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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, 2017  
To the Citizens and Property Owners of Granite Shoals:

As your reelected mayor, starting my second term, I pledge my continuing commitment to faithfully serve the citizens of Granite Shoals. Two years ago, in my July 19, 2015 letter to you, I addressed three major citizen concerns and stated the following;

 “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.”

Since 2015, voters approved three million dollars in bonds for improvements to the three arterial roads. Code enforcement activities have been increased so that their annual goal is to obtain code compliance for 235 cases in four selected categories. The existing community center is now a very usable and pleasant facility after receiving major repairs, new appliances and tables and chairs.

For 2017, the council will ask voters to reconsider the previously approved three-million-dollar road bonds, authorizing expenditure without the use of supplemental grant funds. The council has received a plan from Mr. Greg Haley, PE of KC Engineering, Inc. that provides for improvements to the full length of each of three arterial roads for $3,044,000. Code Enforcement’s targeted 235 new cases per year will continue. For efficiently, enforcement activities are completed street by street in selected areas, unless a citizen complaint is filed for a specific property. Please realize, based on the city’s past history, it may take years at the current enforcement level to have uniform results across the city.

Two years ago, I also spoke about the council facing a decision on a Texas Parks & Wildlife grant application for additional recreational facilities on the City Hall complex (Quarry Park) by reclaiming an old granite processing building. An application was submitted in 2016 and the city was recently awarded a $500,000 grant to construct soccer, volleyball, basketball and pickleball courts along with baseball batting cages inside the granite processing building and a baseball field on the outside of the building.

2016-2017 was the City’s first year trial archery program aimed at controlling the City’s deer population. Hunting was conducted under controlled conditions at specific stationary sites with the overall program approval by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department. The council has agreed to continue the program, after approving a number of changes, for the 2017-2018 hunting season. The city’s deer management team, like all of the City’s boards, commissions and advisory groups are staffed with volunteers. Seventy-seven deer were removed during the 2016-2017 season.

In two unrelated areas, the council wishes to improve communications with citizens. If you’re an internet user, make regular visits to the City’s web site, www.graniteshoals.org and its Facebook page, “City of Granite Shoals, Texas.” Next, in recognition of the City’s volunteers, a very successful pancake breakfast was held this last June, and the Council is currently asking for nominations for candidates for the fourth John Rinehart award to be presented at the November’s Veterans Celebration. The nomination period ends September 30, 2017.

Carl Brugger, 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