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+ SECOND CHANCE Mark Moreno speaks about cord blood transplant. - Page 1B TOP PAY See how top paid Buda and Kyle employees pare up. - Page 1C Barton Publications, Inc. Vol. 110 * No. 46 Serving Buda, Kyle and Northeast Hays County ,, 75 BY KIM HILSENBECK After more than 33 years with the Kyle Fire Department, Chief Glenn Whita- ker is calling it quits. "It's a res- ignation not a retirement," Whitaker said in an interview Tuesday morn- ing. Whitaker submitted his resignation WHITAKER letter, effec- tive Feb. 25, at Monday night's Emergency Ser- vice District (EDS) meeting. That letter said, in part, '~kfter probably hundreds of hours of thought on my part, lots of times at night when trying to go to sleep, relax or whatever, I have finally de- cided that it is past time to leave the Kyle Fire Department." See FIRE CHIEF QUITS, pg. 6A The driver of a pickup truck was taken to the hospital Feb. 6 after crashing into the back of this house on Meadowlark Lane in east Kyle. Shalonda Trevino and her daughters, whom she homeschools, were upstairs at the time of the crash. All three are fine, just a little shaken up from thejn- cident. PHOTOS BY KEN BRIGGS questions persist amon .e council BY ANDY SEVILLA Creek, Burleson, Goforth and Leh- improving roads, plus a two-percent percent bond issuance cost, Perwez man roads, as well as the extension bond issuance cost. said knowledge of that expense has andy@haysfreepress.corn of Marketplace Avenue. "Because we're staggering thebeen communicated to Kyle resi- Until the council's Feb. 5 meet- bond issues over six separate is- dents all along. Questions remain about the spe- ing, the public had been told that the sues.., when you break up the bond "I did that. In all of the financial cifics of a $36 million road bond elec- road bond election would be called issue into six components, you have analysis, you see a line called financ- tion Kyle city council members are for $35.3 million- the estimated cost slightly higher issuance costs," Per- ing cost, included in that $17 million scheduled to approve at their next of improving aI1 five roads identified wez said. is this two-percent (bond issuance meeting. Those questions include as priority in the city's 2012 vision- According to the city's timeline, cost)," Perwez said. the cost of the bond and the acquisi- ing process. At that meeting, the year one of the project would call for In city documents, the finance tion of land for improvements to one proposed ballot language called for the issuance of bonds for the engi- charges are not itemized and only of the roads included in the bond a $36 million road bond election, ef- neering of all five roads; and in each the total amount is presented. package, fectively increasing the figure by al- following year, of the six-year plan, The estimated total project cost is The road bond election was pre- most one-million dollars, bonds would be issued to improve $51,968,757, with $35.3 million set sented to the public as calling for City Finance Director Perwez Mo- one of the five streets identified in aside for engineering and construc- only $35.3 million for street im- heet told council members the added the project, tion and $16,668,757 going toward provements; if approved in May, that $700,000 were necessary to issue the After being pressed by council financing. money would allow for the engineer- bonds. Perwez said the bond elec- member Diane Hervol on why the ing and reconstruction of Bunton tion would call for $35.3 million for public was kept unaware of the two- See ROAD BONDS, pg. 2A -: .