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Page 4A NEWS Hays Free Press April 12, 2017 BY LESLY DE LEON news@haysfreepress.com Public safety concems, as well as confusion among drivers, were the leading factors for Kyle city leaders to start the process of renaming Goforth and Bunton roads east of Interstate 35 earlier this month. One section of what was Goforth Road, which spanned from the 1-35 frontage road north to Btmton Road and passes in front of Fuentes Elementary; will be named Philomena Street. Bunton Road, which currently changes to Goforth Road and then Bunton Lane, will be the name for the four-mile stretch that connects Heidenreich Lane to the 1-35 frontage road. "That conflicting naming assignment has been an issue for many years," said City Manager Scott Sellers. "It has been an issue for public safety and their response, not knowing where exactly on Goforth or Bunton, or is "That conflicting naming assignment has been an issue for many years ... It has been an issue for public safety and their response, not knowing where exactly on Goforth or Bunton, or is it Bunton Road, Bunton Creek, Bunton Lane." - Scott Sellers, Kyle City Manager it Bunton Road, Bunton Creek, Bunton Lane." City officials began discussing renaming the roads because having multiple names on a single road that's a direct route to Seton Medical Center Hays seemed like a bad idea, said Mayor Todd Webster. "This eliminates the confusion and makes things easier for public safety," Sellers said. Renaming roads is a lengthy process and will take some time before official renaming is enacted, Sellers said. There is a protocol to follow for re-addressing that has to follow the public safety process. The road name changes would impact homeowners and businesses located on parts of Bnnton and Goforth Rd, including Fuentes Elementary School. City staff might hold a town hall meeting in the area to explain the renaming process and the purpose to residents, Sellers said. "We would give a reasonable amount of time for businesses and homeowners to change their address," Sellers said. "We understand there is a cost associated with that." Businesses might have to spend several hundreds of dollars, filing paperwork with the state and updating business information, Sellers said. "It's obviously logical, but it is unfortunate it has some cost and inconvenience," Webster said. Councllmember Damon Fogle said as a business owner on Goforth Road, his customers have trouble locating his business. Fogley said business owners would be willing to go through the renaming process in order to make it easier to give directions to customers. "I think the business owners will support it," Councilmember Travis Mitchell said. "There's nothing that a business hates worse than having confusing directions." Sellers said staffwill bring the item to city council for approval after going through the renaming process. Discharge: Buda's permit draws residents' ire Continued from pg. 1A Buda originally applied with the TCEQ in 2015 for an update to its existing discharge permit from its wastewater treatment plant. The update calls for in- creasing the total discharge of effluent to 3.5 million gallons, an increase of 1.5 million gallons from its current permit, between two different outfall loca- tions. The city currently has a permit that allows for them to discharge up to two million gallons of treated effluent from the city's wastewater discharge permit Into an unnamed tributary. That water then collects into the Soil Con- servation Site 6 Reservoir in Kyle. TCEQ placed a public notice in the Hays Free Press in February regarding the permit application. Kyle resident Rose Byrd claimed Buda violated its TCEQ wastewater dis- charge permit by discharg- ing effluent water onto private property. Byrd claimed that, while Buda has a discharge permit to discharge over three miles north of where her property is located at the SCSS 6 reservoir, they do not have permission to discharge onto private property without compen- sating landowners accord- ingly. "It doesn't matter where it originates (discharged effluent water) it travels along private property," Byrd said. Buda's permit request calls for increasing the total discharge of effluent to 3.5 million gallons, an increase of 1.5 million gallons from its current permit, between two different outfall locations. According to TCEQ's discharge permit, the issu- ance doesn't guarantee the permittee "the rightto use private or public property for conveyance of waste- water" along the discharge route. Additionally, it is also the responsibility of the permitted to acquire property rights as may be necessary to use the discharge route. Byrd claimed since Buda's effluent discharge flows downstream and eventually reaches the reserivor, which belongs to private property owners, the city should be held liable for flooding dam- ages due to impounded waters caused in part by its discharge. However, a letter sent to Byrd from Buda Mayor Todd Ruge andW.E. West, Jr., Guadaiupe Blanco River Authority general man- ager, said in part once the effluent is discharged in the outfall location, the wa- ter is no longer controlled by Buda, but falls into the hands of the state. TCEQ media relations specialist Brian McGov- em said in a later emailed interview that the city of Buda has an existing outfall point and a proposed out- fall point where its effluent is discharged. McGovem said if effluent from a treatment plant is discharged directly to water in the state, a permittee "would not need approval" to use the dis- charge route downstream. "If the effluent from the wastewater treatment is discharged to a convey- ance that is not water in the state, the permittee may need approval from the landowner," McGovem said in the email. According to the TCEQ website, "water in the state" is, "groundwater, percolating or other- wise, lakes, bays, ponds, impounding reservoirs, springs, rivers, streams, creeks, estuaries, marsh- es, inlets, canals.., and including the beds and banks of all watercourses and bodies of surface water that are wholly or partially inside or bordering the state or inside the jurisdic- tion of the state." Ruge said he addressed the possibility of Buda using an alternative point of discharge for its effluent water, so as not to over- whelm residents down- stream of the discharge point. "We're always open to looking for alternative dis- charge sites," Ruge said. BUt Ruge maintained the city was in "full compli- ance" with TCEQ regula- tions. 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