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Page 2A ) / NEWS Hays Free Press March 29, 2017 The Hays Free Press (USPS 361-430) 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. Police: Impersonator stopping residents Continued from pg. 1A and left the area. Thursday's report was the second police impersonator report fielded by law enforcement. The original incident occurred March 16 at 11:44 p.m., according to a county press release. A complainant, who was not identified, told authorities she was traveling with a friend on FM 2001 near Goforth Road east of Kyle when a white or silver Chevrolet pickup truck activated red and blue interior lights on their vehicle. The woman told authorities she thought she was being pulled over by law enforcement in what appeared to be a traffic stop. However, she said she and her friend observed a male suspect wearing all black clothing exit the truck. The woman drove off in fear they were not being stopped by law enforcement, the release said. The suspect initially began following them but stopped after she made a turn offofFM 2001. The occupants of the vehicle thought they observed a second subject in the pickup truck. Hays County Sheriff Gary Curler offered several tips for citizens who may be unsure of the legitimacy of a law enforcement traffic stop by an unmarked vehicle. Drivers should activate a vehicle's emergency flashers in order to alert officers they are aware of their presence. The driver should then proceed to the nearest lighted area following the posted speed limit, Curler said. Citizens may also call 911 to advise dispatch of their concerns and where the stop is taking place. All officers are required to carry official identification cards and can be requested to produce them to ensure citizens they are peace officers, Curler said. Anyone with information regarding the police impersonator should call the Hays County Sheriff's Office at 512-393-7896 and speak with the Criminal Investigations Division. Citizens can also call Crime Stoppers at 1-800- 324-8477. Sewers: $6.5 million for Kyle sewer line Continued from pg. 1A mains, which use pressure from the lift station to force sewage towards the sewage treatment plant. As the completed project will make devel- opment more feasible, the city will collect more in sewer fees, Earp said. While working on the project, city officials con- sidered partnering with San Marcos and sending sewage to San Marcos for the first several years. It might have offset some of the construction cost, but the plan didn't work out, Earp said. "It's been a project a long time coming ... It's really encouraging to us as staff that the council had enough foresight to start thinking about this problem so long ago." -James Earp, assistant city manager Engineers estimated San Marcos would be able to receive 4,300 LUEs (living unit equiv- alents, or the sewage of one household) per day. However, due to the land's elevation, the collection line would be too flat for sewage to flow south pulled by gravity to San Marcos. "The elevation made the pipe so flat they could only get 900 LUEs instead of 4,300 LHEs," Earp said. As the city could get a greater capaci of 2,200 t LUEs without connecting to San Marcos, officials decided it made financial sense to proceed with their initial plan, Earp said. City Engineer Leon Bar- ba said he hopes to have the project out for bids by the end of the year, after TxDOT and the Texas Commission on Environ- mental Quality approve required permits. After a development contract is approved, con- struction is estimated to begin January or February 2018, Barba said. Con- struction is estimated to take 10 to 11 months. "If we can get it done sooner, that's what we're going to do," Barba said. With the project possibly completed in 2019, the city may see increased development in the southern side of Kyle within a few years. "It's been a project a long time coming," Earp said. "It's really encour- aging to us as staffthat the council had enough foresight to start thinking about this problem so long ago." Roundabout: Proposed near Hays City Store, Continued from pg. 1A Dripping Springs should be approached for the future. Officials have said the road will eventually need more capacity to accom- modate the anticipated future growth in popula- tion of Hays County. This portion of the road is unique in that it features multiple water crossings and passes through a rural and un- derdeveloped portion of the county. The conception of this plan came in November of 2014. Improved include bet- ter intersections, widened shoulders in dangerous areas and the construc- tion of a bypass road that could pass through the Rutherford Ranch. In addition to providing input on considerations of alternative intersec- tions, the project team is considering inclusion of a roundabout at the inter- section of FM 150 and FM 3237. Cantalupo said his team is currently in the process of doing testing on both the safety and en- vironmental impacts of a roundabout. He admitted that, as a team, they are sold on the roundabout "This is not a 'build it and they will come' strategy from Hays County or TxDOT ... Having this plan gives us the opportunity to be proactive and not reactive to the activities of the central working part of Hays County." -Will Conley, Hays County Pct. 3 Commissioner for its potential safety features and high capacity for vehicles. "The great benefit of a roundabout is in this set- ring, if designed properly, it can take up to 20,000 cars a day, is much safer than a normal "T" inter- section, and it could very well have less impact on the surrounding property owners," said Cantalupo. However, Hays County Judge Bert Cobb voiced concerns with the possi- bility of a roundabout. "Why did the feder- al government spend around one billion dollars taking out roundabouts?" asked Cobb. "Because they don't work- they're dangerous." Hays County Pct. 3 Commissioner W'fll Con- ley said the court must go offthe community of people that have had tremendous involvement in this project. "This is not a 'build it and they will come' strat- cess of the plan. He said egy from Hays County doing so could provide or TxDOT," Conley said. additional steps to make "Having this plan gives such a plan "live on." us the opportunity to be "The idea is that the proactive and not reactive more you put in up front, to the activities of the cen- the more proactive you tral working part of Hays are, the more input you County." get, the greater chance Pct. 4 Commissioner you have of a plan or RayWhisenant seconded program living over time," Conley's sentiment on Cantalupo said. the importance of public The updated schedule input and commitment calls for the public input of time from Hays County portion of the plan to be citizens, completed by June or Au- Cantalupo defended gust 2017, with a complete the project while com- character plan is likely to menting on the deliberate, be published this summer open and transparent pro- on the county website. + Shiner is a 2-year-old male Labrador mix and he is the most lovable goofball we have at PAWS! 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