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Wednesday, May 13, 2015
By City of Shavano Park on

The Beckmann Quarry, which began operations in 1930’s, is located just north of 1604 across from the City of Shavano Park and is owned by Martin Marietta (Martin).  The quarry will renew mining operations on the west side of NW Military Highway starting in June 2015.  Many residents will notice the operations when they conduct a blast because they will be closer in proximity.  While the quarry has previously conducted occasional blasting operations in this area, they will become more frequent.  The reason for the change in operations is that they have completed mining on the east side of N.W. Military Highway and will resume mining on their remaining property which has Quarry Development zoning.   

Martin’s Regional Vice President / General Manager Central Texas District has reached out to the City leaders a number of times to explain their approach and the many mitigating measures that they have and will continue to take in order to minimize the effects of the operation.  I’ve also met with an independent seismic monitoring firm in order to understand how the effects of the blasts are monitored and then reported.  The amount of information I’ve learned is too much for this article, but a couple key points.

- It is likely that many residents on the north side of town will feel occasional blasts. 

- Vibrations, which are easily controlled by the charge amounts and newer technology employed at Beckmann, will be at very low levels as guaranteed by Martin.  These operating levels are several times lower than even non-damaging thresholds designated by the U.S. Bureau of Mines. 

- Mostly, what some residents will feel is the overpressure from sound. 

- Quote from their briefing:  “Martin Marietta will conduct blasting at safe levels that will NEVER result in damage to any home or structure.”

- Information on operations and blasting scheduling can be found at www.beckmann.com

- Additional monitors will be installed in order to effectively monitor the vibration and overpressure levels and these results will be shared with the City and residents. 

I and several others (Manager of 3 HOAs, several citizens and businesses) will meet with Martin on a quarterly basis in order to keep track and to keep you informed.  In the meantime, if you have questions or concerns feel free to call or email me!

Here to Serve!

 

Bill Hill

City Manager

Friday, March 27, 2015
By City of Shavano Park on

Saturday, April 11, 2015

7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Addresses and Map

The City of Shavano Park City Council has designated April 11, 2015 as “City-Wide Garage Sale Day.”  All residents are encouraged to participate by holding a garage sale at their homes or by joining with neighbors to hold joint sales.  There is no permit required for this one day City-Wide Garage Sale. The City will place an advertisement of the sale in the newspaper.

If you wish to participate in the City-Wide Garage Sale and would like to have your address published on a handout map, please contact Marisa Knuffke, at 493-3478 no later than noon on Friday, April 10th.  There will be maps outside of the doors at City Hall located at 900 Saddletree Court, Shavano Park, Texas  78231 as well as on the City’s website (www.shavanopark.org) which will indicate participating households.  

Monday, March 02, 2015
By City of Shavano Park on

 

The Texas Comptrollers Office has awarded the City of Shavano Park its silver award for meeting strict online financial transparency guidelines.

In an effort to increase financial transparency and keep citizens informed about how tax dollars are being spent, the City of Shavano Park now offers financial and other information under a single Government Transparency webpage. Head there for the latest Council proceedings and budgetary information offered by the City. You can always find the page by clicking the green button underneath the left menu.