The Napping Trains of Kyle, TX

This week’s council session dealt with several interesting issues, the chief of which (to me) was whether or not to spend $270,000 kick starting the city’s plans to finally relocate Union Pacific’s rail siding away from downtown. We also discussed videos on LED billboards, took the next step in creating a stormwater utility, and appointed two new members to the Planning and Zoning Commission, among other things. You can read the agenda here and watch us deliberate via video here. I’m devoting this entire article on the rail siding relocation.

Train Stops in Kyle, TXItem 17. $270,000 for engineering to move Union Pacific Railroad siding away from downtown Kyle

Council: Postponed

Kyle has a train problem. A big, noisy, road-blocking train problem. Multiple times per day, the Union Pacific Railroad stops in downtown Kyle directly across Center Street. STOPS! Oftentimes the train will park for thirty minutes or more waiting for another train to pass. My wife and I joke that there’s time for an oil change at 4-Way Auto Shop while waiting.

Train stoppage has been a problem in Kyle for decades.

So, why haven’t we done anything about it?

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Votes – 20 Sep 2016

After a few relatively ho-hum council sessions, this week’s meeting was packed with substantial votes. We had a complicated business incentive, a landscape ordinance upgrade, a change in the way we calculate impervious coverage, and we applied for a $1,000,000 grant to help improve our wastewater infrastructure. I supported all of these items, but the business incentive was, perhaps, the most challenging and complicated vote I’ve made to date, so I’m going to spend the entirety of this article explaining what factors shaped my opinion. Fair warning, I’m going to explain this with transparency and in detail, so the article will be lengthy. Continue reading “Votes – 20 Sep 2016”

Votes – 5 July 2016

“Votes” is a log of the high-profile agenda items discussed and voted upon by the Kyle City Council. The format for this series is pretty straight-forward. I will summarize the items and provide the reason for why I voted the way I did.

NOTE: Feel free to ask any questions or make any comments below. I will respond in a timely manner. You are welcome to respectfully disagree. Comments that are overly negative, overly personal, or disparaging will not be allowed.

There were three items of consequence discussed and voted upon at this meeting. Continue reading “Votes – 5 July 2016”