Archives for April 2016

Gravel Pit Docs Are Available Online

If you’ve got concerns over the gravel pit issue on Texas 27 in Kerrville, you can see what the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality says about it. Their investigation of the Bedrock Quarry in Center Point is available online. The TCEQ urgers the owners to make sure logs are maintained, stick to Texas Parks and Wildlife Beds and Banks regulations, and find missing documents on stormwater protection. Mostly clerical issues, according to the Daily Times.

Ribbon Cutting Tuesday for New Fredericksburg Business

There’s a ribbon cutting and open house coming up next week for a new business in Fredericksburg at 1603 East Main Street. They’ll have a reception and open house Tuesday after the ribbon cutting at 4pm. at the new medical practice. Dr. O’Leary is board certified in both Family Medicine and Integrative and Holistic Medicine, and the Fredericksburg Chamber says she combines the two in a holistic approach to health. Her practice scope includes women’s and men’s health, weight loss, and nutritional counseling.

Chase Covers Kendall and Bandera Counties

A man is facing charges after a high speed chase last Saturday. Two officers on Highway 46 noticed a dark colored pickup speeding from Kendall County toward Bandera County. Officers tried to pull the vehicle over because of the speed and erratic driving, but the pickup didn’t stop. Bandera County Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy Matt King said the pickup truck passed vehicles while forcing others off the roadway at about 80 miles per hour. The chase went to HIghway 16 in Pipe Creek, and eventually a DPS helicopter joined the chase. Even road spikes failed to stop him. The driver eventually lost control of the pickup and crashed into a bar ditch. A standoff lasted two hours and he threatened to commit suicide with the gun he had in his truck, but he eventually surrendered and was taken to a hospital in San Antonio for evaluation. The Bandera County Courier reports charges are pending once he’s released.

Register Now for Boerne Bulk Trash Day

If you are a residential trash customer in Boerne, you’re eligible for the bulky item collection that starts Monday, May 16. To have your items picked up, you have to register with the Utility Customer Service Office by calling 249-9511. Friday, May 13, is the deadline to call and get your address on the list. Items that will be picked up include old furniture, hot water heaters or other bulky household items. Appliances including air conditioners, refrigerators and freezers will only be picked up if accompanied by a certificate from a licensed technician indicating that the Freon has been removed. No brush, trees, or landscape materials, and nothing like tires, batteries or paint cans.

Bandera Regional Partnership Gains Traction

The goal of the new Bandera Regional Partnership is to increase economic opportunities – to bring in new businesses and expand existing ones. There’s still some discussion about how to lead it, and blend it in with the economic development fabric that already exists in Bandera County. And to fund it, the partnership will likely ask the city and county for help, according to the Bandera County Courier. Stakeholder groups would include governmental bodies, volunteer organizations, businesses, trade organizations and homeowners associations. They’re developing a budget now for the regional partnership, and next month they’ll work on a regional five-year business plan and then file for incorporation and nonprofit status. A kickoff event could happen this fall, and a new CEO could be named by next spring.

Bandera Has a New City Administrator

After four months without one, Bandera has its new city administrator. After narrowing the list to four finalists, Mike Garr was appointed as new administrator. He most recently worked at the library, and the hire has been criticized by some who don’t think Garr has the necessary experience for the job. Mayor John Hegemier also serves as director of the Bandera County Public Library. The Bandera County Courier says supporters of Garr say he knows Bandera well and has a masters in public administration.

Sidewalk Work to Start on War Memorial Area

Gillespie County Commissioners okayed sidewalk additions to the Veteran’s War Memorial Monument to make it wheelchair accessible. The monument sits in front of the county courthouse and the plan is to put in a separate wheelchair access to the side that will join the existing sidewalk between the courthouse and the library. The Fredericksburg Standard reports the cost of the project is about $1,900. The ceremony for the monument will take place on Memorial Day, Monday, May 30.

Cars Go Up on Auction Block

Gillespie County Commissioners said yes to selling some vehicles online. The surplus Gillespie County Sheriff’s Office vehicles will go up soon on www.govdeals.com. It’s one Chevrolet Tahoe, two Ford Expeditions and four Ford Crown Victorias.

Kerrville Protects Water Resources

Kerrville City Council members said yes to going for a $112,300 contract with an engineering company to design and build a third Aquifer Recovery and Storage well and site. They’ll also make improvements to store city drinking water as a capital improvement project. The Daily Times reports the location will probably be near the reuse pond so that it can be used for future direct potable reuse.

Jr. Police Academy Deadline is Friday

The Kerrville Police Department will be hosting the 7th Annual Junior Citizen Police Academy for kids 11-14 years this summer at the Doyle School Community Center (110 West Barnett St) The junior academy runs from June 6 through June 17th in the mornings, and covers things including Criminal Law, Mock Traffic Stops, Evidence Collection, Fingerprinting, Building Searches, and Special Operations. It’s a free academy for kids within Kerr County entering the 6th, 7th or 8th grade in September 2016. Packets are available at the Kerrville police department and need to be turned in by April 29th.