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Burnet, Texas Burnet Bulletin News Wednesday, January 21, 2015 ~II 3 ..... ' lcC ' ALEXANDRIA RANDOLPH~THE HIGHLANDER CONTRIBUTED Sonny McAfee, District Attorney for the 33rd and 424th Judicial District, spoke at the Hill Country 100 Club Annual Meeting and Awards Banquet Thursday, Jan. 15 about the Importance of foundation, family and faith in the lives of first responders, Burnet Police Chief Paul Nelson won approval from the city ~ council to obtain body cameras for his officers. ,t From Page I to cleaning game. I get satis- faction out of cleaning up game and putting it in the deep freeze for as long as possible." On a more serious note, McAfee shared a message of foundation, family, faith and the 90/10 principle. "Ten percent of your life is comprised of events that occur. The other 90 percent is how you respond," he said, and told responders that having a good foundation is about relying on good training. McAfee spoke to the im- portance of having family as a security blanket. "Interact with them and include them in what you do. That's the way to avoid bum out," he said. "You're used to making decisions for others. It's a good trait in an emergen- cy situation, but it's not a good trait in a family situation." McAfee said that as the third pier of the principal, his faith has "kept me going in times when it's been real rough as a law enforcement officer and a prosecutor." He added that "the impact you have goes far beyond what you do day to day." During the meeting portion of the ceremony, Past Chair Bill Hussey relayed that 2014 was a good year for the organization. "We finished the year with- out a line-of-duty loss of life," he said. Hussey added that the or- ganization awarded six $2,000 scholarships this year to young people seeking a career in law enforcement, fire fighting and first response. He gave special thanks to the Grand Bank of Texas and Woody and Donna McCaslind for their loyal do- nations to the organizations, as well as Escondido Golf Club for hosting the annt~al tournament. "The Hill Country is a unique place where helping others is a regular occurrence," Hussey said. From Page 1 peers on the court, is that the bridge does not rank high on the county's official list of fu- ture road projects. "I want to point out to you that the commissioners' court approVed the project list," Neve said~ "As members of the Klaeger. "I think it will be cheaper for the county," Oakley said, adding his new vehicle was bought utilizing the state buy board of approved vendors. The commissioners also decided not to act on a propos- al by James Fletcher, president of the Public Facilities Corpo- ration (PFC) which oversees the operations of the county jail, to cut the number of di- was reduced to three after Neve and Gene Keeling resigned be- came the Texas Association of Counties said it would no lon- ger provide personal liability insurance to PFC members and the county had difficulty find- ing affordable coverage. Insurance coverage has since been obtained for the re- maining directors, but Fletcher asked that the makeup of the PFC board be left at three. court, wevote as: a team and rectors onthe PFC board from, Once a~ain, eve v_gieed w~C~f~eOaYrPo~t~yl~ ~18~:~nve[o mree." ~.tJo,velo rl:r,w DHsvn,. . oenoo,, o,,nw ~."~h'J'~"w'~'T'-0'J"~ :'~5~' L'~'~i,, .uuu ~ u,,u,. ~" ,O~ ~. ~d .~,~gl.~]~to q~,~.g~.~tors "It grCes a lot or-control or eCt,list, ' ..... , iti, r~ ! : : ' r ' ~ .... ! ' '. : ' 4 k~ ,The bridge has been,on,the . county's transportation project list since 1978, Oakley said. Nevertheless, the current project list was discussed and voted :6n"by the commission- era' court, Neve replied "The makeup of the court is different from when the list was made," Oakley said. Oakley is free to attempt to win support from the other commissioners to change the list, but, "Until then I expect you to support it," Nevesaid. Also at the Jan. 13 meet- ing, county officials approved Oakley's request to purchase a 2015 :Chevrolet Tahoe at a cost:of $34,205 for Oakley to use on county business and also, approved the purchase of a 2015 pickup for Precinct 2 Commissioner Russell Graeter from H0ffpauer Chevrolet for $31,700. Oakley said he elected to get the county-provided ve- hicle as opposed to the $500 monthly car allowance plus payment at the state-approved rate Of 56 cents per mile for out-of=county travel paid to former county judge Donna f Rib Eye Steak ' Grilled Shrimp Side Salad FreSh Yeast Roll Appetizer or Dessert to Share Complimentary wine or cham 23oo W State Hwy 29 Burnet, TX 786~ 756-O550 a lot of money to three peo- ple," Neve said. The commissioners ulti- mately did not act on Fletch- er's request and asked him to try to find others who would be interested in being on the PFC board. In turn, Fletcher asked them to help him with the task. From Page I cameras has been highlight- ed recently because of dis- putes regarding events that took place before and during some controversial incidents receiving extensive national attention. The most notable of those was the shooting death of an unarmed man in Ferguson, Missouri, by an officer who said the man attacked him and was trying to take his gun. The body cameras are de- signed to clip to a uniform to record both the actions of the wearer and those in its field of view. They feature 16GB inter- nal memory and up to 12 hours of recording time, according to the manufacturer, VIEVU. Video evidence can be se- 608 Buchanan Dr., Burnet 512-756-8550 WWW.HEALTHMART .COM curely stored and catalogued with a digital signature pro-~,' cess to verify the video has not .~ been altered and, if the camera is lost or stolen, the camera's "~ software will prevent unautho- rized access " The camera's lens allows:i for more accurate forensic~ analysis, distance measure- ments, and crime scene recon- struction, VIEVU states. Bumet PD plans to pre- serve video shot by the camer- as for 90 days before destroy- ing it except for that whiclr.~ will be preserved as evidence? Nelson said. -~ Also at the Jan. 13 meet-'': ing, the city council approved the second and final reading of an amended city ordinance~ that will toughen smoking regulations by prohibiting,e smoking within 15 feet of the entrance or open windows of J business establishments. Hearth Marto Become a fan on ~! (Lakco Aree Health Mart In Bumet) VIllaGE REVIVAL U ) i From Page 1 so that we will know the cost for construction to cease and to have the stadium prepared to have graduation," McBur- nett said. Kincaid recently met with Project Graduation representa- tives and senior students to get feedback from stakeholders about other general possibil- " ities, the superintendent said. "We have had graduation in the high school gym before because Of weather," McBur- nett Said. The situation remains fluid at this point, he said. "At this time we don't have all of the information necessary to make a decision , or even to present firm 'options to stakeholders, As soon as we do, have the needed infor- mation, we will communicate widely with our stakeholders," he said. :;,:;;:w. :U We will be .open late Friday January 30th 102 E. Main (corner Main and Adams) Fredericksburg Mon.-Thurs. 10am-5:30pm Fri. & Sat. 10am-6pm Sun 11am-5pm