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COASTAL BEND SIERRA CLUB September 2008 Meeting Minutes
The Coastal Bend Sierra Club met on
Tuesday, September 2 from 11:30 am until 1:15 pm at the Central Library, 805 Comanche
Street. Chairperson Pat Suter welcomed members and reminded them that minutes of the May
meeting, the last one prior to the summer recess, are posted on the CBSC website.
Pats news that Membership Chair, Kathy Griffith, is making good progress in her
recovery from recent heart bypass surgery was welcomed by members.
In her report, Treasurer Teresa
Carrillo stated that the checking account balance is approximately $1271 and that there
are funds in three CDs containing a total of approximately $7278. Two of these are
invested with the Navy/Army Federal Credit Union and the third is invested at the IBC
Bank. Pat Suter reported that there were expenses related to publishing and mailing the
newsletter and stated that several members had made contributions recently to help defray
Political Chair and Coastal Bend
Sierra Representative to Lone Star Sierras Executive Committee, Hal Suter, is Chair
of the Lone Star Sierra Nominating Committee. He announced that four positions on the Ex
Com will be open this fall. Three current Ex Com members, David Griggs, Margo Clark, and
Teresa Carrillo, have agreed to stand for reelection. Members interested in running for
one of these positions have until October 1 to submit their names to the Nominating
Committee for consideration. Hal also reminded the group of the November general election
and stated that Sierra has endorsed all three of this areas representatives, Juan
Garcia, Abel Hererro, and Solomon Ortiz, Jr., for reelection. Hal reminded us that we need
to work to support the campaigns of these candidates.
In other committee
reports, Joyce Jarmon, who attended a recent update meeting of the industrial area,
reported that air monitors show benzene emissions continue to decrease. Pat Suter reported
that recycling is a main area of interest in the work of Corpus Christis Clean City
Committee. Venice Scheurich reported another record year for Kemps ridley sea turtle
nests on the Texas coast where the count this year is 195compared to the previous
high recorded last year of 128.
Mina Williams and Venice Scheurich
reported that TCEQ is presently drafting new regulations for uranium mining and that there
will be a public meeting in Austin on September 16 when TCEQ officials will take comments
on the draft rules. Written comments will also be accepted until October 6. Hal Suter
moved that Mina and Venice be authorized to write the Coastal Bend Sierras official
position statement on these proposed regulations. Teresa Carrillo seconded the motion and
it passed unanimously.
Mina, Pat, and Venice also reported
on the recent formation of the Alliance of Texans for Uranium Research and Action
(ALTURA). South Texas Opposes Pollution (STOP) and Uranium Information at Goliad (UIAG)
were the first two groups to join ALTURA. Lone Star Sierras Communications Director,
Donna Hoffman, spearheaded the formation of the alliance, whose Mission Statement is:
ALTURA, through research, education,
and outreach, seeks to protect
our citizens, our natural resources,
and our economies from uranium
exploration and mining contamination
in the State of Texas.
Teresa Carrillo moved, with a second
by Joyce Jarmon, that Coastal Bend Sierra Club join ALTURA. The motion passed unanimously.
Prior to adjourning, Pat reminded
members of the Coastal Bend Bays Foundation (CBBF) meeting to be held at the Natural
Resources Center, Rm. 1003, TAMUCC on Monday, September 8 at 5:30 pm.
by Venice Scheurich
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