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MAY 12, 2010 MAC NO MORE Popular Lady Rebel basketball coach to retire. - Page 1B NEW & IMPROVED Kyle celebrates the grand opening of Old City Hall. -Page 1C HaysFreePress.com Barton Publications, Inc. N ,i!ii!ii ................ ......... 108 ....... Buda, Kyle and Northeast Hays County 75 D,ollars de'manded in orphaned pageant PHOTO BY DAVID Jennifer Hamzy 04t) and Christina Nugz at the 2009 Kyle Music Festival and Parade. BY SEAN KIMMONS sean@haysfreepress.com Like a recurring nightmare, the botched Miss Kyle Pageant crept up on the Kyle City Council agenda again last week. The majority of the council ex- pressed their disdain for the city being left to pick up the pieces after pageant volunteers miscalculated the results. Juleigh Chapa was first declared the winner in last year's pageant. About a week later in the ballot tabulation, when a mathematical error surfaced, Jennifer Ham was named the win- ner and Kim Pastrano as the first run- ner-up. In November, the city council "I'm willing to donate $50 to make this happen. I don't believe that the city shouM bepaying." -Michelle Lopez, Kyle Councilmember awarded a $1,000 scholarship to Cha- pa, the same award promised to the winner. The family of Kim Pastrano now want the proper recognition for her being first runner-up. After researching the issue, Interim City Manager James Earp suggested granting Pastrano a $300 newspa- per ad and a $50 plaque to honor her achievement. "I think she is owed that recogni- tion," Councilmember David Wilson said in the council meeting. "Let's put this particular issue to rest.., forever." Councilmember Michelle Lopez volunteered to give away her own money to help rectify the issue. "I'm willing to donate $50 to make this happen," she said. "I don't believe that the city should be paying." Other councilmembers then said that they would donate as well, opting not to stick Kyie residents with the bill. On Monday, Wdson said that coun- cilmembers had contributed at least $200 so far. Months later, no one seems to be taking responsibility for the pageant snafu. City officials have been adamant that the pageant was not a city-run event. Kyle Parks and Recreation Di- rector Kerry Urbanowicz told the See PAGEANT CONTROVERSY, pg. 6A Sneak Peek Kyle Councilreviews new library plans -BY  KIMMONS sean@haysfreepress.corn After almost a,year in the ,malg, the propeO tteSlgn of Kyles fatur" " library was finally unveiled to the city council last week. The 20,000-square-foot building, inspired by the architecture of the new city hall, will cost more than $3.5 million, nine percent over the origi- nal budget of $3.2 million. The coun- cil could vote on the contract in next week's meeting. In addition to book space, initial design plans allow for a coffee bar, community rooms, kids area, three top-lit pavilions, outdoor public pla- za, pedestrian drop-off and a small kitchen for functions. "This building provides no more than what we need now and in our future," said Wynette "Tutta" Barton, member of the Kyle Library Building Committee. "It would be a great con- tribution to the city." The committee, comprised of five Kyle residents and two councilmem- bers, first met in 2006. At that time, they agreed to name as the builder Raymond Construction of Austin, the firm that built the new city hall in 2006. If the contract is approved, design and development could start by early June, with construction set for early September and wrapping up by next May, Raymond Construction Senior Vice President Rusty Burnett said. Barton said that the committee carefully considered not going over budget on the project but stressed '21fter long deliberation we decided that recommending a cut-down version would be a short-sighted mistake. The library will be in place for many decades." - Wynette "Tutta" Barton, Kyle Library Building Committee member that future add-ons to handle ongo- ing growth would be far more expen- sive. 'After long deliberation we decided that recommending a cut-down ver- sion would be a short-sighted mis- take," she said. "The library will be in place for many decades." The entire library project could eventually reach well past the $4 mil- lion mark. Councilmember David Wilson told the council that an ad- ditional $500,000 to $600,000 will be needed for infrastructure, such as sewer and water lines for the 2.2 acre lot on Meyer Street, which the city bought last year for $312,000. "We'll have some additional ex- penses," Wilson said. "For this to be the crown jewel, you'll have to do that." So far, The Friends of the Library fund has raised about $155,000 to go toward the new library that will re- place the current 5,000-square-foot library. "We pledge to keep the costs down," Barton said. "We, the commit- tee, unanimously strongly support this plan. The opening will be a fine day for Kyle." Councilmember Michelle Lopez, also on the committee, said that actual building costs were close to the origi- nal budget. Approximately $270,000 was added to the estimate for contin- gency and contractor fees. "I hope we support this so we can move forward.., to continue the lega- cy of education," she said. John Gilliam, a librm'y consultant for Raymond Construction, spoke in admiration of this project. "This is an incredible value," he said. "I'm completely envious of you." Gilliam, who has overseen the de- sign and construction of libraries in Austin, said that a similar library in Austin would cost $6.8 to $8.7 million and take more than two years to com- plete. He also said that the building will be energy efficient, durable and aes- thetically pleasing. "This is a building that kill be low maintenance or no maintenance for you," he said. "You will be proud of it for decades to come." Kanetzky, Hervol prevail in contests BY BRAD ROLLINS brad@haysfreepress.com Former trustee Joe Mufioz fell abort .M his ift  remm to the Hays CISD school board, drawing 164 votes (31.4 percent) to Marly Kanetzlqt's 358 votes (68.6 per- cent). Mean- while, Di- KAN'IKY ane Hervol won 337 votes (64.4 percent) to Jason Welch's 186 votes (35.6 percent) for Kyle City Council, settling for now the composi- tion of a HERVOL governing body that has changed dramati- cally in recent months. That seat was held by Michelle Lopez who lost a special election for mayor in February to Lucy Johnson, who in turn had to vacate her seat to run for mayor. See ELECTION RESULTS, pg. 3A Subecriber address s, ! i i Travis County tries to kill SH 45 SW BY BRAD ROLLINS brad@haysfreepress.com On-again off-again plans for Texas 45 Southwest might be off for good if a Travis County commissioner succeeds in an effort tO strip the roadway from the Capital Area Metro- politan Planning Organiza- tion's 25-year master plan. After an hours-long discus- sion on Tuesday, the Travis County Commissioners Court approved Commissioner Kar- en Huber's resolution calling for the project to be removed from the planning organiza- tion's roster of transportation projects for the next two de- cades. "My biggest concems are that we need to be sure that as we grow, and build our roads and our mobility sys- tems, that we are do- ing it responsibly. And I believe that this par- ticular proposedhigh- way has many, many unanswered ques- tions," Huber said, citing what she said were unconvincing HUBER projected growth pat- tems in the areas that would be served by the road. The court approved the resolution 3-1, setting up a show-down over SH 45 SW when CAMPO's transporta- tion policy board considers adopt- ing its 2035 Mas- ter Plan at a May 24 meeting. Travis County Judge Sam Biscoe, who also chairs the CAMPO board, was the lone dissenter. A procession of outraged residents of Shady Hollow and other neigh- borhoods in the areahad sharp words for Huber, whom they said promised support for the project when she campaigned for her position in 2008. "I'm disappointed in you al- most to the point of tears. Do you deny that during a fired- raiser at the Omlauf Sculpture Garden that you told me that I would get my road?... Did you not look me in the eye and say, 'You will get your road?'" asked Pam Baggett, a director of the Shady Hollow Homeowners Association. Huber said she did not re- member the conversation. For more than 20 years, regional planners have envi- sioned a highway connecting the southern terminus of Mo- Pac, Loop 1, in Austin and FM 1626 in northem Hays County. Proponents say SH 45 SW would ease the daily commute for thousands of residents who live in the Buda area and work in Austin while relieving traffic in neighborhoods along Bro- die Lane and Manchaca Road. In December 2008, the Capi- taiArea Metropolitan Planning Organization board appointed a subcommittee of its mem- bers chaired by Biscoe to study how to get the road built. A draft report of the group, com- pleted in June, recommends the highway be constructed as a four-lane toll road if it can't See SH 45 SW, pg. 2A HAPPY lOOm! 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