Rollingwood City Council

Rollingwood Mayor Barry Bone identified some of the biggest decisions of City Council in 2012 along with the top issues facing the council in 2013.

Meetings

The council meets at 7 p.m. the third Wednesday of the month.

Terms and compensation

The mayor and council serve two-year terms with no term limits and without compensation.

Council members

  • Mayor Barry Bone
  • Alderwoman Shelly Bain
  • Alderman Joe Basham
  • Alderman John Hinton
  • Alderwoman Sara Hutson
  • Alderwoman Susan Jenkins

Big decisions made in 2012

  • Purchase of wastewater system — The city took over the long-term ownership and operation of the Rollingwood wastewater system from Lower Colorado River Authority. The purchase was made possible by the voter-approved $12.57 million bond referendum passed in May to finance the wastewater system. The bond will mature over 33 years with an interest rate of 3.43 percent.
  • Council selects new judge for first time in 16 years — Rollingwood City Council unanimously voted to replace longtime Municipal Court Judge Mark Cohen on July 18. Rollingwood Mayor Barry Bone selected Belinda Herrera to replace Cohen on the bench.
  • Rollingwood adopts lower rates — Council unanimously approved lowering the wastewater base rate Oct. 17. Rates for both residential and nonresidential users were decreased.

Top issues for 2013

  • Continue improving time management of City Council — When Mayor Barry Bone was elected, he said he saw the city being run in a way he thought he could do better. Bone has strived to make council meetings more efficient and continues to do so, he said.
  • Improved fire flow — "We have about $500,000 worth of fire flow water improvements that are being designed on different streets in the city to increase fire flow for fighting fires. We are taking bottlenecks out and adding capacity where we need it to bring more fire flow to the city," Bone said. Bone said improving fire flow is a high priority.
  • Single-stream recycling — "I'm interested in single-stream recycling; it gives you the opportunity to reduce what goes in the landfill and have the trucks [run] once a week instead of twice. That's an important decision, and ultimately the public pays for it," Bone said.