Welcome to the City of Burleson weekly E-Newsletter! 

April 14, 2017
City News
Early Voting starts April 24
Early voting dates and times
  • April 24 - 28: Early voting by personal appearance from 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
  • April 29 - 30: Early voting by personal appearance from 11 a.m. - 7 p.m.
  • May 1 - 2: Early voting by personal appearance from 7 a.m. - 7 p.m.
  • May 6: Election Day. Polls are open from 7 a.m. - 7 p.m.
All voting takes place at Burleson City Hall, 141 W. Renfro St.

Burleson voters will have their choice of 13 candidates in four races this spring as a mix of political veterans and newcomers face off in the May 6 local election. All Burleson City Council seats are elected at-large for three-year terms.

For the mayor's seat, voters will have three options to choose from (in alphabetical order): John Garrison, Katherine Reading and Ken Shetter. Shetter was elected mayor in June of 2004, during his second term on Burleson's City Council. 

Five candidates will face off for the Place 2 seat: Robert Boot, Rick Green, Roman Pscheidt, KJ Topinka and Brooke Wilson. Green is serving his fourth term as a member of the council in Place 2. Serving first from 2000-2004 and most recently from 2010 - present. Green also served on the Planning and Zoning Commission from 1999-2000. Boot is currently serving on the Zoning Board of Adjustment, a position he was appointed to in 2013. Pscheidt is currently serving on the Park Board, a position he was appointed to in 2011.

With incumbent Matt Aiken choosing not to run for reelection in Place 4, voters will have three options to choose from: Todd Hulsey, Shannan Sutter and Pam Grant Tatum. Hulsey is currently serving on the Zoning Board of Adjustment, a position he was appointed to in 2016. Sutter is currently serving on the Park Board, a position she was appointed to in 2013.

In Place 6, incumbent Ronnie Johnson (elected in 2012) is being challenged by Jason Morse.

Employee of the Quarter 
Michael Wood receives quarterly honor

Serving the city's internal customers with a great attitude and his willingness to stop what he is doing and assist where he is needed are just a few of the reasons Michael Wood was named the City of Burleson's employee of the quarter.
Michael was hired as the support technician in the information technology department in in August 2014. And as his title implies he provides support not only for the city's IT functions but also for staff.
"Michael has great interpersonal relationships with all employees," states his nomination form.  "And always offers assistance with a great attitude".
"Receiving the Employee of the Quarter award is such an honor," said Michael. "It lets me know that all of my efforts are being noticed and encourages me to find new ways to improve our user's experience."
Michael will be honored at the April 17 City Council meeting. The city's employee of the quarter award is based on an employee's efficiency, transparency, honesty, innovation and customer service, all of which make up the city's ethics statement.  
Library News 
Friends of the Library Book Sale
Thursday, April 20, 6 - 8 p.m. (Members only pre-sale, memberships are available at the door for 5$)
Friday, April 21, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Saturday, April 22, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Paws Your Fines
From April 17 - 29 patrons can get as much as $50 in Library fees waived by donating pet items. More information
Public Safety Programs 
Two great public safety programs are getting ready to start. Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) is offered through the fire marshal's department.  The CERT Program helps train people to be better prepared to respond to emergencies in their community during times of disaster.

Citizens Police Academy is a program with the police department that  provides a bridge between the officer in the car and the citizens in the field. Citizens will gain an appreciation of problems and challenges facing law enforcement and then they become the police department's "goodwill ambassadors" in the community. 
Community Emergency Response Team (CERT)
Learn more: 7 p.m. April 27 at Fire Station 1
Classes start May 9, more information and application.

Citizens Police Academy
Classes start May 2, deadline to apply April 27, more information
Pet of the Week 
Meet Lacey, a two-year-old Australian Shepherd mix. She is so very sweet but a little scared at the shelter. She had puppies and they have all been adopted and she is waiting for her turn.

Her adoption fee is $140 which includes spay, all of her shots, rabies certificate, microchip and heartworm test.

She would make a great addition to any family.
Upcoming Events
There are so many fun upcoming events in Burleson. Make sure to mark you calendar for the below dates, view the entire city calendar.  
Be Healthy Burleson Annual Run
April 22, packet pick-up starts at 7 a.m.
Old Town, 141 W. Renfro Street

Far Out Family Campout
April 22-23, 1 p.m. - 8 a.m.
Bailey Lake, 820 W. Hidden Creek Parkway
Cost: Pre-event: $10 per family of 5
Day of: $15 per family of 5
More information
Arbor Day Celebration
April 28, 10 a.m.
Centennial Park, 1100 Scarlet Sage Pkwy
Cost: Free
Trash Off
April 29, 9 - 11 a.m.
Warren Park, 301 SW Johnson Ave
Sign up today
May the 4th Be With You
May 4, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
BRiCk, 550 NW Summercrest Blvd
Cost: Free
More information 
Police Department Open House
May 13, 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Police Department, 1161 SW Wilshire Blvd
Cost: Free
More information  
City of Burleson
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