City Council extends demolition deadline




By Richard Zowie

Highland Lakes Newspapers


A structure in the 1400 block of North Water Street that had been deemed “dangerous and unsafe” received a reprieve at the July 25 Burnet City Council meeting.

Convening as the Board of Appeals, the city council heard owner John Cashman’s request to delay an Order to Demolish or Repair.

The council voted unanimously for option two on the order, which provides an additional 60 days for the building to meet compliance.

Cashman told the council that a contractor has been hired to replace the building’s roof, but has not started work yet.

David Vaughn, Burnet city manager, described the house as having been vacant for several years.

“The building had previously been unsecured and was being lived in by squatters with no utilities,” he said, adding that there are areas alongside the outside of the house where vermin could gain access to the inside of the building.

The council’s decision, Vaughn said, also means Cashman must ensure the structure isn’t accessible to vermin.

The building is across the street from Burnet Middle School.

Live Oak Park

The council also unanimously approved action to authorize a community project to renovate and revitalize Live Oak Park, and to budget an amount not to exceed $50,000 in the fiscal year 2017-2018 budget.

This would match the project donation by the Burnet Rotary Club of $25,000 and the possible approval of a $25,000 grant from the Lower Colorado River Authority.

The City fund contribution is contingent upon the awarding of the LCRA grant.

Purchase negotiations cease

In executive session, the council voted to cease negotiations with the Franklin I. Fickett Charitable Foundation regarding purchasing four tracts of land (approximately six acres) at the corner of Texas Highway 29 East and Leffingwell Lane.

“Since the project’s inception several years ago, the cost of the proposed building has increased from approximately $2.5 million to $4 million, due mainly to labor cost increases,” Vaughn said. “Council’s decision to not pursue the acquisition at this time allows those funds to be reallocated to either the construction of the building itself, or to other projects as the council deems appropriate.”


In other city council news, the council also approved motions authorizing the purchases of a new ambulance and new dump truck. The dump truck would be for the Street Department.

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