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12-25-2012:  Merry Christmas - Please remember the reason for the season regardless of what some atheist (non-believer) wants you to believe.


12-17-2012:  Lewisville City Council Meeting:

  • 5:30 PM - WORKSHOP SESSION - Discussion of Regular Agenda Items and Consent Agenda Items. This is a regularly scheduled open meeting.
    • A. 83rd Legislative Session Agenda,
      • See slides starting on page 13 of the Long Version of the Agenda
      • After Meeting Comments:  it was discussed to hire another consultant to be our lobbyist in Austin.  I expressed my concerns against this stating that as elected officials, we should be talking directly to our State Representatives elected in our area instead of spending money on another consultant.  The consultant is not going to write the legislation or vote on it.  I think this is a waste of money.
    • B. Discussion Regarding Accessory Buildings
      • See slides starting on page 45 of the Long Version of the Agenda
      • After meeting comments:  This is postponed until the next meeting.  However, I noted that more permits are going to be needed if you want to replace your shed if it is over 120 sq ft.  Lewisville - the city of permits.
    • C. Discussion of Regular Agenda Items and Consent Agenda Items
  • 07:00 PM, Regular Council Meeting. Please look over the Agenda - Short Version or the Long version with backup material.  Please look over the long version which has some backup material that might peak your interest.
    • please review agenda for Items of interest...
    • There will be a CLOSED SESSION: In Accordance with Texas Government Code Subchapter D,
      • 1. Section 551.071 (Consultation with Attorney): Legal Issues Related
        to Camelot Landfill
      • 2. Section 551.072 (Real Estate): Property Acquisition
      • 3. Section 551.074 (Personnel): Appointment of City Health Officer

12-04-20122:  CDBG Special Meeting.

  • Grant input meeting set for 12-04-2012, the City of Lewisville will receive approximately $557,000 from the federal Community Development Block Grant program in 2013. CDBG funds must primarily be used to assist low- and moderate-income persons, households or areas with housing programs, community and economic development, or social services. The city’s CDBG Advisory Committee will hold a public hearing to receive input from residents on potential projects and needs. The meeting will be Tuesday, 12-04-2012, 6:30 p.m., at Lewisville City Hall, 151 W. Church Street. For questions or comments, contact Sheena Jackson at 972-219-5026.
  • Pre-Meeting Comments:  The above statement was sent in an email by the Communications director.  I just repeat here for your information.  I encourage you to see where I stand on CDBG by looking at my past posts on this topic and follow the links.

12-03-2012:  Lewisville City Council Meeting:

  • 5:00 PM - WORKSHOP SESSION - Discussion of Regular Agenda Items and Consent Agenda Items. This is a regularly scheduled open meeting. If you come late, just enter quietly... but try to be on time!
    • A. Overview of Gang and Narcotic Unit Activities (Requested by Councilman Gorena)

      Pre-Meeting Comments:  This is something that you want to see.  I have seen the presentation from the Gang Units before.  Make it early if you can or come in quietly when you get there.

    • B. Discussion of Regular Agenda Items and Consent Agenda Items
  • 07:00 PM, Regular Council Meeting. Please look over the Agenda - Short Version or the Long version with backup material.  Please look over the long version which has some backup material that might peak your interest.
    • ITEM D3. Acknowledgement of the Waste Management 2013 Cost of Service Rates for Residential Solid Waste/Recycling; and Commercial Solid Waste Collection and Disposal Services.
    • ITEM E4. Consideration of Amendments to the Lewisville Code of Ordinances, Chapter 2, Article VIII, Section 2-201, Fee Schedule Related to Solid Waste Rates.
    • ITEM G. CLOSED SESSION: In Accordance with Texas Government Code
      Subchapter D,
      • 1. Section 551.071 (Consultation with Attorney): Legal Issues Related
        to Camelot Landfill
      • 2. Section 551.072 (Real Estate): Property Acquisition
      • 3. Section 551.087 (Economic Development): Deliberation Regarding
        Economic Development Negotiations

12-01-2012

  • Holiday at the Hall welcomes holiday season on Dec. 1 Lewisville will kick off the Christmas season with its annual Holiday at the Hall celebration on Saturday, Dec. 1, 2012 in Old Town Lewisville.  Motorcycle Run, Parade, and Santa – please remember the Reason for the Season.  See the City Website link for more info...
  • Texas State Guard Toy Drive - For Children in Area Hospitals... See more...

11-19-2012:  Lewisville City Council Meeting:

  • 5:00 PM - WORKSHOP SESSION - Discussion of Regular Agenda Items and Consent Agenda Items. This is a regularly scheduled open meeting. If you come late, just enter quietly... but try to be on time!
    • A. Review of I35E, Expansion Project
    • B. Discussion of Regular Agenda Items and Consent Agenda Items
  • 07:00 PM, Regular Council Meeting. Please look over the Agenda - Short Version or the Long version with backup material.  Please look over the long version which has some backup material that might peak your interest.
    • C1 - Public Hearing: Consideration of an Ordinance for a Zone Change Request From Light Industrial (LI) to Estate Town House (ETH) on 21.3 Acres, Located South of Vista Ridge Mall Drive, Approximately 250 Feet West of Denton Tap Road; Further Identified as Highpoint Oaks, Lot 1, Block B; as Requested by Highpoint Oaks Ltd., the Property Owner (Case No. PZ-2012-10-10).
    • C2 - Public Hearing: Consideration of an Ordinance for a Zone Change Request From Single Family Residential 7.5 (R7.5) to Old Town Mixed Use One (OTMU1) Zoning District on 0.180 Acres, Located at 331 North Charles Street; Further Identified as J.W. King Survey, Abstract No. 696, Being Lot 1, Block F of the Old Town Lewisville Addition; as Requested by Grover Joiner, the Property Owner (Case No. PZ-2012-10-09).
    • E6 - Approval of a Marketing and Operational Agreement With Utility Service Partners Private Label, Inc., (USP) Doing Business as Service Line Warranties of America (SLWA); and Authorization for the City Manager or his Designee to Execute All Related Documents.
      • ADMINISTRATIVE COMMENTS: At a September 10, 2012 workshop, a consensus to proceed with the discontinuation of the City’s private sewer cleanout program was provided to staff. Therefore, the City will cease private residential sewer line cleaning services to clear sewer line stoppages effective March 1, 2013. In addition, Council directed staff to proceed with promoting the services of Utility Service Partners Private Label, Inc. doing business as Service Line Warranties of America (SLWA). The National League of Cities (NLC) and North Central Texas Council of Governments (NCTCOG) have selected USP-SLWA as a preferred service provider to provide non-mandatory utility line warranties for both private residential water and sewer lines. This service is provided via a monthly or annual charge for water or sewer or both. The marketing agreement is a non-exclusive agreement that allows SLWA to forward letters and correspondence utilizing the City’s name and logos to each residential unit. The City will not receive a fee from SLWA for execution of the agreement; however, the normal 12% fee will be credited as a customer discount.
      • PRE-MEETING COMMENTS:  I am in favor of the discontinuing the service as I have mentioned before...but I am against this because it also includes Endorsing or promoting a single business over others – I am voting against this like I have mentioned before.   See more...

11-05-2012:  Lewisville City Council Meeting:

  • 6:30 PM - WORKSHOP SESSION - Discussion of Regular Agenda Items and Consent Agenda Items. This is a regularly scheduled open meeting. If you come late, just enter quietly... but try to be on time!
    • A. Discussion of Regular Agenda Items and Consent Agenda Items
  • 07:00 PM, Regular Council Meeting. Please look over the Agenda - Short Version or the Long version with backup material.  Please look over the long version which has some backup material that might peak your interest.
    • D. PRESENTATIONS:
    • I. CLOSED SESSION: In Accordance with Texas Government Code
      Subchapter D,
      • 1. Section 551.071 (Consultation with Attorney): Legal Issues Related
        to Camelot Landfill
      • 2. Section 551.071 (Consultation with Attorney/Pending Litigation): Duarte
        v. City of Lewisville, 4:12CV-169, United States District Court for the
        Eastern District of Texas, Sherman Division.
      • 3. Section 551.071 (Consultation With Attorney): Legal Issues Related
        to Texas New Mexico Power Reliability Standards
      • 4. Section 551.072 (Real Estate): Property Acquisition
      • 5. Section 551.074 (PERSONNEL) Appointments to the Lewisville Parks
        and Library Corporation
      • 6. Section 551.087 (Economic Development): Deliberation Regarding
        Economic Development Negotiations

11-01-2012:

  • Denton County Republican Club Regular Meeting
    WHERE:
    Meeting Room at the Lewisville Chamber of Commerce; 551 N. Valley; Lewisville, TX 75067
    WHEN: Doors open about 6:30 at South Entrance. Meeting starts at 7:00 pm.  November 1, 2012.
    SPEAKERS:
    • Dr. Michael Burgess - United States House of Representatives representing Texas's 26th congressional district. Texas' 26th United States Congressional District is located in the heart of North Texas. The 26th District includes most of Denton County as well as large portions of Tarrant County, Cooke County and a sliver of Dallas County.
    • Myra Crownover is a state legislator in the Texas House of Representatives. She has represented District 64 in the Texas House of Representatives as a Republican since 2000. As of 2011, her district is located completely in Denton County, Texas, including much or parts of Denton, Lake Dallas, Corinth, and Hickory Creek.
  • FREE MOVIE online - AGENDA: Grinding America Down
    It is now online to watch for Free! Watch "AGENDA: Grinding America Down" and do it soon as it is online temporarily. This is kind of like the movie 2016 but I thought this one was a better documentary.  It is 90 minutes long. You might be motivated to watch it several times.  Loaded with very interesting points that you should know about. It gets really interesting about 10:45 into the video about the communist Agenda. Don't skip to it. Watch it all and then go back to take notes. Please Share. see http://vimeo.com/52009124 .

10-25-2012: Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) will hold a public meeting on Oct. 25, 2012 to receive comments on a request from City of Farmers Branch to expand the Camelot Landfill in Lewisville. The request is to expand the current footprint by 38.5 acres and to increase landfill height significantly. TCEQ has determined that the Camelot Landfill request is administratively complete and is conducting a technical review of the application. SEE THE FULL NOTICE.

  • The Public Meeting is to be held
    Thursday October 25 2012 at 7:00pm
    Creekview High School
    3201 Old Denton Road
    Carrollton Texas 75007
  • NOTE: There will be two discussion periods and one does not count. This is stupid but it is the way it is... Therefore, let’s get everyone to wait until the FORMAL comment period so that their words will count. Spread the word.
    • Informal Discussion Period - NOT “on the record.”

      The landfill will probably put on a presentation during the informal discussion period after which the public will be allowed to ask questions and make comments.  All questions and comments made during this portion of the meeting are NOT “on the record.”  Therefore, comments should be held and made during the formal comment period.  This fact is often missed by the public, and most people make their comments during this portion of the meeting and leave.  Unfortunately, none of the comments made during this portion of the meeting will be addressed by the TCEQ because the comments are not “on the record.”

    • Formal Comment Period - “on the record.”

      All the comments made during the formal comment period will be “on the record.” Therefore, any comments in opposition should be made during this portion of the meeting.

  • BACKGROUND:  There are three landfills in Lewisville.  The information here was supplied by the Lewisville City Staff:
    • DFW landfill: Type 1: Owned and operated by Waste Management: 1600 Railroad Street;
      • Elevation at street -Railroad Street 454 ft MSL = 169 ft above street at time of closure.
      • Current height for DFW +/- 595 ft MSL
      • Max height permitted 623 ft MSL (mean sea level)
    • Lewisville Landfill: Type 4: Owned and operated by Republic Services/Allied Waste: College/Valley Ridge:
      • Elevation at street College/Valley Ridge 467 ft MSL = 208 ft above street at time of closure
      • Current height for Lewisville Landfill: +/- 620 ft MSL
      • Max height permitted 675 ft MSL.
    • Farmers Branch landfill, commonly called Camelot: Type 1: Owned by City of Farmers Branch, operated by Republic Services: Corporate/Huffines Blvd:
      • Elevation at street Corporate/Huffines is 460 ft MSL
      • Current height for Farmers Branch/ Camelot landfill +/- 518 ft MSL
      • Current permitted height: 523 ft MSL = 63 ft above street at time of closure, if no height increase is granted by TCEQ
      • Proposed height requested: 725 ft MSL = 265 ft above street at time of closure if new permit granted.
    • TYPES DEFINED:
      • Type 1 landfill: landfill that accepts general household waste (putrescible) plus commercial and industrial waste.
      • Type 4 landfill: landfill that only accepts construction and demolition debris, no putrescible waste accepted.

      10-15-2012:

      Lewisville Parks and Library Development Corporation Board

      • 05:50 PM - Lewisville Parks and Library Development Corporation Board meeting.
        • ITEM 3: Consideration of an Expenditure to Purchase Printed Library Materials from Brodart Company in the Amount of $92,229.

      Lewisville City Council Meeting:

      • 6:00 PM - WORKSHOP SESSION - Discussion of Regular Agenda Items and Consent Agenda Items. This is a regularly scheduled open meeting. If you come late, just enter quietly... but try to be on time!
        • A. Presentation of Proposed Changes to the Old Town Sign Ordinance.
        • B. Discussion of Regular Agenda Items and Consent Agenda Items
      • 07:00 PM, Regular Council Meeting. Please look over the Agenda - Short Version or the Long version with backup material.  Please look over the long version which has some backup material that might peak your interest.
        • ITEM 5. Consideration of an Ordinance of the City Council of the City of Lewisville, Texas, Amending the Lewisville City Code, Chapter 9, Nuisances, Article I., Section 9.1, by Amending the Definition for the Old Town Entertainment District; Providing for a Repealer; Providing for Severability; Providing a Penalty; Providing an Effective Date; and Declaring an Emergency.
          • ADMINISTRATIVE COMMENTS:
            The definition of the Old Town Entertainment District incorrectly defines the boundary. The boundary from the southeastern corner of Block 12, Lot 1 of the Kealy Addition says it turns east then runs east to the intersection of the eastern right-of-way for South Kealy Avenue. This is incorrect and should turn west then runs west to the intersection of the eastern right-of-way for South Kealy Avenue.
        • ITEM 6. Consideration of an Ordinance Amending Ordinance 3829-12-2010 by Inserting an Additional Duty for the Arts Advisory Board.
          • ADMINISTRATIVE COMMENTS:
            The Arts Advisory Board does not currently have authority to review proposals for acquisition and placement of public art, or to recommend funding of artrelated events. The proposed amendment, as discussed by Council at its October 1 workshop, would give the Arts Advisory Board authority to review such proposals and make recommendations to City Council.
        • ITEM H. CLOSED SESSION: In Accordance with Texas Government Code Subchapter D,
          • 1. Section 551.072 (Real Estate): Property Acquisition
          • 2. Section 551.071 (Consultation With Attorney): Legal Issues Related to Camelot Landfill
            • Pre-Meeting Comments: Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) will hold a public meeting on Oct. 25, 2012 to receive comments on a request from City of Farmers Branch to expand the Camelot Landfill in Lewisville. The request is to expand the current footprint by 38.5 acres and to increase landfill height significantly. TCEQ has determined that the Camelot Landfill request is administratively complete and is conducting a technical review of the application. SEE THE FULL NOTICE.
            • NOTICE:  The Public Meeting is to be held
              Thursday October 25 2012 at700pm
              Creekview High School
              3201 Old Denton Road
              Carrollton Texas 75007
          • 3. Section 551.087 (Economic Development): Deliberation Regarding Economic Development Negotiations

      10-01-2012:  Lewisville City Council Meeting:

      • 5:45 PM - WORKSHOP SESSION - Discussion of Regular Agenda Items and Consent Agenda Items. This is a regularly scheduled open meeting. If you come late, just enter quietly... but try to be on time!
        • A. Discussion of the Arts Advisory Board Duties (Request by Councilman Ferguson)
        • B. Discussion of Accessory Buildings, Neighborhood Preservation Committee Recommendations
          • Pre-Meeting Comments:  Presentation section starts on Page 25 of the Long version with backup material
          • If you are thinking about replacing a shed (or external Storage building) or getting one, you need to see this section and come to this workshop.  You will need a permit for it if it is over 100 Sq ft. 
        • C. Discussion of Regular Agenda Items and Consent Agenda Items
      • 07:00 PM, Regular Council Meeting. Please look over the Agenda - Short Version or the Long version with backup material.  Please look over the long version which has some backup material that might peak your interest.
        • ITEM 7. Approval of a Resolution Authorizing Agreements Between the City of Lewisville and Community Development Block Grant Sub-Recipients; Between the City of Lewisville and City Social Service Agency Fund Recipients; and Between the Economic Development and Planning Department and Public Services Department for FY 2012-2013; and Authorization for City Officials to Execute the Agreements.
          ADMINISTRATIVE COMMENTS: The City of Lewisville, a U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Entitlement City submitted its 2012 Annual Action Plan as required by HUD to receive Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds. A contract is forthcoming from HUD and funds will be appropriated soon for FY 2012-2013. Additional funds are allocated from the General Fund.

      09-17-2012: Lewisville City Council Meeting:

      • 6:30 PM - WORKSHOP SESSION - Discussion of Regular Agenda Items and Consent Agenda Items. This is a regularly scheduled open meeting. If you come late, just enter quietly... but try to be on time!
        • A. Discussion of Regular Agenda Items and Consent Agenda Items
      • 07:00 PM, Regular Council Meeting. Please look over the Agenda - Short Version or the Long version with backup material.  Please look over the long version which has some backup material that might peak your interest.

      09-12-2012: Lewisville Sewer Clean Out Program Update:  If you saw my comments on the Lewisville Sewer Clean Out Program from Monday night (09-10-2012), I have an update here..


      09-11-2012:  FREE MOVIE (Documentary called ‘Agenda: Grinding America Down’) at The Grand in old town Lewisville.  The President’s Council of the Denton County Republican Party urges you to come and bring friends:

      • September 11, 2012:   Showing the full-length shocking documentary ‘Agenda: Grinding America Down’.  This film documents the path to socialism in America and where we are today.
      • Location:
        Medical Center of Lewisville Grand Theater
        100 N. Charles Street
        Lewisville, TX 75057
      • The doors will open at 6:00pm Film at 7:00pm.  This is a film that every freedom-loving American should see. Especially good to bring students to see.
      • Judge Robert Ramirez is providing refreshments Club tables with political information and Voter Registrars for registration available

      09-10-2012: Lewisville City Council Meeting:

      • 5:45 PM - WORKSHOP SESSION - Discussion of Regular Agenda Items and Consent Agenda Items. This is a regularly scheduled open meeting. If you come late, just enter quietly... but try to be on time!
        • A. Single Family Rental Inspection Program
        • B. Discontinuation of Sewer Clean Out Program
          • NOTE: I Wrote several Post Meeting Comments here but moved them to a LV-SewerCleanOutPage  AND also see my comments on 09-12-2012 for an update on the same page since some items were slightly changed.  
        • C. Discussion of Regular Agenda Items and Consent Agenda Items
      • 07:00 PM, Regular Council Meeting. Please look over the Agenda - Short Version or the Long version with backup material.  Please look over the long version which has some backup material that might peak your interest.
        • Consent Agenda ITEM 3. Approval of a Letter of Commitment for the City of Lewisville to Participate in the Texas Water Development Board's Water Research Study Program as a Stakeholder at a Contribution Level of up to $50,000; and Approval of a Supplemental Appropriation From Utility Capital Project Cash in the Amount of $50,000.
          ADMINISTRATIVE COMMENTS: On August 16, 2012, the Texas Water Development Board (TWDB) awarded the contract for the TWDB Water Research Study Project (to evaluate the potential for direct potable reuse in Texas) to Alan Plummer Associates, Inc. (APAI).  Utilities from both the Dallas Fort Worth Metroplex and, West Texas have committed to support the project. APAI is authorized to invite additional stakeholders to participate in the project and has asked the City of Lewisville to participate. The level of financial contribution for each participant will be up to an amount of $50,000 depending on the final number of participants.
        • Consent Agenda ITEM 7. Approval of a Resolution Authorizing Membership in the Gulf Coast Coalition of Cities (GCCC) Relating to Electric and Gas Utility Matters.
          ADMINISTRATIVE COMMENTS : The Gulf Coast Coalition of Cities (“GCCC”) is a coalition of political subdivisions in the Greater Houston area that represents the interests of its members on gas and electric utility matters before the Public Utility Commission (PUC), the Railroad Commission (RRC), the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) and the courts. In order to continue to be an effective voice at the PUC, RRC, the Legislature, and in the courts, GCCC is requesting cities adopt this resolution formalizing their membership and authorizing intervention in ratemaking proceedings where reimbursement of municipal expenses is authorized. Lewisville is currently not a member of GCCC, however participation in the coalition will provide unified representation at the PUC and RRC. Each city retains the right to not participate in a particular matter and to withdraw from any case at any time. Moreover, adoption of the resolution does not obligate any city to pay for costs that are not reimbursed.
        • Regular Hearing ITEM 8. Consideration of a Variance to the Lewisville City Code, Chapter 17, Section 17-30, Sale of Alcoholic Beverages, as Requested by Linda M. Cimbron, CVS/Pharmacy Located at 1116 West Main Street, Lewisville, Texas. ADMINISTRATIVE COMMENTS : An application for "The legal sale of beer and wine for off-premise consumption only” has been submitted for the CVS/Pharmacy located at 1116 West Main Street, Lewisville, Texas. After staff review, it has been determined that the site does not meet the City regulations that require that the site be 300 feet from a public school, measured property line to property line. The City’s ordinance was patterned after the TABC section regarding distance. Ms. Cimbron is seeking a variance to this regulation.

      08-31-2012: Updated my Agenda 21 page with an article called ‘Agenda 21’ and Why is the GOP Now Opposed to It?  See more...


      08-29-2012:  West Nile Virus Updates:

      • Received this in an email from my City Email account:  Per County, spraying will commence in Denton County on Thursday and Friday at 9pm. Don't know where they will start or when they will be over LV. Contractor said he would avoid assembly areas (like high school football games) while people are there. We told them about the rodeo on Friday, which may mean we'll get sprayed later that evening. Also have heard that the school district is making plans to completely wash down all outdoor playgrounds, equipment, fields after the spray. The contractor informed us this is not necessary, but the LISD may be functioning under different rules.
             We are setting pre and post traps to evaluate effectiveness and will control them ourselves. The contractor may set additional traps for the same purpose. No additional ground spraying will take place until next week at the earliest.
             ps our pre and post ground spray trap results were pretty disappointing...counts were actually higher AFTER spraying. No idea why, although slight weather variations may be key.
      • More information on City website WNV page.
      • Please be sure to read the After Meeting comments in my 08-27-2012 post.

      08-27-2012

      • 06:00 PM, Called Special City Council Meeting. Please look over the Agenda - Short Version or the Long version with backup material.  Please look over the long version which has some backup material that might peak your interest.
        • ITEM C. PUBLIC HEARING: Consideration of the Proposed FY 2012-2013 Budget, Property Tax Revenue Increase and Proposed Property Tax Rate.
        • ITEM E. REGULAR HEARING: Consideration of Providing Direction to Staff Regarding Aerial Spraying for Mosquito Mitigation. ADMINISTRATIVE COMMENTS : The current outbreak of West Nile Virus (WNV) in North Texas has led to aggressive measures being taken by area cities and counties. Lewisville has worked closely with local and state health officials and has used measures including extensive public education, targeted code enforcement efforts, larvicide treatments for standing water on public property, and ground-based spraying of pesticide in selected areas. The County has requested that the City indicate its interest in a possible aerial spraying program coordinated by the County.
        •  PRE-MEETING COMMENTS:  I have received 5 emails at my City address about Aerial Spraying.  4 are people begging for it and 1 is against it.  I think it is all media driven and thus creating political pressure.  The City of Lewisville has been spraying from trucks.  Apparently we do this in neighborhoods.  I had thought we were doing this near wooded or not so populated areas.  But this is not the Duet chemical.  This issue is about aerial spraying with a chemical called Duet over all of Lewisville - even heavily populated areas.
               I know WNV is a serious concern.  People have died who had WNV but they had other serious health conditions.  Could it be the other serious health conditions?  Even the regular flu can cause people to die if they had other health issues.  As of this date, it has been reported that 110 people have been diagnosed with WNV in Denton County. I am told that there have been two WNV - related deaths in Denton County, one about three weeks ago in Denton and one late last week in Carrollton. Both were elderly (one was in her 80s and the other in her 90s). .  However, I personally know of one individual with other serious health issues and it is quite serious of that person.  Do you remember Jim Henson of the Muppets fame? He died of Pneumonia which was shocking because he had a cold for a week (see article...).
             You have always heard me say that "History is our greatest teacher" and in this case we can look back on other massive chemical spraying and see some long term undesirable affects such as: chemicals in the water supply, illnesses and forms of cancer attributed to exposure to chemicals, etc...  There are even some really infamous ones like the use of Agent Orange that our soldiers were told would not harm humans.  Well, it didn't at the time of spraying but many years later the affects are noted on those exposed to it.
               Then you have the long term affects on nature.  This chemical kills mosquitoes in the adult form and from what I understand does not affect the larva in the water.  What other species does it kill?  What other species depend on the mosquitoes as food?  And what depends on those species?  OK, you might say that the chemical has been used in other areas... I say, those small areas probably did not have noticeable affects because of the small size.  Who is to say that mosquitoes from the non-sprayed areas just produced and moved into the past sprayed areas...
        • AFTER MEETING COMMENTS:  The vote to go with aerial spraying passed 3 to 1.  I, Councilman John Gorena, was the only one that voted against.  Council members Leroy Vaughn, Neil Ferguson, and Rudy Durham voted for it.  TJ Gilmore was absent due to traveling for his work and he could not make this special called meeting.  Mayor Dean Ueckert did not vote because there was no tie in the vote. 

               Here are some points to note but please watch the whole Video of Meeting for this Item.  Start watching the video from this point: 05:40 which is the start of this item but watch it all.  DO NOT jump around…  Here are some points:

          • I think that this situation is serious. Always serious if it contributes to the ill health or death of anyone.  However, all of the deaths at the time are basically people who had underlying health issues and had WNV at the time of death which is about 25 mentioned by Dr. Bing Burton in the meeting.  Later it was mentioned that the toll is up to 30.  As of  08-29-2012 it is up to 33 in Texas...  And there are about 783 reported cases of WNV in Texas as of 08-29-2012 but click here for the latest.   Focus from the media is on Texas because Nationally there are 66 deaths out of  1,590 reported WNV cases.  You will find data on the internet showing the number of cases verses deaths in the last ten years.  This year it is larger.  Is it because the mosquitoes are now becoming immune to the older chemicals used to control them?  Now compare this to the estimated average of 36,000 Flu related deaths annually.  How many people had the flu and it was not reported????  Do you understand the point?
          • NOTE this again..… Those that died had serious health issues. Maybe a bad flu would do the same… In any case, it is a sad thing that someone dies. 
          • I really think this is media frenzy driven...  And how many people did not report WNV and are OK?
          • The CDC says that Since 1999, more than 30,000 people in the United States have been reported as getting sick with West Nile virus.
          • Our expert is the Denton County Health Department Director, Dr. Bing Burton.  He spoke at the council meeting.  I asked a few questions to get some clarification and I was not trying to be cold about the situation but I thought that these questions need to be seriously asked. It just seems like there is no justification for the risks in mass spraying of a poison - no matter how 'diluted' it will be.  I skipped one question on his remark 'that those in unsprayed areas are six times more likely to get WNV.'   It does not make sense on how they came to that conclusion but then I did not read the California report that he mentioned.  I do not know if there was a scientific sample test group and who did they compare the groups?  Just seemed a little to vague for me.  However, since Denton county  has a large number of cases that could mean that visiting Denton County is bad for your health.  In Fact, the Doctor mentions one visitor from Nebraska came and stayed here to visit and went back home home and died and he also contracted WNV.
          • Councilman Neil Ferguson reads an incredible statement for NOT spraying (but yet he decided to vote for it).  Not implying anything bad about his statement.  I would like you to pay close attention to his written statement that he reads as he lists some interesting facts.
          • Motion made after Closed Session: I did not highlight the closed session items in the above list but you can always see the topic listed in the agenda. I usually do not because we may or may not make a motion like we did at this meeting.  Here is a real kicker... On the agenda we had a closed session about a litigation settlement and it was voted on at the end of the meeting that we are now joining in on the lawsuit.  The item was:

                 {SECTION F, ITEM 1. Section 551.071 (Consultation with Attorney/Pending Litigation): City of Greenville v. Syngenta Crop Protection, Inc., and Syngenta AG, Case No. 3:10-cv-00188-JPG-PMF, United States District Court for the Southern District of Illinois.}

                 You will see in the video at the end of the meeting that we are getting involved in this lawsuit.  If you do just a little research from the information in the item information, the lawsuit is to make claims for  … WAIT FOR IT……WAIT FOR IT …… CHEMICALS IN THE WATER! Just google “City of Greenville v. Syngenta Crop Protection, Inc.” and you will find loads of information about the settlement.

                 Remember, Duet is not supposed to be sprayed on bodies of water.  I wonder why they would put that in the Material Safety Data Sheet?  And on the other literature that goes with it???  Could it be for a future "I told you so!" from the manufacturers of Duet?  Only future litigation will tell.

          • More information on City website WNV page.
          • Here is the Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS) for Duet which is the chemical that will be sprayed.
          • Since it was in the newspaper that the spraying will be this Thursday and Friday night between 9:00 PM and 2:00 AM,  I have been receiving a bunch of calls.
                 I recommend that you send email to the Council and City Manager to state your opinion - For or Against.  I ask that you read what I have written here, do some research, and watch the video of the council meeting before you write to the Council and City Manager

            Lewisville City Council

            • dueckert@cityoflewisville.com,
              jgorena@cityoflewisville.com,
              tgilmore@cityoflewisville.com,
              rdurham@cityoflewisville.com,
              lvaughn@cityoflewisville.com
              nferguson@cityoflewisville.com

            City Manager:

            • cking@Cityoflewisville.com

      08-20-20122

      • Lewisville City Council Meeting:
        • 6:00 PM - WORKSHOP SESSION - Discussion of Regular Agenda Items and Consent Agenda Items. This is a regularly scheduled open meeting. If you come late, just enter quietly... but try to be on time!
          • A. Presentation on Sustainability (Requested by Councilman Vaughn)

            - See the Long version of agenda starting on page 6. This is to be discussed tonight and voted on another night in a regular council meeting.

            • NOTE:  You can really see the Agenda 21 and ICLEI similarities). Note the key buzz words in the presentation like 'sustainability' and 'Energy Credits'.  Please don't get me wrong here.  I believe that we should strive to be more energy efficient and do things that will help but the program mixes things in that will cost more money in the long run and not gain any benefits.  I ask a serious question here.... Does a 25 cent filament light bulb cost you more money to operate than the $25 Government Mandated light bulb that seems to go out in a year or so?  I spent a lot of money on those florescent light bulbs thinking I was going to save a huge about of money.  It did not seem to make a difference in my light bill - I usually have the lights off anyway.  Most of them died within a year and then they tell us to dispose of them a certain way to not contaminate the landfills.  Something about hazardous blah blah blah...;)
          • B. Single Family Rental Inspection Program

            - See the Long version of agenda starting on page 43. This is to be discussed tonight and voted on another night in a regular council meeting.

            • NOTE: I think this is a good program for the most part.  It does require land lords to bring their rental properties up to a certain code level.  This will also help renters.
          • C. Discontinuation of Sewer Clean Out Program

            - See the Long version of agenda starting on page 48. This is to be discussed tonight and voted on another night in a regular council meeting.

            • NOTE:  At the last retreat in February (See entry for 02-12-2012 item 6), I was against the idea of the City endorsing or recommending a Repair Line Insurance company for this service.  I believe it should be up to the individual to look for and determine what insurance company they want.  I do not think that a City should be promoting one company above the others.
          • D. Discussion of Regular Agenda Items and Consent Agenda Items
        • 07:00 PM, Regular Council Meeting. Please look over the Agenda - Short Version or the Long version with backup material.  Please look over the long version which has some backup material that might peak your interest.
          • PUBLIC HEARING:
          • Item 1.. Approval of an Economic Development Agreement Between the City of Lewisville and Centurion American Development Group; and Authorization for the City Manager to Execute the Agreement.
          • Item 2.. Acceptance of a $5,000 Donation to the Life & Fire Safety Program From the Ringling Brothers Circus; and Approval of a Supplemental Appropriation to the Fire and Police Training Fund in the Amount of $5,000.

            - Come show your support.  Fill out a card congratulating the good work done by the Life & Fire Safety Clowns named: Ashes, Petunia, and Radio.  They do a lot of great work and do it as volunteers.

          • Item 3.. Consideration of an Ordinance Amending the Lewisville City Code, Chapter 8, Section 8-3, by Amending the Definition of Business District and the Prohibition on the Use of Skateboards, Roller Skates, Roller Blades, Scooters and Similar Devices to Include City-Owned Courtyards, Concession Areas, Pavilions, Restroom Areas and Covered Structures and Within the Property Line of City-Owned Buildings.

      08-11-2012:  Budget Workshop:  Sat, August 11, 2012

      • Where: Community Room Municipal Annex, 1197 W. Main St; Lewisville, TX 75067 (Civic Circle and Main St.)
      • Description: Meeting starts at 9:00 AM, (a guess from past meetings is that it would end about 3 to 5 pm - it ends when it ends).
      • This is an open meeting to review the current budget and Items to be approved. You can come and go as you like.  There is a public seating area in the meeting room.
      • There will be a time for public comments (usually before or after lunch - before we do all the voting).
      • Here is the Agenda: Short Version and Long Version.
      • Here is the Budget in PDF format.  The first section (Budget Message) is a detailed overview which I recommend reading.  There is no table of contents in this PDF version but sections are as follows (with starting page number):
        • 1: Budget Message - (1)
        • 2: Budget Overview, Fund Summaries - (69)
        • 3: Debt Summary - (115) {I recommend that you read my Debt Liabilities Page before you read this section and compare current data.}.
        • 4: Non-Departmental - (139)
        • 5: Mayor & Council - (147)
        • 6: Administration - (149)
        • 7: Public Records - (151)
        • 8: Legal Department - (153)
        • 9: Police Department - (155)
        • 10: Fire Department - (167)
        • 11: Public Records - (177)
        • 12: Parks & leisure Services - (189)
        • 13: Community Development - (199)
        • 14: Finance Department - (209)
        • 15: Human Resources - (215)
        • 16: Community Relations/Tourism - (219)
        • 17: Economic Dev & Planning - (223)
        • 18: Information Technology - (229)
        • 19: Municipal Court - (233)

      08-06-2012

      • Lewisville City Council Meeting:
        • 6:00 PM - WORKSHOP SESSION - Discussion of Regular Agenda Items and Consent Agenda Items. This is a regularly scheduled open meeting. If you come late, just enter quietly... but try to be on time!
          • A. Review a Plan for Reduction of Billboard Signs on I-35 Proposed by Clear Channel Sign Company
          • B. Discussion of Regular Agenda Items and Consent Agenda Items
        • 07:00 PM, Regular Council Meeting. Please look over the Agenda - Short Version or the Long version with backup material.  Please look over the long version which has some backup material that might peak your interest.
          • ITEM 1.
          • ITEM 2. Public Hearing: Approval of a Resolution Authorizing the Adoption of the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) 2012-2017 Consolidated Plan, Analysis of Impediments to Fair Housing Choice, and 2012 Annual Action Plan; and Authorization for the City Manager to Submit the Plans to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. (see pages 38-399 of the long Agenda - You can really see the )..
          • ITEM 8. Consideration of a Resolution Authorizing the Acquisition of Right-of- Way (in fee Simple) and Drainage, Utility, Slope, and Temporary Construction Easements for the Public Use of Constructing, Providing Access to, and Maintaining Valley Ridge Boulevard From Mill Street to College Street, and to Undertake all Associated Drainage, Slope, and Utility Improvements (the “Project”); Determining the Public Necessity and Use for Such Acquisitions; Authorizing the Appointment of an Appraiser and Negotiator as Necessary; Authorizing the City Manager (or his Designee) to Establish Just Compensation for the Property Rights to be Acquired and to Take all Steps Necessary to Acquire the Needed Property Rights in Compliance With all Applicable Laws and Resolutions; Authorizing the City Attorney (or her Designee) to Institute Condemnation Proceedings to Acquire the Property Interests if Purchase Negotiations are not Successful; Ratifying Prior Documents Executed by the City Manager Necessary for Such Acquisitions; and Authorizing Disposal of Certain Improvements.

      07-22-201222:  Restoring Love:  As you know, I am a Glenn Beck fan because he and I think a lot alike – true and I am not hiding it (grin). This week is the “Restoring Love” Event that you can go to for only $10. They opened up more seats after the big sell out. This includes parking! The Sales Taxes! $10 – TOTAL! The tickets that I am speaking of are for the Big event on Saturday 28AUG2012 but there are other things to do also. Some are free and some require tickets. See the Schedule below.

           Glenn Beck filled the “Washington Mall” area at the Washington Monument in DC for the “Restoring Honor” Event. Thousands went to Israel for “Restoring Courage”. Now, “Restoring Love” is in our own back yard at the Cowboys stadium in Arlington. Be a part of it!GBTV.com. I watched the other events and I wished I was there each time. This is too close not to make an effort to go.  Also, let me know if you are getting the 14 day trial or that you are a subscriber to GBTV. I found it worthwhile to subscribe and I recommend watching “Rumors of War” documentary which talks about threats to this Country that no one else is really talking about.


      07-20-20122:  I have been feeling really bummed about the Crazy person doing all that shooting on Friday at the batman movie in Colorado.  I wonder where the Concealed Carry people were?  They could have taken him out before he got off all the shots that he did - or even before he got off any shots..  If someone comes in holding guns like that, then they are history - I am not taking any chances.  If he was taken out, then we could be spared all the media attention that evil monster is getting, the time and money spent on the trial, the leeching lawyers, having to hear the idiots wanting to remove all guns, etc...  Blaming the actions of a crazy person on the guns themselves is like blaming spoons for making people fat - that is just stupid.

       

      Update Sunday, July 22, 2012 - Colorado shooting suspect a registered "Democrat" and "Occupier"  SOURCE: http://mylibertydispatch.blogspot.com/2012/07/colorado-shooting-suspect-registered.html
           Liberty Dispatch has checked public records and sources related to Colorado shooter James Holmes and found some interesting data. Holmes reputedly killed 12 people, not 14 like was reported locally and injured dozens more.
           Holmes has been a Democrat activist almost since the time he could legally vote. He claimed on multiple blogs he would prove Republicans could get weapons they shouldn't.   Holmes made good on his political threats and appeared to have bought a "well funded" assortment of weapons and explosives.
           James Holmes, DOB 12/13/1987- Checking public primary voter records for Holmes shows he has been a registered Democrat from May 10, 2006 in California to June 14, 2011 in Colorado.     Many more people would have surely died in the massacre had the shooter's cheap Chinese drum magazine for his AR-15 not jammed..
          

      AND, Smack to the LIBERAL Media - ABC.. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/07/20/brian-ross-tea-party-colorado-shooting_n_1689471.html  I wonder if the media is going to run with this story??????????


      07-19-2012: www.JMG-Enterprises.com . All the Government did was get in the way. (Like us on facebook).

       

      Courtesy Youtube.com : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WzZ0XNptRMAA 


      07-13-2012: Lewisville City Council Meeting for 07-16-2012:

      • 6:00 PM - WORKSHOP SESSION -

        Lewisville City Council meeting on Monday with the workshop at 6:00 PM. I think you should look it over. If you are ever concerned on the future of Lewisville and what I have been trying to fight, see this meeting agenda in the link below and READ IT – understand it. The workshop at 6:00 PM is about “affordable housing”, etc… It is what many of you are worried about. Right click on the link and Save As to your computer to read it.  See Long Version of the Agenda.  The regular meeting starts at 7:00 PM.


      07-02-2012:  Lewisville City Council Meeting:

      • 6:00 PM - WORKSHOP SESSION - Discussion of Regular Agenda Items and Consent Agenda Items. This is a regularly scheduled open meeting. If you come late, just enter quietly...
        • A. Review of Proposed Revisions to Smoking Ordinance

          Pre-Meeting Comments:

        • B. Discussion of Regular Agenda Items and Consent Agenda Items
      • 07:00 PM, Regular Council Meeting. Please look over the Agenda - Short Version or the Long version with backup material.  Please look over the long version which has some backup material that might peak your interest.  Again, I only list items that I think would be of a greater interest to some of you regular readers.
      • AFTER MEETING COMMENTS:  It passed with some minor changes to what was presented and will go into effect on 10-01-2012, see more...

 



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