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/ + Lobo soccer declaws Leander Lions 3-2. - Page 2B BEE SERIOUS Local apiarists move forward as bees join endangered list. - Page 1C @Barton Publications, Inc. HaysFreePress.com Vol. 120 No. 47 PHOTO BY MOSES LEOS III With his arms stretched wide and a smile on his face, Kyle resident Cole Phillps jogs toward the finish line of the Run for the Love of It fun run held in Buda last weekend. See more photos on page 10. "BY SAMANTHA SMITH AND MOSES LEOS III news@haysfreepress.com Buda resident Melissa McCrary realized how iconic Budafest was to the community when she moved to the area eight years ago. Last year, McCrary finally got the chance to participate when she applied for a craft vendor booth. But her excitement mined sour after she dis- covered vendors wouldn't receive a reimbursement of their application fees, even after the event was canceled due to weather. Now McCrary and other vendors, along with city leaders, are seeking an- swers from Budafest com- mittee members regarding the application and the $11,000 in vendor fees. McCr r, who applied as a craft vendor in No- vember, said issues began two weeks prior to the event when she realized weather could play a fac- tor. She said she contact- ed Budafest committee member V.ileen Conley through Facebook about a possible deadline to back OUt. McCrary claimed Con- ley never responded to her question and ultimately decided to let them "make the call" on the event. The day before the event, McCrary said she tried to reach out to Con- ley and committee mem- ber Elaine.Purvis regard- ing a possible cancellation due to weather. McCrary said she never received an email from either one on the topic. It wasn't until she saw on the city of Buda's website that she knew the event had been cancelled. Budafest committee member Bert Bronaugh said the decision to ulti- BUDAFEST, 4A PHOTO BY CYNDYSLOVAK-BARTON Vendors for the canceled 2017 Budafest, as well as the city of Buda, are looking for answers as to what happened to $11,000 in application fees that were paid to the Budafest committee. Above is a photo from a previous year's Budafest. Elisa Albert reading and book signing Author Elisa Albert will hold book readings and signing on Feb. 23 at 3:30 p.m. at Texas State University's Witliff Collections and Feb. 24 at 7:30 p.m. at the Katherine Anna Porter Center in Kyle. Albert is the author of "After Birth," "The Book of Dahlia," "How This Night is Different," and the editor of the anthology "Freud's Blind Spot." Her fiction and nonfiction have appeared in Tin House, The New York Times, Post Road, The Guardian, Gulf Coast, The Believer, Time magazme, and numerous other publications. Take a musical journey through time with the Starlight Symphony. Experience the fascinating transitions and differences in music from vanous composers. Performances will be Saturday, Feb. 18 at 7 p.m. at the Hays Performing Arts Center and Sunday, Feb. 19 at 4 p.m at the First Baptist Church of Wimberley, 15951 Winters Mill Parkway, Wimberley, "IX. g Buda, Kyle and Northeast Hays County, TX 75 BY LESLY DE LEON news@haysfreepress.com An agreement ap- proved by the Kyle City Council last week will call for a third-party consultant to conduct an audit of the Kyle Police Department. Matrix Consulting Group, a Califor- nia-based company which has experi- ence working with other Texas cities, will review the police department's policies and structure to offer recommendations for improvement. The purpose of the audit is for city and police officials to get an objective, outside perspective on what the police department can do to improve, maximize personnel and become more efficient, said Captain Pedro Hernandez. "Ultimately our goal POLICE AUDIT, 2A BY SAMANTHA SMITH news@haysfreepress.com An overhaul of Buda's Unified Development Code (UDC), according to Assistant City Man- ager Chance Sparks, is "long overdue" could be implemented later this year. Sparks introduced the agenda item to council members in late 2016 and said Buda's current UDC, which was adopted in 2002, did not reflect the changing needs in the cityin the last 15 years. Sparks said chang- es in Buda include a tripling of the popula- tion, new development expectations, and a general shift in housing needs made a change to the UDC necessary. Another important change sinc the cur- rent UDC - id0pted is a change from a Gen- eral Law City to a Home Rule City, which gives the city "more tools for growth management." Sparks said the proposed new UDC is approximately 470 pages long with 50 of those pages consisting BUDA CODE, 2A BY LESLY DE LEON for furore develop- news@haysfreepress.com ments, Sellers said. Revisions include increasing the PID Kyle cityleaders application fee from earlier this month $15,000 to $25,000 and approved an update clarifying the disclosure to the city's Public agreement. Improvement District "We have negotiated (PID) policy by a 6-1 agreements under the vote. prior policy and it is The updated policy our assumption that included additional what is written in those text to clarify and tight- development agree- en up certain language ments is what those that may cause issues developments will in the future, Kyle City move forward under," Manager Scott Sellers Sellers said. said. Council member Daphne Tenorio, Daphne Tenorio cast District 6 Council the lone dissenting Member, voted against vote. the PID policy update "Every policy should as she felt it could be be a living document too complicated. and the PID policy is no "This whole package different," Sellers said. started out very simply, Financial advisors and it has become an and other PID con- extravagantly compli- sultants examined the cared piece of proce- city's current policy and dures," Tenorio said. recommended changes Everything city staff that would further pro- tect the city's interests PID POLICY, 4A i i News 1-4A Business 1-4D O Z Opinions 3A Service Directory 3D I- O O New owner for Kyle's Sports 1-2B Classifieds 2D O semi-pro team. Education 3-4B Public Notices 2D ] -Page 1D Community 1-40 II!!!!ll!l!!!!!l 1]17 +