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Wed
06
Mar

Debris pile removal begins

Burnet County Judge James Oakley/Special to The Highlander
Crews began removing a pile of flood-related debris March 6 located on the grounds of Quarry Park in Granite Shoals. Burnet County contracted with the Austin-based Texas Disposal Systems to do the job for approximately $356,000.

 

 

 

 

By Lew K. Cohn

Managing Editor

Burnet Bulletin

The mountain of 2018 flood debris that has been sitting for four months at a Granite Shoals lot should be gone before spring arrives.

Burnet County commissioners on Friday, March 1, awarded a bid for flood debris removal to Austin-based Texas Disposal Systems at $23.75 per cubic yard. The pile is estimated at 15,000 cubic yards and removal is expected to cost $356,250.

Work began at the site Tuesday, March 5, after TDS performed an evaluation and safety assessment of the debris pile the day before. Cleanup is expected to take about 10 to 12 days to complete, Jay Howard of TDS told commissioners Friday.

Wed
06
Mar

County mulls requiring proof of water

By Lew K. Cohn

Managing Editor

The Highlander

After holding a pair of public hearings Tuesday and Wednesday, Burnet County moved closer to requiring developers to prove enough groundwater is available onsite before they are granted approval to build new subdivisions.

The county has been working with the Central Texas Groundwater Conservation District to add Appendix G to the county's subdivision ordinance to include provisions allowed by Section 232.0032 of the Local Government Code, relating to the availability of groundwater as a water source for platted subdivisions in unincorporated areas of the county.

One public hearing was held at 10 a.m. Tuesday during the regular Burnet County Commissioners Court meeting while a second was held at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday. Both took palce at the Burnet County Courthouse.

Wed
06
Mar

Barbecue raises funds for Corden's Cause

Corden Fidler

 

By Savanna Gregg

Staff Writer

Burnet Bulletin

Burnet County residents can eat barbecue for Corden's Cause this weekend.

A barbecue fundraiser for four-year-old Corden Fidler and his family is scheduled for Saturday, March 9, to assist with medical and travel costs.

Corden, son of former BFD firefighter Mathew Fidler, was seriously injured after a shooting which killed his mother and grandmother, Shelly Fidler and Sherry Gray, in Temple on Dec. 20.

Corden was shot five times, once in his head and four times in his abdomen, and has endured multiple surgeries to continue fighting for his life in the Intensive Care Unit at McLane Children's Hospital in Temple.

“Corden is doing pretty good,” Mathew Fidler said Thursday, Feb. 28. “It's pretty amazing; medically speaking, he shouldn't be alive.”

Tue
05
Mar

TxDOT hosts open house on improvements

From staff reports

The Texas Department of Transportation will host an open house on improvements to Ranch to Market Road 1431 from Ranch to Market Road 1174 to Bar K Ranch Road this Tuesday, March 5, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Lago Vista Middle School Cafeteria, 8039 Bar K Ranch Road, Lago Vista.

The purpose of the open house is to gather public input on the proposed improvements in Burnet and Travis counties. The public is invited to come and go at their convenience and staff will be available to answer questions.

Improvements include widening the roadway where needed; adding eight slow-moving vehicle turnout lanes and repaving the roadway.

TxDOT makes every reasonable effort to accommodate the needs of the public. The open house will be in English.

For more information, visit the TxDOT website at txdot.gov and enter “RM 1431 from RM 1174” in the search area or call 512-832-7114.

Tue
05
Mar

State of the Community Address scheduled for Wednesday, Mar. 6

All City of Burnet and Burnet CISD citizens are invited to the annual State of the Community Address tomorrow, Wednesday, March 6, at the Burnet Community Center.
Guests will enjoy a free barbecue lunch and a delicious dessert prepared by the BHS Culinary Arts students and hear from Burnet Mayor Crista Goble Bromley and Burnet CISD Superintendent Keith McBurnett as they address successes of the past year and goals for the future.

Doors open 11:30 a.m.
Meal served at 11:45 a.m.
Program begins at 12:00 p.m.

 

Wed
27
Feb

LCRA, TxDOT work to expedite bridge construction

Connie Swinney/Burnet Bulletin
The Ranch-to-market 2900 Bridge is "on track" for completion in April, according to the Texas Department of Transportation. Capital Excavation recently set beams for spans 3 and 4 and poured so-called "caps" for columns 6 and 7. Officials estimated progress on up to 10 shafts this week.

 

 

 

 

The Lower Colorado River Authority and the Texas Department of Transportation are coordinating efforts to clean up debris from the RM 2900 bridge that washed away along the Llano River arm of Lake LBJ during historic flooding in October.

As previously announced, LCRA began refilling Lake LBJ on Sunday, Feb. 24, and will continue to do so through Wednesday, Feb. 27, after lowering the lake in December to provide property owners an opportunity to remove debris and make repairs.

Wed
27
Feb

Burnet man arrested on child pornography charge

From staff reports

Granite Shoals authorities captured a suspect wanted on warrants for child pornography, after a resident reported a suspicious person walking in a neighborhood, officials confirmed.

The incident was reported Feb. 21 when “a concerned resident noticed an individual walking down a residential street and appeared to be intoxicated,” according to a Granite Shoals Police Department press release.

“The officer discovered that not only was the person intoxicated but also had a felony warrant,” the release stated.

GSPD PIO Capt. Chris Decker confirmed the suspect's was James Logan Diez, 62, of Burnet.

“The bigger problem was the warrant,” he said. “We were able to identify him, and went in for his warrant.” The warrants were issued out of Burnet County on two charges of possession of child pornography.

Wed
27
Feb

Commissioners suspend Briggs VFD contract

By Lew K. Cohn

Managing Editor

Burnet Bulletin

Burnet County commissioners voted unanimously Tuesday, Feb. 26, to suspend indefinitely any further mutual aid payments to the Briggs Volunteer Fire Department.

Tuesday's action comes after the Burnet County Emergency Service District No. 8 previously decided not to renew a contract with Briggs VFD due to issues with operational control and training at the rural department. The contract between the two entities expires Friday, March 1.

“The county has a mutual aid contract with Briggs VFD that pays the department $23,000 per year to provide fire protection services in Burnet County,” Precinct 2 Commissioner Damon Beierle said.

“Since they are no longer providing these services, this payment is no longer necessary and the contract should be suspended.”

Wed
27
Feb

BMS greenhouse sale scheduled for March 8

The public is invited to the annual Burnet Middle School Greenhouse Spring Plant Sale Friday, Mar. 8 at the BMS campus.

Customers will be able to choose new greenery from a variety of flowering plants, hanging baskets, herbs, and lot vegetable plants to include in their gardens.

The community is invited to come to the greenhouse and show their support for the students and educators working hard to propagate plants and planting seeds in their community.

Wed
27
Feb

ESD 7 hears concerns from BVFD, citizens

By Savanna Gregg

Staff Writer

Burnet Bulletin

Ample discussion between Emergency Services District No. 7 Board members, Burnet Volunteer Fire Department personnel, and citizens brought many concerns to the table during the ESD’s Monday, Feb. 25 meeting held at the Burnet County Courthouse. The discussion was eventually tabled for a future meeting, but not before concerns were voiced by many BVFD members and supporters. Suggestions were also offered by several in attendance on how ways to forward on the issue.

ESD 7 President John Smallwood reiterated to the room that because of growth in the county, and the city of Burnet’s decision to discontinue their non-compete contract with the BVFD, he and his exploratory committee began looking for a way to ensure calls in Burnet and surrounding areas were adequately covered in a timely manner.

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