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qs ~kJ t-" + STATE-BOUND Lady Rebs pounce on Lions, headed to state tourney Friday. - Page 1B IN MEMORIUM City of Kyle honors Vietnam veteran on Memorial Day. - Page 1C @Barton Publications, Inc. ......... HaysFreePress.com ........ ............................... Vol. 111 * No. 09 ..... Serving Buda, Kyle and Northeast Hays County * 75 BY MOSES LEOS III moses@haysfreepress.com thousand calls per hour," said Kyle Assistant City Manager James Earp. "Any one on the (council) staff can trigger it." The system uses a database BY MOSES LEOS III After the recent tragic events in Moore, Oklahoma and the of information from utility Bastrop fires of 2011, questions about Kyle's and Buda's readiness for natural, or manmade, disas- ters surfaced. Both cities are confident that current mea- sures will ensure preparedness for whatever is thrown their way. In Kyle, the days of using a tornado siren to warn citizens of impending di- sasters is a thing of the past. To- day, an automat- ic dialing system is the primary method for dis- seminating public informa- tion. The system, called "Code Red", can deftly speed through thousands of numbers to no- tify Kyle residents. "The Code Red system can make several thousand phone calls per minute, ten to 20 companies, in addition, citi- The system zens can regis- ter for updates called "Code via the Code Red. However, Red" can the system of- ten has phone deftly speed and cell num- bers that are through not up-to-date. Earp was ada- thousands of mant about the public keeping numbers to contact infor- mation current. notify Kyle "(Database numbers) residents of change as peo- ple move in and impending out of the city," Earp said. 'As people's hum- disaster, bers change, people need to make sure their information is current." THE PLAN moses@hob, sfreepress.com Like Kyle, Buda is prepared Council candidates make last minute appeal to voters BY ANDY SEVILLA andy@haysfreepress.com 0 tD 0 when it comes to severe weather emergencies. The city has systems in place to ensure the public is notified in case of an emergency. When an emergency hap- pens, Buda residents can be notified through the Emer- gency Notification System Cellular Telephone Interface, or a Reverse 9-1-1 system. This system goes through the log of numbers provided by resi- dents, giving them informa- tion on events that may cause imminent danger to property or lives. Buda is able to do this through the CapitalAreaCoun- THE ICS IS AN INTERDISCIPLINARY SYSTEM, AND CAN MEET THESE CHALLENGES: With only a few days be- fore the June 1 Kyle Council District 3 runoff election, the contenders spent their mon- ey on advertising in hopes of grabbing voters. Chad Benning- hoff, who led Joe Bacon by 26 votes in the May 11 gen- eralelecfion, is now, too, leading his op- ponent in money spent, according to the campaign finance report due eight days before the election. Benninghoff's report shows he BACON spent $825.03 - $745.03 of that on advertising. Benninghoff spent his advertis- ing dollars at Vista Print, Sings on the Cheap, ooshirts and the United States Post Office, reports show. He also spent $80 as an event expense at Milts BBQ on May 11, and had a $1 expenditure in non-itemized items. When a local emergency hap- pens, such as flash flooding or a small tornado, the city council cil of Governments (CAPCOG) Emergency Notification Sys- tem (ENS). Residents can sign up their cell phones online with the CAPCOG ENS, which sends the messages when necessary. These notifications are sent out via local safety of- ficials. The city also has the Inte- grated Public Alert and Warn- ing System (IPAWS) as well. The IPAWS system works much like the CAPCOG ENS, where a message is sent out to cell phones. However, IP- including those before the runoff, Bacon spent a total of $3,062.62 in his bid for the Dis- trict 3 seat, meanwhile Ben- ninghoff spent $1,296.19 in his efforts to win the race. latest round of cam- finance reports show brought in $512.50 in political contribu- tions, while Ben- ninghoff reported accepting no dona- tions. According to campaign finance reports, Bacon came out on top in money collection. Bacon has reported taking in $3,893.58 in total political contributions since February, during this election cycle. Benninghoff, on the other hand, has only brought in $589.34, according to his campaign fi- nance reports dur- ing this election cycle. Bacon and Ben- ninghoff landed in a runoff after nei- ther secured vic- tory in the May 11 election. Twenty- BENNINGHOFF six votes separated those candidates, with each pulling more than Meets the needs of a jurisdiction to cope with incidents of any kind or complexity Allows personnel from a wide variety of agencies to meld rapidly into a common management structure with common terminology. Provide logistical and administrative support to operational staff Cost effective by avoiding duplication of efforts and continuing overhead Provide a unified, centrally authorized emergency organization The paign Bacon Bacon's campaign finance 40 percent of the vote, but report shows he spent $705.38 falling shy of the necessary 50 during this reporting period, percent plus one vote. all of which went to advertis- A third candidate, Bill Sinor, ing at the Hays Free Press and who only garnered 84 votes the United States Postal Ser- (11.90 percent), was kicked vice. out of the running after the In all reports combined, May election. See KYLE READINESS, pg. 3A Family Nights at the Parents and children are invited to enjoy Family Nights at the San Marcos library this summer. Featured events include puppet shows, visits from San Marcos firefighters and concerts for kids. There Library (,~ are also puppet shows, arts and crafts, musi- I cians such as Marilisa, [:~ U)~ The Waggle Taggle Gyp- LU I~.t~~ sy, a registered dietician ~ W ~ and more. Family Nights :~ LL _L begin at 7 p.m. Tuesdays +" ,~ ~ and Thursdays in June- ~,~) 13. ~ July. They are flee and F;- Z ~ 0~ open to the public. :D ~ v, uJ i i:, CLEVELAND'S (;o O) cu ~O Kyle restaurateur to re-open iconic building in Buda. : - Page 1D AWS works with cell phone providers to automatically send out emergency notifi- cation messages, without the need for citizens to sign up for it. "The City of Buda is current- ly working to train personnel and get [IPAWS] fully in place," said Mike Beggs, Buda Public Works Director and Emergen- cy Management Coordinator, in an emailed response. Citizens can also receive See BUDA READINESS, pg. 3A Heart of Texas Chorus heads north, needs Help send the Heart of Texas Chorus (H.O.T.) to Toronto in July to represent the South- western United States at the Barbershop Harmony Society's International Chorus and Quartet competitions. H.O.T. is comprised of men from throughout the Central Texas corridor. This will be their ninth appearance at the International competition, referred by some as "the world series of Barbershop Harmony competition." The group will perform "Road to Toronto" at 3 p.m. June 2 at the University Presbyterian Church in Austin. I BY ANDY SEVILLA board for KFD. Commissioner Eric Helen andy@haysfreepress.com said the district's tax rolls - about $1.8 million -would be On the heels of an over- the department's major fund- whelmingly supported Sales ing source in the upcoming and Use Tax election in Hays fiscal year, which begins on County Emergency Services Oct. 1. Their expenses, how- District (ESD) 8, Kyle council ever, surpass the incoming members and ESD 5 commis- revenue, and new sources sioners trucked along with are necessary to fund depart- discussions to put a similar ment's activities, he said. proposition beforevoters this A grant that allowed the November. department to bring in five "We have no choice but fire fighters is set to expire this to find an alternate source fiscal year, Helen said, which of funding," ESD 5 Commis- was the second largest chunk sioner Mike Fulton said ear- of funding for the department lier this year. "We're at the in FY2013. point where our options are ESD 5, too, is constrained -findanothersourceoffund- by state law, which asserts ing or shrink the fire depart- that they can only levy a merit with the cost of infla- maximum $0.10 tax per $100 tion each year. Those are the of property valuation within only two options that we have their district. ... we are at our maximum "We are currently at that funding." cap," Commissioner Susan Fast forward a couple of Meckel said. "Our revenue is months and a new fire chief, dependent on the tax rolls, and funding scarcity con- if they go up, we might get a cerns have lessened, though little more to supplement our they remain of principal in- budget." terest, commissioners said at ,'The cost of fuel and equip- their May 13 meeting. After merit maintenance and all of tightening their budget and that is going up, but our tax restructuring personnel, ESD revenues have been staying 5 will be able to finish the fis- pretty low," she said. cal year with enough money. So, ESD 5 is hunting for But, increased revenue will other funding sources within be necessary into the furore their district and that brings as calls for service and the up the idea of sales taxes. Kyle Fire Department (KFD) Commissioners are seek- grow, officials said. ESD 5 is the governing See ESD FUNDING, pg. 6A Opinions ......................... 4A Business ....................... :1 D Sports ........................ 1-2B Service Directory .......... 2-3D Education ..................... 3-4B Classifieds .................... 2D Neighbors ..................... 1-6C Public Notices ............... 2-3D Best Bets .................. 6C