Herd immunity is something communities would love to achieve during the pandemic, and the Daily Times reported Kerr County officials have been talking about it. The Mayo Clinic describes it as being reached when a sufficient number of people in the population have recovered from a disease and have developed antibodies against future infection. It can be achieved through vaccinations or through acquiring the virus naturally. The consensus among doctors is that about 60% to 70% of the human population would need to have antibodies in order to have herd immunity as a species. Based on a natural herd immunity number of 70% in Kerr County, the virus would need to sicken more than 30,000 people.
Archives for September 2020
Kendall County Commissioners said no this week to a subdivision’s request for relief from the county development rules and regulations. Commissioners denied the request from developers of the Lily Ranch subdivision on Old Fredericksburg Road after concerns were voiced during the public comment period about traffic, stormwater runoff, and crowding at schools. The developer had asked for frontage road relief to fit up to 500 homes on the 120-acre development. Ultimately the master plan for Lily Ranch was unanimously denied by commissioners.
Hill Country Daily Bread Ministries has seen an increase in demand this year due to the pandemic and with the holidays coming up, they could use more donations and volunteers. Last year more than 4,700 volunteers helped out through the ministry and this year even more are donating their time to keep shelves stocked. Hill Country Daily Bread Ministries is based in Boerne and serves eight counties with food, clothing and resources. The organization is celebrating its 20th year this year.
A new program hopes to help area veterans with mental health issues. The program through the group Together With Hill Country Veterans aims to help veterans with resources geared toward suicide prevention. The organization is a newly formed nonprofit and has an office at the Hill Country Veterans Center in Kerrville. The group plans several outreach events this fall, and veterans can contact the group directly for resources.
October is Texas Wine Month and Fredericksburg is gearing up for it. The Convention and Visitor’s Bureau has five ways to celebrate during the month-long ode to wine in the Hill Country. One of the ideas is to get a 2020 Texas Wine Month Passport and that’s a self-guided wine trail that explores more than 35 participating Texas Hill Country wineries through the month of October. The Fredericksburg Food and Wine Fest will not happen this year, but there are other socially distanced things to do like tour Fredericksburg’s Urban Wine Trail along historic Main Street. The wine industry is one of the top tourism draws and is expected to serve the Hill Country well during its economic recovery.
It’s not too late to fill out your Census form. City leaders in Fredericksburg are among those encouraging everyone to respond to the letter you should have received in the mail asking for a headcount at your house, or to to www.2020census.gov to fill out the form. Many agencies in the Hill Country rely on an accurate Census count for roads, schools, representation in Congress, and more. At last check, about 56% of households across Gillespie County had already responded online.
The Bandera City Council will appoint someone to the seat vacated by former Councilwoman Lynn Palmer soon, rather than wait until after the November election to fill the post. Councilwoman Gibson voted against the proposition saying she preferred that the appointment wait for newly elected council members to have input after the November election, but the Bandera Bulletin reported she also said she was happy to see the post filled quickly. After taking applications last week, the Bandera City Council plans to appoint a replacement for Palmer on Oct. 1. Palmer resigned in August.
After taking a long look at hiring a new agency to take over Bandera’s trash collection, the City Council decided to retain Republic Services as its garbage collector. The city had been interested in hiring a new contractor for garbage collection and even appointed a team to evaluate bids. The Bandera Bulletin reported Republic Services received the highest score of the three bids that came in, and eventually won the nod from council to renegotiate a new contract for the service. Republic is not planning to increase its rates this year and could carry on as the garbage collector with no down time, which might be needed if a new contractor came in.
Kerrville City Council members recently held a ceremony to celebrate a new exploratory groundwater well in the Ellenburger Aquifer in southeast Kerrville. The new well is near Loop 534 and Legion Drive, and was drilled and tested over summer 2020 based off geological research conducted by Headwaters Groundwater Conservation District volunteers after several years of research. The successful well was assessed to produce more than 700 gallons of fresh
groundwater per minute and will be the third most productive well site in the City of Kerrville’s water production system. Last week, the City Council also initiated a contact to connect the well site to the city’s distribution system over the next year to bolster the city’s water supply.
The Boerne Independent School District is offering full-day Pre-K now, and said its prekindergarten program has had a 20 percent increase in students this school year. Boerne ISD offers full day prekindergarten to all eligible students who are 4 years old by September 1. Pre-K classes are offered at all BISD elementary campuses for students who are 4 years old by September 1.