Archives for June 2016

Bandera Aims to Draw New Businsesses with Tax Breaks

Bandera County commissioners are working to draw more businesses with a new tax abatement program. The tax incentive package is intended to attract new businesses and help existing businesses that want to expand, with the goal of bringing new jobs and boosting the economy. There’s no flat tax incentive, but instead the program authorizes commissioners to provide companies on a case-by-case basis with tax breaks. Companies will have to show the economic benefit of the tax break exceeds the amount of tax revenues lost to the county.

Riverfest is Successful in Bandera

Organizers are calling last weeked’s Riverfest in Bandera a success for vendors. The festival is held each year to raise money for the Bandera Business Association, and despite the rain, the Bandera Idol competition and barbecue cookoff went off without a hitch. There are reports it may have even been a record setter in terms of the amount of month that rolled in.

Racing Season Kicks off at Gillespie Downs

Races are on this weekend at Gillespie Downs. Quarter horses and thoroughbreds will race Saturday and Sunday to kick off the new season at the Gillespie County Fair Grounds. They’ll also have the Hill Country Classic and the GCFA Maiden Challenge Trials on Saturday and the Texas Quarter Horse Association Futurity Trials on Sunday. Then the season continues with the Night In Old Fredericksburg Race Meet on July 16-17, the Gillespie County Race Meet on Aug. 13-14 and the Gillespie County Fair Race Meet on Aug. 27-28.

Fredericksburg Makes Progress on Noise Ordinance

The noise ordinace in Fredericksburg has been causing quite a stir, with some worried about outdoor concerts being banned all together. The city has said that won’t happen, but they do want to set levels and standards that will keep both musicians and neighbors happy, and solve other noise related issues too. The proposed sound ordinance draft is posted on the city’s website now at, and they’ll discuss it at the Fredericksburg City Council meeting on July 18th. The ordinance will be up for a vote after the second reading, which could be August 1st. The ordinance imposes a 65 decibel limit at 10 p.m. near residential neighborhoods.

Heated Opinions Exist Over Boerne City Hall Project

Many turned out last night to hear the latest on a controversial City Hall project in Boerne. The ad hoc committee in charge of gathering information presented info to the public last night on the proposed new Boerne City Hall and gave input to City Council members. It would be a three-story building projected to cost between $15 million and $21 million.

Charges Coming After Turner Hall Blaze

Police and fire marshals have been investigating the blaze that took down a Fredericksburg landmark June 19th, and it looks like criminal charges will be the result. Turner Hall is a total loss, and had been a Fredericksburg landmark since 1871. It was originally a gymnastics school and nine-pin bowling alley, and hosted its share of weddings and receptions over the years. Fredericksburg police think a thief entered the buildig and intentionally set the fire, and although they do have a person of interest in the case there has been no arrest. They’re working to see if others might have been involved.

Boerne ISD Works on Improvements

Many improvements are coming to the Boerne ISD related to a voter-approved bond package. At a recent school board meeting the board approved a construction manager, along with the site layout and plans for a new elementary school on Dietz-Elkhorn. And the board approved numbers for the renovation of Fabra Elementary. They’ll start taking bids on the school on Dietz-Elkhorn some time in September, and the Boerne Star reports it will use the footprint of Fabra Elementary with an additional 50 parking spaces.

Intersection Upgrade Planned

Kerr County Commissioners have granted a request from the Hunt Independent School District to do some work on an intersection near a school.

(The work will be done near FM 1340 and School Lane, which is near Hunt School. County Engineer Charlie Hastings has expressed concerns about high traffic volume at the intersection in the past. According to the Daily Times, a property owner at the corner has agreed to provide right-of-way to edxpand the intersection by 10 feet. The landowner would get a new driveway and fence in excahnge for the turnover. The cost of the project is expected to be about 5-thousand dollars. The project has been approved on the contingency that the driveway construction is within the public right-of-way.)

New Mural is In The Works in Bandera

In Bandera, artist Bill Stevens is working on his second Cowboy Capital mural project. When it’s finished, the Bandera County Courier says the new mural will show longhorns crossing the river, and they’ll put it up on the south side of the Bandera Firehouse on Main Street. The new mural is being funded by the City of Bandera Economic Development Corporation.

Kerrville’s 4th of July Celebration will Bring Detours

Robert Earl Keen’s Fourth on the River event is coming up Monday July 4th at Louise Hays Park in Kerrville, and that means food, music, fireworks, and road closures. They’ll close the park to traffic all day on the 4th, and the city of Kerrville has a detour plan on its website. Thompson Drive / Spur 98 will be closed from 6:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. on July 4th to allow for pedestrian traffic. Expect delays while attempting to exit the Sidney Baker South / Mall Parking Lot / H-E-B and Office Max areas after the fireworks. They’ll have detour signs up, along with officers directing traffic.