Volunteers Needed for BOPATE Collection

On October 14, Burnet County will hold the annual Burnet County BOPATE Waste Collection Day.  This event is primarily staffed with volunteers and more are needed.  Please consider volunteering for this great event.  For more information review the BOPATE Flyer posted on our website.  We currently have 3 people planning to assist again this year – Alderman Don Hagans, Alderman Bill Passmore and former Mayor Irene Dauphin.  Please consider joining them and help represent Highland Haven!

Olan Kelley

Mayor

Highland Haven TX

830-265-4366 office

512-413-9031 cell


Media Release – CAPCOG launches Text to 9-1-1 region wide

CAPCOG launches Text to 9-1-1 region wide
“Call if You Can, Text if You Can’t.”

Austin, Texas – The Capital Area Council of Governments has deployed Text to 9-1-1 service region wide after successfully testing that the region’s 31 public safety answering points (PSAPs), or 9-1-1 call centers, can reliably receive and respond to SMS text messages. The service is now activated on the four major cellphone service providers —Verizon Wireless, AT&T Mobility, Sprint, and T-Mobile — in Bastrop, Blanco, Burnet, Caldwell, Fayette, Hays, Lee, Llano, Travis and Williamson counties.

“Text to 9-1-1 is a great addition to emergency response; however, the service has several limitations so residents should familiarize themselves with them before texting 9-1-1 and most importantly remember to ‘Call if you can, text if you can’t,’” said Gregg Obuch, CAPCOG’s Emergency Communications director. A full Q&A about text to 9-1-1 is available at capcog.org/text911.

Text to 9-1-1 is the ability to send a cellphone text message to a local 9-1-1 call center. It is especially beneficial to those who are hard of hearing, deaf, or speech-impaired, but residents should only text 9-1-1 when calling 9-1-1 is unsafe or not possible.

Examples of when texting 9-1-1 would be beneficial include:

  • The caller cannot speak due to a threat, illness or medical condition
  • The caller has poor reception and can only send text messages
  • Phone lines and cellphone towers are overwhelmed and only texts can get through

Cellphone service providers only offer text messaging as a “best effort service” meaning providers do not guarantee a message will be delivered, said Obuch, who noted that text messages also can take longer to receive or can be delivered out of order. The only way to know a text reached a 9-1-1 call center is when the center texts back. If the sender thinks a text was not received, he or she should call 9-1-1. Call centers also don’t automatically receive a cellphone user’s location information when texting 9-1-1.

Text to 9-1-1 only is available in English. However, 9-1-1 voice calls can be processed in multiple languages, because all CAPCOG 9-1-1 call centers provide emergency interpretive services. Text to 9-1-1 does not work if the sender texts using group messages, emojis, pictures or videos. Apps that text other app users (such as WhatsApp) or texting via social media (such as Facebook Messenger) do not support Text to 9-1-1.

Here are a few additional things to remember about how to text to 9-1-1:

  1. Remember: “Call if You Can, Text if You Can’t.”
  2. Enter the numbers “911” in the “To” field.
  3. The first text message should be brief and contain the location of the emergency and type of help needed.
  4. Push the send button.
  5. Be prepared to answer questions and follow instructions from the 9-1-1 call taker.
  6. Text in English and in simple words – do not use abbreviations.
  7. Keep text messages brief and concise.
  8. Once you have initiated a Text to 9-1-1 conversation, do not turn off your phone until the dispatcher tells you it is ok to do so.

CAPCOG also developed two video public service announcements which can be viewed at capcog.org/text911. They also were distributed to local jurisdictions to share with residents.

About CAPCOG:
CAPCOG, governed by elected officials from the 10-county region it serves, has worked for more than 46 years as an advocate, planner and coordinator on important regional issues. Programs and services related to public safety and emergency response, environmental planning, economic and community development and the elderly are delivered at a regional level to leverage funding, maximize cooperation and eliminate duplication. CAPCOG serves Bastrop, Blanco, Burnet, Caldwell, Fayette, Hays, Lee, Llano, Travis and Williamson counties.


Marble Falls Area EMS Fish Fry – October 4, 2017

Marble Falls Area EMS

FISH FRY

at the Blue bonnet Cafe

Wednesday – October 4, 2017

4:00 pm – 8:00 pm

$10.00 per person

$4.00 children 5 and under

Take out orders call 693-2444

 


Burnet County BOPATE Collection

Burnet County BOPATE Collection

B u r n e t F a i r g r o u n d s
October 1 4, 2 0 1 7
9:00 amto 1:00 pm
1 3 0 1 H o u s t o n C l i n t o n D r.
( West @ light at YMCA)

Click BOPATE Flyer 2017 to see the details.


Zebra Mussels discovered in Lake Austin

The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department and City of Austin announced today that zebra mussels have been found in Lake Austin. This follows the discovery of zebra mussels in Lake Travis in June.

The spread of zebra mussels to Lake Austin is disappointing, but not unexpected, given how easily zebra mussels can travel from lake to lake on boats or in water moved downstream through dams.

Zebra mussels are an invasive species that can clog water intakes and other infrastructure. As of now, there is no eradication method that is effective on a wide scale.

The discovery highlights the importance of doing everything we can to prevent zebra mussels from spreading.

  • For boaters, that means cleaning, draining and drying boats before moving to a different lake.
  • Owners of boats, boat ramps, marinas and infrastructure on Lake Travis and Lake Austin should inspect any assets in the water (pipes, boat hulls, etc.) at least monthly, and remove any attached zebra mussels. There are several ways to monitor for zebra mussels, including visually inspecting intakes or docks, or placing a zebra mussel settlement sampler in the water. Here are instructions on how to make your own sampler for less than $10.

For more information, visit lcra.org/zebramussels or download this fact sheet. If you have questions, please contact Bryan Cook, manager of Water Quality Protection, at bryan.cook@lcra.org or 512-578-3258, or Lisa Benton, senior water quality coordinator, at lisa.benton@lcra.org or 512-578-2151.


Signal Light at the intersection of FM 1431 and Highland Drive

A number of folks have been calling about the signal light construction at Hwy 1431 and Highland Drive.  The light is going to be a flashing amber light, not a full signal light.  This is a safety issue that Highland Haven has been requesting from TxDOT for several years.  Be sure to pass along your thanks to James Oakley, Burnet County Judge, Jim Luther, Burnet County Commissioner Pct. 1 and Cathy Kratz, TxDOT Area Engineer, who have been working to improve the safety at this intersection as well as others in Burnet County.

Olan Kelley

Mayor

Highland Haven TX

830-265-4366 office

512-413-9031 cell


Information from LCRA on Zebra Mussel monitoring

With the recent discovery of zebra mussels in Lake Travis, we are encouraging all customers to keep a close eye on intakes and other structures in the Highland Lakes. Zebra mussels have the potential to clog intakes, so early detection and removal is important. Check structures monthly in Lake Travis and every other month in the other Highland Lakes.

There are several ways to monitor for zebra mussels, including visually inspecting intakes or docks, or placing a zebra monitoring settlement sampler in the water. The attached document includes instructions on how to build a sampler for less than $10.

For more information on zebra mussels and what they mean for the Highland Lakes, contact Lisa Benton, LCRA Water Quality senior coordinator, at 512-578-2151 or lisa.benton@lcra.org.

Click here on how to How_to_build_a_zebra_mussel_settlement_sampler.


Potluck Dinner – July 25th – School Supply Collection and raffle.

A lot’s going on at Potluck this month on July 25th

SCHOOL SUPPLY COLLECTION

The Ladies Club will be collecting school supplies for local elementary schools at the JULY Potluck this year, so we can get them to the schools before school starts.  This has proven to be a tremendously successful project.  The Ladies Club thanks you for the way you always step-up to support our causes for our neighbors and local communities.

RAFFLE

We will also be raffling a BARN QUILT handcrafted and donated by Don Pullen.  A Barn Quilt is a large piece of wood that is hand painted to look like a quilt block.  The earliest versions have been around for hundreds of years.  There was a resurgence of them in the early 2000s.  Want to learn more about them, go to  www.craftsy.com/blog/2013/what-are-barn-quilts/

AND Don will be giving you a choice!

Tickets will be $5.00 each.  Be sure to bring your money.  GOOD LUCK!!

The Ladies Club would like to thank our talented residents for donating items and all of you for contributing to our fund-raising efforts by purchasing raffle tickets.  So far, we have raised $165.00. Watch for future raffles!!

See you there!