Marble Falls City Council

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

GLYNIS CRAWFORD SMITH/THE HIGHLANDER
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.

Wed
17
Feb

Marble Falls City Council honors engineers

Photo by Glynis Crawford Smith/The Highlander
Marble Falls Mayor John Packer (right) proclaims Feb. 21-27 National Engineers Week in the city. Among those honored, Tom Martin (left), a local retired metallurgical engineer, also was approved as a new member of the Capital Improvement Plan Committee.

Glynis Crawford Smith

At the Marble Falls City Council Tuesday night, Mayor John Packer proclaimed Feb. 21-27 National Engineers Week.

Mark Mayfield updated the council on the Marble Falls Housing Authority.

The council also received a review of the current state of wildlife ordinances in the surrounding area and on laws regarding drones over city airspace, all provided by the Marble Falls Police Department. For the full story, see the Friday, Feb. 19, edition of The Highlander.

Fri
12
Feb

MF Council discusses wildlife, drones

By Glynis Crawford Smith

Marble Falls citizens will have the opportunity to learn along with their city council members Tuesday night, Feb. 16, when two topics of current interest appear on the agenda for discussion, rather than action--feeding wildlife and flying drones inside the city. 

The meeting will be at 6 p.m. at Marble Falls City Hall, 800 Third Street. Full agendas are always available on the city website: www.ci.marble-falls.tx.us.

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

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