‘Density Control’ Is a Priority in New Kendall County Subdivisions

How many houses can go into one area is on the mind of developers in Kendall County. Density control is on the mind of State Representative Kyle Biederman, who issued a statement to the Boerne Star and said the Hill Country’s beauty needs to be protected. The vast majority of Hill Country special water districts consist of at least three homes per acre and that pressures school districts, fire and police departments, water supply and roadways. He urged local leaders to work with other stakeholders to encourage wise development. More ordinances could be in the works to control density in future subdivisions.

Boerne ISD Teachers Find Support From The Community

Boerne Independent School District teachers and staff are getting plenty of support these days. In mid-August, Boerne businesswoman Dainelle Scott launched the program to show support for BISD employees during the pandemic, and as of thise week, the Boerne Star reported 1,223 of the district’s teachers and staff have been adopted, or almost 98 percent. The adopter can send gifts, lunch, gift cards or other signs of appreciation throughout the year. There’s more on the group’s Facebook page.

Flu Shots Are Highly Encouraged

Governor Greg Abbott is urging everyone to get a flu shot. To avoid what some are calling a “Twindemic” – a collision of illnesses with COVID and the flu hitting during the same season – Governor Abbott said Texans need to do their part to stay healthy and move the state toward recovery from the pandemic. While he has eased restrictions on businesses, as part of the state’s ongoing response to COVID-19, he wants everyone to get a flu shot. Those are widely available now in the Hill Country.

Fair Oaks Ranch Approves Its New Budget

The tax rate will likely stay the same in Fair Oaks Ranch. The City Council is lowering its operating budget and proposing no increase in the tax rate for the coming fiscal year. A second reading of the new budget and adoption of it, is expected at a meeting today. The proposed budget would decrease slightly from last year with less property tax revenue expected. The property tax rate would remain unchanged for homeowners.

Ranch Radio Group Has a New Member of the Team

The Ranch Radio Group has a new member of the team. Randy Houston joins 92.3 The Ranch as Program Director and morning host. Houston succeeds Richard Lee, who retired in July. Houston most recently hosting mornings at Marker Broadcasting country “Big 106” KPLM Palm Springs, where he had been since 2003.

Kerrville’s COVID Numbers Increase After a Recount

Kerr County has had more coronavirus cases than initially thought. The state reported Monday that one of its regional agencies undercounted Kerr County’s coronavirus cases by 142 people, and that brings the county’s actual number of infections to nearly 600. The incorrect count was due to a backlog in June when cases were not counted from local doctor’s offices. The undercount included most of Region 8 of the Texas Department of State Health Services. The numbers for Gillespie, Kendall and Bandera counties also went up.

Flu Shots Are Encouraged, Especially Now

Public health experts have warned since the early days of the pandemic that the change in seasons from summer to fall could bring even greater risks when the coronavirus pandemic collides with the flu season. The CDC is encouraging flu shots and continued COVID protocols to avoid extra pressure on hospitals and clinics. Nationally, there has been a decline in the rate of coronavirus infections from the most recent peak, but there are signs of a possible fall resurgence.

A New Team Would Focus On Neighborhood Improvements in Kerrville

Kerrville may create a neighborhood enhancement team that would aim for a better understanding city codes and ordinances. Sometimes the language is difficult to understand and processes are complex. The team would look for opportunities for improvement within a neighborhood when it comes to private property, public property, commercial property and rights of way. The team would also handle minor repair, painting, mowing and tree trimming within neighborhoods, using city staff, equipment, and funds to finish the improvements.

Fredericksburg Hospital Continues Elective Surgeries

Since some coronavirus restrictions have lifted, Hill Country Memorial has started offering more health screenings and elective surgery. Chief medical officer James Partin said they’re watching closely what happens in the county regarding COVID-19, but overall, the number of cases remain very low in Gillespie County. The hospital has been admitting patients for elective surgeries over the past several months and to continue that they have to be able to take care of COVID patients that might arise. The Fredericksburg Standard reported that more procedures are being performed as day surgeries that don’t require overnight stays, so that keeps beds available to care of any COVID-19 surge should it occur.

Tourism Shows Signs Of A Rebound

Tourists are slowly returning to the Hill Country. Both the Fredericksburg and Kerrville Convention and Visitors Bureaus have reported improvement in the number of visitors to the area since pandemic restrictions have started to lift. Overnight stays in hotels, motels and bed and breakfasts dropped between fifty and eighty percent in March and April from 2019, but the numbers have rebounded since then and are almost back to normal. Weddings are expected to provide a big economic boost since the Hill Country is a top spot for destination weddings.