, Buda Pub- lic Information Officer David Mar'lno said the new Parks and Mainte- nance building has been completed, with staff moving into the facility within the next couple of weeks. According to Marine, the solar panels at the new parks and mainte- nance facility have passed final inspection. Props3 and 4, Prop 5 STREET IMPROVEMENTS, DRAINAGE PROJECTS, TRAILS AND PARKS Engineering finns HDR and RPS Klotz presented information to coun- cil members regarding improvements needed to various road project. Segment 1 is located just west of Cabela's Drive to the Bradfield Park cross-culverts, while seg- ment 2 is near the Brad- field Park cross culverts to Railroad Street. The third segment is Railroad Street to Ash Street, while segment 4 is comprised of select improvements to Goforth Road and Segment 5 is the Cabela's Drive/Goforth Road connector. According to the blog, the city council approved improvements to seg- ment 1 and 2 at the Nov 7 city council meeting to advance to the final design phase, while requesting that HDR draw up prelim- inary design plans for the fifth segment. The preliminary design plan for segment 5 will be up for approval by the Buda City Council Feb. 7. Meanwhile, project design is complete and utility relocation is, ongoing for improvements on San Antonio Street. Those im- provements include widen- ing the existing pavement to enhance parking at Buda City Park, intersection safety improvements, and aesthetic enhancements. As for improvements to Main street at RM 967, the project design is 90% com- plete with ongoing utility relocation/coordination activities. The Old Goforth Road improvements sit at 90% design completion with utility relocation/coordi- nation activities currently underway. HCISD Bond: Two propositions add up to $250 miMon Continued from pg. 1A community. Teresa Tobias, District i trustee, said preliminary discussions had centered around a possible $250 million bond, but the price had gone up. Removing a $22 million new central services building from the bond was a primary component in the total cost reduction. Esperanza Orosco, district 5 trustee, said she has received a "lot of push back" from community members regarding the new services building, which was planned to go near the district's Performing Arts Center. She also questioned whether the city of Kyle was considering development in that area. Superintendent Michael McKie said he met with Kyle City Manager Scott Sellers two weeks ago regarding their intentions. While McKie said timeline and interests are similar, he said there was no information to share with the board regarding the meeting, as the city had no details of any potential commitment. "To say anything specific would be misleading to the board," McKie said. District 4 trustee Merideth Keller worried that if Kyle had interest in developing the area, the district could miss an opportunity to work with them to potentially share space. "I don't want to spin my wheels and talk about a central services center when there is a possibility for something else that's quite workable," she said. Board president Holly Raymond said she believed the information McKie presented was her "sticking point" when it came to cutting the CSC out of this bond. "There was something that's on the horizon that's big like that, that will also be added to the final project list that upon completion of all projects, any total savings would go to pay down existing debt. While all trustees agreed to split the bond, some held reservations. Bert Bronangh, District 3 trustee, said the $250 million bond amount was more palpable, but feared all three schools could fail if they're in a separate proposition in the bond. At-large trustee Sandra Bryant said having one proposition was equivalent to taking a "horse pill." "I think giving people the flexibility to split the bond into two is simple to understand," Bryant said. "It also has the best chance of passing." The deadline for calling a bond election is Feb. 17. If the board opts to call an election, voters would hit the polls to decide on the bond May6. we don't have answers, ~~:~q~:~:~n~~~:~`~::~:~~ t h a t tfl d $ C O S a e u S 2 2 waiting for that answer,Raymond said. Fiiii Destination * Education iii[ The district on reduced the number Renovati of bays.within a new transportation facility along Highway 21 from 16 to 8, which cut the cost by $1.2 million. Trustees also chose to cut $1.9 million from an $11.9 million item for district-wide improvements. The $1.9 million that was eliminated would extend to a $3.1 million item for intrusion alarms in the district. Board trustees discussed the cost of a $122 million high school and two $33 million elementary schools. At-large trustee Sandra Bryant said she wanted to potentially lower the cost of the campuses. Trustees, however, decided to utilize any potential savings from construction of the schools toward paying down existing debt in order to return money to taxpayers. Language Bandito is a 2-year--old Chihuahua mix and a total lap dog. Ha was adopted from PAWS in June 2016 and returned that year as his adopter couldn't care for him anymore. He gets along great with dogs and does fine with cats. Stop by and meet him today! Tami is a super sweet nine-month-old female shorthair brown tabby. She can get startled easily, but absolutely loves attention and chin rubs and would make an excellent couch companion! A house with no dogs would be best as they care her. 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. + 1 II!ii!! I I II i TI: 171 ...... I ....... L:li: