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The Coastal Bend Sierra Club (CBSC) met on Tuesday, January 5, from 11:30 am until 1:00 pm at the Central Library, 805 Comanche Street. After welcoming members, Chairperson Pat Suter reminded them that minutes from last Decembers meeting are available on the CBSC website and that the website can easily be accessed by using Google.
Treasurer Teresa Carrillo submitted her report, which shows that the checking account contains approximately $1100, and stated that CBSC s two CDs total current value is $4228.79. Both will mature in June 2010.
Before calling for committee reports, Chairperson Pat Suter announced that the industrial committees had hosted Christmas parties in December but had not held business meetings.
Lone Star Sierra Chairperson Hal Suter reported that the Lone Star Sierra Executive Committee (ExCom) would meet in Austin on January 23, and stated that the deadline for submitting agenda items is January 14. Lois Huff requested that the ExCom discuss policies for club-sponsored field trips and outings. Shelly Fox asked if CBSC had a Yahoo Group online forum site and was informed that none existed. Members expressed an interest in such a site. Lois Huff made a motion which was seconded by Pat Suter that Shelly set up a Yahoo Group for CBSC. The motion passed unanimously.
Hal Suter also reminded members that CBSC might wish to endorse candidates in some of the local or county elections this year. He suggested that CBSC might want to prepare a questionnaire which would be used to screen candidates and which would be a part of the protocol in the endorsement process.
In his final announcement, Hal informed the group that a press conference would be held at City Hall in Corpus Christi at 12 noon on Wednesday, January 6. The press conference is planned to coincide with an EPA announcement that the standard for ozone is being lowered from 75 to 70 ppb. This new standard will double the number of Texas counties on the ozone non-attainment list.
Mina Williams and Venice Scheurich gave an update on the schedule for the contested case hearing in Goliad County re uranium mining. Because the company (UEC) has made "minor" amendments to its permit request, TCEQ has granted a 45-day extension for involved parties to study the amendment requests. Therefore, the start of the hearing has been postponed until May 3, 2010.
In another Goliad County matter, Pat Suter reported that she had received several calls from Goliad County residents seeking information about the role of Corpus Christi area citizens seeking to purchase the Goliad County airport property to help assure the Navy would have use of that site when needed.
Lois Huff and Teresa Carrillo informed the group of their thoughts toward CBSCs hosting a "Member Appreciation" event later this winter. Information re club activities would be available for current and prospective members. This may include a power point presentation provided by Lone Star Sierra which would enable those attending to decide if they would like to become actively involved in some Sierra projects. Additionally, a location would be selected for the event in which food could be served and which would be convenient for university students who are interested in environmental issues. It was decided that Lois, Teresa, and Shelly will meet to work out some of the details and report to CBSC members at the February 2 meeting.
Submitted by Venice Scheurich, January 5, 2010
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