Archives for November 2015

Kerr County Gets New Emergency Plan

The new emergency management position in Kerr County will be managed by the Kerr County Sheriff’s Office, the the Daily Times says will work closely with current Kerrville city emergency management coordinator Tony Lenard to oversee incidents outside of Kerrville city limits. The County will control the budget. The name of the person taking over as the new emergency management coordinator hasn’t been released yet, but it’s a been vacant for years after the retirement of Billy Joe Guthrie. The new coordinator will be sworn in soon. Kerr County has also finalized its new emergency management plan.

Boerne Manages Drought

Boerne has a new drought management plan. City leaders approved the plan at a recent meeting with the goal to simplify things and encourage best practices when it comes to water conservation and drought management. The Boerne Star reports the new rules allow watering only between 7 p.m. and 11 a.m. in all stages. Stage I restricts watering to one weekday and one weekend day. Stage II reduces watering days from two to one per week, and Stage III reduces watering to once every other week. Stage IV eliminates landscape watering except by handheld means or drip irrigation, and initiates financial penalties for higher use.

Hill Country Woman Faces Murder Charges

A Fredericksburg woman is facing murder charges in her husband’s death. 55-year old Margaret Elfstrom’s husband, 58-year-old Antone Alexander Elfstrom, died of gunshot wounds and she’s been charged with his murder. The shooting happened at Sunset Ridge Road after a fight. The Gillespie County Sheriff’s Office says Elfstrom is out on a $250,000 bond and is awaiting a court date. Elfstrom’s mother owned the property.

Subdivision Approved

The Boot Ranch Subdivision just north of Fredericksburg is making progress. Gillespie County Commissioners recently approved the application for phase 1 that paves the way for 7 lots at the subdivision. A surveyor still needs to sign off on the paperwork.

EMS employees to be Housed at Fire Station

While Kendall County’s EMS facility is renovated, those employees will work out of the Boerne fire station. The Boerne Star says starting in January, one or two county EMS crews will be housed at the Boerne facility, and the city will also provide office space at the home next door for the EMS coordinator and his assistant. The EMS facility will be finished in about 8 months, but the EMS employees can work out of the fire station for a year if they need to, under a new agreement.

Kerrville Man Pleads Guilty to Indecency with a Child

A 41-year-old Kerrville man was sentenced Tuesday to 10 years deferred adjudication probation by Judge N. Keith Williams after pleading guilty to indecency with a child. With the sentence, Andy Aleman won’t have a criminal conviction on his record if he successfully completes the probation. The Daily Times reports he had no prior record.

Fair Oaks Ranch Neighborhood Makes Dropping off Kids More Difficult

The Chartwell Homeowners Association worked with the Fair Oaks Ranch City Council to keep parents from dropping off their students inside the subdivision. It’s a 30-home neighborhood that falls within the school zone for Fair Oaks Ranch Elementary, and the Boerne Star reports residents have been complaining that traffic from parents dropping off and picking up students clogs streets and obstructs visibility for children walking to and from school. New signs are going up that will prohibit drivers from stopping, standing or parking on either side of the street in the 28000 and 29000 blocks of Chartwell from 7 to 9 a.m. and from 2 to 4:30 p.m.

School Board Member Resigns

Boerne businessman Harry Lees has submitted his resignation from the Boerne school board because he and his wife are moving out of state to be closer to family. The Boerne Star reports the board of trustees will officially receive and address the resignation at its Dec. 7 regular meeting. Then they may appoint a replacement or wait for the May 7, 2016 election to fill the position.

Kimble County Adds Service

Imagine if 911 called you to warn of an emergency. An increasing number of Hill Country agencies are adding this type of “reverse 911” system and encouraging you to register your phone number. In the event of an emergency you’d get a call with important infomation. Kimble County is one of the most recent to add the service, and mobile numbers can be reistered through a link on the county website.

Dickens On Main Has Slight Tweaks

With a festive weekend coming up, driving the regular routes may bet a little more difficult. In Boerne, they’ll have Dickens on Main happening Friday and that means Main St. will be closed from 4:30pm-11:30pm between Highway 46 and Blanco Road each evening. The city says you’ll want to find an alternate route to avoid delays. The event runs from 1pm to 11pm each day. There are a few changes to the way the Dickens on Main event will run this year….like Santa in cowboy gear. He’ll be at the Little Nature Store for photos. An ice sculpture will be part of shows Friday and Saturday night in South Pole Plaza, which is near the Flower Shop.