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NEWS Hays Free Press • December 18, 2013 Page 2A , 00ree The Hays Free Press (ISSN 1087-9323) published weekly by Barton Publications, Inc., 122 N. Main St., Buda, TX 78610. Periodicals postage paid at Buda, TX 78610 and additional mailing offices. POSTMASTER: Send address changes to Barton Publications, Inc., RO. 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. Bonita Vista Road Repairs Continued from pg. 1A One portion of the current high cost is attributed to the pavement options under con- sideration. During the lawsuit, Fees said the city obtained ge- otechnical readouts of the un- stable soil, the so-called "back dirt," underneath Bonita Vista. They used those read-outs to come up with a cross sec- tion for pavement options, all of which Fees said would work with the unstable soil. Buda then went with the most expensive for budgeting purposes. In addition, when all calculated costs were added up, Buda added 20 percent to take into account inflation and contingency costs. Fees said until a design firm is found, the city is unsure which pavement option will be used. Also in limbo is how deep down they plan to dig on the streets. What is known is the scope of the project, which will go from right-of-way to right-of -way, including drainage ar- eas and curbs - something not done the first time. Fees said the project will go about three feet past the curb. Construction will also affect several residents' driveways and mailboxes. This brought concerns from residents. One was John Hargett, who installed rebar into his drive- way to account for the unsta- ble soil. Hargett said he under- stood the city's intentions, but stressed the need to ensure driveways like his are "replaced to the same way as it was be- fore." Another concern was the The repairs in Bonita Vista, as shown done the first time. project length. Denise Campbell and Kathy and Kent Broddrick, who live on Casa Loma Street, said in 2007, the city constructed the entire project en masse, in- stead of breaking it offinto sec- tions. In addition, they did so with- out transportation consider- ations in mind. Fees said the city would take that into account this time around, as the city will work on only one or two sections at a time. However, he affirmed there could be some inconvenienc- es. "They will be able to get home, but there could be a pe- riod of time they will not get to here on El Secreto, will go from right-of-way to right-of -way, including drainage areas and curbs - something not their driveway," he said. "[Resi- dents] may have to park across the street." Fees also said the city would work with the design company to fix several drainage issues that plague the area. Buda would also talk with PEC to install more lights in the neigh- borhood. The remaining concern among many residents: com- munication. Previously, the city and res- idents were at odds over no- tification for the first phase of construction. The concern still lingers, as residents say notification of the Dec. 11 meeting was not handled well. Buda officials, however, said the city mailed notifications to Bonita Vista residents m- side water bills. The city did not post any notification o] its website or Facebook page. Fees asked the public to.2 ive them several options on low they could fix the communi- cation issue. He also said the city would place a link o n its website, and the construction company's website, proVid- ing an update on the project's progress on a daily basis. Residents were also can- cerned at how the city wculd update the project as it aes along. Fees said the city will ap- point a "construction ma ag- er" that will be a direct liai: ;on to residents, tasked with pro- viding regular updates. That person will be overseen by city staff, along with an inspector who will ensure the quality of product used in construction. Residents want to see the lines of communication open. "I do think keeping residents informed on what's going on - every update, everyday - is what's important," Broddrick said. "To keep everyone in- formed." For one woman, who wished to remain anonymous, get- ting the project finally off the ground was a big concern. She said she thinks the plan is the best choice [the city] can make. She feels doing things correct- ly the first time around should eliminate any future issues. Buda Annexation Continued from pg. 1A "They aren't giving me any- thing I don't already have," Briscoe said. But Briscoe and resident Wiley McAdoo believe the city has an ulterior motive. They all fear the annex- ation could allow for a com- mercial entity to set up shop, thereby raising their prop- erty tax rates exponentially. It would force homeowners, who have lived in the area for years, out of their own homes. "They have a plan of some sort," McAdoo, who has lived near Hy Road since 1978, said. "No one else knows about it." Sparks said the city is pre- venting such a move by plac- ing the land under AG-Agri- culture Zoning status, which limits what can be placed in the area. In addition, Sparks said several homeowners have claimed homestead exemp- tion status on their homes, preventing any excessive tax- ation on their property. However, residents have been up in arms regarding the city's lack of communica- tion on the issue. The first public hearing on Dec. 3 saw several homeown- ers in the Marlboro Country subdivision try to get an- swers from the city. Residents say they are frustrated with the city's inability to answer their queries. Questions such as why the city is going through with the annexation, and why the city annexing only a portion of the neighborhood, went un- answered. On Dec. 12, a letter was mailed to residents that an- swered those questions. They were also posted on the city's website. Why they delay? Sparks said this particu- lar annexation is a new path for Buda. Previously, the city dealt with commercial land- owners. Working with resi- dential landowners created new challenges, which Sparks said led to the delay. "This type of annexation is new for (Buda)," Sparks said. "It's deeply personal. It brings a different relationship." But residents feel the city's lack of communication breeds a sinister plot. 'kll I know is the less I'm bding kept in the dark, the less I argue," Briscoe said. "However, the less I know, the more they gain." Keeping the status quo on the land could hold dire consequences for homeown- ers, according to Sparks. The worst-case scenario could be a developer coming in with- out restriction, forcing home- owners to go through litiga- tion to protect their lands. With the agricultrual zon- ing of the area, the city aims to create a buffer from com- mercial entities. The Buda planning and zoning (P&Z) commission cannot try to rezone the area for commercial use without the consent of homeowners. Many residential landowners even have deed restrictions which prevent such a move. Essentially, Sparks said the annexation is a "safety net" for affected homeowners. Ultimately, Sparks said Buda is not attempting to wring people from their homes. "We're not trying to kick people off of their lands. We don't want that to happen," he said. "We want to manage growth." But now, McAdoo and Briscoe want to ensure the agricultural exemption and protected status is put into writing so they can keep their lands for as long as they live. 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