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Page 4C COMMUNITY Hays Free Press April 12,2017 COURTESY RENDERING The proposed splash pad area would include more commercial hoses and games than those at Buda City Park. Splash Pad: East side project gets okay Continued from pg. 1C Wells said. Wells added water used in the water feature would be treated with chlorine initially, then put through an ultraviolet (UV) filter, before being used in the feature, and then re- circulated in the double treatment process prior to reuse. Council member Eileen Altmiller stressed moving forward with the splash pad regardless of the maintenance costs due to the high resident demand for a splash pad over the last decade. "I think it's something the community really needs and has been wait- ing for," Altmiller said. "Especially on the East side," Buda Mayor Todd Ruge added. "They're really, truly lacking in amenities." Mayor Pro Tem Bobby "1 think it's something the community really needs and has been waiting for." - Eileen Altmiller, Buda City Council member Lane said he was delight- ed that the Green Mead- ows HOA was willing to share in the maintenance of the water feature. Lane hoped that a possible partnership could set a precedent for other parks built in other HOAs. Council member Lee Urbanovsky raised concern over the mainte- nance of the large water feature that would total $13,353 annually. "It's a great idea, I love the concept," Urbanovsky said. "It's just the mainte- nance with a facility like this is still my biggest con- cern because I've done this before." Urbanovsky said in a later interview he was "encouraged" to approve the agenda item after. learning the Green Mead- ows HOA was interested in sharing the mainte- nance responsibilities. However, Urbanovsky still wants to make sure that residents understand the long-term operational costs involved. Wells said the city's water feature would also adhere to all restrictions applied by water suppli- ers. Texas History: Ranger routs Rio Grande rustlers Continued from pg. 3C dead, the Rangers invited everyone to view for their fallen comrade. discovered their lone the gruesome spectacleGrieving Texas casualty. Berry Smith and to see for themselves Rangers and two had stumbled upon a that cattle rustling was a companies of soldiers wounded rustler playing capital crime, from Fort Brown possum, and curiosity The exhausted ranks escorted Berry Smith to cost the teenager his life. planned to devote the his final resting place. As The army sent a rest of the day to serious Callicott remembered wagon to pick up the drinking, but McNelly so many years later, dead bandits and put the saloons off- "The U.S. regulars fired dumped their bodies limits. He did not want a farewell shot over his in the public square at any drunks disturbing grave and today our Brownsville. McNelly the dignity of the funeral Ranger boy sleeps on the Texas bank of the Rio Grande." Bartee's three books "Texas Depression-Era Desperadoes," "Murder Most Texan" and "Texas Boomtowns: A History of Blood and Oil" are available at barteehaile.com. And look for his fourth book "Unforgettable Texans" this summer! Crape Myrtles: Sturdy, showy beauties Continued from pg. 1C Muskogee, for example, resistant to diseases,along with Muskogee, grows to a height of 25 and is considered the Natchez - there's to 30 feet, and blooms benchmark that all other Basham's Party Pink. for up to four months! varieties are compared to. The crape myrtle Its blossoms are light- For a dwarf tree, one (Lagerstroemia indica) lavender and have a of the best is Victor. This has been in the South strong resistance to dark red variety grows to since they were first powdery mildew. Its 4 to 5 feet and blooms for introduced from Asia in fall leaf color is red and 85 days. 1747. Since that time, yellow and in winter its For mid-size trees, hundreds of colors and bark is grey and pinkish- those growing from 8 to heights have been bred. brown. 12 feet there is Siren Red, In the mid-1950s, the Another outstanding PinkVelour, Catawba Japanese crape myrtle crape is Natchez. This (purple), and Acoma (Lagerstroemia faueri) white flowering beauty (weeping white), arrived and an extensive grows from 25 to 30 For trees between breeding program began. feet and has the second 15 and 20 feet there is Horticulturalists began to longest bloom period of Dynamite (deep red), mix the color variations 110 days. Red Rocket (red), and of the Asian crape Its fall leaf color is red- Tuscarora ( coral red to myrtle with the disease orange and its winter bark dark pink), resistance of the ]apanese color is cream-cinnamon And for truly shade varieties. brown. Natchez is size trees, 25 feet and up, The ]apanese crapes also had trunk color attributes and greater cold tolerance. 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