STAFF WRITER JARED FIELDS
Burnet County commissioners tackled the details on several road projects during their regular meeting May 14.
Two right-of-way acquisitions were approved to improve safety and visibility at intersections, and a bid of $1.8 million was awarded for work on five Precinct 3 roads.
The first right-of-way acquisition approved in the meeting was for 0.16 of an acre at the intersection of Texas 29 and County Road 266 in Precinct 2.
The county road is angled at nearly 45 degrees to Texas 29, making visibility a problem for drivers turning onto the state highway.
The county is purchasing 6,850 square feet of land at $2 a square foot to make the approach more at a 90-degree angle.
The county also wants to purchase land at the intersection of County Roads 330 and 335 in Precinct 3 to give drivers on 335 a clearer look at traffic coming from the west on 330.
Precinct 3 Commissioner Billy Wall said he’s seen multiple accidents at that intersection.
“It would be a huge benefit now to go from looking through two barbed-wire fences,” he said.
That project would be $1,200 for just over a tenth of an acre plus fencing costs.
Also in Precinct 3, commissioners awarded the bid for construction on County Roads 322, 323, 330, 340, and 342C to Lone Star Paving Co. in the amount of $1,767,728.40.
Wall said the timeline for road work is up to Lone Star Paving so long as it is completed by the end of the calendar year.
In non-road items on the agenda, the Commissioners Court approved an increase for Burnet County Jail housing rates for inmates from other counties. Currently, Burnet County charges $40 per inmate per night. It would increase to $45 and take effect October 1.
The county also presented five nonprofit organizations in the county with $3,940 raised from county employees and elected officials. The money will be split among the five: Marble Falls Daybreak Rotary, Hill Country Children’s Advocacy Center, CASA for the Highland Lakes Area, Literacy Highland Lakes, and the Boys & Girls Club of the Highland Lakes.