City of Marble Falls

 

 

Fri
10
Jan

Marble Falls mayor unveils 2020 goals and beyond

Connie Swinney/The Highlander
Continued water plant upgrades (in the foreground), including an existing clarifier and two new intake pumps, are on tap for 2020 in Marble Falls as well.

 

 

 

Connie Swinney
Staff Writer

Marble Falls city leaders have refined drafted goals for 2020 and beyond with an emphasis on infrastructure, flood recovery and continued recreation upgrades and improvement, officials said.

“Every year city council and staff convene to conduct strategic planning for the upcoming year,” Mayor John Packer said. “This year, the priorities focused on ensuring quality service to the community through improved infrastructure, better streets and a great park system.” …

Fri
10
Jan

City of Marble Falls declines annexation of Los Escondidos

By Connie Swinney
Staff Writer

Marble Falls city officials have tabled a proposal to proceed with folding Los Escondidos subdivision into the city limits in light of state law prohibiting involuntary annexation and the smattering of development agreements among 38 lots.

“The council does agree it would be unfair for us to only access a portion of the lots. To have them come in and pay taxes and not have the others pay,” said City Manager Mike Hodge …

Tue
10
Dec

Avenue E neighborhood blasts traffic in Marble Falls residential area

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Avenue E residents expressed concern about speeding and public safety due to FM 1431 traffic (pictured here) detouring through their street in Marble Falls.

 

 

 

By Connie Swinney
Staff Writer

Marble Falls city officials vowed to address growing traffic concerns by a neighborhood fed up with speed and cut-through vehicles off FM 1431 and U.S. 281 into a historic district.

During the Dec. 3 regular meeting, several residents attended who live east of U.S. 281 in the Avenue E area of the city. …

Tue
10
Dec

Marble Falls approves $4.405M bond debt refinance

Connie Swinney
Staff Writer

Marble Falls City Council approved refinancing of $4.405 million in debt at a lower interest rate as well as contracting with state-mandated bond counsel for legal purposes in handling bond investments.

The council voted unanimously to authorize the refunding and re-investment of a 2010 series of certificates of obligation (C.O.) following a presentation by financial advisors for the municipality, during the Dec. 3 regular council meeting. …

Fri
06
Dec

Marble Falls hires new finance director

Connie Swinney/The Highlander
Marble Falls city officials have announced hiring Baron Sauls as the new finance director, during the Dec. 3 regular meeting.

 

 

Connie Swinney
Staff Writer

A new finance director with an extensive background in civil service has joined the ranks of the city of Marble Falls.

On Dec. 3 during a regular city council meeting, officials announced the hiring of Baron Sauls to oversee the finance department. His official first day is Jan. 7, however, he has already started familiarizing himself with his duties and co-workers. …

Tue
26
Nov

Marble Falls signals annexation deal on Kemper family property

Connie Swinney/The Highlander
John Kemper, second from left, first rejected the city's annexation plans during an October Marble Falls City Council meeting.

 

 

By Connie Swinney
Staff Writer

Marble Falls city officials indicated Nov. 19 they may work with property owners, in particular the John Kemper family, to delay and/or modify a plan to potentially annex several acres of land into the city limits.

City staff has proposed annexation of 64 acres of Kemper's property, which includes a two-acre homestead tract, located south of Lake Marble Falls on the eastern portion of the city limits.

Fri
22
Nov

Lighting of the first Marble Falls Community Christmas Tree Nov. 22

Connie Swinney/The Highlander

The city of Marble Falls has erected an approximately 35-foot Christmas tree in Harmony Park at the intersection of Third Street and Main in the downtown historic district. The lighting of the treeat 6 p.m. tonight, Friday, Nov. 22, will coincide with the Marble Falls/Lake LBJ Chamber of commerce Light-up Parade on Main followed by the opening of the 29th Annual Walkway of Lights in Lakeside Park.

Fri
22
Nov

Marble Falls Housing Authority eyes plans to dissolve

Connie Swinney/The Highlander
Marble Falls Housing Authority Executive Director Mark Mayfield (at right) announced Nov. 19 during the regular city council meeting that he would be resigning soon to dedicate time to the Texas Housing Foundation. Also pictured, from left, are Marble Falls councilmen David Rhodes and Craig Magerkurth.

 

 

 

 

By Connie Swinney
Staff Writer

Marble Falls Housing Authority officials announced the impending dissolution of the entity, as council members approved an agreement Nov. 19 which would allow the Burnet Housing Authority program to oversee the administrative operations for local clients.

Marble Falls Housing Authority Executive Director Mark Mayfield spoke before the Marble Falls City Council with announcements about the potential future of the federally-subsidized housing authorities in Marble Falls and Burnet.

Fri
22
Nov

State construction law limits Marble Falls code

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HB 2439, which became law in September, hastened the need for cities to align their codes to match the mandate, based strictly on national building standards, while prohibiting construction limits by municipalities based on aesthetics.

By Connie Swinney
Staff Writer

Marble Falls City Council debated Nov. 19 how to proceed with newly-passed state law which limits a municipality's ability to prohibit construction materials based on aesthetics.

Following passage by state lawmakers and Gov. Greg Abbott's signature during the 86th Texas Legislature, HB 2439 became law in September, prompting cities to scramble to align their codes to match the mandate. State lawmakers based the law on national building standards geared towards health and safety regulation.

Wed
13
Nov

Marble Falls seeking match grants for bridge projects

Connie Swinney/The Highlander
Avenue N features one of the flood-prone, low-water crossings in which city staff is seeking grant funding for a bridge project.

 

 

By Connie Swinney
Staff Writer

Marble Falls City Council approved applying for matching grants funding two bridge crossing projects and a crossing emergency warning system to mitigate issues on city streets prone to flooding.

The FEMA grant request –- involving proposed bridges at low-water crossings on Avenue N and Nature Heights – was made Nov. 5 by Marble Falls Fire Rescue Chief Russell Sander during the regular meeting.

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