The Burton City Council will meet Tuesday to potentially lower the speed limit for the portion of Highway 290 that runs through city limits.

The council will consider an ordinance which specifically designates the portion of Highway 290 located within Burton city limits to be set at 65 miles per hour. The city has received approval from TxDOT to lower the speed limit from 70 miles per hour.

Also at its meeting Tuesday, the council will consider an interlocal participation agreement with the Local Government Purchasing Cooperative, which assists governmental bodies with purchasing various products and services. City Secretary Angela Harrington said joining the cooperative will save the city “a great deal of time and money”.

The council will also look at approving an updated Drought Contingency Plan, along with a Bio and Chem Monitoring Plan. Harrington said recent meetings with the city’s utilities contractor and the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality have brought about the need to consider these items.

The council will also consider:

  • Adoption of a resolution authorizing submission of an application to the Texas Water Development Board for water system improvements.  Harrington said the city hopes to submit a Project Information Form to the board for a backup water well.
  • Accepting an order of election for May 2nd, approving an election services contract between the city and Washington County for the election, and approving an interlocal election contract and agreement between the city and Burton ISD.
  • Approval of the city’s 2020-21 general and water/sewer budgets, and setting of a budget hearing for March 10th at 5:30 p.m.
  • Adoption of an ordinance electing to discontinue the participation in the Texas Municipal Retirement System as to people employed or re-employed after February 1st.
  • Approval of the Washington County Appraisal District 2018-19 audit.
  • Adoption of an ordinance that encourages lawn maintenance, the cutting of grass that becomes a nuisance, and providing for the enforcement of the ordinance.

The council will meet Tuesday afternoon at 5:30 p.m., at Burton City Hall.

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  1. How will it be a speed trap when the drivers drive the posted speed limit. Hwy 290 is getting very dangerous to drive because drivers are in a hurry & don’t drive the speed limit.

  2. It would seem that if a number of accidents had occurred from the spur cutoff east of town to the old funeral home location west of town, the speed limit might need changing. As well, if drivers are not following the law and driving 70 or slower, then stop them. 65 mph, statistically, will not shorten stopping times to any great degree or cause people to slow down. Whatever the decision, the Burton Police Dept. should enforce the law, just because that’s what it is–the law.

  3. The City of Burton no longer employs a police officer, so lowering the speed limit along 290 will not add to city revenue, but it could possibly save lives. When entering and exiting 290, there are no acceleration lanes, making it very dangerous for cars entering and exiting the highway.

  4. Maybe the city wants to lower the speed limits because it is difficult for citizens to pull out onto 290 safely. All these people who scream that it is to create a speed trap don’t have an idea what it is like to have their loved ones attempting to enter or exit the highway. I also noticed how all these people commenting are afraid to use their real name. Mayor David Zajicek

  5. Didn’t the state lower that speed limit a few yeasts ago based on a study, and then a few years later raised it back to 70 based on another study? And now the city wants to lower it again? Sounds like the makings of a speed trap to increase revenue for the city.

  6. the return of the Burton speed trap in an irrelevant area. Burton police “protecting” Burton by sitting on the highway looking southward with the entire town of Burton behind them, just to generate revenue for the city.

  7. taxation by citation. we need more money. simply no need for this except revenue. 290 is a flow thru roadway

  8. They want to lower the hwy 290 speed limit so that nobody runs over a peacock and flattens those birds out on the highway. They need to put out some peacock warning signs too.

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