Burnet City Council approves employee assistance program

Savanna Gregg

Staff Writer

Burnet Bulletin

City of Burnet Council approved at their regular meeting Tuesday, April 9, the City’s participation in an Employee Assistance Program (EAP) with Alliance Work Partners, a full-service program offered to City employees which includes substance abuse counseling, psychological counseling, management training, financial and legal assistance, and other services geared towards assisting employees in various areas of need.

AWP offers online resources for employees, a SafeRide program in which employees and their family members will be reimbursed for cab rides, financial wellness programs, and more. If provided to all City employees, the fiscal impact of the services will be approximately $2,700 per year.

Council members also approved a LCRA Community Grant Partnership Program grant application to erect a live fire training tower in the amount of $50,000. The City is responsible for all costs of the tower exceeding the grant; the 2018/19 Budget includes a total cost of $130,000 including the $50,000 grant.

Assistant Public Works Director Jonny Simons presented a list compiled by the Street Committee of city streets which will be reconstructed in the future. The streets in Group One include Sure Cast, Bluebonnet, North Rhomberg (State 29 to Taggard Street), Fort Croghan Drive (between Pizza Hut and Mama’s Home Cooking), Tate (Main to Pierce Street), and Houston Clinton Drive (US Highway 281 to the Burnet Municipal Airport).

Streets in Group Two include Shady Oak, Stapp, Sheppard, White, Janet, Applewood, Cottonwood, Spicewood, Beachwood, Elm (Rhomberg to Westfall), Willow (Rhomberg to Westfall), Cactus, South McNeil, and Harvey.

Simons said the reconstruction may take several years to complete, but the utilities providers needed to be notified of the coming construction in a timely manner in order to prepare. The cost of the reconstruction will depend on the amount of funding approved by Council each year.

Council authorized City Manager David Vaughn to sign a contract with the LCRA to perform Substation Inspection, Maintenance, and Testing to ensure breakers are properly operated in normal conditions and during electrical events.

The total cost of these services will be $15,750, broken down to $262.50 added to the City’s monthly power bill for the 60-month agreement.

Council held a public hearing concerning a request to rezone 0.44 acre at the corner of Westfall Street and East Marble Street from Single-Family Residential (District R-1) to Manufactured Home (District M-1). The requested zoning was found to correlate with the adopted Future Land Use Map, and the Planning and Zoning Board had a split vote, two in favor two opposed, on the item. Two speakers came forward in support of the rezoning.

Michelle Edwards, the owner of the property in question, said she and her family were moving to the area to live close to family and planned to build a new manufactured home on the existing slab.

Edwards’ father came forward and stated that a new manufactured home on the property would not be an issue. The public hearing was closed after Edwards and Fisher spoke, and later in the meeting a motion to approve the rezoning was made by Council member Danny Lester, seconded by Joyce Laudenschlager. The motion carried with five in favor, and one opposed by Mayor Crista Goble Bromley. Council member Mary Jane Shanes was absent.

Council also held a public hearing regarding a request to rezone 4.010 acres located on the southwest corner of East Polk Street and Algerita Hill from Medium Commercial (District C-2) to Heavy Commercial (District C-3).

District C-3 allows automobile repair shops, RV parks, lumber yards, and other heavy commercial businesses and is consistent with the Future Land Use Map; the Planning & Zoning Commission gave unanimous approval of the rezoning. No one came forward to speak on the matter, and the first reading of the ordinance rezoning the area was unanimously approved by Council.

Also approved were the first reading of an ordinance adopting a drought contingency and water emergency plan, the final plat of Eagle’s Nest Section 3, and a proposed septic system on a 1.039-acre tract west of the intersection of Hwy 281 and John Hoover Parkway. Lewis Concrete Restoration was awarded the Wastewater Manhole Rehabilitation Project B at a cost of $250,900 by Council after a unanimous vote.

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