Summer is here. The shutdown from the pandemic is slowly becoming a thing of the past. So, I expect plans are being made by many on how to spend your summertime.
For many, especially those with children, attending city council and school board meetings is not possible during the school year. I want to encourage everyone to please, during the summer, go to an Independent School District, City Council or Commissioners Court meeting.
There is always a lot happening in our county and it all impacts you and your livelihood and quality of life. Recently, Atascosa County Judge Bob Hurley wrote in his weekly column that he would not be seeking re-election at this time. I think those last three words carry weight. He is gentlemanly to offer this information up now, as he said, so that other people have time to consider running. His term will be up Dec. 21, 2022. That is 17 months away, but filing to run for county judge and for two commissioners’ positions – Place 2, Commissioner Stuart Knowlton and Place 4, Commissioner Kennard Riley – happen in six months. If you are interested in these positions, you must file either in late November or early December. The exact date will be issued after the legislature is out of session.
Unlike mayor and city council positions, these county leadership positions come with salaries, insurance and benefits. They are full-time positions that require a 24/7/365 day a year commitment sans the time off one “might” get while on vacation if they leave their phone and computer at home.
Commissioners Court meetings happen twice a month on the second and fourth Mondays at 9 a.m. at the County Courthouse in Jourdanton. You may attend live and make public comments or you may watch live via the Atascosa County YouTube Channel.
We have new mayors and city council members in both Poteet and Pleasanton. You may watch both of these meetings virtually. Poteet’s City Council meeting is held the first Tuesday of the month at 6:30 p.m. and is livestreamed on Facebook. They are keeping attendance to a limited audience due to the pandemic. The City of Pleasanton holds its meetings on the first and third Thursdays of the month at 5:30 p.m. at Pleasanton City Hall. It is open to the public and you may sign up to make public comments. You may also watch the meeting after it has ended on the city’s website at www.pleasantontx.gov. Click on the link to City Council, scroll to the bottom of the page, then click Information on City Council meetings and click Media.
Mayor Clinton Powell has dedicated his first two columns in the Pleasanton Express to you, the public, asking for your input. He wants to know what is meaningful to you in this town and would like you to help him shape our future. Let him hear from you at mayor@pleasantontx. gov.
I read recently that some of you have felt “alone” attending the Pleasanton School Board meetings. I know from first person feedback that you are a welcomed guest. The new school board members are certainly eager to have you there. Please give it another try. It matters when you are at the meetings. They are held the second Tuesday of the month at 6:30 p.m. at the Central Office, 831 Stadium Drive.
The Pleasanton Express publishes a comprehensive meeting list in each week’s issue. Please look for it on page XA. When you go, take time to say hello and give the county judge, the mayors, the school board, the city council members and the commissioners your input. They are our elected public servants and are here to listen to you and to be of service to you.
NOEL WILKERSON HOLMES is the Publisher and Managing Editor of the Pleasanton Express. You may reach her at email@example.com.