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Page 4A Hays Free Press • March 8, 2017 BY MOSES LEOS III moses@haysfreepress.com An update to Kyle's existing animal control ordinance now allows for private individuals to bor- row cage traps to capture small nuisance animals. The caveat, however, is those who use the traps will be held responsible for ensuring any animals are treat- said Kyle "Our traps will be loaned to those who understand the severity and importance of their actions ... We would certainly only want those who are willing to abide by local laws to use our equipment." -Jeff Barnett, Kyle Police chief The second component extends to lending out traps. With the update, residents can opt to bor- row a trap for a $50 fee. The traps, which must be placed on property owned by the borrower, can cap- pri- 'ture small animals Such as tries to make rounds for traps set the day before." Kyle's two animal control officers, who work on a full-time basis, are sometimes asked to place traps for nuisance ani- dogs, cats, opossums and allows for raccoons. easier Barnett said the reason rpets for the change is because the city's Animal Control pet department can only put owners can register their down and check on a pets during a routine certain number of traps rather than per day. at the police : • ' She gets calls for loose department. Barnett said dogs and all kinds of stuff several local veterinary throughout the day," offered to partici- Barnett said. "In between pat :in the service, those calls for service, she mals. Due to the high vol- ume of requests, however, officers at times have had to turn requests down. However, Barnett said the traps would only be loaned to "responsible adults" who abide by the department's rules for using the traps. Those who borrow the devices are required to check them at a minimum of once per day. Residents are also responsible for any animals or wildlife that are captured. Barnett said a resident would have to contact the proper state agency if they capture a protected species. "Our traps will be loaned to those who understand the severity and importance of their actions," Barnett said. "We would certainly only want those who are willing to abide by local laws to use our equipment." The department will also check regularly on residents who borrow the traps as well. Barnett said the traps are only used for a short-term duration and will not be loaned out "for months on end." The reason is the lack of traps the department currently has. Each trap costs anywhere from $50 to $200. "Our Animal Control officers are certainly will- ing to help and educat.e someone who desires to use a trap on their proper- ty," Barnett said. "We want them to operate in the law as well." BY SAMANTHA SMITH said Feb. 21 the survey available to Buda's seniors how to improve services results would be available and their caregivers via for seniors in the commu- rnoses@haysfreepress.com for presentation within numerous outlets, includ- nity. the next couple of council ing digital and physical "We will continue to The city of Buda is plan- meetings, templates, find ways to communicate ning to take the next step Buda Public Informa- "The survey was services and programs to in attempting to provide tion Officer David Ma- dispersed through social our senior population in services for the 65-year- rino said in an emalled media, the city website, Buda," Marino said. old and over population, response the survey is to copies were available at According to Marino On March 21, the Buda help "prioritize the critical City Hall and it was also the future for Buda's over City Council is expected needs for aging adults and distributed to our senior 65 population could to take up results from their caregivers." communities." Marino include representation of the city's aging survey and Marino said the survey said. some kind. focus groups, which were was completed in early While the survey was "It Ithe aging survey) conducted in January. March with 102 total re- completed, Marino said could result in a task force Buda Human Resources sponses from residents, the city continues to gath- or aging commission," Manager Kristin Williams The survey was made er more information on Marino said. FARMERS" Debbie Thames Insurance Agency AUTO ฐ HOME ฐ LIFE • BOAT ฐ HEALTH 251 N. FM 1626#2C ฐ Buda. TX 78610 Office: ~512J 312-1917 • Fax: 312-0688 Email: dvthames @ austin.rr.com Monday-Friday, 9am-5pm Your Business & Referrals Are Appreciated 4 ": ..:~:~ !~ ":~ % ;~} i~:~,: ~.,z,.~ "~ ...'-i ~:7...~"~ :1:::i726 Aust[ i ilN 8 48 (On the co i i i ::i iiii arker Rdl) a wa Lege BY SAMANTHA SMITH supply. However, Dwyer, readdress how to mitigate is to try and conserve as moses@haysfreepress.com who was the administra- future water demands." much as can be saved tor of the study, saidthere Even if the city adopts now. would be a problem ASR as a water stor- "We possibly need to High costs associated because of Barton Springs age measure, it is not a look at stricter conserva- with an Aquifer Storage Edwards Aquifer Conser- stand-alone solution,tion ordinances," Lil- and Recovery (ASR) pilot vation District (BSEACD) but only offers flexibility, libridge said. study, along with wanting regulations. Lillibridge said. Lillibridge told council to monitor legislation, led BSEACD rules state He added the next step that BSEACD has shown to Buda city leaders' in- water passing through the in the process would be interest in ASR technol- action on an agenda item Edwards Aquifer can only to consider funding an ogy, but wants to make on the topic Tuesday, said be comprised of untreat- ASR pilot study in fiscal sure it doesn't pose any Buda Mayor Todd Ruge. ed Edwards water, year 2017-2018. danger to the Trinity The decision to ta- This means that the Another hurdle would Aquifer water supply be- ble the item came after city could not store water be to work with the fore it lifts restrictions. the Buda City Council from Guadalupe BlancoBSEACD to define project "The ability for the received a presentation River Authority (GBRA) regulations and refine city to store our potable from BudaWater Special- or Hays Caldwell Public costs, drinking water, no matter ist Brian Lillibridge and Utility Agency (HCPUA). Lillibridge said in order the source, makes ASR James Dwyer, a repre- A bill filed during the for ASR to be feasible for more appealing," Lil- sentative with CH2M, a 85th Texas Legislature Buda, there would have libridge said regarding construction and engi- could make ASR technol- to be changes to rules the feasibility of ASR if neering firm, on the city's ogy more affordable for enabling storage of other BSEACD were to change ASR feasibility study. Buda by bypassing some sources of potable water, its restrictions. Results of the study of the current restrictions, which he added are al- It is unknown when identified the Middle if it's passed, ready underway, additional discussion Trinity Aquifer as the "If it passes we have a Lillibridge told council on future steps toward ideal storage zone for Bu- lot more options," Ruge members that the key to ASR technology will be da's stored potable water said. "If it fails, we have to having water in the future brought to council. 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