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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 email@example.com INON THE or GET air conditionersDEAL firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 ALL BEDDING Sealy, Sealy Posturepedic, fan to save money to be be deferred and still must New Embody by Sealy and Stearns & Foster. 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. ! and more the risk of respiratory ill- Contact him at 979-849-8581. Two FREE offers! 1. FREE Pillow just for testing a Sealy Posturepedic® Mattress! ic 2. 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