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Fri
23
Aug

City of Meadowlakes makes deal with POA for services

By Lew K. Cohn
Managing Editor

After a contentious year of negotiations, the City of Meadowlakes and the Meadowlakes Property Owners Association (MPOA) finally reached an agreement on a three-year service contract which will call for the MPOA to pay the city nearly $320,000.

Meadowlakes provides contractual customer service, accounting, payroll, recordkeeping and maintenance operations to the MPOA. The city's last contract with MPOA had called for the city to receive $96,913 per year ($8,076 per month) for three years, from October 2016 to September 2019.

Fri
23
Aug

Double Horn launches 2nd incorporation election vote

Connie Swinney
Staff Writer

The city of Double Horn has approved a second election which, depending on the vote, could overturn the municipality's incorporation status which first passed in December 2018.

Petition co-coordinator Glen Zoerner made the announcement in a written statement, following an Aug. 19 response deadline for the city for an election “to call the question of abolishing the city's corporate existence.” The incorporation vote is scheduled for Nov. 5.

Tue
20
Aug

Horseshoe Bay council sets hearings on 2019/20 tax rate

From staff reports

Horseshoe Bay City Council will hold two public hearings on a proposed not to exceed tax rate of 29 cents per $100 valuation, which exceeds both the effective and rollback tax rate for 2019.

The first public hearing will be held at 3 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 27, while the second will be at 9 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 3. Both will be held at City Hall, 1 Community Drive, Horseshoe Bay.

Tue
20
Aug

Lt. Col Allen West (Ret.) to speak in Burnet and tickets are on sale

Contributed
Burnet County Republicans Mary Jane Avery, Gail Teegarden, Kay Stripling, Londa Chandler and Kara Chasteen hosted a recent planning session for the upcoming visit of former US Congressman and Ret. Lt. Colonel Allen West at Bill's Burger in September.

 

 

 

 

Special to The Highlander

Members of the Burnet County Republican Club, Burnet County Republican Women and Burnet County Republican Party met at Bill’s Burgers discuss arrangements for their upcoming fundraiser featuring Lt. Col. Allen West, Senator Dawn Buckingham and State Representative Terry Wilson.

The Burnet County Republican Picnic will be held at Bill’s Burgers in Burnet on Sunday, September 8 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Entertainment will be provided by The Skylarks.

Tue
20
Aug

Granite Shoals council calls for $7M bond election for water system upgrades

 

 

 

By Lew K. Cohn
Managing Editor

The City of Granite Shoals will ask voters to approve a $7 million bond package for water system improvements on Tuesday, Nov. 5, after City Council members adopted an ordinance calling for an election at their Aug. 13 meeting at City Hall.

Tue
20
Aug

MFISD facility upgrades greet teachers and pupils

Nathan Hendrix/The Highlander
Crews worked on the finishing touches of the new bus loop at Highland Lakes Elementary School on Monday, Aug. 19. MFISD Superintendent Chris Allen said the bus loop will be ready for the first day of school. Similar loops at Marble Falls Middle and High Schools will be ready for use before Thanksgiving break.

 

 

 

 

By Nathan Hendrix
Staff Writer

While the students were out for summer vacation, Marble Falls Independent School District was putting some of the money from last year's $55 million bond to work.

MFISD Superintendent Chris Allen said although there is plenty of work left to be done across the district, the administration is happy with the progress made prior to the first day of school on Wednesday, Aug. 21.

Mon
19
Aug

Boys home indictments allege human trafficking

Contributed/Burnet County Sheriff's Office
A grand jury has indicted 49-year-old Gary Dwayne Wiggins and 34-year-old Meghann Shereen Wiggins on human trafficking charges in connection with their operation of a boys home outside Bertram.

 

 

 

Special to The Highlander

On Aug. 6, a Burnet County grand jury indicted two owners of a boys home outside of Bertram on human trafficking charges, according to a press release.

After evidence was presented from an “extensive investigation into their operation” of the Joshua Home for boys, the grand jury recommended indictments against 49-year-old Gary Dwayne Wiggins and 34-year-old Meghann Shereen Wiggins.

The charges are one count each of trafficking of persons: continuous, a first degree felony.

Fri
16
Aug

Kingsland MUD crews mend flood-damaged wastewater lines

Connie Swinney/The Highlander
Crews installed more than 600 feet of new wastewater lines Aug. 14 under the water at the Ranch Road 1431 Bridge in Kingsland. The community's municipal utility district discovered a crack in the pipeline along with a large piece of concrete on the lines; blamed on settling debris from the October flood.

 

 

 

 

By Connie Swinney
Staff Writer

As authorities closed a portion of Lake LBJ at the 1431 Bridge Aug. 14, Kingsland Municipal Utility District crews installed several hundred feet of new wastewater line which was pummeled by debris and buried under at least 8 feet of sand during the October flood.

“We were doing an emergency wastewater line replacement,” said Anita LaBier, general manager of Kingsland Municipal Utility District (KMUD). “We've had a couple of issues.”

Fri
16
Aug

Granite Shoals council rejects resident boat launch fees

By Lew K. Cohn
Managing Editor

A majority of Granite Shoals City Council members balked Tuesday night at the idea of charging residents a fee to launch their boats from city-owned boat ramps.

The council instead directed City Manager Jeff Looney to redraft a proposed ordinance to remove any reference to charging residents boat launch fees and to make several “technical corrections” before bringing the ordinance back to the council in a “simpler” form for passage at their Aug. 27 meeting.

Fri
16
Aug

Granite Shoals proposes 60.5 cent tax rate

By Lew K. Cohn
Managing Editor

Granite Shoals City Council proposed a “not to exceed” tax rate of 60.5 cents per $100 valuation for 2019 at their regular meeting Tuesday, Aug. 13.

The tax rate proposed Tuesday by the council includes 35.15 cents for maintenance and operations and 25.35 cents for interest and sinking (debt service) to fund an anticipated $7.29 million expense budget, Mayor Carl Brugger said.

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