LCRA, Pedernales Electric Cooperative award $22,487 grant for law enforcement radios

New handheld radios will provide state-of-the-art communication tools to Burnet County Sheriff’s Office

Jan. 9, 2018

LCRA and Pedernales Electric Cooperative representatives present a $22,487 grant to the Burnet County Sheriff’s Office for new portable radios. The grant is part of LCRA’s Community Development Partnership Program. Pictured, from left to right, are: Mike Cummings, chief deputy; George Russell, LCRA Board member; Chris Jett, captain; Russell Kneese, sergeant; Jim Luther, Burnet County commissioner; Russell Graeter, Burnet County commissioner; James Oakley, Burnet County judge; Calvin Boyd, sheriff; Trista Fugate, PEC director of community engagement; Billy Wall, Burnet County commissioner; Steve Dyer, LCRA Governmental and Regional Affairs representative; and Joe Don Dockery, Burnet County commissioner.

The Burnet County Sheriff's Office will replace 13 of its handheld radios thanks to a $22,487 community development grant from the Lower Colorado River Authority and Pedernales Electric Cooperative.

The grant, along with $5,622 in local matching funds, will be used to purchase new portable radios to replace the outdated, unreliable ones now in use. The new radios will decrease response times and improve communication between officers and dispatchers.

With more than 46,000 residents, Burnet County is one of the fastest growing counties in Texas. Burnet County Sheriff Calvin Boyd says the new radios will help his office provide enhanced security and protection for the people it serves.

"We are excited and honored to have received this grant from LCRA and PEC," Boyd said. "These funds will help us outfit our officers with the latest in communications technology while allowing for increased interoperability with neighboring agencies."

The Burnet County Sheriff's Office employs 52 full-time officers and serves all of Burnet County, including the municipalities of Burnet, Marble Falls, Bertram, Granite Shoals, Cottonwood Shores and Horseshoe Bay. The department also conducts boat patrols on several of the Highland Lakes.

The community grant is one of a number of grants recently awarded through LCRA's Community Development Partnership Program. The program provides economic development and community assistance grants to cities, counties, volunteer fire departments, regional development councils and other nonprofit organizations in LCRA's wholesale electric and water service areas. The program is part of LCRA's effort to give back to the communities it serves. Pedernales Electric Cooperative is one of LCRA's wholesale electric customers and a partner in the grant program.

Applications for the next round of grants are due Jan. 31. More information is available at

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​The Lower Colorado River Authority serves customers and communities throughout Texas by managing the lower Colorado River; generating and transmitting electric power; ensuring a clean, reliable water supply; and offering access to nature at more than 40​ parks, recreation areas and river access sites along the Texas Colorado River, from the Hill Country to the Gulf Coast. LCRA and its employees are committed to enhancing the lives of Texans through water stewardship, energy and community services. LCRA was created by the Texas Legislature in 1934. For more information, visit

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