CITY OF SEABROOK
CITY UPDATE
Volume 11 Issue 4
April 2003

From the Office of Mayor Robin Riley
The City has been engaged in defending two major development lawsuits during the past two years in suits brought by Seabrook Partners, Ltd., a company owned by Phil Newton, and Ted McCollom Interests and Ted McCollom individually. There has been much misinformation about the costs to the City to defend these cases. First, the City has strenuously defended these suits because the City’s legal position is very strong. Second, a substantial amount of the defense costs in the McCollom case, and some costs in the Seabrook Partners case, has been paid by the City’s insurance carrier. The actual legal fees spent by the City in the McCollom case are minimal; the fees in the Seabrook Partners case have been more substantial. Finally, however, and most importantly, the costs of not defending the City’s legal position would cost the City millions of dollars, which would have to be financed through bonds, resulting in a tax increase.

SECOND STREET BEAUTIFICATION PROJECT
On April 5th, a volunteer task group comprised of Seabrook residents will be planting 80 Phoenix Palm Trees on both sides of the Second Street waterfront park. The task group is also soliciting donations of $75.00 from citizens, local businesses, civic organizations, and City of Seabrook sources. If you are interested in contributing to this project, donations can be mailed to Second Street Adopt a Palm Tree Project, P.O. Box 389, Seabrook, TX 77586.

City of Seabrook Employees Receive Awards
On January 14, 2003, Gary Jones, Director of Public Works and Arthur Chairez, Assistant Director of Public Works discovered major damage to the City’s pump station located in the 1700 block of Elam. They quickly alerted the Seabrook Police Department and with the assistance of Officer Don Hough the three employees were able to locate the truck and driver at a Seabrook construction site . Due to their quick thinking they saved the City over $40,000 in repairs. In recognition, they were nominated by the City Manager to receive employee awards. The Employee Awards Committee voted to present each one with $300 for their diligence.
In addition, the City Manager nominated Ray Burgess, Chief Building Official to receive an employee award for his commitment and hard work for securing the City’s new CRS rating. This will result in substantial savings to flood insurance policies in the City of Seabrook. The Employee Awards Committee voted to present Mr. Burgess with $300.
Other employees receiving awards include Judy Dietrich, Community Service Co-coordinator and Officer Ken Mayes for overseeing painting at the municipal complex. Nancy Landry, Customer Service/Secretary Community Development Department and Maria Guerrero, Administrative Support Economic Development both received recognition for their continued supportive efforts with City projects. Rick Carroll, Maintenance Worker III in the Streets Department and Kevin Padgett, Utilities Supervisor were both given awards for professionalism and diligence in handling their jobs.
At this time we would like to thank each of these employees for their dedication and support to the City of Seabrook. Congratulations and keep up the good work.

ANNUAL EGG HUNT
Meador Park will be the location for the annual Egg Hunt on Saturday, April 19, 2003, from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Several special activities are planned including a moonwalk, face painting, clowns, free pictures taken with Mr. Rabbit, and much more! Free hotdogs and drinks will be served….SO BRING YOUR EASTER BASKET AND GET READY FOR FUN!

SEABROOK STINGRAY SWIM TEAM REGISTRATION
Registration for the Stingray swim team will be Sunday, April 6, 2003 from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Seabrook City Pool—1900 Meyer. Registration packets will be available at Neptune Subs or Seabrook City Hall. For more info call Marcy Barr at (281) 471-6666 or Laura Penn at (281) 474-9444.

SEABROOK SUMMER DAY CAMP
Registration for Summer Day Camp will begin on April 1st. The camp is for children ages 7 – 12 . Sessions are conducted in two week intervals starting June 2nd, Monday thru Friday, 7:30 – 5:30. The cost is $135.00 (one child) per each two week session. Summer Day Camp schedule will be posted in May’s newsletter. For more information call City Hall at (281) 291-5713.

Michael D. Smith, M.D., P.A. previously affiliated with Christus Medical Group, has returned to private practice in Seabrook. He has returned to his previous office located at 2622 NASA Road One, Suite G2, with a new phone number of (281) 326-3100. "Welcome Back to Seabrook Dr. Smith."

Friends of the Evelyn Meador Library Meeting
Friends of the Evelyn Meador Library will have its annual meeting in the History Room, Thursday, April 24, 2003 at 7:00 p.m. There will be a Dedication of the Book Bin honoring Alice Royal and Recognition of Library Volunteers.

City of Seabrook—Calendar for Early Voting By Personal Appearance for May 3, 2003 Election

EARLY VOTING BY MAIL
Seabrook voters who are 65 years or older or who are disabled may vote early by mail for the May 3, 2003 city election. In addition, any Seabrook voter who will be out of the county for the entire period of early voting (April 16, 2003—April 29, 2003) and who will also be out of the county on election day (May 3, 2003) may also apply to vote by mail. Please call (281) 291-5736 or 5663 to request an application to vote early by mail. After completing an application, you must return it by mail. If you are voting early due to absence in the county, the application for ballot must be mailed from a location outside of Harris County and we can only send the ballot to an address outside of Harris County. Voters who apply to vote early by mail due to age or disability, may mail the application from Seabrook and we can send the ballot to your Seabrook address. All applications for a mail ballot must be received by the city secretary’s office no later than the close of business on April 25, 2003.

EARLY VOTING BY PERSONAL APPEARANCE
All Seabrook registered voters are eligible to vote early by personal appearance, whether or not the voter plans to be in town on election day. Voters are not required to give a reason if they wish to vote early in person. A complete schedule of early voting dates and times is listed on the calendar shown below.
PLEASE BRING YOUR VOTER REGISTRATION CARD WITH YOU WHEN VOTING EARLY IN PERSON. IF YOU DO NOT HAVE YOUR VOTER REGISTRATION CARD, PLEASE BRING YOUR TEXAS DRIVER’S LICENSE OR OFFICIAL TEXAS PICTURE ID CARD FOR NON-DRIVERS.

PUBLIC HEARING

On April 3, 2003 TCEQ (formerly TNRCC) will hold a public hearing at Clear Lake Park, 5001 NASA Road 1, at 7:00 p.m. to discuss water quality issues regarding Bayport Container Port. We encourage all interested citizens to attend.
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED
A July 4th Kids Parade is in the early planning stages. We will need volunteers to help with the parade. If you are interested in participating in this event please call (281) 291-5713 for more information.

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