City of Marble Falls

Wed
07
Mar

Dollar: LakeFest cancellation a budget matter, only

Photo by Frank Shubert/The Highlander

By Glynis Crawford Smith

The Highlander

When the announcement came that contract negotiations for LakeFest 2018 had fallen through, speculation was rampant.

The announcements from the Marble Falls/Lake LBJ Chamber and the City of Marble Falls were straightforward: “It boiled down to being a business decision.”

That didn't stop people wondering if it boiled down to city parks and recreation construction and related boat ramp changes or the development of the hotel conference center.

For an answer, we turned to Ken Dollar of Meadowlakes, the face of the Lucas Oil Drag Boat Races from 2009 until the first of 2018.

“Development never came into the picture,” he said. “I want to get that across.”

“It was a simple thing,” he continued. “Last year the Lucas corporation people decided it was time to take a look and restructure, not just drag boats, but all their motor sports series; and they own several.

Tue
30
Jan

Marble Falls to seek new TPWD trail grant

By Glynis Crawford Smith

The Highlander

The Marble Falls City Council on Tuesday, Jan. 16, put the force of a resolution behind an application for funding of a new hike, bike and nature trail on the city's north side.

The resolution supports application to to Texas Parks & Wildlife Department (TPWD) for a $200,000 grant for development of a trail at the Park View park site east of Mormon Mill Road and bounded on the east by Park View Drive and on the south by Park Ridge Drive.

The item was part of the council's consent agenda, so discussion was not part of the meeting, but the council based its decision on background material provided by Robert Moss, director of the Marble Falls Parks & Recreation Department.

Tue
02
Jan

2017 banner year for Marble Falls

Contributed/Marble Falls EDC

This latest architectural rendering of the downtown hotel/conference center is a view looking up from Lake Marble Falls. In addition to a banner year for economic growth, signs of that continuing into 2018 include a probable late-summer groundbreaking on this project.

 

 

 

 

By Glynis Crawford Smith

The Highlander

Reports have been steady that things have been promising on the economic front in Marble Falls this year and the long-awaited downtown hotel/conference center seems to back on track.

“By just about every economic measurement, Marble Falls had a banner year in 2017,” said Christian Fletcher, executive director of the Marble Falls Economic Development Corporation in an end-of-year report posted online this last week.

In addition he said Thursday, Dec. 28, that the city's hotel/conference team has executed a term sheet with the operator.

Fri
22
Sep

City to replace Via Viejo storage tank

Contributed
Via Viejo ground storage tank in Marble Falls

 

The city of Marble Falls voted to fund a new way to deal with an “old way” of doing things.

At their Tuesday, Sept. 19, City Council meeting, the Marble Falls City Council awarded a bid to Tank Builders to replace the Via Viejo ground storage tank. “Via viejo” translates from Spanish to “old way” in English.

The existing 500,000-gallon tank at Via Viejo was built in the early 1960s and now has exceeded its designed lifespan. The new tank will have a 600,000-gallon capacity and is projected to keep up with the city's future growth. The project, which includes new piping and electrical work, is estimated at $800,000 and will be funded by previously issued bond proceeds.

Fri
17
Feb

Deadline to file for May 6 election is here

By Glynis Crawford Smith

The Highlander

 

The deadline for filings for city and school board elections in Texas is today, Friday, Feb. 17, and, as of Thursday, several contests had developed for the May 6 elections in Burnet County.

The mayors seats in Burnet and Granite Shoals are contested and the Meadowlakes and Highland Haven city councils will be on the ballot.

In cases where none develops, as may be the case in Bertram and Marble Falls, elections will not have to be held.

Marble Falls

In Marble Falls, Mayor John Packer filed for re-election but the other three incumbents, so far, are undeclared. They are Mayor Pro Tem Jane Mare Hurst, Place 2; Rachel Austin-Cook, Place 4 and Rayan Nash, Place 6.

Parks and Recreation Committee Chairman David Rhodes had filed for Place 2 and attorney Megan Klaeger had filed for Place 6.

Granite Shoals

Fri
15
Apr

Legacy Park dedication set for April 22

By Glynis Crawford Smith
The Highlander
A ceremony for the dedication of Johnson Park as a Lone Star Legacy Park will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, April 22, at the park's amphitheater.
“Johnson Park is almost 130 years old and it now is one of only 29 parks to receive the Lone Star Legacy Award,” said Robert Moss, City of Marble Falls Parks & Recreation Director.
The award is conferred by the Texas Recreation and Park Society (TRAPS), a non-profit organization affiliated with the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA). Johnson Park is joining the ranks of Lone Star Legacy Parks that include Austin's Zilker Municipal Park, San Gabriel Park in Georgetown, Landa Park in New Braunfels and Artesian Park in Corpus Christi.
Tue
12
Apr

See the future today, Tuesday, April 12

By Glynis Crawford Smith

The Highlander

 

Citizens have one more chance today 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.

Tue
05
Apr

Legacy Park award on Marble Falls council agenda tonight

GLYNIS CRAWFORD SMITH/THE HIGHLANDER

Johnson Park, now a Lone Star Legacy Park, has been central to Marble Falls since the 1800s. Today the park, with paths, boat launches, playground equipment and ducks and wildlife to enjoy, still is place for young and old to enjoy among oaks likely older than the 130-year-old park itself.

BY GLYNIS CRAWFORD SMITH

THE HIGHLANDER

The Marble Falls City Council at their meeting tonight, Tuesday, April 5, will hear an update on the centerpiece and oldest member of their cadre of parks—Johnson Park—and its designation this year as a Lone Star Legacy Park by the Texas Recreation and Parks Society (TRAPS).

Tue
15
Mar

Marble Falls water project complete

CONTRIBUTED/City of Marble Falls

Looking eastward, a row of new blue rapid-mix pumps for chemicals lead to the new clarifier tank at the City of Marble Falls water treatment plant above Lake Marble Falls.

By Glynis Crawford Smith/The Highlander

The $1.5 million expansion project at the City of Marble Falls Water Department plant on Circle Drive met its construction deadline March 10.

“It is up and running,” said Eric Belaj. “The construction involved the installation of a 60-foot diameter clarifier tank, including site piping, valves and electrical connecting the concrete tank to the rest of the

water plant.”

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