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Bastrop: Beacon for Affordability or Austin’s Dumping Ground?

Independent Texans proudly hosts Austin whistleblower Screen Shot 2015-08-23 at 11.09.18 AMdeveloper, Brian Rodgers, who will speak about why making growth pay for itself is the only way to protect affordability and natural resources in central Texas.

Read Brian’s full bio here.

When: Monday, October 3, 7 pm

Where: First National Bank of Bastrop
489 Highway 71 (in the main bank Community Room across Hasler Blvd. from HEB)

We will also ask for your help to win passage in November of the “Petition for Reasonable Petition Requirements in the City of Bastrop”. The City Council put it on the ballot, but split it into five measures. That’s right, you will have to vote 5 times (FOR Props 1, 2, 3, 4, & 5 to get your petition rights!

Read this Op-Ed in the Bastrop Advertiser on October 1st.

Please share this announcement and bring your neighbors!

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Watch Tonight! Bastrop Council to make big decisions!

magnifying_glass_fingerprint_lg_clrTonight the Bastrop City Council will make some important decisions at a Special Meeting starting at 6:30 pm. No public comments will be taken, therefore you can easily watch from home:

Watch online at BTXN.TV or on
Time Warner Channel 10, AT&T U-verse Ch. 99
please do and help spead the word — come to City Hall if you have trouble watching!
Tonight’s Agenda Here

►The Council will take a second and final vote to place our ballot measure for petition reform on the November ballot. We believe we have clarified a concern raised last week by the Interim City Attorney, David Bragg, followed by some mistatements by Councilwoman Jones. We’ll be watching tonight to see how this is handled and hope everyone will settle in. The Mayor was very measured last week, which we noticed and appreciated.

►On another equally important note is the XS Ranch water deal for the City of Bastrop. A pivotal vote could be taken tonight affecting the water picture for the entire County and even Lee County because Bastrop and Lee counties share the Lost Pines Groundwater Conservation District.

►Last week’s Lost Pines GCD’s hearing on End Op, L.P. resulted in the Board delaying action until their September meeting. They were criticized by a number of supporters of the district — landowners and residents — for bending too far for End Op. Stay tuned.

We apologize for the lateness of this message. If you get this too late, we will fill you in, in short order.

We’ve been quite busy doing open records requests and doing our homework. We’re looking forward to sharing that with you soon!

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Rogues, Raiders and Recall

Bastrop Mayor Ken Kesselus is trampling on open government and he seems to be getting help from some members of the Bastrop City Council.

I learned this last night by attending a hastily called “emergency meeting” by Kesselus. What was the emergency? Here’s what was posted the city’s website. Note the “no live streaming or recording”.

Screen Shot 2016-06-21 at 10.52.52 AMJust as the meeting started, I asked why an opportunity for public comments was not on the agenda and the cameras were turned off – only to be ignored by the Mayor. Almost simultaneously, attorney Glenn Johnson stood up and announced he was representing the City Attorney JC Brown. The Mayor tried to silence him but he just kept talking. Soon Kesselus backed down.

Apparently, City Attorney Brown had been told by Kesselus not to show up at the

Attorney Glenn Johnson confronts Bastrop Mayor Ken Kesselus at June 21 Specially Called Executive Session

Attorney Glenn Johnson confronts Bastrop Mayor Ken Kesselus at June 21 Specially Called Executive Session

Executive Session of the new council to discuss just what — you couldn’t glean the subject from this agenda posting. Mr. Johnson was calling the Mayor on this, stating their posting was in violation of the Texas Open Meetings Act and they could be fined $500 and even be forced to forfeit their council seats.

Kesselus clumsily pivoted suggesting that they would just discuss how to “transition” City Manager Mike Talbot’s work in line with his resignation on September 1st. Clearly this was not the subject Kesselus had in mind.

After the Executive Session they came out and passed a resolution giving the Mayor their approval to discuss the transition with the City Manager. If you were a fly on the wall at this meeting, you might see the bullying tactics of which Talbot has had enough. No city manager would put up with this interfering clown.

On the way out I spoke with a number of residents in attendance whose homes have been flooded and the city has yet to deal with their very real problems. They are the brunt of this growing dysfunction in the city of Bastrop.

Rumors abound, including that when Talbot leaves, you will see Joe Beal as an interim city manager. Joe Beal, water raider and End Op cohort, running the city of Bastrop? They wouldn’t go that far, would they?

Last week Councilmember Gary Schiff spoke about wanting to put a measure on the next city ballot in November to bust term limits. You guessed it. Kesselus is term limited in May 2017.

We here at Independent Texans made a mistake not simply telling you the dangers involved in the last city election. We won’t make that mistake again.

If the Mayor and his sidekicks keep on, you never know what citizens who have had enough will do. In Texas, voters do have the right to recall city elected officials.

I support the right to recall. Do you?

Linda Curtis, Independent Texans

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