LCRA, PEC award grant for Liberty Hill patrol vehicle

Liberty Hill Police Department received a $25,000 grant from LCRA and PEC that went toward the purchase of a new patrol vehicle.  From left are Sgt. Jeff Ringstaff, Officer Robert Fox and Chief Randy Williams with K9 Roady. (Shelly Wilkison Photo)

The Liberty Hill Police Department received a $25,000 grant last week that will go toward the purchase of a new patrol vehicle. Through the Community Development Partership Program, a collaborative effort of the Lower Colorado River Authority and Pedernales Electric Cooperative, the grant will go toward the purchase of the $39,000 Ford Police Intercepter Utility […]

LHISD adds Pre-K teaching position

By SHELLY WILKISON School trustees approved funding this week for an additional pre-kindergarten teacher at Liberty Hill Elementary School. Just as enrollment is growing across the school district, the numbers in the Head Start pre-kindergarten program are also on the rise. Elementary Principal Melanie Herbst said enrollment in pre-kindergarten jumped from 45 at the beginning […]

Schwertner looking to lower taxes in new legislative session

By SEAN SHAPIRO The 84th Texas State Legislature first convened last week, but things really didn’t start rolling until after newly-elected Gov. Greg Abbott and Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick were sworn in at the Capitol Tuesday. “I think we’ll really get down to business after the inauguration,” said State Sen. Charles Schwertner, R-Georgetown, on Monday. […]

EDC hires park consultant, discusses new executive director

By SHELLY WILKISON Directors of the City’s Economic Development Corp. approved a plan last week to pay $25,000 to a consultant who will seek grants and design a portion of Lions Foundation Park that will become home to sculptures. After much discussion Jan. 15 and in a previous meeting, the EDC Board voted unanimously to […]

City will make offer on second downtown property

By SHELLY WILKISON Following a 45-minute closed session Tuesday, the City Council voted unanimously to make an offer to purchase the Bell property in downtown Liberty Hill. The property, which is located at 51 CR 279 (Bagdad Road) and Loop 332, is listed at $170,000. City Manager Greg Boatright told The Independent after the special […]

Council approves plan for treatment plant expansion

By SHELLY WILKISON City Council members approved a preliminary plat Monday for a new subdivision of duplexes within the city limits, and took the first step toward the construction of an $8.7 million expansion of the regional wastewater treatment plant. Following a detailed presentation by the Georgetown engineering firm Steger Bizzell, the Liberty Hill City […]

P&Z recommends UDC changes on duplexes, alcohol sales

By SHELLY WILKISON The City’s Planning & Zoning Commission paved the way Tuesday for more lenient permitting for duplexes within the city limits. Following a public hearing where no one addressed the body, the Commission voted unanimously to recommend the City Council allow duplexes as a permitted use in the C-2 downtown district. Currently, duplexes […]

Officials visit BBE to see success of math program

From left are Reasoning Minds representatives Steven Gaudino and James Talarico, Bill Burden Elementary Principal Terrie Chambers, LHISD Superintendent Dr. Rob Hart, State Rep.  Marsha Farney, Leander ISD Superintendent Dr. Bret Champion, Aaron Gibson with Rep. Farney’s office, Amy Rister Holloway from State Rep. Tony Dale’s office of Cedar Park, Burden Math Intervention teacher Caryl Simpson, and Math Intervention para-professional Carolyn Bahr. (Courtesy Photo)

Bill Burden Elementary School welcomed state officials and special guests Jan. 6. State Rep. Marsha Farney, R-Georgetown, and a representative of State Rep. Tony Dale, R-Cedar Park, along with Leander ISD Superintendent Dr. Bret Champion visited the school to learn more about Reasoning Minds. Reasoning Minds is a web-based math program sponsored by a state […]

Council rejects Williamson’s petition for tax rollback

By SHELLY WILKISON The Liberty Hill City Council rejected a petition Monday that would have forced a special election on a tax rollback. The petition, which contained the signatures of 66 Liberty Hill voters — or 10 percent of the 647 registered voters — was submitted to City Hall on Dec. 19, 2014, by former […]

Council amends ordinance on duplexes, removes distance restriction on alcohol sales

By SHELLY WILKISON The Liberty Hill City Council approved recommendations made recently by the City’s Planning & Zoning Commission regarding permits for duplexes and an amendment to an ordinance regarding alcohol sales. Following a public hearing early in the meeting with no comments, the Council voted 4-1 to amend an ordinance to remove distance limitations […]