Archives for January 2016

Taxes Due Monday

Don’t forget to pay your 2015 property taxes. The deadline has been extended to Monday, Feb. 1, since Jan. 31 falls on a Sunday this year. Taxpayers in Gillespie County should remember that the Gillespie Central Appraisal District is collecting the taxes this year, and tax payments can be made in person at the GCAD office, located in Room 101 in the basement of the Gillespie County Courthouse, also by mail or online.

Fire at BHS

A small electrical fire sent Bandera High School students to the curb this week, and thankfully no one was hurt. The fire broke out in the athletic department Tuesday afternoon, and the Bandera County Courier reports Athletic Director Jeff Hamilton was in his office when he smelled smoke coming from a laundry room located near a locker room and coaches’ offices and a dryer was on fire. The flames had spread to lighting fixtures and electrical wiring located above the dryer. Hamilton had put out the fire before the fire department got there, and things could have been worse if not for his quick action. There’s about $10,000 in damage waiting for repair.

Watering Hole Reopens

It only took a day to get straightened out. A popular watering hole in Bandera was closed for unpaid taxes, and a day later the taxes had been paid and it was open again. The Longhorn Saloon was seized and closed, but is open again. The Bandera County Courier reports suits against Brian Black and Charlotte Browning, owners of the Bandera Saloon and Bandera River Company, had been reactivated after it was learned that bankruptcy proceedings filed by the couple had been dismissed in federal bankruptcy court. Once that was lifted, the county was able to pursue and collect the taxes.

Congressman Visits Lakehills

District 21 Congressman Lamar Smith is back in Washington, but dropped by the Lakehills Area Library recently to present a United States flag that had flown over the Capitol to Library Director Diana Landis. Other highlights included a talk with constituents, where Smith opposed letting in Syrian refugees. He also talked economy Smith supports a Constitutional amendment for a balanced budget to stimulate economic growth.

Another Rabies Case in Kerr County

Kerr County health officials have confirmed a fourth case of rabies in the new year…

(The newest case was discovered in a skunk that was found on Saturday at a home in Mountain Home. County Administrative Assistant Sarah Merritt says they do not believe there was any human or pet exposure top the infected animal. The county continues to advise pet owners to keep their vaccinations up to date – and don’t pet or feed stray animals. If you need more information or to report a rabies case, call 257-3100.)

Artifact Show This Weekend

It’s a blast from the past coming this weekend. Native American Artifacts, jewelry, Trade Era beads and other artifacts from across Texas will be on display this Saturday at the Hill Country Indian Artifact Show in Fredericksburg. It’s from 8 to 4 Saturday at Pioneer Pavilion, inside Lady Bird Johnson Municipal Park.

Boerne Road Projects Are Abundant

With growth comes road construction, and there’s a major project in Boerne that’s going to take a little longer to finish TxDOT released Zimmerman Construction from the project, so the I-10 frontage road work at State Highway 46 is on hold until the new contractor is in place. That means a delay of one to three months, but planners still expect the project to be done by the summer. Also in Boerne, there are $50 million in city road improvements on the table, scheduled to either start or finish this year. That includes Phase 2 of Herff Road, the $11.2 million Scenic Loop Road at I-10 renovation, and the $11 million expansion of Hwy. 46 from Herff Road to Ammann Road. The Boerne Star also reports TxDOT will also start a $2 million resurfacing project this summer on Hwy. 46 from near the H-E-B to Main Street, from Main Street to the River Road bridge, and then from Main Street to Esser Road.

Boerne Schools Near Capacity

The cup runneth over at the Boerne ISD, and district leaders are trying to figure out the best ways to adapt with future growth in mind. The superintendent addressed trustees with the outlook at a recent meeting, and said Fair Oaks Ranch Elementary is currently at capacity. Boerne-Champion High School, Boerne Middle School South, Cibolo Creek and Kendall Elementary School are all expected to reach capacity within the next five years. And by 2025, the district is projected to have an enrollment total of 12,313 students, which is over 4400 more students than are enrolled this year. A bond package is on the table that would help build new schools.

Rabies Clinic This Weekend

Rabies clinics are coming up in Fredericksburg to give you the change to get pets vaccinated. The City of Fredericksburg will host its first rabies clinic from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 30, at the Consolidated Warehouse, and Pedernales Vet Center will do the vaccinations. The warehouse is on Friendship Lane behind Fredericksburg High School and shots are only $8 per dog or cat. Other shots and microchips will be available too. There’s another rabies clinic from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 6, at the Consolidated Warehouse with Hill Country Veterinary Clinic providing those shots. Rabies is a steady concern across the Hill Country, especially in rural areas, and other clinics are planned for Doss and Willow City.

Ingram Mayor is Out

The turmoil in Ingram continues to spiral out of control. mayor out.mp3

(One week after the police chief and the city manager quit in Ingram, now Mayor James Salter is out. Salter has not returned calls for comment and it’s not known why he resigned. Mayor Pro Tem Brandon Rowan has now moved up. At this point, it’s not even known if the three resignations are linked. However, another city employee in accounting – was fired two weeks ago. And Police Officer Jimmy Furr also quit, but he said he had another job lined up. Salter had been on the Ingram city council since 2007. The position is up for election in May.)