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The city offices will be closed in observance of Thanksgiving starting at 3 p.m. on Wednesday, November 23. Offices will reopen on Monday, November 28.
We are aware that the alert that was sent out earlier today had the wrong month listed. We apologize for the confusion and the alert was immediately updated.
TxDOT's contractor is actively working on the sidewalk enhancement project on 4th Street. The work will enhance the City and its ADA ramps and will remove certain curbs to provide better access. The project is estimated to take 6-8 weeks to complete. TxDOT is performing this work to enhance the city and its ADA/sidewalks so that all visitors can enjoy the City.
Coming up in November 2022, the City of Blanco will no longer be mailing post cards for the water bills, the water bills will be coming on a paper format in envelopes. Also our credit card system, will be changing from PSN to Fastgovpay. We will also be offering our customer auto draft for their water bills. We will keep you posted.
We are so excited to announce that the City of Blanco has achieved Gold Status for Scenic City Certification! "The Scenic City Certification Program (SCCP) was developed and implemented to establish a foundation of cohesive scenic standards and land planning practices that advance sustainability through environmental conservation, ecosystem management, and environmental education." There are currently only 91 certified Texas Scenic Cities. Big thanks to all those who helped with the application; we couldn't have done it without you!
If you were unable to attend last night's TxDOT public meeting and want more information regarding the relief route feasibility study, there are copies of the fact sheet and comment form at City Hall! There will be more opportunities for input on this project in the future, but TxDOT kindly requests that citizens submit comments by Oct. 14, 2022.
I have heard and read about some concerns with the City’s code compliance work. In the past, the City has had virtually no code compliance program. The City hired a part-time Community Compliance Office, Jonathan Wheeler. He was hired at the request of a couple of council members and some citizens, to help start a little clean-up around the town. The Community Compliance Officer works with citizens to solve problems and resolve issues while protecting property and personal rights and freedoms. His job is not to harass or coerce the citizens of Blanco. His essential duties are the following:
As many of you have heard, there will be an in-person TxDOT public meeting on Sept. 29, 2022, from 5-7 p.m. at the Blanco High School cafeteria (1215 4th Street) regarding the US 281 Blanco County project. In addition, TxDOT will also be having a virtual public meeting for the project on Sept. 29, 2022, at 5 p.m. through Oct. 14, 2022, at 11:59 p.m. Citizens wishing to attend the meeting can visit www.txdot.gov and keyword search “US 281 Blanco County.” TxDOT’s public meetings will provide an opportunity for the public to review and comment on project information and update and proposed alternatives. We appreciate TxDOT giving us the opportunity to provide feedback on this project. The proposed improvements cover Highway 281 north and south of Blanco throughout the county, but not within the city limits; they include:
As of Sept. 1, 2022, the City of Blanco has implemented Stage 2 water restrictions for all customers of the City of Blanco.
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
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.