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 two pt to solve a developing dispute over their com- mon border whtle they grow clos- erer. T. Buda council appointed Co--embers B Lane and Huk ;White to talk the matter over with :Kyle of,ials. In the meantime, the Buda council also authorized the release of 32 acres ;: belonging to Michael Thames, who owns a 100-acre tract that is release are in  Ausn extmted-  lctlon (ETJ). Kyle, wh s nortt- ward  is opposed by Buda, didn't go so far as to appoint ambassadors to Buda ay night. Instead. Kyle . COuncilmambers Mike Moore and Todd Webster mcorr,ended that c mey  Kght Buda, Presently, Kyle's ETJ ranges all the way  to the intersection of South Loop4 and tH-35. Almost cerinly,  II be more to come onthis issue. um Though some in. Kyle don't like the rcH3ratod.a11 on residential deve because the deveF Oct 4 to next years.me  moratorium the water, wastewater treat- the city continues developing water sources, it doesn't have to  a trajan  vete Through Wednesday; a more than ha throug the voting period in the recall cast r votes, That compares With an early vote totat of 156 for the 1 city  election in  May. which totalled596 vet. We've,heard  about    contused. Remember: you're not voting for  against Adkins; you're voting for ,alnst his recall So, if you i!iiiiiiiii ii!iii!theii!!iii!i ! Mattis announces Home Depot plans BY BILL PETERSON Editor YLE-With so much being built in Kyle these days, City Manager Tom Mattis casually announced another major development Tuesday night before the city council. Mattis said a Home Depot is on its way to the intersection of Dry Hole Road and IH-35 on the northern end of the city as part of a major retail development by Carnegie, a development company in Cleveland. Mattis said he couldn't announce more details about the project; though he men- tioned after Tuesday night's meeting that some discussion about the project has put its breadth at as much as 700,000 square feet. As is so often the case, though, the project could always be a casualty of con- tingencies. No conceptual plan has yet been presented to the Planning and Zoning Commission (P&Z) or the city council. Once such a plan is presented, the process for approving a sight develop- Home Depot in Kyle?'pg. 9 Rub), Ranch dodges, asphalt plant -for now BY DANIEL MICHAEL Staff Writer REA-AI Gmitter doesn't know for sure, but he suspects public outrage over a plan to open an asphalt plant next to Ruby Ranch has sidetracked the plan. Gmitter, Director of the Ruby Ranch Homeowners Association, said District 45 Rep. Patrick Rose (D-Dripping Springs) recently sent Out a letter saying KBDJ altered its request with for an air quality permit with the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ), removing the asphalt plato-and- maintaining a rock crushing plant. Gmitter said he isn't altogether confi- delt the asphalt plant is going away com- pletely, however. He speculated that it would be easier to receive approval on an air quality permit if only a rock crushing plant is in question. That granted, he said, KBDJ could come back later with the asphalt plant.' Meanwhile, Neighbors Organized to Protect the Environment (NOPE) has hired legal counsel to fight the proposed plant adjacent to Ruby Ranch. NOPE is a special purpose committee formed out of the membership of the homeowners association, which isn't allowed by char' ter to engage in political activity. Dick Schneider, executive director of NOPE said he's still waiting for the --T-oas Commission on Erviro,mental Quali, (TCI) to set a date for a publi hearing on an air quality permit (permit 55480) filed by KBDJ. Asphalt Plant Halted, pg.'8 Jumpin' Jordan Hays High School volleyball star Jordan Elliott normally is expert at setting up team- matei,:but she'S tough at the net in this recent game. (photo by Gera/d Cati//o) Train depot returns to Front and Center PEC workers work diligently to keep power lines and other obstructions out of the way of the train depot being transferred from the Nash family property on Kyle's east side to its final location on Front and Center Streets in downtown Kyle. (photo by Cyndy Slovak-Barton) Staff Report YLE - After numerous false tarts, Kyle s old train depot made its way back towards its original location at Front and Center Streets Thursday. The depot was moved in 1967 from its location to the home of the Chuck Nash family, which used it as a guest house. If 1967 doesn't seem long ago, consider this: Kyle City Manage[ The depot has been loaded and Tom Mattis said Nash told him that ready to move for several weeks, they let school out in Kyle on the but several delays due to ground day the depot moved to his proper" preparation and weather kept the ty. Back in those days, of course, depot waiting. Kyle had its own school system. The move of the depot is being funded by a $65,000 grant from the Burdine Johnson Foundation, along with a $9,000 donation from Preservation Associates, which acquired the facility from the Nash family. Kyle City Council delays budget vote BY BILL PETERSON Editor YLE-After waving off two udget workshops s.ince City Manager Tom Mattis presented a Fiscal Year 2003434 budget on July 29, the Kyle City Council now is under the gun to approve a new budget and tax rate before the Sept. 18 deadline mandated by the city charter. Council voted, 4-3, against accepting the budget on fast reading Tuesday night, with Councilmembers Troy Bearden, Todd Webster, Cris Martinez and Lon Taylor voting in the majority. The council will conduct a bud- get workshop Monday night, fol- lowed by a brief meeting before Tuesday night's Planning and Zoning Commission (P&Z) session Tuesday night to accept the first reading. Council then would be on schedule to approve the budget at the Sept. 16 meeting. Mattis said the city charter obligates the city council to accept the budget by the third Thursday in September, which is Sept. 18 this year. Mattis added that if the council doesn't accept a budget by then, the city ch .after calls for the budget sub- mitted by the city manager to be adopted. Councilmembers in the minori- ty, specifically Mayor James Adkins, expressed irritation that the budget hadn't been hammered out by Tuesday night. The council scheduled workshops at the end of each of two regular August meet- ings, but both ran long and the workshops were cancelled. That failing, Adkins wondered aloud why councilmembers who had specific questions about the budget couldn't make arrangements to take them to Mattis before Tuesday. "We wait to get to the council meeting before we ask a bunch of questions," Adkins said. "Sometimes, we move away from city business and it becomes a per- sonal agenda." Taylor expressed the most reser- , vations about voting on the budget, specifically questioning the $1.7 million item for the city's proposed administration building that will pre- sumably be built on the former Bon Ton property. The project has been controversial from the beginning. "I'm not trying to showboat at all," Taylor said. "But if I'm going to vote on a city budget, being finan- cially responsible, I want to have some questions answered ... I am reluctant to authorize $1.7 million (for the administration building) unless we have some final num- bers." The city hasn't yet approved a specific plan for the administration building. The proposed total budget of $12.8 million more than doubles last year's budget as the iargest in city history, due to its fast-ever building program, which includes the administration building. The city already has shovels in the ground for a municipal swim- ming pool and plans are being made for a new administration building, a new fire station, an upgrade to the -historic City Hall and improve- ments along Center Street. The majority of the $6.5 million budget increase is a $4.9 million expendi- ture on capital improvements, which are financed by $5.35 million in bonds issued last fall. Meanwhile, the city's taxable property values have increased to $440 million from $302 million fol- lowing a round of annexations late last year. Because of the increase in taxable values, Mattis proposed that the city reduce its property tax rate to 31.9 cents per $100 of taxable value, down from 35.45 cents. It would be the seventh straight year in which the city has reduced its property tax rate. Even with the lower tax rate, the city will levy a record $1.4 million in property taxes. At Mattis' request, the council tabled the approval of a tax rate Tuesday night. Mattis said it made no sense to approve the tax rate until a budget is approved.