Bertram Council Candidates

Kim Klose

Kim Klose declined the opportunity to answer the Burnet Bulletin Q&A

 

Adam Warden

Q: What is the next step Bertram needs to continue to properly manage growth and development within city limits?

A: I believe we need to take a more in depth look at our zoning practices to insure Bertram remains presentable to road and train traffic.

Q: Do you think the city is doing a good job walking the line between accountability to neighbors and individual rights?

A: Bertram has done a good job walking that line, I believe it could be polished and shined but overall a good job.

Q:  What, if any, programs or facilities would you like to see the city implement in the next five years?

 A: We need to provide our youth with summer programs to keep them active and out of trouble. Currently we close the baseball field during the summer, we need to keep them open. Bertram doesn't have a lot of options for kids and one of them is closed the majority of the summer. 

Q: What would you say are the strengths and weaknesses of Bertram as a municipality?

 A: I think Bertram's strength is it citizens, we have a tendency to stick together when challenged, and our weakness is allowing outside interests make decisions for Bertram's citizens.   

Q: Bertram has a new winery, new ownership of the bar formerly scooters & shooters and Juane’s Restaurant opening in Bertram,What is the next step the city needs to take to encourage new businesses to open within the city limits?

A:  It would be great if we could entice a grocery store to come to town. We have a small Dollar General in town that provides some of that need but we lack fresh produce like meat and vegetables. Providing some tax incentives for small businesses could help bring that future grocery store to town.

 

Jean Worrell

Q: What is the next step Bertram needs to continue to properly manage growth and development within city limits?

A: Bring in Business', Housing,  Work with the Public School System to get higher grade classes here other than Pre K to 5th.

 Q: Do you think the city is doing a good job walking the line between accountability to neighbors and individual rights?

A: Yes on neighbors rights No on individuals rights.

Q:  What, if any, programs or facilities would you like to see the city implement in the next five years?

 A: Grocery Store. All level Public School, Lower Taxes,  Some kind of programs for the Kids/Youth and Adults/Senior  Activity Center, Have the Parks open and not locked.

Q: What would you say are the strengths and weaknesses of Bertram as a municipality?

 A: Here are ten simple questions we call the Strong Towns Strength Test. A Strong Town should be able to answer “yes” to each of these questions. If you answer No then that is the City Of Bertram's Weakness'

  1. Take a photo of your main street at midday. Does the picture show more people than cars?
  2. If there were a revolution in your town, would people instinctively know where to gather to participate?
  3. Imagine your favorite street in town didn’t exist. Could it be built today if the construction had to follow your local rules?
  4. Is an owner of a single family home able to get permission to add a small rental unit onto their property without any real hassle?
  5. If your largest employer left town, are you confident the city would survive?
  6. Is it safe for children to walk or bike to school and many of their other activities without adult supervision?
  7. Are there neighborhoods where three generations of a family could reasonably find a place to live, all within walking distance of each other?
  8. If you wanted to eat only locally-produced food for a month, could you?
  9. Before building or accepting new infrastructure, does the local government clearly identify how future generations will afford to maintain it?
  10. Does the city government spend no more than 10% of its locally-generated revenue on debt service?

Q: Bertram has a new winery, new ownership of the bar formerly scooters & shooters and Juane’s Restaurant opening in Bertram, What is the next step the city needs to take to encourage new businesses to open within the city limits?

A:  Lower Permit Fee's, Look into what other Cities are offering for business' to move there. 

 

Jonathan Lynch

Q: What is the next step Bertram needs to continue to properly manage growth and development within city limits?

A: Bertram needs to continue the proper management of It's Infrastructure, Comprehensive Plan and City Ordinances. This will ensure the growth and development of The City of Bertram.

Q: Do you think the city is doing a good job walking the line between accountability to neighbors and individual rights?

A: I believe The City of Bertram has put into place fair and knowledgeable City Leaders. Q:  What, if any, programs or facilities would you like to see the city implement in the next five years?

 A: I would like to see the City Of Bertram, look into having its own Garbage Collection, Fire Department. "Let's get ahead of the game instead of always being behind!" Try to keep the tax payer dollars at home. Outsourcing to other companies is only paying their bills, not helping with ours.  

Facilities: Grocery store, Wing and/or Solar Farm, 

Q: What would you say are the strengths and weaknesses of Bertram as a municipality?

 A: Weaknesses of The City Of Bertram is it's Infrastructure. 

Strengths, we have the willingness to fix the problems at hand.

Q: Bertram has a new winery, new ownership of the bar formerly scooters & shooters and Juane’s Restaurant opening in Bertram, What is the next step the city needs to take to encourage new businesses to open within the city limits?

A:  Don't PATCH but, fix the INFRASTRUCTURE!!!!

 

Robert “Lane” Shipp

Q: What is the next step Bertram needs to continue to properly manage growth and development within city limits?

A: Keeping up with the infrastructure, water, sewer and road maintenance and also keeping a good rapport with capital metro and TX Dot.

Q: Do you think the city is doing a good job walking the line between accountability to neighbors and individual rights?

A: Yes, generally with good leadership.

Q:  What, if any, programs or facilities would you like to see the city implement in the next five years?

 A: Bringing more business to the city and possibly offering incentives to bring them in.

Q: What would you say are the strengths and weaknesses of Bertram as a municipality?

 A: Need more money to operate and maintain the city.

Q: Bertram has a new winery, new ownership of the bar formerly scooters & shooters and Juane’s Restaurant opening in Bertram, What is the next step the city needs to take to encourage new businesses to open within the city limits?

A:  Making it simple as possible for businesses to come to Bertram and to give them a warm and friendly welcome with a possible incentive for bringing in their business.

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