Letter to local newpapers showing how Belton City Council applies rules unevenly and unfair. Both newspapers refused to publish.
 
To: "Killeen Herald" <dmiller@kdhnews.com>

Sent: Wed, Nov 13, 2019 at 1:52 PM
Subject: Letter to Editor


To The Editor:


I would like to welcome Tractor Supply Co. to Belton! I use to drive to either Killeen or Temple for their products.

But as a loyal customer and life-long Beltonian, I want to apologize for the embarrassing Belton city council and city manager’s negligence in forcing them to erect their business sign five feet off the ground where no one can see it as well as forcing them to install sidewalks-to-nowhere, one of which runs into a transformer.


As you leave I-35 onto Hwy 190, their business cannot be seen from the highway – a place where anyone with common sense knows a pole-sign is needed.


I guess the city council being city boys favor fast-food and coffee more than Tractor Supply products because they allowed Arby’s, Starbucks, and Popeye’s pole signs. They even allowed a business just west of Tractor Supply to erect a pole-sign, all of which these facilities can clearly be seen from the highway.


I know Belton city council’s decisions seem crooked – more than the Nolanville cop who was illegally parked on Patty Hamilton Bridge on 11/11 to radar speeders - but had Tractor Supply been a developer-friend of the city council, they probably wouldn’t have been forced to install the useless monument sign and sidewalks which the public will never use.

Belton’s application of standards is backwards asinine. They force Tractor Supply to install sidewalks to nowhere but allow their developer-buddies to build crammed neighborhoods without sidewalks that force people out onto the streets to walk and children to ride bikes. Do they care more about money than safety?


You can see another example of Belton city council's lopsided application of standards on 6th Ave at NAPA Auto Parts and the roofing business next door. There had to be a dispute over that one for sure.


Joe Trevino, Jr.

Belton TX


To: Telegram Editorial <tdt@tdtnews.com>
Sent: Tuesday, November 12, 2019, 03:47:15 PM CST
Subject: Letter to Editor

To The Editor:

Tractor Supply Co. – Welcome to Belton!  As a loyal customer and life-long Beltonian, I want to apologize for our embarrassing Belton city council and city manager’s negligence in forcing you to erect your business sign five feet off of the ground where no one can see it as well as forcing you to install sidewalks-to-nowhere, one of which runs into a transformer.


Your business cannot even be seen from the highway – a place where common sense says a billboard sign is needed, yet they allowed the building supply company west of you and the fast-food places to have billboard signs.

I guess being city boys, they favor fast-food and coffee more than the products your business offers.

I know their decisions seem crooked – more than the Nolanville cop who was illegally parked on Patty Hamilton Bridge on 11/11 to radar speeders - but had you been a developer-friend of the city council, you probably wouldn’t have had to install useless sidewalks which the public will never use.


You see, Belton seems to favor their unique developer-buddy relationship more than us. They allow developers to build crammed neighborhoods without sidewalks that force people out onto the streets where it is safer to walk and safer for kids to ride bikes.


You can see another example of Belton city council's lopsided application of standards on 6th Ave at NAPA Auto Parts and the roofing business next door. There had to be a dispute over that one for sure.


Again, welcome to Belton.

Joe Trevino, Jr.
Belton TX

Two Belton Businesses next door to each other. Belton City Council forces NAPA to landscape. Why did their next door neighbor not have to do the same? 

To:Telegram Editorial  Aug 29 at 8:45 AM


To The Editor:


Get ready to open up your wallets Belton. With recent articles hinting on Belton's budget shortfall, you can expect to hand over more due to poor finance-keeping by your local government.  You can bet they are concocting ways to make-up that shortfall too.


When homeowner's budgets don't add up, do they go and force their neighbors to hand over their money? Do they go further into debt by borrowing more?  Or do they start seeking areas where they could cut spending? Belton should be responsible and start cutting back, starting at the top with the city manager’s bonuses added his to six-figure salary. 

Sam Listi's friend, Brandon Bozon, may smile and say “We have an almost balanced budget,” but it is nothing to smile about and reflects poorly on his lack of intelligence. It may be funny to them, but it’s no laughing matter.


And then you have the same boring and tiring city council inviting citizens to discuss taxes. Ever wonder why the room is empty? Citizens know that any objection or idea is futile with those people. Had any staff gave them an earful, they'd probably been retaliated against and out of a job, so it’s best they sit quietly.


Since Sam Listi was run out of Temple and hired by Belton's city council, southwest annexed citizens have seen nothing in vast improvements and quality for their tax increases. The revenue generated is merely redistributed where city council members live and have vested economic interests. It’s legal theft.


Joe Trevino Jr

Belton TX

Belton Texas Street Sweeper - letter to editor that KDH and TDT would not publish


To The Editor:


On 7/23 Temple Daily reporter, Mr. Sanchez wrote and article on Belton’s drainage fee increase for a street-sweeper.  The article read more like it was promoting or justifying costs.

The writer created a fictitious story about the street-sweeper named, "The Beast," however, it was more like The Wizard of Oz, complete with winged monkeys and OZ, who is eventually revealed as nothing but a conman.

When the drainage fee was first introduced, the mayor and career council members claimed the fees were an effort to keep rivers/creeks clean.  Evidence of that claim can be seen on signage beside Nolan Creek that is annually laden with the same bacteria that can be found in feces.

More evidence is that Belton officials in the past have blamed cities west of us for the dirty creek. I guess that means they need to raise their drainage fees and purchase street sweepers as well.


The council’s assertion that storm drainage would be clogged without a street sweeper is inaccurate.  Many areas the council greedily grabbed via annexation have never had problems the mayor would like you to believe.


Taxpayers in southwest Belton, like Village Hill, have only seen the nearly $150k street sweeper twice since annexation. The first time was in 2009 and this year after I complained about city again being out of compliance with their own grass ordinance and street maintenance needed.


I would like Mayor Marion Grayson to prove her comments that annexed area drainage is cleaner because of the street-sweeper. In fact, provide figures of how many times the sweeper has visited the areas. I bet we could count them on one hand.


This street-sweeper is just an excuse to get more. If they were serious about their primary goal, they would enforce the laws. Fine landscaping companies who blow debris into the street (i.e. as witnessed when Main Street FBC does its landscaping).


The drainage fund should be used to replace curbs made from a pile of tar that the city installed in south Belton areas with real curbs. They should stop squandering funds like they did by purchasing water drop costumes for Halloween.


Joe Trevino Jr


Belton Police Chief Protects His Dirt Bag Officer Anthony Adame #224

Letter to Editor that KDH and TDT would not publish


To The Editor:


On 5-19-15, Belton cop, Anthony Adame #224 went overboard in his authority during a routine traffic stop. Statute of limitations expired last week after trying to hold him accountable for creating $3,810 in damages.


Video and photos can be seen here: https://beltontxofficials.webs.com/belton-pd


Anthony Adame began falsely accusing the driver who has no criminal record and is employed:

“The center console is where he usually – where the weed is normally stored;”

“I’m just seeing if there is a big bundle in there, but that’s where you keep it at;”

“That’s where it (weed) was at, sitting on top.”


After 40min and no weed found, Adame says, “I have the hinkering that you may be selling it;” “I didn’t find nothing – you probably sold it, that’s why you probably have that cash on you; ” “I bet if we looked at your cell phone you probably talk about fucking selling green and smoking and all that other shit.


Adame tells him, “You stick out like a sore thumb coming out of Bell Oaks.”


It sure wasn’t the 1995 Seville that needs a paint job that sticks out in that low-income neighborhood. Is it because the driver looks Caucasian in an area that is majority African American? We call that racial profiling, Adame.


Adame is then heard saying “I’m not accusing you…” then as the driver leaves, the video continues and Adame is heard saying, “That is dope money, all them fives and tens, and didn’t stop there, he had about two-hundred in twenties – he just dropped-off at Bell Oaks and now all that weed is over there now.”


Most disturbing of all is that Chief Gene Ellis invited the driver to come to department to discuss, but after Killeen LULAC, NAACP and media is CC’d, the chief no longer wanted to meet.


Joe Trevino, Jr.

Belton TX