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+ Page 2A HEWS Hays Free Press February 15, 2017 The Hays Free Press (ISSN 1087-9323) published weekly by Barton Publications, Inc RO. Box 339, Buda, TX 78610. Periodicals postage paid at Buda, TX 78610 and additional mailing offices. POSTMASTER: Send address changes to Barton Publications, Inc P.O. Box 339, Buda, TX 78610. ISSN#1087-9323 NEWS TIPS If you think it's news, we probably do too! Newsroom phone: 512-268-7862 E-mail: news@haysfreepress. com , Mail: 113 W. Center Street, Kyle, TX 78640 CORRECTIONS Any erroneous reflection upon the character, standing or reputation of any person, firm or corporation which may appear in the pages of the Hays Free Press will be corrected upon being brought to the attention of the publisher. DEADLINES The deadline for display advertising and any contributed news copy in the Hays Free Press is 5 p.m. Friday the week pdor to publication. The deadline for Letters to the Editor and classified word advertising in the Hays Free Press is noon Monday the week of publication, though we encourage readers and advertisers to observe the Friday deadline. LETrERS GUIDELINES We welcome locally written letters to the editor on timely topics of community interest. We ask that you keep them to about 350 words in length and that you not indulge in personal attacks on private individuals. Letters may be edited for brevity and clarity. All letters should be signed by the author and include a daytime phone number where the author can be contacted for verification. Letter writers are limited to one letter per month. Letters can be emailed to csb@ HISTORY Founded April 10, 1903, by Thomas Fletcher Harwell as The Kyle News, with offices on the corner of Burleson and Miller streets in the town's oldest remaining building. It merged into The Hays County Citizen in 1956. The paper consolidated with The Free Press in October, 1978. During its more than 100-year history the newspaper has maintained offices at more than a dozen locations in Kyle and Bud& BY MOSES LEOS III AWimbefley man has been charged with first-degree murder after confessing to authorities that he had killed his wife at their home Thursday evening. Jimmy Lee Rhodes, 68, was booked into the Hays County Jail early Friday and was charged with first degree mur- der, according to a Hays County Sheriff's Office press release. Rhodes is suspected of ey m: killing his wife, who has been identified as Christi- na Pollock Ander- son, 67. Rhodes was mag- istrated by Hays County Justice of the Peace Pct. l-1 RHODES Joann Pra- do, who set his bond at $750,000. According to the release, the homicide oc- curred 6n Cripple Creek Court in the Woodcreek North subdivision. Authorities received a call around 5 p.m. Thurs- day from Anderson, who called to report her hus- band was "out of control" and that she needed help from law enforcement, according to an earlier release. However, the call was disconnected and a return call made by Hays County Sheriff's 911 dispatchers was unsuc- cessful. Initial reports indicated that when deputies ar- rived at the scene, Rhodes was found armed in the front yard of the home. However, Rhodes was inside of the residence and was walking toward the front door when deputies on scene first observed him. Deputies issued verbal commands to exit the home unarmed and Rhodes did without incident, according to the release. Rhodes informed authorities that his wife, later identified as Ander- son, was inside. When authorities went inside the residence, they found Anderson dead. According to the release, Rhodes allegedly confessed to detectives that he killed Anderson. Rhodes has no previous criminal history. Rhodes is being held in the Hays County Jail. An autopsy has been ordered for Anderson to determine the cause and manner of death. The investigation is ongoing and no further details will be released at this time. This story is developing. We will provide updates as they become available. Buda Code: Updating city code for the future Continued from pg. 1A of definitions. "It's in the normal range for a city the size of Buda," Sparks said referencing UDCs from towns like Austin and San Antonio that could be up to 1,000 pages long. Sparks said that the main reason the UDC needed to be updated was to better reflect the wishes of Buda residents as to what the future of Buda would look like - for instance, what kinds of houses and businesses would call Buda home. "The current UDC is a little confusing," Sparks said, "The new UDC will keep everything from being so vague." Sparks said some of the differences in the new UDC would be adminis- trative, sul~ as having a stronger re3iance on the planning and zoning com- mission, and an emphasis on city staff recommenda- tions, instead of outsourc- ing for certain duties that could be performed in-house. As Sparks said the new UDC will lay out specif- ically "who does what, when and how." Sparks also said the new IJDC is concentrated on duplicating Buda's "signa- ture small town character" into the development of mixed use properties through a form based code. '~ form-based code looks at not only the use of the building which is a regular code, but also the design of the structure, as well as the neighboring structures to see if devel- opment is compatible overall," Sparks said. According to Sparks, residents don't want to see Buda turn into another Austin. 'Tk form-based code will drive developers to the city's desired outcome," Sparks said. In addition to mixed- use properties, Sparks also mentioned that the proposed new UDC en- courages alternatives for multifamily housing like townhomes and garden homes. If the proposed new UDC is adopted, it will also include more lighting restrictions going toward true "Dark Skies" regula- tions. Sparks said the Dark Skies objective is to pro- mote downward shining lights that do not emit: as much of a glare, use a less bright light bulb, and reduce light pollution in the area. Sparks said the pro- posed UDC is unique as the city referenced 30 to 40 different cities UDCs to tailor a code unique to Buda. "The goal behind this new UDC is to allow peo- ple to spend their whole lives in Buda no matter what stage of life they are in," Sparks said. "It's about meeting the needs of all ages of a Buda resident." Sparks said the city plans to host UDC work- shops for P&Z and the city council over the next two months prior to going to council for adoption. The city is also plan- ning to gather resident feedback on the update as well. Police Audit: Kyle okays $45K for audit Continued from pg. 1A is to provide the best law surveys. enforcement service to The audit will likely our community," Hernan- evaluate policies, opera- dez said. tional procedures, staffing The audit will provide and calls-for-service concrete implementable response, Hernandez recommendations to said. It will also consider grow and evolve the the department's future police department, said growth. Mayor Todd Webster. "We're one of the fast- As the city's grown and est growing cities in this changed, so has the police area," Hernandez said. department, he said. '~dong with that comes "The audit's purpose is the need to build and to bring in some expertise grow the police depart- to help us identify how ment pretty fast as well." we can take the police Hernandez said the department to that next audit is an opportunity to level so it keeps pace with consider the department's what we're doing in the future and what planning rest of the city in terms is needed to serve the of improving our opera- community as it rapidly tions," Webster said. grows. The consultant will According to the agree- evaluate the police depart- ment, Matrix Consulting ment as a whole without Group will complete the targeting officers or man- audit within 120 days of agement and provide solid its start date and the city recommendations that will pay the consultant a can be enacted, said City maximum of $45,000. Manager Scott Sellers. Initially, city council "We want to get solid had approved $20,000 recommendations that maximum for the budget. everyone can get behind However, a committee as we move forward and composed of officers and continue to raise the bar," management reviewed Sellers said. multiple consultant During the process, proposals and decided the consuking group will Matrix Consulting Group consider organization was the best choice, Sell- culture, internal commu- ers said. nications and account- The police department ability. The consulting found additional funding group will interview in unpaid wages includ- police officers and staff ed in its budget, as the and conduct anonymous $45,000 had not been budgeted for. across Texas and the U.S. in law enforcement and Webster said he was Members of the police most agencies, he said. impressed with the con- department suggested "We're looking forward sultant group's qualifica- conducting an audit when to seeing what the results tions. 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