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+ Page 2A NEWS Hays Free Press * April 5, 2017 The Hays Free Press (USPS 361-430) published weekly by Barton Publications, Inc., RO. Box 339, Buda, TX 78610. Periodicals postage paid at Buda, TX 78610 and additional mailing offices. POSTMASTER: Send address changes to Barton Publications, Inc., RO. 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-mail: 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 Bu rleson 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 SAMANTHA SMITH Improvements at Buda City Park are on the ta- ble as Buda city leaders unanimously approved the schematic design for a portion of the 2014 bond project. The improvements constituted a portion of projects from Proposition 5, which was approved by Buda voters for $8 mil- lion. Claire Hempel, a rep- resentative with Design Workshop, said the total cost estimate for the City Park schematic design was close to $6 million, which included a 20 per- cent contingency. The budget for city park improvements, however, is $4 million. DrewWells, Buda Parks and Recreation Director, said city staffwould work with Design Workshop to Buda City Park plans include building new restroom facilities as well as an upgraded pavilion, a new amphitheater and more parking options for park visitors hone in on the budget. Hempel said the park is meant to be the signature park of Buda. Improvements within the schematic design in- cluded plans to build new restroom facilities, as well as an upgraded pavilion, new amphitheater and more parking options for park visitors. Hempel said the park grounds would be large enough to accommo- date festivals and music concerts, but would also support leisurely activities such as picnicking or fly- ing a kite. "It's (the activity lawn/ amphitheater) a great location for your exist- ing events and opens up opportunities for larger events," Hempel said. Hempel described the amphitheater as be- ing spacious enough to accommodate a large amount of people that will be either seated or standing. Hempel said city staff recommended lawn seating as opposed to bleachers to reduce cost and achieve easier main- tenance requirements. A playground and water feature in the de- sign would center on the "ecology" of the area. She also said the play- ground would be separat- ed into sections for older and younger children. The playground for younger children would offer equipment like see- saws and small spinning carousels, while the side for older children would have large slides and a ropes course. The proposed water feature would be placed between the two play- grounds at the park. "We wanted to bring elements seen in Texas into the water feature," Hempel said. Hempel added plant life in the schematic de- sign was a great opportu- nity to "maximize plant diversity." "We can illustrate dy- namic spaces by using prairie grasses and wild- flowers in open spaces," Hempel said. Hempel said materials such as stone, concrete and asphalt would be "built to last, low mainte- nance and built to with- stand flooding." She also said the design included lighting displays on the architectural el- ements like the pavilion and the amphitheater. Hempel also mentioned the importance of lights along the trails, in the parking lot and on the volleyball court. "This is just a snapshot in time," Hempel said. "We're taking scissors to it (the design schematic)." A full story on what Buda's proposed improve- ment to City Park could look like can be found on- line at Robbery: No injuries in IHOP aggravated robbery Continued from pg. 1A According to a city of Kyle release, the aggra- vated robbery in Kyle occurred around 12:15 a.m. at the IHOP located along the northbound Interstate 35 access road near Kyle Parkway. Kyle Police Chief Jeff Barnett said the man robbed customers and employees at gunpoint, and then fled on foot to the south of the restaurant. Witnesses described the suspect as a black male with a thin build. The man, who stood approx- imately 5'10" to 6'0" tall, was wearing a black hood- ie-style sweatshirt with light colored sleeves, gray shorts, black socks and shoes. The suspect also wore a blue bandanna to cover his face. Kyle Police are inves- rigaring the robbery, according to the release. San Marcos Police are searching for a suspicious person with a similar description who tried to enter a locked restaurant 30 minutes before the Kyle incident occurred, according to the release. Trey Hatt, spokesper~ son for the city of San Marcos, said San Marcos Police were dispatched to the Wing Stop restaurant, located in the 900 block of Highway 80, at 11:45 p.m. on March 29 to investigate reports of a suspicious person with a handgun. Witness told authorities a black male in a hoodie with light colored sleeves approached the business and tried to open the door. When the suspect found it locked, he passed in front of the business and then turned back. He tried the door again and then brandished a small, silver-colored handgun in full-view of patrons eating at the restaurant. Witnesses told au- thorities the suspect ran toward 1-35. Police units immediately searched the area and the area of Bugg Lane but found no suspects. "Restaurant employees told police that theyhad locked the doors for the evening minutes before the man tried to enter," Hatt said. Anyone who may have information about either case should contact Kyle Police at 512.268.3232 or San Marcos Police at 512.753.2108. This story is developing. We will provide updated information as it becomes available. Continued from pg. 1A 30 over the Anthem elec- tion result and their desire for an official investiga- tion report. AshleyWhittenberger was frustrated by the lack of communication from the new elections admin- istrator. Whittenberger also said she supported the cre- ation of a citizen advisory committee, but would like to see the membership ex- panded to 10 to 20 citizens instead of oniy 10 or 11. San Marcos resident Sam Brannon said he would like to see ,voting machines with a back up paper ballot system that could be verified, instead of just a digital system. San Marcos resident Lisa Marie Coppoletta said she would "never vote again," when addressing Cobb and the commis- sion. She added there is a "fine line between election fraud and human error." Brannon said the heart of the contention stems from the results of the An- them election in Nov. 2016 being overturned due to a missing mobile/digital ballot box containing the real voting results. "We want a paper trail and we want a report from the investigation," Bran- non said. After public comment Cobb introduced Hays County's new elections administrator Jennifer Anderson to introduce the three agenda items for the committee (CAC) to ad- vise the elections com- mission on the new voting equipment. Anderson will chair the .new advisory commit- tee and will be joined by Hays County IT Director Jeff McG'fll. John Adams and Russell Hayter, who are the respective Hays County Democratic and Republican chairpersons, will also be a part of the new committee. Two non-voting members of the committee will be Vhginia Flores, chief voter registration/election clerkc and Tomas Car- dosac the Elections Data Programmer. Laureen Chemow, Hays County public infor- marion officer, said in a press release the election commission would select seven citizens, who will view demonstrations from voting equipment ven- dors. The committee will then vote on a recommen- dation to the commission about which equipment could suit the needs of county voters. "We need to restore a modicum of trust in the voting system," Cobb said at the Mar. 30 meeting. The voting machine mistake occured while former election adminis- trator ]oyne Cowan held the office. She retired at the end of 2016. meeting. Jennifer Anderson, Hays County Elections Administrator, called for a voting machine upgrade, which commission mem- bers and Cobb agreed was needed. Hays County voting machines were purchased in 2005. Anderson said if the county's voting machines were updated, the voting system would have to be updated as well to ac- commodate countywide voting centers. County officials also crafted a citizen advisory Freddie Purrcury is a 3-year-old male shorthair black-and-white one-eyed, one-tailed, napping, purring people lover. He has lots of love to give, and would like to have two legged siblings to spend his days with basking in the sun Bishop is a 4 1/2-year-old heeler/rottweiler mix who loves to play. Bishop is great with other dogs and people of all ages. He also just completed a 12 week training program where he learned basic commands and proper manners. 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