A Message From the Mayor: October 2020
By Sara Post Meyer
City of Cuero
Cuero’s City Council approves the 2020-2021 tax rate and budget. After five months of work by the City’s Finance Officer Connie Hawes and her staff, the Council voted not to raise the tax rate for this next year. The tax rate remains at $.36951 which will raise more money due to an increase in properties on the tax roll as well as some property valuations. There are no increases in fees in any of the utility departments of water, wastewater, and electricity for 2020-2021. The Council approved a balanced budget of $6,478.067 for the General Fund. With all the funds included (water, wastewater, electric, hotel/motel, museums, golf, environmental) the total revenue is $23,510,568 and the expenditures are $295,359 below revenue. The City completed street seal coating of 20 blocks throughout town and in the park ($192,188.22). Soon to be completed will be new entrance columns to the Hillside Cemetery which will complete the cemetery infrastructure work including roads($392,602.59). Even after this large expenditure, the Cemetery Trust Fund has a healthy balance of more than $200,000 for any future improvements. The entire budget can be found on the City’s website, www.cityofcuero.com.
October 5-9 is National Fire Prevention Week. The Cuero Fire Department encourages all citizens to change batteries in their home fire alarms and check the reliability of any home fire extinguishers. A home escape plan is also beneficial in case of fire.
The Fall Cleanup Campaign Week October 5-9 with citizens able to use the Recycling Center free of charge with a paid City utility stub. Help us become cleaner, greener!
If it’s October, it must be time to talk turkey! Not in 2020… will we host the second heat of the Great Gobbler Gallop—2021 will be bigger and better.
Cuero Public Library events include Toddler Time, Every Monday in October, 10 a.m. encourages many of our toddlers to work together and to listen to enjoyable books while enjoying a creative activity directed by Kailey Leske. All toddlers welcome! Parents are to wear masks and socially distance.
The surfaces are sanitized before and after the Hour. October 8 quilters of our community enjoy a day from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Community Room. On October 20, the Shutterbugs meet in the Community Room from 6:30-9 p.m. which is always an enjoyable and creative group if you enjoy photography. Before and after these and any meetings all surfaces are sanitized.
Cuero Heritage Museum, 124 E. Church, hosts an exhibit of Wayne Adickes’ 259 piece collection of Glass Paperweights, An Extraordinary Art Form through early November. Also at the Museum is a documentary video, created by Museum Director Amber Fitts, “The Story of Cuero, the Nation, and the World in 1960”. The Pharmacy Museum of Texas, 114 E. Main, will be showing short videos in the next couple of months on diptheria, the iron lung, and phonographs. Both museums are open Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
“Two Women Look West”, photographs of the King Ranch and honoring Helen Kleberg Groves, opens October 8 at the CTHM, 302 N. Esplanade. Masks required and social distancing to be followed.
Keep Cuero Beautiful and the City’s Environmental Services Dept are hosting a Plant Swap, Monday, October 18, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. If you need to thin some of your plants or pots, bring and swap for some of the KCB members plants from their yards. If you have nothing to swap, just come get plants free.
TDS will discuss home composting. Free compost from GardenVille and free mushroom compost from Kitchen Pride, Gonzales, will be available—2 bag limit.
Market on Main sponsored by Cuero Main Street will be October 24 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Come enjoy shopping in Downtown Cuero and pick up some great fall veggies at the market! Cuero Main Street welcomes to our Historic District Spinning Top (antiques, handmade inlaid tables, clothing, artwork), Sloan’s Barber Shop, and Inspire Creations (creative wreaths, jewelry, cosmetics). Welcome to Historic Downtown Cuero.
Members Collette Barth and Janine Callaham of First Methodist Church of Cuero are organizing a drive thru ‘Trunk or Treat’ to be held in Cuero Municipal Park, Saturday, October 31, 6-8 p.m. Masks and social distancing will be required. More details to follow. As of this writing the Center for Disease Control recommends no door to door trick or treating which the City of Cuero will follow.