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+ HAYS V& LEHMAN Young Lobes becoming tougher contenders for Hays every year. - Page 1B LIFE, PAPER, SCISSORS Buda Fine Arts Festival featured artist adds dimension to her subjects. - Page 1C Barton Publications, Inc. HaysFreePress.com Vol. 108 * No. 25 Buda, Kyle and Northeast Hays County 75 city man,, BY KAY RICHTER kay@haysfreepress.com Friction over the ongoing search process for the new city manager sparked disagreement at a special Kyle City Council meeting on Tuesday. The controversy stems from the role of a council-appointed committee charged with preliminary evaluations of the 76 applications for the munici- pal government's top administrative job. Mayor Lucy Johnson began the meeting by reading a statement in which she said the committee changed its plans for making recom- mendations to the council last week, a day after Councilmembers David Wilson and Jalme Sanchez said the group would forward the top 10 applicants to the council for further consideration. "I do not believe the council had any expectation that the committee would change their procedures within 24 hours of describing them to us, let alone move toward interviews without consulting the council as to their new plans," Johnson said. "...l sincerely apologize to any of you who thought I JOHNSON WILSON alone was trying to take control of this committee after last Wednesday night's committee meeting." She went on to deny that she had lobbied members of the committee - which also includes city employees Kerry Urbanowicz and Marie Perez - to change their scores for certain applicants. Wilson then mounted a spirited de- fense of the committee's handling of the search process, saying the group has not substantially altered how it told the council it would go about winnowing the applicant pool. "I've heard rumors that we have changed that process, that we are doing this and that. Allegations both oblique and direct have been flying around which absolutely undercuts the hard work" the committee is do- ing, Wilson said. 7 know this is a fun political football for some [but] this is serious business. This is no game." He continued, "In the end, our very, very best candidate is what we need for the city of Kyle. We have major challenges. We can't select anything but the best." The council eventually voted 5-2 to interview not only the top seven ap- plicants as identified by the commit- See CITY MANAGER SEARCH, pg. 6A resist zoning of future BY KAY RICHTER kay@haysfreepress.com Recalling past fights over land use in the city's most established areas, Old "You give Town Kyle residents [businesses] prevailed on the city an inch, council last and they week to not change take a the zoning foot." designation for the new -4~ elml~, library site neighbor on Scott opposedto Street. rezoning Plans for tile $3.5 million facility include some elements such as a children's tower, that do not meet the 25-foot setback requirement under the prop- erty's current Central Business District 1 zoning. To make the project comply with the city's own rules, design plans will either have to be altered or the property rezoned to Central Business District 2, a designation that itllows construction up to the edge of the property line. City staff at the council's regular meeting last week rec- ommended the latter. The city council appears inclined,to- ward redesigning the building or finding a different solution. "The engineering firm made the error. Our city staff is already dowr~with too many items," Coun- cilmembet" Russ Huebner said of Austin:based Raymond Construction Inc. A handful of residents who live in the area turned out to See LIBRARY ZONING,, pg. 3A PHOTO BY SEAN CLAES Chicken Fried Fun at Kyle Log House Children enjoyed playing atop the Hays County Historical Commission's reconditioned stagecoach during the Claiborne Kyle Log Cabin Fried Chicken Dinner last weekend. The annual event honors the man for whom the city of Kyle is named at his restored 1850 dogtrot cabin on a bluff overlooking the Blanco River. PHOTO BY dEN BIUNO0 Cort Farley of the Oak Hill Fire Department gets some encourage- ment as he drags a rescue dummy through the Firefighter's Challenge. Buda full of fest this weekend STAFF REPORT Old Town Buda will be bus- tling this weekend with the Buda Fire Fest and Buda Fine Arts Festival taking place on opposite ends of Main Street. In its 53rd year, Fire Fest, benefiting the Regional Live Fire Training Center, is sched- uled for Friday and Saturday, in Buda City Park. Festivities include a golf tournament, bull riding competition, firefighter challenge, kids fire- fighter challenge, a barbecue cookoff and, of course, the Little Miss Fire and Miss Fire pageants. Country music singer Tracy Lawrence will headline Friday's live music acts which also include the Turnpike Troubadours. Mark Chesnutt See FIRE & FINE ARTS, pg. 3A Subscriber ad~ < ~ .., e~ I~.. I.la r?. ! ou- : i ..Tw Reasons COURTESY PHOTO to be Pretty 7:30 p.m. today through Sunday. Comic drama concerning our modern-day obses- sion with appearance. For mature audi- ences. PSH Foundation Studio Theatre, 430 Moon Street, San Marcos. $8. COMING UP Market Days 9 a.m.-2 p.m., Local vendors and live music in City Square Park, downtown Kyle Ladies State Chili 11 a.m.-11 p.m. 2010 Texas Chili Queen. Girly Man Beauty Contest, live auction and music.www.ladiesstate. org. Yett Memorial Park, 1813 U.S. 281 South, Blanco. through Halloween FILE PHOTO Annual Pumpkin Patch Opened daily starting Oct. 1 through Halloween at the Carrington House, 320 N. Main St, Buda. Also in Buda this weekend: Fire Fest and the Fine Arts Festival, see story above. Find more local events in the Bulletin, page 3C. Complete listings at haysfreepress.eernlcalendar STATE OF THE INTERSTATE Nearly every foot of IH-35 through Kyle and Buda is either under construction, recently was or will be. - Page 1D Opinions .................. 4-5A Obituaries .................. 4C Sports .................. I&2B Business News ........ 1,4D Education ............ 3&4B Service Directory ......... 2-3D Community ......................... 1-6C Classifieds .................. 2-3D Bulletin Boards ............ 3C Public Notices ............ 2,4D