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Page 6A MEWS Hays Free Press April 24, 2013 q PHOTO BY CYNDY SLOVAK-BARTON West Explosion Continued from pg. 1A Over the weekend, Kyle resi- dents showed up at city hall with loads of donations - new toilet- ties, trash bags, school supplies, blankets, non-petishable foods, Gatorade, and bottled water - earmarked forWest. In a race against time, as soon as the donation drive was done at 3 p.m. Sunday, LeMense set OUt to West with school supplies in tow, as oificials there were setting the stage for Monday morning classes, just five days after the blast left the town with only one school campus --West Elementary School. The campus, which now, too, will serve fourth, fifth and sixth graders in the interim, on Sun- day was undergoing last minute face-lifts, as volunteers erected portable buildings and collect- ed much-needed supplies. Emptying out the tnmk of her Dodge Caliber, LeMense walked the hallways of West El- ementary beating bag after bag of - notebooks, pens, pencils, staplers, tape, folders, back- Building Kyle for Today & Tomorrow As our population continues to grow, Austin & San Antonio grow nearer, and the demand for roads, water & public safety increases, we need seasoned leaders to make informed choices for our town. packs and a plethora of much eeded school supplies - Kyle donations. School oific'mls with gleam- ing eyes and heartfelt smiles Were thankful for the generosity that came from 140 miles away; LeMense holding back tears promised to return Monday with more supplies. Officials said West Elementa- ry would be without water for at least a week, though estimates range as long three weeks. Sandra Kettler, secretary to the school's principal, said Sunday their campus had enough bot- fled water to last them a week, though resources had not yet been distributed to the Connal- ly school district 15 miles to the south, where the older students would be bussed and schooled in a loaned building. On Monday, LeMense said she returned to West Elemen- tary with a carload of bottled water. Many more donations collected Saturday and Sunday at Kyle City Hall were en route Monday to theWaco Red Cross. Dr. Marty Crawford, West schools' superintendent, said in an early morning Monday email updating family and friends, "the west/northwest blast pattern of devastation is indescribable other than a combination of what you saw form (Hurricane) Katrina (in New Orleans), some of OKC (Oklahoma City bombing), and a little of pic(ture)s from Hiro- shim& I am not embellishing. We are going to have a ton of homing, rebuilding, utility and logistical and psycho/social is- sues from that portion of our town for years to come, so pray for them." Cash donations and gift cards are still be accepted in West, as clothing items and other physi- cal donations are overwhelming volunteers. Donations will be distributed through the school to local families. Dpnafions can be made out to West ISD, c/o Sandra Kettler, 200 N. Harrison St., West, TX 76691 Buda vs. Davis: Fireworks flying Continued from pg. 1A owns several similar businesses statewide. And he apparently has been in this position in the past. "Typically, you are told that when your business is annexed into the city, that business is giv- en a length of time - five to sev- en years - to move," said Davis, who explained that the search process for either a new build- ing or property outside of city limits to build a new brick-and- mortar structure is a lengthy one. 'Tkll I did was request some- thing I have gotten from any other city," said Davis. However, the Buda City Council struck down his deal at its last meeting, on the basis of setting precedence for future businesses. "I do not feel comfortable saddling a seven year agree- ment on the city council," said Buda Mayor Todd Ruge. "It does not feel tight." Yet Davis has not given up the fight to continue operating the store in Buda. Since council negated his request for a vari- ance, Davis put forth instances of cities in Texas which have "grandfathered in" fireworks businesses. Specifically, he submitted a 2006 ordinance from the City of Lutkin, where fireworks stores were allowed to operate after unilateral annexation, provided that the business is connected to a permanent slab, is not tem- porary and adheres to state law, allowing the sale of fireworks only 24 days out of the year. In addition, Davis proposed that every fireworks sale at that stand would contain a notice of the Buda ordinance prohibiting the use of fireworks in the city limits. He also claimed that he provides local fundraising op- pommities for school groups. Council, unswayed by Davis' argument, remains steadfast on upholding the current in-place laws. "I don't want to handcuff fu- ture staff and councils with a rule that could be good or bad for the city," said Ruge. "It is also hard to let a business that breaks the law operate within city limits. It could set a prec- edent, which could give future business of any type an argu- ment." Davis disagrees with the idea of his business setting future precedent. In his eyes, the re- said BACC consultant J.R. "It is also hard to let a business that Gonzalez. "Nothing has been breaks the law operate within city limits, broughtbefore the board." In Davis' eyes, the city's ex- Itcould set a precedent, which could give pansion gives the impression that he has been the victim of future business of any type an argument." circumstance. "(The city) is coming to get me, not me com- -Buda Mayor Todd Ruge ing to get them," said Davis, who never expected the city to grow as fast as it has. "I was quested variance is "industry enforce existing ordinances, ef- legal when I first arrived here; specific," arguing that no one fectively ending fireworks sales now they are forcing me to be resides in that area for a prece- at Davis' superstore. Two cifi- illegal." dence to take place, zens spoke at council in favor of Davis hopes to continue seil- He also said no change in this option, ing his wares within the city he existing laws would occur; fire- Davis maintains his fight to has resided in for over 30 years. works would still be outlawed keep his business where it is. If "I've built my home here. I've in Buda. David did not feel his anything, he wishes to ensure raised my children here. I want stance on the issue was hypo- he does not lose the hundreds to continue to sell fireworks in critical, of thousands of dollars he has this area," said Davis, who went Buda city council offered two spent to improve the structure, on to explain what his inten- recommended options regard- "I'm not asking my city, my tions are after the council's de- ing Davis and his operation, people, to go out of theft way. cision. "Whatever they decide, Option one would grant Davis a I just would like professional I will find another spot. It will variance of 90 days to move his courtesy," said Davis, who said take some time; it will not hap- fireworks business from the city he has the backing of the Buda pen overnight." limits. Area Chamber of CommerceAspecial session of city coun- "This option gives Davis a (BACC). cil will convene on April 30 to fi- chance to sell fireworks for the "We are aware of the situa- nalize this and other annexation Fourth ofIuly," Ruge said. tion. As far as the chamber is cases. The city hopes to have a Option two - deemed the concerned, no official stance decision on the Davis case by "Do Nothing" option - would has been made at this point," earlyMay. KvlcCil Council \ Joe Bacon's experience in business, traffic management and public service make him the debt leader for right now, wwwJoeBaconForK1e.com Paid for by the Joe Bacon Ca mpaign Michele G. Waldrnan, Treasurer 231 Bluestem St. Kyle, Texas 78640 I-- Name Subscribe to the for Call 512-268-7862 I Address T Zip ....... 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