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Page 6A NI$ Hays Free Press April 28, 2010 New government center on horizon STAFF REPORTS Hays County officials will break ground on the new Hays County Govemment Center on Friday, April 30, at 2 p.m. at 710 S. Stagecoach Trail in San Marcos. The public is invited to at- tend the ceremony. Featured speakerswill include Pct. Com- missioner Debbie Ingalsbe, Congressman Lloyd Doggett, State Seimtor Jeff Wentworth and Representative Patrick Rose. Image boards of the Gov- ernment: Center will be on display, along with a construc- tion timeline. The $58 million, 232,000-square-foot facility is slated for completion in De- cember of 2011. The new Govemment Cen- ter will house a number of county offices, including the district court, tax assessor-col- lector, elections office, records, and juvenile and adult proba- tion. Many of those offices are currently scattered throughout the county.. Attendees are encouraged to carpool due to limited parking and to choose footwear appro- priate for a construction site. Search begins for new Kyle city manager BY SEAN KIMMONS The Kyle City Council will set up a headhunter commit- tee next month to search for a new city manager. A City Manager Search Committee, to be comprised "of two councilmembers, four Kyle registered voters and three city staff members, one of those in a non-managerial role, will make up the posse. The city attorney will serve as a consultant to the commit- tee, if needed. The city council last week unanimously approved the formation of the committee following the May 8 elec- tions, which will put two new Kyle councilmembers on the dais. "This will be a new process to all councilmembers and to most of our staff, so I want us "There are so many people that would love the position that we have. I know headhunter firms are good but I'm not sure that we have to undergo that extent." -David Wilson, Kyle councilmember to take our time,, said Mayor Lucy Iotmson, who first men- tioned the committee idea. With he committee, the council ,hopes to avoid fees by hiring a third party con: sultant to gather applicants. Councilmember DavidWil- son noted that Kyle is well po- sitioned to easily attract ap- plicants, as the city is seeing increasing sales tax revenue and ongoing developmem, even as. many other commu- nities continue to struggle with the economy. "There are so many people that would love the posi- tion that we have," he said. "I know headhunter firms are good but I'm not sure that we have to undergo that extent." Johnson also stressed the importance of having citizens on the committee. One of the citizens could be outgoing council members Michelle Lopez or David Salazar, she said. "Citizen input would be something that I'd definitely be okaywith," she said. On April 13, the city council unanimously selected James Earp, the assistant city man- ager, as interim city manager after it honored former city manager Tom Mattis' resigna- tion at the price of $200,000 to $250,000 in termination pay. Earp, who has been the as- sistant city manager since September 2006, is receiving a $3,000 monthly stipend on top of his current pay while the search continues. Earp said he expects that it could take the city six to nine months to find a city manager, unless they hire an internal applicant. He is still unsure if he will apply for the job "I'm going to have to weigh my options," he said previ- ously. "I'd be interested, ex- cited and honored to be able to serve but we'll have to cross that bridge when we get there." Polls open for Kyle Council, School Board STAFF REPORT Early voting is currently underway to elect Kyle's next council members and a new Hays CISD school board mem- ber. Jason Welch, a 33-year-old AT&T sales manager, and Di- ane Hervol, a 48-year-old legal administrator, are vying for the city council slot. The seat opened after former council member Michelle Lopez re- signed to make a bid for the mayor's seat against Lucy Johnson. Brad Pickettl a financial managerl is on his own for the Kyle city council: seat being va- cated by council member Da- vid Salazar, who:did not seek a third term in office. On the Hays CISD board of trustees, Austin police su- pervisor Joe Munoz, 52, and Driftwood computer consul- tant Marty Kanetzky, 53, are battling t o represent District 5. Trustee Ralph Pflugerdid not seek re-election. The district covers a wide area in the western part of Hays CISD including Driftwood, Mountain City, Plum Creek and Buda's western neighbor- hoods around Garlic Creel Munoz served for more than a decade as a school board member representingDistrict 2, until he Zesigned in'September i' when he moved residdnces. Early voting began ;Monday and r through May 4. Vot- inglocations are Ky!e City Hall, Buda ir'JTJall arl .e Hys CISD stration Build, ing in Kyle The latter two lo- catitks arejust for the school board elecon. ' Early voing will be week- days between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. at all locations and Satur- day, May 1, from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. at the Kyle City Hall and Buda City Hail polling places. Additionally, early voting on Monday, May 3 will be avail- able until 7 p.m. at all three locations. Election Day is May 8, with the polls open from from 7 a.m. through 7 p.m. Although voters Can cast a ballot at any polling place during early vot- ing, they must vote at their designated polling place on election day. ii i Please join us on Saturday, May 8th 10:00 am to 12:00 noon GRAND REOPENING FESTIVITIES RADIO REMOTE 10 TO 11 FREE POPCORN - 3.5 oz.ICEE- BALLOONS DRAWINGS EVERY 5 MINUTES 10. TO 11! Register ALL WEEK at #301 for the GRAND PRIZE& $44 GIFT CARD No pdrchase necessary 1. $44 Gift CardNalero Open Tets/Case off Water/iPod Nano 2. ,$44 Gift Card/Gatorade Package/Case of VNater 3. $44 Gift Card/Black and Decker Air SlationgCase of Water 4, $44 Gift Card/Chiminea/KFC Family Meal/(Case of Water 5, $44 Gift Card/Mountain Bike/Case of Water, r 6, $44, Gift CardlSplashtown tickets for 4/Cae of Water 7. $44 Gift CardUT Baseball tickets for 4/Caste of Water 8. $44 Gift Card/Basketball Goal/Case of Watter 9. $44 Gift CardBlue Bell 1/2 gal per month fo)r a year/Case of Water #10. GRAND PRIZE- ? AND $44 GIFT CARD There will be a drawing each day for an Ins'jlnia 4.3 G,P.S. Navigator SPECIALS May.3-May 9 Sa-N-Pa #301. 22.801 IH-35 Kyle ONLY m