Archives for February 2017

New Boerne Public Art to Be Installed in March

Boerne is adding more public art. After almost 80 artists’ works were submitted, the selection committe picked 10 sculptures and they’ll place those around Boerne over the next year as part of the five-year pilot program that’s underway. You’ll be able to vote for your favorite pieces as the year goes on, and the sculptures with the most votes at the end will earn the Boerne’s Choice award. The city may buy one for its permanent collection too. The Boerne Star reports the pieces will be located along the Hill Country Mile, the SH 46 gateway and along the city’s trail system. The official installation is set for March 25.

Boerne Nonprofit Excels at Helping Caregivers

Morningside Ministries is a Boerne group that’s been giving online support and training to family members and professionals caregivers for the past thirteen years, and the training videos are used in all 50 states. Much of the funding to produce the videos for Morningside Ministries comes from a grant, and the videos are free to watch at mmLearn.org.

Boerne Works on Unique New Housing Development

More housing units could be coming to Boerne. Developer, Greenway Cottage Builders, just received approval on a waiver to build 17 units on just under two acres of land at 530 Oak Park Drive. The city’s ordinances allow a maximum of 10 units on a two-acre lot, and the Boerne Star reports each cottage will be under 1,000 square feet. It’s designed for those who want to get out of an apartment and own their own home with a small yard, and will sell for $200,000-plus each.

Food Safety Course Today in Kerr County

A food safety course required for all food service employees is coming up this afternoon in Kerrville. Those who take the course get a certificate that’s good for two years and is valid anywhere in the state. The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service, Kerr County puts on the food safety workshop starting at 2:30 pm at the Event Center classroom at 3785 Hwy 27, Kerrville. To register for the course, call the Extension office.

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Democratic Women to Hold Monthly Luncheon March 7th

Reservations are due this week if you’re planning on attending the Texas Democratic Women monthly meeting on March 7. The luncheon starts at 11:30 a.m. at the Kroc Center, 201 Holdsworth Drive in Kerrville, and they need to know by Thursday if you’ll be there. The keynote addrress will highlight women of color as political leaders, featuring Veronica Ordaz Collazo who teaches at the University of the Incarnate Word in San Antonio.

Library Board Seeks New Member

The Patrick Heath Public Library in Boerne is looking for someone to serve on its advisory board. The board works with library staff to advise City Council through recommendations about funding, program development, operations, and capital development of the library, and to support the Boerne Public Library Foundation and the Friends of the Boerne Public Library. The four-year term begins June 2017 through June 2021. Applications are available at ci.boerne.tx.us, or at the library.

Kerrville Tivy Takes Applications for Principal

Interviews will start in March for the new Kerrville Tivy principal, and in the meantime the school district is asking for input on what characteristics and qualities should be displayed by the applicants. At a meeting last week, some of the qualities parents and students said they’d like to see qualities included in the search like — collaborative, a communicator, leader, compassionate, decisive, and has high integrity. Interviews will likely start the week of March 20th, and the goal is to have a new principal in place by the first week of June. An online survey is available through Survey Monkey that allows you to provide input.

Rabies Clinics in Fredericksburg Deemed a Success

The City of Fredericksburg has been doing its best to fight the rabies problem facing the Hill Country, and says the annual rabies vaccination clinics were a success. A total of 41 animals were microchipped while over 660 dogs and cats were vaccinated against rabies during the recent clinics.

Comfort ISD Outlines Priorities

Comfort is in the midst of putting together a bond package for schools, and lately that has included ranking as many as four dozen projects on order of importance. Among the priorities so far: adding security enhancements for elementary students and tearing down the Sands Cottage at the junior high. Things like adding sidewalks and replacing lockers have gotten lower rankings in terms of priorty. A new gym would cost over $9 million, and would take a good portion of the bond package. The Comfort ISD facilities committee meets again in March, and will finalize priorities at that point.

Boerne Plans New Affordable Housing Complex

They’re waiting to find out if the tax credits will be approved to move forward with an affordable housing complex in Boerne. The developer has submitted the application for the tax credits through the Dept. of Housing and Community Affairs, which would help build the complex on five acres on the south side of Cascade Caverns Road. The Boerne Star reports the complex would be called Abbington Ranch, and hold 48 units. Renters would have to fall below 60 percent of Boerne’s median income to live there.