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The City of Granite Shoals
2221 N. Phillips Ranch Road
Granite Shoals, TX 78654
Ph: 830-598-2424
Message from the Mayor

Message from the Mayor
July 19, 2015

To the Citizens and Property Owners of Granite Shoals:

As your new mayor, I have been in office for approximately two months. During that time, I have had the pleasure of presiding over:
• a farewell reception for outgoing Mayor, Dennis Maier, where he was presented the Mayor’s Award for his decade of service to Granite Shoals,
• a presentation of a Proclamation of thanks to retiring Municipal Court Judge Edward Cutchin, and
• a reception honoring all of the volunteers serving Granite Shoals where the first John Rinehart Memorial Award for Outstanding Community Service was presented to John’s son, John Rinehart, Jr.

The Council is currently asking for nominations for candidates for the second John Rinehart award to possibly be presented at the Veterans Celebration event on November 7, 2015.

On a more serious side, the Council went through an extensive process of interviewing candidates for our Municipal Court Judge and selected Frank Reilly out of a field of very qualified candidates.

I recently presented Council a list of three major citizen concerns. They include:
• road improvements, with specific emphasis on our three arterials/main roads (Phillips Ranch Road, Prairie Creek and Valley View),
• code enforcement, with increased emphasis on unkempt yards without affecting the current enforcement activities of vacant buildings, junk cars and noncompliant house numbers, and
• Community Center for the city’s senior citizens, coupled with emphasis on finding a permanent home for our contract post office.

These concerns have been discussed with Council and with approval of the majority of the Council, will become part of the city’s 2015-2016 priorities. Code enforcement changes may be handled within the city’s operating budget, whereas, arterial road improvements and Community Center options may possibly become ballot initiatives and/or grant applications in the 2016-2017 fiscal year. Arguments against a new community center in the near future are based on the limited use of the current facility. It is suitable for and has adequate parking for small groups.

As Council works on the proposed Fiscal Year 2015-2016 budget, it is also facing decisions on:
• a Texas Community Development Block Grant application as well as capital expenditures for improvements to the water treatment plant and distribution system,
• a Texas Parks & Wildlife grant application for additional recreational facilities on the City Hall complex (Quarry Park), and
• a Texas Parks & Wildlife grant application for upgrades to park boat ramps.

The grant for additional recreational facilities will only be submitted if it can be completed without using any operating funds and only restricted park funds. All of these grants have near-term application deadlines.

The Council also must address how to go forward with wildlife management within the city limits.

There are many more topics to be addressed, with another Update From The Mayor planned for September of this year after the 2015-2016 budget and 2015 property tax rates have been approved.

Carl Brugger, Mayor