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					                                                                                      BRAZORIA COUNTY                                                                                                                         SATURDAY
                                                                                                                                                                                                                             JUNE 5, 2010          3A
 Cool Deal Fan Club Drainage district drops comments
 donations can defer  Residents can call                                                                                            One man who routinely spoke at
                                                                                                                                  district meetings was angered by
                                                                                                                                                                                                 Corder admits he discusses other
                                                                                                                                                                                              governmental entities but only to
                     directors to reserve
traffic fine payments  place on agenda.
                                                                                                                                  the directors’ move to eliminate
                                                                                                                                  public comments.
                                                                                                                                    “You need to be able to say what
                                                                                                                                  you want to say,” Brazoria resident
                                                                                                                                                                                              illustrate how the drainage district
                                                                                                                                                                                              should work in tandem with the
                                                                                                                                                                                              county or other agencies.
                                                                                    By JOHN TOMPKINS                                                                                             “It’s a matter of a citizen putting
     By JOHN LOWMAN                                                                                                               John Corder said.                                           into context their duties,” he
    john.lowman@thefacts.com
                                        INON THE or
                                  GET air conditionersDEAL                        john.tompkins@thefacts.com
                                                                                                                                    Local governmental entities are                           said.
                                  Fans,                                                                                           not required to allow public com-                              State law restricts how local gov-
                                  donations may be dropped off            BRAZORIA — Anyone wanting
  ANGLETON — The                                                                                                                  ments during meetings, according                            ernment officials can respond to
                                  Monday through Friday at:            to give a piece of his or her mind                         to the Texas Attorney General’s
Cool Deal Fan Club is                                                  to the West Brazoria County                                                                                            speakers who have not been placed
down to three fans, and           ■ ActionS, inside the County                                                                    Office.                                                     on the agenda. Directors can only
                                    Clerk’s building at 1524 E.        Drainage District now will have to                           Corder speaks at several local
those were brought in last                                             reserve a spot at the lectern.                                                                                         respond with factual information
week.                               Mulberry St. (Highway 35),                                                                    government meetings. He said he                             or point out existing policy when a
                                    Angleton                              District directors approved a res-                      attends drainage district meetings
  Started in 2005 by for-                                                                                                                                                                     speaker talks about an item not on
                                  ■ Pearland Neighborhood              olution May 19 eliminating public                          to criticize what he calls lackluster
mer Pct. 1 Justice of the                                                                                                                                                                     the agenda.
                                    Center, 2335 Texas St.,            comments from the agendas of                               brush control near his property.                               If a resident is on the agenda,
Peace Jack Brown, the                                                  their monthly meetings. Those
Cool Deal Fan Club pro-             Pearland                                                                                        He now drives a truck with a                              they won’t have those restrictions,
                                                                       who want to make comments dur-                             banner displaying “West Brazos                              Ducroz said.
vides fans or air condi-          For information, call:               ing a meeting now must call a
tioners to needy families.                                                                                                        Drainage District Eliminated Your                              “Now we’ll be able to act,” he
                                  ■ ActionS, 979-849-6132              director to get on the agenda
The program aims its air                                                                                                          Freedom of Speech.”                                         said. “You could take 20 to 30 min-
                                  ■ United Way of Brazoria             before the meeting, director Mark                            But the times Corder has spoken
mainly on the elderly,              County, 979-849-9402                                                                                                                                      utes if you wanted to.”
poor or those who can’t                                                Ducroz said.                                               at the drainage district meetings,                             For information, call 979-345-
                                  ■ Pearland Neighborhood                 Before the change, residents                            he complains mostly about other
afford cooling but have                                                                                                                                                                       2160.
                                    Center, 281-485-1987               could come to the meetings and                             government entities like school
infants in the home,                                                                                                                                                                             West Brazoria County Drainage
ActionS Inc. of Brazoria                                               sign up to talk for five minutes.                           districts, cities and county com-                           District directors meet on the sec-
County Executive Director                                                 “We had very few people who                             missioners, Ducroz said.                                    ond Monday of every month.
                                  nesses and complications             would take advantage of that,”
Murphy Rankin said.                                                                                                                 “Out of those 24 times, maybe
                                  to a number of diseases.             Ducroz said. “It’s not very produc-
  Brown started the pro-                                                                                                          twice he talked about drainage,”                              John Tompkins is senior reporter for
                                  Babies are at a higher risk
gram after walking into                                                tive.”                                                     Ducroz said.                                                The Facts. Contact him at 979-849-8581.
                                  for Sudden Infant Death
the home of two seniors           Syndrome in extreme
who had given up run-             heat, and a lack of air cir-
ning their air conditioner
so they could afford their
medication. The home
                                  culation in a home heated
                                  by 90-plus degree weather              OC names debris                                                                                    Alvin college offers
was so hot, the judge had
                                  can be fatal to the elderly,
                                  infirm and very young,                                                                                                                     informal Spanish
to walk outside to cool off.
  ActionS is teaming up
with United Way of
                                  Rankin said.
                                    Justice of the Peace Pct.
                                  4 Sharon Fox and Justice
                                                                         removal company                                                                                       Conversational skills emphasized
Brazoria County and sev-          of the Peace Pct. 1 Milan
eral corporate sponsors to        Miller are participating,               By NATHANIEL LUKEFAHR                       the job. “This is a win-win                               in community education class.
continue the effort. The          along       with      Clute             nathaniel.lukefahr@thefacts.com             situation,” Mills said.
                                                                                                                                                                                                      Special to The Facts
program in 2009 provided          Municipal Judge Randy                                                                  Government forecasters
431 fans and 23 small             Smith.                                 OYSTER CREEK — The                           announced last month they
window unit air condi-                                                                                                expect the 2010 hurricane                             ALVIN — To give adults and children an
                                    As part of the fan pro-            city won’t have to look far
tioners to residents in                                                                                               season, which runs until                            opportunity to gain valuable basic Spanish-
                                  gram, Fox is offering peo-           for assistance if a storm
need, Rankin said.                                                                                                    Nov. 30, could spawn as                             speaking skills, the Alvin Community College
                                  ple the opportunity to               scatters debris onto its road-                                                                     Continuing Education Workforce
  “It’s already getting           substitute a fan for part of         ways this year.                                many as 23 named tropical
hot,” he said. “We take                                                                                               storms, including up to                             Development Department will offer conversa-
                                  a deferred disposition pay-            City Council approved a                                                                          tional Spanish classes at the Pearland Center
donations, fans and air           ment. Under deferred dis-            measure Thursday naming                        seven major hurricanes.
conditioners all during the                                                                                              Eight to 14 storms could                         beginning June 14.
                                  position, drivers who have           Mike Sorrell Trucking &                                                                              Participants will learn useful greetings,
summer. We’ll have peo-           traffic warrants pay court           Materials Inc., which is                       strengthen into hurricanes,
ple requesting fans until                                                                                             with top wind speeds of 74                          requests and many phrases that can be used at
                                  costs after fulfilling the           based in Oyster Creek, as                                                                          home, school, restaurants and work.
October and sometimes             terms of their case.                 the company that will                          mph or higher, according to
until December. We’ve                                                                                                 government forecasters.                               The nine-week course will be Mondays and
                                  Participation is optional            remove hurricane debris                                                                            Wednesdays at various times.
already handed out four           and drivers with commer-             from the city during the                       Three to seven of them
or five and have had three                                                                                             could become major storms                             The cost is $115 for in-district residents and
                                  cial licenses aren’t eligible        2010 Atlantic hurricane sea-                                                                       $135 for out-of-district, including training
given to us. Those were           for deferred disposition.            son.                                           that reach Category 3 or
brought in Wednesday.”                                                                                                higher, meaning they bring                          materials.
                                    Miller will allow people             The company offered a                                                                              For a schedule of classes, visit www.alvin
  The United Way is get-          to substitute fine amounts            bid of $7 per cubic yard of                    sustained winds of at least
ting the word out about                                                                                               111 mph.                                            communitycollege.edu and click “Community
                                  with fans, Miller said.              burnable debris and $17.50                                                                         & Business.” For information, send e-mail
the program, which has              “They bring in receipts            per cubic yard of nonburn-
drop-off points at ActionS                                                                               Nathaniel Lukefahr covers                                        dyesland@alvincollege.edu or call 281-756-
                                  showing how much they                able debris, Mills said. It was Oyster Creek for The Facts.                                        3787. The Pearland Center is at 2319 N. Grand
in Angleton and the               spend on fans and what-              the only company to bid on Contact him at 979-237--0151.
Neighborhood Center in                                                                                                                                                    Blvd.
                                  ever that amount is, they
Pearland, said Gloria Luna        don’t have to pay in
with United Way.




                                                                       50 OFF                    %
                                  fines,” Miller said. “Say
  “We’re coming into the
hottest months of the year
and a lot of folks in the
community don’t run
their air conditioners or a
                                  they owe $50 in fines and
                                  bring in a receipt for a $10
                                  fan. They pay $40 and the
                                  fan.”
                                    State court costs cannot                                                                                         List
                                                                                                                                                     Price
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able to buy medicine,”            be paid, he said.
Luna said. “With the hard
economic times, people
are trying to save money
                                    Businesses and individu-
                                  als are welcome to help
                                  mobilize efforts to get fans
                                                                            Limited Time! SATURDAY & SUNDAY ONLY!
wherever they can.”
  United      Way      and
ActionS will be open June
                                  to all in need. So far this
                                  year, workplaces kicking
                                  off campaigns include
                                                                                                                                                             Plus…
21 — the first day of sum-
mer and the third annual
                                  Zachry Construction Co.
                                  at INEOS, First Prosperity
                                                                                                                                                                          Take an EXTRA

                                                                                                                                                                              10%OFF
national United Way Day           State Bank of Louise’s
of Action — to collect            Sweeny branch and SI
fans, air conditioner units       Group.
and donations at the                “The economy is tight,”
county clerk’s office in          Luna said. “This is to try                                                                                                                             SALE PRICES
the courthouse east               to help those who are just                                                                                                            on Sealy Mattress Purchases
annex. Donations already          trying to make it one
are being accepted and
                                                                                                                                                                       Good SATURDAY & SUNDAY!
                                  more day.”                                                                                                                                        Discount good June 5 & 6, 2010 Only.
are needed now, Luna                                                                                                                                                        Can not be used with any other coupons or discounts.
said.                               John Lowman covers
  Hot weather increases           Brazoria County for The Facts.
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