Welcome to the City of Burleson weekly E-Newsletter! 

December 16, 2016
Christmas at Russell Farm set for Saturday, Dec. 17 
Join us noon - 8 p.m. at Russell Art Farm, 405 W. CR 714, for lots of holiday festivities. 

Take your picture  with a donkey wearing antlers, enjoy cowboy poetry, hay rides and check out the handmade crafts for sale. You can also tour the historic Russell-Boren house as well as the Russell Farm Art Center gallery. Concessions include hot cocoa, cookies, coffee and ice cream. 

Knight receives 2016 Employee of the Year honors
Spearheading the fire department's first ever Open House in 2015, training a fellow first responder who then became the first female firefighter hired by the Cleburne Fire Department, and her most recent endeavor of serving on the City's community risk reduction program earned Jules Knight the City of Burleson's Employee of the Year honors. The award was announced at the City's annual awards luncheon Dec. 14.
The community risk reduction program focuses on increasing the awareness of fire and life safety risks involving children. "Drowning prevention and water/pool safety are especially important topics right now, however, helmet (bicycle/skateboard) safety and hyperthermia (abnormally high body temperature) are other hazards," the award winner said.
"Our department and community are blessed to have Jules Knight as one of our firefighters," said fire chief, Ken Freeman.  "She is a true example of a servant leader role model through her consistent positive attitude as she performs her daily duties as a firefighter.  Without a doubt, our department would not be the same if Jules had not listened to her calling to become a firefighter. The Burleson Fire Department is very proud of her for receiving this honor."
When Knight was hired by the Burleson Fire Department in June 2009, she marked a milestone as the department's first career female firefighter.
Knight was one of four vying for the City's top honor for 2016. The Employee of the Year nominees/2016 Employee of the Quarter winners are Burleson Recreation Center Maintenance Technician III Marc Whitten; Senior Meter Service Technician Terri Joslin; Code Enforcement Officer Joshua Frost; and Knight. 
Employees honored for years of service
More than 40 City of Burleson employees were honored at the City's annual awards luncheon Thur. Dec. 14, for their years of service to the City.
The City had three employees who reached 25 years of service.
Honored for their 25 years of service are:
David Feucht, police detective
Gilbert Rodriguez, automotive & equipment technician III 
And, Stacy Singleton, fire marshal 

Celebrating 20 years of service to the City are:
Kevin Cordell, traffic officer
Brenda Crowder, engineering development coordinator
Tommy Havens, gas well development inspector
And, Wes Routson, criminal investigations sergeant
Celebrating 15 years of service to the City are:
Lamar Byrd, golf course superintendent
Desire' Choate, police records clerk
Doug Foreman, CCTV operator sewer
Roque Garza, street maintenance worker II
Deidre Hall, human resources benefits manager
Charlene Logan, BRiCk senior customer care representative
Amanda McCrory, city secretary
Brian O'Heren, traffic sergeant
Robert Sorrels, patrol officer
Hank Walker, firefighter
And, Duane Wines, fire lieutenant
Honored for their 10 years of service are:
Lynn Crowson, facilities maintenance tech I
Andy Golladay, guest serviced assistant - golf
Mark Hert, assistant utility superintendent
Charley Hight, network administrator
Kasey Martin, traffic officer
Chuck Martinez, fire department driver
Sara Miller, library deputy director
Shane Mobley, firefighter
Kevin North, public works assistant director
Maria Reed, human resources director
Brandi Rendon, utility customer service manager
Charles Spradlin, parks maintenance worker I
Nick Thorne, patrol officer
And, Paul Upton, parks maintenance worker II
Earning five-year service awards are:
James Anderson, BRiCk recreation center coordinator
Sara Brooks, BRiCk customer service attendant
Joseph Byrom, patrol officer
Kami Dickey, BRiCk customer service attendant
Josh Frost, code enforcement officer
Laura Gay, staff accountant
Danielle Helfrich, senior center attendant
Michelle McCullough, project engineer
Kathleen Robertson, library aide
And, Dylan Whitehead, building official 

Buy Hidden Creek Golf Course gift cards and more online
Looking for a gift for the golf enthusiast in your life? 

Gift giving just got easier, Hidden Creek Golf Course now offers gift cards and rounds of golf online. You can purchase 18 holes of golf, 18 holes of golf and lunch or a gift card that will allow your golfer to use as they would like. 

Start shopping now! 

Stay safe during the holidays
The holidays can be a dangerous time. Thank you to the Mayor's Youth Council for making this great video. 
Mayor's Youth Council Holiday Fire Safety Tips
Mayor's Youth Council Holiday Fire Safety Tips

City closures for Christmas and New Years 
City facilities, with the exception of public safety, will be closed Friday, Dec. 23, Mon. Dec. 26 and Mon. Jan. 2 in observance of Christmas and New Year's Day.
Hidden Creek Golf Course will be closed Saturday, Dec. 24 and Sunday, Dec. 25 but will be open at its regular hours - 7 a.m.- 5:30 p.m. - on Jan. 1.
There will be no interruption in trash or curbside recycling collection for Christmas or New Year's holidays. The City's Compost/Mulch/Recycle Center will be closed on Friday, Dec. 23 and Saturday, Dec. 24.
The BRiCk will be closing at 5 p.m. on Dec. 24 and Dec. 31, the facility will be closed all day Dec. 25 and Jan. 1. The library will be closed Dec. 24 - Dec. 26 as well as Jan. 2.
Both the Senior Activity Center and the animal shelter will be closed Dec. 23-26 for Christmas as well as Jan. 2.
Paw-It-Forward Program at Animal Shelter
Are you trying to find a gift for the animal lover in your life? Looking for a way to celebrate a beloved pet or maybe just feel like helping a pet find a home?
The Paw It Forward Program at the Burleson Animal Shelter allows donors to pay for the adoption fee of a pet in the shelter. Adopters of the pet wouldn't find out their new best friend was free until they get ready to pay for the adoption.
The $140 adoption donation will cover all of the pet's shots, neuter or spay, heart worm test and microchipping. Donors will receive a photo of the pet their donation supported. Donations can be made at the Burleson Animal Shelter or via their  PayPal account.
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.  
January 7

BRiCk Member Appreciation Day
10 a.m. - 7 p.m., Burleson Recreation Center (BRiCk), 550 NW Summercrest Blvd.
The BRiCk is celebrating their members and the Burleson community with a day of fitness challenges, vendor/stage entertainment, fitness classes, member giveways, family fun activities, smoothies, Jimmy Johns refreshments, and much more! And.... it's completely FREE! For more information
February 10

Senior Valentine Dance
7 - 9:30 p.m., Senior Activity Center, 216 SW Johnson Ave.
The Senior Activity Center's dance will feature live entertainment, free pictures and corsages for the ladies.  
Cost: $5 per person

February 11

Father/Daughter & Mother/Son Valentine Dance
4 - 6:30 p.m. or 6:30 - 9 p.m., BRiCk, 550 NW Summercrest Blvd. 
Join the Burleson Recreation Center as they create a wonderful evening for families with dinner, dancing, games and memories that last forever. Corsages and pictures will be provided with ticket prices. 
Pre-event cost: $16 per couple (tickets available Jan. 9)
At the door cost: $25 per couple

City of Burleson
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