City of Marble Falls


Marble Falls sales tax receipts jump again

By Lew K. Cohn
Managing Editor

Sales tax distributions for Marble Falls for the month of January climbed more than seven percent above last year's total from the same time period, continuing a trend of sales tax growth for the county's largest city.


Marble Falls Town Hall meeting to probe October flood response

By Connie Swinney
Staff Writer

From water and infrastructure provisions to public health and safety response, an upcoming Marble Falls Town Hall Meeting will examine the municipality's response and community's recovery in the wake of the October flood event.

The Town Hall Meeting is scheduled for 6 pm. on Tuesday, Jan. 29 at the Marble Falls Public Safety Facility (police station/municipal court building), 606 Avenue N in Marble Falls.

“We'll discuss the incident, the response and the recovery,” Assistant City Manager Caleb Kraenzel said. “How did the city do? What feedback? How we can do better?”

On Oct. 16, flood waters from the Llano River rushed into the Highland Lakes submerging lakeside homes and damaging private property as well as some public roadways and city infrastructure. Along with the city of Marble Falls, community's impacted by flood waters included Cottonwood Shores, Granite Shoals, Horseshoe Bay and Kingsland.


City of Marble Falls seeks applicants for council, committee vacancies

Special to The Highlander

The city of Marble Falls has announced deadline for applicants for a vacated city council seat and committee and board positions.

Residents have until Dec. 31 to submit their application to fill the seat recently vacated by Marble Falls City Council member Megan Klaeger Ruff.

The Council will consider candidates and appoint a new member to fill the unexpired term of Place 6 at their January 15, 2019 regular council meeting.

Applications must be received no later than 5:00 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 31 at city hall, 800 Third St.

The new council member will serve until the May 2019 election and is eligible to run for the position.

The council is comprised of seven members who are elected for two-year terms.

To be eligible to apply, candidates must be a registered voter of the city, 21 years of age or over, a U.S. citizen and have been a resident of the city for one year.


City unveils proposed $6.35 million bond

Contributed/City of Marble Falls rendering
Marble Falls officials took steps Aug. 7 to notify the public of the planned issuance of $6.35 million in bond debt to fund, in part, the first phase of a large-scale parks improvement project.




By Connie Swinney
The Highlander

With an eye on utilizing various entities to pay off the debt, Marble Falls city officials moved closer Aug. 7 to issuing a proposed $6.35 million bond issue to fund a portion of the first phase of a multi-faceted parks improvement project as well as downtown area improvements and utility upgrades.


Cardenas: City on right track for fiscal 2018

Lew K. Cohn/The Highlander

Marble Falls Mayor John Packer, center, proclaims May 6-12 Public Service Recognition Week in Marble Falls. Various city employees joined him for the reading of the proclamation, including City Manager Mike Hodge, Assistant City Manager Caleb Kraenzel, Finance Director Margie Cardenas, Director of Development Services Valerie Kreger, Police Chief Mark Whitacre, Fire Marshal Tommy Crane, Public Works Director James Kennedy, Assistant Public Works Director Jay Everett, Building Inspector Chris Pounds, Building Official Mike Ingalsbe, Permit Technician Amy Williams, Fire Engineer Randy Rankin, Firefighter Jonathon Morrison, Fire Capt. Sam Stacks, Patrol Officer Benjamin Master and Patrol Officer Colin Owen.





By Lew K. Cohn

Managing Editor

The Highlander

The city of Marble Falls is right on track financially with half of the fiscal year completed, Finance Director Margie Cardenas told City Council members Tuesday night.


Dollar: LakeFest cancellation a budget matter, only

Photo by Frank Shubert/The Highlander

By Glynis Crawford Smith

The Highlander

When the announcement came that contract negotiations for LakeFest 2018 had fallen through, speculation was rampant.

The announcements from the Marble Falls/Lake LBJ Chamber and the City of Marble Falls were straightforward: “It boiled down to being a business decision.”

That didn't stop people wondering if it boiled down to city parks and recreation construction and related boat ramp changes or the development of the hotel conference center.

For an answer, we turned to Ken Dollar of Meadowlakes, the face of the Lucas Oil Drag Boat Races from 2009 until the first of 2018.

“Development never came into the picture,” he said. “I want to get that across.”

“It was a simple thing,” he continued. “Last year the Lucas corporation people decided it was time to take a look and restructure, not just drag boats, but all their motor sports series; and they own several.


Marble Falls to seek new TPWD trail grant

By Glynis Crawford Smith

The Highlander

The Marble Falls City Council on Tuesday, Jan. 16, put the force of a resolution behind an application for funding of a new hike, bike and nature trail on the city's north side.

The resolution supports application to to Texas Parks & Wildlife Department (TPWD) for a $200,000 grant for development of a trail at the Park View park site east of Mormon Mill Road and bounded on the east by Park View Drive and on the south by Park Ridge Drive.

The item was part of the council's consent agenda, so discussion was not part of the meeting, but the council based its decision on background material provided by Robert Moss, director of the Marble Falls Parks & Recreation Department.


2017 banner year for Marble Falls

Contributed/Marble Falls EDC

This latest architectural rendering of the downtown hotel/conference center is a view looking up from Lake Marble Falls. In addition to a banner year for economic growth, signs of that continuing into 2018 include a probable late-summer groundbreaking on this project.





By Glynis Crawford Smith

The Highlander

Reports have been steady that things have been promising on the economic front in Marble Falls this year and the long-awaited downtown hotel/conference center seems to back on track.

“By just about every economic measurement, Marble Falls had a banner year in 2017,” said Christian Fletcher, executive director of the Marble Falls Economic Development Corporation in an end-of-year report posted online this last week.

In addition he said Thursday, Dec. 28, that the city's hotel/conference team has executed a term sheet with the operator.


City to replace Via Viejo storage tank

Via Viejo ground storage tank in Marble Falls


The city of Marble Falls voted to fund a new way to deal with an “old way” of doing things.

At their Tuesday, Sept. 19, City Council meeting, the Marble Falls City Council awarded a bid to Tank Builders to replace the Via Viejo ground storage tank. “Via viejo” translates from Spanish to “old way” in English.

The existing 500,000-gallon tank at Via Viejo was built in the early 1960s and now has exceeded its designed lifespan. The new tank will have a 600,000-gallon capacity and is projected to keep up with the city's future growth. The project, which includes new piping and electrical work, is estimated at $800,000 and will be funded by previously issued bond proceeds.


Deadline to file for May 6 election is here

By Glynis Crawford Smith

The Highlander


The deadline for filings for city and school board elections in Texas is today, Friday, Feb. 17, and, as of Thursday, several contests had developed for the May 6 elections in Burnet County.

The mayors seats in Burnet and Granite Shoals are contested and the Meadowlakes and Highland Haven city councils will be on the ballot.

In cases where none develops, as may be the case in Bertram and Marble Falls, elections will not have to be held.

Marble Falls

In Marble Falls, Mayor John Packer filed for re-election but the other three incumbents, so far, are undeclared. They are Mayor Pro Tem Jane Mare Hurst, Place 2; Rachel Austin-Cook, Place 4 and Rayan Nash, Place 6.

Parks and Recreation Committee Chairman David Rhodes had filed for Place 2 and attorney Megan Klaeger had filed for Place 6.

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