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
“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
INON THE or
GET air conditionersDEAL email@example.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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com 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
State court costs cannot List
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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
21 — the ﬁrst day of sum-
mer and the third annual
Zachry Construction Co.
at INEOS, First Prosperity
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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
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said. John Lowman covers
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