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City of Bastrop Descends Into Deeper Crisis

Mike Talbot, longtime Bastrop City Manager, Statesman photoThe city of Bastrop has descended ever deeper into crisis with its two top management officials resigning. Longtime City Manager, Mike Talbot resigned for the second time in June. Tuesday night, longtime City Attorney Jo-Christy Brown tendered her resignation stating,

“This negativism, which I believe is entirely unwarranted, has now escalated to an extent that I simply no longer have the energy or desire to continue to subject my good name and hard-earned reputation to it any further”.

Not three hours after Brown’s resignation came Interim City Manager Steve Adcock’s. Adcock is also respected and an honest guy in law enforcement.

Frankly, what we fear most is what’s coming next. That would be the appointment of a new city manager and city attorney on Tuesday. You can bet they will be part of the good ol’ boy network in Bastrop. How do we know this? Here’s Mayor Ken Kesselus’ response to Adcock’s departure in today’s Austin American-Statesman:

“I don’t know what to make of it except that my mother used to work in a funeral home and said that death always comes in three,” he said. “I don’t know if it’s an old wives’ tale or what, but it seems to be true.”

Seriously? This is the guy who is leading the city of Bastrop?

Listen up people. Kesselus and his clan are trying to shift the blame for their own mismanagement and misplaced priorities onto their employees. It’s really that simple.

We have put out a warning to all. Bastrop’s high growth, if not managed properly, spells for a new and unfamiliar kind of disaster. We cannot afford to make the mistakes that Austin’s “growth machine” has made, leading to an affordability collapse. Bastrop is far more vulnerable than Austin. We all know it. So let’s not treat this like a crazy aunt in the basement that no one is willing to talk about.

Only the voters can do anything about this now. Here’s what can YOU do.
Note:  Last call Monday for petitions!

Go to our Petition page here and get our petitions signed by city voters.
Click here to see a map of the Bastrop City Limits
You can also call us and we’ll do home visits.

We deeply appreciate your financial contributions and your participation so very much!

All three photo credits are to the Austin American-Statesman.

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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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Austin is Not Developers’ Monopoly Board

Sign it, if you live in Austin

Austin is Not Developers' Monopoly Board

Dear Mayor Adler and Austin City Council Members:

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Why don't you share this with your friends, please:

Make Growth Pay for Itself

No Vista Ridge/San Antone Hose

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