Archives for March 2017

Recovery Coalition to Come Up With Strategic Plan

Kerrville’s Recovery Coalition is coming up with a new strategic plan. The group estimates about ten percent of the Kerrville population is recovering from drug or alcohol abuse, and the goal of the coalition is to help them transition back to life after treatment. The Daily Times reports the coaltion had intended to try to change a city ordinance governing group homes, but they’ll come up with their own separate strategic plan instead. The next meeting for the coalition is planned for April 24th at City Hall.

Fire Departments Get a Financial Boost

Some local fire departments are getting a financial boost to buy more equipment. Gillespie County Commissioners approved funding this week for new breathing air pack units for Harper, Stonewall, Doss and Tierra Linda Volunteer Fire Departments. The total buy can’t go over $125,000. Each breathing pack unit is about $3100, according to commissioners. The new tanks will allow for more oxygen storage.

Kerrville Firefighter Retires

A veteran firefighter in Kerrville is retiring. David Hernandez started as a firefighter in Odessa, and joined the Kerrville fire department in 1993. Hernandez stepped down yesterday, and will spend part of his retirement caring for his mother, who is in a Kerrville nursing home.

Bandera Church Bell is Being Restored

A century-old church bell is in need of repair. It’s been sitting at the United Methodist Church in Bandera for a hundred years, and has developed a cracked spoke in the rope wheel. The Bandera County Courier says it’s in need of general cleaning and restoration too. Patriot Blasting and Powder Coating, G & D Steel and Tom Lister are working to remove and repair the bell, and it’s expected to be back in the tower in time to ring out the church’s 150th Anniversary celebration the weekend of April 28 to 30.

New Bandera Skate Park Faces Lawsuit

Bandera’s new skate park has been in the works for years, and now there’s another delay. A lawsuit has been filed, aiming to block construction, and claims local officials abused their authority and violated city procedures to relocate it from its originally planned site in City Park. The San Antonio Express News reports the city voluntarily agreed to a 14-day work stoppage so there’s no court order. But there’s a hearing coming up next week to see if the lawsuit will progress. That’s set for April 6 in Kerrville. The suit also makes the claim that the new Silver Spur Skate Park won’t be ADA compliant.

RV Rollover Leaves Two Injured

An accident on I-10 looked worse than it was. It happened last Sunday between Boerne and Comfort after a tire blowout. Kendall County Sheriff’s Sergeant Neil Quick told the Boerne Star that an RV pulling a vehicle traveling westbound veered off the road after the tire blowout, and the rolled on its side and down the embankment before coming to a rest upside down. Just minor injuries though, but the driver and passenger. They were treated and released at the hospital.

Plane Crash Investigation Continues

A Stonewall plane crash claims the life of one person. 75-year old James Ethridge was piloting the small plane and landed on the runway at Burg Lake Aero airport in Stonewall, and the Tx Dept. of Public Safety says for an unknown reason Etheridge couldn’t stop and went through the end of the runway, crashed into a fence, and sank into a pond. Etheridge was pronounced dead at the scene last Saturday.

Kerr County Road’s Speed Limit May Change

If the speed limit is to change on a Kerr County road, you’ll have the opportunity to provide input first. The speed limit is automatically set to 60 mph on Byas Spring Road because there are not posted signs, but there are worries about hills and blind spots and there’s a push to lower the speed limit to 45 mph. Kerr County Commissioners this week set a May public hearing to talk about it.

City Manager is Officially Approved

The City of Kerrville has a new city manager.

(Yesterday, Mark McDaniel accepted the terms of a contract offered by the City of Kerrville to be the city’s next manager at City Hall. The city council unanimously approved the deal and McDaniel will begin his new duties immediately. According to a news release from the city, McDaniel has been serving as the Assistant City Manager for the City of Dallas since 2014 where he is responsible for overseeing a portfolio of departments comprised of more than 26-hundred employees and a combined annual operation budget of $753 million. A reception welcoming McDaniel to the City of Kerrville will be held Friday, April 7, 2017 from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. at the Cailloux Theater, 910 Main St.)

Boerne Plans Smoke Testing

Boerne Utilities work crews are planning some tests next week that may cause you to see smoke. The city says they’ll be conducting a smoke test survey April 3, weather permitting. It’s an effective way for crews to locate leaks, breaks and defects in the city’s sewer system, but you may see harmless smoke coming from the vent stacks on houses or holes in the ground. Crews will be testing the lines in the neighborhoods generally bounded by Esser Road to the east, Rosewood Avenue to the south, Plant Street to the west and portions of several neighborhoods north of Blanco Road. There’s more information on the city website.