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Hays Free Press August 24, 2011 NEWS Page 3A Buda economic director Marble Falls BY WES RERGiJSON wes@haysfreepress.com Warren Ketteman, the executive director of the Buda Economic De- velopment Corp., is a finalist for the same position in Marble Falls. Ketteman said he was very inter- ested in becoming the next director of the Marble Falls Economic De- vel0pment Corp. "I've always admired Marble Falls," he said. "It's a beantiful little community, and I've always thought, 'You know, if I ever got the opportunity, that might be a city I'd like to work at.'" The corporation's board members held special meet- ings on Friday and Tuesday to discuss the.hiring. The deliberations were held during executive session, and no action was taken at either meeting. A third meeting has not been scheduled. Buda Mayor Sarah Mangham said local officials were aware of Ketteman's interest in the Marble Falls job. "He would be greatly missed if he is selected for that position," she said. Ketteman is one of two finalists for the position after the board's first choice declined the job offer to accept a simi- lar post in Bastrop. The other finalist is the Marble Falls/ Lake LBJ Chamber of Commerce, which has pmposed to handie executive director duties for $77,000, accorclin8 to the Marble Falls newspaper, The Highlander. The job would pay about $100,000 if awarded to an individual. Members of the Marble Falls Economic De- velopment Corp.'s hiring committee did not return calls seeking comment on Tuesday. BY WlES FERGUSON wes@haysfreepress.com Two events this weekend will celebrate the birth of the enig- matic 36th president of the United States, Lyndon Baines Johnson, a son of the Texas Hill Country, is re- vered by many for orchestrating the "Great Society" of the 1960s. The sweeping legislation upheld civil rights, fought poverty and greatly expanded access to educa- tion while encouraging conserva- tion and urban renewal. Those domestic polices and other achievements have ce- mented his legacy as one of the United States' greatest p~ive visionaries. But in a lifetime marked by the insatiable pursuit of power, John son also escalated the Wemam War, stole elections and treated his wife and others with astonishing cruel~, according to "The Years of Lyndon Johnson," an acclaimed biography by Robert Cam. Johnson had a "hunger for power in its most naked form, for power not to improve the lives of others, but to manipulate and dominate them, to bend them to his will," Cam writes in the biog- raphy's f~st volume, "a hunger so fierce and consuming that no consideration of morality or eth- ics, no cost to himself- or to any- one else-could stand before it." But Harry Middleton, the for- mer ~or of the Lyndon Baines Johnson Library in Austin, has al- ways disputed Cams unthttecing assessment oflohnson. ~ne biggest misconception about him is that it was just about ambition," Middleton said in a newspa~r interview three years ago. 'Tie was a strong-willed per- ) "He (LBJ) was a strong-willedperson who was motivated by a desire to leave a mark on the country and improve the lives of Americans." -Harry Middleton, former director of the LBJ Library, Austin son who was motivated by a desire In the second of this weekend's to leave a mark on the couutry and birthday observances - a military improve thelives of Americans." honor guard will lay a wreath at ]ohnsonwas bomAug 27, 1908, the president's grave on Saturday anddiedatage64in1973,fouryears morning. The ceremony begins aftertheendofhispresidency, at l0 a.m. in the Johnson Family Several celebratons have been Cemetery at the Lyndon B. John- planned in celebration of LBJ's son National Historical Park in birth. Stonewall In the first celebration honor- Guest speaker Benjamin Baron, ing Johnson's legacy, U.S. Rep. aUniversityofTexasgraduate, rep- Lloyd Doggett, D-Austin, will resents smdentswho have attend- speak at the Hays County Demo- ed classes taught by former LBJ Li- cratic Party's annual 1.21J Birthday brary ~r Harry Middleton. Bash in San Marcos. "It is a great honor to be includ- The event will be 3 to 5 p.m. ed at the ranch for this ceremony Sunday at the LBJ Student Cen- and share the legacy of President ter on the campus of Johnson's Johnson," Baron said in a news alma mater, Texas State Univer- release. "His stewardship should sity-San Marcos. be our example." Church Swindler Continued from I~. 1A "He would pray with you, and would wine and dine us," Jacobs recalled last week. The pastor says Humphrey convinced the church to hand over the entire loan so he could buy construction materials in advance. About t ethrough the project to Word of Life Church on Old Posit Road, Humphrey told Jacobs he had run out of money and left. "He came in one day and said all of the money is gone," Jacobs said. The hcobs were stuck with a shell of a church that had a leaky roof and failed several city code inspections. It would cost another $1 million to repair the shoddy structure, Jacobs said. "We had to redo the work he did to get it back up to stan- da~'d," he say~. ~:"~bud~the church aljo had to scrap original designs for an upstairs adman- istration office and computer lab. We re still not firdshed ac- cording to what we planned," he said. BAD TRACK RECORD Humphrey left his mark on other nearby churches as well. The Kyle United Methodist Church hired Humphrey to construct a 6,400-square-foot annex building in February 2007. in a lawsuit, the Meth- odist church claimed that Humphrey took more than $564,000 for the $fi00,000 proj- ect, and abandoned the proj- ect at 50 percent complete. The lawsuit also revealed thatFor His Glory Christian Fellowship near Pnugervine paid Humphrey and his cor- poration, Church Contractors Inc., $683,000 out of a $912,000 contract in 2004. Humphrey ditched the project with only the foundation slab and grade beams constructed. On April 26, 2011, the Meth- odist church was granted an order for sever'~nce in the law- suit, originally filed in January 2008 against Humphrey and his partners Randy Beckett and Amy Humphrey, court records show. Pastor Barbara Aziz said that the civil lawsuit is over with but would not confirm ff there was a settlement since the Criminal case is unresolved. "It is an ongoing litigation case so we are not able to comment at this time," Aziz said. ]acobs' church was also granted a court order for a default judgment in December 2009 that made Humphrey's company liable to pay back $1.2 million plus interest and attorney fees. The order also removed the construction lien on the property. In February 2009, Hum- phrey and his parmers filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy and it's unknown if there are funds to repay the churches. Jacobs says his church still hasn't seen one penny. A few months prior to filin_g bankruptcy, though, Humphrey was able to col- lect enough money to post bonds up to $165,000 in Dallas County after he was arrested in his hometown of Grand Prairie, court records show. According to his application for a court-appointed attor- ney, Humphrey declared that his only income is from Social Security disability benefits. He currently remains out of jail on bail. He is charged with first-degree felonies of theft of $200,000 or more and misap- plication of fiduciary property of $200,000 or more. He also faces charges of failure to ap- pear and deceptive business practices, both Class A misde- meanors, jail records say. ANOTHER DELAY On Monday, the jury trial for Humphrey was slated to be heard at the 22nd District Court in San Marcos, however, it was delayed again and reset to October 3, recorQs show. The case l~s beeo reset many times due to de medi: cal condition and issues with the defendant's health," Hays County District Attomey Sherri Tibbe said. A motion for continuance filed on Thursday stated that Humphrey is too ill to travel to the trial or even remain seated for long periods of time. "The Defendant suffers from multiple debilitating diseases which are life threat- ening, require he remain dose to his tertiary health care facility at all times and render him basically hnusebound," says the motion, written by Humphrey's attorney Leslie Halasz. Accompanying the motion was a letter by Dr. Prabhakar Swaroop, Humphrey's primary The City of Buda has current openings on various Boards/Commissions Planning and Zoning - This Board serves as an advisory Board to the City Council in matters related to ensuring planned and purposeful development of the City of Buda and its extraterritorial jurisdiction, to protect the integrity of our natural resources and neighborhoods, and to enforce State and local statutes and Ordinances; meets twice a month. Zonine Board of Adjustment - This Board has the authority to hear and decide appeals where the applicant alleges that there is an error in any order, requirement, decision, or determination made by City staff or the City Council in the enforcement of the City's zoning regulations and ordinances; to hear and decide requests for special exceptions to the City's zoning regulations and ordinances; to hear and decide judicial variances. This Board meets only on an as needed basis at Buda's City Hall. Historic Commission - This Board serves as an advisory Board to the City Council in matters relating to heritage and historic preservation activities in the City's Historic District, events and projects for the benefit of the City and its Citizens. This Board meets monthly at Buda's City Hall. Parks & Recreation Commission - This Board serves as an advisory Board to the City Council in matters relating to policies, rules and regulations of a public pares and recreation program. They provide oversight of public playgrounds, athletic fields, recreation centers, and other park facilities. This Board meets monthly at the Buda's City Hall. Library Lone Ran[e Planning, (~ommittee - This adhoc planning committee will be 10 to 15 members for the purpose of putting together a Long Range Plan for the Buda Public Library and the process should only last four months. This timeline would have the plan completed before the library's annual report is due to the Texas State Library and Archives Commission. Library Commission - This Board serves as an advisory Board to the City Council in matters relating to policies for the operation of the library facilities and services for the City of Buda. This Board meets monthly at the Buda Library. Buda Economic Development Corporation -En~ourages diverse business development and expansion. New business development as well as existing business expansion is a primary focus for economic development in Buda. This policy addresses issues such as infrastructure improvements and partnership fostering which will ultimately positively position the City of Buds to effectively recruit new business as well as help existing business expand. Local Government Corporation - This Board is responsible for the receiving, investing and disbursing of all funds of the Corporation, accounting for and reporting on all financial activity, coordinating the independent audit, budget development and administration and Project financing for projects on the Cabela's Tax Increment Reinvestment Zone. Applications may be picked up at City Hall located at 121 Main, Buda, during normal business hours, Monday through Friday, or you my access the website at www,ci.buda.tx.us to download a copy of the Bom'dgCommissions application. Yon may also e-mail your completed Boards/Commission applications to tmilam@ci.buda.ULus or give us a call at 512-312-0084. Applications will be accepted by the City Secretary through September 6th, 2011 physician at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, who wrote that his patient has Cmhn's disease among other ailments. His last medical visit with Humphrey occurred July 31, records show. Humphrey declined to be interviewed but Halasz said Monday that medical staff recently told her it doesn't appear her client will ever be healthy enough to stand trial. "It's a bad situation," she said. "He's in terrible shape." Whether genuine or a ruse, the holdup is no surprise to Pastor Jacobs. He and his family have already decided to move past Humphrey and his corrupt dealings, he says. "We chose to be free and go forward," he said. NOTICE OF PUBLIC MEETING TO DISCUSS THE HAYS CONSOLIDATED INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT'S State Financial Accountability Rating of Hays CISD will hold a public meeting inning at 6:15 pm on September 19, Jack C. Hays High School Career & Technology Center, 4800 Jack C. Hays Trail Buda, Texas 78610 The purpose of this meeting is to discuss the Hays Consolidated Independent School District's Rating on the state's financial accountability system. +