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Page 2A NBNS Hays Free Press February 27, 2013 + The Hays Free Press (ISSN 1087-9323) published weekly by Barton Publications, Inc., 122 N. Main St., Buda, TX 78610. Periodicals postage paid at Buda, TX 78610 and additional mailing offices. POSTMASTER: Send address changes to Barton Publications, Inc., RO. 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. corn Mail: RO. Box 339, Buda, Texas 78610 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 br ought 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 prior 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. LETfERS 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@haysfreepress.com 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 Buda. m BY ANDY SEVILLA andy@haysfreepress.com Kyle has more than $3 million fallen by the wayside in uncollected fines due to outstanding warrants, but come this weekend, Kyle police are slated to hunt down the scofflaws. Kyle Police Chief Jeff Barnett said his department will join more than 300 ju- risdictions from all across Texas in ex- ecuting the 2013 Great Texas Warrant Roundup, beginning March 2. "It's designed to encourage people to come in and take care of their obliga- tions to the court ... We would prefer that they take care of that obligation prior to any contact from law enforce- ment," Barnett said. As of Monday morning, in Kyle alone, 8,242 warrants were outstanding total- ing $3,053,162.30, according to Barnett. "Even though we make progress on a daily basis with having a warrant officer, we also have more officers on duty and we have a traffic unit, and they're writing up more traffic violations and whatnot, so that number ($3 million), we're trying to keep up with it," Barnett said. Officials with the Buda Police Depart- ment said they, too, will participate in the warrant roundup, along with San Marcos Police, San Marcos Marshal's Office and Hays County Constable, Pct. 1 David Peterson, according to news re- leases. The roundup is designed to target thousands of defendants with traffic, parking, city ordinance, penal code and higher charge warrants from participat- ing jurisdictions, according to an Austin Municipal Court news release. "It is believed to be the largest joint operation of its kind with arrests ex- pected to continue for several days," the release said. 'At any point throughout that (round- up) period, we may partner with other nearby agencies, including Buda, Hays County, San Marcos and even Austin, to serve our city warrants; likewise those jurisdictions may come in to Kyle to serve their city warrants," Barnett said. "But it's really a cooperative effort be- tween law enforcement agencies across the state to try and help one another get these large amount of warrants down." Barnett said persons with outstand- ing warrants will have two options - pay up or go to jail. He said his officers will allow persons affected to contact the court immediately and "take care of the fine in its entirety," but ff they are en- countered after court business hours or they are not able to "take care of their obligations to the court," then they will have no other recourse but arrest. And that arrest, Barnett said, can oc- cur anywhere - work, home, school or "out and about in the community." "Our goal is not to put people in jail, but that will happen if they don't come take care of their obligations to the court," Barnett said. "We would prefer them to come and handle their business with the court and not have to have any contact with law enforcement." If you have outstanding warrants you can take care of them at the following municipal buildings in your city. Kyle Municipal Court 100 W. Center Street, Kyle (512) 262-3994 Buda Municipal Court 121 Main Street, Buda (512) 295-5981 San Marcos Municipal Court 630 E. Hopkins, San Marcos (512) 393-8190 PHOTO BY MOSES LEftS III An official with the Buda police department checks to make sure the driver in a rollover accident Monday is not hurt. BL]da Police and Fire departments responded to the accident on the southbound frontage road of IH-35, about a mile and a half north of Exit 217 Monday. According to the first responding officer, the accident victim was coherent and responsive with no visible injuries, accepting medical treatment at the wreck site. Hays County Constable, Pct. 1 office 712 S. Stagecoach Trail, San Marcos (512) 393-7730. Buda/Kyle Fire Chief Continued from pg. 1A in Buda," he said. It is expected that the ESD 5 will solicit applications to fill the fire depart- ment's top,,job in the coming weeks, stant accusations." Whitaker's wife, Doris, who served as the depart- ment's bookkeep- er, also submitted her resignation effective the same day as her hus- band. "It's mostly the attacks," Whitaker said Feb. 12 of his resignation. "They think we make too much money and the firefight- ers don't. Several board members feel Doris is over- paid." ESD 5 members consti- tute the "they" Whitaker spoke of, though he also said several others in the department have insinu- ated the same thing. "It's the constant accusa- tions and we're just tired of it," he said. BY ANDY SB/ILIA sales tax, up 12.2 percent from the previous year; and in the andy@haysfreepress.com first quarter of FY2013 the city collected nearly $1 million in "Thestateofourcityisstrong, sales tax, up 15.2 percent from and it is strong because of you." the same period ]&st year. That is the message KyleThirty-eight new businesses Mayor Lucy Johnson delivered opened in Kyle last year, to a packed room of business including 11 in the medical leaders Tuesday in her third section and ten new restaurants, State of the City address at a according to Johnson who went Kyle Chamber of Commerceon to say that as of November luncheon. 2012, the city's unemployment Johnson said Fiscal Year (FY) rate is 3.8 percent. 2012 brought in $3.5 million in The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics has Texas' unemployment rate at 6.1 percent for Dec. 2012 and the national unemployment rate at 7.8 percent for that same period, though the agency reported a slight increase in the U.S. unemployment number to 7.9 percent for Jan. 2013. Johnson said Kyle's taxable assessed value climbed $36.4 million, up 2.7 percent from the previous year. "2012 proved to be a banner year for our community," a confident Johnson said. "Last spring we opened the 20,000 square-foot, state-of-the-art, Kyle Public Library... Last spring we also saw the opening of Lake Kyle Park, our newest park and the first city-owned nature preserve... (and) the Kyle Police Department has also had a bus~, growth-fueled year." Kyle police moved to their new 8,000 square-foot home on Front Street, next door to City Hall, in February During "and hopefully have a new chief on board in the next few months," Huckaby said. "Kyle Fire De- partment has a dedicated group of individuals that are working hard to continue to WHiTAKER provide the best service to the citi- zens of Kyle and surround- ing areas," Huckaby said. "We will ensure that tradi- tion continues during this transitional period." After more than 33 years with the Kyle Fire Depart- ment, Whitaker submitted his resignation Feb. 11, be- cause of "attacks" and "con- PHOTO BY ANDY SEVILLA business leaders Tuesday for a Kyle mayor Lucy Johnson addressed state-of-the-city address. FY2013 budget talks, council members approved six new positions, including a new crime victim services coordinator and a mental health officer, for the Ducky is a 6 year old etaffordshire/ Rolo is a 3 year old black domeatic. basset hound mix. Don't let her short She tost her eye ~n an accident while little legs fool you, Ducky loves to run living as a stray cat. She is still a little and plaN Her favorite toy is a tennis testy of new poo~e but who could balll Ducky is wonderful with people I~ame her~ Given the right situation, and would really like to go tb a home she could be the best house cat everf whece she is the only pet. Please come by the shelter and meet her is a non-orofit, no-kill shelter operated primarily on donations and adoptions. 500 FM 150 E, Kyle, TX 512 268-1611 Please visit pawsshelter.org All animals are fully vaccinatloned, spay/neutered, microchipped and dewormed. department. By far, the city council's "most difficult challenge over the last decade has been developing the infrastructure necessary to support our rapidly growing population and commercial projects," Johnson said. At their Feb. 19 meeting, council members gave final approval and called for a $36 million road bond election for May that, if approved by voters, would engineer and reconstruct BuntonCreek, Burleson, Go forth and Lehman Roads, and would extend Marketplace Avenue. Johnson said 2012 saw the completion of Dacy Lane and the Kyle Crossing overpass, but two "much larger projects" were barely making headway -- the FM 150 extension and the IH 35 frontage roads. "These two massive projects are set to transform our highway frontage, and dmmatically improve safety standards, and I'm happy to report, should be finished by May of this year," she said. And looking into Kyle's 2013 future, Johnson said several new businesses are coming into the ci~, and although she said she could not reveal all the names, she did present the names of 14 newincomingbusinesses, which included Walmart, Ross, W'mgs to Go, Plum Creek Bread Basket, 7-Eleven and Kyle Orthodontics, among others. "We are set to have an incredible year ... please continue to be active and involved in our city government, and I promise, you can bet on watching Kyle exceed your expectations," Johnson said. (512]