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Page 6A NEWS Hays Free Press March 6, 2013 4- Buda council sees push to weekend's runoff BY ANDY SEVILLA they near the finish line. tion to the mayor's chair Dec 8, For the Jan. 26 election, Hop- Buda voters will decide March after the seat became vacant be- kins outspent other candidates, 9 which of the two candidates cause then-Mayor Sarah Mang- expending $1326.07 in cam- uriil take a seat on the dais, after ham defected from city govern- paign funds for posters, yard After being outspent and a winner failed to surface in the ment due to health reasons, signs and flyers, according to outvoted, Amy Proctor has now ]an. 26 special election that pitted A seasoned political candi- finance reports. Proctor only stepped up her financial efforts a former councilmemberagainst date, Chilcote suffered a second spent $639.14 in that race, and for election to the Buda City two politicalnewcomers,blow after Jan. 26 when Buda Chilcote spent $376.23. Council, bestingWileyHopkins Former 12-year Buda City voters refused her representa- This time around, Proctorhas by $200 in the runoff race for councilmember Cathy Chilcote tion on the dais, only bestowing spent $202.55 more than Hop- the vacant Place 2 seat. was voted out of office in No- her with 24 percent of that vote. kins leading up to the March 9 According to their March vember, but she was not done Hopkins narrowly missedrunoff election. 1 campaign finance reports, fighting for a second chance clenching the Place 2 spot on the Campaign finance records Proctor spent $764.28, from Jan. as a municipal representative, cotmcilJan.26asheonlygamered show that Hopkins took in $40 27 through Feb. 28, in her bid for as she entered the race against 48 percent of the vote. Proctor se- in political contributions for the the council seat, while Hopkins' Proctor andWiley, cured her position in the nmoff March report, and Proctor, once campaign dished out $561.73, ToddRugeleflhisPlace2seat race, after edging out Chilcote again, reported no financial between Jan. 16 and Feb. 27, as up for grabs after winning elec- with 28 percent of the vote. contributions to her campaign. March 23 Rich O'toole March 29 Blue Attorney Ousted Continued from pg. 1A cept Julian Grant's resignation, with the matter and Kyle May- cil members approved his Former contract city attor- or Lucy Johnson said Lambert $85,000 contract. He was Kyle's ney, and now acting city at- would not be kept from ex- first in-house city attorney. torney, Frank Garza, who was ecutive session conversations "Sometimes relationships involved in council's delibera- without council directive, don't work out," Johnson said. tions on Grant, said Grant was In mid-February, Grant left "We really do wish (Grant) the offered the option to resign his city issued cell phone in a best and hope to find a good and he accepted, downtown San Antonio hotel, replacement and good full- "The council spoke to him, and admitted to noticing the time city attorney in the future raised a couple of issues- both phone was missing almost 24 for Kyle." positive and the negative - and hourslater.Grantsaidthatsen- Garza said Grant will not after discussion it was just de- sitive city information could receive any pay-out or sever- cided that (Grant) would sub- have been accessed on the ance package, as his contract mit his resignation 30 days cell phone, specifically emails only called for that after work- out," Garza said. directed to council members ing for the city for a year. He Grant's resignation is effec- or confidential memos. Ho- said Grant will only be paid his tive April 4. tel staff went through the cell remaining 30 days of employ- This move by the council phone and dialed Grant's most ment. comes after several missteps recent calls in an effort to lo- Garza, who himself and his that have mired Grant's em- cate the owner, firm continued representing ployment with the city.Most recently, council mem- the city in special matters at A few days into his job, Grant bers were visibly frustrated at a cost of about $200 per hour, dimmed the light on govern- Grant's inability to fulfill coun- will step in as the city's con- ment transparency by putting cil wishes behind requests for tract city attorney once again. an end to City Manager Lanny examples of preliminary drafts '7~t this point, Frank Garza Lambert's informative Friday of potential education infor- and his law firm will be han- letter. Grant said sensitive city mation regarding the $36 mil- dling our legal services, con- information could have leaked lion road bond voters will de- tinulng all the work that lu- through the letter aimed at cide in May. Council members lian Grant did - he was in the keeping council membershave for months expressed the middle of a number of projects abreast of city business, a need for the education of the and we want to make sure that practice Lambert said he has public on a road bond that any legal advice isn't lacking exercised for decades, could improve five Kyle roads, or dragging for the city after Shortly thereafter, Grant, Ultimately, the city's finance Mr. Grant's absence," John- without eouncil approval, kept director, Perwez Moheet, told son said. "We're confident that lambert from an executive council members he would Frank (Garza) can take on and session where city litigation take on that task. handle that work." updates were to be discussed. Grant began employment Before coming to Kyle, Grant Council members took issue with city on Dec. 1 after coun- worked as the Texas Attorney General's Local Government Affairs Section Chief. Everyone needs a WILLS, PROBATE REAL ESTATE. BUSINESS FIRST CONSULTATION FREE/ LUCINDA RAMAGE DOYLE ATTORNEY AT 512-757-3309, 107 S. Main, +