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+ APRIL 5, 2017 Track and field athletes compete at annual relays. - Page 1B LEND A PAW PAWS program brings dogs to hospitals, nursing homes. ' Page lC ~) BARTON PUBLICATIONS, INC. .... : ...... Vol. 121 No. 2 g Buda, Kyle and Northeast Hays County, 75 BY MOSES LEOS III Hays County authori- ties are warning motor- ists of a police imperson- ator who conducted a third illicit traffic stop in east Kyle last week. The latest incident took place March 27 BY LESLY DE LEON A commission of Kyle residents earlier this month decided not to investigate any aUeged ethics violations against Kyle City Coun- dlmat t t e Tenorio. The ruling was made after the city's ethics commission members said they had no jurisdic- tion to issue an advisory opinion on the matter. Concerns of possible ethics violations were first made public at the Feb. 21 city council meeting. During that meeting, city officials unveiled the proj- ect '3ust Peachy," a sports complex developed in partnership with sports teams, including the Kyle Stallions basketball team, an American Basketball Association (ABA) fran- chise. The Hays Free Press re- ported in a Feb. 15 article that Tenorio purchased the Kyle Stallions. However, Tenorio said at the ethics commission meeting that she is not owner of the team nor is she in the process of becoming the owner. TENORIO, 4A when Hays County Sheriff's Office deputies responded to an Imper- sonating a Public Ser- vant call at 8:30 p.m. that evening. The call marked the third incident report- ed to the HCSO since mid-March. A male motorist, who was not identified, informed authorities he was traveling on FM 2001 near Windy Hill Road when a pickup truck, which had begun to follow him, activated red and blue emergency lights. The motorist said he thought he was being pulled over for a traffic stop, according to the release. The motorist said he thought he had been stopped by a peace officer, but he promptly drove away when he saw the suspect, who was wearing shorts and a t-shirt at the time of the stop. The truck did not follow the motorist, according to the release. The suspect is de- scribed as a white male approximately 5'9" tall with a medium build and medium length dark hair. The suspect was wearing shorts and a t-shirt at the time of the stop. Jeff Barnett, Kyle Police Department chief, said there have been IMPERSONATOR, 4A ........ $4 762,428 euHe inch iSoft Costs ~:., ........ '. .................. $11,121,843 PHOTO BY MOSES LEOS III The Buda City Council approved schematic designs for expansion and upgrades for City Park. The new plans include building new restroom facilities as well as an upgraded pavilion, a new amphitheater and more parking options for park visitors. See story, page 2A. S BY SAMANTHA SMITH The path toward fixing poten- tial voting problems began after Hays County officials set the ground rules for a citizens' com- mittee tasked with identifying updated voting equipment. The move came after Hays County officials held a public meeting March 30 to address voting issues that led to nearly 1,800 votes not being counted during the Nov. 8, 2016 election. According to county officials, the issue was a result of a policy lapse after a mobile ballot box (MBB), which is a device that communicates with voting booths and records votes to calculate a final tally in an elec- tion, was not counted at an early voting site. As a result, the outcome of only one election, the creation of the Anthem Municipal Utility District (MUD) was affected by the snafu. Two votes in favor of the creation of the MUD were within the 1,800-plus vote that was not counted. However, 14 people from San Marcos, Buda, Kyle and Wimbefley expressed concerns during public comment March POLICY, 2A Kyle Market Days City Square Park in Kyle will host the first Market Day of the year on April 8 from 9 a.m: to 1 p.m. Market Days runs April through September and features local vendors, produce, live music and more. April's theme will be "backyard fun" and partners with H-E-B. Book Launch: 'The Blanco River' Author Wes Ferguson and sponsoring editor Andrew Sansom will celebrate the launch of a new book, The Blanco River at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, April 8, at the Katherine Anne Porter Literary Center at 508 Center Street. in Kyle. @ A WESTERN SMN6 HERffAGE FESI1VAL Swing on the Square The 25th annual event celebrates the official music of Texas with Western Swing acts from all around. This family- friendly festival will be held April 7-9 and includes free live music, art and farmers markets, kids' activities and a street dance competition. See STAFF REPORT Hospital group to open clinic near Plum Creek. - Page 1D News ............... 1-4A Business ......... 1-4D Opinions., ............. 3A Service Directory ..... 3D Sports ............... 1-2B Classifieds ............ 2D Education ......... 3-4B Public Notices ... 2D. 4D Community ...... 1-4C No one was injured early Thursday fter a man entered a Ky!e,-area restaurant and Cdbb'ed ,: .... customers and emploYeeS at gunpoint, a ording to a city of Kyle press release. Authorities are now,.,. " searching for the sus, pect, who they believe is: -." . also connected to to an attempted aggrava :+ robbery at a San Marcos i" restaurant 30 minutes i : ..... beforehand. ROBBER 2A BY LESLY DE LEON Changes could be forthcoming to FM 2001 after Hays County officials gathered public input on a proposed $35 million widening and realign- ment of the roadway. A few residents spoke at a public hearing March 28 in support of the proposed widening and realignment of FM 2001 from Interstate 35 to State Highway 21. While approximately 30 residents attended the public hearing, only three spoke about the Texas Department of Transpor- tation (TxDOT) project. TxDOT's proposed 8.5-mile project would connect 1-35 to SH 21 and eliminate 90-degree turns on FM 2001. The project is intended to improve safety and mobility, as well as improve travel times for emergency vehi- cles and commuters. Residents support- ed the project, but also expressed concerns about a segment where FM 2001 intersects SH 21. "I think the plan looks great," said John McCor- mick, who lives along SH 21. "I'm concemed about only one thing." McCormick said several drivers crash through his fence every year because people drive too fast on SH 21. "We've witnessed the tremendous dangers of SH 21," McCormick said. "My concern is for safety." McCormick said FM 2001, 4A 11!!!111!1!11!!1111 +