David Vaughn


Burnet celebrates BYSBA opening day

Wayne Craig/Clear Memories


Burnet City Manager, David Vaughn (far left), and 2018 BHS graduate, Jayci Craig (far right) were selected by the BYSBA board to throw out the first pitches at Saturday’s opening day ceremonies. Catchers, Carson Ringstaff, and McKenzie Evans, members of this years league, each said they enjoyed the honor of pulling in the first pitch.


Vaughn briefs council on Badger Building

By Savanna Gregg

Burnet Bulletin

Recently-begun construction on the Badger Building, located on the corner of Jackson and Pierce Streets on the Burnet Courthouse Square, will be funded through a $2 million loan paid off by sales tax revenue collected by the Economic Development Corporation, City Council members learned last week.

Burnet City Manager David Vaughn briefed City Council on this payment plan at their regular meeting on Tuesday, April 24, stressing that no city property taxes would be needed to pay off the loan.

Vaughn stated STF, a company out of Liberty Hill, will be in charge of the repairs on the building. The area around the Badger building was cordoned off by the company on Tuesday, April 24, as crews began work on the restoration.


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 Spotlight: Solid Waste and Recycling Services



The City Council recently awarded a five year franchise to a new provider, Al Clawson Disposal Inc. (Clawson), for garbage and recycling services.  As a result, customers need to be aware of several important changes that will occur during the transition from the current provider.

The week of Oct. 17 through Oct. 21, Clawson will begin delivering new garbage and recycling carts to all residential customers throughout the City.  It is particularly important to note that the color of the carts will now be green for recycling and blue for garbage.  The last week of service for the current provider will be the week of Oct. 25 through Oct. 28, at which time they will remove their carts immediately following their final pick-up. Clawson will begin their garbage pick-ups the week of Oct. 31 through Nov. 4 and recycling collection the week of Nov. 7 through Nov. 11.


City Spotlight: What’s in a Name?

By David Vaughn Burnet City Manager


Do you ever wonder how a specific place or street got it’s name?  Places such as Hoover's Valley, Mahomet, Oatmeal and Lake Victor, or streets such as Mormon Mill Road, Johnson Street and Vandeveer Street.  Most of these names originate from some person, family, or geography that have long been forgotten by most, but never-the-less the name will go on for centuries.

While I have lived in this area for over 30 years, I continue to learn facts on a regular basis about what some of our predecessors accomplished in their lives that are truly amazing.  The “Greatest Generation”, which includes people such as Tex Robertson, Jim Luther, and John Hoover, have accomplished things that almost seem impossible for one person to have done in a lifetime.


City hosts public hearing on new police station


These graphics show both of the potential sites city officials are eyeing for the new police station; one at Hill Street and TX 29, and the other just north of the fire station on US 281. 



The City of Burnet will host a public hearing next week to collect input on the construction of a new Burnet Police Station.

The public hearing will take place at the regular city council meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 27 at 6 p.m., and residents are encourage to come share opinions and concerns.

“We've been looking at getting a new police station for two years now,” said Burnet City Manager David Vaughn. “There are pros and cons of every place we have looked at, but it really has come down to two choices.”

Vaughn said the two spots that are ideal for construction of the new station is the old football field at the intersection of Hill Street and TX 29, and the area just north of the Burnet Fire Station on US 281.

“Before the architect can work on the design, the council needs to decide on the location,” Vaughn said.

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