Below are some snippets of information and answers to many Frequently Asked Questions.
CITY COUNCIL MEETINGS
Your City Council meets on the last Tuesday of every month, 6:30 p.m., at the Community Center located at 783 “C” Marlin. (Corner of Neptune Drive and Marlin) Bayou Vista, Texas. The City Council encourages citizen involvement and participation. Please feel free to attend.
A beautiful feature of Bayou Vista is our community center and pavilion/park. These facilities are available to all residents and non-residents for parties and other special occasions. The swimming pool is in operation from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend. Call City Hall (409-935-8348) for information on the price of the pool passes.
To register your pet, please visit www.arcpets.org and click “Pet Registration”
PROTECT OUR CANALS
The City of Bayou Vista is uniquely developed on man-made canals. Everyone must take extra care in the preservation of our canals by not disposing of any type of waste into the canals. No paint, household cleaners, motor oil, animal feces, construction materials or grass clippings should be disposed of in the canals. When enjoying the canals by boat, please be considerate by not causing a wake. Wakes can damage bulkheads.
LIVING ON THE GULF
Throughout the year storms with high winds can develop without warning. Consequently, it is very important that your carport and lower levels are kept free of items that can become flying missiles. Keeping this area free of clutter throughout the year will also lessen your preparation time for possible hurricane evacuation.
BEFORE YOU BUILD OR REMODEL
Please come by City Hall and talk with our Building Inspector before you decide to tackle a “do-it-yourself” project or hire a contractor to do the job for you. A visit with the Building Inspector may keep you from violating a building code or city ordinance. Any installations of concrete driveways, fences, carports, etc., on the street side of your property may require a visit to MUD #12 for an encroachment waiver. For an explanation of this procedure, the Building Inspector will assist you. The Building Inspector is available from 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 Noon., Monday through Friday at City Hall. (409-935-8348)
Each household, whether full-time or part-time, is required to subscribe for this service. Galveston County MUD #12 contracts with Waste Connections of Texas for solid-waste management and the cost for this service will be reflected on your monthly MUD #12 water/sewer bill.
DRIVING GOLF CARTS IN BAYOU VISTA
The following are sections of Ordinance 2013-06 – passed by City Council at the Regular Meeting – October 29, 2013. For the Ordinance in its entirety, please see Chapter 10 – Traffic Control
Sec. 10.11.03 General Requirements.
All golf carts and operators must comply with the following requirements;
(a) Golf carts shall be operated only on a public highway for which the posted speed limit is not more than 20 miles per hour.
(b) A slow moving vehicle emblem, as provided for in Section 547.703 of the Transportation Code, must be displayed to the rear.
(c) All operators of golf carts shall abide by all traffic regulations applicable to the movement of vehicular traffic when using any public highway in the City of Bayou Vista.
(d) Each operator of a golf cart shall posess a valid driver’s license, as required of other operator’s of passenger vehicles in Section 521.088 – of Texas Transportation Code.
(e) Golf carts shall not be operated on public sidewalks at any time.
(f) All golf carts are entitled to the full use of a lane on the public highway and no motor vehicle shall be operated in such a manner as to deprive any golf cart of the full use of a lane.
(g) The operator of a golf cart shall not overtake and pass in the same lane occupied by the vehicle being overtaken.
(h) Golf carts which have been altered to allow them to travel at speeds greater than 20 mph are prohibited on any public highway in the City of Bayou Vista.
(i) No person may ride in the lap of the driver of the golf cart.
(j) Golf cart owners must maintain liability insurance for the golf cart as required of other passenger vehicles in Section 601.501 of the Texas Transportation Code.
Sec. 10.11.04 Operation.
Golf Carts must be equipped with headlights, tail lamps, reflectors, parking brakes, and rear-view mirrors.
Golf Carts may operate during daytime or nighttime hours. During nighttime hours headlights and tail lamps shall be operational at all times.
SPEED LIMIT IN BAYOU VISTA
Please be aware, the speed limit in Bayou Vista on ALL streets, including Neptune Drive, is 20 m.p.h.
YOUR CITY HALL & POLICE DEPARTMENT
Your City employees are here to assist you in any way they can. The City of Bayou Vista is very fortunate to have 24-hour police protection. Remember, if you are going on vacation or an extended business trip, stop by the Police Department and let them know your plans.
UNLAWFULL DISCHARGE AND POSSESSION OF FIREWORKS Is a violation of the City Of Bayou Vista, Code of Ordinances, Chapter 5, Section 05.01.00 – Fire protection*. The Bayou Vista Police Department and Fire Department would like to remind all residents and visitors of Bayou Vista; “FIREWORKS” are prohibited and is unlawful to discharge them within the city limits. Enforcement of this city ordinance could include confiscation of fireworks, citations and/or arrest.
PEST CONTROL – ACTIVE BEE HIVES
If you will be hiring a pest control company for removal of an active bee hive from your property, please contact the Bayou Vista Police Department prior to the date you have scheduled. This will allow the PD the opportunity to contact your neighbors to advise them to take proper precaution during the scheduled removal.
WILD DUCKS IN BAYOU VISTA
Regular feeding and maintaining of wild ducks in Bayou Vista is in violation of the City Code of Ordinances, Chapter 2 – Animal Control.*
We have all at times had our children/grandchildren, etc., feed the ducks. However, when the ducks are constantly fed and maintained, they become a health issue. The duck food attracts other nuisances, such as snakes, rodents and pigeons. Pigeons can be extremely messy in all aspects as they roost on neighboring decks, roofs, etc., waiting for additional food to be available.
Please keep in mind that what seems harmless may be causing your neighbors additional maintenance issues especially when dealing with pigeons and none of us want snakes or rodents taking up residence in our backyards because the food supply is abundant next door.
Welcome to Bayou Vista, “where living on the water is a way of life.”