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2015-06-25

Medina Lake with plenty of water

By Carolyn B. Edwards BCC Staff Writer

A lake full of water is good news for Bandera County, Commissioner Bobby Harris reported to his fellow commissioners Thursday, June 11, at a regular session of Commissioners Court. Harris asked the county court to officially declare the county park and boat ramp at Medina Lake open, which they were happy to do.
"We had 550 cars come in Friday through Sunday," said Harris, "a lot of them to just look at the water." Harris predicted a big summer for the park. Usage fees charged by the county can provide a nice little financial shot in the budget arm with a good season. "Of course, we find out there are a lot of people who have no idea how to back a boat trailer," he added.
Each county commissioner has special areas of county business that they oversee. Harris manages the lake side park.
Commissioners also approved an $800 expenditure for a plaque to be placed at the county's new animal control facility. Harris, who has also overseen that project, reported that the parking lot is being finished and there is money left in the facility's budget for the plaque. Harris worked with county staffer Doyle Haner to research the plaques that range in cost from "$400 for a piece of wood to $8,000."
In other business, the court voted to refinance outstanding debt bonds with the aim of saving around three percent on those bonds. Based on today's market, that would save about $44 thousand a year, Thomas Pollan, an attorney with Bickerstaff, Heath, Delgado, Acosta LLP, told commissioners.
The court also approved the sale of a lot in Lake Medina Shores, in accordance with the Property Tax Code, Sec. 34.05, to the Bandera County River Authority and Groundwater District. Acccording to BCRAGD general manager Dave Mauk, the lot will be used as a site to drill a monitor well. Taxes overdue on the .092 acre lot totaled $1752.20. The district bid $845. The water district currently does not have a monitor well in the Wharton's Dock area.
"We hope to make it a dual well... to monitor levels in the Glen Rose and the Middle Trinity aquifers," Mauk said. The district may also install a weather station at the location. Monitor wells help the district collect data on water levels in the various aquifers that lie under Bandera County.