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September 11, 2003 Current Events Page § Sho3"00 blackout darkens day for PEC customers BY DANIEL MICHAEL Staff Writer EA--Customers of the edernales Electric Cooper- ative (PEC) in the cities of Buda and Mountain City, as well as Kyle's Plum Creek subdivision, experienced a blackout on Aug. 29 at about 4:50 p.m., according to the PEC construction coordinator for the Kyle district office, Cele De Leon. Although the blackout hap- pened during the hottest part of the day, Deleon said the electrical out- age had nothing to do with the hot weather. He said the power disrup- ,tion was a result of an electrical feeder that fell on a lower electrical feeder at the Buda electrical substa- tion, rendering both feeders tem- porarily inactive. De Leon said PEC didn't have an explanation for why the feeder fell, but that the cause was still • under investigation. The Buda Volunteer Fire Department (BVFD) quickly responded to a small grass fire at the substation, located on FM 2770, which was sparked as a result of the collapsed feeder. A spokesperson for the BVFD said nearby residents most likely reported the grass fire, and that the BVFD had to wait until engineers with PEC arrived on the scene to secure the downed power line before they could put out the grass file. "PEC was already on their way," the spokesperson said. "The powerline was laying out in the middle of the field." De Leon said PEC responded to the blackout as soon as it hap- pened and that the substation was up and running as quickly as possi- ble. One of the disrupted feeders transmits electricity to Buda, while the othe r feeder relays electricity to Mpuntain City and Plum Creek. At one time, 2,500 members of the electrical cooperative were without electricity for about 30 minutes, while Mountain City and Plum Creek residents were out for almost two hours. Garlic Creek Approved, from page 1 Mathis said during the Aug. 28 meeting of the P&Z, that he would address anyone's questions regarding the proposed subdivi- sion if they would send them in writing to the city or via email. Mathis said no one has come to him with any concerns. Dulski said he voted against the recommendation because he still had some unanswered ques- tions regarding water quality issues. "Without all the pieces of the puzzle, I don't feel comfortable moving forward with this," he said. Although Fletcher Seemed to have a favorable impression of the development, the P&Z chair'- man also voted against the rec- ommendation. When developer Shawn Breedlove said, "We've met all your standards," Fletcher replied, "That's not exactly true .... Some of those lots don't meet require- ments." Flethcer also said the project is a huge issue and that the process should not be rushed. The proposed development will consist of 669.46 acres bound by FM 967 on the north, FM 1626 on the west, and Old Black Colony Road on the south. The plat calls for 1,717 single family residential lots, 263 garden homes and 75.61 commercial acres. The city council has 30 days to make a decision on the P&Z's recommendation. In other developments: o. The P&Z appointed DuJski to the newly adopted Transportation Committee. The P&Z will have two representa- tives on the Transportation Committee, including Transpor- tation Committee Chairman Carl Urban, who was chosen to serve by the city council last week. The city council approved a res- olution creating a Transpor- tation Committee in its Aug. 2 meeting. Kyle Budget, from page 1 Don't Axe Our Mayor! on Sept. 13, 2 3 item for the administration building to $1.5 million from $1.95 million. Mattis again told council, how- ever, that the city will come through FY 2003 with up to $8 million in unencumbered reserves, $1 million of which is surplus from the last year. Echoing a concern expressed before by Councilmember Troy Bearden, Councilmember Todd Webster questioned Mattis' method for pro- jecting expenditures which often end up far short of the projections. "I would rather budget exactly what we're going to spend," said Webster, who added after the Monday meeting that the council loses spending discretion when funds are tied up in such conserva- tive projections. Otherwise, council reappropri- ated several budget items and funded small increases for library books, the summer recreation pro- gram and council training. The budget• and tax rate hit a small snag Tuesday, when Webster called Mattis late in the day and asked for an extra $20,1300 for ani- mal control. Mattis had budgeted $10,800, well short of the amount sought by People for Animal Welfare (PAWS) for a new con- tract. Mattis.put in an extra $19,166, but said the additional funds would necessitate an increase on the pro- posed tax rate to 32.36 cents. Mattis said other additions to the budget made Monday night reduced the budget's built-in con- tingency reserves beneath his pre- ferred level of three percent to around two percent. "If we end up doing (animal control) ourselves, we're going to spend much more money," Webster said. "I think we should be prudent and budget for (PAWS). It doesn't mean we're going to spend it." However, Councilmember Mike Moore motioned to approve .the budget without the extra money for animal control at the 31.9 cents tax rate, with Councilmember Becky Selbera seconding. "We may not spend it, but we are taking it out of the taxpayer's pocket," Moore said. URGENT NOTICE REGARDING YOUR HOMEOWNER'S INSURANCE DID YOU KNOW... 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