Burnet County Commissioners Court

Wed
19
Jun

Burnet County honors Duzan for CPS service

Lew K. Cohn/Burnet Bulletin
Llano County Attorney Becky Lange, right, and CPS caseworkers applaud a visibly moved Dorinda Duzan, left, upon her retirement from the Burnet CPS office. Burnet County commissioners honored Duzan with a resolution at their June 11 meeting.

 

 

 

 

By Lew K. Cohn

Managing Editor

Burnet Bulletin

Co-workers, county officials, family and friends honored retiring Burnet Child Protective Services supervisor Dorinda Duzan last week in recognition of her many years of service.

Burnet County commissioners unanimously approved a resolution on Tuesday, June 11, thanking Duzan for her work on behalf of the children of Burnet County.

Duzan, a former teacher in Austin ISD, had worked in the Burnet case office for the past 15 years and had worked closely with Burnet County Attorney Eddie Arredondo, Llano County Attorney Becky Lange and Judge Cheryl Mabray of the Child Protection Court of the Hill Country to advocate for children when initiating investigations into abuse and neglect.

Wed
27
Mar

Burnet County submits Rainy Day wish list

By Lew K. Cohn

Managing Editor

The Highlander

Burnet County commissioners on Wednesday, March 20, discussed a wish list of infrastructure projects the county will submit to a state representative whose bill would create a new grant program using the state's “Rainy Day Fund.”

State Rep. Garnet Coleman, D-Houston, the chairman of the House County Affairs Committee, has suggested using some of the Texas Economic Stabilization Fund — currently at $11.8 billion and growing — to create a grant program for county's to fund needed infrastructure improvement projects.

Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar has predicted the Economic Stabilization Fund will grow by more than $3 billion over the next budget cycle and would reach a total of $15 billion if untouched during the next two years.

Wed
27
Mar

County gives $40K to help restoration

Savanna Gregg/Burnet BulletinBluebonnets have begun to bloom along the perimeter fence of the Burnet Municipal Airport, bringing back memories of the Burnet's beloved Douglas C-47 Skytrain named Bluebonnet Belle, as passersby notice American flags posted in salute to the nation's heroes. Behind the bluebonnets and flags, the A-7 undergoes a time-consuming sandblasting by crews from Texas Green Blast as they prepare the Burnet Airpot Static Display Restoration Project.

 

 

 

 

 

By Lew K. Cohn

Managing Editor

Burnet Bulletin

A project to restore the static airplane display at Burnet Municipal Airport got a big boost Tuesday, March 27, when the Burnet County Commissioners Court voted unanimously to fund $40,000 of the project through unclaimed Pedernales Electric Cooperative capital credits.

Texas Local Government Code Section 381.004 and Texas Property Code Section 74.602 authorize the Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts to allocate a portion of unclaimed electric cooperative capital credits back to the counties in the cooperative's service area. Funds may used for one of a limited number of purposes, including to promote or advertise the county and its vicinity or conduct a solicitation program to attract conventions, visitors and businesses. For 2019, the county can apply for up to $330,000 in capital credits from the Comptroller's Office.

Wed
13
Mar

BCHC service awards

Connie Swinney/Burnet Bulletin

 

Members of the Burnet County Historical Commission announced their Annual Service Awards March 12 at the Burnet County Commissioners meeting. They posthumously awarded Ina Cooper as the 2017 recipient. For 2018, the Iron Bridge Committee was named a collective recipient due to their efforts in preserving historic iron bridges in Joppa. Committee members are as follows: Rachel Bryson, Lynda French, Al Downing, Carolyn Smith, JoAnn Myers, Polly Krenek, Lela Goar, Carolyn Liles, Millie Williams, Delbert Cain, Pam Leonard, Connie and Cooper Stuteville, Bonnie and Donald Fawcett, Christy and Tom Stephens, Keith McBurnett, Betty Cheney and Maude Cain.

Wed
06
Mar

County mulls requiring proof of water

By Lew K. Cohn

Managing Editor

The Highlander

After holding a pair of public hearings Tuesday and Wednesday, Burnet County moved closer to requiring developers to prove enough groundwater is available onsite before they are granted approval to build new subdivisions.

The county has been working with the Central Texas Groundwater Conservation District to add Appendix G to the county's subdivision ordinance to include provisions allowed by Section 232.0032 of the Local Government Code, relating to the availability of groundwater as a water source for platted subdivisions in unincorporated areas of the county.

One public hearing was held at 10 a.m. Tuesday during the regular Burnet County Commissioners Court meeting while a second was held at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday. Both took palce at the Burnet County Courthouse.

Wed
12
Dec

Burnet County will issue $2.5 million in tax notes

By Lew K. Cohn

Managing Editor

Burnet Bulletin

Burnet County commissioners voted unanimously Tuesday, Dec. 11, to begin the process of obtaining $2.5 million in 2019 tax anticipation notes to fund a number of projects, including $1.6 million for upgrades to the Burnet County Jail and 9-1-1 dispatching.

Also included is $425,000 that would help the county begin making upfront payments on planning, surveying and engineering for a new Wirtz Dam Road bridge crossing as part of an advanced funding agreement with the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT), which commissioners also approved at their regular meeting.

Wed
15
Aug

Commissioners propose $36.87 million budget

By Lew K. Cohn

Managing Editor

Burnet Bulletin

Burnet County commissioners have proposed a budget of $36.87 million for the upcoming fiscal year.

The county will hold public hearings on the proposed budget at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 28, and at 9:15 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 5. Commissioners will then vote to adopt a tax rate and budget at their regular meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 11.

The new budget is built on a tax rate of 39 cents per $100 valuation, which represents a 0.69-cent decrease from the fiscal year 2018 tax rate of 39.69 cents per $100 valuation. The tax rate is decreasing by 1.74 percent, though individual taxes may vary based upon changes in property valuation as assessed by the Burnet County Appraisal District.

The proposed fiscal year 2019 budget calls for a $1.19 million decrease overall from just under $38.1 million this year, a decrease of about 3.13 percent.

Wed
08
Aug

Court 'ratifies' disaster declaration

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Scorched earth remained in areas where hundreds of acres burned in Hoover's Valley (pictured here) in Burnet County. Officials opted recently to keep a burn ban in place.

 

 

 

UPDATE: On Aug. 14, Burnet County Commissioners rescinded the Disaster Declaration but opted to continue a less restrictive ban on outdoor burning.

By Connie Swinney
Burnet Bulletin

Due to the worsening fire danger, Burnet County Commissioners Aug. 6 approved restricting outdoor burning including activities such as outdoor cooking and burning cactus for livestock feed as well as welding and grinding projects without safeguards.

The commissioners court took action in a 4-0 vote which essentially “ratified” a Declaration of Disaster and order Prohibiting Outdoor Burning (Sec. 418.108) issued July 30 by Burnet County Judge James Oakley.

Oakley's emergency order was set to expire in seven days and will now remain in effect indefinitely, pending action by the court or the judge.

Tue
06
Mar

Burnet County eyes mobile command trailer

By Lew K. Cohn

Managing Editor

The Highlander

Burnet County commissioners are interested in possibly obtaining a used mobile command trailer from Pedernales Electric Cooperative to be kept as an asset for a three-county area.

Commissioners spoke to PEC engineering department employee Matthew Austin about the 48-foot trailer at the Tuesday, Feb. 13, regular court meeting.

Precinct 4 Commissioner Joe Don Dockery, who serves on the Homeland Security Task Force Committee of the Capital Area Council of Governments (CAPCOG) said Burnet County's interest in the trailer would be to obtain an asset for the Western Counties region, which includes Burnet, Blanco and Llano counties, who would share in the cost of the trailer.

Wed
14
Feb

County approves Enterprise Fleet option

By Lew K. Cohn

Managing Editor

The Highlander

Burnet County department heads will have another option when it comes to managing their vehicle fleet and fuel costs.

At their March 6 meeting, county commissioners unanimously approved contracting with Enterprise Fleet Management Inc. and allowing individual elected officials to choose whether they wish to use the company's services when it comes to replacing vehicles or participating in Enterprise Fleet Management's fuel program, which is part of the Wright Express (WEX) network.

“We have held off on capital outlay until Feb. 1 and now is the time to decide if we are going to do the conventional route or go this route, which is a new way of doing things,” Burnet County Judge James Oakley said. “It sounds like we have an opportunity to do it based on each individual elected official's needs.

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