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Hays Free Press May 29, 2013 NEWS Page 3A .... i!:i BY KIM HILSENBECK was fenced off. Heritage Tree Olive," Howard said. Care, a finn out of San Marcos, It was a huge loss, according had already planted some of to Howard, who said she report- the trees; others were in large ed the theft to the San Marcos While the City of San Marcos containers waiting to be put in Police and Park Rangers. Habitat and Conservation Plan- the ground. At the Arbor Day celebration ning group was restoring the OnaThursdaynight, Howarda week later, the city's public riparian grasses along the San said someone or several people services department heldits an- Marcos River with native trees cut the fence and took all of the nual tree give-away at the San and shrubs, someone else had a containers. The next night, ~e~, Marcos Nature Center on April plan to steal those trees, came back and stole sevel'~gIP 26. The City of San Marcos Pub- According to Melanie How- the already planted trees right lic Services Division gave away ard, Habitat and Conservation outofthegrotmd, more than 500 trees that day. Plan manager, in mid-April, a "We lost Bald Cypress, Cedar "At that event, two public section near the San Marcos Elm, Mexican Sycamore, Texas services employees put up a River called Bicentennial Park Ash, False Indigo and Mexican can and a sign asking for do- nations to replace the trees we lost," Howard said. "They raised more than $350, which basi- cally helped us replace all of the stolen trees." She expressed gratefulness at the generosity of strangers. "Once they heard what hap- pened, they gave willingly," she said. Howard said San Marcos will sponsor a tree-planting event at Bicentennial Park on June 1. Contact Melani Howard at (512) 393-8448 to reserve a spot to plant trees; space is limited. Kyle Readiness: What happens when there's a 'Code Red'? Continued from pg. 1A and their emergency manage-io, only the mayor can delegate ment teams spring into action, tasks, as she or he has unilateral For these situations, the council control of the city. convenes at Kyle City Hall. "The city council does not If a larger disaster befalls the have a role in those disasters," city, such as a wildfire or severe Earp said. "The mayor becomes tornado or food, the city moves the Emergency Management the meeting site to the Public coordinator, unless they assign Works building along 150 East. a representative. They have Restrooms with showers and the ability to declare a state of a full kitchen give emergency emergency." management a way to stay Ion- If the event is on an even larg- I gerifneeded, er scale, the city then turns the The role of the city council power over to Hays County. For i varies based on the type of di- something more widespread ' saster. During smaller, localized and catastrophic, emergencyre- ', events, the council delegates sponse goes to the state, then to ' tasks to ensure public works the Federal Emergency Manage- and utilities are handled. In the mentAdministration (FEMA). eventofaflood, one ofthe more Recently; Kyle has under- prevalent emergencies in the gone training in the National region, the council takes steps Incident Management System to monitor and close off low (NIMS), which is guided by the water crossings. The installation Federal Emergency Manage- of gates on Burleson Street and ment Agency (FEMA). Until last Lehman Road provide an easier year, the city had no true emer- way for authorities to close off gency plan to follow. those areas. The NIMS program is a na- However, a larger emergency, tional initiative that provides such as a tornado event along a comprehensive approach to the lines of Moore, OK, or the any disaster. It gives a set ofcon- Bastrop fires, changes the role of cepts, principles and manage- the council. Under that scenar- ment procedures for effective PHOTO BY MOSES LEOS III In the event of severe weather, the city of Kyle has two locations desig- nated for an Emergency Operations Center - Kyle City Hall and the Kyle Public Works building on FM 150 East (above) where city employees can manage emergency situations for lengthy periods of time. operation during a crisis, tomadoes and wildfires being According to Earp, depart- thethreemostlikelydisastersto ment heads in Kyle will complete fall upon Kyle, Earp is confident NIMS training by June 14. the city will be ready to meet Outside of a few localized those challenges. events, Earp is relieved the city "We are lucky and blessed to has not used either ofthe Emer- not have been struck by a ma- gency Operation Centers to ~ jor tornado, or major flood that their full capacity. With floo~! takes manylives," Earp said. ,i , Buda Readiness: What happens when there's a 'Code Continued from pg. 1A ..... emergency notifications via the weather patterns via the Texas Alert Center on the citywebsite. Department of Emergency Residents can subscribe to get Management; emails sent messages, where the emergen- from this department keep cies are listed by category, the council and city govern- Once citizens are notified, ment up to date on changing the city government then goes conditions. to work. All sixty-seven full "There are also two Weather time staff members in the city Bug monitoring stations locat- are trained in the National In- ed at the Office of Emergency cident Management System Management and Buda Police (NIMS). According to Beggs, Department," said Beggs. city employees hold 205 NIMS The city also coordinates certificates, with the Buda police and the The primarylocation for the Buda Fire Department, along Emergency Operations Cen- with the Hays County Office ter is Buda City Hall council of Emergency Management, chambers. If that is not usable, in the event of a large-scale the Public Works Department disaster. office becomes the secondary Use of a coordinated com- locale, with a possible third mand system then takes pre- option being one of the three cedence. Buda utilizes the Buda fire stations. Incident Command System Once in place, city employ- during Emergency Manage- ees assess the severity of the ment Operations. Buda em- event at hand. They monitor ployees are required to have a PHOTO BY CYNDY SLOVAK-BARTON The council chambers inside of the Buda City Hall functions as a meet- ing place for employees during Emergency Management events. Other Emergency Operations Centers are the Buda Public Works building, as well as one of the three Buda Fire Department stations. minimum of ICS 100 and ICS This system is in place to en- 700 certification within the sure Buda can respond to any first 180 days of employment, type of emergency. PreK program open 1;o all Hays 6oun1;y arei g envlronmen NOTICE OF TERMINATION OF MEDICAL PRACTICE BUDA FAMILY MEDICAL PRACTICE 155 Clmarron Park Loop Buda, TX 78610 Dr. Marjorie Viscardi, M.D will last see patients at this practice location on JJ~lO~,J.,~?,~ If you would like to obtain a copy of your medical records or would like the medical records transferred to another physician, please contact Dr. Gary Gilcraase by telephone, fax or mail at: Dr. G. 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Viscardl, MD 155 Cimarron Park Loop Bud& TX 78610 512-762-3699 emall: ~ or ~ (preferred) For more info See the website Dr. Viscardi will be seeing Primary & Urgent Care Patients at the MedSpring located on 208 West Ben White BlvdAustin, TX 78704 For Fillers, Dysport, and other spa needs, please visit Jennifer at JenDenAesthetics at the Carrington House in downtown Buda on Main Street. Call 512-773-7128. For Facials and other spa needs, follow up with Cristina Orona @512-574-0146. For Weight Loss & nuthtional needs, please visit ~B~ and click on the nutritional tab. A Day in the Lege: Following Jason Isaac Continued from pg. 2A Isaac said, watching the red and green lights on the voter board. It passed, 73 to 58. "It does help to pay at- tention sometimes because I didn't realize there was an opt-out in there," he said. As a lunch was called and knowing he had some skin in the game today with other bills and amendments, Isaac hinted that the long lunch might be a delay tactic meant to stall a vote of a bill. Any items on the day's calendar that didn't make it to a vote would die at midnight. With nothing to do but wait, and eat, Isaac headed back to his office where a portabella mushroom burger and hand-cut fries were wait- ing for him. He sloughed off his suit- coat. Throughout lunch, Isaac offered in-depth discussion about bills, procedures and political maneuverings. That day, May 9, was the last day for House bills. "We still have Senate bills," he said. "So we're still work- ing on Needmore (a conten- tious bill to create a MUD on a 5,000-acre ranch in the Wimberley area), I'm working on two major bills: the Texas Emissions Reduction Pro- ' gram, which is TERP. It's an issue that brings in $188 mil- lion a year in various forms - vehicle registration, diesel engine purchases." The bill's second reading would be the following week. The lobbyist handed a paper to Isaac, who said, " ank you, "then gave an audible "Oh" as recognition dawned on his face. It was an issue he didn't support. "I also have the major Texas formerly known as the events trust fund and the Hill Country before unethical events trust fund. These are politicians like you rammed two major pieces of legisla- unethical and behind the tion," he said. back decisions through." It For the major events fund, continued, "What are you, a "We said they have to bring complete idiot or just really in at least a million dollars in greedy? Which is it?" sales tax revenue to receive a The letter was written by grant from the state." the executive director of a On the events trust fund, Christian organization called Isaac said those events need the Consortium of Endowed to bring in at least two mil- Episcopal Parishes in Austin. lion dollars in sales tax rev- "Can you believe that?" enue but all the grant funds Isaac asked. must be spent on facilities He then pulled out a stack - shaded bus stops, shuttle of letters from Fuentes El- buses, tents, a medical ementary third graders. Sent facility- but not for general in 2011, each letter lambasted maintenance. Isaac for his stance on last The rest of the lunch break legislature's public education was spent reading letters funding. from constituents. One man Finally, he found some wrote to express his disap- letters where constituents pointment in Isaac's support praised him for his decisions of the Needmore Ranch MUD and voting record, even when bill. they didn't personally agree A similar letter on the same with him. legislation, said, in part, Does Isaac want to keep "I hope you are ashamed doing what he's doing?Will of yourself. I hope your he run again? own well dries up and your "It's very frustrating. It's ex- children go without water. I tremely frustrating," he said, hope you are forced to live ' ' indicating, thougl~,that he~ out your years in the part of has a lot more work to do. % EdwardJones MAKING SENSE OF INVESTING ? Lots of times, changes in life also affect your investments. That's why there's never been a better time to schedule your free portfolio review. We'll talk about the changes in your life, and help you decide whether it makes sense to revise your investments because of them. 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