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 […]

Parents: Agriculture barn facility not safe for students

By SHELLY WILKISON It was standing room only at Monday’s school board meeting as parents attended to express their concerns about the conditions of the agriculture barn facility on the campus of Liberty Hill Junior High. About a dozen parents of high school and junior high agriculture students asked the Board to consider funding improvements […]

City will make offer on 2 downtown properties

By SHELLY WILKISON The Liberty Hill City Council authorized city staff Monday to begin negotiations for the possible purchase of two downtown properties that would potentially house additional city offices and public parking. Following a 40-minute closed session, the Council voted unanimously to allow the staff to pursue the purchase of a three-unit apartment building […]

Herbst to fill principal’s office at LHES in 2015

Melanie Herbst spent Monday touring Liberty Hill Elementary School, meeting staff and students. Ms. Herbst was hired last week as Principal filling a position currently held by Jan Tredemeyer, who is retiring in December. (Sean Shapiro Photo)

By SEAN SHAPIRO Melanie Herbst got the grand tour of Liberty Hill Elementary School on Monday morning. She attended the morning assembly, met the teachers and staff, picked reitiring principal Jan Tredemeyer’s brain for ideas, and met many of the students she will be working with when she takes over as principal in January 2015. […]

New utility rates clarified, water agreement adopted

By SHELLY WILKISON City Manager Greg Boatright said Monday that some residents are being misinformed about the increase in water and wastewater rates, and clarified to City Council members that the ordinance they adopted in October raised rates by 5 percent and 7 percent, respectively. “Rates are not going up 60 percent, as some have […]