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RESIUENT RAIDER Kimbro overcomes four major knee operations to play at Texas Tech. - Page 1B DISCOVER DRIFTWOOD Refine your senses with fine local wines from the hill country. - Page lC Barton Publication,s, Inc. ..... Vol. 108 No. 16 Buda, Kyle and Northeast Hays County 75 PHOTO BY SEAN KIMMONS As the Kyle Depot continues to deteriorate, an architecture firm has pulled out of the renovation project, citing lack of direction from the city. Architect leaves train de project amidst city feud BY SEAN KIMMONS ArUstin-based Antenora chitects, which has eaded renovation de- signs for Kyle's historic train depot for the past five years, recently threw in the towel amidst a feud between two city groups. The feud, between train depot board members and city officials, has sidelined the project for years, draining funds along the way. "The main reason we withdrew is that we felt we didn't have the confidence of the train depot board," said Michael Antenora of Ante- nora Architects. Last week, the Kyle City Council voted to scrap An- tenora's third proposal and directed city staff to search for a new architect. The city already paid at least $15,000 for Antenora's services in the past year, and will likely dish out similar funds to the "The Kyle Train Depot is the gateway to our community. It will continue to serve as an entrance to our city, and first impressions are very important." -Kate Johnson, Kyle Train Depot Board Director next consultant. The amount doesn't include work before 2009, a figure that city of_ ficials could not round up by deadline. "My opinion is to start the whole process over again," Interim City Manager ]ames Earp told the council. "Ulti- mately the council is going to have to decide between pri- marily a renovation project and a historic preservation project." Mayor Lucy Johnson, whose mother heads the train depot board, agreed to start over since the board was concerned about the depot's layout. "The designs that we have now are not in agreement with the train depot board," she said. Whatever happens, the city must expedite the process so it won't lose a $25,000 grant it received from the Lower Colorado River Authority to go toward depot repairs. In December, the council approved a resolution to spend no more than $250,000 to renovate the depot and fix any city code violations. In the plans, the depot would serve as a visitor center and office space for city employ- ees. However, the train depot board didn't want city offices to impede the till restora- tion of the building, a more expensive endeavor since restoration falls under stricter codes. Kate Johnson, the board's director, spoke to the coun- cil last week in support of preserving thte depot, the only one left standing in Hays County. "The Kyle Train Depot is the gateway to our communi- ty," she said. "It will continue to serve as an entrance to our city, and first impressions are very importaant." See DB~3T IN DISR~AIR, pg. 4A BY BRAD ROLLINS Former Kyle City Manager Tom Mattis is seeking to be- come the top admin- istrator just down the interstate in the city of San Marcus, where the city manager was fired last month. Mattis, who is credited with guid- ing Kyle through eight years of un- precedented resi- dential and com- mercial growth but MAI"rl$ got crossways with a new mayor and city council, re- signed under pressure in April. The San Marcos City Council terminated former manager Rick Menchaca's employment in June. "I am uniquely positioned at this particular point in time (maybe more so than any Other candidate) to offer San Marcos a rare package as its new city manager - combining a slrong familiarity with the city and solid prOfes- sional background with a fresh perspec- tive new to the oper- ation," Mattis wrote San Marcos council members in a: July 20 letter obtained by the Hays Free Press. He continued, "My track record of success as the city manager in Kyle over See TOM MATrlS, pg. 4A in sex BY SEAN KIMMONS A Kyle policeman lost his badge after he failed to detain alleged pedophile Dustin McFall, who drove away with a 14- year-old runaway after a February traffic stop. Officer Karl Cranek, who appealed his in- definite suspension, now finds his career in the hands of a hear- ing examiner, who determine if his termination was fair during an upcomingMCFAL/ arbitration hearing in mid-August. Cranek responded to a bur- g]ary/crLminal mischief call at McFall's home on the 100 block of Teasley Road. McFalrs wife, who had kicked her husband out of their home, called the police when she said she discovered him having improper sexual contact with a boy inside the residence. While approaching the home, Cranek pulled over McFall's vehi- cle but failed to question the 33- year-old and the boy on reports of child sexual abuse and allowed both to depart together, a depart- ment memorandum stated. While on the scene, the dis- patcher told Cranek that Mc- Fall's wife had caught him inside "having sex with some boy who is under eighteen," the police memo said. Cranek asked the dispatcher, "Ok, what does she want us to do? To just make sure it was him in the house? He'S leaving any- way." The dispatcher then ad- vised Cranek that McFall and the boywerein a sexual relationship. Cranek responded, "Ok, well I can't prove any of that" and the call was disconnect- ed, the memo stat~d. After releasing the two individuals, Cranek contacted McFall's wife and the boy's parents. The boy was later report- ed as a runaway in Bastrop County, the memo stated. McFall vanished with the boy and was later de- tained by the Hidalgo County Sheriff's Office upon re-entering the U.S. from Mexico. On April 6, McFall was booked into the Hays County Jail on two felony counts ofindecencywith a child by sexual contact, according to police records. An arrest affidavit says that Mc- Fall met the teenage boy on Craig- slist, where the victim told McFall that he was 15 years old. The boy told police that he performed oral sex on McFall two separate times at the suspect's home. McFall's arraignment was waived this month, with his pre- trial motions slated to begin Aug. 3 at the 22nd District Court in San Marcos. The internal investigation de- termined Cranek's actions to be "gross misconduct." Subscriber address will COURTESY PHOTO Twenty-year Buda Library Director Marjorie Martinez passed away earlier this week at the age of 61. BY JEN BIUNDO Marjorie Martinez, the soft- spoken but quietly determined director of the Buda Public Library, passed away on Sat- urday, July 24, at the age of 61, following a long illness. She leaves behind a lasting legacy of literacy and lifelong learn- ing. "She was a very quiet yet effective leader in the commu- nity," said Buda City Secretary Toni Milam. "She was abso- lutely devoted, not only to the library itself, but to the thou- sands that visited the library." Susie Bishop, a long time city and libratry employee, said Martinez was passionate about supporting lit(eracy. "She would[ go out of her way to find anythiaag that anybody needed," Bishop said. Born in Ohfio to Alphie and Mae Catherinte Miller, Martinez met her husband Enrique in Mexico, where they lived for several years. Martinez came to work at the Buda Public Library in 1989, when the library occupied a tiny portable lbuilding on the greenbelt. She helped coor- dinate the construction and move to the ntewly constructed Basil Anthony, Moreau Library in 1993, and over the years worked to briJng the library into the 21st century of technology. "She started this library from the ground up," said librarian Melinda Hodges. In 1997, Martinez earned her master's of library and information science from the University of Texas at Austin. She retired this April and was honored by the mayor and council with a proclamation recognizing her two decades of service and dedication to the city. "She really cared about people learning, and she really enjoyed being a librarian," said co-worker Lupe Herrera. Audrey Elder, a long time li- brary volunteer who served on the Library Board of Trustees, said Martinez had a soft- spoken quality that belied her determined nature. Elder said her friend battled through her long illness with quiet courage, and she showed that determi- nation until the end. "On Friday, she told her hus- band, 'One more day,'" Elder said. "She wanted to see her grandbabies one more time." Visitation was held Tues- day at HarreU Funeral Home, with a funeral mass and burial Wednesday morning. The li- brary closed Wednesday morn- ing so staff members could attend the services. Martinez is survived by her husband, three married sons and seven grandchildren. XTREME GOES GREEN Local storage manufacturer foouses on alternative energy. - Page 1D Opinions ..................... 3A Sports ..................... 1.-2B Education ............... 3-4B Community Columns ....... 1-2C Bulletin Boards ............ 4C Church Page ............... 3C Btm'trte.~ l,,~ .......... I Service Directory "... 2&3D Classifieds .................. 2D Public Notices ...... 2&4D