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Page 6A Hays Free Press May 18, 2016 BY SAMANTHA SMITH The Buda City Council earlier this month approved the Garison Park Master Plan into the Proposition 5 budget of the city's 2014 Bond initiative. Proposition 5, which was part of the 2014 bond that was approved by Buda voters, includes improvements to City Park as well as surrounding parkland and trails. Buda Director of Parks and Recreation Drew Wells said the creation of the master plan for Garison Park calls for an amendment to the overall design contract with Design Workshop for all Proposition 5 projects. "The acquisition of the Garison Park property was very lucky for the city of Buda and will offer more recreational capabilities like a natural swimming hole that we need to have a master plan for before it can be made available to the public." -Angela Kennedy, Buda council member The amendment will City Park, as well as the to their proximity to one cost an additional $8,640 creation of a future plan another," Wells said. "[A] to the already capped for Garison Park. nd we were given the bond amount of $8 Wells said that opportunity to plan them million, language within simultaneously, which Council based its Proposition 5 was will allow us to better decision on the Buda primarily for City Park execute design aesthetics Parks and Recreation development, but it was for both parks in the Commission when it broad enough to allow future." approved the contract improvements to other Wells said the fact that amendments, parkland in Buda. the city will have a Master According to the Bond "The design plan for Plan for Garison Park Committee, the bond City Park and the design doesn't mean council will money should go to the plan for Garison Park take action on it. improvements needed at are closely related due The Garison Park master plan will be submitted to the Parks and Recreation Commission, who will review it and hear citizen feedback on what features they would like to see in the future plans of the park, Wells said. Mayor Todd Ruge was in favor of the master planning of Garison Park and said, "It sets a benchmark for what we want that park to look like in the future." "I think it's appropriate to get these plans done now so the citizens can choose where the funding will go when it comes in," Ruge said. Councilmember Angela Kennedy echoed both Wells' and Ruge's sentiments about the amendment to the Proposition 5 budget to include the Master plan of Garison Park. "The acquisition of the Garison Park property was very lucky for the city of Buda and will offer more recreational capabilities like a natural swimming hole that we need to have a master plan for before it can be made available to the public," Kennedy said. Kennedy and Wells agreed that City Park, Garison Park and Stagecoach Park have the potential to become a parkland corridor in the future. Kennedy said she was confident in her vote to approve the Garison Park Master Plan after the Parks and Recreation commission supported it. "They support it, so I support it," Kennedy said. BY MOSES LEOS III An amendment to the city's existing ordinance on wrecker companies will help the Kyle Police Department streamline how it works with two truck operations. Earlier this month, the Kyle City Council approved the changes in the city's wrecker ordinance by a 4-2 vote. Council members Diane Hervol and Daphne Tenorio voted against the measure. Kyle Police Chief Jeff Barnett said the amendments were mostly "housekeeping" in nature. The amendments were completed in response to changes to the city's wrecker ordinance in March 2015. That update required wrecker companies interested in participating in the city's wrecker rotation to follow certain guidelines. Those included applying to be considered on the rotation, and that companies must have a vehicle storage facility (VSF) within city limits. Bamett said the new amendments "cleaned up a few small operating procedures." "It was to clean up language and updated language to match state law and to properly reference state laws that regulate," Bamett said. One of the amendments included prohibiting tow truck companies from calling the city's dispatch center to voice complaints about the city's rotation. Prior to the passage of the amendments, he said tow truck companies were "regularly" lodging "complaints or anonymous One of the amendments included prohibiting tow truck companies from calling the city's dispatch center to voice complaints about the city's rotation. complaints for all kinds" of state and local violations against other tow truck companies. "We are way too busy to handle those types of complaints (at the dispatch center)," Bamett said. He went on to add that any complaints made by wrecker companies should be submitted to the department in writing. Other changes include narrowing down contact information for wrecker companies to one number. The amendments also require wrecker companies andVSFs to be in compliance with all other codes and regulations prior to the issuance of a tow truck permit in Kyle. "In order to renew or to get a new tow truck permit in Kyle, companies must be in compliance with all city codes," Bamett said. Council also directed staffto look into the possibility of creating a city owned and operated tow truck and aVSF. With a possible city ownedVSF, Barnett said it could allow the department to take all police initiatied tows to that facility. Other tows would go to the VSF of the tow truck company on rotation. Bamett said the department is in the "process of waiting for review" and plans to present the idea to council "later this summer." "It could take a while to gather credible information to present (to council) and schedule a presentation," Bamett said. My name is Mitch Johnson. I'm a Republican candidate for Hays County Constable Precinct 5, which serves citizens in and around Buda, Texas. My commitment to the citizens of Hays County extends beyond running for this position. I have roots in this community and for over 30 years my wife and I have called Buda home. We built our house in Old Town Buda. We are members of the First Baptist Church of Buda where we got marled. I'm also a member of the Onion Creen Senior Center. This commitment also extends to my career in law enforcement, having served and protected the citizens of Hays County as a licensed Master Peace Officer for 27 years, as Captain of the Criminal Investigation Division of the Sheriff's Office and Deputy Constable of Precinct 2. While with the Hays County Sheriff's Office, I received the following awards: Nomination for Supervisor of the Year in 1992, 1994, 1999, 2001 Received the award in 2000, and 2003 as Supervisor of the Year Nomination of Detective/ Investigator of the Year in 1992, 1996, 1997 Received the award for Detective/Investigator of the Year in 1991 In addition to being a member of the Hays County law enforcement community, I have served in other law enforcement capacities, such as a Police Chief. I will bring more than 37 years of law enforcement experience to this position. Commitment to law ;onstable requires me to be training. At this I am trained in civil process the State of Texas, he State and Federal ,date; Over the years, need for adequate training led to a continuous training 84 hours. Some of my ; ~. ~xperience and training include: Management Experience & Management Training Trained in Criminal Law & Civil Law Instructors Proficiency Certificate Certification for Investigative Hypnotist School Based Law Enforcement Training Advanced Human Trafficking Asset Forfeiture & Racial Profiling Mental Health Certification Cultural Diversity, Child Abuse & Identity Theft Training FEMA NIMS Training Hays County is one of the fastest growing counties in the state and as we all experience this growth this makes the need for committed and experienced law enforcement personnel critical. As taxpayers, you expect to have these types of men and women working for you. 1his is the time to have well trained, dedicated and professional Peace Officers keeping our community safe for you and your families, and also do the job of the Constable Office - serving civil papers, courtroom security and serving as bailiffs. The need for a Constable that is going to be accountable and available to the public, work with the citizens in our community, be connected with other law enforcement agencies and be engaged with other departments throughout the country is what citizens deserve. That is why I am asking for your vote for me on May 24, 2016 and let me be YOUR CONSTABLE. I have known Mitch Johnson professionally for about 18 years. His career in law enforcement has been one of the highest standard. He has great leadership skills and is always concerned about the betterment of the community. That is why I support Mitch Johnson for Constable of Pro- cinct 5, Hays County. - Constable Darrell W. Ayres I was certified/licensed law en- forcement from 1979 to 2004. I have known Mitch Johnson since 1980. My last position was as Assistant Chief Deputy with the Williamson County Sheriff's Office. I have never heard of John Ellen of Cedar Park. I do not normally get involved in other county's political situations, however, I will make an exception in this one. Mitch Johnson is one of the most straightforward, honest, trustworthy, hard working law enforcement offi- cers I had the pleasure of working with in my twenty-five years of ser- vice. He will not lie to you and he will not play political games with you. He will look you straight in the eye and tell you what he is going to do and then he will do it. Mitch Johnson is your best choice for Constable of Precinct 5 in Hays County. - Jim Harrell Sr. Constables have all the same duties as the Sheriff with the added responsibility of civil process service. Those civil process duties include the service of restraining orders, protec- tive orders, tax suit citations, individ- ual lawsuit notices and much more. These are all very important and some require immediate attention. The proper running of the various courts' business depends upon the timely service of process. I have visited with Mitch at length regarding the inefficiency of the Pct. 5 Constable's office. It is time we had a constable who is willing to do the work required of the office and be a reliable resource for the citizens of this precinct. It is critical that experience tran- scend all else when selecting a con- stable. The duties and skills of the of- fice require expertise which can only be learned after several years on the job and many hours of continuing ed- ucation. I have known Mitch Johnson professionally for several years and find him to be very knowledgeable regarding the duties and laws of the state as they pertain to constables. Mitch Johnson's 35-plus years of experience would truly be an asset to our county government. It is for this reason that t recommend him to you, without reservation, for the office of Constable PCt. 5. Respectfully submitted in support of good government, - Cecelia Adair, Hays County District Clerki Retired My name is Billy Bloom, a former Captain with the Hays County Sheriff's Office. I am enthusiastically endors- ing Mitch Johnson for Hays County Precinct 5 Constable. I have had the privilege of knowing Mitch Johnson for twenty (20) years. I began working with Mitch in 1996, while with the Hays County Sheriff's Office. I ob- served that Mitch was a knowledge- able and gifted Investigator and Peace Officer. I left the Sheriff's Office in 2000 due to family obligations, but Mitch and my friendship continues to this day. There have been times over past years that Mitch and my paths have crossed in law enforcement, and I do value his insights and vast knowledge. I encourage all the citizens in Hays County Precinct 5 to vote for Mitchell Johnson for Constable. I know that he will be attentive to the needs of all citi- zens and put your interests first. - Thanks, Billy Vote for more than 37 years of law Pol. Adv. To Elect Mitchell R. Johnson Mitchell R. Johnson, Treasurer, PO Box 824, Buda, TX 78610 I have known Mitch Johnson since 1985. Over the years he has proven to be a hardworking and very knowledgeable officer. He is a Iongtime resident of Buda with deep roots in his community and strong family ties. In January 2009, Mitch came to work for me as one of my Deputies. To this day he continues to be a hard worker and a very knowledgeable Deputy Constable for my department. If elected, Mitch will be a 'Working Constable' and serve any and all civil process papers that is sent to him, along with providing safety and security as Bailiff for the Justice of the Peace. That is why I am endorsing him and he has my complete support for the position of Hays County Constable Pct. 5. -Constable Kohler I have known Mitch Johnson for about 18 years. He and I worked together at the Hays County Sheriff's Office and during that time he was nothing but professional in his dealings with the public and fellow law enforcement officers. Mitch has excellent people skills and has the experience and ability to be the next Constable of Precinct 5. Mitch has lived in Precinct 5 for as long as I have known him and is quite involved in activities in Precinct 5. As a former Constable in Precinct 5, I fully endorse Mitch Johnson as the next Constable of Precinct 5. - Leroy Opiela Also endorsed by the following: Retired Justice of the Peace Lament Ramage, Pct. 5 and Lupe Cruz, Pct. + -t -+ i II ! i I: I I I I ii 11