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November 26, 2008
News in Brief as published in the Nov. 26 Hays Free Press
Santa to make Kyle stop
BUDA, Texas (STPNS) -- Next week, Kyle will once again host Santa and Mrs. Claus as they make their rounds visiting all the good little boys and girls on Wednesday, Dec. 3. Santa will arrive by Kyle Fire Department truck at 4:30 p.m. and begin visiting with children at 5 p.m. at Old City Hall. Once inside, he will hear their wishes and pose for a picture. There will be a fee of $3 if you would like your picture taken. Personal cameras are welcome. The entire event runs from 4:30 to 9 p.m. and includes Santa's arrival, games, moonwalk and food vendors in the City Square Park and culminates in the tree lighting ceremony. Hays CISD elementary, middle and high schools will also perform in the gazebo. This year's event is created with the assistance of Texas State Recreation Programming students who are helping with the setup and design of the event. For any additional information visit the Kyle Parks and Recreation Department website at www.kylepard.com or contact Deidre Flores at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 512-262-3939.
PEC, LCRA forge contract
Pedernales Electric Cooperative (PEC) has agreed to a contract that would extend its relationship with the Lower Colorado River Authority (LCRA) through 2041, cementing formerly strained ties between the power generator and electric distributor. "It's no secret that there was an often hostile relationship between the two organizations," said Patrick Cox, who represents the Buda-Kyle area on the PEC board. "We have transformed the relationship between PEC and LCRA." PEC board members unanimously approved the 25-year wholesale power contract at last Monday's meeting. The freshly approved deal supersedes the current contract, which was set to expire in 2016. PEC officials tout the new contract for its initiatives for conservation and renewable energy, the flexibility it offers for PEC to purchase up to 35 percent of its power from other suppliers if they offered lower prices, its increased transparency and information sharing between the two groups, and additional input it gives wholesale customers such as PEC into LCRA's rates and resource planning. After almost two years of raging controversy at PEC, including the resignation of top officials amidst allegations of extravagant spending and questionable business practices, the contract negotiations occurred with new reform-minded leaders at the helm of both PEC and LCRA. "In all negotiations, there is a give and take that is involved," said PEC General Manager Juan Garza, who was appointed this January. "If you read all the literature, they all recommend a win-win outcome where both parties feel like they have won." LCRA General Manager Tom Mason, who was appointed last November, addressed the Board after the resolution was approved. "This is a truly historic occasion," Mason said. "I view your action today as a vote of confidence in the future, where PEC and LCRA work together as partners in public service who promote the benefits of public power throughout Central Texas."
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