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ReformPlease join us next Monday, July 25th, at 6:30 pm at the First National Bank Community Room (the main bank – across the street from HEB at 489 Highway 71 in Bastrop). We’ll be there until 9 pm. Folks can come sign the petition or hand petitions in.

This is the last petition drop off for one of our two petitions – the one to establish “Reasonable Petition Requirements for the City of Bastrop”. The recall Mayor Ken Kesselus petition drive will continue for now.

At our meeting next Monday, we’re going to talk about the status of both petition drives. We’ll also give you a bird’s eye view, pun intended, on the “water wars” in the Bastrop and surrounding areas that seem to be driving decisions in our communities. Due to limited seating, this event is for petition signers and our active supporters. We will be asking you to weigh in on some decisions we need to make.

We will also be at the next City Council meeting on Tuesday, July 26th, at 6:30 pm at City Hall. You can turn in recall petitions to us there if you like.

Did you see our guest column in Thursday’s Bastrop Advertiser? Here’s our version — please read and share. Be sure to read the beef we have with the unrepentent Joe Beal and Mayor Kesselus. It’s in the eighth paragraph.

►Please note that we have been asked by the good folks at the newly formed non-profit Simsboro Aquifer Water Defense Fund (SAWDF) to tell you that there was an erroneous report about their efforts in Thursday’s Bastrop Advertiser. This was a well-intentioned, but nevertheless misleading article. The “water wars” are very complex with many fronts and moving parts, so it’s easy to make mistakes. Bottom line is that SAWDF is NOT involved in the dispute between landowners and the city of Bastrop known as “CityofBastrop/XS Ranch permit”. More details here from SAWDF.

►We’ve also been meaning to tell you that the Farm and Ranch Freedom Alliance annual conference is coming to Bastrop on September 25-27! Early bird rates end on August 25th. If you’re a farmer, a rancher, a gardener, a local foods advocate or just plain interested in small agriculture, we highly recommend FARFA’s annual conference. Besides, they know how to put on a great event and feed you very well! More here.

Don’t mourn, y’all. Organize!

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We’re still petitioning!

WE ARE STILL PETITIONING! SPREAD THE WORD and help a city in crisis!

Wetiger_run_md_clr have a tiger — the Bastrop good ol’ boys — by the tail, y’all.

We’re not letting ’em go!

Despite slow mail we have had EXCELLENT!!! response to BOTH petitions:  #1 for more reasonable citizens petition requirements in the city of Bastrop and #2 to recall Bastrop Mayor Ken Kesselus.

What can you do? Help us reach out to city of Bastrop voters to let them know we’re still petitioning. Get the petitions to them or call us and we will. Due to mail unreliability, we are also now scheduling drop offs and pick ups. You can help deliver & pick up or go get folks to sign the petition or call us with your ideas. (We have the voter registration, so we can tell you who’s eligible to sign.)

Print out the cover letter explaining the petitions here.

Print out the petition for more reasonable petition requirements here.

Print out the petition to recall Bastrop Mayor Ken Kesselus here.

MARK YOUR CALENDERS FOR THIS MEETING!

Topic:  Status of the petitions and what’s it got to do with our water?

Monday, July 25, 6:30 pm
First National Bank Community Room
489 Highway 71 W, Bastrop (the main bank across the street from HEB)
This meeting is for petition signers only as we will have limited seating. Reply or call to reserve a seat.

Our response to Mayor Ken Kesselus: We have read and listened quietly and patiently to your response, Mayor Kesselus. After calling us liars and bullies, you continue to mince words about your brazen attempts to thwart Bastrop’s Ethics law (on multiple occasions) in support of your then employer, Mark Rose. You continue to defend appointing Joe Beal, a water marketer, to the Bastrop Economic Development Board and giving Beal a pass when he tried to deal water to Austin from the dais as a Bastrop City Councilman. You clearly bungled an attempt to violate the Texas Open Meetings Act. You cannot even muster enough decency to apologize to the City Manager and the city’s attorney that you have publicly berated. You are their boss and the crisis of confidence in the city of Bastrop is squarely due to your own shortcomings. Get it together Mr. Kesselus, or leave.

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Sludge Goes Bye-Bye, Petitions a’ flying’

Yippee!  Late yesterday, Denali Water Solutions withdrew the permit to spread sludge on the Wallace Ranch in Cedar Creek!

Thanks to a great team of very willing affected landowners, local residents, volunteers, and the VFW in Rockne together with elected officials — Judge Paul Pape and the entire Bastrop County Commissioners Court, State Rep. John Cyrier and State Senator Kirk Watson.  We now need your help to spread the word that this is over. Please tell your neighbors in Cedar Creek, Rockne and Red Rock. Read the great news details right here on DontSludgeBastrop.info. We suggest you stay engaged, folks. This area of Bastrop County is slated for continued likely high growth since Austin can’t seem to break the growth lobby-hold wreaking havoc on their affordability.

Bastrop Petition Update! Both petitions are getting traction for 1. establishing fair petition requirements for petititions and 2. recalling Bastrop Mayor Ken Kesselus. BUT due to slowness of mail, please help us reach CITY OF BASTROP VOTERS. The cover letter and petitions are on this page. And yes, despite what the Mayor is saying, we stand by all we have written and there’s more coming.

That’s all for now, folks!

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Outpouring of Support!

Screen Shot 2016-07-11 at 5.42.36 PMWe have had an outpouring of support for our Bastrop petitions to 1. set reasonable petition requirements for city of Bastrop citizens petitions and 2. recall Bastrop Mayor Ken Kesselus. Keep those petitions coming! We’ll be at City Hall tomorrow (Tuesday) night at 6:30 pm collecting signatures. Come on down to 1311 Chestnut. We still need donations to help us cover the costs of the mailing. The mailer and petitions are posted here. Go to our donation page here for details and thank you!

Bastrop County Commissioners Court unanimously passed this

Bastrop County Judge Paul Pape

Bastrop County Judge Paul Pape

resolution opposing the permit request by Denali Water Solutions to spread sewage sludge (Class B biosolids) on the Wallace Ranch in the Cedar Creek area. Special thanks to Bastrop County Judge Paul Pape for his leadership on this. Local landowners will be sending a copy to Austin Mayor Steve Adler and Council members urging them not to sludge their neighbors in surrounding counties. More coming soon…..

We have been asked by friends in Milam and Burleson counties to let you know that there is a very important Post Oak Savannah Groundwater Conservation District meeting tomorrow (Tuesday) night starting at 5:30 at Post Oak’s temporary office at 309 E. Ave. C, Milano, TX. Agenda here.

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Updates! Petition drives, sludge & the BIG news on the water defense front

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►Bastrop Petition Drives: News hit the media big in the Statesman, Time Warner Cable News, and KLBJ. These two petition drives are to 1. set reasonable petition requirements in the City of Bastrop, and 2. recall Mayor Ken Kesslus. The letter detailing this effort and the petitions are on this page. Petitions must be signed on paper (not the internet) by city of Bastrop voters only. The petitions can be printed out and mailed or brought to us at the Bastrop City Council meeting on Tuesday, July 12th at 6:30 pm at 1311 Chestnut. Donations of funds are also needed to Independent Texans PAC for this effort — donation details are here

►Cedar Creek (Bastrop County) Area Sludge Update: This coming Monday morning, the Bastrop County Commissioners Court will consider passing a resolution opposing Denali Water Solutions LLC’s sewage sludge permit application. See the Court’s agenda here. See the resolution and additional information on pages 1-3 here of the backup for this meeting. A steering committee meeting will be called soon for those of you who want to be actively engaged on this issue in the Cedar Creek, Red Rock and Rockne area of Bastrop County. Please reply if you to want to get involved with the Steering Committee.

THE MOST IMPORTANT WATER NEWS YET FOR ALL CENTRAL TEXANS! A new 501(c)(3) water defense non-profit organization is organizing to protect and defend the coveted Simsboro and other formations of the Carrizo-Wilcox Aquifer underlying Bastrop, Lee, Milam and Burleson counties and other central Texas counties, as well as the property rights of those who seek to preserve our aquifers for future generations — the Simsboro Aquifer Water Defense Fund. We encourage you to make a tax-deductible contribution to SAWDF after you read this post by Environmental Stewardship. If you want to get involved in this, please contact Michele Gangnes at this email address.

That’s it for now, folks. Ain’t that enough?

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