Brewer’s claims disputed after resignation from EDC

By SHELLY WILKISON Two weeks after an ordinance was adopted prohibiting city council members from serving on city boards and commissions, the Council accepted the resignation of Councilmember Vicki Brewer from the Board of the Economic Development Corp. Mrs. Brewer, who only attended one of three EDC Board meetings held since her appointment in August, [...]

Rep. Farney shares legislative update with business leaders

By SHELLY WILKISON Liberty Hill’s State Representative met with local business leaders last week, informing them of key legislation passed in 2013 that will help the state manage growth while staying fiscally responsible.  State Rep. Marsha Farney, R-Georgetown, was the keynote speaker at a joint luncheon of the Liberty Hill Chamber of Commerce and Liberty [...]

Council approves job description for planner

By SHELLY WILKISON The Liberty Hill City Council approved a job description Monday for a city planner — a position that Manager Greg Boatright says is needed to help the city deal with rapid growth and development. Although the position was not funded in the current budget, Boatright said the Council will amend the budget [...]

EDC considers tax abatement for a new business

A shipping and fulfillment company is considering relocating from Cedar Park to Liberty Hill and is seeking a five year break on property taxes. Members of the Ecomomic Development Corp. Board of Directors discussed on Tuesday the possibility of granting a $50,000 tax abatement to Outlander Fulfillment and Logistics Worldwide. If approved by the EDC [...]

Study: LHISD students could top 5,000 by 2023

By SHELLY WILKISON Growth within the Liberty Hill Independent School District has shown a steady increase in the past 12 months, according to a demographic study released this week. As new subdivisions increasingly dot the landscape throughout the school district, a study shared with school trustees Monday shows there were 42 residential closings in the [...]

Council hears from residents on annexation

By SHELLY WILKISON Neighbors residing near two lots in the Twenty-Nine Ranch subdivision told the Liberty Hill City Council during a public hearing Nov. 11 that they oppose a request for annexation into the city. Lori Gallagher said residents of the subdivision, which is located at 9600 West SH 29, have been fighting for responsible [...]

Council approves MUD wastewater rates, adopts budget ordinance

By SHELLY WILKISON The Liberty Hill City Council approved agreements Oct. 28 with two companies that will operate lift stations in multiple municipal utility districts that are now wastewater customers of the City.  To facilitate a smooth transition, the Council approved a wastewater rate and fee schedule for MUDs 12, 13, 19 and 19A that [...]

Despite $10,000 increase, Hart’s salary lower than some area superintendents

By SHELLY WILKISON The Liberty Hill ISD Board of Trustees gave Superintendent Rob Hart a $10,000 pay raise this year, but his salary still falls behind other area school superintendents. According to a Schools FIRST report presented to trustees Monday, Hart will earn $154,600 this fiscal year — a salary that includes compensation for vehicle [...]

Hostilities escalate as Mayor argues no money for manager

By SHELLY WILKISON Although the Mayor claimed it was nothing personal, the Liberty Hill City Council did not appear convinced Monday as it rejected her last-minute attempt to cut the City Manager out of the budget. Suggesting the money was not there to pay City Manager Greg Boatright the City’s half of an $80,000 salary, [...]

Council takes steps to balance budget

By SHELLY WILKISON In an attempt to close a $76,325 gap between proposed expenses for fiscal 2013 and city income, the Liberty Hill City Council voted Monday to delay employee raises until 2014, increase its projected sales tax revenue, and take uncommitted money from utility funds. On Sept. 16, the Council voted to keep the [...]