With her children at her side, Kathleen Ballanfant, longtime resident and the publisher of the Southwest News and the Village News, passed away on Friday, June 24, 2022. Kathy has been a a prominent member of the community and a fount of local lore for many years. She reported on the ins and outs of city halls in Bellaire and West University, political campaigns, local events and local characters. She was a friend to many and will be missed.
Important Meetings and Events
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Bellaire City Council -Bellaire City Council – Agenda for March 20 @ 6:00 PM – Workshop for Light and Noise Ordinances – Find the Full Agenda Here
Bellaire City Council – Agenda for March
Find Agendas for City Council and Boards and Commissions Here
Residents can attend most meetings in person or via U-verse Channel 99, Comcast Channel 16, or on the City’s Facebook page
City Manager’s Weekly Memos and Updates
NOTICE: Limit of 6 trash bag pickup will be enforced. Find more information here.
You can send comments to City Council and request public records here
FY2023 COB Adopted Budget
February 6, 2023 State of the City Report
FY2022 Consolidated Financial Statement
Tax Rate Remains $0.4473 per $100
100 Years of Bellaire History!
October 28, 2022: Sadly we lost Lynn McBee in 2022. Her volunteerism. historical perspective on city administrations, and her skill in maintaining a written record of Bellaire’s history will be missed.
Click on the Trolley to view the Table of Contents for Lynn’s history of Bellaire. Great information on your Home Town!
I couldn’t resist a photo of one of Bellaire’s manhole covers.
And for a terrific photo history check this out: www.bellairebook.com
Mosquito Spray Program Information Here’s a “No Spray Request” for citizens who do not want the spraying to occur near their home. “No Spray Request Form”
Problems with stray cats? If you are in Bellaire borrow a live trap from the BPD. Check with SNAP for low-cost spay or neuter https://www.snapus.org/houston/. Friends for Life https://friends4life.org/programs-and-events/fixhouston/ HOPE https://www.homelesspets.net/feral-cats/TNR Houston site: https://www.houstontx.gov/barc/trap_neuter_return.html and PLEASE CONSIDER DONATING TO THESE ORGANIZATIONS.
Wonder what happened to your flood insurance discount? Find out here.
New Bellaire High – Completion in 2022
Construction on the new Bellaire High school is complete. The original building was demolished during the week of July 13-17, 2021. Find more information here.
Recycling, organic gardening, less pesticides – all win/wins for our kids and our community. So are reusable bags!
Interested in composting? Check out Buchanan’s Composting 101 article.
Find other informative articles here.
Left Overs From the 2016 Bond Issue
Spruce and Fifth Streets – Now the subject of a lawsuit, the $3.2 million in contracts for this project called for completion by February 15, 2020. A drive through the area feels as though you’re in a rundown fun house. Here’s some background on this project.
Bolivar – What has happened to this quiet tree-lined cul-de-sac? At a cost of amost $2 million more in bond funds.!
No More City Of Homes?
According to the City manager and staff our longtime City logo, representing Bellaire as a City of Homes, will soon be gone, thanks to City Council and the $50,000 branding study. Read more here.