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+ + Page 2A NEWS Hays Free Press March 22' 2017 The Hays Free Press (ISSN 1087-9323) published weekly by Barton Publications, Inc., P.O. Box 339, Buda, TX 78610. Periodicals postage paid at Buda, TX 78610 and additional mailing offices. POSTMASTER: Send address changes to Barton Publications, Inc., P.O. Box 339, Buda, TX 78610. ISSN#1087-9323 NEWS TIPS If you think it's news, we probably do too! Newsroom phone: 512-268-7862 E-maih news@haysfreepress. com Mail: 113 W. Center Street, Kyle, TX 78640 CORRECTIONS Any erroneous reflection upon the character, standing or reputation of any person, firm or corporation which may appear in the pages of the Hays Free Press will be corrected upon being brought to the attention of the publisher. DEADLINES The deadline for display advertising and any contributed news copy in the Hays Free Press is 5 p.m. Friday the week prior to publication. The deadline for Letters to the Editor and classified word advertising in the Hays Free Press is noon Monday the week of publication, though we encourage readers and advertisers to observe the Friday deadline. LETTERS GUIDELINES We welcome locally written letters to the editor on timely topics of community interest. We ask that you keep them to about 350 words in length and that you not indulge in personal attacks on private individuals. Letters may be edited for brevity and clarity. All letters should be signed by the author and include a daytime phone number where the author can be contacted for verification. Letter writers are limited to one letter per month. Letters can be emailed to csb@ HISTORY Founded April 10, 1903, by Thomas Fletcher Harwell as The Kyle News, with offices on the corner of Burleson and Miller streets in the town's oldest remaining building. It merged into The Hays County Citizen in 1956. The paper consolidated with The Free Press in October, 1978. During its more than 100-year history the newspaper has maintained offices at more than a dozen locations in Kyle and Buda. BY MOSES LEOS III Hays County Commissioners Monday opted to delay action on a possible traffic calming policy in order to gather public opinion on the matter. Commissioners voted 5-0 for a public hearing in two weeks on the policy; which according to officials would be for use across Hays County. Jerry Borcherding, Hays County director of transportation, said the policy was crafted in order to create consistency for the installation of traffic humps, speed bumps and tables. Adam Leach, assistant director of transportation, said one of the more common requests to the transportation department is for speed bumps and tables in county neighborhoods. Hays County's model would require additional feedback from neighborhoods, as residents "would like a little more buy in, so to speak, in the process," Leach said. According to a draft of the policy, a traffic study must be requested by a resident along an affected street and must also have signatures from 10 percent of residents. Citizens who live in areas governed by a homeowners association or live on roads maintained by the county inside incorporated city Jerry Borcherding, Hays County director of transportation, said the policy was crafted in order to create consistency for the installation of traffic humps, speed bumps and tables i ~ i i i il i! limits must send requests to their local governing body. Requests, however, wouldn't be considered for county collector, arterial roads or country lanes that service less than 20 homes. Leach said the county's transportation department would conduct the traffic stud which would assess speed based on the 85th percentile, similar to what the state uses for traffic studies. According to the Texas Department of Transportation website, the percentile is based on thetheory that a speed at or below which 85 percent of people drive at any location under good weather and visibility conditions is the maximum speed for a location. After conducting the study, Hays County will determine whether the road warrants a traffic calming measure based on several criterions. County transportation officials will issue a recommendation to the resident and to the respective commissioner's precinct office for review. From there, residents have 30 days to request action from the transportation department to install a traffic calming measure. Requn'ements include obtaining 20 percent of signatures from residents on the road for rumble strips or buttons and 51 percent for speed tables and roadway construction. Leach said it would avoid a single resident from possibly implementing a traffic calming measure that may be unwanted by other residents. If a traffic calming Teens Arrested Continued from pg. 1A also allegedly witnessed a small red bag with the word "skittles" printed on it, suggesting that it may have contained K2 or ket- amine, which is a power- ful horse tranquilizer. Based on these find- ings, a search warrant was applied for the entire premises and was granted by County Court at Law No. 2 Judge David Glickler at approximately 4:30 a.m. Vaidez was charged due to 87 generic Xanax pills in a small baggie and a digital scale found in the living room. McDonald, Sorrells and Zapata were also charged with the Manufacture/ Delivery of a controlled substance since the living room is a common area shared by all four persons. McDonald also re- ceived a second manufac- ture/delivery charge for four additional generic Xanax pills in a baggie found in his room. McDonald is being held on $135,000 bond, while Sorrells is being held on $31,000 bond. Zapata's bond was set at $25,000, whileValdez is being held on $10,000 bond. CHARGES FILED: Carlos Valdez Manufacture and delivery of a controlled substance - state jail felony Andrew McDonald Aggravated Robbery (Previous Charge) - 1 st degree felony Engaging in Organized Criminal Activity - 3rd degree felony Manfacture and delivry of a controlled substance - state jail felony Manufacture and delivery of a controlled substance - state jail felony Calvin Sorrells Engaging in Organized Criminal Activity - 3rd degree felony Possession of a dan- gerous drug - Class A misdemeanor Manufacture and delivery of a controlled substance - State jail felony James Zapata Engaging in Organized Criminal Activity - 3rd degree felony Manufacture and delivery of a controlled substance - State jail felony ,,,'L , Murder Indictment Continued from pg. 1A measure were to be removed, the county requires 51 percent of residents on the road to remove it at the cost to the county, if county officials recommended it. However, measures that were not recommended by the county would need 75 percent of resident signatures and must be funded by the residents. Hays County Pct. 1 Commissioner Debbie Ingalsbe said she believed the policy was good to have. But she also advocated for a public heating to gather feedback. "If we're going to allow devices to be placed, it's good to have a policy in place and be consistent within the county," Ingaisbe said. Hays County Pct. 3 CommissionerW'fll Conley did not support the policy as he felt the system the county has works "quite well." He said his precinct is extremely diverse and has a "million different conditions." He believes Pct. 3 has been responsible in applying traffic calming devices, as they have a policy they have followed for a'long time." He said the current policy allows for flexibility. "I'm not willing to secede that design and set up," Conley said. 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