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.
Bellaire City Council – Agenda for February 19, 2024 @ 7:00 PM – Find Results of Online Survey
Planning and Zoning Commission – Agenda for February 8, 2024 @ 6:00 PM – Public Hearing Docket Z-2024-01: Notice of a public hearing to hear any and all persons desiring to be heard on or in connection with a potential amendment to the Official Zoning District Map, amending the Residential Multi-Family District (RMF) to Corridor Mixed Use District (CMU)
Planning and Zoning Commission Special Session – Monday, February 12, 2024 @ 6:00 PM – Agenda TBA
Find information on all Current and Upcoming City Meetings
Mayor’s Musings – Updates on City Projects – Outdoor Lighting Standards
Comprehensive Plan Update – Please send your ideas and comments anytime. Comprehensive Plan Comments.
Interested in composting? Check out Buchanan’s Composting 101 article.
Find other informative articles here.
Find a link to Bellaire’s ESB Learning Academy here.
Problems with stray cats? Residents can borrow a live trap from the BPD, or buy and share a communal neighborhood trap. After TNR please plan to feed them if they stick around. For low cost spay or neuter check with:
Friends for Life https://friends4life.org/programs-and-events/fixhouston/
TNR Houston site: https://www.houstontx.gov/barc/trap_neuter_return.html – Very Helpful!
Houston Humane Society: https://www.houstonhumane.org/
PLEASE CONSIDER DONATING TO THESE ORGANIZATIONS.
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
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.
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.
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.