Marble Falls City Council

 

 

Fri
22
Nov

State construction law limits Marble Falls code

Contributed
HB 2439, which became law in September, hastened the need for cities to align their codes to match the mandate, based strictly on national building standards, while prohibiting construction limits by municipalities based on aesthetics.

By Connie Swinney
Staff Writer

Marble Falls City Council debated Nov. 19 how to proceed with newly-passed state law which limits a municipality's ability to prohibit construction materials based on aesthetics.

Following passage by state lawmakers and Gov. Greg Abbott's signature during the 86th Texas Legislature, HB 2439 became law in September, prompting cities to scramble to align their codes to match the mandate. State lawmakers based the law on national building standards geared towards health and safety regulation.

Wed
13
Nov

Marble Falls seeking match grants for bridge projects

Connie Swinney/The Highlander
Avenue N features one of the flood-prone, low-water crossings in which city staff is seeking grant funding for a bridge project.

 

 

By Connie Swinney
Staff Writer

Marble Falls City Council approved applying for matching grants funding two bridge crossing projects and a crossing emergency warning system to mitigate issues on city streets prone to flooding.

The FEMA grant request –- involving proposed bridges at low-water crossings on Avenue N and Nature Heights – was made Nov. 5 by Marble Falls Fire Rescue Chief Russell Sander during the regular meeting.

Tue
29
Oct

LCRA - So what is the problem?

Connie Swinney/The Highlander
LCRA Executive Vice President of Water John Hofmann addressed the Marble Falls City Council in February about the entity's operations during the October 2018 flood. Council members quizzed Hofmann about debris and sediment deposits left in the flood's wake.

 

 

 

 

By William D. (Dee) Haddock
Marble Falls City Council Member

As I begin this letter, I want to make clear that I am writing this as an individual member of the Marble Falls City Council, and I am not speaking for the Council as a whole.

Fri
18
Oct

Los Escondidos fights city of Marble Falls annexation

Connie Swinney/The Highlander
Tom Bornschein, a resident of Los Escondidos just outside the Marble Falls city limits, attempted to make a case Oct. 15 against the city council potentially voting in the future to annex his neighborhood.

 

 

 

By Connie Swinney
Staff Writer

Landowners who live on Los Escondidos Street stood toe-to-toe Oct. 15 with Marble Falls City Council members to push back on impending plans to annex the neighborhood, which is primarily a strip of land bordering Lake Marble Falls.

Tue
24
Sep

Marble Falls City Council debates water rate hike options

Connie Swinney/The Highlander
Marble Falls city officials are considering an average 8.5 percent water rate hike for the next few years. Part of the reason involves funding for upgrades and improvements at the w

 

 

 

 

By Connie Swinney
Staff Writer

Marble Falls City Council members suggested raising the base rate and consumption rate on water bills based on the cost projections of operating the water plant, paying off utility debt and anticipating future growth.

Fri
20
Sep

Marble Falls adds streets to "No thru truck traffic" zones

Connie Swinney/The Highlander
On Sept. 17, Marble Falls City Council approved further restricting where large trucks can cut through on city streets, as they're attempting to navigate off off or onto state highways US 281 and FM 1431

 

 

 

 

. . . The Marble Falls City Council approved exemptions on Sept. 17 for an amended “No Thru Truck Traffic” ordinance as well as added streets to the list of restricted zones.

Officials began researching ways in 2018 to reduce the noise and road maintenance impact in areas including the Main Street shopping district. In December officials debated the pros and cons of adding routes to the list of truck restricted areas.

Fri
20
Sep

Marble Falls passes 2019-20 budget and tax rate

By Connie Swinney
Staff Writer

Marble Falls City Council members approved the 2019-20 budget and tax rate during the regular city council meeting on Sept. 17.

Tue
06
Aug

Flood prompts proposed Marble Falls water rate hike

By Connie Swinney
Staff Writer

City officials have proposed an 8 percent increase in the water and wastewater rates for residents due to a decrease in post flood water usage connected to aftermath restrictions as well as a reduction in water use tied to smart meters.

Fri
19
Jul

City of Marble Falls eyes reserves to finish Lakeside Park

Connie Swinney/The Highlander
Workers deposited sand July 18 for the manmade beach area in Lakeside Park. Marble Falls City Council approved about $210,000 during the regular council meeting the evening prior for the private contractor to install an irrigation system and landscaping at the venue.

 

 

 

 

By Connie Swinney
Staff Writer

As crews tackled the finishing touches on the phase 1A portion of parks improvements, Marble Falls city officials approved over $212,000 on July 16 for the private contractor on site to install the landscaping and irrigation system at Lakeside Park.

Fri
12
Jul

Merchants thrive in Marble Falls infrastructure improvement zone

Special to The Highlander/Sheryl Westerman
Birdie's Market and ReDid are among Marble Falls downtown district businesses which have benefited from projects funded through the tax increment reinvestment zone (TIRZ) program in which the city dedicates a portion of taxes for revitalization, refurbishment or installation of safety features on public right-of-way adjacent to merchants' property.

 

 

 

 

 

By Connie Swinney
Staff Writer

When Birdie's Market owner Sheryl Westerman started her business she knew exactly who she wanted her target customer to be.

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