The Galveston Daily News from Galveston, Texas on October 14, 1993 · Page 10
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10-A THE GALVESTON DAILY NEWS THURSDAY MORNING, OCTOBER 14,1993 Galveston County -~^^-~^^^^^^^MM«BMBi^HgHHHMBMHmBMMIMBHMMHHi^^^^^^^^^^^^^u^^^M Friendswood may conduct study of taking over utility districts BvDAVFYPWUAN !,„„ A r> i , „, _. . . * ! By DAVE YEWMAN ; Tha Daily Nswa I FRIENDSWOOD — The City ! Council will vote Monday whether 1 to move forward with a study to ; determine whether the city should ; try to extend its jurisdiction over ; two municipal utility districts that ; cover three square miles and ; include 7,000 residents. ; The land between FM 528 and \ Boy's plight \ draws huge number of ; blood donors ; By DAVE YEWMAN ; The Daily Wsws GALVESTON — A blood drive organized to help a desperately ill toddler drew the highest number of . donors in five years to UTMB's ; mobile blood bank Friday. : "It was great. There were eight ; beds and they didn't have an empty bed all day," said Kristi Carmichael, the mother of 2-year-old Drew Carmichael, who has a rare disease called aplastic anemia. Two mobile blood banks took donations all day Friday at Oppe Elementary School in Galveston — where Carmichael is a teacher. Blood bank officials said 220 people actually came to give blood, but 45 were disqualified during the pre-screening procedure. "Some had colds, some their temperature was elevated and some were on medication that disqualified them," said Christi Rose, a community relations representative with the University of Texas Medical Branch blood bank. "But for a one-day blood drive, that's the most people we've had since I've been here. Usually if we get 75 we're doing great. It's wonderful that that many people came out to support him." Drew needs complete blood transfusions every 10 days, and his condition will require an expensive bone marrow transplant. Two more events are scheduled to help Drew. A barbecue to help raise money for medical expenses will be held from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 24 at the El Mina Shrine Temple, 5500 Seawall Blvd. in Galveston. The cost is $5 per person. Another blood drive will be held at Oct. 25 at Ball High School Bay Area Boulevard encompasses about 2,400 residences, 40 businesses and 1,000 apartment units. The study would examine the advantages and problems associated with taking over the administration of MUD No. 55 and Baybrook MUD No. 1. The districts have a combined appraised value of $280 million and a yearly property tax income of $2 million. The biggest hurdle facing the project appears to be that the land would have to be released by the Houston City Council, said Friendswood City Council member Tom Manison. The land is under Houston's extraterritorial jurisdiction. "We have to get a proposal to the city of Houston on what we want to do," Manison said. The move would mean a substantial cut in tax rates for people living in the district The tax rate in MUD No. 55 is 79 cents per $100 property valuation. Baybrook MUD No. 1's tax rate is $1.13 per $100 property valuation. Friendswood levies a tax of 6G cents per $100. Friendswood would have to take over the districts' bond debts — a combined total of $21 million. But Drew | Clear Creek ! flood control still stalled , By CAROL CHRISTIAN ; Ths Daily N0W3 ; GALVESTON — Lack of an ; agreement between government ; officials and the Southern Pacific ; Railroad Co. continues to stall a ; flood-control program for Clear . Creek, Galveston County Judge Ray Holbrcok said Wednesday. Tne railroad last year reneged on an earlier agreement to allow the ' U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to . cut across a railroad line to dredge . an outlet from Clear Lake to .' Galveston Bay at state Highway : 146, Holbrook said. This second : outlet would relieve excess water that collects in Clear Lake from ] upstream. : ^It's very, very frustrating," he '. said. "This project has been going : on 25 years. We finally got con: struction started four years ago ; and thought we were on schedule ; to make a lot of progress." ; The stalled project was the sub; ject of a meeting Thursday at the ; U.S. Army Corps of Engineers ; building in Galveston. The meeting ; was attended by Harris County ; and Friendswood officials. ; Estimated cost of building the ; outlet is $18 million, said Galve- I ston County Commissioner Wayne ; Johnson, So far, about $11.6 mil; lion has been spent. Total cost of ; the three-phase project is estimat- ; ed at $120 million, of which $26 • million would be paid by Galve; ston County. ; "We have several million saved '.up, but it's nowhere near what •'well need," Johnson said. History comes alive Leonard Turner, left, stands in as Samuel May Williams with Betty Hiiton, who wrote a historical skit about the last meeting of Williams and Texas Stall photo by Jim Stotts colonist Stephen F. Austin. The play will be presented at 10 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. Friday at the Samuel May Williams Home, 3601 Ave. P. Galveston College extends president's contract, approves 9-year tax abatement By JANICE SIMON TfiB Daily News GALVESTON — Galveston College regents Wednesday unanimously vqted to extend President Marc Nigliazzo's contract for five years. The college's governing board also appointed the Rev. Byron Williams as a new regent and approved a nine-year tax abatement request by ABT Management Inc. Slon Board Chairman Robert Albright 1995-96 school year. CD iH fXirm-r^i'f* Vtrt^-irt 4*n \rsm-~. XT**J1* pe to keep Nighazzo Williams, who f .. , . . ... Live °ak Baptist Church, willI be ; to tie him to this insti- sworn in as a new repent af thf> tution," Albright said. «I think he November meeting g deserves it." town and couF Nigliazzo became college presi- day's meeting, dent in March 1991 and had a Williams takes the place of Ro- Nigliazzo three-year contract. Regents voted to extend his contract one year last fall. Nigliazzo's new contract will end after the 1997-98 fiscal year. He won't be considered for another contractual extension until COM trustee Wesley resigns TEXAS CITY — Ed Wesley a College of the Mainland trustees, announced Wednesday he is resigning his seat. Wesley, an attorney and professor, will leave the board effective Nov. 1. In a letter to trustees, he said he would "seek public service in another discipline." Although Wesley could not be reached for comment, it has been said he is considering running for a justice of the peace position. Trustees will appoint someone to fill the slot, which won't be up for election until April 1995. Gifted, talented a topic for LMISD LA MARQUE — The La Marque school board will discuss guidelines for the gifted and talented education program today. The meeting is set for 7 p.m. at the administration building 1727 Bayou Road. Kemah council seat may be filled KEMAH — Councilmen will consider appointing a replacement tonight for Councilman Larry Jessup, who has resigned because of professional respon- sibilities. The regular meeting is set for 7 p.m. at City Hall, 602 Bradford. The council also will consider adopting a city budget and property tax. Police ordinance on agenda in SF SANTA FE —The City Council will hold a regular meeting at 7 p.m. today at City Hall, 4925 Main. Agenda items include consideration of an ordinance that will give Santa Fe police collective bargaining authority. Enactment of the ordinance is required after a referendum giving the police such rights. The council also will consider the adoption of a resolution endorsing a county bond proposal for road projects. The election is Nov. 2. Legal secretaries hosting luncheon GALVESTON — The Gal ve- ston Legal Secretaries Association, which is celebrating National Court Observance Week, will host a luncheon land Bassett, who resigned his position earlier this year to travel to Albania, where he is helping the government write new laws. Regents unanimously approved a request for a nine-year tax abatement from ABT Management, which plans to build an automated bagging terminal at the port of Galveston. The college was the last governmental body to approve the request tne because regents had to amend their tax-abatement policy. The college had a seven-year limit on tax abatements. In other business, regents voted to purchase a house at 4012 Ave. Q for $30,000. The owners will be given 60 days to move out before the house is torn down. LM addresses brush problem By ROBERT HOUGH The Daily News LA MARQUE — Trash pickups on Wednesdays and Saturdays only is the price for increased brush collection, said Larry Goswick, Browning-Ferris Industries district manager. The La Marque City Council voted late Monday to scrap the old system, which had BFI operating three different trash collection schedules and biweekly brush pickup. Under the new system, slated to begin about Dec. 1, brush will be picked up once a week. The council agreed the system would be in place for at least one year. Some council members had sought a six-month trial period, but Goswick said it would be too costly and time-consuming to overhaul collection plans and scrap them six months later. county courts, court coordinators and secretaries of the judges in Galveston County. For information, call Lisa Roberds at 945-7423. the districts have about $2.7 million in cash on hand to help with the debt service, Manison said. He said he had researched the proposal during the last 18 months and considers it to be a logical extension of Friends wood's boundaries. "It's a significant win-win situation for the city and those in the annexed area," he said. The area would generate almost $2 million in property tax revenue. The commercial businesses in the area also would contribute sales tax revenue, Manison said. The undeveloped land in Baybrook MUD No. 1 would provide a high profile commercial area for future city expansion, he said. If everything goes well, the study may be complete by Jan. 1,1994. Grand jury will hear LC mayor's testimony Friday By DAVE YEWMAN The Daily News LEAGUE CITY — Mayor Joe Lamb will appear before a Galveston grand jury on Friday to answer charges that he misused a city-issued American Express card. Lamb said he will appear before subpoena was __ ^ JjaWLUa desk at Union Carbide on Tuesday morning. Former city finance director Michael Campbell, also under scrutiny in the affair, said Wednesday he had not yet received a subpoena. ^ The grand jury has been investigating the matter for about three weeks, according to District Attorney Mike Guarino. Lamb and Campbell have been under fire since two city audits revealed Lamb was responsible for $37,775 in undocumented city expenses and Campbell was responsible for $18,588. legitimate city business, but admitted that about $6,000 were personal purchases with the city American Express card. The majority of the money Campbell is responsible for was from a petty cash fund he oversaw. Several city employees regularly withdrew money from the fund. Presentations to the grand jury P „. of an investigation by the DA's office and the testimony of several city employees. The grand jury does not decide guilt or innocence, merely whether enough evidence exists to proceed to trial. The jury has three options. It can hand up indictments, leading to a trial. It can no-bill, meaning insufficient evidence exists to indict. Or it can pass, deferring judgment until later in its term of service. On Sept. 24, the City Council passed a resolution reprimanding both men and gave them 30 days to repay the city their personal debts, plus interest. Campbell already has reimbursed the city $2,771 for a portion of the undocumented expenses. Tex Tin demolition set to beg in Nov. 15 By ROBERT HOUGH The Daily Nawa TEXAS CITY — Work to tear down the dilapidated Tex Tin building will begin Nov. 15, according to Lee Wingate, Texas City city attorney. Wingate's comments came after a Texas City Commission meeting Wednesday where Mayor Chuck Doyle announced Tex Tin attorneys have received bids for the demolition work. Those bids should be opened and a contract awarded later this week, Doyle added. "Well see some action out there very shortly and get that mess cleaned up," he said. The former metal smelter on state Highway 146 drew Doyle's wrath earlier this year when part of the structure began to collapse. He has said the building poses a threat to area residents in the event of a storm. He also has said the building could be hazardous to exploring children, likely contains asbestos and is an eyesore. City officals launched a search to find parties responsible for the site and used the threat of fines totaling $3,000 per day to encourage them to take action. An arrangement was reached in early August that calls for the demolition work and for the planting of a row of trees around the decaying areas of the site. Doyle said it would take about 60 days to complete the demolition work. Health plan savings high By ROBERT HOUGH Tha Daily NBWS TEXAS CITY — A new health care plan for Texas City employees will save at least $180,000 in its first year, City Secretary Tom Pedersen told the City Commission Wednesday. The city now spends about $1.7 million per year on employee health care, according to Pedersen, who outlined the plan for commissioners. Under the managed care plan, employees will have to pay more for services if they visit doctors who are not on a list of plan participants. In-network care includes no deductible, while out-of-network care includes a deductible of $200 per person or $600 per family. Routine visits to network doctors cost $10, while a trip to another doctor would cost 30 percent of the bill after expenses. Mayor Chuck Doyle said the network includes virtually all doctors used by city employees as determined by a recent survey. "This list is growing like gangbusters," he said. 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