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Alert: Bastrop County & City residents, come to Bastrop City Hall on Tuesday!

Bastrop city and county residents: It is urgently important that you show up at the Bastrop Gorilla Robs Poker GameCity Council meeting on Tuesday at 6:30 pm at City Hall, 1311 Chestnut. Help us spread the word!

Last week, the Council held a closed-door meeting (Executive Session) about Bastrop’s water supply without telling the public anything about the subject of this discussion. They took no action, but more discussion about the city’s “water supply” (again unexplained) is on the Executive Session Agenda this Tuesday. And this time they might just take action, and no one knows ahead of time what it’s about.

We do have an inkling of what this is about from some statements by Councilman Willie DeLaRosa in a recent open session. He wants the city to take action with its XS Ranch water project that — based on what we, the public, know today — could be very risky to the water future of the city of Bastrop and even Bastrop County.

Who pays for this poker game? YOU — city and county residents.

We will fill you in on Tuesday — so come a few minutes early if you can.

teeth_cigar_smoking_lg_clrMeanwhile, the Council — with clenched teeth — put our measure for “Reasonable Petition Requirements” on the November ballot — they had to by law. However, they broke it up into five ballot measures, so you will have to vote “YES” five times for your petition rights in November!

On a more hilarious note is the Mayor’s reassurance that the city is now “stable” while we witness the abuse of Executive Session and foot dragging on open records requests. We filed an open records request for phone records of Council members Kesselus, Schiff and DeLaRosa and water marketer Joe Beal, who remains — for now — on the Bastrop Economic Development Board. If they do city business on a phone, the records are subject to open records requests. DeLaRosa is especially vulnerable because he refuses to use email.

We just posted a dedicated page for Bastrop residents in light of the November election. Candidate endorsements are not yet decided. Visit the Bastrop page and share it here.

Don’t miss this excellent report in the Elgin Courier on the recent Lost Pines Groundwater Conservation District hearing on End Op’s 46,000 acre-feet groundwater permit resulting in a delay of action: Hearing Results in Delayed Action — until September

SAVE THIS DATE!!!
Wednesday, September 7, 7 pm, First National Bank Community Room, Main bank in Bastrop. You won’t want to miss it. More real soon.

Please spread the word for us and show up on Tuesday. Your affordability and your water are at risk and that’s no joke.

P.S. Message to the Mayor and Council: don’t play poker with our water and wallets and make the gorilla take off his costume.

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Come see us Monday!

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

Enjoy and share these updates from our website links on this page or from our Facebook page here.

Let us ask you a question. What’s holding you back from planning a meeting to organize in your area? We’re

Join the conference call!

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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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Happy Independence Day. Recall Mayor Ken Kesselus

IMG_6204Happy Independence Day!

It is befitting the occasion to send you this BIG NEWS ALERT!

Today, July 4th, 2016, Independent Texans is initiating a petition drive for a recall election of the Mayor of Bastrop, Ken Kesselus, and for a charter amendment to secure Bastrop voters their right to petition, a right passed by the people of Texas over 100 years ago in a constitutional amendment for home rule.

The Bastrop City Council passed a resolution in 2015 against selling the City’s water. However, we believe there is a movement afoot by the new Council majority to take the city back to the days of the “good ol’ boys” — using the city as a conduit to drain the groundwater we share with central Texas neighbors to the financial benefit of private water interests.

Tomorrow, City of Bastrop voters will be receiving this Letter, which lays out– in detail — the reasons for initiating this petition drive. The mailer contains two petitions: a Petition for Reasonable Petition Requirements in the City of Bastrop, and  a Petition to Recall Bastrop Mayor Ken Kesselus.

The petitions must be mailed back no later than Monday, July 11th or hand delivered to us.
You can meet us on Tuesday, July 12th, starting at 6:30 pm at City Hall, 1131 Chestnut.

WARNING: It is at this meeting — on Tuesday the 12th — we expect Kesselus and his allies on the Council to try to place their own charter amendments on the November ballot, as follows:

1.  A sneaky amendment to the city charter that would allow Council to sell your water if they can convince you to vote for it.

2.  To change our term limits law for City Council to make it possible for the Mayor to run again next May.

Please help us reach our goals!

  • If you are a voter residing in the city of Bastrop, please sign the two petitions, ask others to sign, and mail it right away, by Monday, or bring it to the City Council meeting on Tuesday. (Only city of Bastrop voters can sign but anyone can circulate the petition.)

  • Share these petitions – print them out or share it via email or Facebook.

  • Donate! We need to raise $3,000 for this effort! DONATE HERE (or see the Donate button on the right?)

Remember, the water grabs on the Simsboro aquifer formation underlying Bastrop, Lee, Milam and Burleson counties impact on our entire central Texas region and the state of Texas. We must prevent water marketers and their buddies in political office from waltzing in to the next legislative session citing Bastrop as the “model management” strategy for Texas.

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It was standing room only at the VFW in Rockne (VFW, thankfully, donated the hall for this meeting!) and rip-roaring debate about ‘what’s in this sludge anyway?’ Read this important update on the plan for sewage sludge in Cedar Creek, Rockne and Red Rock.

Please share this message widely and get involved, y’all.

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The test case for disasters of all kinds: Bastrop

Bastrop seems to be the test case of all terrible things going on in Texas. Just this year, Bastrop has had three disasters declared from fires and floods, preceded by all manner of mega-water raids. Here’s our most current — and we think more easily stopped — disasters. Use this!

Disaster # 1:
A company is trying to secure a permit from the overly permissive TCEQ to dump sewage sludge (Class B Scan 7Biosolids) over 2,000 acres in the high growth Cedar Creek area — we kid you not. The site lies between Highways 71, 21, 20 and FM 535. Much is in the flood plain and it runs adjacent to Cedar Creek. We’re hosting a community meeting next Tuesday, June 28th, at the VFW in Rockne at 1503 Highway 20 from 6:30 to 8 pm. Share this flier  with your friends across Bastrop County, especially in the Cedar Creek, Rockne and the Red Rock area. (If you live in any of these areas or Bastrop County, we still need you to file comments too at the TCEQ — click here for instructions). You can share all of the above at this link here.

Disaster #2:
We made a huge mistake inadequately warning City of Bastrop voters during the May

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

election about the dangers of giving Mayor Ken Kesselus majority control of the Council. Despite not having done his homework and making a fool of himself last night, the term limited Mayor (May 2017) appears hellbent on axing management that won’t roll over for him, even if it means shredding open government. Read and share this:  Rogues, Raiders and Recall

Perhaps a Blessing in Austin:  It appears that City Manager Marc Ott, dubbed “Gentrifier-in-Chief” by Austin’s affordability watch-dogs, may be leaving. He was asked to by a wide array of citizens. (That’s a whole different kettle of fish than the Kesselus’ fiasco we witnessed last night at Bastrop City Hall.)

Even in politics Newton’s laws of physics apply. For every action there is an equal and opposite reaction. Get ready for the fallout.

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