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The Burnet City Council on Dec. 14 authorized entering a $252,368 professional services agreement contract with Freese and Nichols Inc. for a new comprehensive plan. 

“Obviously, with the growth that’s coming our direction, this is one of the most important things we need to do to plan for the future of our community,” City Manager David Vaughn said during the council meeting Tuesday. 

Comprehensive plans are used for city planning by determining current and future needs in areas such as utility capacities, city infrastructure, and road development and upkeep. Burnet’s current comprehensive plan has not been updated for more than 20 years, Vaughn said. 

City staff and members of the city’s Comprehensive Plan Committee have been working toward the contract since June. The newly adopted contract with Freese and Nichols includes the preparation of the final comprehensive plan as well as an implementation plan for the city. 

The timeline for the project is 12-15 months. 

Also during the meeting, council members authorized city staff to submit an application for a FEMA SAFER Grant, which would assist in paying the salaries of three paramedic firefighters and three EMT firefighters, and approved spending $210,000 on a new Ford F350 Type 1 Ambulance from Frazier Ambulance to replace one of the city’s ambulances.