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June 5, 2003 Current Events Page 3 The Free Press BY BILL PETERSON bond money. At the May 20 meet- build tho swimming pool and the Editor ing, the council virtually guaranteed fire station, the city could fred itself that the projects would come to in legal trouble if it didn't authorize Ke~LE-With Todd Webster's about $500,000 in excess of the the funds to cover the contracts. ectoral victory over Debbiebond funds, approving a $1.6 mil- Furthermore, said Mattis, he simply Munoz to represent Kyle's east side lion expenditure for a swimming didn't know what to do. on the Kyle City Council, many pool that had been planned at $1.1 "Voting down the motion does- anticipated that the body's 4-3 split million, n't give me any direction," he said. would shift in the direction of an But with Webster sworn in After more discussion, includ- activist council. That new majority Tuesday night, the dynamics on ing advice from City Attorney debuted Tuesday evening in a rocky council changed. And the new Barney Knight, council voted on a session, majority - Webster, Bearden, Lon replacement motion to approve the Indeed, the first substantial 4-3 Taylor and Cris Martinez - voted funds for the swimming pool and vote for the new majority would against the budget amendment. In the $1.2 million fire station, but rec- have jeopardized a much anticipat- effect, Martinez and Taylor reversed ommending that all the other pro- ed public swimming pool and f'we position with the Tuesday vote. jects in the building program be station, if the council didn't quickly At the May 20 meeting, kept within the confines of the rectify the situation. Martinez motioned to spend $1.6 bonds. While discussing a budget million for the swimming pool, With $2.8 million committed to amendment to approve funding for while Taylor voted for it. Bearden the swimming pool and fh' station; capital improvement projects to be voted against it and Webster wasn't the city has about $2.3 million to covered by $5.135 million in bonds, yet on the council, cover the costs for a new adminis- Councilmember Troy Bearden said City Manager Tom Mattis said tration building, enhancements on voters should be asked to approve Tuesday's vote put the city in a Center Street and a renovation of any expenditures in excess of the bind. With contracts in place to the historic City Hall. Mayoral Recall, from page 1 forcing greater legislative powers on the city manager, then have the doing," in asking for a forensic for councilmembers. Meanwhile, a courage to gut up to the table tonight audit, which is generally used in new minority of Mayor James and say what's really going on," criminal investigations. Adkins and Councilmembers Mike Kyle resident Lila Knight said. If "It boggles my mind that you Moore and Becky Selbera hold the you are going to act on gossip, innu- would put that on there," Adkins line that the council-manager form endo and the word of bitter, ugly said to Webster. of government calls for council to people, then a pack of fools like you The attorney also told coun- set direction while the city manager are going to tear this town apart, cilmembers that they shouldn't be does the administrative work. You all claim to be big supporters of shy about saying what they're look- But the new council was mostly economic development for Kyle. ing for on a forensic audit, saying silent until the citizens got in their But who is going to want to invest in "Mr, Mattis is a, big boy" who licks. Dan Ekiakadis, a Spring Kyle after tonight?" should be able to handle queries no Branch resident, started the ball Indeed, Kyle Planning and matter how closely they are directed rolling by presenting to City Zoning (P&Z) Commissioner at his activities. Knight added that Secretary Minerva Falcon more Melinda Christ said outside the the expense could be a serious mat- than 400 signatures on a petition meeting that she believes the recall ter. asking for a mayoral recall election, effort is part of a larger attempt to However, Webster and Martinez Falcon has two weeks to certify that halt development in Kyle by creat- both denied they are trying to find at least 300 of the signatures meet ing an environment that's too turbu- dirt on anyone, saying they want to the legal requirements to force an lent for business. Some city offi- get at the bottom of an accounting election, which would take place in ciais expressed concern that the tur- problem. September. bulence in Kyle might even dis- "There's nothing invidious in Citizens seeking the recall have courage HEB from followingthe request for the auditjnst because charged that Adkins oversaw an ille- through with its plan to open a loca- the word 'forensic' is used," gai executive session in February, tion in town. ~ Webster said. .~ , further alleging that Adkins'simply :: But the issnes Tuesday night The council finally deckted to isn't up tothe:job. After Tuesday's certainly didrl't end with the recall send out requests for proposals meeting, Adkim reiterated his opin- petition, auditing from to determine if a tar- ion about a recall election. In the wake of city accountant geted audit is feasible. "I don't mind," Adkins said. LoriHolzapfel'sresiguationfollow- Taylor, Webster, Bearden and "This is the American way. We are ing the city's overpayment of Martinez each placed three items on blessed to live in a country where $10,000 to attorneys as detailed in a the agenda, mostly pertaining to the citizens can vote as they'd like." memo to council, Martinez and provisions in the charter. Among the Many citizens said their likes Webster both placed items on the items they sought were the estab- sided with Adkins, going so far as to agenda seeking a"forensic" audit of lishment of an ethics commission charge that the recall effort really is the city's finances, and a public information officer. a front to get at City Manager Tom City Attorney Barney Knight"It's all part of the charter," Mattis. told council that "you're looking Bearden said. "We're trying to be "If you've really got something specifically for fraud and wrong compliant with the charter." The Hays Youth Baseball/Softball Association would like to thank the following businesses for their support during the 2003 Spring season. The HYBSA program would not be a success without your support. Team Sponsors: Jay Puckett Roofing & Repairs 5F Mechanical Group Inc. A's Quality Trees (2 teams) Lone Star Construction Texas Lehigh Cement Co. M&P Electric Garcia's Mexican Restaurant Beautyscape Landscaping Beth Smith, JP Pct. 2 DavCo Builders Creative Computer Sources Chaparral Surveying Custom Crete, Inc. Millennium Tile & Marble Jardine Foods Snips & Tips Shelton Auto Body Miller Well Service Marshall's Traveland Sam Cooper, CPA Sadler Masonry, Inc. Wirth Telecom Ser. Garner Heating & A/C, Inc. Team Sponsors: Main Street Dental DJ Embroidery Design Electric Clarence Cullen Co. Hill Country Springs Centex Materials The Fence Guy ": Tt mbnails KD', ck Sales, Inc. Climate Mechanical B&P Automotive John Thames Excavation Walker Floors, Inc. The Fence Guy Workman Corporation Onion Creek Mortgage Wayne Weigelt - State Farm Ins. Cobra Piano Movers Corridor Mobile X-ray Buda Veterinary Clinic Firestone IH-35 - William Cannon Kyle Car Wash Vivroux Pedernales Electric Cooperative Kyle Police Department (7 teams) Kyle V01. Fire Department Constable Billy Reeves Prince Plumbing Randolph Austin Co. Clarence Cullen Co. Centex Materials Titan Custom Homes Special Thanks: Budafest Sonic Progressive Insurance B&G Surveying i i; ~, , , LMSW-ACP For information contact