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+- Page 6A NmS Hays Free Press • July 16, 2014 GUADALUPE COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE GAMING MACHINE AUCTION SATURDAY JULY 19, 2014--10AM 2617 N. GUADAI,UPE ST, SEGUIN, TX BY ANDY SEVILLA With federal money up for grabs and several roadways to improve, Kyle city leaders are angling for a slice of government help. The Capital Area Met- ropolitan Planning Or- ganization (CAMPO) will divvy out $75.6 million in the next five years to help fund regional and local transportation projects within its six-county juris- diction. Kyle council members are looking for help fund- ing a bicycle and side- walk project, as well as two of five roads from a road bond Kyle voters ap- proved last May. With about 70 per- cent support, Kyle voters green-lighted a $36 mil- lion road bond set to re- construct Bunton Creek, Burleson, Goforth and Lehman roads, as well as extend Marketplace Ave- nue. Construction on the first roadway was expect- "If a shovel-ready project is going to be prioritized (in CAMPO), then I'd rather get something than nothing." - Buda Mayor Todd Webster on CAMPO funding a phone interview Mon- day those projects will be submitted to CAMPO for funding consideration be- fore the July 21 deadline. Bunton Creek Road, which council members have referred to as dan- gerous and in need of immediate repair, was left out of the CAMPO list because that project will move forward once its engineering is done next summer, officials said. "It happens a lot, when you apply for grants, you end up holding off on a project," Mayor Todd Webster said at a June council meeting. "You're talking about 2017 apply- ing for a grant for one of these roads. The commu- ed this summer, thoughnity has approved bond turnover at City Hall and resources to build these a late start on negotiating roads, and my sense from engineering contracts has having recently spent a lot delayed the start date un- of time in the communi- til about May2015. ty is that the level of pa- In developing a road tience for us to wait until project priority list that 2017 to build these roads could fare well at CAM- so we can apply for grant PO, council members money, I don't think that's advanced a shovel-ready out there." bicycle and sidewalk proj- Federal funding for the ect along FM 150 and FM bike and sidewalk project 2770 from Center Street is being asked for in 2016, to Hays High School, as as the 2015 year has lim- well the reconstruction ited dollars and projects of Bufleson and Goforth are more likely to miss roads. Kyle City Engi- out on funding that year, neer Leon Barba said in Barba said. Funding for Bufleson and Goforth roads will be asked for in 2017 and 2018 to coincide with when those road- ways' reconstruction is expected, Barba said. Bufleson Street, how- ever, could miss out on federal funding, as the Federal Highway Admin- istration (FHWA) present- ly does not identify it as a major collector roadway, the minimum designa- tion needed to be eligible for money. Barba said he is confident the federal agency will reclassify the street. Barba said a meet- ing with the FHWA to consider reclassification in June was cancelled, but CAMPO staff is current- ly seeking to discuss the matter. Barba said the Texas Department of Transpor- tation (TxDOT) has hint- ed to its approval of des- ignating Burleson Street as a major collector, and the decision now lies with FHWA. Along with Bufleson Street, Marketplace Ave- nue is not presently desig- nated as a major collector; Bunton Creek, Goforth and Lehman roads are. Sometime in Septem- ber or October CAMPO's transportation policy board could finalize a list Kyle Council: Self-funded finance Continued from pg. 1A Shane Arable Lauria Luttrell Bill Sinor Total political contributions •$140 $100 $949 Total political expenditures $475,98 $0 $990,21 Total maintained $164,02 $332,98 $0 Outstanding loans to campaign $500* $0 $0 vice president of the The candidates for Sinor, who came in Austin-based Benchmark office have spent close to third place in a three- Group Inc. -- the de- $1,500 collectively for po- man race for the District velopers of Plum Creek. litical purposes, campaign 3 seat in 2013, has thrown Sinor reported receiving finance reports reveal, his hat in the ring this go- $49 in unitemized contri- Sinor has been this around for the same seat butions, reporting period's biggest he lost a year ago. Candidates who re- spender, expending $990 Chad Benninghoff ceived contributions of on printing, signs, food . edged Joe Bacon for $50 or less do not have expense, and consulting the District 3 seat then to identify the donor, per services from former Kyle resigned in May due to state law. Mayor ]ames Adkins. family health concerns. Mahn also contributed Arable has spent This is Arabic's first $100 to Luttrell, marking almost $500 on political attempt at elected office. her only contributions signs and post cards, ac- He is Kyle's P&Z Commis- during this reporting cording to his report, sion Chair. period. Luttrell, who still has In interviews with the Arable raised $640, signs from her previous Hays Free Press, the candi- including a $500 dol- run for office two months dates all cited infrastruc- lar personal loan to his ago, has not expendedture improvemems as the campaign. Kyle resident any political funds during city's most pressing issue. and former Planning and this reporting period, her Arable is a lab supervi- Zoning (P&Z) Com- campaign finance docu- sor at Texas State Univer- missioner Mike Fulton ments show. sity, Luttrell is a former contributed $100 to Luttrell battled six-year business owner and Arabic, according to his incumbent David Wilson administrative assistant, campaign report. He also for the District 4 council and Sinor is a former received $40 in unitem- seat in May, falling short business owner and an ized contributions, of victory by 62 votes, insurance representative. of projects to be funded with the federal Surface Transportation Program Metropolitan Mobility (STP-MM) dollars. Bar- ba said Kyle's submitted projects could compete for federal money with as many as 180 other road projects in Bastrop, Bur- nett, Caldwell, Hays, Tra- vis and Williamson coun- ties. The bicycle and side- walk project is the only one that is shovel-ready, for which council reluc- tantly gave it top priority among the six road proj- ects. "If a shovel-ready proj- ect is going to be priori- tized (in CAMPO), then I'd rather get something than nothing," Webster said. Engineering on the five road bond streets began in April, and is expected to be finalized in May next year. 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