Burnet County commissioners address safety concerns near developments, Spartan Race

STAFF WRITER JARED FIELDS

Burnet County officials anticipate thousands of people will head to Reveille Peak Ranch on May 18-19 for Spartan Race weekend. The Burnet County Sheriff’s Office is in the process of going over the event’s mass gathering permit. Commissioners are concerned about traffic congestion on RM 2341 as participants wait to get into the facility. Staff photo by Daniel Clifton

Burnet County officials anticipate thousands of people will head to Reveille Peak Ranch on May 18-19 for Spartan Race weekend. The Burnet County Sheriff’s Office is in the process of going over the event’s mass gathering permit. Commissioners are concerned about traffic congestion on RM 2341 as participants wait to get into the facility. Staff photo by Daniel Clifton

Just about every big topic within Burnet County — public safety, development, grants, and state politics — was covered during the county commissioners’ regular meeting April 23.

Growth, traffic, and development were addressed in multiple items on the agenda, including two subdivision plats.

Commissioners approved a preliminary plat for Canyon West, which plans for 275 lots on Texas 71 about 11 miles east of U.S. 281.

Another plat approved was for Arrowhead Trail Ranch: 49 lots on nearly 260 acres in northeast Burnet County. The subdivision is located in multiple counties.

Burnet County Judge James Oakley commended Canyon West development officials for working with the Texas Department of Transportation on redesigning the layout to improve safety.

“I give you kudos,” Oakley said. “That’s a perfect example of responsible development.”

The Arrowhead Trail Ranch development will have tracts from 5-13 acres in size and will encompass land in Burnet, Bell, and Lampasas counties.

In regard to public safety, county commissioners heard an update on a mass gathering permit for the upcoming Spartan Race on May 18-19 at Reveille Peak Ranch, 105 CR 114 off RM 2341.

Oakley delegated the approval or denial to Sheriff Calvin Boyd. Boyd was not in the courtroom during discussion, but Deputy Chief Mike Cummings spoke on the permit’s progress in relation to traffic.

The annual event draws tens of thousands to the park, which, in the past, has backed traffic up on RM 2341 for miles, including to the Texas 29 intersection.

“The biggest concern I have is traffic on (RM) 2341 would impede emergency services or folks who live in that area trying to get home,” said Precinct 1 Commissioner Jim Luther Jr.

Spartan Race organizers requested just three officers, according to Cummings, but the sheriff’s office wants to staff six deputies during the event.

“The sheriff is ready to approve (the permit). We will have six, whether they pay for all six or for three, and we absorb three,” Cummings said. “We just want you to be aware.”

In other action, commissioners approved a recommendation from the county Extension Office to hire a Family Community Health agent. Burnet County Extension Agent Kelly Tarla recommended London Jones for the position, to begin May 15.

Jones is from Dublin, Texas, and graduates from Tarleton State University on May 11.

jared@thepicayune.com

One Response to “Burnet County commissioners address safety concerns near developments, Spartan Race”

  1. Mary Ann Fletcher says:

    Since Reveille Peak Ranch has extremely limited entry roads, why don’t they have designated “Park ‘n Ride” areas miles from the ranch and bus people in. They could have designated departure times or smaller shuttle buses for those needing to leave earlier. Just an idea.

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