Burnet County Texas news

Mon
09
Apr

Burnet County revenue well 'in the black'

By Lew K. Cohn

Managing Editor

The Highlander

Burnet County commissioners could be excused for believing County Auditor Karen Hardin has a crystal ball which helps her accurately predict the county's fiscal needs.

Hardin told the Commissioners Court at their March 27 meeting that county general fund revenues should come in at about $31,000 more than what was projected for fiscal year 2018 — a difference of a miniscule 0.15 percent.

“It is very difficult to get that close, though we try to do it every year, and we usually end up within 2 to 3 percent of what we have budgeted,” Hardin said.

Some of the additional revenue is coming from increases in septic tank and flood plain permits being issued as well as increased motor vehicle registration collections.

Hardin said due to Senate Bill 1913, she also budgeted an expected reduction of $330,000 in fines and fees and it appears the numbers will be close to that amount.

Fri
23
Mar

New US 281 stop light operational

By Glynis Crawford Smith

Burnet Bulletin

The traffic light at US 281 and Farm to Market Road 1855 north of Marble Falls is now fully operational, controlling stop and go traffic at the intersection.

The intersection is located right next to the Pottery Ranch at 6000 US 281. where employees say they had become accustomed to being just a little on edge, anticipating the next screech of tires.

“We are all just very happy to see this,” said Scott Kilpatrick, owner of the popular stop for locals and tourists. “Traffic moves by really fast on US 281. It has been a dangerous intersection.”

Passersby may have noticed the light, installed in February, as it began flashing this month. That is because the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) wants motorists to become aware of a new light, according to Diann Hodges of TxDOT's Austin District.

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.

Thu
15
Feb

Planning helps prevent active shooter incidents

By Phil Reynolds

Burnet Bulletin

Law enforcement officers from all over Burnet County gave more than 100 people tips on staying alive during an active shooter incident Thursday evening at the Marble Falls High School auditorium.

Burnet County Deputy Sheriff Tracy Weems, who led the hour-long event, said the first big step toward avoiding being a victim is to have a plan.

In a prepared presentation, Weems played the tape of the call to 9-1-1 operators during the mass murder at Columbine High School in Colorado on April 20, 1999. Listening to the tape, Weems said it was obvious no one had planned for such an event – and at that time, they had no reason to. Fewer students might have died if there had been a plan in effect, he hinted.

Since then, it’s become obvious that such events can happen, and while no one wants to be part of one, it’s important to decide ahead of time what to do if it does occur, he said.

Wed
14
Feb

Grand jury clears Austin detective in Burnet County shooting

By Lew K. Cohn

Managing Editor

The Highlander

Austin police detective Jason Jewett was praised Wednesday for his role in stopping a road rage incident last November near Marble Falls.

A Burnet County grand jury on Tuesday determined Jewett, who works in the APD's Organized Crime Division, acted lawfully and properly when he shot and injured the suspect, 45-year-old David L. Meyer of Rockford, Illinois, while attempting to stop Meyer from shooting at a vehicle containing a family of three at about 10 p.m. Nov. 30 in the 1200 block of RM 1431, west of RM 1174 and about eight miles east of Marble Falls.

Meanwhile, the grand jury indicted Meyer Tuesday on a first-degree charge of aggravated assault against a public servant and five second-degree charges of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon for his actions last year.

Tue
13
Feb

Delays in county trash pick up possible

Savanna Gregg/Burnet Bulletin

Smoke rises in the distance late Monday afternoon, Feb. 12, from a fire at the Republic Services transfer station, 2411 Farm to Market Road 963 northeast of Burnet High School. Damage was minimal, but may result in delays in some trash pick up this week.

A contained fire at the Republic Services transportation station at 2411 Farm to Market Road 963 northeast of Burnet High School on Monday, Feb. 12 may delay pick up service around the area.

Deputy chief John Miller of the Burnet Fire Department was on duty when the call came in about 5 p.m.

“They were piling refuse about 25-30 feet high against a wall when they noticed smoke coming from fire in a scoopful,” he said. “They tried their fire extinguisher to no avail and called us.

“It was a deep bedded fire in such a big pile that we kept going back through night to keep water on it. By 10 a.m. this morning it was wrapped up and the bay doors were open.”

Herb Darling, director of Burnet County development and environmental services, told the Burnet County Commissioners Court on Tuesday morning that Republic officials reported the source of the fire had been hot ashes in a truckload of trash, perhaps even a cigarette.

Wed
31
Jan

GOP candidate forum in Burnet Thursday, Feb. 1

Republican candidates in two contested Burnet County March 6 primary races will appear at a 6:30 p.m. political forum Thursday, Feb. 1, at the Burnet Community Center, 401 E. Jackson.

The event is sponsored by the Burnet Chamber of Commerce, the Burnet Bulletin and the Burnet County Republican Club, whose member will be serving cookies to guests, beginning at 6 p.m.

There are three candidates in the race for Precinct 2 Commissioner, currently held by Russell Graeter, who did not seek re-election. Candidates include, in alphabetical order by last name, Damon Beierle, Ryan Rowney and Tom Stephens.

Also contested is the race for Precinct 3 Justice of the Peace, currently held by Peggy Shell Simon, who also did not seek re-election. Candidates in this race include Carey Hendrick, Jane Marie Hurst and Jeff Sellers.

Wed
31
Jan

County submits 10 projects to CAMPO

Wirtz Dam Road, improvements, along with US 281, Texas 29, Texas 71 and RM 1431 are among those submitted.

 

 

 

 

 

By Lew K. Cohn

Managing Editor

Burnet Bulletin

Burnet County has submitted their order and now they must sit back and see if local transportation needs are given a slice of the federal funding pie.

Thu
18
Jan

Arrest made, charges filed in Nov. 30 officer-involved shooting near Smithwick

The Burnet County Sheriff's Office (BCSO) on Thursday, Jan. 18, reported that the man accused in the road-rage incident near Smithwick on Nov. 30 is in the county jail under five counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.

The man is David L. Meyer, 45, of Rockford, Ill. He was shot by an off-duty Austin Police Department officer who observed a family under attack in the 1200 block of Ranch to Market Road of 1431.

“Mr. Meyer had been recovering from his injuries in an Austin-area rehabilitation facility,” said the BCSO press release. “He was transported to the Travis County Jail initially, and then was transferred to the Burnet County Jail on Jan. 17. His bond is set at $100,000 for each count. This matter is being referred to the 33rd/424th District Attorney's Office for prosecution.”

Wed
17
Jan

Lake Victor hosts first 2018 candidate forum

Glynis Crawford Smith/Burnet Bulletin

Coe Pratt of Crawford Property Development takes the microphone at Thursday's candidate forum in Lake Victor to challenge candidates for Precinct 2 Burnet County Commissioner to address urban sprawl before it becomes the kind of problem that has overtaken towns like Hutto.

 

 

 

 

By Glynis Crawford Smith

Burnet Bulletin

Constituents began to refine their views of candidates for Burnet County Precinct 2 Commissioner during a candidate forum held Thursday, Jan. 11, at the Lake Victor Community Center.

Those candidates are Damon Beierle, whose event management enterprises include Double Eagle Entertainment in Burnet; Ryan Rowney, vice president of water operations at the Lower Colorado River Authority, and Tom Stephens, who served as both a volunteer and a paid firefighter/paramedic here, before taking a position with a local chemical company.

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