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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

Friday, October 20, 2017

NATIONAL MAMMOGRAPHY DAY

National Mammography Day is observed annually on the third Friday in October as part of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
President Bill Clinton proclaimed the first National Mammography Day in 1993.

and it's National Brandied Fruit Day
Brandied fruit is fresh, sweet fruit that is soaked in brandy and sugar, which is then used as a topping on pies, cake or ice cream. Brandy, which has been around since about the 12th century, is distilled from fermented fruit. Yum.

Here's a recap of the City Council meeting. 
Councilman Hoerner provided everyone that was interested an update on the Okies property. It's sounds like there's another round of stupid shit floating around in FB world. I wonder who that could be? I am so glad I blocked that time suck.
We were notified of an upcoming bond election and George provided a link, I just can't find it in my notes but it will directly affect CLS for about 450k.
The folks building the hotel on the Starfleet property are modeling it after the Hotel Dana in Chicago. It seems there are several other Hotel Danas' around the country. They don't look too shabby at all. They want to start on the bulkhead in the next month or so. 



BOSTON – The newly refurbished USS Constitution is taking its first spin in three years.
Friday's joyride from Charlestown Navy Yard in Boston to Fort Independence on Castle Island will celebrate the U.S. Navy's 242nd birthday and the 220th anniversary of the iconic vessel's maiden voyage.
The world's oldest commissioned warship will fire a 21-gun salute in the waters off the fort, and its cannons will boom another 17 times as it passes the U.S. Coast Guard station — the former site of the shipyard where the Constitution was built and launched in 1797.
I got to see Her on a trip to Beantown in'86. What a hoot.

That's all I got. Mary Freeman is looking for some volunteers to help load and unload supplies for the upcoming Thanksgiving Feast. If you can please help.
Have a great weekend neighbors!

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

National Pasta Day

Slow day it is..

I like this cold front a whole lot better than that tease that blew through here last Monday. I'm pretty sure we can count the number of days in the 90's on one hand from now til May(?) But who knows, word on the street that La Niña is going to cause all sorts of mischief for the winter. That usually means a colder and wetter winter for us. We'll see.

Looks like The USCG's salvage contractor is done. They pulled up the last two sailboats and hauled one off but left the other? I wonder why. The Coastie I talked to said Shandly told him it was OK to leave the hulls once they were raised but the Coastie said nope. Once they are on the bottom they are mine. And off they went. Except for that last one.


And those poor bastards in Ireland get a winter hurricane. I think they can handle it...

And here's tonight's City Council Agenda, See you there.
  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:
    City Administrator George Jones Police Department Chief Cook Building Official Kevin Harrell
  5. COMMITTEE REPORTS
    Roads and Drainage
    Planning and Zoning
    Waterfront Compliance
    Parks and Pool
    Landscape and Beautification Advisory

  6. ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION REPORT
  7. CIVIC CLUB REPORT
  8. UNSCHEDULED VISITORS
  9. NEW BUSINESS:
    CONSENT AGENDA:
    1. Check Register: September 28th thru October 11th, 2017
    2. Minutes from Regular Meeting held October 2, 2017
  10. COUNCIL BUSINESS - Discussion and possible action may be taken on the following items:
    1. ORDINANCE 2017-11: An ordinance of the City of Clear Lake Shores, Texas
      amending Chapter 50, offenses and miscellaneous provisions, Article IV, regulation of sex offender residency, of the City Code of Ordinances; updating the city’s restrictions for registered sex offenders going in, on or within a specified distance of a child safety zone in the city under Chapter 341 of the Texas Local Government Code; providing a savings clause; and providing a penalty as provided by Section 1-21 of
      the code.
      (City Administrator George Jones)
    2. Approve the purchase of a 2018 Chevrolet Tahoe in the amount of $34,585.00 for the
Clear Lake Shores Police Department. (Chief Kenneth Cooke)
c. Re-appoint Ronnie Richards, Mike McNamara and Charles Scoville to the Economic
Development Corporation. Positions expire October 31, 2017.
(City Administrator George Jones)
  1. Re-appoint all members of the Town Center Review Board for a new 2 year term. Current members are Ronnie Richards, Mike McNamara, Richard Sowrey, Craig Hervey and George Jones. (City Administrator George Jones)
  2. Re-appoint Patrick Michaelski, Alex Scanlon and Joe Schulsky for a new 2 year term to the Zoning Board of Adjustments. Term expired September 30, 2017. (City Administrator George Jones)
  1. 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).
  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).
  3. ADJOURNMENT
 

Friday, October 13, 2017

Happy Birthday to the US Navy

On October 13, 1775, the Continental Congress authorized the first American naval force. Thus began the long and prestigious heritage of the United States Navy. To all my past, present and future brothers and sisters in arms, Happy Birthday.and it's National No Bra Day. Coincidence? I think not...

Progress day two. Two down (Up?) and epending on who you ask 2, 3 or 4 to go.


Neighbor Doug stopped by this morning and asked who is paying for this. I'm still laughing. This folks is your tax dollars hard at work. 


Have a great weekend Islanders!

Thursday, October 12, 2017

National Gumbo Day

Beat That!
Progress. Been sitting in the sun trying to avoid heat stroke watching the US Coast Guard begin the clean up in the bayou. After talking to Petty Officer Tindol, (Irony much?) who is heading up this operation under guidance from the GLO, They think they have three more. He did state that if they were floating he could not touch them. So all you good folks on Aspen have to put up with the piece of floating Fuller. Word is she is going to turn it into a BnB. Let that sink (pun intended) in for a minute. Uh Huh.
So, here's where they are,
and they are going to drag them around to here for disposal.


I think they are going to find an extra boat under one of the others....







Sunday, October 8, 2017

I sure hope you had a chance to come out to the 6th Annual Clear Lake Shores BBQ Cook Off yesterday. This was by far the biggest yet and I'm guessing the cash prizes had something to do with it. I had the honor/pleasure of Judging Brisket and Chefs' Choice. I am no expert on briskets but I know a few. And Lord knows I've been to my share of cook offs even winning a few. Here's my take away, use it as you will. In the Brisket category most were given 5 or 6 points. There were only three that gave any thought to presentation. It's the first thing a judge sees and it does matter. Smoke rings count. And to this judge and brisket smoker it counts a lot. Of the 10 entries I saw three smoke rings. And I went looking for them on the meats that should have been a pot roast. Which brings me to slicing. If you think you know how to cut a brisket check out YouTube. Aaron Franklin has a few videos. And there were at least 5 of you who do not know how to cut a brisket.  All but one had different flavors and one of you cooked yours to death. It will make great shredded sandwiches or Baker filling so don't throw it away. It got a 4. Just sayin'.

Chef's Choice went to Krusty Kookers (with out very own Doug Whitmarsh) by way of an amazing pizza. Never seen pickles on  pizza before but hey. It beat out the bacon wrapped deep fried Oreo. Which was damned good. Another note, of the 14 entries waaay over half were bacon wrapped. I love bacon and you will never read here that there was too much bacon but...time to think outside the pork belly. There were at least 6 stuffed Jalapenos wrapped in you know what. Some were good. The little cakes with the spicy caramel (and bacon chip) was awesome and my personal favorite. I'd like to know who made those. Here's the rest of the run down. Sorry I don't have scores but if you won congrats on a job well done.

Chefs Choice Krusty Kookers Pizza

Brisket First Island Time Cookers
Second Team Jackson

Ribs First Naughty Mermaid
Second BBQ Studs

Pork First Rafter G
Second Louisiana Exiles

Chicken First Mac Daddy Cookers
Second Naughty Mermaid

Beans First Rafter G
Second BBQ Studs

Dumbest shit I read today courtesy of the Washington Post.

An appeals court says federal disability law requires movie theaters to provide interpreters to patrons who are deaf and blind.
The Philadelphia-based 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled against Cinemark, the nation’s third-largest movie chain.
The case involved a Pennsylvania man who wanted to see the movie “Gone Girl” and sought a “tactile interpreter” from a Cinemark theater in Pittsburgh. The theater denied his request.
The plaintiff, Paul McGann, reads American Sign Language through touch.

When are they going to be required to provide language interpreters for every other language? Here's a free tip for Mr. McGann, READ THE DAMN BOOK.

Friday, October 6, 2017

It's National Noodle Day again.

If you didn't make it to the Civic Club meeting last night allow me to rub it in. Priscilla made a big pot of Chicken and Sausage gumbo using Bryan Hoerner's recipe. Loser. Not sure who brought all the fresh French bread but thanks, it was very good. The Club said thanks and bye to Eileen as treasurer. She's off traveling in her new Winnebago. They recapped NNO and Back the Blue, talked about the BBQ Cook off this weekend (There's only two spots left) went over Barktoberfest and touched on the Thanksgiving feast. And we ate gumbo. Did I mention the fresh French bread?
The Civic Club is looking for a little help. They are looking for someone to help Teresa working with The Islander advertisers. It's not a lot of work, maybe an hour a month and it's a great way to get out and get to know the neighborhood.

It looks like Fall is trying to get here. WE haven't seen mid or upper 90's since Harvey. I don't know about you but me and the Fed Ex guy are ready for a cool down.

Where's Nate going? Looks like NOLA but...

Go Texans!

Have a great weekend Clear Lake Shores!

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

SCORE!

It's National Taco Day!


The history of tacos predates the arrival of Europeans in Mexico. Anthropological evidence shows the native people living in the lake region of the Valley of Mexico traditionally ate tacos filled with small fish. At the time of the Spanish conquistadors, Bernal Diaz del Castillo documented the first taco feast enjoyed by Europeans. This meal was arranged by Hernan Cortes for his captains in Coyoacan. It is unclear why the Spanish used the word taco to describe this native food. One suggested origin is the word ataco, meaning stuff or to stuff.
In 1964, Roberto L. Gomez 


wait for it.....wait for it............


and it's National Vodka Day!!

I hope you had a chance to get out for National Night Out last night. WE had a ball. The rain held off except for that little spritz around Shell Bottom Park but truth be told it was some kind of sticky out there. Oh well. Joe and Doug did the cooking and cooked up over 300 of Oscar Meyer's finest. With help from the Target Team we made four stops and had well over an hour to meet new neighbors, old friends our local PD and VFD and choke down a dog or two. Thanks for the great turn out! 

Next up is the 6th annual CLS BBQ Cook Off. And you lucky bastards are gonna miss me this year. I have  class all weekend at San Jac so you will have to wait until next year to put your Que where my mouth is. 

If you look on the calendar on the right you'll see the Elks BBQ Cook off is in two weeks. Who's up for that one? We might run in to our ol' Pal Ring o Fire...

Two weeks after that is the Civic Clubs Turkey Dinner with a Halloween Party or two in between. Tis the season. Off we go.


Monday, October 2, 2017

National Fried Scallops Day

City Council meeting is tonight. Here's your agenda.

Michael McNamara, Mayor Bryan Hoerner
S. Bud Solmonsson

AGENDA
CITY OF CLEAR LAKE SHORES CITY COUNCIL

SPECIAL MEETING October 2, 2017 @ 7:00 pm
Amanda Fenwick, Mayor Pro Tem Christy Lyons Jan Bailey
NOTICE is hereby given of a Special 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 being held on the following:
    Possible Revocation of the following waterfront leases for non-payment an annual lease fees:

    A-006B: Jill Mowell
    A-007: Rick and Jill Mowell
    C-066A: Grant and Becky Dietz (paid 09/21/17) F-149C: David and Diana Cox

  4. REPORTS FROM COUNCIL:
    Councilman Hoerner Councilwoman Lyons Councilman Solmonsson Councilwoman Bailey Mayor Pro Tem Fenwick Mayor McNamara
  5. STAFF REPORTS:
    City Administrator George Jones Police Department Chief Cook Building Official Kevin Harrell
  6. UNSCHEDULED VISITORS
  7. NEW BUSINESS:
    CONSENT AGENDA:
    1. Check Register: September 14 thru September 27, 2017
    2. Minutes from Regular Meeting held September 19 , 2017
    3. Minutes from Emergency Meeting held September 19, 2017
  8. COUNCIL BUSINESS - Discussion and possible action may be taken on the following items:
    a. Revocation of the Waterfront Leases that were provided in the Public Hearing:
    (City Administrator George Jones)
    A-006B: Jill Mowell
    A-007: Rick and Jill Mowell
    C-066A: Grant and Becky Dietz (paid 09/21/17) F-149C: David and Diana Cox

    b. Resolution 2017-12: Designation of Representative and Alternate to the Houston-Galveston Area Council 2018 General Assembly. Mayor Pro-Tem Fenwick is current representative and Councilwoman Bailey is alternate. (City Administrator George Jones)

c. Resolution 2017-13: A resolution amending the by-laws of the Plaza Ten-06 Corporation pertaining to bonds and meetings of the Board of Directors. (City Administrator George Jones)
  1. DISCUSSION AND POSSIBLE ACTION REGARDING IMPROVING CITY COMMUNICATIONS: a. developing a communications plan
    b. implementing or reimplementing a City Facebook page
    c. possible creation of the position of communications officer or director.

  2. EXECUTIVE SESSION: The City Council finds that deliberation of the following in an open session would have a detrimental effect on the position of the City Council in negotiations with the potential seller of subject property: Pursuant to Open Meetings Act, Chapter 551,
    Texas Government code Sec. 551.72: to deliberate the purchase, lease, exchange or value of real property.

  3. Action from EXECUTIVE SESSION: Pursuant to Open Meetings Act, Chapter 551, Texas Government code Sec. 551.72: to deliberate the purchase, lease, exchange or value of real property.
  4. 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, September 29, 2017.
__________________________________ Christy Stroup

And Tomorrow is National Night Out. Here's the schedule PS, No Bar S hotdogs! This year we got Oscar Meyer!! Woot.

Las Vegas, you are in the Nations thoughts and prayers. 

Thursday, September 28, 2017

All over the place


That's where we are today. From Drink Beer Day to Strawberry Cream Pie Day. North Carolina Day and Good Neighbor Day are somewhere in the middle. I'm leaning towards the Cream Pie...I wonder why these states get a "National Day"?

National Night Out is Tuesday. We are changing things up a tad and here's this years schedule. We hope to see you there. Yes. They moved City Council meeting I just don't know when to.

6:00 - 6:15 Harbor & Birch
6:20 - 6:35 Forest & Pine
6:40 - 6:55 Ivy & East Shore
7:00 - Sunset Sundial Park

Next up is,
 

Then on the weekend of 10/20 the Annual Elks Lodges BBQ Cook Off takes place across the street. 

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

It's National Chocolate Milk Day already

Where does the time go....
The trip from Charlotte was mostly uneventful. A Semi blew a tire and a few of us in I-10 had to get creative really, really fast but all went well. It is a 2014 Hyundai Genesis. What a pleasant surprise. Really comfortable, lots of bells and whistles and exceptional gas mileage. Thats a win all around. I split the 1,000 plus mile trip up and spent the night in Mobile. That made for a nice trip in Tuesday morning. Charlotte is a pretty town. I was there a long time ago for technical training and toured the town. Took my golf clubs then but it was hotter than crap so I stayed in the A/C. Maybe next time.

So, all this hoo ha over taking a knee. What does it mean. Not a lot is the short answer. Feel free to take a knee whenever you want. But they need to know It's not a free speech issue. That only applies when dealing with the government. So if your boss catches on that your actions are costing his company money don't be surprised if he fires yer ass. My boss would and I'll bet your boss would too. That's not to say it doesn't make my heart hurt but as Chief Davis explained to my much younger self a very long time ago protecting those rights are a big part of why we serve. But heres a note to the NFL. Folks are paying attention and while I am not a huge football fan I'm pretty sure my viewing incentive is not what it used to be. I haven't seen 20 seconds of a MLB game since a dumbass made the statement "I won't play for less than a million dollars". K. Anyone even remember his name? Asking for a friend.

Have you signed up with the City yet to Stay Informed? Good. There was a lot of pissing and moaning on FB last week by folks who were not getting the answers they were looking for. A lot of whining about shit they obviously don't know anything about going on too. As a person who personally opened the storm shutters many years ago I can guarantee you that as soon as the sun gets on the west side of the old Club House you won't be able to get those rickety old shutters down before the second person drops from heat stroke. Word.

Friday, September 22, 2017

The first day of Fall?

Really. Well, on the calendar anyway. I'm pretty sure our Fall gets here sometime late next month. Late. According to the National Day Calendar it's also Elephant Appreciation Day, White Chocolate Day and Hobbit day just to name a few. Maybe I'll submit a Clear Lake Shores Day? What day should I pick?

Just got back from Albuquerque. It was 72° and 40% humidity when I landed. Dang that was nice. It was back up to 96 by Lubbock Ever been through the high plains of Texas? Lubbock. That's all that's there. Went to pick up a car for a friend and drive it back here. 1,020 miles later I'm home. Drove a Volvo C70 hard top convertible. Great ride and even greater gas mileage. Next week I'm going to Charlotte NC to pick up a Hyundai and get it back here. Can't wait to compare the two.



Just when we think we got it tough, look at our friends in Puerto Rico. Then Mexico. At least a hurricane gives you a chance to kiss your ass goodbye.

MJ's Birthday is Sunday. She wants to go camping so off we go to Galveston. Our favorite place so far is Dellanera Campground at the end of the seawall. We are a little anxious about our little a/c unit being able to keep up though. We'll see.


Monday, September 18, 2017

Happy Birthday U.S. Air Force

In 1947, President Truman signed the National Security Act establishing The United States Air Force as a separate branch of the military. Happy birthday Junior Bird Men. And Women.

And it's National Cheeseburger Day. Score.

I hope you got to go to the last Jammin' concert. It was a lot of fun and very well attended. A big shout out to Dennis for putting these events together for us. And they raised well over $200 for what I guess can be considered Harvey Relief of a sort. The money was donated to a local pound. I say gas the little bastards and start off new every January first. It's not like anything in there is on the endangered species list. But that's just me.

A little follow up is due today. I contacted the General Land Office or GLO to inquire about any action they nay take to clean up the sunken boat in Jarboe. Specifically the 3 or 4 on Tindel. They did have me fooled though by parking the blue sailboat, not sunk, across the 3 others that are sunk, made me think they were gone. Said no one. Speaking of not cleaning up your shit, who are the neighbors that are DUMPING THEIR SHIT IN OUR PARKS? What you say? In the park? Trust me when I say I understand you want the stinky crap Harvey left you with gone. Been there, Done that. Think Ike. But when you take your crap to one of the dumpsters, that are overflowing, and throw your shit on the ground next to it where is your @#$%^ing brain? You plan on going back when the dumpster is empty and putting it in. Gimme a break. What kind of dumbassedness is that? Who do you think is going to clean up your mess? Please God let this be some newbies and not someone that should know better. As our City Manager was attempting to point out on FaceBook, there are rules. Yes there are. Regardless of what the whiny ass who attacked George would like you to believe. Do like Adams on East Shore. He has his mess on a trailer and is waiting for the next round of dumpsters. Bravo! If you don't feel like waiting for someone else to haul your crap off you can borrow my trailer and by all means hire the kids to do the labor. Just tell them to listen to George and not the knucklehead. 

I dropped in on the USA Corps of Engineers site again. The Flounder Pond issue has yet to be posted for public comment. If you are interested here is the case number. SWG-2017-00331

City Council meeting tomorrow night. Here the agenda.

Michael McNamara, Mayor Bryan Hoerner
S. Bud Solmonsson

AGENDA
CITY OF CLEAR LAKE SHORES CITY COUNCIL

REGULAR MEETING September 19, 2017 @ 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:
    City Administrator George Jones Police Department Chief Cook Building Official Kevin Harrell
  5. COMMITTEE REPORTS
    Roads and Drainage
    Planning and Zoning
    Economic Development Corporation Waterfront Compliance
    Parks and Pool
    Landscape and Beautification Advisory

  6. CIVIC CLUB
  7. UNSCHEDULED VISITORS
  8. OLD BUSINESS:
a. ORDINANCE 2017-09: An ordinance making appropriations for the support of the City of Clear Lake Shores, Texas for the fiscal year beginning October 1, 2017 and ending on September 30, 2018; appropriating money to the various funds of the City, adopting the annual budget for the City of Clear Lake Shores, Texas; authorizing the city administrator to take certain administrative actions regarding the budget.
(City Administrator George Jones)
9. NEW BUSINESS: CONSENT AGENDA:
  1. Check Register: August 31, 2017 thru September 13, 2017
  2. Minutes from Special Meeting held August 31, 2017
  3. Minutes from Regular Meeting held September 5, 2017
  4. Minutes from Special Meeting held September 11, 2017

10.
COUNCIL BUSINESS - Discussion and possible action may be taken on the following items:
  1. RESOLUTION 2017-11: A resolution for the re-appointment and new
    appointment of members to the Galveston County United Board of Health which are nominated by the Galveston County Commissioner’s Court and confirmed by the Member Governments of the Health District.
    (City Administrator George Jones)
  2. Approve City of Clear Lake Shores Fee Schedule for Fiscal Year 2017-2018.
    (City Administrator George Jones)
  3. ORDINANCE 2017-10: An ordinance adopting amendment to the original budget of the City of Clear Lake Shores Texas for the fiscal year 2016-17, adjusting amounts in expenditure accounts of the general fund due to unforeseen situations; containing findings; providing for severability; and providing other details relating thereto.
    (City Administrator George Jones)
  4. Appoint a City Council Liaison to Parks and Pool Committee which was vacated by Diana Hoerner’s resignation. (City Administrator George Jones)
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, September 15, 2017.
__________________________________ 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.
11.
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. 

Saturday, September 16, 2017

National Cinnamon Raisin Bread Day.

You can't make this up.

And it would be my Dad's 91st birthday had he not sloughed off his mortal coil at the ripe old age of 46. Happy Birthday anyway Dad. Here is a picture of his car. It was my favorite too. With him and me in the tub it weighed 3 tons. It had a 380 somethingorother hemi in and it would scoot right along. I put the only dent in it in the 8 years he had it. He didn't speak to me for a whole day. Is there anything worse?


For the rest of us tonight is the last Jammin' on Jarboe concert of the year. The Shane Barnhill Band is playing and all money made off the slushie machine goes to Hurricane Harvey relief. So, off yer butts and we'll see y'all tonight!

Over on the right under the under the list of other Websites you may, or may not, be interested in you will see a new entry. Plashlights. You see their work everyday, everywhere. Stephen and his soon to be wife Natasha just moved in to their new place on Aspen. Now go check 'em out.

Tomorrow we're gonna talk about Facebook and the temper tantrums and the City.

Off to go car shopping....

Thursday, September 14, 2017

We're in trouble...

It's National Hoagie day AND Cream filled do-nut day. I'll need to fast for a week. By go to fav is the Spicy Italian on Jalapeño Cheddar from Subway but If I've got the time It's a Wyatt Earp from the Hoagie Ranch. And all donuts must come in a Shipley's box or they're just sugar coated deep fried bread dough. End.

Busy month coming up. National Night Out followed immediately by the 5th Annual Clear Lake Shores BBQ Cook Off. 

WE tried cutting the cable last month. It didn't work out so well. I hooked up the basement TV to an HD antenna which wasn't bad if you wanted to sit in the basement, in the heat, and feed mosquitos. Although watching 1967 Laugh-In reruns was almost worth it. $50. We hooked the air conditioned TV up the Amazons Fire TV. Almost too much stuff to watch. Stuff we never heard of before. Some of it was pretty good, some not so much but the price was doable. Trouble was local news. As in you ain't getting it. Not on the same day that is and hell what use is yesterdays news. Is it even news? Well the DISH guy just left, their bottom package is one third what we were paying and we (I) get local news. 

This is why the butt plugs at antifa (they don't rate a capital A) belongs on the terror watch list. They believe they get to define what is and is not free speech. No. You don't. And when you start throwing bottles and rocks at police officers who are monitoring an ongoing legal protest you deserve a harder bullet.  
http://thehill.com/policy/national-security/350524-antifa-activists-say-violence-is-necessary
and then there's
Oakland 2009, Akron 2009, Pittsburgh 2009, Santa Cruz 2010, Oakland 2010, Los Angeles 2010, Oakland 2011, Chicago 2012, Anaheim 2012, Brooklyn 2013, Ferguson 2014, New York City 2014, Baltimore 2015, Anaheim 2016, Chicago 2016, St Paul 2016, Milwaukee 2016, Charlotte 2016, Standing Rock 2016, Oakland 2016, Portland 2016, Washington DC 2017, Berkeley 2017, Anaheim 2017, Berkeley (again) 2017, Berkeley (again again) 2017, Olympia 2017, and Portland 2017. This is a list of overwhelmingly leftist protests [that turned violent].
Go ahead and find the list of Tea Party related outings. I'll wait. No I won't. 



Monday, September 11, 2017

Never Forget

I worked at Continental Airlines downtown and was approaching the Smith street exit when the first report came in. All they knew was a plane had struck one of the World Trade Center buildings. I watched Southwest planes out my office window as the whole thing came to light. 

Hope you had a chance to come out to the Block party Saturday. It's all about meeting new folks and visiting with your neighbors. It's part of what makes this place such a great place to live. And to whomever made those croissant sandwiches you win! Damn! Those were yummy. Thank Pricilla for keeping that ball rolling. 

Lots of folks grumbling about the lack of communication between the City and the Citizens during Harvey. A lot of things didn't work. Some stuff still doesn't. I just got off the Citys' web site. I went to sign up under the "Stay Informed" link. It stops working somewhere between setting my subscriptions and setting my preferences. Looks like some bugs need to be worked out but at least they are trying. And if you haven't been told you now need to separate your flood debris. Yep. It's all on the City site.

National Night Out is coming up. I think it's time to shake this up a bit. I'm working on the route now and I need a couple of volunteers with 3 seater golf carts to ferry our Target crew around. Let me know if you can help.  

Still no word on all our Florida friends after Irma. I did check in my (ex) work wife and they opted to evacuate. Double thumbs up on that one. Dave? Capt'n Jim?

Hear about this dbag? he was a professor at the University of Tampa.
Kenneth Storey tweeted Sunday: “I don’t believe in instant Karma but this kinda feels like it for Texas,” “Hopefully this will help them realize the GOP doesn’t care about them.” 
He was referring to Hurricane Harvey. Wonder if he even saw the Karma bus that Irma was driving....


Saturday, September 9, 2017

My Bad

We missed National Beer Lovers day, That was Thursday. All I got toady is Teddy Bear day or Weiner Schnitzel. Your pick.

Hang onto yer butts Florida. We have friends and relatives who opted to ride it out. Dave, Cap'n Jim, Chris and Paul, Steve and Kim and the girls ...God Speed y'all. I'm watching the bar camera at the Hog's Breath and while it's windy the floors are still dry. And I know from personal experience the floor goes under water with a high tide. Prayers to you all.

Civic Club meeting notes. The annual Block Party is . It's BYOB and bring a dish to share. There's gonna be duck races! Bring a few extra bucks for da ducks. On the bridge starts at 4. See you there.
Nat'l Night Out is 10/3. I volunteered to Chair. If you want to play let me know ASAP. Read your Islander for the latest news on the BBQ Cook-off. Lots of changes. And Barktoberfest is shaping up for 10/14. Call Teresa.

With all the repairs going around, I have about a bat and a half of R-13 insulation if anyone needs a little to finish a project and doesn't want to by a roll. Let me know.
And last but not least, If you're in the market for a floating dock see Mike Pons. This washed up under his house from the Flounder Pond side.





Wednesday, September 6, 2017

National Coffee Ice Cream Day

So Harvey is in the history books as one bad ass storm. With over 60 confirmed deaths odds are we will never have another Harvey. We do have Katia in the Southern Gulf but she looks like a rain event for central Mexico  and Jose who is still in the middle of the ocean but then there's Irma. Those poor bastards in the Islands are getting hammered. Say a little prayer Clear Lake Shores. Ike wasn't that long ago. And this is the peak of storm season.

Here's what I took away from last nights meeting.
Councilwoman Hoerner resigned and Councilman Hoerner was reappointed.
Council meeting scheduled for Tuesday 10/3 was moved to 10/2 so not to conflict with National Night Out
Over $23,000 was raised on the Go Fund Me sight set up by Jeff T for our City employees who got slammed by Harvey. They each received equal checks and were grateful beyond words. The fund is still up so if you can help out please do.
The bldg inspector is asking for any pics taken from Harvey. They will help plan for future events. email them to Harrell Kevin k.harrell@clearlakeshores-tx.gov
All said and done it was a great turn out and I think Mayor Mac answered everyones questions in his opening statement which in turn handled the crowd nicely. Good job Mr. Mayor!.

It's been a while since anything changed on my Trumpometer so I think I'll give him another point just for putting up with the leftist assholes for the past year. I'm not talking about all the once upon a time a listers, they are nothing more than talking heads. I'm talking about the elected officials who called for the Presidents assassination, threaten him with physical violence, questioned his mental fitness not to mention the school yard name calling and innuendo from so many of the so called bastions of higher learning and all sorts of other stupid shit.  Those assholes. Antifa? Black Lives Matter? They are just the newest street gangs on the block and deserve to be treated as such. I suspect if they were shot with enough rubber bullets they would scurry back to mommy's basement for a sammie and cookies.  So. Houston company is building a prototype for the border wall, The stock market and my 401k are doing very well, the very controversial dreamers act has been dumped back in Congress' useless  lap where it damn well belongs and My government is no longer going to fine me thousands of dollars because I can't afford the "Affordable" Care Act. Maybe I'll give him two points.


Tuesday, September 5, 2017

National Cheese Pizza Day

Yo come mucho carne. Mucho. That's my duo lingo lesson or today. Cheese pizza? Not a fan, unless all that cheese is sliding down the sides of some sausage and pepperonis.

City Council meeting tonight. Should be real lively. Here's the agenda but I'll bet there will be an unregistered speaker. Or two. There has been a format change on the City Web site so until I can figure that out go here for the agenda
http://www.clearlakeshores-tx.gov/AgendaCenter/ViewFile/Agenda/_09052017-222

So the way I hear it is all the folks that weren't here for Ike are whining about people taking their trash? Seriously. Seems to me if you put your stuff on someone else's property you've pretty much given it away. Yes, I am referring to the easement. The rules are simple folks. Keep your shit in your yard and put your trash on the curb. People who "recycle" will pick it up for free. If you have an emotional attachment to a thing why would you put it on the curb? This doesn't have to be hard does it? Your neighbors aren't looters. If you doubt that then maybe this little pile of mud isn't for you? That said I picked this up in the vicinity of CLR and Forest. I have it. If you'd like it back stop by.



You know it's true.....

Sunday, September 3, 2017

Post Harvey Post

I must admit I didn't really miss the internet for the week it was down. THere was nothing I could have posted here that anyone didn't already know. So many pictures... I think the most impressive one was provided by NASA.

So now you know what a trillion gallons of water looks like. 
This was our place when Clear Creek finally made it to our end of the lake. The rain gauge measured 49 inches of rain where the creek crosses I 45. That's more than the average annual rain fall for Houston. We are still  several feet short of what Ike left us with. 

Out the back door at high tide.

Enjoying the waterfront under the house.

We did loose the floating part of our favorite hangout. It is still attached by a short rope. See the little light on the corner by the flagpole? It was under water. 


Now restarts the National Flood Insurance debate. " Jason Riley makes a few interesting points here. http://video.foxnews.com/v/5560122568001/?#sp=show-clips but just a few. He misses all the good folks who don't live on the coast like we do but flood anyway. And Florida? But wait, just where id "Super Storm Sandy" hit? Not like it matters. This is waaaay beyond a complicated topic and it's too early to start drinkin' to get ready. 

If you don't do Facebook know that 4 of the City's employee's were whooped by Harvey and there has been a GoFundMe site set up for donations. Go there and do what you can. 

Did you notice your Civic Club officers out lending a hand to those in need? One more reason to join. Hats off to our local do-gooders. There a lot of folks who weren't here for Ike and Harvey caught them with their pants down. Compare the the photos and you can pretty much see where the newbs live. I hope you were able to pitch in and lend as much a hand as was lent to you after Ike. 

My favorite. Gonzo at the ready albeit in the front yard. Bravo Zulu Steve Lee!

God Bless Texas y'all!

And remember, Hurricanes ain't for everyone...

Saturday, August 26, 2017

National Cherry Popcicle Day

I kid you not.


You can see where Houston is but you can't see where Galveston Bay is. We are under the blob on the right. Again. With the exception of the eye location it looks like yesterdays pic. Hey, I posted a link to local weather yesterday. I mean really local. Like, he's on Maple local. Check it out. He's broadcasting to WU and has recorded the highest wind gust in Galveston County at 71mph. That's probably when Caldwells' lost their latest tree. The tide gauges are 1 foot higher than yesterday and all roads are clear with the normal exceptions like the south ends where Shore was raised. Joe's Pool AKA Flounder Pond is out of it's banks. Thanks Joe. Said no one.
Here's the boat ramp yesterday.
Here's today.
That's the diff a foot makes. More on the way. My rain gauge says we've 3 more inches since yesterday. With more on the way,  

Friday, August 25, 2017

All eyes on Harvey



We're under the blob of rain up top. So far it's just a rainy Friday but that will change. Just under a half inch of rain in the gauge. Everyone is guessing how much rain will fall and where. Time will tell. One upside is the cloud cover. We will go from the triple digits last week to a high in the low 80's. The wind will pick up tonight and shake out a lot of debris but everyone is waiting for Saturday and Sunday to see where this rainmaker will wander. Stand by.

Took my lovely bride to Opus Ocean Grill last night for our 23rd Anniversary. The food was very good but the white chocolate bread pudding goes down as one of the best things I've ever eaten ever.

Dumbest Shit I read today goes here.
http://www.foxnews.com/food-drink/2017/08/24/detroit-restaurant-changes-name-replacing-derogatory-thai-lgbt-slur.html

And it's National Banana Split Day!

I didn't make it to the gym today. That makes five years in a row.

Time to do a lap around the Island. Keep your feet dry.

Thursday, August 24, 2017

National Waffle Day

I'm in !

Looks like a fun weekend coming up...


Ready or not here comes Harvey. I just readied my rain gauge from the quarter inch yesterday.

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

National Sponge Cake Day

It just doesn't sound like a good idea. Sponge. Cake. I like cake and sponges have their place but usually involve soap. I like it anyway.

Here comes Harvey. For those readers no where near here this is prime hurricane season for the Texas Coast. Now is the time to get ready. At the least we should get some cloud cover which should help keep the heart down. If you're interested go here.
https://www.wunderground.com/cat6/hurricane-watch-texas-tropical-depression-harvey-regenerates

The never ending insurance story V.
Got a check from the insurance company. It's good for 180 days and we are coming up on the halfway mark. Back in June I asked the agency, Maxim, (no kind words from me) to find out why they have not answered any of my questions from April. The only response was a snail mail from Wright, me spitting, asking why I haven't cashed the check yet. They are required, I LOVE this word, "Per FEMA regulations we are required to escheat all uncashed funds to FEMA six months after issue date" Bunch of dicks.

If God wanted me to touch my toes, He would've put them on my knees.

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

National Pecan Torte Day

Each year on August 22, pecan lovers across the country participate in National Pecan Torte Day.
A torte is a rich dessert filled with whipped cream, buttercream, mousse, jam, fruits or nuts. The baker will often glaze and garnish the torte once it is cooled. Generally made with little to no flour, tortes use ground nuts or breadcrumbs, along with sugar, eggs and flavorings instead.
Did you know the pecan tree is the only nut tree native to North America?

Great weekend for the RAT Pack at the Guadalupe River. The river was low and slow but daaaayum it felt good compared to the triple digits not in the river. I was most "impressed" if that's the right word, of how much the river has changed since I was last there. It's been well over 20 years and that's because of the crowds. I'll have to visit a few more times to determine if I like it better. Or not.


We need the rain but is Harvey gonna give us any? Odds are getting better that it will give us some rain. At least some cloud cover.

There is a flyer going around labeled Save Flounder Pond. Almost everything on it is correct. I contacted the Corps 30 days ago and was informed there was nothing new and yesterday I did the same. Only to be notified the file number SWG-2017-00331has not been released for public comment yet. A statement on the bottom of the flyer implies there is a deadline of Sept 1 where there is none. I'll let you know when it is open for comment.

Building has restarted on the Regatta! Check this out. It was the Regatta before it was Sundance Grill.

For all my left leaning friends who wondered how we ended up with a President Trump, watch TV, or pick up a paper other than the HuffPo. Your kids are tearing up shit that doesn't belong to them. Now one of them tried to blow up a statue of the man who helped found the Houston Fire Department. And Christopher Columbus in Baltimore? Please use small words and explain to me how you think this is acceptable behavior? Anon is on, knock your lights out.

Check out this Obi Wan hairdo...
video

I decided to stop calling the bathroom the “John” and renamed it the “Jim”. I feel so much better saying I went to the Jim this morning.

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Damn it's HOT

The good news is it only feels like 103. If you're in the shade. 
I missed the City Council meeting Tuesday. I suppose nothing fun happened or we would've heard about it by now. It was a belt graduation at ATA. Wyatt was awarded his Second Degree black belt. Congrats Son. You've earned it.

It's National Non Profit Day. Support you Civic Club!!

So today's kids want to erase history. Feel free to erase all of your 20 year old history you like kids but stay the hell off My History. I will give you the spanking you deserve. Your parents obviously failed you. You need to learn to keep your hands to yourself. Just because you don't like something you don't get to break it. It doesn't belong just to you. It's ours too. Your parents failed to teach you how to share. I won't go in to playing well with others. And what the hell is the matter with free speech? If you get your feelings hurt you call it "hate speech" and that's supposed to do what? Exactly? Make me sit down and shut up? If you collective dumbass' are gonna act like that You need to start wearing brown shirts. I am thankful that a few of you asshats were arrested and spent some quality time in the pokey. What a bunch of morons.



Two atoms are talking, One of them says" I think I've lost an electron"
"Are you sure?"
"Yeah, I'm positive"

Sunday, August 13, 2017

National Filet Mignon Day

This is a happy, sad, happy day. Got back late last night from a regional Tae kwan do tournament. Our first in a while. Wyatt's first as a Black Belt. Happy that he won two First Place medals in his two favorite events, Sparring and Forms.
Sad that the event was so poorly organized that we had to wait 6 hours between events. 10 hours in the Allen Civic Center is too long. Happy that the trip home went well and fast. Sad that it was so late when we got home. Happy that we discovered Liberty Burgers in Allen Texas. No, ecstatic! Far and away the best burger I have ever had. Ever. And I've had a lot across a few continents. Even my picky teenager gave his two thumbs up. Sad that there are none south of Dallas. The next time you get close to the Big D or Cow Town, make this a must stop. I kid you not. And don't forget to order a mudslide. Liberty Burgers. Write it down.

Here's a shout out to neighbor Alex Scanlon. Dude, Thanks. You made raising my carport look easy.

City Council meeting Tuesday. Here's the agenda. wonder what they plan on doing about the sunken boat. Has anyone called the Coast Guard?
Michael McNamara, Mayor Diana Hoerner
S. Bud Solmonsson
AGENDA
CITY OF CLEAR LAKE SHORES CITY COUNCIL

REGULAR MEETING August 15, 2017 @ 7:00 pm
Amanda Fenwick, Mayor Pro Tem Christy Lyons Jan Bailey

  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:
    Councilwoman Hoerner Councilwoman Lyons Councilman Solmonsson Councilwoman Bailey Mayor Pro Tem Fenwick Mayor McNamara
  4. STAFF REPORTS:
    City Administrator George Jones Police Department Chief Cook Building Official Kevin Harrell
  5. COMMITTEE REPORTS
    Roads and Drainage
    Planning and Zoning
    Economic Development Corporation Waterfront Compliance
    Parks and Pool
    Landscape and Beautification Advisory

  6. CIVIC CLUB
  7. UNSCHEDULED VISITORS
  8. NEW BUSINESS:
    CONSENT AGENDA:
    1. Check Register: July 27, 2017 thru August 9, 2017
    2. Minutes from Regular Meeting held August 1, 2017
  9. COUNCIL BUSINESS - Discussion and possible action may be taken on the following items:
    1. Discuss and consider approval of CLEMC assessment of $32,022.00 for the 2017-2018 Fiscal Year and 5% annual increases thereafter.
      (City Administrator George Jones)
    2. Discuss and consider approving an action of the Clear Lake Shores Economic Development Corporation to engage the Goodman
Corporation

to perform a community needs assessment, and developing grant application(s) to financially assist in meeting the identified needs. (City Administrator George Jones)
c. Discuss and consider approval of an ordinance regulating the installation of cell nodes. (City Administrator George Jones)
d. Discuss and determine the proper course to follow in resolving City Attorney appointment. (City Administrator George Jones)
10. ADJOURNMENT
CERTIFICATION
I, Angie Galvan, Assistant City Secretary, certify that this Notice of Meeting was posted on the outside bulletin board at 931 Cedar Drive on or before Friday, August 11, 2017.
__________________________________ Angie Galvan, TRMC