Archives for February 2020

Fair Oaks Ranch Considers Fee Options for Stormwater Utilities

Leaders in Fair Oaks Ranch are looking at different options before setting stormwater utility fees for residents. The cost of service is defined by how much is spent on operations, maintenance and future capital projects for stormwater services. The Boerne Star reported money from stormwater utility fees can be used for things like debt service, operations and maintenance of the utility, but it all has to be drainage specific. Fair Oaks Ranch hosted a Stormwater Utility Q&A this week at the Cibolo Creek Community Church to explain the basics, and more of those events could be held in the future.

Cat Struck by BBs Continues to Heal

Kerr County Animal Services continues to investigate of a cat being shot with a BB gun. The cat was left in a dumpster along Junction Highway this week and was taken to Freeman Fritts, a Kerrville animal-centered nonprofit, where he underwent surgery. Most of the shots hit his nose and forehead and he’s expected to recover and he’ll likely be put up for adoption at Freeman Fritts.

Fredericksburg Works On Becoming a Dark Sky Community

After review by the International Dark-Sky Association Board, the City of Fredericksburg’s application to become an International Dark Sky Community was unanimously endorsed. An IDA International Dark Sky Community is a town that has shown dedication to the preservation of the night sky through a quality outdoor lighting ordinance, dark sky education and citizen support of dark skies. Fredericksburg joins neighboring communities of Dripping Springs, Horseshoe Bay, and Wimberley Valley in the quest to protect night skies.

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Texas Leaders Continue to Plan Amid Coronavirus Concerns

Texas leaders are developing plans to keep Texans safe during worries about the Coronavirus. Governor Greg Abbott and Lt. Governor Dan Patrick were briefed on coronavirus at the State Operations Center in North Austin Thursday. There are six cases of coronavirus in Texas right now, all quarantined at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio. Five of the confirmed cases are among the group of passengers from the Diamond Princess cruise ship quarantined in Japan. The sixth coronavirus case involved an American evacuee who arrived in San Antonio from Wuhan, China. Locally, Peterson Health officials are monitoring the situation and provding weekly updates.

Father-Son Heroes are Honored in Kerrville

A Kerrville man and his 13-year-old son are being honored as heroes. Kerrville Police Chief David Knight thanked Richard Carpenter and his son, Richard Carpenter Jr. for helping a man in distress on February 4th. The Carpenters were presented with a Kerrville Police Department Certificate of Merit at a city council meeting this week. Carpenter Jr. is a seventh-grader at Hal Peterson Middle School.

New Housing Development Asks for City and County Support

Kerr County leaders are considering support for a $10 million, 60-unit apartment complex for low-income seniors. The complex is planned just outside Kerrville with rents between $450 and $1100 monthly, and federal assistance would help keep the rent low. Overland Property Group is developing the Residence at Ridgehill Development at 160-170 Lehmann Drive, and they need a resolution of support from Kerrville city leaders to have funding awarded. If Kerrville doesn’t get the housing complex, it may go to Fredericksburg or Canyon Lake, according to the Daily Times.

Boerne Volunteers Impact Water Research

Local volunteers in Boerne are gathering data about where some of the county’s water goes and what it could mean for drought predictions. The Boerne Star reported that Donna Taylor of the Cibolo Nature Center and former CCGCD Director John Kight are two of only 10 active volunteer observers across the United States studying the process of evapotranspiration. That’s the combination of water taken up into the atmosphere through evaporation from soil and ground surfaces as well as transpiration through plants. The data will be used to gauge how much water is staying in the soil in an area and how that impacts water supply.

Two Business Groups Merge

The Greater Boerne Chamber of Commerce is gaining a new partner. Actually the Boerne Chamber is absorbing the Leon Springs Business Association and that will become effective July 30, 2020. The Chamber said the merger will help members connect, network and grow and that it’s a win-win for all. The LSBA was formed in 2006 and has more than 80 members. Current members of the LSBA will become members of The Greater Boerne Chamber of Commerce, which has more than 800 businesses in the Hill Country region.

Fire Destroys Kendall County Home

Fire investigators in Kendall County are looking into the cause of a house fire. Flames destroyed a home on Privilege Pass just off of FM 1376/Sisterdale Road between Boerne and Sisterdale late Tuesday afternoon. No one was inside at the time of the fire and no injuries were reported, but the cause is unknown. The home was a total loss.

Bandera Leaders Look for Street Solutions Near New Hotel

A new hotel is bringing with it some new streets, but it’s not turning out to be an easy project. Crews have been working on street improvements next to the Best Western Hotel in Bandera that’s going up on Main Street. But it’s back to the drawing board to figure out what to do next. As it’s designed with the current parking lanes, there is not enough space for emergency vehicles to travel down the street or make the connections they need to fight fires. Engineers are looking into the remedies.