Candidates unanimous against charter amendment

ISSUES — Former Fredericksburg City Councilman Jerry Luckenbach, standing, gives an answer to a question about water conservation at last Tuesday’s council candidate forum, held at the Hill Country University Center. Luckenbach, along with incumbent Tim Dooley, center, and challenger Bobby Watson, joined mayoral candidates Jeryl Hoover, incumbent, and Linda Langerhans in presenting their stances to voters ahead of the upcoming May 10 election. – Standard-Radio Post/Ken Esten Cooke

All five city council candidates came out strongly against the charter amendment election at last Tuesday’s candidate forum.

The event, held at Hill Country University Center and sponsored by the Fredericksburg Chamber of Commerce, drew roughly 60 citizens, who heard candidate opinions on issues ranging from amenities funding to affordable housing.

Mayoral candidate Jeryl Hoover, the incumbent, and challenger Linda Langerhans, joined the city council candidate field consisting of incumbent Tim Dooley and challengers Jerry Luckenbach and Bobby Watson. Incumbent Kathy Sanford did not run for re-election.

Charter amendment

The amendment, on the May 10 ballot, would limit the city from using surpluses or reserves from enterprise funds unless approved by voters.

Mayor Jeryl Hoover said the amendment “went from being a bad idea to being a terrible idea.”


Weinheimer and Son named 'Texas Treasure'

WEINHEIMER AND SON in Stonewall received the Texas Historical Commission’s Texas Treasure Business Award during a ceremony Thursday afternoon at the store. On hand for the presentation were, from left, Mark Wolfe, executive director of the Texas Historical Commission; DeAnn Hampton Weinheimer, principal owner/operator of the store; Bernice and Alvin (Bunny) Weinheimer, retired owners; Rep. Doug Miller, and Gillespie County Judge Mark Stroeher. — Standard-Radio Post

A Texas Treasure Business Award from the Texas Historical Commission was presented to Weinheimer and Son, Inc., of Stonewall during a ceremony held on Thursday afternoon at the store.

Presenting the award was Rep. Doug Miller, R-New Braunfels.

The Texas Treasure Business Award program pays tribute to businesses that have provided employment opportunities and support to the state’s economy for 50 years or more.

Thursday’s program opened with a welcome by Brandon Weinheimer, president of the Stonewall Chamber of Commerce.

Offering remarks were Mark Wolfe, executive director of the Texas Historical Commission; Glen Treibs, president of the Gillespie County Historical Commission, and Miller.

Wolfe pointed out that the Texas Legislature created the Texas Treasure Business Award in 2005, and “this is the type of program we should celebrate every day.”


LBJ State Park slates historic Easter activities

“Easter at the Sauer-Beckmann Living History Farm” will be celebrated on Saturday, April 19, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The Sauer-Beckmann Living History Farm is located inside the Lyndon B. Johnson State Park and Historic Site at Stonewall.

Saturday’s event offers those visiting the park the opportunity to celebrate Easter as a traditional German family would have in 1915.

When arriving at the park, visitors are asked to check in at the Park Visitor Center first to obtain their free park permit, event information, and park map. 

Visitors can watch as farm staff demonstrate how eggs were dyed naturally.

A cake baked in the shape of a lamb will be on display.

Those visiting the farm will have the opportunity to make their own grass Easter nest.


Egg hunt ahead on grounds at Pioneer Museum

An Easter egg hunt on Saturday and historical displays throughout April are planned at Pioneer Museum.

Children can get an early start in finding the colorful Easter eggs on Saturday, beginning at 10:30 a.m. at Pioneer Museum.

Children age 10 and under are invited to participate. They are urged to bring their Easter baskets.

Hundreds of eggs will be hidden around the grounds of Pioneer Museum. A special toddler’s hunt area is planned for children under five.

In addition, the Easter Bunny will be at the hunt and will be available for pictures.

Pioneer Museum opens at 10 a.m., and the normal admission fee will be waived for all children accompanied by an adult.

Entrance to the Easter egg hunt will be at the Milam Street gate.

Visitors may also tour all of the museum grounds which includes 11 historic structures.


Local peaches spared after temperature dip

Peach growers in Gillespie County dodged Mother Nature’s bullet on Monday night, according to Jim Kamas, Extension specialist.

Temperatures dipped to between 33 and 37 degrees, and local growers reported no injury to trees.

“On the other hand, I talked to a vineyard manager about 15 miles north of town on Highway 16 and they reported high damage,” Kamas said.

The LCRA weather unit showed 27 degrees with no wind in that elevated location.

Kamas added that grape growers to the north and west of Fredericksburg suffered some damage, but most of the local growers were spared damage.


First arrest made in teen's overdose death

The first formal charges and an arrest have been made in relation to last year's synthetic drug overdose death of Fredericksburg High School sophomore Samuel (Sammy) Herrera.

Robert Gavin Jeffrey, 19, of Fredericksburg, was indicted on two state jail felony charges — “Criminally Negligent Homicide” and “Delivery of Dangerous Drug” — by the Gillespie County Grand Jury on Monday, April 7.

“And, we’re not done yet,” said Fredericksburg Police Department Detective Javier Sanchez, lead investigator on the case since Herrera's death due to the synthetic drug "25b-NBOMe" nearly a year ago on April 20, 2013.

Jeffrey, who has been accused of supplying Herrera with the synthetic hallucinogenic drug, turned himself in to authorities on Thursday, April 10, and bonded out of the Gillespie County Jail on the same day, Sanchez said.


Pay, leadership issues for new dispatch center

By Lisa Treiber-Walter —

City and county officials met Friday to hammer out details of an issue that’s evolved into a tall order — combining emergency dispatch operations.

While there is a consensus from the involved parties that it is logical to join the county’s law enforcement dispatch and the city’s Fire/EMS dispatch in the new Gillespie County Jail, a couple of sticking points remain:

Who will pay for it?

Who will supervise it?

“Those are the two decisions we have to make,” said Fredericksburg Mayor Jeryl Hoover, who moderated the meeting at City Hall.

Discussions on combining the two operations have been under way for years, but heated up recently with the construction of the $15 million county jail on Industrial Loop.

Blueprints call for the jail to include a large dispatch area capable of housing a new-and-improved combined operation.


Options eyed for city's aging treatment plant

Amid concerns over aging mechanical equipment and violations pending with the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, the Fredericksburg City Council received an update on the city’s waste water treatment plant during its regular meeting Monday.

The city has already installed two new surface aerators in February to supplement the existing aeration equipment and will install six new brush aerators in May to help alleviate TCEQ’s immediate concerns.

“We were not meeting some of our discharge permit regulations,” Assistant City Engineer Kris Kneese said. “This also resulted in high operation and maintenance costs. We added $100,000 to the operations budget last year, just to cover this year’s expenses, because we felt that there were going to be some additional issues.”


Water conservation rules OK'd by city

By Matt Ward —

City of Fredericksburg water customers will have to make adjustments to their outdoor watering schedules after the Fredericksburg City Council approved a water conservation ordinance at its regular meeting Monday evening,

Effective May 1, the ordinance will allow watering only between 5-9 a.m. and 7-11 p.m. in most stages, although the city is expected to drop from Stage 4 restrictions to Stage 3 restrictions once the changes take effect.

“We understand that it’s going to take a while for a lot of folks to make this transition,” city director of public works and utilities Clinton Bailey said. “Our intention is not to just lower the hammer on the people that are watering outside of their prescribed times or days and hand out a lot of violations.”

New hours, days


'Lost in Yonkers' to open Friday

Fredericksburg Theater Company’s production of “Lost in Yonkers” will open Friday, April 11, at 7:30 p.m.

Tickets are now on sale.

The Neil Simon play will be the final production of FTC’s 17th season.

“Yonkers” will be performed April 11-27. Friday and Saturday performances will be 7:30 p.m., with Sunday matinee performances being held at 2 p.m.

Advance tickets for most productions are $20 for adults and $5.50 for youth 18 and under. Special group discounts are available.

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