Smithwick road could receive a new name

BURNET — A Smithwick road could get a new name soon from the state to eliminate some confusion, Burnet County Commissioners have said.

The commissioners, who meet today, plan to indicate their support for the name change, which aims to better identify a nearby section of RR 1431, Precinct 3 Commissioner Ronny Hibler said.

“It will distinguish the two roads,” Hibler said Monday.

The Texas Department of Transportation has announced plans to name the road through Smithwick as Business RR 1431, the commissioners said.

The road begins south of Double Creek Road, connects to CR 344 and continues east to a point where it terminates at RR 1431 about two miles west of FM 1174, officials said.

Also on today’s agenda, the commissioners plan to discuss an upcoming meeting related to a proposed municipal utility district.

The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality plans to hold a public meeting on the Backbone Creek Municipal Utility District No. 1 later this month in Austin, officials have said.

The meeting is 9:30 a.m. March 30 in Austin at 12100 Park 35 Circle, according to officials.

Previously, the commissioners have indicated they want the proposed MUD to undergo an environmental-impact study before its creation.

Also during today’s meeting, the Burnet County Historical Commission plans to present its 2009 annual report to the commissioners.

The county historical commission promotes the preservation of historical and cultural sites in the county.

Last year, the Texas Historical Commission approved the county for the certified local government program, which will give priority to grant requests for historical preservation projects from the county and the Burnet County Historical Commission, officials said.

Also, the County Commissioners plan to discuss whether the county should enter a contract with PropertyRoom.com Inc. for the disposal of property confiscated or seized by the Sheriff’s Office and Special Operations Unit.

Previously, the commissioners have expressed concern over the proposed payment of 50 percent for the first $1,000 and 25 percent on any portion that exceeds $1,000 to PropertyRoom on the sale of confiscated or seized property at auctions.

Other topics may include:

• Selection of a new associate magistrate judge to replace Gale “Mac” McCurdy, who retired last month.

• The newly appointed members of the Burnet County Hotel Occupancy Tax Tourism Advisory Committee, which includes County Judge Donna Klaeger, Hibler, Burnet County Tourism Director Teri Freitag, Susan Baskin, Cindy Bower, James Dudley and Brenda Morris.

raymond@thepicayune.com

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