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i(,, SWINGIN' TO THE TOP Hays sophomore McGurdy earns top ranking in Texas Class 4A. - Page 1B LET THE RACES BEGIN Buda's annual Country Fair and Wiener Dog Races this weekend. - Page 1C O : 7;: (%j Lt p,. O0 rq Barton Publications, Inc. ..... ................... oi. 109 * No. 3 :,., ,,],: T :: 7 ...... D"I 1,,,.. Buda, Kyle and Northeast Hays County * 75 Wastewater woes have Buda, developer in mediation BY JENNIFER BIUNDO jen@haysfreepress.com Developers of a 1,400-home subdivision west of Buda are headed to mediation over a proposed sewer system that could discharge up to 300,000 gallons of treated wastewater daily over the Edwards Aquifer recharge zone. Wastewater reuse, in which treated effluent serves a sec- ond life as irrigation, is emerg- ing as a potential conservation tool to reduce the drain on water resources, especially in drought stricken areas such as Hays County. But local experts caution that if the system isn't properly implemented, it could degrade drinking water quality by pulling contaminants into the environmentally sensitive aquifer, which is peppered "Obviously, we think there are benefits to reusing the water for irrigation..." -Lance Lackey, attorney for Jeremiah Venture, LP with wells that supply water to area residents. "We feel like it can be done correctly, but it's just all very site specifc," said John Dupnik, an Environmental Permit Spe- cialist with the Barton Springs/ Edwards Aquifer Conservation District (BS/EACD). "It has to be properly sited, properly de- signed and properly operated to get maximum attenuation of pollutants. It can actually be a real benefit, because water' availability is an issue. If you've got highly treated effluent used in the appropriate way, it can be a resource for the commu- nity." The proposed development, currently dubbed Cantera Ranch, would bring almost 1,400 new homes to the 607- acre Hudson Ranch tract near Buda at RM 967, about three miles west of FM 1626, and im- mediately west of Ruby Ranch. Developers Shatm Breed- love and Lee Weber of Jeremi- ah Venture, L.P., are seeking a "land application" permit from the Texas Commission on En- vironmental Quality (TCEQ) to release treated wastewater onto 120 acres of the property. The fight over the develop- WASTEWAIT:R MEDIATION, pg. 3A Could Hays own LCRA water? Maybe BY BRAD ROLLINS news@haysfreepress.com Hays County Commissioners this week approved formation of a nonprofit corpora- tion to explore making a bid for the Lower Colorado River Authority's water and waste- water system in western Travis and northern Hays County. The court dead- locked 2-2 on the same effort last week but in a sec- ond pass at it on Tuesday, Pct. 3 Commissioner Will Conley had returned from va- cation and Pct. I Commissioner Debbie Gonzales Ingalsbe switched her vote to support creation of the Co- alifion of Central Texas Utility Devel- opment Corp. Pct. 2 Commissioner Mark ]ones cast the lone dissenting vote. "I believe in em- It's a big [water] business out there and it's avery political game and there's lots of money involved." -Pct. 3 Commis- sioner Will Conley powering the people of Hays County to have control of their own infrastructure," Conley said. "It's a big [water] business out there and it's a very political game and there's lots of money involved. If we Can stand together as one entity and one voice, we're going to have a seat at the table." The cities of Leander and Bee Cave have al- ready joined the coalition and alist of expected members distributed in court on Tuesday in- cludes Travis, Burnet and Bastrop counties as well as a dozen smaller entities ranging from the Belterra subdivision's water control and improvement district No. 1 and Highpointe subdivision's municipal utility district. Creation of the coalition itself will not cost the county any money, its supporters said. But ]ones said he opposed the county's involvement in utilities such as water and wastewater on philosophical grounds. "My reason for not supporting this is just the belief that this is more of a municipal is- See WASTE'WATER BIDS, pg. 3A PHOTO BY SCo'rr MITCHELL The call of the wild The Hill County Photography Club and the Hays County chapter of the Texas Master Naturalist program are seeking entries for the 7th annual Naturescapes photo contest. In this entry, San Marcos photographer Scott Mitchell captured an incandescent dragonfly resting on a backyard leaf. City of Kyle de,clares drought status SUBMI'H'ED REPORT The city of Kyle has moved into stage one water restrictions due to recent drought conditions, city of- ficials announced on Monday. Watering between 10 a.m. and 8 p.m. is now prohibited and a man- datory twice per week watering schedule is in effect as the region braces for summer after an unsea- sonable dry winter and spring, of- ficials say. Residents with odd-numbered addresses are allowed to water on Wednesdays and/or Saturdays, while even numbered addresses can water on Thursdays and/or Sundays. Commercial and multi- family customers can water on Tuesdays and/or Fridays. Officials say that at least one of the city's water suppliers, Edwards Aquifer Authority, has declared stage one drought conditions, with the others likely to follow suit. The stage one restrictions also require at least a one-day notifica- tion to the city manager prior to ir- rigating new landscape. In addition, the following consti- tute a waste of water and are also prohibited: failing to repair a con- trollable leak, including a broken sprinkler head; a leaking valve; leaking or broken pipes; or a leak- ing faucet. Violations also occur if irrigation water is allowed to run offthe prop- erty such that there is a trail of water running in the street for a distance of 50 feet or greater, and/or water is allowed to pond in the street or parking lot to a depth greater than 1/4 inch, officials say. For more information on the status of water management in the city, go to the city's web site at www. cityofkyle.com. The city of Buda had not im- posed water restrictions as of early Wednesday. Subscriber address 150 Market Locally grown produce, dairy and meat. Bring your bags and egg cartons and enjoy the sunshine with your neighbors at Michaelis Ranch on FM 150 in Kyle, beginning at 3 p.m. 'We the People' COMING UP Tour de Care Red Rider Rally A 26.9 mile trainin,g ride in preparartion for the South Central Texas Tour de Cure will start at 9 a.m. at Seton Medical Center Hays in Kyle. tour of I!1 Courthouse A tour of the Hays County Courthouse, sponsored by the San Marcos Area Repub- Wimberley Arts Feet lican Texans Group This third annual celebration of visual arts, / and Wimberley Valley theatre, music and dance will kick off at the L u(r/7 beginRepublicanSat 3:30Group'p.m. will historic Wimbedey Square at 10 a.m. ' MERGER Two prominent real estate a Blooms Above the Blanco around Step back in time and take a look mE. this historic structure, once home to the city's namesake. Claibome Kyle Log Hou on Old Stagecoach Road, 2 p.m. 268-9981 for more information For a more detailed list of area events go to haysfreepress.comlcalendar and page 4C of today's paper. agencies partner up. - Page 1D l i Opinions ............... 4&5A Sports ........................ 1 &2_B Education ................... 3&4B Community .................. ..1-6C Obituaries .......................... 2C Calendars ........................ 4C Service Oirectory ......... 2&30 Classifieds ................... 2&3D Public Notices ............. 2&4D