IslandDrumz

Welcome to our little slice of paradise! Clear Lake Shores is probably one of the best kept secrets in the entire Bay Area. Yes we are an island. We are surrounded by Clear Lake, Jarbo Bayou and the Lazy Bend canals. Plug this in to Google Maps and you'll see what I mean 29.32' by 95.01' We are about half way between Galveston Island and the city of Houston and located in north Galveston county. I will try to keep us up on all the goings on that we can walk, boat, bike or drive our golf carts to. Very few things pi$$ me off but one of them is wasting my precious time. I'll try not to waste yours. Enjoy. ab

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

National Vanilla Pudding Day.

But yesterday was THE day. A little over 13 years ago this guy walked down the halls at Stewart Elementary. I guess technically he was led since it was first day of kindergarten. Wyatt, Ethan, Clyde, Julia, Philip, Ethan C, and Teagan. They and a few other Islander young folks walked the halls again and odds are for the last time. This is me not choking up. I wish I could have gotten more pics.

Next stop is Texas A&M Corpus Christi. After our epic road trip that is. 

Immediately afterwards I headed to Gulftech to retrieve this little jewell.

It's a brand new 1970 Falcon 200 inline 6. Anyone have an engine stand they can do without for a few weeks? And now the great parts hunt begins. 

Wanna have a little fun? Imagine how you would handle this situation.

You lucky bastards in Colorado are in for a treat. Ready or not here comes Houstons own, Shipley Do-Nuts. I grew up on 'em and like Blue Bell Ice cream, well I don't need to add anything. You know what I'm talking about.

Buc-ee's won. Sorry Choke Canyon

We have over 30 Island Vets on our list but we still have a lot of blanks. Keep 'em coming.

13th Annual CLS Drag Race. Sunday, Sundial Park. BRING MONEY! There will be a People's Choice winner and the votes will be dollar bills. Here's your chance. All monies go to the Civic Club's Scholarship fund. Win, Win, Win!


Saturday, May 19, 2018

National Devils Food Cake Day

And the umpteenth Island Wide Garage Sale. I sold all my stuff in record time. Thanks to Bryan and Diana Hoerner for bringing this tradition to the Island. It provides so much for so many. And JT is up front acting a cookin' fool. I hope your day is a successful as mine. Here's probably the deal of the day.


A word on shit-holes. First and foremost Tindel is not a shit-hole. There are some very nice houses on Tindel and some great folks. They just happen to have a couple of "rough" spots. Ok Shit-holes. But here's the rabbit hole. A mans home is his castle. His. If he chooses to live like that that's on him. If his significant other allows that sort of behavior that's on her. If that's the environment they choose to raise their kids in...I don't like it either. Didn't like it 17+ years ago either. So I don't go there. As long as they are held to the same building codes as I am I have no issue. If we can't have derelict vehicles on Hawthorne they can't have derelict vehicles on Tindel. It's that simple. We all have to play by the same rules. I never miss the chance to bitch about the trashy waterfront that's allowed to thrive over there but it is my understanding that they, like the folks on Bluepoint, have different waterfront rules. That goes all the way back to the City's incorporation. So be it. It won't stop my bitching because it still looks like crap. Don't like it? Change the rules. And to the second anon, dude, you need to watch your blood pressure.

Going to check out Neighbor Ben SeƱor Beans playing at Okies tonite. Nom Mi is back so we are in for a burger extraordinaire. And check out the new lights! See you there!
It was a good bet.

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

National Peace Officers Memorial Day

was yesterday. Just wanted to mention that. I'm pretty sure the word "hero" has been waaaaaay overused of late. Our men and women in uniform have certainly gone above and beyond but I don't think that rates "hero" status. Not to speak ill of the soon to be dead but Sen McCain was not a hero. He was Naval Aviator. And as a group they have as much of my respect as I can offer. He was a POW and a survivor. For that I am grateful. You wan't to see a hero? Watch the video of the USS Forrestal fire.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=chuiyXQKw3I&t=38s
McCain is in that too. He is the pilot escaping his engulfed A4. The hero in that clip is the Chief running into the smoke and fire with a handheld fire extinguisher doing what he can to stop the inferno. That's how I see our Peace Officers and first responders. They run towards the trouble while others are trying to get the hell out of the way. Thanks for what you do folks.
And today is National Love a Tree day.

Any car painters out there? A question, We put a coat of primer on Rusty to protect the bare metal. It is dark brown. Will there be a problem if we paint it white? and/or can when ready for paint can we spray a coat of white primer to aid in the cover? Inquiring minds want to know.

Here's what I took away from the City Council Meeting last night.
All meetings are being recorded now so you have to use a Mic.
The new Council was sworn in and the outgoing members were properly thanked.
This years Hurricane Prep meeting is a Stewart on the 23rd. If you are new to the area you need to go at least once. I've said it before, Hurricanes ain't for everyone.
Speaking of Stewart, expansion construction is set to start in a few weeks and as I understand it 6th street is gonna be a mess. Factor that in to your Spec's run.
Our Marine Patrol will be out and at it on Friday, Saturday and Sunday afternoons.
Of the projects proposed by the EDCs consultant it looks like the new Bridge with a ped/bike walkway made the cut. Don't get too excited it won't start for another 3 years.
They can't reach the owner of the Tindel property in question. They couldn't reach her 15 years ago either when we had to foot bill for raising the sunken shrimp boat tied to her dock. Pretty sure she's dead and it's a given the folks living there have zero shits to give.
And one of pour Council members had to ask where Tindel was.

And the end of the Epic Road Trip is on paper. From Cape Elizabeth Maine and the best lobster in the country it's on to Burlington Vermont with a a side of Canada. The next day it's a short hop back to the Big Apple and a sleep over as close to Times Square as we can get and still be indoors. Sunday takes us back to Annapolis and BWI to Hobby. 13 states, 4300 miles, and hopefully some great memories with a pic or two to save.


Monday, May 14, 2018

It's Buttermilk Biscuit Day

And that works.
Had a great visit with John and Carol. Got 'em off to Intergalactic and since I haven't heard of any plane crashes I assume they are back in jolly olde England basking in 64°. I'm stoked about our next trip ver next year.

Lots of mixed success on a list of local Vets. I have almost 30 of our friends and neighbors but almost no means of reaching out to them unless I physically bump in to them. It seems this effort needs a little tweaking. At any rate if you know of any vets who are interested please ask them to contact me. Thanks.

Seems my iPhone has had a change of heart. Here's a little progress.

Where's my engine?

You know I'm not a FB fan but If you are have you checked this out yet? What do you think?
https://www.facebook.com/ClearLakeShoresTX/

City Council meeting tomorrow. Come out and say thanks to those who chose to server your City. And here's your agenda.


Michael McNamara, Mayor Bryan Hoerner
S. Bud Solmonsson

AGENDA
CITY OF CLEAR LAKE SHORES CITY COUNCIL

REGULAR MEETING May 15, 2018 @ 7:00 pm
Amanda Fenwick, Mayor Pro Tem Christy Lyons Jan Bailey
NOTICE is hereby given of a Regular Meeting of the City Council for the City of Clear Lake Shores, County of Galveston, State of Texas, to be held on the above mentioned date and time at the Club House, 931 Cedar Road, Clear Lake Shores, Texas, for the purpose of considering the following numbered items. The City Council of the City of Clear Lake Shores, Texas, reserves the right to meet in a closed council session on any of the below items should the need arise and if applicable pursuant to authorization by Title 5, Chapter 551 of the Texas Government Code.
  1. CALL TO ORDER & DETERMINATION OF QUORUM
  2. PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE TO THE FLAG OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA AND TO THE TEXAS FLAG
  3. PROCLAMATION: MAY IS MOTORCYCLE AWARENESS AND SAFETY MONTH
3. PUBLIC HEARING: 1)JUNK VEHICLE LOCATED AT 19 TINDEL – YFIGENIA SHANDLEY 2) POSSIBLE REVOCATION OF WF D-092
  1. REPORTS FROM COUNCIL:
    Councilman Hoerner Councilwoman Lyons Councilman Solmonsson Councilwoman Bailey Mayor Pro Tem Fenwick Mayor McNamara
  2. STAFF REPORTS:
    Police Department Chief Cook Building Official Kevin Harrell Fire Chief Brent Hahn
  3. COMMITTEE REPORTS:
    Roads and Drainage Waterfront Compliance
    Parks and Pool
    Planning and Zoning Landscape and Beautification

  4. ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION
  5. CIVIC CLUB
  6. PUBLICCOMMENTS
  7. OLD BUSINESS:
    a. Action From Workshop: Review and approve documents for new City Administrator recruitment. (Mayor Michael McNamara)
    b. Action from Public Hearing for possible revocation of WF D-092. (Mayor Michael McNamara)
  8. NEW BUSINESS:
    CONSENT AGENDA:
    1. Check Register: 04/26/18 thru 05/09/18
    2. Council Special Meeting Minutes 03/15/18
    3. Council Meeting Minutes 05/01/18
d. Waterfront Transfer A-003B: Randy Haynes to Todd Ford
  1. COUNCIL BUSINESS - Discussion and possible action may be taken on the following items:
    1. Presentation of Silver Dollar to City Council (Mayor Michael McNamara)
    2. RESOLUTION 2018-05: A RESOLUTION OF THE CITY OF CLEAR LAKE SHORES, TEXAS CANVASSING THE RETURNS AND DECLARING THE RESULTS OF THE GENERAL ELECTION HELD ON MAY 5, 2018 FOR THE PURPOSE OF ELECTING THREE (3) ALDERMAN.
      (Mayor Michael McNamara)
    3. Administer Statement of Election and Oath of Office to newly elected/re-elected candidates. (Mayor Michael McNamara)
    4. Nomination and approval of Mayor Pro-Tem. (Mayor Michael McNamara)
    5. Waive the non-resident fee for Lazy Bend residents for pool memberships for the
      2018-2019 pool season. (Mayor Pro-Tem Amanda Fenwick)
    6. Resolution 2018-06: A RESOLUTION BY THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF CLEAR LAKE SHORES, A “TYPE-A” GENERAL LAW MUNICIPALITY CREATED PURSUANT TO THE LAWS OF THE STATE OF TEXAS, FOR THE SUPPORT OF A JOINT PROJECT WITH CLEAR LAKE SHORES ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION, A LOCAL GOVERNMENT CORPORATION CREATED BY THE CITY OF CLEAR LAKE SHORES. (Mayor Michael McNamara)
    7. Review and accept recommendation from the communications task force regarding city communications. (Mayor Pro-Tem Amanda Fenwick)
    8. Action from Public Hearing of Junk Vehicle located at 19 Tindel. Property owned by Yfigenia Shandley. (Mayor Michael McNamara)
  2. ADJOURNMENT
    CERTIFICATION
Only 17 days left til Hurricane Season...

Friday, May 11, 2018

It's National Eat What You want Day

How ya gonna beat that?

I have some updated pics of Rusty'd progress. We got 90% of the old paint off and down to good metal. 70% has primer on it and most of Bondo Girl's effort is complete. I really had planned on posting the pics but my iPhone got an another update from the Mother Ship two days ago and now the POS won't sent email. Apple. You officially suck.

Have a great weekend 
Islanders! We are off to Outriggers with the In Laws!

Sunday, May 6, 2018

Hmmmmm

It's National Lemonade Day and National Beverage Day. I suppose that works since I don't like lemonade...

Congrats to our new City Council. I must say I’m no fan of having to wait on the County to count to 250 but I guess thats the price of progress. And to whoever put that retarded ass Galveston County election results web site, when recess is over you need to go take a nap.

There was a nice crowd at Okie’s last night. Not sure who’s idea it was for the new “floor” but I like it. I like it all.


Did you get a chance to get up to the Ice Cream Social the Civic Club had Thursday? Scholarship awards were handed out to three of our young citizens about to head off to college. Congrats to Drake, Ethan and Wyatt. The Ice Cream was awesome and a great job was done by all.



I asked Christy if the numbers were in the normal range for pool membership signups and while she had no hard numbers on hand she seemed to think it was a little lite from last year. At least 5 memberships lighter that I know of. Why? Because City Council made the call to exclude Lazy Bend from resident prices. There is no argument that they are not citizens. They are not. Period. But that’s not the point. 10 plus years ago the Civic Club began overtures to invite our neighbors to the east to some of our functions. It was a neighborly thing to do. It got off to a bumpy start but it smoothed out fairly quickly. We had more than just a few join the Civic Club when it was made an option. The next thing you knew we had a whole new set of volunteers stepping up to help out with National Night Out, The Block Party, The Fourth of July Membership Drive, Fish Frys Parades and all sorts of things. JT and Kathy took over the Easter Sunrise Service years ago when Neltje Burns was ready to step down. And Folks that is no walk in the park. Well, actually it is a walk in the park but you know what I mean. We voted to make pool memberships available to the Benders at residents price 1) because it was a neighborly thing to do, 2) They are in our ETJ and 3) to help offset the cost of our fenced in money pit. So the question is why? Why did this even become a topic of conversation? Why give away money? Granted, In the grand scheme of things it’s not much but by my reckoning it’s about $600. Surely to God Council didn’t think they’d be “OK” with this kick in the ass. It didn’t cost us a dime to give them resident prices but sure as hell is gonna cost us now. And I’m not talking about $600 miserable dollars. Maybe this new Council will reconsider but I’m pretty sure it’s too late. Someone didn’t think that all the way through.
And last but not least, this is for the illiterate troll posting as anon. You are an obvious moron so I won’t dwell on that. It’s also obvious you’ve never met the man who has volunteered 7 years to this city and has done so much else. You’d be hard pressed to find someone who has done as much but you’re probably too damned lazy to put out the effort. So, get the fuck off my blog and go back to that poisonous facebook page where you belong you whiney piece of shit. 
  

This from the AFG
The first pair of Nike running shoes was made in a waffle iron.

Friday, May 4, 2018

Happy Star Wars Day

From a certified fan.

Headin' to Houston Intergalactic to pick up the in-laws. Have a great weekend Islanders!


Thursday, May 3, 2018

Holy Mackeral!

Way too many National Days to even list so I'll be sticking with National Prayer Day. I'll pray they make that list a hell of a lot smaller.

Top 25 beers list is out. 16 and 13. Commie bastards didn't have the onions to List Lone Star. Oh well my next two made it at 13 and 16.
https://www.usatoday.com/story/money/food/2018/05/03/most-popular-us-beer-brands/573703002/

Bit of a slow down on Rusty the '62 Falcon Van. The In-laws are coming in for a few days and the boss says it's clean up time. I'm stoked, I like my In-Laws and I haven't seen 'em in a couple of years. I guess that's OK since I am batting .000 on finding body nuts for this thing.
The new radiator sure is pretty. Since it's for a 170 cid and we have a 200 cid I bought an auxiliary cooling fan. This should be fun.



Any idea when all the Medicare offers stop filling my mailbox? I guess that's when it's official, you're old huh? Craps been pouring in for months and yesterday I finally threw a dart and ended up with United Health Care.

Any Veterans out there? Any interest in starting a list of Vets in hood? Nothing public just us. I'll get it started if anyone else is interested. Drop me a line at allanmbatchelor@gmail.com or ping me here on the blog. It'll be as private as I can make it because I am just about done with getting on anyone elses' list.

Anyone ever use Gulf Coast Power Equipment? They do small engine service. Lawnmowers, generators and such. They are off Anders lane and as soon as I can figure out how to get my generator down I'm taking it in for a tuneup. Hurricane seasons will be here in 3 weeks and this guy has a one week turnaround time.

So from NYC and the USS Intrepid it's off to Maine. I have always wanted to like lobster but never could make it work. I've had it grilled, boiled, stuffed and in a Po Boy but never any joy. Word is the Lobster Shack in Port Elizabeth Maine has the best lobster in the country so that's where Wyatt and I are headed. I'll let you know.




Wednesday, May 2, 2018

National Truffle Day

Fungus, Pigs dig 'em up.
National Truffle Day is observed annually on May 2nd. On this day, the deliciously sweet chocolate truffle gets the spotlight.
This chocolate confectionery is traditionally made with a chocolate ganache center coated in chocolate, icing, cocoa powder, chopped nuts or coconut. The truffle may be filled with other fillings such as cream, melted chocolate, caramel, nuts, fruit, nougat, fudge, toffee, mint, marshmallow or liqueur.
N. Petruccelli of Chambery, France is believed to be the inventor of the chocolate truffle in December 1895. Truffles became much more popular in 1902 when Prestat Chocolate Shop opened in London. 
And just in case you forgot...
"truffle is the fruiting body of a subterranean Ascomycete fungus, predominantly one of the many species of the genus Tuber. Truffles are ectomycorrhizal fungi and are therefore usually found in close association with tree roots"

Here's what I took home from last nights Council meeting. 
Lots of kudos to the LBAC. And if you haven't been by the Club House lately here's one of many reasons you need to say thank you.

A lot of conversation over the juvenile curfew. Most was about just dropping the daytime curfew since there is already County truancy laws. No need to invent a new wheel. Chief says it's an important tool in their chest to help keep folks out of trouble. 

Hurricane prep meeting will be a Stewart this year. 5/23.

165 of your friends and neighbors voted early. That sounds like a high number but I'm just going on past numbers where 70 votes was a shoe in. 

Bldg Insp Kevin said the new Kayak rental business on the Bayou is ready for your money.

The Cities accounting firm gave us a rave review on our financials. Good job Council.

Some interesting discussion about the "Duck Blind" up front. 
Apparently this is a Centerpoint requirement. After Ike and all. So if you want to install power at your water front lease you get to build one of these? This will go far with the aesthetics around the island huh. Can you see one of these every 150 feet around the waterfront? How is this gonna reconcile with the ban on boat houses because the screw up the view? Didn't see that coming. Interesting. 

And the EDC Lady was there again. More talk about making CLR 10 feet wider for a walking/bike path, and building a new bridge over the bayou. It will continue the pedestrian walkway. And the one idea that I think needs to be dropped from the discussion is building a new City Hall where the Beer Garden used to be. No voice to text diatribes here, just my 2 cents.

So our next epic road trip is shaping up nicely. SouthWest to NOLA, City of New Orleans to Chicago for a visit with cousins, Southwest to BWI for two days in DC and more Cousins and old friends. Hopefully from there on the the Big Apple and the USS Intrepid. More as it firms up.


I hear Rusty calling. Time for more 100 grit.



Tuesday, May 1, 2018

National Chocolate Parfait Day

Not a bad way to start the month of May. And follow that up with the Ice Cream Social and pool membership renewal on Thursday. A nice start indeed. And this is for you.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W-D8Qq2huHw

Engine in the shop getting remanned. Check
Transmission getting the same. Check
Shop full of new parts. Check
Might as well do some more sanding. Check

Bondo girl has come along nicely. There are just a few spots so there's not much left to do. I am JB Welding the shit out of my windshield opening. I tried for the better half of Saturday to weld a new piece of steel in there but every damned time I got an arc it went right through the new steel. Moving on. Trying to find the right primer now. The white primer is for "difficult" surfaces and Lord knows Rusty qualifies. Too bad it just doesn't cover.


Perhaps we got a tad over zealous with the 80- grit. The brown primer is for rusty metal surfaces. Lord knows we qualify there too. But it covers the chatter marks from the orbital. Think lipstick on the pig.
Time to Ospho the interior. Gettin' ready to get ready for the new engine.

Council Meeting tonight. Here's your agenda.
Michael McNamara, Mayor Bryan Hoerner
S. Bud Solmonsson
AGENDA
CITY OF CLEAR LAKE SHORES CITY COUNCIL

REGULAR MEETING May 1, 2018 @ 7:00 pm
Amanda Fenwick, Mayor Pro Tem Christy Lyons Jan Bailey
NOTICE is hereby given of a Regular Meeting of the City Council for the City of Clear Lake Shores, County of Galveston, State of Texas, to be held on the above mentioned date and time at the Club House, 931 Cedar Road, Clear Lake Shores, Texas, for the purpose of considering the following numbered items. The City Council of the City of Clear Lake Shores, Texas, reserves the right to meet in a closed council session on any of the below items should the need arise and if applicable pursuant to authorization by Title 5, Chapter 551 of the Texas Government Code.
  1. CALL TO ORDER & DETERMINATION OF QUORUM
  2. PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE TO THE FLAG OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA AND TO THE TEXAS FLAG
  3. PUBLIC HEARING: CURFEW ORDINANCE
  4. REPORTS FROM COUNCIL:
    Councilman Hoerner Councilwoman Lyons Councilman Solmonsson Councilwoman Bailey Mayor Pro Tem Fenwick Mayor McNamara
  5. STAFF REPORTS:
    Police Department Chief Cook Building Official Kevin Harrell Fire Chief Brent Hahn
  6. UNSCHEDULED VISITORS
  7. NEW BUSINESS:
    CONSENT AGENDA:
    1. Check Register: April 12th thru April 25th, 2018
    2. Council Regular Meeting Minutes 04/17/18
    3. WF Transfer C-070: Candace Mann to Shanon Disorbo and Valerie Reis
  8. COUNCIL BUSINESS - Discussion and possible action may be taken on the following items:
    1. Ordinance No. 2018-04: An Ordinance adopting budget amendment no.2 to the original budget of the City of Clear Lake Shores, Texas for the fiscal year 2016-17 adjusting amounts in the expenditure and revenue accounts of the General Fund; containing findings; providing for severability; and
      providing other details relating thereto. (Mayor Michael McNamara)
    2. Presentation of the audited financial statements for fiscal year ended
      September 30, 2017. (Mayor Michael McNamara)
    3. ORDINANCE 2018-05: AN ORDINANCE OF THE CITY OF CLEAR LAKE SHORES, TEXAS, CONTINUING IN EFFECT ORDINANCE NO. 2005-18, ADOPTED ON MAY 20, 2005, AND CODIFIED AS CHAPTER 50, ARTICLE II - CURFEW; REFLECTING COMPLIANCE WITH ALL REQUIREMENTS OF STATE LAW AND RE-AFFIRMING THE NEED TO CONTINUE THE CURFEW ORDINANCE; AMENDING CHAPTER 50, ARTICLE II;
PROVIDING DEFENSES TO PROSECUTION FOR VIOLATIONS HEREUNDER; PROVIDING A PENALTY OF AN AMOUNT NO MORE THAN $500.00 FOR EACH DAY OF VIOLATION OF ANY PROVISION HEREOF; MAKING CERTAIN FINDINGS; REPEALING ALL ORDINANCES OR PARTS OF ORDINANCES INCONSISTENT OR IN CONFLICT HEREWITH; AND PROVIDING FOR SEVERABILITY; AND PROVIDING AN EFFECTIVE DATE. (Mayor Michael McNamara)
  1. RESOLUTION 2018-04: A RESOLUTION REQUESTING THE STATE OF TEXAS SEEK A WAIVER TO THE 70 PERCENT OVERALL BENEFIT REQUIREMENT AND PROPOSE THAT 50 PERCENT OF HOUSTON AND URBAN DEVELOPMENT COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT BLOCK GRANT DISASTER RECOVERY FUNDS BE USED TO SUPPORT LOWS AND MODERATE INCOME PERSONS AND SUPPORTING GALVESTON COUNTY’S EFFORTS IN SEEKING SAID WAIVER. (Mayor Michael McNamara)
  2. True North Emergency Management payment for debris removal from Hurricane Harvey in the amount of $34,105.00. (Mayor Michael McNamara)
  3. Proposal from CivicPlus for Website Redesign for cost of $5,000.00.
    (Mayor Michael McNamara)
  4. Approval of contract award to Excel Paving Company, LLC for Multiple Street and Drainage Improvements. (Mayor Michael McNamara)
  1. ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION PRESENTATION
    Monisha Khurana: Goodman Corporation analysis for Clear Lake Shores Projects Funding.

  2. ADJOURNMENT
    CERTIFICATION
I, Christy Stroup, City Secretary, certify that this Notice of Meeting was posted on the outside bulletin board at 931 Cedar Drive on or before Friday, April 27, 2018.
_______________________________ Christy Stroup
City Secretary

City Council encourages positive public comment and discussion during its meetings and reserves time during most Council meetings to hear such comments from either Scheduled or Unscheduled Visitors. However, the Texas Open Meetings Act places certain constraints on topics raised by such visitors where such discussions are not related to an item that has been placed on the Council's posted Agenda (Attorney General Opinion JC-0169). The most effective way for an individual to have their voice heard and receive feedback at a City Council meeting is to contact the City Secretary no later than Noon on the Wednesday prior to an upcoming Council meeting and request that their name be placed on a future agenda as a Scheduled Visitor. When you make this request, please state specifically the subject you wish to discuss. The City Secretary will place your name on the Agenda along with a specific description of the subject to be discussed. If you fail to provide a specific description of the subject of your requested discussion, then Council will have no choice but to refer the matter to City staff for response or defer any feedback or discussion on the matter until a future Council meeting when the subject can be placed on the Agenda. Comments should be limited to five (5) minutes and directed to the entire Council, not individual members. Engaging in verbal attacks or comments intended to insult, abuse, malign or slander any individual shall be cause for termination of speaking privileges and expulsion from Council Chambers.
In compliance with the American with Disabilities Act, the City of Clear Lake Shores will provide reasonable accommodations for disabled persons attending City Council meetings. Requests for interpretive services must be made 48 hours prior to this meeting by calling 281-334-2799 or by faxing to 281-334-2866. 

LOOK Y'all Found a picture of Mcnamayor when he was in the fourth grade!



Time for me to get to work before the boss finds out I've been goofin' off. You might think sleeping with the boss has it's advantages but you'd be wrong.

Thursday, April 26, 2018

Ch Ch Ch Changes......

The entrance FINALLY got a makeover. It's looking pretty damn good if you ask me. A damn sight better than it did. The way I see it it's a win win win. If the new look attracts more folks, Okies wins and the City wins in sales tax. If that doesn't happen at least the property will be more attractive to any new prospects. Win again.


The big pier in the front is getting a sorely needed redo. Harvey was just about the last nail in that coffin. Hat's Off to Jim Adams for herding all the cats to make that happen.


They put in a new road over t Seabrook Shipyard. It's on the Island end and I'm not sure where it's going. Any thoughts? Do they still call it a shipyard?


The 1970 Falcon inline Six is at the Doctors! Delivered it to GulfTech this morning for a complete rebuild. It should be back next week or so. I think the engine was in a hurry to get there because it tried to get off the trailer twice. Once on 610 and once on I 45 North. It was originally set to go to Owens Racing engines in Pearland but we were having serious communication issues. Oh well.
Some of you know that I worked for Lockheed Martin for the past 20 years. Great company, better folks. Had a ball.  Imagine my pleasant surprise when I pulled the original 1962 Master Cylinder off Rusty and saw this.

The second Communication Workshop meeting is tonight 6:30 at City Hall. I'm going. Look for a recap here tomorrow.

Sunday, April 22, 2018

Happy Earth Day Y'all


The concept of Earth Day was established in 1969 at a UNESCO Conference in San Francisco. On March 21, 1970, a sanctioned Proclamation was signed by Secretary General U Thant at the United Nations. On April 22, 1970, U.S. Senator Gaylord Nelson founded Earth Day. National Earth Day is not considered a national holiday. However, we encourage you to learn more about this important day at http://www.earthday.org/earth-day-history-movement. HAPPY EARTH DAY!

Progress on "Rusty" AKA the 1962 Ford Falcon Station Bus. We prefer Rusty.
Admiral Glass sent one of their finest out to remove the windshield. Having spent several years in the auto glass business and many DAYS prying out the other ten windows I thought I had an idea about how long it was going to take him. I was prepared to buy him dinner. POW! and we was done. From start to stop less than 5 minutes. I am impressed. Now to find a new one. I hear there's some in Canada or at least they are counting on them for next month. And yes my first call was to Richard. But I have yet to have him answer the phone. I'm just glad he's busy. Moving on.
Now on to more sanding. Bondo girl is set to begin any day now.
An orbital grinder, full on respirator AND Pink ropers! Is that HOT or what?!

So, the other night at Candidates Night I had these rambling thoughts rolling around in my brain. I kept searching for the best way to word then but alas, it was not meant to be. So it took a few days for them to solidify. I have referred to these words of wisdom from neighbor and looong time resident several times over the past few years but I couldn't quite make it a yes or no question to the candidates. Neighbor Chuck told me years ago that "If I was in charge, a person would have to live here for at least 10 years before they could run for office. They come from all around and the first thing they was to do is start changing shit. I think it takes 10 years before you "get it", what this place is all about, Why you moved here in the first place." Can I get n Amen!
The second item was a bit more puzzling. Angie repeatedly touted her mediation skills. I have no reason to doubt that she is an excellent mediator. But my question was what are you going to mediate? It seems to me the only mediation needed is on that godawful fb page. Start by limiting the word count. Or cull some of the igmos. Whatever it takes because I'm pretty sure you have the inmates running the asylum. And now I hear we're getting Emus? Hell I want one!

Thursday, April 19, 2018

National Garlic Day

This stinking rose is a member of the lily family. This family also includes onions, leeks and shallots. While garlic originated in Asia over 7,000 years ago, it is used in a variety of cuisines, but it is also used for medicinal purposes.
It is considered an herbal remedy for colds, and it has been suggested to reduce blood pressure and cholesterol. Modern science has proven garlic’s antibiotic properties.
Dreaming of garlic is no different. To dream about garlic in the house is supposed to mean good luck and if the dream includes eating garlic (perhaps in a pesto sauce), there might be hidden secrets. There are over 300 varieties of garlic in the world to dream about as well!
Gilroy, California is known as the Garlic Capital of the World. Will Rogers was once quoted as saying it is “…the only place in America where you can marinate a steak just by hanging it out on a clothes line.”

Here's a short recap of the Council Meeting.
We have cameras in the Club House. They are looking to update/upgrade the City website.The Fire Dept. is looking for more bodies. The Hanson Road project is moving right along. The Hurricane meeting will be held at Stewart and includes evERYONE in the WCID #@12. The Ice Cream Social / Pool Sign up is May 3rd. Lots of hoo ha about revoking Lazy Bend Citizen rate for the pool. Even more Hoo Ha about a curfew. Any one have any idea where this curfew stuff is coming from? I know we have one but are the kids mis-behavin'? 

Candidates Night was fun. Said no one in the room. Gotta love our Mayor Pro tem, Amanda Fenwick. Smart, engaged and energetic. That's a trifecta. No one there has more experience or has been more involved in our City than Bryan Hoerner. Why he wants a 4th term is beyond me but he has my vote. Kurt Otten put on a good show as did Angie Terrell. Some folks in the back were not amused and felt as if she was talking to crowd like we were a bunch of children. I suggested maybe she was communication with her FB crowd. She did bring the only emoji to the room. Decisions, decisions....
And Ronnie Richards is running for a seat on WCID12

New gas tank is here! Off I go. Gonna start the Bondo learning curve today. Feel free to drop by with any suggestions or instructions. 


Tuesday, April 17, 2018

National Bat Day

Not baseball. As long as they eat mosquitoes we will get along. Ever put up a bat house for 'em? Any luck? I don't seem to recall any positive stories but here's some fun facts just the same.
  • Some species of bats can live up to 40 years.
  • Bats can see in the dark and use their extreme sense of hearing.
  • Bats are the only mammal naturally capable of true and sustained flight.
  • There are over 1,200 known species of bats.
  • The United States is home to an estimated 48 species of bats.
  • Nearly 70% of bats are insectivores.
  • One of the largest bats is the Giant Golden-Crowned Flying Fox bat weighing up to 4 lbs with a wingspan of up to 5 feet, 7 inches.
  • Bats are clean animals, grooming themselves almost constantly.
  • North America’s largest urban bat colony is found on the Congress Avenue Bridge in Austin, Texas. It is home to an estimated 1,500,000 Mexican Free-Tailed bats. This colony of bats eats approximately 10,000 to 30,000 lbs of insects each night.  It is estimated 100,000 tourists visit the bridge annually to watch the bats leave the roost at twilight.
  • One colony of 150 Big Brown bats can protect farmers from up to 33 million or more rootworms each summer.
  • Almost 40% of American bat species are in severe decline, with some already listed as endangered or threatened.
  • Three U.S. states have an official state bat. Texas and Oklahoma have named the Mexican Free-Tailed bat their state bat, and Virginia has dubbed the Virginia Big-Eared bat their state bat.
Finally! Progress at the front of our Island. Some pretty good looking Crepe Myrtles. I can't wait to see them in bloom. Probably not this year.

So. After spending a LOT of time in RockAuto's parts database guess what I found. Everything goes back. Not one of the parts, as listed, had corresponding part numbers with the parts I need. UGH! As I boxed them up I did a visual and they were all different enough. All except the motor mounts. They are identical. .Thinking I may have misread something somewhere I went back to the database with old and new motor mounts in hand to see what I missed. Turns out I didn't miss a damned thing. They are two different part numbers and ne'er the twain shall meet and yes they are identical. I am so confused. Radiator and master cylinder are on their way. Not from Rock Auto. As is the new gas tank. Now to find a windshield. Wish me luck.

Fired the opening salvo's for our next awesomely epic road trip. Think Maine.

Here's tonight's agenda. See you there.

Michael McNamara, Mayor Bryan Hoerner
S. Bud Solmonsson

AGENDA
CITY OF CLEAR LAKE SHORES CITY COUNCIL

REGULAR MEETING April 17, 2018 @ 7:00 pm
Amanda Fenwick, Mayor Pro Tem Christy Lyons Jan Bailey
NOTICE is hereby given of a Regular Meeting of the City Council for the City of Clear Lake Shores, County of Galveston, State of Texas, to be held on the above mentioned date and time at the Club House, 931 Cedar Road, Clear Lake Shores, Texas, for the purpose of considering the following numbered items. The City Council of the City of Clear Lake Shores, Texas, reserves the right to meet in a closed council session on any of the below items should the need arise and if applicable pursuant to authorization by Title 5, Chapter 551 of the Texas Government Code.
  1. CALL TO ORDER & DETERMINATION OF QUORUM
  2. PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE TO THE FLAG OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA AND TO THE TEXAS FLAG
  3. REPORTS FROM COUNCIL:
    Councilman Hoerner Councilwoman Lyons Councilman Solmonsson Councilwoman Bailey Mayor Pro Tem Fenwick Mayor McNamara
  4. STAFF REPORTS:
    Police Department Chief Cook Building Official Kevin Harrell Fire Chief Brent Hahn
  5. COMMITTEE REPORTS:
    Roads and Drainage Waterfront Compliance
    Parks and Pool
    Planning and Zoning Landscape and Beautification

  6. ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION
  7. ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION PRESENTATION:
    Monisha Khurana: Goodman Corporation analysis for H-GAC Clear Lake Shores Projects Funding.
  1. CIVIC CLUB
  2. UNSCHEDULED VISITORS
  3. NEW BUSINESS:
    CONSENT AGENDA:
    1. Check Register: March 29, 2018 thru April 11, 2018
    2. Council Regular Meeting Minutes 04/03/18
    3. Special joint Meeting Minutes 04/03/18
8. COUNCIL BUSINESS - Discussion and possible action may be taken on the following items:
  1. Changes to the Clear Lake Shores Community Pool Membership Agreement for the Pool Season starting May 1, 2018 and ending April 30, 2018.
    Mayor Pro Tem Amanda Fenwick
  2. ORDINANCE 2018-04: An Ordinance adopting curfew hours for minors in the City of Clear Lake Shores and making it a violation for (1) a minor to remain in a public place or on the premises of any establishment within the city during curfew hours; (2) a parent or guardian of a minor to knowingly permit, or by insufficient control, allow a minor to remain in any public place or on the premises of any establishment within the city during curfew hours, or (3) an owner, operator, or any employee of an establishment to knowingly allow a minor to remain upon on the premises of the establishment during curfew hours; providing for defenses to the violation; providing for an enforcement provision: providing for a penalty to be fined for back offenses against the ordinance of not more than five hundred dollars ($500.00) for back day or part of a day the violation exists; containing a severability clause; providing for publication by caption only and an effective date; providing for the repeal of all ordinances or parts of ordinances in conflict with this ordinance; and declaring an emergency.
  3. Economic Development funding for Hanson Road Extension Project in the amount of $300,000.00. Mayor Michael McNamara
12. ADJOURNMENT

Thursday, April 12, 2018

Here's why it's National Big Wind Day

Observed each year in the United States on April 12th, National Big Wind Day commemorates the recording of the highest natural wind gust measured on the Earth’s surface. On the afternoon of April 12, 1934, the Mount Washington Observatory recorded winds at 231 miles per hour.

Mount Washington is the highest peak in the Northeastern United States at 6,288 ft, and it is the most prominent mountain east of the Mississippi River.

So. Here's the conundrum for today. Any help from you car guys will be appreciated. Our 1962 Falcon Station Bus came from the factory with a) 144 cid inline 6 or b) 170 cid inline six. It says so right on the VIN and in the online documentation and on RockAuto.com parts ordering schema. I was told by the shop that is about to rebuild the block to remove everything that was not the engine block so off came the parts. A bunch of 'em. Not wanting to get behind I got on to different sites and started ordering stuff. It's coming in daily. Now we find out bus was re-powered in 1970 with a 200 cid inline 6. Now Rockauto's parts scheme does not list a Falcon Station Bus with a 200. Ever. In 1965 they list a 240 but... Well at least they do list a 200, in a Falcon, Car, in 1963. Can I assume these parts are compatible? Hell if I know. No great big deal yet. I will simply get in touch with RockAuto and see which parts are compatible and return the rest. Except Rockauto is a strictly online company. There is no customer support and they will tell you that when you call. So now it's a big deal. What to do? I'm thinking it's time to ship it all back and find a source that has a  dumb ass line I can call.