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Page 2A NEWS Hays Free Press November 16, 2016 The Hays Free Press (ISSN 1087-9323) published weekly by Barton Publications, Inc., P.O. Box 339, Buda, TX 78610. Periodicals postage paid at Buda, TX 78610 and additional mailing offices. POSTMASTER: Send address changes to Barton Publications, Inc., P.O. Box 339, Buda, TX 78610. ISSN#1087-9323 NEWS TIPS If you think it's news, we probably do too! Newsroom phone: 512-268-7862 E-mail: news@haysfreepress. com Mail: 113 W. Center Street, Kyle, TX 78640 CORRECTIONS Any erroneous reflection upon the character, standing or reputation of any person, firm or corporation which may appear in the pages of the Hays Free Press will be corrected upon being brought to the attention of the publisher. DEADLINES The deadline for display advertising and any contributed news copy in the Hays Free Press is 5 p.m. Friday the week prior to publication. The deadline for Letters to the Editor and classified word advertising in the Hays Free Press is noon Monday the week of publication, though we encourage readers and advertisers to observe the Friday deadline. LETTERS GUIDELINES We welcome locally written letters to the editor on timely topics of community interest. We ask that you keep them to about 350 words in length and that you not indulge in personal attacks on private individuals. Letters may be edited for brevity and clarity. All letters should be signed by the author and include a daytime phone number where the author can be contacted for verification. Letter writers are limited to one letter per month. Letters can be emailed to csb@ haysfreepress.com. HISTORY. Founded April 10, 1903, by Thomas Fletcher Harwell as The Kyle News, with offices on the corner of Burleson and Miller streets in the town's oldest remaining building. It merged into The Hays County Citizen in 1956. The paper consolidated with The Free Press in October, 1978. During its more than 100-year history the newspaper has maintained offices at more than a dozen locations in Kyle and Buda. BY SAMANTHA SMITH news@haysfreepress.com As the Kyle Police Department continues to step up enforcement of parking violations in area neighborhoods, one resi- dent is concerned author- ities didn't give enough warning beforehand. W'dliam Pettit, a resident of Plum Creek in Kyle, said he was recently issued a $140 citation for parking the wrong way on his street. Pettit said he was surprised to receive the citation after parking the same way without a warning ticket for the past fouryears. Pettit said he checked with the Municipal Court regarding the dollar value of the ticket and was told that the price of a parking violation is the same for everyone in the county. He was confused, how- ever, as to why the Police Department chose to en- force the state-mandated parking laws now versus four years ago. Shelby Snyder, also a Plum Creek resident, said she also received a citation for parking the wrong direction, but is contesting the ticket based on the extraneous amount. Snyder also said she did not live in Kyle prior to May so was unaware of the parking laws. But Kyle Police Chief Jeff Barnett said the increase in citations for parking violations has been a long time coming. "Officers have been issuing parking citations across the City of Kyle for several weeks due to an influx of resident com- plaints," Barnett said. Barnett said the city originally launched a social media awareness campaign about common parking violations over a year ago to inform resi- dents of the state laws they needed to follow. "We primarily issue warnings for parking vio- lations, but due to the high "We don't have the resources to send out warning notices by mail to all Kyle residents about the state parking laws ... But people should be aware of the state laws regarding parking if they have a driver's license." - Jeff Barnett, Kyle Police chief number of complaints, we had to start issuing citations," Barnett said. In May 2015, the Hays Free Press reported Kyle Police beginning the pro- cess of cracking down on parking violations in area neighborhoods. The reasoning was to curb parking against the flow of traffic, which has been an issue in Plum Creek and other subdi- visions. Barnett said the department had received complaints regarding the issue. Barnett said the depart- Main Street Improvements: Buda moves ahead Continued from pg. 1A which had been a part of the design process, recommended delaying the construction on Main Street projects until after the municipal building is complete. Overlapping bond projects include the construction of the new municipal and safe- ty buildings, the parks improvements projects and the construction of the new wastewater treatment plant. Design Workshop also recommended council hold on Segment 5, or the Cabelas Dr/Goforth Rd connector, following the result of Hays Coun- ty's Proposition 2 in the Nov. 8 election. Council member Angela Kennedy, howev- er, expressed her disap- pointment that the con- nector was not included in the final design plans. She said one of the reasons Buda residents approved the bond proj- ects was a promise from council to relieve traffic on roads. "I am a little disap- pointed," Kennedy said, "so we're spending this $12 million without im- proving traffic in Buda at all. We're improving the roadway, but the connec- tor was meant to improve capacity on our roads." Crozier said if the design team waits to sub- mit the final design, they could try and work out a deal with the county to construct the connector. Buda Council: Runoff is Dec. 13 Continued from pg. 1A ment's campaign against parking violations was pri- marily conducted through Home Owners' Associa- tions (HOAs), as well as on social media. But Barnett said the department didn't have the resources to send no- rices in the mail to all Kyle residents. "We don't have the resources to send out warning notices by mail to all Kyle residents about the state parking laws," Bamett said, "But people should be aware of the state laws regarding park- on doors and talking to people," Urbanovsky said. In the midst of the negative rhetoric sur- rounding the outcome of the presidential race, the candidates for the Place 1 Buda City Council seat are more positive about their views on each other. "I really enjoyed getting to know my opponents' supporters," Hatch said, "We were in the rain on Tuesday the 8th shaking hands and talking to folks and a tent blew over. People started jumping in to help from both sides of the ticket and it really showed de- mocracy in action." Urbanovsky had sim- ilar warm sentiments to share about his oppo- Mayor Todd Ruge agreed with Kennedy that waiting to build the connector wasn't an option. "Just because there's some free money out there doesn't mean we should wait. The cost that we're going to pay traffic-wise by waiting all those years (for the Hays County Bond funding for connector) may not be worth it," Ruge said. Council member George Haehn mirrored comments on the need to include the Cabelas Dr./ Goforth Rd. connector in the final design plans. "I agree with Mrs. Kennedy. The discussion needs to stop and we need to get this done," Haehn Said. Council member Bob- by Lane requested that staff compile a timeline of all projects in progress in the area so council could determine the best Early voting for runoff economic growth to the City and I will continue to do so," Hatch said. Urbanovsky said his purpose behind running i for the city council Place 1 seat was two pronged. "I think I can represent the City of Buda better as a parent and someone who commutes to Austin for work as well as having Nov. 28 to Dec. 9 at Buda City Hall nent, saying"he's pas- sionate about talking to people about the issues." Both Hatch and Urbanovsky want voter support in December and made cases for why residents should vote them onto the city coun- cil. Hatch centered on his experience as a political strategist. "Bottom line is my experience with my busi- ness and the City of Buda has already brought good ing if they have a driver's license." Barnett said residents who are given citations go and pay those to the Municipal Court, which then pays the majority of that money back to the state. Barnett said the de- partment does not receive money from the citations. But Pettit said the citation for the parking violation is adding to the overwhelming high cost of living for residents in Kyle. "Living in Kyle is expen- sive now. I pay $200 more a month to my mortgage now than I did four years ago due to the increase in county, city and school taxes," Pettit said. As far as the state law goes, Bamett said he doesn't know the reason behind it, but it has been the same law for a long time. "i have been a police officer for over 24 years and the state parking laws were the same then as they are now," Barnett said. way to "get from point A to point B." It is unknown at this time when construction on the Proposition 3 improvement projects will begin. the level of experience that I have in infrastruc- ture planning and con- struction," Urbanovsky said, "I'm not a politician so I'm very transparent." Patches is a 10-year-old white and black female shorthair who was brought to PAWS when her owner of 12 years decided he simply didn't want her anymore. 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