Ludwig appointed to city manager, council suggests reevaluating opportunity fund contribution and okays new committee structure
Plus, a look at what's coming up in Burleson
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City Council Meeting Recap
City council appointed interim city manager Tommy Ludwig to city manager, alluded to reevaluating the city’s contribution to the Burleson Opportunity Fund and moved forward with a new city council committees structure at its meeting Monday at City Hall.
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Ludwig said he’s honored to be named city manager and grateful to Mayor Chris Fletcher and council for their trust and confidence in him after serving as deputy city manager from August 2021 to May 19 when he was appointed interim city manager.
After receiving a report and presentation on the Burleson Opportunity Fund that pointed to an increase in applicants and fatigue from donors, councilmember and Mayor Pro Tem Dan McClendon said the city should behoove itself to consider the amount it’s contributing.
“The goals and mission and purpose of the BOF program is inexplicably linked to economic development in the community, and as board president, I would very much entertain the idea of us upping our game to help this committee get started and help turn this situation around,” McClendon said.
Councilmember Victoria Johnson agreed with McClendon and said it’s important for the city to reevaluate its $60,000 contribution because the city wants to strive to have a well-educated community.
Johnson volunteered and was approved unanimously to serve on the Burleson Opportunity Fund board.
City council also moved forward with changing the city council committee structure.
The new city council committees will be the public safety and municipal court committee, infrastructure and development committee, finance committee, community service committee, community and intergovernmental relations committee and council and valuation committee.
Each committee will include three councilmembers, who will serve two-year terms and select a committee chair, who will serve a two-year term.
Councilmembers will rank the committees in order of preference, and the city secretary will present to council a matrix based on these rankings for council to determine committee selection at a later meeting in July.
The community service committee will meet monthly while the other committees meet quarterly.
Council also approved a $58,725 increase to the city budget to enable a $75,000 purchase of golf merchandise from Callaway and a $100,000 purchase of golf merchandise from Titleist for Hidden Creek Golf Course.
McClendon volunteered and was unanimously approved to continue to serve as Mayor Pro Tem.
The Burleson Area Chamber of Commerce held its monthly “Network@Night” event Tuesday at First Financial Bank. I covered the event and will be publishing a story on it Monday.
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It’s Leslie Knope’s time to shine. Burleson Parks and Recreation is hosting events for National Parks and Recreation Month, including the “BTX Family Cornhole Tournament” at Mayor Vera Calvin Plaza Friday at 5 p.m. and the “Park Maintenance Rodeo” at Chisenhall Fields Thursday at 6 p.m.
The Wicked Witch of the West (Nile) is at it again. The City will spray for mosquitos from 9 p.m. Friday to 6 a.m. Saturday and from 9 p.m. Saturday to 6 a.m. Sunday in Zone 1 after a fifth West Nile virus-positive test was discovered Thursday.
Farmers Market returns to regular scheduled programming. The Burleson Farmers Market will be open from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at Mayor Vera Calvin Plaza.
Eating and Educating. The Burleson Area Chamber of Commerce will host a “Lunch N Learn” event with North Texas Tollway Authority Thursday at noon at First Baptist Church Burleson. The event will provide a look at the NTTA’s ongoing projects and an opportunity to ask questions and provide feedback as the NTTA seeks to better understand the community’s concerns.