Virtual open houses, other outreach coming for $37 million Public Safety Center in Kyle

Buie & Co. Vice President Patti Hixon addressed Kyle City Council on Sept. 2 regarding the proposed Public Safety Center. (Screenshot courtesy city of Kyle)
Buie & Co. Vice President Patti Hixon addressed Kyle City Council on Sept. 2 regarding the proposed Public Safety Center. (Screenshot courtesy city of Kyle)

Buie & Co. Vice President Patti Hixon addressed Kyle City Council on Sept. 2 regarding the proposed Public Safety Center. (Screenshot courtesy city of Kyle)

A proposed $37 million Public Safety Center that is part of a November bond election in Kyle will be the subject of an ongoing, ramped-up information campaign for residents and other stakeholders.

An update on the latest regarding the project was put forth during a presentation to City Council on Sept. 1.

Jeb Buie of public relations firm Buie & Co., which was hired in May to help develop a communications outreach strategy toward the project, said that over the last three months, said his company has met with city staff, constituents, police officers and others.

"We spent a lot of time with community members to understand better their understanding of the police department, the role they play, the needs that are not being met ... and what they want from the city in terms of public safety and what their reaction would be to the bond and the tax impact," Buie said.

Buie & Co. Vice President Patti Hixson said it will be critical to remind residents that any rate impact on the project, which has an estimated 14-month construction timeline that could begin spring 2021, would be deferred until October 2021.


Hixon said most stakeholders in the Kyle community have indicated that they would prefer future information outreach in the form of virtual open houses, the city's website and social media.

Buie & Co. has already developed numerous educational tools regarding the project, which Hixon said also contain general election information.

Next steps include a series of virtual open houses each Thursday at 7 p.m. from Sept. 17 to Oct. 15, which will be recorded, as well as the creation of an informational video, signage to be placed throughout the city guiding residents to online information and an informational direct mailer.

For more information on the Public Safety Center and Proposition A, click here.
By Brian Rash
Brian has been a reporter and editor since 2012. He wrote about the music scene in Dallas-Fort Worth before becoming managing editor for the Graham Leader in Graham, Texas, in 2013. He relocated to Austin, Texas, in 2015 to work for Gatehouse Media's large design hub. He became the editor for the Lake Travis-Westlake publication of Community Impact in August 2018.


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