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EXTRA INNINGS Hays scores a three-run homer in extra innings for an 8-6 victory over Lockhart. - Page 1B ..... ,d fli RESTLESS Wl Weekly columnist feal of Kyle author Katheri - Page 1C lITER ures the life and times e Anne Porter. @Barton Publications, Inc. i:Vol. 107 No. 561 , and Northeast Hays County 7-; Coach accused of improper relationship BY BRAD ROLLINS brad@haysfreepress.com San Marcos police have ar- rested a high school teacher accused of having sex with his 18-year- old student on school grounds. William Shawn Harris, a teacher and assis- tant coach BR at San Mar- cos High School, faces six felony counts of an improper relation- ship with a student relating to his relationsl ) with be girl, a senior at the h gh school. AccoMing to an affidavit used to obtain an arrest warrant in the case, a friend of the girl reported the sexual encounters to San Marcos police officer Brad Follis. "We began our [internal] in- vestigation immediately and notified" the police department and CPS, said Iris Campbell, the school district's spokesperson. The witness Said the relation- ship began in the frill sester and contued into January. Harris had sex with the girl six times, the affidavit states, twice in Harris' classroom, twice in coaches' offices, once at his home and once in a parked car in a neighborhood. The lrl cotLfirmed the story later to police and made a cell phone call to Harris in the pres- ence of two police officers. In the call, Harris told the student that he was an idiot for allowing the relationship to happen and that he "broke down under the pressure of you." Harris is an assistant girls' volleyball and basketball coach and a teacher in a course credit recovery program computer lab, Campbell said. He has been employed with the school district for five years, previously at Miller Junior High. He was transferred to the high school this year. Campbell said she did not know whether the alleged re- lationship involved a member of the volleyball or basketball team. Improper relationship with a student is a second-degree felony punishable by two to 20 years in prison. Harris remains in the Hays County jail on a $120,000 bond. Kyle residents offer input into the city's comprehensive plan, which will guide future glowth. "lhe price of a facelift Critical planning could BY SEAN KIMMONS i sean@haysfreepress.com , Transforming Kyle's Center Street rail- road crossing from an eyesore to a rail plaza adorned with a gateway monu- ment, constructing a circular loop road tem around the city and making the pping areas along Kyle Parkway into a super regional node of commercial ac- tivity could he in store for the city's long- term future - at a price. These were a few things discussed March 25 in the city's final compre- hensive plan meeting at Lehman High School. Since September, Kyle residents have been able to give input into manag- ing the city's growth in three workshops. By the summer, the planning firm MESA Design Group, tasked with the comprehensive plan, is expected to complete the document. Then, city staff along with the planning and zoning commission and city council will review the plan before formally adopting it. At the recent meeting MESA consul- tants introduced six plan elements to roughly 50 concerned residents. Ele- ments included plans for land use, trans- portation, facilities, open space, urban design and downtown revitalization. Under the land use plan, the tax gap analysis showed that by 2040, with an es- timated population of more than 90,000 residents, more than triple the current population, the general fund require- ment would be at $54.2 million. About $20.6 million Of general fund resources The downtown rev railHaza, with a t to drawpeople into cessible to pedestria ment and become a service linking Aus dences. Non-residential building squa age would need to grow to aln million, with 4,280 acres set as non-residential uses to cover cc cial tax bases. "It's a critical part of our com I sive plan," said Carissa Cox, a MEI sultant. She added that the land u would drastically affect new d, ment and determine what type transition could occur within the The transportation plan wou tackle traffic "hotspots" and I traffic flows through a series o and connections. Consultants mended a "hub and spoke" tac! double circular loop system arm city to alleviate congestion along In the facilities plan, more 1 fire stations would be required t( population of more than 90,000. currently has three stations. The police force would thel to expand to 235 full-time staff crease its annual budget to $E lion, according to the plan. .etp Kyle's future italization pla n envisioned a ,icturesque gateway monument the area. Tbe plaza could be ac. ns, invite commercial develop- future stop)or a commuter rail tin to San Antonio. e foot- tost 56 ide for mmer- ,rehen- ;A con- se plan velop- of land city. d help alance F loops rec m- ic, or a md the IH-35. mn six serve a he city 1 need md in- .7 mil- necessity for public parkland. By 2040 the city would require 90 acres of blocl parks, 271 acres of neighborhood pare and 452 acres of community parks, h contrast, the city's existing park acreag is 16 acres for block parks, zero acres fo neighborhood parks and 165 acres fo community parks. "It's very important to designate thes areas before you grow into them," Co: said. An emphasis on pedetrian connec tions came under the urban desigt plan. "One way to deal with traffic is to haw more pedestrian movement," said Robh McCaffey, a MESA consultant. The downtown revitalization plan en visioned a rail plaza, with a picturesquq gateway monument, to draw people int the area. The plaza could be accessiblq to pedestrians, invite commercial devel opment and become a future stop for commuter raft service linking Austin t San Antonio. 'All that space around the railroa tracks should be developed instead o Supreme Court takes Buda case BY JEN BIUNDO jen@haysfreepress.com Members of the group Bu- daFirst are taking th(r fight against the U.S. Foodservice development all the way to the state Supreme Court. Seeking to halt construction of the proposed distribution facility east of Buda in the Sun- field development, the attor- neys for plaintiffs Jim Hollis and Christopher luusola filed their appeal in their suit against Buda on March 18. The Supreme Court has called for a response from the city by April 22. "We are aware of the filings and we'll let them run their course without further com- ment at this time," said U.S. Foodservice spokesperson Howard Falkenberg. The two documents filed with the Supreme Court include a Writ of Mandamus, which would force the city to hold a referendum election allowing citizens to overturn a land use change allowing light industrial use on the U.S. Foodservice site, and a Motion to Stay, which would bring construction to a halt by preventing the city from issuing development permits on the site. "We believe that the right to referendum and the ability of the citizens to have a referen- dum on these issues are very important," said attomey Jen- nifer Hogan of the Houston- based firm Hogan & Hogan, one of three firms representing Hollis and Juusola. Last June, in a contentious split vote, councilmembers ap- proved a development agree- ment amendment with devel- opers of the Sunfield Mtmicipal Utility District (MUD) allow- ing limited light industrial use on the property east of IH-35 at Tumersville Road that U.S. Foodservice was eyeing for its distribution facility. Though located outside city limits and not subject to tradi- tional zoning, the development agreement gives the city some control over land use planning in the 2,000-plus acre develop- ment. The 95 acres had previ- ously been slated for commer- cial, retail or office use. But saying that the site would generate too much heavy truck traffic, a group of opponents of the development, organized under the name BudaFirst, cir- culated a petition demanding that the land use change be sent to a referendum election, which would give Buda citizens would be tax contributions from resi- The open space plan addressed. the being no-man's land," McCaffey said. See BUDAFIRST SUES, pg. 2A Subecdb addreu i Hays County hues show up in purple politics BY BRAD ROLLINS Green faces Fort Worth family judge t a-ned the race on its head with a pop- brad@haysfreepress.com It has been said often enough by now that it's conventional wisdom if not clich6: Hays County is a solidly purple county- that is, comparable parts Re- publican red and Democratic blue. Perhaps never before has the truth been more starkly contrasted than in 2010, when two Hays County residents GREEN BI paign for the state's Supreme Cour L In a six candidate field in March' Re- publican Primary, Green came in first, drawing 212,788 votes, or 18.9 percent. In Hays, his home county, he won a lu- rality of 41.2 percent. PREPARED FOR FIRE Buda's eastside gets new fire st ation. -Page 1D Charlton Heston, the Moses-playing actor who in his later years represented the National Rifle Association. In a vacuum, judicial races might be decided by comparison of qualifi- cations and education, but Green has running in high-profile races for state office hail from different ends of the political spectrum. Former State Rep. Rick Green, who last made the news when he punched his successor in the face outside the Hays Hills church polling place, where he lives, has fielded an insurgent cam- Debra Lehrmann in the April 13 runoff; t the race has been cast as a microcosm t of the GOP's internal struggle between moderates and conservatives following f Barack Obama's election as president S and unease of the Bush years, f True to form, Green is unabashedly L not just the conservative but the tea- 17 partying, Founding Father-quoting darling of the potent mix of religion and t libertarianism that runs strong in Texas' Republicans. He touts the endorsement of Chuck Norris and, posthumously, k v t t [i i Opinions ..................... 3A Sports ..................... 1-2B Education ............... 3-4B Community Columns...1-2C Church Page ............... 3C Bulletin Boards ............ 4C lism-enfused version of principles he finks will decide the race. "I do believe that people are looking )r patriots, not politicians. They want errant leaders with a track record of ghting for individual liberty and I've een fortunate to be given many op- ortunities to do that for the last two ecades," Green told the Hays Free -ss. 'Americans, and especially Texans, re fired of politicians who think they now better how to mn our lives than re do. More people than ever are study- g the Constitution and the Founding athers and getting back to the formula mt made America great. The more vot- See PURPLE POLITICS, pg. 2A Obituaries .................. 4C Business News ............ 1D Service Directory ......... 2D Classifieds .................. 3D Public Notices ......... 3-4D