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,%' Page 2A NE $ Hays Free Press April 19, 2017 + The Hays Free Press (USPS 361-430) published weekly by Barton Publications, Inc., P.O. Box 339, 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, 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 Hot 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@ N TELCO 512-302-5555 ............. CREDIT UNION 300+ Free ATMs I Free Checking 24 Austin Metro Locations 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 IE3uda. Kyle considers sidewalk maintenance program BY LESLY DE LEON Got a sidewalk that needs repairs? Kyle officials are considering a sidewalk maintenance program that allows homeowners to pay a reduced cost to fix their sidewalks. According to city ordi- nances, homeowners are responsible for repairing and maintaining side- walks in front of their homes. Despite this, city staff have repaired sidewalks that were a safety con- cern for years but lack the resources to repair all subdivision sidewalks. "We have been in- volved in repairing major safety issues in some subdivisions in the past on the city's nickel," said Councilmember David Wilson. Sidewalk repairs were funded by money in- tended for road repairs, Wilson said. The city doesn't have an official sidewalk maintenance project, hasn't budgeted for one, and there are legal concerns with having one, Mayor Todd Webster said. HAYS FREE PRESS FILE PHOTO Sidewalks such as this one along Burleson Road require maintenance that homeowners are currently in charge of. The sidewalk mainte- the city. the cost to excavate. The city's contract nance program is intend- City officials contacted Repairing sidewalks with CL Concrete Con- ed to solve the problem. 3 companies for bids on can be expensive due to struction could lower "What we came up a possible agreement, the cost of bringing in a the cost for homeowners with was looking for a but only CL Concrete concrete truck, and ensure quality work, contractor to help the Construction offered aThis program is in- Wilson said. citizens so they're not bid. tended to lower the costs As Of now, city council out having to search for Through the city's con- by having CL Concrete has not approved the somebody and maybe tract with CL ConcreteConstruction repair mul- program or an agree- getting a different qual- Construction, home- tiple sidewalks at once. ment with CL Concrete ity," said Harper Wilder, owners may pay $1,000 "If you had a contract, Construction but is con- public works director, for the demolition andwhereby you contractedsidering it as a possible Since individually hav- replacement of a 4'x4'with a local concrete solution. ing a sidewalk repaired sidewalk section, and company to actually "This is an attempt to could be costly and re- $500 for each additional pour and had a programdiscuss a policy for the suit in poor quality work, 4x4 section if they are where they could keep future," Wilson said. "We homeowners will be able close to each other, crews working then that need to move forward to have their sidewalk Residents can also paywould drive costs downwith something that repaired by CL Concrete $3,000 for a new 4'x 50' for the homeowner," makes economic sense Construction through sidewalk, not including Wilson said. for everyone." Train Quiet Zones: Kyle sounds off Continued from pg. 1A for adding the zone, Sellers said. "We've analyzed telem- etry and signalization at each of the crossings that would be placed into a qui- et zone," Kyle City Manager Scott Sellers said. He added that develop- ers paid for quiet zones at the north Bufleson, FM 1626 and Kohler's Crossing railroad crossings. Sell- ers said the city now has funding to finish out "all crossings in the city." City officials have conducted preliminary engineering and met with Federal Railroad Adminis- tration and Union Pacific Railroad Company repre- sentatives. "Typically the process for establishing a quiet zone involves a variety of things to ensure the crossing is safe enough," Sellers said. "It could be the addition of a side horn, it could be full gates over both lanes, or it could be a raised median that separates the two lanes of traffic so drivers don't cross around the gate." To ensure a safe railroad crossing, the city con- struct a median on both sides of the track for the west South Street and west Center Street crossings. However, Sellers said additional engineering is needed for the Roland Lane and Opal Lane cross- ings, such as constructing a median and relocating the existing gate. The city allocated $100,000, or $25,000 for each crossing, in an agree- ment with Union Pacific for additional engineering and changes the company deems necessary. Sellers said the city would likely receive most of the fimding back as the city engineering is good. "We've done the en- gineering pretty well on west South Street and west Center Street," Sellers said. "We've pretty much done it on Roland and Opal but we understand that there's going to be additional requirements, additional engineering." While the city will fund the quiet railroad cross- ings on South and Center Streets, Sellers said a residential developer will help fund improving the Roland Lane and Opal Lane crossings. Sellers said city officials are not sure when the quiet zone will be implemented. Construction of the quiet zone will be budgeted into next year's budget, he said. City officials have con- templated installing quiet zones for years, Sellers said. The city budgeted for the study of these quiet zones last year. However, Sellers didn't provide a detailed explanation on why the city sought out the zones. There is discussion about the safety of quiet railroad zones and whether accidents are more likely to occur. Union Pacific states on its website it believes quiet zones compromise the safety of railroad employ- ees, customers and the general public. No O 0 Federal Railroad Administration studies have found no statistical increase in accidents in quiet railroad zones. "The quiet zone will make the crossings much safer since it prevent vehicles from driving around the gates," Sellers said. The Federal Railroad Administration estimates 20 trains pass through Kyle per day, but Sellers said city officials believe the num- ber is much higher. Closing Costs APR1 5 Years Fixed Griffin is a male 2-year-old lack Mouth Cur mix who's ready to fill your life with laughs and love. Griffin is a "home-ready" dog who gets along with other dogs and cats, loves all people, knows basic commands, and is house-trained. Domino is a 1 -year-old female shorthair who's a very laid back cat with a bit of a shy side. She's cautious at first, but she's just waiting for the right person to whisk her off her feet. 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