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Page 2A NE'~/S Hays Free Press • May 22, 2013 tF + The Hays Free Press (ISSN 1087-9323) published weekly by Barton Publications, Inc., 122 N. Main St., Buda, TX 78610. Periodicals postage paid at Buda, TX 78610 and additional mailing offices. POSTMASTER: Send address changes to Barton Publications, Inc., P.O. Box 339, Buda, TX 78610. ISSN#1087-9323 BY MOSES LEOS III moses@haysfreepress.com NEWS TIPS If you think it's news, we probably do too! • Newsroom phone: 512-268-7862 • E-mail: news@haysfreepress. com • Mail: P.O. Box 339, Buda, Texas 78610 CORRECTIONS Any erroneous reflection upon the character, standing or reputation of any person, firm or corporation which may appear in the pages of the Hays Free Press will be corrected upon being brought to the attention of the publisher. Dr:ADLINES • The deadline for display advertising and any contributed news copy in the Hays Free Press is 5 p.m. Friday the week prior to publication. • The deadline for Letters to the Editor and classified word advertising in the Hays Free Press is noon Monday the week of publication, though we encourage readers and advertisers to observe the Friday deadline. LETTERS GUIDELINES We welcome locally written letters to the editor on timely topics of community interest. We ask that you keep them to about 350 words in length and that you not indulge in personal attacks on private individuals. Letters may be edited for brevity and clarity. All letters should be signed by the author and include a daytime phone number where the author can be contacted for verification. Letter writers are limited to one letter per month. Letters can be emailed to csb@haysfreepress.com HISTORY Founded April 10, 1903, by Thomas Fletcher Harwell as The Kyle News, with offices on the corner of Burleson and Miller Streets in the town's oldest remaining building. It merged into The Hays County Citizen in 1956. The paper consolidated with The Free Press in October, 1978. During its more than lO0-year history the newspaper has maintained offices at more than a dozen locations in Kyle and Buda. As the punishing Central Texas summer heat begins, so does water worries for cities and towns. The ever-present concern of having enough water is serious. Many cities are already operat- ing under a water conservation status. Buda is currently under Stage II water restrictions; Kyle is as well. However, Buda officials are confident that recent measures will keep them from struggling to have enough water. In January 2012, Buda adopt- ed a Water Contingency Plan to ensure the city has enough water. Under the plan, the city first follows the current Water Conservation plan used during drought and non-drought peri- ods. Activities that are allowed and not allowed are as follows: Sprinkler usage is allowed between midnight and 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. to midnight daily. Hand held bucket, hose or drip irrigation is not restricted. New landscapes fall under the same restrictions as existing ones, unless in the New Ixtnd- scape Installation Program. Residents can wash their cars at any time but must use a bucket and a hand-held hose with positive shut-off. Decorative water features, such as ponds, must use recir- culated water. Washing impervious suffac- City of Buda Drought Stage Restrictions Summary On January 3, 2012, the City of Buda adopted revised water conservation rules, further described in Article 24.06 of the Code of Ordinances. Effective April 19, 2013, the City of Buda is currently in Stage 2. A summary of key conservation rules is provided in the table below for each stage: Irrigation of new Same as for existing, Same as for existing, landscapes unless unless participating in New unless participating in New Landscape Installation Landscape Installation InstallationLandscape Installation Program. Program. Program. Program. Residential vehicle washing Any day at any time, but I Twice per week on IOnce per week on must use hand-heldI designated day* between |designated day* between bucket or hand-held hose midnight and 10am, and |midnight and 10am, and equipped with positive 7pm to midnight; must use |7pm to midnight; must use shut-off, hand-held bucket or hand- Ihand-he d bucket or hand- held hose equipped with hose equipped with positive shut-off, ive shut-off. Prohibited unless held at a Commercial Car Wash. Swimming pools May be operated and filJe4 Fillingofnew swimming IFiJJing of new swimming J Fillingof new swimming as normal. / pools is prohibited, but Ipools is prohibited, but / pools or make-up of make-up is allowed. Imake-up is allowed, existing pools is Surface shall be 25% ISurface shall be 25% prohibited; Surface shall covered when not in use. Icovered when not in use. be fully covered when not I in use. es, for example driveways and :::~ ~i~!~!~~iit parking lots, are only allowed ~ i i:i ::1 for immediate health and safety purposes. Swimming pools already i~i~i~i filled are fine but filling new pools is not. Washing impervious I Prohibited unless requiredll Prohibited unless required I|Prohibited unless required I Prohibited unless required ] surfaces I for health and safety. I I for health and safety. 1!!or health and safety. I for health and safety. J *Designated Days Addresses ending in: • 0 or 1: Monday • 2 or 3: Tuesday • 4 or 5: Wednesday • 6 or 7: Thursday • 8 or 9: Friday On the week of recycling collection for addresses ending in: • 0 or 1: Monday • 2 or 3: Tuesday • 4 or 5: Wednesday • 6 or 7: Thursday • 8 or 9: Friday m ~,,,,, ~ .m ~v~,v/zIZI ,ql 1~3,..~j. ~ :,~ ETIT; Ik :- • Odd-Numbered Residential: Wednesday and/or Saturday • Even-Numbered Residential:Thursday and/or Sunday • Commercial, Mixed Use and Multifamily: ter Delivery System (RRWDS), city, particularly during times of or entity over pumps, they are then it is treated at the San drought. But both entities have penalized. Marcos Water Treatment Plant limitations. The city also provides noti- (SMWTP), then delivered to According to Smith, the Can- fication to the public on stages the Buda area through the yon Lake Reservoir allows for ofdroughtthroughsignageand Treated Water Delivery System 90,000 ac/ft, of raw water to on monthly statements. Dur- (TWDS)," said LaMarriol Smith, distribute among clients. As a ing such time, the city abstains Chief Strategic Communica- result, GBRA cannot give or sell from washing water mains. tions and Public Affairs Officer any more water than a city's According to LaBorde, the for the GBRE in a recent email, contractual obligation allows, measures are effective, with Buda spends a total of $28, "The 90,000 acre feet of water customers responding well. 558.21 per month on debt ser- is spoken for," Smith said. LaBorde also stressed the need vices; of that $9,175.55 goes to She also explained that a to conserve water. the RRWDS, $8,927.29 for the city can increase usage based He also assured the Hays Free SMWTP and $10,455.37 for the on population projections, but Press of the city's water avail- TWDS. Operations and mainte- must restructure their contract, ability, saying, "Staff is on top of nance rates vary depending on Buda last increased their water long term solutions with GBRA, usage. The constant is the rate allotment by 560 ac/ft, in 2011. BSCEAD and the HCPUA (Hays the city is charged, per 1,000 The BSEACD regulates water Caldwell Public Utility Agen- gallons. The RRWDS charges consumption, especially during cy)." .17 cents, SMWTP .54 cents and drought periods. Buda is working with the TWDS.247 cents. Each month, the BSEACD HCPUA to acquire future water Buda assistant City Manager monitors the amount of wa- rights. Brian LaBorde deemed the ter pumped to cities, which is For any flLrther information, GBRA and BSEACD as a "very based off targeted water con- visit the city of Buda website at important" resource for the sumption projections. If a city www.ci.buda.~us. However, when drought stag- es are enacted, the city reacts by implementing conservation stages of their own. Each stage, which goes from 1 to 4, aims to further curtail water usage. Buda obtains water from the Barton Springs Edwards Aquifer Conservation District (BSEACD) and the Guadalupe-Blanco Riv- er Authority (GBRA). According to the BSEACD, the city of Buda is allotted 275 million gallons of water annual- ly from the aquifer, at a flat rate Tuesday and/or Friday of 17 cents per 1,000 gallons. Buda pays the BSEACD $46,750 dollars in water utility fees. Un- der the ConfingencyPlan, Buda the Canyon Lake reservoir, at is permitted to pump varying a rate of $125 dollars per ac/ft. amounts of water, based on the Buda pays the GBRE $210,000 city's need and drought curtail- dollars per year to obtain water ments issued from BSEACD. from the reservoir. Buda pur- This number falls anywhere chases 549,000,000 gallons from between 17 million gallons in the Canyon Reservoir. December and January to 33 In addition, the city also pays million in August. for the "debt service" and opera- In 2002, the city acquired tion and maintenance of deliv- fights to pump raw water from ery systems. the GBRE. CurrentlT~ the GBRE "The water Buda receives allows Buda 1,680 acre feet (ac/ comes from Canyon [Reservoir] ft.) of raw water annually from through the Regional Raw Wa- Hit & Run Death: Arrest in case weeks away Fireman and Paramedics in Kyle Stations I and II were given a basket of homemade goodies from Chapa Middle School National Junior Honor Society, sponsored by Ms. Jacobson, to show their appreciation for all their dedication to the community. Station I: Lt. Matt Jobe NJHS Historian, Destinee Cabrera Crystal Lee Jessi Cabrera Scout Garza NJHS Secretary, Caroline Salas Bryson Ford Brsah Ford Alex Barrera Continued from pg. 1A Station I1: Johann Hairs Kevin Cob NJHS Historian, Destinee Cabrera Jesus Martinez Scout Garza Jessi Cabrsra Crystal Lee Derek Sexton Breah Ford Robert Ortiz NJHS Secretary, Caroline Salas Mark McClendon lice seized the vehicle and ques- tioned the 17-year-old driver, now considered to be a person of interest. Authorities have not released the identity of the sus- pect. "We realize that there have been numerous rumors circu- lating through the community regarding this incident," Bamett said. %s is the case with rumors, many have been proven to be completely false information. While we are not at liberty to publicly provide all of the speCif- ics of this ongoing investigation, we do want to be clear that we have identified the information relating to the incident. We are simply walling for the finaliza- tion of laboratory examinations and medical reports before an official case presentation is made to the District Attorney's Office." Authorities say they have kept the Duran family apprised of the progress and status of the inves- tigation. Duran's brother, Chad Berminghoff, who is in the midst of a runoff election for the Kyle City Council District 3 seat, said Tuesday that the family did not have a statement to make as of this time, but would speak on the matter at a later date. Kyle Police said the depart- ment will continue to work all the parties in this case and will release more information as soon as it becomes available. PHOTO BY LINCOLN RAMIREZ Chad Benninghoff and his mother, Becky Duran, erected a cross with U.S. flags at the intersection where Benninghofff's half brother, Phillip Duran, was found dead of an apparent hit-and-run accident April 28. +