City of Marble Falls

 

 

Fri
22
May

Marble Falls unveils new Lakeside Park amenities, city pool plan

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Connie Swinney/The Highlander
City officials hosted a ribbon cutting and grand opening ceremony at 4 p.m. today, Friday, May 22, for newly-renovated and newly-created amenities including a lakes swimming area and the manmade sandy beach in Lakeside Park, 200 Buena Vista Dr.

 

 

 

 

By Connie Swinney
Staff Writer

As the temperatures heat up, Marble Falls city staff have created a program to help youngsters cool off this summer, while adhering to COVID-19 protocols from the state.

“We are planning to have pool hours as far as June and then also July,” City Manager Mike Hodge told city council members May 22. “We will be complying to the governor's order.

“We'll shoot for 25 percent (occupancy),” he added.

Fri
22
May

State releases Marble Falls COVID-19 test site results

By Lew K. Cohn
Managing Editor

Fri
15
May

$2.28M grant to help fix erosion issues, stabalize shorelines

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Marble Falls city leaders accepted grant funding two help pay for bank erosion and flood damage projects on Backbone Creek adjacent to Buena Vista Drive (pictured above) and the confluence of the creek and Lake Marble Falls at the site of former LCRA transmission pillars.

 

 

 

 

By Connie Swinney
Staff Writer

The city of Marble Falls will utilize more than $2 million in grant funding to help solve bank erosion and fortify areas around certain water crossings, necessitated by the October 2018 flood.

To help pay for the overall cost of fixing problems, including “bank stabilization projects” in the area of Johnson Park and Backbone Creek, the city of Marble Falls entered into a project agreement with U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), Natural Resources Conservancy Service (NRCS) and Emergency Watershed Protection (EWP) Program.

Tue
12
May

City of Marble Falls updates latest on flood payout

By Connie Swinney
Staff Writer

Marble Falls City Council received an update May 5 regarding what FEMA and the Texas Municipal League have reimbursed for October 2018 flood damage and what remains to be assessed for eligibility.

City staff updated the council during a strategic retreat session, aimed at reviewing previous and setting new priorities for the municipality, following a regular city council meeting.

“Flood recovery is number one,” City Manager Mike Hodge said.

Mon
11
May

Texas Army National Guard to offer free tests at Marble Falls fire hall

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The Texas National Guard (pictured here) is hosting a COVID-19 testing sites on Tuesday, May 12 at the Marble Falls Fire Rescue fire hall.

 

 

 

 

By Lew K. Cohn
Managing Editor

Burnet County residents can get tested for COVID-19 if they are exhibiting symptoms at a mobile test site at the Marble Falls Fire Rescue station on Tuesday, May 12.

Fri
08
May

Marble Falls Public Library tackles COVID-19 guidelines

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Marble Falls Public Library patrons Ryan and Shari Hardy visited the facility May 7 while taking health precautions. They were greeted by library staff member Brittany Cavness.

 

 

 

By Connie Swinney
Staff Writer

Head Librarian Amanda Rose and her staff streamlined a strict protocol policy to re-open the venue May 4, while keeping the needs of their patrons in mind.

“We were excited about that. Basically, we're in phase 1,” she said of the Marble Falls Public Library, 101 Main St. “You'll see the (floor 'social distancing' markers), the limited capacity.

“So far the community has been so great,” she added. “They're just happy to be able to come in.
“They're very respectful, and we're happy to see their faces.” …

Fri
08
May

City of Marble Falls approves 'no boat zone'

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Marble Falls City Council approved regulation of a swim area and “no boat zone” on a portion of the shoreline of Lake Marble Falls, adjacent to Lakeside Park.

 

 

 

By Connie Swinney
Staff Writer

Boaters and swimmers on Lake Marble Falls will need to navigate a few new rules regarding where they can travel and play on the waterway.

On May 5, the Marble Falls City Council approved regulations for water goers adjacent to Lakeside Park designating a swimming area and “no boat zone.” …

Wed
06
May

Hair and nail salons can opt to open May 8 with conditions

Special to The Highlander
Texas Governor Greg Abbott on May 5 authorized the reopening of hair and nail salons, barber shops and other establishments where licensed cosmetologists or barbers practice their trade.

Tue
05
May

Marble Falls stresses self policing among open businesses

By Connie Swinney
Staff Writer

As businesses adjust to phase 1 of re-opening the economy, Marble Falls city officials have provided guidance on the 25 percent occupancy limit, while encouraging merchants “to police themselves.”

Building official Mike Ingalsbe explained how he received half a dozen calls from businesses, prior to the May 1 allowance by the state for partial opening to determine how to go about following the rules. …

Tue
05
May

Marble Falls merchants embrace phase 1 opening

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Floral designers Vicky Richter and Michelle Weening of Marble Falls Main Street Flower & Gifts were among several businesses who re-opened their shops for phase 1 of the Governor's Plan to Re-open Texas.

 

 

 

 

By Connie Swinney
Staff Writer

Business owners and economic development officials noticed a rekindled interest by visitors to the downtown Marble Falls area May 1, as efforts got underway to re-open shopping venues.

“This is the day I feel like everybody is coming back to life,” shop owner Cheryl Westerman said. “We all need to have something to inspire us to get to that next level of 'What do we do now?'”

Westerman is the owner/operator of Ms. Lollipop's Party, Fun & Gifts, 302 Main Street. …

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