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Hays Free Press October 19, 2016 Page 5A + KNOW YOUR CAN DIDATES I ELECTION 2016 OIL, 6AS, & MINERAL RIGHTS Both non-producing and producing including Non-Participating Royalty Interest (NPPJ) Provide us your desired price for an offer evaluation. CALL TODAY: 806.620.1422 The Hays Free Press 1. What prompted you to asked Buda City Councilseek office? candidates the following 2. What are the three most questions. Answers are pressing issues Buda printed below. See fullcurrently faces? questionnaires online at 3. How should Buda approach managing the rapid growth? 4. Does Buda need 7. What is an issue you workforce housing? believe should be given 5. What will you do to attention? keep in contact with your 8. What was the last movie constituents? or show you watched in theaters or streamed> 6. What do you bring to the table that your opponents don't? 1. For 21 years, Rebecca and I have had many opportunities to be involved. Whether Coach- ing baseball and softball for our kids, serving on the Hays Educa- tion Foundation Board, HCISD Attendance Zone & Bond Committees, to leading the Buda Methodist HATCH Men's Group and other church committees, we've been involved. I served on the Buda Master Plan . Committee in 2001 and led the effort to bring H-E-B to Buda. I feel my past experience would be helpful in guiding policy decisions on the Council so Buda continues to be a great place to live, work and raise a family. JOHN SISK AUCTIONEERS, INC #7425 WWW.SISKAUCTION.COM PH: 361-456-7771 2. Infrastructure, Growth and Planning. Buda isn't just one of the fastest growing cities in Texas, we are one of the fastest growing areas of the country. And that isn't going to change anytime soon. I've seen our community go from 1,300 to !3,000 in population. We must constantly focus on our infrastructure--roads, water, law enforcement and parks, to keep up with the growth. We need to constantly evaluate and update our previous plans to manage our growth while ensuring we keep Buda affordable and taxes in check. 1. As a resident, I've seen Buda change dramatically over the past few years, so in seeking office I hope to ensure our town retains its small-town character while planning simultaneously for the future. I am proud my family and I call Buda home, so I would like to K0SUB see its vibran- cy and charm maintained. I believe I have the educational and practical back- ground to represent our residents in an ethical and honest manner on the city council. 2. In my opinion, the most pressing issues are infrastructure, smart growth and accountability at city hall. Our local and regional transportation networks should be improved for all modes of trans- portation. A new high school in west Buda and the implementation of SH 45 projects require special transportation focus. Regarding smart growth, water supply and discharge remain a top concern, while protecting single family housing and limiting high density multi-family development is also important. In 2014, voters passed over $55 million worth of bond projects, but I have heard from residents they want accountability and transparency from officials at city hall. 3. Making sure our previous plans are still relevant with the changing dynamics of Buda's needs. Drainage issues based on the new information from the re- cent historic flooding, road repair and planning for our transporta- tion needs, making certain our water and waste-water facilities 3. Buda's population grew at an astronomical rate of nearly 80% between 20!0 and 2015, so managing growth is more important than ever. I believe it would be wise to limit high density, multi-family development while at the same time encouraging small businesses and commercial more *'tr~ LOBO MINERALS, LLC 1. I am seeking re-election to the City Council Place 2, because of my desire to see many projects that have been initiated in the last year, by the City Council, brought to a state of completion. I have been an active participant with my fellow Council members, City Management, Bond Council and the city's Financial Advisor in formulating initiatives such as the five Bond Propositions for improvements to the City's infrastru- ture, as well as park land acquision. These projects and others initiatives will require concerted oversight and understanding of the scope andHOPKINS overall details of the plans and tasks. 2. The three pressing issues currently facing the City are, to continue to strive to be ahead of the growth impact to the city's infrastruture. To always endeavor to term water supply and capacity. provide avenues for long sufficient water treatment To provide transportation infrastruture alternatives to adequately advance the movement of traffic for the very mobile citizenry of Buda. To expedite the completion of all the drainage priorities issues within the community. 3. Responsible planning is paramount in managing the rapid growth in our City. Planning for the civic in- frastruture and services in advance of growth has been the short term and long term goal. The City's Compre- hensive Plan provides us with a outline regarding policy decisions on how to address growth and change. This document maps out and focuses on a long range plan that emcompasses a detailed Transportation Master Plan as well as Downtown Master Plan with the vision of how the City grows over the next 10-20 years, how the growth should be managed. This 200+ page guiding document, that the City Council and City Staff embraces, guides growth and development as a 2030 Comprehensive Plan for the City and is a very useful manageing tool for the rapid City growth. 4. As we look at the question of housing in Buda, it has been clear to the City Council and City Manag- ment that the question of housing in Buda needs a comprehensive study and review for a clear under- standing of the question on how housing should ap- proached. Recent council action formed a 20 Member Citizen Commission and authorized the engagment of a Housing Consultant to assist in the study of hous- ing in Buda. Affordability is a major issue. Providing affordable housing for our teachers, public servants, PO Box 1800 Lubbock, 13( 79408-1800 LoboMinerals I A widely used chemotherapy drug, TAXOTERE, used to J I ~ ~= ~ ~;~~;~~iiiiii!~i~i I hair loss. A safer chemo for your hair was available. If you iii i~iii iiiiiiii!iiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiil I suffered permanent hair loss after chemo, call us now. You I may be entitled to significant compensation. No fees or I costs until your case is settled or won. We practice law only in 1. I have decided to seek I Arizona, but associate with lawyers throughout the U.S. Council because I have grown increasingly frustrated with the direction of our City. Buda is growing very fast and we need to be pre- pared. We are facing the larg- est infrastructure expenditures in the history of Buda and I be- URBANOVSKY lieve I can utilize my extensive work experience to support the City of Buda. 2.1. Smart Growth- I have lived in the City of Buda for almost 16 years, our City has grown over 10 folds in this time. Our City has not planned well for this growth. We need to make better choices with long term goals in mind. This means building our infrastructure for based on where we are going instead of where we werehave been. Smart Growth also means working with our public service leaders (Police and Fire). We must ensure they are also supported to prepare for this growth within our city limits and in our ETJ. 2. Working with School District and County Officials- As with any growing community, Buda needs to work closely with our school district and county officials to enhance our coordi- nation. The City must be well in tune with these outside entities and plan strategically togeth- er. The success or failure of our whole community relies solely on the coordinated efforts toward a common goal. 3. Housing concerns- Housing satisfaction in Buda is very high. Our housing needs to remain market driven, and I believe that any attempt to manipulate prices :~:~:~ ~ :~::~: ::~L~:~~: :~;~ ~:: ~:~ :~ ~: :~: ::~:: ~::~::~:::-:: ::5: :::~:::~:: ::=:: 1. My run for City Council is solely about my love for the City of Buda - our neighborhoods, diversity, innovative spirit and the youth in our City. I have noticed on social media residents of Buda voicing their opin- ion for change within our council. A large part of why I'm running is because I for one am tired of the lack of vision, leadership which has hindered our collective progress. #rk* 2. It is a difficult question be- cause there are many challenges the City of Buda will face in the future MORALES but the three top issues concerning the City of Buda are: Affordable Housing, current growth rate, water resources. 3. By having a smart balanced growth plan, building new roads, repairing existing roads that are cost effective. Having long term plans for water and wastewater. 4. Buda does need more options for both seniors and single income people. I support affordable housing options, but planned according to what the citizens of Buda want. I do not believe the City of Buda should manipulate housing prices and I have not seen any positive input from the recent housing survey in fact the City of Buda has stopped the recent Housing Action Plan survey. As an elected official I will do what the citizens of Buda want melto do to ensure proper housing growth. 5. I will have my personal e-mail and city email available for contact and have town hall meetings every 3 months with my constituents. 6. I bring a fresh perspective to the City Coun- cil, I bring leadership steaming from my 11 years in the military and being a Veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom. During this election I have not asked nor received any money from outsiders and have spent my money locally for my political campaign signs, my opponent spent money with a business in Austin, Tex- as for his political signs. My opponent has received $535 in political contributions and $500 from JCI Residential, LLC, who developed the Carrington Oaks apartments in Buda. 7. 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