Archives for May 2019

More Chances Coming to Give Input on Relief Route

By the year 2030, more than 37,000 cars and trucks will use Main Street in Fredericksburg daily. Three major highways (US 87, US 290 and SH 16) funnel traffic onto Main Street (Highway 290) and the goal of the Fredericksburg Relief Route Study is to determine if there is a viable route that would allow drivers the option to avoid downtown Fredericksburg. More than 1100 people have attended public workshops to share input, and more opportunities to provide feedback and make suggestions on route options will happen during the summer of 2019.

Retail Grows in Fredericksburg

Existing retailers on Main Street in Fredericksburg are planning expansions. The Convention and Visitors Bureau says this expansion of merchandise was at least in part guided by the retail gap analysis data from The Retail Coach study showing what was missing. The Convention and Visitor’s Bureau says Things in a Room is expanding now into leased space next to the existing store. The new space will focus on home decor. Farm Haus is expanding their retail footprint plus adding a food and beverage area. And the owner of Haberdashery fashion boutique on E. Main, has launched Blackchalk Home & Laundry on S. Lincoln St. in the Warehouse District. Both residents and visitors continue to support the market.

Bandera Electric Cooperative Adds New Transmission Line

The Bandera Electric Cooperative says its new transmission line from Leakey to Utopia took almost three years to plan, design and build. The $18 million new transmission line is part of a larger initiative to upgrade BEC substations in Leakey, Utopia and Tarpley and triple their capacity over the next 14 months, and the Bandera Bulletin reported it is the largest construction project in BEC history. The new poles are up in western Bandera County and southeastern Real County. The Bandera Electric Cooperative serves more than 30,000 members.

Celebrity Joins Protest Against Bandera’s Wild Hog Event

Actor Woody Harrelson has joined the protest against the Bandera Bacon Bash wild hog-catching event. Harrelson is from Midland, and sent a letter to Gov. Greg Abbott, saying he “was shocked to learn about the cruelty that pigs are subjected to” at the Bacon Bash, formerly known as the Wild Hog Explosion. Representatives from PETA recorded this year’s event in March at Mansfield Park, and Harrelson referenced the videos in his letter to the governor. The Bandera Wranglers, who sponsored the event, said Harrelson’s comments would have no impact on next year’s event, although the Bandera Bulletin reported it will be under a different name. PETA has also filed a complaint with the Bandera County Sheriff asking that cruelty to animal charges be filed against the organizer of the event. That complaint was transferred first to the District Attorney’s office in Kerrville and from there to the Texas Attorney General’s office.

Balancing Population Growth With Water Conservation is a Delicate Balance

The Hill Country Alliance is keeping an eye on population growth and how that will impact water resources in the coming years. The director of the Hill Country Alliance said last week at a town hall meeting that between 2010 and 2018, Kendall County experienced a 36 percent population hike. The Boerne Star reported members of the Cow Creek Groundwater Conservation District were also at the meeting and said Kendall County has only 5 percent of the natural water supply enjoyed by surrounding counties. Conservation will be key moving forward.

Flat Rock Park is Dog Friendly

Kerr County Commissioners decided this week to wait on purchasing new playground equipment, but they did unanimously approve allowing for up to three “dogs at play” signs to installed at Flat Rock park. The signs will be meant to keep the peace among dog owners and those using the park for fishing and picnicking. They want everyone to know that dogs are allowed to roam freely in the park. The Daily Times reported the price tag for all three signs is $300, which will come out of the park maintenance budget. No decision was made on purchasing new playground equipment over liability concerns with volunteers doing the installation work. Once those concerns are settled, commissioners could move forward on the purchase.

H-E-B Expansion Makes Progress

Plans for the Kerrville H-E-B’s Main Street expansion and renovation are moving forward. This week the Kerrville City Council approved conditional use permits for a gas pump and an employee parking lot. The new larger building will face Francisco Lemos Street, rather than Main Street, as it does now, and the customer parking lot will expand out in the other direction. The Daily Times reported the new store will have more departments than it does now and more gas pumps when the upgrades are finished.

Boerne Officer Promoted to Lieutenant

A law enforcement officer is moving up the ranks. Boerne Police promoted Sgt. Mitchell B. Scoggins to the rank of lieutenant earlier this month. Scoggins will lead the patrol division for Boerne Police now after working in law enforcement in the Hill Country for over a decade. After working for the Fredericksburg Police Department, Scoggins was hired by the Boerne Police Department in 2009.

Annexations Proposed in Boerne

Boerne may be annexing some properties soon. There are some listed on the city’s Annexation Strategy map and they’ve added more around Boerne Lake to protect the area as development happens. The Boerne Star reported notifications to properties proposed to be annexed were sent to the property owners, and another public hearing is coming up June 11 for those interested in learning more. It will be in the City Council Chambers at Boerne Police and Municipal Court Complex. Non-annexation agreeements are being offered to the property owners and the deadline to submit those has been extended to Friday, June 7. There’s more at www.boerne-tx.gov.

Bandera School Calendar Has a Few Changes

A few changes to the school calendar at the Bandera ISD in the fall. Because they are a District of Innovation, the Bandera school district is able to start with students before the uniform school start date of August 26. BISD students will start on August 19. Superintendent Dr. Jerry Hollingsworth said this allows BISD to end the first semester before the Christmas break. And under the new calendar, the elementary schools will start earlier at 7:55 a.m. and end at 3:25 p.m. The middle school and high school will start at 8:10 a.m. and end at 3:40 p.m. The Bandera Bulletin also reported that 15-18 teachers will be selected as Digital Classroom teachers and they’ll get extra professional development to help transform their instruction through the use of laptops for each student in their classrooms.