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Page 2A NEWS Hays Free Press May 3, 2017 The Hays Free Press (USPS 361-430) published weekly by Barton Publications, Inc., RO. Box 339, Buda, TX 78610. Periodicals postage paid at Buda, TX 78610 and additional mailing offices. POSTMASTER: Send address changes to Barton Publications, Inc., P.O. Box 339, Buda, TX 78610. ISSN#1087-9323 NEWS TIPS If you think it's news, we probably do too! Newsroom phone: 512-268-7862 E-mail: news@haysfreepress. com Mail: 113 W. Center Street, Kyle, TX 78640 CORRECTIONS Any erroneous reflection upon the character, standing or reputation of any person, firm or corporation which may appear in the pages of the Hays Free Press will be corrected upon being brought to the attention of the publisher. DEADLINES The deadline for display advertising and any contributed news copy in the Hays Free Press is 5 p.m. Friday the week prior to publication. The deadline for Letters to the Editor and classified word advertising in the Hays Free Press is noon Monday the week of publication, though we encourage readers and advertisers to observe the Friday deadline. LETTERS GUIDELINES We welcome locally written letters to the editor on timely topics of community interest. We ask that you keep them to about 350 words in length and that you not indulge in personal attacks on private individuals. Letters may be edited for brevity and clarity. All letters should be signed by the author and include a daytime phone number where the author can be contacted for verification. Letter writers are limited to one letter per month. Letters can be emailed to csb@haysfreepress. com. HISTORY Founded April 10, 1903, by Thomas Fletcher Harwell as The Kyle News, with offices on the corner of Burleson and Miller streets in the town's oldest remaining building. It merged into The Hays County Citizen in 1956. The paper consolidated with The Free Press in October, 1978. During its more than 100-year history the newspaper has maintained offices at more than a dozen locations in Kyle and Buda. investigation, and after an alleged positive verification BY SAMANTHA SMITH incident in the Shady Oaks area of Kyle on March 1, cally changed. Police discovered school A Hays County Grand 2016. staffhad spoken with the Jury indicted a Kyle man According to an arrest victim, who admitted that who is accused of inappro- warrant, Buda Police began she was being inappropri- priately touching a child in an investigation into theately touched when sleep- 2016. sexual assault of a childing away from home. A fo- Jose Isabel Marin Ruiz, based on information fromrensic interview confirmed 35, of Kyle, was indicted on teachers at Tom Green the victim's claims. two counts of indecency Elementary that a specific The Hays County Sher- with a child based on an child's behavior had drasti- iff's Office continued the from Ruiz's sister-in-law, confirmed that he was the suspect. Ruiz was booked into the Hays County Jail April 28 and was released on the same day on a $75,000 bond. A trial date has not yet been confirmed. According to Cap Metro documentation the new ADA senior van will cost approximately $42,573 with additional funds for operating assistance at $11,124 so the City will be receiving a total grant amount of $53,697 for the project. BY SAMANTHA SMITH Free transportation for Buda seniors is on the horizon after city leaders approved a project grant subrecipient agreement that paves the way for a $42,000 wheelchair accessible van. The agreement, which was involved the city and the Capital Metropolitan Transportation Authority, calls for Buda to receive a total grant amount ofRoughly $42,000 will $53,697 for the project, go to an American Dis- according to Capital Met- abilities Act (ADA) senior ro documentation, van, with an additional $11,000 for operating assistance. However, unlike many other grant programs Daze is a 1 -year-old shorthair gray and white male who would love to be your new best friend. He is crazy about people and loves, loves, loves affec- tion. He will happily play with the whole family and when it's time for cuddles, he'll be all yours. Since 66.22% of respondents said they don't work inside the Kyle city limits, the need for sidewalks connecting subdivisions to business is the second priority a city ordinance, home-gests city officials en- owners are responsible courage private property for maintaining side- owners and housing walks in front of their developers to maintain residences, and expand sidewalks by Recently, city council offering subsidies, in the considered a proposal to form of tax breaks or par- make this more afford- tial reimbursement. able for homeowners, "It's not dissimilar but has not approved the much to what we were proposal, originally looking at and KAYAC's report sug- it was met with some RUIZ .a seniors that require a 20 percent match from local gov- ernments, Buda won't have to pay a dime for the money, said Chance Sparks, Buda assistant city manager. He add- ed the city is receivig "Transporation Develop- ment Credits" from Cap Metro, which covers the 20 percent match the city had to pay. CAP METRO PLAN, 4A opposition," Mayor Todd Webster said. Councilmember David W'fllson said he thinks the city has accomplished a lot when it comes to side- walks, but the students' fresh perspective shows that the city has more to do. "Sidewalks is some- thing that was a passion for me because when I arrived in this town we had 2,500 people and no sidewalks at all," Wilson said. "We've certainly improved from that and there are a whole lot more sidewalks." Austin Telco Federal Credit Union has partnered with SWBC Investment Services, LLC to bring you even more investment choices. Product and Services 401(k) & 457 Rollovers/403(b) Traditional IRA & Roth IRA BY LESLY DE LEON. A problem with lack of and condition of sidewalks was reported by members of the Kyle Youth Advisory Council. The group presented its report on the city's sidewalks at Tuesday night's council meeting. The Kyle Youth Advi- sory Council (KAYAC), which consists of 14- to 18-year-olds, put togeth- er a report of data and recommendations for the city's sidewalks. "Unfortunately, we saw a very large deficit of sidewalks in the city of Kyle," said Aidan O'Keefe, a high school senior who is the KAYAC chair. Many respondents to a survey conducted by KAYAC said they were dissatisfied with the current condition of side- walks, O'Keefe said. KAYAC determined it's important the city focus on connecting subdivisions to schools, businesses and other subdivisions, especially for younger people who can't drive. KAYAC's report rec- ommend giving a higher priority to sidewalks con- necting subdivisions to schools. "We've noticed a lot of hazards with this type of connectivity in particu- lar," O'Keefe said. Hays CISD only pro- vides bus service to stu- dents living within a two- mile radius of the school if there is no safe route to school. "But, if you look at the Lehman Road situation, you still see a lot of peo- ple walking to school," O'Keefe said. "We think sidewalks addressing this kind of connectivity would be able to sub- stantially reduce the risk to these young pedestri- ans." Since 66.22% of re- spondents said they don't work inside the Kyle city limits, the need for side- walks connecting subdi- visions to business is the second priority. "The increasing utility that residents of Kyle would see wouldn't be as big as the increasing utility that young pedes- trians would get, in being able to walk to school and not having to worry about dangerous condi- tions that may be on the road," O'Keefe said. Another safety concern presented in the report is insufficient lighting for sidewalks. According to the survey, 38% of re- spondents reported poor lighting was a "big prob- lem" for sidewalks. "It's a valid concern," O'Keefe said. "This in- creases the likelihood of collisions between cars and pedestrians. If you want people to use these sidewalks, they need to feel safe using them at any time." Another issue was sidewalk inaccessibility for residents with a phys- ical disability. According to the survey, 7.33% of re- spondents reported they or a family member has a physical disability. Paying for sidewalk maintenance is also a major issue. According to Miles is a 1 1/2-year-old Australian Cattle Dog mix who's spunky, athletic, and full of love. His adorable face is matched with a great tempera- ment. All of that, combined with his compact size, makes this handsome boy a perfect fit. PAWS Shelter and Humane Society is a non-profit, no-kill shelter operated primarily on donations and adoptions. 500 FM 150 E, Kyle, TX 512 268-1611 All animals are fully vaccinated, spay/neutered, microchipped and dewormed. Mutual Funds Brokerage Services Annuities Wealth Preservation 529 College Plans Insurance Please call or visit your local financial professional for a financial review. Joshua B. 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