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* + Page 4A Hays Free Press = April 26, 2017 STAFF REPORT A decrease in the num- ber of traffic stops over the course of 12 months highlighted the Kyle Police Department's annual racial profiling statistics, which were made public earlier this year. ]effBamett, Kyle Police Department, chief, said the decrease is attribut- edto reassigning patrol officers back to traffic enforcement and higher of e ryisibility. e Kyle Police have on'the ground romes to 6nforc' : gtflations, Bar- the city continues to have officers go from caU-to-call due to the high volume of Calls for service in the city. "It doesn't mean our pa- trol officers can't handle traffic, but they're busy going from call to call," Barnett said. "The time for traffic enforcement is not as high as we would like." According to city documents, Kyle Police received one complaint of racial profiling. Pedro Hernandez, Kyle Police captain, said in a mem- oradium to Barnett the allegation was deter- mined to be "unfounded" after a full internal affairs investigation. Meanwhile in Buda, officers wrote fewer cita- tions to motorists than they did in2015. Bo Kidd, Buda Police Department chief, said the city issued just over 1,434 citations last year, which amounted to a 241-citation decrease from 2015. African Asian ~ Caucasian / Hispanic Hays County Native American I Other Groundwater: Bill in Lege could merge water districts Continued from pg. 1A She said the bill doesn't specify where funding would come from, nor does it say how science would be handled within the district. Rogers said there are people who are "very upset" the bill could take away local representation and the ability to elect directors to their seats. "This is just mind- boggling how this could be managed,, Rogers said. district in the state that taxing authorities, anywhere and could have within Groundwater John Dupnik, Barton doesn't have full powers Dupnik said the difficulty getting passed. Management Area (GMA) Springs Edwards Aquifer under Chapter 36 of the groundwater district The bill was referred 9 have done to coordinate Conservation District Texas Water Code. Rogers model is the "preferred" to the House Natural science. general manager, said said the district isn't able method based on the Resources Committee inShe said the HTGCD it wasn't clear to him to regulate agriculture access to local officials. March. has in the last two years how the new district wells, which places them He said the bill is also the But Rogers said brought its rules to be could work, but he felt in a "disadvantage" ofmanifestation a largermerging the five districts more in line with the it could help the Hays managing available debate over state and would be difficult to do, BSEACD. Trinity Groundwater groundwater, local control, as they each have their "We're already Conservation District But Dupnik said the bill But could the HOTAD own legislation guiding working to more similar (HTGCD), which has could be "complicated in bill see the light of day? their rules, procedural rules," Rogers limited funding and practice" as some of the Rogers said she met In addition, she felt said. "It's in order to be authority, districts, which do not with Isaac, who told her it could undermine more cohesive as we can The HTGCD is the only levy taxes, could become the bill likely isn't going the work entities with different legislation." ...... Parking: No fixes yet for Lehman High students parking in residential areas Continued from pg. 1A subdivision. Homeowners in the neighborhood who spoke on the matter April 18 said students who park on the street make it difficult for residents to back-out of their driveways or have guests over. City officials consid- ered issuing permits for residents and prohibiting parking of non-permitted vehicles on Brutus Drive, Orion Cove, Casper Cove, and Lake Washington Drive from the Goforth intersection to the Town Iake Bend intersection. However, city council members voted not to approve the proposal due to various concerns. "For years now, we've had input from citizens that had been concerned about the parking that has occurred in their commu- nity," said Police ChiefJeft Barnett. "People wanted to be able to entertain guests, or to park their own vehicles in front of their houses." Wanting to know why students parked in residential areas, police of- ricers talked with students as they walked to and from school. Officers believed stu- dents could not pay the fee for a school parking permit, or didn't have a Driver's License or car in- "We don't have the authority to do that ... The city streets belong to all citizens, whether they live there or not, unless other rules are put into place." cilmember Daphne Tend- rio. "This ordinance, while it's a good starting point, is restricting." Tenorio said the con- sensus of a neighborhood meeting at Lehman High School was signage pro- hibiting parking on one --Jeff Barnett, Kyle police chief, on restricting parking:' side of the road. residential neighborhoods "We're completely surance. However, Barnett discovered'that was not the case. "They actually said it was to avoid the afternoon traffic jam so they could get to their afternoon jobs and to get home," Barnett said. Officers met with Lehman High School's principal and parking officials, as well as Hays County Sheriff's Office law enforcement working on campus. "We tried to work with the school district to try to encourage any program that could entice the students to use the school parking lot." Barnett said. Police officers cannot tell students they are not allowed to park there, Barnett said. "We don't have the authority to do that," Bar- nett said. "The city streets belong to all citizens, whether they live there or not, unless otherrules are put into place." To solve the issue, offiL, cials proposed restricting on-street parking during school hours on school days, excluding weekends and holidays, tmless the driver has obtained a permit. Under the proposals, residents have to provide proof of residency and proof of vehicle ownership to obtain two permits for free and up to two more for $5 each at the police department. "It's a tough decision but I think this [proposal] is the one that's going to solve the problem," Bar- nett said. "We know this will stop it, students won't be able to park in front of the homes." However, city council members denied the pro- posal and asked Barnett and city officials to consid- er the issue further. "While I think this is a good sta ng talking point, I don't think it's quite there," said Coun- losing sight of what our citizens asked for," Tenorio said. City council members voted 5-0 to not approve the proposal. "We need to think about this very.carefully," said Councilmember David Wilson, "I want us to come up with an option every- one is comfortable withY Tenorio said she would like another public meet- ing to receive resident input. "We certainly want to do what the community wants, we're not trying to overreach and impose something that's not,what they want,!! 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