City of Marble Falls

 

 

Tue
31
Mar

Marble Falls EDC earmarks $100,000 to help businesses

Connie Swinney/The Highlander
A message greeted tourists and local residents March 30 to encourage them to continue to patronize businesses, who remain open, but are struggling due to COVID-19 prevention restrictions.

 

 

 

By Connie Swinney
Staff Writer

With the approval of the city council March 26, the Marble Falls Economic Development Corporation (EDC) approved assigning the entity's finance committee to coordinate a $100,000 small business loan program for qualified merchants devastated by safety requirements connected to the COVID-19 pandemic.

EDC, which operates on sales tax dollars, will make $88,000 available via an existing emergency fund, supplemented with an additional $12,000 potentially provided through the entity's Community Leverage Funds program.

Fri
21
Feb

City of Marble Falls eyes runoff remedy for methodist church

By Connie Swinney
Staff Writer

Marble Falls city officials will work with First United Methodist Church for possible solutions to water runoff issues onto the grounds which posed a safety hazard to the congregation and visitors to the facility.

City staff met with church representatives recently in light of problems officials reported having with stormwater drainage from city streets onto their property, 1101 Bluebonnet Dr. …

Fri
21
Feb

Main Plaza plan sparks debate among Marble Falls business owners

Rendering/Marble Falls EDC
Phase 1 of the plan would be developed on an EDC-owned parking lot, on the north side of the former police station, and will include green space amenities and sidewalks to tie into three other phases on city property, west of city hall, 800 Third Street.

 

 

 

 

By Connie Swinney
Staff Writer

The city of Marble Falls and downtown merchants support a revitalization plan for a corner on Main Street, but some business owners differ sharply with planners on what it should look like.

The Marble Falls Economic Development Corporation board of directors on Feb. 18 approved allocating $20,000 for the 209 Main Plaza project in the southeast corner of Third and Main Street. …

Tue
11
Feb

City denies special events permit for Marble Falls Adult Soapbox derby

Nathan Hendrix/The Highlander
The Marble Falls community will say goodbye to the Adult Soapbox Classic in 2020 due to failed compromise between planners and city staff on duration of the event and street closure requirements.

 

 

 

By Connie Swinney
Staff Writer

Marble Falls city officials denied a special events permit application Feb. 7 based on traffic plan and timeline disagreements for the Adult Soapbox Classic, while planners were in the midst of organizing the 11th annual event scheduled in April.

The denial was given to event organizer Shannon Heep from Marble Falls Police Chief Mark Whitacre in the form of a letter, which included a “right to appeal” process. …

Fri
31
Jan

Putters and Gutters Fun Center plans Marble Falls location

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From bowling and skating venues to live music and an arcade feature, the Lampasas-based Putters and Gutters Fun Center has plans to open a Marble Falls location.

 

 

 

By Connie Swinney
Staff Writer

Business representatives of the Lampasas-based Putters and Gutters Fun Center have confirmed plans for a Marble Falls location to include a 20-lane bowling alley, miniature golf course, skating rink, arcade, eatery and live music venue, officials said.

“Marble Falls has needed and wanted children's activities for a very long time,” said Business Development Coordinator Midge Dockery of the Marble Falls Economic Development Corporation. …

Mon
27
Jan

Merchants debate Marble Falls soapbox classic event

Nathan Hendrix/The Highlander
The 2019 Marble Falls Adult Soapbox Classic featured dozens of entries and thrilled crowds downtown of people during the Arbor Day weekend last year. Organizers say the event attracts tourists and dollars to the economy, but detractors believe some downtown businesses pay too high a price due to street closures and blocked entrances.

 

 

 

 

 

By Connie Swinney
Staff Writer

Two business owners expressed concerns at Marble Falls City Council Jan. 21 about the annual Adult Soapbox Classic, which they say obstructs potential customer foot traffic and at times forces them to close up shop due to street closures.

The owners of a consignment store and confectioneries shop – both located on Main Street – appeared before the council prior to the body's vote on agenda items approving hotel/motel occupancy tax (HOT) funding for entities including $10,000 in for the derby event. …

Fri
24
Jan

Flood impacts Marble Falls preliminary financial summary

By Connie Swinney
Staff Writer

A preliminary financial summary of the city of Marble Falls revealed that the municipality is still feeling the repurcussions of the October 2018 flood, which caused millions of dollars in damage to private and public property including infrastructure.

On Jan. 21, the Marble Falls City Council heard a report from Finance Director Baron Sauls on the 2018-19 preliminary financial summary.

The budget totaled $11,445,187 with a beginning fund balance as of October 2018 of $1,796,701. …

Fri
24
Jan

Flooding irks Marble Falls First United Methodist Church flock

Connie Swinney/The Highlander
Officials with Marble Falls First United Methodist Church, 1101 Bluebonnet Drive, told council members Jan. 21 that drainage issues have worsened with increased development. Pictured here is one of the church's lots a day after the meeting.

 

 

 

 

Connie Swinney
Staff Writer

First United Methodist Church spokesman Keith Russell explained to Marble Falls City Council members Jan. 21 how his congregants would prefer not to walk on so much water.

“It's a drainage concern. We have a lot of elderly people,” Russell said. “Our parking lot just becomes a flood zone.” …

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 …

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