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

Sunday, February 18, 2018

Yes it is..

National Drink Wine day BUT. It's also National Crab Stuffed Flounder day. Winner, winner...

If you didn't make it out to the 15th annual ManCakes you missed a genuine all round good time. Not to mention some dang good eats. Maybe next year.

Well now that Mr. Moeller has determined that all these Russian trolls are guilty of the same shit they've been doing since the Russian revolution maybe they can close this investigation to nowhere focus on more pressing issues. Like cleaning up the FBI's current mess. Maybe.

Candidates Night should be entertaining. There are 8 neighbors running for 3 Council seats. Pretty sure you won't want to miss this event. 

It's been a little over a month since I unfollowed the FB CLS LIG page. My life is decidedly better for it. I do listen to friends yak on about the inane conversations that dribble all over it though. It almost always end with me chuckling and saying get off it. 

This teacher in Florida nailed it. I wonder if any Dems will read her rant or just trot out the same ol' same ol' gun control tripe. 

"Until we, as a country, are willing to get serious and talk about mental health issues, lack of available care for the mental health issues, lack of discipline in the home, horrendous lack of parental support when the schools are trying to control horrible behavior at school (oh no! Not MY KID. What did YOU do to cause my kid to react that way?), lack of moral values, and yes, I’ll say it-violent video games that take away all sensitivity to ANY compassion for others’ lives, as well as reality TV that makes it commonplace for people to constantly scream up in each others’ faces and not value any other person but themselves, we will have a gun problem in school. Our kids don’t understand the permanency of death anymore!!!"

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


CITY OF CLEAR LAKE SHORES CITY COUNCIL
REGULAR MEETING February 20, 2018 @ 7:00 pm
  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. Introduction of the new Home Depot Store Manager for Clear Lake Shores, Jeffery Alvarenga
  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. COMMITTEE REPORTS:
    Roads and Drainage
    Planning and Zoning
    Waterfront Compliance
    Parks and Pool
    Landscape and Beautification Advisory

  7. ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION
  8. CIVIC CLUB REPORT
  9. UNSCHEDULED VISITOR
  10. NEW BUSINESS:
    CONSENT AGENDA:
    1. Check Register: February 1st thru February 14th , 2018
    2. Minutes from Special City Council Meeting 01/23/18
    3. Minutes from Regular City Council Meeting 02/06/18
    4. Waterfront Transfer C-078: Daniel Otto to Efrain and Christina Franco
  11. COUNCIL BUSINESS - Discussion and possible action may be taken on the following items:
a. Approve the 2018 “Plant a Tree” program which will involve the purchase of wholesale trees by the City that will be offered to our residents for their own use at a reduced rate. (Councilman Bryan Hoerner)
  1. Approve Ordinance 2018-02: An Ordinance adopting budget amendment No. 1 for the City of Clear Lake Shores Fiscal Year 2017/2018, increasing the appropriation for the Parks - Landscape and Beautification and decreasing the appropriation for Undesignated Fund Balance. (Councilman Bryan Hoerner)
  2. Approve the release of funds to purchase or lease Electronic Ticketwriter software and software services. (Mayor Michael McNamara)
c. Approve Ordinance 2018-03: An Ordinance adopting budget amendment No. 2 to the approved budget for the City of Clear Lake Shores for the Fiscal Year 2017/2018, utilizing the current balance of the Court Technology Restricted Fund and increasing the expenditures of the Software and Computers Services for the Municipal Court. (Mayor Michael McNamara)
  1. Authorize Cobb Findley to prepare and issue bid documents for the 2018 Street and Drainage Improvement Projects which include reconstruction of Juniper Road from Oak Road to West Shore Drive and drainage improvements on Queen Road from Juniper Road to North Shore Drive and on Juniper Road to East Shore Drive, on Narcissus Road mid-block between Forest Road and Ivy Road and Ivy Road from Narcissus Road to West Shore Drive and Tindel Street. Cost estimate attached. (Mayor Michael McNamara)
  2. Approve Common Pier, LLC leaseholder agreement. (Mayor Michael McNamara)
  3. EXECUTIVE SESSION: Texas Government Code, Section 551.074: Personnel matters; to deliberate the appointment, employment, evaluation, reassignment, duties, discipline, or dismissal of a public officer or employee: City Administrator George Jones. (Mayor Michael McNamara)
  4. Action from EXECUTIVE SESSION: Texas Government Code, Section 551.074: Personnel matters; to deliberate the appointment, employment, evaluation, reassignment, duties, discipline, or dismissal of a public officer or employee: City Administrator George Jones. (Mayor Michael McNamara)
12. ADJOURNMENT

Friday, February 16, 2018

National Caregivers Day

A sincere hats off to all in that field. I remember well how indispensable they were when the big c was taking my Mom. It's also National Almond Day. I'm a peanut guy myself.

Just got back from a road trip. I landed in Philly Monday afternoon and we got on the road about three. 11 states, 1600 miles, two nights and we rolled onto the Island at 1:15 Wednesday afternoon. We ran the Blue Ridge Parkway for quite a while. It was pretty cool even with everything brown and frozen to death. I'll bet it's gorgeous in the spring.
Ever stay at the La Quinta in Slidell? No? I don't doubt it. They hid that SOB REALLY well.

I don't know about you but when I was 19 I didn't have a thousand dollars. So where did the maniac in Florida get his money. I wouldn't imagine crazy people would have that sort of money to spend on firearms. I do wish the media would stop referring to the POS as a suspect. There is nothing suspect in his murder spree. He is the perpetrator. I get that he's "not guilty" until he gets a fair trial. I hope he won't live that long.

ManCakes is Saturday. 8 AM til 11 or we run out. Come on out and meet your neighbors and have some fun.

I'm looking for a 1964 van. Chevy, Ford or Dodge. A project would be great. Anyone know of one sitting out in the weeds and looking for a new home? Drop me a line.

Baby porcupines are called porcupettes.
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Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Fettuccine Alfredo Day is here

Having worked for government contractors for the past 30+ years I am painfully aware how political everything, even the minutiea can be. I've typed about it often. It's a huge reason I'm a fan of attempting to drain the swamp. I lived and worked in said swamp for several yers. It needs draining. As nauseous as all that is I'm not sure what bothers me most. The FBI is supposed to be the real life Dick Tracys. Beyond reproach by either side. They are supposed to be strong enough to not allow personal preferences to interfere with what they know to be right. And as much as that hurts my heart I think the worst part is that if we had not elected The Donald we would never even know all this dirty shit was going on. That really bothers me. I've said it many times, the only way this gets fixed is term limits. If the bottom feeders can't settle in to the mud they just won't stay. I loathe the point that term limits would dictate who I can and cannot vote for but I just don't see any other way. Lock 'em up? That's Bullshit with a capital B. I'd wager none of these asshats even gets fired let alone goes to jail. SOP is to reassign them or allow them to resign. It saves their golden pension. Drain on Mr. President, drain on.

Last nights Council meeting was a lot longer than most. It started off with the Galveston County CERT folks recognizing our local CERT folks and all they did in Harvey's wake. They made note that the followup documentation was better than any they had ever seen. Congrats to Pricilla, Julie, Teresa and Chuck for all your hard work. They saved the City thousands of dollars doing what they did.
The Communications Taskforce is underway. See Mayor Pro Tem Fenwick for more. Next meeting is 3/1.
A mess of waterfront transfers attempting to get the main pier mess under control. Good luck with that.
The plant a tree program was met with a roadblock in that the new procedure says if you want to spend money not specifically in the budget you have to spell out, specifically, where the money is going to come from.
The discussion on "fixing" the EDC was long and had more than a few ideas thrown out there. Noting all the good work done by the volunteer staff but hinting that we may need a paid professional in the role of President. Nothing cast in stone that I know of because I got bored and left.

Just wanted to comment on how nice my life has been since I disconnected from the FB drama that Life is Good has become. Way to many negative waves.

It is illegal to own only one Guinea Pig is Switzerland. They get lonely. 
Thanks AFG!

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Shower with a friend day!

I heard the new Tookies is set to open this Friday!! 

Tonights agenda. See you there.

Michael McNamara, Mayor Bryan Hoerner
S. Bud Solmonsson
AGENDA
CITY OF CLEAR LAKE SHORES CITY COUNCIL

REGULAR MEETING February 6, 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. Galveston County Emergency Response Team Volunteer Service Award Presentation
  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: January 11th thru January 31st , 2018
    2. Waterfront Transfer A-002B: Mazoch to Ward
    3. Waterfront Transfer A-013: Mazoch to Boswell
    4. Waterfront Transfer A-004B: Pettitt to Adams
    5. Waterfront Transfer D-092: Simms to Hammaker
    6. Waterfront Transfer A-002A: Franco to Sobotik
  8. COUNCIL BUSINESS - Discussion and possible action may be taken on the following items:
    1. Approve the 2018 “Plant a Tree” program which will involve the purchase of wholesale trees by the City that will be offered to our residents for their own use at a reduced rate. (Councilman Hoerner)
    2. Appoint a Council member to the Animal Bayou Services Board due to Diana Hoerner’s resignation. (Mayor McNamara)
    3. EXECUTIVE SESSION: Texas Government Code, Section 551.074: Personnel matters; to deliberate the appointment, employment, evaluation, reassignment, duties, discipline, or dismissal of a public officer or employee: City Administrator George Jones. (Mayor McNamara)
    4. EXECUTIVE SESSION: Pursuant to Section 551.087 of the Open Meetings Act: 1) to discuss or deliberate regarding commercial or financial information that

he governmental body has received from a business prospect that the governmental body seeks to have locate, stay, or expand in or near the territory of the governmental body and with which the governmental body is conducting economics development negotiations. 2) to deliberate the offer of a financial or other incentive to a business prospect described by Subdivision (1). (Mayor McNamara)
  1. Action from EXECUTIVE SESSION: Texas Government Code, Section 551.074: Personnel matters; to deliberate the appointment, employment, evaluation, reassignment, duties, discipline, or dismissal of a public officer or employee: City Administrator George Jones. (Mayor McNamara)
  2. Action from EXECUTIVE SESSION: Pursuant to Section 551.087 of the Open Meetings Act: 1) to discuss or deliberate regarding commercial or financial information that the governmental body has received from a business prospect that the governmental body seeks to have locate, stay, or expand in or near the territory of the governmental body and with which the governmental body is conducting economics development negotiations. 2) to deliberate the offer of a financial or other incentive to a business prospect described by Subdivision (1). (Mayor McNamara)
  3. Approve Economic Development Corporation expenditure of up to $75,000.00 for EDC Façade Improvement Program. (Mayor McNamara)
  4. Pros and Cons with regard to the dissolution of the Economic Development Corporation and options for managing and promoting economic development without an official corporation in place. (Councilman Hoerner)
12. 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, February 2, 2018.
_______________________________ Christy Stroup
City Secretary



Redondo Beach California adopted the Goodyear blimp as the city's official bird in 1983.
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see what i did there?

Sunday, February 4, 2018

Bones to pick

I have 'em. Lets start with today, Sunday, being National Thank a mail carrier day. Duh. National Day Calendar, you need to rethink this one. I'll thank our carrier Sandy tomorrow.

Biggest bone is the failure Friday. Sorry I was late with the update. If you haven't heard Big Tex,
the largest alligator captured alive did not eat his steak on Friday thereby forecasting a long winter. Crap! OK Tex, this one is on you. Big Al never let us done. And Hey, Gator Country, why the switch to the new comer? Remember, size doesn't matter.

Friday, February 2, 2018

Ground Hog? I'll see your rodent and raise you Big Al


Groundhog Day?
We doh-nee-no stinkin’ grounhog! 
We have Big Al!

You may or may not remember last February’s article on Groundhogs, Woodchucks, rambo-rats what ever you want to call them. Doesn’t matter that Puxatawney Phil saw his shadow foretelling of six more weeks of winter. The Houston Zoo even tried to get in on the action by having their Asian Pig agree with Phil. Well, I went to our local source who has a much more reliable record than Phil. I speak of course of Big Al. The star of the show at Gator Country in Beaumont.  You can check it out live, today around noon on their Facebook page. Like I said, any chump can have a groundhog.
Big Al lives at Gator Country near Beaumont. He is:
1. a lot bigger than the Yankee hedgehog (try the largest alligator in captivity at 1,000 lbs) and
2. He has also proven more accurate -- like 100% accurate -- in his "winter's over or not?" predictions, according to owner and Gary Saurage.
Every year on Groundhog Day, they offer Big Al his most-favorite-food: Kentucky Fried Chicken. Alligators are genetically unable to eat until all danger of winter freezes is past. Their bodies simply cannot digest food until warm weather is assured.


PS.I'll double check this with the folks today but I think Al is no longer the largest Alligator in captivity. I'm pretty sure his new roomie, Big Tex, has that honor. I'll post and update around noon-thirty.

I hope you were at the Civic Club meeting last night and got to try the awesome seafood chowder President Duffey brought. Dayum! A heads up, She is considering not running for the Presidents seat in April. Please let her know what a great job she has done and encourage her to stay for one more term. 

ManCakes is two weeks away. I have the decorating team in place and still have a few slots open in the kitchen...

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

yaD drawkcaB lanoitaN s'tI

Can't make it up folks. 
It's almost as weird as the STOU last night. I personally liked most of it but I will go to my grave not understanding why the majority of the folks on the right side of the room don't think the lowest unemployment numbers in history are a good thing. You'd think the dashiki wearing clowns of the cbc would be cheering the loudest. Drain on Mr. President. Moving on.

What about a CLS Co-Op? Last year I had some driveway work done. It was a small job as asphalt goes and I did have to pay a little extra for a trip fee. I get all that and had no objections. Not long after another neighbor had a similar job done with similar charges. Just got a similar call. What if these single, smallish jobs were scheduled to have 3 or 4 like projects done and see if a group discount could be worked out? At least the trip charges would be eliminated. i.e. at this moment several neighbors are looking to get quotes for small elevators/manlifts. It seems to me there is a deal to be made there somewhere. Maybe it's just me.

It's like the Clear Lake Shores Yacht Club. Phil had it for years and couldn't quite pull anything together. I picked it up last year and just can't put it together.

The flush was a success. Here's a shot of the onboard filter after an hour and a half flush. I assume the scale that was being scoured off the boiler is what turned the vinegar a bluish green. There were no noticeable pieces so it makes sense.

On to the next adventure....





Tuesday, January 30, 2018

NATIONAL CROISSANT DAY

Legend surrounds this pastry, as is often the case with a popular, worldly treat. What is known, is that crescent-shaped breads have been found around the world for ages. One of these was the Kipferl which originated in Austria as far back as the 13th century. This nonlaminated bread is more like a roll.
Credit for the croissant we know today is given to an Austrian military officer, August Zang. In 1939 he opened a Viennese bakery in Paris introducing France to Viennese baking techniques.

Today was a good day. After finding out that my tankless was years overdue for a flush I made it happen. Aaaaand I managed to beat the Lindelow plumbing precept. Simply stated, all plumbing projects will require a minimum of three trips to the store. Today I managed it in two. Now, given all my plumbing projects I think the average still works out to 5+ trips to the store.
Do we have hard water or soft water? Hell if I know. So I googled around and found this on the Youetubes.
http://www.water-rightgroup.com/blog/diy-test-hard-water/

With these results
OK, Soft water it is. According to the source of the flushing video soft water is good. 
Here's reason for the first trip to HD

The distance between the drain valve the original plumber left me with and the door trim is just shy of 1 inch. After a lot of searching at the Home Depot I discovered there are no PVC items that fit the bill so I ended up with galvanized. I was fairly certain I could make the 90 and nipple work. I must have been high on the vinegar fumes. After much searching the second time I found the above brass sprinkler fitting. It required no axial turn of the entire body and worked perfectly. Now that I can connect the circulation hoses, lets see just how bad it is.
This is the onboard pre filter on the Rennai and that is what it looks like after 8 years of use with our water. Granted we have a whole house filter but it's only been in place for 6 months or so. Not too bad. More tomorrow. 

What's all this hooha about the moon you ask? Here's what NASA has to say.

Early on Wednesday, January 31, space lovers will be blessed with a trifecta of celestial treats: a supermoon, a blue moon, and a lunar eclipse. Combined, the three events will create what's known as a super blue blood moon (say that three times fast), an ultra-big and bright moon with a reddish tint. Those with clear skies in Alaska, Hawaii, and on the West Coast can watch the phenomenon starting at 4:52 a.m. PT, but NASA will also livestream the event so no one is left out.
Here's a breakdown of what will be going down during the early dawn hours tomorrow. A supermoon occurs when a full Moon's orbit moves it near to Earth, or at perigee, making it appear around 14 percent brighter than normal. This big, glowing Moon will pass through the Earth's shadow, giving it a reddish tint (hence the name ("blood moon"). As for "blue moon," it's simply a term used to describe the second full moon of a calendar month and has nothing to do with the Moon's actual color.
The next one isn't expected until January 31, 2037.
You can still take part in the experience by watching NASA's livestream, and by following @NASAMoon. Keep a close lookout for the Moon's glowing red stage, which begins at 4:52 a.m. PT and 7:52 ET and will last for around 1 hour, 16 minutes. Tomorrow's moon is the third in a series of recent supermoons (the others occurred on December 3, 2017, and January 1, 2018)

Possums don't play dead. When they get excited they pass out. 
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Sunday, January 28, 2018

National Blueberry Pancake Day

and speaking of, there's a little over 2 weeks to go before we pull off the the 15th annual ManCakes! I have the Club house reserved for Feb 17th, which is the Saturday after Valentines Day. We will have blueberry, pecan, chocolate chip and plain pancakes to please your palate. Milk, OJ, coffee and something special for the ladies. We hope to see you there!

It's been a year and here are the results of the Trumpometer.
71% of the votes cast, not all by me gave the President a thumbs up
10% were a thumbs down
and the remainder wouldn't approve of him if he walked on water. They'd say something stupid like look he can't even swim so their vote doesn't matter. Onward.

Happy Birthday to my little sister. 

Nearly done with the camper project so it's on to the next adventure. MJ wants a makeover in the pantry. After hurricane Ike and the mass appliance replacement we went with Amana. A stackable option so stack them we did. A few years ago we (she) decided to unstack them. Apparently it's time to re-stack them. The problem is we have no idea where the stacking hardware is. Well thats the start of the problem anyway. The next part of the problem is those parts are no longer available. On to plan C.

And while we mull over stacking options...here's a question. How often do you flush your tankless water heater? I never gave it a thought until I stumbled over a video doing just that. A plumber was doing a comparison of tankless vs tank. The whole nine yards and he made mention that with proper maintenance a tankless could last 15 to 20 years. Maintenance you say? More googling produced a how to and since it looks fairly Batchelor-proof I ordered the few parts necessary. The vid was on a Rinnai just like we have and all the bits and pieces line up so....my parts should be here Tuesday. I'll do a recap Wednesday and let you know what I messed up.

I'm pretty sure there are a few folks out there who will benefit from this link. It's a great starting point for anyone who wants or needs to know more about cyber security. Drop in and let me know what you think.
https://www.vpnmentor.com/blog/the-complete-cybersecurity-guide-for-small-and-medium-businesses/

Vaya con Dias Rob Shore.  Friend and neighbor, you and your hat are missed already.
Services will be held in the Spring.

Monday, January 22, 2018

Unsure?

On which event to celebrate, While it is indeed National Blonde Brownie Day it is hard not to celebrate the fact the Government is still shut down.
Here's a recipe if you're interested.
http://allrecipes.com/recipe/10177/blonde-brownies-i/?event8=1&prop24=SR_Thumb&e11=blonde%20brownie&e8=Quick%20Search&event10=1&e7=Recipe&soid=sr_results_p1i3

The words don't come out easy but here they are none the less. Welcome back January. That crap from last week was horrible. Now what to do with all my dead plants....

I will give the Donald his last point just for hiring this guy. A hats off to Secretary Zinke. Thats how is should be done. I hope the asshat that followed O's instructions to fence off the open air parks last shutdown is selling cold french fries from a street wagon in Green Bay. Sorry Green Bay. Drain on Donald!

https://www.cnn.com/2018/01/21/politics/zinke-national-parks-shutdown/index.html

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Baby Porcupines are known as Porcupettes.

Thursday, January 18, 2018

Peking Duck Day

but what if we substituted Muscovy.....just a thought.

YAY
no freezing weather for the next 10 days!
Coldest winter I can remember...and it's just getting started.

OK Tonights the night for Council meeting here's the agenda. Again.

REGULAR MEETING January 16, 2018 @ 7:00 pm
CALL TO ORDER & DETERMINATION OF QUORUM

PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE TO THE FLAG OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA AND TO THE TEXAS FLAG

WORKSHOP: Discussion of recommendations for the Main Pier along Clear Lake Road.

REPORTS FROM COUNCIL:
Councilman Hoerner Councilwoman Lyons Councilman Solmonsson Councilwoman Bailey Mayor Pro Tem Fenwick Mayor McNamara

STAFF REPORTS:
Police Department Chief Cook Building Official Kevin Harrell Fire Chief Brent Hahn

COMMITTEE REPORTS
Roads and Drainage
ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION REPORT
CIVIC CLUB REPORT

UNSCHEDULED VISITORS
NEW BUSINESS:

CONSENT AGENDA:
Check Register: December 28, 2017 thru January 10, 2018
Minutes from Regular Meeting held January 2, 2018
Racial Profile Report for CLSPD 2017

Waterfront Trade A-003B/A004A: James Adams and Randall Haynes

COUNCIL BUSINESS - Discussion and possible action may be taken on the following items:
Make recommendation for open position on Board of Directors for Harris-Galveston Subsidence District (Mayor Michael McNamara)
Appoint members to the Communications Task Force.
(Mayor Pro-Tem Amanda Fenwick)
c. Approve Interlocal Agreement between Kemah and Clear Lake Shores in reference to Stewart Elementary Renovation /Construction. (Mayor Michael McNamara)
Recommendation and appointment to the Emergency Services Board.
(Mayor Michael McNamara)
Resolution 2018-01: A resolution of the City of Clear Lake Shores, Texas providing that a General Municipal Election be held on May 5, 2018 for the purpose of electing three (3) Council Members; designating the polling place; providing the form of the ballot for such election; directing and giving notice of such election; and providing details relating to the holding of such election. (Mayor Michael McNamara)

Take action and approve recommendation for Main Pier. (Mayor Michael McNamara)

Notice of termination of agreement with Sidewalk Brands. (Mayor Michael McNamara)
12. ADJOURNMENT

Some 20+ years ago we lived in our first house. A little, 1300 Sq footer that had been moved to Sunny San Leon from Pearland because a new beltway was coming through. It was estimated to have been built in the 40's by a few experienced contractors we had to come and do stuff. We even found a few ceramic insulators in a wall during our first remodel. The kind that were mounted on the wall when you got electricity to your house for the first time. You oldsters may have to explain them to the youngsters. The 2x4's in the attic were actually 2 inches by 4 inches and were red pine. Not from around here. After the second remodel, where we added 3 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms and shifted the bay end around we ended up with a large living room facing the bay so we did the natural thing and built a bar. I spent waaaaay too much time looking for the finishing touch, a neon Lone Star Beer sign. The great folks who worked for me at the time, I called them "My Kids" hatched a plan and at some birthday party or other they presented me with a brand new, custom made, 36" x 36 " neon Lone Star sign of my very own. I built a shrine for it and it was the only thing I took from the house when we moved to Clear Lake Shores. Shewhomustbeobeyed forbid me from hanging it on a wall so it languished in storage for quite a while. Thanks to hurricane Ike we lifted the house and voila! I had a place to call my own. Up went my sign. A little TLC every now and then and all was well. You may have noticed it on from time to time. It could probably be spotted from Smiths Point. I say all that to say this. Who knew neon couldn't stand cold weather? WTF?

Waaa. Time to start the search anew. It should be easier now thanks to Al inventing the Interwebs....

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

National Nothing Day?

I kid you not.

This is the worst winter I remember. It's just January and it's killed my plants. Twice. Ugh!

Anyone else have a GE fridge? My POS is wearing me out. Third pump in 9 years and now the water line is frozen and I can't seem to get it thawed out. After Ike, for all the wrong reasons, we went all GE on the appliance that had to be replaced. Which was all of them. We fired the dishwasher last year. It dumped water on the floor one too many times and the hard wood floors didn't like it. I'm thinking the fridge is about to become a beer fridge. The control panel on the door has a digital readout for temperature control. Makes sense right? The settings are 0 thru 9. So how cold do you want your freezer to be? 4? 4 what? Damn sure not degrees not farenheit, not celsius, Just 4. Maybe 8? Who knows. Fucking morons. The stove is manageable, it lights almost every time. We do keep a chicken match handy just in case though. GE, you are soooo fired. 

Check this out, Santa brought this for MJ. He found a company in a Hammacher Schlemmer catalog that customizes jig saw puzzles. We literally had to put it together boat by boat. That's Forest and Pine in the center. Pretty cool.




Here's tonight's Council Agenda. 

Michael McNamara, Mayor Bryan Hoerner
S. Bud Solmonsson

AGENDA
CITY OF CLEAR LAKE SHORES CITY COUNCIL

REGULAR MEETING January 16, 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. WORKSHOP: Discussion of recommendations for the Main Pier along Clear Lake Road.
  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. COMMITTEE REPORTS
    Roads and Drainage
    Planning and Zoning
    Waterfront Compliance
    Parks and Pool
    Landscape and Beautification Advisory

  7. ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION REPORT
  8. CIVIC CLUB REPORT
  9. UNSCHEDULED VISITORS
  10. NEW BUSINESS:
    CONSENT AGENDA:
    1. Check Register: December 28, 2017 thru January 10, 2018
    2. Minutes from Regular Meeting held January 2, 2018
    3. Racial Profile Report for CLSPD 2017
    4. Waterfront Trade A-003B/A004A: James Adams and Randall Haynes
  11. COUNCIL BUSINESS - Discussion and possible action may be taken on the following items:
    1. Make recommendation for open position on Board of Directors for Harris-Galveston Subsidence District (Mayor Michael McNamara)
    2. Appoint members to the Communications Task Force.
(Mayor Pro-Tem Amanda Fenwick)

c. Approve Interlocal Agreement between Kemah and Clear Lake Shores in reference to Stewart Elementary Renovation /Construction. (Mayor Michael McNamara)
  1. Recommendation and appointment to the Emergency Services Board.
    (Mayor Michael McNamara)
  2. Resolution 2018-01: A resolution of the City of Clear Lake Shores, Texas providing that a General Municipal Election be held on May 5, 2018 for the purpose of electing three (3) Council Members; designating the polling place; providing the form of the ballot for such election; directing and giving notice of such election; and providing details relating to the holding of such election. (Mayor Michael McNamara)
  3. Take action and approve recommendation for Main Pier. (Mayor Michael McNamara)
  4. Notice of termination of agreement with Sidewalk Brands. (Mayor Michael McNamara)
12. 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, January 12, 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. 

Dumbest shit I read today? Maryland put an ex con, a convicted leaker of classified data, Democrat, on the ballot. Now, if convicted felons can't vote how the hell is that gonna work for you Maryland?

Friday, January 12, 2018

National Kiss a Ginger Day

I'll be ready for you when you get home honey ;-)

I think I'll give the Donald another yes vote today for saying out loud what most of us agree with anyhow. All I ask is that as you read/watch all the faux outrage, notice that nobody, absolutely no one, is contradicting what he said. Score. So he called a shit hole a shit hole. Even the senator from Utah, a Haitian, didn't disagree that Haiti is a shit hole. The best they have is his crude language. I think I'll give him two points since my 401k is through the moon.

It sounds like the only remarkable news from the EDC is that they made a sidewalk consulting firm $90,000 richer. Christmas bonus time. Some crap doesn't change though, " I just heard about the meeting" They need to advertise these meetings better" blah, blah and blah. The meeting date has been the second Tuesday for as long as I remember. Lord only knows where they are on Phase II. Seems there is a continuity problem and I'll bet a bottle of Scotch we'll have an ugly ass mud lot with a shuttered Okies one year from today. If I was Mr. Flannigan I think I'd call my lawyer and cut my losses other that let a committee run my business in to the dirt. Here's one that needs to be written down. The EDC is a corporation and you can't run a corporation by committee. Whats the old line? A camel is a horse that was designed by a committee. Think about this, we are doing exactly what we did 7 plus year ago. The citizenry was asked for input that ranged from a candle shop to a seafood store and the only one that panned out is what we got two plus years ago. All the man hours that went in to getting this far was erased by a facebook tantrum. As our neighbors continue to change what do you think the odds are that 5 or 6 years from now, just as your plans are finally set to take shape some whiny ass cry babies raise a stink that they didn't go the meetings and don't want what you have your heart set on. You know they'll demand a public hearing and more goddamn meetings. What are the odds? Maybe we need to get rid of the volunteers on the EDC and hire real folks? Why not, they just paid 90k to a company thats gonna tell 'em we don't have room for sidewalks without pissing off 100 slip owners and another 100 residents who live on East Shore. Hire commercial developers, hold 1 and only 1 public meeting and for Gods sake do something. It's a well known fact that no matter what you do. or where you do it, half the folks on this pile of mud are gonna be mad about it. Shit wears me out.



Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Law Enforcement Appreciation Day

Does anybody appreciate their first responders more than us? Nope. Thanks to all the men and women who serve.


Interested in what the EC is up to or are you just another mouth piece? Here's tonites agenda.

Numbers, we got numbers. As this blog closes in on it's eighth birthday a little later this month I wanted to share a few stats.
Pageviews all time - 468,051. Damn.
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“Be at war with your vices, at peace with your neighbors, and let every New Year find you a better man.”—Benjamin Franklin

Thursday, January 4, 2018

Guess what day it is?

It's National Trivia Day! Two points if you go it. And it's spaghetti day.

I went to the USACE site to check on any progress on the Flounder Pone issue a couple of weeks ago. Still nada. Then I got a info update from a local source who let me know the permit / investigation has changed hands even though the original SWG (SWG-2017-00331) number stayed the same. A young man named Steven is now heading up the permit. Walls is the last name. I won't post his phone number but if you're interested drop me a line.

And here comes the topic of running paths again. I guess it's to be expected every few years. Enough new folks move in to this little slice of paradise and the first thing they can think of is to make it like the shit hole they moved from. We've had runners and walkers and the entire Bay Area Running Club strolling around for years and guess what? Keep your head out of your ass and your ear buds in your pocket and you won't be the first person to get hit by a car. Here's a thought, You get 51% of the Shore Dr residents and 51% of the waterfront lease holders to sign off and I'll get on board. After all these are the neighbors your ideas will directly effect. Deal? And don't even start with that "all it takes is one person to get hurt.." bullshit. The only way that conversation can work is if you ban all cars from the island. Hey! I'm good with that...
And we don't need a dog park either. Been there, done that. Want to walk your dog? Take off. Want to know why we don't have a dog park anymore? Ask someone who's been here longer than 6 months. I'll save you some time, some loving dog owners wouldn't pick up after their dogs. The guy who offered his property warned 'em but WTF they didn't care. I still have to pick up dog flowers in my yard and my dog lives in a jar on the mantle. Until I catch 'em.

Happy New Year Clear Lake Shores. 2018 should be interesting if nothing else.