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+ + City NO VIGILANT of Kyle recalls license plate reader program - Page 6A ACTING OUT Actress follows her dreams to Kyle - Page lC Barton Publications, Inc. ............ Vol. 119. No. 47 Buda, Kyle and Northeast Hays County, TX 75 BY SAMANTHA SMITH A recent String of daytime burglaries in Kyle has Police Department Chief Jeff Barnett asking citizens to be vigilant. According to Barnett, as of Feb. 9, seven Burglary of a Hab- itation calls have been reported across Kyle since the start of 2016. Authorities say the burglaries involve an individual ringing doorbells and/or knocking on homeowners' doors. If there is no answer, the thieves assume there is no one home. Accomplances then break windows in the back of the home and enter the prem- ises. According to the city, recent burglaries havdinvolved the theft of items such as cash, jewelry, guns, gaming systems and other electronics. In some cases, homeowners were surprised by the suspects' brazen attempt to loot their homes with them still inside. One Kyle woman told au- thorities she heard her home's doorbell ring, and when she was on her way to answer it, her front door was opened and the suspect walked inside. After seeing her, the suspect tamed and ran away on foot, evading police before they arrived on scene. DAYTIME BURGLARIES, 2A PHOTO BY MOSES LEOS III BY ANNA HEROD Starting this summer, Buda dog owners won't have to travel to San Marcos, Austin or Plum Creek in Kyle to let their canine companions enjoy a leash-free day at the park. Construction of a $70,946 dog park, located at Sportsplex Drive in Buda, will begin at the beginning of March, said Drew Wells, director of the Parks and Recreation Department. The projected completion date is mid-July, but Wells said the project should be complete by the end of June. Wells said Buda City Council appropriates funding for parks, including the future dog park. Along with the dog park, residents will also notice the completion of a series of improvements to existing parks this year. The construction of shade structures, playground equipment and other BUDA DOG PARK, 6A PHOTO BY MOSES LEOS III Adorned with the symbolic colors and designs associated with Valentine's Day, a participant in the 2016 "Run For the Love of It" 5K smiles as she sprints toward the finish line of the race held in Buda Saturday. Local runners donned their pre-Valentine's Day best as they took to the pavement for the event, which was sponsored by area 501 3 non-profit For the Love of Go. The race, which started at the Connection Church in Buda, was won by Leander resident Darby Sullivan, who finished with a time of 15:13. Austinite and Kyle native Robert Reyes, who competed in the race roughly ten months after suffering a stroke, finished the race with a time of 1:24:30. A story on Reyes' road to the 5K can be found on Page 1C. O t , Hays County The Hays County Hunger Strike will be held Friday, Feb. 19 from 1-4 p.m. at Sunset Bowling Lanes in San Marcos. Hunger Strike is an annual bowling tournament benefiting the Hays County Food Bank. Visit events/hunger-strike to register your team and for more information. Cup of Hope Chili Cook-off Have a great day of chili, beer and music at the inaugural Cup of Hope Chili Cook, off at Central Texas Speedway in Kyle Feb. 20 from 2-6 p.m. There will be fun and games for the whole family, as well as information and booths from rare disease non-profits. The event is free to the public. Tasting cups will be sold at $2 per cup and you will get to vote for your favorite. Visit www.centraltexasspeedway. corn for complete rules and registration. BY SAMANTHA SMITH Debate over land rezoning of a parcel of land along Yarrington Rd. has Kyle and San Marcos residents prepared for a fight. PGI Investment, LLC, the owner of a 47-acre tract of land offofI-35 in Kyle, has applied to the Community Development department four times for the land to be rezoned from agriculture (AG) to warehouse (W). Its motivation is to develop a commercial grade truck stop to the property. Texas has a law against "conditional" zoning, meaning a city can't base a rezoning request on the specific intentions of the landowner. But overwhelming opposition to a possible.truck stop from Kyle and Blanco Vista neighborhood residents influenced the January 26th Planning and Zoning Commission's denial of PGI's application for a warehouse (W) zone. "We're not opposed to land development", Blanco Vista spokesperson Omar Baca said. He added citizens have raised concerns such as increased traffic, crime, and environmental risks if a sizable truck stop is allowed to occupy the land. Baca claims if PGI were to develop the land for retail purposes, citizens would "trap" their money there, while the city retains the tax benefits. Kyle Conmmnity Development Director Howard Koontz said PGI pulled a rezoning request in October 2015 to rezone to retail services (RS). He said the reason was because the zoning didn't allow transportation services on the property. Koontz said there is a fail safe for concerned citizens even if PGI is granted the warehouse- rezoning request. It could involve a development agreement between the city and PGI, which would be done only if the rezoning request is approved. The agreement would outline what PGI can and can't do with the land. If the developer violates the terms of the contract, the contract is breached and the developer loses the warehouse (W) zone. Kyle Mayor Todd Webster said that he would support a decision to have the land rezoned to a warehouse district. But he maintains his role in the situation is to mediate. "I'm happy with the way the discussions are going right now," Webster said. Koontz said PGI would take one final attempt at rezoning the property for warehouse. It's unknown at this time when PGI plans to present its rezoning application to city council. , , i, i News ............... 1-6A Best Bets ............ 6C [ .ll|il IIIIlllll I|,~~ I~/ J !!t!!!!!111!1!1 !1! I!1111 Opinions ............... 3A Business ......... 1,4D Towing regulations Sports ............... 1-2B Service Directory ... 3D cause a stir in Kyle Education ......... 3-4B Classifieds ......... 2-3D -PagelD Community ...... 1-6C Public Notices ... 2,4D 7 -c i .....