LCRA TO LOWER LAKES LBJ, INKS IN EARLY 2020

Eight-week drawdown provides opportunity for property owners to repair docks, continue flood cleanup.
BURNET AND LLANO COUNTIES – The Lower Colorado River Authority will lower Lake LBJ and Inks Lake for eight weeks in early 2020 to assist in continued recovery from the October 2018 floods and provide property owners an opportunity to make needed repairs on docks, retaining walls and other structures.
 
The drawdown will take place Jan. 2-Feb. 28, 2020.
 
During the drawdown, Lake LBJ will be lowered four feet, and Inks Lake will be lowered eight feet. LCRA cannot lower Lake LBJ more than four feet without risking interfering with operations at the Thomas C. Ferguson Power Plant, a combined cycle power plant on the shores of Lake LBJ.
 
Inks Lake was last lowered in 2018, and Lake LBJ was lowered in 2019.
 
“LCRA normally doesn’t lower the same lake two years in a row, but we are making an exception after hearing from local officials and residents about needed repairs and maintenance resulting from the historic flooding last year,” said John Hofmann, LCRA executive vice president of Water.
 
In August, the Burnet County Commissioners Court requested a drawdown of Lake LBJ in 2020.
 
In addition to assisting in flood recovery, the drawdown also provides water customers and lakeside residents an opportunity to remove debris, dredge, and repair and maintain docks, retaining walls and other shoreline property. Lowering the lakes during cold winter months also helps curb the growth of nuisance aquatic vegetation.
 
Lake LBJ will be lowered a foot a day for four days, and will reach its fully lowered level by Jan. 5. Inks Lake will be lowered a foot a day for eight days, and will reach its fully lowered level by Jan. 9.
 
The refill for both lakes will begin Feb. 24, and will be complete by Feb. 28.
 
A permit is not required for dock repairs on Lake LBJ or Inks Lake during the drawdown, but all work must comply with LCRA’s Safety Standards for Residential Docks on the Highland Lakes. Maintenance, dredging, debris removal and repair work on existing retaining walls during the drawdown can be performed under LCRA’s permit with the Army Corps of Engineers, but the work must be registered with LCRA before it begins. Registration forms are available: Online at lcra.org/lakelowerings. By calling LCRA Water Quality Protection at 512-578-2324. In person at the LCRA Western Maintenance Facility, 2643 Wirtz Dam Road, Marble Falls, from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and 1:30 to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday. Burning debris in the lakebed is not allowed.
 
For more information and answers to frequently asked questions, visit lcra.org/lakelowerings.
About LCRA
The Lower Colorado River Authority serves customers and communities throughout Texas by managing the lower Colorado River; generating and transmitting electric power; providing a clean, reliable water supply; and offering outdoor adventures at more than 40 parks along the Colorado River from the Texas Hill Country to the Gulf Coast. LCRA and its employees are committed to enhancing the lives of Texans through water stewardship, energy and community services. LCRA was created by the Texas Legislature in 1934. For more information, visit lcra.org.

Media contact:
Clara Tuma 512-578-3292
[email protected]

Burn Ban Lifted October 30, 2019 – please see details.

Burnet County lifted the Burn Ban effective October 30. Residents and property owners must contact the Burnet Count Sheriff’s Office and the Granite Shoals Fire Department before starting any outdoor fires. Please review the web links below outlining outdoor burning restrictions / requirements.

http://www.burnetcountytexas.org/page/environ.burn re: burn ban status

http://www.burnetcountytexas.org/upload/page/0163/docs/outdoor%20burn%20guidelines1.pdf re: County guidelines for outdoor burning

https://highlandhaventx.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/Ord027.pdf re: Highland Haven outdoor burning restrictions

https://highlandhaventx.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/Ord058.pdf re: Brush/leaf pile burning requirements


Marble Falls Area EMS FISH FRY

Wednesday, October 2, 2019 from 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm

at the Blue Bonnet Cafe, Marble Falls.

$10.00 per person, $5.00 children 5 & under

Take-out orders call 693-2444


September 13, 2019 – Notice of Public Gathering

NOTICE

HIGHLAND HAVEN BOARD OF ALDERMEN and PLANNING AND ZONING COMMISSION

PUBLIC GATHERING(S)


Notice is hereby given, pursuant to Section 551.041 of the Texas Government Code, that members of the City of Highland Haven Board of Aldermen and/or the City of Highland Haven Planning and Zoning Commission may attend the below referenced meeting(s) at the below listed location, date and time.

Although a majority of the City of Highland Haven Board of Aldermen and/or Planning and Zoning Commission may be present, and City business may be discussed, there will be no action taken on any matters by either the Board of Aldermen or the Planning and Zoning Commission in this open meeting/public gathering(s).


• Friday, Sept. 13, 10am at Swan Park, next to 107 Swan Street, Highland Haven TX


• Demonstration of the Turbo Draft System by the Granite Shoals Fire Dept. at Swan Park


Olan Kelley, Mayor
Posted 9/13/2019


2019 September 5 – ERCOT requests conservation Thursday and Friday

Consumers and businesses are urged to reduce their electricity use on Thursday, Sept. 5 and Friday, Sept. 6, especially during the hours of 2 to 7 p.m.

“ERCOT’s job is to ensure power is available all over Texas,” said ERCOT President and CEO Bill Magness. “When electricity demand and heat reach levels like we expect on Thursday and Friday, we ask Texans to consider taking a few steps to help keep power flowing for all of us.”

Some areas of Texas are expected to see the highest temperatures experienced so far this summer. Temperatures are expected to exceed 100 degrees in all major Texas metropolitan areas through Sept. 7.

ERCOT set a new September peak demand record on Tuesday, Sept. 3 when demand reached 68,546 MW between 4 and 5 p.m. This is more than 1,500 MW higher than the previous September record set in 2016.

Steps to help reduce electricity use:

  • Turn thermostat up 2 to 3 degrees during the peak hours of 2 to 7 p.m.
  • Set programmable thermostats to higher temperatures when no one is home.
  • Use fans to feel 4 to 6 degrees cooler.
  • Limit use of large appliances (i.e., dishwasher, washer, dryer, etc.) to morning or after 7 p.m.
  • If you cook indoors from 2 to 7 p.m., use a microwave or slow cooker.
  • Close blinds and drapes during late afternoon. 
  • Schedule pool pumps to run in the early morning or overnight hours; shut off between 2 and 7 p.m.

More conservation tips:

www.ercot.com/about/conservation

http://powertosavetexas.org/

How to track electricity demand

·         View daily peak demand forecast, current load and available generation at http://www.ercot.com.

  • Follow ERCOT on Twitter (@ERCOT_ISO) and Facebook (Electric Reliability Council of Texas).
  • Sign up for the ERCOT mobile app (available for download at the Apple App Store and Google Play).
  • Subscribe to the EmergencyAlerts list on http://lists.ercot.com.

Consumer assistance

Public Utility Commission of Texas Hotline – 1-888-782-8477

ERCOT region

The ERCOT region includes the urban load centers of Houston, Dallas, Fort Worth, San Antonio and Austin, as well as most of West Texas, portions of the Panhandle and the Rio Grande Valley. It excludes the El Paso area, Northeast Texas (Longview, Marshall and Texarkana) and Southeast Texas (Beaumont, Port Arthur and The Woodlands). An ERCOT region map is available at: http://www.ercot.com/news/mediakit/maps/index.html.

ERCOT, the Electric Reliability Council of Texas, manages the flow of electric power to more than 25 million Texas customers, representing about 90 percent of the state’s electric load. As the Independent System Operator for the region, ERCOT schedules power on an electric grid that connects more than 46,500 miles of transmission lines and 650+ generation units. ERCOT also performs financial settlement for the competitive wholesale bulk-power market and administers retail switching for more than 8 million premises in competitive choice areas. ERCOT is a membership-based 501(c)(4) nonprofit corporation, governed by a board of directors and subject to oversight by the Public Utility Commission of Texas and the Texas Legislature.

Media Contact:

Leslie Sopko, (512) 275-7432, [email protected]


Burnet County BOPATE Collection October 26, 2019

Burnet County Reuse and Recyle Center collection of residential items will be held October 26, 2019 from 9 am to 1 pm at 2411 FM 963, Burnet Texas.

Click here for complete details.

PLEASE BRING
• Automobile Tires (24” or less, NO RIMS) first 10 tires free, $2/tire after that
• Lead-Acid Batteries
• Cell Phones and Telephones
• Computer Components and Parts
• Televisions (NO WOODEN CONSOLES)
• Used Motor Oil and Filters
• Latex Paint (NO OIL BASED)
• Antifreeze

DO NOT BRING
• Tires with rims
• Chemicals of ANY KIND
• Dioxins
• Containers larger than 5 gallons
• Explosives
• Medical and pharmaceutical items
• Compressed gas cylinders
(aerosols and propane)
• Fluorescent lamp bulbs
• Industrial/Commercial waste
• Products labeled “Caution,”
“Warning,” or “Poison”
• Petroleum based paints, stains,
and varnishe


8/14/2019 Please reduce electrical use during peak hours (3-7 pm) during this heat wave.

The Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) region continues to experience sustained heat and record-setting load. Consumers and businesses are urged to reduce their electricity during peak hours.

“High temperatures have resulted in record electricity demand over the last few days and may result in a new record today,” said ERCOT President and CEO Bill Magness. “Consumers can help lower energy consumption by taking some simple actions between the hours of 3 and 7 p.m.”

Steps to help reduce electricity use:

  • Turn thermostat up 2 to 3 degrees during the peak hours of 3 to 7 p.m.
  • Set programmable thermostats to higher temperatures when no one is home.
  • Use fans to feel 4 to 6 degrees cooler.
  • Limit use of large appliances (i.e., dishwasher, washer, dryer, etc.) to morning or after 7 p.m.
  • If you cook indoors from 3 to 7 p.m., use a microwave or slow cooker.
  • Close blinds and drapes during late afternoon. 
  • Schedule pool pumps to run in the early morning or overnight hours; shut off between 4 and 6 p.m.

More conservation tips:

www.ercot.com/about/conservation

How to track electricity demand

View daily peak demand forecast, current load and available generation at http://www.ercot.com.

  • Follow ERCOT on Twitter (@ERCOT_ISO) and Facebook (Electric Reliability Council of Texas).
  • Sign up for the ERCOT mobile app (available for download at the Apple App Store and Google Play).
  • Subscribe to the EmergencyAlerts list on http://lists.ercot.com.

Consumer assistance

Public Utility Commission of Texas Hotline – 1-888-782-8477

ERCOT region

The ERCOT region includes the urban load centers of Houston, Dallas, Fort Worth, San Antonio and Austin, as well as most of West Texas, portions of the Panhandle and the Rio Grande Valley. It excludes the El Paso area, Northeast Texas (Longview, Marshall and Texarkana) and Southeast Texas (Beaumont, Port Arthur and The Woodlands). An ERCOT region map is available at: http://www.ercot.com/news/mediakit/maps/index.html.


Joyce Smith Memorial Service

A Memorial Service will be held for Joyce Smith, Sunday, July 21st at 3:00 pm at the Highland Haven Community Center.

 


Joyce Smith Memorial Service

A Memorial Service will be held for Joyce Smith, Sunday, July 21st at 3:00 pm at the Highland Haven Community Center.