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Burnet County Bulletin (Newspaper) - July 14, 1977, Burnet, Texas
Elderly crowd City Council meeting Council unmoved since Only six were from Burnet nearly 40 senior Potaris attended tuesday Burnet Council meeting on behalf of meals on wheels funding. Building not acceptable new Library wont be open Burnet a the Burnet City Council held its Public hearing on the use of Revenue funds tuesday night and was met by an almost overwhelming crowd of senior citizens brought to the Council by meals on wheels staff members. Gene Spitzer a meals on wheels staffer opened the program s presentation by declaring Quot we believe that the program is misunderstood and we Are Here to Clear up any misunderstanding that May he said that the group was not there to ask for More Money but rather to explain the function of the program. Quot the function of the program is to provide meals to those who would otherwise not get them Quot said Spitzer. Quot this is a representative group. Some of them Are simply not Able to make it up these stairs and therefore could not be Here Quot he declared motioning to the crowd of nearly 40 senior citizens. At the close of the meeting mayor Howard Benton asked the crowd How Many were from Burnet and Only six of the group raised their hands. He then asked How Many participated in the meals on wheels program and Only three indicated that they did. Spitzer and staff members Melvin Mundkowsky Brenda Lovett and Auvy Chandler explained the dire need of the 1 program s recipients for the meals personal care and recreation that the program provides. Quot i let their cat out and i let their cat in Quot said is. Chandler. Quot this is not a big High priced government Job. I get $2.30 per hour for six hours a Day and i donate the rest of my the Council listened to the presentation and then proceeded to vote to approve the proposed budget of Iso,150 exactly As it had been proposed. The budget includes $2500 for the Library heavy equipment $13,600, curbs and guttering $18,000, meals on wheels $1200, air conditioner for police vehicles $350, Park improvement $8000, Landfill Purchase $6600. The Council had decided earlier to decide How to budget the balance of the Reserve sharing funds at a later Date. Judy Hyman of the regional alcohol probation service asked the Council if it had budgeted any funds out of Revenue sharing gency had been included in the regular budget but not in the Revenue sharing budget. Quot i have done some question asking and everyone who knows anything about the program feels that it is a Good thing Quot reported City administrator Jack Tippet. Councilman Bill Wilcox asked is. Hyman Why is the county paying out such a Small portion of the funds it derives from fines to your group Quot Quot the probation officer is paid out of the Fine Money and they put some of it in the Bank i Don t know Why they Don t let go of it Quot answered is. Hyman. Quot Well it s very difficult to get the county to do anything anyway Quot retorted mayor Howard Benton. The Council discussed the possibility of hiring the firm of chm of Austin to assist in obtaining Federal Grant Money but decided to delay the decision pending a clearer definition of the Type of project the Council would like to pursue and another meeting with the representative of the firm to discuss projects and fees for their work. The Only verbal opposition came from councilman Bill Wilcox who said that he Quot is opposed to private Enterprise profiteering from what we re entitled to Quot i Don t see anything wrong with hiring private firms to do what we can t do ourselves Quot rebutted councilman James Fry. A lengthy discussion ensued on the police Protection about which several of the Council members reported Many complaints. Tippit gave a report of the recorded hours which the City police department has been on duty during the last month. Quot we Don t pay our officers enough to insist that they work 24 hours a Day 7 Days a week Quot remarked councilman Derell Cowen Quot but on the other hand we All know that they Are not always on duty when they should Quot of the citizens pay for police Protection they Are entitled to get it Quot agreed Wilcox. The Council took no action on the matter and simply instructed the City administrator to take corrective action. Quot it s the City administrator s Job to take care of these problems Quot stressed councilman Dan Haynes. The last item on the Agenda was to approve the Purchase of a new City land fill already consummated by mayor Howard Benton. The land was purchased from Ernest r. Spiekerman for $2000 per acre with 29 per cent Down payment and the balance payable Over 5 years at 7 per cent interest Spiekerman has the right to demand full payment at any time however according to Benton. The action belatedly authorizing the Purchase sparked a discussion about allowing non City residents and businesses to utilize the Landfill. By unanimous vote the Council voted to notify the commissioner s court that the City would no longer provide Landfill services to out of City users after january i 1978. Quot we have figured out that it costs us 75 cents just for the Cost of the land to handle one Yard of said Tippit. After further discussion the group decided to invite the mayor of Bertram inks Lake state Park officials the Highway department and other interested governmental bodies in the county to meet with them to explain their policy and to explore what solutions the various groups might consider in combination with the City of Burnet. Burnet a Burnet county commissioners monday approved payment of a $100 Bill for Library consultant David Price but postponed approving final payment of $37,726 to the contractor until the new Burnet county Library building has been officially accepted. Quot there is no excuse for it not being completed Quot commissioners said in agreement with Library Board chairman Janie Coz by who presented the final Bills of the consultant contractor and architect. Quot they be had since May 3rd to take care of a Long list of things which Are not Complete Quot mrs. Coz by said. Apparently librarian mrs. Willie Mae Price went ahead and moved into the new building before final acceptance by the Library Board and the county commissioners. Quot i d like to make it Clear that i Don t think we should open the Library to the Public Quot mrs. Coz by said. Quot the Board is not for that until completion and final according to the contract the county is not required to make final payment until thirty Days after substantial completion and acceptance. Buchanan dam an agreement signed last thursday Between opposing factions of a two month old controversy in the Buchanan Community Center Volunteer fire department Calls for an election to be held july 25 for the election of four new directors of the acc Ved inc. Board of directors. According to terms of the agreement everyone who has holds a $5 membership in the corporation or who has contributed at least one hour of labor or its equivalent for the year beginning july i 1976, through july i 1977, is eligible to vote the Quot equivalent Quot is defined in the agreement As anyone who has made a monetary contribution to the annual Barbecue held labor Day who has donated funds to the fire department anyone who has Given time working at games night in the Kitchen at functions has contributed services pies fruits vegetables canned goods Etc. The election will be conducted from 8 until 8 . So that local residents May come by at their convenience and vote. The agreement states that All present trustees will be listed on the ballot and the three trustees receiving the most votes shall be elected As new trustees in addition the ballot will list candidates for the election of the remaining four trustees with four candidates to be nominated by the trustees and four candidates to be nominated by those who were named As defendants in a also presented to the county was the architect s final Bill of $703.90, plus a Bill for $792 presented for travel expenses. The architect Charles Croft previously presented a Bill for $300 for travel expenses which the commissioners did not approve. Quot he said that at the end of the suit filed two months ago in District court in Llano county. The defendants included Ruel d. Norman c l Banta Bill Mcfadden Regina Hauck a a a a a a a Bertram votes wet Bertram Bertram voters approved the Sale of Beer and wine for off premises Consumo Tion in an election saturday which saw 278 voters go to the polls. Of get final vote was 148 for and 130 against. A Small crowd gathered outside the american legion Hall site of the balloting just after the polls closed at 7 . Saturday to await the results. Shortly after 7 30 pm election judge opened the locked door where judges and clerks had tallied the votes and announced to those present the final result. Moat of those present indicated that they favored the majority decision. The local option election heated up considerably during the last three Days prior to the election when those who signed the original petition which prompted county commissioners to Call the election reported they had received statements through the . Mails which read like this Quot you signed a petition for More tin to be in Bertram. How will you answer to god on the judgment Day for this act please Correct this mistake by voting against the Sale of Beer in Bertram on saturday july 9. Not one will know How you vote but god wih. Rest assured your soul is at stake by your actions taken in this the statement was unsigned which according to postal regulations would make it illegal in connection with a political matter. The unsigned mailed letter would have Given the proponents a Agal Way to contest the election if the Issue had not passed. Yet project he d give us another Bill for travel which we could pay if we could afford it Quot mrs. Colby pointed out. Quot How d he think he d do his Job if he did t travel Quot asked commissioner Beck Hibler. Quot i Don t doubt that he s made that Many trips Quot mrs. Co by answered. Quot it s strictly up to you All whether you decide to pay it. Quot it was an Oral agreement with the Library she continued to press the commissioners to put into the minutes that the final Bills had been presented and turned Down until final acceptance is made. And finally they did. The court and mrs. Coz by emphasized that the new Library is not to be opened to the Public until the final acceptance is made. Library Board attorney Alvin nored also appeared at the county commissioners meeting in regard to the final acceptance of the building. The Donald Duncan ranch nested sent of Barnetta heavers Valley aes Tass nails by an Friday sit Ameen sad night is a Are tracks triad is sad Tbs Blaze the firs is behaved to have started by a metrical Shack Recerd hug to Burnet Mfd fire chief do Hatter Quot the in ravaged five a six Hundred Seres in the based it teak the six tracks three from Burnet one from Marble fads and on from Sherwood shores plus a water truck from Lone Star industries St lest six hours to Light Tho Tho Quot photo taken by surest City manager Jack Tippitt St 2 too it. Above Tho the. Cont on Page a8 Ksn Siw j. S i 1# spot 4 wig 7 i in of i if it a Quot a a a. 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