The Brazosport Facts from Freeport, Texas on December 28, 1960 · Page 2
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Freeport, Texas
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Wednesday, December 28, 1960
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A Jli ft Jt> J» A JU • \t iV J. JL O A wad,, jjeceinher nBSERVATIONS: Writer Traces Development Of CBute City Government B.v H. BASCOM SIMPSON .me of Clute's fi r s t forward ! A. B. Mnllory as president. Others | gain Hie desired p u b 1 ie sen-Ice. [Frank McDougal, commissioners jtakins part in its activities in- while at the same lime gettinf? I These namc(1 H - Bascom Simpson I tinned C. C. CnilderS. Dr. John mnmr ntnnn U « .. „««-. ;i_t.%' ! sprrntrn-v nccnocnr-smllnntn.. -,.*j PENNEY ALWAYS QUAUfV WAYS TO SAVE...TOMORROW9:30 AM ...1.1, w» v-iuv*. .-i zj i .-> i JUHMUU i lUIMMU; jlrtll III Mft HlmlUUS m- 3 as a city, following ils two-(eluded C. C. Childers, Dr. John ie vote for incorporation May]H. Swanson. Warren Bennett, and 1952, were impressive and : R. Cl.vnc Thomas. This was a very many other ben efits through incorporation. After a kind of straw vote, . - ....... ,. L.,„„.,..,.,,,,_ u,.,„..,,.,. i,,,.. ,,,,_,„ , t ,.v alter a kind of straw vnt» HS assist; ,ned considerable attention, good step in the right direction, testing public opinion Swanson Alton C. * long after Dow began ope-! Thomas and Mnllory put in a and others proceeded withThav n? >'torney. cms in this area many Clute:water system that served a con - • - naving available' -secretary, assessor-collector, and < bookkeeper, with Miss Eloise Kay j .em s con- ens realized the need of some j sidernble number of people. But mization through which Jli there was a demand for an en- 'rt present a united front in pro- j larged system which would also Brazoria proceeded County Water having Control as assistant secretary-bookkeeper. Alton C. Arnold was made city STEPS FORWARD One of the city's first steps forward under incorporation was the ing its own needs and for an i include sewer service, .ctive potency in its relation-1 Just how this could best he 1S with developments of Unaccomplished by the town wa si Pol and were its OrsVdircVtore '• jnnt definite. Swanson header! a' '" " olloOTng the organization of a | group that favored creating a led as Clute and Improvement District No. 2 created in May. 39-18. Bonds for tltl1 " """^ >muijjurauun was me,' $200.000 were voted. The district j votin ? o( ?-">OO.OOn of water and i included most of Clute. Swanson ! scwer '" """'- "' Childers, A. W. Hoyt and Rex L.'" unteer the -* ..... p , dcparfmennt Planning Organ!- ., 'on was formed in 19-17, with r district. Dan some otliers v.iv<n»iiji ojtfii HS injure Litv - Kimbroughjwith a commi " ----- ..... ; sion form if . , ., " " *. w in ui 10 ouul 1UIIJI Jl and some others thought the i government. F. M. Sanders was town ought to be incorporated to,mayor, and I,. V. Conover and Who needs WMJUUIVS BOTTLE Ineuhriion ? Why spend money for extra insulation, when automatic gas heat keeps you comfortable in any normally insulated home? Gas is no "fair weather" fuel! No matter how cold it gets, an automatic gas system has the heating capacity to make every corner of your home cozy. It provides "fresh air" heat, too, with a complete change of air every few minutes. Install automatic gas heat for winter savings. Then, come spring, it's simple to add on gas air conditioning and save the year 'round. Find out more. Low-payment terms are available now OH both gas central heating and year-round gas air conditioning. SEE A GAS HEATING CONTRACTOR OR CALL YOUR GAS COMPANY TODAY. HEATS BEST... COSTS LESS! HOUSTON NATURAL GAS SYSTEM revenue bonds. Of this $150,000 of the bonds were } soon sold and an ?87."rfO contract' Ie?. for 10 miles of extensions of water lines, and 20 additional! fire hydrants. A second for w a rd step was placing of an application with the federal government for assistance in establishing water and sewer systems, and making street and other improvements. Under the government's plan Angleton received an outright grant of S255.000, and Velasco a grant of ?235.000; and it seemed that from the town's engineering firm's contacts with government officials that Clute City was reasonably assured of a grant of! $300,000, since it had more rea-j sons for a grant than either of (lie i other two towns. But there was a time limit for disbursement of such fluids to cities and there wore-two things required at Clute before it could receive any of the government's funds. Neither requirements was met before the deadline which was June 30, 1953. One of these was that the water district should not be a separate organization from the city; and the other wjis that there must not j be a suit against the city question-1 ing the validity of its incorporation. Citizens soon realized that in-, corporation was a forward move i in that electricity rates and other i utility rates were lower, and that utility companies paid to the city a two percent gross sales tax! from monies collected in the city, j Insurance rates were also favor- i ably effected indirectly through • better protection from fires. I At the beginning of 1953 approxi- i mately 30 bull ding permits liad ' been issued and seven newly plat- j ted additions,' comprising some | 230 lots, had been approved. The' tax rate of $1 per $100 valuation; was tlie lowest of any town mj the area. CHANGES MADE Immediately after lh<> town was incorporated the board of direc-i tors of the water district asked i Bio city to take over its assets' and liabilities. j The city did not take over the,' district at once, but on Feb. 17,1 1954, it voted to do so, only xoj find that the water district then objeced; so on April 6, 1954, the city recinded its ordinance taking over the' district. Later, Aug. 1, 1933. the affairs of the water district were merged with those of the city. A suit questioning the legality of the city's incorporation was filed in February, 1953. One of the results of this was the witn-i holding, by the attorney general! of Texas, of approval of $150,000' in bonds upon which sale had 1 been agreed. : The suit was carried all the, way to the State Supreme Court! before a final decision was madej [avorable to the city. ; Two elections were then held, on the question of dissolving the! incorporation, one on Juno .TO. ] i«iJ ui;u tile utiit'i Apiii 'Ai t iif>5, bun showing a decision to maintain the incorporation, the first by a margin of 100 votes and the second by a margin of 8li votes. The city officials voted June '3, 19.>1 to drop the Lake Barbara section of the town from the city limits, whereupon Lake Barbara Village was incorporated Aug. 10, al. At the regular city election in April, 1935, c i 11 z ens voted to eliange the three-body commission form of government to the aldermanic type with a mayor and live aldermen. Also at that i lime the name of the city was voted to be changed from Clule; L'ity, as it was incorporated, to ' Jlute, the original name of the town. And now Clute operales under home-rule charter which adopted N'ov. 5. 1937. The city's outlook lor the future is very encouraging. THOUGHT FOB TODAV A good deed for today may ,)e effective lor good even for centuries to come. L_. > NEW-LOOK SPORT COATS IN FASHION-COLORS! Not n closcout. but n. super Penney buy! Ptnney-lnllorcd in 3 button style with flnp pocketsi All wools or wool blended with other flue fibers! New patterns, colors I regular, short, long WHY PAY MOEE FOR WOOL WORSTED SUITS! COMPARE THE PENNEY-LOW PRICES ANYWHERE! Penney's made an off-season special purchase of quality fabrics'... tailored them to our own rigid Penney specifications! 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