Proclamation for Courtney Miller.
Proclamation for Courtney Miller.

From left: Council members Paul Day, Dan Tucker, Mayor Pro Tem Adrienne Belkum, Eagle Scout Courtney Miller and Council Member Floyd McLendon.

In a heartfelt proclamation issued on February 13th, 2024, Adrienne Balkum, Mayor Pro Tem of McLendon-Chisholm, Texas, shone a spotlight on the remarkable achievements of Courtney J. Miller, a trailblazing member of Scouts BSA Troop 1524 in Rockwall County.

From her pioneering role as the troop’s first female scout to her recent attainment of the prestigious Eagle rank on September 25th, 2023, Courtney’s journey in scouting is nothing short of inspirational. Along the way, she has amassed an impressive array of accomplishments, including earning 31 merit badges, Bronze and Gold Palms, and taking on various leadership roles within her troop.

Courtney’s dedication to service is equally commendable, with 181 hours of total service contributed during her scouting tenure. Notably, her impactful Eagle Scout project, “Helping Those in Poverty with Toiletries,” brought together the community to assist over 170 people in need, showcasing her commitment to making a tangible difference in the lives of others.

Beyond her local community, Courtney’s outdoor adventures and leadership pursuits have taken her far and wide. She has completed rigorous leadership training multiple times, participated in national youth leadership programs, staffed winter camps, and embarked on high-adventure treks covering significant distances.

Courtney’s accolades extend beyond her scouting achievements, with additional awards recognizing her prowess in outdoor activities and her membership in esteemed organizations like the Order of the Arrow.

In recognition of Courtney J. Miller’s exemplary leadership, service, and dedication to scouting, Mayor Pro Tem Adrienne Balkum proudly presented a proclamation as a testament to her outstanding contributions. It serves as a reminder of the transformative power of youth leadership and community engagement, embodying the spirit of service and excellence upheld by Scouts BSA.

New Activities Committee members.

The City of McLendon-Chisholm welcomes Charisse Ibarra (above right) and Amy Johnson (above left) to the City’s Activity Committee. This new committee will provide guidance and planning for City activities, special events and festivals.

Charisse has 26 years of experience as an executive assistant, primarily in telecommunications, biotechnology, finance, and technology sectors. She reloacted from Silicon Valley to Texas in 2016 and has embraced the Texan lifestyle. Charisse is married with two children and has seven dogs.She founded a non-profit organization 20 years ago aimed at providing opportunities for children in competitive sports and higher education.

Amy brings over 15 years of experience in event planning and finds it rewarding to see the happiness and connections that events bring. She is married with two sons. Amy holds a Master of Science Degree in Organizational Leadership from Palm Beach Atlantic University and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Psychology from Jackson State University. She has earned multiple hospitality-focused certifications and awards, including being named Change Maker of the Year in 2019.

Both Charisse and Amy are excited about facilitating engagement and connection between the community and city leaders through events and fellowship, that highlight the City.

Blackland WSC Workshop

The City of McLendon-Chisholm has signed an Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Blackland Water Supply Corporation. Blackland WSC will work with Sonoma Verde developers to bring an 8 inch water line from FM 550 into the development to connect the water distribution system, providing water to Phase 3 and Phase 5.

Construction of the water line will take approximately 60 days. Further discussion regarding the transition of remaining phases is planned.

The City is working on an agreement to expand Blackland Water Supply Corporation’s ability to provide potable water to McLendon-Chisholm. This also included removing the flat rate sewer fee and replacing with a fee based on consumption, for those who live in Sonoma Verde. This will result in a combined utility bill of water, sewer and trash services.

The City is going through the PUC process so that service to the City limits can be granted. The City of McLendon-Chisholm is complying with the provisions set out in Chapter 13 of the Texas Water Code, as applicable, and the corresponding Texas Public Utility Commission (PUC) regulations.

Workshop Participants

 

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Council Member Paul Day

The City of McLendon-Chisholm welcomed Council Member Paul Day who was sworn in at the January 23, 2024 City Council meeting. Mr. Day takes over Place 1 and has served the City as Vice-Chair of the MC Economic Development Committee.

City Hall

The City of McLendon-Chisholm will call an election to be held on May 4, 2024 to elect a Mayor and two council members. Interested citizens may pick-up the Candidate Packet from the City Secretary’s office at City Hall for more information.

Filing Deadlines:

January 17 – First day to file an application for place on general election ballot
February 16 – Last day to file an application

Santa’s arrival was eagerly greeted by the waiting children at City Hall. Crowds gathered in anticipation to watch the annual live-tree lighting and just like that… the Christmas spirit had arrived once again in McLendon-Chisholm.

The City’s 5th Annual Christmas Tree Lighting was a huge hit. Citizen’s enjoyed community, hot cocoa and delicious cookies and shared the spirit of Christmas by donating unwrapped gifts for our Toy Drive. City Hall twinkled with lights, whilst the community room glittered with an amazing display of holiday decor.

Thank you to City staff, Council, volunteers and MC Fire Rescue for making this a wonderful night for all to remember.

Don’t forget to keep the Christmas spirit going this holiday season by visiting City Hall to donate an unwrapped gift for our Toy Drive and non-perishable food for our Food Drive.

Time Capsule Invitation

The Historical Commission of Rockwall County will bury a time capsule in a ceremony to commemorate the 150th anniversary of Rockwall County.

Everyone is encouraged to attend this memorable celebration at the County Library on December 16, 2023 at 10am. The County Library is located at 1215 E Yellow Jacket Ln, Rockwall, TX 75087.

City leaders at the Veteran's Tree Planting Ceremony.

Above from left: City Administrator Konrad Hildebrandt, Fire Chief Jim Simmons, Mayor Pro Tem Adrienne Balkum and Fire Captain Tony Boroughs ceremoniously planted the new Veteran’s Memorial Tree at City Hall.

The tree was generously donated by longtime local residents Gary and Mindy Lovell. The City thanks Mr. & Mrs. Lovell for their continued support of our community.

The Veteran’s Memorial is located on the south west corner at City Hall. It features a commemorative headstone and an engraved brick walkway.

Learn more about how you can honor a veteran with a commemorative engraved brick.

Volunteers needed for the Activities Committee.

The City is reaching out for volunteers to serve on our new Activities Committee.

Your help is needed to plan new activities special events and festivals to celebrate our community. Interested parties should complete the online volunteer application form. We look forward to hearing from you all.

Logo for Annual Rockwall Helping Hands Toy Drive.

The City of McLendon-Chisholm is once again joining Rockwall County Helping Hands with their 46th Annual Christmas Toy Drive.

Those wishing to donate should purchase a $25 gift or gift card appropriate for the child listed on the front of available gift tags and drop the unwrapped gift off at City Hall by end of business on Monday, Dec. 5. Purchase from Rockwall Helping Hands’ AMAZON WISH LIST and have your gift(s) shipped directly to Helping Hands or CLICK HERE to make an online monetary donation and a gift(s) will be purchased in your name.