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Page 2A NBN$ Hays Free Press March 6, 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., 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: p.o. 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. 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@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 lO0-year history the newspaper has maintained offices at more than a dozen locations in Kyle and Buda. il The answers from each candidate are printed verbatim in their entirety. Buda residents can vote from 7 a.m.-7 p.m. on March 9 at City Hall. Amy Proctor 1.Why are you the most qualified candidate for this position? I believe I am more qualified for Buda City Council because I have a passion for my town that I have lived in for over 30 years and plan on living here forever. 2.What is the No. 1 issue affecting our community, and what will you do to address iff The top issues for Buda is that taxes are rising; growth is uncontrolled; traffic is increasing; density is increasing; we have a water shortage; the roads are insufficient and in need of repair and improvement. We must provide the" proper infrastruc- ture prior to another population explosion like what we are cur- PROCTOR rently experiencing. 3. How can you help bring jobs to Buda? We need to get the uncon- trolled growth in hand before we can think about jobs. 4. What is the last book you read? The last book I read is "The Rescue" by Nicholas Sparks. 5.What is something read- ers might be surprised to learn about you? A lot of people would be sur- prised to learn about me: I worked as a supervisor in a 24 hour Mental Health Facility for 15 years. I worked for Lockheed in security, in support of defense contracts that required a top secret security clearance. I am a survivor- I was diag- nosed two years ago with Stage 4 Lymphoma. I am currently can- cer free, and ready to give back to the community for this miracle. 6. Have you held any elected political office in the past? I am not a politician. I decided to enter this election when I realized the other candidates seeking this office held the op- posite vision for Buda's future than I did. 7. Education level; include university/ college and what degree(s) As a single parent, I attended school full time, graduated from Heald's Business Col- lege and then worked full time to support my three children, all under the age of ten. 8. What would you say Is the biggest dif- ference between you and your opponent? My opponent has a opposite view for Buda's future than I visualize.. He is responsible (ac- cording to his words) for bringing the apartment complex behind Cabela's to Buda, which will cause a traffic nightmare for commuters. On the other hand, I am very concerned about rising taxes, uncontrolled growth, increasing traffic, increasing density, water shortage, insufficient road and roads in need of repair. We must provide proper infrastructure prior to another population explosion and growth explosion like we are currently experienc- ing. I think we may lose the small town charm of Buda if we don't take action now. Wiley Hopkins 1. Why are you the most qualified candidate for this position.~ Compared to the other candidate my qualifications for the position of Buda City Council overwhelmingly exceeds my opponent's. My experi- ence in leadership, management, and education/training is extensive in both the private and public sectors. It includes interacting with local mu- nicipalities, county commissioners, city managers, city councils, county judges, and economic development corporations to provide so- lutions to multiple commu- nity issues of housing and infrastructure needs. Having managed and directed in several venues, it required interaction with professionals in the legal arena, including Bond Coun- cil, Tax Credit Syndicators, Bond Issuers Council and the United States Depart- ment of Housing and Urban Development. Have created HOPKINS and managed multi-million dollar funding budgets and staff to facilitate programs benefiting the citizens of the State. 2. What is the No. 1 issue affecting our community, and what will you do to address it? Growth - key aspect of the inevi- table growth in the City of Buda is the effects it will have on the current in- frastructure. To address that scenario the city must assure that it has the capacity to accommodate growth and/ or be prepared to increase its funds accounts. This does not infer tax in- creases. There are other means to in- crease revenues to meet these needs. To mention a few, consideration can be given to resetting development assessment and impact fees, require in kind contributions for utilities and street improvements and filing appli- cations for Federal and State grants. 3. How can you help bring jobs to Buda? Attracting businesses and industry to Buda necessitates supportive posture of the Buda Economic Development Cor- poration by the leadership of the City, as well as the local and surrounding Cham- ber of Commerce's offices and the Hays County Commissioners Court. I would be a participating member to stimulate this type of collaborative efforts. Proven experience and successes in forming partnerships initiative efforts has been in my past experience and I am comfortable in marketing/business development and being an ambassador for the public causes to benefit com- munities. 4.What is the last book you read? 'UNBROKEN' - Author, Laura Hillenbrand, - An WWII epic of survival. 5.What is something read- ers might be surprised to learn about you? That I was a high school 'All State Basketball Player' in Il- linois and subsequently played for U S Army's 82nd Airborne Division( All American) team. 6. Have you held any elected political office in the past? No. 7. Education level; include university/ college and what degree(s) LaSalle University Bachelors of Sci- ence Degree in Business Management and a Masters Degree in Business Man- agement. 8.What would you say is the biggest difference between you and your oppo- nent? My opponent has not provided any. relevant qualifications or experience m- formation that would imply the ability to contribute to the routine or complex mat- ters that a Council Member must address. Kyle City Council tract an opponent in her bid for reelection, said she will race is set continue to campaign as it affords her the opportunity Incumbent Diane Hervol to "hear from the citizens." breezes through to victory "I would hope that the for a second term on Kyle's people of Kyle are happy City Council. with the work I have done in "I am very excited and my first term, and they be- looking forward to serving lieve that I was diligent and a second term on the City worked hard on Council." Council," Hervol said. "Kyle The Kyle Council District is a wonderful city. It's a 3 seat drew three candidates community of families with - Chad Benninghoff, Joe a vibrant business commu- Bacon and Bill Sinor - after nity. Economic develop- Council Member Brad Pick- ment will continue to be my ett decided against reelec- primary focus. But my other tion. priority will be to work on a Kyle's municipal elections long range capital improve- will be held May 11, where ment plan for our infra- voters will also decide a structure, including streets, $36 million road bond that sidewalks, wastewater and would reconstruct Bunton water." Creek, Burleson, Goforth Hervol, who did not at- and Lehman roads, as well as extend Marketplace Av- enue. The road bond could Get to the increase the property tax rate by almost 21 cents, airport early ABIA advises passengers to arrive early for all flights be- I)PS to increase tween March 6-20. With South by Southwest, Spring Break, palmis this month Grand-AM of the Americas, UIL state basketball tourna- The Texas Department merits, and Rodeo Austin all of Public Safety (DPS) will happening in roughly the increase DWI patrols from same time frame, officials pre- March 8-17, one of the most dict security delays will ensue. active Spring Break periods A new, fourth security check- in Texas. DPS troopers will point in East Ticketing will be focus DW/patrols in high- operational during peak travel risk locations at times when times to help reduce security alcohol-related crashes are wait times. The checkpoint most frequent. The enhanced will provide four additional patrols that target intoxicated screening lanes. drivers are funded through a grant from the Texas Depart- ment of Transportation. Code During last year's Spring Break enforcement period, overlay approved DPS troopers made more The Public Utility Commis- than 1,000 DWI arrests, and sion of Texas has approved approximately 300 were the the new area code overlay for direct result of the increased the 512 area code. The new patrols funded by the grant, code will be 737. Beginning June 1, all local calls dialed within the existing 512 area code will need to be dialed using 10 digits, area code + telephone number, instead of the regular seven. Residents can begin using the new dial- ing procedures immediately, but after June 1, calls will not be completed if those new procedures are not used. New phone lines or services may be assigned numbers using the 737 area code beginning July 1. The price bf a call, cov- erage area or other rates and services will not change due to the overlay. Calls to both 512 and 737 will still be local. PUC reminds businesses and individuals to remember to change dialing procedures for pre-programmed equipment including life safety systems, fax machines, Internet dial-up numbers, alarm and security systems, gates, speed dialers, call forwarding, voicemail services, etc. Check business stationery or advertising ma- terials to ensure the area code is included. EdwardJones MAKING SENSE OF INVESTING + The key to buying life insurance is working with people you trust, a company you know, and getting a plan that meets your needs. That's why Germania Life is the right choice. We offer a wide variety of policies, flexible terms and range of premium options. And because we only insure Texans, your local Germania agent knows how Texans live. Contact your local Germania agent to help develop a plan that's right for this stage of your life - and beyond. Find out why, for over 115 years, Germania has been The Insurance Texans Trust." 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