The Brazosport Facts from Freeport, Texas on September 22, 1968 · Page 44
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The Brazosport Facts from Freeport, Texas · Page 44

Freeport, Texas
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Sunday, September 22, 1968
Page 44
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PAGE 6 Br«o S poM Community, THE BRAZOSPORT FACTS, Freeport, Te»s, Sunday, Sept, 98, I96« Utility rates drop for Lake Barbara • LAKE BARBARA - A drop In water and sewage rates, the extension of water and sewer services, a new water well, and a growth in population marked the year's progress for Lake Barbara. Residents saw the second drop In two years in city charges for water and sewer services. Minimum rates are now |3.90 for each service, making a total of $7.80 as the basic rate. /Last year citizens saw their water and sewage rate minimum fall 10 cents. Mayor H.D. Swift states it Is Anticipated rates will fall Dump ground lond bought CLUTE - Additional land was purchased by the City of Clute adjacent to the present dump grounds to facilitate the more modern method of disposing of garbage. The additional five-acre tract was purchased so that the city will be able to use the method of sanitary landfill as a means of disposing of their refuse Instead of the present method of burning which adds to the air pollution problem. again. The hew water well is located at 1207 Pecan St. and water and sewer lines have been extended one mile south of the city limits, bringing into the service area a subdivision which had not been reached previously. Population figures cited by Mayor Swift were 580, a growth of 117 over the official population figures taken during the 1961 census, The city is also enjoying the use of a new truck to aid In maintenance. Tax rates are 75 cents per $100 based on a 75 per cent valuation. Some street repairs were done during the year, Mayor Swift said, but mostly under the supervision of Brazoria County. Some clearance of drainage ditches was also made during the year under the supervision of the Velasco Drainage District. City officials include Mayor Swift; Councilmen Ford Brown, G.D. Guynes, J.O. Jarvls, H. W. Rogers, O. D. Scallion; and City Secretary D. L. Simpson. R. L. McCain serves as police chief and is assisted by one patrolman. Other city employees Include two maintenance men and one heloer in the r.ttv hall Station enlarged, dispatchers hired LEADING CITIZENS OF CLUTE who spend much of their time helping Clute along the path of progress are the City Councilman and mayor. Pictured from left they are: Jessie E. Tlpton, W. C. Crane, Mayor Bruce Runnels, Chris Luker, J. R. Sims and Wayne Murray. CLUTE - Completion of an extension to the Ctute Police Station and 24-hour dispatching for fire and police calls have greatly Increased the city's service to Its residents. To handle the additional dispatching duties, a new dispatcher and relief operator were hired, Previously, the fire calls were handled by Freeport and the police calls were handled by the Sheriff's Department In the evenings. Other facilities added Include a new base radio for the police station and a mobile unit placed at city halL This new addition has greatly Increased the effectiveness of the dispatching service. The purchase of a new patrol car by the city was also ac- compllahed during the paai, year, Remodeling of the police y station Included a face lifting ! Job and the bright gray **<*£& orange^trlmmed building Is alf < attractive addition to the I growing city. , The extension to the con- . crete tile building Includes j new offices for the police J department, for t h e dls- ' patchers and for the city Judge. ,' The construction also Included j new restroom facilities. > The current police staff In-^j eludes Chief of Police Woody*"! Sullivan and three officers. '! Future plans call for the hi ring ) of an additional patrolman, ! City Manager Jack Tresster • reported, ' Rich wood is 'Gateway to Brazosport' RICHWOOD - More and more families are finding this quiet, tree-studdedcdmmunlt> the ideal place to bring up their children, and to put down permanent roots. Glenwood Bayou and Pecan Park, the two subdivisions within the city proper, have shared In this growth and new housing starts are at an all time high In both places. "The Gateway to Brazos- port" Is what Mayor J. W. Stephenson terms his city, and since it provides the first view a person can see when approaching Brazosport onlllgh- way 288 or Highway 2004, It is an apt description. The "only city in Brazos- port that operates in the black" Is deceiving, however, to the viewer rushing by on either WORKING LINE: Several additions have been added to city vehicles and equipment for maintenance within the City of Clute. This includes a new sewer rodding machine, dump truck and road boring machine that were purchased during the previous year. Also added to the working force were two vehicle radios and a base unit. City employees are F. Strothers; F. Hamlet, J. W. Peyton, J. Strand, R. Hlckerson, L. Hamlet, R. Peavy, D. Barnes, F. Gonzalea, J. Hands, W. Harold and J. Blvens. of those highways. It extends a long way back from the road to the curving banks of Oyster Creek. A good view of the town Is hidden from the road, but those familiar with the area know that the city abounds with many native trees, such as giant pecans, oaks and other trees typically Gulf Coast In nature which shade the residential areas. Stephenson states that Rlch- wood Is the only city In the area that can state It doesn't owe a dime to anyone, and "We hope to keep It that way," he continues. Tax rates are among the area's lowest, amounting to only 25 cents per $100 of property valuation. Most home owners have Installed their own water wells and sewage systems. Garbage Is handled on a contract basis with each person paying for their own pickup. However, the newer subdivisions have Installed garbage disposals for the convenience of residents. Also, Stephenson says, the city Is awaiting approval of a 911,033 federal sewage and water grant. If funds are approved, Steph - enson continued, the city will construct a water tower, provide city water to residents, and build a sewage plant. Numerous city street lights have made Klchwoodoneoflhe best Illuminated small cities in the state. In I960 the city extended Its hard surfaced streets to serve some 98 percent of the city's residents. Street signs have also been placed where needed and made more attractive, In keeping with the bcautlflcallon program In the city, the mayor also said. Rlchwood was Incorporated to village status In 1957. It achieved the rank of city in 1900. Residents of the homos that dot Rlchwood streets are church going. Four churciies stand within the city limits, largest being the First Baptist Church which recently completed a successful building program. Business Include several stores, an antique shop, and •imall business operated out of or near to homes. Illchwood 's proximity to larger shopping areas Inother metropolitan centers In Bra- zosport makes Rlchwood a city of home owners and not businesses. Low speed limits, and many dead-end streets emphasize the stress on family life. They serve to keep traffic to a minimum, and help maintain the aura of semi-country living Rlchwood's residents enjoy. Almost 10 percent of the families! In Hlchwood have one member or another engaged in actual work of running the city. Nearly 30 Kichwood residents act as council members, officials, firemen, policemen and In other civic positions. These Include Mayor Stephenson and the City Council, whoso members are Mayo WIl- Hams, V, s. Sumerford. R R. Fleets, Howard Green, and C. W, McQueen. Shirley Skinner Is city secretary and Garvln Germany Is city attorney. Members of the Parks and Recreations Board areWlleno LeRlbeus, chairman, Jim Coleman, Mr. and Mrs. How. J. W. STEPHENSON ^ Hlchwood mayor ard Green »ml Dayton Con- ovor, members. Fred Pate Is city Judge, Leslie Jouett (5 chief of police and P, K. Forrest Is civil defense coordinator. Jimmy Roethemeyer Is fire chief and has 12 volunteer firemen In Ms department^ The city also employs an engineering consultant, W. F. Sullivan of Sullivan Knglncer- Ing Associates ofllouiton, and a fiscal agent, Harry Granberry of San Antonio. Welcome to Clute! PROGRESS '68 "Police Department' "Cobb Baseball Field" "Clute Library" all for you... Low Tax Rate Beautiful Homes Modern Schools Outstanding Churches Wonderful Neighbors Good Government

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