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Fri
13
Dec

Lake Marble Falls infested with zebra mussels

Contributed/Texas Parks and Wildlife
TP&W added Lake Marble Falls to the statewide list of lakes infected with zebra mussels, an invasive species. Pictured here is a view from the east bank of the waterway, adjacent to U.S. 281.

 

 

 

Special to The Highlander

The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) has added Lake Marble Falls and Granger Lake to the statewide list of lakes infested with invasive zebra mussels after discovering established, reproducing populations in the lakes this fall.

Fri
13
Dec

Water watchdog criticizes LCRA's reservoir delay

Contributed/LCRA
CTWC raised concerns about the delay in use of a new reservoir in the lower Colorado River basin which is touted as decreasing the volume of water passed through from the Highland Lakes. Pictured is a view just downstream of flood gates open at Buchanan Dam.

 

 

 

 

By Connie Swinney
Staff Writer

A seepage issue has delayed the use of a newly-built reservoir downstream on the Colorado River, raising concerns by the Central Texas Water Coalition about the impact on water customers in the upper Highland Lakes region.

Tue
10
Dec

Llano County tables pollution monitor wells plan in Kingsland

By Phil Reynolds
Contributing Writer

Llano County commissioners tabled a request to drill monitor wells on a potential pollution site in Kingsland, expressing concerns over whether the wells might spread the pollution, and whether the county had authority to allow drilling on land it doesn’t own. …

Tue
10
Dec

Marble Falls approves $4.405M bond debt refinance

Connie Swinney
Staff Writer

Marble Falls City Council approved refinancing of $4.405 million in debt at a lower interest rate as well as contracting with state-mandated bond counsel for legal purposes in handling bond investments.

The council voted unanimously to authorize the refunding and re-investment of a 2010 series of certificates of obligation (C.O.) following a presentation by financial advisors for the municipality, during the Dec. 3 regular council meeting. …

Tue
10
Dec

Burnet County ESD 9 hires fire marshal

Lew K. Cohn/The Highlander
Emergency Services District No. 9 has hired Sam Stacks as fire marshal.

 

 

By Lew K. Cohn
Managing Editor

Increased development in the Spicewood area has also increased the potential for fire danger within this unincorporated community.

Fri
06
Dec

Granite Shoals leaves lake debris disposal to residents

By Nathan Hendrix
Staff Writer

The city of Granite Shoals rejected consideration for bulk dumpsters and roadside debris pick up for residents during the drawdown of Lake LBJ scheduled for early 2020 due to costly past experiences.

City Manager Jeff Looney made the announcement at the regular council meeting on Tuesday, Dec. 3 following the Lower Colorado River Authority's decision to lower Lake LBJ and Inks Lake for a period of eight weeks – Jan. 2 to Feb. 28, 2020 – upon request by officials and property owners. …

Fri
06
Dec

Marble Falls hires new finance director

Connie Swinney/The Highlander
Marble Falls city officials have announced hiring Baron Sauls as the new finance director, during the Dec. 3 regular meeting.

 

 

Connie Swinney
Staff Writer

A new finance director with an extensive background in civil service has joined the ranks of the city of Marble Falls.

On Dec. 3 during a regular city council meeting, officials announced the hiring of Baron Sauls to oversee the finance department. His official first day is Jan. 7, however, he has already started familiarizing himself with his duties and co-workers. …

Thu
05
Dec

Burnet County seeking engineer for new bridge crossing

File photo
Burnet County is putting out an enhanced request for qualifications (RFQ) for an engineering firm that would perform pre-construction work on a proposed bridge crossing just east of Wirtz Dam.

 

 

 

By Lew K. Cohn
Managing Editor

Later this month, Burnet County will put out an enhanced request for qualifications for the engineering component of the proposed Wirtz Dam Road bridge, which would allow traffic to go from Ranch to Market Road 1431 to RM 2147, County Judge James Oakley said.

Thu
05
Dec

Police arrest Spicewood standoff suspect

From staff reports

What started as an attempt to serve an eviction notice, evolved into a suspect standoff Dec. 5 in Spicewood in Burnet County, authorities said.

Marshall Willard Brown, 43, was eventually apprehended at 3:20 p.m. following an hours long standoff at an empty mobile home. Authorities reported he was a member of the Aryan Circle gang and had been on the run since 2018. 

Tue
26
Nov

Public meeting set for Inks Lake Park input

By Lew K. Cohn
Managing Editor

The public will have one final chance to give input on the Public Use Plan for the old Highland Lakes Golf Club course at Inks Lake State Park during a 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 12, public hearing at the Burnet Community Center.

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