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* + Page 4A Hays Free Press April 19, 2017 City of Hays: Legislation could pave way for retail development Continued from pg. 1A service, while a home rule city cannot recover through its rates any cost associated with extending service. Bill Waiters, president of Waiters Southwest, said Isaac's bill came as a result of a team effort between him and city of Hays officials. Waiters said the bill is in conjunction with a service extension request to the city of Austin in order to provide utilities to a 530-acre project called Hays Commons. The project, located at the intersection of FM 1626 and the under- construction State Highway 45 Southwest, is partially within Austin's ETJ and the City of Hays' ETJ. Waiters, who was the lead developer of the 300-acre Sunset Valley master plan in southwest Austin, said the project is "strictly a mixed-use commercial master plan" with no single-family residential components. He said plans could include retail, restaurants, office space, multi- family and possibly some "affordability component" to the project. Wakers said the bill could require Austin to be "responsible in the watershed" and provide the City of Hays with the ability to serve the area with central sewer and water. He said Austin has extended service to west Austin suburbs such as Rollingwood, Sunset Valley and Westlake. Waiters said there is "alternate methodology" that can be used, but the responsible way is "The goal here is to eventually get people off of the Edwards Aquifer well and septic systems for the betterment of the environment, and have a true win-win-win result for SH 45 and the immediate regional in a balance of responsible development, mobility and conservation." - Bill Waiters, president of Waiters Southwest and lead developer of the 300-acre Sunset Valley master plan in southwest Austin extending service, systems." He added the "The goal here is to developer would incur eventually get people off the cost of extending of the Edwards Aquifer infrastructure. well and septic systems Harvey Davis, mayor for the betterment of of the City of Hays, said the environment, and the current city council have a true win-win-win recently approved a result for SH 45 and the resolution in support of immediate regional in a HB 2959. balance of responsible But the City of Hays' development, mobility support of the project and conservation," hearkens back to 2013, Waiters said. when that city council During a House approved a development Committee of Natural agreement with Waiters Resources hearing April Southwest for the Hays 5, Isaac said the bill was Commons project. designed to help cities Henry said the concept such as City of Hays, was Waiters would "be which has a population able to negotiate an of 250 people and no agreement" with Austin water or wastewater to provide water to his infrastructure, development. Isaac said Austin could The goal was to extend services to the have Austin extend City of Hays, which he infrastructure to the said is a city that "wants development, while to grow, but can't." also sell the City of Hays By extending sewer water. The City of Hays lines to City of Hays, would then annex the Isaac said it would area and manage the also alleviate "some water system for the of the pressure" on development. aquifers and avoid Advantages of the the "proliferation of agreement would be unmanned septic the city annexing area HB 2851: Onion Creek district in the works Continued from pg. 1A or Hays County and we could do better with an interlocai agreement where we can collaborate with Travis County on this issue,"/ones said. Hays County Commissioner Ray Whisenant said the "1 strongly urge you to either table this or vote it down ... Tell Austin to stay out of Hays County." - T.J. Higgenbotham, resident of Buda's ETJ agreement would give topics of concern for the the county a say in stakeholders. what happens in Hays While commissioners County." deal with their ILA, According to the draft the city of Buda April 4 ILA, both Travis County chose to table an item and Hays County will regarding a possible prepare a report by Sept. resolution concerning 30 that will examine HB 2851. whether a "conservation Buda Mayor Todd and reclamation district" Ruge said the agenda is needed for the Onion item was tabled after Creek Watershed. being pulled into Travis County executive session due to Commissioners took the possible changes that up the proposed ILA Texas Legislators can last week, but was make to HB 2851. tabled after Pct. 2 T.I. Higgenbotham, Commissioner Brigid who resides in Buda's Shea asked for more extraterritorial information, according jurisdiction (ETJ) said to an Austin news during public comment source, that he "opposed the The report will also city's resolution because discuss potential funding it's not strong enough." sources, geographic Higgenbotham scope, governance, stressed to council powers and duties of the members they should district, as well as other table the agenda item that could bring in sales tax revenue. The city currently does not generate sales tax revenue as no businesses operate within the city limits. It would also offer the city a possible backup water supply in the event of a crisis, Henry said. However, Isaac's bill received pushback from Bart Jennings, who spoke on behalf of the city of Austin April 5. ]ennings said Austin Water opposes the bill as any wholesale utility service "should be considered between two parties," which he said could be done through current law. Jennings said Austin had been approached regarding extending wastewater services in 2015, but has not been approached since then. But Jennings said extending services was thought to cost millions of dollars. He added the bill could force the burden of improvements on to current ratepayers and could affect capacity on the city's system. Kelly Davis, a representative with the Save our Springs (SOS) alliance, opposed the bill, claiming it goes against Austin's comprehensive plan that steers development to the east and downstream of the Barton Springs recharge zone. "This would destroy the semi-rural character of the area," Kelly Davis said. Harvey Davis said there are mixed feelings regarding the Hays Commons project; he said many residents are concerned about the growth and possibly losing the character of the area. But he said the concern is the case "all over Hays County," and that the character of the county "is changing for better or worse." "Our city government's thinking is this intersection is too valuable," Davis said. "It's going to be developed one way or another. The best way to develop it is if the city of Austin is involved." NOTICE OF GENERAL ELECTION (AVISO DE ELECCION GENERAL) To the registered voters of the City of Hays, Texas: (a los votantes registrados del Ciudad de Hays, Texas): Notice is hereby given that the polling place listed below will be open from 7:00 aan. to 7:00 p.m., on May 6, 2017, for voting in a general election to elect a City Council Member for Place 1 and City Council Member for Place 4, (Notifiquese, por las presente, que las casillas electorales citadas abajo se abrir in desde las 7:00 a.m. hasta las 7:00 p.m. el 6 de Mayo de 2017 para vo- tar en la Elecci6n General para elegir un miembro del Consejo de la Ciudad para el Lugar 1 y un miembro del Consejo de la Ciudad para el Lugar 4.) LOCATION OF POLLING PLACE (DIRECCION DE LA CASILLA ELECTORAL) HAYS HILLS BAPTIST CHURCH - 1401 W. FM 1626 Early voting by personal appearance will be conducted each weekday at: (La votaci6n adelantada en persona se llevar i a cabo de lunes a viernes en): Buda Elementary, 300 San Marcos Street, Buda, TX 78610 and Hays CISD Administration, 21003 IH 35 Kyle, Texas Monday, April 24, 2017 7 a.m. - 7 p.m. (lunes, 24 de abril de 2017) Tuesday,,April 25 - Friday, April 28, 2017 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. (mattes,'25 de abril a viemes, 28 de abril de 2017) Monday May 1,2017 7 a.m. - 7 p.m. (lunes, 1 de mayo de 2017) until they have had adequate time to consult with Hays County as well as Dripping Springs and Comai County officials. "I strongly urge you to either table this or vote it down," Higgenbotham said. "Tell Austin to stay out of Hays County." Ruge said in a later interview that even though the proposed House Bill 2851 would impact Buda, it is still in its infancy at the Capitol and is subject to many changes before it reaches a point where it could pass. "In the legislature a bill always gets changed and modified from its original version so the agenda item was tabled until more definitive information regarding HB 2851 is available," Ruge said. Tuesday, May 2, 2017 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. (mattes, 2 de abril) Saturday April 29, 2017 10 (sabado, 29 de abril de 2017) At Buda Elementary School only in the Kunkel Room a.m. - 2 p.m. Applications for ballot by mail shall be mailed to: (Las solicitudes para boletas que se votarfin en ausencia por correo deber in enviarse a): Early Voting Clerk (el Secretario de la Votaci6n Adelantada) Hays County Elections Administrator 712 South Stagecoach Trail, Suite 1045 San Marcos, Texas 78666 Applications for ballots by mail must be received no later than the close of business on: April 25, 2017 (Las solicitudes para boletas que se votarfin en ausencia por correo deber in recibirse para el fin de las horas de negocio el: 25 de abril de 2017) PEDIATRIC AND ADULT CARE Michael Yium, MD Mark Dammert, MD Chad Whited, MD Ear & Hearing Children's ENT Thyroid and Parathyroid Chronic Ear Infections Ear Tube Placement Ultrasound and Hearing and Balance Tonsil & Adenoid Surgery Needle Biopsy Evaluation * Thyroid and Tinnitus (Ringing in Ears) Throat, Head & Neck Parathyroid Surgery Dizziness & Vertigo Sleep Apnea Hoarseness/Vocal Cord Allergy Nose & Sinus Malfunction Testing EndoscoPic Sinus Surgery Allergy Shots/Drops In-office Balloon Sinuptasty LOCKHART ~r I Hearing Aid & Audiological Services Programming * Immittence Testing Fittings Comprehensive Cleaning Hearing & Rep~rs Evaluations Earmolds Otoacoustie , Custom Ear Plugs Emission Hearing Protection Testing (OAE) 1180 Seton Pkwy Ste. 420 Kyle, TX 78640 512-268-5282 Assistive Ustening Devices Wdeo Nystagmography (VNG) Visual Reinforcement Audiometry (VRA) Amber Bass, Au.D, CCC-A 1005 W. 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