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Hays Free Press May 25, 2016 Page 5A in BY SAMANTHA SMITH news@haysfreepress.corn Buda Parks and Rec- reation Commission dis- cussed earlier this month a list of possible rules and regulations for the new Buda dog park. Buda citizens were encouraged to share their comments and/or con- cerns about the proposed list of rules at the May 18 meeting. The list of rules was created based on other cities' dog park rules and the recommendations of Buda Animal Control Officer Jennifer Hall. The rules include that only dogs will be allowed at the park and that dog handlers and owners cannot be younger than 17 years old. If city council adopts these rules and regula- tions in June, they will include a limit of two dogs per owner or han- dler allowed in the facility at any one time. Council also included a stipula- tion that all dogs must be in sight of their owners or handlers at all times. The proposed rules also include restrictions on food, treats, toys, al- cohol, tobacco and glass large dog area, but the The proposed owners / handlers would rules also be doing so at their own risk. include Buda resident Robin Katz, who gave sugges- restrictions on tions at a previous parks commission meeting, food, treats, said that she was very pleased with the list of toys, alcohol, rules that the city came tobacco, and up with. Katz also said that glass within even though the city couldn't require own- the park. ers to spay and neuter their dogs, city council should encourage it since within the park. unplanned pregnancies All dogs must be over often happen at dog four months of age, be parks. current on all their vac- Katz also reminded the cines, not be in heat, and commission members be free of parasites, such that the current Buda city as fleas and intestinal ordinance regarding the parasites, leash law would have to The rules also stipulate be amended in order to that owners/handlers are include the area of the responsible for cleaning dog park as a sanctioned up after their dogs. "off-leash" area. A weight limit was out- Katz was concerned lined for the two different that there might not be sections of the Buda enough staff to manage dog park. The small dog any issues at the dog park section allows for dogs 30 after hours and on the pounds and under, while weekends. the large dog section DrewWells, Director allows dogs that are 30 of Parks and Recreation, pounds and over. said that the commis- The suggested rules sion's suggestions would did stipulate that owners be taken to city council in could bring small dogs June before any decisions under 30 pounds into the are made. STATE NEWS STEM Camps are Right Around the Corner! Register today to kick your summer off right! Spark your child's interest in science, technotogy, engineering and math with: - Hands-on activities - Team building - Project-based Learning - FUN! 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The three state attor- neys general responded by saying the federal agen- cies' "Dear Colleague" let- ter raises more questions than it answers. Their joint letter also requests that the Obama Administration "be extremely clear about what is and isn't allowed" and respond by May 24. Sales tax Come See Our New Expanded Facility * Gymnasium o Exercise Studios Child Watch holiday is set Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar on May 16 announced certain wa- ter-conserving, energy-ef- ficient products that carry the "Energy Star" label may be purchased tax-free Saturday, May 28, through Monday, May 30. According to Hegar, shoppers will save an esti- mated $8.7 million in state and local sales tax during the Memorial DayWeek- end sales tax holidays. ' nyone who has lived through a Texas summer knows that this is the time of year when our state is hit by peak demands for both water and electricity,,' Hegar said. A complete list of items that qualify for the state sales tax break is available online at cpa.state.tx.us. The Texas Workforce Commission on May 20 re- ported that Texas employ- ers expanded their payrolls in April with the addition of 8,300 seasonally adjust- ed nonfarm jobs. However, Texas' season- ally adjusted unemploy- ment rate increased to 4.4 percent in April, up one- tenth of a point from 4.3 percent in March. The na- tional average unemploy- ment rate was 5.0 percent for April. Ruth R. Hughs, TWC commissioner represent- ing employers, said, "Over the month, private em- ployers added more than 8,000 jobs, strengthening the Texas labor market. The fact that our state has added jobs for 12 of the last 13 months is a credit to the diversity and resilience of employers in Texas." Secretary of State in April, creating new for-profit corporations, professional corporations, profession- al associations, limited liability companies and limited partnerships. 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