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City Council

YES

The City Council wants to hear your concerns, input and compliments.  You can call City Hall or complete a Citizen Concern/Input Form.  You can even email of call City Administrator, Mayor or City Councilmember.

YES

The City Council and Staff believe that great communication and listening benefits everyone.

YES

The City Council encourages everyone to get involved (see iVolunteer Garden Ridge on the City website).


Communications

YES

The City is trying to provide better communications.  Here is currently what we are doing:     

Person to Person:  9400 Municipal Parkway, Garden Ridge,   Texas
Phone: (210)651-6632  (8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday—Friday)
Social Media:  Facebook, “City of Garden Ridge Like Us”
Website—www.ci.garden-ridge.tx.us
Citizen Comment Period– Opportunity to speak at all City
   Council and 
Commission Meetings
Citizen Concern/Citizen Input: Interactive communication
   form
 http://ci.garden-ridge.tx.us/forms.aspx?fid=65
 

YES

The City can do individual mailings, but these range in cost from $600 to $900 for each mailing and they are only used in special circumstances to save residents money.


Meetings

YES

Everyone has the opportunity to speak at a City Council or Commission meetings during the Citizen Comment Period.  You must sign up to speak before the meeting, but if you are unable, then at the Mayor of Commission Chair’s discretion you may have another opportunity to speak during the final Citizen Participation.

NO

If you ask a question during the Citizen Comment Period, State Law prevents the City Council or Commissioners to answer you.  If you wish you can put your concern in writing so they can have the issue placed on an agenda for the future meeting.

YES

The City Council and Commission Agendas are on the City website.

YES

You can sign up for the Notify Me on the City website and receive instant updates to issues that interest you.

YES

Public Hearings are posted in the New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung and on the City website.


Development
NO



There has been no proposal presented to or is being considered by the City of Garden Ridge regarding the building of low income apartments on F.M. 2252.
YES



The City did hire a City Planner. Freese and Nichols, Inc. was hired to assist the City with zoning and the future development and Land Use.
NO



The City will not be making these decisions without giving the residents of Garden Ridge the opportunity to participate in the future development process. There will be several opportunities for discussion and review of all proposals at Town Hall meetings. (watch Grapevine and City website for announcements)
YES



The City is looking to put in Wastewater lines along F.M.2252. City residents will have the opportunity to speak on this issue through public hearings scheduled for March 6, 2017.

Deer

YES

The City Council adopted Ordinance 196 on February 13, 2017; creating a Wildlife Management Advisory Commission and providing for purpose and duties of the members.

YES

Ordinance 196 is on the City website.

YES

The City Council is taking Volunteer Interest Forms for those interested in serving on the Wildlife Management Advisory Commission.  It is a requirement that anyone interested in serving on a Commission attach a resume to the form.  Forms are being accepted until April 15, 2017.

YES

The Wildlife Management Advisory Commission will be tasked with putting together a survey to be mailed out to all residents of Garden Ridge.

YES

The City and the Wildlife Management Advisory Commission will be working with Texas Parks and Wildlife regarding census counts, management guidelines, education, and possible legislative changes.

YES

There is an Ordinance prohibiting the feeding of the deer within the City limits of Garden Ridge (Ordinance 186).


Oak Wilt

YES

The City has a couple of cases of Oak Wilt within the City limits.

YES

The City is working with the Texas Forestry Service and with the affected residents to abate the outbreak.

YES

The City is looking into creating a resolution for partially reimbursing homeowners with abatement expense.

YES

The City is encouraging residents to donate to the Oak Wilt Fund at First United Bank to help residents offset some of the Oak Wilt abatement cost.  If Oak Wilt spreads throughout the City it will affect our beautiful trees and property values.

YES

There are education materials on the City website and at City Hall to help with identifying Oak Wilt and some precautions you can take to avoid Oak Wilt damage.


Wastewater

YES

The City is looking at putting in wastewater along F.M. 2252.

YES

A Wastewater Master Plan and Impact fee Study has been done.  The Impact Fee Committee has recommended the City Council approve the Plan and Study.

YES

The City Council approved the Plan and Study at their City Council Special Meeting on March 6, 2017.

YES

The Impact Fee Committee has recommended the Impact Fee be set at $5,689.00 per service unit for Wastewater.

YES

You will have an opportunity to speak regarding the impact fee during the public hearing set for April 10, 2017 at 6:00 p.m.

YES

You can view the Wastewater Master Plan and Impact fee Study on the City website on the CIP page or in person at City Hall.

YES

If the City Council approves the funding and the installation of the Wastewater, they will be working with TxDOT to put the wastewater in at the same time F.M. 2252 will be enlarged.

YES

The City Council will need to fund upfront, but each developer or new business owner along F.M. 2252 will pay for their connection and pump.

YES

Current businesses along F.M. 2252 will “not” be required to hook up to the wastewater lines, but will have the option to.  However if their septic system fails, then they will be required to connect.

YES

The City Council is considering the wastewater lines for development that will bring sales tax to the City, which will relieve the burden off of property taxes.