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Hays Free Press June 9, 2010 NEWS Page 3A No cuts from Kyle capital improvements BY BRAD ROLLINS brad@haysfreepress.com After the first round of win- nowing 61 department head requests totaling $19,768,200 for capital improvement proj- ects, the Kyle City Council, three hours into a workshop last night, had eliminated ex- actly: None of them. That's part of the process, interim City Manager James Earp told elected officials, during what he said was the first time the council has re- viewed proposed CIP expendi- tures before he recommends a municipal budget for the fiscal year that starts Oct. 1. "It's very different from the way the city of Kyle has ever approached this process be- fore," Earp said. After being briefed on each of the requests - ranging from $5 million for the Burleson Street reconstruction on the high end, to $1,300 for aWater- loo toolbox on the low- coun- cil members affixed color-cod- ed dots to cards representing each project arrayed on the wall of a City Hall conference room. In that process, each of the projects drew at least one council vote so all were left in the mix. In fact, the list grew with the council members' addition of $6 million for re- constructing Bunton/Goforth Road and an annually recur- ring $100,000 to fund sidewalk construction and repair. With Earp facilitating, coun- cil members then organized each of the cards in order of priority in five funding catego- ries: those projects to be paid for with general funds, general debt, utility funds, utility fund debt and impact fees. Among construction items, council members identified projects related to outfitting a $3.5 million new library, for which the city has already is- sued debt and awarded a con- struction contract. But offi- cials still anticipate the need for $667,000 in furnishings, fixtures and equipment and $200,000 for infrastructure such as sewer and water lines to serve the Meyer Street site. Those requests topped the Proposed Capital Improvement Program expenditures The Kyle City Council is narrowing a list of 61 capital improvement requests from department heads - plus a few of their own - for possible funding in the 2010/2011 budget. A look at the projects, cat- egorized by city department: LIBRARY Shelving ........................... $6,484 Microfilm Reader/Printer. $7,500 Disc Repair Machine ....... $5,000 Website Redesign ......... $10,000 Library FF&E ................ $667,000 Vehicle ........................... $20,000 POLICE Patrol Vehicles/Equipped (2) ...... ................. ;. .................... $96,274 Digital Telephone System ............ ....................................... $25,000 Cuban AV Interview Room .......... ......................................... $6,800 Desktop PCs (5) ............ $15,000 Patrol Vehicle/Equipped ............. ....................................... $48,137 CID Vehicle .................... $24,000 Crash Reconstruction System .... ....................................... $11 ,ooo Personnel Perform Mgmt System ....................................... $12,000 Police Headquarters .................... .................................. $3,500,000 PUBLIC WORKS 1/2 Ton Pickup ................. $25,000 20' Utility Trailer ............... $3,000 Riding Lawn Mower & Equip*. .... ....................................... $10,000 8x10 Shoring .................. $ 8,000 Skid Steer w/attachments*. ........ ....................................... $90,0O0 Push Camera w/DVD equip ........ ....................................... $16,000 6x12 Enclosed Trailer ...... $6,000 3A Ton Pickup ................. $30,000 Concrete Planar .............. $4,500 4-6 Ton Roller ................ $35,000 Gradall ......................... $250,000 Pump House Rd .......... $102,000 Old Hwy 80 12" Water line .......... ....................................... $90,500 Well 3 & 4 CL2 Analyzers ............ ....................................... $16,000 Kohls Electrical .............. $20,000 Well 3 Electrical Upgrade ............ ....................................... $20,000 CL2 Scales Yarrington/Lehman .. ....................................... $10,000 Abandon Barton Lift Station ....... ....................................... $95,000 Annual Street Resurfacing .......... ..................................... $250,000 30,000 Ib 4 Post Lift ...... $18,000 Tire Changer .................... $7,600 Wheel Balancer ............... $5,000 Waterloo 41" Toolbox ...... $1,300 9,000 Ib Rolling Jack ....... $6,000 Misc Tools ..................... $10,000 1/2 Ton Pickup (shop) ...... $25,000 Sewer Line Rehab ....... $300,000 PW Building PH II .......... $60,000 Burleson Road Recon ................. .................................. $5,000,000 Effluent Takeover ......... $100,000 HCPUA Infrastructure ................. .................................. $2,235,707 Waste Water - South ................... .................................. $5,000,000 New Library Infrastructum ........... ..................................... $200,000 Sewer Line Rehab Phil ............... ..................................... $450,000 INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY City Website Redesign .. $20,000 Backflow Prevention ..... $15,000 Network Redesign ........... $6,000 KPD RMS .................... $450,000 Inventory Control - SB .... $5,000 Security Camera PW ....... $6,000 FlexNet ........................ $905,000 Interactive VRS ............ $126,210 Wireless Network I .......... $7,500 Vehicle ........................... $25,000 Disaster Planning .......... $10,000 Wireless Network II ......... $7,500 PARKS Gregg/Clark Softball Improve ..... ....................................... $10,000 Gregg/Clark Playscape Borders. ......................................... $8,000 Gregg/Clark Playscape 2-5yo Fea- ture ................................ $24,000 Plum Creek Preserve Architecture ....................................... $25,000 Plum Creek Preserve Ph I Develop ....................................... $55,000 Pool Slide Replace ........ $45,000 * List does not include council member-sponsored projects added at the June 8 workshop includ- ing a reconstruction of Bunton/ Goforth Road and a fund to repair sidewalks. council's priority list, followed by council member David Wil- son's sidewalk reconstruction fund, the Bunton/Goforth and Burelson Road reconstructions and a new police headquar- ters, estimated to cost about $3.5 million. Other big-ticket items under council consideration include $96,2724 to replace two po- lice patrol vehicles; $250,000 for a Gradall to clean creeks and storm drains; $250,000 for the annual street resurfacing program; $5 million for a new waste water main to open a large part of southern Kyle to sewer service; $480,000 and $250,000 for a two-phase sew- er line rehabilitation program; and $2.2 million as Kyle's con- tribution to the Hays Caldwell Public Utility Agency, a project intended to secure future wa- ter supply. With its $73 million debt load and two years consecutive years of tax increases, restraint was clearly an undercurrent of Tuesday's workshop, especial- ly for four council members and a new mayor who have been elected in the last five months in part on questions about the city's fiscal health and tax rate. Residents, however, can likely expect another tax in- crease if early indicators hold true. The city will need to add about two cents to its 42.4 cent per $100 property tax rate to raise the $4,665,778 it will need to pay service on exist- ing debt, according to figures distributed last night to coun- cil members: Meeting the city's obligation to the Hays Caldwell Public Utility Agency this year translates to 16 cents on the tax rate, which gener- ates about $135,000 for each cent on the tax rate. Windy Hill Rd. closed for construction STAFF REPORTS Work is scheduled to begin next week on a new bridge across IH- 35 at Windy Hill Rd. be- tween Buda and Kyle, in front of the Home De- pot. The Texas Depart- ment of Transportation will initially construct the bridge as a two-lane structure, but will be ex- panding it to four-lanes as future funding be- comes available. Last month, frontage roads between FM 2001 in Buda and FM 1626 in Kyle went one-way, im- proving safety but creat- ing traffic issues in a his- torically rural area built around two-way access roads. TxDOT officials say the new bridge will help improve traffic flow. The $7 million project is slated to last about 12 months. Occasional lane closures will take place at night between the hours of 8 p.m.-5 a.m., TxDOT officials say. Kyle City Council to award community support funds STAFF REPORT The Kyle City Coun- cil is currently accept- ing applications to al- locate $30,000 set aside from this year's budget to support service or- ganizations in Kyle, city officials say. Applications should be submitted to the city secretary by noon on July 1 and can be down- loaded from the city's website at www.cityof- kyle.com. The forms are also available at Kyle City Hall and Kyle Pub- lic Library or may be requested by calling city staffat 262-1010. To qualify, organi- zations must provide services directly to the citizens of Kyle. Final recommendations re- garding the allocation of funds will be made by the Community Re- lations Committee and presented to the city council, officials say. The council is sched- uled to hear the recom- mendations and make final decisions on al- locating the funds at its council meeting on July 20, officials say. For more informa- tion, contact the City of Kyle Communica- tions Department at 512-262-3921 or jhen- drix@cityofkyle.com. Old Kyle City Hall still on hold STAFF REPORT The recently renovated Old City Hall, dedicated last month with great fanfare, has yet to open its doors as the Kyle Area Senior Zone. A city inspector is waiting for the general contractor, G. Creek Construction, to install agas me- ter before issuing a cerlificate of occupancy, said Jerry Hendrix, the city's spokesperson. "We want to issue that certifi- cate of occupancy as soon as we can. We're doing everything we can to do that," Hendrix said. First built in 1912, the Old City Hall on Center Street was renovated in 1976 and again this year with an $800,000 ap- propriation by the Kyle City Council. Contrary to rumors that a worker's electrocution has caused the delay in the build- ing's opening, Hendrix said city officials have not been notified of any injuries on the work site, saying, "We don't have any of_ tidal reports of anybody being hurt. We've heard things sec- ond- or third-hand." Aden Hurst, who took a lead in advocating for use of the building as a senior center, said her group has not occupied the building because they are wait- ing on the meter installation. Comprehensive, Local, Exert Podiatric Care for Adults and Children Buda Rabies Alert Continued from pg. 1A bation period of weeks or even months, and no human who has received the post-expo- sure vaccine against rabies has ever gone on to contract the disease. However, once a hu- man begins showing clinical signs of rabies, there is no cure and the patient typically dies. If a domestic animal is attacked by a wild animal that either tests positive for rabies or cannot be captured, then the cat or dog is placed in quarantine for 45 days and given rabies vaccination booster shots. If the domes- tic animal is not vaccinated against rabies, then the shots are initiated and the animal is quarantined for 90 days. "If we can't find the wildlife, we want to err on the side of caution," Bannach said. Debra Mahan, a Hays County Personal Health De- partment nurse who special- izes in epidemiology, noted that rabies is always present in some percentage in the native bat population. Parents should stress to their children that they should not touch bats, she said. If a wild animal allows you to get close enough to touch it, that likely means that the ani- mal is injured or sick, possibly with rabies, Bannach said. If a nocturnal animal such as a bat is out during the day, that may also signal illness. 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