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Rotary Fish Fry & Car Raffle huge success, fun for all

ROTARIANS Mike Williams, Derrill Painter, and Shawn Silman pull the winning ticket for the new vehicle. It was #1068 and the winner was Matt Clendenin.

ROTARIANS Mike Williams, Derrill Painter, and Shawn Silman pull the winning ticket for the new vehicle. It was #1068 and the winner was Matt Clendenin.

NORTH SHORE – The Rotary Club of North Shore held another successful Fish Fry, their 40th Annual event of this type, and entertained and fed about a thousand people last Saturday afternoon, at the Rotary Pavilion on Wallisville Road.

A donation of $100 gave you a chance to win a new vehicle, your choice of a Toyota Tundra truck, or a Avalon sedan. Nineteen other prizes were also awarded.

The event was held from 11 a.m. to over 4 p.m., due to a large number of auction items that had been donated. Auctioneer Lynn Spell and Scott Stephens were busy taking bids on almost 100 items, that ranged from handmade objects such as a quilt, sports memorabilia, and exotic trips and vacations. Bidding was lively, and reached very high prices on some items.

Fish Fry chairman Mike Williams reported that the event raised over $150,000 in the live auction, another $160,000 in ticket sales, and additional income from sponsorships and silent auction. This money is returned to the community throughout the year, in scholarships, support of youth projects, and other community projects as well as the Rotary Foundation nationally.

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JACINTO CITY COUNCIL OFFICIALS SWORN INTO OFFICE

LEFT: Mayor Ana Diaz takes Oath of Office with her mother Mrs. Baldramina C. Gonzalez and Justice of the Peace of Precinct 2 Judge George Risner. RIGHT: Councilman and Mayor Pro-tem Mario Gonzales takes the oath, his wife Dina is holding the Bible and their daughter Kyndall looking on.

LEFT: Mayor Ana Diaz takes Oath of Office with her mother Mrs. Baldramina C. Gonzalez and Justice of the Peace of Precinct 2 Judge George Risner.
RIGHT: Councilman and Mayor Pro-tem Mario Gonzales takes the oath, his wife Dina is holding the Bible and their daughter Kyndall looking on.

Thursday, May 14, 2015, at Jacinto City’s regular council meeting friends, family members and citizens came and witnessed the taking of the Oath of Office of the Mayor and two city council members.

Other business on the agenda was the establishing of the salaries and gasoline reimbursement amount for the elected officials.

The City Council voted to set the Mayor’s monthly salary at $350 with Council positions set at $300 monthly. For gasoline reimbursement for the use of their personal vehicle while taking care of city business a monthly gas allowance was set at $300 for the Mayor and $225 Council’s.

The Council appointed Councilman Mario Gonzales as Mayor Pro-tem for the next year to be acting Mayor in the Mayor’s absence.

Taking the oath was Mayor Ana Diaz, Council members Carmela Garcia and Mario Gonzales. All three was unopposed so the city council at a previous council meeting had canceled the city election.

Justice of the Peace of Precinct 2 Judge George Risner performed the swearing in ceremony for all three.

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JACINTO CITY DRAINAGE PROBLEM: Main Drainage Channel requires urgent work to clear blockage

jacinto city drainage problemJACINTO CITY – The Harris County Flood Control District main drainage channel from this city to the Ship Channel has had major blockage since November of last year, due to a collapse of the concrete liner along the south surface near Holland Avenue.

This drainage channel is known as Turkey Run Gully, emptying into Hunting Bayou to the east, according to local resident Allan Jamail.

This channel reportedly is responsible for draining 75% of the watershed around Jacinto City, and citizens are concerned that if a major hurricane were to hit this year, flooding and water damage would be widespread.

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LyondellBasell Manager presents at North Shore Rotary

LYONDELLBASELL Channelview Plant Manager Todd Monette answers a question from a Rotarian, as club president Allatia Harris waits to present him with a club tradition, a “Gold Rim Cup” to all the speakers.

LYONDELLBASELL Channelview Plant Manager Todd Monette answers a question from a Rotarian, as club president Allatia Harris waits to present him with a club tradition, a “Gold Rim Cup” to all the speakers.

NORTH SHORE – Rotarians heard about the past, present and future of the Lyondell Channelview refinery, at a talk given last April 23rd by plant manager Todd Monette at their regular weekly luncheon.

Monette also explained the organization known as EHCMA, a joint mutual aid association of all the ship channel refineries.

Monette expressed a pride in the Channelview facility, and said that today the refining business is going strong.

The Channelview plant was started 50 years ago on Sheldon Road, one of the first for Texas Butadine, later known as Atlantic Richfield refining, then as Arco, and later LyondellBasell. They have three refineries in the area, at Channelview, LaPorte, and Corpus Christi. The local plant is now undergoing what is known as a “turnaround” or a shutdown for heavy maintenance. The plant has 998 employees.

LyondellBasell is the third largest refiner in the world, Monette said, with 55 manufacturing locations, 13,000 employees worldwide, and $44 billion annual revenue.

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