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Marble Falls City Council

Mon
13
Feb

Marble Falls council opens door to downtown apartment development

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Buck Dubray of Texas General Contractors assures the Marble Falls City Council that the development of The Lofts at 99 Main can easily comply with the Downtown Master Plan.

Bond interest rates a finance boon

By Glynis Crawford Smith

The Highlander

 

If the mind's eye is still adjusting to a hotel-conference center next to Lakeside Park in Marble Falls, blink again and add a 100-unit apartment complex with ground floor retail stores.

The Marble Falls City Council on Tuesday, Jan 7, approved a zoning change to allow just that. Buck Dubray of Texas General Contractors, which is proposing The Lofts at 99 Main, was present with site plans and architectural concepts to answer questions about the project.

Main Street District (MSD) zoning will be changed to Planned Development District (PPD) with an MSD base zone for 1.99 undeveloped acres, known as Lot 1-B, Block 332, of the Marble Falls Original Township subdivision, municipally addressed as 99 Main Street. That is the long-vacant hillside southeast of the Marble Falls Public Library.

Fri
09
Dec

Hotel flagship: Marble Falls Christmas gift?

Glynis Crawford Smith/The Highlander

Built of stone from Granite Mountain in 1888, the Brandt Badger House on Avenue M in Marble Falls is a Texas Historic Landmark. Owners are consolidating surrounding property into four large lots, but say they plan no development.

By Glynis Crawford Smith

The Highlander

The Marble Falls City Council acted Tuesday night, Dec. 6, to tie up one more detail necessary before final announcement of the hotel operater to be involved in the $25.3 million downtown hotel/conference center project.

The council and the EDC will meet again Dec. 20 to consider bonds for the project and, as EDC Executive Director Christian Fletcher has expressed the hope an announcement of the hotel operator would be a “Christmas present,” the identity of that flagship company could be close at hand.

The detail completed Tuesday by the council was approval of a five-year Hotel Occupancy Tax Reimbursement Agreement with Novak Cobalt Partners, LLC, for 50 percent of taxes collected from the hotel.

Fri
04
Nov

MF Council approves new development, new life for old FBC 

First Baptist Church first met in Johnson Park in 1888. Their first church building burned in 1961and 12th Street became its home until the new building in LaVentana was occupied. City council action Nov. 1 will allow a new recreation center incarnation for the building.

By Glynis Crawford Smith
The Highlander

Wed
24
Aug

Ridgemont Village gets Community Pride Award, council hears budget, tax rate

GLYNIS CRAWFORD SMITH/THE HIGHLANDER

The first annual Community Pride Award is presented to Ridgemont Village for spring cleaning beautification within the city. Mayor John Packer is joined for the presentation at the Marble Falls City Council meeting Aug. 16 by, continuing left, Scott Matthews, Ridgemont Village owner; resident Dee Guinn, and Kelly Crane, Ridgemont Village manager.

By Glynis Crawford Smith

The Highlander

Ridgemont Village, a retirement community at 92 Gateway North, has been named recipient of the first annual Marble Falls Community Pride Award.

The award was first on the agenda of the Marble Falls City Council in a meeting Tuesday, Aug. 16, that included also the first public hearing on a budget and tax rate and an encouraging report on the city's relationship with Baylor Scott & White.

“I want to thank Ridgmont Village for taking part in this effort to enhance the appearanceof our community,” said Mayor John Packer in welcome to Scott and Gail Matthews, owners of the gated, hilltop development, and their manager Kelly Crane.

Crane introduced Adrian and Dee Guinn, saying “Dee was the one who read about the award in the newspaper and nominated us. The Guinns are representative of our residents who care about the place where they live.”

Mon
27
Jun

MF Council nixes proposed tree rules

GLYNIS CRAWFORD SMITH/THE HIGHLANDER
Heritage trees like the one between Avenues H and G near Ranch to Market Road 1431 in Marble Falls retain some protections in city ordinances, but the city council rejected proposals from a tree committee, the Planning & Zoning Commission and city staff for an ordinance with more teeth to protect, not only heritage trees, but all of the city's tree canopy.

By Glynis Crawford Smith

The Highlander

The City of Marble Falls will have to continue to depend on aspects of existing rules that regulate tree removal, following action by the city council Tuesday, June 21.

Council members voted unanimously against a revision of the Landscape Ordinance following a second hearing of the Tree Preservation and Protection ordinance proposal.

Fri
20
May

Council welcomes new member, focuses on MFPD stats

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City Secretary Christina McDonald, left, administers the oath of office at the Tuesday, May 17, meeting of the Marble Falls City Council to, from left, Place 3 incumbent Reed Norman, new Place 1 member Craig Magerkurth and to Richard Westerman, assuming a full term in Place 5.

By Glynis Crawford Smith

The Highlander

Craig Magerkurth, a new Place 1 member of the Marble Falls City Council, joined two incumbents in taking the oath of office Tuesday, May 17.

Magerkurth, Reed Norman in Place 3 and Richard Westerman in Place 5 drew no opponents this year, eliminating the need for a May 7 city election.

Jane Marie Hurst was re-elected as mayor pro tem by fellow council members after City Secretary Christina McDonald will administered the oaths.

Fri
08
Apr

Marble Falls City Council approves home move, budget amendment

GLYNIS CRAWFORD SMITH/THE HIGHLANDER
Built in 1904, the former and believed first parsonage for First Baptist Church of Marble Falls, is passing its final days at 911 7th Street. The city council on Tuesday, april 5, approved a variance of city rules against moving structures more than five years old to allow the new owner, Randy Rudman, to move the historic building to 604 Avenue F. It now will occupy the same street as the former parsonage of the late Rev. Max Copeland and his wife Glenna, 902 Avenue F.

Glynis Crawford Smith

The Highlander

The Marble Falls City Council on Tuesday, April 5, attended to a wide-ranging agenda that included the first reading of its annual budget amendment, a contract for a Comprehensive Park Plan and approval to move the historic first parsonage of First Baptist Church from the west side of US 281 to the east side.

Fri
08
Apr

Final public forum on city plan set for Tuesday

By Glynis Crawford Smith

The Highlander

 

Citizens have one more chance on Tuesday, April 12, to review the work on a Comprehensive Plan Update for the City of Marble Falls.

An open house is set for 6 p.m. at Lakeside Pavilion, 307 Buena Vista Drive.

Wed
02
Mar

City of Marble Falls hears from citizens, gets solid audit report

Jeff Ford of Ford & Crew True Value (left) and Bernie Sachs of Mustang Lube (right) tell the Marble Falls City Council members that any closure of Avenue N would be a hardship.

By Glynis Crawford Smith

The Marble Falls City Council on Tuesday night, March 1, received a solid report from Pattillo, Brown & Hill, the company that audited city finances for the fiscal year ending Sept. 30, 2015.

"We are very glad to havereceived an unqualified opinion," said Margie Cardenas, city financial director.

"The city's net assets exceeded liabilities by $24.7 million for Fiscal Year 2015 (FY 2015)," said Chris Pruitt, C.P.A. for the auditing firm. "Your general fund is up $220,591. The increase was due mainly to an increase in sales taxes and property taxes for FY 2015."

"The city's largest source of revenue in the general fund is sales tax," Pruitt said. "The city realized an increase of six perdent from the prior year's revenue--from $5,399,759 to $5,577124. The 2016 estimate is conservatively projected at $5,744,437."

Fri
19
Feb

Marble Falls PD officers address city council

Glynis Crawford Smith/The Highlander
Sgt. Justin Boucher (right) of the Marble Falls Police Department informs the Marble Falls City Council of wildlife feeding ordinances in neighboring cities.

Glynis Crawford Smith

The Marble Falls City Council devoted much of their meeting Tuesday night, Feb. 16, to informational presentations.

Jo Karr Tedder, president of Central Texas Water Coalition, reported on work of the LCRA. Mark Mayfield, president and chief executive officer of Texas Housing Foundation (THF) reported on the Marble Falls Housing Authority. And, officers of the Marble Falls Police Department provided the council updates on current topics of interest. MFPD Chief Mark Whitacre, praised the expertise and professionalism of the presenters, Capt. Glenn Hanson, Lt. Steve Eckstein, Lt. Tom Dillard and Sgt. Justin Boucher.

See the full story in the Friday, Feb. 19, edition of The Highlander.

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