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


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    • Hello Bastrop


      Special thanks to the Bastrop High School NJROTC for leading the pledges at council this week.  Captain Fletcher does an outstanding job with these students.  Jon Eden, James Ponticelli, Eowyn Rodriguez, and Madding Pickering also recited the Cadet Oath after the pledges.  We wish them success in their future as they all intend to join the military.


      Pastor Ketrich Steger provided the invocation.  In addition to serving the Refuge, he is also one of our dedicated Chaplains in our police department.


      The second week of October is Fire Prevention Week and Chief Rosales, and several firemen attended the council meeting. Chief Rosales reminded us that the Bastrop Fire Department has smoke alarms available for free and they will install them if help is needed.  Speaking of help, they are also available to replace batteries in smoke alarms in any home in the city.  They would much rather help with battery replacement than put out a fire in a home where someone was not able to climb a ladder.


      October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month and City Hall will once again be part of lighting up the city purple to bring awareness. The Family Crisis Center was present during the proclamation and was represented by Bernie Jackson and Cathy Henzen, their new Executive Director. Please join council in wearing purple every chance you get in October.



      Council unanimously approved the Tax Rate and Budget for Fiscal Year 2022/2023.  The new tax rate is $0.5128, down from last year’s rate of $0.5794.  The average homestead value this year is $255, 713 up from last year’s average of $226,596.  We all know the only number that really matters is the total amount paid and we have good news there as well.  Bottom line, last year’s average home value and rate combined to annual city taxes of $1,312, this year with the higher average home value and lower tax rate, the annual city taxes remain $1,312.  Special thanks to City Manager Job, CFO Waldron, and the entire staff for their hard work in putting together the budget.


      September is the time for Board and Commission appointments.  Council unanimously approved the 38 appointments presented to serve on the cities 14 Boards and Commissions.  Special thanks to the dedicated citizens who volunteer their time to help make Bastrop the very best that it can be.


      Fall is upon us even if it’s not quite in the air. Bastrop Music Festival takes place this weekend and before we know it will be time for the Veteran’s Car Show and the Lighted Christmas Parade.  Please take time to enjoy your friends and neighbors.


      Have fun,

      Mayor Schroeder

    • Hello Bastrop


      Emile Safety Patrol Members Juanita Correa Castillo and Richard Kindred III led the pledges this week at city council.  Both students are fourth graders and active at school and in the community.  The students always bring a special moment to council meetings and Ms. Castillo and Mr. Kindred continued the trend.



      Father Matt Stone provided the invocation and encouraged council members to be discerning in their duties and encouraged support from the community.


      Presentations included the numerous events and meetings attended by those on the dais including Farm Street Opry, First Friday Art Walk, Sizzlin’ Summer Concerts, ribbon cuttings, book signings, and interviewing prospective board/commission members. City Manager Job presented a picture of the most recent addition to the staff family.


      The consent agenda included approval for three phases of Section One of the Valverde community. Valverde is located just west of Hwy 969 and north of Hwy 71 and the developer is Continental Homes.  We should all expect to see activity ramping up in the area soon.


      Council held public hearings for both the Fiscal Year 2022/2023 Budget and the tax rate.  Both items were approved unanimously by council and the second reading will be held at the next council meeting on September 20.


      Pearl River, located just east of FM 969 and north of Hwy 71, received unanimous approval on their request for annexation and zoning.  Their zoning concept scheme includes multi-family along Blakey, a walkable retail district, and a hotel.  They have provided detailed renderings of their project which has stirred up quite a bit of excitement.


      We will be celebrating Bastrop Night Out on September 27.  In lieu of the “parade of first responders” that were utilized during the height of the pandemic, this year’s celebration will be at many of the city parks.  Please reach out to the neighborhood captains to offer help and get the details. More information can be found at



      See you soon,

      Mayor Schroeder

    • Hello Bastrop


      We had a special visitor at council this week.  Devarjaye “DJ” Daniel was sworn in as an honorary City of Bastrop Police Officer.  Chief Nagy conducted the swearing in ceremony and August 23, 2022, was declared DJ Daniel Day. September was proclaimed to be Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. 1 in 285 American children will be diagnosed with cancer before the age of 20, very sobering statistic that should make each of us hug a child.


      September was also proclaimed National Preparedness Month and we recognized our Fire Department as they serve as our first responders.


      Council unanimously approved the requested budgets for our community assets.  The Bastrop Opera, Lost Pines Art Center, Bastrop County Historical Society, and the Bastrop Visitor Center are the community assets funded by Hotel Occupancy Taxes.  Residents and visitors alike enjoy the programming provided by these organizations.


      Council increased the funding for fireworks in 2023 and finalized the community support funds for organizations like Bastrop County Long Term Recovery Center, Children’s Advocacy Center, Family Crisis Center, and Court Appointed Special Advocates just to name a few.


      The Youth Advisory Council appointments were unanimously approved.  Several of the students were in chambers and sworn into their new duties as board members of the council.



      An exciting new development located at the northeast corner of FM 969 and Hwy 71 called Pearl River was on the agenda to be annexed and rezoned.  This development is planned to be mixed use including multi family, retail, hotel, and restaurants.  Pearl River’s request were unanimously approved by both city council and planning and zoning.  There is always something exciting going on in Bastrop.


      Enjoy the rain,

      Mayor Schroeder

    • Hello Bastrop!


      City Council started early this week with an executive session to review candidates for city manager.  The process is well underway and final interviews should be completed by the end of the month



      Regular session of the council meeting started at the normal 6:30 and we were pleased to have our Acting City Manager Trey Job lead us in the pledges.  City Manager Job recently completed 10 years of service and dedication to the Bastrop community.  Please join council in supporting City Manager Job during this time of additional duties and responsibilities.


      For the first time ever, the three female Mayors for the cities in Bastrop were all together in one place.  A photograph documented this historic event.  Mayor Forrester, McShan, and I are pleased to serve our respective cities and enjoy working together.


      A concerned citizen asked me to share the migration dates for our area.  Full migration starts August 15th and takes place through the end of November. Citizens are asked to turn off unnecessary lights as light pollution adversely impacts the migration.  Bastrop was one of the inaugural cities to be designated a Bird City.  We all enjoy the birds, so please take steps to protect them.


      Council members Plunkett and Kirkland had requested a resolution to convey expectations and directives to the city’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Board which was created at the July 26th council meeting.  Council received comment cards from over 20 people and after two hours of discussion, one failed motion, and several amended motions the resolution was approved as written by a vote of 3 to 2.


      Council unanimously approved a notice of proposed tax rate of $0.5238 thereby allowing maximum discretion for setting the final tax rate in late September.  Budget workshops are scheduled for August 16th and 17th.  The decision will be made at the end of meeting on August 16th as to whether the second meeting (Aug 17th) is needed.


      Council unanimously approved the first Guaranteed Maximum Price portion of the new Water Treatment Plant.  Four wells will be completed along with the clear well as part of this portion of the project.  This is an exciting first step in construction of the Water Treatment Plant.


      Assistant City Manager Gleason presented the highlights from the third quarter report for FY2022.  As mentioned in previous blogs, quarterly reports are chock full of great information about the city and how your city tax dollars are spent.  Please take a moment to review HERE.


      We are enduring a regional drought that is far worse than what we experienced in the last several decades. Please do your part to conserve water, conserve electricity, and protect against fire.  Communities nearby are being forced to decide if they should use surface water for drinking or generating electricity.  The City of Bastrop is not facing these difficult decisions, but our current water wells are under the influence of the Colorado River and LCRA generates the power Bastrop Power and Light provides to your homes.


      Be Safe.

      Mayor Schroeder

    • Hello Bastrop,


      Special thanks to Scout Troop 2010 for leading the pledges at council meeting this week.  They did a great job and a couple scouts stayed for part of the meeting to help earn their civics badge.  Their leaders are doing a great job and are another demonstration of the generous folks we have in our community.  It warms my heart to see the dedication to our young people who are indeed our future.



      Congratulations to Steven and Sheila Sarff, Simply Sweet recently celebrated 10 years in business.  They are involved in the community and just one of the special things we get to enjoy as part of our Main Street District.


      Council bid farewell to city manager Paul Hofmann.  This week was Mr. Hofmann’s last council meeting, his last day as city manager will be August 5.  Make plans to come enjoy the Farm Street Opry on Thursday, August 4th where Mr. Hofmann will be emceeing.


      Mr. Hofmann presented the FY 2022/2023 budget for council consideration.  Budget workshops are scheduled for August 16th and 17th.  A special thank you to staff for preparing the budget and all the work that it entails.


      Council member Lee presented her request for the creation of a Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Board.  The proposed board members were in attendance and several citizens spoke in support of the board.   The Board was created with a vote of 3 to 2.


      Council unanimously approved a Letter of Intent with Sunway Hospitality to pursue building a hotel that will be connected to the convention center.  For several years, we have received feedback requesting a hotel to increase the usage of the convention center.  The proposal includes a coffee shop and restaurant that will be open to the public and accessed off Chestnut Street.  As part of this project, council is taking steps to pursue a “quiet zone” for the train while it is within the city limits.


      After a lengthy discussion, council unanimously requested city staff prepare a Request for Proposal for Solid Waste Collection.  Although monthly prices will likely increase, the opportunity for additional services like composting will also increase.  We are just starting this process and it will be a lengthy one, so we will keep you informed as key steps are taken.


      Council is actively engaged in hiring a new city manager.  Council approved appointing Mr. Trey Job as the acting city manager after Mr. Hofmann leaves to bridge the gap to the start date of the new city manager.  We appreciate the extra duties Mr. Job has agreed to include in his regular full-time job.  Please congratulate Mr. Job and offer your support to him and the rest of the staff.


      The library celebrated their end of summer reading program with a great party including an indoor obstacle course, bouncy house, and pizza.  Remember you can check out all the fun things happening at the library anytime on their Facebook page and at .




      Mayor Schroeder

    • Hello Bastrop,


      Council started early this week with Executive Session considering a development project, discussing Fire Station #2, and mediation on pending ethics charges.  Council strives to move to mutually beneficial resolution of all issues.


      Pledges were led by Evan Odom and Kate Bray who will both be fourth graders at Mina next year and enjoy being members of the Harry Potter Club.  The invocation was provided by Pastor Dustin Bartee.



      The Mayor’s Report, Council Member updates, and City Manager report all included rave reviews about Juneteenth weekend.  The banquet Friday night was considered the best ever by all.  The Blue Flames Cruisers Car & Motorcycle Show and Parade on the Saturday morning were enjoyed by hundreds of residents and visitors.  The street dance Saturday night was a huge success as well.  Special thanks to the Juneteenth committee and the city staff that helped with all the special events.  Make plans now to join the fun next year.




      Visit Bastrop Executive Director Susan Smith shared with council the recent announcement that Visit Bastrop had been awarded Destinations International Accreditation with Distinction. There are less than 225 organizations that have received the accreditation and less than 10% were awarded the coveted “with distinction” honor.  Please join council in congratulating the entire Visit Bastrop team and Board for this remarkable accomplishment.


      Councilmember Cheryl Lee submitted an agenda item for council to consider adding Juneteenth as a paid holiday for city employees.  Councilmember Lee made a brief presentation on the importance of Juneteenth for the City of Bastrop, the State of Texas, and the Nation.  Juneteenth was made a Federal Holiday in 2021 and adding it to the paid holiday schedule for city employees was unanimously approved by council.


      Human Resource Director Tanya Cantrell requested council consider pay increases for Streets and Drainage, Parks, and Building Maintenance employees who are integral to the Public Works department.  The City of Bastrop’s compensation was no longer competitive and the department has experienced vacancies and turn over at an alarming rate.  This directly impacts the quality of life of our residents.  Council unanimously approved an immediate pay increase while understanding this will impact the budget being prepared for FY 2023.


      Annually, council reviews the Hunters Crossing Public Improvement District’s service plan and assessment levy.  Thanks to the great work by the Hunters Crossing Board, council unanimously approved the first reading of the associated ordinance.


      Colorado Bend, the film studio located west of Lover’s Lane and southeast of the Colorado River, had a number of items unanimously approved by council.  The items included the first reading for annexing phase 1 (312 acres) of the project, amending the Future Land Use designation, approving the zoning concept scheme as submitted, and updating the Transportation Master Plan.  The property will be zoned EC (Employment Center) with no requested warrants.  This means they are compliant with all current land use regulations.


      On June 14, Council had tabled the second reading for the re-zoning of Burleson East retail center.  This week council once again tabled the second reading to allow the property owner to work with staff so a final ordinance could be prepared and reviewed by the city attorney and council would have an opportunity to review in advance of voting.  The current proposal includes over 25 warrants (requests to not follow the standards), the vast majority have been resolved with staff but several warrants are not final. 


      Everyone enjoyed the rain this week and all wished for more, please remember that fireworks are NOT allowed inside the city limits and on behalf of your neighbors and the City of Bastrop Fire Department, please refrain from them.


      Happy Fourth of July!

      Mayor Schroeder

    • Hello Bastrop,


      Council Members started the meeting this week with a two-hour Executive Session.  The items are listed on the agenda and information will be shared with the public as soon as possible.  Confidentiality is protecting the best interest of the community; I can share there are a lot of exciting things being discussed in Bastrop.


      Special thanks to brothers Michael and Matthew Gralinski. Both young men have participated in the City’s Recreation Center “Discovery Days.”.  They did an excellent job leading the pledges.  Please check out the calendar of events for the Recreation Center, you will find something for all ages.



      Chaplain Dale Burke offered the invocation and asked for special protection over the first responders actively responding to fire calls.  Bastrop County is currently under a burn ban.  We all know that no burning is allowed within the city limits, but please make sure your friends and family living in the county know about the Burn Ban.


      Council finalized the Nine Focus Areas that drive priorities for the annual budget and activities for staff.


      Special thanks to Mayor Pro Tem Rogers and Council Member Kirkland who agreed to serve as a subcommittee to review the community support applications.  For many years, the City’s Annual Budget includes support for local non-profits providing services for city residents.  This subcommittee was tasked with reviewing the applications (due June 23) and providing council a baseline recommendation of funds per organization.


      Burleson East received unanimous approval on the second reading of the ordinance that annexes the tract into the City limits. Council unanimously voted to table the second reading of the zoning ordinance to allow the city attorney and staff to work with the developer and his attorney to spend time on final details prior to voting.  As many of you know, zoning stays with the property regardless of ownership so this is an important decision that will impact the community for decades.  The second reading of the zoning ordinance will be considered at the June 28th council meeting. Although there has been extensive discussion in the community about possible retailers that will locate at Burleson East, the developer reported that no final leases have been signed.


      Food Truck permitting fees were discussed extensively.  Council voted unanimously to waive invoicing for food truck permits to October at which time invoices will be sent based on newly adopted fees.  Thank you, Tim Shuman, for bringing the issue to council’s attention and for providing input to council deliberations.


      Congratulations to Patrice Parsons for being unanimously appointed to Planning and Zoning.  If you are interested in serving on a city board or commission, please complete an application and share your talents and time with your fellow citizens.


      The Bastrop Public Library’s Summer Reading Program is in full swing, and they have a summer calendar jam packed with fun.  The reading program and events are free to the public, come join the fun. 




      Mayor Schroeder

    • Hello Bastrop,


      Emile Safety Patrol members Luna Vargas (3rd grade) and Braxton Roper (4th grade) did an outstanding job of leading the pledges at this week’s council meeting.



      Chaplain Phil Woods offered the invocation and lifted up the community of Uvalde and the families dealing with the tragedy of May 24th.


      The entire council went to Fredericksburg last Thursday for the TML Small Communities Conference.  Each council member mentioned the event as a time of both learning and building relationships for a successful team.


      Council voted (3 to 2) to allow Bastrop Independent School District to complete bond projects without meeting the Gills Branch Drainage Criteria for Bastrop High School, Mina, and Emile Elementary.  BISD is granting floodplain easement for future channel improvements.  The drainage project is currently estimated at $15 million.


      Council voted unanimously to revise the current Memorandum of Understanding for Pecan Park Development requiring the developer to complete the construction of Orchard Parkway within 12 months of the city completing the construction of Agnes within Pecan Park commercial.  Construction will be done at no cost to the developer via utilization of a grant.


      Burleson Crossing East (located just east of existing Edward Burleson Blvd., just north of State Highway 71) received unanimous approval to zone the entire tract P5 and approve all 24 warrants as submitted by the applicant.  While the applicant was not at liberty to name the retailers he is negotiating with, rumors are certainly flying on who those retailers may be.  Stand by for announcements.


      Please consider joining the Summer Reading Program at the Bastrop Public Library, it starts on May 31.



      Mayor Schroeder

    • Hello Bastrop


      Celebration was the theme for the first Council Meeting in May.


      Bastrop High School’s NJROTC led the pledges and recited the Cadet Oath.  Cadet Lieutenant Commander Jonathan Eden served as the commanding officer and was joined by Senior Chief Eowyn Rodriguez and Petty Officer 3rd Class Maddy Pickering.  We also thanked their leadership Chief Canales and Captain Fletcher.


      Pastor Bernie Jackson, Trinity Zion Church, provided the invocation.


      Council Member Cheryl Lee and John Kirkland had their swearing-in ceremony followed by a reception. Friends, families and citizens joined the festivities.  Council Member Kirkland provided a cake to add even more fun.




      As required by the Charter, the first order of business was to elect the Mayor Pro Tem.  Council unanimously voted to appoint Mayor Pro Tem Drusilla Rogers.  She will serve in this capacity for one year.



      As Mayor, I am excited to work with this new team and look forward to serving with them.


      Both Assistant City Managers provided an overview of the Second Quarterly report, which can be found at this link: As usual this report is full of project updates and statistics.  I am confident everyone will find something of interest in the report.  Special thanks to our Community Assets for attending the meeting and providing vital updates on how each of them are engaging with the community – residents and visitors alike.


      Proclamations recognized May 15-21 as both Public Works Week and National Police Week. May was declared Building Safety Month and May 14th was recognized as World Migratory Bird Day.  Council unanimously approved the appointment of Judah Ross to Planning and Zoning Commission, Sonya Cote to Main Street Board and Amy Bailey to the Cultural Arts Commission. The dedication of employees combined with the commitment of volunteers is the foundation of this special place we all call home.






      Please join me in celebrating our staff and volunteers,


      Mayor Schroeder

    • Hello Bastrop,


      Council recognized the service and dedication of Mayor Pro Tem Peterson and Council Member Jackson at our last meeting in April.  Mayor Pro Tem Peterson had several family members present for his final council meeting.  Council Member Jackson was unfortunately under the weather and unable to attend.  Both gentlemen were recognized for their contributions to council, and both received a standing ovation.  A short reception including cookies and punch was enjoyed by all.




      Cedar Creek High School Ballet Folklórico award winners Citlali Mata Hernandez and Daniel Lopez Perez led the pledges.  They invited everyone to see the dance teams perform at the Performing Arts Center on April 30th at 7 pm.  Cedar Creek High School is proud of their wonderful accomplishments as they have swept competitions winning 1st, 2nd and 3rd place.


      Council was honored to welcome Command Sergeant Major Michelle Thompson and the upcoming Best Warrior Competition to be held in Bastrop the first week in May.  You will certainly see some of the competitors in town, please join council in thanking them for their service.



      Special thanks to Pastor Bernie Jackson for leading the invocation and including the family of National Guard Specialist Bishop Evans.


      Proclamations recognizing Public Service Recognition week (May 1-7), accepted by City Manager Hofmann on behalf of all city staff and Firefighter Day (May 4), accepted by Chief Rosales and a group of firefighters, were read into the record.  Bastrop is blessed to have full time fire and could not be successful without the dedicated volunteers.



      Chief Executive Officer of Visit Bastrop, Susan Smith, presented the mid-year report for the organization.  Outstanding progress has been made and Ms. Smith reported that hotels are forecasting pre-COVID occupancy rates.


      Council unanimously approved the second and final reading of an ordinance adopting an amendment that allows banners to be displayed year-round.


      Prior to the regular council meeting, a work session was held to discuss the Comprehensive Plan, Capital Improvement Projects, and the Fiscal Forecast Assumptions associated with preparing the upcoming Fiscal 2023 budget.  Staff provided an enormous amount of information to allow council to ask questions and review as part of the budget preparation process.  The work session was recorded and is worth watching for those who are interested in the City’s annual budget.


      Enjoy this wonderful spring weather,

      Mayor Schroeder




    • Hello Bastrop


      Council had a bittersweet meeting for our first meeting in April.  Our city manager, Paul Hofmann, announced he had submitted his resignation to be effective August 5, 2022.  Mr. Hofmann has accepted the position of Associate Professor of the Practice for the Bush School of Government and Public Service at Texas A&M.  It turns out, when a person is offered the job opportunity of a lifetime, the answer is yes.  We are thankful for Mr. Hofmann’s service and appreciate him graciously giving us four months to find his replacement.  Council will be meeting on April 19 to discuss next steps in the process.


      Kyler Redmon, a fourth grader at Lost Pines Elementary and Micah Widstrup, a fifth grader at Founders Classical Academy led the pledges for us.  Pastor Phil Woods gave the invocation and set the tone for a productive meeting.



      April is Child Abuse Prevention Month and Megan Webb, executive director of the Children’s Advocacy Center, was at council to receive the proclamation. April is also National Sexual Assault Awareness Month and the Family Crisis Center accepted their proclamation.  We recognized the second week of April as National Public Safety Telecommunicators week.  The folks who answer 9-1-1 calls are truly the first of the first responders, have incredibly difficult jobs, and do amazing work 24 hours a day, every day of the year.




      Curtis Erwin and the Bastrop Power & Light crew attended the council meeting to accept the proclamation in recognition of National Lineman Appreciation Day on April 18.  These hardworking, dedicated employees are the reason that we have so few power outages.  When we do have a power outage, it is seldom for very long.  The performance of the Bastrop Power & Light infrastructure is a result of their labor.  Please join me and the council in thanking all these groups and employees for their dedication to our community.



      Council approved the contract with PHI Air Medical. This third annual contract provides residents of the City of Bastrop with full coverage for medically required air transport.  I always clarify that we are not providing free helicopter rides for residents, rather should a resident have a medical need requiring air transport they will not have the added stress of paying for the flight.


      Old Austin Highway is in need of a full depth pavement repair.  During the past year, significant patching and crack sealing has been completed to help prolong the life of the road but that is not a permanent fix.  Council voted unanimously to approve a professional engineering services contract to get everything in place to bid the reconstruction of the road.  Council gave direction the work should be done while BISD is not in session.  This means the work will be in 2023.


      April Showers are here, and I am looking forward to the May flowers.  I have enjoyed the first few Bluebonnets and Indian Paintbrushes showing themselves around town.  Unfortunately, this spring has brought severe storms, including hail and tornado watches.  Please be sure to heed warnings and take appropriate action.


      Stay safe Bastrop,

      Mayor Schroeder

    • Hello Bastrop!


      Do you have a Harry Potter fan at your house? The pledges were led this week by Mina Elementary’s Harry Potter Club represented by Mason Goertz and Parker Connell. Special thanks to Ms. Miller for forming the group and supporting the kids. Decked out in their club t-shirts the kids did a great job and we all enjoyed the proud smiles on the faces of parents and friends who attended the meeting.



      Bastrop County Ministerial Alliance hosted the Mayor’s Prayer Luncheon on March 15 and their president, Dale Burke, led the invocation this week. Dale’s commitment to the community is seen in many ways; police chaplain, workforce, literacy, and BCMA. He is a talented guitarist, singer and a true blessing to Bastrop.


      National Library Week is April 3 -9. Our librarian Bonnie Pierson, library staff, and library board attended council to receive the proclamation which pointed out the important role libraries serve in our community. If you have not been to our library lately, you ought to put it on your schedule.



      The Cultural Arts Commission is in full swing. Their two-year work plan was presented to council by Assistant City Manager Rebecca Gleason. Several CAC Board members were present at the meeting and council thanked them for their hard work and dedication. Art touches every heart and comes in all types of mediums; it is wonderful that Bastrop is taking tangible steps to embrace the diversity of talented artists for public benefit.


      The annual mowing contract was reviewed and unanimously approved by council. Public Works Director Curtis Hancock presented this year’s contract complete with maps of all the parks, buildings, and rights-of-way included in the contract.


      Regrettably, council took action and voted to file an ethics complaint against one of our own. This difficult decision was carefully considered, and the vote reflects this council’s commitment to uphold the ethics ordinance and all applicable statutes. Council also voted unanimously to send a letter to a local lawyer who publicly acted in an unprofessional manner during a council meeting on March 8. Council meetings are City business meetings which is why our Rules of Procedure speak to decorum. Important matters are discussed, and decisions are made that impact each and every resident of our community. Professional meeting decorum allows all voices to be heard and all points of view to be respected. Bastrop has the reputation for conducting Council meetings with the level of dignity and respect our community deserves.


      Mayor Schroeder

    • Hello Bastrop,


      Special thanks to Misty Jefferson, Director, Emile Child Development Center.  Her students Xander Jones, Grace Mouser, Ali Lake and Tyler Allen led the pledges and stole the hearts of everyone in council chambers.  Thank you to their parents for bringing these four-year-old future leaders to be a part of the City Council meeting.



      Worship Pastor, Stephen Bunger, for River Valley Christian Fellowship led the invocation.  City Council is grateful to Pastor Bunger and all those who give so freely of their time to help set the decorum and tone of our meetings.


      The first week of every month is always busy and March has been no exception.  Our City Manager, Paul Hofmann, was the guest speaker at the chamber luncheon and did an outstanding presentation on the critical role that land regulations play in the economic vitality and quality of life for City residents.  I was honored to once again host the Farm Street Opry – performances by the house band, Doug Boggs, and Neil Kulhanek were enjoyed by all.  Several families took advantage of the great weather and enjoyed the viewing of “Little Rascals” as part of the city’s Movies in the Parks program.


      Texas Department of Parks and Wildlife held a Town Hall on the Rolling Pines Fire (January 18) to share the results of the independent study completed by the Facilitated Learning Analysis Team. lead by Chief Darryl Jones from South Carolina Forestry Commission comprised of Subject Matter Experts from Georgia, Florida, and Oklahoma.  City of Bastrop Fire Chief Andres Rosales and Bastrop’s Fire Department were once again thanked for their role in suppressing the fire.  The FLA Team recommended, and TDPW has agreed, to include the City of Bastrop’s Fire Department as part of the review team prior to any prescribed burn in the future.  TDPW stated no further prescribed fires would be conducted in 2022.


      Tracy Waldron, Chief Financial Officer, and her team received the highest possible rating as a result of the independent auditor’s report conducted by Belt Harris Pechacek.  Congratulations to the entire finance team.


      City Council voted unanimously to cancel the city election to consider minor Charter changes.  Those changes will be part of the 2023 May Election.  Cancelling the election saved the city taxpayers just over ten thousand dollars.


      Assistant City Manager Rebecca Gleason presented the current regulations regarding temporary banners and council discussed revisions to the existing code with input from concerned citizens.  Council has asked staff to bring back code revisions in line with the discussion and will present them after the Planning & Zoning Commission has vetted them, for consideration.


      I hope to see you at the Mayor’s Prayer Luncheon hosted by the Ministerial Alliance on March 15th


      Mayor Schroeder

    • Hello Bastrop


      Bluebonnet Elementary School students Marlie Malone and Allison (Ali) Ritchie led the pledges for council this week.  Both of these fine young ladies enjoy math and science.  Council enjoyed having them and their families as part of our meeting.  Special thanks to Chaplain Bob Long for providing the invocation and for the years of tireless service he has provided as a Police Chaplain.


      The City Manager reported great progress on the Disc Golf Course being installed at Bob Bryant Park.  We will be celebrating as soon as the course is complete and look forward to seeing you there.  Stay tuned for details.


      If your schedule allows, please attend the monthly Chamber Luncheon to hear City Manager Paul Hofmann give a talk on planning and permitting in the City of Bastrop.  As we all know, rumors and inuendo can sometimes be rampant but that doesn’t make it right.  It is always best to go straight to the source and get the facts.  Constructive feedback is always welcome, we are all striving towards the same goal – living in a safe community.


      Council unanimously approved pay increases for two groups of employees.  Water and Wastewater Distribution and Plant Operations staff was the first group.  This department has not been fully staffed for a year due to the current pay range.  Increasing starting salaries to a competitive range is the solution.  The other group receiving a pay increase was our patrol division of the Police Department.


      City Council annexed 35.5 acres of the Colorado River.  I know that may sound funny to some of you but much like a highway, the river provides a contiguous extension of existing city limits for annexation purposes.  Let me be clear, the State has removed annexation authority from all municipalities, so the only annexation that can occur is on a voluntary basis but the other requirements, like being contiguous, still apply.  The LCRA and Army Corp of Engineers keep all their same powers over the river so for a person who is kayaking or canoeing nothing changes. The annexation of the river does allow our Police Department to enforce our noise ordinance and respond to any concerns of misconduct.


      Bastrop Colorado Bend is the proposed film studio located just west of Lover’s Lane.  Council held four public hearings for: Annexation, Transportation Master Plan, Future Land Use Designation, and Zoning Concept Scheme.  No vote was taken.  The purpose of the public hearing was to allow input from citizens prior to decisions being made.


      Congratulations to both Ms. Cheryl Lee and Mr. John Kirland, they are now Council Members Elect as neither had an opponent for the City’s May election.  Council Member Peterson and Jackson will both continue to serve through May of 2022 when Ms. Lee and Mr. Kirkland will be sworn in as new council members.  On March 8, the City Council Agenda will include an item to cancel the May candidate election and will likely cancel the entire election pushing the Charter Change Considerations to May of 2023.  This will save the city the cost of the May 2022 election.


      Stay warm,

      Mayor Schroeder

    • Hello Bastrop!


      Council held two meetings this past week. Our Charter-directed regular Tuesday meeting and a second meeting held on Wednesday to canvass the votes and swear in our newest council member Kevin Plunkett, who won the Special Election held on January 29th. Special thanks to the Honorable Chris Duggan for conducting the swearing in ceremony. Council Member Plunkett was joined by his family and friends for the celebration.



      As part of our Tuesday meeting, we recognized Mayor Pro Tem Lyle Nelson for his years of dedication to City Council. Elected as a result of the first ever run-off campaign in June of 2017, Nelson has represented the City of Bastrop as a member of the Executive Committee for the Capital Area Council of Governments (CAPCOG) and as part of the Capital Area Metropolitan Planning Organization (CAMPO). He has served as Mayor Pro Tem since elected by council in May of 2018, and he will be missed.



      The First Quarterly Report of Fiscal Year 2022 was presented by Assistant City Manager Gleason. This is our second year to have quarterly reports and many of you have commented on the advantage of having both statistical and scheduling information in one place. The reports now include updates from our key community partners Visit Bastrop, the Bastrop County Historical Society Museum and Visitor Center, the Lost Pines Art Center, and the Bastrop Opera House. Take a few minutes to look through the report “here”. I’m confident you will find something of interest.


      Council unanimously approved Policy regarding the Bastrop Economic Development Corporation and the Support Services Agreement for Fiscal Year 2022. These two documents will ensure that this important board is aligned with City Council. As with all our Boards, the community is best served when we are all working in unison.


      Garver, LLC was awarded a contract with the primary and immediate objective of submitting for a RAISE (Rebuilding American Infrastructure with Sustainability and Equity) grant to rehabilitate the Old Iron Bridge. Included in the Garver project is the Loop 150 (Chestnut) Corridor study from Highway 71 to Highway 95. Each of us is aware of the unprecedented growth daily when we ask each other, “Where did all these cars come from?” This contract with Garver is just one effort by City Council to address transportation concerns.


      In closing, I would like to remind everyone that February is Black History Month. The theme this year is “Black Health and Wellness.” Please join council in celebrating this important month.


      Happy Valentine's Day!

      Mayor Schroeder

    • Hello Bastrop,


      The inaugural “Mayor’s State of the City Address” premiered prior to the regular meeting.  Special thanks to our media department for putting together a first-class video summarizing the year of 2021.  If you have ever wondered just what all happens as part of municipal government, I am confident watching the video will be worthwhile. Watch the video here.


      We celebrated birthdays for two council members.  Council Member Dock Jackson and Council Member Bill Peterson.  Cards, cupcakes, and a round of applause for these men who give so much to our community.


      Special thanks to Charlee Torres from the Bastrop Intermediate School Debate/Government Club.  She represented her club and school in a great way as she led the pledges.


      The Youth Advisory Council was sworn into office.  This enterprising group of high schoolers is already contributing to efforts like improving community engagement and they will be an integral part of our Parks & Recreation Master Plan efforts.



      Speaking of the Parks & Recreation Master Plan, council authorized the city manager to accept a grant from the St. David’s Foundation for $250,000.  This grant will go towards funding the master plan that has not been updated since 2015. Recreation has long been a priority item in the community and with the exciting news of the potential Emile Recreation Center, now is a great time to formalize our “game” plan.


      We just finished our special election, and it is already time to work on our standard election.  Council approved calling the election and a joint agreement with other taxing entities and contracting with Bastrop County for election services.  Working cooperatively, election costs are lowered and voter participation should increase.


      Fire Chief Andres Rosales was recognized for his outstanding leadership during the Rolling Pines Fire last week.  The Bastrop Fire Department saved a house because of their quick response time.  Chief Rosales was quick to point out the safety measures the homeowners had taken prior to the fire to ease the defense.  Although the City of Bastrop was not in imminent danger during the fire, each of us are not only city residents but county residents as well and we are looking to Texas Parks and Wildlife to provide answers on how this will never happen again.


      If you see one of our firefighters, we have both paid and volunteers, please thank them for keeping us safe.  We are grateful to all the firefighters and their families that worked to protect our community last week.


      Stay safe,

      Mayor Schroeder

    • Hello Bastrop,


      We had a quorum for city council this week, but we were missing our statesman, Council Member Bill Peterson.  The Petersons lost their son, James Edward, on January 5th.  We had a moment of silence to send our thoughts, prayers, and condolences to the entire family.


      Bastrop Christian Church Pastor Dustin Bartee delivered the invocation and included the Peterson and Holberg families.  Jeff Holberg, former City Manager of Bastrop, passed away in late December.  These losses remind each of us to make the most of each day, treat everyone with respect, and cherish family.


      The Red Rock Interplanetary Space Exploration (RISE) club led the pledges for us.  Special thanks to the club’s creator Katie Fehlker (Assistant Principal) and Kelly Hubley (Principal).  These fourth graders did a great job.



      Presentations included the recognition of MLK Day.   It is Bastrop’s turn to serve as host for this county-wide event.  Please join us at Paul Quinn AME at 10 am on Monday, January 17th for the historic walk through Bastrop.  Streaming of the virtual program will begin at 11:30 am. Information about how to watch the Virtual Program can be found here


      The City of Bastrop is the Title Sponsor for the Bastrop Chamber Annual Gala this year.  The Chamber is celebrating it’s 100th anniversary and will have festivities throughout the year.


      We all enjoyed the Lighted Christmas Parade and winners for the parade were recognized during the council meeting.  Categories included everything from Best Reason for the Season to Most Creative.


      Overall Best LPC Entry:

      Commercial - Air Brush Tan
      Non- Commercial - Bastrop Honor Choir

      Most Beautiful Lighted Float
      40 Bastrop & Buescher State Park

      Best Pedestrian Group
      Cedar Creek Dance Team

      Most Original Entry
      Bastrop Opera House

      Best Marching Band
      Cedar Creek High School

      Most Festive Automobile
      BC Sheriff Dept

      Most Festive Group Riders
      Friends and Family of Texas Stars

      Best Group Entry
      Central Texas Jeeps & Lower Colorado Jeeps

      Best Emergency Vehicle
      Heart of the Pines VFD

      Best Cyclist Decoration
      American Legion Post 533

      Best Reason for the Season
      Primera Baptist Church


      Council unanimously approved the Letter of Intent between Emile Multicultural Center/Recreation Complex, Bastrop Independent School District, and City of Bastrop to establish a partnership toward the acquisition, construction, and operation of a community recreation center.  Charles Washington, Jr., representing the Emile Multicultural organization presented the idea of having a recreation center on the site of the Emile School that served the black community from 1892 to 1969.  The proposed center would include a large multipurpose gymnasium, classrooms, and a museum.  The museum would preserve the rich history of the Emile school and its graduates and staff.  A large number of local pickleball players and enthusiasts came out and Gary Moss spoke, representing their group’s enthusiastic support of the project. This was a significant first step in the project, however, it is important to note the letter of intent is not complete until Bastrop ISD approves.  City council has agreed to operate and maintain the building along with construction of roads that would support the building and mitigate the school traffic issue that currently exists.


      Faun Cullens, Chief Appraiser, presented the much-needed improvements for the Bastrop County Appraisal District building.  Per State Law she needs approval from eight of the ten main taxing entities before the project can be started.  City Council unanimously approved the request.


      Council approved a contract with Texas A&M Engineering Experiment Station for Geographic Information Systems (GIS).  Many of us use our smart phones to navigate unfamiliar territory and we have grown to expect warnings on construction delays, suggested routes to avoid accidents, and fastest routes.  This information is available because of GIS systems. The city uses GIS to identify utility lines and even property corners.  Currently, critical information is stored across multiple formats and systems. This project will bring all the data to a single database and made accessible to residents, public works, and contractors.


      Wastewater Treatment Plant #3 construction is well underway and part of the project is taking Wastewater Treatment Plants #1 and #2 offline.  For this to occur, a transfer lift station will be installed.  Fabiola De Carvalho, Director of Engineering, presented a revised route for the force main from the transfer lift station to the new plant that will save the overall project $2 million.  For the new route to be completed, additional engineering calculations and designs are required.  Council unanimously approved a task order for $200K to save $2M.


      Early voting for the special election started on January 12th.  If you have not already voted please make your plans to vote early or on election day, January 29th.


      Every vote counts!

      Mayor Schroeder

        • Happy Holidays Bastrop


          Bastrop Middle School Student Council members Ella Griesenbeck and Isabella Molina-Conrardy led the pledges at council this week.  Special thanks to BISD for providing students to lead the pledges. Council is always pleased to see their smiling faces.


          You may recall the Mina PE Posse led the pledges in November.  Coach Sunday spearheaded Mina Elementary’s first annual “Run This Town” 5k/1k on December 4th and it was a great success.  I had the honor of providing Christmas music and traffic guidance at the corner of Pecan and Elm.  Our recreation manager Terry Moore and I worked the corner and were so inspired by the runners we both went to the BollyX class at the City’s Recreation Center.


          The agenda for this week’s council meeting was seven pages, fairly long compared to most other agendas.  The consent agenda alone had ten items.  December is that time of year where we get things set up for the following calendar year – staff reports with dates for the Strategic Planning Calendar for Fiscal Year 2022-2023; Universal Submittal Dates for site plans and zoning change requests are required to stay compliant with state law.  We voted on the Board Members for Bastrop Central Appraisal District and approved a budget amendment for fiscal year 2022.  Council is grateful for the department directors that make sure we are prepared for the new calendar year.


          Texas Film Commission had two representatives at the meeting to provide information to council regarding the creation of a Media Production Zone.  Created by the state to encourage the film industry to come to Texas, the Media Production Zones allow exemption of certain sales tax for a defined period of time (usually two years.)  Only five Media Production Zones are allowed in the State at any one time.  Council voted unanimously to create a Media Production Zone and nominate the same for consideration at the state level.  The Media Production Zone is the 546-acre track located at 1240 Lovers Lane.


          Council received and approved the request of a landowner to be brought into our extra territorial jurisdiction and has indicated an intention to request annexation into the city limits.  The property is 289 acres located along State Highway 304.


          Council took action to authorize the engineering design of Agnes Street which will complete the missing link and allow Agnes to serve as an alternate to Highway 71.  You may recall the city was awarded a grant for the Agnes Extension project.


          Farm Street Village development had the most interest on the agenda.  Many citizens spoke and many more sent in comment cards not wishing to speak but wanting to share their feedback on the project.  Staff presented the project with respect to the approved codes and the developer presented changes that had been made from last month based on community feedback.  The two main concerns were traffic and drainage.  The agenda item, rezoning from P3 to P4, was denied by council.  The property will remain P3 which allows single family or duplexes but not apartments.  Council appreciated the respectful behavior from both folks in support of and against the project.  Bastrop continues to set the example for the rest of the country on how to have disagree without being disrespectful.


          Council approved contracts forwarded by Bastrop Economic Development Corporation which will add two new businesses to the Industrial Park.  Coltzin, LLC will be producing tortilla chips and TA Bastrop, LLC will be manufacturing adhesives associated with the automotive industry.


          Partnering with BEDC, council authorized a Memorandum of Understanding with Austin Community College to provide classroom location for welding and HVAC courses.  Classes should start early 2022.  Technical courses for trade certification combined with the classes available from the Art Institute will help keep Bastrop competitive in the workforce for the future.


          Council has called a Special Election for January 29th to elect a new council member to Place 3 to fulfill the unexpired term created by a resignation.  If you are interested in running for council, please pick up and complete the candidate packet by December 20th.  Our City Secretary will be busy with candidate packets for both this special election and the regular election next May when Places 1 and 5 will be on the ballot.


          Chief Nagy tells me we had 12,000 people at the Lighted Christmas Parade this year.  I enjoyed my first time of calling the parade from the best seat in the house – the balcony of the new 921 Main building. Special thanks to Harvey Giblin, President of the Art Institute for allowing use of their balcony.  Their partnership and dedication to the Bastrop community is greatly appreciated.




          Happy New Year

          Mayor Schroeder

        • Hello Bastrop,


          The Mina PE Posse showed up in full force to lead the pledges for City Council.  This energetic group of kids made their parents and loved ones proud with their recitations.  Special thanks to Coach Sunday Thompson for organizing the posse.





          Assistant City Manager Gleason presented the Fourth Quarter Report for FY 2021. Included in the report was not only fourth quarter statistics but also year over year comparisons. For example, in FY 20 the total Building Inspections completed was 2,215, in FY 2021 that grew to 12,878 (more than 500% growth.)  FY 21 had 418 new homes constructed and 66 homes remodeled. Maintenance requests completed, covering everything from potholes to light pole repair, totaled 2,291.  The City’s library had over 51 thousand visitors.  Here’s a link to this fact filled report.


          Bastrop Economic Development Corporation is taking steps to provide “shovel ready” property within the Industrial Park. Council unanimously approved the first reading of a resolution that would allow up to $1M to be spent on design and construction of needed infrastructure.


          Last week I had the honor of participating in Emile Elementary’s “Career Day” and enjoyed over 250 students in less than three hours.  It was a busy morning.  Bluebonnet Elementary asked me to provide a video of me reading a book, with the help of our stellar multi-media department, I was able to be inside my favorite Dr. Seuss book – “Oh, the Places You’ll Go”


          Thanksgiving is around the corner.  Council will not be meeting again in November.  The next council meeting is December 14.  The Christmas Tree lighting in Fisherman’s Park will be Saturday, November 27 at 6 pm, please make plans to attend this fun event and enjoy the River of Lights.


          Bastrop Area Cruisers Hot Rods and Heroes Car Show is a highlight for our community.  With 400 cars to choose from, it may be hard to find your favorite so be sure and give yourself plenty of time to stroll around Main Street.  The formal Veterans Day ceremony will begin at 11 am at the County Courthouse at the conclusion of the Veterans March.  It is sure to be a day of fun and an opportunity to thank a Veteran for their service.


          Deeply grateful to all our veterans,

          Mayor Schroeder

        • Hello Bastrop,


          Council chambers were at capacity this week.  Special thanks to Valentina and Alejandro Irby for leading the pledges.  This brother and sister team bravely led both pledges and took a gracious bow when they received a round of applause.  Not every 2nd grader and kindergartner would handle such a situation with such grace.  Both children attend Emile Elementary. Their parents were quite rightly very proud of their service.



          Farm Street Village requested a revision from P3 to P4 zoning. The majority of folks in attendance were interested in that project, so item 12D, the first reading of the ordinance to revise zoning, was called immediately after the invocation.  Staff presented, council discussed, and a public hearing was held with over 20 participants.  Details of the project can be found here. The second reading of the ordinance is currently scheduled for November 9.


          Bastrop is experiencing a record setting season of growth.  In an effort to continue our preparation for growth, city staff and our city attorney presented information on the creation of Municipal Utility Districts and requested policy direction from city council to formalize a process.


          Pickleball was a topic during citizen comments.  You may be surprised to learn the pickleball group has 96 members and plays 5 days a week.  If you are interested, you can find games going on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday mornings starting at 7 and again in the evening starting at 6 in Fisherman's Park.

          Council approved contracts for funds that were appropriated as part of the fiscal year 2021/2022 budget including a master drainage plan and broadband feasibility study.  Council remains focused on providing critical infrastructure improvements.


          November 5 is City of Bastrop Arbor Day and it was great to see city staff and park board members at council to receive the proclamation.



          You may have noticed the eCabs around town later in the evening.  Hours have been revised and eCab hours are now 3-9 pm Monday through Thursday and 2-10 pm Friday through Sunday.  The CARTS Now hours remain 7 am to 7 pm Monday through Friday.  People are always amazed to find such great public transportation in a town of less than 10,000 residents.  Another way that Bastrop is leading the way.


          The holiday season is upon us.  Halloween brings Thanksgiving and before you know it’s Christmas.  You can enjoy the city sponsored “Boo Bash” on Saturday, October 30 from 5 to 7 pm at Mayfest Park.  There’s no doubt you can find a fun way to enjoy this fall weather.


          Be safe,

          Mayor Schroeder

        • Hello Bastrop,


          Girl Scout Troop #42805 led the Pledge of Allegiance to the United States and Texas and then shared the Girl Scout Oath.  Having completed their official duties, they rushed back to their scouting meeting to complete their troop t-shirt decorating project.  Special thanks to both the scouts and their leaders for bringing them to council.



          The entire council attended the annual Texas Municipal League Conference in Houston.  During council updates, everyone shared their experience and commented on the event as an excellent opportunity for education of elected officials.


          The Bastrop Music Festival was a smashing success.  Everyone enjoyed the variety of venues and music genres.  Congratulations to Visit Bastrop for hosting this annual event.  Visitors from near and far enjoyed both the festival and our community.


          Austin Title and First Centennial Mortgage hosted the inaugural Chili Cook Off and donated the proceeds to Feed the Need.  The competition was fierce and I enjoyed being part of the five-person judging team.


          Chamber of Commerce week is October 18 – 23.  The president and several board members attended council to receive the proclamation.



          Congratulations to CC Wine and Company- they have moved just down the street, now located at 904 Main.  CMIT solutions opened their Bastrop office. Welcome to the community.


          City council heard a presentation from Joe Esch detailing the process that will be used to establish an economic development policy directive.  State law provides the allowable uses for economic development tax dollars collected and each municipal entity is tasked with defining the specific goals that best serve the community.


          The Museum and Visitor Center operated by the Bastrop County Historical Society along with the Bastrop Opera House and the Lost Pines Art Center received unanimous approval of their annual contract for services.  Please support these organizations so we may all continue to enjoy them.


          The City’s recreation program is in full swing and offering classes from BollyX to Pickle Ball clinics. Check out October’s schedule.


          See you around town,

          Mayor Schroeder

        • Hello Bastrop,


          Captain Fletcher with Bastrop High School’s NJROTC invited me to participate in this year’s Patriot’s Day ceremony.  It is hard to believe it’s been twenty years since we all watched in horror as our country was attacked by terrorists.  Patriot’s Day is dedicated to remembering the event and the heroes that selflessly ran towards the danger to protect others.  It is sobering to think the high school students have no memory of life before 9/11.  Bastrop police and Fire Departments were part of the ceremony along with Bastrop Power & Light that provided two bucket trucks to display the 20’ x 30’ US flag.  It was an event that caused all of us to re-think priorities and reminded us to be thankful for our freedom.




          Representatives from the NJROTC led the pledge of allegiance to the US and Texas flags at council this week and also recited the Cadet Pledge.  Cadet Lieutenant Commander Priscilla Segura, Cadet Lieutenant (junior grade) Allan Janes and Senior Chief Petty Officer, Mariah Greenlaw did an outstanding job and received a standing ovation.  They gave us all hope for the future.


          National Night Out for 2021 will be October 5. To learn more, view the parade route maps.  Every neighborhood is encouraged to participate.  Host a block party, attend a block party or just commit to introducing yourself to a neighbor.  So often we wave and smile, please consider taking the next step toward a new friendship.



          October means purple in Bastrop, literally.  Plans are in place to turn Bastrop purple for the month to raise awareness of domestic violence.  At this week’s council meeting, the Family Crisis Center staff, along with Bastrop Police Chief Clint Nagy, shared a short skit to explain the different roles and steps taken when a domestic violence situation is reported. Bernie Jackson accepted the proclamation declaring October “Domestic Violence Awareness Month.”   The statistics are heartbreaking.  Over 5 million children witness domestic violence each year.  Every resident has an oblig

          ation to be aware and that includes being educated on what to watch for and how to help in these desperate situations.  Please take time to participate in the Women’s Leadership luncheon on October 28 or visit the Family Crisis Center.



          The remainder of the meeting was dedicated to approving the Fiscal Year 2021/2022 Budget and Tax Rate.  Water and wastewater rates were also approved.  Staff and Council have been meeting since May to discuss, prioritize, and finalize the budget.  If you have any questions, please reach out.


          Meet your neighbors and watch for the parade,

          Mayor Schroeder

        • Hello Bastrop,


          Some of you know that I was a band “nerd” in high school.  I loved being in the marching band, concert band, orchestra, and pit orchestra for the senior plays.  I love music.  It turns out I am not alone, music has been inspiring people throughout history.  “Music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination and life to everything.” – Plato.   If you were one of the lucky people who attended the city council meeting, you received the gift of Hannibal Lokumbe playing his “Hymn for the World” accompanied by Callahan Winkler.  Hannibal sang the hymn he composed before the musical rendition.  The words are soul-soothing and one of my favorite phrases in the hymn are… “hatred requires so little, love the greater test.” If you missed the performance, I encourage you to watch the recording.



          Speaking of music, please make your plans to attend the Bastrop Music Festival from Thursday, September 23 through Sunday, September 26.  You will find a variety of venues, music genres, and times which should allow everyone to find something special to start your flight to the imagination.


          Much of the meeting focused on the public hearings and first readings for the budget and tax rate for Fiscal Year 2022, which starts October 1, 2022.  The second and final reading will be on September 21, 2021.  New legislation requires the readings to be seven days apart and we always strive to be compliant to legislation.  As a result, we will not be meeting the fourth Tuesday of September.  I realize it can get confusing, but you can always check our website or Facebook page for meeting dates.


          Viridian is a project located just north of Highway 71 and west of FM 969.  Council approved the development agreement for this nearly 400-acre project on July 13, 2021.  The next step in the development process is the Financing and Reimbursement Agreement.  Council unanimously approved the agreement.  This mixed-use, master planned community will provide a variety of housing options for our community.


          One of the most important duties given to the Mayor by the City Charter is the appointments for Boards and Commissions.  I had the honor of requesting and receiving unanimous approval from city council for my appointments.  Terms are tied to the fiscal year, so the folks confirmed will start their service on October 1, 2021.  Our annual Board and Commission Appreciation dinner will be held on October 14th this year.  At the dinner we thank everyone for their gift of time and talents for the past year and have a special recognition for the folks who are ending their term of service.  If you are interested in serving there are often opportunities throughout the year, and I encourage you to complete an application.


          On that note (pun intended) take time to enjoy the music and I look forward to seeing you at the festival.


          Mayor Schroeder

        • Hello Bastrop,


          Weather forecasters are monitoring tropical storm Ida headed for the Gulf, a rather usual occurrence for this time of year.  As August draws to a close, City Council looked towards September and presented two proclamations this week.  One to Fire Chief Rosales recognizing September as National Emergency Preparedness month.  We encourage everyone to register on Warn Central Texas and take some time to evaluate your preparedness.  It is a great time to check batteries, supplies, and review your safety plans.  Thankfully, we have an excellent resource in the Bastrop County Long Term Recovery Team should you have any questions.



          On September 4, 2021, the Bastrop County Long Term Recovery Team is hosting the “Perseverance in the Pines” event to reflect and celebrate how our community has recovered and how resilient we have become after the Bastrop County Complex Fire.  Please join the community at the Bastrop Convention Center at 12:30 pm.  Special thanks to Hylea Conti for accepting the Proclamation recognizing the event.



          Council received a presentation from BGE, Inc. on two future Municipal Utility Districts (MUDs) located near the intersection of FM 812 an Hwy 21 which, believe it or not, is part of the City’s extraterritorial jurisdiction.  The development group indicated they will be submitting MUD creation documents soon and staff will review before it comes to council for a vote.


          Council unanimously approved the Bastrop Economic Development project Moca Ventures which will be located in the Industrial Park.  The property will be purchased for $900,000 which will be returned to purchaser after they meet certain contract requirements including receipt of a certificate of occupancy in a new building.  This project will bring software and financial planning jobs to our community.


          Council also unanimously approved the Financial Management Policy, Investment Policy, and Purchasing Policy.  Each of these important financial documents are reviewed on an annual basis to ensure compliance with any new state laws.  They are also reviewed as part of our audit.  We most recently received the highest audit rating possible, reflecting the dedication and hard work of our Chief Financial Officer Tracy Waldron and her team.


          See you in September,

          Mayor Schroeder

        • Hello Bastrop,


          Summer is coming to a close and that means the end of fun summer camps like the City of Bastrop’s Police Teen Academy.  The City Manager and I had a chance to share what it is like to be a Mayor or City Manager with the cadets.  They had great questions about our responsibilities and the laws governing municipalities.



          Speaking of our police force, I shared a response at the council meeting from a citizen who applauded the quick and thorough response from Chief Nagy.  Our police force works diligently to provide good customer service and it is so appreciated when folks take the time to recognize their efforts.


          The majority of the city council meeting was the FY21 Third Quarter Report.  Assistant City Manager Rebecca Gleason made a presentation to council covering the highlights of the report.  Information from how many people checked out books at the library to how many building inspections were completed, and everything in between can be found in the report.  The major categories include financial reports, Capital Improvement Projects and operational updates on each of council’s nine focus areas.  The report is full of graphs, tables and great information:


          (Click above to view the Q3 Report)


          Council unanimously confirmed my appointment of Richard Smarznik to the Zoning Board of Adjustments.  If you see Mr. Smarznik around town, please thank him for volunteering his time to this important Board.


          Council approved Grantworks to provide professional services to administer the American Rescue Plan Program.  Council is focused on using the funds on our wastewater and water improvements in an effort to keep our rates as low as possible.


          The “Wheeled Sports Plaza” is open!  The ribbon cutting held on July 30th had attendees from all ages.  If you get a chance to drive by the improvements, you will find it is busy at almost every hour.  Bikes, scooters, rollerblades and skateboards are all welcome and will find something just for them.


          Council will be focused on the Fiscal Year 2022 budget in the next weeks.  Our first budget workshop is Tuesday, August 17th and the public is welcome to come and make comments and suggestions.


          Make the most of the rest of your summer,


          Mayor Schroeder


        • Hello Bastrop,

          July is nearly over, school is around the corner, and that means budget time for city council.  City Manager Hofmann presented the Fiscal Year 2022 budget, highlighting the changes from previous years, and included a five-year fiscal forecast.  We all know current decisions have a tremendous impact on the future and the best decisions are made when the most information is provided.  The first budget workshop will be held on August 17th and like all our meetings, the public is certainly welcome.


          Since we are at the end of quarter three for Fiscal Year 2021, it was time for updates from our strategic partners and community assets.  Presentations were made by:



          Each organization did a great job of sharing events that occurred over the last quarter and providing a peek into what’s in store for the final quarter.  Council had a chance to welcome Nicole DeGuzman, new Executive Director for the Museum and Visitor Center.


          Early August in Bastrop means Homecoming.  Everyone looks forward to the parade, rodeo, and other festivities.  Lori Chapin spoke during citizen comments and encouraged folks to participate in the Homecoming Celebration.  City Council is honored to be a supporter of this great community event.


          If you missed the Board and Commission Open House held on July 15th, there is still time to get your application submitted. Please give some thought to volunteering your time and talent to the community.  The most important requirement is your willingness and availability to serve, no special skills required.  There are some residency requirements for certain Boards. All that information can be found on the application.



          The unusual July rains have certainly kept everything greener than normal, but the normal hot weather has most definitely arrived.  As temperatures increase, electric demand is a concern for ERCOT and for each of us as residents.  Peak demand generally occurs between 4 and 6 PM on days that have experienced over 100 degree temperatures.  None of us want to endure rolling outages and the best way to keep electricity on, rates down, and save on your personal bill is to make a focused effort to conserve power.  Serving on the ERCOT Advisory Board for the Texas Municipal League has given me a new perspective on the far-reaching consequences of exceeding power generation capability with demand.


          Finally, please join me in congratulating our city manager in becoming a Grandpa for the first time.  Mr. Hofmann’s family was blessed with the addition of Elizabeth Joy Hofmann on Monday, July 27th. 


          Stay safe and conserve power -

          Mayor Schroeder

        • Hello Bastrop,


          The City of Bastrop was recognized as the Government Agency Partner of the Year by BISD.  Dr. Kristi Lee and April Lewandowski both attended the council meeting to present the award.  The City Council and staff are proud of the great partnership.



          As part of preparing for the FY2021/2022 Budget, Council heard requests from Community Support Organizations for consideration.  The community is blessed to have so many dedicated non-profit organizations working to meet the needs of our residents.  Each organization submits an application providing details on their budget, other funding sources, how the money will be used, and other critical information.  The applications are part of the council agenda packet if you would like to review more detailed information about our community support partners.  Staff will make a recommendation and funding will be appropriated as part of the budget.


          Senior Planner, Allison Land, made a presentation to council on the new FEMA Flood Insurance Study.  The new maps issued by FEMA have the possibility of impacting a number of our citizens.  You can click here to find out if your property is impacted by the new floodplain map by entering your address at the prompt. We are in the initial phase of rollout and we will be having a number of public meetings to make sure property owners are aware if they need to consider purchasing flood insurance.


          The River Loop Sidewalk project was awarded to Myers Concrete Construction.  The project will combine existing sidewalks, Highway 71 improvements, and new multimodal infrastructure to provide a safe way for pedestrians to cross the Colorado River twice. The River Loop will provide a literal loop through our historic downtown providing our community a 1.8 mile walking path.



          Human Resources Director, Tanya Cantrell, presented the newly revised Employee Handbook.  Ms. Cantrell gave an overview of the changes which included everything from clarifying paid leave to updating the telephone contact requirements.  Council was complimentary to the team who produced the new Employee Handbook, it is a great way to welcome and onboard new members to the team.


          Council unanimously approved the Development Agreement with Continental Homes of Texas on 400 acres located just west of FM 969 and north of Highway 71.  This is the first step of many before construction will begin.  The project will be phase to start from FM 969 and move west.


          If you see Carol Kysar around town, please congratulate her on being appointed to Place 4 of the Cemetery Board.  Ms. Kysar is a well-known community figure with a heart for the rich history of our area.


          Have a great week!

          Mayor Schroeder


        • Hello Bastrop,


          Summer is in full swing and we celebrated our commitment to Parks and Recreation by proclaiming July as “Parks and Recreation Month.”  Several of our parks board members joined us at council.  The pool is open at the state park, the city recreation program has 220 members and Birdwatching BIG SIT will be in Delgado Park on June 26th



          City Council unanimously voted to accept three unique donations for Bob Bryant Park.  Lost Pines Alliance Golf Club donated 18-disc golf baskets.  Public Works Director, Curtis Hancock, shared with council that one of our residents is the national champion for disc golf so we are hoping for a surge in disc golf participation for the whole community.


          Other donations included the Audubon Association’s donation of three Purple Martin Houses and the Bird City Coalition’s donation of $1,990 (grant from Texas Parks and Wildlife) for bird blinds.


          Council approved the second reading of two ordinances – scooters and signs.  Our first-ever ordinance regulating “scooters” or as more correctly described as “Motor-assisted Scooters, Electric Bicycles, and Bicycles equipped with GPS.”  Thanks to Chief Nagy, we have identified parking locations, protected our pedestrians and our river.


          The second ordinance was “cleaning up” the sign chapter of our Bastrop Building Block Code.  Special thanks to Assistant Planning Director Jennifer Bills and our Planning and Zoning Commissioners for taking the time to analyze issues and propose solutions.


          Bastrop Colorado Bend, LLC received unanimous approval on the development agreement for the 554- acre project west of Lover’s Lane and east of the Colorado River.  This is the first step in the development process.


          The Patriotic Festival, hosted by Bastrop Chamber of Commerce, is just around the corner and the city is proud to provide the funding for the fireworks show.  You can start your day with a 5K, join in the festivities and top off the celebration by enjoying the fireworks.  Saturday, July 3, the place to be is Fisherman’s Park.


          KVUE “Day Break” filming is rescheduled for Friday, July 2.  If you are an early riser, come on down to Museum and Visitor Center on Main Street at 5 am and be part of the live audience.


          Stay cool,

          Mayor Schroeder

        • Hello Bastrop,


          There were only a few empty seats this week at council.  The vast majority of people attending were there to speak at the public hearing to discuss the Development Agreement with Bastrop 552, LLP.  I exercised the City’s right to realign the agenda and started the discussion right after our opening formalities.  The entire discussion lasted just over three hours and is available for viewing HERE.


          Council unanimously approved a drainage easement along Lover’s Lane to allow the County to address drainage issues.  Commissioner Hamner sent his thanks for completing this important step towards resolving the problem.


          Summer in the City was postponed due to the weather forecast.  It is now scheduled for June 19th and will be done in partnership with the Bastrop Juneteenth Committee.  It is going to be a great community-wide celebration, please mark your calendars.


          KVUE also postponed their “Day Break” filming based on the weather forecast and has rescheduled for Friday, July 2.  If you are an early riser, come on down to Museum and Visitor Center on Main Street at 4:30 am and be part of the live audience.




          Last week I had the honor of reading the Joint Proclamation for Memorial Day at the Fairview Cemetery Event.  This was the 19th Annual celebration and the Bastrop High School Navy JROTC did a great job representing each of the armed forces, and Cadet Dugger played Taps to close the ceremony.


          Registration is open for the summer reading program “Tails and Tales.”  Our librarian, Bonnie Pierson, was thrilled that 117 people registered for the program the first week.  You can join the fun at


          Summer is officially here, so that means the pool is open at the Bastrop State Park until Labor Day Weekend. Check the website HERE for more information and make sure to bring your sunscreen!


          Be safe Bastrop,


          Mayor Schroeder

        • Hello Bastrop,

          City Council was honored to host Captain Fletcher and the Bastrop High School NJROTC Honor Guard as they rendered the pledge.  These outstanding cadets are looking forward to their senior year at Bastrop High School and already making plans for their future.

          The bulk of the meeting was centered on three “S” reports:  Safety, Signs, and Scooters.

          Human Resources Director Tanya Cantrell presented the first-ever Safety Manual for Employees of the City.  Each department has always practiced safe procedures and we have a great safety record.  The idea of having a consolidated Safety Manual came from our City Manager.  The Safety Team, composed of employees from several departments, focused on guidelines to ensure every employee makes it home safe at the end of their shift.  We all realize our most valuable resource is our employees and keeping them safe is a top priority.

          The second “S” was Signs.  Assistant Planning Director, Jennifer Bills, presented recommendations from staff and our Planning and Zoning Commission on updating our current sign ordinance.  The focus of the presentation was yet another “S” – simplification.  The goal is to provide clear guidelines from permitting to placement.  The proposed revisions will be heard again on June 8 with revisions based on council input. 

          Last but by no means least, the final “S” was Scooters.  Police Chief Clint Nagy provided an excellent presentation on the first ever ordinance regarding “scooters” or more accurately “Motor-Assisted Scooters, Electric Bicycles, and Bicycles with GPS.”  The first place to start is the proposed ordinance does not regulate personal scooters or E-bikes.  Council wants to proactively deliberate and decide the policy for commercial micro transportation vehicles to avoid problems experienced by other communities.  The discussion included the number of vehicles to allow, where they can park, what part of the roadway system they can utilize, and even how to address micro vehicles that can potentially end up in the Colorado River.  The second reading of this ordinance will also be held on June 8.

          We celebrated the General Land Office Grant award of $4.2 million for the extension of Agnes Road.  This east/west roadway should be complete by the summer of 2023.  I know that seems like a long time, but not when you consider that includes easement acquisition, engineering design, and construction.  We did not receive grants submitted for Gils Branch Drainage or the West Side Fire Station, the City Manager and staff will be reviewing those applications to see how we can improve our efforts in future grants.

          KVUE Day Break will be filming their June 4 show from our very own Main Street.  They want to highlight all the great things about Bastrop.  This will require a road closure but it is from 4 am to 7 am so we believe the inconvenience will be minimal.  If you are interested in being in the audience, come on down and join us in front of the museum. 

          Summer in the City will be held on Saturday, June 5 from 11 am to 5 pm.  It is going to be a great day for the entire family with a variety of events.  Here’s the link for further details:

          Look forward to seeing you all at the Memorial Day event,

          Mayor Schroeder

        • Hello Bastrop,


          Council Chamber was the place to be this week.  Election results to thanking our police and public works and fiscal reporting to capital projects, the agenda was packed.


          The City Council election was held on May 1.  Councilmember Drusilla Rogers ran unopposed for Place 2 while Place 4 had two candidates: Cheryl Lee and Jimmy Crouch.  On election night the unofficial results reported Mr. Crouch ahead by just FOUR votes.  Ms. Lee formally requested a recount on Thursday, May 6 and as the presiding official of the final canvassing authority, I appointed the recount committee and scheduled the recount to take place on Monday, May 10th.  The election board met just before the recount committee and as part of their meeting opened two mail-in ballots that were properly postmarked but received after the election.  The election board posted their final unofficial results as Jimmy Crouch 616 and Cheryl Lee 614.  The recount committee worked diligently for nearly three hours and confirmed the vote count resulting in the closest election on record for the City of Bastrop.  One single person could have caused the race to be a tie in which case the candidates would “draw lots” to determine a winner.  We have all heard every vote counts and this election certainly proved that point.


          Council canvassed the vote and Judge Duggan did the honors of swearing in Drusilla Rogers as Councilmember for Place 2 and Jimmy Crouch as Councilmember for Place 4. Council elected Lyle Nelson to serve as Mayor Pro Tem for the following year.



          Proclamation for National Police Week, May 9-15, was presented to the Bastrop Police Officers that were able to attend the council meeting.  The week is set aside to honor officers who have made the ultimate sacrifice in the line of duty.  We are so proud of our City of Bastrop Police force.


          Public Works Week is May 16-22 and we took a moment to honor the hard-working men and women that provide essential infrastructure services like water, wastewater, drainage and streets.  The recent winter storm reminded each of us just how critical it is to have these services. 


          In 2016, the International Economic Development Council created “Economic Development Week” to bring awareness of the importance of economic development to the general public.  The proclamation was presented to Interim Executive Direction Genora Young, BEDC Chairperson Kathryn Nash and staff, Angela Ryan and Jean Riemenschneider. 


          The agenda included two major presentations.  The FY2021 Second Quarter Report by Assistant City Manager Rebecca Gleason and the Draft Five-Year Capital Improvement Program by City Engineering Manager Fabiola De Carvalho.  Both presentations set the stage for the full-day pre-budget workshop meeting that will be held on Friday, May 14th at the convention center.


          Downtown was hustling this past weekend.  The combination of beautiful weather, Bird Lover’s festivities, and Mother’s Day made for a picture-perfect time in Bastrop.




          Mayor Schroeder

        • Hello Bastrop,

          The council agenda this week focused on recognition of people who make our community special.  We had four proclamations and took a moment to reflect on the service of one of our councilmembers.



          Councilmember Bill Ennis was presented with an award recognizing his four years of service on City Council.  He joined council on May 16, 2017 and has been an invaluable part of the team.  His dedication to our community ranges from service on the Main Street Board, Historic Landmark Commission to the Fairview Cemetery and everything in between.  If you see him around town, please thank him for his service.



          Williams Syndrome was a disease I had never heard of until I received a very sweet email from a mother trying to bring awareness to the community.  They were unable to attend the council meeting, but Curtis stopped by so see me at City Hall and pick up his special proclamation.  Please take a moment to familiarize yourself with this rare disease.



          Last year, Bastrop was awarded the State’s Bird City designation and this week we recognized May 8th as the World Migratory Bird Day.  The Bird City committee has a fun filled weekend planned (see itinerary) from enjoying brews and learning bird calls to bird face painting.  Bird Lover Weekend May 7-8, only in Bastrop.



          We also recognized May as Building Safety Month and presented to proclamation to our building official, Shirley Ellis.  Ms. Ellis serves on the International Code Council Board of Directors.  Building officials have one of the most important regulatory jobs, they are responsible for keeping the public, homeowners, tenants, employees, and visitors safe in every situation you can imagine.  We are blessed to have such a knowledgeable official.



          May 4, 2021 was declared as Firefighter’s Day in the city of Bastrop.  This is a special day set aside to remember firefighter’s who have given the ultimate sacrifice.  Several of our own firefighters were able to join us and receive the proclamation.


          Our meeting included important budget business as well.  At our first council meeting in April, council received the results of the compensation study which included recommendations to allow the city to remain a competitive employer.  The recommendations covered both compensation and benefits.  As a result, this week we approved a fairly complex mid-year budget amendment.  Both the staff report and the presentation by Chief Financial Officer Waldron provide detailed information for full transparency.  The benefits package was addressed by council approving the addition of a floating holiday bringing us in line with other municipal employers for the number of staff holidays.



          April was a busy month of fun things from ribbon cuttings to bar association plays.  I even had a visitor from BISD!  You also may have seen the Visit Bastrop logo proudly displayed on one of the Ecabs around town, if you have not had a chance to see it, there is a picture in my Mayor’s report.


          Mother’s Day is just around the corner, have fun making memories in Bastrop.


          Mayor Schroeder

        • Hello Bastrop!


          It’s hard to believe we are halfway through April and even harder to realize that we are halfway through our fiscal year.  The council agenda this week was driven by March 31 being the end of the second quarter.


          Per the Charter, Council is tasked with adopting the budget. Council is diligent in making the best use of every tax dollar collected whether it is property, sales, or hotel occupancy tax. Each and every tax dollar must be leveraged to provide public-safety, essential services, and as a whole used for the greatest benefit to the community.  An example of council’s diligence is the quarterly review of organizations that are tasked with stewardship of those tax dollars.


          Presentations from the Bastrop Economic Development Corporation, Visit Bastrop, Bastrop Museum and Visitor Center, Bastrop Opera House, and the Lost Pines Art Center were the majority of the agenda.  Each of the organizations reported on what they accomplished last quarter and what they plan for next, I would encourage everyone to review the posted agenda packet or take a few minutes to watch the presentations.


          Salaries for City employees are one of the largest items included in the general fund budget.  When City Manager Hofmann joined the team in August, he requested Council approve a Comprehensive Employee Compensation Study be completed since it had not been reviewed since 2015 and recommended that any salary increases be delayed until the results of the study were available.  Last August, we were dealing with the global pandemic and certainly did not have clarity on the economic impact of it.  The compensation study was presented at this week’s council meeting and there was a robust discussion about the best way to move forward based on the results.  Our goal as Council is to make sure we are competitive with the market so we can attract and maintain the best staff.  Compensation is a complex issue that covers more than just a base salary.  We must also be competitive with our benefits including vacation and health care.  Staff brought forward recommendations from the consultant for the remainder of this fiscal year and items that council will discuss as part of preparation for next fiscal year.


          April 18th is National Lineman Appreciation Day.  The City of Bastrop is extraordinarily blessed to have the dedicated team of Bastrop Power and Light employees that work to ensure power is reliable.  Winter Storm Uri certainly reminded each of us just how important their work is to our personal safety and comfort.  If you see any of these folks around town, please tell them thank you.


          Congratulations to Cripple Creek Wine and Gifts, they are expanding their business by moving two doors south and changing their name to CC Wine & Company.  Council unanimously approved their request for the sale of alcoholic beverages so they can make their move.


          Next time you are at Fisherman’s Park, take time to check out the Mason Chalmers Fireplace.  You may have wondered why someone built a fireplace next to the pavilion. Actually, the fireplace was there first, built in the 1950’s it is the only remaining portion of the Chalmers cabin.  Another example of the rich history we have here in Bastrop.


          Speaking of Fisherman’s Park, the splash pad is officially open for the season.  Stop by and enjoy it from 10 am to 8 pm daily.


          Many of you are aware that we had two employees injured by a driver who did not want the inconvenience resulting from an accident.  Sergeant Sanford has recovered after being dragged by the vehicle but Assistant Fire Chief DeArmitt is still weeks away from being able to return to light duty.  So many folks have provided meals, prayers, and support.  Chief DeArmitt’s family is extremely grateful. All of us at the City of Bastrop ask that when accidents occur, please give our first responders the space necessary to serve by approaching the inconvenience with patience and empathy.


          Monday, April 19, is the first day of early voting.  Please make your voice heard.


          Mayor Schroeder

        • Hello Bastrop!

          The best description of the council meeting held on March 23 is efficient.  Our agenda included three proclamations and five items for “Individual Consideration”, and we adjourned at 7:22 pm – now that’s efficient.


          Megan Webb with the Children’s Advocacy Center accepted the Proclamation recognizing April as National Child Abuse Prevention Month. Feel free to wear blue during April to help bring awareness.



          Bernie Jackson with the Family Crisis Center made a presentation and accepted the proclamation recognizing April as National Sexual Assault Awareness Month.  Keep an eye out for the exhibit to educate the community that one out of five women and one out of seven men are sexually assaulted in their lifetime.



          We also recognized April 4-10 as National Library Week and extended our thanks to librarian Bonnie Pierson and Library Board Members Jennifer Leisure and Sally Keinarth who were in attendance.



          I also mentioned the Texas Monthly article highlighting Sonya Cote and David Barrow and their new restaurant on Main St., Store House, and their urban farm which provides produce to the restaurant.


          Council approved a Professional Service Agreement with ASAS, LLC on a 552-acre project just outside our current city limit and along the Colorado River.  This agreement ensures the developer pays the costs associated with the financial and legal review of the project.


          Council unanimously approved Archer Western Construction as the Construction Manager at Risk for the Water Treatment Plant.  The contract was awarded ahead of final construction plans intentionally as they will help provide value engineering in the final construction design and expedite the project by moving forward with critical path items like digging the water wells.


          F.N. Ploch was awarded year 3 of the Streets, Pavement and preventative Maintenance project.  Here is a list of streets included in this next phase of our maintenance plan.


          The week is ending with Groundbreaking for Wastewater Treatment Plant #3.  This critical infrastructure investment has been needed for a very long time.  Design started back in 2018 and it’s exciting to see this major milestone completed.



          Enjoy your weekend and this lovely weather,


          Mayor Schroeder

        • Hello Bastrop!

          The word for this week is service.  At the council meeting held on March 9th, there were several types of services discussed. From the National Guard providing vaccines to the City offering recreation services.  Service to our friends and neighbors is just one of the things that makes Bastrop a special place.

          On March 5th, I accompanied “Team Charlie” as part of the “Save Our Seniors” pilot program for Bastrop County.  I had the privilege of accompanying two Air Force and two Army National Guard members to administer 13 vaccines to seniors that would have extra challenges in coming to a HUB clinic.  It allowed me to catch up with some folks I had not seen in a long time and meet new people as well.  Everyone was grateful for the “in-home service.”

          As part of my Mayor’s Report, I shared the good work of Bastrop County Emergency Food Pantry.  I thoroughly enjoyed volunteering for their food giveaway event on March 2nd.  People were thankful for the “curb service.”

          BISD has a great after school care program, ACES, and the group is still meeting on ZOOM to keep the students engaged and provide some entertainment for them.  I judged my second LEGO contest on March 4th.  The project was to build “a bridge across Lake Bastrop” – the creativity of the students was amazing.  It is fun to imagine how these students will serve their community in the future.

          Council received the Comprehensive Annual Financial Report from the independent auditor firm of Belt, Harris and Pechacek.  The audit was “clean” with no findings.  City Council commended the finance department on the results of the audit.  Everyone at City Hall takes the stewardship of tax dollars seriously. Transparency and accuracy of where those dollars go and how they are spent is of paramount importance to City Council.

          In accordance with Governor Abbott’s Executive Order 34, you will see “masks recommended” signs when you arrive at a city facility.  Each business has the ability to set their own rules and guidelines.  I encourage you to shop and eat in a manner that you feel is safe while being respectful of each business owner. 

          The city manager presented Phase 2 of the recreation program.  Although services will no longer be free, they will be quite reasonable with discounts for seniors, Military, and people with disabilities.  Council approved the Recreation Program membership fee schedule (see attached graphic.) The “old” Senior Center (which we all know was the “old” library) will be utilized as the Recreation Program’s Wellness Center.  Phase 2 is a pilot program that will allow us to gather data and make an informed decision on the future of city programs as part of next year’s budget.

          Council approved the creation of a Public Improvement District located just west of FM 969.  The 410- acre tract is called Viridian.  In addition to approving the boundary, council also received an executed dissolution agreement and a professional services agreement.  The professional services agreement ensures that current taxpayers are not funding future development projects and the dissolution agreement serves as prescribed exit path if it is needed.  The property is strategically located and the owners, DR Horton and Continental Homes, expressed their commitment to providing a neighborhood aligned to our Building Bastrop Block code.

          Proud to serve our community,

          Mayor Schroeder

        • Hello Bastrop!


          One of the things I enjoy most about serving as your Mayor is the opportunity to thank people for a job well done, for going the extra mile, for making a difference in someone’s life.  The council meeting held on February 23 provided several opportunities to do just that.


          Bastrop Fire Chief Rosales presented Life-Saving Award Recognitions to Film Alley Manager Mark Tauscher, Assistant Fire Chief Eric DeArmitt, and Bastrop firefighters Ethan Perry and Christopher Stone; all involved in quite literally saving citizen Steve Townes’s life on January 8, 2021 at Film Alley. I am glad I live in a community where employees and first responders are focused on protecting the public.


          City Manager Hofmann presented a summary of the events from last week.  City Staff functions as a team and serves as a family.  Everyone stepped up to support one another.  As many of you know, because you called the City, City staff answered over 3,400 calls around the clock last week. That is 3,400 times that a citizen called the City and received a dedicated employee instead of a machine. The team that started out with two people grew to nine in order to cover the phones 24 hours a day.  The public works employees completed their jobs in dire circumstances, many without going home for days at a time.  The police and fire departments did what they do best, keep us safe.


          Speaking of our City Manager, Mr. Hofmann has been with the city for six months now.  As a part of his employee contract, city council provided him a six-month review.  Council was unanimous in supporting Mr. Hofmann and the tremendous job he has done for the community.  Communication, filling vacant positions, and reorganizing the city staff with a focus on customer service were accomplishments highlighted by council members in their remarks.


          Diana Schulz, our Area Engineer with Texas Department of Transportation, provided an update on the Highway 71 Bridge project.  Did you know the project includes nine new bridges?  The question I hear most is “How long is it going to take to finish?”  The answer is January of 2023 the entire project is scheduled to be completed.


          Paul Morales with Halff and Associates reviewed the plans for Gills Branch.  The city is in the process of applying for a Hazard Mitigation grant funded by the General Land Office.  That might sound boring, but when I tell you if the project is approved the grant will provide 90% of the funding and 188 homes currently in the 100-year flood plain will be out of the flood plain I think you’ll agree that’s exciting news.


          Spring is nearly here, and construction will start soon on the Wheeled Sports Plaza in Fisherman’s Park.  It has been a long-term project for many who serve on the Parks Board and Council approved the final contract needed to complete the plaza.


          Council unanimously approved the appointment of the first Cultural Arts Commission members.  Special thanks to Council Member Ennis for his work in getting this commission implemented.


          I know several of you are still dealing with the consequences of the freeze last week. Bastrop County has been approved by FEMA for individual assistance.  I reminded everyone Tuesday night that the most important thing you can do right now is take pictures of the damage and keep receipts for your repairs.  If you have any questions, FEMA has a hotline 844-844-3089.


          Thank you,

          Mayor Schroeder

        • Hello Bastrop,

          What a week it has been.  In my last update I stated the “arctic blast is upon us” – I guess I’ll claim that as the understatement of the decade!  I’m sure you’ve seen the statistics – 144 hours of below-freezing temperatures, more snow in the last week than the last ten years combined, 5 official storms in 8 days.  The statistics are impressive, but they are not the whole story.  

          I am so proud of City Staff and our entire community.  I have witnessed several acts of unprecedented kindness and grace and I wanted to share a few of those stories with you.  Several folks have asked how the Senior Center and the Convention Center have been used during this past week.  The Senior Center has been home for Public Works.  Several employees have not been home since last Sunday, February 14.  Every day of the event that you were able to flush a toilet, drink a glass of water, and have power- it was a result of these dedicated Public Works employees. Every day of the event that you were unable to do those things, I can assure you that you had a team of City of Bastrop employees doing whatever it took to get the issue resolved. The Public Works team utilized the Senior Center which is located adjacent to the public works yard as a basecamp. They would go to the center to catch a few hours of sleep and grab a bite to eat before they went back to work.  They have helped homeowners who did not know how to turn off the water service.  They’ve made repairs in the middle of the night regardless of the freezing temperatures.  The wastewater treatment plant had huge increases in flows as a result of everyone turning on every faucet they have to try to prevent pipes from bursting.  The demand for water to drip every faucet exceeded our ability to produce water and that is why by Wednesday we had to shut off Zone 2 in an effort to maintain pressure for Zones 1 and 3. 

          The Convention Center has been serving as a temporary fire station.  When Bluebonnet Co-op started their rolling power outages, that impacted Fire Station 2 in Tahitian Village and so in the middle of the night, the firefighters defrosted their fire truck’s air brake system, which was frozen, with hairdryers and moved the trucks as well as their dorms into the Convention Center so the valves wouldn’t freeze and become inoperable. Chief Rosales has been sleeping in his office when he’s not out with crews on long shifts. Serving as Fire Chief, Emergency Management Coordinator, IT guru, and taking care of his crews- we are honestly not sure how he is surviving without sleep.

          The Police Department has been doing wellness checks for medical priority home-bound citizens as well as assisting stranded motorists that slid off the roadway.  They provided supplies from water, fuel for generators, delivered drinking water, and even made runs to the pharmacy to pick up and deliver medications.

          Our city electric crews at Bastrop Power & Light (BP&L) have continued their relentless efforts to maintain power.  It was only when mandatory rolling outages were exercised that BP&L had any outages.   Our reliable power service is a result of preventive maintenance that is performed year-round by the crews.

          Our communications team has gone without sleep.  The postings, the reverse emergency calls, and answering questions on social media were done to keep everyone informed with the latest, most accurate information.  Several of our employees were answering phone calls from their homes both day and night, often without power and water themselves. 

          Please join me in thanking our hardworking staff.

          I got to spend today along with many of our Police Officers, volunteers, and some staff members distributing bottled water to our residents east of Highway 95 who still were out of water, as well as to our nursing homes and those on our critical medical needs list. Lowe’s matched the City’s donation of two pallets of water, H-E-B donated bags, and we handed it out until there wasn’t anything left.

          My heart is warmed by the many stories I’ve heard of businesses offering free coffee and providing water to fill a bucket for those without water.  Citizens offering the water from their pools to their neighbors so they can flush toilets.  This is what makes Bastrop the special place that it is.


          Thank you, Bastrop, for being Bastrop.


          Mayor Schroeder

        • Hello Bastrop!

          The council meeting held on February 9th was full of good news.  I am excited to share the highlights: from restrictions being lifted to appointing a new member to the Main Street Board.

          The additional COVID restrictions required by Dr. John Hellerstedt, Commissioner of the Texas Department of State Health Services, on January 10th were lifted on January 30th.  Why were they lifted?  The hospitalizations of COVID patients in our region were below 15% of total patients in the hospital for more than 7 days.  In fact, I reported at the council meeting the current rate was 10.6%.  In our great State of Texas, 3.3M doses of the vaccine have been administered, doubling the number of injections given in just two weeks.  Locally, the Bastrop HUB has had four clinics and given 3,515 doses.  I know many of you are still on the waiting list and I appreciate your patience.  Dr. Walkes, Walgreens, and Bastrop County Cares are all working together to get our allocated doses administered and continue to request increased allocations.

          Bastrop has been making the news.  On January 28th, FOX7 featured Sonya Cote and her great new restaurant Storehouse Market & Eatery. Watch Here: .  It was an honor to serve as a panelist for Senator Eckhardt later that evening; it gave me a chance to brag about how BEDC distributed COVID Grants to our local businesses within weeks of the stay-at-home orders.  As if that wasn’t enough, the February addition of the Texas Municipal League’s magazine, Texas Town & City, featured a story about our Main Street Rehabilitation Project called “We Are Bastrop.”

          City Manager Hofmann presented the inaugural quarterly report.  This 60-page report includes updates on Financials, Capital Improvement Projects, and Council’s Nine Focus Areas.  The report is chock full of facts, graphs, comparison tables and detailed information about every aspect of the inner workings of City government.  Council applauded the tremendous effort to provide transparency for both council and the public.  Please take time to glance through the report.

          One of my favorite things to do is appoint dedicated citizens to our Boards and Commissions.  Council unanimously approved the appointment of Sarah Houser to the Main Street Board.  Sarah has given so much to our community it’s no surprise that she’s offered to volunteer her time on this worthy board.

          Chief Nagy gave his annual “Racial Profiling Report” and this year he included more data and analysis than ever before.  How many stops were made, what the results were from the stops, but the page we were all the happiest to see was the report on “injury during custody” – nothing but zeros.  We are blessed to have such a dedicated police force in our community.  Thank you for supporting them.

          February was recognized as Black History Month and I will once again be attending the BISD Board Meeting on February 16th to share the City’s proclamation.  Please take time to explore the numerous opportunities to learn more about Black History.

          The artic blast is upon us and on behalf of our first responders, I implore you to drive slowly if you have to drive, stay home if you can, and be sure to protect people, plants and pets. Speaking of pets, we had a new addition to our family this week and I couldn’t resist sharing a photo of Buddy since he’s the First Dog of Bastrop!

          Stay Warm!

          Mayor Schroeder

        • Hello Bastrop!


          The last Council meeting in January was full of presentations which I know might sound boring - but not in Bastrop! Quarterly updates from Bastrop Economic Development Corporation, Visit Bastrop, Lost Pines Art Center, Bastrop Opera House and Bastrop Museum and Visitor Center provided a great summary of what’s going on in Bastrop. From finishing the building at 921 Main to the number of people who went to the Opera House production of “Elf” (839 tickets from 11 sold out performances.)  I think you’ll enjoy watching the presentations and hearing directly from the folks involved with these great community organizations, if you have a few minutes take a look.


          Council voted unanimously to approve recommendations from the Cultural Arts Master Plan Ad Hoc  Working Group which included the creation of a Cultural Arts Commission and adoption of the themes, values and priorities document to serve as the foundation of the commission. The implementation recommendations are worth the read. I would like to personally thank the folks involved in the working group: Council Member Bill Ennis, Ms. Debbie Moore, Ms. Maria Montoya Stayton, Mr. Dick Smith, Mr. Luis ‘Chico’ Portillo, Mr. Phil Hurley, Ms. Kaye Sapikas, Ms. Lisa Holcomb and staff liaison Mr. Colin Guerra.  If you see one of these fine folks, please extend your gratitude for their hard work and dedication.  I plan to make appointments to this new commission in the near future rather than wait for the annual appointments in September.


          On Thursday, January 14, the Film Bastrop partnered with Film Alley for the Chamber’s Alive After Five January event.  “Why Film in Bastrop Texas?” starring Zachary Levi premiered in one of the newly renovated theatres.  I had a great time at the event and enjoyed meeting industry folks interested in our community.  As part of the event, Bastrop County shared a new initiative called “Crew Guru” which serves as a tool to unite local talent with visiting industry projects.  For more information on Film Bastrop, please visit:


          Bastrop remains under the additional restrictions resulting from hospitalizations over 15% for our service area, but the great news is we now have five days under 15%.  Please keep practicing social distancing and wearing a face covering to prevent the spread.  Our goal is to reduce the number of cases and increase the number of folks getting vaccinated.  Speaking of vaccinations, I was excited to share Dr. Walkes’ practice has been approved by the Department of State Health Services as a HUB for vaccine distribution in Bastrop.  On Friday, January 22, 1,000 doses were administered and then again on Tuesday, January 26, another 1,000 doses were administered.  Over 30,000 people have completed the pre-registration survey to be added to the waiting list.  Vaccines are given by appointment only and volunteers are working diligently to get folks on the waiting list scheduled.  If you are not one of those that has pre-registered and you meet either 1A or 1B criteria, please visit COVAC.INFO or call 866-268-2289.  As you can well imagine, these HUB clinics take an enormous amount of work and volunteer opportunities exist if you have the time.


          Reach out to a friend today, it will do you both good!


          Mayor Schroeder

        • Hello Bastrop!


          Happy New Year – 2021 is here! We've already had a fun snow day and our first council meeting. Only in Texas can you have such extreme weather. I hope you all enjoyed the snow. It certainly provided some great pictures for folks interested in photography, and there were some impressive snow people, especially when you consider how few opportunities exist to hone your skills.


          Our first council meeting reminded me of the old saying, "great things come in small packages." Although the entire meeting lasted less than 90 minutes, the Council acted on everything from our next City Council election to awarding the contract for construction of Wastewater Treatment Plant #3.


          Our City Secretary, Ann Franklin, presented all the necessary documents to ensure we have a successful City Council election for places 2 and 4 on May 1, 2021. Candidate packets were available for pick up on January 13 per State Law. Our City Manager, Paul Hofmann, has offered to provide orientation and tours of city facilities for candidates. If you have any questions, please reach out to Ms. Franklin or Mr. Hofmann.


          Wastewater treatment has been an infrastructure topic around Bastrop for decades. Many of you know that the current treatment plant is well past the anticipated life expectancy. After nearly two years of planning and engineering design, the contract for building Wastewater Treatment Plant #3 was awarded to BAR contracting, Inc of Lancaster, Texas. We received 7 bids from qualified contractors, and our engineering consultant, KSA, recommended awarding the contract to the lowest qualified bidder. As you can imagine, we have to get the wastewater to the plant, requiring a collection system. Smith Contracting Company was awarded the first phase of the collection system, having the lowest bid of the 14 qualified contractors who responded to the request.


          During my Mayor's report, I announced the City of Smithville had a new Mayor. Mayor Joanna Morgan was sworn in on January 11th at their council meeting. I would like to thank Mayor Saunders for his support and wish him and his family the very best. Mayor Morgan and I have already spent some time together, and I look forward to working with her. Speaking of Smithville, they are hosting the first-ever Virtual MLK Day Celebration for Bastrop County. Please visit and participate in this great event, including videos and volunteer opportunities. The event's goal is the same as it has been for 29 years, raising scholarship funds for deserving students in our county.


          COVID 19 remains an issue for our community, state, and nation. Bastrop County is part of the State's Trauma Service Area "O" made up of 11 counties. Unfortunately, within those 11 counties, the number of people in the hospital for COVID has been more than 15% for seven consecutive days. As a result of Governor Abbott's Executive Order GA-32, Judge Pape received a letter on January 10th requiring three things: 1) Eliminate elective surgeries 2) Businesses and Restaurants reduce from 75% occupancy to 50%, and 3) Close bars. These additional restrictions will be lifted as soon as the hospitalization rate is below 15% for seven consecutive days. For Bastrop county specifically, active cases increased by 163 this past week, and recoveries increased by 162. Unfortunately, the number of confirmed cases increased by 216. We all know the best solution is to slow the spread of the virus, reduce the number of cases, and increase the number of people vaccinated. The number of people in Bastrop County that have received at least one dose is 1,754. The vaccine is sent to Bastrop County directly from the manufacturer based on the State's allocation process. Bastrop County's Public Health Authority, Dr. Desmar Walkes, is working diligently with other doctors in the county and within the system to prepare for promised increased allocations. This is a dynamic situation, so please check out the Texas Department of State Health Services website, the Bastrop County Emergency Management website, and your personal doctor for the latest information.


          Bastrop County Commissioner’s Court approved a resolution thanking the COVID-19 response team that has worked diligently since March of last year. The County's response, including testing centers and supply distribution, would not have been possible without several City of Bastrop employees. I was honored to recognize their efforts. If you see these folks in the community, please join the Council and I in thanking them for their work. Tanya Cantrell, Rebecca Gleason, Colin Guerra, Trey Job, Clint Nagy, Andres Rosales, Matt Wagner, Tracy Waldron, and Victoria Psencik. It is a true privilege to work with all the dedicated staff at City Hall.


          Stay Safe!


          Mayor Schroeder

        • Hello Bastrop!


          I hope you enjoyed the 2020 Lost Pines Christmas.  I am so thankful for the residents and businesses that participated in the very first “Making Bastrop Bright” – the votes have been counted, and the winners announced.  Truthfully, we all win because we get to enjoy the lovely decorations.  The Christmas Stroll was a success as well.  If you haven’t already, please take time to do your own stroll down Main Street – shop at one of our local businesses, enjoy one of our delicious restaurants and take time to relax on a heritage bench and admire the decorations.


          Special thanks to our library staff for once again providing the community with a great family event complete with pandemic safety measures.  The graham cracker house decorating was amazing If you haven’t already, check out the houses online!  This annual event is always one of the season’s highlights and this year was no exception, with the music getting everyone in the spirit. Citizens picked up over 300 house decorating kits, so I know many of you have your own personal decorated creations to enjoy.


          Many of you are aware of the exciting news on the COVID vaccines.  Information is being shared as soon as it is available.  Bastrop County will be following the direction of the State Expert Vaccine Allocation Panel for distribution.  Please understand that in following the Expert’s plan, there will be a roll-out of immunizations.  The general public will not be receiving the vaccine for another few months.  If you have questions, please go to a reliable source for information like Bastrop County Emergency Management and the Department of State Health Services (DSHS), where I highly recommend the ‘Vaccine Dashboard.’ This dashboard will show the delivery of vaccines and immunizations given by county for the State of Texas.


          You may have seen a new vehicle around town.  I was honored to take the first official eCab ride on Tuesday, December 15th with Mayor Pro Tem Nelson.  The Electric Cab of North America (eCab) has partnered with CARTS and Lone Star Clean Fuel Alliance to provide FREE cab service for Bastrop residents.  I encourage you to download the “CARTS NOW” application.  I can tell you firsthand how easy it is to utilize the service.  The service runs from 7 am to 7 pm, Monday through Friday.  But that’s not all; in January, the “on-demand” CARTS van will start providing service in Bastrop – think of it as the “uber” of public transportation.


          2020 has certainly been a memorable year, and I look forward to 2021 being a year of growth and development.  The new year is often a time of reflection, and I am so honored to serve as your Mayor and wish you and your family the very best.


          Happy New Year!


          Mayor Schroeder

        • Hello Bastrop!

          Our last Council meeting of 2020 was productive, and we managed to have a little fun too. We covered many items from speed humps to cemetery monuments. We celebrated a birthday, recognized an employee, and enjoyed photos of our new Twelve Days of Christmas display in Fisherman's Park.

          Council approved the City's first speed hump policy. Public Works Director Curtis Hancock presented an executive summary of the process, and the Council unanimously approved the resolution.

          Several members of the cemetery board participated in the work session to discuss the restoration of historic headstones in Fairview Cemetery. We are blessed to have several dedicated historians committed to preserving the remarkable history represented by monuments dating back to the 1800s. Council will be considering a formal recommendation from the cemetery board in the near future.

          Council approved over $200,000 to construct new sidewalks as part of the Council's strategic Sidewalk Connectivity Project. Construction will start soon. When complete, citizens will be able to walk from Jewel Hodges Park to Fisherman's Park and all the way to Bob Bryant Park.

          Many of you are aware the Austin YMCA recently decided to close Bastrop YMCA effective December 18. City Manager Paul Hofmann presented the Council with a phased plan to minimize the impact to dedicated YMCA members and be respectful of our great health and fitness businesses in the community. The City will be reviewing how to provide appropriate recreational needs.

          The Council spent most of the meeting on three agenda items regarding NEU Community Bastrop. The project is located just outside the city limits in our Extra-Territorial Jurisdiction (ETJ) and is a little over 400 acres. Council held a public hearing to consider creating a Public Improvement District (PID). The PID is a special taxing district that sells bonds to finance infrastructure on the project. Though not considered part of the City's debt, the City is the authority that administers the district. If this sounds complicated, it is. The developer, Jonathan Jenkins, gave a presentation along with his attorney and financial planner. Staff presented their findings after consulting with expert PID lawyers and financial advisors. From home building materials to a central park, the project is innovative. Several county residents voiced their support. Mr. Jenkins had some great drawings of planned construction, including a recreation center, swimming pool, and even a resort. After a lengthy discussion of the project, Mr. Jenkins requested the Council not take action on two of the agenda items. Mr. Jenkins and his team will continue to work with staff. When the time is appropriate, and there is more resolution on the details, the project will come back to Council for consideration. We are so thankful that folks are interested in being part of our community. As part of that growth, I would like to assure all our citizens that the Council is mindful of the importance of making decisions that serve the entire community for decades in the future.

          As for the fun parts, we all wished Council Member Rogers a happy birthday in advance of her special day on December 28. The City Manager shared photos of "graham cracker houses" decorated by staff at our library staff's request. Stop by the Library's Annual Open HouseSaturday, December 12, from 10:00 am – 4:00 pm. Listen to live music, vote on your favorite graham cracker house, and maybe pick up a graham cracker house kit to make at home.

          Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!

          Mayor Schroeder

        • Happy Thanksgiving, Bastrop!


          City Council did not meet on November 24, so there is no update from the council meeting, but there's always information to share.  I know you've all been watching the news and reading the paper about the rise in COVID cases across the nation.  Thankfully in Bastrop County, our numbers remain relatively low, but we are seeing increases week over week.  Together we can keep our numbers down and avoid actions that come with increased cases.  Many of you know that El Paso is sending patients to San Antonio. We do not want to be in a similar situation. Please review recommendations from the CDC regarding Thanksgiving activities.


          Many of you have participated in Wassail Fest in the past.  Staff put together a safety plan for conducting Wassail Fest this year; however, several of our downtown businesses did not feel comfortable participating.  With the recent increase of active cases, the difficult decision to cancel Wassail Fest has been made.  We all know that Wassail Fest is fun, but certainly not the only reason to come to Main Street.  I encourage everyone to shop at our local businesses and eat at our local restaurants to support our neighbors.


          Christmas is just around the corner, and we have several events planned as part of our Lost Pines Christmas. I'm sure you are as disappointed as I am that we do not have the Lighted Christmas Parade this year.  The good news is you have a chance to join us in 'Making Bastrop Bright,' our first-ever lighted holiday decorating contest. It's easy to join in the fun whether you are a resident or a business. If you haven't already signed up, please visit for all the details.  We are also revising our City of Bastrop Christmas Tree Lighting event. We want everyone to participate, so we have partnered with Film Alley for the first-ever 'Virtual Tree Lighting' on November 28 in the Bastrop Convention Center parking lot, serving as a drive-in theater that night.  What a great chance to share drive-in stories with folks who have never been to a drive-in!  Enjoy watching the 2018 animated version of 'The Grinch' complete with a concession stand. Gates open at 4:00 pm, so come early to grab a spot. If the drive-in doesn't fit with your schedule, the tree lighting will be live-streamed on Facebook. If you haven't had a chance to check out the new sidewalks on Main Street, come on down for the 'Holiday Sidewalk Stroll' from December 10 through December 13.  I hear there's a cool scavenger hunt involving Christmas ornaments.  I am so thankful for our Main Street organization and the special touches they add to our community.  For all the fun happening this Lost Pines Christmas season, please visit


          So friends, I hope each of you has a safe and relaxing Thanksgiving.  I always enjoy reflecting on the many blessings in my life, and having the honor to serve as your Mayor is undoubtedly one of them.  I am thankful for my family, friends, and neighbors in this great community.


          Happy Thanksgiving!


          Mayor Schroeder

        • Hello Bastrop!

          I hope everyone had an enjoyable Halloween, thanked a Veteran for their service, and are prepared for a safe Thanksgiving. I find it hard to believe we are half-way through November. Do any of you remember the Timbuk-3 “one-hit wonder” song entitled “The Future’s So Bright, I Gotta Wear Shades”? Council this week spent time looking forward, and as many of you, I am more than ready to focus on 2021 and put 2020 in the past.

          City Manager Paul Hofmann presented his proposed reorganization plan, which goes into effect on January 1, 2021. The program does not increase the budget or add any employees; it is focused on efficiency and effectiveness centered on customer service. The plan does include creating a new department, and our City Charter requires city council approval for new departments, so you will see an item on the December 8th council meeting agenda. Council Members expressed their support and appreciation of the well thought out proposal. The City Manager would enjoy responding to any questions or concerns you may have about the plan.

          The General Manager for CARTS, Dave Marsh, gave a presentation about exciting new transportation opportunities coming to Bastrop. We are going to be part of a pilot project and have electric cabs. The cab rides will be free within a defined service area (the fancy term is “geofence.”) Starting in January, we will also have CARTS NOW, which will be an “Uber-like” model. Citizens will be able to download the app or call in a request for a ride. The ride will cost $2, and the program is designed for the ride to arrive in less than 15 minutes. The “country” bus will still be available, and they are working on a metro connector to get Bastropians back and forth to Austin several times each day.

          Jonathan Jenkins presented an innovative neighborhood plan for property west of FM 969. His project is called NEU Community and is based on the idea of providing Eco-sustainable Urban Living. I am willing to bet you have never seen anything like it before. Council got their first look at the proposal, and as one Council Member said, “it’s a lot to take in.” No vote was taken; it was just a work session. Staff was directed to work with Mr. Jenkins to explore the feasibility. 

          Before the council meeting started, we had a small farewell reception for our librarian, Becca Sexton. Becca has decided to take a job closer to home, and we wish her well. She has made a tremendous difference in our library, and we are grateful for the time she spent in Bastrop.

          Assistant City Manager, Trey Job, presented an overview of all the grants staff have been working on. He gave an update on recently completed, underway, and pending grants. You might be surprised to discover the City of Bastrop has recently completed over $2.5M of grants and has applied for over $39M in grants. The completed grants include everything from the new detention pond by Jewel Hodges Park to Pine Streets channel improvements. The best news is the $39 M in pending grants requires just 2% in matching local funds. These grants cover everything from a fire station on the west side of the river to the extension of Agnes Road and drainage improvements to Gills Branch. The preliminary engineering drainage study completed this year indicates as many as 200 homes will be removed from the 100-year floodplain due to the infrastructure improvements. Staff is working hard to get all of these grants funded. Council has asked staff to focus on winning these grant awards. It is a means to provide much-needed infrastructure improvements without putting the entire financial burden on the community.

          This week the Bastrop Police Department had an Appreciation and Pinning Banquet,and we are also having our Fourth Annual Board and Commission Appreciation Dinner. It is an excellent time of year to be thankful for the people we work with, the volunteers in our community, and of course, our family and friends. I hope each of you has a safe and relaxing Thanksgiving.

          Take care of yourself and each other,

           Mayor Schroeder
        • Hello Bastrop!

          It took a full 24 hours after being sworn in as Mayor for someone to ask me what I would do about people speeding on their street. I still receive complaints about "everybody" driving too fast, but the real concern is often the safety of pedestrians and bicyclists. You might be surprised to discover the actual speed of cars on your street. While it is easy to compare 20 mph to 50 mph, the difference between 28 mph and 34 mph can be quite tricky without a radar gun. Whenever this topic comes up, "speed humps" are often requested. This week Council received a presentation from Public Works Director Curtis Hancock, outlining how the City might handle such a request. You will not be surprised that the first step is to define the problem clearly. The potential process also includes how the City will work with neighbors to address the concern and under what conditions the City might install a speed hump. If you are interested, here's a link to the presentation. There will be more discussion before Council finalizes this policy. I encourage you to provide your feedback.

          Like everybody, I enjoy sharing good news. This week I had several fun things to share. The Texas Downtown Association chose our very own "Copper Shot Distillery" as the "Best Commercial Interior." Honored to be present at the announcement, I captured a great moment of Cheri Todee celebrating. A highlight last week was judging the BISD – ACE program Lego Competition. The students' creativity in preparing a "Meal for a Giant" was overwhelming – who knew giants like unicorn steaks or snake-bitten cow? Invited to answer questions from second graders at Calvary Episcopal School, I encountered a smart group of students with thoughtful questions. I spoke at the "Pinky Promise" event; an outstanding program focused on providing mammograms in Bastrop County. We know Bastrop is Cool, and thanks to Visit Bastrop, now everyone else knows it too. Visit Bastrop brought Jonas Wilson to film a video in our downtown, sharing three live performances called "Be Like Bastrop."

          Many of you are aware the City Council provides HOT (Hotel Occupancy Tax) funding. The largest portion goes to our Destination Marketing Organization, Visit Bastrop. The Bastrop Opera House, the Bastrop Museum and Visitor Center, and the Lost Pines Art Center are several non-profits that also qualify for this funding. City Council requires these organizations to present updates every quarter. These updates provide accountability to the contract, and everyone in the community gets to see the benefit of providing these funds. Additionally, the City Council provides funds to the YMCA as our recreation partner. Included in the agenda packet are all presentations, and I would encourage you to take a look.

          It is hard for me to believe Halloween is this weekend. If you get a chance, stop by Halloween Bash at Mayfest Park. This year's City sponsored event, which the YMCA is putting on, comprises a drive-thru trick-or-treat from 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm, so put on your best costume and come by for a sweet treat. Crazy to think that soon it will be Thanksgiving and then Christmas. I must admit I am ready to put 2020 in the rearview mirror. I believe we have all changed our lifestyles because of the COVID pandemic, some changes out of necessity, and some out of creativity. One thing is for sure; we are all spending more time at home, which may be why we have seen an increase in golf cart usage around town. It is a great way to get some fresh air and see your neighbors at a safe distance. This week at Council, we approved the first reading of a revised Golf Cart Ordinance. Did you know the current ordinance only allowed a 7-day permit? Chief Nagy presented the revised ordinance, and the Council approved it with a few revisions focused on safety. The second and final reading of the ordinance will be on the next council agenda. If you own a golf cart, please take the time to review the proposal and share your feedback.

          Where were you 25 years ago? I was raising two little boys that enjoyed Legos much more than schoolwork. Council Member Drusilla Rogers was opening “The Sugar Shack." On November 5, the Sugar Shack will be celebrating 25 years in business. It was an honor to celebrate and congratulate Council Member Rogers on owning a successful small business in our downtown.

          This year the Veteran's Day celebration for Bastrop fell victim to COVID. With or without a car show, City Council is grateful to the men and women who have served in the armed services. This week we honored the veterans who are part of the great City of Bastrop employee family. I have the honor of serving the community with two Army veterans- Mayor Pro Tem Lyle Nelson and Council Member Bill Peterson. Please join me in thanking all veterans for their service.

          Stay warm,

          Mayor Schroeder

        • Hello Bastrop!

          Public Safety was a central theme of our Council meeting this week.  Did you see the new fire trucks?  If you missed the parade on National Night Out, I hope you have seen some of the great pictures.  I rode with Chief Nagy, and it was terrific to see all the support for both police and fire as we drove around town.   Special thanks to Chaplain Dale Burk, who provided the invocation at both National Night Out and the City Council meeting.

          On a more serious note, we recognized October as Domestic Violence Awareness month.  The theme this year is "Unmask the Violence." Increased incidents of domestic violence are another unfortunate consequence of the COVID-19 Emergency.  Council is united in our support of the Family Crisis Center and their work.

          Speaking of COVID, I was able to report some good news.  As of the meeting, Bastrop County, as a whole, had 116 active cases with no new cases added the last two days.  With a total of 1900 reported cases, it is great news to have so few active cases.  We moved into Phase 3 of the City's re-opening plan on October 5 as planned, and things are going smoothly.  The library reported 50 visitors in the first two hours of opening. The face coverings and social distancing efforts are working, so please continue to do your part to protect yourself and your loved ones. 

          Council approved eight items on the consent agenda, including the annual Community Support Service Contracts with the Bastrop YMCA, Lost Pines Art Center, Bastrop Opera House, and the Bastrop County Historical Society Museum and Visitor Center.  Please check out the planned events with each of these entities.  Another item on the consent agenda was canceling the second meeting in November so that Council will meet only once in November and December this year.

          Council unanimously approved a recommendation from the Parks Board to name the new trail located just south of the Pecan Park neighborhood in memory of Dorothy Skarnulis.  Many of you know that Dorothy passed on July 26.   Curtis Hancock made a touching presentation to Council when he presented the Park Boards' request. His words expressed all our thoughts about Dorothy and her contributions to make our community a wonderful place to live. Our thoughts and prayers are with Ed and the entire Skarnulis family.

          During my Mayor's report, I was able to brag about voting on the first day of early voting.  If you have not yet voted, please make it a priority.  Kristen Miles and her team have made the process efficient and easy to exercise your most precious right as a citizen.  I also had a chance to share a sweet email from a citizen impressed with the customer service they received from Finance Specialist Mari Tipton while purchasing their cemetery plots.  Thank you, Mari, for providing excellent customer service!

          Looking ahead, Halloween is just around the corner, and Pecan Street will be closed to vehicular traffic from 6 to 8 pm as it was last year.  The Bastrop YMCA is hosting a "drive-thru" Halloween at Mayfest Park from 5 to 7 pm.

          NASCAR is coming to Circuit of the Americas next year, and on the weekend of May 21, 2021, you'll have a chance to see NASCAR drivers turn both left and right. 

          I have a favorite driver, but I know better than to share such a personal preference.

          Stay safe!

          Mayor Schroeder

        • Hello Bastrop! 

          Everyone enjoys good news and Council Meeting this week was chock-full of good news.  City Manager Paul Hofmann announced the promotion of Interim Police Chief Clint Nagy and Interim Assistant Police Chief Vicky Steffanic to Police Chief and Assistant Police Chief, respectively. Social media lit up with congratulations for both of these fine officers, and those of us in chambers gave them a standing ovation. For additional information, please see the press release

          Traditionally, I report on events that have occurred since the last council meeting and a brief look ahead during my Mayor’s report.  On September 14th, I attended the TML Region 10 Virtual Roundtable with guests Chairman John Cyrier and Representative John Raney.  Together, we are all getting ready for the next legislative session, which will be here before we know it.  On September 15th, the City Manager and I presented to Rotary. On September 17th, we held the City’s Annual Council, Board, and Commission Training done by our City Attorney, Alan Bojorquez.  Mr. Bojorquez covered Bastrop’s Ethics Ordinance, Open Meeting, Public Information, and how to be a good board member.  The subjects might sound a bit dry, but the presentation was lively with great participation.  We ended the week with the Annual Employee Appreciation Lunch, where employees were recognized for years of service from 5 to 30 years all while remaining socially distanced and following health and safety guidelines.  It is an honor to work with such dedicated employees. Looking ahead, I will be presenting to the Lions Club, Auburn University, and participating in National Night Out. 

          I gave a brief local economic update by sharing the importance of shopping locally. Comparing year to date this year to last year, Sales Tax Allocation (reported monthly) for the City of Austin was down $2M (1%), the City of Bastrop was up $400K (6.4%), and Bastrop County was up $500K (14.2%).  In other words, every time you shop in Bastrop, you are supporting services for your neighborhood streets, local parks, and your business owner neighbors.  Another piece of good economic news – the latest local unemployment numbers have dropped to 5.1% at the end of August (down from 6.3% in July) compared to the state average of 7% and the national average of 8%.  In other words, Bastrop is a great place to be, but we already knew that.   

          As you know, we have an aggressive Capital Improvements Program, including both a Water Treatment Plant and a Wastewater Treatment Plant.  Council had a presentation from our Water Treatment Engineer, Freese and Nichols, on the Construction Management at Risk method.  Unanimously approved by Council, this is a proven methodology to control cost, schedule, and quality of workmanship. We also approved an amendment for our Wastewater Plant Engineer, KSA, that will allow the City to provide water to the plant rather than purchasing that water from another source and replacing the original gas engine generator with diesel.  Both changes will save construction costs upfront and maintenance/operation costs every year the plant is in service.  

          In other financial news, the Council unanimously approved the Fiscal Year 2020/2021 Budget. The Budget document is available online. If you would like to review a copy in person, please contact Ann Franklin, our City Secretary. 

          As promised, the Council reviewed the plans for going to Phase 3 of the City’s Reopening Plan, with a date revision from October 1st to Monday, October 5th.  Meaning our next Council Meeting on October 13th will be open to the public with safety protocols in place.  Please continue the practice of social distancing and wearing of face coverings.  As we all know, September is “flu season,” and this year, we all need to be especially vigilant to keep everyone healthy. 

          Did any of you wonder what “Project Gummy Bears” was when you read the agenda? I am excited to share the BEDC announcement of a career training and technology center in partnership with Deep in the Heart Art Foundry. The project allows expansion of two local businesses; the Foundry and Water Street Millworks. The training center will be located in the industrial park and Austin Community College plans to start certification classes in HVAC and welding as early as November 2020.  Council unanimously approved the project; please read the press release for more details. 

          Stay tuned for more good news,  

          Mayor Schroeder 
        • Hello Bastrop!

          Tuesday’s Council Meeting had a special twist. There were two Council Meetings where two significant items were covered – the City Budget and Tax Rate.  The law requires we have one public hearing, and our City Charter requires two readings on both.  This week we completed the public hearing and the first reading, and both items passed unanimously.  The proposed budget is available to review on-line and in-person here at City Hall.  If you’d like to do that, please call City Secretary Ann Franklin to set up an appointment.  


          The tax rate voted on last night was $0.5794/$100 of valuation.  If you own a house worth $209,000 (this is the average value of a home in the area), your taxes will increase $32 per year based on this tax rate.  Council clarified that the rate voted on was lower than the proposed rate from August 4.  If you would like to share comments or feedback and didn’t get a chance last night, please join us for the second reading at City Hall on September 22, 6:30 pm.


          The second meeting started at 7 pm and followed our standard agenda.  Special thanks to Chaplain Woods for giving our invocation.  Presentations included a proclamation recognizing September 2020 as National Library Card Sign-Up Month.  I am so proud of our library staff. They have continued to provide excellent service to all library members during these unprecedented times and in remarkably creative ways.


          I reported the crane for wall panel installation at the 921 building completed its task last week despite inclement weather.  The building remains on schedule for completion in late October, and we are looking forward to having The Art Institute students arrive in January.


          Did your power go out last Saturday night? Probably not, but 30 homes on Pecan Street were out of power for about an hour after a tree limb touching the power line began smoldering.  The great crew at BP&L went to work about 11 pm Saturday and restored service.  We all love the gorgeous trees we have around town, but they can cause power outages when they grow into our system.  Keep an eye out for tree trimmers working to help with the issue over the next few weeks. 


          I reported the latest information on COVID cases.  Bastrop County is down to 149 active cases as a result of people’s social distancing and wearing masks, so please keep up the great work.  We discussed moving to Phase 3, which means opening buildings like City Hall as well as the Convention and Senior Centers with safety protocols in place.  I shared with Council my intent to move to Phase 3 on October 1 based on the information available now.  We will consider this at our next Council meeting when we have data for the two weeks after Labor Day and school openings. 


          Municipal government follows lots of rules.  Federal, State, and local ordinances - we follow them all.  Council sets policy within those laws, and last night we approved: City Council Rules and Procedures (which also apply to our Boards and Commissions), the Purchasing Policy, the Financial Management Policy, and the Purchasing Card policy.  Rest assured, your City Council takes their fiduciary responsibilities seriously.


          I appointed 24 people to various Boards and Commissions, and the Council unanimously approved them.  I always share the “breakdown” of the annual appointments.  This year’s numbers are: 


          13% new to serving on a Board
          46% live downtown
          46% live inside the City limits but not downtown
          8% live in the ETJ (Extraterritorial Jurisdiction) 
          50% female
          50% male


          Special thanks to all the citizens who engage and help our community thrive.


          That’s all for this week!


          Mayor Schroeder  

        • Hello Bastrop!

          As Mayor, I’m always looking for ways to improve communication from City Hall. I thought I would share a summary of our Council Meeting Tuesday night for those of you who don’t “do” Facebook or prefer reading as opposed to “twitter” – this is for you.

          We had a full agenda covering everything from the yellow dots on Wilson Street to sidewalks on Water Street. I’d like to share the highlights of the meeting.

          We started by welcoming a special guest. Police Chaplain Bob Long offered our invocation. It was great to have one of our chaplains inside Council Chambers, and although his presence was brief, it was appreciated by all.

          Our City Manager, Paul Hofmann, gave an update on the Main Street Rehabilitation Project. The total project is 75% complete, with the sidewalks at 90%. The plan is for paving to begin in late September with the work happening at night, and it is going to be great when it’s finished.


          Mr. Hofmann also reported a terrific grant that Becca Sexton, our Librarian, discovered. If awarded, the grant allows the purchase of 10 laptops and 10 hot spots to create social distancing and increase computer access through our City of Bastrop Library.

          We also discussed Lost Pines Christmas. Along with many other communities across the nation, we are not able to safely have our annual Lighted Christmas Parade. We will, however, still celebrate in 2020. Plans are being discussed for a virtual tree lighting, swapping out some of the decorations along the Riverwalk/Trail of Lights, and even adding a little color this year. We want all of our neighborhoods to be a part of the celebration, so stay tuned for more details.

          September is “National Preparedness Month,” and I read a Proclamation to recognize the importance. In Bastrop, we have survived fires and floods, and each of us knows the importance of being prepared. This hot weather combined with dry soil conditions create fire hazards, so please make sure you’ve taken every precaution to protect your family, friends, and neighbors.

          Have you seen the “yellow dots” installed on July 13 on Wilson Street as part of a pilot plan to slow traffic? Last night we reviewed data on speed reduction (there was a minor improvement) and feedback from citizens. Council directed the City Manager to remove them. Neighbors concerned about the speed of cars are not unique to Wilson Street. Council remains worried about pedestrian safety, and we asked the City Manager to bring back policy on “speed humps” and to review our long-term strategy on sidewalks. There will be more discussion, including an opportunity for feedback from residents, before making any final decisions.

          Speaking of sidewalks, Council approved staff applying for a “Downtown Revitalization” Grant for $500,000 to improve the sidewalks and road on Water Street. Exact scope is not yet defined, but it is expected to start at Walnut, head north to Farm Street, and include ADA ramps, repairs to existing and installation of new sidewalks to complete gaps, milling of the street, and finally repaving.

          At each Council meeting, I give a brief report. Last night I thanked Union Pacific for completing the much-needed track and crossing maintenance. I also let everyone know there will be a large crane in town next week, installing wall panels as part of the construction of 921 Main. As many of you know, The Art Institute is leasing 921 Main for classroom space. Their current plans are to have students in the building by January.

          If you are interested in the weather, there is a virtual “SKYWARN Spotter”
          training class on September 12, starting at 9 am. The class is free, but you do need to register, visit for details.

          In closing, I would like to request that you participate in a countywide broadband survey by going to Partnering with the County, there is an opportunity to bring grant funds to our area to provide better internet access; with COVID quarantine, working from home, and virtual classrooms, the demand for service is ever increasing.

          I hope you learned something new and look forward to sharing more news with you soon!

          – Mayor Schroeder
        • Bastrop Mayor Connie SchroederMayor Connie Schroeder is a 17-year resident of Bastrop.  During that time, she has served on the City’s Planning and Zoning Commission for 6 years, chaired the 2016 Comprehensive Plan Steering Committee, and was elected the first female Mayor of the City in 2017 and was unopposed and re-elected in 2020.   

          She currently serves on the Texas Municipal League Board and has earned the “Certified Municipal Official” designation the last three years.  The Texas Chapter of the American Planning Association awarded Mayor Schroeder the Planning Advocate Excellence Award, and she was also recognized as the Civic Leader Changer Maker for Central Texas by Generation Citizen, both in 2019. 

          Mayor Schroeder is an Honors Graduate of The University of Texas at Austin and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering.  She became a licensed Professional Engineer in 1989 and has a background in design, project management and construction of major transportation and development projects in both the public and private sector.  She retired from Motorola/Freescale after a 15-year career in the high-tech industry. 

          She and her husband, Charlie, enjoy serving their community and cherish time with their children and grandchildren.


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