Pump station back online after F1 tornado damage

Roof and walls were torn off the city pump station on May 25. — Photo by Clinton Bailey

By Matt Ward —

Tornado damage to the Goehmann Lane pump station on Memorial Day, May 25, temporarily knocked one of Fredericksburg’s main water sources offline, but City of Fredericksburg officials have brought the facility back online.

“We’re fully operational, but we still have a little bit of work to do on reconstructing the building,” Clinton Bailey, city director of public works and utilities, said. “We’ve run diagnostics on the electric motors and all the controls and we’ve had to make some repairs there, but we’ve now verified that it’s 100 percent operational at this point.”

The pump station’s roof and a structural wall were ripped off the building by the tornado, classified F1 by the National Weather Service. The tornado touched down for about two miles at speeds between 85-90 miles per hour.


Growing brewery eyes city's water services

Lee Hereford, PBC president and CEO, left, and Peter McFarlane, brewmaster, said growth has caused a need to look at future water options. — Standard-Radio Post/Ken Esten Cooke

By Matt Ward —

Selling beer has become second nature to Lee Hereford, president and CEO of Pedernales Brewing Company.

The company, now in its fourth year, is busting through production records with statewide sales exploding at an exponential rate.

Now, Hereford has a new product to sell with a sales pitch targeted directly to neighboring businesses along U.S. 87 South — annexation into the City of Fredericksburg.

Need for annexation

Significant growth at the brewing facility — located just outside the city’s extraterritorial jurisdiction along U.S. 87 South — has forced the annexation issue.


Fredericksburg man found in flood waters

The body of Kenneth Reissig, 81, of Fredericksburg, was found in the Blanco River floodwaters after days of searching following the Memorial Day weekend floods near Wimberley.

Reissig was found Sunday near the Blanco River at Narrows Road near the Blanco-Hays county line, reports said.

Reissig had reportedly attended a wedding in Blanco on Saturday.

Family members forwarded an email saying Reissig’s son, Mark, tried to save his father, even as he was being struck by debris in the river, and other injuries.

Reissig was a regular at the Golden Hub and at Whataburger, which cordoned off a table in his honor last week when he was missing.

Reissig was among eight fatalities caused by storms and high water in rivers around Central Texas.

Several more are still listed as missing.


City, county near land-for-paving swap

By Matt Ward —

City and county officials are one step closer to finalizing a land-for-paving swap as the City of Fredericksburg looks to acquire property along Barons Creek.

The Fredericksburg City Council narrowly approved a tentative agreement with Gillespie County by a 3-2 vote during a regular meeting Monday with council members Gary Neffendorf and Graham Pearson opposing the agreement.

The agreement, which still awaits approval from Gillespie County Commissioners, would see the city pave Nimitz Parkway and the adjacent county parking lot for an estimated cost of $42,000.

Additionally, the city agreed to pave the roadway and parking lot three successive times in the future.

Neffendorf and Pearson opposed the agreement, city officials said, because the proposal was “too expensive” and would commit future councils to action.

Property history


Locals killed in separate motor vehicle accidents

Three Fredericksburg residents, including a pair of recent Fredericksburg High School graduates, were killed in two separate motor vehicle accidents over the past two weeks.

Brandon Strackbein and Hayden Pfiester, both 20, were killed early Wednesday, May 27, on U.S. 87 South, north of Comfort.

Jan Budlong, 51, of Fredericksburg, and Deborah Ramaker, 48, of Austin died in a four-vehicle accident near Wildseed Farms, Sunday, May 24.

Comfort fatality wreck

An early morning accident led to the deaths of two local residents, Wednesday, May 27, on U.S. 87 South, seven miles north of Comfort.

A 2014 Chevy Malibu driven by Strackbein, heading southbound in the outside line, veered into northbound traffic around 3:30 a.m.

The vehicle then encountered a northbound 2015 tractor trailer driven by Guadalupe Torreros, 55, of Marion.


Drop a line on Saturday

A chance to fish, learn more about the sport and win prizes will be offered at the annual Fishing Day on Saturday, June 6, from 10 a.m. to noon at Stonewall.

The LBJ State Park and Historic Site at Stonewall in conjunction with the Kerrville Walmart will host the clinic.

The event will be held in the state park on the banks of the Pedernales River at the group picnic area on Ranch Road 1.

This facility is located adjacent (just east) of the LBJ State Park Dining Hall.

A short seminar on fishing will be presented.

The two-hour program will conclude with drawings provided by Kerrville Walmart.

Fishing equipment and worms will be provided, or participants may bring their own equipment and favorite bait.

Parents are encouraged to bring their children and enjoy a morning of fishing.

It was noted that no dogs will be allowed at the event.


Daily Update for June 3


      • Hill Country Red Hatters will gather for lunch today at 11:30 a.m. at Mamacita's Restaurant.

      • A Fredericksburg High School 2015 parent and athlete cross country meeting will be held tonight from 6-6:30 p.m. in the FHS Athletic Field House. Summer workouts, the fall meet schedule and other information about the season will be discussed. Those who are unable to attend are asked to contact Coach Dan Aldrich for information discussed.


Governor adds Gillespie to disaster declaration

Gillespie County was one of 24 additional counties added to a state of disaster declaration by Governor Greg Abbott.

The additions bring the total number of Texas counties to 70. The declaration is necessary to request disaster aid from the federal government.

The county suffered flooding and probable tornadoes during recent bad weather.

Gillespie is now included on a list of 70 total counties, including:


Appraisal district will consider new location

By Ken Esten Cooke —

Directors for the Gillespie Central Appraisal District will consider a new location for its upcoming tax collection services.

Representatives from the county’s taxing entities met Thursday morning at City Hall to consider an offer to lease soon-to-be-acquired land from the City of Fredericksburg adjacent to its warehouse facility on Friendship Lane.

The GCAD called the meeting after a combination of public outcry when they chose to use the 1960s-era Law Enforcement Building (county jail) and the estimated upgrade costs rose to make the jail compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act.

GCAD directors were presented with a scenario from the city where it leases enough land to hold a new, 6,000-square-foot building and roughly 30 spots for parking on a two-acre site on Friendship Lane (south of the Friendship and South Adams Street intersection).


Two die in collision Sunday on 290 East

Two area women were killed Sunday evening in a four vehicle accident near Wildseed Farms in eastern Gillespie County.

Jan Budlong, 51, of Fredericksburg, and Deborah Ramaker, 48, of Austin died from injuries sustained in the accident, which occurred around 7 p.m., Sunday, according to Trooper Michael Bacon of the Texas Department of Public Safety.

Budlong, travelling westbound along U.S. 290 East toward Fredericksburg, ended up in eastbound traffic, where her vehicle collided with one other automobile before hitting the vehicle driven by Ramaker, Bacon said.

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