Author: Pete Oppel

The Kyle Report: Why Kyle has an Acting Police Chief

The Kyle Report is an opinion column written by Kyle resident, Pete Oppel, that covers city leadership issues. You can follow The Kyle Report here on the Kyle Life or by subscribing to Mr. Oppel’s blog, The Kyle TX Report. I have seen questions as well as suggested answers to those questions floating around social media concerning the reasons the City Council felt it was necessary to temporarily appoint Kyle police Capt. Pedro Hernandez as its chief. These questions and mostly erroneous answers were in response to a newspaper headline that screamed “Kyle Police chief placed on leave.” The automatic...

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The Kyle Report: How Kyle’s Public Transportation System Likely Will Work

The Kyle Report is an opinion column written by Kyle resident, Pete Oppel, that covers city leadership issues. You can follow The Kyle Report here on the Kyle Life or by subscribing to Mr. Oppel’s blog, The Kyle TX Report. Beginning Monday, March 14, Kyle residents will have access to a public transportation system of sorts, although they won’t be able to actually catch rides on it until the next day. The system will be operational on Tuesdays and Thursdays only, between the hours of 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., but requests for the service will need to be made...

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The Kyle Report: City Realizes Second Consecutive Positive Sales Tax Report

The Kyle Report is an opinion column written by Kyle resident, Pete Oppel, that covers city leadership issues. You can follow The Kyle Report here on the Kyle Life or by subscribing to Mr. Oppel’s blog, The Kyle TX Report. The city is slowly pulling itself out of the budget gap caused by far lower than anticipated sales tax receipts for the first three months of the fiscal year with the second consecutive month of higher than projected sales tax numbers. Although it still doesn’t completely compensate for the disastrous December figures, when sales tax receipts were $43,000 below the...

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The Kyle Report: City Council caves to NIMBYs

The Kyle Report is an opinion column written by Kyle resident, Pete Oppel, that covers city leadership issues. You can follow The Kyle Report here on the Kyle Life or by subscribing to Mr. Oppel’s blog, The Kyle TX Report. The Kyle City Council, with explanations that, for the most part, if they are to be believed would bring all development in the city to a screeching halt, voted 5-1 last night to deny a request for a townhouse development located only a half a mile from City Hall. Council member Shane Arabie was the only council member to vote...

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The Kyle Report: Mitchell Says He Plans to Run Against Hervol

The Kyle Report is an opinion column written by Kyle resident, Pete Oppel, that covers city leadership issues. You can follow The Kyle Report here on the Kyle Life or by subscribing to Mr. Oppel’s blog, The Kyle TX Report. City council candidate Travis Mitchell confirmed on Sunday what many observers expected would transpire from the moment he announced his candidacy: He hopes to unseat Place 1 council member Diane Hervol in May’s municipal elections. Although he admitted he sided more with Hervol on major issues, most notably property tax relief, than his other potential opponent, council member Shane Arabie, Mitchell...

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