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Hays Free Press May 8, 2013 NEWS Page 3A BY ANDY SEVILLA es, while Kanetzky reported spend- ing funds only at GoDaddy.com for andy@haysfreepress.com web hosting and domain name. Mufioz reported spending $156.96 As the candidates for the District 5 for palm cards, $349.42 for door seat on the Hays CISD school board hangers and labels, $231.41 for door run their last leg of the race, Debbie hangers and labels, $320 for spon- Mufioz outspent incumbent Marty sorship and booth rental at Plhm Kanetzky by 500 percent, according Creek's Front Porch Days, and $52.22 to their latest campaign finance re- in non-itemized expenses. ports for the period from April 10- Mufioz also outraised Kanetzky May 3. in this reporting period. Her report Mufioz reported expending shows she received $350 in cam- $1,110.01, compared to Kanetzky's paign contributions - $100 from $209.03, according to their the May Olinda and Manuel Salazar of Kings- 3 campaign finance reports, which ville and $250 from Linebarger, Gog- are due eight days before the May 11 gan, Blair & Sampson, LLP, a law firm election, specializing in collection and prop- Mufioz's money was spent on ad- erty tax sales. vertising, printing and event expens- Kanetzky had no political contri- KANETZKY MUROZ buttons. The incumbent comment- ed on the Hays Free Press website that she has "never asked for or ac- cepted any monetary campaign do- nations." For the entire election cycle, Mu- fioz outspent the incumbent by al- most 300 percent, according to their April and May campaign finance re- ports. Mufioz has spent $2,215.11, thus far, in this election, compared to Kanetzky's $751.22 total expenses. Mufioz also reported collecting a total of $2,934, this election cycle - $2,584 reported in her April 9 report and $350 in her May 3 report - mean- while Kanetzky reported no political contributions. Mufioz's April 9 report shows she spent $1,105.10 during that report- ing period. Kanetzky reported ex- pending $542.19 in the same report- ing period, according to her April 10 report. Fireworks dealer gets 90 days PHOTO BY MOSES LEOS III Chester Davis listens to the Buda council vote to allow him to operate his fireworks warehouse for another 90 days before relocating. BY MOSES LEOS III The council deliberated for over 30 minutes, with Davis and moses@haysfreepress.com members of the audience get- ring into a verbal spat during the After a failed motion and con- process. Ultimately, the council tentious debate from audience believed that granting the vari- members, the Buda City Coun- ance was the only fair option to cil granted American Fireworks Davis. However, the frst motion owner Chester Davis a 90 day failedbya4-3vote, as the councll variance to sell fireworks by a chose the option with the 5,000 5-2 vote on Tuesday night, foot barrier. "The 5,000 foot bar- Three options were on the tier bothers me," said council table for the council regarding member George Haehn. "It urill Davis' fate: Do nothing, grant impact other businesses...those the 90 day variance, or grant the that do not have a voice." varience with a 5,000 foot bar- The second motion carried, tier around the city that bans the with Davis able to sell his fireworks sale of fireworks, for one more Fourth of July BY ANDY SEVILLA andy@haysfreepress.com As early voting wrapped up Tuesday, the three candidates vying for the open District 3 seat on the Kyle City Council are left with only days to con- vince voters to elect them. But whose campaign war chest is biggeff The recently released cam- paign finance reports show Joe Bacon ahead of Chad Ben- ninghoff and Bill Sinor in total campaign contributions and expenditures. Bacon received $674 in cam- paign contributions between April 12 and May 3, compared to Benninghoff's $500 during the same reporting period; Sinor did not take in any dona- tions, finance reports show. Bacon received $174 from Mark and Wilma Viktorin of Frisco and $500 from Tom Turk of Bulverde, according to the latest finance report. Benning- hoff received five $100 contri- butions from Austin residents - Royce and Donna Faulkner, Richard Hill, Richard Ander- son, Randy and Deborah Reh- mann, and Kent Lance, Jr., dur- BACON BENNINGHOFF ing the same reporting period. Bacon, too, led the pack in political expenditures between April 12 and May 3. Bacon's only expenditure was to the Hays Free Press- $514.14 for advertising, accord- ing to his May 3 finance report. Benninghoff's lone expense during the same repotting period, too, was to the news- paper - $391 for advertising, according to his latest report. Sinor paid Hays CISD $97.06 for yard signs, and spent $12 for a campaign website hosted by godaddy.com. For the election season as a whole, Bacon collected $2,757.89 in campaign contri- SINOR buttons, compared to Benning- hoff's $589.34 and S'mor's $100, according to April and May campaign finance reports. The same reports show that Bacon, Benninghoff and Sinor expended a total of $2,136.84, $471.16 and $406.06, respec- tively, from campaign and per- sonal funds during this elec- tion cycle. Diane Hervol, who did not draw an opponent in her re- election bid to the District 1 seat, only took in $300 from Kyle activist Lila Knight in Feb- mary, and had no expendi- tures during this election cycle, according to her April and May campaign finance reports. Accident Reconstruction Continued from pg. 1A roadway, tracing where the ve- hicles were heading. Kidd said this format is a time-consuming process. It takes approximately six to eight hours to accurately map out because it is all done by hand. The second format, called the Total Station, is newer tech- nology that accomplishes the same task in a fraction of the time. It's also what investiga- tors used last week in Buda. "The Total Station is a com- puter program that generates what happens in an accident," said Kidd. He said police departments use it because they can com- plete an investigation in as little as an hour. "What might take 6-8 hours with a laser only takes an hour with total station. That's the difference. That's a more effi- cient way to use technology," said Kidd. This is particularly impor- tant, he said, when major high- ways are shut down due to in- vestigation. "There is a tremendous im- pact to the community during an accident reconstruction," said Kidd. "Whenever they di- vert traffic or shut a road down, it disrupts lots of people's lives; all the more reason to get out there and get it done quick." The Total Station is similar partments such as Buda and ten years before they have a To- They lost a dear friend over Kyle must call upon DPS or tai Station of their own. Hays County to use their Total "As Buda grows, that is an- there and they want answers. System. In the recent inves- other area where we need to tigation, a team of eight DPS stand on our own," said Kidd. investigators aided Buda. Cur- "We have only one accident in- I think that it is our duty to rently, Buda is in the process of vestigator.(DPS)hadateamof working towards obtaining its eight that conducted it. That is give them the ,....,..,,,..,nncwor-~." own Total Station. As the de- a lot to process for one or two partment trains investigators people. It is science and there at a rate of one per year, Kidd is a lot to it. We are grateful that -Buda Police Chief Be Kidd estimates a window of seven to DPS helped us out." to a laser, in that investigators draw the entire scene." point and shoot the device The end result is a single- to measure vehicle distances sheet printout of the accident before and after the accident, scene, complete with signs and The difference is the Total Sta- road markers. The printout is a tion collects data and trans- far cry from accident reports of fers it to a computer. This is old. accomplished by the laser "Theoldschoolwayofdoing bouncing off of reflective sur- things, with measuring tape faces and strategically placed and wheels, forced investiga- poles, tots to draw the scene to scale," "The laser shoots towards said Cheatham. "Old DPS re- reflective surfaces and poles ports have huge sheets of pa- with a reflective surface. In- per you unfurled to describe a vestigators walk across to each scene. Now, it prints everything mark, starting on white fog out on a sheet of paper." line, shooting all of the lines Once the scene is finished, on the road," said Cheatham. the results are combined with "They then mark where the other findings, such as toxicol- vehicles were. As the laser hits ogy reports and tissue samples the reflective surface, inves- in an autopsy. According to tigators can designate what it Kidd, a full accident report corresponds to - Fog lines, the takes approximately two to vehicle - they enter everything three weeks to finalize. into system. They take out the Not every police department memory card, which is about has a Total System. At a cost the size of a flash drive, and of $15,000 dollars, smaller de- The Hays Free Press (ISSN 1087-9323) published weekly by Barton Publications, Inc., 122 N. Main St., Bud& TX 78610. Periodicals postage paid at Buda, TX 78610 and additional mailing offices. POSTMASTER: Send address changes to Barton Publications, Inc., P.O. 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