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NEW START Rebel, Lobo volleyball teams look ahead to fresh season. - Page 1B City of Kyle recognizes local for rescuing man after car wreck. - Page 1C (~ BARTON PUBLICATIONS, INC. Vol. 121 No. 20 Buda, Kyle and Northeast Hays County, TX - 75 in secon BY TIMOTHY STUCKEY Customer demand is one of several factors behind the city of Kyle's transition into the second stage of its water conser- vation plan, which begins Aug. 14. When Kyle starts hitting peak demand numbers, it triggers the city's water department to start thinking about higher-level water man~ agement efforts. Another factor is the decisions made by Kyle's groundwater conserva- tion districts. According to Kyle Treatment Operations Manager Jason Biemer, the current drought con- tinues as water consump- tion is on the rise. "Current demand trends are reminiscent of the 2011 water usage patterns. Our groundwa- . ter resources have already started some curtailment WATER RESTRICTIONS, 4A Additional Water Consumption Data I / Supporting data for Kyle Stage 2 [ / water conservation plan: [ / Million gallons per day water usage [ / by city of Kyle customers [ / Minimum Maximum / Average Peak Peak [: / 2014 2,9 mgd 23 mgd 38 | /201 3 mgd 26mgd 3gmgd | / 2016 2 m0d 4mgd 40m0d | .a voters to e on sin stricts zn BY SAMANTHA SMITH A partial transition to single-member districts on the Buda City Council will be one of 18 proposed changes to Buda's charter, which voters will decide on this November. Those propositions add to what will be an already busy Buda ballot on Nov. 7, as voters will also de- cide on a new mayor and two City council persons. With single member districts, only voters within a specific district can vote for candidates that are running for that specific seat. Approval of the 18 propositions, which were approved Aug. 1, came after the Ron Fletcher, Buda's charter review committee chairman, outlined recommended charter alterations to city leaders. Two primary factors led committee members to propose transitioning three city council seats to single-member districts, Fletcher said. Interest from the public was one reason, while the second was better representation to all residents. If the single-member district proposition pass- es, city officials plan to place approximately 5,000 residents in each of the initial three districts. SINGLE MEMBER PROP, 4A Flood Map Meetings The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) will hold open house meetings on proposed changes to preliminary flood insurance rate maps. Meetings will be held from 2 to 7 p.m. on Aug. 22 at the Wimberley Hays County BY MOSES LEOS III A second arbitra- tion hearing begins next week in the case of a former Kyle Police officer who had been indefinitely suspended on two seperate occasions. The hear- ing involves former Kyle ESPINOZA Police Sgt. Jesse Espinoza, who had been indefinitely suspended in 2015 and 2016. In a press release, Grant Goodwin, of the Combined Law Enforcement As- sociations of Texas (CLEAT), who is Espi- noza's legal counsel, claims his client was singled out for retal- iation and has been "embroiled" in arbi- tration and litigation since he was elected as Kyle Police Associa- tion president. Goodwin also claims the city has "spared no expense and left no dirty trick un- done" to keep Espinoza from regaining his job. He also claims the city has spent more than three times Espinoza's an- nual salary on outside legal counsel. According to the release, Espinoza al- legedly provided Kyle's city manager with documentation of Kyle Police Chief Jeff Barnett's "failure to be truthful during an investigation into the chief's conduct." That investigation stemmed from a 2014 lawsuit filed by Louisi- ana doctor Glen Hurl- ston against Barnett POLICE ARBITRATION, 2A BY SAMANTHA SMITH In the wake of more employees leaving Buda staff, city offi- cials have decided to intensify their efforts to establish a mentor- ing and coaching pro- gram they hope could improve retention. The program could also help prepare the next generation of city staff and promote leadership training as well. Buda Human Resources Manager Kristin Williams said the program was first suggested by City Manager Kenneth Williams last year. The goal of the pro- gram is to prepare the next generation of city employees to take the place of those retiring as well as to offer ad- vanced career oppor- tunities from within the organization." Kristin Williams said the recent departures of Drew Wells, for- mer Buda Parks and Kristin Williams said the recent departures of Drew Wells, former Buda Parks and Recreation Director, and Brian Lillibridge, the city's former Water Specialist, and the roll out of the mentoring/ coaching program " * III _t< : Z(O - < = , I-'- _-oOOZ (.)O --. 0 -J ;> I- ~.. r,~ -J > -1 .-" "~. ,,,., ~ ,~-- .,~, Community Center, 14068 RR 12, and from 2 to 7 p.m. on Aug. 24 at the San Marcos Activity Center, 501 E. Hopkins Street. Attendees will have access to the online and interactive maps during the open house, and will have the opportunity to ask any floodplain and flood insurance questions of representatives from the state, Hays County, FEMA and their mapping partners. There will be no formal presentation. In Hays County, the flood hazard study includes areas along the Blanco and San Marcos rivers and many tributaries, as well as Onion Creek, Barton Creek, Bear Creek and their tributaries. Property owners are encouraged to view the maps at see the specific areas being remapped and how they may be affected. The Hays County Local Health Department and Live Oak Health Partners Community Clinic are holding a vaccination fair through Aug. 11 for all children 18 years and younger who need vaccinations. The vaccines will be free for children who qualify. Vaccinations will be available from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Aug. 7-11 at the clinic. was a mere coincidence. Recreation Director, and Brian Lillibridge, the city's former Water Specialist, and the roll out of the mentoring/ Assistant Director of coaching program was Community Services, a mere coincidence, while Lillibridge is Lillibridge andWells now the assistant both left Buda's city director of public staff in July. works for the City of Wells took a Kyle. position with the city of San Marcos as EMPLOYEE REIENIION, 4A HOT GRANTS Buda OKs $13,000 in tourism money. - Page 1D 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 +