The City of Bellmead is hiring a Civic Center Worker. This is a full/part time position, requiring good phone and people skills, must be able to follow orders and work in a team atmosphere. Good customer service is a must.
BELLMEAD’S BLOOMING! In just the past month several great things have occurred that will have a very positive effect on life in Bellmead.
Many of them received final approval in the April City Council meeting. The Bellmead Parks Board was given authorization to move forward with the $50,000 worth of improvements for Brame Park in Bellmead.
This will replace old playground equipment and provide new fun and exciting things for our children to do while playing in the park. Last year, we improved two other parks in Bellmead with similar new equipment.
The Council approved a measure that will provide for assisting two businesses with property improvements on Bellmead Drive in our downtown.
Naomi’s Snow Cones was approved financial help to replace the trailer that they sell snow cones from with an attractive new hexagon-shaped gazebo.
A large amount of landscaping will be done as well to create a very nice entrance to our downtown.
Also, the trailers used for storage by Tony’s Tires will have a structure built over it to conceal them from public view and add beauty to our downtown.
The monument sign announcing the entrance to Bellmead at the intersection of Highway 84 and Tirey Lane is almost complete.
Now we are working on a new tower sign to be erected near Sam’s Club by I-35 and Bellmead Drive to highlight the Western entrance to Bellmead. It will be an attractive sign standing 20-feet high and 20-feet wide and clearly visible from I-35.
Finally, the many substandard and old houses around town that need to be demolished can be addressed.
The Council agreed to accept $800,000 from the proceeds of a property sell from the Bellmead Development Corporation to be used to demolish these old homes and to clean up Bellmead. Some of the money may be used for infrastructure assessment and street repairs. These positive things are happening in Bellmead because we have a business-friendly environment and forward-thinking leaders. It all demonstrates that BELLMEAD MEANS BUSINESS!
The Bellmead City Council met April 9. We always begin with an invocation and the Pledge of Allegiance. Then we had a public comment period followed by reports from the City Manager and Council.
A special appreciation was shared with our emergency services personnel in both the Police and Fire Departments as they risk their own personal safety for others. We felt this was appropriate after what has been going on in Kaufman County with the district attorney and assistant district attorney being targeted and killed. After our reports, we approved the minutes of our previous meeting and started our regular agenda.
We accepted our financial audit from fiscal year 2011-12, which was done by Pattillo, Brown and Hill, LLP. Our numbers look good, and the city is in a good financial position. We have sufficient reserves to handle emergencies and all seems to be going well.
The Council passed several resolutions in support of actions undertaken by the Bellmead Economic Development Corporation. These included $50,000 to purchase and install playground equipment for Brame Park; funding for a job retention project that will replace the snow cone stand with a gazebo and landscaping as well as provide great improvement to Tony’s Tires; and approval of a budget amendment to provide an additional $9,000 to have a large Bellmead tower sign marking the entrance of Bellmead by I-35 and Bellmead Drive.
We agreed to continue membership with the Atmos Cities Steering Committee to fund regulatory and related activities with Atmos Energy. This allows us to help ensure that our citizens are not taken advantage of and that our energy rates are fair.
Council agreed to modify a contract with the Economic Development Corp. to allow for the retention of $800,000.
This money will be used as needed to help clean up Bellmead by removing dilapidated homes and structures in Bellmead. It will also help to assess our infrastructure situation and could also be used for street repairs or improvements. Many steps are required legally prior to the removal of structures on private property so it may be some time before actual results are visible, but a cleaner Bellmead is on the way.
The Bellmead Economic Development Corporation budgeted for a full-time employee to assist with their operations. The board decided that they may be okay to have a part-time person to help with the duties.
The city has agreed to hire a full-time person who will spend part of their time working with BEDC and the rest of their time working with the city. This position will be an administrative assistant for both Economic Development and the City Manager. The Council agreed to this new dual position.
I am honored to serve this great community and I thank you for allowing me to serve. Have a Beautiful day in Bellmead!
Councilman Precinct 2,
City of Bellmead, Texas
Everett “Bo” Thomas began his role July 9 and says he wants to prepare Bellmead for opportunities that will likely develop from the Baylor Research and
Innovation Collaborative (BRIC) and the construction of a new Baylor Stadium and signature bridges on Interstate 35 at Bellmead’s back door.
“I would really like to see some stability for Bellmead economically and as a community so that Bellmead can realize its potential on a solid foundation with regard to the Waco metropolitan area and Interstate 35,” said Thomas.
Looking ahead to the future and taking advantage of projected development requires foresight now, he added.
“I would like to have Bellmead established on a solid foundation as an organization so it builds upon that foundation in a direction that this community wants to go,” he added.
At Thomas’ first official council meeting as city manager, the Belle Meadows subdivision project has been approved by City Council setting in motion preparing the property for construction. Belle Meadows is located off of Pecan Lane.
“It’s a good step,” said Thomas. “Anything that Bellmead can do that helps strengthen its tax base is going to benefit the whole community. The hope is by adding more rooftops and more business opportunity we attract more people to trade in the area, which is ultimately what we would like to do.”
Another big step for Bellmead is the BRIC, which is expected to create high-tech research jobs and stimulate development on the Loop 340 corridor.
“I don’t think anyone realizes what might come out of the BRIC at this point in time,” said Thomas. “That going to receive reciprocal benefits from it, and you want to be in a posture to receive something that fi ts economically, socially, educationally and so on.”
While Bellmead does face certain challenges, the most important priority should be preparing for future opportunities by being consistent and business-friendly, said Thomas.
“There’s going to be a day when the Bellmead Economic Development Corporation is going to want to have a substantial nest egg it can place on the table to attract that one real prize for economic development
purposes,” he added. “For a company wanting to come to Bellmead, you want to have a community that appears to be supportive, vibrant and wanting that type of business and its employees here. You want people and industry to feel welcome and like they belong.”
Without that type of readiness, Bellmead could miss out, he said.
“Economic development is like fishing. Unless you have your hook in the water with the right bait, you’re probably probably not going to catch anything.”
He sees Interstate 35 as a great asset to Bellmead but also major potential for Highways 84 and 77.
“They intersect the community, and there is opportunity with that kind of traffic that comes through on a daily basis,” he said.
Thomas said he particularly enjoys seeing improvement in a community and “making things better than when you came.” He’s no stranger to Central Texas having lived here briefly during elementary school and college.
“It’s a really nice area. the amenities are here yet it’s not too big,” said Thomas, who previously spent almost a decade as city manager in Page, Ariz.