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Page 4A NEWS Hays Free Press March 13, 2013 BY ANDY SEVILLA "Friday letter" to the elected of- est, among a plethora of different in a January interview. "He advis- member Diane Hervol says she city;, whether in individual emails ficials anew, just three days after issues of relevance to Kyle. es that I no longer communicate "like(s) it." or a weekly email, is important to andy@haysfreepress.com the city cotmcil accepted Grant's As the NewYear rang in, Grant with the council in that way, and "(The Friday letter) assists me as l strive to make wise deci- resignation, instructed Lambert that the Jan. I've accepted his advice." council highly in making policy sions on the dais for our city" AsKyle'sapparentintra-quar- "TheFridayletterisanintegral 4, 2013 Friday letter would be Grant, who before joining decisions,"Hervolsaid. Lambert said in January that relsome government recollects part of our attempt to make city the last of its kind. Kyle's staff headed the Local Gov- And "getting as much infer- the presentation of his Friday itself on the heels of the cityat- govemmentinKyletransparent," "Our new city attorney has ernmentAffairsSectionoftheAt- marion as possible" in an effort letterhas, throughout his career, torney's ouster last week, City Lambert said of the letter's tees- advised me that a potential ex- tomeyGeneral'sOffice, wastight- to make educated public policy been aimed at keeping council Manager Lanny Lambert finds tablishment. "We're glad to make ists for the disclosure of confi- lipped about recommending the decisions is the quintessentialele- members judicious on the multi- hisvoice, again, it available to anyone that has in- dential information regarding letter's end, but said "internal mentforcouncilmemberSaman- tudinous city affairs. Lambert, who had been told terest in our weekly activities." personnel, advice from the city communication will remain (at tha Bellows-LeMense, regardless Lambert said that a city man- by former City Attorney Julian The weekly account of the attorneys, advice for the city's City Hall)," the Hays Free Press re- of the arrangement in which the agerheworkedforin1979com- Grant to end his decades-long city's affairs typically details Lam- lawsuits, thatinmyefforttocom- ported in January. inforination is distributed, municated with his city council practice of keeping council bert's schedule for a bimonthly municate with the cotmcil could But with Grant's resignation, "If the city manager feels this is through a weekly letter, and members abreast of municipal period, and also showcases new be inadvertently released to the set to take effect 30 days from the best format, I am fine withhis he adopted the practice as his affairs through a weekly letter, businesses, granted permits, and public, through the news media, March 5, Lambert has returned choice," LeMense said. "... The own in most of the cities he has reinstituted and sent out his newspaper articles of city inter- through theletter," Lambert said to his old ways, and council communicationIreceivefromthe managed. Buda Election Continued from pg. 1A it the rain on Samrda3~ the start only 14 more people voted in the with voters going in and out of of spring break or the lack of nm-offthanvotedintheJanuary cityhall. interest - or knowledge - about special election (229) between As of the close of the polls at 7 the election that kept people Hopkins, Proctor and former p.m., Hopkins was declared the away? council member Cathy Chilcote. unofficialwinner. One woman, holding the The townha~,,amayoralelecrion In an emailed statement, hand of a young boy as they in Decembei" and the general Hopkinsrespondedtoaquestion crossed the street near city hall, election was in November. about his reaction to winning. said she lived in Buda but was Soperhapsitwasvoterfatigue "Very pleased with the very not registered to vote. that prevented more Budadecisive election victory!. Thank A quick informal survey of residents from trekking to the you to all my suporters (sic)and patrons and employees at Mike's polls, those who were instrumental Barber Shop on Main Street ,: Whatever the case, both in getting me elected," Hopkins elicited surprise that there was candidates in the Buda rtm-off said. an election that day. lust across race, along with their families He continued, "The Voting the street, campaign signs lined and friends, spent a good deal Citizens clearly showed they the strip of grass in front of city of a rainy Saturday at City Hall, could navigate through the hall. A sandwich board sign respecting the rule to remain meaningless rhetoric of an announced"VoteToday." at least 100 feet away from the election and choose a candidate Traffic flowed steadily during building where a small percent that is able to work together with the late morning and early of Budaresidentsexercisedtheir the members of the Buda afternoon. Patrons visited the Constitutionalright to vote. City Cotmcil and Staff toward shops and restaurants in the But both candidates braved preservingtheuniquenessofthe historic district, the weather to have a presence. Ci~ while at the same time gnide Despite signs all over town and They held signs, waved at conservatively the growth and severalarticlesinthisnewspaper, passers-by, and shook hands development, that will continue Truck Thefts Continued from pg. 1A cur, people need to have sec- parking lots. Buda Police warn ondary sources of vehicle iden- owners of these trucks to refrain tification. Often, people do from leaving firearms in their not know their license plate or vehicles. vehicle identification number, "Criminals looking for these which delays the search pro- trucks find the weapons. They cess," Barnett said. see them as an added bonus," While technology has aided said Buda Police Detective Erica the effort to curb this problem, Simmons. She explained that common sense also plays a big weapons recovered by these role. One issue that has risen in thieves have been pawned or Buda has been the theft of fire- used by the criminals them- arms from trucks left in large selves. Buda Police also ask citi- zens to not leave trucks in park- ing lots overnight. Both Kidd and Barnett made it clear that constant vigilance from the public the best deter- rent against these crimes. "Peo- ple must pay attention to where they park. The more visible you have your vehicle, the less chance it will get stolen," Kidd said. "Leaving valuables in your truck increases the chance of it being stolen." to evolve in the community." a cross-roads for the citizens Saturday." Amy Proctor also responded of Buda; two candidates with According to city secretary to questions about her reaction opposite visions for the future Danny Batts, the votes will be to the results, of our small town. Buda voters canvassed at an upcoming city "Iwanttothankallthecitizens chose Mr. Hopkins' vision council meeting. The official of Buda who voted in the Buda over my vision for our future, winner ~ then be declared, City Council Special Election," Again, I thank all of the voters thanks to the 243 Buda residents Proctor said. "This election was for participating in the election who decided to vote. Ginger is one pretty girl! She is a 2 year old basenji mix. She is already house trained and loves people. Ginger also really likes other dogs and does fine with cats! Come by the shelter to meet this lovely gid! Weezie is a beautiful 3 year old torbie girl. Weezie is very sweet and purrs loudly when you scratch her head. She loves to lounge in her cat tree. Please come by the shelter and meet this wonderful lady! 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