Archives for June 2020

2 City of Fredericksburg Employees Test Positive for COVID-19

Two City of Fredericksburg employees have tested positive for COVID-19. One of the employees works for the Sanitation Division and the other for the Water/Wastewater Division. The City of Fredericksburg, along with the Texas Department of State Health Services, are conducting a contact tracing. This will help them determine where the employees contracted the virus and if they need to alert anyone they might have come in contact with. The city says the 2 infected employees did not have any direct contact with the public in performing their job duties over the past several weeks. The city is currently testing other employees in these two departments. Additional steps will be taken if any of these employees receive a positive test.

City of Fredericksburg Goes Back to Modified Work Schedule

Due to the increase in positive COVID-19 tests in Fredericksburg, the city is reverting back to a modified work schedule for Public Works crews and employee contact with the public will also be limited. Public access to City Hall, the Fire Station, and City Annex will be limited effective until further notice. Utility customers will need to pay bills either online, or at the drop box.

Firearms Stolen in Vehicle Break-ins in Kerrville

There were six vehicle burglaries in Kerrville last week. KPD reports that four firearms were stolen in the burglaries that took place between about 5 p.m. Friday and 7 a.m. Saturday. The burglaries occurred in the 600 block of Elm Street, the 600 block of West Water Street, the 500 block of Florence Street, and the 500 and 600 blocks of West Main Street. Investigators are examining residential security cameras in the area as well as physical evidence at the crime scenes.

No Visitation Policy Back in Effect at Peterson Regional Medical Center

With 2 people hospitalized locally for COVID-19, a no visitation policy has been put back into effect at Peterson Regional Medical Center. The only exceptions are for end of life patients, expectant moms, pediatric patients, patients needing caregivers and/or at the discretion of the nurse supervisor.

Face Covering Mandate in Effect in Fredericksburg

The face covering mandate in Fredericksburg went into effect immediately after being approved yesterday. In addition, all commercial businesses operating inside the City of Fredericksburg, that provide goods or services directly to the public, must develop and implement a health and safety policy. This policy must require, at a minimum, that all employees and visitors to the business premises or other facilities wear face coverings when they will be in close contact or proximity to co-workers or the public and where six (6) feet of separation is not possible. A sample policy is available on the City’s website:

Boerne Stimulus Plan Helps Businesses

Every little bit helps, as businesses continue to rebound from the pandemic-related shutdowns. The Boeme Strong Stimulus Program awarded 110 businesses with funds ranging from $3000 to $7000, depending upon the size of the business. The city was able to hand out more than S300,000 in all. The Boerne Star reported, some businesses didn’t qualify for various reasons. Drink Texas Biergarten’s business lease in downtown Boerne had expired and it didn’t meet the city limits stipulation for the grant.

Pipe Creek Accident Investigation Continues

The investigation is continuing into an accident that killed a Seguin woman on June 21. The pickup she was driving south on Highway 16 near Pipe Creek was struck head on by a northbound driver who had veered into the southbound lane. Troopers said Michelle Renee Hines of Seguin, was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident almost three miles north of Pipe Creek.

Bandera Bridge Makes TxDOT’s Project List

A Bandera County road may get an upgrade. The narrow, two-lane concrete bridge across the Medina River on English Crossing Road sees regular flooding issues and long detours, but it will get a nearly $1 million renovation. The Bandera Bulletin reported the work could begin in early 2022. The bridge project has been accepted as part of TxDOT’s Off System Bridge Program for improvements on roads that are not part of the state highway system. The final design is in the works now.

Baseball Coach Gets An All-Star Honor

One of Fredericksburg’s top baseball coaches has been honored. David Mayfield was a long-time baseball coach at Fredericksburg High School, and received one of the Texas High School Baseball Coaches Association’s All-Star Game’s coaching spots. The game was canceled but the coach was honored with a ring commemorating his selection as all-star coach. Mayfield took over in 1979 and led the Billies to five district championships and a state tournament trip in 1991.

Fredericksburg Annexation Lawsuit Can Proceed

A court recently denied the city of Fredericksburg’s plea in an annexation lawsuit. The Fredericksburg Standard reported rulings were issued in favor of the E. 290 Owners’ Coalition in its lawsuit filed against the City of Fredericksburg. The group is opposing the city’s efforts to annex over 213 acres of land along U.S. 290 East. The newspaper reported the court’s reasons to deny the city’s plea was that they tried annexing the land despite an injunction prohibiting it. Also, the court said the city hadn’t completed material elements of the annexation process. So the E. 290 Owners’ Coalition can proceed with the lawsuit.