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Wednesday, September 10, 2014 • Posted September 15, 2014
Dear Editor, I want to read the TCEQ report Mayor Virdell keeps referencing. You know, the one where he claims that of 2000 water systems in Texas, Llano is 25th “most concerning” due to a single water source. Although fond of throwing around information supposedly from this report, he has not seen it. Since it appears to be the basis for his claim that we are in dire straits, it seems he would have a copy in hand to support his claims.
Wednesday, September 10, 2014 • Posted September 15, 2014
Dear Editor, Where were the people who could answer our questions at the August 28 Town Hall Meeting on Water? Why did they not have someone from TCEQ? Why did they not have someone there from the LCRA? The Mayor and the City Manager supposedly have meetings with these people, but the citizens of Llano are expected to pay for the projects and have a right to know the truth.
Wednesday, September 10, 2014 • Posted September 15, 2014
Dear Editor, We have lived in Llano for 35 years and I hate to say that I am ashamed of our city council and some of the local people who are acting like the school bullies. They need to grow up and set a better example for our young people. Running down a fellow councilman is no way to act.
Wednesday, September 10, 2014 • Posted September 15, 2014
Dear Editor, Llano citizens should be very concerned about the ballooning cost of the mayor’s pipe dream out on Riley Mountain. On Saturday, I drove out to Stillwaters Ranch, the proposed site for the wells. It’s 8 miles from town and 8.7 to the water plant, not the 6 mile distance we’ve been told.
Wednesday, September 3, 2014 • Updated September 15, 2014 1:02 PM
Dear Editor, On Monday, August 25, my wife and I were on our way to Fredericksburg when our car developed trouble and we were stranded about 14 miles south of Llano. We were lucky that we were able to get a tow truck on the way to help. The estimated time was 1.5 hours. During that time six people stopped to offer help.
Wednesday, September 3, 2014 • Updated September 15, 2014 1:02 PM
Dear Editor, Aldermen John Ferguson is an honorable, intelligent, well-meaning person, and possibly the hardest working member on the city council.  He’s a man who takes his oath of office very seriously and acts accordingly.  He and Gail Lang were elected by a vast majority of Llano citizens to be counterweights to the no-holds-barred crony capitalist approach to governance by Virdell and Company. Because Ferguson presents actual facts and figures, and points to legal issues and conflict ...
Wednesday, September 3, 2014 • Updated September 15, 2014 1:02 PM
Dear Editor, Went to the water forum Thursday evening, was hoping to see a community come together and devise a viable solution to our water situation in Llano. What I saw was people bickering over figures and facts. I mean, really people, what is the difference between two months of stagnant water or six months of stagnant water if our river stops flowing?
Wednesday, September 3, 2014 • Updated September 15, 2014 12:56 PM
Dear Editor, Personal Experience of the 1950’s Drought: I want to thank the City Council and Mayor’s office on the discussion about our water woes last Thursday evening. The meeting allowed the city to present a comprehensive perspective on their efforts and those efforts of past administrations in dealing with those water issues. The audience participation was lively but one aspect was missing.
Wednesday, September 3, 2014 • Updated September 15, 2014 12:55 PM
Dear Editor, I witnessed the reality of the diminishing Llano River first hand a few years ago when I tromped up and down every stretch of the Llano from west of Castell, through the City of Llano, Indian Bend and on to the Chanas Ranch with my wooden stakes, and ball peen hammer staking the high water marks of the 1935 and 1997 Floods. When I took the engineer of Halff and Associates back to my 100 plus markers to document their coordinates for surveying in order to get FEMA to revise our Ll ...
Wednesday, September 3, 2014 • Updated September 15, 2014 12:54 PM
Dear Editor, I have asked myself why the “Concerned Citizens” of the published letter on water have remained anonymous. Why would a group of concerned citizens stir up an entire town and not take personal responsibility for the emotional and political upheaval they have caused? Will they be adding their name to the ballots in May?
Wednesday, August 27, 2014 • Posted September 15, 2014
Dear Editor, To the Citizens of Llano, Just a few facts: The $4 million dollar amount for water from Riley Mountain was an estimate from our Engineers There is $190,000 in the 2014-2015 proposed budget to drill the wells only. Should the wells be successful, and the emergency water was not needed, the wells would be capped for the future. Should the Council approve the budget, the $190,000 will be paid for without any tax increase.
Wednesday, August 27, 2014 • Posted September 15, 2014
Dear Editor, Llano Citizens: Your city property taxes may not increase, but you should be aware that your city government is on the verge of an unprecedented spending binge that will substantially increase your utility bills for many years. With financing for 10 years, the ongoing meter replacement will cost $1,188,000, and the proposed Riley Mountain well project will cost $4,796,000.
Wednesday, August 27, 2014 • Posted September 15, 2014
Dear Editor, I wish to encourage all citizens of Llano to attend the Water Forum to be held on Thursday evening at the Llantex. It is important for everyone to be aware that the City is operating under a false premise of an impending water crisis in order to gain support for their Riley Mountain pipe dream.
Wednesday, August 20, 2014 • Updated September 15, 2014 11:06 AM
Dear Editor, Not to write War and Peace, I would like to correct a few things from Councilman John Ferguson’s thesis of last week. Despite all of John Ferguson’s rantings about taxes, during the August 11th budget hearing, four Council members gave an indication in favor of rolling the property tax back to .396 cents while John Ferguson said he wanted it to stay at .41 cents which in actuality is an increase in taxes…another incidence of not telling citizens the whole truth. John’s c ...
Wednesday, August 13, 2014 • Updated September 15, 2014 11:02 AM
Dear Editor, Some months ago City Council passed a new Ordinance to supersede our old drought contingency plan. Much of what was in the new plan was exactly the same as what was in the old plan. Including a number of surcharges that total up to $4 on all of our utility bills. In researching this new Ordinance I found a Texas State Attorney General’s opinion showing that these surcharges were in fact an illegal tax on all of us that pay a utility bill. At Council, during the discussion on t ...