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Hays Free Press December 23, 2009 NEWS Page 3A PHOTO BY JEN BIUNDO Driving Mr. Claus In the days leading up to Christmas, Santa is visiting local neighborhoods to spread holiday cheer - but instead of a sleigh, he's riding on a big red fire engine courtesy of the Kyle Fire Department. Monday night, firefighters hit the Amberwoods neighborhood, where residents were drawn outside by the parade of four fire trucks with lights flashing, sirens chirping and carols piped over the loudspeakers. For kids and adults alike, it was an un- expected and delightful spectacle. Firefighters started the event last year, and it's been so well received they hope to make it an annual tradition. "It's just so great watching people's eyes light up," said Kyle Battalion Chief Mike Vasil. Dilapidated Depot Continued from pg. 1A Another reason for the higher cost is to keep the de- pot in compliance with build- ing codes. Antenora said that the building shouldn't even be occupied now since parts of it don't satisfy all codes. "Truth be told, you're using it illegally," Antenora said. The depot is currently home to the Chamber of Commerce. Kyle City Manager Tom Mat- tis said that the new plan in- cludes cubicles for the office space that can be removed to make room. "If there's a need for more historical need, we could make the room," Mattis said at the meeting. He also believed the plan was an effective way for the city to address its building shortages. "It's a good way to utilize the building today," he said. Since the $250,000 would le used from the city's hotel occu- pancy tax fund, Councilmem- ber Ray Bant questioned the move. "How do these offices pro- mote tourism?" he asked. Mattis responded matter- of-factly: "It's the Chamber of Commerce office. They pro- mote tourism." Under Texas tax law, revenue from the municipal hotel occu- pancy tax may be used only to promote tourism and the con- vention and hotel industry. CITY OF BUDA Economic Development Corporation Board The Buda City Council will be accepting completed Boards/Com- missions application forms from Buda Citizens interested in serv- ing on the Buda Economic Development Corporation Board. Ap- plications may be picked up at City Hall located at 121 Main, Buda, during normal business hours, Monday through Thursday 7:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., and on Friday from 7:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. or you may access the website at www.ci.buda.tx.us to download a copy of the Boards/Commissions application. Please submit your application to Toni Milam, City Secretary, at tmilam@ci.buda.tx.us Complet- ed applications will be accepted through January 13, 2010. HOLIDAY HOURS WEDNESDAY, DEC. 23: Closing at noon Closed Dec. 24 and Christmas Day THURSDAY DEC. 31: J Closing at noon Closed New Years Day. Our usual office hours are Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. You can always email us at: news@HaysFreePress.com or Business@HaysFreePress.com Police Raise Continued from pg. 1A Continue to be." Any appropriation of funds in order to pay for these benefits won't be vot- ed on until Jan. 5. "This is a resolution, not an appropriation," Gonzalez said. "It gives us a broader look to see how much finan- cial impact it would be." Before the vote, a major- ity of the councilmembers sided with the officers' con- fusion on the pay increase. Councilmember Lucy Johnson questioned the res- olution's effectiveness in the meet-and-confer process. "IJ9w does this help move .the process if they already declined the interim agree- ment?" she asked. "I want us to come up with an agree- ment that both of us can agree to." Mattis stressed that the KPA offered no counter offer to the city's interim agree- ment. "We're not the ones pull- ing this back," he said. "I don't understand the resis- tance." Councilmember David Wilson then said that he also thought the budget's pay raise included the offi- cers. "Let's. get that off the table CITY OF BUDA THE APPROVED RESOLUTION FOR KYLE POLICE OFFICERS: - Immediately implement a two percent cost-of-living pay adjustment Make the pay adjustment retroactive to October 2009 Stipulate the continuation of all existing incentive pay at the rates and under the same conditions currently in force Provide a clothing allow- ance for certain specialties at the current levels provided Combine pre-civil service and post-civil service vaca- tion leave banks into one leave bank Establish a two-hour mini- mum for overtime pay and move on," he said. Because of meet-and- confer rules, krpA officials declined to comment fol- lowing the council meeting, However, Mike Sheffield, a representative of the Cleat organization that is advising the KPA, said simply: "We're' also looking to go forward." Last May Kyle voters ap- proved civil service rules, similar to unionization, for the Kyle Police Depart- ment. Historic Preservation Commission The Buda City Council will be accepting completed Boards/Com- missions application forms from Buda Citizens interested in serv- ing on the Historic Preservation Commission. Applications may be picked up at City Hall located at 121 Main, Buda, during normal business hours, Monday through Thursday 7:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., and on Friday from 7:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. or you may access the website at www.ci.buda.tx.us to download a copy of the Boards/ Commissions application. Please submit your application to Toni Milam, City Secretary, at tmilam@ci.buda.tx.us. Completed appli- cations will be accepted through January 13,2010. Program terms are subject to change wilout nooa, Loans are subject to credit approval. Auto loan rates are based on your credit ralJng, relaSonship with us and other factors. Some res4es may apply. 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