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From Your City Manager
Wednesday, July 10, 2013 • Posted July 11, 2013

Once again, the Llano Volunteer Fire Department thrilled the crowd with an exciting fireworks display on the 4th of July. It was one of the best shows I’ve seen, and would like to personally thank the Volunteer Firefighters for the show. I would also like to extend a huge thanks to the Christmas Lighting Committee for purchasing the fireworks and the clean up afterwards.

As we all know, volunteers make the community prosper, and I would like to recognize and show my gratitude for the Llano Volunteer Fire Department members for their dedication and time that they spend in protecting our lives and property. They spend numerous hours training and maintaining equipment, so they are prepared to protect and serve Llano and surrounding areas. In addition, I would like to thank the families of the volunteer firefighters for giving up precious family time, so these individuals can be on scene within a moment’s notice. If you have a chance to look at the Llano Volunteer Fire Department Facebook page, you can see the various activities in which the firefighters are involved. One interesting fact posted on the page is, that out of an estimated 1,148,100 firefighters working in the U.S., 812,150 are volunteers. If you see one of these volunteers or their families, please say thanks.

When this article is published, the City will be in Stage Two of the Water Conservation Program. The various stages are dependent on the current flow of the Llano River, and other factors such as rainfall and the long range tropical storm forecast. As I am out and about in town, I have seen that many citizens and businesses have water conservation systems in place. These systems are proactive and benefit everyone in our community. As I stated in a previous article, City crews may be seen using the fire hydrants to maintain our potable water system and to maintain the use of the water from the Llano River. If you have any questions concerning how Stage Two of the Water Conservation Program affects you, or the reason a fire hydrant is being used to assist in maintaining our drinkable water, please contact the City Offices.

On June 27, the first monthly listening session was held at the Visitors Center. The session was attended by about twenty citizens and several comments were received. Comments and questions included, increasing our population, new activities for residents and visitors, and ensuring that our community continues to have vitality that will attract highway and other travelers to visit and shop. One of the recurring themes mentioned, is to capitalize the recreational and tourism uses of the river and the lakes. I have heard it numerous times, and fully agree; Llano has been blessed and is the envy of many cities, because we do have the river flowing through the city. As the city and community leaders make plans for the future, promoting the river and lakes as important assets will continue to be in the forefront.

In closing, please plan to attend the next Coffee with the Mayor and City Manager’s Listening Session. Please remember to feel free to contact me with any questions, comments, or concerns as we all work together to continue to have the quality of life we all want in Llano.

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