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Posted: Thursday, May 8, 2014 4:02 pm

Not that everything on the first list has been done, but there are more things that need to be identified and fixed. There are also items for consideration that would provide smoother and more effective and efficient operations at the city. Most of these are existing conditions - some are new ideas that deserve consideration.

Not all are strictly up to the new city administrator to address. Most will require actions by the governing body. If presented as a team effort, each would provide for the betterment of the community.

Last week the items in the column were the more pressing issues that require immediate attention.

This list consists of some house-keeping issues, dealings with the county, and relations between the city and the community, the city and the county, and formatting a manner for council members to formulate and prioritize the policies, actions, and issues they want to accomplish during their term in office.

Agenda and Tracking:

A couple of months ago, City Council passed a resolution to revise the standard City Council agenda format, adding a heading for “Old Business.” Actions taken by this and previous governing bodies, sometimes do not result in execution by city staff. This has been a problem. There is no system to track council resolutions, recommendations, and other actions taken for resulting implementation. A systemic system that identifies and keeps a record of resulting actions taken should be developed. It’s time to become organized enough to know what has and what has not been done after being authorized by the governing body.

Council Info-Packs:  

In order to make knowledgeable and informed decisions, council members need adequate information packets prepared and provided, in a timely manner, for their review prior to City Council meetings. A system needs to be developed that provides councilmembers their Meeting Information Packets at least 48 hours prior their meetings. 

4th of July Picnic:

Discussions have been around for years about possibility of the city actually doing something in appreciation of the community of Bandera. A celebration that does nothing but offer an opportunity to have the official side of the city and the unofficial members of the community meet and greet, party and drink, play and celebrate living together in our Bandera community. Just an old-fashioned party on the river. The 4th of July would be an ideal time for an annual event that would be open and free for anyone - resident, tourists and visitors. The “4th of July On the River” could be the  start of a new tradition in our community. Visitors are a significant financial supporter of the city and should be honored as well as City residents. 

County Liaison:

Currently, the county commissioner of Precinct #1 is the official liaison from the county to the city. The city should immediately pass a resolution notifying the county that the Precinct #3 county commissioner should be the liaison between the county and the city since the city is located in Precinct 3 - not in Precinct #1. The city should appoint a council member as liaison to the county.

Bucket List:

In order be more effective in the pursuit of legislation and/or actions by the council that each member of the governing body would like to effect and realize during each member’s current term in office. Such goals and objectives could make a bucket-list for the formalization of actions, activities and goals each wants to achieve.

These are just a few of the many things that could and should be done enabling the community of Bandera to grow internally and move forward for a better community.

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