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Page 4A Hsys Free Press December 14, 2.018 BY SAMANTHA SMITH news@haysfreepress.com Action taken earlier this month allowed Buda to officially cut ties with ECM International, a professional project management firm which oversaw Propositions 1 and 2 of the 2014 Buda Bond projects. Buda Mayor Todd Ruge said the decision came after weeks of delibera- tion by council members behind closed doors in executive session in which the city and ECM were in "dispute reso- lution" trying to work it out. "We were trying to get on the same page with ECM and we felt we wanted to go in a differ- ent direction," Ruge said. During the same coun- Ruge said the city received bids from eight different companies that sought to take over the$24 million projects. The Buda City Council approved Broaddus by a unanimous vote. cil meeting on Dec. 6, Buda city leaders tabbed Broaddus as the project management group that will take over the bond propositions. Ruge said the city received bids from eight different companies that sought to take Over the $24 million projects. The Buda City Council approved Broaddus by a unanimous vote. Ruge said that even though ECM is no longer in the picture, HDR Engineering and Page Architects, firms original- ly hired by ECM, would work under Broaddus. "We are very pleased moving forward since Broaddus actually came in second for the original bid," Ruge said. "It was a unanimous decision to go with them." Ruge said that despite the difference in vision, there is no bad blood be- tween ECM International and the city. "I think they (ECM) Lehman Hole: 7-foot cavity under road Continued from pg. 1A assistance, along with ideas and support. It is unknown at this time when repairs on the affected low water crossing will be completed. Kim Hilsenbeck, Kyle communications specialist, said fixing the low water crossing is "top priority." Barba said the issue was discovered by a city crew member who drove over the low water crossing late Tuesday. The crew member saw a hole in the top of the road and called public works. An examination showed pipes under the road, which are estimated to be 20 years old, appeared to have City crews also put off "any major repairs" as Lehman Road is part of Kyle's $35 million road bond package, which was approved by voters in 2013. rusted along the bottom, creating holes in the pipes. Water from recent rain events going through the pipes under the low water crossing area pulled out backfill, which created a "deep cavity." Barba said in a statement some of the backfill base was pushed downstream 20 yards. According to the city, that part of Lehman Road was previously repaired in a different section in 2015, which was a temporary fix, following the Halloween Flood. City crews also put off "any major repairs" as Lehman Road is part of Kyle's $35 million road bond package, which was approved by voters in 2013. According to the city, the current timeline for the start of the Lehman Road reconstruction is April 2017. handled themselves very professionally through the dispute resolution process and they are a very good firm. We just had different visions for the projects," Ruge said. Ruge also said that the dissolution of services through ECM for the 2014 Bond projects had no effect on its future prospects for working with the city of Buda. "ECM is doing great work with the county and I don't see any reason why we can't work with them again in the future," Ruge said. here are a lot of people out there that love God and His Son Jesus Christ, but have given up on attending church for a variety of reasons. At POR TU GRACIA FELLOWSHIP (By His Grace) the inspired word of God is our foundation of truth, We believe that the Holy Spirit who lives in us, who are born again, guides us in all things. Because of His presence, we are ALL members of one BODY OF CHRIST, no matter what local church we ttend. NO SERMONS, JUST THE TEACHING OF THE BIBLE, chapter by chapter & verse by verse. Pastor John Burke Scott Gregson City Council Member Investor i : C CE !i~i i : i: )~: :?!!ii!: :i!!ili! ili!i!i: !!i:i:i!!:!i:i! ! i + m ii i i