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But Kyle City Manager Tom Mattis, while saying the city has made substantial material progi'ess in providing for water, wastewater, storm water and transportation, offered no assurances that the city will soon Buda council tables Garlic Creek plan BY DANIEL MICHAEL Staff Writer of FM 1626 and FM 967. Before Tuesday's meeting, about 30 people rallied outside of Buda City Hall against the 670-acre subdivision. The proposal has drawn the attention of many environmen- tal groups such as the Save Our Springs Alliance, which believes the 1,980-home subdi- vision is partially above the Edwards Aquifer's recharge zone. While many of the protes- tors were from communities outside of'he city limits, sever- al Buda residents who partici- pated in the protest had con- cerns about the subdivision's Garlic Creek on hold, pg. 2 UDA-The Buda City Council won't make a deci- sion on whether to approve the Garlic Creek West subdivision preliminary plan until its Oct. 7 meeting. In a 4-1 vote, the cogncil voted to .table taking action on the controversial plan, allowing more time to study the proposal. The council has until Oct. 9 to make a decision to approve the subdivision preliminary plan or, by state law, the plan will automatically be approved. The proposed subdivision is in Buda's extraterritorial jurisdic- tion (ETJ), near the intersection be able to serve more residential growth. Even with the residential development already approved, the city expects to triple in size to 35,000-40,000 in the next five years. The moratorium tumed out to be one of the less spicy items on Tuesday night's menu of legislative confrontation, which included the second and final readings of the budget and tax rate. Facing a charter-imposed dead- line of today (Sept. 18) to set a Fiscal Year 2004 budget and tax rate, the council majori- ty of Webster, Troy Bearden, Cris Martinez and Lon Taylor found too much to question and put the matter off until a special recon- vening tonight. It didn't smooth matters that Mattis threw the council a late Curve, announcing just before the second readings of the budget and property tax rates that i he discovered $200,000 from the swimming pool budget Kyle budget draws on, pg. 9 David Patterson, right, former member of the Buda Economic Development Corporation, protested the pro- posed Garlic Creek West subdivision before Tuesday's city council meeting. In tle background, Buda resi- dent Sharon Faulk also protested the development. Although these people were from Buda, many of the pro- testors were from other communities that also have a stake in the Edwards Aquifer. (photo by Daniel Michael) O Tobias, lmn:ored .wl, tb ...... [Mayor Adkins beats Kyle-recall by almost 3-1vote Adkins not against a mayoral opponent, but against purport- ed discontent among citizens due to the city's growing pains. However, opponents of the recall characterized the effort as r#ean spirited, convincing voters that Adkins had done nothing to deserve the smear. "I feel most certainly that the citizens have spoken about who they want in charge of the city," Adkins said. "And they spoke for the kind of govern- ment they want, which is the city council-city manager form of government. Now, we can get on with city business:" The early vote went 186-97 against the recall, with the election day vote going 532- 165 against it. The previous record raw voter {umout in Kyle occured when more than 800 voters came out in an 1980s city council election to pick between three candidates .on either side of whether thecity should allow the Wachenhutt Corrections Facility into town. Mayor beats recall, pg. 8 new school dedication Staff Report 'AYS CISD-The Hays .CISD set out 300 seats for the dedication of the Rosalio Tobias International School last Sunday afternoon. As it turned out, the district should have planned for more guests, for the dedication was packed with well-wishers, many of whom were as interested in honoring Tobias as dedicating the school in hjs name. The celebration included the unveiling of a monument in Tobias' name, a gift to his fami- ly from the school. In addition, former Hays CISD Trustees President Tim Brace gave a very well received speech about the value of diver- sity, mostly from the top of his head, and Texas State Spanish professor Roberto Galvan read a poem to Tobias. Two Tobias stu- dents read essays about citizen- ship. The school, which is intend- ed to teach students English, Spanish and German, opened in the fall. Located a mile off IH- Tobias Dedication, pg. 3 BY BILl.' PETERSON Editor Two local legends talk about school days - Rosalio Tobias, left, and Red Simon, the Hays CISD's first board president. (photo by Jufie Crimmins) I. YLE-Mayor James ,dkins, who had won twice consecutively won elec- tion without opposition,, faced down a recall against his administration last Saturday by nearly a 3-1 margin. Citizens for the Unification of Kyle (CUK), the group that organized against the recall election, turned out 73.3 per- cent of the highest raw voter count in city history with a 718-262 total against the mea- sure. Though Adkins said imme- diately after the victory that voters from all around the city had sent a message that they want a strong city manager and a council to act in concert, a council majority opposed to Adkins acted with renewed vigor at Tuesday.'s meeting (see story, top of page). The result means Adkins will remain in place to fill. out his term, which ends in May. 2005. The recall election pitted 'Twas a long, long road t,, Gregory Gym' Editor's note: With the Kyle High School homecoming approaching on Sept. 27, former Kyle High School basketball coach Moe Johnson and his wife, Gene, have published a book about the great Kyle High basket- ball teams of the 1950s. Bob Barton, publisher of The Free Press, was a school classmate of Moe Johnson's at Buda High School. The two later co-owned The Kyle News. Following is an article written by Barton in The Hays County Citizen in March 1956, charting Johnson's young coaching career as he led Kyle High School to the first of five state tournaments. nv Boa BaroN Publisher LE-Almost ten years ago to e day a 15-year-old high school boy was suspended from classes for a week, and this omi- nous occasion marks the begin- nin.g of one of the fabulous success stories in the annals of local sports lore. The cause of expulsion was not the usual case of hookey playing or insubordination or any of the thou- sand and one mischievous acts which lead many adults to look upon adolescents as juvenile delin- quents. William Mose Johnson, junior student at Buda High School, was expelled for loving to play basketball too much, Now ten years later, "Moe," as he is better known, is rated as one of the top young coaches in Central Texas and his Kyle Panthers are fresh from a fourth place finish in the state basketball meet. Born in the depression year of Moe Johnson, pg. 5 Moe and Gene Johnson as they appeared in the 1958 Kyle High School yearbook.