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February 13, 2003 Current Events Page 3 The Free Press Kyle to mark Valentine's Day with water fine agreement BY BILL PETERSON Editor YLE-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 demonstrate a 15 percent reduction in its water system losses. 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 board President Jim Camp, which appeared earlier that week in two Hays County newspapers. No replacement found for Planning & Zoning member Wheatley ..... BY BRENT STRONG Staff Writer B 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 qOI(K) TO SOMEONE YOU ILNOW WHEN YOU'RE READY TO RETIRE. Take it easy. Travel a bit. But make sure your retirement savings are still hard at work and close to home. Ask me today about how to move your 401(k) to a State Farm Traditional IRA. WE LIVE WHERE YOU LIVE?' Wayne Wcigelt Jr  IVlu'Ixml, ,.,, ,,. 512-312-0072 LIKE A GOOD NEIGHBOR, STATE FARM IS THERE.  State Farm Mutual Funds are not insurance products and are offered by prospectus through State Farnl VP Management Corp., One State Farm Plaza, Bloomington, IL 61710-0001.1-800-447-4930. Read the prospectus, which contains more complete information, carefully before inviting. Consutt your tax, legal or investment advisor for specific advice. P02992 10/02 II 106 Hwy 81 North in Kyle (Pac-N-Sac building) Open 11:00 am - 10:00 pm every day (512)268-5372 Now accepting mx Ires P/W#OS/de# #1 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. Here are some reasons .you need to support this bond: 1.) Currently, five elementary schools in interest rates at their all. time lows, the our district are overcrowded. When cost of borrowing money now will be Tobias opens next year, it will ease some cheaper than in the future. of the overcrowding but will open at almost full capacity. 6.) Bonds will be staggered to coincide with construction demands, therefore, if 2.) There are cttrrently over 20 new sub- ,tureprojecfigns ' ;do nQt.met exoec " ..... roT,,, ,i, divisions in Hays County either online or tions, they will not be issued. near completion since the 2001 bond election. This does not include new sub- 7.) By combining phase 2 & phase 3 con- divisions on the drawing boards once stmction at Hays High School, it will cut off Kyle removes the building moratorium, at least four years of construction time and save approximately two million dollars in 3.) Hays ClSD is one of the fastest grow- costs, thereby creating a better learning ing school districts in Texas. environment for future high school students. 4.) Even in a depressed economy, people 8.) If you are now 65 or over, your taxes are still moving out to Hays County to get WILL NOT increase if this bond passes. out of the Austin to Georgetown area. We State law freezes your school taxes when offer affordable housing, cheaper taxes, you reach 65. IT DOES NOT MATIER and an excellent school system which IF YOUR PROPERTY VALUATION emphasizes the neighborhood concept. GOES UP OR IF THE TAX RATES GO UP !!!!!! Therefore, contrary to what 5.) This bond package is for infrastructure you have been told, voting for this bond and technology, and with current bond will not effect your school taxes. Passing the bonds makes good sense, and remember, our children deserve the best that we can give them. One thing we can give them is a quality learning environment. WE URGE YOU TO VOTE FOR PROPOSITION #1 Political advertisement paid for by the Citizens for Better Schools, Eugene S. Lusby, CPA - Treasurer 12617 Crystal Creek Drive, Buda, TX 78610 [he Free Press 268-7862 - 262-6397. 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