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CLASSIFIEDS ." PUBLIC NOTICES SERVICE DIRECTORY March 27, 2013 City of Buda maintains small-town appeal, wins award PHOTO BY MOSES LEOS III Chance Sparks, Director of Planning for the City of Bud& (above) shows off exceptional landscaping work done in the Cabela's parking lot in Bud& Park- ing lot landscaping, as well as sign and policy ordinances, allowed Buda to earn "Gold" status from the Scenic City Certification Program in 2011. , BY MOSES LEOS III What happens to a small town when it is bombarded with growth? In many cas- es, the town loses its identity, its quaint- ness. Ask residents of Buda what they want for the future, and most will say, "Preserve our small town atmosphere." Buda's small, sleepy town atmosphere is quickly diminishing. Growth in the number of residents and businesses is taking its toll. However, even with the expansion, Buda continues to make sure that parks, landscape and the overall ap- pearance of the city are well maintained. The result of this work is an award given to Buda in 2011 acknowledging the accomplishments made in trying to find a balance between urbanization and the natural aesthetic of the city. That year, the Scenic City Certification Program awarded Buda "Gold City Sta- tus," the second highest status given by the program. Buda is in select company, as only 11 other cities across Texas have earned Gold status. The Scenic City Certification program is a project of Scenic Texas, which has as its goal to preserve and enhance the image of Texas by limiting billboards and other modes of urbanization. The pro- gram is a partnership between multiple entities at the state and national levels, including Texas Municipal League, Texas Historical Commission, Keep Texas Beau- tiful and Scenic America. To achieve award status, the Scenic City Certification Program looks at three basic scenic standards: A system for issuing permits for on- premise signs; A landscaping or tree planting pro- gram; A prohibition on new billboards. Cities are also judged on specific ele- ments, such as streetscape and lighting standards, parks and trails maintenance and ordinances, on and off premise sig- nage, landscaping in parking lots, utility line maintenance and historic district. There are a total of 11 sub-categories, with specific guidelines for each. Scenic City gives points to cities that apply, based on policies and ordinances that a city has in place, and how effective the standards are in maintaining the city's character. "The target is to assess cities for municipal standards," said Anne Culver, See SCENIC GOLD AWARD, pg. 4D Buda Bar and Grill closes April 1 BY MOSES LEOS III :After 100 years of existence at the comer of Peach and Main Street, the J. ,lkfamous Buda Grocery and Grill will be closing its doors for good on April 1. The building, which was first estab- lished in 1913 as the E.J. Cleveland Gen- eral Store, has under gone considerable change. Further renovations will soon take place, as the property was sold to an in- vestment group, headed by new owner James Rios, who owns Center Field Bar and Grill in Kyle. For co- owner Madelyn Uresti, this was a development that had been seen for quite some time. "We had known the whole 1Lrne that the building was for sale," said Uresti. "This piece of real estate had been on the market for ten years. We knew that going into this." The property was sold to an individual who has maintained his anonymity. The property is listed in Hays Central Apprais- al District files as being owned by Diana and Ibrahim Saa- deh. The cur- rent company had purchased it from the pre- vious owners, who relocated to California, according to Uresti. However, Uresti was quick to point out that the sale of the property, not declining "Just be- cause Buda Grocery and Grill is closino that does not mean we will stop makino our famous hamburo- ers. We are currently seekino a new loca- tion in Buda and Iookino forward to establishino a new busi- ness that will hope- fully last another 100 years." -Madelyn Uresti, co-owner of Buda Bar and Grill business, was the reason for the Bar and Grill's demise. "The person who owned the property sold it. Otherwise, we would have continued to be here," Uresti said. Rumors of the recently built Tavern on Main taking business away from Buda Grocery were also made. Uresti once again denied those allegations. "The Tavern brings in a certain crowd. We bring in some of the same people, but different in some ways. That had nothing to do with it," Uresti said. "(We are) just a hamburger joint, (that also serves) cold beer and chili- cheese fries. Just a nice place where adults could come and relax in a laid back envi- See BUDA BAR AND GRILL, pg. 4D New path for iconic building in Buda The building that houses the Buda Bar and Grill has evolved throughout the past 100 years, starting out as the E.J. Cleveland General in 1913 (middle) before becom- ing the Buda Grocery. Buda Grocery may be best remembered as the grocery store ran by Gerald (below) and Mary Montague for more than 50 years. There were a few interim owners before Madelyn and Rusty Uresti transformed the grocery store into a bar and grill. Further renovations will soon take place, as the property was sold to an investment group, headed by new owner James Rios, who owns Center Field Bar and Grill in Kyle. PHOTO BY CYNDY SLOVAK-BARTON HAYS FREE PRESS FILE PHOTO PHOTO BY DAVID WHITE PHOTO BY DAVID WHITE Kyle and Buda are expediting the erection of LED signs in each city. PEC each if they complete the  C6istrUc}6n'bef0re April 30. Lighting up Cities rush to get new signs installed BY ANDY SEVILLA Kyle and Buda will soon see their names in lights. Both Hays County cities are in the midst of installing a LED (light-emitting diode) electronic sign, each, in high traffic areas. The move comes after Peder- nales Electric Cooperative, Inc. (PEC) informed the cities they would end their years-long as- sistance to Kyle and Buda in hanging over-the-road banners as "there is a growing concern for the safety of (PEC) employees as they perform this task," ac- cording to an April 2, 2012 letter addressed to Kyle City Manager Lannylambert. But, in good faith, PEC offered to reimburse each city up, to $25,000 for purchase and instal- lation of a LED electronic sign, though that installation has to occur on or prior to April 30 to be eligible for reimbursement. Both cities are presently un- dertaking the task of installing the electronic signs and officials with Kyle and Buda said all indi- cations are that the projects will be completed by the target date. Kyle's lighted marquee is ex- pected to cost $40,000. The city will pay $25,000 up front for the project, anticipating a reim- bursement from PEG and will use $15,000 appropriated from a Hays County grant for parks and improvements, according to the fiscal note. : "The overall cost of the mar- quee/monuments is $39,976. We got every square inch of height and size we could with the bud- get we had," said Kyle Parks Di- rectod Kerry Urbanowicz Concrete numbers were not available for Buda, but City Man- ager Kenneth W'flliams said that should the cost exceed $25,000, the city "anticipates having some savings from the installation of other monument signs in (Buda), which will cover any overage." Kyle and Buda will each "in- PEC offered to reimburse each city up to $25,000 for purchase and installation of a LED electronic sign and installation has to occur on or prior to April 30 to be eligible for reimbursement, stall, own, operate and maintain the (electric) sign on its property or property obtained for such purpose," the PEC letter said. "The city will be responsible for all costs associated with electric service for the sign." In Kyle, the lighted sign is be- ing installed at the Mary Kyle Hartson City Square Park and should be fully operational by April 1. Urbanowicz said the final installation of the lettering and testing of the marquee is under- way. In Buda, WiUiams said the city studied putting the electric mar- quee at Main Street at Interstate 35, Cabelas at Old San Antonio Road and Main Street at Cabelas Drive before settling at the me- dian on Main Street, across from Walgreens near the intersection with County Road 117 (Old San Antonio Road). Buda Planning Director Chance Sparks said most of the marquee's work is completed and the city is awaiting the ar- rival of the actual LED boards. "We anticipate completing the sign well before (PEC's April 30 deadline," Sparks said.