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

Thursday, May 3, 2012

It’s the National Day of Prayer.

Started by President Truman in 1952.

I’m going on a field trip! I have volunteered at Bayside Intermediate to act as a chaperone for a herd of sixth graders. I’m nervous. We’re going to Galveston so I won’t be on unfamiliar turf. More tomorrow even if it’s posted by my next of kin.

I expect to see a lot of faces at the Civic Club meeting tomorrow night. We have a lot to discuss. No, really, a lot! We’re going to start with the Island Wide Garage Sale.

Neighbor in need: Craig needs help getting his video posted to YouTube. Anybody?

West Marine is having their Grand Opening tomorrow thru Saturday If I heard it right. All you folks here in the Yachting Capitol of Texas are in for some fun. I won’t even mention the free hot dogs.

Did you miss the City Council meeting last night? Too bad. We made the news again..http://www.guidrynews.com/story.aspx?id=1000042934

Pool Tags for 2012 are ready for purchase at the office!

This is City Administrator Paul Shelley reminding you that Early Voting has begun and will continue through next Tuesday, May 8th, during regular business hours at City Hall, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday and Friday 8 a.m. to Noon. 

NO ELECTION PARAPHERNALIA, CELL PHONES OR OTHER ELECTRONIC RECORDING DEVICES ARE ALLOWED ON THE PREMISES. Please remember your driver's license or voter registration card. 

Early Voting for the Water Board is located at the Fire Department (905 Hwy 146).

Voting for the primary elections will begin at the Club House on May 14th.


Also from City Administrator Shelley:
All,
Our Landscaper says He has some 100 gallon live Oaks for sale about 15 to 16 ft tall. Installed price $ 425.00 each.  Contact me if interested.
Thank you,
 City Administrator


Voting stuff-> pay attention!
Proposition 1
Voting for this proposition will continue to provide about $180,000 per year in sales tax revenue to the City to help maintain our streets.
It is not a property tax and does not increase or decrease the property tax that our home owners pay – which is currently zero.
Voting against this proposition will discontinue this important revenue stream to the city.
It must be re-enacted every three years to retain the revenue that we are now collecting.

More important voting Stuff! PAY ATTENTION DAMMIT!

Please consider voting for the Kemah Volunteer Fire Department Fee increase. The wording on the ballot will indicate the ability to raise the rate to a total of $10 per month though we have no plans to set the fee over $7 for the foreseeable future. That will raise your water bill allotment for the Fire Department from $60 per year to $84 per year. The last fee increase was in 2003. Almost 10 years ago!
If you have any questions please check out the information posted on the website at www.kemahfire.com or c all Station 1 at (281) 538-5727.
The Overview and Rationale sheet posted to the website contains a cost and response comparison to a fully paid service in the area. It shows our areas coverage coming at quite a bargain. In addition, any increase in our ability to provide services could provide additional savings on homeowners insurance.
We have already taken some significant measures to decrease our expenditures including Fire Chief Hahn volunteering to cut his salary in half. The Fire Chief is the only paid member in the department. His offer which was accepted this year has not been reflected in the online documentation. Our department is also experiencing excellent growth in membership. In the last year we have recruited several paramedics, a 12 year veteran firefighter from up north, an industrial fire chief as well as a local fire marshal.
Please consider voting for the Kemah Volunteer Fire Department Fee increase. We have a strong and cost effective response. Additionally all expenditures are fully vetted through the Emergency Services Board which is comprised of area residents.


2 comments:

Adelia said...

For those of you who haven't joined the pool before you should give it a try. You get a lot of bang for your buck. MEmbership prices are extremely reasonable. Remember last summer and think about splashing in a cool pool. Although CLS children are the best around I know there are some that don't want to be sharing the pool with them. There are plenty of times in the morning that the pool is very quiet and there is adult time in the evening. Not sure of the hours for that. After sunset is a wonderful time to use the pool. I will also encourage people to vote for the tax for our roads and for the fire dept increase. These guys volunteer to save our butts from fire and many of them buy their own gear. I am not even sure if they are paid for their time off when they have to come put out our fires. Their response time can't be beat!! Pay it forward and hopefully none of us will ever need their services

mark said...

Adelia, thank you for your support.

The basic answer to your question is that members are paid $10 per call they attend through a federal grant.


I tried to write a better description of the grant etc., sorry if it is confusing and let me know if you might like more information. Mark




Our Chief is currently the only member paid by the department. Chief Hahn also recently requested that his salary be cut in half to better facilitate the needs of the department. I don’t think it is possible but I am trying to insert an online standing ovation. His offer and actions truly define leadership. Actual monetary compensation for the remainder of the department is currently available via a SAFER grant (Staffing For Adequate Fire & Emergency Response) the department was awarded beginning May 2009 and times out in May 2014. The grant basically supports three forms of direct reimbursement for fire department members including pay per call, squad on call and station duty. The pay per call is set at $10 per call. So if you were to request assistance that is the amount of compensation the individuals would receive for their time on the response whether it is a simple assistance issue or a prolonged fire or hazardous materials event. The squad on call and station duty portions of the grant basically guarantee at least two department members will be available to respond at any given time during the day.


I am right at my first year with the department and can comfortably say I have spent more money on training and equipment than the total of reimbursements provided by the grant. In addition the grant will eventually end. I will try to get some information about the grant posted to our website, www.kemahfire.com, as grants can be confusing. Last election cycle an area resident suggested we pay back all the money received from the grant to get out of it. However, the total 5 year cost to the department for the SAFER grant is less than the first year total grant contribution. So the only time it would have made financial sense to cancel the SAFER grant would have been early in the first year of the grant.