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VenusUpdate

Dallas, TX

#1 May 12, 2010
New elected leaders for school board.
Vast new improvements to the city park for the kids in the community.
New improvements to the town square.
Shared services with for water and sewer with Grand Prairie & Midlothian that other towns our size would love to have.
Venus even elected a young Mayor who hasn't even reached 35 yet and is in his first year term.
Last month Mayor Grimes informed the City Council he asked the city administrator to find money in the budget to increase the roads in the town significantly without raising more taxes. Well they found a way and the city will now spend close to $1 million over the next 5 years on it's interior roads without raising taxes.
I'm pretty certian past leaders have never made that large of commitment as Mayor Grimes has just done.
What else? Well Venus has some excellent potential for new business developement. Small town with great people with big hearts! A community that is close and if you have kids they would enjoy playing youth sports in Venus, which is very well organized and making a big impact in changing the spirits in these kids to be great atheletes.
Well that's just a few things that you won't read in any paper, because no one covers Venus news, unless there is a major crime! However there are a lot of wonderful things going on you never hear about and that's got to change.
VenusUpdate

Dallas, TX

#2 May 12, 2010
Wow I just found out that Joe Russell who has been a trustee for Venus ISD for the last 30 years was recently defeated in last Saturday's election by a a guy who has never ran for anything in town before. I suppose people felt 30 years was a little excessive. I guess voters made a statement saying they want change and new fresh ideas for the kids and the future of the district. That's a strong message!
What I think

Venus, TX

#3 May 16, 2010
Venus is up and coming. But, if you live in Patriot Estates you just live there. No one connects and the kids really don't talk to other kids unless you've been with them since they started the neighborhood.

There is plenty of grass and trees and two gas stations, Subway, Whataburger, Sonic, the Country Store and I am sure there may be some that I am missing. But, the Youth Sports Association is great. The parents that we have met and spoken with are friendly and the kids get along and the coaches love what they do with the kids.

Now, if we can just get someone to mow the grass along Hwy 67 in front of Patriot Estates up to the city limits would be nice. Maybe, even come in and fix the streets that flood in the neighborhood, and the street lights.
What I think

Venus, TX

#4 May 16, 2010
If anyone lives in Patriot Estates, can you please let me know when we will get toys for toddlers and infants, another basketball hoop (instead of just one), why the small park fences do not meet to keep the kids in the playground and the toys are not made for smaller kids, the walking path needs more lights, and certain roads flood when it rains.
And my two favorite questions. Why do I need to keep calling in for warranty problems when it rains and my back door leaks everytime it rains and we were told that it is because of the wind and rain...My next question since we've paid the HOA dues of 275.00 WHEN ARE WE HAVING THE HOMEOWNERS MEETING!
PATRIOT ESTATES VENUS, TX 76084
Venus resident

Dallas, TX

#5 May 17, 2010
What I think wrote:
If anyone lives in Patriot Estates, can you please let me know when we will get toys for toddlers and infants, another basketball hoop (instead of just one), why the small park fences do not meet to keep the kids in the playground and the toys are not made for smaller kids, the walking path needs more lights, and certain roads flood when it rains.
And my two favorite questions. Why do I need to keep calling in for warranty problems when it rains and my back door leaks everytime it rains and we were told that it is because of the wind and rain...My next question since we've paid the HOA dues of 275.00 WHEN ARE WE HAVING THE HOMEOWNERS MEETING!
PATRIOT ESTATES VENUS, TX 76084
It sounds like your HOA & the developer of the community need to get on the ball and get these problems addressed. For the street, the city doesn't have permission to maintain them until the developer is finished with building and then turns over all streets in the community over to the city. Until that happens the developer & home builder will have to fix these issues and the city should not take over any streets until these issues, if any have been properly fixed. I know their is a gentleman in that lives in Patriot Estates that puts out a newsletter. Maybe you can track him down and see about putting these issues in his newsletter? It's a great neighborhood and it is the largest in the community. What people don't realize is that those in that neighborhood have a tremendous amount of voting influence in local elections and no currently on city council lives in Patriot and thus you aren't represented as you should be. Everyone on council lives in the old part of town or in either of the Meadow Ridge communities. People in Patriot if they voted have the power to change the dynamics of the town and the older township is scared of just that! Venus is a great place to live! I'm proud that my kids get to be in a town & school district where they know everyone and can play youth sports with kids they see everyday in school. The town will come along, but people have to get more involved, especially those that live in Patriot Estates. Come to the city council meetings and speak in front of the community leaders. Sign-up for public forum and tell them your issues. Let the city know, because i'm sure they can influence the developer & builder to address the street issues.
Meadow Ridge Home Owner

New York, NY

#6 May 26, 2010
Yes, Venus is a great place to live...wish the renters of Meadow Ridge respected the Home Owners that plan to be there for a while. Get your kids under control! Vandals are running wild and 8 out of 10 mishaps are due to the family's that are not rooted for the long haul or pay taxes to see the city prosper.
Patriot Estates Hm Owner

Venus, TX

#7 Jun 11, 2010
Funny, I never knew there was a message board for Venus with people actually discussing issues within our town.
As a newly planted family, moved here two years ago to the area, we are still trying to become acclimated. I agree that the developer here needs to do more to enhance the atmosphere to a more family friendly area. Lighted walkways, flood control, street light repairs, even perhaps speed bumps to help slow down folks when driving through our streets. My wife and I did not realize that Patriot Estates does not have much of a voice on the city council. We have recently joined the neighborhood watch program here, but even that has been slow, I feel people are nervous of feeling like they are getting into their neighbors business if they are on the neighborhood watch committee.
In fairness to those that have lived here a long time, we certainly need to try and hold true to the values that a small town atmosphere tends to hold. However, to ignore that the expansion of the MetroPlex is happening would be unhealthy as well, meaning growth is going to happen, and now is the perfect time to determine how that growth is going to impact Venus, then to sit on the sidelines and just watch it happen.
PE Neighborhood Watch

Venus, TX

#8 Aug 7, 2010
If you signed up, you know who I am. I have sent out several emails, updating the status of the program. I have asked for a response, so I know who is still with me, and I get 2 emails back, out of 25. Regardless, Neighborhood Watch signs sre on order. I already have the rest of the materials. Currently, there is a conflict in opinions with the Police dept. on a few issues that do affect what we do.
The ONLY time that I expect any member would "be in the neighbor's business" is when a violent crime is in progress. There are many issues with PE and the pool. As I said, I still am awaiting clarification from the autorities on what is what.

There will be a meeting with all members this month. We will need about 5 people to help install the signs. You know my email and most know where I live. I prefer email.
Meadow Ridge Resident

Waxahachie, TX

#9 Sep 27, 2010
I live in Meadow Ridge too and its not just the renters that have hoodlum children. There is nothing for kids to do in this town but get in trouble.
The kids dont even have sidewalks to walk on to school. The roads in Meadow Ridge and pretty much anywhere in Venus are ridiculous. What companies would want to move here when the streets are not even presentable. I have seen better county roads than the streets in Meadow Ridge and the rest of Venus.
This is a great town and I like it here. Hopefully with the new change in city council this will move this small town forward and change its reputation.
PE Neighborhood Watch

Venus, TX

#10 Sep 28, 2010
Recently the city council approved 200K to fix those roads. I don't know how namy streets that will fix. Regarding the bored kids, we have them in Patriot Estates too. The police know who they are and the drug house we have. They do nothing about it. The police dept. blames Johnson county for not procecuting them. I know one kids has been arrested 4 times in the last 2 months and he is still out walking around. He ran from the police once, jumping over fences. The cop got hurt. The kids was out walking the neighborhood the next day, breaking into cars. CPS has dealt with the parents. The parents says there is nothing they can do.
When do we get a new council? I haven't seen any vote or notice of candidates. We need new police administration too! They run it as a secret society.
Meadow Ridge Resident

Waxahachie, TX

#11 Sep 28, 2010
My apologies, I guess there is not a new city council. I had not lived here long enough in order to vote in the last election. I was going by what the rumors were. I do however believe there needs to be change, a lot of change. 200k for roads is a joke. I bet that would not even repair one road. However I did see they filled a couple of potholes the other day lol, I am sure that took the whole 200k. As for the police I can't comment on that because I have not had any interaction with them. I do know about the kid in Patriot Estates and know about the child that jumped the fence and he and the cop rode in the same ambulance to the hospital. I do not have an answer to that, and it does not surprise me that CPS has not done anything. This town could be such a great small town to live in, but its own government has no clue. The downtown area is trashy, looks trashy, streets are deplorable, and a very high concentration of sex offenders. I am sure this town is stuck in the good ol boy system, but this has to change in order to bring this town current.
Lisa

Alvarado, TX

#12 Oct 4, 2010
I agree with all of you. I live in town off the main street and I have to tell you, as far as the kids go, there is no active curfew that I know of. While you in Patriot Estates are having issues, we in town are in the same boat. The only way to have the city get involved is by us the community, filing a "complaint" with city hall. You are correct that the square is a joke, the roads are horrible and there is absolutely no respect on most home owners. I challenge you to drive around the outlying streets & look at the conditions. While we may not have incomes over 200K, we can at the very least have pride in our town. How many of us would get involved with a clean up day? How many of us would like to see a youth curfew with fines made to be paid. I'd like to see fines imposed on the properties that the city allow to become rat infestions & a city that would back it up. I have been here 7 years. I love living out of the big city area, however had I know that our city officials (or official) as the case seems to be, negelected the town this way, I would have kept looking. We pay taxes, we have the right to vote we have the right for our voices to be heard now my question is Who's listening? One or two of us may not make a difference, but if we work together as a team, we can.
PE Resident

Venus, TX

#13 Oct 5, 2010
Lisa, great ideas! How to get your voice heard? Attend the monthly counsel meetings. Although I disagree witht the way they run them, at the end you get 3 minutes to voice your opinions. Sometimes they listen. They were told of an issue a couple of months ago, and fixed it. It is a oneway conversation with the counsel. And during the meeting, the public has NO voice in what they are talking about, such as spending our money. That's just wrong. The town needs more forums and volunteer groups to do some stuff.
As far as the trash, they get a crew almost daily from the prison and they do a lot of the work. Our paid workers just supervise the inmates. The city administrator, as I hear, has been there for 17 years. And if you have filed a complaint, he is the one who is suppose to respond. Good luck with that! There is something wrong with the leaders and I just don't know how to fix that. Wish I did. When they bought those new fancy street signs, those only went to the main part of the city. And don't take this wrong: We all are residents of Venus. That said, the Meadow Ridge and Patriot Estates homes are newer and pay more in taxes than the older, smaller homes. Yet we get the same, low quality of service from the city. Not saying we are better, we are not. The city is "Mad" at PE for an issue the counsel should have questioned more when they approved the development. They feel duped. The home owner's didn't misrepresent the development to the counsel, the builder did. And that, I think, is why we get such low level of service. Quite juvenile on the city's part.
So more needs to change and that can only begin at City Hall.
Meadow Ridge Resident

Waxahachie, TX

#14 Oct 5, 2010
When are the council meetings held? I agree in order for change to happen, more citizens have to get involved in the meetings.
PE Resident

Venus, TX

#15 Oct 6, 2010
Council meetings are every second Monday, 7 PM at the council chambers, right next to the police dept. Although I missed the last one, the ones I have gone to have had less than 10 residents in attendance. And the have the city attorney there, who gives the council advice on how the run a meeting. That's scary!
Meadow Ridge Resident

New York, NY

#16 Oct 7, 2010
Laughing my ass off! 200K got a few potholes filled...that is not a permanent fix, they have done this repeatedly over the years! And, the funny thing is...who is picking the potholes? There could be 3 in a row and only one is filled. What a joke! Get the proper equipment and do it right or just don't do it at all. Empty promises just to get on the City Board! SHAME ON YOU
Meadow Ridge Resident

Arlington, VA

#17 Oct 7, 2010
Funny you say that about picking which one...because that is exactly what happened...I am just amazed at the lack of spending funds on roads...if they want any kind of economic development you have to make the area presentable and inviting..it just says "Dont stop, keep on going!!"
Get involved

Midlothian, TX

#18 Oct 8, 2010
Meadow Ridge Resident wrote:
When are the council meetings held? I agree in order for change to happen, more citizens have to get involved in the meetings.
The city has a web site. www.cityofvenus.org
Meeting are always posted 72hrs in advanced by law.
October meeting is Monday (check the web site)
Open forum for residence is 3 mins and at the end of council meetings. During open session (by state law) mayor and council can not respond but only listen.
During council meetings citizens aren't allowed to typically speak out unless the mayor or council adresses you.(again these are rules of order and law for a public meeting)
When attending a meeting you will always in most cases have the city attorney present. He is there as an advisor to assure mayor and council don't violate the "open meeting act" and from time to time may be asked by council for clarification on certian laws, etc.

I assure you if more people go to the meetings and voice a concern in open session, rather than blogs, you'll more than likely see action taken.

You want to get involved, it's easy! You want to volunteer on a committee to improve the town square, city and streets for instance, or maybe serve on the 4B board or planning & zoning board, then ask the mayor, city administrator or council member if one can be formed, so you could help make a difference.
Patience is a virtue

Alvarado, TX

#19 Oct 10, 2010
Everyone, please keep in mind that the City of Venus has been ran by the same mayor for many many years. While she padded her pockets as well as the ones she hand picked for the other city jobs, the city went to crap. We have a new mayor and I have seen first hand the changes he is making. Change does not happen over night. The city did not become this way overnight and it will not take overnight to fix it. I also agree that the city council is not the only ones responsible for how this city looks and acts. The residents of this city should take a lot of the blame. They can fix the parks and square but if the white trash folks of Venus spray paint the signs, take newly planted trees, etc, then why should the city keep forking out money so you can landscape your yards? Let's give this mayor a chance. He will listen to what you have to say. Also - I see how many people turn out for elections. Everyone wants to moan and groan about how the city is ran but I don't see your name on signs to try and get elected, I don't see but 10% of the population at the polling place either. So, if you want change, then get involved!!!!
PE Resident

Venus, TX

#20 Oct 10, 2010
Patience, Yea, this new mayor is wonderful. BS. When push comes to shove, he passes off the issue to the CA, who does what he wants. Been there, got the tee shirt. I have an issue and it was to be sent to the city attorney for an answer. The mayor was to do it. He didn't. the CA was to. He didn't. I was told to contact an attorney on my own. Yea, right. A private attorney is going to tell the city what the law is? I wrote the city attorney 3 times. Been 2 months now. Still no answer.
I could use a new tree. Where are the free ones?

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