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+ FLYIN' HIGH HCISD athletes fly high at Don Shelton Relays - Page 1B MUSIC FEST Old Settler's Music Festival pulls in big name talent - Page 1C Barton Publications, Inc. ...... Vol. 118 * No. 51 Buda, Kyle and Northeast Hays County, TX 75 Students at Lehman High School witnessed a mock drunk Amidst the wreckage and blood, the Grim Reaper silently PHOTO BY BRUCE FISHER PHOTOGRAPHY driving accident scene last week during the Shattered Dreams program. wandered the area, waiting for his next victims. (See story page 3B.) seek connectivity of BY MOSES LEOS III Improving mobility, along with roads and intersections were a few of the prime topics discussed by more than 40 people at the March 9 Kyle Transportation Master Plan workshop at the Kyle Library. Public input was the first step in Kyle's update of its Transportation Master Plan. Kyle's cur- rent plan was crafted by Lockwood, Andrews and Newnam (LAN) in 2005. The city rehired LAN; their team includes three groups: Gap Strategies, Prime Strategies and Kim- ley-Horn Associates. According to Mike Weaver, principal at Prime Strategies, crafting a long- term but malleable plan will be critical. The plan will create a "playbook" for city officials and the com- munity to stay on track. The plan, slated for presentation to the Kyle City Council by Decem- ber 2015, will use the 2005 plan and the 2010 Comprehensive Plan, as a starting point. It will be centered on moving people by road, bicycle and transit. Also included will be neighborhood roads, and the concept of "complete streets," or taking into account sidewalks, bike lanes, and landscape along with roads. LAN will assess the transportation needs MOBILITY PLANNING, 2A PHOTO BY MOSES LEOS III Several Kyle area residents point out their concerns regard- ing transportation and road issues on a large map of the city during the first Kyle Connected public input meeting on Mar. 9. The meeting was the first step in crafting Kyle's update to the city's Transportation Master Plan. Camp 'n' Catch a Buda Bicycle Safety Fair Bring the kids and their bikes to the Buda Bicycle Safety Fair this Saturday for some education and fun. Members of the Buda Police Department and local firefighters will be on hand to inspect bikes and helmets. They will also teach children about the laws and rules of the road for bicycles. Certified police cyclists will demonstrate maneuvering techniques and design a practice course in the parking lot. Police will lead participants on a bike ride through surrounding neigh- borhoods. Takes place from 9 a.m.-noon March 21 at Elm Grove Elementary in Buda. Join Kyle Parks and Rec for the annual spring break movie in the park and camp 'n' catch featuring "The Neverending Story." The free Jamily event will be Friday, March 20 at Lake Kyle Park. Tents may begin setting up at 5 p.m. Quiet hours from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m. No pets, swimming or glass containers please. All tents must be broken down by 2 p.m. on Saturday, March 21. Contact the Kyle Parks and Recreation department for more information. BY ANDY SEVILLA In an unprecedented move, State Repmsenta- five Jason Isaac filed a bill Thursday that removes eminent domain author- ity from the Goforth Wa- ter Special Utility District outside of its boundaries and service area. If approved, a private water mining project looking to extract 1.9 billion gallons of water per year from the Trinity Aquifer in an unregulat- ed area of western Hays County could be jeopar- dized. "This is not just a water issue, it is also about property rights," Isaac said. "Goforth SUD using eminent domain authority, for the benefit of a private company, is an egregious abuse of their power. "HB 3407 will prevent fo *h fro !., acquiring the pipeline' easements by condemning land from property owners along FM 3237 and FM 150, and anywhere else that is not w hin the boundaries their district.' Isaac's bill m one of several filed this session regarding groundwater -- comes after a Hous- ton-based commercial water supplier, Electro Purification (EP), made plans to drill a well field over an unregulated area of the Trinity Aquifer and pipe 5.3 million gallons of water per day east to Buda, GoforthWater and a private residential de- velopment near Moun- tain City. An attorney for GoforthWater, Leonard Dougal, told the Texas Tribune that Isaac's bills, if successful, would not derail the water-mining project. Instead, Dougal said, if Goforth loses its eminent domain power, Buda-- which has eminent domain authority-- could take ,, over the construction of the pipeline. Buda Mayor Todd WATER, 4A BY GUDJON BERDMANN A hot start defined a water-centered Buda City Council.meeting Tuesday night. "Really pissed oft" "Will defend my land." "Filing lawsnits." "Our wells will go dry." Angry citizens, some of whom were nearly in tears, made these and other comments at the March 17 meeting. Their anger stemmed from the now sanctioned Electro Pu- rification project, which opponents fear may suck the Tri.nity Aquifer dry. However, no fresh news came out of the meeting about the EP project. Nonetheless, water was on the agenda. Water supply Drew Hardin, with Lockwood, Andrews and Newnam, presented water supply projections for the city of Buda to council members. The problem, according to his calculations, is clos- ing a 3.6 million gallon a day gap that will exist in 2060, when demand will be at 5.6 million gallons aday. Where to find those 3.6 million gallons? In the long run, the HCPUA (Hays Caldwell Public Utility Agency), and current providers, the BSEACD (Bar- ton Springs/Edwards Aquifer Conservation District) and GBRA (Guadalupe-Blanco River Authority) will provide much of the water needed to fill that gap, but the HCPUA will not be functioning at rid] capacity until 2023. What concerned Har- din was the time period between 2017 and 2023, when the city would fall well short of the pro- jected demand, leaving a one million gallon a day gap that, he said, the controversial Electro Purification project would fill. Why not slow growth? According to Hardin's projections, Buda will grow at a rate of approxi- mately 11 percent annu- ally, tripling the number of water connections in the city within the time period discussed. Council member Bobby Lane asked, "Ewe can't fulfill our obliga- tions, can't we at least slow the growth?" 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