News

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.

Wed
17
Jul

Two deaths in separate accidents on Lake LBJ

Connie Swinney/Burnet Bulletin
One of two reported fatalities in three days on Lake LBJ occurred near a congested area of the waterway, just off FM 1431 in Kingsland. On July 11 a woman's body was found floating in the vicinity of a personal watercraft authorities believe may have been involved in an accident. On July 14, game warden recovered the body of a Sarita man a few miles downstream from that area in the Legends subdivision.

 

 

 

 

 

By Connie Swinney
Staff Writer

Burnet Bulletin

Texas Parks and Wildlife officials recovered two bodies in three days and unveiled the possible cause of death in the unrelated boating incidents over the weekend along the Colorado River on Lake LBJ.

The most recent death involved a 44-year-old Sarita man who was the operator of a boat on the Colorado arm of Lake LBJ in the area of Legends on Lake LBJ subdivision.

According to Texas Parks and Wildlife, Jesse Marcus (Marc) Estes' body was recovered the morning of Sunday, July 14. Officials reported he had been involved in an accident two days earlier on Friday, July 12. 

“He hit a wave, and it threw him out of the boat,” TP&W Capt. Cody Hatfield said. “He was turning the boat and he hit a wave wrong; two other people were ejected.” 

Wed
17
Jul

BCHC recognized for distinguished service

Lew K. Cohn/Burnet Bulletin

 

Special to the Bulletin

Last month, the Burnet County Historical Commission was honored by the Texas Historical Commission as they were awarded the Distinguished Service Award (DSA), which recognizes County Historical Commissions that document well-rounded preservation programs and efforts. Burnet County commissioners recognized them at their Tuesday, July 9 regular meeting, after BCHC Chair JoAnn Myers reported on the accomplishments of the commission's volunteers.

The THC reported a 2018 total of 447,079 volunteer hours, the monetary equivalent of more than $11.3 million, from 189 counties. The BCHC, one of the 80 recipients of the DSA, racked up 4,936 of those volunteer hours, equaling a $125,522 value to Burnet County. Volunteer hours have grown exponentially since 2016, when the BCHC had 30 volunteers who contributed 2,815 hours, valuing at $67,954.

Thu
27
Jun

Bertram approves cop car rules; amended radius protocol will aid officer recruitment

By Nathan Hendrix

Staff Writer

Burnet Bulletin

Bertram Police Chief L. Dewayne Kyle reported the Bertram Police Department is experiencing difficulty hiring experienced officers at the monthly city council meeting Tuesday, June 18.

The Bertram City Council approved an amendment of an ordinance to allow officers to take home patrol vehicles if they live in a 25-mile radius of the city limits to assist in the hiring process.

The department has two vacant officer slots and no current applications to fill those positions. Kyle interviewed an experienced officer recently, but the applicant declined the job due to lack of appropriate and affordable housing in the area.

“He was looking for a place to rent, but the cost of living here is too expensive,” Kyle said. “He's the sole provider and has four kids. He was trying to live in the 25-mile radius.”

Thu
27
Jun

Ex-Bertram chief pleads guilty, gives up license

Connie Swinney

Staff Writer

Burnet Bulletin

A former Bertram police chief has pled guilty to oppression and abuse, surrendered his peace officer's license, received an eight-day jail sentence, and exhibited “remorse” which influencing his judge-ordered penalty, officials said.

James J. (JJ) Wilson will face four days in jail on each of two counts of official oppression and five years probation on one count of abuse of official capacity, according to a release by the 33rd/424th Judicial District Attorney's Office.

As part of the plea on June 6, Wilson must permanently surrender his peace officer license, pay a $500 fine and $50 restitution to the subject of the charge.

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