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COASTAL BEND SIERRA CLUB December 2009 Meeting Minutes
The Coastal Bend Sierra Club (CBSC) met on Tuesday, December 1, from 11:30 am until 1:00 pm at the Central Library, 805 Comanche Street. Chairperson Pat Suter welcomed members and reminded them that meeting minutes are posted on the CBSC website.
Lois Huff gave the treasurers report in the absence of Teresa Carrillo. The garage sale resulted in a $406 profit, which brings the current balance in the CBSC checking account to $1,270.07. The Clubs two CDs, which are currently valued at a total of $4,204.72, remain the same except for interest which is accrued each month.
Members present unanimously agreed to contribute $100 in memory of Leslie Jarmon, Joyce Jarmons daughter. The contribution will be made in the name of CBSC to The Leslie Jarmon Educational Trust at the University of Texas in Austin, TX.
Pat Suter reported on the Las Brisas Contested Case Hearing, which began on November 2 and concluded on November 12, with two night sessions in addition to the nine days of the hearing. A number of members of CBSC attended some or most of the hearing sessions. At the conclusion, one of the judges commended the members of the audience for their comportment and restraint.
Pat and Hal Suter attended the Public Hearing of the Steel Workers who are protesting the use of the dangerous chemical hydrogen fluoride as a catalyst in local plants. The steel workers claim that there is a safer alternative.
Hal Suter reported that the request which Teresa Carrillo, Venice Scheurich, and Mina Williams made to the Lone Star Sierra ExCom was accepted and agreed to by the members. The request was that Lone Star amend the list of Conservation Priorities under the heading Water to include Uranium Mining and Groundwater in Texas. Lone Star Sierra staff has now done this.
Mina Williams reported that the deadline for responses to the Railroad Commissions changes and additions re HB 3837 is December 7, 2009. No decision was made concerning what response CBSC will make, but members discussed the implication of some of the proposed rules affecting the groundwater sources in Texas.
Hal Suter, Lone Star Sierra Chairperson, reported that the Lone Star Chapter will be actively participating in the Sunset Commissions 2010 reviews of several state agencies. Lone Star Sierra will focus heavily on the Texas Water Development Board (TWDB), the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ), the Public Utilities Commission (PUC), and the Texas Railroad Commission (TRRC). Because Coastal Bend Sierra members participated in writing suggestions to TRRC in 2007 re draft regulations for HB 3837, Hal recommended that CBSC also participate in the Sunset Review of this agency.
Since there were no other members volunteering to serve as officers, the Coastal Bend Sierra Clubs Executive Committee will remain the same in 2010.
Lois Huff and Pat Suter reported that Teresa Carrillo and Lois have agreed to spearhead a CBSC membership appreciation event in February. They will need help from current active members to implement this event.
Submitted by Venice Scheurich,December 2, 2009
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