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Mayor Connie Schroeder recaps the most recent City of Bastrop Council Meeting.

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Pledges, Performances, and Transitions: Mayor Schroeder's Last Council Meeting
Hello Bastrop!

This week was my last council meeting to serve as Mayor. I want to extend my sincere thanks to all the people who made my last meeting so very special. I want to start with my wonderful husband. Last night was his second council meeting to attend in person. He has been so supportive these six years, and I am grateful to be lucky enough to celebrate 20 years of marriage in October. My daughter, Lisa Chavez, convinced my grandkids to lead the pledges. Mia, Christian, and Luke Chavez generously gave of their time, allowing me to finish the way my time in the office started by leading the pledges. A quick comparison of pictures makes me realize how many things have changed in six years.

Phil Woods, Pastor of First Assembly of God, also serves as a police chaplain and provided the invocation. 
I appreciate his support during my time in the office and his kind words at the meeting.

Hannibal Lokumbe was in town, and we were all honored to hear him perform a fabulous version of "When the Saints Coming Marching In" on his trumpet. This amazingly talented man is a blessing to his family and our community. I am thankful for his and his family's friendship.

I was pleased to announce earlier in the day HB 5012 was enacted and will become effective on September 1, 2023. As a reminder, this will allow the City of Bastrop to receive the State portion of the Hotel Occupancy Tax to fund a hotel and renovation of the convention center kitchen.

The Juneteenth Committee accepted the City's Juneteenth Day Proclamation and shared plans for this weekend. Saturday will start with a parade, music, games, and entertainment for all ages. The festivities will take place at Fisherman's Park.

Transportation was the theme for the council meeting. Kimley Horn, the city's civil engineering consultant, presented information on the foundation of a Traffic Impact Fee program. Residents must understand this is a means to have developers pay for growth rather than existing taxpayers. This fee will not be added to a utility bill, and funds collected are dedicated to specific roads associated with development projects. Kimley Horn also presented their recommendations for improving the intersections of Hwy 71 and 304/Edward Burleson, Hasler, and Childers. 

The report included short and long-term improvements for the council to consider. With the feasibility report complete, the next step is to start preliminary engineering, including identifying overhead and underground utilities that may need relocating. 

Council unanimously approved the appointment of Jacob Dannen, JD, as Associate Municipal Judge for Bastrop Municipal Court. Judge Caroline McClimon has done an outstanding job, and she deserves assistance with the demanding schedule of the Municipal Court.

The runoff election for Mayor was held on June 10. During this long campaign season, candidates Dock Jackson and Lyle Nelson worked extremely hard. I appreciate the courage, time, and effort it takes to run for office. Bastrop County Elections office will provide data for the council to canvass and accept on June 20. After the votes are canvassed, Mayor-Elect Lyle Nelson will be sworn in to start his three-year term as Bastrop's new Mayor. Please join me in supporting the entire council as they make decisions that will impact all of us for decades.  

It has been my honor to serve Bastrop; thank you for your support.

Mayor Schroeder

The Mission of the City of Bastrop is to continuously strive to provide innovative and proactive services that enhance our authentic way of life to achieve our vision.