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Revised Stage 3 Water Restrictions

8/12/2022

On August 4, 2022, City Council approved updating the current Stage 3 water restrictions to include fruit under the garden section. Here is the updated language: The watering of vegetable gardens and fruit trees will be permitted between 8 p.m. and 8 a.m. using the odd/even system (even house numbers on Sunday/Thursday, odd numbers on Saturday/Wednesday) with a hand-held bucket or a hand-held hose equipped with a positive shut-off nozzle for short duration watering. We will remain in Stage 3 at this time and let everyone know if that changes. In the meantime, please continue to help conserve our water. Thank you for your patience and understanding during this drought. 

Stage 3 Revised Notice

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Mayor's Update: HWY 281 Expansion Pt. 2

8/11/2022

I understand there is a growing concern regarding the recently announced TxDot HWY-281 expansion. You are not alone; this is concerning to us as well. I love our town's history and charm and will work diligently to protect it. I promised to be transparent during my campaign and will continue this throughout my term. On May 23, TxDot held a stakeholder meeting regarding the US 281 Corridor Project from US 290 to Comal County Line. TxDot provided an update on the 281 corridor study and give an update on the relief route. Blanco County Judge Brett Bray was in attendance along with Blanco Councilmember Connie Barron, Blanco City Administrator Warren Escovy, and myself. TxDot requested for the presentation to remain confidential which they are entitled to under law and policy until their Kick-Off event in the fall. However, I felt it important to provide citizens with as much information regarding this situation as possible and quickly! I began planning a Town Hall event for our citizens to learn more about the expansion. I spoke with TxDot and instead of using their presentation, they offered to develop a “roadmap” for us to share, explaining what they’ve got in the works for HWY 281 Corridor and the relief route study. A time frame for public meetings and other significant milestones was also included in the “roadmap.” TxDot did not have to share any information and did so TxDot did as a courtesy, and their early disclosure to our leadership gave us time to get organized and start prepping strategy.  I created a presentation based on their “roadmap” and other public information that had been gathered and made available for the public. This fall event is tentatively scheduled for Sept. 29 from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Blanco High School cafeteria. We appreciate the open communication that we have had thus far with TxDot and will continue to work with them to protect and support Blanco.  I understand that there have been rumors in the past about an expansion and a possible “bypass.” According to TxDot, there has never been a relief route study for our town which is why we requested the study in early 2022. The results of this study are not in at this time, but as soon as I know anything new, I will let everyone know. In the meantime, I encourage everyone to work together; call and write letters to our state representatives, attend the TxDot meetings, etc. This should not be dividing us, we should be uniting to do what we can to protect our beloved town. 

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Possible Road Closure

8/8/2022

Public works will be working at the intersection of Fulcher and Kendalia Tuesday (8/9/22), and road closure is expected.  Thru traffic will be restricted, and rerouted.  Please refrain from traveling this way to help ensure the safety of crews, and limit traffic congestion if possible.

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Historic Preservation Officer Vacancy

7/29/2022

Our longtime Historic Preservation Officer (HPO), Mr. Rudy Nino, has officially retired from this role and the City is looking for his replacement. We'd like to express our sincere appreciation for all the hard work Mr. Nino’s contributed over the past five years as our HPO. This officer shall administer the ordinance and advise the historic preservation commission on matters submitted to it. If you are interested in becoming the City's new HPO, please send your resume to mayor@cityofblancotx.gov or drop it off at City Hall.

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Heat.gov & Blue Address Sign Update

7/28/2022

The National Integrated Heat Health Information System recently launched Heat.gov which serves as the premier source of information regarding heat and health for the nation. This website will also help decision-makers and the public understand and reduce the health risks of extreme heat.

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Mayor's Update: HWY 281 Expansion Update

7/28/2022

A Town Hall regarding updates to HWY 281 took place on Tuesday, July 19. TxDOT plans to move vehicles via HWY 281 as an alternate route for motorists traveling from San Antonio to Georgetown (currently via I-35). Plans are underway for the expansion of HWY 281 north and south of the City of Blanco and construction is estimated to begin in 2027. This expansion will be approximately 18.9 miles and includes the HWY 281/290 intersection. The number of lanes has not been decided at this time, but there is a possibility parts might increase to six lanes. The City is looking at solutions that will help and hopefully divert some of this traffic off of Blanco City Limits. A possible relief route around the square is being studied currently. If this relief route is approved, it will fall on the City to pay for and accumulate the land needed. TxDOT has an open house for the Blanco County HWY 281 Expansion scheduled for Fall 2022 and should have more information to present at that time. I encourage citizens to contact the state and/or federal elected officials regarding this expansion. In the meantime, the City will continue to work with TxDOT and Blanco County throughout this process to achieve the best results for the community while maintaining the City’s small-town charm. As always, I will keep citizens informed and involved throughout the process.

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Stage 3 Water Restrictions

7/20/2022

As of July 20, 2022, the City of Blanco has implemented Stage 3 water restrictions for all customers of the City of Blanco.

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Town Hall: HWY-281 Updates PowerPoint

7/20/2022

A town hall took place on Tuesday, July 19, 2022, at the Gem of the Hills. The City provided a brief update on the future of HWY 281 and representatives from TxDot were there to answer questions. The presentation from the Town Hall can be found below. 

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Extreme Heat Conditions

7/11/2022

ERCOT has issued a conservation appeal and is asking for energy conservation for today, so please conserve energy between noon and 8 p.m. 

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Notice of Burn Ban & Prohibition of Use of Fireworks in the City

6/30/2022

Please take notice that a county-wide burn ban is currently in effect.  Therefore, except for any City-sponsored discharge for public display, the use of fireworks within the city limits of Blanco is prohibited.

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Stage 2 Water Restrictions

6/22/2022

As of June 22, 2022, the City of Blanco has implemented Stage 2 water restriction for all customers of the City of Blanco.

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Temporary Street Closure

6/20/2022

11th Street between Mesquite and Greenlawn will be closed due to construction from Tuesday through Friday (6/21-24) this week. 

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