Archives for July 2019

City Manager Will Have to Testify

A district judge ordered Ingram’s city manager to testify under oath about a felony theft investigation last year. The Daily Times reported Ingram Council Member Claud Jordan initiated litigation to find out why Ingram City Manager Mark Bosma asked the police chief to look into allegations Jordan illegally refused to pay system access and tap fees upon having his property connected to a sewer line. Fredericksburg, District Judge N. Keith Williams this week ordered Bosma to answer questions under oath within the next 65 days.

Boerne Considers New Wastewater Plan

With Boerne’s wastewater treatment facilities facing up to $12 million in expansion costs, the Boerne Star reported Deputy City Manager Jeff Thompson suggested the city consider entering into an agreement with the Guadalupe-Blanco River Authority and the city of Fair Oaks Ranch on a cooperative wastewater treatment facility to be located in Fair Oaks Ranch. The current wastewater system is not yet at capacity, but engineers are planning for population growth in the future. Boerne Council members voted unanimously to spend $85,000 for a projected one-year engineering study to look further into the agreement with Fair Oaks.

Motorcyclist Suffers Severe Hand Injury

A 26-year-old man was flown by helicopter to a hospital for a severe injury sustained in a motorcycle wreck late Monday afternoon on Interstate 10. The Daily Times reported the driver of the motorcycle crashed near the 508 or 509 mile marker and the road was shut down for a time. There were reports that the man severely injured his hand and the 911 dispatcher helped him apply a tourniquet.

Two Face Charges for Public Intoxication

Kerrville police say two men suspected of being in the United States illegally are in jail on accusations of public intoxication and driving while intoxicated. A Kerrville police officer responded to a report of a reckless driver in a white Ford pickup Friday evening in the 500 block of Barnett Street and Jose Luise Rangel-Ramirez failed a field sobriety test. The federal government was notified since he’s suspected of being in the country illegally. In an unrelated case, the Daily Times reported a 53-year-old man was transferred to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security on Tuesday after being arrested Monday afternoon on suspicion of public intoxication.

Entities Continue to Fight for Control of Medina Lake

A court case isn’t moving. It’s been moving through the system for nearly six years as two regional water regulatory agencies battle over jurisdictional rights at Medina Lake. A state judge ruled the case will remain in Bandera County. Judge Rex Emerson denied a change of venue motion filed by the Bexar-Medina-Atascosa Counties Water Control and Improvement District No. 1 to move the legal dispute with the Bandera County River Authority and Groundwater District to Medina County. The Bandera Bulletin reported the suit will ultimately decide who controls Medina Lake, which sits on the border between Bandera and Medina counties.

AgriLife Field Day in Kendall County is Rescheduled

A field day in Kendall County that was canceled in June because of bad weather has been rescheduled. Stephen Zoeller, Kendall County AgriLife Extension agent, will host a brush field day Aug. 13 from 8 a.m. to noon. The Boerne Star reported one-acre brush tracts have been cleared so the experts can follow each of these tracts through a 5-year period to observe the regrowth and maintenance of brush control in each tract. They’ll talk about that at field day on August 13. Reservations can be made by calling the Kendall AgriLife office at 830-331-8242.

Filing Period is Open for Bandera City Council Seats

The City of Bandera is taking applications now if you want to run for a place on the Bandera City Council. The deadline to submit an application at the city secretary’s office is Aug. 22 for the November 5th election. Council positions are currently held by Rebeca Gibson, Lynn Palmer and Thomas McEachin. The city secretary’s office is at Bandera City Hall headquarters at 511 Main St. in Bandera.

Kerrville Ridership Program Needs Volunteers

KerrKonnect is looking for drivers. That’s Kerrville’s new volunteer door-to-door transit system and the need help handling a growing number of clients. It’s a low-cost way for older residents and non-drivers to get to their medical appointments and run errands, and most people in the program are 85 to 90 years old. KerrKonnect began in October and they currently have 40 drivers on board, but more than 75 riders on the waiting list. If you can help out, go to www.kerrkonnect.org.

Hill Country Bat Cave Opens for Viewing

Austin may be known for its bat viewing opportunity each evening under the Congress Avenue Bridge, but there’s a good Hill Country spot to see bats too. The Nature Conservancy’s Eckert James River Bat Cave Preserve in Mason County is open for nightly viewings. The bat cave is just southwest of Mason and about 2 million pregnant bats migrate to the site from Mexico to give birth each year. The Daily Times reported the offspring are born between June and July, and by five weeks of age, they are ready to fly. The preserve will be open to the public Aug. 3, 10, 17 and 24. There’s more at www.nature.org/Texas.

Hill Country Swap Meet This Weekend

The Hill Country Swap Meet returns to Lady Bird Johnson Municipal Park beginning today and running through Sunday. Car enthisiasts can find just about anything at this annual event. A “car corrall” has vintage autos for sale in various state of restoration. There is also a flea market and a free trolley will be making the rounds on the even grounds. Among the many items for sale are vehicles and parts, tools, auto accessories, hats, books, clothing, and various souvenirs. Admission is free. Hours are friday ands Saturday from 8-5 and Sunday from 8-noon.