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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, December 6, 2011

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This Saturday is the 50th annual Clear Lake Christmas Boat Lane Parade. It starts about 6:30 down at South Shore Harbor and winds its way past the judges station at Jimmie Walkers. I heard a very long time ago that ours is the oldest and largest parade of its kind in the country. That plus the fact that WE are The Yachting Capitol of Texas is something to hang your hat on. Where ever you are going get there early and enjoy the show. The weather looks like it’s going to cooperate giving us a sunny Saturday with a low in the low 50’s. I’ll take that. If you are entering the parade drop us a comment with the entry number so we can give you a shout out when you go by. I’ll be on the H&H corporate pier by the Flounder pond.
City Council meets tonight. I think you need to be there. Remember “Oh, We’re gonna have some ordinances!” Has anyone given any consideration to running for City Council in 148 days? I’m not talking about selecting someone else, I’m talking about do you think you have the onions to step up and help this city get back on track. We have suffered a two plus year diversion that has been rather unpleasant at times. If so, right now is the time to get started. if you think you have what it takes right now is the time to start talking to your neighbors and find out what they want. Let them know what you want and ask them what they expect. Time to establish a consensus. What a concept huh? If anything has come out of the last two years it should fall squarely under the category of everything not to do. If you have a preset agenda best pitch it out there first to see what reaction you are sure to generate. To “put an end to Paul Shelly’s shenanigan” may not get you the support you think. But then again you pull off a string of bullshit like the current council has and just look at all the money you’ll save on Christmas cards. On the flip side you piss off enough of your neighbors and they’ll come after your ass with flaming sticks and dogs demanding you abide by the same laws they have to and demand you clean up your shit hole before it devalues the whole neighborhood. How’s that working out for you councilman? More than a few of you have been notified by the city that you cannot store a trailer on a vacant lot and were made to make other arrangements. Our Councilman had three trailers on his place as of yesterday. I understand there is a new letter addressing that issue that was started by some neighbors on Tindel. I’m sure it will be at the meeting tonight if anyone would care to stop by and sign it. Find me I’ll point you in the right direction. I’ll be the one with the Red Solo cup.

Vern Johnson, Mayor AGENDA Al Burns
Richard Sowrey CITY OF CLEAR LAKE SHORES Jackie Fuller
Tami Perkins CITY COUNCIL REGULAR MEETING Arline Laughter
December 6, 2011, 6:30 p.m.
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. PUBLIC HEARING, 6:30 p.m – to hear and receive comment on the following:
Submission of applications to the Texas General Land Office (GLO) for Community
development Block Grant (CDBG) Disaster Recovery Fund: Hurricane Ike, Round 2.2.
2. WORKSHOP – revision of ordinances in Chapter 2, Article III, Division 2, Section 2-28
and Section 2-67 dealing with an inconsistency in access to the City Attorney
3. CALL TO ORDER & PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE
4. CITY ADMINISTRATOR REPORT, CORRESPONDENCE
5. COMMITTEE REPORTS: Economic Development Corporation, Waterfront Compliance
Committee, Planning/Zoning Committee, Roads and Drainage Committee, Park Committee,
Pool Committee, Council
6. UNSCHEDULED VISITORS§
7. CONSENT AGENDA:
a. Check Register from November 10, 2011 to November 30, 2011
b. Cash Balance Summary as of November 30, 2011
c. 2012 City Hall & Police Department Holidays
d. Investment Report for quarter ending September 30, 2011
8. NEW BUSINESS - Discussion and possible action may be taken on the following items:
a. Resolution 2011-09: A RESOLUTION OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF CLEAR
LAKE SHORES, TEXAS AUTHORIZING THE SUBMISSION OF A COMMUNITY
DEVELOPMENT BLOCK GRANT PROGRAM APPLICATION TO THE TEXAS GENERAL LAND
OFFICE FOR THE DISASTER RECOVERY FUND, HURRICANE IKE, ROUND 2.2; AND
AUTHORIZING THE MAYOR TO ACT AS THE CITY'S EXECUTIVE OFFICER AND
AUTHORIZED REPRESENTATIVE IN ALL MATTERS PERTAINING TO THE CITY'S
PARTICIPATION IN THE COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM.
b. Approval of Pay Estimate #4 to DW Contractors in the amount of $129,718.70
c. Approval of Pay Estimate #5 to DW Contractors in the amount of $166,778.20
d. Revision of ordinances in Chapter 2, Article III, Division 2, Section 2-28 and Section 2-
67 dealing with an inconsistency in access to the City Attorney (Councilman Sowrey)
9. MAYOR’S COMMENTS
10. ADJOURNMENT

Experience is that marvelous thing that enables you recognize a mistake when you make it again”. -- F. P. Jones

10 comments:

Crystal Rose said...

How can Tammi be so sure of her 3 votes if they had not discussed the agenda before hand? We just wondered...

Suzanne said...

So proud of Vern for his concluding comment. Wish it could be posted here. Finally, let the lawsuits commence.

Roselyn said...

Crystal, it was obvious to me that the three had discussed the verbage prior to the meeting. Arlene was married to an attorney, so are we really supposed to believe her when she says that "should" and "must" mean the same thing? HA!

Allan, will you please post what Vern read at the end of the meeting. He read it so fast I had a hard time keeping up with it. I think it was legal posturing with him saying some on council do not represent the council or the city as a whole (and they are out on a limb by themselves.) I need to read it please. Thank you Vern for finally taking a stance on the issue and responding to the citizens you have a duty to.

Michelle said...

Can someone please give a brief synopsis of the meeting? I am sorry I couldn't be there, but my son had his cub scout meeting. Curious to know if everyone showed up with red solo cups, and if any reporters were there.

Adelia said...

They admitted as much when I asked that question in a few city council meetings back. All three had brought together a proposal. I asked how they could have agreed on a proposal without meeting outside chambers if that proposal had never been discussed in chambers. Tami said that since the mayor required more than one council member to agree before a resolution was passed that the had to meet before the council session. I always thought that was illegal.

Adelia said...

Here are the items I referenced in my last comment:

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) f. Ethics and harassment training for city employees (Councilwomen Laughter and Perkins, Councilman Fuller)
These were not discussed in council but were proposed by all three. How can all three propose something without meeting outside of council?

Rob Scherer said...

Last nights show of hands regarding the wording of an ordinance demonstrated what council "should, shall, or must" do. It will be interesting if council stays with their own agenda, or listens to the majority of residents in CLS

Rob Scherer said...

Contacting the city attorney and not following proper procedures is what started this fiasco in the first place. All of this nonsense could have been avoided. I would think council would learn a lesson from the past and not risk spending another 66k, and counting, of OUR money by not allowing renegade contacts to the city attorney

Craig said...

Rob,

Don't you mean should or must have been avoided? Congrats on working out the posting problem. I see you were so proud you posted twice. Did you figure it out on your own? Be honest.

Craig

Crystal Rose said...

'Shall" is the best word to use in contractual situations. I think Paul Shelley mentioned the various conotations of 'Should' vs 'Must' last night and tried to explain how the legal terms were regarded in court, but it was not taken on board by the council. He also used the word 'Shall', shame no-one listened to him.

On that note I SHALL get back to my housework.........