Granite Shoals news

Fri
23
Aug

Granite Shoals illegal dumping investigation nets suspect

Connie Swinney/The Highlander
Granite Shoals police and fire crews doused a blaze Aug. 21 on several lots in an unoccupied property at the intersections of Elm Creek Drive, Mockingbird Street and Hummingbird Drive. Authorities confirmed that the properties are connected to an illegal dumping investigation which netted an arrest three days earlier.

 

 

 

 

By Connie Swinney
Staff Writer

Burnet County authorities have arrested a suspect in an illegal dumping investigation tied to several properties in a Prairie Creek Drive neighborhood, including one on Elm Creek Drive, where a blaze threatened homes three days after the man was taken into custody in the Brazos Valley.

Levi Dakota Baay, 19, of Bernard will face a state jail felony charge of illegal dumping (less than 1,000 pounds and/or 200 cubic feet). He was booked into the Robertson County Jail on Aug. 18. Baay was released on Aug. 20 after posting a $10,000 bond, according to jail records.

Tue
20
Aug

Granite Shoals council calls for $7M bond election for water system upgrades

 

 

 

By Lew K. Cohn
Managing Editor

The City of Granite Shoals will ask voters to approve a $7 million bond package for water system improvements on Tuesday, Nov. 5, after City Council members adopted an ordinance calling for an election at their Aug. 13 meeting at City Hall.

Tue
20
Aug

MFISD facility upgrades greet teachers and pupils

Nathan Hendrix/The Highlander
Crews worked on the finishing touches of the new bus loop at Highland Lakes Elementary School on Monday, Aug. 19. MFISD Superintendent Chris Allen said the bus loop will be ready for the first day of school. Similar loops at Marble Falls Middle and High Schools will be ready for use before Thanksgiving break.

 

 

 

 

By Nathan Hendrix
Staff Writer

While the students were out for summer vacation, Marble Falls Independent School District was putting some of the money from last year's $55 million bond to work.

MFISD Superintendent Chris Allen said although there is plenty of work left to be done across the district, the administration is happy with the progress made prior to the first day of school on Wednesday, Aug. 21.

Fri
16
Aug

Granite Shoals council rejects resident boat launch fees

By Lew K. Cohn
Managing Editor

A majority of Granite Shoals City Council members balked Tuesday night at the idea of charging residents a fee to launch their boats from city-owned boat ramps.

The council instead directed City Manager Jeff Looney to redraft a proposed ordinance to remove any reference to charging residents boat launch fees and to make several “technical corrections” before bringing the ordinance back to the council in a “simpler” form for passage at their Aug. 27 meeting.

Fri
16
Aug

Granite Shoals proposes 60.5 cent tax rate

By Lew K. Cohn
Managing Editor

Granite Shoals City Council proposed a “not to exceed” tax rate of 60.5 cents per $100 valuation for 2019 at their regular meeting Tuesday, Aug. 13.

The tax rate proposed Tuesday by the council includes 35.15 cents for maintenance and operations and 25.35 cents for interest and sinking (debt service) to fund an anticipated $7.29 million expense budget, Mayor Carl Brugger said.

Fri
02
Aug

Granite Shoals debates necessity of committee liaisons

By Nathan Hendrix
Staff Writer

Discussion concerning the clarification of the role of Granite Shoals City Council members serving as liaisons to city boards and committees evolved into a broader debate on July 23 about the necessity of the position at all.

Fri
26
Jul

Granite Shoals debates $17,000 on speed radars

Nathan Hendrix/The Highlander
Granite Shoals Police have been using a mobile radar trailer to encourage drivers to slow down and drive the speed limit on roads within the city limits. Police Chief Gary Boshears said the radar has received positive feedback from residents.

 

 

 

 

By Nathan Hendrix
Staff Writer

Granite Shoals City Council shifted gears on a proposed solution to an influx of speeding motorists after rejecting a presentation for purchase of high-tech speed monitoring devices to be installed on main thoroughfares.

Wed
17
Jul

Granite Shoals bids for waste collection

From staff reports

The City of Granite Shoals is calling for sealed proposals for residential, commericial and industrial solid waste collection and disposal.

Tue
16
Jul

Two deaths in separate accidents on Lake LBJ

Connie Swinney/The Highlander
One of two reported fatalities in three days on Lake LBJ occurred near a congested area of the waterway, just off FM 1431 in Kingsland. On July 11 a woman's body was found floating in the vicinity of a personal watercraft authorities believe may have been involved in an accident. On July 14, game warden recovered the body of a Sarita man a few miles upstream from that area in the Legends subdivision.

 

 

 

 

 

By Connie Swinney
Staff Writer

Texas Parks and Wildlife officials recovered two bodies in three days and unveiled the possible cause of death in the unrelated boating incidents over the weekend along the Colorado River on Lake LBJ.

Fri
12
Jul

Granite Shoals drafting boat launch fee ordinance

Nathan Hendrix/The Highlander
Boaters wanting to access Lake LBJ from Granite Shoals public boat ramps may face fees in the future if the council approves a new policy.

 

 

By Nathan Hendrix
Staff Writer

The City of Granite Shoals is considering the implementation of a boat launching fee, assessed to both residents and visitors, to counter rising costs of ramp maintenance.

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