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

Monday, October 31, 2011

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Happy Halloween! Did anyone else’s “check liver” light come on Sunday? (I told Paula I was going to steal that line) I hope everyone had as much fun as they could stand over the weekend. Remember to be on your best behavior tonight with all the little ones out running around. Here’s a tip, if you’re not going to be handing out goodies turn off your lights.
 
Anyone know whose Corvette was driven down the boat ramp at Shell bottom park? I just wanna know how fast they were going to get it fully submerged. Send me a pic and I’ll post it here.
 
Here’s a recap from Friday

You've probably seen this but just in case. Here's a piece of next weeks City Council agenda. Should make for an interesting meeting. I'm curious to see how they implement b. How does one person report DIRECTLY to 5? What if someone is out of town? How does the Mayor fit in ? What if two of the five, GOD FORBID, don't agree with the other three? And how in hell do three people floor an item without prior collaboration WHEN ITS AGAINST THE @#$%ING LAW?! See you there. I'm feeling nauseous....

1.      NEW BUSINESS - Discussion and possible action may be taken on the following items:

a.      Rules, procedures and official order of business for the City Council, as adopted by Ordinance 2006-16  (Mayor Johnson)
b.      Amend ordinances as necessary, so it is clear and unambiguous that the Chief of Police reports directly to the City Council and not to the City Administrator (Councilwomen Laughter and Perkins, Councilman Fuller)
c.       Adoption of a nepotism ordinance  (Councilwomen Laughter and Perkins, Councilman Fuller)
d.      Adopt a policy to allow city employees to have pay advances  (Councilwomen Laughter and Perkins, Councilman Fuller)
e.       Roles and responsibilities, ethics and harassment training for elected officials
f.        Ethics and harassment training for city employees  (Councilwomen Laughter and Perkins, Councilman Fuller)
g.      Amend ordinances as necessary so that any significant personnel actions with the police department be addressed with the City Council prior to taking place, absent a situation that necessitates immediate action prior to` the next Council meeting.  The City Council should obtain reports on a monthly basis as to personnel action that has taken place in the police department and the City, including resignations.  The City Council should review the provisions on how authority is delegated between the City Council, City Administrator and Chief of Police to insure proper checks and balances.  (Councilwomen Laughter and Perkins, Councilman Fuller
 
Anyone heard the latest? Councilman Perkins wants to ban alcohol from City Council meetings. I guess the next practical step is golf carts, then parks then outdoors. I guess she’s on a sprint to see how much crap she can get done in the next 194 days. Come early tomorrow night or you’re going to be standing. I’ve known Craig for more years than I care to count. He’s mostly wrong, just ask his wife;-), but he hit the nail on my head with our Police department. With one minor exception I have heard nothing but and have nothing to report but good things about our folks in uniform. Where they spend their time is up to them. If they want to visit with our neighbors what the hell is the problem with that? I personally think it’s great that they do and guessing at a reason is just that, a guess. We don’t need to throw any fuel on this fire. Our Council is proving to be quite good at that. Short version? Leave our officers out of this. This is NOT their fight. It’s ours. They can’t fix it. That’s our job. Chief Cook has a fine professional staff. Lets help him keep it that way.
 
This is to the dumbass that posted Friday. Go away. Don’t get me wrong, you are good for my readership because you offer an entertainmet of sorts. But honestly, your head has to be so far up your ass I don’t know how you see the keyboard.

“Madness takes its toll. Please have exact change”
 

Friday, October 28, 2011

TGIF

Well I guess yesterday was the last time (this year) it will be in the 90's on my drive home from work. It's been a long summer, or is it just me getting older? Be carefule this weekend with all the Halloween parties going on, we don't want any of our friends and neighbors getting run over in a zombie costume. Odds are they would just be left there.

You've probably seen this but just in case. Here's a piece of next weeks City Council agenda. Should make for an interesting meeting. I'm curious to see how they implement b. How does one person report DIRECTLY to 5? What if someone is out of town? How does the Mayor fit in ? What if two of the five, GOD FORBID, don't agree with the other three? And how in hell do three people floor an item without prior collaboration WHEN ITS AGAINST THE @#$%ING LAW?! See you there. I'm feeling nauseous....

1.      NEW BUSINESS - Discussion and possible action may be taken on the following items:

a.      Rules, procedures and official order of business for the City Council, as adopted by Ordinance 2006-16  (Mayor Johnson)
b.      Amend ordinances as necessary, so it is clear and unambiguous that the Chief of Police reports directly to the City Council and not to the City Administrator (Councilwomen Laughter and Perkins, Councilman Fuller)
c.       Adoption of a nepotism ordinance  (Councilwomen Laughter and Perkins, Councilman Fuller)
d.      Adopt a policy to allow city employees to have pay advances  (Councilwomen Laughter and Perkins, Councilman Fuller)
e.       Roles and responsibilities, ethics and harassment training for elected officials
f.        Ethics and harassment training for city employees  (Councilwomen Laughter and Perkins, Councilman Fuller)
g.      Amend ordinances as necessary so that any significant personnel actions with the police department be addressed with the City Council prior to taking place, absent a situation that necessitates immediate action prior to` the next Council meeting.  The City Council should obtain reports on a monthly basis as to personnel action that has taken place in the police department and the City, including resignations.  The City Council should review the provisions on how authority is delegated between the City Council, City Administrator and Chief of Police to insure proper checks and balances.  (Councilwomen Laughter and Perkins, Councilman Fuller
Farmer's Market News
Greetings Vendors of FMCLS!
** UPDATE**

This Saturday, the 29th we have a couple of great things happening.
-Face Painting by Regatta Bay Apartments
-Kid's Tent sponsor for the children with Halloween arts and crafts
-A doggie Costume Contest at 11am
-Mickey Hobbs on the Mic
-$5 Boo Bucks to all customers who mention our newsletter or website.

We will be printing $5 vouchers for the customers to use at all the vendors. Please come to the committee table after the market and we will reimburse you. We are trying to stimulate more customers for your booths.  We will be sending out the customer newsletter by tomorrow. PLEASE FORWARD IT TO YOUR MAIL LIST! We do alot of marketing, but we need you to post it or email it as well. It all helps.

Also - we are creating a seating area in the front of the market in our only patch or grass between Tabatha at Faith's Garden and the Electrical Post.  We have already set tables out there and they will all have umbrellas, mosquito spray and a table cover.  We want to try and create our market as a destination to stay and eat a breakfast taco or hot coffee. This means we have taken back some of those parking spaces you were used to.  The entire side by Skippers is still open and a couple can fit beside the shed, but other than that, park in the back beside Opus Restaurant.

Finally, we are instituting a vendor loyalty program.  We want to say thank you for those vendors who have stuck it out with us while we try to turn this boat around. More to come in the newsletters to follow.

As always......

We, your all volunteer committee, are well aware of how difficult this last few months have been for you and your customers. The unprecedented heat and drought were very hard on everyone. We recognize and sincerely apprciate those of you who have stuck with us.
We have renewed enthusiasm for making the Market a better, more successful Market, beginning immediately. To that end, we will be making a few changes and look forward to your feedback.
Our immediate plan is to work toward making the Market more attrractive and festive, as well as more noticeable. We will launch a more aggressive advertising campaign to differentiate us from other Markets. As time and Manpower allow, we will be making an effort to clean and spruce up the lot and buildings. The Committee will be actively recruiting new Vendors which will create more interest among the Customers. Hopefully expanding the market to include Holiday Crafts vendors during November and December will generate new interest.
You are aware that there will be some Halloween Promotions to help generate more customers on October 30. In the spirit of Halloween, beginning immediately, for the vendors, there will be no Tricks, but a couple of Treats:
A vendor loyalty program will be introduced next week rewarding those vendors who are prompt and who regularly participate.
Effective Saturday, October 22nd, Booth Rental for those paying $30 will be reduced to $20 and those paying $20 reduced to paying $15. This rate will apply through December 2011.
Any Existing Vendor who recruits a new vendor, approved by the Committee will pay no rental on the first date the new vendor sells. The new Vendor will pay no rental on the date of their first appearance. The same approval guidelines currentl in existence will apply
Now for the Treats for Customers:
By October 29, we will be implementing a free voucher program where Customers will receive one $5 voucher to spend that day with any Vendor. The plan is for the Committee to reimburse you, in cash, at the end of the Market for any vouchers you took in. This should encourage more Customers and increased spending. The voucher program will continue until further notice.
Throughout the coming weeks we will be working continually to promote Your Market and look forward to hearing your ideas. We are always open to constructive suggestions and questions about the new programs
Happy Selling!
Deb Sherwin & Karen Russell


Thursday, October 27, 2011

Cold Front?


When I see it. Hey, just in case I haven’t mentioned this before, you folks need to scan backwards from time to time to keep up with whats going on around the ‘hood. I rarely post an item like a flyer or other notice twice. Not enough time. So like the recycle places for tires, and Market happenings please give the whole week a quick peek just to make sure you don’t miss what you were looking for. Onward.

OK Heads up all you animal lovers and especially the Dog people. You know who you are. Seems my post on Wednesday was not accurate. This is from our pet liaison the Lovely Lezlie and her cohort Justengaged Jennifer.
For Blog Posting please:
Hi there – Jennifer Moon and I were just talking and we are trying to get more people to help us “catch” our boxer mix……….Jennifer is home mostly so if someone sees him can they please email her at
Jennifer Moon jenn1moon@yahoo.com and she can go see if she can get him……………we are trying to do this versus him getting caught in the trap if at all possible!!
Lezlie

From Neighbor Beth..PAY ATTENTION!
Texas voters – Proposition 2 election is fast approaching  
Proposition 2, which will be on the Texas ballot Nov. 8, 2011, supports the construction of critical local water projects at no cost to state taxpayers. The devastating impacts of drought and wildfire across Texas have escalated the importance to protect public health and grow the economy. An adequate supply of clean, affordable water is essential to the success of the state’s major economic sectors, making water a crucial component of job creation and economic development.

Just in time for Halloween!!
Saturday, October 29, 2011
(rain or shine)
Start Self-guided tours of the
West Bay Common School Children’s Museum
210 North Kansas League City
1stTexas Voluntary Infantry Regiment, Blacksmith, Leather Maker, Civil War Surgeon and Field Hospital, The Victorian Lady, Spinning and more.
Exhibits 10 -5 pm
or
Start Guided tours of Fairview Cemetery, located at the end of
North Kansas on the banks of Clear Creek.
Costumed “ghosts” will enlighten you with tales of the lives of the
“The Blue & Gray of League City”
Ghost Tours 1 –5 pm
Adults $10 Seniors (60+) & Students (age 4 –18) $5
Tickets on sale at the Museum. For more information call Museum at 281-554-2994
Because of the many obstacles along the tour’s path within the cemetery, we urge you to use caution while walking. Proceeds benefit the projects of the League City Historical Society, a non-profit organization dedicated in preserving and serving League City History. Thank you for your support.
The League City Historical Society
Presents
“Ghosts of the Past
The Blue & Gray of League City
“May the forces of evil become confused on the way to your house” -- George Carlin

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

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I know, I know, I promised to slide this political crap down the page but that was the “old” political crap. Who knew there would be more? You would think after a $60k + independent investigation and a better than successful City Audit we would get back to moving forward. But NoooOOOOoo. “Well here we are, back in the truck”. (Tim, from Jurassic Park).
 
This is what I sent to Mr. Dean yesterday. “Good afternoon Stephen. This might help get you up and running. Or not.  http://islanddrumz.blogspot.com/
Go back to the end of June. Some interesting reading. Some not so much.”
 
I wonder who convinced Mr. Dean our little city’s story was better than anything he could find in the 4th largest city in the country. Hmmmmmmmmm.
 
FYI, I heard our wandering brindle boxer mix got nabbed sent to the doggie slammer for loitering on E. Shore. Damn the luck. And if you came to our great neighborhood and dropped off your furry friend for someone else to take care of damn you.
 
Moving right along,

Paul Shelley
City Administrator
City of Clear Lake Shores
**Please note my email address has changed!  Please update your address book.
-----Original Message-----
From: City of Kemah [mailto:kpierce@kemah-tx.com]
Subject: Flu Shots
 
The Galveston County Health District will be at the Jimmie Walker Community Center, 800 Harris, Kemah, Tx on Thursday, November 3rd from 10 a.m. - Noon to administer flu shots. The shots are $20. The Health District also accepts Medicare or Medicaid. Thank you.
Galveston County Health District 409-938-7221 
 
From neighbor Pam- Now you know what to do with your old golf cart tires!

City of Galveston Recycling Center 702 61st Street, Galveston, 77550 409-741-1446 Paper, Metals, Glass, Electronics, Auto Batteries, Rechargeable Batteries, Antifreeze,
Ink Cartridges, Tires, Gasoline Mon-Sat: 8am-4:45pm
City of La Marque Public Works 1500 Municipal Drive, La Marque, 77568 409-938-9283 Paper, Tires Mon-Fri: 8am-5pm
Santa Fe Independent School District 13304 Highway 6, Santa Fe, 77510 409-925-3526 Paper 24/7 (24 hours/day, 7 days/week)
City of Texas City Biosphere One Recycling Center 3301 Loop 197 North, Texas City, 77590 409-643-5814 Paper, Cardboard, Plastics #1 - #2, Metals, Glass, Motor Oil Mon-Sat: 8am-4pm, Sun: 12n-4pm
College of the Mainland Parking Lot 1200 Amburn Road, Texas City, 77591 409-938-1211 Motor Oil/Filters 24/7 (24 hours/day, 7 days/week)


“What is a committee? A group of the unwilling, picked from the unfit, to do the unnecessary”. -- Richard Harkness, The New York Times, 1960
 

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

200 very long days....


Just when you thought  someone sobered up….
T.J.Aulds, Galveston County Daily News http://galvestondailynews.com/story/265938
One unnamed Houston Chronicle reporter. I stood by her last July listening to her assurances that at any moment an unnamed Councilman was going to drop a bomb related to “an investigation”. I guess she never wrote anything because as it turned out there wasn’t much to write about.
Here’s the latest.
Hello Ms. Mericle:
This will serve as my formal request under the Texas Public Information Act, Texas Government Code, §552.001 (hereafter "the Act"). I am submitting this request via e-mail after visiting the city's website.   If you need this request submitted by regular mail or in any other format, please let me know and I will promptly submit it in that format.
This request is for copying and production of the following material within the timeframe spelled out by the Texas Government Code §552.221:
Monthly statements for any city credit card that is assigned to City Administrator Paul Shelley, from and including July 2010 through present date.

Specifically, we are requesting this information for any credit card that is either carried by or utilized by this employee for charges related to city business.   If a personal credit card is used in this manner and then submitted for payment to the city, we are requesting any statements that are submitted as part of the reimbursement request process for the above mentioned time frame.
While we would agree to the full credit card number or any home address being redacted, we would request that any and all other deletions be submitted to the Texas Attorney General for an opinion, pursuant to the Act.
As you know, the Act provides that if portions of a document are exempt from release, the remainder must be segregated and disclosed.
Since some of the documents may be more readily available than others, please provide the documents that are available as soon as possible without waiting to provide access to all documents.
The law (Tex. Gov't Code §552.261[a]) states that fees can be waived in the interest of serving the public. If that is not possible, I promise to pay reasonable search and duplication fees. If you estimate that the total fee will exceed $50.00, please notify me so that I may authorize that expenditure.
If you have any questions regarding this request please call me at (713) 778-4946 or fax (713) 771-4930.
My mailing address is: Stephen Dean
KPRC-TV Local 2
P.O. Box 2222
Houston, TX 77252-2222
I look forward to hearing from you within the 10-day deadline imposed by the Act.
Thank you,

Stephen Dean
Investigative Reporter
KPRC-TV Local 2 Investigates
A Washington Post station, Houston  (NBC)

“Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day; teach him to use the Net and he won't bother you for weeks”

Monday, October 24, 2011

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All you My-Face-Space users, For those Facebook users, we now have a Civic Club Facebook page:  http://www.facebook.com/pages/Clear-Lake-Shores-Civic-Club/231236073603606  We’ll try to use it primarily to inform the community of Civic Club events and changes.
Pam House, The Islander Editor.
Tropical Storm Rina is giving all it’s rain to Honduras. None of the models showing it sharing with us.

Thinking about lighting up the fire pit? Keep this in mind. Fire Chief says, “A fire pit as long as it is one that is purchased with a screen is ok. “
Farmers Market New
Market Halloween Spooktacular Slated for October 29th
                                                               
For Immediate Release
Date: October 23, 2011
Contact: Carol Trono

Clear Lake Shores – Come to a Halloween Spooktacular at the Farmers’ Market at Clear Lake Shores on Saturday, October 29th from 8 am to noon and enjoy a doggie costume contest, special children’s activities, and Boo Bucks!

Patrons who mention getting the Market’s email blast or seeing its website, Facebook page or other promotional efforts can claim a $5 Boo Bucks voucher redeemable that day only for merchandise at any vendor booth.

The Halloween Spooktacular will feature pumpkins and face painting at the Kid's Activity Tent sponsored by Regatta Bay Apartments and a doggie costume contest sponsored by Bark N Biskit. At 11 a.m. that morning prizes will be awarded to the dog with the best costume.

Vendors will celebrate fall and Halloween with pumpkin themed eats and treats, seasonal produce and homemade foods, and they are taking orders for the holidays. Live music will be provided by Mickey Hobbs. 

The Market will switch to its fall/winter hours of 9 am to 1 pm beginning November 5. Throughout November and December, artisans and craft vendors will be at the Market offering high quality handmade wares such as custom screen printed pillows and lampshades, pottery, jewelry, and other gift items.
The Farmers’ Market is run by a volunteer steering committee of Clear Lake Shores residents. With small town charm and high standards for vendors and products, the market is a Texas Certified Farmers’ Market.

Located at 1020 Marina Bay Drive (FM 2094), the Market is ½ mile west of Hwy. 146 under the white canopies. For more information visit http://facebook.com/farmersmarketatclearlakeshores, http://www.farmersmarketatcls.com, or contact Market Manager Charlie Hester at charlie@charliehester.com.

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Friday, October 21, 2011

Happy End of the World?


Or Friday. I really hope it doesn’t end today, the weather is just getting nice. Moving right along…don’t miss the comments in the GalCo Daily News… http://galvestondailynews.com/story/265938
Can we take this mess and wrap the credit card crap in it back to the DA’s office and ask that they clean out our city council? That coupled with the 300 plus signatures on the petition to remove Councilman Perkins should be good for something. I need an aspirin. Happy Friday Y’all!!

Heads Up ALL dog owners!!
-is there any way you could post this on the blog?  I’m concerned for the safety of my dogs……..
“Does anyone know who owns a LARGE boxer/pit bull mix that probably lives in the Clear Lake Road/West Shore/Queen area?  He is our wondering much of the time.  The other night when I let my dogs out he was in our front yard and about a week ago our pet sitter found him in our back yard………….does not appear to be a friendly dog and I do not want my pets hurt because someone is not being a responsible pet owner………..next time I see him I will have to call animal control……….if you know who owns this dog please let me know………..Thank you, Lezlie Smith”
And…
There is a brindle, Boxer, male....with balls, ha, that is strolling the island.  I have spoken to a few people on the island that have spotted him.  No tags, scared, tucked tail, but sweet when you talk baby talk to him.  I don't think he is harmful.  He is beautiful and very sweet, just scared and probably hungry.  I have a feeling that someone dumbed him on the island in hope that someone will take him in.  We have 4 and David would kill me, but I do not mind giving him a temporary home in the man cave downstairs, in a crate until he could be adopted.  I hear that he is too scared to be caught.  I will feed, water, exercise, socialize him until we can find a good family for him.  Would you mind posting something on your blog?  
Jenn Moon
Market News. Here’s some market information we would love for you to share on your blog. We’re having a Halloween Spooktacular on October 29th at the Market , featuring pumpkins and face painting at the Kid's Activity Tent sponsored by Regatta Bay Apartments and a doggie costume contest sponsored by Bark N Biskit. Prizes will be awarded at 11 am for the dog with the best costume, while all dogs who are masquerading will get a pumpkin flavored doggie treat.

Also on the 29th, anyone who comes by the Market Steering Committee booth and mentions getting our weekly email blast or reading about us in your blog or visiting our website will get a 5.00 voucher to be used at any of our vendors that day. We also want to keep reminding Shores and Lazy Bend residents that free booth space is alwa ys open to them to sell fruits and vegetables from their yards and gardens. Just contact Market Manager Charlie Hester at charlie@charliehester.com a few days before. Residents can have a space and tables under the canopy.
From Neighbor Sid..
Hey Allan, Food, Music, Classic Cars.
On Friday Oct. 22 from 6-9 our friendly Chick-Fil-a is
holding a charity car show in the Target parking lot. The Galveston County
Food Bank will be the beneficiary of the proceeds.

Please let everyone know that they can come out and vote for the best
car in the show and enter to win prizes.  Win Free food at Chick-Fil-a for a year,hoo hoo.
and help  this worthy cause.

Thanks

Sid Clinton
"Don't worry about temptation--as you grow older, it starts avoiding you. -- Old Farmer's Almanac"