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Page 2 The Free Press Current Events STA ] POm" e sounds of chain saws were ominant last week, after winds exceeding 65 miles per hour ripped through Hays County, ril ping up trees and turning over semi-trucks and airplanes. Despite the damage, though, cleanup has been completed in most areas, including Dudley Johnson Park, known as Five Mile Dam Park, which opened Friday. Jerry Pinnix, Hays County Park Administrator, said he could not have had the park opened without the help of inmates of the Wackenhut prison in Kyle and the Precinct 2 road crew. On the night of the storm, res- idents of Kyle remained without electricity well into the night of June 2, with homeowners along Old Stagecoach Road reporting no electric service until 4 a.m. the next day. Pedemales Electric Coop was able to restore most power to the Kyle area by around 8 p.m. that evening. In Mountain City, trees were toppled, twisted and split. Sl: Inmates from the Wackenhut Facility in Kyle work to serve the community by cleaning up Five Mile Dam Park, which has recently opened to the public. (photos by Cyndy S/ovak-Barton) Residents there reported a roaring cover. However, officially, there noise, with some folks diving for was no report of a tornado. LOCATED ON I 1. LOOP 4 IN BUDA, TEXAS O Special Guest also ALSO Win this 2003 Ford valued at Raffle Tickets are: $3 each; 2 for $5; or 5 for $10 Drawing on Sunday, June 22, 2003 Santa Cruz Parish Festival 600 Loop 4, Buda, TX 8 Other Great Prizes:2nd-Laptop oml (Altar Society); 3rd-$1,000 Vacation (Sacred Heart Men's Club); Torres Sr.); 5th-Freezer (Santa Cruz Women's Org.); 6th-Riding Furnitul . J 8th-Digital Camera (Hull Supply Co.c Pl= /er (Singing Ro h A 60-foot tree in the Kunz yard in Mountain City barely misses two homes. arc DANIEL M]CI Pd L Each commissioner will hand Staff Writer pick three delegates to the com- mittee, which will include COUNTY-Hays County everyone from property owners, Commissioner Susie Carter engineers, and realtors to envi- of Pet. 2 is pressing on with the issue of publicizing the Subdivision Rule Chonge Committee meetings. Carter has placed an item on Tuesday's commissioners court agenda asking the court to decide where it will post the influential meetings. In a 4-1 vote, the commis- sioners voted to not disclose the committee's meetings as "open meetings" during the June 3 Commissioners Court session. Carter cast the dissenting vote. However, the commissioners voted to "advertise" the meet- ings, though such an action was not specifically on the agenda. Carter would like to know what the commissioners mean by "advertise." The Subdivision Rules Change Committee will be made up of fifteen members. ronmentalists. The committee will review the changes in sub- division policy and regulations and make recommendations to the commissioners, according to Carter. Pct. 4 Commissioner Russ Molenaar insisted that the meet- ings are not secret, while Pct. 3 Commissioner Bill Burnett indi- cated that to post the meetings as "open meetings" would be too much of a hassle for the county. "I want them to decide where they are going to be post- ed," Carter said. "Are they going to be on the agenda or on the county's web-site?" "I don't think the county does anything in secret," said an interested observer, Brooke Bulow, Director of Public Policy of the Home Builders Association of Greater Austin. Niederwald Boom, from page 1 est of mesquites in the area. While a majority of Niederwald's residents work in Austin, many have lived in the community for a number of years. "We've had a few homes that have been built," Whisenant said. "(The El Camino Real sub- division) will be the first large one." Whisenant said Niederwald is a prime area for development, probably because of the rapid growth from an encroaching Austin. She said it seems like most people who live in Niederwlad are accepting the growth. "I'm not saying they're upset," Whisenant said, "I think everybody realized it was going to grow." A major concern for the city is making sure there is adequate water for the new subdivision. "Water is such an issue," Whisenant said. "So the city made sure there was plenty of water before we could move along with (the proposed plat)." Niederwald buys its water "I don't think they are having closed meetings and sneaking things by." Bulow suggested that Hays County is a relatively small county and that posting the meeting as an "open meeting" would be another expense for the county. Yet Carter insists that it would not be a hassle to post the committee meetings as "open meetings." In fact, Carter said, all the county would need to do is tape record the meetings and post them as "open meetings" 72 hours in advance. "I think the ones who are elected by the public should take full responsibility," Carter said. "It looks like they are try- ing to use the stakeholders group (the committee). Perhaps there is some shame, this way they can pass the blame." The commissioners said they are going to post the committee meetings in the local newspa- lbers and that the meetings are going to be open to the public. from Goforth Water Supply, a private water utility company that worked out a deal with the developers of the proposed Trails of Camino Real early in the planning process. Whisenant, formerly Mayor Pro-Term, was appointed to the position after Rickie Adkins stepped .down as mayor of Niederwald in May. Adkins resigned because she plans on moving out of state. Whisenant was replaced on the city coun- cil was replaced by Annie Herrera. , LMSW-ACP For inforanation contact (at The Ca rrin