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50 cents 1873- 2015 Wednesday February 10, 2016 Vol. 143 No. 10 2 sections, 22 pages CANDIDATE PROFILES BY CHRISTI BERTELSON BURNET BULLETIN Nearly 300 people attend- ed the Burnet Chamber of Commerce/Burnet Bulletin sponsored forum Thursday, Feb. 4, where candidates vy- ing for Burnet County Jus- tice of the Peace, Constable, Commissioner and Sheriff's positions answered questions asked by moderator Judge Evan Stubbs. Although last on stage, candidates for Burnet Coun- ty Sheriff---Calvin Boyd and JP Wilson--were perhaps the mostly highly anticipated by the crowd that first heard qual- ifications recounted. "The sheriff is a diverse job and so your entire career needs to be considered," said Boyd, formerly with the Texas Forum... see Page 5A Candidates for Burner County Commissioners' Court share the stage during a forum held last Thursday, Feb. 4, including: (from left) Precinct 1 candidates Jim Luther Jr., CHRISTI BERTELSONIBURNET BULLETIN Glenn Whitworth and Sam Cox and Precinct 3 candidates Linvel Baker, Darrell (Butch) Turner and Billy Wall. Early voting starts next Tuesday BY CrIRISTI BERTELSON BURNET BULLETIN Burnet County residents will be offered the conve- nience of early, in-person voting for their favorite can- didates starting this coming Tuesday, Feb. 16, and run- ning through Friday, Feb. 26, ahead of the March l primary election. In addition to na- tional races, to be decided on this ballot, are a number of locally-contested races, including that to seat a new sheriff, county commission- ers, constables and justices of the peace. Any registered voter in Burnet County may vote in Early voting.., see Page 11A Students celebrate '100 Days' of school in Bertram Parents and teachers watched Bertram Elementary students parade around the school track in a 100 Day Parade to ALEXANDRIA RANDOLPH/BURNET BULLETIN celebrate being "100 days smarter" than they all were at the beginning of the school year. More photos on 3A. High School Principal Kincaid to retire by BY CHRISTI BERTELSON BU~ET BULLETIN After four years of serving as principal of Bumet High School and with 32 years of service in public education, Mark Kincaid announced to his staff Wednesday, Feb. 3, his plans to retire at the end of the 2015 -2016 school year. "He has a new grandba- by and he wants to be able to spend time with his family and enjoy the new addition," said Keith McBurnett, super- intendent of the Burnet Con- solidated Independent School District (BCISD). During his career, Kin- caid has served in a number of different positions includ- ing pnncipal of Leander High School, executive director of college and career preparato- ry programs for Austin Com- munity College and executive director of college and career Kincaid readiness in the Pflugerville ISD. "My faith plays a big part in my life and I think God is telling me it is time to step aside and take on other chal- Principal... see Page 11A in u -_ 727"-:'.:2-.2---72--- :2~---'~::272Y2-_Z-2Y2y---. -'2"2Y.JyjsT.: Week ended Feb. 7: BY ALEXANDRIA RANDOLPH BURNET BULLETIN 0.00 inches Month to Date: 0.14 inches YTD: 0.14 inches Any weather conditions occurring after 8 a.m. Sunday will be reported the following week. Source: Hugh McCoy Hamilton Creek Drive lil!U!l!!ll!!!!!llll, Llano County Commissioners have fallen right in line with Burnet County officials in unan- imously opposing the proposed Leonard Dam upstream at a pecan orchard in Goldthwaite. In a resolution passed on Jan. 11, Llano County Commissioners expressed their opposi- tion toward the proposed in-channel dam which would impound 1,000 acre-feet of water. "Llano County opposes this dam and encour- ages LCRA (Lower Colorado River Authority) and TPWD (Texas Parks and Wildlife Depart- ment) to use their best efforts to convince TCEQ (Texas Commission on Environmental Quality) Commissioners to reject D.E and Nancy Leon- ard's application to construct the dam and divert this water from the Colorado River System," their resolution stated. i i m I i Right-of-way negotiations underway now between Enterprise, Burner County landowners BY ALEXANDRIA RANDOLPH BURNET BULLETIN Pipeline representatives are currently wrapping up private land agreements to make way for the construction of a second crude oil pipeline to cross Burnet County. Enterprise Products Partners LP will be- gin construction in June to install another crude oil pipeline and spokesman Rick Rain- ey said the company is in the process of com- municating with land owners about the path the pipeline will take. Plans call for it to follow along the same corridor as the existing Seminole Pipeline in North Central Burnet County, Rainey said, further explaining that the new pipeline will cross the county a few miles north of Burner in the northwest to southeast direction, in- eluding crossing US 281. It will stretch 416 miles from Midland to Sealy. Rainey said that laying the Midland to Sealy pipeline adjacent to fhe existing line would "minimize the need to move into un- disturbed areas. This will give residentsa bet- ter idea where the pipeline will run." "We're currently negotiating right-0f-way agreements with landowners," Rainey said. "I haven't heard of any issues with the process. Each agreement takes into account the unique characteristics of the property." Rainey said Enterprise has eminent do- main powers, but rarely needs to use them. "We have a good track record of reaching agreements with property owners," he said. The new pipeline project was first an- Plpollnn.. see Page 13A MIDLAND TO HOUSTON CRUDE OIL PIPELINE From the Permian Supply Hub to Multiple Markets C~ k }. a h ,!: ,: :! .omml 0 400-mile, 24" pipeline from Midland to Seaty, Texas 0 =,60~ of initial capacity of 300 MBPD is contracted Cal~:lty expandable te 450 Mail) O Major environmental l~ermits received; Long lead time items such as pipe and valves ordered 0 Supported by long-term contracts o Expected tn-~rviee: 2Q 2011 o Competitive advantages Origin not dependlmt on third (l~ri~/ pil~lirills Direct transport from Midland to Gulf Coast Four i~I~ns: WrS, Wll, tilht wrl and ' condensate Destination can eff~nttV distribute b~rrels to markets oe the Te~= Gulf Co~=t The Midland to Scaly pipeline scheduled for construction beginning in June will CONTRIBUTED follow the same corridor as the exiting Seminole Pipeline. Llano County officials cited lake levels, pos- sible contamination and the health of wildlife as concerns the led to their opposition of the dam. "The water flowing in the Colorado River through Llano County will be substantially re- duced," the letter said, stating that the reduction would lower the lake levels and negatively affect the area's tourism industry. Llano County commissioners also cited run- off from the pecan orchard which the dam would irrigate. "Said runoff may contain residue from fer- tilizers, pesticides, etc," the letter read, which "may contribute to the degradation of the quality of water in the reservoir, river and downstream." The letter also mentioned that availability of water was important in maintaing the wildlife and wild game in Llano County, for which the areais known. Library offers Valentines 'Night Out' BY CHRISTI BERTELSON BURNET BULLETIN Bertram Friends of the Library are offering parents a chance to have some "kid- free" time on Saturday, Feb. 13, from 5:30-10 p.m. at the library. "It's important for parents to have time together with- out the kids," said Theodosia Schmidt, a member of the Friends group. "We are doing this as a fundraiser for the Bertram Li- Night Out... see Page l 1A Daddy/Daughter Dance set Sunday BY CHRISTI BEP4rELSON BURNEr BULLETIN The Diva Dawgs will host a Daddy Daughter Dance this Valentine's Day Sunday, Feb. 14, at RJ Richey Elementary. Starting at 5:30-7:30 p.m., the dance is for any daddy and daughter in the Burnet Con- solidated Independent School District. "How this came about, is that David Bennett and I have been visiting about doing this for about three to four years nanco.., see Page 11A