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Meadowlakes to tighten belt to pay for new water tank

CONNIE SWINNEY • PICAYUNE STAFF MEADOWLAKES — The price of a proposed ground-level water storage tank has jumped 20 percent over the anticipated cost, and city leaders said they will postpone another water plant-related project and re-route reserves to foot the bill. (more…)

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Lightning rattles Marble Falls EMS director when bolt strikes his vehicle

DANIEL CLIFTON • PICAYUNE EDITOR MEADOWLAKES — The storm that rolled across the Highland Lakes on April 2 left hail and wind damage in its wake, but it also left Marble Falls Area EMS Inc. Executive Director Johnny Campbell a little shaken and very thankful. (more…)

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Candidates file for Highland Lakes elections on May 11

FROM STAFF REPORTS MARBLE FALLS — When voters head to the polls for the Highland Lakes elections May 11, they’ll find they have a lot of selections on the ballot, with a few exceptions. The filing date for the May elections closed March 1. Residents have until April 11 to register to vote if they […]

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Local municipalities holding filing for May 11

FROM STAFF REPORTS MARBLE FALLS — Some of the most important elected positions in the lives of people isn’t in Washington, D.C. or even Austin, but much closer to home. Local municipal elections scheduled for May 11 give people a chance to play a role in how their communities face the future. City councils effect […]

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Meadowlakes mulls anti-texting and driving campaign

MEADOWLAKES — Resident Joe Summers believes the age of cell-phone texting has a downside — especially because using the devices while driving can distract motorists and lead to an accident. Summers is asking the City Council to approve a ban on texting while operating a motor vehicle. Officials, however, are worried about enforcing such a […]

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Meadowlakes passes 3.5 percent tax rate increase

MEADOWLAKES — City Council passed a 3.5 percent property tax rate increase and a $2 million budget for the 2012-2013 fiscal year Sept. 18. Residents also will see a hike in water rates. The budget goes into effect Oct. 1. The current tax rate is 30.45 cents per $100 valuation. The new tax rate will […]

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Fund set up for family of Granite Shoals fire chief after blaze at home in Meadowlakes

MEADOWLAKES — Friends have set up a fund for the Granite Shoals fire chief and his family to help replace possessions lost due to smoke and water damage during a blaze at their home Aug. 28. The fire in the 200 block of Chaparral, which broke out about 12:45 p.m., damaged a side of the […]

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No injuries reported in blaze at firefighter’s home in Meadowlakes

MEADOWLAKES — A blaze at the home of a firefighter Aug. 28 damaged a side of the dwelling and the roof, as well as causing some smoke and water damage inside, officials said. A woman and a child were at home when the blaze in the 200 block of Chaparral Street broke out about 12:45 […]

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Honeybees removed after invading Meadowlakes home

MEADOWLAKES — Homeowner Perri Mancil wasn’t expecting any guests Aug. 20 when she looked out her window, but she ended up with 40,000-50,000 buzzing visitors who stayed several days. On Aug. 23, those guests got an escort to their new home, courtesy of two Georgetown beekeepers who removed the hive after the winged intruders invaded […]

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Meadowlakes city leaders propose tax, water rate hikes

MEADOWLAKES — A proposed cent-and-a-half property tax increase and a 21  percent hike in water rates could help pay for a new water tank, balance the public works fund and replenish budget reserves, city officials said. On July 30 during a workshop at City Hall on the proposed $2.2 million fiscal year budget, City Council […]

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Meadowlakes POA to loan city money for water tank

MEADOWLAKES — City leaders don’t have to look any further than their own community for a loan to build a new ground-level water storage tank, officials say. City Council members July 10 approved drawing up a contract for a 7-year, low-interest loan from the Meadowlakes Property Owners Association worth $300,000. “They have the money to […]

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Meadowlakes officials upgrading public works

MEADOWLAKES — Upgrading infrastructure including exploring the costs of a new water tank dominated discussions at the June 12 City Council meeting. Council members are considering purchasing an additional ground-level water storage tank. Meanwhile, public works officials have upgraded a computer system that handles water supply data.

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Taking the oath in Meadowlakes

Meadowlakes City Secretary Stephanie Littleton swears in City Council members-elect Mary Ann Raesner and Gary Hammond (center) on May 22 at City Hall. Hammond defeated Georgina Christy for the Place 3 seat in the May 12 municipal election. Raesner and Mayor Don Williams ran unopposed. Courtesy photo

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Hammond wins Meadowlakes council seat

MEADOWLAKES — Gary Hammond defeated Georgina Christy for the Place 3 spot on the City Council May 12, according to results from Burnet County elections officials. Of the votes tallied, Hammond received nearly 70 percent, or 278 votes; Christy tallied 30 percent, or 120 votes, the results indicated. “It’s very fortunate to have a great […]

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Meadowlakes council considers additional water tank; cost could be $350,000

MEADOWLAKES — City officials are considering spending $350,000 to buy an additional water tank because the current system is getting older and has limited storage capacity, officials said. A representative from Southwest Engineers Inc. told the City Council April 10 the city needs to consider the purchase based on a water-system assessment conducted by the […]

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Meadowlakes passes floodplain standard; some homeowners could save on premiums

MEADOWLAKES — City officials have adopted a floodplain map, but with an adjustment aimed at saving residents money on insurance premiums. The 2012 FEMA Floodplain Mapping Standards are expected to go into effect March 15 for Burnet County communities including Meadowlakes which, like many cities, adopted ordinances with some local changes. The city March 13 […]

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Meadowlakes leaders approve once-rejected automated garbage service

MEADOWLAKES — City Council approved a new automated garbage-collection system Jan. 10, one previously rejected by a split vote at last month’s regular meeting. Residents will begin seeing 96-gallon containers that can be picked up by trucks with mechanical arms. Currently, residents put out containers of all sizes and sometimes messy plastic bags. “Safety is […]

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Meadowlakes residents raise stink over automated garbage collection

MEADOWLAKES — City leaders have rejected a proposal to automate the community’s garbage-collection service after residents raised concerns about larger containers. But the decision not to change will come with a price hike, said trash company officials. During the meeting Dec. 13, the City Council voted to extend the existing contract with Allied Waste Services, […]

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Meadowlakes golf course shooting in the rough as debt mounts

MEADOWLAKES – Hidden Falls Golf Course officials asked the city Dec. 13 to help bail the facility out of debt or it could face closure. Mayor Don Williams wants to hold a workshop next month to discuss options for the course, which is owned by Meadowlakes and overseen by the volunteers on the Public Facilities […]

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Meadowlakes starts preparing for possible water reduction by spring

MEADOWLAKES — If dry weather continues into next spring, city officials could find themselves wrestling with ways to reduce water consumption. Meadowlakes is dealing with the same issues faced by Marble Falls and Burnet, which are also water customers of the Lower Colorado River Authority. Texas is in the grip of what could become a […]

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Vandals strike Hidden Falls golf course in Meadowlakes

MEADOWLAKES — Investigators need the public’s help locating the vandals who tore about 80 divots into the 15th green and caused an estimated $1,000 damage at Hidden Falls Golf Club. "I looked at it and I would estimate it was three or four people involved," said Jeff Wilson, the club’s general manager and director of […]

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Meadowlakes gives tax rate a slight bump; new water restrictions coming

MEADOWLAKES — The City Council approved a slightly higher property tax rate Sept. 13 during a regular meeting in support of the 2011-2012 budget. "It’s a good budget," Mayor Don Williams said. "It gives us the opportunity to build our reserves a bit. But we didn’t pad the budget." Also, officials this week in an […]

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Meadowlakes swears in two new council members, incumbent

MEADOWLAKES — After 10 years on the City Council, Christine Forsyth stepped down May 24, picked up her nameplate and shook hands with the newcomer taking her spot. "We all thank you for your service, Christine," Mayor Don Williams said during a special council meeting at Totten Hall, 177 Broadmoor, to canvass the results of […]

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Jones keeps her seat; two new faces join Meadowlakes council

MEADOWLAKES — Voters overwhelmingly re-elected Councilwoman Franzella Jones to her Place 2 seat during the May 14 election. This will be Jones’ second term on the council after beating challenger Carlton Pullen, 268-131. Jones grabbed 67 percent of the votes in her re-election campaign, according to results from the Burnet County Elections Office. The council […]

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Squirrel cuts off cable service, March Madness to Meadowlakes, Marble Falls’ Pecan Valley area

MARBLE FALLS — A squirrel chewed through a cable, cutting off television, phone and Internet service to more than 500 customers in the Pecan Valley area and neighboring Meadowlakes Friday. Even worse, sports fans couldn’t watch some of their favorite games during march Madness NCAA basketball coverage, officials said. Service was down from 8 a.m. […]

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MEADOWLAKES: Changing of the guard

Video: Watch it on the 5-17-10 newcast on ThePicayuneTV.com PHOTO 1: Meadowlakes Mayor Pro-tem and Councilman Bill Pickard hands over the gavel to incoming Mayor Don Williams following the swearing-in of new officials Monday. Williams ran unopposed for the mayor’s seat. Former Mayor John Aaron didn’t seek re-election. Staff photo by Daniel Clifton

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