“While we can’t predict the future, we do look forward to the New Year and this new council term with a sense of optimism, buoyed
by the several important projects already underway, which are not only hastening our recovery after the storm, but ushering in an
even brighter tomorrow for all of Bellaire, and for generations to come.
“This very Installation ceremony was relocated this year because we are temporarily without a Civic Center, and in fact, tonight’s
is the last such ceremony we’ll have in this building. The transformation of Bellaire Town Square into a special place even more
conducive to community gatherings takes on both functional—and, I think, symbolic—importance as we rebuild our city.
“Just a few blocks north of where we sit tonight, we see much progress in the ongoing transformation of our commercial sector,
bringing to life the redevelopment we’ve been seeking through our Comprehensive Plan and zoning updates over the past decade.
In the coming year we’ll witness the opening of several new businesses that have chosen Bellaire as a great place to invest, and will
provide new opportunities and conveniences for our residents, right here in our own community.
“Our public infrastructure, particularly drainage of course, remains a top priority. Locally, our current bond program is proceeding on
schedule, with several projects set to begin construction early this year. We continue working with our regional partners on drainage,
Project Brays has arrived, with the segment closest to us now under construction. The increased Bayou capacity is expected to take
recommendations to council this spring.
“So those are but a few of the exciting things we have to look forward to this year. They come at a time we know many of our families
are having to make some tough decisions about their homes and their lives. Does it make sense to rebuild? Should we stay, or look
elsewhere? Will Bellaire continue to be the thriving community we all know and love? Will it remain a wonderful place to raise our
“You bet it will. Obviously we’ve got our share of challenges right now, more than our share, and in this upcoming Council term we’re
going to have to work through them and probably reprioritize some things for a while. But the bottom line is: We’re still Bellaire. All
the things that made us special before still do, perhaps even more so. My council colleagues and I are ready to get to work and do our
part, and hope you’ll join us as we rebuild an even better Bellaire going forward.”
RIGHT: Reed’s Goodbye
BOTTOM RIGHT: Rev. Roger Patterson
BOTTOM CENTER: Troop 222 scouts
TOP LEFT: Oath
BOTTOM LEFT: Newbie Verma
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