Burnet City Council


Burnet City Council donates money to HCHS shelter

By Savanna Gregg

Burnet Bulletin

After holding a workshop concerning a budgeting shortfall for the Hill Country Humane Society, Burnet City Council voted to donate $25,000 to the animal shelter to help cover expenses for the 2018 fiscal year at their regular meeting held Tuesday, July 10.

The HCHS, located 9150 Ranch Road 1431 in Buchanan Dam, operates with assistance from Burnet and Llano counties, as well as the cities of Burnet, Bertram, Horseshoe Bay, and Sunrise Beach as resources and operations are costly.

The $25,000 donation will bring the total amount of funds provided by the City of Burnet to about $58,000 for fiscal year 2018. The Council's vote also appointed City Manager David Vaughn to the HCHS Board to oversee operations at the shelter and provide updates to Council on the progress of the facilities.


City Council extends demolition deadline




By Richard Zowie

Highland Lakes Newspapers


A structure in the 1400 block of North Water Street that had been deemed “dangerous and unsafe” received a reprieve at the July 25 Burnet City Council meeting.

Convening as the Board of Appeals, the city council heard owner John Cashman’s request to delay an Order to Demolish or Repair.

The council voted unanimously for option two on the order, which provides an additional 60 days for the building to meet compliance.

Cashman told the council that a contractor has been hired to replace the building’s roof, but has not started work yet.

David Vaughn, Burnet city manager, described the house as having been vacant for several years.


City raises paramedic salaries



Burnet city officials voted to raise incoming salaries for paramedics last Tuesday in order to compete in a scarce employee market.

In a city council meeting Tuesday night, July 26, Burnet Fire Chief Mark Ingram said he currently has three paramedic openings that have been difficult to fill, due to salary competition.

“We've had one open for some time. We had three applicants turn down the job because of money,” he said.

The starting pay at Burnet Fire Department is $47,000 for a licensed paramedic.

“We looked at some of the surrounding areas with comparable size and call volumes. Seven out of eight were beating us, some of them pretty badly,” Ingram said, adding that communities like Round Rock, Georgetown, and others in Williamson County and in the Austin area are “already starting to steal the paramedics.”


Must Love Dogs



It's not often that one sees a dog in the city council chambers, but on Tuesday, former council member Paul Shell brought Mini Pearl, an Australian Shepherd, to visit council on behalf of her kind.

Shell came before council to speak about the importance of man's best friend.

“Dogs are just like people,” he said. “They have families and packs just like us.”

Shell shared stories of how a beloved family pet once defended his home from teens that had crept onto his property to syphon gasoline.

“The dog knew what was his and he was protecting it,” Shell said, adding that in another instance, a neighbor thanked him for having a dog because the dog made her feel safe when he alerted her to strange goings-on at night.


Get to know your Burnet City Council candidates




Q: What is the next step Burnet needs to continue to properly manage growth and development of businesses within city limits?

To start reducing debt, lowering utilities rates and lower taxes. If you have less debt you have more funds for growth and developing businesses. Lower utility rates will bring in businesses, that is major question asked by any new potential business looking to locate in our city. Lower taxes on homes and businesses will bring growth. With these steps new residents will come and along with them more businesses.


Q: With the continued success of the MyTown Housing program, what is the next step the city needs to take to encourage medium-income residential development within city limits?

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