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Page 2A Wednesday, May 9, 2018 Burnet Bulletin News Burnet, Texas From left are Carol Rose, HLRTA scholarship chair; recipient; Darlene Hargett, Scholarship Committee. Highland Lakes Retired Teachers Association held their May salad/dessert luncheon on Tuesday, May 1, at the Marble Falls Church of Christ. Hayley HaITis. former graduate of Burner High [] School and now finishing her freshman year at Texas State, was awarded the HLRTA scholarship at the luncheon. The next HLRTA meeting will be held Tuesday, Sept. 4, and will welcome new retirees with a reception at Broadway Contributed Hayley Harris, scholarship the meeting. For more information on the Highland Lakes Retired Teachers Association and the Texas Retired Teachers Association, please contact HLRTA at highlandlakesrta@ I Ha i By Savanna Gregg store and say they left items, Burnet Bulletin but they were not found, On Friday, May 4, Bertram so she knew someone was police put a stop to a string stealing," Bertram Police of thefts which had been Chief J.J: Wilson said. "When occurring at the this situation surfaced and Library Thrift Store for the she looked at the footage, past year, they had been there at least Two People -- 30-year- 12 times since shehad begun old Robert wayne Hicks recording," IIi and 37-year-old Kristy The Bertram Police Broadway, both of Bertram were charged 'with possession of a controlled substance after police found methamphetamine in their home, the purchase of which was thought to be funded by items stolen from the thrift store. The Bertram Police Department is now in the process of filing warrants for the repeated theft. The manager of the thrift store, located at 104 S. Gabriel, noticed the items had been disappearing from the donation box at the facility and set up cameras, which captured footage of a man and woman repeatedly taking items from the bin. "People would call the thrift Department posted photos of the suspects on Facebook, asking the public for help in identifying them. "The community really helped us find them," Wilson said. "Close to 100 people called and offered a lot of leads, tips, and whereabouts, and helped with identification." When BPD searched the home, some of the property was recovered, though many items are still missing. "We think they were selling them for drug money and using it for their own personal gain," Wilson said. "They both said they were taking it to give to the needy, but that was not the case." By Alexandria Randolph HLN Correspondent Bertram City Council approved the hiring of a new Utilities Director in a special city council meeting Tuesday officer position at Betram Elementary School. The new SRO position would be the first in the history of Bertram, said Police Chief J.J. Wilson. Hicks status for a very long time. He's already adapted to the new environment." Wilson clarified that the police department budget would remain the same. By Lew K, Cohn As of 6 a.m. Tuesday, May is often seen in late spring or eve~ning Sounci!. opte~d not tofi! gn i~We'fe m.ov!ng.o.him up [ 1~.; - '~ :e ;H ~. : ,~ ~ 1TI31Cll :c~te 1Rq ,xrlfh n T~xn~ AX~M Fare~ServiCe, of abqut a,:half-hour, council due to unresolved issues in the posmon, we re not,~ laying . ~ . 11 ," 1 K~,~I~'Z" 3F .t 2 .: .~.a votect tour to one to anprove language otme ctoeument lne anyDoay oxI, ne sam. ': tsurnet k, Ounty win continue lOW oral anti a nlgn OI303. in oI,n~l action, I'nc ,1 I . " ~ -- ", . ~'---- --''--2--~ U-- ---- worked without a burn ban at this time The KBDI is used to commissioners voted me mrmg m Aoam bamoen councn votect to nave severm ~nc ttllUtt~u nuuab as forecasted rain came to the determine forest fire potential, unanimously to approve for the position of city utilities issues in the contract clarified by part time officers would a professional services agreement for $12,720 with "tyler Technologies for a two- week, 80-hour training session to be performed in Bumet County and to be paid for through County Clerk Janet Parker's Records Management Fund. Tyler Technologies will be on-site to assist employees in the courts and jail with their training needs -- one week being spent with court employees and one week with the jail employees. Commissioners also accepted to resignation of ESD 1 board member Neal Younker due to health reasons and approved a janitorial contract with Christian Care Cleaning for the Courthouse. area last week County commissioners held a special called meeting Wednesday, May 2. but elected not to take action to ban outdoor burning at this time. "With the recent rain we've had and what is forecast, I would not support a ban at this time," County Judge James Oakley said. while Precinct 3 Commissioner Billy Wall said his precinct appeared to be "in good shape" in terms of fire safety. At 10 a.m. Thursday, May 3, the county had an average Keetch-Byram Drought Index number of 378, with a high of 527 in the south end of the county, but a low of 265 in the northwest portion. The drought index is based on daily water balance, where a drought factor is balanced with precipitation and soil moisture (assumed to have a maximum storage capacity of eight inches) and is expressed in hundredths of an inch of soil moisture depletion. The drought index ranges from 0 to 800, where a drought index of 0 represents no moisture depletion, and an index of 800 represents absolutely dry conditions. A KDBI of 378 means the area has average soil moisture depletion of 3.78 inches. With a KDBI of 200-400. fuels are beginning to dry and contribute to wildfire intensity. Heavier fuels will still not readily ignite and burn. This director. Lambert will be replacing former director Dewain Everett following his resignation in early March. The vote in opposition was issued by Councilman Adam Warden. Lambert worked previously as the Public Works Director for the city of Bertram from June 2014 to April 2016 before taking a Public Works Director position with the city of Boyd. During his time at Boyd, Lambert initiated a $5.8 million Capital Improvement Project plan to provide for future growth. Lambert has 12 years of experience in public works with more than 350 training hours approved by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality. In other action at the meeting, the council voted unanimously to move forward with a contract between the city and Burnet Consolidated ISD to hire a full-time police officer for a school resource drop from 120 to about 96, Hernandez said. The new SRO would be present on the campus, in the school zones and during the bus transports for eight hours each day, Wilson said. The creation of the position was initiated by BCISD officials following the school shooting incident in Parkland, F1. in mid February. Burnet CISD has spent "well over $1 million in security enhancements in the past five years," McBurnett said in March. Since that time, Bertram Elementary has been holding active shooter drills twice a month in conjunction with the Bertram Police Department. City Mayor Cynthia Anderson requested that Hernandez prepare budget information for the upcoming meeting to confirm that the city could afford to pay Cotton's salary until the first of the BCISD payments came in August. by City Attorney Mike Guevara and have it prepared for signing at the upcoming May 8 council meeting. "Burnet Consolidated ISD will pay for an officer that the Chief will appoint as full time in the next school year," said Georgina Hernandez, city administrator and secretary. There will be monthly payments made by BCISD to compensate the city for the officer's salary, Hernandez said. "It's around $3,500 per month." she said. "A full time officer is right around $42,000, and they're paying $31,000. It's only a portion of what the standard salary will be." Hernandez said the council could decide Whether the city would make up the $12,000 annual difference. Wilson already has an officer in mind for the job. "Officer Walton Couon is already in the school doing the job," he said. "He's been working toward full time The next meeting of the Marble Falls Public Library, Service, who will be speaking Highland Lake Native Plant from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. on all things trees. Society of Texas will be Guest speaker will be Clay The public is invited to Saturday, May 19, at the Bales of the Texas Forest attend. Information Meeting A]TH May 24th at 7:00 p.m. in the Student Center * > Dr Gary 2 w First United Methodist Church We invite you to join us! 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