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compiled by staff reots Esther and the LS itself, was to seat new - room at the Wetts Fargo Bank. It's quite an all;star cast. becoming treasurer and Minnie Jo Schmeltekopf becoming the "tail twister." By the way, someone dropped off some eye glasses for the Lions Club at the Arrowhead Trading Company last week and left something -behind of a household nature. If you delivered the eye glasses and you're stuck watching Tuesday's Planning and Zoning Commission (P&Z) Anderson, the ring leader of the mayoral recall, calling for someone else's head. This time, it was P&Z Commissioner Melinda Christ, who said in the Austin Amedcan-Statesman bast week that the recall folks are trying to kill growth in the city. Anderson said that's not so and added that Ch,st should'either rein  '' or be removed from the ly. Get in line However, the P&Z is tak- ing the possibility of an HEB in Kyle quite seriously. In' fact, P&Z Commissioner Kevin Foley, who is a large man, said the city should be willing to hold extra meet- ings if that would help the project come to fruition, "As tong I can get into the store before Kevin, t'il be willing to hold a special meeting," said P&Z Chairman Kerry Urbanowicz, who's nora small man himself. Like old times Buda Assistant Administrator Grey White did a fine job at this week's Buda City Council meeting filling the shoes of Buda City Administrator Bob Mathis, who is on vacation this week. Actually, the posi- tion is not alien to White, who served as Buda's City Before working as the city , administrator, of course, White was uda s mayor. B ' School's out, but... That doesn't mean the Hays CISD Board of Trustees is on holiday. Asit happens, new Superintenden.t Kirk London's first day next Monday coincides with a day-long retreat,of the board, which will take in about an hour's worth of demographic info from the district's demographer, Dr. Pat Gussman, The district also will hear more from architects about building projects, including' the Performing Arts Center (PAC), which is still sched- uled to open in August. Hays CISD Executive Assistant to the Superintendent Julie Crimmins said the grand opening for the PAC proba- bly will take place in September. : Old Kyle business stung by new city regulation Newton to decide on plea bargain in Cervenka trial BY DANIEL MICHAEL Staff Writer REA-Glenn Newton of Buda will appear before the 331st District Court in Austin June 23 to officially reject or accept a plea-bargain for his alleged murder of his business partner, Michael Cervanka, said Travis County District Attorney Diana Medina. Newton, 38. was offered the plea-bargain at a June 6 arraign- ment. but Medina would not give details on the arrangement. Officials close to the case are remaining tight-lipped until Newton has made a decision on the plea-bargain. Newton, who is being held on $850,000 bail at the Travis County Jail. is accused of gun- ning down the 31-year-old Cervanka of Buda. a long-time friend and business partner, at their All-Star Wireless store on Ben White Blvd. in Austin Murder Plea Bargain, pg. 9 An ti- recall gro u p questions legality of Kyle petition Cathy Shaw works on d)rm of four stained-glass windows at her studio on U.S 81 South in Kyle. (photo by xndy Slovah;-Barton) :itor "" I -. small tlildingr" ''itle laXatttgiimg for  space and retail saies, along the project. athy Shaw would make improve- property adja- towhead "P rading here shl: has and solid the :al artists  since L T YLE--( Jlike to ments on A cent to the Company, stained glai works of k 'City.q' with landscaping. Shaw wants to turn her land into a small shopping area where people who come into Kyle can linger on a lazy day. She recently went to the Kyle City Council with hopes But Shaw has run into a problem,. Her land on old U.S. 81 is located in Kyle's new com- mercial overlay district, which Kyle P&Z Restrictions, pg. 8 BY BILL PETERSON Editor YLE - A group of Kyle cit- izens met last Friday hing to begin a campaign against a mayoral recall election met "at the Katherine Anne Porter House shared the opimon that Kyle Mayor James Adkins has done nothing to merit his recall "The mayor has contributed a great deal to our town and we that' could take .... ber; "- ' '' ....... ,ttnong its first shots against the recall, Citizens for the Ufiificati0n of Kyle (CUK) con- tends that the petitions delivered last week in favor of a recall may be illegal because they aren't accompanied by affi- davits from those who circulat- ed the petition. The group of 20 citizens who place in want to make certain everyone "' is-+ aVcat'e of-hts accomplish- ments," said Kyle residat'Ella Knight. who ran the Friday night meeting. A citizens group seeking the mayor's recall presented City Secretary Minerva Falcon with more than 400 signatures on a petition last week The city has Questionable Petition, pg. 3 marks the SB!II in Buda si gni,, o!Idinan00ce BY DANIEL I[[CHAEIL Staff Writer "EIUDA-The puda Sign ) Committee presented a draft of a proposed sigq ordi- nance to the Buda Plannitg and Zoning Commission lIP&Z) Tuesday at the rgular  P&Z meeting. ' : The City of Buda is dtesign- ing .a sign ordinance in accor- dance with it qlnified Development Code!(UD,) that was adopted last ye. "Sign Chairman of ' the Committee Ronald Eletcler said the sign ordinance aft i based on another city, which th)z com- rriittee would only cl "City X." "We will not mention the name of 'City X' because people might not like that city," Fletcher said. It has long been discussed in Buda that the city was basing its sign ordinance on the sign ordi- nance for West Lake Hills, Buda City Administrator Bob Mathis chose "City X's" sign ordinance model because he said it is easy to administer, according to Fletcher. Fletcher said the committee had several objectives, such as remaining faithful to the city's comprehensive plan and making sure signage in the downtown area doesn't detract from the aesthetics of the community. The committee also wants signage to enhance the ease of administration, promote public safety and be in accordance with city's zoning districts. Some types of signs prohib- Buda Sign Ordinance, I. 9 Helpin00 hands reach out High school students from the Buda United Methodist Church youth group traveled to San Benito recently to rebuild a house for a family that lost its home and belongings in a fire. See The Marketplace, page 3, for more photos by Debbie Keitz. Niederwald for 1,000-acre building boom BY DANIEL MEHA=ilL Staff Writer lEDERwALD-The small Icommunity of Niedlerwald is expectedto grow by, lel aps and bounds in the coming years, according to Mayor :Shirley Whisenant. The city council ise]cpected to approve its first major subdi- vision plat during its June 16 meeting. The development in question could eventually increase the total population of Niederwald from 586 to moro than 7,000 people during the next 10 to 15 years. "When (the Trails of Camino Real subdivision) is complete there will be a 1,000 acre area .involved," Whisenant said. The proposed subdivision would be located along SH 21 and Rhode Road. The first phase of the subdi- vision plat calls for about 312 lots, and there are plans for a commercial zone along SH 21. according to Whisenant. The town only has a handful of businesses, including several restaurants, a Pac-N-Sac and company that builds manufac- tured buildings. However. the town wel- comes income generated from commercial businesses as it embarks on the path of long term growth "The Planing Commission is starting to work on a plan so we don't go into this blindly, so it can go smoothly" Whisenant said. "We have to meet the needs of the city as it grows." Niederwald is located along SH 21 near the Hays-Caldwell County line. The name Niederwald. trans- lates to "low brushy area." and was chosen by German colonists because of the low for- Niederwald Boom, pg. 2