Eight HPR neighbors
spoke eloquently about the need to maintain the scenic, rural
nature of the western part of Hamilton Pool Road. The Commissioners appeared
to be listening attentively, asked questions and engaged in dialogue
Mara Eurich, Gene Lowenthal, Nell Penridge, Pam Reese, Anni Borden,
a woman named Cyd and I all addressed the
fact that there is just no need for this 4-lane. Some might support
the idea of a 4 lane from 71 to RR12 but not beyond. Gene pointed
out the folly of building roads where they are not needed, particularly
when money for such projects is so tight. Pam spoke about,
among other things, the fact that we have a well organized community
out here. Mara and others mentioned that there is really no
problem on the road. Annie brought up the fragility of the
Pedernales River valley and the harm that could befall it from the
and existance of a larger road.
and the packet of maps and photos that she presented to the Commissioners
are available as a PDF to download
here (CAUTION: This is a big file, with images suitable for printing.
Don't download unless you have a speedy internet connection or
lots of time on your hands).
are in this
PDF. I also showed the Court a 3 minute video which I shot (with
the help of neighbor John Worrall) a while ago. The video shows a drive
from Hamilton Pool to the Blanco County
line. It is sped up from the actual 10 minutes 41 seconds that
the trip took. The footage makes it abundantly clear how little
an expanded road is needed. During the entire run, we only saw one other
the video here.
of the entire HPR discussion at the Commissioners Court meeting
is archived on-line
This text seems to be the live stenographic recording that was
used as the video captioning, so it is full of (sometimes humorous)
misspellings and inaccuracies. There is also supposed to be an
archived Real video available there but I couldn't make it work.