Dripping Springs Century News: Parts of Mark Black Wedding Venue Put on Hold

https://www.drippingspringsnews.com/news/parts-mark-black-wedding-venue-put-hold

On Jun. 3, the City of Dripping Springs put a stop work order on a portion of the Mark Black wedding venue, which is being built at 130 W. Concord Circle in Driftwood. The stop order was issued by a city inspector after he and a city engineer determined “the work being done did not match the approved site plan,” during a visit to the property.

Read more on the Dripping Century News web site

May 15, 2019 Response from City of Dripping Springs Code Enforcement & Construction Inspector Aaron Reed

From: Aaron Reed <[email protected]com>
Date: May 15, 2019 at 8:42:06 AM CDT

Mr. Torres-Verdin,

I visited the site at Mark Black Wedding Venue yesterday afternoon.  I arrived shortly after James Slone of TCEQ had left.  TCEQ has put a stop to the dewatering of the foundation excavation which was leading to sediment leaving the site.  The contractor is to submit a dewatering plan to TCEQ and it must be approved by TCEQ before any dewatering can continue.  TCEQ will also be requiring the contractor to clean up the creek.  I am not sure what the schedule is for that cleanup.  For that information you will need to contact TCEQ.

If you have any other questions regarding this matter please feel free to email or call me at City Hall 512-858-4725.

Please understand that any citizen complaints must be directed through City Hall via email or phone so records can be kept.

 

Thank you,

 

On May 14, 2019, in the creek between Mark Black Wedding Venue project and the Ila Creek subdivision, Hays County, TX

No rainfall today.

And yet:

 

 

 

Photo credits:

All photos taken by Dr. Carlos Torres-Verdin in the morning, Tuesday May 14, 2019, as he stood on his property, looking into the creek that runs between the Mark Black Wedding Venue project and Ila Creek.

If you’d like to let TCEQ know what you think, or to ask simply “what is going on with our creek? what is in that water? why is this the second time this is happening?” etc. then:

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Upstream photo below, taken 11:35am on May 14, 2019, by Jeanine Christensen, while standing in the Radiance community greenbelt:

 

On May 7, 2019, in the creek between Mark Black Wedding Venue project and the Ila Creek subdivision, Hays County, TX

Rain today.
Then this.

Photo credits:

All photos taken by Dr. Carlos Torres-Verdin in the morning, Tuesday May 7, 2019, as he stood on his property, looking into the creek that runs between the Mark Black Wedding Venue project and Ila Creek.

SM Corridor News: Commissioners Approve Resolution In Support Of Legislation To Prohibit Billboards On Highways In Hays County

https://smcorridornews.com/commissioners-approve-resolution-in-support-of-legislation-to-prohibit-billboards-on-highways-in-hays-county/

….

Commissioners considered and approved the adoption of a resolution in support of Rep. Erin Zwiener’s House Bill 1303, which will add several highways in Hays County to a list of roadways where billboards will be prohibited.

The bill will add FM 1826, RM 150 and RM 967 to Section 391, Subchapter 1, of the Transportation Code, which lists certain state highways in Texas in which limitations on off-premise signage exist. …

 

Austin American Statesman: U.S. Judge rebuffs George P. Bush endangered species de-listing effort

https://www.statesman.com/news/20190207/us-judge-rebuffs-george-p-bush-endangered-species-de-listing-effort

The Golden Cheeked Warbler continues to be a federally protected endangered species.

Here’s a map of Golden Cheeked Warbler habitat in Central Texas:

Figure 1. Map inset shows (in red) the top 100 fastest
growing cities in the U.S. in golden-cheeked warbler
habitat breeding range.
Photo credit: USFWS

source:
https://www.fws.gov/ecological-services/highlights/07252016.html

 

Find out more about this shy migratory bird, and why it’s important:

https://ecos.fws.gov/ecp0/profile/speciesProfile?spcode=B07W

https://www.fws.gov/refuge/Balcones_Canyonlands/GCW.html

 

 

KXAN: Neighbors file suit against Terry Black’s BBQ wedding venue

https://www.kxan.com/news/local/hays/neighbors-file-suit-against-terry-black-s-bbq-wedding-venue/1560956550

 

DRIPPING SPRINGS, Texas (KXAN) — The dispute continues between Hays County residents and one of the biggest names in Texas barbeque.

The Black family, behind Terry Black’s barbeque in Austin, has purchased property near Dripping Springs with the hopes of turning it into a large wedding venue. Neighbors have fought the project before, but now they have filed a lawsuit.

KVUE: Neighborhood bringing lawsuit to meeting about Austin barbecue pit masters’ wedding venue

https://www.kvue.com/article/news/local/neighborhood-bringing-lawsuit-to-meeting-about-austin-barbecue-pit-masters-wedding-venue/269-609103909

 

HAYS COUNTY, Texas — One day before Mark Black of Terry’s BBQ is reportedly set to appear before the Hays County Commissioners Court to discuss a wastewater permit, a Hays County subdivision is planning to appear to bring its pending lawsuit to light.

The board of trustees with the Radiance subdivision — a community of about 100 people approximately 20 miles southwest of downtown Austin — said they filed a lawsuit on Sept. 26 with the Hays County State District Court in regard to a road called Concord Circle.