As the year draws to a close we pause for a moment to reflect on all we have accomplished, and what it means looking ahead to the coming year and beyond. Throughout 2016 your City Council has been hard at work, confronting challenges head-on and planning for many important, long-term improvements. Here are some of the highlights.
December 9, 2016
For the past several years we’ve made it a priority. But all the while we’ve struggled to identify exactly what “it” is.
The Beautification initiative began with a concern voiced by many of our residents that the City was starting to look a little shabby and rough around the edges, especially in public rights of way and along our commercial corridors. The examples they cited included worn and faded street markings and signage, busted curbs, tired and lifeless landscaping, neglected utility boxes and trees in need of trimming. City Councils (past and present) agreed it was time to spruce things up, and formally adopted Beautification as a priority, even going so far as to budget a line item for it. Yet, that particular allocation has largely gone unspent because a precise definition remained elusive. City Managers (past and present) were ready, willing and able to get it done, but still needed clarification on the “it” they were being asked to implement.
December 6, 2016
Last night we held a special reception and presentation to conclude the inaugural class of the Bellaire Citizens Academy. By any measure it has been a great success, as part of our broader effort to better engage with the citizens we serve. In particular, the Academy provides an opportunity for residents to interact with staff members representing several departments, to form relationships with the professionals who provide our city services and to learn more about what they do to make Bellaire such a great place to live.