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, January 31, 2012


Civic Club Meeting Thursday at 7.

Mancakes on the 11th. Just in case you didn’t know we will be serving from 8:30 until 11 AM or until we run out so don’t wait until the last minute.

Tree Day and a Buggie parade on the 18th! Be there early!

Someone bounced a thought off my pea brain. Obviously it bounced back but I thought I’d pitch it out there for the rest of you to mull over. Every year the Civic Club hosts Candidates night. It gives you and I an opportunity to address prospective candidates with fairly non specific questions. At issue is the basic tenet of the Club. The Club by design and charter needs to stay as far away from our tar-baby politics as it can. It was suggested that an independent Candidates Night be held outside of the Clubs oversight. At second look it’s not a bad idea although it poses some logistical problems. To make it work it has to be fair. Can we pull that off? What do you think?


1. PUBLIC HEARING, 6:00 p.m – to hear and receive comment on the following:

to discuss the Fair Housing Action Statement – Texas (FHAST) Form approved by the State’s General Land Office, which will become the basis for the City of Clear Lake Shores Fair Housing Action Plan.

2. NEW BUSINESS - Discussion and possible action may be taken on the following items: a. Fair Housing Action Statement – Texas (FHAST) Form approved by the State’s General Land Office, which will become the basis for the City of Clear Lake Shores Fair Housing Action Plan



I, Karen Mericle, City Secretary, certify that this Notice of Meeting was posted on the outside bulletin board at 931 Cedar on Tuesday, January 24, 2012.


Karen Mericle, TRMC

City Secretary

In compliance with the Americans 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.

New Word
Could not find it in my old Webster's. Googled it and discovered it is a recently "coined" new word found on a T shirt on eBay. Getting really close to the bone! Read this one over slowly and absorb the facts that totally are within this sentence!
I love this word and believe that it will become a recognized English word. Finally, a word to describe our current political situation.

Ineptocracy (in-ep-toc'-ra-cy) - a system of government where the least capable to lead are elected by the least capable of producing, and where the members of society least likely to sustain themselves or succeed, are rewarded with goods and services paid for by the confiscated wealth of a diminishing number of producers



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Monday, January 30, 2012

30 years later....

So just what were you doing in 1982? Lets a jog a few brain cells shall we. Some of you, this may hurt so sit down. Well, for openers the Niners won the Super bowl. The Shuttle Columbia completed her first operational flight. John Belushi blew waaay too much stuff up his nose. DeLorean was arrested with possession of 59 lbs ok coke. Somebody in Argentina thought it would be a good idea to invade the Falkland Islands. The Brits promptly recaptured them. It wasn’t cheap. 255 British, 1,000 Argentines die. Princess Grace died in a car crash. “Cats” opened on Broadway. A mysterious disease is reported that has a 40% mortality rate. They name it AIDS. Or like me I was eating chili at the 1st Brigadoon Chili cook-off. If you weren’t at the party on Narcissus you missed it. The chili gods smiled as they almost always do and the weather was perfect. Almost as good as the company. We had some folks fly in for their first time ever and some who have just been gone too damn long. It’s better than a family reunion. Civic Club President Dennis Roberson walked away with third place, Nancy and Lance took second place with their first time entry and I will forever blame it on the fact that you can’t(shouldn’t) cook when you have a cold as the reason I let Rob Scherer beat me and take home the trophy for what I am certain is his fourth time. Wait a second, he didn’t beat me he just tied me for all time wins. Game on punkin’ we’ll settle this in 364 days. Chili smack aside Congrats Rob you did it again.
Next up is the Civic Club meeting and since it’s always the first Thursday of the month its Thursday! We’ll finalize ManCakes which is on the 11th. Ladies, I really need your help. I don’t decorate. I have no taste you see. You know what I’m talking about too. I can see you nodding your heads. I can provide everything else but if I don’t get some volunteers to spruce up the ol’ Club House all I can offer is great mancakes and a lot of fun.
So after that will be the Mardi Gras Parade and I’m sure Dennis will be looking for someone to steer that event. Come to the Civic Club meeting and find out. Go check the cover of your Islander it will list everything the Club is lining up. And I hear the Talent show is going to be on the same day as the island wide garage Sale. More as it develops.
City Council meets on the 14th. They have 6 more meetings until election time. Time to start getting serious about who you want steering your city. That’s only 92 days away. 92!
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Thursday, January 26, 2012

Happy Anniversary

Can you believe it has been one whole year. I am amazed to say the least. The posts seem to have grown in content and although some content I don’t care for It’s still news. Win loose or draw. The original intent was to post goings on anywhere we could drive our buggies to and other stuff. Like I pointed out to J last week my intent is not to edit anything. But I will if I feel the need. I think it is critical for neighbors to communicate. This offers one method. And it’s nice to see it being used as intended. Yeah, yeah, yeah, I know the anon is like electronic tequila. Deal with it. Out of the 265 posts and 2,472 comments I’d say we pretty much covered the stuff. All 85,246 page hits brings me full circle to the Chili Cook off at Fort Ward. It’s the 30th annual and if you think you make a fair Pot O Red now is the time to put it to the test. I’m probably wrong but the record for entries was 34 pots. For the anniversary I’d really like to re set that record. Come on out. Come hungry and bring a chair. There will be live music that plays for tips so bring an extra buck or two. The weather should be spectacular but if it rains, well look on the bright side, it’ll make some of those entries taste better.

What the hell was that I ate?
That ain't chili, who are those bums?
I need a beer and Pass the Tums!

From Chili central, You have a whopping 40+ hours or so to coax your so called ingredients in to an OSHA approved container. No gas cans like last year Oakes. No, it wasn't that clean...The weather forecast is looking good. Hi near 70 but the chance of rain is inching up. You know there is no rain date so don't ask. It will be a tad windy and it will be out of the north so bring a particle mask because that put us down wind from Robs kitchen. Damn the luck.

I personally will bring my own heat source so save me a spot by the fire extinguisher. Again

This from neighbor Pete.

I was on the City Council from 2004 to 2008 and was instrumental in pushing for the City Administrators position. You posted a good recap for the rationale; and we certainly didn't need a Public Works Director that spent most of his time smoozing Kathy; but what really pushed my button was the office staff.

We had gone from one City Secretary in 2001 to 3 Admin's in 2005. One reported to the Chief, and the other two reported to Kathy. There was no cross training, or accountability, or performance reports or attendance tracking or any clear set of accountability and measures. While Kathy did spend most of the day at the City office, she was typically closed up in her office. She did not like to come out and direct the office staff. A good case in point was the mess we discovered in the Building Inspectors files...they were stored haphazardly in boxes; some in outside storage, but not filed by address. In order to find if someone had a building permit you had to know when they applied for it and it could be mixed up in any of the various boxes.

My concern was if it was this bad when we had a full time retiree as Mayor; what would it be like if a future Mayor had a day job say downtown or at NASA and there was no one in charge during the day. Putting all the Admin's reporting to the City Administrator; cross training all three Admin's to fill in for one another, and requiring performance standards and reviews was the only way to remedy this situation.

When we proposed the City Administrator's position we got the normal push back from the "we're opposed to anything group"; but the Council prevailed and it was approved. The City Council was charged with completing a performance appraisal on the City Administrator each year and I know for a fact that we did it the first year. I am guessing that was the only one as I understand that at least two members of the current Council (you can guess which two) said they didn't feel the need to do one.

I think any discussions about having the office staff report to the Mayor (paid or unpaid) is taking us back to the dark ages. IMHO Pete Carrothers

This from neighbor Julie,

Another islander who needs (our) prayers is Malcom Jones on Tindel. He had heart surgery Monday and

is in an induced coma-to give the best rest in (I think) St. Luke's Hospital in Houston.

My prayers are with him and his girlfriend Linda who will be part of his recoup caregivers.

Please keep the Jones in your thoughts and prayers. Linda I don’t know if you have access to this blog but If I can help please let me know. ab.

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Tuesday, January 24, 2012


A couple of short notes today then I’m slipping back in to my Nyquil coma. First and most importantly

This is from neighbor Dottie..

“This is serious!!! Val is going in for some SERIOUS heart surgery. She will be in Methodist starting EARLY Tues. morning. Please send an e-mail to everyone to keep her in their prayers and thoughts. The doctors told her to get everything in order so that tells us something, I took some flowers over there this evening and she said it was OK to tell everyone.”

------NEWS FLASH-------

I know I probably don't need to say this but. Saturdays 30th annual gathering is first and foremost a BIRTHDAY PARTY. Say it. Say it again. Say it louder!! What that means is, it's a


Anyone found talking politics will be made to eat a bowl of Robs Chili. A second offense and it's Larry Chili. A third offense and we'll give you a bat so you can beat the tongue out of your head to get rid of the smell. That is all.

This from the National Weather Service

Here's an update on the potential for severe weather over the next few days. We expect showers and thunderstorms to develop on Tuesday along a warm front. Heaviest rains and the best chances for flooding Tuesday night will likely be focused over northern and northwestern counties say north and west of a line from Groveton to Huntsville to Brenham although the forecast position of this heavier rain area may shift as we get closer. There will also be an isolated severe wind and tornado threat Tuesday night. On Wednesday, a line of thunderstorms will likely move from west to east across the area...with damaging wind gusts and isolated tornadoes possible.

Stay tuned for updates.

Dan n Reilly

Warning Coordination Meteorologist

National Weather Service Houston/Galveston

281-534-2157 ext. 223

From the local PTA…

Would you mind spreading the word on the blog about our Bayside Knights on the Run 5K? It is Saturday, Feb 25 at 8:30a.m. and we need sponsorship names for the back of the T-shirt. Any business owners with kids at Stewart, Mossman, Bayside or Falls please consider buying a spot on the shirt for $300. This would be great advertising as the shirts are considered part of the Education Village Uniform and can be worn by all students and extras will be sold in school store. The cost to run or stroll in the 5k is $20 and includes a long sleeve T and misc goodies in the registration bag. You can register at or go to

the website at for more info. We are also looking

for businesses to provide coupons, koozies, etc for the registration bags and door prizes. This is our only fundraiser and we really need parents and local businesses to help in any way possible. We appreciate support in any form, no matter how large or small. I am not having much

luck in the sponsorship dept so far. Please contact us with any

questions or ideas. We have registration forms at our houses and hope to leave some at the city office also. Thanks so much.

Stephanie Haynes

Charity Nicholas

This from Me. Ya’ll take it easy on J-Bob. He is obviously new to the blog so cool your jets. Jfishing, I say you are new because assuming otherwise would indicate you have chosen to ignore so much info presented here. In two days this blog will be one year old. I have posted 252 times and have received 2,457 comments. Of those I have removed exactly two. One request was from the poster of said comment and the other posted too much personal information about one of your neighbors. If I limited this blog to only people that agree with me I would have killed myself out of boredom 11 ½ months ago. As it turns out Google has a SPAM filter they employ to protect their blogs. For reasons unknown to me your post tripped the trigger and off to SPAM world you went. It happens so infrequently that I rarely check it. When I saw your statement on the premature death of free speech I started poking around. Voila! Have a little faith my brother. I too have served our country in defense of free speech. Wander n back to June of 2011 and I guarantee you will find statements from people who disagree with me. As I have stated before this blog is about the dissemination of information. Not bullshit but pertinent information. Yes. I do get to define Bullshit. Someone has to and it’s my blog. Type on neighbor.

Monday, January 23, 2012

Happy New Year!

To all our Chinese friends.

What a great weekend here on the Island. I did manage to pick up a bug from someone but it was still worth it. Thanks Rob and Paula and Neil and April for kicking off the weekend in such a grand fashion. Saturday was mudbugs at the Fishers and then on to Masseys’ for a Great Saturday night. Congrats to the newlyweds Mark and Wendi. Sunday was football and Monday is gorgeous. I’m sitting here with the doors opened up listening to somebody and their chainsaw.

Next weekend is a chili party like you’ve never seen. Some of our neighbors submitted a petition to get it stopped but the latest news has it on much as it has been for the last 25+ years.

In case you didn’t see this. Congrats to Mrs. Mericle. Karen Thank you for your dedication and all your hard work. We, as a city are fortunate to have you.

City of Clear Lake Shores

Mayor’s Office 1006 South Shore Drive, Clear Lake Shores, TX 77565


January 23, 2012

City Secretary receives Public Finance Certification

Karen Mericle, City Secretary for the City of Clear Lake Shores, recently graduated from the

Institute of Governmental Finance.

The Institute of Governmental Finance is sponsored through the Texas Tech University

graduate program in Public Administration and is a professional education program in

governmental budgeting, accounting, and finance for local and state government employees in


Mericle was one of 20 students accepted to the program in the state and was placed in the

inaugural session. The program consists of a total of 36 contact hours of on-site instruction from

known experts in each of the three areas: budgeting, accounting, and finance. In addition, the

program includes a competency examination at the end of the coursework.

Mericle has been the City Secretary for Clear Lake Shores since August 2004 and also serves as

the city’s accountant. She has over 16 years of governmental experience and also has the

designation of Texas Registered Municipal Clerk.

Who’s up for a short stroll down memory lane?

“One person wrote:

“The City Admin job was created for Paul Shelley. He was performing the duty so a group of "reasonable heads" prevailed and created the position to justly and rightfully compensate Paul Shelley for his service to this community. Like him or not he worked hard here. Successfully for many years.”

This is a somewhat positive comment but not accurate as to why the job was created. The CA job was not created for Paul Shelley. In 2006, Mayor McIntyre and Council was focused on some strategic thinking ( a unique process given our current council) as to how they wanted to organize the city going forward. Up to that time, there had been only a part time mayor, city secretary, a police chief and, in the last year a Public Works Director who was doing a terrible job and was costing us almost $100K with benefits. They all recognized that things were getting too complex and the city needed more continuity and a full time administrator, what we called a City Administrator. (Note; the term City Manager has a legal distinction and cannot be used by General Law City. If you want a GL City Manager form of government voters have to make the decision and if approved the CM is appointed by Council.)

They hired a former city manager as a consultant and went through a planning process to define the role of CA. In doing so it was decided to redefine the role of the mayor which they did. By the end of the summer of 2006, we had unanimous agreement on the definition of those jobs.

When we got around to figuring out how to implement this new organization, things got interesting. McIntyre wanted to hire a half time CA at $40,000- $50,000 a year. Some disagreed that this was practical. Instead it was agreed that we would:

1) Do away with the Director of Public Works job, saving $100 K a job.

2) Give Paul the job on a one year trial basis with a raise; I think $10,000. He had not been involved in the city administration at all but had a lot of knowledge about the city and was a known commodity.

3) Appoint Kenny as Asst Chief. He was expected to handle the day to day police dept stuff to free up time for Paul to do the CA job. Paul could keep the title so he could keep his peace officer license.

McIntyre and Cummings were pissed but it got passed in September 2006. A year later, everyone thought it was going well and we made the arrangement permanent. A final draft evaluation Discussed and signed by council shows he was doing a good job but also identified areas for improvement. Too be expected!!

Last but not least, This is to the spineless anon poster @ 10:56 and 11:04. You suck. And leave a bruise. To throw out accusations that have no basis in fact and then attempt to perpetuate same bullshit is exactly how all this started in the first place. Your tactics reek and you are a steaming pile. Get off my blog you troll. Go to Jeans website. You’ll be right at home. Get comfy, anon is dead.

" You have the right to remain silent, anything you say will be misquoted then used against you"

Saturday, January 21, 2012

100 give or take.

OK, here’s a thought. Everybody CALM down. That’s better. There are 6 more council meetings. And we’ve got about 102 days of this nonsense. My thoughts are contacting the AG office is a waste of energy. It sounds good and maybe in a perfect world, but the short version is it’s a governmental office and the odds of a government office doing squat in 100 days is slim. The Galveston County DA’s office has already been contacted. They are paying attention but again unlikely to do anything in the short time we have left. You want to do something? Talk to your neighbors. Engage them. Ask them if they even want to know what’s going on. If they do great, if not move on. Ask them if they are registered to vote. If not, ask if you can help. You have neighbors out there who are not registered because they think it puts them in the jury pool. While I personally don’t care for that attitude it is their life. They do need to know though that the county uses drivers license’ for jury selection not voter registration. It’s our neighbors who don’t have the opportunity to attend the City Council meetings or read this blog that are targeted. If you did neither but talked to Councilman Perkins about the goings on around here you would probably think I had two heads and a 666 tattoo. That is who they will target. I guarantee it. I’ve seen it happen. And to be honest it is quite fascinating to watch. I had Councilman Fuller stand in my driveway and tell me, my wife and two neighbors how the Town Center was going to level the houses on Tindel. If I didn’t know better I would have been with him demanding the end of the Town Center too. Understand there are people on this Island who have no qualms about telling lies to their neighbors to get their way. Is that what politics is all about? I thought you were supposed to serve your fellow man for the betterment of the whole. What a dumb-ass I am.

The Credit card BS is just that. It is a mind set and a political tool. Tell a lie long enough and some folks will start to believe it. It’s harassment that’s all. They’re hoping to reach a low BS tolerance and someone will quit. One way to make this BS stop is a simple change in the open records policy. Currently we let anyone make a request for anything. All as it should be. When the office staff finally compiles the requested list we let the requestor pick and choose what they want and that’s what they pay for. That’s Cherry Picking. If a record pertains to your request and the staff makes it available you pay for it. Period.

And what’s all this talk about threats to elected officials? Anon 9:18 I'm calling you out. I went through yesterdays’ comments and failed to find any threat. Unless you count “us” throwing “them” out of office a threat. I’d like to think of it as more of a promise. No threats folks, we don’t need it and If I see it I’ll remove it. Now go outside and enjoy your Saturday. And talk to a neighbor while you’re at it.

Friday, January 20, 2012

Happy Birthday to ...

Rob and Neil!

I just left Frank's so here's the latest. Essentially he is going to transform the back part of his shop in to "Chill" The covered space is about 30 x100 so plenty of room to get in out of the weather if need be. By far the jewel in this crown will be the deck. It overlooks the bayou and the park and it even looks good in the wintertime. If you want to call this winter that is. His architects and builder are meting with the City's architect so they can build their deck in to what hopefully someday will be a boardwalk around the bayou. They will have a lot of big windows in the back of the building and plenty of parking on the East side. Aspen literally stops at the back door and is just begging for golf carts. Frank said he's just bout got all his permits lined up and he's hoping for a late spring early summer opening. Did I mention it's going to have a full bar? What a great spot to go sit and CHILL!

So the party is at East Shore and Juniper tonight. Happy Birthday Boys! See you in a few hours.

Got your chili recipes all figured out ? Forget the cat soup. It's been tried. She hasn't been back since. You could always go with the Rodent Surprise like Rob did. Hold off on the coriander though it clashes with the hair taste. Craigbob, how many wannabes have signed up so far? You noobs need to understand one thing going in. The odds of me taking my trophy back to my house are going up every day. I know you're scared but losing is good for you. Makes you humble. Like me.

Then It’s Man-cakes! I think this is the 9th outing for the boys and the Civic Club. We will be serving Blueberry, Chocolate chip and regular mancakes with bacon and or sausage. Milk, Coffee, OJ and a little something special for the ladies. I still have a few openings if you want to join in the fun.

A lot of comments in the last two days. Too much name calling but I can understand where it's coming from. Frustration is a bitch. Do your venting here. That’s the purpose of anon. Just a note though, it doesn't change anything that has happened. It can only effect what may or may not happen. 102 days from now these folks will still be your neighbors. Think how much nicer this place would be if they were your friends too. I’m not asking anybody to kiss and make up with an asshole, just talk to your neighbors like you would want them to talk to you. OK who’s ready for a round of Kumbaya? What we can do is stay focused. Stay positive. Stay strong. Stop whining and make a difference.

Because you asked for it.


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Galveston, Texas 77551

Here is the State AG's address

Office of the Attorney General

PO Box 12548

Austin, TX 78711-2548

"Why didn't Noah swat those two mosquitoes?"

PS I love the t-shirt idea. "Get your Damnation Here!" "The beet of a different Drummer" I'm looking for more ideas so feel free to post it here.

Thursday, January 19, 2012


OK Tomorrow I’ll have the scoop on Frank’s new place.

Here’s the skinny on the Trees! The city has ordered the trees below and will sell them for $35.00 each. First come, first served at the pavilion. So be there on Feb 18th at 8:30.
60 live Oaks
15 Cedar Elms
15 Bald Cypress
30 assorted bottlebrush and anacuita (short trees) for under high lines. They will give advice on planting also.
Thank you,
Paul Shelley

Ever watch Titanic? Of course you have. Remember how you felt watching those left onboard who in the face of certain doom held their stance. They knew they were in the crapper but managed to maintain their dignity to the end. When everything is falling down around you there are two types of responses. Thank you officer Akin for holding the line and giving us a glimmer of hope that not all is lost.

Monday June 20th 2011. Not only was it my birthday but it is also the post that contains some of your City Council’s favorite quotes. I have a new fav, It’s from “Councilman Perkins
“No matter how it’s presented – there is no way the town center concept can materialize except when the houses on Aspen and Tindel are gone because there is not enough land for all that otherwise.
So let’s recap…The City (pronounced US) voted to proceed with the Town Center…………

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Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Save US!

Rob and Neil's Party in Three days!
Chili in 10
Mancakes in 23

I am fighting the urge to send out a cryptic SOS. I feel Like we are adrift and no one is at the helm. I want to put a message in a bottle and throw it in to my front yard from the deck in hopes that someone will see the shit we're in and come and save us. For everyone who was not able to make the festivities at the City Council meeting here is your recap as best I remember it. Rest assured I will be corrected where need be.
The City is buying a bunch of trees to replace a small fraction of the ones we lost from Ike. It's a start. I'll see if I can find the specs and post them here.
Barbara Nichols offered her skill set to aid the office workers and I couldn't hear her that well but I thought I heard her say she'd do it for free. Imagine that.
They tried like hell to pass 4 months worth of minutes but a couple of your elected officials had "issues" and wanted them revisited. And then, I swear to God, they bitched about the minutes not being posted in a timely manor. I swear. You can't make this stuff up. And still when it was pointed out by Councilman Burns that minutes were not a scheduled necessity and then when it was pointed out that all the damned open records requests were a priority which pushed the minutes back Councilmen Fuller and Perkins insisted the office staff simply could not do the job. Right hand to God.
Former Mayor McIntyre corrected everyone in the room on the expenses incurred for last years unsanctioned and as yet unwarranted investigation. I vote we ask the former Mayor to go over all our books. I'll bet she can save us a fortune. Oh wait. She and her hubby and friends have gone over all the citys' books. Not sure why she was working so hard to downplay the expenses. Kathryn? are you soaping the skids for Tamis' re-election campaign? You're gonna need more soap hon. Especially after that "How dare they" (ask for records) comment from Councilman Perkins. Councilman Perkins I want to thank you personally for mentioning how much damage you think this blog has done to our community. I know how much you believe that whole pesky free speech thingy fouls things up. God forbid we know what the hell is going on with our government. And thanks ever so much for driving a wooden stake in to our Tuesday evening's heart. Yes folks, it's the whole shall vs must. Everyone in the room got it. Everyone. OK not everyone. She was actually arguing with the city attorney. Go get a soda and some popcorn folks, This will be the longest 104 days ever recorded by man.
Sitting down? Officer Milliken delivered an envelope to Council during unscheduled visitors. I had to confirm it but confirm it I did. It was a vote of no confidence in our interim Chief of Police. Signed by the other officers. Now what? OK Councilmen Perkins and Fuller lets take it from the top. How is that whole morale thing working out for you now? Yeah, the one you patted your ass on the back for a couple of meetings ago. Please use small words so I don't get confused.
Not sure but I think a couple of raises were going to be offered. My brain had resumed its normally soft state by then. One can only take so much.
The City agreed to issue a license for right of way use to Franks up coming place. I'm stoked about this. I told Frank I'm coming over Friday to get the scoop. I also mentioned we could be looking for a sponsor for the Mardi Gras Parade and Frank likes it! I'll post it here when I get it.
They talked about relocating the Farmers Market to Okies' Corner but it was tabled.
To Pam, call me. I honestly want to offer my services as a peace broker between you and your neighbors. I really do. Your ball.


City Council meeting tonight at 7. Let's see how the new year is going to get going. Or not. Don't forget your red solo cup!!

Vern Johnson, Mayor AGENDA Al Burns
Richard Sowrey CITY OF CLEAR LAKE SHORES Jackie Fuller
January 17, 2012, 7:00 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.

3. STAFF/COUNCIL REPORTS: Police Department, Fire Department, Emergency Services
Board, City Council
a. Check Register from December 1, 2011 to January 11, 2012
b. Cash Balance Summary as of January 11, 2012
c. Minutes for June 7, 2011 regular meeting
d. Minutes for June 21, 2011 regular meeting
e. Minutes for July 5, 2011 regular meeting
f. Minutes for July 19, 2011 regular meeting
g. Minutes for July 23, 2011 special meeting
h. Minutes for August 2, 2011 regular meeting
i. Minutes for August 9, 2011 special meeting
j. Minutes for August 27, 2011 special meeting
k. Minutes for October 17, 2011 regular meeting
l. Minutes for November 15, 2011 regular meeting

6. EXECUTIVE SESSION, as authorized by the Texas Open Meetings Act, Section 551.071:
"Consultation with attorney," concerning pending or contemplated litigation; a settlement
offer; or a matter in which the duty of the attorney requires it.
a. legal issues involving former police officer

7. OLD BUSINESS - Discussion and possible action may be taken on the following items:

b. 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)

8. NEW BUSINESS - Discussion and possible action may be taken on the following items:
a. Discuss request for license to use city property by Frank Tamborella for City
ROW”) at 888 Aspen Road and approve direction to staff. (City Administrator Shelley)
b. Comcast state-issued certificate of franchise authority (Mayor Johnson)
c. Relocation of Farmer’s Market (City Administrator Shelley)
d. Salary increase for Interim Chief Cook (Mayor Johnson)
e. Salary increase for City Secretary (Mayor Johnson)
f. Request for Police Department budget amendment and raise for Nicholas Yeley
(Interim Chief Cook)
g. Maintenance of city records, specifically the minutes of council meetings
(Councilwoman Laughter & Perkins and Councilman Fuller)
h. 2011 audit by Belk, Harris, Pechacet, Certified Public Accountants – request
initiation of 2011 audit with special emphasis on credit card expenses and salary
advances (Councilwoman Laughter & Perkins and Councilman Fuller)
i. Presentation of updated 2012 Budget including the items requested by Interim Chief
Cook dated September 13, 2011(Councilwoman Laughter & Perkins and Councilman Fuller)
j. Hiring of City of Clear Lake Shores Police Chief – direct advertisement of position
of Police Chief for the City of Clear Lake Shores to recruit applicants for
consideration (Councilwoman Laughter & Perkins and Councilman Fuller)