Tag Archives: Bastrop

Thursday, April 11, 2019 by DaLyah Jones

Bastrop’s land use revisions aim to cater to new development, while maintaining ‘authenticity’

Bastrop residents and city staff got their first look at ideas to help mitigate the city’s flooding problems at the Transportation and Drainage Rodeo on Tuesday.The community event was part of the process to update land use regulations after concerns…

Thursday, August 23, 2018 by Syeda Hasan

Citing flooding concerns, Bastrop temporarily stops new development

Development in Bastrop has been temporarily put on hold.The Bastrop City Council voted unanimously last week to put a 90-day moratorium on development permits. The city wants to use this time to update its land development rules to try to…

Monday, October 9, 2017 by Austin Monitor

Reporter’s Notebook: Animal protection

Pine Forest still driving up Bastrop’s legal bills… During the past year, the city of Bastrop has paid an additional $106,308 to the lawyer representing the city and Bastrop County in their continuing legal battle with the Pine Forest Investment…

Thursday, April 6, 2017 by Jo Clifton

Bastrop’s lawyer claims Aleshire in contempt

David Bragg, the attorney for the city of Bastrop, has threatened to seek a contempt of court ruling against Austin attorney Bill Aleshire because of Aleshire’s representation of a Bastrop resident in a lawsuit accusing the city of violating the…

Tuesday, April 4, 2017 by Jo Clifton

Bastrop resident claims open meetings breach

After years of litigation and hundreds of thousands of taxpayer dollars spent on attorneys fees, the case involving the Pine Forest development in Bastrop County took a startling turn this week.Paul Burt, a Pine Forest homeowner, filed suit against the…

Monday, September 19, 2016 by Jo Clifton

Attorney trying to settle Pine Forest suit

Bastrop’s City Council has budgeted just $220,000 for legal fees for the next fiscal year, starting in October, a small sum compared to the $1 million plus it has spent under the administration of former City Manager Mike Talbot and…

Wednesday, August 24, 2016 by Jo Clifton

Bastrop’s Pine Forest legal fees still rising

The city of Bastrop has paid nearly $652,000 to the attorney representing the city, Bastrop County and the Bastrop Independent School District to wrangle with Robert Leffingwell, the other owners of the Pine Forest Investment Group LLC and the homeowners…

Thursday, July 28, 2016 by Jo Clifton

Bastrop’s attorney quits, Pine Forest case on hold

Seeing the proverbial handwriting on the wall, Bastrop’s longtime attorney, Jo-Christy Brown, resigned, effective immediately, at Tuesday night’s Bastrop City Council meeting. Brown’s tenure has been controversial since at least last December, when the public began to complain about the…

Tuesday, July 26, 2016 by Jo Clifton

Bastrop hoping to deal with legal fee problem

When they meet Tuesday night, Bastrop City Council members are scheduled to discuss and perhaps take action on the employment of their regular outside counsel, Austin attorney Jo-Christy Brown, as well as the ordinance governing the city’s relationship with its…

Monday, July 11, 2016 by Jo Clifton

New affidavits filed in Bastrop case

Bastrop County Judge Paul Pape and two members of a Bastrop property owners group who went to court over control of their association have signed affidavits disputing the veracity of another affidavit, which was signed by a citizen who swore…

Friday, July 8, 2016 by Jack Craver

Recall petition launched against Bastrop mayor

A political action committee run by a longtime Austin-area activist is launching a petition to recall Bastrop Mayor Ken Kesselus.The petition, which was released by the Linda Curtis-led Independent Texans PAC, takes Kesselus to task for a number of instances…

Monday, June 27, 2016 by Jo Clifton

Affidavit raises questions about Bastrop ruling

An observer at the trial involving a dispute between the developer of a proposed Bastrop subdivision and three units of government in Bastrop County has sworn that he witnessed the judge in the case talking behind a locked glass door…

Thursday, June 16, 2016 by Jo Clifton

Bastrop city manager resigns

Bastrop City Manager Mike Talbot submitted his resignation on Wednesday, citing what he called “ongoing Council activities, decisions and directives over the past nine or 10 months, which have intensified greatly in the last several weeks,” demonstrating that the current…

Friday, May 6, 2016 by Jo Clifton

Bastrop legal fees continue to mount

The city of Bastrop continues to generate considerable legal fees, but not at the rate reported earlier today in the Monitor. Jo-Christy Brown, the city’s go-to outside counsel for many issues, has not billed the city since March 1, so…

Wednesday, April 13, 2016 by Jo Clifton

Bastrop’s legal fees: $1 million in 15 months

The city of Bastrop, with a population of less than 8,000, has spent more than $1 million in legal fees during the past 15 months, according to records obtained through a public information request. Those records show that the city…

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