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+ 0 COOK RETIRES Hays tennis coach Debbie Cook retires after 31 years - Page 1B Visits from Elvis a bright spot for Orchard Park residents - Page 1C @Barton Publications, Inc. ...... HaysFreePress.com Vol. 119 * No. 7 g Buda, Kyle and Northeast Hays County, TX • 75˘ II [] BY KIM HILSENBECK kim@haysfreepress.com Closing the white zone of little-to-no water regulation could be affected by several bills moving through the Texas Legislature. Expansion of the boundaries of the Barton Springs/Edwards Aquifer Conservation District to cover a section of unprotected groundwater in Hays County is one step closer to becoming law, according to a statement from Texas State Rep. Jason Isaac (R-Dripping Springs). House Bill 3405, authored by Isaac, was approved 126 to 15 Friday by the Texas House of Representatives HAYS WHITE ZONE, 2A FOGLEY SANCHEZ SWATON TENORIO Two Kyle City Council seats still undecided after election BY MOSES LEOS III ,. moses@haysfreepress.com One election will not be enough to decide a pair of Kyle City Council seats as both the District 5 and District 6 races are headed for a nmoff. Less than 905 Kyle voters participated in the election either through early voting or .... on Election Day, which was May 9. That equates to about four percent of the eligible population of registered voters who cast a ballot in this election. Political newcomer Damon Fogley will go up against Jalme Sanchez in the runoff for the District 5 seat. Meanwhile, Kyle City Council District 6 in- cumbent Tammy Swaton will have a nmoff against challenger Daphne Tenorio. According to unofficial RUNOFF ELECTION, 4A BY KIM HILSENBECK kim@haysfreepress.com Voters in the Buda area gave the green light for Emergency Service Dis- trict 2 (ESD2) to raise its tax rate to $.10, up from the $.03 where it's been for several years. The ESD 2 Board of Directors said prior to the election that it would not need the full ten cents per $100 home valuation right away. Chief Clay Huckaby of the Buda Fire De- pamnent said the ESD $.10 tax increase from $.03 For Against Total 215 145 360 2 board budgeted for a five-cent tax for at least two years, but asked for the total amount al- lowed by law. He said it was more economically responsible to hold one election now since each one costs several thou- sand dollars. However, he said the plan is to maintain the five cents for as long as possible. "Our projections are to not raise the taxes unless it becomes absolutely necessary," he wrote in an email Monday. "Currently the Commis- sioners of Hays County ESD #2 are confident that we will be able to fully fired EMS services for many years without raising the taxes higher than five cents per $100 valuation." What's the first prior- ESD2 VOTE, 2A PHOTO BY MOSES LEOS III Kyle Some Kyle residents witnessed q~ scene Thursday when a man who was "yelling unintelligibly" was seen walking naked in the middle of traffic on the Center Street Bridge in Kyle. Police officers were dispatched at around 10:30 a.m. and proceeded to trail the man, who led police officers on a short chase• Officers ultimately placed the man in custody in the Dairy Queen parking lot, but were forced to use a taser to subdue him. The man was transported to Seton Medical Center Hays for further evaluation. The status of the man is unknown• Above: Two Kyle Police officers subdue an unidentified man on the ground in the parking lot of the Dairy Queen in Kyle. I BY KIM HILSENBECK kim@haysfreepress.com Residents and guests packed into the city hall in Mountain City Monday evening to hear more about the proposed interlocal agreement with the city of Kyle and Hays County involving a transfer of extraterritorial jurisdiction (ETJ). Emotions ran high be- cause the deal, as written by Kyle in conjunction with Hays County, would allow Kyle to absorb the ETJ where the Anthem / ClarkW'llson development is planned. In exchange, Mountain City, which has about 650 homes, would gain some infrastructure improvements, including having Hays County fix and pave Mountain City's "The council should oppose this. And if this were put to a vote with the citizens of this town, it would be resoundingly defeated." -Mountain City resident roads and the ability to connect with Kyle's water and wastewater services. Anthem is a proposed development of 2,200 homes with an entrance on FM 150West. The developer, ClarkWilson, signed a contract with Electro Purification (EP), a private water firm that also has contracts with the city of Buda and Goforth Special Utility District. Wilson submitted a re- quest to the Texas Legis- lature for Anthem to be a Municipal Utility District (MUD). Nearly all in atten- dance at the Mountain City council meeting unequivocally oppose any agreement with Kyle. "The council should oppose this," one Moun- tain City resident said during public comment. ' nd if this were put to a vote with the citizens of this town, it would be resoundingly defeated." ETJ STRUGGLE, 4A + Movies at Lake Kyle On May 15, City of Kyle Parks and Rec presents "Big Hero 6" as the first movie for 2015 Movies at the Lake series. Movies begin 30 minutes after sundown. The event is free. Bring lawn chairs, snacks, blankets and bug spray. i ........... ii iii ~::: Mental Health and Pet Fair Join Kyle Animal Control for the 3rd annual mental health and pet fair at City Square Park, next to the historic city hall. The event will be held May 16 from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Enjoy pet contests, bounce house, K9 demonsrations and more. Starlight Symphony presents "Musical Inspirations Through Emotions" at the Cypress Creek Church in Wimberley on Sunday at 4 p.m. and at the Hays Performing Arts Center on Sunday at 7:30 p.m. This musical presentation is free of charge. See page 4A for advertisement and more information• STAFF REPORT Kyle's move to step out of Stage II was made After two years of public during the May 5 mandatory Stage II city council meeting. water restrictions, Kyle The move was done city officials are ready after the city's water to take a step back to sources have been Stage I. "sufficiently recharged But as Kyle lessens to allow for the removal its restrictions, city of water restrictions," officials continue to per a release from the stress the need to conserve water. STAGE 1 DROUGHT, 4A .,,wo.,i, News ................ -4A Be t,,ets ............ 1111!1!1!!!!11[1!1!1!!!1111 Kyle building permits Opinions ............... 3A Business ......... 1,4D Sports ............... 1-2B Service Directory 2-3D are on the rise Education .., ...... 3-4B Classifieds ............ 2D - Pag 1D Community ...... 1-4C Public Notices ...... 2D 7 7 ,.: t:~,L~~, i-" .... i il : ; ........ i1,1 ,,l:,l I 11 [ I11