Burnet County Commissioners Court

Fri
01
Dec

Commissioners look to prohibit landfills in county

By Lew K. Cohn

Managing Editor

The Highlander

Burnet County commissioners agreed informally Tuesday to establish a committee to draft an ordinance prohibiting solid waste disposal in the county.

The committee will be comprised of Development Services Director Herb Darling, Precinct 1 Commissioner Jim Luther Jr. and County Attorney Eddie Arredondo.

“This order would give us the ability, if a company comes in to purchase a tract of land, to prohibit them from putting in a landfill or put a stop to things if an outside company wants to dispose of hazardous waste in the county,” Darling said.

Mon
27
Nov

Iron Bridges of Burnet County coming back to commissioners court

Contributed

The North Fork San Gariel Bridge, called the Joppa Bridge, is open to the public, unlike the Russel Fork San Gabriel Bridge, which has been blocked off to public access, accordinto to local historians, who appeared before the Burnet County Commissioners Court Nov. 14. The problem is back on the court's agenda again Tuesday, Nov. 28.

 

 

 

 

By Lew K. Cohn

Managing Editor

The Highlander

Once a common fixture across the landscape, there are just two historic iron bridges remaining in Burnet County — the North Fork San Gabriel Bridge on County Road 200, commonly known as the Joppa Bridge, and the Russell Fork San Gabriel Bridge on County Road 272.

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.

Mon
17
Jul

First State Bank named Texas Treasure

Burnet's First State Bank will be recognized with a Texas Treasure Business Award from the Texas Historical Commission (THC) during the July 25 regular Burnet County Commissioners Court meeting.

The Texas Treasure Business Award program pays tribute to businesses that have provided employment opportunities and support to the state's economy for 50 years or more.

Created in 2005 through legislation authored by Sen. Leticia Van de Putte (D-San Antonio) and sponsored by Rep. Charles “Doc” Anderson (R-Waco), the program recognizes well-established Texas businesses and their exceptional historical contributions to the state's economic growth and prosperity.

Fri
17
Feb

Commissioners hear about TxDOT US 281/183 Super 2 conversion

TxDOT Project Tracker details plans for US 281 and US 183 Super 2 development.

By Lew K. Cohn

Managing Editor

The Highlander

A construction project to convert the northern part of US 281 from the Lampasas County line to the Burnet city limits to a four-lane undivided highway into a “Super 2” three-lane highway has been let this month, Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) area engineer Cathy Kratz P.E. said at Tuesday's Burnet County Commissioner Court meeting.

Kratz and other engineers from TxDOT appeared before commissioners to talk about plans to put convert portions of US 281 and US 183 to “Super 2” roadways, due to a high number of accidents which have occurred where vehicles have left the roadway.

Tue
31
Jan

Marble Falls JP office to get walk-up window

The court of Justice of the Peace Precinct 4 Debbie Bindseil is to get a walk up window for security. The office serves Burnet County's southernmost precinct.

By Lew K. Cohn

Managing Editor

The Highlander

Precinct 4 Justice of the Peace Debbie Bindseil received permission from the Burnet County Commissioners Court to put in a walk-up window at her office during Tuesday's regular court meeting.

Bindseil had asked commissioners to allow her to modify her office in the Burnet County Courthouse Annex, 810 Steve Hawkins Parkway in Marble Falls, to put in a nine-square-foot (36 inches by 36 inches) tempered glass window to the left of her door. The window will include a pass through tray and speaking hole to allow communications with customers on the other side.

Mon
26
Dec

County Commissioners back Spicewood EMS station

Contributed/Robert Klaeger

The Burnet County Commissioners Court gathered for a year's end photograph at their meeting Tuesday, Dec. 20. Pictured, from left, are Jeanne Emerson, court coordinator; Bill Neve, outgoing Precinct 1 commissioner; Karen Lester, county auditor, Russell Graeter, Precinct 2 commissioner; Donna Klaeger, former county judge; County Judge James Oakley; Ronny Hibler, outgoing Precinct 3 commissioner; Joe Don Dockery, Precinct 4 commissioner; Janet Parket, county clerk, and Herb Darling, Environmental Services director. Republican Primary winners Jim Luther and Billy Wall will be sworn in to replace Neve and Hibler, respectively, at the courthouse at 10:30 a.m. Sunday, Jan. 1.

 

 

By Glynis Crawford Smith

The Highlander

 

An emergency medical service (EMS) substation for Spicewood cleared another hurdle Tuesday, Dec. 20, when the Burnet County Commissioners Court approved a plat for the project.

The substation is proposed by the Burnet County Emergency Services District No. 9, created by voters in 2013 to channel ad valorem taxes into support of fire, rescue, first responder, emergency medical services, rural fire prevention and control services and other emergency services.

Byron Zinn, president of the ESD 9 Board of Commissioners, reported that 80 percent of all calls received by the Spicewood Volunteer Fire Department (SVFD)-EMS are medical in nature, when he made a presentation to the Marble Falls Independent School District Board of Trustees in November.

Securing land from the MFISD was a big hurdle in the project that is expected to cost about $250,000 in construction.

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