Tonight's Council meeting is the first meeting at which newly elected Councilman John Gorena will sit.
After the invocation and pledge of allegiance, the first order of business was to award the Library the 2008 Library Directors Award.
Mayor Ueckert presented a declaration that July 2009 is Parks and Recreation month.
The Mayor also recognized members of the Texas Baptist Men (Denton County Chainsaw Unit) and Fellowship Church for their work assisting in cleanup of damage from the June 10th storm debris.
Next was the appointment and oaths of office for reappointed and newly appointed members of the city's boards and commissions:
Joy Bunnell - Library Board, Place #1 Michael Duvall - Old Town Design Review #5 Bill Peck - Old Town Design Review Architect Margie Rochelle - Park Board, Place #3 Laura Wise - Animal Services Advisory, Place #4 Nicholas Rudolph - Animal Serv #5 Tamela Bowie - CDBG #1 Thomas J. Gilmore - CDBG #3 Jim Gallegos - Planning and Zoning #2 Browning - Place #9 (didn't hear this one) Tom Jensen - Zoning Board of Adjustment #1 Leroy Vaughn - CDBG #5 Alvin Turner - P&Z #4
The Council then went into a closed session to discuss appointment of Mayor Pro Tem and Deputy Mayor Pro Tem
Update: BradBlog is reporting that several sources in Alaska are pointing to a possible indictment on embezzlement charges:
One logical place to start looking is the affair that has Alaska political circles buzzing: an alleged scandal centered around a building contractor, Spenard Building Supplies, with close ties to Palin and her husband, Todd.
Many political observers in Alaska are fixated on rumors that federal investigators have been seizing paperwork from SBS in recent months, searching for evidence that Palin and her husband Todd steered lucrative contracts to the well-connected company in exchange for gifts like the construction of their home on pristine Lake Lucille in 2002.
It is important to note that there is no mainstream media mention of this yet, and no federal corroboration of the story. Even if it were true, an indictment is not a presumption of guilt.
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" Last week, during the early evening hours, federal law enforcement agents, assisted by local authorities, took part in an arrest procedure known as, Operation Community Shield. The Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF) and officers from the Lewisville Police Department coordinated a raid on the Blue Goose restaurant in Highland Village."
Facebook Facebook is wonky tonight. Don't know what the problem is but some links I click take me to the wrong page. Oh well.
Speaking of Facebook, I think the format of that forum and the ease of posting a random thought have taken a toll on my writing here. Maybe I'm romanticizing the distant (in internet terms) past, but it seems like in past years, I wrote longer, more substantial and profound posts.
Administration Plans Will Help Cut Pollution, Grow Economy
Washington, D.C.--President Obama today announced new energy efficiency standards for lightbulbs--standards which could obviate the need for the amount of energy produced by 14 dirty coal-fired power plants. The president also announced plans to speed up the release of some $346 million in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funding devoted to the development, deployment, and use of energy-efficient technologies in residential and commercial buildings. The Sierra Club offered the following comments in response.
Neil at Texas Liberal suggests that instead of blowing of your fingers lighting fireworks--during a drought in Harris County no less---that maybe you would be better off reading a book instead.
With 2010 spinning up, it's funny to watch all the different players already on the field line up to take their first hits. McBlogger, of course, thinks they're all deeply in need of a little advice which he graciously provides (with surprisingly sparse use of profanity)!
We took 2 hours of video at Michael Burgess's town hall meeting on Saturday. While I've not yet been able to get the whole thing edited and distilled down to something YouTube-able, I thought you might like to see this one.
Congressional Town Hall Yesterday I attended Rep. Michael Burgess' Town Hall meeting. I've got some video that I'm still processing. The major topics of the meeting were the newly passed climate bill with its "Cap and Trade" provisions, and health care reform. Apparently talk radio has been riling people up about this, convincing people that it will be the end of America as we know it.