Burnet County Commissioners

 

 

Mon
30
Mar

COVID-19 risks expand in Burnet County

Contributed/Judge James Oakley
Burnet County Health Authority Dr. Juliette Madrigal took precautions during the livestreamed March 30 special meeting, conducted by commissioners, which placed restrictions on attendance.

 

 

 

 

By Lew K. Cohn
Managing Editor

The COVID-19 virus has entered into “community spread” in Burnet County and “it's a lot worse than our numbers show,” County Health Authority Dr. Juliette Madrigal warned Monday, March 30 during a special called Commissioners Court meeting.

Burnet County officials had announced this past weekend there are now three confirmed positive cases of COVID-19 originating in Burnet County and there are several tests still pending confirmation at this time.

Wed
25
Mar

Burnet County issues “Stay in Place” order over COVID-19

Burnet County officials created a listing graphic of what the 'Stay in Place and Stay Safe' order means for residents' day-to-day activities.

 

 

By Connie Swinney and Lew K. Cohn
The Highlander

Burnet County officials, in cooperation with municipalities and the Burnet County Health Authority, opted March 25 to order “Stay in Place and Stay Safe” guidelines in response to growing concerns about minimizing the number of potential infections of the coronavirus, also known as COVID-19.

Tue
24
Mar

Judge: Burnet County will follow governor's lead on COVID-19

Lew K. Cohn/The Highlander
Burnet County Commissioners received an update March 19 during a special called meeting, where an emergency disaster declaration was updated based on a state-issued order. Burnet County Health Authority Dr. Juliette Madrigal attended and provided an update on COVID-19 protocols at that time.

 

 

 

 

By Lew K. Cohn
Managing Editor

Burnet County Judge James Oakley said Tuesday, March 24, he doesn't believe a “shelter-in-place” order will be necessary for Burnet County following similar orders being issued for Austin and Travis County and the city of Lampasas.

Tue
17
Mar

Burnet County Health Authority talks COVID-19 prevention

By Connie Swinney
Staff Writer

The Burnet County Health Authority provided an update to the public and area emergency services entities in light of concerns about the spread of the COVID-19 (coronavirus).

Fri
28
Feb

Burnet County clears obstacles en route to new bridge crossing

Contributed/Burnet County
Burnet County has approved an agreement with TxDOT that will allow the county to get preliminary engineering and environmental studies performed for a proposed Wirtz Dam Road crossing just east of the dam, as conceptualized here.

 

 

 

 

By Lew K. Cohn
Managing Editor

It took a total of some 14 months, but Burnet County has cleared two more hurdles on the way to a proposed Wirtz Dam Road bridge crossing that would link Ranch to Market Road 1431 with RM 2147.

On Tuesday, Feb. 25, Burnet County commissioners approved the final version of an advanced funding agreement, or AFA, between the county and the Texas Department of Transportation that will allow the county to pay — and be reimbursed for — preliminary engineering and environmental studies for the bridge crossing. …

Tue
11
Feb

Wall, Haddock discuss commissioner qualifications at forum

Lew K. Cohn/The Highlander
A Marble Falls City Councilman is running against Incumbent Pct. 3 County Commissioner Billy Wall. During the forum, Haddock said he is “not running against Billy. I'm running for a job.”

 

 

 

By Lew K. Cohn
Managing Editor

Burnet County Republican primary voters are being asked to choose between experience or change to determine who should be the Burnet County Precinct 3 commissioner — incumbent Billy Wall or challenger William “Dee” Haddock.

Tue
04
Feb

Counties join forces to explore broadband expansion

Lew K. Cohn/The Highlander
Burnet County Judge James Oakley, left, and Connected Texas representative Tom Stephenson discuss the region's broadband internet access.

 

 

 

By Lew K. Cohn
Managing Editor

Recognizing a need exists for affordable and reliable high-speed broadband internet, officials from Burnet, Llano and Blanco counties came together Friday, Jan. 31, to launch a cooperative plan of action to connect their underserved communities.

Fri
31
Jan

Burnet County deputies take aim at illegal dumping

File photo
Burnet County Sheriff's Office Environmental Crimes deputies target egregious violators who fail to comply after multiple warnings to clean up their property.

 

 

 

By Lew K. Cohn
Managing Editor

Burnet County's two deputy sheriffs dedicated to investigation of environmental crimes told commissioners Tuesday they are looking for residents to clean up their acts — not clean out their pocketbooks.

“What we want from the public is compliance,” said BCSO environmental deputy Paul Kowalik. “That's our goal. …

Kowalik and fellow environmental deputy Jason Jewett appeared before the commissioners at their regular meeting to give an update on the department. …

Tue
28
Jan

Air Evac teaches life-saving skills in Marble Falls

Connie Swinney/The Highlander
Burnet County Pct. 4 Commissioner Joe Don Dockery practiced Jan. 27 the proper method to apply a tourniquet to roads and bridges worker George Tennison during "Stop the Bleeding" instruction at the Marble Falls courthouse annex.

 

 

 

 

Burnet County learns field ER techniques

By Connie Swinney
Staff Writer

For Pct. 4 Commissioner Joe Don Dockery something as simple as learning to properly use a tourniquet could be the difference between life and death.

“They're simple to use,” Dockery said. “You can tell they're very effective.”

Fri
10
Jan

County server falls victim to ransomware attack

By Lew K. Cohn
Managing Editor

Burnet County found itself the victim of a ransomware breach on one of its servers just before Christmas — the latest in a string of attacks on local governments throughout the country since 2013.

“A bug that got into one of our servers caused it to seize up and we had to unplug all of our systems and make sure that breach was isolated,” County Judge James Oakley said …

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