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Page 4A Hays Free Press • April 5, 2017 + FM 2001: Project moves ahead Continued from pg. 1A TxDOT should consider building an intersection that doesn't utilize stop signs, such as an overpass. Hays County Commis- sioner Mark Jones said he is looking forward to the project's completion, as FM 2001 has been a dan- gerous road his entire life. "I've lived here for over 50 years and with the amount of growth that we've experienced, Hays County has been named the fastest growing county in the United States with a population of over 500,000," Jones said. "I think anyone in Buda and Kyle doesn't have any trouble believing that." With the rapid growth of Hays County, FM 2001 has become more danger- ous, Jones said. "I've lived here for over 50 years and with the amount of growth that we've experienced, Hays County has been named the. fastest growing county in the United States with a population of over 500,000 ... I think anyone in Buda and Kyle doesn't have any trouble believing that." - Mark Jones, Hays County Commissioner Graef Road to SH 21. It also includes suburban design, which is from Hillside Terrace to Graef Road. The urban sections would consist of two 12- foot lanes in each direc- ~g~Lbj'nk ~ese i~ tors, a 16-foot raised me- p~nts are going to dian, five,foot bike lanes be a huge safety improve- and a six-foot sidewalk. The suburban section would consist of two 12-foot lanes, a 10-foot outside shoulder in each direction, a 16-foot center two-way left-turn lane and an allowance for fu- ture five-foot sidewalks. The proposed project would require 114 acres said. "The ,pefully r of the of this ment/' Jones ect includes which are of Lo query halted of additional right-of-way, five acres of temporary easements, and just over 4.5 acres of permanent easements. The estimated proj. ect cost is $35.5 million. The project would be constructed in phases as funds are made available. Monique Boitnott, Niederwald city coun- cilmember, said she feels the proposed project will improve driver safety. "We're very excited about it," Boitnott said. "We do feel it's going to bring safety to our citizens who are driving home on FM 2001." Kyle ethics ~t~ued from pg. 1A n~ing to a February ed. letter from Tenorio's attor- ney, the purchase had not been finalized. At the Feb. 21 city council meeting, City Attorney Frank Garza advised city council not to discuss possible ethics violations as Tenorio had petitioned for a declara- tory ruling and advisory opinion from the ethics review board. On March 23, ethics commission members approved an ordinance stating their stance. Tenorio had already received an advisory opinion from Garza, but has not made the docu- rnent public at this time. At the 2 1/a-hour meet- ing, commission mem- bers reviewed each of the statements submitted by Tenorio and concluded most were not allegations. Because most of the statements published on Oppel's blog were phrased like questions, the commission members decided they were not allegations and therefore couldn't be investigated. The commission mem- bers did determine one statement alleged Tenorio had violated the section 39.06 of Texas Penal Code. Oppel states in a blog post that he insisted "some form of indepen- Commission nl~.. dent investigation be were tasked with~:~ter- ~ launched" and quoted ~g whether state- section 39.06~of the Texas ts:published in a blog Penal Code. r~;~'~:~e resident Pete The Texas Penal Code O ations states a public servant ~~be.~vesUgat, commits a felony"if, in reliance on information to which the public ser- vant has access by virtue of We person's office or employment and that has not been made public, the person acquires or aids another to acquire a pecuniary interest in any property, transaction, or enterprise that may be affected by the informa- tion." However, because the commission only had jurisdiction over the Texas local government code and the city's ethics code, it could not investigate the allegation. Tenorio said she submitted the allegation to the district attorney's office. After reviewing all 14 published statements and deciding not to investi- gate any, the ethics com- mission did not schedule a future meeting. Impersonator: Still on the loose Continued from pg. 1A similar police imperson- ator reports in the city "over the years." However, he said there have not been any reports of police impersonators in the city wiffdn the last six years. Barnett said there are two possible motives for these kind of cases - someone who may want to identify themselves as lawenforcement and someone who wants to perpetrate other crimes, sffeh:hs-robber assault or sexual assault. in the case of identi- fying as a police officer, "they want that authority over someone and place them in fear," Barnett said. He added the first type often role plays as police. Motorists who may find themselves questioning the legitimacy of a traffic stop should turn their haz- ard lights on, reduce speed and stop in a well-lighted area. Those who are still concerned should call 911 to check on the legitimacy of the stop and listen to instructions. Barnett said if a motor- ist is in a situation where the stop is not legitimate, the best advice is to leave the area quickly, he said. The goal is to avoid a conflict with the suspect, or worse, the potential for a conflict with a law enforcement official. "Should someone find themselves stopped by someone who is not a lawflfl police officer, the citizen has a right to protect themselves," Barnett said. "But the best advice is to leave the area quickly." Anyone with informa- tion relating to this inci- dent should call the Hays County Sheriff's Office at 512-393-7896. Residents with information can also contact their local law enforcement department. 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