Concerns at Castleberry Court focus of Bertram Council

By Catherine Hosman BERTRAM — Controversy over zoning and traffic problems at Castleberry Court subdivision on State Highwy 29 eclipsed Tuesday’s regular meeting of the Bertram City Council. Several dismayed residents were present to voice their opinions at a public hearing about the lack of expedience on resolving the issues. The problem stems from concerns […]

Bertram Senior Center offers fellowship, fun

By Catherine Hosman BERTRAM — The community may be growing, but there is one place in Bertram that keeps things slow and offers folks a respite from the ever-churning pace of the 21st Century. The Bertram Senior Center welcomes anyone 50 years or older into its doors for afternoons of games, conversations and memories. Housed […]

Bertram EDC Directors reappointed

By Catherine Hosman BERTRAM — Four seats on the Bertram Economic Development Corp.’s Board of Directors have come to term and the Council unanimously agreed Tuesday to reinstate those existing board members. Directors whose terms were renewed include Pat Moore, LaDale Young, Mike Richardson and Georgina Hernandez. Their terms will expire in March 2015. “All […]

City of Bertram halts duplex construction at Castleberry Court

By Catherine Hosman BERTRAM — Mayor Dickie Allen said the City erred when a building permit for multi-family dwellings  at 104 and 106 Castleberry Court was issued. In recent days, he ordered all construction be stopped. The two lots positioned behind a Mexican restaurant on State Highway 29 and Castleberry Court were rezoned for commercial […]

Deadline March 11 to file in Bertram Mayoral race

By Catherine Hosman BERTRAM — Citizens considering a run for Mayor of Bertram have until March 11 to apply for the special election on May 11. Incumbent Mayor Dickie Allen is running to fill the unexpired term of mayor that began in November 2012 when Mayor Winette Morris moved out of the city. Allen was […]

Bertram Council considers park land acquisition

By Catherine Hosman BERTRAM — The Bertram City Council voted unanimously Tuesday to acquire a 2.81 acre right-of-way at 725 W. Vaughan Street from the Texas Department of Transportation that is adjacent to the city swimming pool. The land will be added as city park property. This is a transfer of ownership between the two […]

Bertram voters to decide MDD

By Catherine Hosman BERTRAM — Seeking to grow the community and attract new business and jobs, the City of Bertram is considering the creation of a Municipal Development District that would be funded by a one-quarter percent increase in the sales tax. At the Feb. 12 regular meeting of the Bertram City Council, Mayor Dickie […]

Bertram eliminates city cell phones, will repair railroad crossings

By Catherine Hosman BERTRAM — No more bumpy railroad crossings in Bertram. Residents here can look forward to smoother railroad crossings in the future. At Tuesday night’s regular meeting of the Bertram City Council, members voted unanimously to repair all four railroad crossings after lengthy discussion debating the closing of two of those crossings. Chris […]

Bertram residents to pay more for sewer, trash pick-up

By Catherine Hosman BERTRAM — Bertram residents will see an increase in their sewer and trash rates beginning with their March bill. Sewer will increase from a base rate of $18 for the first 2,000 gallons, to $22.50. The additional usage fee of $1.85 per 1,000 gallons will not change. Trash service will increase from […]

Bertram names new police chief

By Catherine Hosman BERTRAM — The City of Bertram has hired a University of Texas police officer as its new police chief. Bertram Mayor Dickie Allen said the Council selected Tracy Weems as Police Chief on Jan. 22. He will be sworn in Feb. 1. In his new position, Weems will face some challenges beginning […]