March was proclaimed Youth Art Monthat the March 14 meeting of the Burnet County Commissioners Court in a brief presentation to Burnet art teacher Samantha Melvin. Pictured are, Commissioners Russell Graeter, Precinct 2, and Jim Luther Jr., Precinct 1; Melvin; County Judge James Oakley and Commissioners Joe Don Dockery, Precinct 4, and Billy Wall, Precinct 3.
A community arts exhibit and artists reception will be held Thursday, March 23, from 5-6:30 p.m. to recognize student artists from throughout the Burnet County.
The exhibit will take place at Happy Scoops Ice Cream, 104 West Washington Street, just off the courthouse square in Burnet.
The art exhibit will feature work by kindergarten through 12th grade artists from around the county, including students from Faith Academy in Marble Falls; Colt Elementary in Marble Falls Independent School District (MFISD) and Bertram Elementary, RJ Richey Elementary, Shady Grove Elementary, Burnet Middle School, Burnet High School, all in the Burnet Consolidated Independent School District (BCISD), .
Burnet County's Lela Glimp Goar, right, is welcomed into the into the New Mexico Activities Association (NMAA) Hall of Fame by Kirk Carpenter, Aztec Municipal School District superintendent and a member of the NMAA board of directors, on March 9 in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
Burnet County’s Lela Glimp Goar was inducted into the New Mexico Activities Association Hall of Fame in ceremonies held March 9 in Albuquerque, New Mexico .
The ring ceremony honored her years of service as an individual who has made significant contributions to Interscholastic and family related activities in New Mexico .
According to a press release by the organization, the individual must show great support for and involvement in formulating regulations and procedures for various interscholastic programs, and they must have 25 years of service, of which 20 must have been in New Mexico . The candidate is then screened by the New Mexico Hall of Fame Selection Committee. As a member of the Class of 2017, Lela Glimp Goar will be the 102nd member of the prestigious group.
Burnet County Commissioners congratulate Jane Knapik, PhD, on her work earning the 2017 Burnet County Historical Commission Distinguished Service Award. Pictured, from left, are Billy Wall, Knapik, Joe Don Dockery and Jim Luther Jr.
Jane Knapik, PhD, has been honored with the 2017 Burnet County Historical Commission (BCHC) Distinguished Service Award.
The award was presented in recognition of “consistent and dedicated work with the BCHC," with Burnet County Commissioners Billy Wall, Jim Luther Jr., and Joe Don Dockery in attendance to congratulate her.
“With Dr. Knapik’s body of work in education and her continuing work in preservation of history in our county and others, she has earned yet another title: a Burnet County Woman of Note,” read the announcement of her award.
One could say Knapik has history running through her blood. Born Jane Alexander, a descendant of a Burnet County pioneer founding Alexander family, her ancestors fought in the American Revolution, for the Republic of Texas, and for the Confederacy. Her family moved to Uvalde County when she was three years old, but she came back after a long and satisfying career in education.
Burnet County commissioners learned Tuesday that their county ranked second overall in the state of Texas in 2016 for land loans through the Texas General Land Office's Veterans Land Board (VLB).
Ken Wallingford, a former Vietnam prisoner of war and senior advisor to the VLB, visited the court to present a certificate of appreciation and Texas flag to honor the county for having an extremely active veterans' presence, with $4,067,064 in land loans for fiscal year 2016 in Burnet County and to praise Veterans Officer Bill Worley, who was there for the presentation.
Visit the Central Texas Groundwater Conservation District website, www.centraltexasgcd.org, to see aquifer maps, rainfall records and more details about the district and water conservation.
By Lew K. Cohn
Burnet County commissioners on Tuesday, March 14, discussed a bill pending before the Texas House of Representatives, House Bill 3677, which would eliminate the Central Texas Groundwater Conservation District in Burnet and force the county to consolidate with four other counties into a single Heart of Texas Aquifer District.
Charles Shell, general manager of the Central Texas Groundwater Conservation District (CTGCD), told commissioners the bill just filed Friday by state Rep. Jason Isaac is “alarming” as it would dissolve the organization, which was created by the citizens of Burnet County to manage and oversee groundwater within the county.
Following the Feb. 28 meeting of the Burnet County Commissioners Court, members viewed a new VetRide van provided by an anonymous donor. Gathered around the handicap accessible ramp of the van, from left, are Russell Graeter of Precinct 2, Joe Don Dockery of Precinct 4, VetRide Coordinator Sophie McCoy, Burnet County Judge James Oakley, Jim Luther Jr. of Precinct 1 and Billy Wall of Precinct 3.
By Lew K. Cohn
Burnet County commissioners set a historic precedent last year by selling tax notes to raise money for special road improvements in the county. On Tuesday, Feb. 28, commissioners voted how to distribute those funds, choosing a method which splits funds more closely in line with the taxable values of the four precincts, yet also allows for a little more equitable distribution of funds.
Last year, commissioners voted to approve issuance of $5.85 million in bonds to pay for road projects outside the normal scope of the work they do, based on estimates provided to the court by KC Engineering. Burnet County Judge James Oakley said the issuance of these bonds “doesn't affect the tax rate.
Burnet County will be the first county in Texas to take advantage of new legislation which allows property tax foreclosure auctions to be held online instead of on the front steps of the courthouse, a tax attorney assisting the county said Feb. 14.
The Burnet County Commissioners Court voted unanimously that morning to adopt a resolution permitting such sales to occur online and approving the setup of an online sales platform with assistance from the law firm of McCreary, Veselka, Bragg & Allen P.C. (MVBA), which performs delinquent property tax collections for Burnet County and other taxing entities.
On Wednesday the final report of the Wirtz Dam study by the Capitol Area Metropolitan Planning Organization (CAMPO) was released online, with tabulations of those 18 community meetings, 848 completed surveys and 812 comments.
“It was a positive, strong response,” said Burnet County Judge James Oakley, a member of the board of directors of CAMPO. “We had a first reading of the report last month and it will come back to the Transportation Policy Board on Feb. 13.
The National Weather Service in Austin has issued a Red Flag warning in effect through 4 p.m. today, Jan. 25, for the Rio Grande Valley that places all of South Central Texas in a moderate danger zone due to low humidity and strong northwest winds. Low relative humidity values and gusty north to northwest winds behind a dry cold front will produce locally critical fire weather conditions across portions of the Rio Grande Plains, read the early morning alert. Rapid fire growth and spread will likely occur in cured fuels such as dry grasses. Winds initially will be out of the northwest at 10-20 mph with gusts to near 25 mph this morning before becoming more northerly as they weaken this afternoon. Relative humidity values, now around 36 percent, could fall below 20 percent and remain below those levels until around sunset. Winds should weaken to help decrease fire spread concerns by 4 p.m.