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Fri
04
Aug

Granite Shoals negotiates 'learning curve' on November road bond affirmation vote

Glynis Crawford Smith/The Highlander

Eric Tanner, right, chairman of the Granite Shoals Arterial Road Bond Committee discusses with Roger Scarborough the extent of work to take place on the city three main north-south roadways if voters in November re-affirm last year's approval of $3 million in bonds. A town hall meeting Saturday, July 29, was an educational, Q&A on moving ahead with the project.

By Glynis Crawford Smith

The Highlander

In November Granite Shoals will be the first city in the 172-year history of the State of Texas to call an election to re-affirm a bond issue.

That is what citizens heard at the Town Hall Meeting for Road Improvement Bond Update held Saturday, July 29, in Granite Shoals.

“The city attorney (Brand Young) had to go all the way to the secretary of state to see if was allowed,” said Eric Tanner, chairman of the new Arterial Road Bond Committee. “But the city council decided to seek voter re-confirmation before issuing the $3 million in bonds approved last November.”

Tanner's committee was created just because of questions that were bound to arise when a city council hesitated before spending money essentially in hand.

The meeting on road improvements may have drawn only half the crowd that turned out for a recent urban deer update, but they were citizens with plenty of questions.

Fri
04
Aug

Nominate a Citizen of the Year in the Bay

Horseshoe Bay is looking for someone to honor as its 2017 Citizen of the Year.

The Horsehose Bay Business Alliance, along with the Horseshoe Bay City Council, is now accepting nominations for Citizen of the Year through Aug. 31.

All citizens of Horseshoe Bay are eligible to submit nominations to receive the award. The Citizen of the Year may be an individual or couple and will be chose from the following criteria:

* Civic, community or church involvement: 50 percent of the criteria considered.

* Accomplishments and contributions to the economic growth and quality of life in Horseshoe Bay: 30 percent of the criteria considered.

* Additional outstanding characteristics the nominee has: 20 percent of criteria considered.

Nominees must demonstrate leadership, valor or exemplary service in thecommunity, go above and beyond normal community involvement and volunteerism, and their philanthropic efforts will also be considered.

Fri
04
Aug

HSB election filing closes Aug. 21

By Lew K. Cohn

Managing Editor

The Highlander

Horseshoe Bay City Council has called for a general election in November to elect a mayor and two council members and a special election the same day to decide whether the city will continue to collect sales tax for municipal street repair and maintenance.

The election will be held Nov. 7 and the first official day to file for a spot on the ballot is July 22. However, since that day is a Saturday and City Secretary Kerri Craig's office will not be open, the first day applications will be accepted will be Monday, July 24. The last day to file for election is Aug. 21.

Mayor Steve Jordan and council members Cynthia Clinesmith and Reagan Lambert hold the positions that are up for election this year. If only one candidate files for mayor and two candidates file for council positions, the city can cancel the general election at its Aug. 29 council meeting.

Wed
02
Aug

Pet PALS clinics set

 

 

Pet PALS is having two low-cost spay/neuter clinics in August — on Tuesday, Aug. 8, and Tuesday, Aug. 29 .

The clinics will be held at its facility at 2003 Ranch to Market Road 1431 West in Marble Falls.

They are not limited to Marble Falls residents, but animals are accepted by appointment only. For more information or to make an appointment, call 830-598-7729.

Tue
01
Aug

CWS presents Citizen of the Year

By Glynis Crawford Smith

The Highlander

Rex Holloway was named Cottonwood Shores Citizen of the Year at the July 10 meeting of the  Cottonwood Shores City Council and he will be presented the award at the council's meeting Thursday, Aug. 3.

Holloway currently serves on the city's Board of Adjustment and is vice chairman of the Parks Committee.

“He has worked tirelessly for new playground equipment, and the addition of the splash pad and Memorial Day's grand opening with hotdogs and tee shirts for the kids,” said City Administrator Sheila Moore. “He also attends most city council meetings.”

Tue
01
Aug

Services set for auto-pedestrian victim

Funeral services have been set for Jerrod Bradford Young, the pedestrian who died Saturday, July 30, when struck by a car as he walked on US 281 in Marble Falls.

The services will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 3, in the Bates-Cooper Sloan Funeral Home chapel, 2805 South Jefferson Avenue in Mount Pleasant. Interment will follow at Nevills Chapel Cemetery in Titus County.

Young, a computer programmer who graduated from Mount Pleasant High School, was born in Mount Pleasant March 30, 1981, to Stephen Bradford and Jovanna Gail (Baze) Young.

Tue
01
Aug

Commissioners consider fleet proposal, honor First State Bank of Burnet

Lew K. Cohn/Burnet Bulletin

A Texas Treasure: The Burnet County Commissioners Court recognized First State Bank of Burnet and president Cary Johnson (fourth from left) after the Texas Historical Commission named the 109-year-old bank — the only bank chartered in Burnet County — a Texas Treasure Business. Presenting the award at Tuesday’s court meeting were, from left, Precinct 2 Commissioner Russell Graeter, Precinct 1 Commissioner Jim Luther Jr., Burnet County Historical Commission chair JoAnn Myers, Johnson, County Judge James Oakley, BCHC member Clara Goble, Precinct 3 Commissioner Billy Wall and Precinct 4 Commissioner Joe Don Dockery. In addition to thanking the BCHC for nominating the bank, Johnson entertained the crowd in the courtroom with a story about the only man who ever robbed First State Bank of Burnet (and did so three times).

By Lew K. Cohn
Managing Editor

The Highlander

A proposal by Enterprise Fleet Management Inc. to manage Burnet County's fleet of patrol vehicles and light-duty trucks presents “an intriguing concept to reduce costs and update our fleet,” Burnet County Judge James Oakley said.

Kirby Watson, a senior fleet consultant with Enterprise Fleet Management, made the presentation to the Burnet County Commissioners Court at the regular meeting Tuesday, July 25. Watson said Enterprise, the largest vehicle operator in the world with nearly 1.9 million vehicles in use, can help the county achieve savings through leasing vehicles on a shorter term.

Tue
01
Aug

Marble Falls Council considers tax rate tonight

When the Marble Falls City Council meets at 6 p.m. tonight, Aug. 1, tax rate hearing is on the agenda.

As budget workshops have progressed and priorities have been set, the Burnet Central Appraisal District has reported a Marble Falls property market value of $1,089,763,048, with a taxable value of $815,061,90, adjusted to a certified tax roll of $726,407, 494--an eight percent increase over last year.

Finance Director Margie Cardenas and city staff are proposing the council adopt the effective tax rate for Fiscal Year 2017/2018. That is the rate that would  generate  the  same  amount  of  taxes  on  properties that were on the tax roll last year and on the current tax roll.

The tentative tax rates being considered are:

Effective tax of .6341 per $100 valuation
 Rollback tax rate of .6780 per $100 valuation     
 Current tax rate of .6483 per $100 valuation

Tue
01
Aug

Problem of Broadway Street derelict may dissolve

Glynis Crawford Smith/The Highlander

A deralict home at the corner of Broadway Street and Avenue F was the topic of complaints from citizens at the Tuesday, July 18, meeting of the Marble Falls City Council. A new prospective owner and a list of improvements, not at first visible to passersby, are part of a letter Assistant City Manager Caleb Kraenzel hopes to draft to neighbors.

Solutions may be at hand for what Broadway Street neighbors consider an eyesore.

A handful of citizens addressed the meeting of the Marble Falls City Council Tuesday night, July 18, among them residents along the new Broadway Street rennovation project.

“Thank you for our beautiful new road,” said Leonard Venghaus “Everybody is walking down the new sidewalks...People that hadn't walked down the street before.”

But that was a preamble to the complaint he had his neighbors had come to register about the derelict house at 516 Broadway Street.

“We have three historical sites on the street and we are about to have a fourth,” he said, in reference to a former First Baptist Church parsonage to be moved from its site at 911 Seventh Street, across a US 281 to its new home at 604 Avenue F.

The vacant Broadway residence would be the blight on a neighborhood experiencing new vibrance.

Tue
01
Aug

Buyer found for Marble Falls police station

Glynis Crawford Smith/The Highlander

A buyer has been found for the current home of the Marble Falls Police Department at 209 Main Street. The new Marble Falls Public Safety Facility is to be ready for a fall move-in.

By Glynis Crawford Smith

The Highlander

A prospective new owner for the site that now houses the Marble Falls Police Department (MFPD) was confirmed at the meeting of the Marble Falls City Council Tuesday night, July 18.

Following an executive session, the council voted to authorize City Manager Mike Hodge to accept the offer for the asking price of $740,000 from Diamante Grezzo Properties, LLC.

The Leander-based corporation, that concentrates on housing on its company social media page, describes itself as “a professional, full service real estate solutions firm that buys and sells properties throughout the greater Austin area. A proposed use for the former bank building and parking lot at 209 Main Street was not made public, but Assistant City Manager Caleb Kraenzel, in charge of development services for the city, said initial conversations indicated it would be “downtown compatible.”

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