News

Wed
14
Aug

Commissioners extend 'last call' for county's bars

By Lew K. Cohn

Managing Editor

Burnet Bulletin

Bars and nightclubs in the unincorporated areas of Burnet County now can remain open until 2 a.m. each night after Burnet County commissioners voted 3-2 on Aug. 13 to approve an ordinance granting extended hours for the sale of mixed beverages, wine and beer.

The vote comes three weeks after commissioners first heard a request from a Bertram bar owner who wanted commissioners to allow his business to remain open until 2 a.m. Friday and Saturday nights as well as on special holidays, like New Year's Eve.

It also reverses a previous decision by the commissioners court two years ago not to extend hours for the sale of alcoholic beverages in the county.

Wed
14
Aug

Conditions spark area grass fires

Connie Swinney/Burnet Bulletin
Fire officials are zeroing in on the possible cause of a fire that destroyed a log cabin-styled home on Aug. 7 in the 200 block of Kingsland Ranch Cove on Lake LBJ. The structure was unoccupied. Suspicions included combustible industrial chemicals on cleaning rags as well as embers from a barbecue grill.

 

 

 

 

By Lew K. Cohn

Managing Editor

Burnet Bulletin

Two weekend grass fires in Burnet County, including one near Bertram which required Texas Forest Service assistance, have local fire departments reminding residents there is a burn ban in place for a very good reason.

High temperatures hoving above or near the century mark plus dry conditions with little to no rain expected in the forecast are turning vegetation into tinder that threatens to burn without warning.

On Saturday, an out of control burn in the 9500 block of North Ranch-to-Market Road 1174 created a wall of fire which burned up 78 acres shortly after 1:30 p.m. and threatened several structures. Texas Forest Service units from Fredericksburg responded to the scene and StarFlight was put on standby to provide air support if needed. Fences had to be cut as the fire jumped the roadway at RM 963.

Wed
14
Aug

Briggs/Oakalla residents discuss new fire station

Savanna Gregg/Burnet Bulletin
Briggs Fire Station planning committee member Steve Schlumpberger discusses growth in the Northeast Burnet County area, and emphasizes the importance of access to water tanks when considering plans to build the new Briggs Fire Station, which will protect a large portion of the County.

 

 

 

 

 

By Savanna Gregg

Staff Writer

Burnet Bulletin

Residents of Briggs and Oakalla joined the Burnet County Emergency Services District 8, Oakalla Volunteer Fire Department, and the Briggs Fire Station planning committee at a Town Hall meeting held at the Oakalla VFD Saturday, Aug. 10 to discuss the construction of a new Briggs Fire Station.

The Oakalla VFD recently purchased four acres of land off of US 183 in Briggs, where they will soon build a fire station modeled after their facilities to continue serving the Northeast Burnet County area.

This purchase comes after the ESD 8 decided to allow for the expiration of their contract with the former Briggs VFD earlier this year, after various incidents caused the Board to reconsider its ties to the facility.

Wed
14
Aug

Burnet CISD Trustees call for bond election

BCISD Superintendent Keith McBurnett
Special to the Bulletin •

The Burnet Consolidated Independent School District Board of Trustees voted unanimously to call for a bond election on Nov. 5, 2019. The election is for one proposition totaling $33.1 million.

The Board of Trustees will meet again on Aug. 26 to approve a tax rate decrease of 7.5 cents for the 2019-2020 school year. This will represent the fourth year in a row the Board of Trustees has approved lowering the tax rate, and the proposed $1.185 tax rate is lower than the tax rate prior to the 2014 Bond Program.

Wed
07
Aug

Burnet County proposes salary raises in budget

By Lew K. Cohn

Managing Editor

Burnet Bulletin

Burnet County commissioners are expected to propose an overall tax rate of 39.99 cents per $100 valuation at a special called meeting at 9 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 8, in order to support a proposed $29.92 budget for fiscal year 2020.

Burnet County officials projected an additional $2,030,360 in tax revenue in fiscal year 2020, which would be an increase of 8.5 percent, which includes $858,194 coming from new construction added to the tax roll.

The proposed budget includes a nearly $23.2 million general fund budget, a $3.62 million road and bridge fund budget and a $3.1 million debt service budget.

Wed
07
Aug

Briggs fire station subject of town hall

Contributed/Oakalla VFD Chief Aaron Weeks
Burnet County Emergency Services 8, Oakalla Volunteer Fire Department, and the Briggs Fire Department planning committee will hold a Town Hall meeting at 10 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 10 to discuss the construction of a new fire station in Briggs, located on a four-acre plot of land on US 183 recently purchased by the Oakalla VFD.

 

 

 

 

By Savanna Gregg

Staff Writer

Burnet Bulletin

The community is invited to join Emergency Services District 8 Board members, the Oakalla Volunteer Fire Department, and the Briggs Fire Department planning committee at a Town Hall meeting at the Oakalla Volunteer Fire Department at 10 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 10.

The Town Hall meeting was called to discuss plans for a new fire station, which will be designed to better serve the Briggs/Oakalla area after the Briggs Volunteer Fire Department was dissolved by the ESD 8 earlier this year.

Briggs and Oakalla residents are invited to come together and hear the planning committee's plans for the new fire station, and are urged to offer suggestions and ideas about their communities' ideal fire station.

Wed
31
Jul

Breaking new ground in Burnet

Frank Shubert/The Highlander
Baylor Scott & White personnel join City of Burnet officials and Burnet Economic Development Corporation members for the groundbreaking at the location of their new facilities on Monday, July 29 at 1500 East Polk Street, Burnet. Construction on the clinic is expected to be complete in Spring 2020. Pictured, from left: Timothy Ols, President, Baylor Scott & White – Hill Country Region; Dr. Camey Crane, Baylor Scott & White Family Medicine Doctor; Lane Luna, Nurse Practitioner; Cary Johnson, Burnet Economic Development Corporation President; Crista Goble Bromley City of Burnet Mayor; Leslie Low, Manager of Clinic Operations; Dr. Robert Shafer, DVM, Member of Baylor Scott & White Board of Directors.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Special to the Bulletin

Baylor Scott and White Health broke ground Monday, July 29, on the future home of its medical services in Burnet. The clinic will be located at 1500 E. Polk Street, across from the Burnet County Sheriff's Office.

At about 8,000 square feet, the new clinic will feature 10 exam rooms and a procedure space. It will offer services that include family medicine, diagnostic X-Ray, and on-site laboratory services.

Once construction is complete, the services at the clinic, currently located at 101 E. Jackson Street, will transition to the new location to better serve the growing medical needs of the area's residents. The new location of Baylor Scott & White Clinic – Burnet is expected to open late spring 2020.

Wed
31
Jul

Burnet council nixes airport food court

Contributed/Leslie Baugh
Residents and visitors of the City of Burnet enjoyed two days of Cajun food from the Krab Kingz food truck out of Louisiana July 19-20 when the truck set up shop at the Burnet Municipal Airport. A proposed temporary food truck court was presented to Burnet Council members at their regular meeting Tuesday, July 23, but was denied after a 4-2 vote.

 

 

 

 

 

By Savanna Gregg

Staff Writer

Burnet Bulletin

The Burnet City Council entertained the possibility of establishing a temporary food vendor court at the Burnet Municipal Airport during their regular meeting Tuesday, July 23. While the topic generated a lot of discussion, the council ultimately voted down the idea.

Seen as a possible source of revenue for the city and an opportunity for pilots and other visitors to enjoy unique food in a clean, appealing area, the food vendor court was brought to Council the weekend after Louisiana's Krab Kingz food truck visited in the proposed area and proved to be a popular destination for residents and visitors.

In addition to Krab Kingz, food vendors such as Chick-Fil-A of the Highland Lakes; Dian's Char Grilled Hamburgers and Potato Haus, both from Burnet; and Tacos Amigos of Marble Falls recently expressed interest in setting up shop in the area.

Wed
31
Jul

Boy Scout troop gives back

Savanna Gregg/Burnet Bulletin

 

Wed
24
Jul

Bertram eyes high-tech map system funds

By Nathan Hendrix

Staff Writer

Burnet Bulletin

The Bertram City Council is considering an investment of up to $35,000 for a system to digitize city databases and documents to give employees access to critical city information via the internet.

If approved, the city would contract with 3cGeo to provide geographic information system (GIS) services – a method of integrating city data into digital maps.

Brian Shirley, owner of 3cGeo, spoke with the Bertram Economic Development Corporation two weeks prior to the council meeting; he said the information was “received positively” by the corporation, but the EDC wanted to gauge the council's interest before agreeing to provide funding for the project.

The program costs up to $35,000 for initial setup and requires a monthly hosting fee of $350.

“[The EDC] can help fund this if we use it for economic development,” Bertram Mayor Adam Warden said.

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