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+ CLASSIFIEDS * PUBLIC NOTICES SERVICE DIRECTORY HaysFreePress.com ~a~s ~c][ree ~ress April 24, 2013 Texas Water Board loan program to help link low-income neighborhood to city sewer BY KIM HILSENBECK kim@haysfreepress.com The septic woes of the Hill- side Terrace community just east of Buda may finally be on the road to alleviation. After nearly two years of discussion, the sewer line project is now moving forward. On Thursday, the Clean Wa- ter State Revolving Fund Loan Program of the Texas Water Development Board (TWDB) approved just over $400,000 in grant money to begin the planning and design phase of linking the mostly low-income neighborhood to the city of Buda's wastewater/sewer sys- tem. Most of Hillside Terrace is in Buda's extraterritorial jurisdic- tion (ET]), though a small por- tion is in Austin's five-mile ETJ, according to Buda City Engi- neer Stanley Fees. Hillside Terrace residents have experienced problems with septic tanks over the years, ranging from backups PHOTO BY DAVID WHITE Homes at Hillside Terrace may have a chance to get rid of their septic systems, as the city of Buda works to put in a new sewer line project. These residents have faced years of faulty systems, ranging from backups into home to spillage into yards and streets. into homes to spillage into County line. Plum Creek has nearby development called yards and roads, not to men- been identified by the state as Stonefield. The challenge with tion issues with septic odors, polluted, which prompted the Hillside Terrace is not whether But the real issue is how creation of the Plum CreekWa- it's a good idea - most of the those leaks affect Plum Creek, tershed in 2007. entities involved and even res- a 52-mile stream that starts in One solution is to connect idents think it is; the problem Hays Countyand flows through the neighborhood's 265 homes is the cost. Caldwell, meetingthe SanMar- to Buda's wastewater system, cos River near the Gonzales which is already in place at a See SEPTIC T0 SEWER, pg. 4D A few facts Plum Creek about the, Watershed Plum Creek and its tribu- Historically, Plum Creek, taries drain an area of 397 shallow and intermittent, square miles. The creek is ran dry during drought but the namesake of the Plum flowed after rein. Before : : Creek Watershed. urban development, PlU~ A watershed is an area of Creek above Lockhart ran land that water flows across, dry most every summer. through or under as it makes Due to increased discharge its way to a stream, river, from wastewater treatment lake or ocean, plants, Plum Creek now flows year-round over most The Plum Creek Watershed of its length. protects the 52-mile stream that starts in Hays County Three permanent water qual- and flows through Caldwell, ity monitoring stations (one meeting the San Marcos each near Uhland, Luling River near the Gonzalesand Lockhart) and several County line. temporary monitoring sites are used to track water qual- Plum Creek and its tribu- ity trends. Water quality data taries drain an area of 397 is collected every month at square miles, three permanent stations. A Other municipalities all or Clean Water Act grant sup- partially in the watershed ports additional monitoring include Buda, Niederwald, at the supplemental sites. Uhland, Mustang Ridge and Mountain City. F staurants experience more BY MOSES LEOS III moses@haysfreepress.com s the diaspora of the dachs- und community descends pon Buda for the 16th annual Lions Club Wiener Dog Races, local business owners brace for the large influx of revelers who attend this meeting of the weins. At least, that is the idea for those who notice the increase in visitors to the fair city of Buda. However, not every business sees a profit when it comes to the festival season. This particular ca- veat lies within shops that line Main Street. While revelers enjoy the amusements that take place at the Weiner Dog Festival, Louisiana Swamp EILEEN CONLEY Thing and Crawfish Memory Lane Antiques Boil or other festivals in City Park, the shops that line the main corridor of the community often go unnoticed. "There is not much increase in business," said Eileen Conley, owner of Memory Lane An- tiques. "Eve.n though the Wiener Dog Festival is the biggest (in Buda), for some reason, people will walk right past the shops. We get very little business." According to Conley, businesses that line Main Street often find more profit with Budafest and other festivals that HELEN ALCALA take place on the Helen's Casa Aide greenbelt. However, competition with the many vendors during those festivals also takes busi- ness away from the local fair. For Cordey, the larger issue stems from people not finding an interest within the eclectic shops along Main Street. "Their focus is not on the shops," said CoNey, who has worked in the antique business for 35 years. "They just don't bother, other than walking down back to their car." While Conley and other busi- ness owners have tried to attract the crowds via later operating hours and "keeping the lights on," the unfortu- nate truth is that people just are not focused on shopping locally. CoNey says that it is an interesting phenom- enon. She insists it's not a new trend. "It has always been a struggle," CoNey said. As shops fight to maintain busi- ness during festivals, restaurants seem to flourish during the tempo- rary increase in population. The success of festival weekends can be seen in Helen's Casa Alde, which has been a mainstay in Buda for more than 30 years. During such festivals as the Wie- ner Dog Races and Budafest, Case Aide is crammed, with every table full, according to co-owner Lillie Ann Alcala. "That is why we like those festivals so much," she said. According to Alcala, Budafest remains the most profitable event for the restaurant, where customers are plentiful all day long. "We always beef up. We have to have everything ready to go. We always have people on hand," said Remy Alcala, cashier at Case Alde. 'After the parade is over, we tell our- selves, 'get ready, here come the customers.' However, restau- rant owners are not as fond of festivals where food is read- ily available, such as the Brew-B-Que and Crawfish Festival. Yet, the Buda mainstay finds a way to attract customers. "Even with places that have booths and food, people still make their way to our restaurants," Alcala said. One particular business that sees a flourishing clientele during the Wie- ner Dog Festival is the Buda Drug Store and Soda Fountain. While it is off the main drag, people are often drawn in by the store's confectionary treats. "people are waiting for handmade ice cream and floats," said employee Maureen Barrios, who has kept the Soda Fountain afloat for four years. "We have people standing in line, outside the door. It is worth the walt." compiled from the 2012 Wiener Dog Races Visitors to the event 1 Local Wiener dogs competing in races Volunteers who help with event Craft booths Vendors at craft/sales booths Texas cities from which vendors travel (plus 6 other states) Home states of wiener dogs, vendors, BBQers (90 percent of racers travel from all over Texas to'compete) BBQ cook-off participants representing 24 Texas cities Cars parked by Buda Vo-Ag Shuttle bus riders Weeks spent planning the event Amount The Buda Country Fair and Wiener Dog Races is the Buda Lions Club's biggest fundraiser of the year. See page 4D to see how the club spends $70,00o annually. 2% visitors From out of town of Alan Robinson of the Buda Lions Club of money raised Does your pass the hiring test? BY MOSES LEOS III moses@haysfreepress.com Let's face it: applying for jobs is a rather mundane task. The countless minutes filling empty boxes, all of which ask for the same personal information over and over can be extremely mind-numbing. Then there is the ever popular personality exam. Iust about every job ap- plication in today's world asks for one. Some of them are timed, where applicants are pitted against the clock to answer queries. Some are untimed, yet extremely elaborate and lengthy. But occasionally, appli- cants may encounter what may be considered an odd- ball question. Applicants at Target have no doubt seen the multiple choice ques- tion, "What percentages of politicians are corrupt?" Other personality exams will outright ask an ap- plicant if it is ever okay to steal. Yes, no or unsure? But the question is re- ally- why in the world do companies even have these in the first place? According Bryan Miller, associate professor at Texas State University, the answer is quite simple. "The goal of the personality exam is to determine who can do a job the best." Miller said personal- ity exams are not just a random series of questions meant to bore or frustrate applicants. They are in place to help companies better understand who is able to perform the job at a proficient rate. "Each test is designed to predict future job performance. Hundreds of scientific studies have shown without a doubt that personality predicts performance," Miller said. Many scientific studies take an in-depth look at how conscientiousness (the PERSoNALITYTES~ pg. 4D