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MARCH NEWS 2006
OUR NEXT COASTAL BEND GROUP SIERRA CLUB MEETING
April 18, 2006
Time: 11:30 - 1pm
Place: Central Library
COASTAL BEND SIERRA CLUB March 2006 Meeting Minutes
The Coastal Bend Sierra Club met from 11:30 am until 1:00 pm at the Central Library on Comanche St. on Tuesday, March 21.
After introductions, Chairperson Pat Suter mentioned that minutes of the last meeting were on the web and called for a treasurers report. Treasurer Teresa Carrillo stated that the balance was approximately $3300 and that the remainder of the funds had been invested in stair-step CDs with a lenient early withdrawal penalty.
Earth Day/Bay Day will be at Cole Park on April 22nd and Coastal Bend Sierra Club will be one of the sponsors and will also have a booth. The Planning Committee for the event is meeting weekly and a pre-event social will be on April 13th at the Art Center.
Edith Cosgrove and Joyce Jarmon reported on recent Long Term Health Committee meetings. Industry representatives report that the new Flint Hills and TCEQ infrared cameras seem to be helping to lower carbon monoxide and benzene emissions.
Venice Scheurich reported that the new turtle lab on Padre Island National Seashore is now open and that the incubation facility has approximately four times the capacity of the former lab. Orientation for this seasons turtle volunteers has been held and patrols start on April 2nd.
Kenn Jobe said that the city no longer has an active recycle committee in the solid waste department. However, Paul Bass is a new administrative superintendent for streets and solid waste and he has agreed to provide fifty recycle receptacles for this years Earth Day/Bay Day event. Kenn also reported that he and Teresa Carrillo are active on the Oso Creek Planning Committee.
Teresa Carrillo reminded the group that Governor Perry has recently appointed nine Texas citizens to the states Environmental Flows Committee. Pat Suter appointed Teresa to monitor and report on the committees meetings and decisions for our Coastal Bend Sierrans.
Hal Suter reminded members that voting to elect three of six candidates to the National Sierra Clubs Board is underway and that ballots are due in the home office by noon EST on April 24th. Hal gave a brief biographical sketch of each candidate.
Chairperson Suter reported on the Bays Foundation program on the proposed wind farm in Kenedy County. PPM, the company proposing to build the project, has appointed Pat to the Technical Advisory Committee. She stated that opposition to the project was expressed at the meeting by King Ranch and by an Audubon representative from Austin. National Sierra has come out in favor of the concept of wind farms and Hal and Pat Suter have been invited to serve on the technical committee. Pat emphasized that each project would need careful planning and monitoring because "the devil is in the details" even though the overall concept is good.
The last topic discussed was the issue of upcoming City Council action on the Padre Island Beach Closure. The Councils first vote is expected today followed by the second on March 28th. Pat announced her intention to speak at todays meeting against closing the beach to vehicular traffic.
Submitted by Venice Scheurich
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