At their regular meeting on January 10, County Commissioners selected Saturday, April 21, for the Annual Blanco County Trash-Off Day. It was decided that this year County residents would be able to unload tires, appliances (washers, dryers, refrigerators, etc.), electronics (old computers), automotive and rechargeable batteries (no alkaline household batteries), and scrap metal and scrap iron such as motors, bed springs, tin and wire.
Commissioner Paul Granberg indicated that bulky items, such as old sofas, mattresses and yard clutter, would also be accepted. He said that the County could not accept chemicals and paint during the event but will accept oil. On April 21 these things can be taken to the Transfer Station on Transfer Road near Johnson City.
Blanco and Johnson City will host their own events that will be coordinated with the County. “Blanco will receive items at the Blanco City Yard from City residents but does not want to accept trash from all over the County,” said Commissioner Chris Liesmann. Each town will provide its own guidelines.
Commissioner Granberg indicated that there is no grant money available this year from the State due to budget cuts. “Income generated from recycling the materials will have to supplement the limited funds budgeted by the County for the event. It costs the County approximately $1,800 just for hauling off old tires and a fee may have to be charged to those who drop off tires in order to cover that expense.”
In another item, Mr. Craig Haydon introduced himself to Commissioners Court as the incoming Chair of the Hill Country 100 Club. “We began this organization ten years ago in Burnet County,” he said. “Since then we have added Llano, Blanco and Lampasas Counties. Our main mission is to provide financial relief of $10,000, within 48 hours of the incident, to the family of any first responder who falls in the line of duty.”
Mr. Haydon reported that the organization is strictly volunteer and that “virtually every dollar contributed goes to the families of the brave men and women who put their lives on the line every time they go to work.” The State Controllers Office was forced to make budget cuts in regard to training funds for law enforcers. Even though the training is mandated by the State it is not funded in any other way.
“Therefore,” said Mr. Haydon, “we are honored to be able to compensate for this shortfall of $25,000 in our four counties. In Blanco County alone, we are pleased to offer relief to the police departments of Blanco and Johnson City, and to Sheriff Elsbury’s office of nearly $3,500 each which allows them to meet these training requirements.” Checks were handed over to Judge Guthrie and to the Johnson City Chief of Police to be used for this purpose.
In other business, Commissioners approved the release of road construction, water distribution and sewer collection bonds for the Rocking J Ranch Unit 5 Subdivision. They also accepted maintenance bonds for road construction, water distribution and sewer collection in the Rocking J Ranch Unit 5 Subdivision.