Archives for February 2019

Boerne Leaders Vote on WCID No. 3

The Boerne City Council this week opted to table any action related to the formation of Water Control Improvement District No. 3. Mayor Mike Schultz provided a statement on behalf of the City Council that said the petitions filed by the developer are legally insufficient and therefore rejected. The statement also said the action should not be considered in any way as granting consent to the formation of the district, but the City and Developer can continue to negotiate a mutually satisfactory development agreement and the city council could consider the issue again. The full statement is on the City of Boerne website.

www.ci.boerne.tx.us/

Don’t Put This in the Recycle Bin

The city of Kerrville is sending the reminder that plastic bags are not supposed to go into recycling carts. The Public Works crews have not served some of the customers’ bins because of the plastic bags. Hard plastic containers like water bottles and milk jugs are fine, but some customers have been putting those inside plastic bags and that doesn’t work. Grocery bags and bubble wrap are among the things that can’t be recycled curbside. For info on what’s recyclable, go to www.kerrvilletx.gov.

Kerrville City Leaders Discuss Favoritism With Code Enforcement

The Kerrville City council this week addressed code enforcement after Councilman Vincent Voelkel said there were several instances when the council showed favoritism when making decisions and he wanted to eliminate that, according to the Daily Times. The Kerrville Area Chamber of Commerce sign doesn’t meet ordinance requirements and City Manager Mark McDaniel said the city admitted that was an error, and that other instances of potential favoritism have all been addressed. They’ll continue to evaulate code enforcement and ordinances.

Kerrville Committee Reviews Charter

The Kerrville Charter Review Commission has been looking over the rules that govern the city as part of the regular review process. Kerrville is governed by the city’s own charter document rather than by general law. The city says on Facebook that a city can adopt or modify its organizing charter by decision of its administration, and it’s in the middle of a regular 5-year review now. The city’s Charter Review Committee, is chaired by City Attorney Mike Hayes, and includes Brenda Craig, Stephen Fine, John Harrison, Peggy McKay, Greg Richards, Michael Sigerman and Michelle Yanez. Their work will go before the city council later this year.

Boerne Library Plans Some Renovations

The Patrick Heath Public Library is accepting proposals for construction and renovation to the young adult space at the library. The city says bids have to be marked with a certain label which they list on their website, and bids should be returned to the library by March 20th. Bid documents can be found online at www.boerne-tx.gov, or with the Library Director. The City says it’s looking for the lowest responsible bid.

Kerrville Residents to Get National Community Survey

If you’re in Kerrville, watch for a survey in your mailbox soon. The city wants your opinion on local government services, management, and policies. The results will help the city plan for the future, and will help prioritize many of the initiatives outlined in the 2050 Comprehensive Plan. It’s a National Community Survey and the city says it’s conducted in hundreds of communities in nearly every U.S. state to help cities put best practices into place.

Kerrville Considers Water Improvement Project

Improving water quality is a goal in Kerrville, and city leaders have been considering a new control option at the city’s water treatment plant that would help filters produce cleaner water. The project would cost about $4 million which the Daily Times reports would be funded initially with a low interest loan from the Texas Water Development Board. Once the contract is approved, construction would start and that would take about a year.

Subdivision Temporarily Stops Construction

Kerr County is putting the brakes on plans for a new subdivision because of issues with a road that was built before it was approved. The developer of the new Misón En Las Colinas subdivision was told to stop construction after Charlie Hastings, the Kerr County engineer, discovered that a road had been built there. The Daily Times reported the developer said the road was built to help vehicles reach the property while crews were cleaning it out. Kerr County Commissioners approved a concept plan for the development providing that the proper permits are in place. Eventually the new neighborhood will be located off of Upper Turtle Creek and include eight lots.

State Lawmakers Consider Teacher Raises

Hill Country teachers could be getting raises soon. The Texas Senate has proposed $3.7 billion for mandated teacher raises which would amount to $5,000 pay raises to all full-time classroom teachers. The Texas House has a budget proposal that includes $7 billion more for public education. The Senate approved the pay raise for teachers by a unanimous vote Monday in committee to advance the bill.

The Kilted Man Performs at the Library This Week

The Butt Holdsworth Memorial Library is hosting a unique show this week…

(Matthew Gurnsey, otherwise known as The Kilted Man, will perform at the library on Thursday beginning at 6pm. The performance will be held in the first floor library meeting room located at 505 Water Street in Kerrville. Gurnsesy delights audiences with his rousing performances of traditional Irish and Celtic music, sweeping his audience into tales of wayward voyages, unrequited love, and the colorful lives of the every-man beloved of many Irish tales. His unique talents with traditional Celtic instruments such as the concertina, bodhran, bones and mandolin add an air of authenticity to each piece, and his rich bass voice provides the foundation for the hauntingly beautiful melodies. Th performance is expected to last about an hour. Registration is not required.)