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Page 4A NEWS HaysFree Press • May 13, 2015 ETJ Struggle: Let's talk Continued from pg. 1A "Everything that I came to Mountain City for is being taken away through City holds," this effort," former mayor she wrote in Rick Tart said. "We stand part. to gain nothing- nothing. She also did I don't know what the not see the council is going to do but I rationale for certainly hope they would Hays County consider what they're to be involved doing today and the unin- in the interlo- tended consequences that cat agreement. are going to happen if this "Since goes through, OK?. Thank Mountain City you." has an agree- Beth Smith, a resident ment with of the tiny town, former Anthem, I see long-time mayor- and no reason for mother of the current Hays County mayor- submitted a letter to be involved to be read by a council member. Smith was out of state on a planned trip. "Please don't relinquish any ETJs that Mountain "Everything I came to Mountain City for is being taken away through this effort." --Rick Tarr, former mayor in this MOU. Shouldn't it just be Mountain City and Kyle and Anthem?" The council then broke for executive session. While the council met in private session, local residents talk- ed about the proposal. "The ques- tion I have, does it make any difference to the mayor whether we're opposed to it or not?" a man asked, "I would hope she would listen to the citizens and not make a decision on her own." Following a roughly 45- minute executive session, council members returned to the dais. Mayor Tiffany Curnutt and the council did not vote on the interlocal agreement. However, they decided to authorize the mayor and council mem- ber Phillip Taylor, who was absent but volunteered by his fellow council mem- ber, and father, Lee Taylor, to meet Mountain City's legal team to put together a counter offer. For a longer version of this story with more comments from Mountain City residents visit www. haysfreepress, com. Runoff Election: Two seats in limbo Continued from pg. 1A results for District 5, Fogiey gained the most total votes of the three candi- dates, but only garnered 49.68 percent of the vote. Sanchez obtained 38.02 percent, while challenger Laurie Lutrell finished with less than 15 percent of the vote. Fogley gained 190 votes to Sanchez's 116 in early voting numbers; Luttrell trailed with only 54 votes. But Sanchez's numbers improved during Election Day; where he captured 122 votes to Fogley's 121. Falling short of avoiding a rtmoff was "disappoint - ing" according to Fogley, who was surprised to see his percentage fall from early voting numbers. "I knew it was going to be close. I was confident I was going to win," Fogley said after seeing the early voting numbers. "I didn't think it was going to be a landslide, but I thought I could hit the 50 percent mark." Fogley said he will con- tinue to "do what I've been doing the last two months" Kyle City Council Election Results District 5 At Large Early Election Candidate Voting Day Totals% Laurie Luttrell 54 23 77 12.3 Damon Fogley 190 121 311 49.68 Jaime Sanchez 116 122 238 38.02 District 6 At Large Dex Ellison 22 31 53 20.7 Daphne Tenorio 59 49 108 42.19 Tammy Swaton 58 37 95 37.11 to prepare for a runoff. However, having spent all of his contributions in the leadup to Saturday, Fogley said he will not "ask for contributions." "I have a diversified donor list," he said. "I'm not going to ask for money, but if they feel like they want to contribute to my campaign because they believe in me, so be it." Sanchez could not be reached for comment after the posting of results. In District 6, Tenorio led all three candidates with 108 total votes, or 42.18 percent of the vote. Swaton wasn't far behind with 95 votes, or 37.10 percent. Challenger Dex Ellision finished in third with 53 to- tal votes, or 20.70 percent of the vote. But Swaton and Tenorio were neck in neck after the release of early voting numbers. Tenorio held a one-vote lead In early voting with a narrow 59- 58 margin over Swaton. Elision gained 22 votes during early voting. Tenorio said she was "disappointed" but did expect a runoff. Swaton echoed that sentiment. "I expected a runoff, es- pecially with three people running," Swaton said. "The nttmbers were not far off from what I thought they were." Swaton said the chance at a runoffwas "exciting" as it would allow her to ,'get another chance" at talking to voters. She also believed the close early voting totals could spur more people to cast a ballot in the rtmoff. "I think that speaks vol- umes and hopefully it will encourage more people to go out and vote," Swaton said. Tenorio said she "couldn't be more pleased" to see "so many people registered to vote." "I'm looking forward to aggressively pursing this runoff," Tenorio said. "I'm confident the people who supported me all along will support me and I will be more aggressive in getting those voters out." City council will canvass the results. A runoff election could be voted on for May 30. SAT • MAY 16 • 4 P.M. Cypress Creek Church 211 Slillwater Road. Wimberley IN • MAY 17 • 7:30 RM. Hays Performing Arts Center 979 Kohler's Cr0ssing,i Kyle FREE Stage I Lessens restrictions Continued from pg. 1A city. Of the city's three water resources, only the Edward's Aquifer Association (EAA) is currently in drought restrictions. The EAA moved from Stage II to Stage I on May 1. Both the Guadalupe Blanco River Authority (GBRA) and the Barton Springs / Edwards Aquifer Conservation District (BSEACD), from which Kyle also receives water, are no longer enacting drought restrictions. "Basically, for all intents and purposes, the drought has ended at this point," City Manager Scott Sellers said on May 5. Under the city's Water Management Plan, the city automatically goes into Stage I water restrictions from May 1 through September 30 But during the last two STAGE I WATER RESTRICTIONS Watering is prohibited from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. years, Kyle has elected to enact mandatory Stage II restrictions. Under Stage II, citizens were required to irrigate their lawns only on designated watering days and during designated times. In addition, charity car washes were prohibited, and washing of personal vehicles could only be done on designated watering days. Under Stage I, watering is only prohibited from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. "We are simply moving back into our typical water management policy," Sellers said in a statement. "Most forecasts tell us that the summer will be cooler and wetter than usual, which will also help to reduce our demand." But it was during Stage II restrictions that Kyle was deemed to have the lowest per capita water usage in the region. According to Sellers, Kyle citizens used approximately 90 gallons of water per day. While Sellers said the city is able to "make more water available to our water customers," he cautioned the possibility of a return to restrictions if drought conditions returned. "Kyle has ample water available to meet our anticipated demand for the summer," Sellers said. "City planners and our city council have addressed our water plan in a very proactive manner and our position in regards to our water availability is very positive at this time." Your big idea deserves a low rate and exceptional service. A home equity loan is the best option to make your big idea a reality. Visit us online for more details. . F|DIRAL CR|DIT UNION** *APR=Annual Percentage Rate. Stated rate is for new loans only. Minimum $10,000 new cash.Actual rate may vary depending on credit qualifications. Rate is for loan terms up to five years, 60 monthly payments of $18.40 t~*t .m ~.NO*. per $1,000 borrowed. 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