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+ Page 2A NEWS Hays Free Press June 10, 2015 The Hays Free Press (ISSN 1087-9323) published weekly by Barton Publications, Inc., 122 N. Main St., Buda, TX 78610. Periodicals postage paid at Buda, TX 78610 and additional mailing offices. POSTMASTER: Send address changes to Barton Publications, Inc., Re. Box 339, Buda, TX 78610. ISSN#1087-9323 NEWS TIPS If you think it's news, we probably do too! Newsroom phone: 512-268-7862 E-mail: news@haysfreepress. com 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 csb@ 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 100-year history the newspaper has maintained offices at more than a dozen locations in Kyle and Buda. Changes to the city's committee structure Notable committees eliminated Community Relations Long-Range Planning Public Works and Service Mobility Safety & Emergency Services Advisory Redistricting Council and Mayor Compensation Council Advisory Impact Fee Advisory Development Services Street and Alley Pie Festival Historic Design and Review Committees promoted to board status Parks and Recreation Economic Development and Tourism BY MOSES LEOS III "This is a significant stream- lining of a system that grew to be very unwieldy." After months of work- shops, discussions and some delays, a complete overhaul of Kyle's list of committees, along with the way it structures the selection process, is on chaotic. According to perspective members the horizon. Webster in a statement, include being qualified By a 7-0 vote on June committees grew to a voters and citizens of the 2, council approved on point where "finding city for a year. first reading ordinances volunteers to serve onWebster said in a that eliminate all but them was difficult." statement the ordinance two existing council In addition, with up allows the city to form appointed committees, to 27 council appointed committees with a spe- and reconstructs the committees, some had cific purpose and time appointment process, functions that Websterframes to accomplish According to Mayor said were similar or a specific job and give Todd Webster, the end overlapping, proper charges to com- result could mean, "few- In addition, Webster mittee members. er committees doing advocated in November "The end result of more targeted work" for for a fairer system for the new committee citizens, those attempting to join structure will be fewer "This is a significant a committee, committees doing more streamlining of a system Under the new ordi- targeted work for the that grew to be very nance, council has thecitizens of Kyle," Webster unwieldy," Webster said authority to create com- said in a statement. "The June 2 on the dais. "From mittees based on an ascity council and the city the staff standpoint, a needed, or ad hoc status, manager have put a lot system that cost a lot of It also gives council the of thought into mak- time, and because of the authority to des01ve the ing committees more time it cost staff, it cost committee, if needed, efficient and I think this the city money." Under the ordinance new ordinance does Webster helmed the rules, committees will be that." crusade to alter the way automatically desolvedOnly two committees, Kyle works with and after a year. Economic Develop- appoints committees in The new rules call ment and Tourism and the fall of 2014. for the city council to Parks and Recreation, Some of the issues appoint seven members were held over. Both extended to the appoint- to committees, with were promoted to board ment process, which several rules applying, status, as recommended he said in March was New requirements for by City Manager Scott -Todd Webster, Kyle mayor Murder Update: Three arrested, no charges Continued from pg. 1A was stained at work. The document says Fisk told Watson she had already "taken care of it." On May 4, investiga- tors claim Fisk admitted she took a red Universi- ty of Houston hoodie to a friend's apartment in Houston. Court docu- ments reveal the cloth- ing was later recovered, Austin police victims' crisis counselor. Dean was a volunteer vic- tim crisis counselor in Austin. Police say the text message they recovered reads in part, "I (exple- tive) got her, I am going to get him, and then I am coming for you. I will show you what a crisis is." Kyla Fisk was then ar- It is unclear who the r' rested and Charged with "him" is that the text tampering / fabricatingwas referring to. physical evidence. According to court The hoodie plays documents from Bas- a crucial role as a trop County, Williams Walmart security cam- is accused of sending era in Stafford, near a text message to the Houston, captured counselor on Feb. 8, video of an individual four days after Dean's in a red hoodie buying body was found. a pre-paid cell phone. But the court papers Authorities claim that provide no direct link individual appears to to the Dean murder. be Watson. That could explain why Police say that phone police have not yet was used to contact filed any other charges Dean several times pri- against Williams. or to her murder. In the In May, authorities phone is a text message obtained an arrest war- sent to Dean asking her rant to search the home to meet at the loca- of VonTrey Clark, widely tion where an off-duty believed to be the fa- officer later found her ther of Dean's unborn body. Investigators say child. Police took shoes, the Walmart cell phone electronic devices and a was gee-located to the DNA sample of Clark. crime scene. No link has been But the plot thick- reported between Clark ens as authorities say and Watson, Fisk or a third suspect, Aaron Williams. Lament Williams, is in Kyle Police Chief Jeff the Bastrop County Jail Barnett said in a written on a retaliation charge, response, "We have He allegedly sent a always believed that death threat text to an the law enforcement agencies collaborating in the investigation into the death of Samantha were making progress in the case, and we understand that investi- gations can often times take weeks or often months." He continued, "Hear- ing the recent news has reassured everyone that Samantha has not been forgotten, and that the truth about her trag- ic death will become known. We continue to remember Samantha's contribution to the Kyle community every day. Although she will never be replaced, we have strived to continue her legacy of serving the victims of crime and those families who have lost loved ones." Sellers. According to Webster, part of the reasoning stemmed from creating a separation between committees and boards. Committees, he said, function as recommend- ing bodies, while boards have more autonomy. With regard to Parks and Recreation, Web- ster said the committee functioned more like a board; the committee featured more ministeri- al actions. With Economic De- velopment and Tourism, Webster said the promo- tion provided clarity to its meeting in executive session for economic development opportu- nities. In addition, Webster said council couldn't live without it, as the council can't engage with devel- opment opportunities as often. But with a majority of the city's committees gone, Webster said the city is going to find good ways to get citizens involved. "I can't express enough the level of inefficiency that gradual stacking of committees was doing to the city," he said. "It was taking up a lot of time, energy and resources." Heidi is a 6-year-old domestic shorthair dilute calico. She may not be from the Alps, but this Heidi is as happy and friendly as if she were on top of the world. Stop by PAWS and meet your new furry friend today. Jimmy is a 2-year-old male Chihuahua mix."Hi! My name is Jimmy and I love cozy spaces, cuddling wherever my owner is and love playing with any toys and other dogs. I'm very caring, loyal, and loving. Are you ready to adopt me and have days full of love, kisses and smiles? I am!" r PAWS Shelter and Humane Society is a non-profit, no-kill shelter operated primarily on donations and adoptions. 500 FM 150 E, Kyle, TX 512 268-1611 All animals are fully vaccinated, spay/neutered, microchipped and dewormed. + IIIw~