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Page 2A NEWS Hays Free Press April 10, 2013 The Hays Free Press (ISSN 1087-9323) published weekly by Barton Publications, Inc., 122 N. Main St., 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, Bud& 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: P.O. Box 339, Buda, Texas 78610 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@haysfreepress.com 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. PHOTO BY DAVID WHITE Road crew worker Ronnie Thompson installs new signage on Center Street in preparation for the new one-way access roads. Kyle Goes One-Way Continued from pg. 1A remain two-way as that road's "This is a very important transition is scheduled for days safety project," said area engi- later, neer for TxDOT, Ben Engelhar- The work necessary for the dt in a statement. "I-35 is the one-way changes include re- transportation backbone for paving, striping and placing the region and by switching the additional signs along the road- high-vohime frontage roads to way to alert and direct motor- one-way, we hope to improve ists to the new, one-way condi- traffic movements in the area tion. TxDOT expects each road and ensure our system is as safe way will take a day to convert, as possible." OnThursday, Aprilll,TxDOT The frontage road conver- crews will begin the conversion sions are part of a larger, $6.5 work on the southbound inter- million 1-35 frontage road re- state frontage road, according construction and ramp revi- to the statement. The south- sion project. Once complete, bound frontage road should be the project will include the completely one-way by Friday, construction of an 1-35 south- April 12, the city's news release bound frontage road connec- said. tion to FM 150. Buda Parking Woes: Trucks in flux Continued from pg. 1A the new rules take affect. He dards for where they stop - using some kind ofparking tag said he hopes there would be that is left to local government, or placard visible to code en- some signs or communication Probably the most significant forcement officials. from the city or Cabela's before issue on the Cabela's site is the Sparks clarified that hotels cops start ticketing drivers, lack of restroom and shower would not be subject to pen- The ban follows the tem- facilities," he said. alty if a commercial vehicle is plate of an ordinance from Buda's amendment to thefound to break the ordinance. Mesquite, which aims to re- existing parking ordinance Responsibility for acquiring lieve commercial vehicles be- defines a commercial vehicle the parking passes will rest ing left for extended periods of as a "truck-trailer, road trac- solely with the private prop- time in parking lots. tor, semi trailer, bus, truck, or erty owner. Buda Mayor Todd Ruge said trailer or any other commer- The city also holds the right the issue came to light after he cial vehicle with a rated carry- to exempt commercial ve- and other council members ing capacity of two (2) tons or hicles parking in lots during received a few complaints more." special events. However, own- from constituents. Mostoftheordinancedetails ers who are in possession of a While Cabela's has allowed are related to parking, stand- commercial vehicle found to trucks to park in their lot over- ing or staging of a commercial not be in compliance of this night, Ruge said the original in- vehicle in a public street, alley, ordinance are subjected to a tent was to have truck parking residential or nonresidential- fine of $500. for store customers. But com- zoned area. The wording also Ruge wants to see commu- mercial vehicle drivers started addresses public safety con- nication and public outreach using it as an overnight lot. cerns about fire danger, in- to drivers and trucking com- Buda's Director of Planning creased crime, overcrowding parties that use the lot before Chance Sparks said the prob- and litter, law enforcement begins writ- lem is that a parking lot could Exemptions include corn- ing tickets. easily turn into a freight ex- mercialvehicles that are being "Those drivers don't live change facility, used for street repair, public here, so how will they know "If unchecked, these park- utility vehicles and buses that about the ordinance? ] envi- ing lots can become de facto are unloading passengers, sion that we definitely do edu- Freight Transportation Ser- There are some additional ex- cation and outreach," Ruge vice facilities used for actual emptions, such as buses when said. "Cabela's is working on storage of trucks overnight, passengers are attending an the signage." freight transfers and other event. He couldn't say for sure yet similar businesses as a means Ruge said Cabela's and the what kind of communication for those businesses to avoid Microtel Hotel, which sits at might be appropriate; hand- ground lease/purchase costs the back of Cabela's parking outs, face-to-face meetings for an actual service yard," he lot, did not approach council or some kind of outreach to said. about the trucks. But he said trucking firms could all be in The lot behind Cabela's is representatives from both the mix. not zoned for such activity, ac- companies were in agreement "There will be a learning cording to Sparks. with implementing the new curve," Ruge said. "But I will be Sparks said he understands ordinance, disappointed if what happens that commercial truck drivers Theonlyconcern, Rugesaid, is our police or code officers are required to take mandato- was the hotel does have truck just keep writing tickets." ry rest periods in order to avert drivers who stay at its property fatigue and overwork, so those vehicles should be ex- Kim Hilsenbeck contributed "There are not federal stan- empted from the rule, perhaps to this story. Roundabouts: TxDOT looking for solutions to dangerous intersections Continued from pg. 1A policy statement was reported according to City Engineer Still, council member Di- ready - 21 individuals at the showed that roundabouts are as saying in a Kyle Planning Steve Widacki. ane Hervol wanted to delay three city boards, seven coun- safer than traditional intersec- and Zoning (P&Z) executive TxDOT does not want to set a council recommendation cil members, and meeting au- tions, more efficient, serve all briefing on Feb. 26. policy at the local level and to April 16 to allow for public diences for P&Z and the April roadway users, has geometric But considering a round- therefore is seeking the coun- comment, since Vargas said 2 council meeting, flexibility and allows for gate- about instead of a traffic light cil's recommendation to move under questioning that the Wilson said he thought the ways or focal points. was not the chief concern for forward with a roundabout state wasnotunderdeadline, city boards' recommenda- Statistics show that a 35 some council members. In- and hold public hearings, and "Being that taxpayers will tions also would be represen- percent reduction in total stead, theywere hinged on the if the community "can't stom- not be paying for this round- tative of the larger public, crashes, a 76 percent reduc- lack of public involvement on ach" the plan, then a traffic about, then I see no reason Gary Schatz, who, accord- tion in severe injuries and an the directive, light could go in its place, said to have (public outreach) ing to his hour-long presen- 89 percent reduction in fatal "I'm here trying to make a Assistant City Manage~ ]ames workshops with the citizens," tation to the city council, is a crashes can be attained after decision, but I'd sure be in- Earp. j council member Becky Sel- Professional EngineerforAus- implementing a roundabout terested in knowing what the TxDOT representative Vic- bera said. "I believe that we fin's transportation depart- at four-leg intersections, ac- public has to say about this," tor Vargas said the state would should approve TxDOT toment, told council members cording to P&Z's executive said council member RayBry- cover the costs for either a move forward with the other his recommendation would briefing. ant as he struggled with a de- roundabout or a traffic light steps necessary that they need be to move forward with the "After seeing, specifically, cisiontorecommendTxDOT's at the intersection and said to start designing the round- roundabout, the statistics on roundabouts pursuit for a roundabout. TxDOT was soliciting the about on this dangerous area "What I'm hearing from ... I would in a heartbeat try Council members were told council's "blessing" to move that people complain about staff and TxDOT is, 'would and make this happen for my that three city advisory com- forward with plans for either all the time." you give us your blessing to city," Mayor Lucy Johnson mittees -- P&Z, mobility and option. Council member DavidWil- go forward and sell this idea.'" said. "The fact that is comes, emergency services -- had Vargas said a roundabout son, too, felt the time to move Schatz told council members gratis (free) to us, and would been presented the round- is expected to cost about forward on the project was at in his recommendation. "And actually save us money in the about versus traffic light infor- $350,000, compared to a traffic their April 2 meeting. I think it's very appropriate for future from avoiding the costs mation and two of them rec- light that runs about $250,000. "I'm interested with TxDOT council to say, 'we're ok with of maintaining the trafficlight, ommended moving forward He said the city would not be getting on with something you going forward and sell- it's just the icing on the cake with a roundabout, while the responsible for any design that's going to make our citi- ing this, we want you to come for me." mobility committee's mem- and constructions costs, and zens safer, and they've com- back at some point in time, tell Vargas told council mem- bers voted three in favor and that the state agency would mitted to do some designwork us the results of your sell job bets that when the city reach- three against a roundabout, build either plan out of their here. I thinkit's wise to move it and if we're hearing from our es a population of 50,000, with one member abstaining, own pocket, and encourage them to move constituents that there just is TxDOT would hand over all something like that as quick not a level of comfort,' then signaled light intersections as possible," Wilson said, all you can factor that in into a and their maintenance costs. the while understanding the second consideration. That With roundabouts, electric necessity for public input and may be a two-step option that costs, light bulb changes and adding that 50 Kyle residents may be appropriate." expenses for sending out have seen the information al- Schatz' presentation crews are saved, he said. Attempted Kidnapping Continued from pg. 1A lineup. I then met with the victim at the Kyle Police De- partment. I provided the vic- tim with the photo lineup, in which she picked the number 4 photo." Officers then contacted De Los Santos, who agreed to meet with authorities for a vol- untary interview, the affidavit said. During the course of the in- terview De Los Santos told po- lice he visited the First Conve- nience Bank located inside the Kyle H-E-B and admitting to asking a woman in the parking lot for directions, the affidavit said. The suspect then denied any further contact with the victim, but later changed his story and admitted to "touch- ing victim on her left arm," the affidavit said. De Los Santos remains in the Hays County Jail and is be- ing held on a $75,000 bond. -4 + The key to buying life insurance is working with people you trust, a company you kiaow, and getting a plan that meets your needs. That's why Germania Life is the right choice. We offer a wide variety of policies, flexible terms and range of premium options. And because we only insure Texans, your local Germania agent knows how Texans live. 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