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I~, IIli~lIlIi[~[[l~.~[lIIl~I [ ~ J JJlIll~nllIJ + + FOOTBALL BEGINS Hays annihilates Akins and Lehman suffers first home loss. - Page 1B CULTURE CULLECTED Texas State University has several artistic and literary works on display. - Page 1C Barton Publications, Inc. HaysFreePress.com Vol. 108. No. 21 ........... g Buda, Kyle and Northeast Hays County 75 PHOTO BY JEN BIUNDO Danfoss Chatleff on Buda's Goforth Road has been in operation since 1986 but will have to let go of its 120 em- ployees after the plant's operations are moved to Mexico. BY JEN BIUNDO President of Danfoss Automatic lyn Henderson bought Chatleff in jen@haysfreepress.com Controls. "In order to improve our 1978, and over the next three de- competitive position, and ensure cades they grew the small compa- a long-term profitable business, ny into a $50 million powerhouse !ffter nearly 25 years in opera- we have to consolidate distributer before seging it to the Denmark- tion, one of Buda's largest manu- production into our Mexico opera- based Danfoss.Theysaythe famBy- facturing employers is shutting its tion." owned manufacturing plant always doors and outsourcing 120 jobs to Buda City Manager KeimethWil- cared for its employees and earned Monterrey, Mexico, company offi- liams called the move a"byproduct their loyalty. During negotiations, cials announced last Wednesday. of the current economy," and said the Hendersons say Danfoss told Danfoss Chafleff LLC, which the citywould feel the loss ofjobs themtheyhadnoplanstolayoffor builds cooling and heating compo- and property tax revenue, outsource workers. nents, will close its 62,000-square- "Of course we're sad to see them "We're disappointed, of course," foot Goforth Road plant by the go, but we wish them well," said Ray Henderson said. "Some of end of 2010. Danfoss haunt out Williams. "They've been a good these people had been with us for the company from local owners in corporate partner of Buda for a over40years.Wefelttheywerepart 2007. while now and they supplied lots of the family and we treated them "This was a necessary decision," of jobs." as such. If we can help them in any said Soren Eskildsen, Senior Vice Austin couple Ray and Caro- way, we will." The lobby was full of photos of little league teams sponsored by Chafleff, and they frequently con- tributed to the community, Caro- lyn Henderson said. "It was a family business," she said. "We always had a picnic every year, we had a Christmas luncheon, we were really just family. That's one of the reasons that we settled on Danfoss. They implied they would continue our traditions and ~ey wouldn't lay people off. I'm s~id'~/d I feel for the people and I'm terribly disappointed in Danfoss that they would do this." Company founders George See DANFOSS GHATLEFF, log. 3A ii BY SEAN KIMMONS sean@haysfreepress.com K!lyse city officials are in nego- ations with Texas Disposal tems to develop a city-wide recycling program, which would redi- rect tons of rubbish from the landfill and generate revenue for the city. Since September 2009, roughly 800 homes in Amberwood and Indian Paintbrush subdivisions have partici- pated in a three-cart pilot program, diverting hundreds of tons of ~zy- clables and compost materials from the Creedmoor landfill owned by TDS, a local waste disposal company with a strong environmental track record. In the program, each household is given'three 96-gallon bins for trash, recyclables and compost materi- als. If the program goes city-wide, it would add about $4 to a household's monthly garbage bill. TDS officials claim that if the city added a five-year commercial franchise to the deal, making them responsible for trash pickup for local businesses, residents will save an estimated 94 cents per month. IfTDS serviced all accounts in the city, commercial rates would also reduce on average by 10 percent. The city could then use those extra funds, estimated at $50,000 per year, to help offset the cost of street repairs, said Rick Fraumann, TDS director of sales and customer care. "We can increase the recycling options for the city and also offer an exclusive commercial element to increase recycling options for busi- nesses and generate a revenue source for the city," Fmumann told the coun- cil in August. Fmumann also touted the idea that if his company serviced the entire city there would be fewer trucks on the road caused by using multiple provid- ers. TDS already handles about 70 percent of the city. See KYLE RECYCLING, pg. 3A PHOTOS BY SEAN KIMMONS flop) A mound of trash is leveled down at the Creedmoor landfill owned by Texas Disposal Systems. (Left) Stacks of 96-gallon bins stand ready to be delivered. (Right) Tons of recyclables have been piling up at the landfill and will be sorted when TDS opens its new recycling center this month. s suit BY BRAD ROLLINS brad@haysfreepress.com SheriffTommy Ratiiff's chief investigator abruptly quit his job this summer after District Attor- ney Sherri Tibbe said his felony charge 17 years ago of tamper- ing with evi- dence discred- ited him as a wit- ness for the state. Read Lt. Kevin Ficke's lawsuit with this story at om On Friday, former Lt. Kevin Ficke filed a lawsuit in state district court against both the sheriff's and district attorney's of. rice as well as Ratliff and Tibbe in their individual capacity, claiming breach of contract among other -- wrongs. ~-~. "'-- '~J1 he's done for 20 years is ~_ protect Central Texas citizens fi~r~ criminal elements. He's essentially become collateral damage for a public spat between two public officials who should know better," said Chad Dunn, Ficke's attorney. Ficke submitted his resignation on lune 24, three days after Tibbe's office faxed a letter to Ratliffthat said Ficke's "continued employ- See INVESTIGATOR'S PAST, pg. 2A Sul~criber address I~ I Cl t- BY JEN BIUNDO jen@haysfreepress.com Work is underway on a long-await- ed interstate overpass that could help ing an overpass. Traffic headed to Hillside Terrace Drive will be routed through Kelly Smith Lane. Though it will temporarily tie up the access roads, the new bridge will ulti- mately improve mobility and alleviate pass. Currently, a temporary two-lane spur tees into the IH-35 access road just north of the old Cement Plant Road. With no overpasses between FM 2001 in Buda and Dry Hole Road in Kyle, motorists and heavy commercial trucks divert heavy commercial traffic off of traffic headaches created when the in- that want to head north on IH-35 must Buda access roads. Over the next four weeks, the Texas Department of Transportation will temporarily close a segment of the northbound IH-35 access road in Buda due to construction of a bridge at the southern terminus of Buda's track bypass. terstate access roads were converted from two-way to one-way this spring, Hurt said. "It's going to provide considerably better access from one side of the in- terstate to the other," Hurt said. The overpass will link the Buda truck bypass to northbound IH-35. flow detour south about four miles. The new overpass wig provide fast access to the northbound interstate. With the help of $5.8 million in stimulus funds from the American Re- covery and Reinvestment Act, TxDOT contracted the project to the Austin- based Capital Excavation Co. and be- NEW OVERPASS OVER IH-35 AT CEMENT PLANT ROAD About a half-mile of the frontage road around its intersection with Hillside Terrace Drive is closed for an estimated four weeks. fllLLSIOE TERRACE RO KEY The access road will be closed from Buda completed the $2 million by- gan work on the overpass in June. The about a quarter mile south of Hillside pass in the summer of 2007, diverting project is slated for completion next ~.~Road closed Terrace Drive to about a quarter mile trucks off of Main Street and through summer. ,~ _ . north of Hillside Terrace Drive, said Buda's industrial corridor south of the The overpass will initially be con- ~'L~'Derour TxDOT spokesperson John Hurt. city center structed with three lanes, with a O Construction Traffic will be detoured around the But at the time, thecitywasunableto planned future expansion to five lanesl closed section where crews are build- secure funding for the interstate over- Hurt said. ~ co~0,,, ~- FREE PRESS GRAPHIC mt t~E - BY JORGE GARCIA RAMI( AM 111' Opinions .................. 4-5A Obituaries .................. 4C A snapshot of banks operating in Education ............... 3-4B Service Directory ...... 2 & 3D Hays County. 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