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News briefs: May 18, 2016

Marketplace Avenue now open

After a three year wait, Kyle’s first project under the city’s 2013 road bond initiative is now complete. 

Kyle City Engineer Leon Barba said Tuesday Marketplace Avenue, the first of the city’s five road bond projects, is now open. He said the city is “trying to wrap up” the Marketplace project, and that there is a “good chance” for the installation of street lights. 

Barba said the Goforth Road project began construction March 21. He said the city hopes to finish construction in front of Fuentes Elementary by Aug. 22. 

Construction on Bunton Creek Road is slated to begin in September, Barba said. But the city must acquire 14 parcels of right-of-way for the Burleson Street project before construction begins November 2016.

 

Buda PD gets kudos from colleagues

Praise was given to the Buda Police Department Tuesday following a presentation from Buda Police Chief Bo Kidd on the current state of the department and its future plans. 

Kidd began by extolling the importance of police force training, saying that an officer who attends a police academy completes at least 700 or more hours of coursework. 

He added that the state mandates at least 40 hours of additional training per training cycle, which for Buda’s police department, is every two years.

Buda Police officers complete about 150 hours of additional training every two years, so they are more than meeting state requirements, Kidd said. 

“We are as prepared, if not better prepared, than any other law enforcement agency in the country,” Kidd said. 

City Manager Kenneth Williams added, “We are very pleased with the way officers interact with the public here, they are very approachable.”

Buda council member Angela Kennedy echoed similar sentiments. 

“We really have a lot to be proud of in you and your leadership and the Police force here in Buda,” Kennedy said.

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