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HaysFreePress.com / CLASSIFIEDS * SERVICE PUBLIC NOTICES DIRECTORY May 8, 2013 score exem n scores STAFF REPORT verall, 22 locations in Buda and Kyle received food inspections last month. Eight Of those were Hays CISD schools; all received exemplary or above average scores, including Kyle Elemen- tary School, which had no de- merits. In early April, the Hays Free Press ran a story about a rodent problem at the school. The health inspector moved the school up in the rotation based on that information, but reported no demerits during the inspection. At its August 2012 inspection, the elemen- tary school received 7 demer- its, which is an above average score. In July 2011, the inspec- tor found 17 demerits, giving it Overall, one Buda food Above average (1-7 demerits): Science Hall Elementary School fore, a higher score indicates a below average score, server, Garcia's Restaurant, re- Casa Aide Tacos Chofi #3 more demerits. ceived a below average score Longhorn Cantina Tom Green Elementary School If an establishment re- THE HAYS CISD APRIL 2013 in April of 15 demerits. The Sonic (store #100 on IH-35), Wallace Middle School ceives more than 30 demer- FOOD SCORES WERE: restaurant also received a be- Subway Above average (1-7 demerits): its, a re-inspection is re- Barton Middle School low average score at its August Taco Bell (on Old San Antonio Armando Chapa Middle School quired and corrections must Exemplary-0 2012 inspection when the in- Hwy), Average (8-13 demerits):be made to bring the total Chapa Middle School spector noted 14 demerits. Average (8-13 demerits):none score below 30 in accordance Above average- 4 The Sac-n-Pac on FM 1626 in Sac-n-Pac (Store #408) Below average (14-20 demerits): with the Texas Food Estab- Buda received 11 demerits this Below average (14-20 demerits): none lishment Rules (Chapter 229 Fuentes Elementary School time around, giving the location Garcia's Restaurant Exemplary - 0 an average score. At its last in- Far below average (21+):of the Texas Administrative Kyle Elementary School spection in December 2011, the Far below average (21+): none none Code/Health Services). Exemplary - 0 store received zero demerits for Look for more inspection scores in the coming year as Lehman High School an exemplary rating. KYLE FOOD SERVERS ABOUT THE SCORES: the county continues its work Exemplary - 0 Exemplary (O demerits): Hays County does not in the Kyle and Buda area. Science Hall Elementary School BUDA FOOD SERVERS Burger King Exemplary- 0 Exemplary (0 demerits): Center Food Mart score on a standard 0 to 100 Tom Green Elementary School Barton Middle School Fuentes Elementary School scale but instead tabulates Exemplary- 0 Cracker Barrel Kyle Donuts total demerits. If no viola- For past food score Wallace Middle School H-E-B Kyle Elementary School tions are found, a score of 0 reports, look online at Exemplary- 0 Pizza Hut Lehman High School demerits is achieved. There- www.haysfreepress.com PHOTO BY MOSES LEOS III Veteran Eli Moran of the American Veterans (AMVET) Post 115 fills in for an officer swearing in ceremony on May 1. While some veterans succeed after their military careers conclude, others struggle to find a balance in today's rough and tumble job market. BY MOSES LEOS III news@haysfreepress.com For medically retired veterans like Max Mont- gomery of Buda, finding a job after the military has been difficult. Montgomery believes the transition back to civilian life may be something many returning soldiers struggle with as they search for jobs. A veteran of the U.S.'s Opera- tion Iraqi Freedom, Montgom- ery bounced from job to job since his discharge in 2010. He didn't keep any of the jobs more than a few months. He said the issue is that businesses do not understand how chal- lenging it is to transition back to regular life. "There is a real disconnect," said Montgomery. "The mili- tary features a completely dif- ferent structure than what the business world offers. (Busi- nesses) get an idea ofwhat that structure is, but do so through what they see in the movies and on television." He also believes his military training was inadequate for what he called the real world. During his time in the Army, he trained as a Satellite Commu- nications Operator, working with AN/TSC-167 and 93 satel- lites; sophisticated machinery that help aid military commu- nication along the front lines. Montgomery said even the ability to network with po- tential employers is a difficult process for him. The unemployment rate for veterans who served in active duty since Sept. 2001 was 9.9 percent, according to a March 2012 news release from the "There is a real disconnect The military features a completely different structure than what the business world offers. -Max Montgomery, retired Army veteran Bureau of Labor Statistics. For those who served in Iraq and Afghanistan, unemployment was at 10.9 percent in August 2012. It was even higher (11.3 percent) for veterans who served outside of those locales during the same time. Veterans of conflict past are cognizant of the problems soldiers face once they exit the military. David Lyle, Post Com- mander of the Central Texas AmericanVeterans (AMVETS) Post 115 in Kyle, understands the issues facing today's vet- erans in the job market. While Lyle, a veteran of Operation Desert Storm, found a posi- tion as aY2K programmer, he acknowledged the inability of some soldiers to translate military training into civilian jobs as a problem. "Much of the training sol- diers acquire does not translate well into the job world," said Lyle. "Ifa veteran is in a combat specific job, that training only applies to certain positions, such as a police officer." He added that technology and computer jobs in the Air Force and Navy seem to best translate to the real world. Post Traumatic Stress Dis- order (PTSD) also plays a role in the difficulty for veterans to find jobs. According to the National Center for PTSD, ap- proximately 11-20 percent of veterans serving in the Iraq and Mghanistan wars suffer from the condition. "PTSD scares offa lot of employers," Lyle said, adding that stereotypes exist when it comes to veterans, PTSD and potential employers. However, not every veteran who served during the recent Middle Eastem conflicts experiences these issues. Bud Boehnke, owner of CrossFit Kyie and a seven-year veteran of the U.S. Air Force, was able to find success after his discharge. He believes his ability to seek positions that appeal to veterans and their specialized training aided his success. "My relationship with em- ployers as a veteran has been pleasant because I engaged businesses that support our military and that desired a high level of training," Boehnke said. "I believe that a large majority of employers are looking for this and I like to think that the civilian workforce is encour- aged to hire veterans to help their team grow." In addition, Boehnke said he believes, "employment is war- ranted to the best candidate for the job; prior military service or not." From his experience, he was able to find occupations and jobs that provided transitional tools for assimilation back into civilian life, as well as a wayto obtain leadership in the job sector. The ability to rtm a business such as the CrossFit brand allows him and other veter- ans to find a foothold to work more in ttme with the civilian workforce. "My adventure into personal training allowed me to basi- cally run my business as my own, while under the guide- lines of a structured company and heirarchy;" said Boehnke. "I was very apprehensive to join the civilian sector for many reasons and personal training was a segue into gaining trust from the sector." In his mind, CrossFit allows veterans to hearken back to their military days. "I believe that veterans greatly miss the camaraderie they once had and they seek out organiza- tions that can provide a sliver of unity that was once their bloodline," said Boehnke. "CrossFit also provides a physi- cal, emotional, and even spiri- tual struggle that most military members crave." As Boehnke succeeded beyond the issues that hinder veterans obtaining jobs, he realizes issues exist. Veterans struggling with PTSD, as well as a disconnect with the civilian world, are real problems. "The bond that is forged with military personnel in war is like no other in the world," said Boehnke. "Civilians will never grasp the requirements and re- sponsibilities it takes to protect your comrades in arms." BY MOSES LEOS III moses@haysfreepress.com An update to building, elec- trical and fire codes could be on the horizon for Buda. At the April 2 city council meeting, city engineer Stan- ley Fees presented proposed updates to the current building, electrical and fire codes. Fees said Buda currently operates within the 2006 Municipal Building Codes. The exceptions are the Energy Conservation Code, which is up to 2009 stan- dards, and the National Electric Code, which adheres to 2002. Fees said that Buda needs to update to more recent code formats. "This is something all cities do periodically," said Fees, who said the International Code Council (ICC) updates their codes every three years. "We just want to keep moving with the times." While the ICC updated Municipal Building Codes to the year 2012, the city will only update their codes to the 2009 standard. The reason, according to Fees, is to ensure that Buda's codes are free from any bugs or issues that could arise within new standards. The new code standard of 2009 will place Buda along side the cities of Austin, ]onestown, Kerrville, Lago Vista and the Vil- lage of Volente, which currently work under that adopted format. Existing buildings will not be subjected to 2009 code enforce- ment, unless they are opling to modify their structures. "No effect will be extended to existing structures, unless they wish to remodel or modify," said Fees. %t that point, they need to obtain a permit and comply within the permit code." The potential adoption of the 2009 codes will reach to the In- temational Building, Residential Code for One and Two-Family Dwellings, Mechanical, Plumb- ing, Fire, Fuel Gas, Energy Con- servation, Property Maintenance and Existing Building codes. The National Electric Code will be updated to the 2008 level. City council members had one point of contention with one aspect of the new building code- an accessory structure that is less than 251 square feet. Citizens can build such a struc- ture without a permit. Fees said the exception was to accommodate the penchant of citizens purchasing do-it- yourself structure kits at Home Depot. However, anything beyond such scope, such as incorporation of electrical or plumbing work, will necessitate a permit. "You would need a permit to make sure the structure is sound," he said. Updates to the Fire Code also proved to be big changes for the city. Buda Fire Marshall Mike Duffy said, "It's kind of a process to go through the new codes." Other updates within 2009 codes include: ENERGY CONSERVATION Heat and Cooling systems shall have a minimum of 12 Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio (SEER) PLUMBING Permit required to install Fire Sprinkler and Irrigation systems Installation of Backflow prevention assembly on all irrigation systems PROPERTY MAINTENANCE Cannot convert structure to residence without meeting Residential Code for One and Two Family Dwellings. RESIDENTIAL Fire Sprinkler not required in one and two family dwellings No permit required for an accessory structure less than 251 square feet A building official can issue Stop Work order if construc- tion is in unsafe/dangerous manner The updates from 2006 to 2009 fire codes include applying access locks to gated commtmi- ties and apartments, easier to see address numbers and allow- ing easier access to fire lanes. In addition, the new codes call for a prohibition of open burning within the city limits. Specifically, Fees said the code would prohibit open trash and bum barrels. BBQ pits, chimin- eas and outdoor fireplaces will not be subjected to penalty. Fire rings at campsites, such as Stagecoach Park, will be allowed but will require a permit prior to use. "This is to avoid the issue of a fire starting in the city," said Fees. "This was to control bum- ing in urban areas, to ensure houses do not catch fire." The update in codes further forces companies to provide proof of state license prior to obtaining a work permit. Beyond complying with state regulation, the goal is to ensure that any work will be done safely and appropriately. "We want to make sure that the professionals know what they are doing," said Fees. "We want to avoid mistakes that are costly and dangerous." In addition, 2009 Building, Fuel Gas and Residential Codes require design plans to go through a Texas licensed profes- sional engineer or architect. No services within Fuel Gas, Electri- cal and Building Codes can be turned on without a Certificate of Occupancy:. Fees said the Buda City Council is expected to adopt the 2009 format at the May 7 meeting. q~