Granite Shoals Texas

Wed
07
Feb

Work of HCCAC praised in Granite Shoals

Glynis Crawford Smith/The Highlander

Kelly Forister, executive director of the Hill Country Children's Advocacy Center (HCCA), left, is joined by Sgt. Paul Chrane of the Granite Shoals Police Department to discuss the center's work in the interest of children who are victims of violent crime.

 

 

 

 

By Glynis Crawford Smith

The Highlander

An introduction to Hill Country Children's Advocacy Center (HCCA) was on the Granite Shoals City Council agenda Tuesday night and HCCA Executive Director Kelly Forister received a warm welcome.

HCCA was created in 1992 to resolve inconsistencies inherent in investigations of child abuse and to stop the re-victimization of children being seen in agencies around the country responsible for protecting them. The center, through its Sunshine House in Burnet, provides forensic interviews and exams, trauma-informed counseling, as an interface among agencies and as an education provider for families, communities and law enforcement.

Fri
04
Aug

Granite Shoals negotiates 'learning curve' on November road bond affirmation vote

Glynis Crawford Smith/The Highlander

Eric Tanner, right, chairman of the Granite Shoals Arterial Road Bond Committee discusses with Roger Scarborough the extent of work to take place on the city three main north-south roadways if voters in November re-affirm last year's approval of $3 million in bonds. A town hall meeting Saturday, July 29, was an educational, Q&A on moving ahead with the project.

By Glynis Crawford Smith

The Highlander

In November Granite Shoals will be the first city in the 172-year history of the State of Texas to call an election to re-affirm a bond issue.

That is what citizens heard at the Town Hall Meeting for Road Improvement Bond Update held Saturday, July 29, in Granite Shoals.

“The city attorney (Brand Young) had to go all the way to the secretary of state to see if was allowed,” said Eric Tanner, chairman of the new Arterial Road Bond Committee. “But the city council decided to seek voter re-confirmation before issuing the $3 million in bonds approved last November.”

Tanner's committee was created just because of questions that were bound to arise when a city council hesitated before spending money essentially in hand.

The meeting on road improvements may have drawn only half the crowd that turned out for a recent urban deer update, but they were citizens with plenty of questions.

Tue
07
Feb

LCRA to begin refilling LBJ this week

Glynis Crawford Smith/The Highlander

The Granite Shoals Parks Committee has been working weekends to wrap up improvements to waterfront parks around Lake LBJ. Celia Escamilla, left, and Bradley Williams, right, join Peggy Smith, city utilities manager on the last dreary Saturday morning before the refill of the lake begins, Feb. 10.

The time has come for lakefront property owners to finish their projects and pull equipment from lakebeds.

The Lower Colorado River Authority made its official announcement Monday, Jan. 6, that the six-week drawdown of lakes Austin and LBJ will end later this week.

The refill of Lake Austin will begin Thursday, Feb. 9, and the refill of Lake LBJ will begin Friday, Feb. 10. Both lakes will be back in their normal operating ranges by Monday, Feb. 13.

The lakes were drawn down for six weeks beginning Jan. 2 to give lakeside property owners an opportunity to repair and maintain docks, retaining walls and other shoreline property. The goal was to curb the growth of nuisance aquatic vegetation such as hydrilla and Eurasian watermilfoil. Lake LBJ was lowered about 4 feet, and Lake Austin was drawn down about 10 feet.

Mon
26
Dec

Lake LBJ will begin drawdown Monday

Glynis Crawford Smith/The Highlander

On Christmas Eve, all was calm and all was quiet in Granite Shoals, but come Monday the drawdown of Lake LBJ will begin and residents will be scouting the nearest park depository for refuse from the clean up.

By Glynis Crawford Smith

The Highlander

Waterfront property owners will begin a flurry of activity Jan. 2 when the drawdown of Lake LBJ promised by the Lower Colorado River Authority (LCRA) begins.

Until about Feb. 13, property owners will be able to work on docks and retaining walls, perform dredging, debris removal and other maintenance work. There are limitations on work, including a prohibition against burning debris in the lakebed or dumping dredged material in the lakebed or along the shoreline.

The problems were rife in the City of Granite Shoals during the last lowering of Lake LBJ, in 2008, when parks and, most egregiously, the Granite Shoals Airport became dumping grounds.

In response, Granite Shoals citizens will find dumpsters in a dozen city parks for refuse disposal.

Wed
27
Jul

County mid-term sales tax revenue up

BY ALEXANDRIA RANDOLPH
HIGHLAND LAKES NEWSPAPERS

Thu
21
Jul

Lakes area Lions combine roars

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Lion Paul Kronbergs, incoming president of the new Spicewood & Highland Lakes Lions Club, receives his Boss Lion hat from outgoing Marble Falls Noon Lions Club President Lion Edna Lowry. Her club, now merged with the Spicewood Lions Club will draw members from 200 square miles of the Highland Lakes area.

Two local clubs of Lions International began roaring together this month.

On July 1, the Marble Falls Noon Lions Club and the Spicewood Lions Club merged to form the Spicewood & Highland Lakes Lions Club.

The merger gives both clubs greater resources to serve the residents of more than 200 square miles now encompassed by the new club.

Fri
29
Apr

Voters have new leeway on sales tax in Granite Shoals

Sales tax is not new in Granite Shoals, but application of the funds has new leeway. it will take voter approval to keep all of it coming in and directing according to the research the city council conducted.

Early voting began Monday, April 25 and continues today, April 29, from 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday, May 1, from 7 a.m.-7 p.m. and Tuesday, May 2, from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. at the Burnet County Courthouse at 220 South Pierce Street (on the square) and the Marble Falls Courthouse Annex, 810 Steve Hawkins Parkway.

On election day, Granite Shoals voters, both from Voting Precinct 3 and Precinct 18, cast ballots in the Marble Falls Independent School District and City of Granite Shoals elections at the Granite Shoals Fire Station, 8410 Ranch to Market Road 1431.

Propositions on the ballot are:

PROPOSITION 1:  The adoption of a local sales and use tax in the City of Granite Shoals at the rate of one percent, the adoption of a local sales and use tax in the City of Granite Shoals at the rate of three fourths of one percent to provide revenue for maintenance and repair of municipal streets, and the abolition of the additional sales and use tax within the city.

Fri
22
Apr

Granite Shoals awarded rainwater catchment grant

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The City of Granite Shoals awarded a $23,063 grant to for a new rainwater catchment system by the Lower Colorado River Authority (LCRA) and Pedernales Electric Cooperative (PEC) from the Community Development Partnership Program. At the presentation Thursday, April 21, are, from left, Shirley King, Granite Shoals mayor pro tem; Diana Gonzales, PEC representative; Stan Weik, LCRA CDPP committee member; Lori A. Berger, LCRA Board member; George W. Russell, LCRA Board member; Dennis Maier, former Granite Shoals mayor; Donna Maier, master gardener and chairwoman of the Beautification Advisory Group; Peggy Smith, assistant city manager; Mayor Carl Brugger; and Ken Nickel, city manager.

The City of Granite Shoals will be able to capture rainwater and use it for landscape irrigation thanks to a $23,063 community development grant from the Lower Colorado River Authority and Pedernales Electric Cooperative.
Granite Shoals will use the grant to build a system of pipes, downspouts and gutters to capture and reuse rainwater runoff from City Hall and a repurposed building that now houses two covered tennis courts.
 
“We are excited about the grant from LCRA,” said Ken Nickel, Granite Shoals city manager. “During our hot summers and droughts, we look forward to the positive economic impact of saving water by using this water conservation technique.”
 

Fri
22
Apr

Granite Shoals proclaims 50th Year Bash weekend

Read more about the festival all day Saturday, April 23, and Sunday, April 24, under the "Events" tab here at HighlanderNews.com and on The-Highlander Facebook page. Like us!

By Glynis Crawford Smith

The Highlander

Proclamations were the first order of business for Mayor Carl Brugger at the Tuesday night meeting of the Granite Shoals City Council.

Foremost was proclaiming April 23-24 the 50th Anniversary Weekend for the City of Granite Shoals, an occasion to be marked by a festival welcoming the entire Highland Lakes area in to share in the celebration.

He had high praise and commemorative pins for members of the committee who have planned the 50th Year Bash events underscored in the proclamation:

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