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February 13, 2003 Current Events/Bulletin Board Page 7 The Free Press Buda needs $25 million to support growth BY BRENT STRONG Staff Writer B UDA-A recent one-hour presentation by Loomis- Austin consultant Kent Buffer gave residents a glimpse of life in Buda 20 years from now. Last month, Butler showed the council a plan to prepare for anticipated growth patterns, which includes $25 million in improvements to water and wastewater lines over the next 10 years. The city will pay for these improvements primarily through bonds and utility rates, accord- ing to Buda City Administrator Bob Mathis. Another way to supplement the multi-million dollar investment is through impact fees collected from large developments coming online in the next few years, such as the 203-1ot Cullen Country commu- nity off of FM 967. A large sum of the money will go toward expanding the city's wastewater treatment plant and additional wells to support the growth of the city. The plan is made to change with the dynamics of the community. If the community growth decreas- es, so do the dollar signs attached to keep water and wastewater lines up with the size of the city. Loomis-Austin is basing its numbers on a moder- ate growth pattern in order to take the middle of the road approach. As for the growth of Buda, council also voted 3-1 last month, with Hutch White dis- senting, to draft a letter to Kyle's Mayor James Adkins to get a proposal together related to dis- tributing 5,400 acres of Extra Territorial Jurisdiction (ETJ) being released by Austin. The purpose behind the letter is to start the dialogue between Kyle and Buda and ensure there is a clear understanding of one another's goals as far as expand- ing their cities, according to Buda City Administrator Bob Mathis. In the letter, Buda Mayor John Trube said, "We intend to cooperate with each community and hopefully we will be able to add even more areas to the initial agreement with Austin. The long term result is that each commu- nity will be able to better control its legitimate areas of interest" Other communities receiving the letter are the City of Hays and Mountain City. Buda EDC could look to 'Big Brother' BY BaENT STRONG Staff Writer B UDA - Big brother is watch- ing, indeed. That's the way it will feel if the Economic Development Commission pays a firm out of the Dallas-area to con- duct a study for them. The program, called CustomerlD, collects informa- tion as to what people buy and how far they drive to buy it when- ever someone swipes a credit card or fills out a form. The infor- marion is stored in a database. In order to bring the right businesses into Buda, the EDC is considering paying the Buxton Company to do some market research of the area and help recruit businesses Buda con- sumers will most often use. The company doesn't use the infor- marion it obtains for solicitation purposes, but it passes buying trends of a specific area to poten- tial retailers to let them know who is interested in their prod- ucts. Here's how the syetem works: A retailer specializing in baby food is looking for prospective market. When the retailer looks at data from Buda, it can see where the biggest baby food buyers are located and move as closely to that location as possible to maxi- mize profitability. The system is specific enough to give potential retailers information not only about what cities best fit their product, but also what parts of those cities would best be served by their retailers. FedEx, 7-Eleven and Dave and Buster's are a few of the retailers working with the Buxton Company. Recently, the company helped the Bass Pro Shop add a store in Katy's new outlet malls and, according to Buxton Executive Vice President David Ramble, it can do the same for Buda with other stores. Buda won't have a problem recruiting businesses with its location along the IH-35 corridor between Austin and San Antonio. Getting the businesses best suited for the residents without the proper research might be the challenge. The EDC will discuss the possibility of paying for the research, with the dollar amount to be set coverage area of the research is determined. If the EDC decides to pur- chase the service, the first phase of gathering the information will take 30 business days to com- plete. The second phase of putting together packets for the retailers will take 30-45 business days. Usually, the city funds phase one. For phase two, the city can team up with a developer to split the costs of recruiting a busi- ness to a specific area. HANDS DOWN Wimberley, Buda and Kyle SAN MARCOS INTERNET 5 I-i}9 ]-5 ]()0 Hays00!Manchaca Area Bulletin Board FYI: Deadline for submitting information and pictures for this column is noon each Tuesday.You may use our E-mail address: to submit infor- mation and pictures. Though we cannot guarantee we will be able to publish each submission, you can be assured we'll try our very best. Please remember informa- tion must be for a non-profit event. Feb. 15 Food Drive The Youth Group of Christ Our Redeemer Lutheran Church in Buda will be sponsor- ing a Food Drive to benefit the San Marcos Food Bank. Members of ourYouth Group and Congregation will be canvassing Neighborhoods in the Buda/Kyle area ,on, February 15. Any donations of Non- Perishable food items would be greatly appreciated. Anyone wishing to join us may contact Theresa at 268-1452 for more information. Feb. 16 "Keep Your Eyes on the Prize" Film on the history of the Civil Rights Movement will be shown marathon-length fashion on Sunday from 4:30 to 10:30 p.m. at Hays Hills Baptist Church (child care available 4:30 to 8:30 p.m.) There will be breaks and discussion. Come & go, or stay. Bring your own dinner and/or snacks. Upstairs in new building. No cost. Call 295- 3132 for more information. Feb. 16 Race Relations Sunday among Southern Baptists. Feb. 18 Sheriff's Academy The Hays County Sheriff's Office is cur- rently taking applications for the Spring 2003 Citizens Sheriff's Academy that will start February 18. The free 40 hour, 12 week program, Tuesdays 7 - 10 p.m., is designed to give the citizens of Hays County a working knowledge of how the Sheriff's office and the criminal justice sys- tem work. For an application or more infor- mation call (512) 393-7373. Feb. 18 Community Garden Meeting A mandatory meeting for gardeners wanti- ng to use the community garden will be at 6:30 p.m. at the Hays County Ext. Office at 1253 Civic Center Loop in San Marcos. Contact 393-2120 if you are interested and can not attend or need more information. Feb. 18 San Marcos Senior Advisory Board A meeting of the Board and any interested volunteers will be at Stonebrook Senior Community at 1 p.m. to plan the upcoming Golf Tournament and fund raiser. Come for lunch from 11:30 - 12:30 and help orga- nize this fund raiser that benefits all that go on the trips. Contact Lucy Etie, 393-8405. Feb. 20 OPEN MIC EVERY SATURDAY IN FEBRUARY 3:00 to 7:00 p.m. at N. Main St. Downtown Buda 295-5882 served 10 a.m. until closing Remember your Valentine with Chocolate Dipped $1 or Each Cover to Cover Book group The Kyle Library book discussion group will meet at 1:30 p.m. this month author is David Baldacci. The Kyle Library Thrift Shop is a smart place to shop for the quality items at good prices. Proceeds benefit the Kyle Community Library. Feb. 21 Author Barry Hannah to appear The Katherine Anne Porter Literary Center in Kyle is sponsoring an appear- ance of award-winning Mississippi author Barry Hannah. The presentation is at 7:30 p.m. at 508 Center St. Kyle. For more information contact Matt Oatee at 268-6637 or Feb' 21 - 23 Civil Air Patrol The San Marcos Civil Air Patrol will host a Group wide exercise to sharpen the skills of the 6 member squadron's in the local area. The general public is welcome to come to the San Marcos airport to visit with local squad members, and to get a feel for what the Patrol does and how they impact our community. For more information or to volunteer contact, Eddie Carter, Public Affairs Officer 512-750- 4704. Feb. 23 Free Gospel Concert Gospel music recording artist Phil and Pam Morgan will be appearing at Hays Hills Baptist Church, 1401 N. FM 1626 in Buda at 6:30 p.m. as part of their national =Living Proof: Ministry Return Tour. For more ink) about the concert contact Royce Burrows, 312-1433. Mar. 6 - 7 Food Manager Cert. Training Course Texas Coop. Ext. of Hays County is offer- ing a food manager certification training course. This program will be offered for $79 at the Hays County Extension Office. 1253 Civic Center Loop, San Marcos. Cost includes training, materials, and the exam. Contact Susan Schramm at 393- 2120 for more information. Mar. 9 National Quilting Day The Austin Area Quilt Guild will gather at Jourdan-Bachman Pioneer Farm to demonstrate quilting, answer question, show vintage and antique quilts and appraise quilts from the late 1880's. The Farm is open from 1 - 5 p.m. admission is $5. check for more info. Mar. 12 Shrove Pancake Supper The Manchaca United Methodist Church is serving a =all you can eat pancake supper at FM 1626 and Manchaca Road from 6 - 7 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall. The cost is $3.50 for adults, $2.50 for children under age 12 with a maximum family charge of $12. Tax Forms at Librarlee Kyle and Buda Libraries now have Federal Tax Forms and instructions avail- able for the currant year. The Kyfe Lions Club meets every 2nd Thursday of the month from noon until 1:03 p.m. at the Conference Room in the Wells Fargo Bank on Front Street in Kyle. Please call 268.0378 for information on upcoming programs and leave a message if you wish to attend. PAWS Shelter for Animals needs your help. The homeless animals have ongoing needs for your continued generous donations Of dry puppy, Idlten, dog and cat food. Of course, cat litter is always needed too! Soon the cold weather will be here, and we are col- lecting blankets now to keep our furry guests cozy and comfortable. Come adopt one and take them to YOUR cozy homo. Call or visit us 268-1611, (Kyle exit #213) 500 Hwy 150 East. Celebrate Recovery Tuesday nights at 7 p.m. in the new building at Hays Hills Bapst Church on FM 1626. It is a Christ-centered recovery program for hurts, hang-ups and habits. Child care pro- vialed. Call Pastor David Sweet at 295-3132 for information. Swimming Instructor, needs Pool Swim lessons will not be available at Bath and Everett Smith's pool this summer. Instructor Nancy I-lerrington is looking for someone with a pool to host the lessons for a few weeks this summer. Bath says it was a great experience and hopes someone can help out the many kids who nsed lessons to be safe in the water. Contact Nancy at 268-1701 if you have an option or need inforn-,don. HYBSA Needs Sponeocs Hays Youth Basaball/Softbell Association is seeking sponsors for the Spring Baseball/Softball Season. Businesses or individuals welcome. Several levels avail- able. Contact Tammy Miles for info @ 295- 3938. DANCE HALL 4, IP FRIDAY, FEB. 14 Tn Damns (8pm-Midnight) $10  Cover SATURDAY, FEB. 15 Mzn SAran (9pm-lam) $8  Cover 12} :398-2901   i Hill Country Driving Academy DRIVER TRAINING =Come Drive With Us" NEW CLASSES BEGIN EVERY THREE WEEKS Enroll now by calling 512-289-0811 (cell) or e-mail Eddy Porter, Instructor, Texas Lioense #1769 Located in The Free Press building at 347(0 Jack C. Hays Trail, just north of Hays High Sclhool 312-5995 Music Programs for the Whole Family 905 N. Loop 4 Close to HEB Building Your Financial Future... COOPER INVESTMENTS AND FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT SAM C COOPER, CPA, CFP - I] IRE YOU PAYING TO iU MUCH IN TAX"? Planning Bookkeeping ] Services Buda 512-295-8180 LD4083.02/03 Payroll Services "1 can help with all your financial needs." San Marcos 512-353-0800 Sam C. 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