The Brazosport Facts from Freeport, Texas on September 22, 1968 · Page 49
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The Brazosport Facts from Freeport, Texas · Page 49

Freeport, Texas
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Sunday, September 22, 1968
Page 49
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Bruotvon eoffimwiiiy, THE BRAZOSPORT FACTS, Frwport, Te»s, sundty, sept, 82, Lake Jackson Civic Center size doubled by purchase THE CIVIC CENTER acreage was more than doubled this •print when negotiations with the Dow chemical Co. resulted In purchaM by the City of Lake Jackson of the tract outlined at left by the white line. The City Council has had presentations made by two architectural firms that would like to do a master plan for the city to determine the best use that might be made of the land. New LJ budget adds patrolman LAKE JACKSON - The Lake Jackson Police Department has procreated to where they now hare two patrol cars on duty 24 hours a day, seven days a And the new city budget that goes into effect Oct. 1 provides for an additional pa- trolman. This will bring the police department employees to a total of nine—seven patrol offices, a police sergeant and Police Chief R. E. Smalley. The department Is also in the process of trading for two new patrol cars. Chief Smalley said that this Is just a routine matter as they trade the cars In when they have gone 60.000 miles. The police chief and the city manager drive the new cars and their cars are then used by the officers. The only police equipment purchased by the city during the past year was riot guns to be carried In each of the patrol cars. The department has answered 335 complaints from Jan. 1-Sept. 11. During 19G7, the complaints received were 502. There was a total of 165 accidents during 1967 and 73 this year through Sept. 11. (Continued from Face Ifrt on the west side of Hickory. ~A~nd the Council has negotiated t crossing of the Missouri Pacific Railroad to extend 8th Street from Its present terminus at Cherry eastward to Pine. Construction on this extension Is scheduled this coming ywr. grows by 100 acres LAKE JACKSON - The City of Lake Jackson grew by about 100 acres this past year through the process of annexation. Some 90 acres were taken into the city in a strip of land north of FM 2004. This strip, also extending northward for a short distance up County Road 288, was taken in to give added control of development on that side of the state road. The action was taken upon recommendation of the City Planning Commission. The planners felt this should be done prior to re zoning action on the southwest corner of the FM 2004-CR 288 Intersection where a shopping center Is planned. The other annexation completed during the past year Involves 11.4 acres lying west of Shywood Subdivision. This was done to even up the city's boundaries In the area where the freeway Is due to pass. LAKE: JACKSON - in keeping .with the city's history of looking ahead, the City Council this spring concluded negotiations which doubled the size of the Civic Center site in the downtown area. A 8.79-acre tract was purchased, at a cost of $25,000, from the Dow Chemical Co. which had also sold the original 8.4-acre tract in 1963 for $18,000. It Is on this first tract that the Fire and Police Build- Ing and the Recreation Building now stand. . Tentative plans are for a new city hall, a city auditorium and a library to also be Included in the Civic Center. These plans are not Immediate, but two architectural firms have made presentations to the Council this summer In hopes that they might be allowed to work out a master plan for the enlarged Civic Center. No decision has been made by the city, however. The Council's thinking was that It was Important at this time to obtain the additional land since acreage for city use was becoming increasingly difficult to obtain. Negotiations began almost a year prior to the May purchase and were handled by Kara Cooper whose administration as mayor the talks began. -At the request of the new mayor, Jack Hold, Cooper concluded the deal oven though he had left office the month before. The purchase this year covered land that Is wooded and undeveloped. The tract Is west of the present city buildings and runs roughly from a line southward from the back of the old Post Office to Highway 332, adjoining the original Civic Center plot on the east. Mayor Reid said this week that the Michigan-based developer who holds a large downtown tract In the city had voiced his pleasure at the city's purchase of the added land, saying that he felt It would be an asset to the business area to have the municipal facilities here. IT'S ADAPTABLE: Those are the words used to describe a deluge nozzle now used by the Lake Jackson Volunteer Fire Department, Demonstrating huwthenoz- zle is adaptable Is Fireman Stan Klrby, Pictured above he shows It being used lit obtain a wide spray. Below, thu nozzlu creates a concentrated stream of water. The new piece uf cquipnu'iit, which was purchased with funds donated to the fire department, Is capable of letting 500 gallons uf water pur tnlnulo come through It. ; * f: &***»«' '^ LAKE JACKSON FIRE DEPT. MARKS 25th ANNIVERSARY LAKE JACKSON CITY COUNCIL meets twice monthly now after a summer stint of weekly meetings to catch up on •ome outstanding business matters. These are the men who gather in City Hall on those occasions. Front row, from toft: City Mgr. A. A. MacLean, Mayor Jack Reid; and Frank Stevens, city attorney. Back row: Councilman Roy Marvin, John Landry, Tyler Baker, Bob Hackney and Gary Smith, and M, C. White, city secretary. Reid became mayor in April after being a Councilman. Dr. Baker and Gary Smith took the two Council positions open In the election. LAKE JACKSON - The Lake Jackson Volunteer Fire Department celebrated Its sliver anniversary In March of this year. During these 25 years, the department has strtved constantly to keep their equipment updated and also to have well-trained and qualified vol- A NEW CONCEPT IN CHILD CARE AND EDUCATION FOR PRE-SCHOOL AGERS ',*r oys, and look On* - Two - Tnree - Dally exercises are fun In a There are so many different group) the boys and girls to play with, The facilities of Candy Cane College are planned with pre-school children in mind. The large air-conditioned newly retdecorated building insures comfort year around. Excitingly different schedules of work and play for octive youngsters are planned so that active little minds are never bored. Conversational Spanish is taught to those who desire it, Arts and crafts are planned in keeping with each age level. Qualified teachersdi recta stall dedicated »o yavr child's welfare. LtM up i« WSJ*, luft « Is* miaul** UU lujgpb, (And tte «•*!* ft» ajways aUrac- ttW ft* w«U-b»lftBC«d.) Class begins! Each child receives pr«r schpol training. What fui)l The spacious play ground is Ideal for romping youngsters. South Shady Oaks Dr., Lake Jackson 297.4891 (8 Blocks off Plantation Or.-Near Your Home) unteers. Toward this ond, 35 o( tha present 39 fire men spent about 40 hours each In first aid training, both standard and advanced courses, the past year. They also took a course In first aid training for emergency situations. The quota (or the number of firemen has boon raised from 35 to 40. Fire Chief Paul Israel says that they are still receiving applications (or the additional two firemen. Chief Israel also reported that the department was especially proud ot the two winners from Lake Jackson In the (Ire prevention poster contest at the State Firemen and Fire Marshals Association Convention held In Austin. Each year the Lake Jackson Fire Department sponsors a fire prevention poster contest at the local schools. Winning posters are then selected from each class by the firemen, who also speak to the students on fire prevention. The best posters are taken to the convention, O( the nine state-wide winners, two of these were from Lake Jackson. They were Paula Classen, first place In the Junior High Division, and Stephen Poehl, third place winner In the primary grades. One of the major pieces of equipment that has been put into operation tha paat year has been a "booster 1 (ire truck. Thla vehicle Is ,1 smaller and easier pleco of equipment to handle and enables firemen to reach tho scene (aster. It is capable of carrying 400 gallons of water and has a 250 pound pump. ''It really hasn't had much chance 10 be used," Chief Israel related, "We've only taken It to one house fire, which happens to be the only major (ire we've had this year," he added. But with the city becoming increasingly spread out, It Is felt that the extra minutes which can be saved In getting thu more maneuverable truck to a (ire, may well prove worthwhile to the city, A rundown of thu calls answered by the (Iredepartment shows 38 fire calls and 132 runs for the emergency car which Is operated by trained volunteer firemen. Most of the fires have been very minor, such as small trash (Ires or grease (ires, Israel stated, The fire department has a business meeting on the second Wednesday of each month. On the first and third Wednesdays, they have a drill and check out all their equipment — an effort to keep the machinery and men always ready to answer a call for help. m FIRST CHURCH OF CHRIST SCIENTIST 303 E, Broad, Freeport SUNDAY SERVICES 10:30 a.m. SUNDAY SCHOOL SERVICES 10:30 a,m. READING ROOM 18B Circle Way, Lake Jackson Open Tuesday thru Friday, 11 a.m. till 2 p.m.

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