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CLASSIFIEDS " PUBLIC NOTICES + SERVICE DIRECTORY November 16, 2011 Page 1D p 0 CO [ E )ress.com Cit} ready of reql arty O~ aging dilapiq histor: The enfor this w broad the d[ after, "Tf proce there ~ that said C plann: tracth to) m( tuniti~ "Th trying start i] down1 Spa nary fi up fra electri of son which Bucldi dama1 we,,ll b tain t( causir deteri that is ownel hess e The as mo ers is ers, th counc officia ing la impro to risi~ evicti( "W( leavin want I them q We de the he say go officials are getting !or the "tough process" firing downtown prop- mers to fix up their md, in some cases, lated buildings in the c part of Bud& more aggressive code ement is set to begin nter and is part of a ~r effort to rejuvenate wntown neighborhood ears of neglect. Ls is going to be a tough s going forward, but Ere a lot of positives [11 come out of this," aance Sparks, the city's ng director. 'A more at- e downtown (will lead re investment oppor- s." big thing here is we're to prepare the city to westing more in the own area." :ks said that prelimi- CITY OF BUDA PHOTO lspections have turned red and overloaded The clock o0 the old bank'building was vandalized years ago and remains in disrepair. The city is trying to get cal wiring in the attics downtown i~roperty owners to bring their buildings up to standards. e downtown buildings, / presents a fire hazard, requmng such inspections ag roofs and structural ~ 7 ,7 7 ~ until last year. ;e raise concerns as 1/'~ OZV [/3znv/3ere is ~e re Asaresult, he said, "We're O O having to play catch-up. , ~y're failing to main- -- ~ , -- -- 1 "-- -- The downtown areas dent such a point that it's/-r3]~v~F ~-0 ])reid)are ~-/~e C~FV ~0 havealotofturnoverin , g the buildings to .1 ~ .z .L -/ businesses, so as a result, )rate," he said. '~. lot of it might be years and years nofaultofthebusiness S~a~ znvestzn more m the beforethe,.oppormnityfor ' Most of those busi- ~ us to say, Heres what needs ~vners are leasing. ,.1,~, ~ ,,,~, ~,~,, ,,,~, ~,,,,.~,,,~ ~ to be fixed.'We are required impact on renters such IA(,I'~) 1~ 1. CI"LAd IL 1,4! CIA. to perform regular fire code n-and-pop shopkeep- inspections, but that's a fairly . concern for city lead- ey said. During a city [1 meeting last month, To ease Is noted that requir- city is wort Ldlords to make cosily peals procl cements could lead owners wh lg rents and possible violations. ns. also offerir don't want tenants to help bui ,, Sparks stud. We for grant make sure we give nomic dev. ;very effort to succeed, fives to hel a't want to hit them on "Whate~ ad with a hammer and make theft ~d luck." the change -Chance Sparks, planning director for the city of Buda recent phenomenon." Buda Fire Marshal Mike he process, the important," City Council- Duffy said fire code violations ing on a new ap- woman Cathy Chilcote said are not that big of an issue in ~ss for property during the Oct. 18 meeting, downtown buildings. are cited for code "It is what it is, and it's what "They,re older businesses," City officials are it's been for a lot of years, he said. "I see a lot of electri- g their assistance With change will come a lot cal issues, a lot of extension ding owners apply of stress." cords and stuff because (the oney and eco- In other cities, Sparksstructures) weren't built to .qopment incen- noted, code violations are handle all the electronics that defray expenses, addressed gradually, such we seem to put in buildings er we can do to as during inspections when nowadays." feel good about a new tenant moves in. But is extremely the city of Buda didn't begin See CODE VIOLATIONS UST, pg. 2D In Year-' :o-date 2011 revenue 2010 revenue Percent sales taxes through Nov. through Nov. change Bud $3,250,948 $2,980,813 9.1% pop. 295 ~ STAFF REPORT Cabela's, Walmart and other Buda businesses did more than $22.6 million worth of trade in Septem- ber, according to the Texas Kyle $2,993,300 $2,780,019 7.7% comptroller, and the city's pop. B,016 ..... share of local sales tax rev- ...................................................................................................................................................................................... enue climbed 21 percent when compared to the same Dripl ring Springs [$991,3465810,106 22.4% month in 2010. pop. 788 ~"- ---~ Buda's $339,550 in rev- ..................................................................................................................................................................................... enue represents taxes col- lected on goods and services City of Hays $18,269 $13,987 30.6% sold in September, collected pop. 17 by the state comptroller in ...................................................................................................................................................................................... October and distributed to MOU rltain City $4,906 $4,882 0.5% the city on Nov. 9. Commerce in Kyle was pop. 48 fiat, however. Businesses .................................................................................................................................................................................. sold more than $22.3 million Nie~erwald $18,729 $18,515 1.2% in September, represent- pop. 65 ~ ing a November sales tax ...................................................................................................................................................................................... reimbursement of $334,200 for t~e city, compared to San Marcos $18,435,980 $17,341,305 6.3% $333,600 a year ago. pop. 4,894 ~ The economies for both ...................................................................................................................................................................................... cities continue to outper- Uhla nd $56,942 $47,383 20.2% form last year's totals. Buda has collected $3.25 million pop.l:014 ~ so far in 2011, up 9.1 per- ......................................................................................................................................................................................... cent when compared to Wim berley $546,146 $524,571 4.1% 2010 through November. Kyle, which is less depen- pop. 626 ~ dent on sales taxes for city operations, has collected Woo dcreek $31,205 $30,714 1.6% $2.99 million so far in 2011, pop. 1 457 ~ representing a 7.7 percent ....................................................................................................................................................................................... increase over the same pe- Hay County $10,090,877.75 $9,189,741.06 9.8% tied in 2010. In some welcome news pop.:.?.I7.,.1' 07 ................................ ................................................ ~ for a Hays County neighbor, ' 1 ................................... the town of Niederwald saw / k~ I [ I I I I I [ oT--- ~ a 35 percent gain in tax col- 0 0 0 0 I 0 0 O 0 -1~% -5~ 0~ 5~ 1 )~ 15~ 20~ 25~ 30~ 35~ lection in November after Pe~'cent change in sales tax revenue in 2011 hrough November compared to 2010 through same period, lagging behind its 2010 to- ~- Sohrce: Texas Comptroller of Public Account tals in previous months. PHOTO BY WES FERGUSON Like other small business owners in downtown Buda, Vicktoria Riley of Du Pre Emporium, can't afford to fix the building to meet code require- ments, and receives little help from the landlord. BY WES FERGUSON wes@haysfreepress.com When the electrical wires started smoking, Vicktoria Riley fixed them. She replaced the broken windows, too. But after paying the rent and other expenses at the Du Pre Emporium, her funky little shop in downtown Buda, Riley said she brings home only $100 a month- nowhere near enough to pay for the extensive repairs the building needs. "It's not that I want to have a dangerous place," she said. "I just don't know what my options are. I can't afford to fix the problems in my building." The 96-year-old brick structure that houses the Du Pre Emporium was originally Buda's movie theater, accord- ing to Riley. Before it reopened as a Halloween costume shop and then as the emporium last December, the building had been dosed to the public for two decades. Along the way, it fell into disrepair. "It's an old building, and it hasn't been looked after," Riley said. "Everybody just looked the other way. It's really hard because it does need to be im- proved, but at the same time we've had a really hard sum- mer (with slow sales). Now we're getting stomped on." What Riley described as being stomped on is a new effort by the city of Buda to bring downtown buildings into compliance with the city's property, fire and building codes. Though city officials say they plan to work with down- town merchants and property owners who seek assistance for the cost of renovations, Riley was unconvinced. She said she has checked into grants to cover repair costs, but to qualify for the grants she needs the fire marshal to It's really bard because it does need to be ira- proved, but at the same time we've had a really hardsummer (with slow sales). Now we're getting stomped on." -Vicktoria Riley, owner Du Pre Emporium sign off on the safety of her building. But to get the fire marshall to sign off, she added, she has to first bring the building into compliance with the fire code. "It's kind of like the circle of evil," she said. Riley's landlord is ]eanette Chelf, an Austin resident who owns several downtown build- ings and is often cited as the most egregious violator of the city's code ordinances. Chelf isn't on board with renova- tions, according to Riley. "I'll have to shut down, honestly," she said. "I really love this town, but they're go- ing to close me up, and there's nothing I can do about it." Kyle's Discount Tire now open Discount Tire, America's largest tire and wheel retailer, has opened a new store in Kyle. Off Kyle Parkway at 20655 Interstate 35, the facility's equip- ment includes no-touch mounting machines and automatic inflation equipment that protects employees. Manager Justin Netherton is a 19-year employee of the company. Dickey's Barbecue now open in Kyle Kyle's newest barbe- cue place has opened its doors. Dickey's Barbecue Pit, run by co-owners Chris Hooker and Trey Leggitt, is beside Seton Medi- cal Center Hays, at 5695 Kyle Parkway. "We are enthnsiastic to begin serving Kyle the best tasting barbe- cue," Leggitt Jr. said in a HOOKER LEGGITT prepared statement. "We want to serve the local community proudlywith our food and customer service." Texas-based Dickey's Barbecue Pit opened in 1941 and began franchising in 1994. Dickey's is scheduled to have 200 locations by the end of this year. Dickey's Barbecue offers meats and homestyle sides. +