Archives for January 2017

Bandera Livestock Association Gathers Opinions on the Show

Members of the Bandera County Junior Livestock Show Association will meet next week, and others who aren’t members are also invited to join and provide input. The meeting will be Tuesday, Feb. 7 at 7:30 pm at the Showbarn in Mansfield Park. The nominate and elect board members and officers, and give you the chance to voice opinions on the 2017 Stock Show. The associations says all statements must be submitted in writing and will be reviewed by the board at their next regular meeting. If you can’t make the meeting, you can also send written comments to the association in advance.

Sculpture Dedication is Today in Kerrville

Kerrville Main Street is hosting a dedication ceremony today for a new public art project. They’ll have the dedication & unveiling ceremony of the Guadalupe Bass Public Art Project, “Lupe” at 4 p.m. near the Louise Hays Park Fountain Plaza. The Guadalupe Bass is the official state fish of Texas and is native to Kerrville and the Guadalupe River, and the city says the sculpture celebrates the fact that it only in the Hill Country streams of Texas. Artists were invited to submit proposals for a permanent sculpture that expresses a cultural, geographical, or historical significance to Kerrville.

Kendall County Burn Ban is On

The burn ban in Kendall County isn’t going away just yet. The drought index has Boerne ranked on the low end, but counties to the west are higher and out of caution, the Kendall County Fire Marshal is recommending that the burn ban continue. Kendall County Commissioners agreed, since brush and vegetation and fallen limbs are posing a fire risk. No outdoor burning in Kendall County, and burning is never allowed in the Boerne City limits.

Drug Money Helps Pay for Patrol Car Improvements

Drug seizure funds will help bring new upgrades to the vehicles to the Ingram Police Department. You may have noticed the patrol vehicles got new striping and designs, and a fresh new look and it was at no cost to taxpayers. Drug seizure funds foot the bill, and Kerr Screen Graphics put on the new decals and striping. Officers wanted to incorporate the red and black school colors, along with a thin blue line in dedication to the law enforcement profession, according to the Daily Times.

Kerrville is Taking Applications for City Council Seat

The Kerrville City Council is now accepting applications for the vacant seat on the board.

(On Monday, the city council accepted Place Four councilman Gene Allen’s resignation unanimously. According to a city news release, in order to fill the vacant seat, the City Council will now accept applications from interested residents. Approximately one year of the term remains for the vacant seat. The next election for Place Four will be held in May of next year. If you’re interested, you should fill out an application online at kerrvilletx.gov or at City Hall. Applications are due no later that 5:00 p.m. Wednesday, February 8th. You can also find the elgibility requirements on the city’s website. There will be an interview process, with the appointment scheduled to be made by the city council on February 14th.)

Boerne Superintendent to Retire

A leadership transition team will help bring on someone new, now that Boerne ISD Superintendent David Stelmazewski has announced his retirement. Stelmazewski has led two successful bond initiatives during five and a half years as superintendent, which have provided funding for a new and expanded Fabra Elementary School, and led to renovations and expansions at the eight other schools. There are also three new schools that will be built. Stelmazewski will continue until the end of this school year, and a new superintendent will be named to start in the fall. Public input will be part of the superintendent search.

New Boerne Hotel Makes Progress

More now on plans for an upscale hotel in Boerne. It’ll be affiliated with Hilton, and will be the work of Boerne-based hotel developer/operator Phoenix Hospitality Group. They’re planning for about 130 contemporary rooms and suites, outdoor event spaces and a conference center, pool, restaurant and bar, and the Boerne Star reports the designs will incorporate Texas and the Hill Country with native materials. The hotel will go up on 20 acres of land bordered by IH-10 and Main Street, southeast of downtown. Some of the side effects will be an increase in tourists and conferences and therefore tax revenue, and the project is expected to create jobs during construction and when it’s operational.

Medina Firefighters Get New Equipment

The Medina Volunteer Fire Department is getting some new gear that will help volunteers respond to emergencies, and provide better medical care. They’re buying the equipment with the help of a $25,000 community development grant from the Lower Colorado River Authority and Bandera Electric Cooperative. The Bandera County Courier says sometimes the hydrants are available in less than one square mile of the department’s coverage zone, making the water the vehicle can transport to the scene of a fire essential. Wildfire suppression equipment is also part of the upgrade.

LCRA Grant Deadline is Tuesday

The Lower Colorado River Authority has a grant program that awards money to local groups that serve the Hill Country, and the deadline to apply is coming up tomorrow. The LCRA’s Community Development Partnership Program awards grants to cities, counties, volunteer fire departments, regional development councils and other nonprofits in the service area. Applications for the next round of grants are due January 31st and you can see more available at lcra.org/cdpp.

Boerne Offers Public Forums to Talk Rezoning

Boerne students may be going to different schools under a new rezoning plan. School district leaders have to evaluate attendance zones every five years or so, and now is the time with three new schools in the works now. The goal is to balance the district’s student population and relieve campus overcrowding, and the Boerne Star reports they’ll continue to take feadback into consideration and tweak as they go. The new Van Raub Elementary is on track to open in August 2018. Herff Elementary is planned for August 2019, and Voss Middle School will open that same month. The neighborhoods included for the new schools are listed on the Boerne ISD website. School leaders say they’re aware of the benefits of keeping classes together as they move through elementary, middle and high school. There are two public forums coming up to voice opinions on the attendance zones. The first meeting is scheduled for Monday, Feb. 6, at 6:30 p.m. at Fair Oaks Ranch Elementary and the second is scheduled for Wednesday, Feb. 8, also at 6:30 p.m., at Cibolo Creek Elementary.