Warden elected mayor in Bertram; 16 of 17 Burnet propositions approved

By Lew K. Cohn

Glynis Crawford Smith

and Alexandria Randolph

Burnet Bulletin

Bertram City Councilman Adam Warden will become the next mayor of Bertram, while Jane Scheidler joins Kim Klose on the City Council in final but unofficial results from the Saturday, May 5, election.

In Burnet, voters approved 16 of 17 proposed City Charter amendments on the ballot, most by a very healthy margin. And in Granite Shoals, newcomers will take all three spots on the Granite Shoals City Council.


Warden, who did not seek re-election to his City Council seat, took a 19-10 lead in absentee and early voting and then coasted to victory on Election Day, winning by a 92-30 margin over Danielle Armknecht.


Bertram voters to choose mayor, council Saturday; Burnet proposes 17 charter amendments

By Lew K. Cohn

Managing Editor

Burnet Bulletin

Early voting in the Saturday, May 5, local elections may have ended Tuesday, May 1, but candidates are still working on swaying last-minute undecided voters in Bertram and Granite Shoals.

Meanwhile, Burnet residents can still cast their ballot on 17 proposed amendments to the Burnet City Charter when polls open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, May 5.

On Election Day, in Bertram, Voting Precinct 12 will vote at the Bertram Library, 170 N. Gabriel St., Bertram. In the city of Burnet, Voting Precincts 2 and 17 will cast ballots at the Burnet County Courthouse.

And Voting Precincts 3 and 8 in Granite Shoals will cast their balllots at the Granite Shoals Fire Station, 8410 RM 1431 West, Granite Shoals.


Sales tax revenue up for Bertram, Marble Falls

The addition of several retail outlets in Marble Falls and an influx of shoppers has helped the county's largest city reach double-digit gains in sales tax revenues for the month of December, Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar announced.

Marble Falls continues to lead Burnet County in sales tax revenue and set yet another record for December as Hegar's office returned $678,388.28 to the city from sales made in October by businesses which report monthly. This represents an increase of a whopping 12.04 percent above the $605,439.02 returned in December 2016.

For the year, sales tax revenues are up 9.17 percent at $8,609,399.62, up from $7,886,178.12 received through this time last year.

A number of new businesses — especially new restaurants which have opened — have helped sales tax revenues climb higher than expected in 2017 in Marble Falls.


Residents ask TxDOT for TX 29 center lane

Local resident Tara Luke speaks to TxDOT Austin District Engineer Terry McCoy about the possibility of reducing the speed limit on Texas 29 during a Burnet County Commissioners Court meeting Tuesday.


By Lew K. Cohn

Managing Editor

Burnet Bulletin

A full courtroom of Burnet County residents appeared before the Commissioners Court Tuesday morning, asking what can be done to add a continuous left-turn lane and other safety improvements to Texas 29 between Burnet and Bertram after a number of fatal accidents on the highway.

They had their questions answered by Texas Department of Transportation Austin District Engineer Terry McCoy, a Burnet County native whose district oversees state highways in 11 counties, including Burnet County.

Burnet County Judge James Oakley, who sits on the board of the Capital Area Metropolitan Planning Organization (CAMPO) — which oversees how federal highway funds are prioritized in a six-county region, including Burnet County — said the safety issues being identified by Burnet County and CAMPO are not just limited to Texas 29.


7 Creeks development could have multimillion dollar impact




Richard Zowie/Highland Lakes Newspapers

David Carpenter said the new 7 Creeks subdivision, located northeast of Burnet and northwest of Bertram, is designed to meet the area’s growing needs. They’re hoping the settlement, off of Shady Grove Road, will attract some more wineries and even those looking to raise horses or livestock.







By Richard Zowie

Highland Lakes Newspapers

For a person looking to buy a new home in one of the Burnet County’s latest developments, if it’s seclusion they want, they’ll get it after a long drive.

Almost eight miles along Shady Grove Road and around halfway between Burnet and Bertram is a gated community development that’ll be known as 7 Creeks Ranch.

David Carpenter of Burnet and Jim Boushka of Bee Cave are equal managing partners for Burnet Bros, LLC, which is the developer. They are in a contracted partnership with Alan J. Vincik, who is doing all the infrastructure (including building roads).

Carpenter said the original development was for 2,244 acres.


Bertram VFD improves ISO rating



The Bertram Volunteer Fire Department has achieved a fire safety rating comparative to that of big city, paid fire departments.

In a letter dated Monday, Aug. 1, Bertram Volunteer Fire Department was notified they had improved their ISO Fire Suppression Rating by evaluation of state officials.

“We got a Class 3 ISO rating by the Texas Fire Marshal's Office,” said BVFD Chief Bobby Huffstuttler. “It's a pretty big deal for a small fire department to get Class 3. You usually have to have paid members.”

Huffstuttler said out of roughly 2,000 fire departments in Texas, there are only 26 departments that achieved a Class 1, rating, which is the highest that can be achieved, and only 201 were rated a Class 2.

“The last time, we got a Class 6, so we reduced from a Class 6 to a 3. That's a big accomplishment for us,” he said. “We feel like we've done a service to the community.”


It's Oatmeal Festival Time



The streets of Bertram and Oatmeal will be buzzing this weekend, as the 39th Annual Oatmeal Festival gets under way.

Kicking off Friday, Sept. 2, arts and craft vendors, BBQ, Mr. Groaty Oats, Music and the Miss Oatmeal Pageant and Auction will take place in the Oatmeal Community Center located at 7324 County Road 336 in Bertram.

“Our final count for Miss Oatmeal Pageant entries is 33,” said April Baladez, member of the Oatmeal Festival association.

“We take entries for the Mr. Groaty Oats Pageant until it’s almost time for them to walk up on stage, so if anyone wants to still join, it is open,”

Saturday gets underway with the Trail Ride from Oatmeal to Bertram and the Run for your Oats 3.3 mile race.

“The Trail ride is a confirmation of the transition from Oatmeal to Bertram for the festival, where the rest of the events will take place,” said Baladez.


Bridging The Gap of History



Joppa natives and historians are banding together to repair and preserve two historic bridges in northeastern Burnet County.

The Iron Bridges of Burnet County project is a group focused on the repair and preservation of two of the county's historic bridges by raising money through a community fundraiser.

The North Fork San Gabriel Bridge on County Road 200 and the Russell Fork San Gabriel Bridge on County Road 272 were each built in the early 20th century and are now eligible for the National Register of Historic Places, a project news release stated. It is the goal of the project to repair the bridges for safe access by the public and use for pedestrian and bicycle traffic.

Lela Goar, Chairman of the Certified Local Government Committee in Burnet County, said these two bridges are the only ones left still in their original places on county property.


Bertram mayor: July 4th isn’t going to be the same


With Independence Day around the corner, one of the first duties of the new Bertram Mayor Cynthia Anderson has to do is report there will be no Fourth of July Firework Celebration in the City of Bertram.

“I am saddened by this news and it is unfortunate that we will not have this event that has been a part of our community for so long,” said Anderson.

The event, which is usually held by the Bertram VFD at the little league fields in the city on Fourth of July weekend, was cancelled by the VFD on April 25 via social media.

The VFD decision was in reaction to the Bertram City Council requesting them to assist with a monthly fee to help maintain the hydrants and use of the water for all of ESD4.

“Bertram is the only primary water source is ESD 4 that covers a total of 169.5 square miles for fire protection,” said Anderson.


Laudenschlager, Lester, Thurman elected in Burnet


With three positions up for grabs on Burnet City Council during the May 7 election Joyce Laudenschlager will remain on the council after receiving the most votes during the election.

Danny Lester coming in 202 votes will take his new position on the council and Phillip Thurman will retain his position on City Council after coming in with the third most votes of 189, beating out candidate Paul Shell who received 167 votes.

“I will work to bring the term ‘WE’ back to our city council, all the votes and decisions I make will be for all the citizens of Burnet,” said Lester after the final votes.

“I will be conservative yet I will be very progressive to bring new ideas to the council and businesses to our city,

“Lastly, I would like to thank the voters of Burnet for their confidence in me and I promise I will not let you down,” said Lester.


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