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4" PLAYOFF BOUND Lady Rebs take down Vista Rdige to hit playoffs. - Page 1B CHUTE OUT Annual police fundraiser returns to Cabela's. - Page 1C @Barton Publications, Inc. ........... Vol. 120 No. 50 Buda, Kyle and Northeast Hays County, TX. 75 'le council make cross accusatons. BY MOSES LEOS III An allegation of potential conflicts of interest surrounding a Kyle City Council member was dismissed after it was discovered items purchased by the city from his business did not require city council action or procurement process. According to an opinion issued by Kyle City Attorney Frank Garza, the city can continue to do business with Mitchell Motorsports (MMS) as long as the owner, Kyle Place 1 City Council member Travis Mitchell, has no involvement "in any capacity with the city in such transactions." MMS, according to Garza's'opinion, has been doingbusiness with the city since 2014. Mitchell informed Garza the purchases by the city were "minor." According to statistics Mitchell provided to Garza, roughly 54 transactions were conducted between the city and MMS in 2016, with gross profits surpassing $2,600 that year. Mitchell told Garza most of the items Kyle purchases from MMS are because the business "is the only place in Kyle to have products needed by the city." "City management confirmed that because of the minimal cost of these purchases, they are not required to go through the city's procurement processes nor does the purchases require City Council approval," Garza said. Garza added city officials are allowed to K'ILE CONFLICTS, 2A Frank Arredondo, the new interim Executive perwork and protocols back in place after a directors. PHOTO BY MOSES LEOS III Director of the Kyle Housing Authority, is challenged with getting pa- decade when the housing authority had no guidance from a board of N revamp appointed di housing authority BY MOSES LEOS I!1 Fielding a tenant's call for a busted water heater or trying to find a solution for a door that's ajar are not-so-new experiences for San Marcos resident Frank Arredondo. Arredondo in 2014 retired from his position within the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, where he worked with housing authorities and fielded resident's complaints. Last month, Arredondo was tabbed as Executive Director on an interim basis for the maligned Kyle Housing Authority. While much work has to be accomplished, Arredondo said he plans to not only revamp the entire KHA, but improve the quality of life for those living in the Charles Young and Pete Dressen housing complexes. "I try to be aggressive to take care of as much as I can," Arredondo said. "I want that next person that walks in here, or ffI take that position, to have it running smoothly." Arredondo said the Kyle Housing Authority staff consists of himself and a maintenance man, who are responsible ,, for not only routine maintenance, but also to clean vacant units for move in. Arredondo, who said he has never operated a housing authority before, applied for the position after a friend alerted him to problems within the KHA. A November 2016 HUD audit alleged severe deficiencies within the KHA, which was under the guidance of then- Executive DirectorVickie Simpson. The audit alleged the KHA had operated without a board of directors for roughly a decade. In addition, the audit cited administrator pay issues and maintenance problems. The change in leadership from Simpson, who submitted her resignation in November 2016, was made official Dec. 31 after a new board of directors was appointed. Arredondo, who offered his services to the board, was appointed in early 2017. He began the task of meeting with the board and assessing the state of the two complexes. What he discovered is a complex process that begins with how the 51 total units are funded. The United States Department of Agriculture Rural and Community Development program funds the 30-unit Pete Dresser homes on Burleson Road, while HUD funds the 21 -unit Charles Young complex, located on Second Street. Hybrid funding programs for housing complexes is something normally found KYLE HOUSING AUTHORITY, 2A Texas Night Sky Festival Celebrate the Hill Country's night skies at this annual festival March 18 at Dripping Spdngs Ranch Park. Bring your whole family and your friends to a free celebration of the Texas Night Sky. Two-thirds of the U.S. population can't see the Milky Way at night, and the fault lies not in our stars, but in our lighting. Join in fun citizen science activities, see the exhibits of good lighting you can have at your home or business, learn from the pros how to take pictures of the stars and explore the night sky. The event is free and open to the public. See for more information. Hooked On Fishing Spring Fishing On Saturday, March 25, the city of Kyle will hold its annual spring fishing tournament at Lake Kyle for all adults with a valid Texas Freshwater Fishing License. This unique tournament will test your strategic ability to catch qualifying species of fish in Lake Kyle: Large-Mouth Bass, Sunfish/Perch and Channel Catfish. See ments to register and for a schedule. STAFF REPORT Two people were killed, one a recent Buda resi- dent, and four children were injured following a head-on collision along U.S. 290 in Oak Hill Thursday. Robbi Lynn Sluder, 58, of Austin, formerly of Buda, and Brian Tobias Suddath, 49, of Austin, were identified as the victims in the accident, said a Texas Department of Public Safety spokes- person. WRECK FATALITIES, 2A STAFF REPORT A 14-year-old former Lehman High student was arrested and charged with making a terroristic threat after authorities caught wind of an alleged online threat to bring a gun to the campus. Hays Cotmty Sheriff's Office (HCSO) Lt. Dennis Gutierrez said several people saw the alleged threat online and im- mediately reported it to authorities. Gutierrez said the HCSO located the student and questioned him at his home. After talking to the student, authorities discovered the threat was made and charged the student with making a terroristic threat, which is a Class B misdemeanor. The student was taken to the Hays County Juve- nile Detention Center. It's unknown at this time if the student is still at the HCJDC. In a letter to parents, Denlsha Presley, Lehman High principal, said she was informed of the gun threat Thursday evening, which involved a student bringing a gtm to school. According to a Hays CISD press release, the student was a freshman at GUN THREAT, 2A IfdW V LT New Buda cigar business 'banks' on historic charm. - Page 1D Z m News ............... 1-4A Og'ln' ons ............... 3/k Sports ............... 1-2B Education ......... 3-4B Community ...... 1-4C Business ......... 1-4D /] Sewice Di ctor ..... 3D Classifieds ............ 2D Public Notices ... 2D, 4D .x ............ . . . ,. ..... ~'" |I .....