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Granbury City Manager Chris Coffman hopes that the creation of a new position within the city will mean that economic development efforts will have stability and continuity, regardless of any partnerships with the chamber and county.

As the city and eager developers await word about the contested permit for a second wastewater treatment plant, opponents of the plant's Old Granbury Road location point to a legal brief from the Office of the Public Interest Counsel that states the city did not meet its burden of proof on two issues.

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Two Granbury ISD bonds that would add 20 cents per $100 valuation to the property tax rate appeared headed for a sound defeat based on early voting numbers. 

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The Commissioners Court's ability to act on a petition calling for an investigation into Precinct 4 Commissioner Dave Eagle's residency claims is complicated by previously hazy residence laws and Eagle's placement on the November ballot. But his Republican primary opponent and his November Democratic challenger say they are considering lawsuits. 

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Hood County's congressman, August Pfluger, is coming to town to speak with constituents.

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The Hood County Hospital District board, which includes all members of the Commissioners Court, received a monetary award in a lawsuit against the hospital pertaining to indigent health care, but the amount was much smaller than hoped and may do little to prevent the need for a hospital district tax.

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Twenty years after Acton United Methodist Church opened the Rancho Brazos Community Center, a building to provide after-school programs and other services to children and families in the Rancho Brazos area, the ministry-turned-nonprofit organization has plans to expand.

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The city of Granbury is faced with paying an additional $5 million to $6 million for wastewater treatment infrastructure because of pandemic-related issues and permitting delays for a second wastewater treatment plant.

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With the airport expansion project nearing completion, construction will soon begin on a new terminal building. The current building may be converted to office space, or even a restaurant.

At the conclusion of two heated public meetings, the Commissioners Court delayed until its May 10 meeting any action on the petition calling for an outside investigation into Precinct 4 Commissioner Dave Eagle's residency claims.

Thanks to some rainfall, the Commissioners Court has finally lifted the burn ban - at least for now.

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The new driver's license office at Annex 3 will be able to process driver's license renewals and to change names or addresses on driver's licenses.

Outdoor burning, prohibited since January due to drought conditions, will remain illegal for another 90 days. The Commissioners Court extended the moratorium at its regular meeting on Tuesday, April 12.

A developer wanted to skirt the city's development ban by constructing his own septic facilities to use until the city can build a second wastewater treatment plant, but the City Council felt there were too many unanswered questions with the proposed apartment/RV park project.

By creating a city department to handle economic development initiatives rather than relying on collaborative but often fragile city-county-chamber agreements, staffers will be guaranteed "stability," according to the city manager.

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With the county's regulations sometimes conflicting with the city's ordinances, confusion and frustration often occur among members of the public where the city's extraterritorial jurisdiction is concerned. City and county officials have agreed to review their Memorandum of Understanding in hopes of resolving issues. 

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A drive-through window, a big meeting room that can be used by the public free of charge, and voting at election time are just some of the details involving the Hood Central Appraisal District's plans for a new, larger building in Acton. 

May will be a busy month for conscientious voters, with polls open for two elections. The May 7 special election will include two constitutional amendments and the $394M GISD bond question, and May 24 is the date for primary runoffs and precinct chair selections.

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Each side in the contested case hearing involving Granbury's proposed wastewater treatment plant indicated a belief that their views were effectively argued before two judges with the State Office of Administrative Hearings who will make a recommendation to the TCEQ on whether a permit should be issued. Now, we wait.

Looks like the 70-year-old building just off the square that once served as Granbury's first hospital and was condemned by the city in late 2017 has a potential buyer. What the planner plans to do with the property is not publicly known.