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February 13, 2003 Page 3 The Free Press 9 BY BILL PETERSON Editor KYLE-How fitting that Kyle's city government should settle its acrimonious dealings with the Barton Springs/Edwards Aquifer Con- servation District (BS/EACD) on Valentine's Day. The city council has called a meeting for early Friday evening to settle the city's fine with the water board, presum- ably in short enough time so the councilmembers can still take their spouses to dinner. The meeting will occur the night after the BS/EACD is sched- uled to close out the matter on its end at its own regular meet- ing. None of the parties offered details of the final settlement, but it's almost certain the city will pay the entire amount of its $129,124.71 fine after the council blew off a presentation by BS/EACD General Manager Floyd Marsh at last week's city council meeting. Subsequent to that deathless moment of polit- ical theater, Kyle City Manager Tom Mattis indicated that full payment would be the fastest way to resolve the matter, adding that a law suit wouldn't serve the interests of a fast end to this six-month-old saga. Beyond the notion that the city council would meet on a Friday night - Valentine's Day, no less - many eyebrows in town were raised that the coun- cil should hold a special meet- ing when a regularly scheduled meeting is on the docket for next Tuesday, which is just four days later. Asked if reports to the effect that the city is going for mini- mum media exposure are on target, Mattis replied, "Is there anything wrong with that?" Mattis and some council members have been especially sensitive to the bad publicity the city has realized from the matter, and Mattis has even gone so far as to accuse the BS/EACD of grandstanding the issue for political benefit. Again, following Tuesday's meeting of Kyle's Planning and Zoning Commission, Mattis pointed to the difference between dealing with the BS/EACD and the Edwards Aquifer Authority (EAA), which is based in San Antonio. Mattis said the EAA matter was resolved with minimal embar- rassment to the city, even though Kyle overpumped the EAA wells for three years. Earlier Tuesday, Mattis set- tled the EAA matter with a $68,000 water project and $37,500 in water rights pur- chases. The city over-pumped its EAA wells by a combined 200 million gallons in 2001 and 2002. Last September, the BS/EACD fined Kyle nearly $130,000 for over-pumping its 55 million gallon permit by 89 million gallons. The aquifer board signed an enforcement order to collect the fine last October, then offered Kyle another chance to negotiate. After Mattis offered $45,000 in water projects with hopes of realizing a $31,000 reduction in its fines, the aquifer board came back with an offer to assess the entire fine and return $22,000 to the city in two years if the board could BY BRENT STRONG Staff Writer UDA-After announcing that Buda Planning and Zoning (P&Z) Commissioner Melinda Wheatley resigned two weeks ago, the P&Z has yet to find a replacement. As of Wednesday's deadline, no applications were submitted for the opening. The deadline will be extended so city council can have a list of people from which to choose. P&Z Chairman Byron Warren said the commission will begin to search for possibilities within its own networks. The city posted notices for the posi- tion to no avail. Without the position filled, the commission has an even number of votes and could face tie votes. In such events, Warren said, the item would,have to be tabled. Wheatley took on new responsibilities at her job and could no longer devote an ade- quate amount of time to the commission, according to Warren. Additionally, the com- mission has rules in place for P&Z members missing meetings and, under those guidelines, Wheatley's position on the com- mission would have been jeopar- dized by her new responsibili- ties. It is doubtful the council will be able to fill the position at its next meeting on Feb. 18 because there are no applicants. The next earliest possibility would be the March 4 council meeting. Wheatly was on a two-year term and it is doubtful how the new appointee will serve his or her term. Buda City Administrator Bob Mathis said the person will either serve out Wheatley's term or serve out the remainder of the year in Wheatley's place and an addi- tional two year term. City coun- cil must decide the guidelines when it appoints the new mem- ber. MOVE YOUR 4OI(K) TO SOMEONE YOU KNOW WHEN YOU'RE READY TO RETIRE. Take it easy. 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Marsh was about to present the proposal at last Tuesday night's city council meeting, but the council turned him away after returning from exec- utive session, citing its dissatis- faction that the BS/EACD's proposal had already been pub- lished in a column by aquifer b ard President Jim Camp' II which appeared earlier that 106 Hwy 81 North in Kyle (Pac-N-Sac building) week in two Hays County Open 11:00 am - 10:00 pm every day newspapers. (512)268-5372 Now accepting On February 22, 2003, you have the opportunity to dictate how the Hays CISD will conduct its business in the future. The Citizens for Better Schools of Hays County urges you to vote YES to proposition #1. These bonds will finish out the renovation of Hays High School, complete Lehman High School, add a middle school, and build more elementary schools plus complete work at existing schools. In addi- tion, it will upgrade the entire school district with new technology. are some 1.) Currently, five elementary schools in our district are overcrowded. When Tobias opens next year, it will ease some of the overcrowding but will open at almost full capacity. 2.) There are cttrrently over 20 new sub= divisions in Hays County either online or near completion since the 2001 bond election. This does not include new sub- divisions on the drawing boards once Kyle removes the building moratorium. 3.) Hays CISD is one of the fastest grow- ing school districts in Texas. interest rates at their all time lows, the cost of borrowing money now will be cheaper than in the future. 6.) Bonds will be staggered to coincide with construction demands, therefore, if future oroiections, ido not me t exoecta- ' tions, they will not be issued. 7.) By combining phase 2 & phase 3 con- strucfion at Hays High School, it will cut off at least four years of construction time and save approximately two million dollars in costs, thereby creating a better learning environment for future high school students. 4.) Even in a depressed economy, people are still moving out to Hays County to get out of the Austin to Georgetown area. We offer affordable housing, cheaper taxes, and an excellent school system which emphasizes the neighborhood concept. 5.) This bond package is for infrastructure and technology, and with current bond 8.) If you are now 65 or over, your taxes WILL NOT increase if this bond passes. State law freezes your school taxes when you reach 65. IT DOES NOT MATrER IF YOUR PROPERTY VALUATION GOES UP OR IF THE TAX RATES GO UP !!!!!! Therefore, contrary to what you have been told, voting for this bond will not effect your school taxes. , our we can IS a environment. 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