John Packer


Mayor goes 'live' at Starbucks

Marble Falls Mayor John Packer, right, answers questions from citizens on Feb. 10 when the Coffee with the Mayor series resumed at Starbucks. Bringing questions online, live, from the Marble Falls/Lake LBJ Chamber of Commerce are Erin Burks, director of marketing and tourism, left, and Tony Flores, digital and social media coordinator.

By Glynis Crawford Smith

The Highlander

Coffee with the Mayor drew more questions in the digital realm than actual takers for a free cup of Starbucks Feb. 10.

Since the informal chats with Marble Falls Mayor John Packer began last year, the coffee klatches have gone live on the Internet.

That may mean questions are a little more direct, but there was plenty of extra information gained.

“Well, 'When will Chick-fil-A open,' is the question I'm asked most often,” said Packer.

The answer to that—around the first of May—was shared with Christian Fletcher, executive director of the Marble Falls Economic Development Corporation.

Packer was more circumspect about the potential for a Panda Express for Marble Falls--“They have been looking at the area. However, he said work is set to begin soon on the new Burger King site on the southwest corner of the intersection of US 281 and Ranch to Market Road 1431.


Have coffee with the mayor Friday

Glynis Crawford Smith/The Highlander

At Coffee with the Mayor on Friday, Sept. 30, Marble Falls Mayor John Packer, right, diagram proposed Lakeside Park improvements with, from left, MFPD Officer Aaron Garcia, Fred Becker and Jim “Jimbo” Clark. Three more of the 7 a.m. Friday events for one-on-one conversations are scheduled Oct. 28 and Nov. 4. 'I hope people will come,” said Clark. 'You get answers to your own questions and learn things you needed to know and hadn't even thought about.'

Oct. 14 and


The public is invited again to "have a cup of coffee" with Marble Falls Mayor John Packer at Numinous Coffee Roasters, 714 Ranch to Market Road 1431 in Marble Falls from 7-8 a.m. today, Friday, Oct. 14.

The informal, come-and-go event series does not require an RSVP, just a healthy curiosity about what is going on in the city.

The invitation reads: "come share your thoughts and ideas about your community and hear about some of the new projects in the city."

“I am looking forward to the opportunity to meet one-on-one with our residents and learn about the issues that are important to them,” said Packer.


Johnson Park honored as Lone Star Legacy Park

Mayor John Packer accepts an award naming Johnson Park in Marble Falls a Lone Star Legacy Park on Friday. The city hosted a ceremony and reception to mark the occasion.

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