By Bartonville Mayor Bill Scherer
Warm Greetings from Bartonville!
Sweltering summer is here with a vengeance. Please be mindful of your neighbors, pets and the elderly.
It might be summer, but Town Council has still been busy. Here are some highlights:
First, please note that the regular monthly Town Council meeting has been moved from Tuesday, August 21st to Monday, August 13th. The start time will remain the same at 7 p.m.
Second, the Town Council has diligently been working on the 2018-2019 proposed budget and meticulously working to ensure the best services possible for our citizens. We will keep our current low tax rate of $0.19294 per $100. We invite residents to review the proposed budget, available on the Town’s Website. There is a public hearing on the budget and tax rate on August 13, at 7 p.m. The second public hearing on the tax rate is scheduled for September 4. The adoption of the tax rate and proposed budget will be on September 18.
Many of our residents wanted an update for the Town’s solid waste and recycling provider, Waste Connections. Due to high levels of contamination and market factors, we need to be extra careful of what is placed in our recycling carts. Please ensure that only clean paper, PET #1 Plastics, HDPE #2 Plastics, and Aluminum/Steel Cans are placed in your recycling cart. Please check the flyer on the Town’s website for a depiction of items accepted.
As we continue to review and improve our town, one item that will be added to next year’s budget is replacing the speed limit signs on our major thoroughfares. In preparation for the new signs, we will be discussing the speed limits on East & West Jeter, Porter, Gibbons and McMakin at the Town Council meeting on August 13th. We know this is an important topic for our citizens and invite you to attend and share your thoughts on this topic.
The Town is moving forward to place a permanent plaque to honor Bartonville’s fallen military heroes in the lobby of Town Hall. Please keep an eye out for further details.
Hard to believe, while we roast in this record-setting heat, that school is almost back in session. Please watch and slowdown in school zones. Stay hydrated, find fun family ways to stay cool, and remember, Texas Heat is the number one weather-related killer.