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+ Page 2A NBN$ Hays Free Press May 31,2017 The Hays Free Press (USPS 361-430) published weekly by Barton Publications, Inc., P.O. Box 339, Buda, TX 78610. Periodicals postage paid at Buda, TX 78610 and additional mailing offices. POSTMASTER: Send address changes to Barton Publications, Inc., RO. Box 339, Buda, TX 78610. ISSN#1087-9323 NEWS TIPS If you think it's news, we probably do tool Newsroom phone: 512-268-7862 E-mail: Mail: 113 W. Center Street, Kyle, TX 78640 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. DEADLINES 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 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. is intehd~ i: eve~ day BY SAMANTHA SMITH A possible city pool, feasibility study for a convention center and perhaps lighting at the Buda sportsplex were all ideas in a five-year Capi- tal Improvement Project list, which was presented to the Buda Planning.and Zoning Commission May 23. Micah Grau, Buda assistant city manager, and John Nett, city en- gineer, presented the various CIPs that could be pursued over the next 5 years. Grau said Sports Com- plex field lights, which was part of the Parks and Recreation Department CIP, has an estimated price tag of $400,000. However, he said the funding project was tied to House Bill 1300, which would have allowed mu- nicipalities to allocate ho- tel occupancy tax (HOT) funds for sports related uses. While the bill passed the Texas House of Rep- resentatives, it did not go for a vote in the Texas Senate prior to Sine Die Monday. Grau also alluded to alternate funding sources for the project, such as the parks development fee charged to developers coming in to Buda who opt out of developing ex- isting parkland in Buda. An aquatic center fea- sibility study was also in- cluded in the CIP presen- tation and was projected for fiscal year 2022. The study is estimated to cost $75,000. A possible aquatic facility would cost ap- proximately $3.8 million, which includes the study and construction of the "This project could potentially be a part of a future bond election." -Micah Grau, Buda assistant city manager facility. Grau said the need for the feasibility study is to access operational costs of a facility, as well as a possible location for a centralized aquatic center. "This project could potentially be a part of a future bond election," Grau said. Grau also discussed a current fiscal year CIP project through the Buda Economic Development Corporation for a con- vention center feasibility study. Economic Develop- merit Corporation (EDC) Executive Director Ann Miller confirmed that the multi-phased feasibility study is projected to be complete around the end of July with a total price tag of $30,000. "The first phase was the longest and most ex- pensive at $18,000," Miller said. "The subsequent 3 phases are $4,000 each and will take about seven weeks to complete." Miller said inspiration behind the convention center study came when three different developers approached the city over a nine-month period with plans to fired and construct a convention center. "Instead of letting a developer determine if we do this project and how it's paid for, we decided to do the feasibility study and educate ourselves on the topic," Miller said. "It basically puts the power in our hands and takes it out of the developers'." While Miller said the feasibility study does address competition be- tween municipalities as a factor, the real driving force was the influx of de- velopers. "We haven't really thought about what's happening in Kyle," Miller said regarding the idea of the city of Kyle surveying residents about the need for a convention center. Miller said the EDC will present the findings to the city council after the study is complete. Residents will have a chance at that time to voice their opinions or Home concerns about the pro- posal and decide whether they want the EDC to pur- sue the project or not. "It doesn't mean it's going to happen," Miller said, "But it means that we have educated our- selves and can move for- ward if the city wants to make it happen." Grau said staffwill request a formal recom' mendation for CIP proj- ects from P&Z in June to take to the city council for adoption. Buda city leaders will adopt a budget and a CIP in September. Thinking of your dream home? 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