Overview

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.

RECREATIONAL FACILITIES
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.

PET REGISTRATION

To register your pet, please visit  www.arcpets.org  and click “Register My Pet.”

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 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 Noon., Monday through Thursday at City Hall. (409-935-8348)

GARBAGE SERVICE
Each household, whether full-time or part-time,  is required to subscribe for this service.  Galveston County MUD #12 contracts with Progressive Waste 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. 10.113    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 poses 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. 10.114    Operation.

Golf Carts must be equipped with headlights, tail lamps, reflectors, parking brakes, and rearview 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.

Welcome to Bayou Vista, where living on the water is a way of life.”