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Bartonville Town Update: November 2015

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Bartonville Mayor Bill Scherer
Bartonville Mayor Bill Scherer

Greetings from Bartonville. It has been another busy month!  As always, we have a lot going on.

Our major West Jeter Road Reconstruction Project is coming to an end and the overlay should be completed by Denton County this month.  Thank you for your patience while we continue to make the much needed improvements to our town.

Thank you citizens!  Per your request, the Town of Bartonville began pursuing a historical marker for the 130 year old Bartonville Store.  What started as a marker for the store has evolved into a marker for the town.  The Denton County Historical Commission recommended we expand the focus to be on the entire history of our Bartonville community with the Bartonville store as a key component of the story.

We have submitted the request for the historical marker to the Texas Historical Commission (THC). The THC will announce their decision this coming January.  We are hopeful, but have been cautioned that out of the hundreds of applications submitted from across the state only a small number are given this honor.  If approved, the marker would be placed at Town Hall.

The Town Council thanks Councilmember Betty Medlock for conducting the research and completing the narrative. I also want to thank former resident Jim Morriss for his Bartonville historical research contributions.  The narrative can be viewed at the town’s website: www.townofbartonville.com/newsletterslink.htm

Another community effort is the Greater FM 407 Lions Club, and it is growing rapidly!  Come celebrate with the Lions at their Charter Party.  They are kicking off the celebration by throwing a Ranch Round-up Celebration with all the fixin’s!  The community event will take place on Friday, November 13th, from 6-10 p.m. at the Briarwood Retreat Center in Copper Canyon.  If you would like more information about the Greater FM 407 Lions Club or the Ranch Round-up (events tab) please visit:  www.fm407lionsclub.org/index.html

We had a great turnout for our annual Bartonville National Night Out.  I want to personally thank everyone who donated, sponsored, and volunteered their time to making this an event to remember!  National Night Out showcases the fundamental importance of police-community partnerships and the community involvement desired to keep crime out of Bartonville.  This event would not have been successful without the sponsorship of so many community agencies and our newly chartered Lion’s Club.

Lastly, we are finally getting cooler and the breath of festivities is in the air.  Christmas is fast approaching and we ask your help to support the children in need in our community. The Bartonville Police Department is again gearing up for its annual Blue Santa Program.

A “Blue Santa” giving tree will be located inside Bartonville Town Hall after November 16th with wish tags for each child. You may stop by anytime during business hours (8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.).  In addition to toys, we also suggest:  Warm blankets, gloves, hats, and grocery cards (These children are on the school free lunch program and struggle for meals when school is not in session.)  Monetary donations and grocery store gift cards are now being accepted and may be taken to the Bartonville Police Department/Town Hall.  For more information please call 817-693-5280.  This drive helped over 40 children last year because of our generous community.  With your help, we hope to be even more successful this year.

Thank you and Bless you for your belief in community and your contributions to Blue Santa.  A little love and effort will ensure a Joyful Holiday for all of our community this Holiday Season.

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