Mayor defends right to seek budget records

By SHELLY WILKISON Mayor Jamie Williamson, who two weeks ago was accused by council members of disrupting city government by overloading  staff members with requests for documents, read a lengthy prepared statement Monday defending her actions. “The documents I requested were within my official capacity as mayor,” she said, citing Attorney General’s Opinions and referencing […]

Teens’ brush with death draws town support

By Dana Delgado Plans by five Liberty Hill High School students for a spring break filled with fun, friends, and music at Austin’s South by Southwest Music Festival turned into something they never imagined — a brush with death. Just past midnight on March 13, with the iconic event ramped-up and amped-up with music blaring […]

Trustees approve new teaching positions, hear report on growth

By SHELLY WILKISON Liberty Hill school trustees on Monday created four new teaching positions at the high school that administrators say are needed to meet new graduation requirements and accommodate growth in enrollment. Passed by state lawmakers in 2013, the omnibus education bill, House Bill 5, made sweeping changes to the Texas Education Code (TEC) […]

Council will create ordinance to discount property tax values for elderly, disabled

By SHELLY WILKISON Although Monday’s two and one-half hour meeting was dominated by  frequent flareups between opposing candidates for office, the Liberty Hill City Council did take action to improve some roads and authorized the attorney to draft an ordinance discounting and freezing property value for elderly and disabled property owners. A unanimous vote authorized […]

Workshop minutes adopted over Mayor’s objections

By SHELLY WILKISON Managing Editor The Mayor’s disagreement with how a public workshop was posted was disregarded Monday as the Council adopted minutes of a March 6 meeting showing a quorum of council members were present during a three-hour open house where they heard  input from citizens on the City’s Comprehensive Plan. Claiming the presence […]

Pereira returns from military duty to economic nightmare

By Dana Delgado Nothing that Liberty Hill resident Roy Pereira faced in the U.S. Army could have prepared him for the nightmare he would experience when he left. When the military short-circuited his plans of “making it a career,” the serviceman, who had trained as a combat engineer and a heavy demolition expert, was in […]

City prepares for growth by hiring planner

By SHELLY WILKISON While better positioning Liberty Hill for growth has been the goal of the business community for some time, the City Council took a big step in that direction in January when it created the position of City Planner and hired a credentialed person to fill it. While fairly new to Texas, Amber […]

3 contested races for City Council

Although there are no contested races for Liberty Hill school board and trustees are expected to cancel the election when they meet later this month, the race to fill three City Council seats will be the campaigns to watch this spring. The filing deadline was Feb. 28, and waiting until the last day to announce […]

Long discusses growth with business community

By SHELLY WILKISON While growth seems to be the new buzz word in Liberty Hill, Williamson County Commissioner Cynthia Long put that in perspective for about 30 members of the business community Feb. 20. “Precinct 2 in 2000 was the fastest growing precinct in Williamson County, and it was again in 2010,” she said. “We’re […]

Brewer questions city payroll discrepancies

By SHELLY WILKISON In response to questions from the Mayor and a Council member about payroll issues, City Manager Greg Boatright said Monday that “our finances are in good shape.” Boatright said the Mayor and Councilmember Vicki Brewer had been requesting information about “budget and salaries and payroll.” In response, he included in the meeting […]