Welcome to the City of Burleson weekly E-Newsletter! Click here for archived issues.  If you have questions or suggestions about City programs, services and events, call the public information office at 817-426-9622. 

September 16, 2016
Burleson receives credit rating upgrade
Fitch Ratings has upgraded the City of Burleson's credit rating from AA- to AA.
Similar to an individual's credit score, ratings for municipalities influence the city's ability to finance projects. High ratings mean the city is able to sell General Obligation bonds to finance voter-approved capital projects at lower interest rates. The ratings also increase the value of existing General Obligation bonds for investors.
"I am incredibly pleased to announce this financial milestone for the City of Burleson. City Council and staff have worked diligently to position the city as a great place to live, learn, work and play. Through thoughtful growth and expansion we have strengthened our local economy while maintaining stringent financial policies relating to revenues, expenditures and investments," Mayor Ken Shetter said. "This rating upgrade reflects our continued dedication to our residents and the business community of our great city."
The rating upgrade noted Burleson's continuing economic growth along with the city's moderate debt as factors that demonstrate the city's strong financial resilience.
Old Town Picture Show starts Saturday, Sept. 17
The City of Burleson and Hayes & Stolz Manufacturing Co. are proud to bring the second annual Old Town Picture Show series to Ellison Street. Saturday's feature movie is "Miracles From Heaven" (2016).

Participants are encouraged to bring their own chairs, blankets and to come early (6 p.m.) for a special pre-show concert and book signing by author of "Miracles From Heaven" book, Burleson area resident, Christy Beam.

Showtime is 8 p.m. and the event is free, for more information.
Hulen Street Update
Hulen Street between County Road 1020 and County Road 1016 is scheduled to reopen in early October, which will also open the intersection of future Alsbury Blvd and Hulen Street. The reopening was delayed for four weeks due to weather and the relocation of utilities.

Construction will continue in the area, as Alsbury Blvd is extended to Hulen Street, this portion is projected to be completed by summer 2017.

The Hulen Street/Alsbury Blvd intersection will utilize a full-sized traffic roundabout. The National Federal Highway Administration recommends roundabouts to move traffic in a safer, more efficient manner versus a traditional traffic signal.
Preparedness Tip
September is National Preparedness Month and the Burleson Fire Department will be sharing tips with you all month.
This week's Tip: Get Involved
Volunteering is a great way to prepare your community for an emergency. The City of Burleson's Fire Marshal Department coordinates the Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) and they are looking for volunteers. Volunteers receive training that will untimely assist first responders in the case of an emergency.

New ways to connect with Hidden Creek Golf Course
Golfers and want-to-be golfers have new ways to connect with Hidden Creek Golf Course through social media and a new website.

Golfers can book their tee time online, find out about great online specials, stay up-to-date on events and much more.

Grab some friends and check out one of the highest-rated golf courses in the metroplex today, www.hiddencreekgc.com.

Follow Hidden Creek on Facebook and Twitter.
Pet of the Week - Meet Hank
Hank is a two-year-old American Blue Heeler mix. Hank is a wonderful dog and he listens very well. He will do great with a little instruction and will be a perfect fit in your family. He is fun, energetic and would be a perfect dog to go on runs with or to play fetch in the backyard.  

Hank's adoption fee is $140, which includes all of his shots (including rabies), neuter, microchip and heartworm test.
Come by and visit Hank or one of his friends at the Burleson Animal Shelter, 775 SE John Jones Drive. Hours: 11 a.m.-6 p.m., Tuesday-Friday and 11 a.m.-4 p.m. on Saturdays.

Join the Animal Shelter for Yappy Hour, Fri. Sept. 23
The Burleson Animal Shelter and Lost Oak Winery are teaming up for another Yappy Hour on Friday, Sept. 23, 7 p.m. - 10 p.m., at the winery, 8101 County Road 802, Burleson.

There will be adorable adoptable pets ready for a forever home. You can also bring your own puppy who will get a complimentary bandanna. Feel free to bring a lawn chair to listen to live music while you relax in the winery and find a new four-legged family member.
Street closures for Burleson High School homecoming parade
Burleson High School Project Celebration will be hosting a homecoming parade at 6 p.m. Monday, Sept. 19 .
The parade starts at Hughes Middle School, 316 SW Thomas Street, and will head southwest on Thomas Street, north on Summercrest Blvd, then turn west on Hillside Drive and will end by heading south on Elk Drive into the Burleson High School Parking Lot.  

Phased street closures will start on SW Thomas Street from Newton Street to Summercrest Blvd. As the parade moves along the route other streets will close to accommodate the floats and then reopen. Phase one street closures include: Charlyne Drive, Parkview Drive, Barkridge Trail, Boulder Court, Springwillow Road and Candlelight Court.

Phase two street closures include: Hillside Court, Shady Court, NW Wintercrest Road, McNairn Alley, NW JayEllen Ave, Jill Ann Drive, Suzanne Terrace, Linda Drive, Barbara Jean Lane, Ben Drive, Jeffdale Drive, Reagan Lane, Bretts Way and Elk Drive.
City Council Meeting scheduled for Monday, Sept. 19
The regularly scheduled city council meeting will be held
Monday, Sept. 19 at 7 p.m. (work session begins at 6 p.m.)
You can access the agenda for this upcoming city council meeting, and all other city meetings, through the Agendas & Minutes page .
If you can't make it to the meeting you can view the video of the meeting by going to the Streaming Video page .
Upcoming Events
There are so many fun upcoming events in Burleson! Make sure to mark your calendars for the below dates, view the entire city calendar.
September 17  
  • Burleson Trash Bash
    9 - 11 a.m., citywide
    Help us Keep Burleson Beautiful, for more information.
  • Burleson Arts & Manga Festival 2016
    10 a.m. - 5 p.m., Senior Activity Center, 216 SW Johnson Ave.
    Come enjoy our annual fandom festival, for more information.
  • Old Town Picture Show featuring "Miracles from Heaven"
    6 - 10 p.m., Ellison Street in Old Town
    Come early for the concert, for more information. 
September 23
  • Yappy Hour at Lost Oak Winery
    7 - 10 p.m., 2116 FM 731
    Enjoy a fun happy hour and meet adoptable pets, for more information.  
September 24
  • Old Town Picture Show featuring "Inside Out"
    8 - 10 p.m., Ellison Street in Old Town
    Enjoy a free outdoor movie with us, for more information. 
October 1
  • National Night Out
    6 - 10 p.m., citywide
    Celebrate National Night Out with us, for more information
  • Old Town Picture Show featuring "Star Wars: The Force Awakens"
    8 - 10 p.m., Ellison Street in Old Town
    Enjoy a free outdoor movie with us, for more information.
October 8
  • Founders Day
    9 a.m. - 5 p.m., Ellison Street in Old Town
    Join us for the 24th annual celebration of Burleson's founding, for more information.
City of Burleson
817-426-9622 | dphillips@burlesontx.com | http://www.burlesontx.com
Like us on Facebook    Follow us on Twitter