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J ~ ..... ,L_ Page 2A NR/$ Hays Free Press August 23, 2017 Elections: Four file for Kyle mayor, only one contest in Buda ~Yee ~r~ Continued from pg. 1A + The Hays Free Press (USPS 361-430) published weekly by Barton Publications, Inc., P.O. Box 339, Buda, TX 78610. Peri- odicals postage paid at Buda, TX 78610 and additional mailing of- rices. POSTMASTER: Send address changes to Barton Publications, Inc., Re. Box 339, Buda, TX 78610. ISSN#1087-9323 NEWS TIPS If you hink it's news, we probably do too! Newsroom phone: 512-268-7862 E-mail: news@haysfreepress. corn Mail: 113 W. Center Stree{, Kyle, TX 78640 CORRECTIONS Any erroneous reflec- tion upon the charac- ter, standing or reputa- tion of any person, firm or corporation which may appear in the pages of the Hays Free Press will be corrected upon being brought to the attention of the publisher. DEADLINES The deadline for display advertising and any contributed news copy in the Hays Free Press is 5 p.m. Friday the week prior to pub- lication. ' The deadline for Letters to the Editor and classified word advertising in the Hays Free Press is noon Monday the week of publication, though we encourage readers and advertisers to observe the Friday deadline. LETTERS GUIDELINES We welcome locally written letters to the editor on timely topics of community interest. We ask that you keep them to about 350 words in length and that you not indulge in personal attacks on private individuals Letters may be edited for brevity and clarity. All letters should be signed by the author and include a daytime phone number where the author can be contacted for verifica- tion. Letter writers are limited to one letter per month. Letters can be emailed to csb@ haysfreepress.com. HISTORY Founded April 10, 1903, by Thomas Fletcher Harwell as The Kyle News, with offices on the corner of Burleson and Miller streets in the town's oldest remaining building. It merged into The Hays County Citizen in 1956. The paper Consolidated with The Free Press in October, 1978. During its more than 100-year history the newspaper has maintained offices at more than a dozen locations in Kyle and Buda. Sanchez served on the Kyle City Council from 2010 to 2013, but ran an unsuccessful bid in 2014 for the District 2 seat, currently held by out- going council member Becky Selbera. Sanchez was defeat- ed by current at-large council member Daphne Tenorio in 2016. Sanchez was also involved in a lawsuit against the city of Kyle, which he won in 2006. Nicole Romero-Piche, an educator who's lived in Kyle for nine years, also filed for mayor and will make her inaugural run for office. In Kyle City Council District 4 race, Alexan- derViUalobos, a police officer who's lived in Kyle for 12 years, and Tim McHutchion, who works in the storage indus- try, will vie for the seat that will be vacated by Wilson. Construction worker Robert Rizo and Tracy Sheel, a healthcare man- ager, will square off in the District 2 seat, which will be vacated by Kyle city council member Selbera. Both will make their first foray into politics. Meanwhile, Dex Ellison, a bank manager and a Kyle Planning and Zoning commissioner, and Marco Pizana, an internship coordinator with Hays CISD, will vie for the unexpired term of Mitchell's District 1 seat, which has two years left. Ellison, who also filed Monday, previously ran for the District 6 seat in 2015, which was claimed by Damon Fogley. Pizana will make his first run for political office. WhiIe the filings were aplenty in Kyle, only one of the four city council seats up for grabs in Buda will be contested. In the race for the Place 5 seat, Clark Beach, a design associate, and Remy Fallen, an em- ployee at Casa Alde in Buda, will square off for the office held by Eileen Altmiller, who did not file for reelection. Both Beach and Fallen sub- mitted their candidate filings Monday. Evan Ture, a chief revenue officer and a six year Buda resident, was the lone person to file for the Place 6 council seat. Incumbent Bobby Lane opted to not run for reelection in July. Meanwhile, Buda's mayoral race will be an uneventful one as George Haehn, a retired veteran who is the current Place 4 council member, was the only person to file for the seat held by Todd Ruge. Ruge, who was elected to office in 2013, an- nounced i.n ]nly he would not be seeking reelection. A familiar face may also make his way back to the dais as Jose Mon- toya was the only person to file for Haehn's unex- pired Place 4 term. Montoya served on the Buda city council dais for several years until his defeat in a runoff in 2015. Fluoride: Ballot wording contentious Continued from pg. 1A Urbanovsky and David Nuckels all voted against the second option. The third option changed the wording entirely, and asked voters, "Shall the city of Buda pass an ordinance pre- venting the introduction of fluoride additives to the municipal potable water supply?" Buda Mayor Todd Ruge was quick to choose Option 2 since it gave the voter more detail on what they were being asked to cast their vote for. "I'm in favor of Option 2. I think it gives more detail on what people will be voting on," Ruge said. Council member Lee Urbanovsky countered with his preference for Option 1 because he felt the latter two seemed to be "leading"voters. "Option 2 includes TCEQ information, and seems to be in favor of it (fluoridation), and number 3 seems to be against it," Urbanovsky said. Council member David Nuckels agreed with Urbanovsky and also voted for the first option. Council members Eileen AltmiUer and Wiley Hop- kins sided with Ruge and also voted similarly, "To me Option 2, it's im- portant to let voters know that the state has approved a certain level and they be in charge of regulation of it," Altmiller said. During the course of discussion, Ruge denied a motion by Haehn to strike language pertaining to TCEQ. Ruge said he declined to accept any amendments to his motion due to the legal implications of changing the wording in the already approved options. "The language of all of our propositions has to pass legal scrutiny," Ruge said. He added that an abrupt change in wording might have proved to be a "legal gray area." "My thought process was to give the voters the most information possi- ble," Ruge said. The ballot item Hill appear on the November election voting ballot ask- ing voters to adopt or reject a proposed initiative ordi- nance relating to the use of fluoride in the municipal potable water supply. "We want to be as transparent as possible (in the ballot language) and let voters know that this has been a provable method for over 70 years," Ruge said. Kyle Vista Park: Privately funded sports park in the works Continued from pg. 1A extension to point of distribution (POD) lines, as well as improve the internal road network for the complex. Talk of a potential sports complex and rec- reation center in Kyle has been ongoing for 10 years. In 2007, Kyle acquired 46-acres of land at the corner of Bebee Road and Dacy Lane. At the time, Kyle city leaders engaged in a $1 million architectural review, study and plan with MarmonMok, a San Antonio-based firm. With a $20 million price tag, along with a low priority on the city's wish list, the council at the time didn't move forward with the plan. After dusting off Mar- men Mok's review and plan, Sellers said the city is now moving forward with the complex, which conld cost more than $30 million today. Kyle is cur- rently in the "final round" of talks with three enti- ties, which aim to develop the sports complex. What the complex could hold is a variety of recreational opportuni- ties. Sellers said the city had a "recent development" with an unnamed entity involving positive interest in a "tournament quality tennis complex." The tennis facility may house national tournaments "or larger." Another entity was interested in developing a "tournament- class" indoor and outdoor volleyball facility, which could also be used for other activities, including basketball and futsal, or indoor soccer. A third entity is eyeing a "large recreation facility" that will be mnlti-purpose for a variety of activities. Other facilities could in- clude a skate park, along with a splash pad. Kyle Vista Park could also be a way for Kyle to reopen discussion with Hays CISD regarding a natatorium, or swimming cortlplex, on the site. Sellers said the city be- gan talks with Hays CISD for the natatorium, but they never materialized. Hays CISD earlier this year sought plans to partner with the YMCA of Austin for a $5 million natatorium at Camp Cypress, located along Old San Antonio Road in Buda. The proposed deal, however, died following a 3-3 vote on the dais. Sellers said the natato- rium could still be on the table, and the city "would very much like to explore that." Kyle Mayor Todd web- ster said that instead of waiting 20 years, the city could "bring the types of things people want." Travis Mitchell, Kyle city council, District 1, credited staffwith finding a solution to the funding issue. "You brought forward an impossible solution and its the truest situa- tion of making lemonade out of lemons," Mitchell said. ] PLAN NOW INSTEAD OF THE COURT DECIDING LATER FOR HOMEOWNERS... WILLS RARELY MOlD PROBATE ASSISTANCE FOR YOUR SUCCESSOR TRUSTEE WHEN YOU PASS EVERY HOMEOWNER - SINGLE OR MARRIED- SHOULD ATTEND THIS SEMINAR Continued from pg. 1A life-threatening injuries. The driver of the 18-wheeler, Roberto Diaz-Salas, 47, was not injured in the accident. Barnett said the acci- dent report attributed the accident to a failure of the driver, later identified as New, to control the speed of the vehicle; driver inat- tention "may have been a contributing factor to the accident." A subsequent investi- gation into the incident showed at the time of the collision, New's blood al- cohol content (BAC) was .149, which is nearly twice over the legal limit of .08. A warrant was issued for News' arrest, Barnett said. The warrant was served during a routine traffic stop on FM 1626 Saturday, where New was the passenger in a vehicle. New is being held at the Hays County Jail on a bond of $125,000. 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