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Wed
15
Aug

Commissioners honor CERT members

Lew K. Cohn/Burnet Bulletin

 

Burnet County Commissioners honored the Community Emergency Response Team, or CERT, during Tuesday's regular court meeting for their response to the County Road 108 and County Road 116 fires. County Judge James Oakley called the volunteer group "the modern-day equivalent of a Minutemen militia, without the muskets."

Wed
15
Aug

Central Texas GCD executes drought plan

By Lew K. Cohn

Managing Editor

Burnet Bulletin

Burnet County citizens are being asked to reduce their overall water usage to help conserve water as the Central Texas Groundwater Conservation District has initiated Stage 2 of its Drought Management Plan.

Central Texas GCD general manager Mitchell Sodek said a combination of drought indexes, such as the Palmer Hydrological Drought Index and US Drought Monitor, shows “moderate to severe drought conditions” throughout the district, while monitor wells indicate declining water levels across all aquifers in the region, resulting in a need for conservation to reduce impact on aquifers.

Wed
15
Aug

Commissioners propose $36.87 million budget

By Lew K. Cohn

Managing Editor

Burnet Bulletin

Burnet County commissioners have proposed a budget of $36.87 million for the upcoming fiscal year.

The county will hold public hearings on the proposed budget at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 28, and at 9:15 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 5. Commissioners will then vote to adopt a tax rate and budget at their regular meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 11.

The new budget is built on a tax rate of 39 cents per $100 valuation, which represents a 0.69-cent decrease from the fiscal year 2018 tax rate of 39.69 cents per $100 valuation. The tax rate is decreasing by 1.74 percent, though individual taxes may vary based upon changes in property valuation as assessed by the Burnet County Appraisal District.

The proposed fiscal year 2019 budget calls for a $1.19 million decrease overall from just under $38.1 million this year, a decrease of about 3.13 percent.

Wed
08
Aug

Court 'ratifies' disaster declaration

Contributed
Scorched earth remained in areas where hundreds of acres burned in Hoover's Valley (pictured here) in Burnet County. Officials opted recently to keep a burn ban in place.

 

 

 

UPDATE: On Aug. 14, Burnet County Commissioners rescinded the Disaster Declaration but opted to continue a less restrictive ban on outdoor burning.

By Connie Swinney
Burnet Bulletin

Due to the worsening fire danger, Burnet County Commissioners Aug. 6 approved restricting outdoor burning including activities such as outdoor cooking and burning cactus for livestock feed as well as welding and grinding projects without safeguards.

The commissioners court took action in a 4-0 vote which essentially “ratified” a Declaration of Disaster and order Prohibiting Outdoor Burning (Sec. 418.108) issued July 30 by Burnet County Judge James Oakley.

Oakley's emergency order was set to expire in seven days and will now remain in effect indefinitely, pending action by the court or the judge.

Wed
08
Aug

Railroad blocks US 281 days after meeting

By Lew K. Cohn

Managing Editor

Burnet Bulletin

Apologetic Austin Western Railroad officials promised Burnet County commissioners on July 24 they would put in place measures to prevent trains from blocking busy intersections for longer than 15 minutes after several incidents which took place last month.

However, just two days after receiving assurances the problem would be resolved, it happened again as a train blocked US 281 Thursday afternoon, July 26, for nearly half an hour, a situation Burnet County Judge James Oakley and Precinct 1 Commissioner Jim Luther Jr. have called “unacceptable.”

“At about 4 p.m., we look up and our phones start ringing with claims from residents that US 281 was closed for 25 to 30 minutes,” Oakley said. “I know that on the north side of the track, it was backed up all the way to the intersection of US 281 and Park Road 4, which I would guess to be about three miles or so.

Wed
01
Aug

Williams honors Burnet's "Belle" on House floor

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Congressman Roger Williams, R-Austin, took to the House floor Wednesday evening to recognize the famed Bluebonnet Belle C47 Skytrain, which has been in use since 1944 and crashed Saturday, July 21, at Burnet Municipal Airport's Kate Craddock Field in Burnet while attempting to take off for an air show in Wisconsin.

“Mr. Speaker, today I want to recognize the famed Bluebonnet Belle C47 Skytrain in Burnet, Texas, that I represent. The Bluebonnet Belle was designed and built in 1944. It flew more than 75 missions during World War II to carry cargo, passengers, and evacuate causalities,” Williams said from the podium.

Tue
31
Jul

Bertram boys' home has long history of dubious activity

By Alexandria Randolph

HLN Correspondent

After criminal investigations resulted in the raid of a ministerial boys’ home last week, details emerging about the ministry and those who run it are only leading to more questions.

The Joshua Home in the 2500 block of Farm to Market Road 243 is under investigation by local and state authorities over allegations of “abuse, neglect, labor violations, fraud, licensing violations and human trafficking,” stated a Burnet County Sheriff’s Department release on Wednesday.

Sheriff Michael Hall of McDonald County, Missouri, gave Burnet County Sheriff’s Office a heads up when he heard the facility had relocated to the area.

“He called a few weeks before (we executed the warrant) and talked to our investigators,” said Burnet County Sheriff Calvin Boyd.

Hall could not be reached for comment as of press time.

Tue
31
Jul

Evacuees returning to homes after fire

Contributed/Burnet County ESD Commissioner Clayton Smith
A lone individual with a water hose is doing his best to help fight the County Road 116/Park Road 4 fire as flames rise on a nearby ridge. Some 557 acres have burned and the fire is 60 percent contained as of Tuesday morning.

 

 

 

 

By Savanna Gregg

Burnet Bulletin

Texas A&M Forest Service (TFS) officials were hopeful residents evacuated from Park Road 4 and County Road 116 (Hoover Valley Road) due to fire would be allowed to return to their homes at 5 p.m. Tuesday, July 31.

More than 50 local personnel from 17 different departments have responded to a blaze which consumed 557 acres, forced evacuations of residents from 150 homes and closed the two major roads as well as Inks Lake State Park.

Fortunately, no one has been killed or injured and no homes have been reported damaged from the grass fire, which began at about 2:52 p.m. Sunday, July 29, along County Road 116, better known as Hoover Valley Road, near Park Road 4, close to Inks Lake State Park, and quickly escalated to yet another raging wildfire for Burnet County.

Mon
30
Jul

Judge declares disaster, bans all outdoor burning

On Monday, July 30, Burnet County Judge James Oakley signed an emergency disaster declaration and order banning all outdoor burning in the county.

Previous exemptions for welding, cutting, grinding, outdoor cooking using wood or charcoal, and burning of prickly pear for livestock consumption have now been removed.

The ban will remain in place for seven days unless extended by the Burnet County Commissioners Court.

Sun
29
Jul

Residents evacuate as fire burns near Inks Lake

Contributed/Daniel Adams Art Gallery
This photo by local artist Daniel Adams captures the fantastic image of a water drop occurring in an effort to cease progress of the Hoover Valley fire on Sunday, July 29. First Responders from Burnet, Llano, Blanco, Williamson, and Travis Counties teamed together Sunday afternoon and continue to fight the fire off of County Road 116 as residents and campers from the area fled towards safer ground.

 

 

 

 

 

Savanna Gregg

Burnet Bulletin

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