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Double Horn alderman resigns citing conflict of interest

Connie Swinney/The Highlander
The city of Double Horn faces more changes in the wake of an alderman resignation, an upcoming vote by the citizens to potentially dissolve the city and a pending appeal by the state attorney general's office, challenging the city's incorporation.

 

 

 

 

By Connie Swinney
Staff Writer

An alderman for the city of Double Horn has resigned saying remaining on the council would be “a conflict of interest,” in light of his support for dissolving the municipality.

The resignation of Robert “Bob” Link comes after the validation of an election, Nov. 5, for a vote which could determine the fate of the city's incorporation.

“I resigned my position on the Double Horn council because I believe I have a conflict of interest with the council,” Link said.

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30
Sep

Burnet County Historical Commission establish Ina Cooper grant program

By Lew K. Cohn
Managing Editor

The generosity of the late Ina Cooper will continue to be felt for nearly two decades after her passing after the Burnet County Historical Commission established a grant program with her final bequest to the organization.

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30
Sep

Trash bid flusters Granite Shoals City Council

By Nathan Hendrix
Staff Writer

With the current waste services contract expiration looming, Granite Shoals City Council opted to accept a contract offer with a pricing increase from Waste Management due to the lack of alternative options.

Council Member Todd Holland said the city gambled with their request for proposals (RFP) earlier in the year and is now seeing the results of the gamble.

“We have no leverage,” he said. “[Waste Management is] the only one who came back and said 'we'll haul your trash off.' We don't have the upper hand here.”

Mon
30
Sep

Crews put US 281 road work into high gear in Marble Falls

Connie Swinney/The Highlander

A $7.3 million road safety improvement project is under way along US 281 from the 2147 East intersection to the Texas 71 intersection. According to the Texas Department of Transportation, the project is adding a continuous left-turn lane and widening shoulders. Officials said the project will take approximately 18 months to complete, starting from the time motorists could see preparations taking shape three months ago in the form of caution barrels and land clearing in the right-of-way.

Tue
24
Sep

Horseshoe Bay allows temporary buildings at troubled youth facility

By Lew K. Cohn
Managing Editor

The next transformative chapter in the life of the Phoenix Center will soon take place as the nonprofit begins its permanent move to Horseshoe Bay.

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24
Sep

Marble Falls City Council debates water rate hike options

Connie Swinney/The Highlander
Marble Falls city officials are considering an average 8.5 percent water rate hike for the next few years. Part of the reason involves funding for upgrades and improvements at the w

 

 

 

 

By Connie Swinney
Staff Writer

Marble Falls City Council members suggested raising the base rate and consumption rate on water bills based on the cost projections of operating the water plant, paying off utility debt and anticipating future growth.

Fri
20
Sep

Horseshoe Bay delays controversial Cat's Eye zoning decision

Contributed/City of Horseshoe Bay
Petitioners have requested the purple strip on the zoning map, which allows for duplexes, be rezoned to match the surrounding land, in yellow, which is zoned for single-family residential.

 

 

 

By Lew K. Cohn
Managing Editor

The great Roman historian Tacitus once wrote: “Truth is confirmed by inspection and delay; falsehood by haste and uncertainty.”

Fri
20
Sep

Marble Falls adds streets to "No thru truck traffic" zones

Connie Swinney/The Highlander
On Sept. 17, Marble Falls City Council approved further restricting where large trucks can cut through on city streets, as they're attempting to navigate off off or onto state highways US 281 and FM 1431

 

 

 

 

. . . The Marble Falls City Council approved exemptions on Sept. 17 for an amended “No Thru Truck Traffic” ordinance as well as added streets to the list of restricted zones.

Officials began researching ways in 2018 to reduce the noise and road maintenance impact in areas including the Main Street shopping district. In December officials debated the pros and cons of adding routes to the list of truck restricted areas.

Fri
20
Sep

Police: Warrant suspect injures Marble Falls officer

From staff reports

A Marble Falls police officer was treated for injuries Sept. 20 after during the arrest of a suspect, wanted on a warrant charge, in the HEB grocery store.

The incident happened around 11 a.m. at the store, 1503 FM 1431.

While in the store, a Marble Falls police officer came into contact with a male suspect inside the store, according to the MFPD press release. The suspect attempted to flee.

Fri
20
Sep

DPS investigating dual collisions on US 281 north of Marble Falls

Connie Swinney/The Highlander

Back-to-back crashes within a mile of each other on US. 281 between Burnet and Marble Falls around noon Sept. 19 delayed traffic for at least two hours as crew cleared the scene. At least four people were transported to the emergency room. The Texas Department of Safety is investigation the collisions.

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