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Friendswood News (Newspaper) - May 14, 1981, Friendswood, Texas One Volume Issue 32 Representative Handy Ms HOUK BUI 2301 with Paul Schrader and Major Dale last Thursday before o subcommittee hearing on the If passed by the the calls or a November election on whether Clear Creek Watershed Drainage District should be Bunny Audel Photo It Was A Long Trip For No Chance To Talk By Bunny Managing Editor I was a disappointed and angry group of officials and citizens who returned s Thursday a sub hearing In Austin on the calls for a vote on formation of a Clear Creek 1 Drainage i the time subcommittee meeting was and the arrival of the the time for each side to present Its ments was cut from 1 hour to 20 Jim of the Greater Houston lers Jim vice president of nt end Harold a land end spoke against the None m live In the area that would comprise the Creek Watershed Drainage In favor of the were Its alive Randy Monica who read a letter of support from or John Tower Ross president of Lake Chamber of Commerce Russell speaking for Harris County Commissioner i Bass Taylor Lake Village Mayor Marta lok Louise Bacon of a member e Governors Flood Action Committee who was I to hurry and so compressed her remarks Into one minute Webster Mayor Helnrich end Galveston County Com Paul Jter time ran had five minutes f to sum At the end of four minutes he on Lee a former Clear Creek District widely recognized as an t on the areas drainage to give the note The latest Information on from Mayor Date on Tuesday said he spoke to Sub Chairman Chip who sold last Hot as I cm I dont know U t can do anything In one said an obviously exasperated Friendswood City Councilman Paul who had expected to do the summing up for the pro never got to speak at Subcommittee Chairman Chip moved that the be referred back to the full but had to settle for laying the on the table over the weekend so fellow sub committee members Jerry Clark end Jerry Cockerham could consider The was referred back to the full committee late aide Tom Pardue denied rumors Monday that the way the witnesses were called might mean was getting ready to settle for a Pardue said a group of the bills supporters met in office after the subcommittee hearing and were asked If they would settle for a such as a pledge for a certain amount of work on Clear Creek by the Harris County Flood Control Their answer was we want this Pardue In the on Harris County Flood Control District Director Jim Green told a Reporter and News reporter that he definitely will recommend Issue to Harris County voters that will include construction of a second outlet from Clear Lake to Galveston I want to see It In a bond he I have great doubts about the Corps the had been recommended to the Natural Resources committee and could be on the house floor as early as Governors Rep Tells Flood Action Group To Get Its Act Together By Bunny Audel governors Flood Action Task Group was ty a representative from Governor Bents Friday that it had better get busy with state emergency e to the hastily called meeting in Pearland and a his boss Is very Interested to see that actions je group move right I suppose we could sit and talk about It from to said after committee ibers had discussed their divergent views on 1 control for several If this groups come up with a solution I dont see how were 8 to solve It the matter seems to come down to the that the group Is nearly evenly divided on or not to support the propose for a Clear Watershed Drainage are very nearly split down the middle in support of this said Chairman Don Van I havent taken a Someway we have to get a resolution to that or tell the governor we appreciate that you have a Later Van Sickle said he felt the Corps of Engineers plan to rectify Clear Creek was but that may never be After continued discussion between those op posed and those supporting the Clear Creek Watershed Drainage District Lundsford spoke I would like to be able to go back and tell the governor the group Is really working and can work out their I know he Is supportive of probably everything you want to State Senator Buster Brown suggested that the Action Group needs to tell the governor how best to Implement the Corps The real problem is local sponsors to sign the City Officials Predict Another Tight Budget Year City of department heads are preparing budget requests this week and will turn them In on The task probably Isnt a lot of especially when strict instructions have gone out to toe the line and not add any new per far the coming Weve asked them to come up with o budget like last City Manager Jim Morgan said No new They will have to submit a sup request for anything Morgan will be Included this year for capital Vehicles and some Improvements will be highest on the list of priorities for that Morgan A cost of living In crease also will be recommended for all city Morgan Mayor Dale Whit tenburg said he will push for passage of a street and bridge bond that probably will amount to between one and a half and two million said he wonts to see the Sunset Bridge over Creek and but only U It will not cause more flooding Completion of the new Bridge downstream may have Increased waterflow enough that a new Sunset Bridge will not hurt people down If we may have to work with the drainage district on the I will have to be assured there will bt no additional We may have to Include more drainage funds in the also would like to see a city engineer Included in A city engineer could help us with problems in development and planning We must have the funds for this Most of the money from a street and bridge bond would go into the Sunset Bridge and reconstructing several streets recommended by the street and bridge said In a report to City Council Monday Financial Officer David Quick said ad valorem tax collections for the year are behind by two but the In district Is ahead in its tax leaving the general fund budget right on Quick said he was a little more concerned about the water and sewer pointing out that the refund granted when the sewer rate went up has put that fund The city also Is losing money because it can no longer charge a late fee on overdue water Although the penalty Is no longer City Manager Jim Morgan said it would be legal to raise the rates and give o discount for prompt payment In previewing next years budget for Quick said he anticipated a per cent Increase in chiefly from an ad million being added to the tax rolls In new he he anticipates a percent Increase In expenditures from In We will have a tight budget he Another Purse For The Stealthy Bandit The burglar who steals purses from unlocked homes In the late night and early morning hours hit a home on Heather Lane last A purse containing cosh and credit cards was taken and two vehicles parked In driveway were ran According to the police both of the homes rear doors were Police Chief Mitch Wright says he suspects a local young person is responsible for the He doesnt think need Is the motivating There are other reasons people he Wright emphasized the Importance of keeping doors and windows In other police act last a John Deere lawn mower was stolen from a home on Garden Drive and a purse containing in cash and credit cards was taken at the Racquet The purse belonged to the assistant manager and was stolen after the club was All three High students who have received National Merit scholarships will attend the University of Texas In the From left are Becky who will major In physics Kirk electrical engineering and Bunny Photo Brazoria Co Opposition To HB 2301 Lessens Brazoria County opposition to the proposal of a Clear Creek Watershed Drainage District lessened last week as a local option clause was added by State Senator Buster Under the a group voting against the district would be left Under the original a majority of the area was binding on the whole Pearland Mayor Tom Reid said the local option plan made the more palatable to although he still has questions about adequacy of the tax base and where the money would be Brazoria Country Drainage District Commissioner Billy Hunter said he and commissioner Pat ODay also have no major objections left to the now that the local option has been Fire Track Fund And Growing Audel Editor Janto Durham Terry TEE FRIENDSWOOD NEWS U for per jur by 132 Second dill paid it POSTMASTER Send to THE FRIENDSWOOD Box
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