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Burnet, Texas Burnet Bulletin Wednesday, January 27, 2016 Page 5 From Page 1 account, which currently sits at around $8.8 million. "It takes so much money to run a district and what the Fund Balance is for is to make sure that we can sustain a regular schedule in case some kind of catastrophe happens to take place. Our goal is to run without,money from the state for three months if this hap- boards," said Charlie Goble, Director of BCISD Facility and Operations. "Charlie Goble bid the replacement of different things and found itt signifi- cantly cheaper if he and his crew do the work themselves and just purchase the items needed for replacing nets and such," McBurnett said. "So kudos for doing the research in giving the tennis courts a much needed face-lift," he added. In addition to the resurfac- pens," McBurnett said. ing and updating the tennis The current Fund Balance courts, a couple more bleach- sits over $2.4 million dollars what is required by the state. "Our auditor pointed out the last couple of years that our Fund Balance is one of the healthiest of all the districts he works with and one of the healthiest in Central Texas," the superintendent pointed out. Possible purchases started with $400,000 to set aside for the end of life on the stadium turf that will occur in 8-10 years. "We know there is going to be an epd of life of the turf, and the most conservative appropriate approach is to set aside a little each year," McBurnett said. "Setting aside $50,000 ers and shade structures will be added for the players and spectators. Another possible purchase going before the board was that of three 30x40 metal buildings at $60,000 to serve as storage facilities and to be located at three sitse around the high school campus. "One will be located at the Ag barn and host as a storage for things such as the brand new John Deere Tractor, the fork lift and feed," McBurnett said. Another building would be located next to the athletic building at Bulldog Stadium, to house sports equipment, while another would be placed at the Facility and Operating each year will pay for that building across from the Bus when the ttme comes and will ensure that any future board would not have to deal with such a large purchase all at one time," he explained The purchase of new band uniforms was also noted as a possible purchase at a cost of $60,000 since the current ones are coming to the end of life after eight years of usage. "There is a budget cur- rently to maintain uniforms BalTL Another $100,000 was dis- cussed and took action on for concrete to be poured in the four comers of the track. Drainage is already located at these areas but the dirt around them has started to wash onto the track during rains and over time could damage the track. "We knew something was going to have to be done in for any alterations or cleaning these areas and we looked at and such that need to be done, Liberty Hill and their granite but there is not a budget for new uniforms to be pur- chased," McBurnett said. "In the 2016-17 school year, the band would plan for and design new uniforms, with the issue of the new uni- forms beginning in the 2017- 18 school year," McBumett said. they have in their locations, but you can see where the water is now washing ruts into the granite from the rain," McBumett said. With the concrete slabs there will also be a jump pit installed at the end of the right comer of the straight away for competitions. June to review as well as time spent in regular meetings, they would be able to come up with the finished fiscal plan in an adequate amount of time. Bond updates School board members also heard updates on the bond projects. They learned that Bumet High School now has its fire line rerouted and inte- rior work to the administrative entryway and art rooms will begin in summer. Shady Grove Elementary has been busy with updates; replacing HVC units, plumb- ing work, electrical work, sanitary sewer line adjust- ments, additions of items to enforce the structure itself, the addition of fire hydrants~ and work on the bio retention and detention ponds. Bumet Middle School, Quest High School, and the BCISD Administrative build- ing currently have bids out for removal and replacement of existing roofs as well as restroom upgrades and upgraded HVC units. On Feb. 1, the campuses will start testing roofs for any signs of hazardous material, such as asbestos. Bertram Elementary is now out for bids on roof repairs, an elevator, plus upgrades to restrooms and the HVC system. "We expect to receive the bids back by Jan. 27," McBumett said. RJ Richey Elementary has had its survey completed for the front drive and an emer- gency access road that the City requested be put into place on the south side of the campus. "We considered all these things to be in the bond but as we were working through, we were very price sensitive and wanted to make sure that we didn't carry too much into the bond," said McBumett, when questioned on why these things were added to the bond. "We were working with our committee to find the best sweet spot that they felt was the most appropriate," he said. "In terms of the stadium, for example, we actually bid YOU .FOB School Board members (from left) standing with their cape crusader alter egos include board member Jeff Hullum ("Mr. Fusion,) Vice President Jim Luther (Arachno Mask,) board member Angela Moore (Wing Shadow,) President Andy Field (Captain Tarantula,) board member Robby Robbinson (The Amazing Wave,) Secretary Charles Williams (Frost Boy) and board member Craig Barefoot (Shadow Cat,) From Page 1 takes in countless animals, reducing expenses for county animal control. In addition to seeking help from the counties and munici- palities on a scheduled basis, McBride said the City of Bumet and Bumet County made additional donations to the shelter. "We got a $10,000 bonus from the City of Burnet to use on our building," he said, which was in great need of maintenance and repairs. The Christ-Yoder facility, located on Rural Road 1431 north of TX 29 in Buchanan Dam, needed mechanical fixes, repairs to the drains in the kennels and new paint on the floors Bumet County Commissioners also voted in a meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 12, to donate two surplus laptop computers to the Hill Country Humane Society for use at the shelter. Commissioners said dur- ing the meeting that, while the laptops were not "front row technology," they would serve a need at the facility. Bumet County Judge James Oakley voiced support for the Humane Society and animal shelter. "Burnet County intends to be a very strong partner with the Hill Country Humane Society. It serves a much needed purpose in the commu- nity," Oakley said. "We want to do everything we can to make sure our partnership with Llano County is benefi- cial to all citizens." McBride said the shelter also saw an influx of private donations after a public plea for help. "Without everyone who donated, we would have sunk. Those private donors helped immeasurably," he said From Page 1 soldiers and injured 30 more on base here in central Texas - Fort Hood - and our President still refuses to acknowledge the real enemy that is threatening the safety of the homeland - radical Islamic extremism." Williams said he went to "outrageous lengths" to have the classification of the Fort Hood shooting changed from workplace violence to an act of terrorism. admit that radical Islam is the greatest threat to America, and we also deserve a president who goes after the real cause of violence, not a president who uses national tragedies to push the agenda he has had since day one in office." Williams said that a national problem with mental illness was another cause of violence, and said support for people in ill mental health needed to be addressed. "The Constitution is the foundation of our government, and I, as your congressperson, will not sit back and let the us here, from practicing one of our most important rights." Williams said when the Obama Administration comes to Congress to get funding for their proposals, "they're going to have a hard time," and prom- ised to do everything he could to keep the executive branch in check during Obama's final year in office. Williams said that although Obama has been sued for actions taken that some national representatives feel are illegal, "he's learned how to game the system" because he will be out of office in McBurnett also stated that "This solution is zero out to do that work, and the Williams argued that the president pick and choose November. predominate colors of the new maintenance, and is worth the bids came in just Qverwhe!m- American people '!deserve a which parts he thinks he should Williams often refers to the money.to spend in o~lr 1.nvest- , ln~ly~ ,~ut of budget, sa d I president ~at~respec~s our con- up~Itl~,'' ~i~li~"t~!tl: "I iC~7 ~ ~gh!and Lakes as his "home" ~ s ~ould Jae ~ Keily~ .... " ......... ...... i '" "J"~ ....... ' t3reen W.lm a~ccent colors. 'ment in fl~e hew track and''~' McB~tt .......... 1,~ stitutiotiai ri~h{s We deserve a tainly ,will r~o~ ~let', ~fia prevent and he maintains a residence in -'" Next on the list of possible turf," said McBurnet{. ...... "B3~ doing i~,9~rselve~ and ,1 resident that i'sn'( afraltl tO': law:abidiiag citizens, like all of Horseshoe Bay. purchases was $12,000 for Budget preparations going Out and b'i6ding it our~l ..... ' ................. new hurdles for the new track. Bumet currently has enough hurdles for a seven-lane track, but now has a new eight-lane track. The purchase would allow 10-flights for eight-lanes with an additional four extra. ,,we will be hosting the Burnet Wells Fargo track meet Feb. 25 and our first-ever dis- trict track meet April 13-14," McBumett said. With the purchase of these hurdles, there was assurance from McBurnett that the hur- dles would be delivered on time to be ready for the first track meet. In addition to the pur- chases, a facelift for the tennis courts was discussed at an estimated cost of $65,000 That pricetag would cover the resurfacing of the tennis courts, as well as fixing all the curbs that hold the fences, re- caulking all the seams, as well as adding bleachers and shad- ing to the tennis court area. "General Maintenance and Operations will cover replac- ing nets, fixing cranks, sand- ing down poles and repainting and wind screen and back- In addition, board mem- bers started to review their 2016-2017 budgets as assur- ances came from McBurnett that, with the three budget workshops in March, May and selves we are actually coming in at a much better price than what we were able to utilizing the general contractor," said McBurnett. f Rib Eye Steak MICHAEL HORTON Republican. Caadidate