Burnet County

Wed
04
Dec

Master plan reveals opportunities to restore Courthouse

Savanna Gregg/Burnet Bulletin
Work on a new Burnet County Courthouse Master Plan has pointed out the need to rework the elevator so it goes to the basement, where the Precinct 1 JP office is located. Customers currently can call the JP office to have a clerk assist them on the first floor instead.

 

 

 

 

By Lew K. Cohn

Managing Editor

Burnet Bulletin

A preservation architect has completed nearly 60 percent of a master plan for the Burnet County Courthouse and already has identified a number of areas where the county could improve the building by taking advantage of available grant funding, County Judge James Oakley said.

Burnet County contracted with Architexas earlier this year to draw up a new Courthouse Master Plan. The county received a $44,900 grant from the Texas Historic Commission's Historic Courthouse Preservation Program and has contributed matching funds of $5,000 for a grand total of $49,900.

The Master Plan includes an evaluation and assessment of existing conditions and proposed recommendations for restoration, including current and proposed site and floor plans.

Wed
27
Nov

Group ranks Burnet, Llano voter websites

Connie Swinney/The Highlander
Members of the League of Women Voters registered citizens to vote Nov. 22 at Marble Falls St. Frederick Baptist Church. Pictured, from left, are: Nancy Hill, Jimmie Rushing and Evelyn Acosta-Cone, who assisted Lorna Ambrus of Burnet in the process.

 

 

 

 

By Lew K. Cohn

Managing Editor

Burnet Bulletin

A grassroots non-profit organization has labeled the elections websites for Burnet and Llano counties “not secure” in its latest survey of Texas county websites.

Overall, the League of Women Voters of Texas gave the Llano County website a score of 80 points, which earns a ranking of “Very Good,” while the Burnet County site only received 65 points, which earns a ranking of “Good.”

“The 2020 election year is almost upon us. Texas voters will be inundated with campaign messaging,” said Grace Chimene, president of the League of Women Voters of Texas.

“Voters will look to their counties to find accurate, accessible, and useful voter information on safe and secure county election websites. Many counties need to take steps now to become a trusted resource for voters.”

Wed
30
Oct

BOPATE collection day posts record intake

Contributed/Burnet County Judge James Oakley
Members of ISF along with several volunteers assisted in Burnet County BOPATE Collection event.

 

 

By Connie Swinney

Staff Writer

The Highlander

Burnet County officials deemed successful a reuse and recycling collection event at a new location due to a wealth of volunteer help and a record intake of old tires and latex paint.

The BOPATE event was held Saturday, Oct. 26 at the Burnet County Reuse and Recycle Center, 2411 FM 963, just outside Burnet. BOPATE stands for batteries, oil, paint, antifreeze, tires and electronics.

“It went very well; it was pretty much seamless,” Burnet County Commissioner Joe Don Dockery said. “We filled up two 18-wheelers with tires and one gooseneck trailer full.”

Collections included 15 55-gallon drums of latex paint and 300 gallons of used motor oil.

County officials calculated as many as 258 vehicles (possibly 300 households) dropping off items during the morning-long event.

Wed
23
Oct

Water woes have county jail seeking fix

By Lew K. Cohn

Managing Editor

Burnet Bulletin

Burnet County jail administrators want to install a new control system at the facility that would prevent inmates from wasting water, which results in thousands of dollars in extra costs every year.

Before they can do that, though, they will have to deal with another, more pressing water-related issue — repairs to the jail's 88 showers, where resin failure has caused the shower pan to separate from the wall, allowing water to get into the wall and create damage.

The issue was brought up by jail administrator Capt. Matt Kimbler and County Judge James Oakley at the Tuesday, Oct. 22, Burnet County Commissioners Court meeting. Kimbler said the showers appear to have been installed with a design flaw when the 587-bed jail was built in 2008 through a bond issue.

Wed
23
Oct

$33.1 million BCISD bond package on ballot; Early voting continues through Nov. 1

Savanna Gregg/Burnet Bulletin
Members of the community joined Burnet CISD administration and Trustees at Coffee With the Superintendent Thursday, Oct. 17 at the BCISD Parent Resource Center to discuss the district's accomplishments and the upcoming bond election with Superintendent Keith McBurnett, pictured at right. McBurnett is pictured enjoying a cup of MOJO coffee before the presentation with Dr. Rachel Jones, Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction, and Clay Goehring, Director of Business and Finance.

 

 

 

 

 

 

By Savanna Gregg

Staff Writer

Burnet Bulletin

Early voting for the proposed Nov. 5 $33.1 million Burnet Consolidated Independent School District bond issue has begun this week and continues through Friday, Nov. 1.

School administration are encouraging the community to become educated about the proposed bond package which, if approved by voters, will allow the district to perform many projects and purchase advanced equipment to enhance its students' education and development, increase safety and security, and improve efficiency throughout the district.

In May, trustees spoke with 25 members of the community to determine the most-prioritized projects needed to complete in order to meet the demands of the growing student population and the need for upgrades throughout the district.

Wed
11
Sep

Commission okays Texas 29 fixes

From staff reports

An accident-prone stretch of Texas 29 outside Bertram in Burnet County will undergo safety improvements and upgrades, after the Texas Transportation Commission approved a 10-year state transportation plan last week.

The 2020 Unified Transportation Plan includes more than $77 billion in funding meant to improve public roadway safety and address congestion and connectivity issues throughout the state during the next decade.

Project BUC12RD will involve construction funds for Texas 29 to reconstruct to four 11-foot lane, a 12-foot continuous turn lane and 10-foot shoulders from Ranch-to-market Road 243 in Bertram to the Williamson County line. Burnet County/TxDOT are sponsoring entities, at a cost of $5,184,000.

Three other local projects included in the Texas Department of Transportation 2020 UTP are:

Wed
11
Sep

Campfire ignites 60-acre fire

Jill R. McAfee/Special to The Highlander
The Texas A&M Forest Service assisted in the battle of a 60-acre blaze on Sept. 8 in the Spring Creek Hills Subdivision, about five miles west of Burnet.

 

 

 

By Connie Swinney

Staff Writer

Burnet Bulletin

Rough terrain and rocky hill sides challenged fire crews to douse a nearly 60-acre blaze Sept. 8 in the Spring Creek Hills subdivision, about five miles west of Burnet, officials said.

The fire erupted from a ground fire spark around 1:30 p.m. on Sunday and spread quickly, threatening at least two homes and destroying an 8-by-8 outbuilding on one property, just off Yucca Drive.

“It was accidental from a ground fire,” Burnet Fire Marshal John Erskine said. “It looks like it was a cooking fire from a squatter's camp.

“By the time it was contained, it was approximately 60 acres,” he added.

Erskine added by about 7 p.m., there was no “active fire.” As of 10:30 a.m. the following day, the blaze was considered “100 percent under control.”

Wed
04
Sep

Commissioners want LCRA to lower Lake LBJ

By Lew K. Cohn

Managing Editor

Burnet Bulletin

Burnet County commissioners have authorized County Judge James Oakley to draft a letter to LCRA, requesting the lowering of Lake LBJ next January.

Commissioners cited homeowners' concerns about being able to shore up their boat docks and moorings, as well as drastic changes to the lake from the historic October 2018 flood, which have created unnavigable hazards for boaters.

They also noted that two Llano County commissioners, Peter Jones (Pct. 1) and Mike Sandoval (Pct. 3), also supported lowering the lake to let homeowners perform repairs to their property. (See related story, page 14).

Wed
28
Aug

County, BCISD believe partnership can decrease truancy

By Lew K. Cohn

Managing Editor

Burnet Bulletin

Officials hope a partnership between Burnet County Precinct 2 Justice of the Peace Lisa Whitehead and the Burnet Consolidated Independent School District can help cut down truancy in the northern end of the county.

Whitehead and County Attorney Eddie Arredondo appeared before the Burnet County commissioners court at an Aug. 20 special called meeting to ask for permission to hire a full-time juvenile case manager, who would manage truancy cases from Burnet CISD, who has agreed to pay the county $15,000 to help offset the case manager's salary.

The rest of the cost would come an unfilled floating justice court clerk position as well as from a juvenile case manager fund, which would be established by assessing a juvenile case manager fee of $5 to every fine-only misdemeanor offense which comes through justice court, county court or the county court at law beginning Aug. 21, 2019.

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.

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