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, September 28, 2012

Ready, Set, ...

So how was your drive in to work this fine Friday AM? Did you get to see any of the balloons? It's BallunarFest Weekend and they usually kick off with a fly-in Friday morning. Lots of variables so it's almost always last minute. 
Are you ready to tear off the September page of your calendar? Next week is October ready or not and things are getting busier. The fun starts Sunday at the pumpkin house. I really hope some of you can make it out and lend a hand. I'll be in Shirley's front yard about 3p.

Then there's Jazz Fest in Kemah. It starts Saturday. Read all about it here

National Night Out is next Tuesday night. Below is the schedule. No conflict, City Council moved their meeting to Monday. Agenda below.
Parade starts at 6:00 Lazy Lane and Birch.  Pack the family in your golf cart and follow along, or get on your scooter, bike or roller skates and join us anywhere along the route for a fun time.  Get acquainted with our police force during the evening. Want to help? We could use a hand or two handing out drinks.
            Parade moves at  6:15 to South Shore & Narcissus
            6:30 Forest and West Shore
            6:45 Pine and Ivy
            7:00 Queen and Juniper
            7:15 to 8:00 Sundial Park
            If you haven't paid your Civic Club dues this will be a good time - Find any board member and we'll take care of the rest.

One last time from Jane
I am looking for ENTRY LEVEL ONLY college grads with degrees in Geology, Environmental Science, Biology, Chemistry or Engineering.  The position requires traveling – 3 weeks on and 1 week off and work 6 days a week out in the field.  They must be in good health, pass a drug screening and be 40 hour HAZWOP OSHA trained.  If they are not OSHA trained and their credentials are great – we will train them.  You can give out my contact info below for resume submittal to my email. 
Thank you,
Jane C. Marzano
Environmental Scientist 3
Shaw Environmental & Infrastructure Group
1401 Enclave Parkway, Suite 250
Houston, Texas 77077
281-235-9254 - Cell

From the office:
GCHD will host public flu shot clinics at the following locations on the
dates and times listed:

October 2nd, 10 a.m. to 11 a.m., McKinney Memorial Methodist Church, 1607
Nashby, La Marque; October 3rd, 10 a.m. to 11 a.m., Bacliff Community
Center, 4503 11th Street, Bacliff; October 10th, 10 a.m. - 12 noon, Wayne
Johnson Community Center (Carbide Park), 4102 Main Street, La Marque;
October 11th, 11 a.m. - 12 noon, Dickinson Senior Center, 2714 Hwy 3,
Dickinson; October 11th, 12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m., League City Senior Center,
450 W. Walker, League City; October 17th, 10 a.m. - 12 noon, Friendswood
Activity Center, 416 Morningside Drive, Friendswood; October 18th, 11 a.m. -
12:30 p.m., Nessler Center, 2010 5th Ave North, Texas City; October 19th, 10
a.m. - 11:30 a.m., Holland House, 2810 61st Street, Galveston; October 19th,
1 p.m. - 2:30 p.m., Gulf Breeze, 1211 21st Street, Galveston.

For those unable to attend one of the community flu shot clinics the Health
District is also offering shots throughout the flu season at their
immunization clinics located in:

Galveston, 4700 Broadway; Monday 8 a.m. - 12 noon and 1 p.m. - 5 p.m.;
Wednesday 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. and 3 p.m. - 7p.m.
Texas City, 9850-B Emmett F. Lowry Expressway; Monday, Wednesday, Thursday &
Friday 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.; Tuesday 8 a.m. - 7 p.m.
Dickinson, 3411 Gulf Freeway; Tuesday, Thursday & Friday, 8 a.m. - 12 noon
and 1 p.m. - 5 p.m.
Flu shots are $20 each, and staff will accept Medicare cards for

The flu virus spreads person to person through respiratory droplets from
nasal secretions and coughing. Flu can also be contracted from touching a
surface an infected person has touched.  As such, health officials recommend
frequent hand washing with soap and hot water, use of sanitizers when hand
washing is not possible, staying home when sick, maintaining personal space
away from other people, coughing or sneezing into an elbow or using a tissue
and properly disposing of it immediately, keep hands away from face -
especially eyes, nose and mouth, and teach children to wash their hands

A complete detailed list of who should get vaccinated is available on the
CDC's website at .   For additional
information on GCHD's immunization services visit their website at , or call (409) 938-2244. 

(News Media: For more information contact Kurt Koopmann, GCHD Public
Information Officer, 409-938-2211 or )

City Council Agenda
3. COMMITTEE REPORTS: Economic Development Corporation, Waterfront Compliance Committee, Planning/Zoning Committee, Roads and Drainage Committee, Park Committee, Pool Committee, Civic Club, Council
5. CLOSED EXECUTIVE SESSION – Council will convene into Executive Session in accordance with:
a. Texas Government Code, Section 551.071: Consultation with attorney (consult with attorney on legal issues involving employment matters)

b. Texas Government Code, Section 551.074: Personnel Matters; to deliberate the appointment, employment, evaluation, reassignment, duties, discipline, or dismissal of a public officer or employee; or to hear a complaint or charge against an officer or employee (Sergeant Denise Janssen) (Postponed from June 9, 2012)

c. Texas Government Code, Section 551.074: Personnel Matters; to deliberate the appointment, employment, evaluation, reassignment, duties of a public officer or employee (Interim Chief Kenneth Cook)

6. CONSENT AGENDA: a. Check Register from September 13, 2012 to September 26, 2012
b. Cash Balance Summary as of September 26, 2012
c. Approval of Kevin Foley to Planning/Zoning Committee
d. Approval of Todd Ford to Waterfront Compliance Committee
e. Approval of Charles Russell to Waterfront Compliance Committee

7. COUNCIL BUSINESS – Discussion and possible action may be taken on the following items: a. Combination of Parks and Pool Committees (Ianni)
b. Sale of Donated Boat (Shelley)


email me for instructions
Clear Lake Shores BBQ Cook Off
October 6th

Entries. $10 per entry, no limit per team
Sausage, minimum 2 lbs, Turn in 4:15
Chicken, No restrictions, Turn in 4:45
Ribs, Pork, back or country style, Turn in 5:15
Brisket, Not tagged, Turn in 5:45
Beans, No restrictions. Turn in 6:00
Desert, No restrictions, Turn in 6:15
Chef’s Choice – First Place only. Turn in 6:30

Ties will be settled with a coin toss
"If you're not having fun, you're doing it wrong"


Anonymous said...

At one time anyone who volunteered to be on a committee was approved. Now, thanks to Councilman Booren, there is an application of sorts. I sure hope one question on it is about how much time the applicant typically spends away from CLS in a given year. I think there is one and possibly two people being considered that work away from CLS for extented periods of time. Certainly that is a huge factor that will impact their work on any committee. I will admit I did not find much to be impressed about when Charles was running for CC. Can he really bring much to the table on any committee?

Anonymous said...

Does this mean we will finally get to kiss the Sgt.'s ass good-bye? Good luck finding a job as cushy as this one. Wonder who will give you a good recommendation? Paul Shelley has the best reputation in Texas, so perhaps she needs to look out of state. I so love that he will be on the job for another 3 months - while the calls are coming in asking about her.

Anonymous said...

I guess we don't know what the situation will be with Deniese untill the meeting is over. But we can sure let our council members know what we would like to happen. Amanda is always open to receive calls, call her and let her know what you would like to see happen to tamis guardian angle. I wonder if that grumpy old cop that is her BFF on the pd will voluntarily leave if they get rid of her

Anonymous said...

The whole police department needs an full enema. Deniese is just the tip of the turds.

Anonymous said...

She was demoted a month or so ago and is too stupid to leave. Oh I forgot, she has been schooled by her buddies and is waiting for the right moment to sue the City.

Everybody knows who her attorney will be. The bottom feeder.

Anonymous said...

I saw Denise about a month ago and she still had a detective title exposed to the public - which is false representation. Didn't her boss notice it? Duh??

Maybe once she is gone we can get the other female officer back. The last male one we hired is awesome. So let's hope he will hang in there.

Let her sue. LaValle is a joke.

Anonymous said...

I heard last night that Nick is quitting He is the one that had lunch with Tami at Jackies Brickhouse the Saturday when Denise appealed to the council for being fired.

The house of cards has fallen. Now Kenny can hire people he trusts.

Tami, how is all of this working out for you? Have a nice day.

Anonymous said...

EDC wants to spend nearly $20,000 for a new city web site (paid over 3 years), then $2500 minimum per year for the license for the site. Not sure it the actual hosting is included. ABSURDLY expensive -- if a new web site is actually needed (probably not) -- bid it out!!!! Even though EDC has plenty of funds, this is not an excuse to waste money or to overpay. Public hearing on issue Tuesday night at 6:30.

Anonymous said...

Let us not forget Kenny's the canary who sang the wrong song. He complained to " " about all the bad things the Shellys did and that's why alll the cops left. I wonder whose got the bigger head count now. Nick probably got tired of his king lying to him and making false promises to keep his support. Only Denise has had the balls to stand up to him properly. I rememeber him telling counsel about how great those two were not too long ago.

Anonymous said...

What Ronnie has done in regards to the Town Center is already priceless. If there ever was a committee that needed to have a full-time paid employee, it is this one. The price of the website sounds expensive but it will more than likely be top-notch and, most importantly, draw more businesses to this area.

Are you sure the next EDC is this Tues.?


Anonymous said...

Yes, the public hearing is on Tuesday -- although City Council is on Monday. The website company is CivicPlus ( take a look at the websites they've developed for other communities. I find very little in those sites that are superior to our existing site, in terms of actual content -- and nothing that would justify the expense. If a new website is needed, at least proposals should be solicited from several different web developers.

Anonymous said...

Barbruh has so much bidding exp. Let's give it to her to do!

58Willys said...

Personally, I like our current CLS web site - a lot! I like the layout, the links, the photos, the calendar, etc. I just reviewed the link and can think of nothing missing.

I just hate the idea of spending money for the sake of spending money. I am curious what the yearly cost of maintaining the existing site is? Is it less than $2500?

What actual improvements will a new site provide that the old site does not meet adequately?

A poster indicated it will increase business and be "top notch". What increase business metrics are expected? More tomatoes at farmers market sold? More lumber at Home Depot? Please quantify in real metrics tangible revenue expectations. I doubt the EDC can justify a ROI for spending the money.

How will the site be "top notch"? That is a subjective expression. Top notch financial management is spending less and getting more. How does a "top notch" city web site improve city visitation or city revenues?

I do not want to disparage any members of EOC, but they seem to have Vette and champagne tastes on the city's old chevy truck/beer budget. We are cutting resident services, yet desiring to expend a considerable amount on what is plainly a non essential.

Some residents poo-poo minor trash pickup expenses, yet they gleefully jump to spend $20-30k on what appears a needless web site.

I'd rather not spend additional money with EDC. I believe we have spent far too much as it is already. Their intentions may be honorable, but their goals seem to not be very pragmatic. It's looking to be more about personality than principal - the judicious stewardship of public funds.

Just my opinion.

Dave Walker