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/% WE'RE #1 Local soccer fans react to World Cup win - Page 1B Sensory experience helps disabled residents - Page 1C Barton Publications, Inc. HaysFreePress.com Vol. 119 * No. 15 g Buda, Kyle and Northeast Hays County, TX 75 BY KIANA POORFARD news@haysfreepress.com it is now illegal to use any handheld device while operating a motor vehicle or bicycle within Buda city limits. The ordinance will allow for usage of such devices during a complete stop, which Police Chief Kidd defined as any time the vehicle or bicycle has ceased all motion, such as in traffic or at a red light. During a second reading at the July 7 meeting, Cotmcil Member Angela Kennedy noted there could be a mad rush for hands-free electronics like GPS devices. Kidd said stores such as Best Buy would be advised of the new ordinance. The mo- tion passed, 6-0. Council member George Hahn, who voted against the measure on first reading, was absent. Mayor Todd Ruge said the city will not enforce the law for 60 days during which time Buda will conduct a public edu- cation outreach campaign. GET A GRIP Planning Director Chance Sparks and attor- ney Jim Boyle suggested a motion to amend the "Gas Reliability Infrastructure Program" (GRIP). This was in response to utility corn- pany Centerpoint Energy's request for a rate increase in its South Texas divi- sion. "Rate cases" are the hearings utility companies hold before public hearing commissions to determine how much they can charge customers. GRIP allows for changing rates between different rate cases. Boyle cited a desire to make sure infrastmcuure projects like Centerpoint's Smart Meters were in the best interest of the communi and to make sure the new rate pro- posal would be reviewed in a "timely and meaningful manner" in order to ensure the rates Centerpoint wants to chargeare fair. L i ,' , , The Hays County Historical documentary about Kyle, with created the city. BY MOSES LEOS III moses@haysfreepress.com Kyle's history, pri- marily its role with the International Great Northern Railroad, will get a motion picture makeover. At a cost of $25,000, the Hays County Histor- ical Commission is in the process of crafting a documentary that chronicles the early days of Kyle. For chairperson and longtime Kyle resident Kate Johnson, the goal of the documentary fo- cuses on giving residents and visitors an in-depth look into Kyle's past. "We are trying to show the history (of Kyle) and how Kyle began. It's teaching about the raft- road and teaching about how it's progressed [in the city] over the years," Johnson said. "It will be HAYS FREE PRESS FILE PHOTO Commission is working on a a focus on how the railroad ......... L wonderful for kids and adults alike to under- stand the city's history." Ideas for a documen- tary were forged when the Kyle Train Depot Board sought early photographs of the city. The photographs were meant to assist in the board's restoration of the depot, turning it into a museum for visitors. But Johnson said the board ran into issues, as photographs of Kyle's beginning were "scarce." Instead, Johnson said the board wanted to start from the city's inception, primarily in conjunction with the Great Northern Railroad. "We found some (photographs) that were from the mid-1880s and 1890s," Johnson said. "But we wanted to start from the beginning." The depot board DOCUMENTARY, 2A .ons Wheels turn slow on auto business complaints BY KIM HILSENBECK kim@haysfreepress.com After two years of lodg- ing complaints with the city about a local business not following the roles, some Amberwood neigh- bors say time is up. Complaints against Hi Tech Automotive include off and gas going directly on the ground, misuse of zoned land, noise nuisanc- es, multiple alarm activa- tions, not having a proper fence or screen around the property and storing used tires improperly. Hi Tech Automotive, owned by THFC Corpora- tion, is located in northeast e on Windy Hill Rd. e businesses operate from the property:, an auto repair shop, a salvage yard and an auto sales lot. THFC has two other Hi Tech Automotive locations, ,,. ~;., ~, Amberwood residents have raised located near the subdivision. both in Austin. According to Ali Chmeis, his father Hussein Chmeis started the auto repair business more than 25 PHOTO BY KIM HILENBECK Cohcerns about the activities of Hi Tech Automotive, which is years ago. In an interview "lhesday Ali said, "The complaints by neighbors are beyond silly. We care for our property." CralgW]seman, the unofficial spokesperson for the neighborhood, dis- SALVAGE YARD, 4A BY MOSES LEOS III moses@haysfreepress.com A sense of apprehension from Bunton Creek Estate residents on Public Im- provement DisU-i_cts (PIDs) continues as Kyle readies to enact a new policy on the financing mechanism. That was the crux of a variety of questions posed by several homeowners at the city's open house informing residents on PIDs and its new policy on July 1. In a presentation, Rick Rosenberg, principal at DPFG, said that PIDs would not affect citizens of existing communities. In addition, he said the city council would gain control of any future PIDs, and that any PID bonds issued would have no impact to the city's bond capacity. The city wouldn't be able to spend money toward a PID. Assessments would also be handled by the Hays Cotmty Tax Assessor's office. According to Rosenberg, PIDS also benefit home- owners, as PID assess- meats on any home are fixed, and do not fluctuate based on ad valorem taxes. Homeowners also have the option to pay their assess- ments up front. In addition, DPFG sought to inform citizens on PIDs and the city's new policy. Under the new polic PID developers would only be allowed to use funds for public im- provements, which include infrastructure. Along with being self-sufficient, any new PIDs must get 100 percent of support of the landowners. A concern from Bun- ton Creek resident Larry Jones stemmed from the lack of information given to homeowners by PID Holdings, the group that oversaw the failed Bunton Creek PID. According to Jones, many homeowners in Bunton Creek are "still on the heel4' for interest and assessments. Kyle City Manager Scott Sellers said the city is "working on a resolu- tion" withPID Holdings PID FACTS, 4A ,- O This month Kyle Market Days will have a "Good Life" theme. Local vendors, arts & crafts, farm to market items, live mu- sic and more! Takes place from 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. July 11 at Historic City Square Park. for a Down South Railhouse in Kyle will host this season's Concerts for a Cause. July's concert will feature music by Brotherhood of the Girl and benefits PAWS Shelter and Humane Society. Concerts for a Cause is a way to raise awareness of and raise money for some of the local to Hays County charities that work to make this "simply charming" county an even better place to live. Art Squared Art Market Head to the San Marcos Square for the monthly art market on Saturday, July 11 from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Browse booths where local artists will have their work for sale, enjoy live music and performance art. This month's music will be provided by singer and songwriters Molly Malinowski, Molly J. Hayes, and Matt Amos. HOT DOG! Patriotic treats by the numbers -- Page 1D a z m News ............ 1, 2, 4A Opinions ............... 3A Sports ................ 1-2B Education ......... 3-4B Community ......... 1C ............ lll!!!i!i!l!!!llll Business ......... 1, 4D Service Directory ...2-3D Classifieds ............ 2D Public Notices ... 2 & 4D 7 7 + 09 2Z tN 03 J