Buda city council update

by KIM HILSENBECK

Buda City Council voted to give direction to city staff to move forward with the Transportation Master Plan at the Feb. 5 meeting; the motion passed 5-1, with council member George Haehn voting against it.

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Votes from the Jan. 26 special election for Buda City Council place 2 were canvassed. Candidates Wiley Hopkins and Amy Proctor will face off in a run-off election on March 9. Early voting begins today. The Place 2 spot was vacated by Todd Ruge when he was elected mayor in December

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PEC has discontinued its banner hanging program. Buda City Council will decide whether or not to move ahead with the purchase of an LED sign that would provide announcements and special event information. PEC would provide $25,000 for the initial investment in the technology. The city would retain control of the sign and be responsible for programming. City Manager Kenneth Williams said no decision has been made on whether to charge organizations for having their event information programmed. He said the current cost to purchase an over-the-street banner is approximately $300.

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Clay Huckaby, Buda Fire Chief, made a presentation to council regarding asking voters in Emergency Service District (ESD) 8 to add a sales tax that would be exclusively for ESD 8. If such a tax is going to be called on the May election ballot, it will need to be filed by the March 1 deadline.

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