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+ Rebel senior returns to gridiron after major injury. - Page 1B HAVE A HEART S;eton celebrates 100 heart!surgeries in a year. -Page 1C BARTON PUBLICATiONE;, INC. !:i ............. HaysFreePress.com : ,.: ....... Vol. 121 .. No. 16 g BudaiKyle and Northeast Hays County, TX. 75 m BY SAMANTHA SMITH equipment. The recommendation count," CraigYoung said Disgruntled residents went to Hays County during public comment Calls for a paper ballot voiced their concerns commissioners July 11,June 27. election system con- June 27 regarding the which held a public Dr. Laura Presley, an tinue from some Hays committee's recommen- workshop on the matter, election technology strat- County residents, even dation to purchase theDiscussion on the recom- egist for Travis County, as the county's Election Hart Verity Touch voting mendation continued assaid June 27 that Texas is Equipment Advisory machines due to the lack of press time. one of only three states Committee recommend- of a paper audit capabil- "Without an audit trail in the country without ed purchasing electronic ity. why even have a re- a paper ballot system or hybrid voting system. Presley called for com- missioners to make Hays County a "clean election county." Dan Lyon said that the county should invest in paper ballots"to restore voting integrity" in Hays County. However, Robert Smith, a security technol- ogy expert who was also on the county's equip- ment advisory commit- tee, said paper ballots constitute a barrier for possible voting centers, BALLOTS, 4A aln COURTESY RENDERING Could this be the look of a proP0sed ID~ublic~ School campus in Kyle? That could be the case after Kyle Planning and Zoning (P&Z) commissioders recommended a pair of condJtiOfial~s~s (Q_L~,~ f0~ Ilte ~.% ~ring one of the first hurdles for the school. Learn more about the conditional use permff.s and wew more renderingS,~ tfl~~~pU'&:'~ ~ ~ ,: i: ..... ' ' sp BY TIMOTHY STUCKEY As a result of the population boom in Kyle, Buda and San Marcos, traditionally small farm- ing towns in east Hays County could start to feel growing pains, too. Towns such as Uhland, whose recent growth began in 2013 with the Cotton Gin Estates housing development, can expect their popu- lation to double or triple within the next five to ten years, according the city's official website. "It's definitely accel- erated," said Richard Crandal, Niederwald city planner. "People move Niederwald's city council has recently approved five subdivisions with the largest adding 141 homes to the area; the smallest is only adding 12. More than 370 homes have sprung up in Niederwald in the last year. out here to avoid the city and the high prices that come with it." Crandal, a Mustang Ridge resident, has lived in the area for 23 years and observed how the rising populations of bigger cities have trickled into smaller towns like Niederwald and Uhland. While pleased with these developmentS as a city planner, Crandal shared his concerns that some residents may not be happy with the changes. "There're folks that have lived out here 20 or 30 years to escape the ci , but it's still chasing us down," Crandal said. Niederwald's city council has recently approved five subdivi- sions with the largest adding 141 homes to the area; the smallest is only adding 12. More than 370 homes have spnmg up in Niederwald in the last year. In 2014, Walton Development, a Cana- dian-based land invest- ment group, amassed land in the eastern part of Hays County and the western part of Caldwell county for a slew of pro- posed developments. One of those is Cald- wellValley, a proposed 3,600-plus acre mixed- use master planned development just outside of Uhland and Lockhart. According to a Caldwell Valley brochure on the city of Uhland's web- site, the development could have neighbor- hood retail, office space, single-family residential units, as well as sites for schools and parks. Camino Real, also a proposed Walton devel- opment, is a 1,700-plus GROWTH, 2A Blanco River/Onion Creek Forum All are invited to this water issues forum concerning Blanco River and Onion Creek at the Wimberley Community Center, 14068 Ranch Road 12 in Wimberley on Thursday, July 13 beginning at 9 a.m. Presenters will join panel of representatives to answer questions at 12:30 p.m. and the forum concludes at 2:30 p.m. For more information contact David Glenn at david.glenn@vownet.net or (512) 557-3595 Town Hall with U.S. Rep. Lloyd Doggett All citizens are invited to join Congressman Lloyd Doggett for a tov~n hall meeting on Sunday, July 16 at 2 p.m. in the Great Hall at the First United Methodist Church at 1300 Lavaca Street in Kyle. "So much is at risk with possible cuts of hundreds of billions of dollars from Medicaid," Doggett said. "For children, mothers, those with disabilities, and seniors in nursing homes, Medicaid is a lifeline. Come share your stories and hear my update on what is happening in Washington regarding efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act." To RSVP for this event, please call Doggett's Austin office at (512) 916-5921 or email Iloyd.doggett@mail.house.gov, using the subject line "RSVP to July 16 Town Hall." RSVPs are not required but appreciated TAX CAP Local entitites react to proposed legislation. - Page 1D Burn ban back on The heat is on and so is the burn ban. Earlier this week, Hays County officials officially reinstated the burn ban due to continuously windy conditions and low humidity in the county. Additionally, county officials said the number of grass fires and house fires have risen throughout the county. Grills with lids are allowed to be used during the burn ban, but burn barrels are banned. Violators can face a fine of up to $500. : BY MOSES LEOS III With the filing deadline for November's mayoral : election approach- ing, Kyle Mayor 'Todd Webster an- nounced this week he will WEBSTER Webster, who was elected as the city's mayor in 2014, said the increas- ing volume of his work at the Texas state capitol is leading him off the dais. Webster currently works as a public sector WEBSTER, 4A aims STAFF REPORT With a special session looming in the Texas Legislature, State Rep. Jason Isaac (R-Dripping Springs) intends to file legislation banning the state from collecting union dues. "Texans don't ask much of their government, but one thing they do expect is responsible and transpar- ent stewardship of their hard-earned money," said Isaac in a statement. "Texas is a right-to-work state, and it's simply not appropriate for labor unions to be given preferential treatment. It's long past time to end the outdated practice of using taxpayer-funded re- sources to collect dues for private organizations." Isaac's bill will have a senate companion filed by State Sen. Bryan UNIONS, 2A Opinions .......... , .... 3A Business ......... 1-4D Sports ............... 1-2B Classifieds ............ 2D Education ......... 3-4B Service Directory ..... 3D Community ...... 1-4C Public Notices ... 2-4D 7 7 +