2013 Year in Review

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BREAKING GROUND on the Former Texas Rangers Heritage Museum were Mayor Jeryl Hoover, left, and Joe B. Davis, president of the Former Texas Rangers Foundation. -- Standard-Radio Post File photo

It is already time to say goodbye to 2013 — a year filled with ups and downs, highs and lows.

Whether it was renovations to the swimming pool at Lady Bird Johnson Municipal Park, the start of construction of the new Gillespie County Jail or a search for a new school superintendent, city, county and school leaders were kept busy throughout the year.

Festivals and events in the community continued to attract large numbers of visitors, and youth and adults alike made headlines with their accomplishments.

However, not all the news was good in 2013. Accidents and other events claimed the lives of Gillespie County residents and visitors.

Before the year comes to an end, the Fredericksburg Standard-Radio Post is taking one last look back at the headlines making front page news in 2013.

Government

The year was a busy one for City of Fredericksburg, County of Gillespie and Fredericksburg Independent School District leaders.

City of Fredericksburg

The City of Fredericksburg’s year began with neighboring residents prevailing in an attempt to prevent the construction of an 11-unit condominium project on South Lee Street after the council granted their appeal to overturn the Planning and Zoning approval of a site plan for the cottages at Baron’s Creek.

City Council members in January received a favorable report on the progress of the Lady Bird Johnson Municipal Golf Course, which finished its first quarter since reopening in late September. Total revenue was up 53 percent over the past quarter, while rounds played by visitors from outside the county were up 26 percent.

In an effort to maximize space while staying within budget, the city council in January approved a final site design for the pool at Lady Bird Johnson Municipal Park. The estimated cost of $1.67 million included a 25-yard by 25-meter lap pool with a diving board, a second recreational pool with zero beach entry, a separate tot pool and a new bathhouse.

Thirty-two organizations applied for $892,857 in Hotel Occupancy Tax funds in January. Of the requests, 11 applications were first-year requests totaling $288,000. Only $430,000 was available for distribution.

Later in the month, the city approved 26 applications for the funds totaling $471,500 after agreeing to increase the budget cap by $51,500 from $420,000.

Lady Bird Johnson Municipal Golf Course in March was given a “clean slate” when the council forgave $2.75 million in outstanding debt owed by the golf course to the city’s electric department in advances made from 1992-2011. 

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