The memory of a longtime law enforcement officer who also once served as Kyle’s mayor will now live on within the masonry of Historic City Hall.
On Sept. 18, the Kyle City Council unanimously passed a resolution to rename Historic Kyle City Hall to the Krug Activity Center. In addition, city leaders also approved purchasing the late Pete Krug’s home from his wife, Penny Krug.
Kyle City Council members Shane Arabie and Alex Villalobos shopped the idea together in an effort to memorialize Krug, a citizen who meant a lot to them and other community members. Krug served the city in several capacities over the course of his lifetime before passing away in December 2017.
Pete Krug spent more than 25 years of his life in law enforcement, starting out as a deputy for the Hays County Sherriff’s Department; he later worked as a patrol officer and investigator for the Austin Airport Police Department.
In addition, Pete Krug was a volunteer firefighter with what was the Kyle Volunteer Fire Department, and was a two-term mayor of Kyle.
Pete Krug served on various boards and commissions throughout his tenure. Penny Krug still regularly attends city council meetings to stay involved.
As a part of the resolution, Penny Krug offered to sell their house, which is located behind Historic City Hall at 104 south Burleson Street.
“I don’t know if there is anybody in the community who has been to an event without meeting Pete,” Arabie said. “He was so involved in every aspect of Kyle… He made everybody feel that their voice would be heard.”
Penny Krug offered to sell her house to the city for $210,000, as part of the agreement. Penny Krug will remain in the home for at least six months before the city will repurpose it as part of the city square.
“The city intends to retain ownership of the property and issue a request for proposal for a tenant to construct a facility conducive to downtown design guidelines,” said Kyle City Manager Scott Sellers. “The use must also be a compatible use to downtown revitalization, such as a destination retail or dining establishment.”
Sellers said the home would not be renovated or changed until a partner is chosen to update the facilities for retail or dining. A decision could be made in the coming months when the use of the house is put up for bid.
Michele Christie, a family friend and Kyle resident, said she believes renaming old city hall is the perfect way to memorialize the most active member of the community she ever met.
“This is such an honor for Pete and for Penny,” Christie said at during the public forum. “Everybody here who was new to the town met Pete and he was just such a special guy… It makes my heart sing that this is happening for him and for my friend.”