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FORT BEND FAIR. BALANCED. INFORMATIVE. WEDNESDAY, APRIL 20, 2011

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Has Sharia law a place in local elections?

Local Tea Party rally

June Gingrich of Sugar Land sums up the spirit of the Tea Party with her eye-catching placard.

Two-year-old Katie Fritzer charmed the audience with her impeccable recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance on the steps of Sugar Land City Hall.

The Fort Bend County Tea Party Society held a rally on April 15 at the Sugar Land Town Center to celebrate “American Freedom and the Spirit of The Alamo.” KSEV 700AM radio host Sam Malone kicked-off the event. The speakers included President and CEO of Empower Texans Michael Quinn Sullivan, Director of Legislative Affairs and attorney with The Liberty Institute Jonathan Saenz, local resident and member of the Spirit of Freedom Women’s Club, Debbie Fancher, Advisory Board Chairman with Americans For Prosperity & KSEV radio talk show host Ben Streusand, Fort Bend County Tea Party President James Ives. Fancher set the tone with her patriotic rendering of the national anthem and later, followed with a stirring speech, comparing her birth country’s (Venezuela) Hugo Chavez and American President Barack Obama. Both the leaders worked on the youth to achieve their political agenda, namely socialist ideology. She had three quotes on display, one from Obama, one from Chavez and one from Adolf Hitler, (see picture above) all hailing the virtues of the youth and channeling their energy. She also alluded to the government campaign against obesity and promotion of breast-feeding as an unnecessary intrusion on personal liberty. As President Obama is doing the same thing as Chavez, it is frightening, said Fancher, whose father still lives in Venezuela. —Photos SESHADRI KUMAR

Furor over fences on levee By SESHADRI KUMAR After Fort Bend County District Judge Brady Elliott denied a motion of injunction filed on behalf of owners of seven properties in Oyster Point, Sugar Land, against Fort Bend County Levee Improvement District No.2 and its chairman Andre McDonald, LID officials removed the encroaching fences on April 15. In a couple of houses, the owners were not present when the fence was being removed. As the operation was in progress, one of the aggrieved residents approached LID consultant Mike Stone and questioned his action. The resident was visibly upset and used foul language against Stone. Then he asked for the dismantled fence, but Stone said that had been hauled away to the dump. Two property owners did not join the lawsuit and one of them was ready to remove the fence. The LID contractors removed the fence and left them with the owner in that particular case. Stone said the residents had been given enough notice. After agreeing to negotiate, the residents filed a lawsuit, he said.

A March 17th letter from the LID attorney to the opposing attorney clearly indicates a final deadline of April 4th for the residents to remove the encroachments themselves. The LID did not begin removing them until April 15. The original notifications started well over 7 months ago. This shows the LID was way beyond reasonable in its actions, a LID spokesman said. In trying to work with the residents, the maintenance project has been delayed by several months, the work had to be rebid which meant significant increased expenses were incurred. The LID has also incurred substantial legal costs, and the project will not be finished before hurricane season starts. The property owners had placed fences over the flood control easement belonging to the LID and the district could not access the area on the banks of Oyster Creek to maintain the levee. After the LID threatened to remove the encroachments, including fences and landscaping, the Oyster Point plaintiffs obtained a temporary restraining order against the LID last

month and a hearing on the motion for injunction was heard on April 8. Since 1990, the Oyster Point plaintiffs claimed ownership of the disputed property and they claimed ownership of the disputed easement because of what is known as “adverse possession” for over 10 years. An affected resident sent the following email in response to an articled published last week in this paper: “Parts of this story are correct, parts of them are not correct. First, the LID did not own the property as of 1979. Sugar Land Properties transferred the land (which didn’t belong to them at the time) to the LID in January of this year. The LID has been very offensive about the entire situation. Judge Brady Elliott did not rule that the LID owns the land. Judge Elliott denied the injunction claiming that the LID must be able to maintain the levee. That still doesn’t mean they own the land. This is not an issue of safety. It’s an issue of huge waste of taxpayers dollars. See FENCE, Page 10

By SESHADRI KUMAR Candidates in the local city and school board elections touted how well qualified each one of them was to be elected, at a candidates forum hosted by the Spirit of Freedom Republican Women Political Action Committee at the Sugar Creek Baptist Church last week. While the candidates talked about maintaining the quality of life, being good stewards of taxpayers’ money and being responsive to the needs of their constituents, the moderators and some members of the audience threw a couple curve balls at the candidates. The questions were about Sharia law and campaign contributions from developers. One may wonder what Sharia law has to do with Sugar Land and Missouri City City Councils or Fort Bend ISD. Recently, a Sugar Land Realtor had posted an advertisement claiming that she had sold a house according to the “Sharia law.” All the candidates were asked what they thought about including Sharia law in local political dealings, such as the city government. The candidates who attended the forum were Don Smithers for Dist. 1, Sugar Land City Council, Jim Hoelker, Amy Mitchell and Howard Paul for Dist. 3 and Harish Jajoo, Frank Yonish and Farah Ahmed for Dist. 4, Bobby Marshall, for

Missouri City Dist. A, Floyd Emery and Noel Pinnock for Missouri City Dist. D and school board candidates Bruce Albright, Kevin Daniels, Daniel Menendez and Jonita Reynolds. Diana Miller for Sugar Land Dist. 1, Rodney Griffin for Missouri City Dist. A, and School board candidates Susan Hohnbaum, Wade Watessek and Rodrigo Carreon did not attend. All the candidates said the Sharia law had no place in local governments. A member of the audience posed a specific question to Farah Ahmed, again citing the Sharia Law. An Islamic bank, under Sharia law, recently opened in Sugar Land and Ahmed was among those present. She was asked to explain about the bank and her presence there. Ahmed said it was a community event attended by several local members, including the mayor of Sugar Land. Ahmed said the bank was established by a group of people from a particular region of India. That community brought its culture and custom in banking from home and established the bank for its members, to help advance capital for projects without collateral. Asked about the difference between Sharia loan and conventional loan, Ahmed said “I don’t know.”

Another question was if the candidates would accept contributions from developers PAC who are at odds with local residents. This is in obvious reference to the Imperial development project where the number of proposed apartments has become a political issue. While Yonish and Hoelker said yes, Paul and Mitchell said no. Ahmed said she would not accept money from developers who do not live in her district. Smithers said no developer has contributed to his campaign. The Imperial project is in Smithers’ district. Smithers was also asked about the Imperial project and he maintained that he is not in support of high density apartments. He does not propose an arbitrary number either. One of the questions to the school board was about teaching less for TAKS tests and would the member support it. Albright and Daniels said yes and Menendez was hesitant to say a straight yes, but agreed with some caveats. Also, Menendez was asked about the potential savings the district could achieve if all the non-teaching administrative staff were asked to take a 5 percent pay cut, before firing teachers. Menendez said he had to check about the potential savings and he did not have a ready answer.

FBISD corrects layoff numbers “Nearly 500 teachers, special education instructors, specialists and librarians in the Fort Bend Independent School District are without a job overnight.” This statement would likely lead many people to believe that 500 FBISD employees were recently laid off, which is not true, the district said in a statement last week. Initially the District identified 483 professional jobs for elimination; however, after completing the final analysis, a total of 396 positions have been eliminated in FBISD

since April 1, 2011. Of those, 7.3 percent (303 teaching positions) of the 4,153 teaching positions were eliminated, and 7.8 percent (93 positions) of the 1,189 administration and professional support positions were eliminated. The breakdown of the 93 administrative and professional support positions reduced is: 0.5 percent campus administration positions (1 position); 20.7 percent (6 positions) central administration; and 8.9% (86 positions) professional support. • 365 employees have taken advantage of the early resigna-

tion incentive since it began March 8. • Of the 396 positions eliminated, 160 employees have actually lost their jobs due to the Reduction in Force (RIF). Almost all of the employees involved in the RIF are still employed with the district until the end of their contract which is the last day of June, 2011. Furthermore, staff members whose positions were eliminated by the RIF are encouraged to reapply for other positions in the district once they become available.

Contract workers rip-off the fences encroaching Fort Bend C o u n t y Levee Improvement District No. 2’s easement along the Oyster Creek in Oyster Point Estates in Sugar Land on April 15. The LID took steps to remove the encroachment after District Judge Brady Elliott lifted a temporary restraining order and refused a motion for injunction against the LID from proceeding with its clearance. The judge’s ruling was on April 8. The LID had previously given a deadline of April 4 for the encroachment to be cleared by the residents.

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News Medians planned for Texas Parkway Dozens of Missouri City residents recently previewed Texas Department of Transportation plans to construct raised medians and plant landscaping along a portion of Texas Parkway, improving safety and mobility on the major, state thoroughfare. During the April 12 open house, citizens spoke with TxDOT and City staff, members of City Council and partners from AIA Engineers, Ltd. about the $1.3 million project, reviewing maps outlining the improvements and colorful displays of various tree, shrub and plant options. Residents also had an opportunity to ask questions and air their concerns to the officials involved and to fill out feed-

back forms. Missouri City has applied for federal funds through the Transportation Improvement Program to fund the improvements and staff expects to be notified of a decision in the next couple of months. Project Manager Janice Kruse, of AIA Engineers, said the work should get under way in June 2012. “The raised medians will go from Third Street down to Cartwright Road and it should take about six months to complete, with the landscaping on both sides of the roadway,” she explained. She addressed some residents’ concerns that the raised medians will obstruct access to some subdivisions along

2 up, 2 down; Sales tax collections mixed By BARBARA FULENWIDER The April 2011 sales taxes, which were collected in February, are now reported and show that two east Fort Bend towns collected more this year than they did a year ago while two others collected less. Stafford and Sugar Land collected more sales taxes this past February than that same month a year ago while Missouri City’s collections dipped by less than one percent and Meadows Place collections dipped 6.47 percent. Sugar Land, which has the most retail in Fort Bend County, has collected $13,535,381 in sales tax payments to date compared to $12,842,966 the city received at the same time a year ago. Stafford’s collections so far this year have totaled $4,207,111 compared to last year’s two-month total of $4,017,834. To date Meadows Place has received $290,541 in sales taxes this year compared to $310,670 in 2010. Missouri City has gotten $1,875,846 in sales tax payments to date compared to $1,893,302 at this same time a year ago. Sugar Land, Stafford and Meadows Place each get two percent of the sales taxes collected in their town while Missouri City collects one percent.

Residency of water board member in question By BARBARA FULENWIDER This past weekend Chad Howard and his family moved from their home in Vaccaro Manor in Stafford to Pecan Grove. The move got tongues wagging because Howard is a board member of the Fort Bend County Water Control & Improvement District No. 2 and as such has to own property in the district in order to serve on the board. Howard, who has been on the WCID No. 2 board for the past 11 years, said his move to Pecan

Grove was necessitated because he married some eight months ago and the blended family didn’t comfortably fit his Vaccaro Manor home. “I do own property in WCID No. 2. It’s at Texas Parkway and Hwy. 90A on Pike Road,” he said. Howard says he has “documentation showing that I’m the property owner.” Susan Edwards, attorney for WCID No. 2, said, “You must own property in the district to be on the board. You can’t be a renter” and you don’t have to live

CITY OF MISSOURI CITY Public Hearing will be held by the City of Missouri City to receive comments for or against proposed amendments to the following sections contained in the Zoning Ordinance: Section 4, Definitions; Section 7A, Architectural Design Standards; and Section 14, Fence Regulations contained in the Zoning Ordinance pertaining to architectural design standards – primary materials and corporate identity colors. The following public hearing is scheduled: PLANNING AND ZONING COMMISSION: Date: Wednesday, May 11, 2011 Time: 7:00 p.m. Place: City Council Chambers (2nd Floor of City Hall) 1522 Texas Parkway (FM 2234) Missouri City, Texas Specific information is available at City Hall, Missouri City, Texas, Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., or you may call 281-403-8541. CONSTABLE SALE Under and by virtue of a Writ of Execution and / or Order of Sale issued on the 8TH day of FEBRUARY, 2011 by the 240TH JUDICIAL DISTRICT Court of FORT BEND County, Texas in cause #08DCV-166442 in favor of the Plaintiff – HUNTER’S PARK HOMEOWNERS ASSOCIATION, Plaintiff, for the sum of $,3343.54++++costs as taxed on said Execution and / or Order of Sale and further the sum of executing the same. I have levied on the 25TH day of FEBRUARY, 2011 and will offer for sale on the 3RD day of MAY, 2011 at the County Courthouse steps of Fort Bend County, Texas in the city of Richmond, Texas between the hours of ten o’clock a.m. and four o’clock p.m., any and all rights, title, interests and claims which the said Defendant(s) – JESUS SALINAS had of, in or to the following described real property situated in Fort Bend County, Texas; viz.: LEGAL DESCRIPTION: LOT TWENTY TWO (22), BLOCK one (1), OF HUNTER’S PARK, SECTION TW0 (2), (PATIO HOMES) A N ADDITION IN FORT BEND COUNTY, TEXAS, ACCORDING TO THE MAP OR PLAT THEREOF RECORDED IN VOLUME 28, PAGE 5, OF THE PLAT RECORDS OF FORT BEND COUNTY, TEXAS SAID PROPERTY MORE COMMONLY KNOWN AS 1319 MIMOSA ROAD, MISSOURI CITY, TEXAS 77489. Terms: Cash Sale to be held at about 10:00 A.M. RUBEN DAVIS, CONSTABLE Fort Bend County Precinct 2 By Sergeant J. Lawrence Deputy Constable

CONSTABLE SALE Under and by virtue of a Writ of Execution and / or Order of Sale issued on the 8TH day of MARCH, 2011 by the 268TH JUDICIAL DISTRICT Court of FORT BEND County, Texas in cause #07-DCV-160111 in favor of the Plaintiff – THE VICKSBURG COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION, Plaintiff, for the sum of $6,737.57++++costs as taxed on said Execution and / or Order of Sale and further the sum of executing the same. I have levied on the 22ND day of MARCH, 2011 and will offer for sale on the 3RD day of MAY, 2011 at the County Courthouse steps of Fort Bend County, Texas in the city of Richmond, Texas between the hours of ten o’clock a.m. and four o’clock p.m., any and all rights, title, interests and claims which the said Defendant(s) – ARIC T. BARNETT had of, in or to the following described real property situated in Fort Bend County, Texas; viz.: LEGAL DESCRIPTION: LOT 8, BLOCK 3, OF SEDONA CREEK, SECTION 3, A SUBDIVISION IN FORT BEND COUNTY, TEXAS, ACCORDING TO THE MAP OR PLAT THEREOF RECORDED IN SLIDE NOS.2360/A AND 2360/B OF THE PLAT RECORDS OF FORT BEND COUNTY, TEXAS AS MODIFIED BY ANY SUPPLEMENTS THERETO OR PLATS THEREOF COMMONLY KNOWN AS 3203 CHINO VALLEY DRIVE, MISSOURI CITY, TEXAS 77459. Terms: Cash Sale to be held at about 10:00 A.M. RUBEN DAVIS, CONSTABLE Fort Bend County Precinct 2 By Lieutenant G. Majors #74 Deputy Constable

Texas Parkway. “Any time you put in raised medians people are concerned about the changing access, both businesses and subdivisions,” Kruse said. “And one of the things we looked at during the design was trying to make sure the subdivisions and business areas have multiple access points.” Kruse stressed the importance of the raised medians for residents’ safety. “The medians cut down on accidents,” she said. “In the last three years, more than 680 accidents were recorded on that portion of Texas Parkway and about 100 of those were attributed to left turn movements in the medians. The raised medians reduce the opportunity for

those accidents to occur.” No additional changes, including widening Texas Parkway, are planned for the next 10 to 15 years. Resident and Quail Green HOA President Karen Lambert approves of the planned improvements. “A lot of the residents have seen the ongoing construction of sidewalks now under way and are asking questions about the new project,” Lambert said. “The raised medians will help prevent accidents. One thing that really sold me was the paved stones and the landscaping. This is going to be a beautiful project.” Cedric Buchanan, a business owner in the area, also expressed his support for the

LEGAL NOTICE Vicksburg Estates, Ltd. is now issuing an Invitation for Bids for the following: IFB # 201-11 CONSTRUCTION OF REINFORCED CONCRETE PAVING AND SITE WORK TO SERVE LAKE SHORE HARBOUR SECTION FOUR. Scope: Vicksburg Estates, Ltd., in accordance with the requirements of City of Missouri City Tax Increment Reinvestment Zone #2, will contract to construct the following: 1. Approximately 9,700 S.Y. of 6-inch reinforced concrete paving with associated 4” x 12” concrete curbs, excavation, subgrade, and pavement markings. The Project will be constructed per the design plans provided with the bid package at the pre-bid. The successful contractor shall provide labor, materials, equipment and transportation necessary to perform under this contract per specifications. There will be a non-mandatory pre-bid conference at 10:00 A.M. local time on Tuesday May 3, 2011 in the office of R. G. Miller Engineers, Inc. at 12121 Wickchester Lane, Suite 200, Houston, TX 77079. Bid responses will be accepted until 2:00 P.M. local time on Monday May 9, 2011 and then opened. Bid packages are available at the pre-bid from the office of R. G. Miller Engineers, Inc., at 12121 Wickchester Lane, Suite 200, Houston, TX 77079. Plans, specifications, and bid documents may be purchased for $50.00 non-refundable (cash or cashier’s check only). Make the checks payable to R. G. Miller Engineers, Inc. Bids must be sealed, marked on the outside of the delivery envelope with the IFB name and number as listed above, and the date of opening. Bids must be delivered to the attention of the Sealed Bid Box, City of Missouri City Purchasing Office, 1522 Texas Parkway, Missouri City, Texas, 77489, prior to the acceptance deadline. Bids marked improperly and therefore misdirected may be disqualified. Bids are opened in public in the City Hall Council Chambers.

in the district, according to state law. She said WCID No. 2 was created in 1946 and “Chapter 51 was what was available regarding the state water code. Whether it’s a MUD (municipal utility district) or a WCID, ownership (of property) is enough.” Living in the district is not a requirement for serving on the board. Edwards said, “Some of the other chapters use to have those provisions (must live in a district to be on the board) but the legislature never changed the requirements for Chapter 51s.” Sixty-four percent of the land (4,610 acres) in WCID No. 2 is in the city of Stafford and another 542 acres are in Stafford’s extraterritory jurisdiction. Missouri City has 1,801 acres in the water district and Sugar Land has 254. NOTICE OF C0NSTABLE SALE THE STATE OF TEXAS COUNTY OF FORT BEND By virtue of an Order of Sale issued out of the Honorable 268TH DISTRICT COURT of FORT BEND County on the 8th day of March, 2011 by the Clerk thereof, in the case of of FORT BEND INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT VS. JOSE YALDEZ AKA JOE YALDEZ, ET AL in Cause # 10DCV -181271 and to me, as CONSTABLE directed and delivered, I will proceed to sell, at 10:00 0’ Clock AM on the 3rd day of May, 2011, which is the first Tuesday of said month, at the Official door of the Courthouse of said FORT BEND County, in the City of RICHMOND, Texas, the following described property, to wit: TRACT 1: GEO: 6250020183400907 I CPC: R104862 I THE SOUTHEAST 54 FEET (54’) OF LOT THIRTY FOUR (34), AND THE NORTHWEST 6 FEET (6’) OF LOT THIRTY-THREE (33), IN BLOCK EIGHTEEN (18), OF RIDGEMONT, SECTION TWO (2), AN ADDITION IN FORT BEND COUNTY, TEXAS, ACCORDING TO THE MAP OR PLAT THEREOF RECORDED IN VOLUME 10, PAGE 11 OF THE MAP RECORDS OF FORT BEND COUNTY, TEXAS. TRACT 2: GEO: 62540200304009071 CPC: R106829 I LOT 4, IN BLOCK 3, OF RESERVE “D” AND RESERVE “G”, IN RIDGEMONT, SECTION 2, A SUBDIVISION OF 130.7372 ACRES OF LAND OUT OF THE 1. POITEVENT SURVEY NUMBER 3, ABSTRACT 305, THE E. FRIEDENHAUS SURVEY, ABSTRACT 513, AND THE MOSES MERRITT SURVEY, ABSTRACT 286, FORT BEND COUNTY, TEXAS, AND THE MOSES MERRITT SURVEY, ABSTRACT 1747, HARRIS COUNTY, TEXAS, BEING MORE PARTICULARLY DESCRIBED IN VOLUME 589, PAGE 459 OF THE DEED RECORDS OF FORT BEND COUNTY, TEXAS. Levied on the 15 th day of March, 2011 as the property of JOSE VALDEZ AKA JOE VALDEZ MARIA BARRAGAN to satisfy a judgment amounting to $6,298.27, representing delinquent taxes, penalties, interest, and attorney’s fees through the date of judgment, plus all costs of court, costs of sale, and post judgment penalties and interest recoverable by law in favor of FORT BEND INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT; AND CITY OF HOUSTON. ALL BIDDERS MUST COMPLY WITH SECTION 34.015 OF THE TEXAS PROPERTY TAX CODE. March, 2011. ROB COOK, CONSTABLE Fort Bend County Precinct 3 JOHN MORALES #1317 Deputy constable

NOTICE OF CONSTABLE SALE NOTICE OF LEVY REAL PROPERTY Under and by virtue of a Writ of Execution and / or Order of Sale issued on the 14th day of MARCH, 2011 by the 434TH JUDICIAL DISTRICT Court of Fort Bend County, Texas in cause # 09DCV-171379 in favor of the Plaintiff NORTH MISSION GLEN HOMEOWNERS ASSOCIATION, INC. Plaintiff, for the sum of $3,668.51++costs as taxed on said Execution and / or Order of Sale and further the sum of executing the same. Therefore, on the 15TH day of MARCH, 2011, I, Constable Rob Cook of Precinct Three Fort Bend County, have levied on and have seized all rights, title, interest, and claim to which the said Defendant(s) WILFREDO CHAURAN AND INES CHAURAN, JOINTLY AND SEVERALLY had of, in, or to the following described real property, and will offer for sale on the 3RD day of MAY, 2011 at the County Courthouse steps of Fort Bend County, Texas in the city of Richmond, Texas between the hours often o’clock a.m. and four o’clock p.m., any and all rights, title, interests and claims which the above defendant had of, in, or to the following described real property situated in Fort Bend County, Texas; LEGAL DESCRIPTION: LOT TWENTY EIGHT (28), IN BLOCK ONE (1), OF MISSION GLEN ESTATES, SECTION SEVEN (7), AN ADDITION IN FORT BEND COUNTY, TEXAS, ALSO KNOWN AS 16211 APRIL RIDGE DRIVE, HOUSTON, FORT BEND COUNTY, TEXAS ACCORDING TO THE MAP OR PLAT THEREOF, RECORDED UNDER SLIDE 1405/B, OF THE PLAT RECORDS OF FORT BEND COUNTY, TEXAS, TOGETHER WITH ALL IMPROVEMENTS THEREON. ADJUDGED/MARKET VALUE: 154,950.00 Property is sold with all encumbrances and liens affixed thereto. All sales are final. Terms: Cash, Cashier’s Check, or Money Order Sale to be held at or Precinct Three about 10:00 AM. ROB COOK, CONSTABLE Fort Bend County Precinct 3 Deputy constable J. MORALES, #1317 CONSTABLE SALE Under and by virtue of a Writ of Execution and / or Order of Sale issued on the 14TH DAY OF MARCH, 2010 by the 434TH JUDICIAL DISTRICT Court of FORT BEND County, Texas in cause #10-DCV-178297 in favor of the Plaintiff – LAKESHORE HARBOUR COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION, Plaintiff, for the sum of $10,046.77++++costs as taxed on said Execution and / or Order of Sale and further the sum of executing the same. I have levied on the 26TH DAY of MARCH, 2011 and will offer for sale on the 3RD day of MAY, 2011 at the County Courthouse steps of Fort Bend County, Texas in the city of Richmond, Texas between the hours of ten o’clock a.m. and four o’clock p.m., any and all rights, title, interests and claims which the said Defendant(s) – JOHNNY SHUFFORD AND JANICE SHUFFORD had of, in or to the following described real property situated in Fort Bend County, Texas; viz.: LEGAL DESCRIPTION: LOT 14, BLOCK 04, OF LAKE SHORE HARBOUR, SECTION ONE (1), AN ADDITION IN FORT BEND COUNTY; TEXAS, ACCORDING TO THE MAP OR PLAT THEREOF RECORDED IN THE PLAT RECORDS OF FORT BEND COUNTY, TEXAS, UNDER SLIDE NOS. 2573A AND 2573B, AS MODIFIED BY ANY ADDITIONAL AMENDMENTS, REPLATS OR SUPPLEMENTS THERETO. Terms: Cash Sale to be held at about 10:00 A.M. RUBEN DAVIS, CONSTABLE Fort Bend County Precinct 2 By Sergeant J. Lawrence Deputy Constable

construction. “I think it will help the traffic situation and the landscaping will be a magnificent improvement,” Buchanan said. For updates on the project, check www.missouricitytx. gov and watch Missouri City Television (Ch. 16 on Comcast and Ch. 99 on AT&T Uverse).

PUBLIC HEARING NOTICE The Commissioners Court of Fort Bend County, Texas has set a public hearing at 1:00 p.m. on Tuesday, May 24, 2011 for replat of Del Webb-Richmond, Section 1, Replat No. 1, Precinct 1. The hearing will be held in the Commissioners Courtroom, William B. Travis Bldg., 309 S. Fourth St., Rm. 700, Richmond, Texas. Under state law, you the owner, have certain rights with respect to the proposed replat. Should you wish to exercise your right, you may be heard at the planned public hearing. You may contact Scott Maham with Lippke Cartwright & Roberts at 713-800-5300 for information prior to the hearing. Submitted by, Dianne Wilson Fort Bend County Clerk

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NOTICE OF C0NSTABLE SALE THE STATE OF TEXAS COUNTY OF FORT BEND Under and by virtue of a Writ of Execution and / or Order of Sale issued on the 11TH day of FEBRUARY, 2011 by the 240TH JUDICIAL DISTRICT Court of Fort Bend County, Texas in cause # 09-DCV-175313 in favor of the Plaintiff - PARK AT MISSION GLEN HOMEOWNERS ASSOCIATION Plaintiff, for the sum of $5,397.77 ++++costs as taxed on said Execution and / or Order of Sale and further the sum of executing the same. Therefore, on the 2ND day of MARCH, 2011, I, Constable Rob Cook of Precinct Three Fort Bend County, have levied on and have seized all rights, title, interest, and claim to which the said Defendant(s) - PEARL LIVINGSTON had of, in, or to the following described real property, and will offer for sale on the 3RD day of MAY, 2011 at the County Courthouse steps of Fort Bend County, Texas in the city of Richmond, Texas between the hours often o’clock a.m. and four o’clock p.m., any and all rights, title, interests and claims which the above defendant had of, in, or to the following described real property situated in Fort Bend County, Texas; VIZ: LEGAL DESCRIPTION: LOT 32, BLOCK 02, OF PARK AT MISSION GLEN, SECTION THREE (3), AN ADDITION IN FORT BEND COUNTY, TEXAS, ACCORDING TO THE MAP OR PLAT THEREOF RECORDED UNDER SLIDE NOS. 2397A AND 2397B OF THE MAP RECORDS OF FORT BEND COUNTY, TEXAS, AS MODIFIED BY ANY SUPPLEMENTS THERETO OR REPLATS THEREOF. ADJUDGED/MARKET VALUE: $122,820.00 Property is sold with all encumbrances and liens affixed thereto. All sales are final. Terms: Cash, Cashier’s Check, or Money Order Sale to be held at or about 10:00 A.M. ROB COOK, CONSTABLE Fort Bend County Precinct 3 J. MORALES, #1317 Deputy constable C0NSTABLE’S NOTICE OF SALE Notice is hereby given, that by virtue of a certain Order of Sale issued by the clerk of the 268th District Court of Fort Bend County, Texas on March 3, 2011 in cause numbered 07cv157821 styled Village of Oak Lakes Homeowners Assoc vs. Michael Anderson & Nicole Cheek, in which a judgment was rendered on December 20, 2007 in favor of Village of Oak Lakes Homeowners Assoc for the sum of FIVE THOUSAND NINE HUNDRED THIRTY DOLLARS AND SEVENTEEN CENTS ($5930.17); plus fees for posting notice of sale, publishing, costs of suit rendered by the court, legal fees, and all costs of executing this Writ. I have levied upon the below listed property on March 15, 2011 and will on May 3rd, 2011, Tuesday, between the hours of 10:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. proceed to sell for cash to the highest bidder, all the Right, Title, and Interest Michael Anderson & Nicole Cheek to and in the following described Real Property: Lot (4), in Block (2) of Oak Lake Estates, Section (3), a subdivision in Fort Bend County, Texas, according to the plat thereof recorded in slide number 1460/B 0f the map/plat records of Fort Bend County, Texas together with all improvements located thereon, also known as 15322 Cobblestone Point Court, Sugar Land, Texas The above sale to be made by me to satisfy the above described judgment in favor of Village of Oak Lakes Homeowners Assoc, Plaintiff, and the proceeds applied to the satisfaction thereof. LOCATION: FORT BEND COUNTY COURTHOUSE RICHMOND, TX 77469 DATE: May 3rd, 2011 TIME: APPROX. 10:00 a.m. BY: DEPUTY S. STEELE TROY NEHLS CONSTABLE FORT BEND COUNTY

CITATION BY PUBLICATION STATE OF TEXAS TO: CUITLAHUNC CONTRERAS and to all whom it may concern, Respondent(s), You have been sued. You may employ an attorney. If you or your attorney do (does) not file a written answer with the clerk who issued this citation by 10:00 a.m. on the Monday next following the expiration of 20 days after you were served this citation and petition, a default judgment may be taken against you. The petition of SUAREZ, RENE ANIBAL, Petitioner, was filed in the 387TH JUDICIAL DISTRICT COURT of Fort Bend County, Texas on the April 11, 2011 against CUITLAHUNC CONTRERAS, Respondent(s), numbered 11-DCV-189128, and entitled In the Interest of Kely Odett Contreras, a Minor Child. The suit request TO TERMINATE PARENTCHILD RELATIONSHIP AND ADOPTION as is more fully shown by Petition on file in this suit. The date and place of birth of the child(ren) who is/are the subject of the suit: May 05,1995 The Court has authority in this suit to render an order in the child(ren)’s interest which will be binding on you, including the termination of the parentchild relationship, the determination of paternity and the appointment of a conservator with authority to consent to the child(ren)’s adoption. Issued and given under my hand and seal of said Court at Richmond, Texas, on this the 13th day of April, 2011. ATTORNEY FOR PETITIONER OR RESPONDENT: ELLEN A. YARRELL 50 BRIAR HOLLOW LANE SUITE 425W HOUSTON TX 77027 713-621-3332 DISTRICT CLERK ANNIE REBECCA ELLIOTT Fort Bend County, Texas Deputy District Clerk Melissa Draper Telephone: 281-633-7627

NOTICE OF C0NSTABLE SALE THE STATE OF TEXAS COUNTY OF FORT BEND By virtue of an Order of Sale issued out of the Honorable 434TH DISTRICT COURT of FORT BEND County on the 16th day of March, 2011 by the Clerk thereof, in the case of of FORT BEND COUNTY VS, HUMBERTO A. GALLEGOS, AKA HUMBERTO AGUILAR GALLEGOS in Cause # 10-DCV -180252 and to me, as CONSTABLE directed and delivered, I will proceed to sell, at 10:00 0’ Clock AM on the 3rd day of May, 2011, which is the first Tuesday of said month, at the Official door of the Courthouse of said FORT BEND County, in the City of RICHMOND, Texas, the following described property, to wit: TRACT 1: GEO: 4600003162000907. CPC: R78351 A TRACT OR PARCEL OF LAND OF 316 OF MAGNOLIA A SUBDIVISION IN FORT COUNTY, TEXAS ACCORDING TO MAP OR PLAT THEREOF RECORDED IN VOLUME 2, PAGE 6 OF THE PLAT RECORDS OF BEND COUNTY, TEXAS; BEING ONLY THAT PORTION LYING WITHIN BOUNDARIES OF FORT BEND COUNTY, TEXAS; AND BEING 2.5 AND IDENTIFIED AS ACCOUNT NO. 4600-00-316-2000-907. Levied on the 21ST day of March, 2011 as the property of Humberto A. Gallegos AKA Humberto Aguilar Gallegos to satisfy a judgment amounting to $4,216.55, representing delinquent taxes, penalties, interest, and attorney’s fees through the date of judgment, plus all costs of court, costs of sale, and post judgment penalties and interest recoverable by law in favor of FORT BEND INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT; AND CITY OF HOUSTON. ALL BIDDERS MUST COMPLY WITH SECTION 34.015 OF THE TEXAS PROPERTY TAX CODE. ROB COOK, CONSTABLE Fort Bend County Precinct 3 JOHN HUTSON #1310 Deputy constable


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Opinion

The View from Sugar Land Phantom budget cuts By RUSSELL C. JONES By far the most distressing news story of the week came out following the publication of this column last week in which the Republicans were praised for their efforts to cut $38 billion from the current fiscal year’s remaining budget. The distressing aspect is that the amount actually agreed to by Speaker Boehner was closer to $20 billion dollars, or if you believe some stories, less than one billion. In this world of funny money, where a billion here and a billion there is of no concern until the total is closer to a trillion, it is too easy to be fooled into believing the reports on the evening news that the Republicans are so excited to report and the Democrats are loathe to admit. This columnist was grudgingly pleased to hear about an annual spending reduction equal to a mere 17% of February’s deficit spending and reported as much to you, this paper’s readers. Here are a few of the “spending reductions” which were included in the much ballyhooed compromise last week for which Obama, Boehner and Reid all tried to take credit: The biggest and most absurd alleged cut was a declaration of $6.2 billion in savings by not spending money left over from the 2010 Census, which would never have been spent. A second whopper was a purported cut of $4.9 billion from the Justice Department’s Crime Victims Fund, most of which would not have been spent this year in any event. The Associated Press reported that $350 million in savings came from a 2009 program to pay dairy farmers to compensate for low milk prices. Here we are, two years later, and milk prices are

Jones high. As a result, much of that money would never have been spent, even in the Democrat’s most expansive dreams. Of that $38 billion, some $17 billion comes from onetime savings in mandatory programs, but the funding gets restored by law next year. So why are we excited about that one? Other examples of phantom cuts have been reported, but you get the point. The Wall Street Journal used the word “hokum” to describe the “compromise” spending cuts. That may have been a little too generous. In the end 59 Republicans in the House and 15 in the Senate voted against the bill, apparently recognizing the minuscule spending reductions contained in it. The bill passed with 81 Democrats in the House and a majority of Democrats in the Senate voting for it. Maybe that last fact alone tells us all that is needed to be known about the bill.

Obama tries again Obama rolled out his second budget proposal of the year last week, once again pouncing on the class warfare theme to justify his call for “the rich” to pay more. Clearly made to re-

spond to a proposal by Republican Paul Ryan, chairman of the House Budget Committee, Obama’s speech was designed to demonize the producers of the nation’s wealth. Commenting on Ryan’s blueprint for the reduction of federal spending, Obama said that there was “nothing serious’’ in its overall outlook and that it would reward “millionaires and billionaires’’ while hurting the poor and middle class. Obama said he wants to do away with tax breaks to lower the rates and to reduce government borrowing. But the truth is that Obama’s proposal would result in $1 trillion in tax increases over the next 12 years. Who is supposed to pay for that? Too often the media tries to paint “the rich” as not paying enough taxes. General Electric recently announced that it had many billions in net income last year, but paid no U. S. federal income taxes. Everyone from Boehner to MoveOn.org was rightly enraged. But GE is far from the typical “wealthy” taxpayer. In recent years, more than half of the nation’s tax revenue came from the top 10 percent of earners. More than 44 percent came from the top 5 percent. The lowest paid 45 percent of workers paid no income taxes at all. Yet it is the bottom half of earners who get the vast majority of services from the federal government. For Obama to demonize those who do pay for the government is simply politics as usual. Where is the candidate who was supposed to bring us together? Jones is a member of the Sugar Land City Council, having been first elected in 2003. He owns a law firm and a title insurance company in Sugar Land.

Musings: Pets By JANICE SCANLAN People love their pets . . .and this was certainly evident at Reliant Center on Saturday at the Pet Expo—a first time event in the Houston area. Over 11,000 people turned out. I’d say three quarters of them also brought their dogs, but Prairie Dogs, Parrots, Iguanas—and I mean a large one—were in attendance with the crowd. In fact, there were dogs that stood taller than the miniature pony an equestrian center had on display. There was an agility ring, a stage for various interests to do demonstrations. For example, the parrot people did a demonstration, and an English Bulldog club came . . . there were enough bulldogs to make Winston Churchill proud. I’m assuming they had a demonstration as well. Not many people (except for the shelters) brought cats. I was there representing Winn Feline Health which funds cat health research for longer, healthier lives for cats. We had a large Maine Coon male, Scooter, at our booth. Scooter is not your average cat. He weighs 20 pounds, walks on a leash and is not bothered by anything . . . including dogs sticking their noses on him. I had one cat with a temperament like Scooter, but he would bop

Scanlan dogs that got too close. We were across from the Houston SPCA that brought dogs for adoption . . . let’s just say there was a lot of barking as we were setting up. Scooter merely looked at the dogs and then at me with a “they like to hear themselves bark” look. Fortunately they did calm down, but it was the loudest trade show I’ve ever worked. As you know, dogs barking can readily set off other dogs barking, that get going more dogs barking. Our other neighbor was Fandango Cat Furniture. At one point Scooter decided he’d like to exercise on the impressive (some taller than me) cat furniture so he was jumping from platform to platform. His mom went back to Winn’s booth which was across the aisle, yet he liked the furniture and stayed. Of course, he’s the first cat

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to be granted a Platinum Plus card on American Airlines . . . so he is a seasoned traveler, show veteran, and cat furniture connoisseur. Even though people didn’t bring cats, it was interesting how many people who love pets have multiple species . . . Winn’s display is a 8 X 8 foot green eyes and nose of a cat. People love having their photos taken within the eye of the cat . . . and we have a lot of people with their dogs in “the eye of the cat.” The photos are really fun and reflect the good times people were having. One baby would not turn around for the camera, she was so mesmerized by the large green eyes. Yes, they matched Scooter’s. An attendee, who was a “cat person,” felt she had found, as she said, “an oasis at our booth.” What was interesting was that she ran into a long, lost friend at Winn’s “oasis” and there’s an eye of the cat picture of them to prove it. What impressed me were the number of no kill shelters and people who are fostering pets. If you’re looking for a pet, those places would be the first place I’d look! What kind hearted and generous people! Write to janicescanlan@ earthlink.net

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Ending Medicare “as we know it” By JOANNIE PARR In his recent speech introducing his second 2012 Budget proposal, President Obama declared that the U. S. House Budget, announced by Rep. Paul Ryan (R - WI), would “end Medicare as we know it.” What the President did not say is “I have already ended Medicare as you know it, and it will happen right after the next Presidential election.” But the real truth is that Medicare as we know it, will no longer exist simply because it is economically unsustainable. It was a bad economic design from the beginning. Rep.Jeb Hensarling, (R-TX) has recently said Medicare is one of the Federal programs which has been great comfort for his parents and grandparents, but is now “morphing into a cruel Ponzi scheme” for his 9-year-old daughter and 7-year-old son. In order to “save” this Federal Ponzi scheme (and because our politicians did not want to tell us voters the truth), Medicare has been under Federal price controls since 1992 -- meaning for the past 19 years. As economists know, price controls destroy the natural balance of supply and demand. As the price is forced lower, the demand increases. Eventually, the system reaches a breaking point, which is where Medicare is today. Do you like the railroads? The railroad industry was the first industry in America to be put under Federal price controls, thanks to President Grover Cleveland in 1887. The Wright Brothers were still children, and the only other form of transportation involved a horse. One can only imagine what kind of railroad system America would have today if the industry had been able to operate independent of Federal price controls. Under the new health care law which President Obama and the Democratically controlled Congress put into place last year, Federal price controls on healthcare will become even more restricted over time. Included in the Affordable Care Act is a little known provision called the Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB) - the “real” death panel. If the IPAB is allowed to exist, it will have the final authority over all Medicare Federal Price Controls. Doctors will not be able to appeal to Congress to stop additional compensation cuts, as they have been able to do under the current and hated SGR. The bureaucratically-appointed IPAB will ultimately determine what health care will be available for America’s seniors and what will not. The decisions will be based upon cost, rather than on professional medical decisions jointly made between physicians and their patients. And as I explained in articles last summer, the Federally mandated e-Rx and EMR system being forced upon doctors right now will be used by the IPAB for the “research” and “data” needed to justify this new Federal Price Control system. On January 26, 2011, Rep. Phil Roe (R-TN), a physician, introduced HR 452 to eliminate the IPAB. As Rep. Roe knows, the IPAB will likely become the final breaking point for America’s doctors. Unfortunately, I seriously doubt that either the Democratic Senate or President Obama will permit HR 452 to become law. Contrary to what President Obama said, Rep. Paul Ryan’s proposed Medicare plan makes no changes to Medicare “as we know it” for anyone who is 55

Parr years old or older. It would only affect those who are 54 years old and younger, as of the date it would become law. Beginning in 10 years, it would replace traditional, government Medicare with the private, insurance industry based Medicare Advantage Plans, called Medicare Part D plans. The idea is to give the patient some control in health care decisions. and still reduce the rate of expenditure growth. The problem with Medicare Part D plans is that they have to ration certain types of care in order to make a profit. Several times a month, either I or someone in our office has to advise a patient that he or she could have had a surgical procedure or a type of medication under “regular” Medicare, but the Medicare Advantage Plan will not approve it. Unfortunately, Rep. Paul Ryan’s Medicare proposal can not adequately address the Medicare crisis unless it is accompanied by a companion law which would force the health insurance industryto have to abide by the same Federal Anti-Trust Laws ev-

ery other industry (other than professional baseball) must follow. Currently, the insurance industry is able to divide up the American market, where only a few companies are “willing” to sell health insurance in any given state. If any other business or industry did that, it would be called colluding and would be illegal under anti-trust. Anti-trust does apply to physicians in such a way, however, that we are not able to publish our prices. I personally could put our rates on our web site in less than an hour; but court cases have ruled that if physicians have knowledge of what their competitors are charging, then they would be able to collude in price-fixing. The bottom line is that as long as neither the physician nor the patient has any control over establishing the compensation rates between physician and patient, America’s health care system will remain broken. At the moment, neither President Obama nor Rep. Ryan is returning medicine to a free market economy, although Rep. Ryan’s plan comes closer than does Pres. Obama’s. Sadly, America’s healthcare industry appears destined to be as inefficient and as difficult to use as Amtrak train travel is today. (Parr has a BS Degree in Business and Finance and a Masters Degree in Federal Tax Law and has worked in the Medical accounting industry for more than 20 years. )

Town Square’s Junior Superstar Finalists for Sugar Land Town Square’s Junior Superstar competition will compete for the winning title on Saturday, April 30 from 7 – 9 p.m. in the Plaza. Due to the popularity of Sugar Land Superstar, Town Square’s American Idol-like singing competition held each summer, this event was created to provide a venue for the community’s younger vocal talent. Auditions were held last month and the judges selected 15 finalists, ages 9 to 13, to perform during the live finale. Come out and see who will be named Sugar Land Junior Superstar! This event will be free and open to the public. For more information on the competition, visit www.sugarlandtownsquare.com.

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APRIL 20, 2010 • INDEPENDENT • Page 5 The city voting precincts and polling places in the City of Sugar Land for this election are as follows: (El listado de todos los varios precintos y sitos de elección en la Cuidad de Sugar Land sigue:)

City of Sugar Land Polling Places May 14, 2011 Election 7:00 A.M. to 7:00 P.M.

ORDER OF GENERAL ELECTION (Orden de elección general) To the Registered Voters of Sugar Land, Texas: (A los votantes registrados de Sugar Land, Texas:) An election has been ordered, by Ordinance No. 1810, to be held on May 14, 2011 for the purpose of electing council members to Single Member Districts One, Two, Three and Four; and to vote on amendments to the existing City Charter. (Ordenanza Número 1810 decrete que se lleve a cabo una elección a tener lugar el 14 de mayo, 2011 con el propósito de elegir a los miembros del consejo para los Distritos de un Solo Miembro Uno, Dos, Tres y Cuatro y para votar sobre las enmiendas al Estaturoi de la Ciudad.) The following propositions for the proposed City Charter amendments will be printed on the ballot permitting voters to vote “Yes” or “No” on each proposition, as provided by law; there will be no fiscal impact if the proposed amendments are approved at the election: (Las siguientes proposiciones de enmiendas sugeridas para la Carta Constitutiva de la ciudad aparecerán impresas en la papeleta de votación, lo que permitirá a los votantes elegir “Sí” o “No” para cada propuesta, según lo dispone la ley:) PROPOSITION NO. 1 Section 1.09 (f ) of the City Charter now prohibits persons residing in an area annexed by the City for limited purposes from voting in city elections. A recent change in State law now allows those persons to vote in City elections. Should Section 1.09 (f ) be repealed to comply with State law? PROPOSICIÓN N.° 1 La Sección 1.09 (f ) de la Carta Constitutiva de la Ciudad actualmente prohíbe a las personas que residen en una zona anexada por la Ciudad con fines limitados votar en las elecciones municipales. Un cambio reciente a la ley estatal permite ahora que dichas personas voten en las elecciones de las ciudades. ¿Se debería derogar la Sección 1.09 (f ) para cumplir con la ley estatal?

PROPOSITION NO. 2 Section 2.01 (d) of the City Charter now provides that a person elected to city council takes office at the council meeting following the meeting at which the council declares the election results. Should the Charter be amended to provide that a person elected to city council takes office at the meeting at which the city council declares the election results? PROPOSICIÓN N.° 2 La Sección 2.01 (d) de la Carta Constitutiva de la Ciudad establece actualmente que una persona que haya sido elegida para el consejo de la ciudad asume su cargo en la asamblea del consejo que sigue a la asamblea en la que el consejo anuncia los resultados de las elecciones. ¿Debería enmendarse la Carta Constitutiva de la Ciudad para establecer que una persona que haya sido elegida para el consejo de la ciudad asuma su cargo en la asamblea en la que el consejo anuncia los resultados de las elecciones? PROPOSITION NO. 3 Sections 3.01 and 3.02 of the City Charter now require that initiative and referendum petitions be signed by registered voters “equal in number to at least 30% of those voting in the last regular city election.” Should those sections be amended to require that initiative and referendum petitions be signed by at least 10% of the City’s registered voters? PROPOSICIÓN N.° 3 Las Secciones 3.01 y 3.02 de la Carta Constitutiva de la Ciudad actualmente exigen que las peticiones de iniciativas y referéndums sean firmadas por votantes registrados “en un número igual a, por lo menos, el 30% de los que votaron en las últimas elecciones municipales regularmente programadas”. ¿Se deberían enmendar dichas secciones para exigir que las peticiones de iniciativas y referéndums sean firmadas, por lo menos, por un 10% de los votantes registrados de la Ciudad? PROPOSITION NO. 4 Section 3.08 of the City Charter allows the city council to repeal an initiative ordinance two years following its adoption by a two-thirds vote of city council. However, Section 3.10 allows the city council (by majority vote) to repeal the initiative ordinance after six months following its adoption. Should the conflict in the two Sections be resolved by deleting Section 3.08 and amending Section 3.10 to allow the city council to repeal an initiative ordinance after one year following its adoption? PROPOSICIÓN N.° 4 La Sección 3.08 de la Carta Constitutiva de la Ciudad permite al consejo de la ciudad derogar una ordenanza adoptada a través de una iniciativa dos años después de su adopción, mediante el voto de las dos terceras partes del consejo de la ciudad. No obstante, la Sección 3.10 permite al consejo de la ciudad (mediante voto de la mayoría) derogar la ordenanza adoptada a través de una iniciativa, después de seis meses de su adopción. ¿Debería resolverse el conflicto entre ambas Secciones eliminando la Sección 3.08 y enmendando la Sección 3.10 para permitir al consejo de la ciudad derogar una ordenanza adoptada a través de una iniciativa, después de un año de su adopción? PROPOSITION NO. 5 Section 3.10 of the City Charter now allows the city council to re-enact an ordinance six months following its repeal by the voters in a referendum election. Should Section 3.10 be amended to allow the city council to re-enact the repealed ordinance after one year following its repeal? PROPOSICIÓN N.° 5 La Sección 3.10 de la Carta Constitutiva de la Ciudad actualmente permite al consejo de la ciudad volver a promulgar una ordenanza seis meses después de su derogación por los votantes en elecciones de referéndum. ¿Debería enmendarse la Sección 3.10 para permitir al consejo de la ciudad que vuelva a promulgar una ordenanza derogada después de un año de su derogación? PROPOSITION NO. 6 Section 3.13 of the City Charter now requires that a recall petition requesting city council to hold an election on whether to remove the mayor or a council member from office be signed by 25% of the city’s registered voters. Should Section 3.13 be amended to reduce the number of required signatures on a recall petition to 20% of the city’s registered voters? PROPOSICIÓN N.° 6 La Sección 3.13 de la Carta Constitutiva de la ciudad actualmente exige que una petición de destitución que solicite al consejo de la ciudad poner a votación la destitución del alcalde o de un miembro del consejo de su cargo sea firmada por el 25% de los votantes registrados de la ciudad. ¿Debería enmendarse la Sección 3.13 para reducir el número de firmas requeridas para una petición de destitución al 20% de los votantes registrados de la ciudad?

Precinct Precinct

Polling Place & Address Polling Place & Address

3009 3009

Precinct

Polling Place & Address

Sugar Creek Country Club Sugar Creek Country Club Sugar 420 Sugar 420 Creek BlvdCreek Blvd Sugar Land, TX 77478 Sugar Land, TX 77478

4083

Lost Creek Park 3703 Lost Creek Blvd Sugar Land, TX 77479

3020 3020 3035 3035

Land Church of God Sugar LandSugar Church of God 1715RdEldridge Rd 1715 Eldridge Sugar Land, TX 77478 Sugar Land, TX 77478

4102

Fort Settlement Middle School 5440 Elkins Road Sugar Land, TX 44749

3053 3053

BarringtonBarrington Place HOAPlace HOA 13318 Ct Rosstown Ct 13318 Rosstown Sugar Land, TX 77478 Sugar Land, TX 77478

4107

Sugar Lakes Clubhouse 930 Sugar Lakes Drive Sugar Land, TX 77478

4011 4011

Colony Bend Elementary Colony Bend Elementary 2720 Planters Street 2720 Planters Street Sugar Land, TX 77479 Sugar Land, TX 77479

4110

Sugar Land City Hall 2700 Town Center Blvd North Sugar Land, TX 77478

4029, 4029, 4105 4105

of Columbus Hall Knights of Knights Columbus Hall Burney Road 702 Burney702 Road Sugar Land, TX 77478 Sugar Land, TX 77478

4111

Settlers Park HOA 3010 Settlers Way Blvd Sugar Land, TX 77479

4042 4042

Land Community Center Sugar LandSugar Community Center 226 Matlage Way 226 Matlage Way Sugar Land, TX 77478 Sugar Land, TX 77478

4119

Clements High School 4200 Elkins Dr Sugar Land, TX 77479

4046, 4046, 4109 4109 4121 4121

Highlands Highlands ElementaryElementary 2022Park Colonist Park 2022 ColOnist Sugar Land, TX 77478 Sugar Land, TX 77478

4129

Commonwealth HOA 4330 Knightsbridge Blvd Sugar Land, TX 77479

4047, 4047, 4084 4084

Colony Elementary Meadows Elementary Colony Meadows 4510 Sweetwater Blvd 4510 Sweetwater Blvd Sugar Land, TX 77479 Sugar Land, TX 77479

4026, 4124 4135

Walker Station Elementary 6200 Homeward Way Blvd Sugar Land, TX 77478

4064 4064

Settlers Way Elementary Settlers Way Elementary 3015 Settlers 3015 Settlers Way Blvd Way Blvd Sugar Land, TX 77479 Sugar Land, TX 77479

4131

First Colony Conference Center 3232 Austin Parkway Sugar Land, TX 77479

4080 4080

First Colony Church of Christ First Colony Church of Christ 2140 First Colony Blvd 2140 First Colony Blvd Sugar Land, TX 77479 Sugar Land, TX 77479

1076(p)

Dickinson Elementary School 7110 Greatwood Parkway Sugar Land, TX 774

Early Voting by Personal Appearance will be conducted as follows at the following locations: (Votación adelantada en persona será conducida en tales lugares y a tal horario como lo siguiente:) Early Voting Schedule - May 14, 2011 Joint Election Fort Bend ISD, City of Arcola, City of Meadows Place, City of Missouri City, City of Sugar Land, WCID No. 2 Schedule for:

Day

PROPOSITION NO. 8 Section 4.02 of the City Charter now provides for the city manager to appoint and terminate the city secretary. Should Section 4.02 be amended to provide that the city council must consent to the city manager’s appointment or termination of the city secretary?

Date May 2 - 6, 2011

8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Saturday

May 7, 2011

7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Sunday

May 8, 2011

CLOSED

Monday - Tuesday

May 9 - 10, 2011

7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Schedule for: First Colony Conference Center – 3232 Austin Parkway, Sugar Land, TX Date

Day

PROPOSITION NO. 9 Section 4.03 of the City Charter now provides for the city manager to appoint and terminate the city attorney. Should Section 4.03 be amended to provide that the city council must consent to the city manager’s appointment or termination of the city attorney and to provide that the city attorney will exercise independent professional judgment in providing legal services to the city?

Hours

Monday – Friday

May 2 - 6, 2011

8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Saturday

May 7, 2011

7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Sunday

May 8, 2011

CLOSED

Monday - Tuesday

May 9 - 10, 2011

7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Schedule for: Lost Creek Park – 3703 Lost Creek Blvd, Sugar Land, TX Sugar Land City Hall – 2700 Town Center Blvd. North, Sugar Land, TX Day

Date

Hours

Monday – Friday

May 2 - 6, 2011

8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Saturday

May 7, 2011

CLOSED

Sunday

May 8, 2011

CLOSED

Monday - Tuesday

May 9 - 10, 2011

7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Schedule for:

Fort Bend ISD Admin. Bldg. – 16431 Lexington Blvd., Sugar Land, TX Willowridge High School – 16301 Chimney Rock, Houston, TX Sugar Land Methodist Church – 431 Eldridge, Sugar Land, TX Day

Date

Hours

Monday – Friday

May 2 - 6, 2011

8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Saturday

May 7, 2011

CLOSED

Sunday

May 8, 2011

CLOSED

Monday - Tuesday

May 9 - 10, 2011

7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Schedule for: Meadows Place City Hall – One Troyan Dr., Meadows Place, TX Day

PROPOSICIÓN N.° 8 La Sección 4.02 de la Carta Constitutiva de la Ciudad actualmente establece que el administrador municipal es quien designa y despide al secretario municipal. ¿Debería enmendarse la Sección 4.02 para establecer que el consejo de la ciudad deba brindar su consentimiento a la designación o el despido del secretario municipal por parte del administrador municipal?

Hours

Monday – Friday

PROPOSITION NO. 7 Article III of the City Charter establishes procedures for the use of the initiative, referendum, and recall procedures. Should Article III be revised to: (1) provide for a more logical order; (2) conform to State laws; (3) provide for uniform petition requirements; (4) require that petition signatures be collected within 45 days; and (5) provide for modern language, usage, and style? PROPOSICIÓN N.° 7 El Artículo III de la Carta Constitutiva de la Ciudad establece procedimientos para el uso de los procedimientos de iniciativa, referéndum y destitución. ¿Debería revisarse el Artículo III con el fin de: (1) establecer un orden más lógico, (2) concordar con las leyes estatales, (3) establecer requisitos uniformes para las peticiones, (4) exigir que las firmas para las peticiones se reúnan en un plazo de 45 días y (5) que se ajuste a la usanza, el lenguaje y estilo actuales?

Aliana Clubhouse – 17122 West Bellfort, Richmond, TX Missouri City Community Center – 1522 Texas Pkwy, Missouri City, TX Hightower High School – 3333 Hurricane Lane, Missouri City, TX

Date

Hours

Monday – Friday

May 2 - 6, 2011

8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Saturday

May 7, 2011

CLOSED

Sunday

May 8, 2011

CLOSED

Monday - Tuesday

May 9 - 10, 2011

7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

PROPOSICIÓN N.° 9 La Sección 4.03 de la Carta Constitutiva de la Ciudad actualmente establece que el administrador municipal es quien designa y despide al abogado municipal. ¿Debería enmendarse la Sección 4.03 para establecer que el consejo de la ciudad deba dar su consentimiento a la designación o el despido del abogado municipal por parte del administrador municipal, y establecer que el abogado municipal utilizará su juicio profesional independiente al brindar servicios legales a la ciudad?

Notice of such election is given by posting a substantial copy of this election notice, in English and Spanish, at the City Hall and at three other places in the City, not less than fourteen days nor more than thirty days prior to the date set for the election; and a substantial copy of this election notice, in English and Spanish, published on the same day in each of two successive weeks in a newspaper of general circulation published in the city, the date of the first publication being not more than thirty days and not less than fourteen days prior to the date set for the election.

The Early Voting Clerk shall receive applications for a ballot to be voted by mail until the close of business on May 06, 2011.

(Este decreto de tal elección constituirá un aviso de elección y se fijará en el tablón del Ayuntamiento y también en tres otros lugares en la cuidad en Ingles y en Español no menos de catorce días ni más de treinta días antes de la fecha fijada para la elección; y una copia sustancial de este decreto de la elección será publicada en Ingles y en Español en el mismo día en cada una de dos semanas sucesivas en un periódico publicado en la ciudad de circulación general no más temprano que 30 días ni más tarde que 14 días antes del día de la elección.)

(El Funcionario Electoral de votación adelantada recibirá las solicitudes para la elección por correo no más tarde que al cerrar las puertas de negocio el 06 de mayo, 2011.)

Applications to vote by mail should be mailed to: (Se enviarán las solicitudes para boletas por correo a:) Early Voting Clerk Office of Elections Administration 301 Jackson Street, Suite 101 Richmond, Texas 77469

Issued this the 5th day of April 2011. (Emitido este día 5 de abril, 2011.) ____________/s/________________ James A. Thompson Mayor


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CITY OF MISSOURI CITY NOTICE OF GENERAL ELECTION AVISO SOBRE ELECCIONES GENERALES THÔNG BÁO Vӄ CUӜC TӘNG TUYӆN CӰ To the Registered Voters of the CITY OF MISSOURI CITY, TEXAS: A los Votantes registrados de la CIUDAD DE MISSOURI CITY, TEXAS: Kính gӱi các Cӱ tri ÿã Ĉăng ký cӫa THÀNH PHӔ MISSOURI CITY, TEXAS: Notice is hereby given that the polling places listed below will be open from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. on May 14, 2011, for voting in a general election to elect district council members for Districts A, and D. Por este medio se notifica que los sitios de votación que se citan a continuación estarán abiertos desde las 7:00 a. m. a 7:00 p. m. el día 14 de mayo de 2011 para votar en la elección general para elegir miembros del concejo distrital para los Distritos A, y D. Nay ra thông báo rҵng các nѫi bӓ phiӃu liӋt kê dѭӟi ÿây sӁ mӣ cӱa tӯ 7:00 giӡ sáng ÿӃn 7:00 giӡ chiӅu tӕi vào ngày 14 tháng Năm, 2011, ÿӇ bӓ phiӃu tәng tuyӇn cӱ bҫu chӑn các ӫy viên hӝi ÿӗng hӑc khu cho Hӑc khu A, và D.

Saturday

May 7, 2011

7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Sábado

7 de mayo del 2011

7:00 a.m. a 7:00 p.m.

Thӭ Bҧy

7 tháng Năm, 2011

7:00 sáng ÿӃn 7:00 chiӅu

Sunday

May 8, 2011

CLOSED

Domingo

8 de mayo del 2011

CERRADO

Chӫ Nhұt

8 tháng Năm, 2011

ĈÓNG CӰA

Monday – Tuesday

May 9 – 10, 2011

7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Lunes y martes

Del 9 al 10 de mayo del 2011

7:00 a. m. a 7:00 p.m.

Thӭ Hai - Thӭ Ba

9 - 10 tháng Năm, 2011

7:00 sáng ÿӃn 7:00 chiӅu

Schedule for: Programa para: Lӏch cӫa: First Colony Conference Center - 3232 Austin Parkway, Sugar Land, TX

LOCATIONS OF POLLING PLACES UBICACIONES DE LOS LUGARES DE VOTACIÓN CÁC ĈӎA ĈIӆM CӪA NѪI BӒ PHIӂU (1)

City election precinct number 1: All of that territory lying within that portion of Harris County election precinct number 506 situated within the city. The polling place for city election precinct number 1 shall be the Fondren Park Community Center, 11800 McLain Boulevard, Missouri City, Texas.

(4)

City election precinct number 4: All of that territory lying within those portions of Fort Bend County election precinct numbers 2070 and 2081 situated within the city. The polling place for city election precinct number 4 shall be the East End Annex, 303 Texas Parkway, Missouri City, Texas.

(5)

City election precinct number 5: All of that territory lying within those portions of Fort Bend County election precinct numbers 2061 and 2108 situated within the city. The polling place for city election precinct number 5 shall be the Elkins High School, 7007 Knights Court, Missouri City, Texas.

Day

Date

Hours

Día

Fecha

Horas

Ngày

Ngày

Giӡ

Monday – Friday

May 2 - 6, 2011

8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Lunes a viernes

el 2 de mayo al 6 de mayo del 2011

8:00 a.m. a 7:00 p.m.

Thӭ Hai - Thӭ Sáu

2 tháng Năm - 6 tháng Năm, 2011

8:00 sáng ÿӃn 7:00 chiӅu

Saturday

May 7, 2011

7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Sábado

7 de mayo del 2011

7:00 a.m. a 7:00 p.m.

Thӭ Bҧy

7 tháng Năm, 2011

7:00 sáng ÿӃn 7:00 chiӅu

(8)

City election precinct number 8: All of that territory lying within those portions of Fort Bend County election precinct number 2090 situated within the city. The polling place for city election precinct number 8 shall be the Lantern Lane Elementary School, 3323 Mission Valley Drive, Missouri City, Texas.

Sunday

May 8, 2011

CLOSED

(9)

City election precinct number 9: All of that territory lying within that portion of Fort Bend County election precinct number 4127 situated within the city. The polling place for city election precinct number 9 shall be the Lexington Creek Elementary School, 2335 Dulles Avenue, Missouri City, Texas.

Domingo

8 de mayo del 2011

CERRADO

Chӫ Nhұt

8 tháng Năm, 2011

ĈÓNG CӰA

Monday – Tuesday

May 9 – 10, 2011

7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

City election precinct number 11: All of that territory lying within those portions of Fort Bend County election precinct numbers 2059, 2071, and 2075 situated within the city. The polling place for city election precinct number 11 shall be the Community Center, City of Missouri City, 1522 Texas Parkway, Missouri City, Texas.

Lunes y martes

Del 9 al 10 de mayo del 2011

7:00 a. m. a 7:00 p.m.

Thӭ Hai - Thӭ Ba

9 - 10 tháng Năm, 2011

7:00 sáng ÿӃn 7:00 chiӅu

(11)

(12)

City election precinct number 12: All of that territory lying within those portions of Fort Bend County election precinct numbers 4062 and 4094 situated within the city. The polling place for city election precinct number 12 shall be the Palmer Elementary School, 4208 Crow Valley Drive, Missouri City, Texas.

(16)

Schedule for: Programa para: Lӏch cӫa:

Lost Creek Park – 3703 Lost Creek Blvd., Sugar Land, TX Sugar Land City Hall – 2700 Town Center Blvd. North, Sugar Land, TX

City election precinct number 16: All of that territory lying within that portion of Fort Bend County election precinct number 2030 situated within the city. The polling place for city election precinct number 16 shall be the Quail Valley Middle School, 3019 FM 1092, Missouri City, Texas.

Spanish Translation: (1)

Distrito electoral de la ciudad, número 1: Todo el territorio que se encuentra dentro del área que pertenece al distrito electoral número 506 del condado de Harris situado dentro de la ciudad. El lugar de votación para el distrito electoral de la ciudad, número 1, será el Centro Comunitario Fondren Park, 11800 McLain Boulevard, Missouri City, Texas.

(4)

Distrito electoral de la ciudad, número 4: Todo el territorio que se encuentra dentro de las áreas que pertenecen a los distritos electorales números 2070 y 2081 del condado de Fort Bend situado dentro de la ciudad. El lugar de votación para el distrito electoral de la ciudad, número 4, será East End Annex, 303 Texas Parkway, Missouri City, Texas.

(5)

Distrito electoral de la ciudad, número 5: Todo el territorio que se encuentra dentro de las áreas que pertenecen al distritos electorales números 2061 y 2108 del condado de Fort Bend situados dentro de la ciudad. El lugar de votación para el distrito electoral de la ciudad, número 5, será Elkins High School, 7007 Knights Court, Missouri City, Texas.

(8)

Distrito electoral de la ciudad, número 8: Todo el territorio que se encuentra dentro de las áreas que pertenece al distrito electoral número 2090 del condado de Fort Bend situados dentro de la ciudad. El lugar de votación para el distrito electoral de la ciudad, número 8, será Lantern Lane Elementary School, 3323 Mission Valley Drive, Missouri City, Texas.

(9)

Distrito electoral de la ciudad, número 9: Todo el territorio que se encuentra dentro del área que pertenece al distrito electoral número 4127 del condado de Fort Bend situado dentro de la ciudad. El lugar de votación para el distrito electoral de la ciudad, número 9, será Lexington Creek Elementary School, 2335 Dulles Avenue, Missouri City, Texas.

(11)

Distrito electoral de la ciudad, número 12: Todo el territorio que se encuentra dentro de las áreas que pertenecen a los distritos electorales números 4062 y 4094 del condado de Fort Bend situados dentro de la ciudad. El lugar de votación para el distrito electoral de la ciudad, número 12, será Palmer Elementary School, 4208 Crow Valley Drive, Missouri City, Texas.

(16)

Distrito electoral de la ciudad, número 16: Todo el territorio que se encuentra dentro del área que pertenece al distrito electoral número 2030 del condado de Fort Bend situado dentro de la ciudad. El lugar de votación para el distrito electoral de la ciudad, número 16, será Quail Valley Middle School, 3019 FM 1092, Missouri City, Texas.

Vietnamese Translation: (1)

Khu vӵc bҫu cӱ thành phӕ sӕ 1: Tҩt cҧ lãnh thә nҵm trong khu vӵc bҫu cӱ quұn Harris sӕ 506 trong thành phӕ. Phòng phiӃu cho khu bҫu cӱ cҩp thành phӕ sӕ 1 sӁ là Fondren Park Community Center (Trung Tâm Cӝng Ĉӗng Công Viên Fondren), 11800 McLain Boulevard, Missouri City, Texas.

(4)

Khu vӵc bҫu cӱ thành phӕ sӕ 4: Tҩt cҧ lãnh thә nҵm trong khu vӵc bҫu cӱ quұn Fort Bend sӕ 2070 và 2081 trong phҥm vi thành phӕ. Phòng phiӃu cho khu vӵc bҫu cӱ thành phӕ sӕ 4 sӁ là East End Annex, 303 Texas Parkway, Missouri City, Texas.

(5)

Khu vӵc bҫu cӱ thành phӕ sӕ 5: Tҩt cҧ lãnh thә nҵm trong các khu vӵc bҫu cӱ quұn Fort Bend sӕ 2061 và 2108 trong phҥm vi thành phӕ. Phòng phiӃu cho khu vӵc bҫu cӱ 5 sӁ là trѭӡng trung hӑc Elkins High School, 7007 Knights Court, Missouri City, Texas.

(8)

Khu vӵc bҫu cӱ thành phӕ sӕ 9: Tҩt cҧ lãnh thә nҵm trong khu vӵc bҫu cӱ quұn Fort Bend sӕ 4127 trong phҥm vi thành phӕ. Phòng phiӃu cho khu vӵc bҫu cӱ thành phӕ sӕ 9 sӁ là trѭӡng tiӇu hӑc Lexington Creek Elementary School, 2335 Dulles Avenue, Missouri City, Texas.

(11)

(12)

(16)

Hours

Fecha

Horas

Ngày

Ngày

Giӡ

May 2 - 6, 2011

8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Lunes a viernes

el 2 de mayo al 6 de mayo del 2011

8:00 a.m. a 7:00 p.m.

Thӭ Hai - Thӭ Sáu

2 tháng Năm - 6 tháng Năm, 2011

8:00 sáng ÿӃn 7:00 chiӅu

Saturday

May 7, 2011

CLOSED

Sábado

7 de mayo del 2011

CERRADO

Thӭ Bҧy

7 tháng Năm, 2011

ĈÓNG CӰA

Sunday

May 8, 2011

CLOSED

Domingo

8 de mayo del 2011

CERRADO

Chӫ Nhұt

8 tháng Năm, 2011

ĈÓNG CӰA

Monday – Tuesday

May 9 – 10, 2011

7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Lunes y martes

Del 9 al 10 de mayo del 2011

7:00 a. m. a 7:00 p.m.

Thӭ Hai - Thӭ Ba

9 - 10 tháng Năm, 2011

7:00 sáng ÿӃn 7:00 chiӅu

Schedule for: Programa para: Lӏch cӫa: Fort Bend ISD Admin Bldg. – 16431 Lexington Blvd., Sugar Land, TX Willowridge High School – 16301 Chimney Rock, Houston, TX Sugar Land Methodist Church – 431 Eldridge, Sugar Land, TX Day

Date

Hours

Día

Fecha

Horas

Ngày

Ngày

Giӡ

Monday – Friday

May 2 - 6, 2011

8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Lunes a viernes

el 2 de mayo al 6 de mayo del 2011

8:00 a.m. a 7:00 p.m.

Thӭ Hai - Thӭ Sáu

2 tháng Năm - 6 tháng Năm, 2011

8:00 sáng ÿӃn 7:00 chiӅu

Saturday

May 7, 2011

CLOSED

Sábado

7 de mayo del 2011

CERRADO

Thӭ Bҧy

7 tháng Năm, 2011

ĈÓNG CӰA

Sunday

May 8, 2011

CLOSED

Domingo

8 de mayo del 2011

CERRADO

Chӫ Nhұt

8 tháng Năm, 2011

ĈÓNG CӰA

Monday – Tuesday

May 9 – 10, 2011

7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Lunes y martes

Del 9 al 10 de mayo del 2011

7:00 a. m. a 7:00 p.m.

Thӭ Hai - Thӭ Ba

9 - 10 tháng Năm, 2011

7:00 sáng ÿӃn 7:00 chiӅu

Schedule for: Programa para: Lӏch cӫa: Meadows Place City Hall – One Troyan Dr., Meadows Place, TX

Khu vӵc bҫu cӱ thành phӕ sӕ 8: Tҩt cҧ lãnh thә nҵm trong khu vӵc bҫu cӱ quұn Fort Bend sӕ 2090 trong phҥm vi thành phӕ. Phòng phiӃu cho khu vӵc bҫu cӱ thành phӕ sӕ 8 sӁ là trѭӡng tiӇu hӑc Lantern Lane Elementary School, 3323 Mission Valley Drive, Missouri City, Texas.

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Date

Día

Monday – Friday

Distrito electoral de la ciudad, número 11: Todo el territorio que se encuentra dentro de las áreas que pertenecen a los distritos electorales números 2059, 2071 y 2075 del condado de Fort Bend situados dentro de la ciudad. El lugar de votación para el distrito electoral de la ciudad, número 11, será el Centro Comunitario de la ciudad de Missouri City, 1522 Texas Parkway, Missouri City, Texas.

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Day

Day

Date

Hours

Día

Fecha

Horas

Ngày

Ngày

Giӡ

Monday – Friday

May 2 - 6, 2011

8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Lunes a viernes

el 2 de mayo al 6 de mayo del 2011

8:00 a.m. a 5:00 p.m.

Khu vӵc bҫu cӱ thành phӕ sӕ 11: Tҩt cҧ lãnh thә nҵm trong các khu vӵc bҫu cӱ quұn Fort Bend sӕ 2059, 2071, và 2075 trong phҥm vi thành phӕ. Phòng phiӃu cho khu vӵc bҫu cӱ thành phӕ sӕ 11 sӁ là Community Center (Trung Tâm Cӝng Ĉӗng), City of Missouri City, 1522 Texas Parkway, Missouri City, Texas. Khu vӵc bҫu cӱ thành phӕ sӕ 12: Tҩt cҧ lãnh thә nҵm trong các khu vӵc bҫu cӱ quұn Fort Bend sӕ 4062 và 4094 trong phҥm vi thành phӕ. Phòng phiӃu cho khu vӵc bҫu cӱ thành phӕ sӕ 12 sӁ là trѭӡng tiӇu hӑc Palmer Elementary School, 4208 Crow Valley Drive, Missouri City, Texas.

Thӭ Hai - Thӭ Sáu

2 tháng Năm - 6 tháng Năm, 2011

8:00 sáng ÿӃn 5:00 chiӅu

Saturday

May 7, 2011

CLOSED

Sábado

7 de mayo del 2011

CERRADO

Thӭ Bҧy

7 tháng Năm, 2011

ĈÓNG CӰA

Sunday

May 8, 2011

CLOSED

Khu vӵc bҫu cӱ thành phӕ sӕ 16: Tҩt cҧ lãnh thә nҵm trong khu vӵc bҫu cӱ quұn Fort Bend sӕ 2030 trong phҥm vi thành phӕ. Phòng phiӃu cho khu vӵc bҫu cӱ thành phӕ sӕ 16 sӁ là trѭӡng trung hӑc Quail Valley Middle School, 3019 FM 1092, Missouri City, Texas.

Domingo

8 de mayo del 2011

CERRADO

Chӫ Nhұt

8 tháng Năm, 2011

ĈÓNG CӰA

Monday – Tuesday

May 9 – 10, 2011

7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Lunes y martes

Del 9 al 10 de mayo del 2011

7:00 a. m. a 7:00 p.m.

Thӭ Hai - Thӭ Ba

9 - 10 tháng Năm, 2011

7:00 sáng ÿӃn 7:00 chiӅu

Early voting by personal appearance will be conducted at: La votación adelantada mediante acto de presencia se llevará a cabo en: Thӵc hiӋn bҫu cӱ sӟm bҵng cách trӵc tiӃp ÿi bҫu tҥi:

Applications for ballot by mail shall be mailed to: Las solicitudes de boletas para votar por correo deberán enviarse a: Ĉѫn xin bӓ phiӃu qua bѭu ÿiӋn phҧi ÿѭӧc gӣi qua bѭu ÿiӋn ÿӃn:

Schedule for: (Programa para:) (Lӏch cӫa:) Aliana Clubhouse – 17122 West Bellfort, Richmond, TX

Maria Gonzalez, Deputy City Secretary City Secretary’s Office 1522 Texas Parkway Missouri City, Texas 77489

Missouri City Community Center - 1522 Texas Pkwy, Missouri City, TX Hightower High School – 3333 Hurricane Lane, Missouri City, TX Day

Date

Hours

Día

Fecha

Horas

Ngày

Ngày

Giӡ

Monday – Friday

May 2 - 6, 2011

8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Lunes a viernes

el 2 de mayo al 6 de mayo del 2011

8:00 a.m. a 7:00 p.m.

Thӭ Hai - Thӭ Sáu

2 tháng Năm - 6 tháng Năm, 2011

8:00 sáng ÿӃn 7:00 chiӅu

Maria Gonzalez, la secretaria delegada de la ciudad La oficina de la secretaria de la ciudad 1522 Texas Parkway Missouri City Texas 77489

Maria Gonzalez, Phó Bí thѭ Thành phӕ Văn Phòng Bí Thѭ Thành Phӕ 1522 Texas Parkway Missouri City Texas 77489

Application for ballots by mail must be received no later than the close of business on May 6, 2011. Las solicitudes de boletas para votar por correo deben recibirse a más tardar al final de la jornada laborable el 6 de mayo del 2011. Ĉѫn xin bӓ phiӃu qua bѭu ÿiӋn phҧi ÿӃn không quá cuӕi ngày làm viӋc 6 tháng Năm, 2011. Issued this 24th day of March, 2011

(Emitido el 24 de mayo del 2011) Allen Owen, Mayor (Allen Owen, Alcalde) (Allen Owen, Thӏ Trѭӣng)

(Ngày ra thông báo: 24 diӉu hành, 2011)


April 20, 2011 • INDEPENDENT • Page 7

Legal Notices DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY

NOTICE TO PROPOSERS Six (6) sealed proposals, one (1) original and five (5) copies, addressed to the City of Sugar Land, Texas, will be received until 11:00 o’clock a.m., Thursday, May 05, 2011, for:

LEGAL NOTICE The City of Missouri City, Texas is now issuing an Invitation for Bids for the following:

STADIUM ARMCHAIR SEATING Sealed bids shall be appropriately marked as follows:

IFB #189-11

Construction of Township Lane Traffic Signal

The City reserves the right to revise or amend the specifications prior to the date set for opening of proposals. Such revisions or amendments, if any, will be announced by addenda or addendum to the specifications. Copies of such addenda so issued will be furnished to all prospective bidders and may or may not affect the bid opening date.

Scope: The City of Missouri City is soliciting bids for the construction of a new traffic signal and related pavement improvements at the intersection of Township Lane and FM 1092. The project will include site work, removal and replacement of asphalt pavement and base, pavement markings, pavement sealing, and installation of traffic signal and controls. The City intends to contract with one (1) vendor who will provide all materials, equipment and labor necessary to perform in accordance with the plans and specifications. Bids will be accepted until 2 PM local time May 16, 2011 and then opened. A non-mandatory pre bid meeting will be held at 11 AM, Thursday, April 29, 2011 in the City Hall Council Chambers, 1522 Texas Parkway, in Missouri City. The bid packages may be obtained beginning April 21st by requesting the document name and number listed above from the Purchasing Office at (281) 403-8626. There is no charge for the bid package. Bids must be sealed, marked on the outside of the delivery envelope with the IFB name and number as listed above, and the date of opening. Bids must be delivered to the attention of the Sealed Bid Box, City of Missouri City Purchasing Office, 1522 Texas Parkway, Missouri City, Texas, 77489, prior to the acceptance deadline. Bids marked improperly and therefore misdirected may be disqualified. Bids are opened in public in the City Hall Council Chambers.

The City of Sugar Land reserves the right to reject any and all proposal and to waive informalities in bids received. The award will be made to the lowest responsible bidder based on the evaluation criteria provided in the RFP.

Charles Oberrender, CPPB Purchasing Manager City of Missouri City, Texas

REQUEST FOR PROPOSAL NO. 2011-13: STADIUM ARMCHAIR SEATING BIDDER’S NAME, ADDRESS, AND DUE DATE Bidder shall sign and date the bid. Bids that are not signed and dated will be rejected. Signed and sealed proposals shall be delivered to the City Secretary Office, on or before 11:00 o’clock a.m., Thursday, May 05, 2011, City of Sugar Land City Secretary Office, 2700 Town Center Boulevard North, Suite 122, Sugar Land, Texas, 77479. All proposals received after the appointed time shall be returned to bidder unopened. Notice of the award of contract shall be given by the City within ninety (90) days following the date for the opening of bids.

Vicksburg Estates, Ltd. is now issuing an Invitation for Bids for the following: IFB #194-11 CONSTRUCTION OF STORM SEWERS, SANITARY SEWERS, WATER LINES, FORCEMAIN AND LIFT STATION NO. 3 TO SERVE LAKE SHORE HARBOUR SECTION FOUR.

For questions regarding this request for proposal, please contact Jason Poscovsky, Contract Administrator, Telephone (281) 275-2302 or email jposcovsky@ sugarlandtx.gov.

NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING

CONDITIONAL USE PERMIT FOR A COFFEE SHOP/CAFÉ LOCATED IN COMMERCE GREEN PLAZA AT THE INTERSECTION OF COMMERCE GREEN BOULEVARD AND U.S. HIGHWAY 90A IN THE BUSINESS OFFICE (B-O) DISTRICT, 2.25 ACRES PLATTED AS COMMERCE GREEN BUSINESS PARK RESERVE “A”

Scope: Vicksburg Estates, Ltd., in accordance with the requirements of City of Missouri City Tax Increment Reinvestment Zone #2, will contract to construct the following: 1. Approximately 3,500 LF of water lines (size varies). 2. Approximately 2,800 LF of 24-inch R.C.P storm sewer 3. Approximately 5,900 LF of gravity sanitary sewer. 4. Sanitary Sewer Lift Station No. 3 with a 6-foot dia. wet well and associated piping, pumps, and electrical system. 5. Approximately 200 LF of 4-inch force main.

PURPOSE: ONE (1) PUBLIC HEARING SHALL BE HELD AT WHICH ALL PERSONS INTERESTED IN THE PROPOSED CONDITIONAL USE PERMIT (CUP) SHALL BE GIVEN AN OPPORTUNITY TO BE HEARD.

The Project will be constructed per the design plans provided with the bid package at the pre-bid. The successful contractor shall provide labor, materials, equipment and transportation necessary to perform under this contract per specifications.

CONDITIONAL USE PERMIT COMMERCE GREEN BUSINESS PARK RESERVE “A” Glenda Gundermann, TRMC, CMC, AAE City Secretary

ADVERTISEMENT FOR SEALED PROPOSALS JE Dunn Construction (serving Fort Bend County as Construction Managers at Risk) is accepting Sealed Proposals for labor, material, equipment and other necessary items to complete the Fort Bend County Courts and Office Complex Paving & Drainage for Eugene Heimann Circle Project located in Fort Bend County, Richmond, TX. Scopes of work include (but are not limited to) Site Utilities, Site Grading, Concrete Paving, Asphalt Paving, Striping & Signage, Sod & Seeding. The Project consists of approximately 1540 If of 44’-49’ wide roadway concrete paving, 24”-42” storm sewer, asphalt milling and overlay, sidewalks and associated improvements. Proposals will be received until 2:00 p.m. on Thursday April 28, 2011 @ JE Dunn Construction’s Fort Bend County Justice Center jobsite office - 1421 Eugene Heimann Circle Richmond, Texas 77469. Proposals may also be faxed to (713) 3536299, but must be received prior to due date & time. All late Proposals will be marked late and/or returned unopened. A pre-proposal meeting is scheduled for Thursday, April 21, 2011 @ 10:00 a.m. at the Gus George Training Academy Lecture Hall - 1521 Eugene Heimann Circle, Richmond, TX 77469. Proposal Documents may be viewed at the following plan rooms: National Association of Minority Contractors NAMe, Inc. (713) 834-3791; ABC (832) 613-0201; AGC (713) 843-3700 and McGrawHili Construction Dodge (713) 3169411. Proposal documents may be purchased at A&E Products (713) 579-1234. For more information, please contact Kenny Eldridge @ JE Dunn’s Fort Bend County Justice Center jobsite office at 713-353-6244. Fort Bend County and/or JE Dunn South Central, Inc. reserve the right to waive formalities, or to accept or reject any or all Proposals, in the best interest of the County. No proposer shall withdraw its Proposal within ninety (90) days after the actual date of opening thereof.

PUBLIC HEARING NOTICE The Commissioners Court of Fort Bend County, Texas has set a public hearing at 1:00 p.m. on Tuesday, May 10, 2011 for Aliana West Airport Boulevard, State Highway 99 to FM 1464 STD, Replat No. 1, Precinct 4. The hearing will be held in the Commissioners Courtroom, William B. Travis Bldg., 309 S. Fourth St., Rm. 700, Richmond, Texas. Under state law, you the owner, have certain rights with respect to the proposed replat. Should you wish to exercise your right, you may be heard at the planned public hearing. You may contact Warren Escovy with LJA Engineering Inc. at 713-953-5200 for information prior to the hearing. Submitted by, Dianne Wilson Fort Bend County Clerk

WHERE:

CITY OF SUGAR LAND CITY COUNCIL CHAMBER 2700 TOWN CENTER BOULEVARD NORTH

WHEN:

PLANNING AND ZONING COMMISSION MEETING 6:30 P.M., MAY 10, 2011

DETAILS OF THE PROPOSED CONDITIONAL USE PERMIT (CUP) MAY BE OBTAINED BY CONTACTING THE CITY OF SUGAR LAND PLANNING OFFICE (281) 275-2218 OR EMAIL PLANNING@SUGARLANDTX.GOV. THE PLANNING OFFICE IS OPEN MONDAY THROUGH FRIDAY FROM 8:00 O’CLOCK A.M. TO 5:00 O’CLOCK P.M., AND IS LOCATED IN CITY HALL, 2700 TOWN CENTER BOULEVARD NORTH, SUGAR LAND, TEXAS. PLEASE CONTACT US IF YOU WISH TO SET UP AN APPOINTMENT TO GO OVER ADDITIONAL DETAILS IN PERSON. Vicinity Map:

NOTICE OF C0NSTABLE SALE THE STATE OF TEXAS COUNTY OF FORT BEND Under and by virtue of a Writ of Execution and / or Order of Sale issued on the 11TH day of FEBRUARY, 2011 by the 240TH JUDICIAL DISTRICT Court of Fort Bend County, Texas in cause # 08DCV-162468 in favor of the Plaintiff - WESTPARK LAKES HOMEOWNERS ASSOCIATION, INC. Plaintiff, for the sum of $3,161.49++++costs as taxed on said Execution and / or Order of Sale and further the sum of executing the same. Therefore, on the 14th day of MARCH, 2011, I, Constable Rob Cook of Precinct Three Fort Bend County, have levied on and have seized all rights, title, interest, and claim to which the said Defendant(s) - COTTRELL MARSHALL AND SHAWN MARSHALL had of, in, or to the following described real property, and will offer for sale on the 3RD day of MAY, 2011 at the County Courthouse steps of Fort Bend County, Texas in the city of Richmond, Texas between the hours often o’clock a.m. and four o’clock p.m., any and all rights, title, interests and claims which the above defendant had of, in, or to the following described real property situated in Fort Bend County, Texas; VIZ:

CONSTABLE SALE Under and by virtue of a Writ of Execution and / or Order of Sale issued on the 10TH day of MARCH, 2011 by the 434TH JUDICIAL DISTRICT Court of FORT BEND County, Texas in cause #10DCV-179935 in favor of the Plaintiff – THE VICKSBURG COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION, Plaintiff, for the sum of $4,503.23++++costs as taxed on said Execution and / or Order of Sale and further the sum of executing the same. I have levied on the 2ND day of MARCH, 2011 and will offer for sale on the 3RD day of MAY, 2011 at the County Courthouse steps of Fort Bend County, Texas in the city of Richmond, Texas between the hours of ten o’clock a.m. and four o’clock p.m., any and all rights, title, interests and claims which the said Defendant(s) – WILLIAM LEE had of, in or to the following described real property situated in Fort Bend County, Texas; viz.: LEGAL DESCRIPTION: LOT 13, BLOCK 06 OF VICKSBURG, THE VILLAGE OF CUMBERLAND, A SUBDIVISION IN FORT BEND COUNTY, TEXAS, ACCORDING TO THE MAP OR PLAT THEREOF RECORDED IN SLIDE NO.644/B AND 645/B OF THE PLAT RECORDS OF FORT BEND COUNTY, TEXAS AS MODIFIED BY ANY SUPPLEMENTS THERETO OR REPLATS THEREOF, SAID PROPERTY MORE COMMONLY KNOWN AS 3606 CORBETT COURT, MISSOURI CITY, TEXAS 77459. Terms: Cash Sale to be held at about 10:00 A.M. RUBEN DAVIS, CONSTABLE Fort Bend County Precinct 2 By Lieutenant G. Majors #73 Deputy Constable

There will be a non-mandatory pre-bid conference at 10:00 A.M. local time on Thursday April 21, 2011 in the office of R. G. Miller Engineers, Inc. at 12121 Wickchester Lane, Suite 200, Houston, TX 77079. Bid responses will be accepted until 2:00 P.M. local time on Monday May 2, 2011 and then opened. Bid packages are available at the pre-bid from the office of R. G. Miller Engineers, Inc., at 12121 Wickchester Lane, Suite 200, Houston, TX 77079. Plans, specifications, and bid documents may be purchased for $50.00 non-refundable (cash or cashier’s check only). Make the checks payable to R. G. Miller Engineers, Inc. Bids must be sealed, marked on the outside of the delivery envelope with the IFB name and number as listed above, and the date of opening. Bids must be delivered to the attention of the Sealed Bid Box, City of Missouri City Purchasing Office, 1522 Texas Parkway, Missouri City, Texas, 77489, prior to the acceptance deadline. Bids marked improperly and therefore misdirected may be disqualified. Bids are opened in public in the City Hall Council Chambers.

LEGAL NOTICE The City of Missouri City, Texas is now issuing an Invitation for Bids for the following: IFB #118-11 Term Contract for Firefighter Bunker Gear Scope: The City of Missouri City is soliciting bids for a contractor to supply firefighter bunker gear for use by the City’s Fire Department. All prices bid are to be FOB Missouri City. The City intends to contract with one (1) or more vendor(s) who will provide all materials, equipment and labor necessary to perform in accordance with the specifications. Bids will be accepted until 2:00 p.m. local time May 2, 2011 and then opened. The bid packages may be obtained beginning April 13th by requesting the document name and number listed above by either contacting the Purchasing Office at (281) 403-8626 or sending an email to charles@missouricitytx.gov Bids must be sealed, marked on the outside of the delivery envelope with the IFB name and number as listed above, and the date of opening. Bids must be delivered to the attention of the Sealed Bid Box, City of Missouri City Purchasing Office, 1522 Texas Parkway, Missouri City, Texas, 77489, prior to the acceptance deadline. Bids marked improperly and therefore misdirected may be disqualified. Bids are opened in public in the City Hall Council Chambers.

LEGAL DESCRIPTION: LOT 10, BLOCK 3, OF WESTPARK LAKES, SECTION 1, A SUBDIVISION OF FORT BEND COUNTY, TEXAS, ACCORDING TO THE MAP OF PLAT THEREOF RECORDED AT SLIDE NOS. 858A AND 858B IN THE MAP OR PLAT RECORDS OF FORT BEND COUNTY, TEXAS. ADJUDGED/MARKET VALUE: $126,420.00 Property is sold with all encumbrances and liens affixed thereto. All sales are final. Terms: Cash, Cashier’s Check, or Money Order Sale to be held at or about 10:00 A.M. ROB COOK, CONSTABLE Fort Bend County Precinct 3 J.MORALES, #1317 Deputy constable

Proposed Base Flood Elevation Determination for Unincorporated Areas of Fort Bend County, Texas, Case No. 11-06-1803P. The Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency solicits technical information or comments on the proposed Base (1-percent-annual-chance) Flood Elevations (BFEs) shown in the Flood Insurance Study (FIS) and/or on the Flood Insurance Rate Map (FIRM) for your community. These proposed BFEs are the basis for the floodplain management measures that your community is required to either adopt or show evidence of having in effect in order to qualify or remain qualified for participation in the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP). For a detailed listing of the proposed BFEs and information on the statutory period provided for appeals, please visit FEMA’s website at https://www.floodmaps.fema.gov/fhm/Scripts/bfe_main.asp, or call the FEMA Map Information eXchange toll free at 1-877FEMA MAP.

LEGAL NOTICE

Proposal documents may be secured from City of Sugar Land City Secretary Office, 2700 Town Center Boulevard North, Suite 122, Sugar Land, Texas, 77479, or by registering at https://www.bidsync.com. Registration is free. All bid documents, amendments and other information relating to the bid will be posted on this site.

NOTICE OF C0NSTABLE SALE THE STATE OF TEXAS COUNTY OF FORT BEND By virtue of an Order of Sale issued out of the Honorable 400TH DISTRICT COURT of FORT BEND County on the 21st day of March by the Clerk thereof, in the case of FORT BEND COUNTY VS. KUDIRAT DOCAPO ADELAKEN, ET AL in Cause # 09-DCV -169822 and to me, as CONSTABLE directed and delivered, I will proceed to sell, at 10:00 0’ Clock AM on the 3rd day of May, 2011, which is the first Tuesday of said month, at the Official door of the Courthouse of said FORT BEND County, in the City of RICHMOND, Texas, the following described property, to wit: TRACT I: GEO: 3850040060110/ 3850040060110907 LOT 11 IN BLOCK 6 OF HUNTERS GLEN, SECTION 4, A SUBDIVISION IN FORT BEND COUNTY, TEXAS ACCORDING TO THE MAP OR PLAT THEREOF RECORDED IN VOLUME 22, PAGE 26 OF THE MAP RECORDS OF FORT BEND, TEXAS. Levied on the 30th day of March, 2011 as the property of KUDIRAT DO CAPO ADELAKEN HUNTERS GLEN SECTION IV ASSOCIATION A TEXAS NON-PROFIT CORPORATION to satisfy a judgment amounting to $5,692.27, representing delinquent taxes, penalties, interest, and attorney’s fees through the date of judgment, plus all costs of court, costs of sale, and post judgment penalties and interest recoverable by law in favor of FORT BEND INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT; BLUE RIDGE WEST MUNICIPAL UTILITY DISTRICT FORT BEND COUNTY. ALL BIDDERS MUST COMPLY WITH SECTION 34.015 OF THE TEXAS PROPERTY TAX CODE. March, 2011. ROB COOK, CONSTABLE Fort Bend County Precinct 3 Sergeant J. Hutson, #1310 Deputy constable

FEDERAL EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT AGENCY

NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING CONDITIONAL USE PERMIT WORSHIP AND YOUTH SERVICE CENTER 12835 ALSTON ROAD REQUEST FOR A CONDITIONAL USE PERMIT TO EXPAND A RELIGIOUS ORGANIZATION ON PROPERTY LOCATED AT 12835 ALSTON ROAD IN THE ZERO LOT LINE SINGLE-FAMILY RESIDENTIAL (R-1Z) DISTRICT, BEING FURTHER DESCRIBED AS 3.3686 ACRES OUT OF THE GATEWAY SUBDIVISION, AS RECORDED IN SLIDE NO. 1517A IN THE PLAT RECORDS OF FORT BEND COUNTY, TEXAS. PURPOSE: ONE (1) PUBLIC HEARING SHALL BE HELD AT WHICH ALL PERSONS INTERESTED IN THE PROPOSED CONDITIONAL USE PERMIT SHALL BE GIVEN AN OPPORTUNITY TO BE HEARD. WHERE:

CITY OF SUGAR LAND CITY COUNCIL CHAMBER 2700 TOWN CENTER BOULEVARD NORTH

WHEN:

PLANNING AND ZONING COMMISSION MEETING 6:30 P.M., MAY 10, 2011

DETAILS OF THE PROPOSED CONDITIONAL USE PERMIT (CUP) MAY BE OBTAINED BY CONTACTING THE CITY OF SUGAR LAND PLANNING OFFICE (281) 275-2218 OR EMAIL PLANNING@SUGARLANDTX.GOV. THE PLANNING OFFICE IS OPEN MONDAY THROUGH FRIDAY FROM 8:00 O’CLOCK A.M. TO 5:00 O’CLOCK P.M., AND IS LOCATED IN CITY HALL, 2700 TOWN CENTER BOULEVARD NORTH, SUGAR LAND, TEXAS. PLEASE CONTACT US IF YOU WISH TO SET UP AN APPOINTMENT TO GO OVER ADDITIONAL DETAILS IN PERSON. Vicinity Map:

Charles Oberrender, CPPB Purchasing Manager City of Missouri City, Texas CONSTABLE SALE Under and by virtue of a Writ of Execution and/or Order of Sale issued on February 25th, 2011 by the District Court of Dallas County, Texas in Cause #DC-1002947- J in favor of the plaintiff - Southern Star Concrete, Inc., plaintiff, for the sum of $ 20,713.00++++ costs as taxed on said execution and/or order of sale and further the sum of executing the same. I have levied on March 7TH 2011 and will offer for sale on the 3rd day of May 2011 at the County Courthouse steps of Fort Bend County, Texas in the city of Richmond, Texas between the hours of Ten O’clock A.M. and Four O’clock P.M., and all rights, title, interests, and claims which the said Defendant (s) - New Life Baptist Church had of, in or to the following described Real Property situated in Fort Bend County, Texas; viz: Legal Description: BEING a 4.4226 acre ( 192,650 square feet) tract of land and being out of that called 5.2665 acre tract in F.B.C.C.F. # 9352131, SAVE AND EXCEPT that called 0.8439 acre tract in F.B.C.C.F. #9754170, located in the John Lafayette Survey, Abstract No. 280, Fort Bend County, Texas and being more particularly described by metes and bounds as follows: (Based of Bearing were derived by RTK GPS Observation based on Texas State Plane Coordinates Texas South Central Zone NAD 83 GEOID 03); COMMENCING at the Northeast comer of Lot 21 Block of Briargate Section 9 as recorded in Volume 22, Page 34 of the Fort Bend County Plat Records on the Northwesterly line of West Fuqua (100’ R.O.W.) same being the Southerly comer of said SAVE AND EXCEPT 0.8439 acre tract; THENCE North 40° 31’ 37” East, along said Northwesterly line of West Fuqua Drive, a distance of 50.54 feet to a 5/8 inch iron rod with cap set for the common East comer of said 0.8439 acre tract and the POINT OF BEGINNING of the herein described tract; THENCE North 57° 51’ 37” West, along said Northerly line of 0.8439 acre tract and the herein described tract, and through a 75’ wide United Texas Transmission Pipeline Easement as describe in instruments recorded in Volume 277, Page 305 and volume 316, Page 383 of the Fort Bend County Deed Records a distance of703.11 feet to a 5/8 inch iron rod with cap set for the common West comer of said 0.8439 acre tract and the herein described in Deed recorded in Volume 4509, Page 360 of the Fort Bend County Deed Records; THENCE North 87° 11’ 02” East, along said South line of200’ Drainage Easement, distance of956.45 feet to a 5/8 inch iron rod with cap set on said Northwesterly line of West Fuqua Drive, for the East comer of the herein described tract; THENCE South 40° 31’ 37” West, along said Northwesterly line of West Fuqua Drive, a distance of 553.92 feet to the Point of Beginning and containing 4.4226 acres of land TERMS: CASH TIME: Sale to be held at or about 11:00 A.M. Ruben Davis, Constable Fort Bend County Precinct Two By: Sergeant J. Lawrence Deputy Constable


Page 8 • INDEPENDENT • APRIL 20, 2011 OFFICIAL BALLOT BOLETA OFICIAL DE VOTACIÓN LÁ PHIẾU CHÍNH THỨC

PUBLIC NOTICE Fort Bend County WC&ID No. 2 Board of Directors will hold a public meeting April 20th at 5:30 p.m. at the District office, 2331 South Main, Stafford, Texas, 77477, on the upcoming $31.9 million bond election. The meeting will be recorded and will be televised beginning the following day on S.M.E. TV – 16 and M.C. TV – 16.

PROPOSITION NO. ONE [ ] FOR

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La Junta Directiva de WC&ID No. 2 llevará a cabo una asamblea pública el día 20 de abril a las 5:30 p.m. en la oficina del Distrito, ubicada en 2331 South Main, Stafford, Texas, 77477, sobre la elección de bonos de $31.9 millones. La asamblea será grabada y será transmitida por televisión el día siguiente en S.M.E. TV – 16 y en M.C. TV – 16.

Ban Giaùm Ñoác Cô Quan Fort Bend County WC&ID No. 2 seõ toå chöùc moät cuoäc hoïp coâng khai vaøo luùc 5 giôø 30 chieàu ngaøy 20 thaùng Tö, taïi vaên phoøng Cô Quan, 2331 South Main, Stafford, Texas, 77477, ñeå baøn veà cuoäc baàu cöû traùi phieáu trò giaù $31.9 trieäu saép tôùi. Buoåi hoïp seõ ñöôïc ghi hình vaø phaùt soùng truyeàn hình baét ñaàu töø ngaøy hoâm sau treân ñaøi S.M.E. TV – 16 vaø M.C. TV – 16.

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THE ISSUANCE OF $33,651,693 SCHOOL BUILDING BONDS FOR CONSTRUCTION, ACQUISITION, AND EQUIPMENT OF SCHOOL BUILDINGS IN THE DISTRICT, INCLUDING HIGH SCHOOL COLLEGE AND CAREER READINESS RENOVATIONS AND EXPANSION, FINE ARTS RENOVATION, AND TECHNOLOGY UPGRADES/REPLACEMENTS AND THE LEVYING OF THE TAX IN PAYMENT THEREOF

PROPOSICIÓN Nro. UNO [ ] A FAVOR

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LA EMISIÓN DE $33,651,693 EN BONOS DE EDIFICIOS ESCOLARES PARA LA

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CONSTRUCCIÓN, ADQUISICIÓN Y EQUIPAMIENTO DE EDIFICIOS ESCOLARES EN EL

)

DISTRITO, INCLUYENDO LA PREPARACIÓN PARA LA UNIVERSIDAD Y LAS

)

CARRERAS RENOVACIÓN Y AMPLIACIÓN DE LA ESCUELA PREPARATORIA, LA

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RENOVACIÓN DE BELLAS ARTES Y MEJORAS Y REPOSICIONES DE TECNOLOGÍA Y

)

LA IMPOSICIÓN DEL IMPUESTO PARA EL PAGO DE LOS MISMOS

[ ] EN CONTRA KẾ HOẠCH ĐỀ NGHỊ SỐ MỘT [ ] THUẬN

)

VIỆC ĐÁNH THUẾ TRÁI PHIẾU XÂY DỰNG TRƯỜNG HỌC TRỊ GIÁ $33,651,693

)

CHO VIỆC XÂY DỰNG, THU MUA, VÀ THIẾT BỊ TRƯỜNG HỌC TRONG KHU HỌC

)

CHÁNH, BAO GỒM TU CHỈNH VÀ MỞ RỘNG CHƯƠNG TRÌNH CHUẨN BỊ NGHỀ VÀ

)

ĐẠI HỌC VÀ MỞ RỘNG, TU SỬA PHÒNG MỸ THUẬT, VÀ NÂNG CẤP/ THAY THẾ

)

CÁC CÔNG NGHỆ KỸ THUẬT VÀ VIỆC ĐÁNH THUẾ ĐỂ TRẢ SAU ĐÓ

[ ] CHỐNG

NOTICE OF GENERAL ELECTION STAFFORD MUNICIPAL SCHOOL DISTRICT STAFFORD, TEXAS 77477 COUNTIES OF FORT BEND AND HARRIS

PROPOSITION NO. TWO [ ] FOR

) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) )

To the Registered voters of Stafford, Texas: Notice is hereby given that the polling place listed below will be open from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Saturday, May 14, 2011, for voting in a general election, to elect two (2) Trustees for the Stafford Municipal School Board. City of Stafford City Hall 2610 South Main Stafford, Texas 77477

[ ] AGAINST

THE ISSUANCE OF $7,685,622 SCHOOL BUILDING BONDS FOR CONSTRUCTION, ACQUISITION, AND EQUIPMENT OF SCHOOL BUILDINGS IN THE DISTRICT, INCLUDING PRIMARY SCHOOL FOUNDATION AND CLASSROOM RENOVATIONS, ROOF REPLACEMENT AND INTERMEDIATE SCHOOL CANOPY REPAIR AND THE LEVYING OF THE TAX IN PAYMENT THEREOF

PROPOSICIÓN Nro. DOS

Early voting by personal appearance shall begin on Monday, May 2, 2011, and continue through Tuesday, May 10, 2011, on each day which is not a Saturday or Sunday at the following two locations:

[ ] A FAVOR

LA EMISIÓN DE $7,685,622 EN BONOS DE EDIFICIOS ESCOLARES PARA LA CONSTRUCCIÓN, ADQUISICIÓN Y EQUIPAMIENTO DE EDIFICIOS ESCOLARES EN EL DISTRITO, INCLUYENDO LA RENOVACIÓN DE CIMIENTOS Y SALONES DE CLASE DE ESCUELA PRIMARIA, REEMPLAZO DEL TECHO Y LA REPARACIÓN DEL TOLDO DE LA ESCUELA INTERMEDIA Y LA IMPOSICIÓN DEL IMPUESTO PARA EL PAGO DE LOS MISMOS

) )

Stafford MSD Administration Building 1625 Staffordshire Road Stafford, Texas 77477

City of Stafford City Hall 2610 South Main Stafford, Texas 77477

) ) )

The dates and times of early voting at both early voting locations are: [ ] EN CONTRA

Monday, May 2, 2011 Tuesday, May 3, 2011 Wednesday, May 4, 2011 Thursday, May 5, 2011 Friday, May 6, 2011 Monday, May 9, 2011 Tuesday, May 10, 2011

8:00 A.M. - 5:00 P.M. 8:00 A.M. - 5:00 P.M. 8:00 A.M. - 5:00 P.M. 8:00 A.M. - 5:00 P.M. 8:00 A.M. - 5:00 P.M. 7:00 A.M. - 7:00 P.M. 7:00 A.M. - 7:00 P.M.

) KẾ HOẠCH ĐỀ NGHỊ SỐ HAI

[ ] THUẬN

Requests for ballots by mail should be made to Fort Bend County Elections, 4520 Reading Road, Rosenberg, TX 77471, 281-341-8670. Applications by mail must be received no later than the close of business on Friday, May 6, 2011. AVISO SOBRE ELECCIONES GENERALES DISTRITO ESCOLAR MUNICIPAL DE STAFFORD STAFFORD, TEXAS 77477 CONDADOS DE FORT BEND Y HARRIS

[ ] CHỐNG

)

VIỆC ĐÁNH THUẾ TRÁI PHIẾU XÂY DỰNG TRƯỜNG HỌC TRỊ GIÁ $7,685,622 CHO

)

VIỆC XÂY DỰNG, THU MUA, VÀ THIẾT BỊ TRƯỜNG HỌC TRONG KHU HỌC CHÁNH,

)

BAO GỒM NỀN TẢNG TRƯỜNG TIỂU HỌC VÀ NÂNG CẤP LỚP HỌC, THAY MÁI NGÓI

)

VÀ SỬA CHỮA CANOPY TRƯỜNG TRUNG HỌC CƠ SỞ VÀ VIỆC ĐÁNH THUẾ ĐỂ TRẢ

)

SAU ĐÓ

)

PROPOSITION NO. THREE

A los votantes registrados de Stafford, Texas: [ ] FOR

) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) )

Se notifica que el centro para votar mencionado a continuación estará abierto de las 7:00 a.m. a 7:00 p.m. el sábado, 14 de Mayo, 2011, para las elecciones generales en donde estarán eligiendo dos posiciones en el Concilio del Distrito Escolar Municipal de Stafford. City of Stafford City Hall 2610 South Main Stafford, Texas 77477 [ ] AGAINST

Las votaciones tempranas comenzarán del lunes 2 de Mayo, 2011 hasta el martes 10 de Mayo, 2011 solamente de lunes a viernes en las siguientes localidades: City of Stafford City Hall 2610 South Main Stafford, Texas 77477

Stafford MSD Administration Building 1625 Staffordshire Road Stafford, Texas 77477

PROPOSICIÓN Nro. TRES [ ] A FAVOR

Los días y horarios para las votaciones tempranas en estas localidades son: Lunes, Mayo 2, 2011 Martes, Mayo 3, 2011 Miércoles, Mayo 4, 2011 Jueves, Mayo 5, 2011 Viernes, Mayo 6, 2011 Lunes, Mayo 9, 2011 Martes, Mayo 10, 2011

8:00 A.M. - 5:00 P.M. 8:00 A.M. - 5:00 P.M. 8:00 A.M. - 5:00 P.M. 8:00 A.M. - 5:00 P.M. 8:00 A.M. - 5:00 P.M. 7:00 A.M. - 7:00 P.M. 7:00 A.M. - 7:00 P.M.

Las solicitudes para votación por correo se deben enviar a Fort Bend County Elections, 4520 Reading Road, Rosenberg, TX 77471, 281-341-8670 y deben ser recibidas para el viernes, 6 de de Mayo, 2011.

THÔNG BÁO Vӄ CUӜC TӘNG TUYӆN CӰ KHU HӐC CHÁNH THÀNH PHӔ STAFFORD STAFFORD, TEXAS 77477 QUҰN HҤT FORT BEND VÀ HARRIS

[ ] EN CONTRA

)

LA EMISIÓN DE $5,081,382 EN BONOS DE EDIFICIOS ESCOLARES PARA LA

)

CONSTRUCCIÓN, ADQUISICIÓN Y EQUIPAMIENTO DE EDIFICIOS ESCOLARES EN EL

)

DISTRITO, INCLUYENDO MEJORAS DE MECÁNICA, HVAC, ELÉCTRICAS, REDES Y

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SEGURIDAD EN TODO EL DISTRITO Y PARA NUEVOS AUTOBUSES ESCOLARES Y LA

)

IMPOSICIÓN DEL IMPUESTO PARA EL PAGO DE LOS MISMOS

) KẾ HOẠCH ĐỀ NGHỊ SỐ BA

[ ] THUẬN

)

VIỆC ĐÁNH THUẾ TRÁI PHIẾU XÂY DỰNG TRƯỜNG HỌC TRỊ GIÁ $5,081,382 CHO

)

VIỆC XÂY DỰNG, THU MUA, VÀ THIẾT BỊ TRƯỜNG HỌC TRONG KHU HỌC CHÁNH,

)

BAO GỒM MÁY MÓC KỸ THUẬT TRONG HỌC KHU, HVAC, ĐIỆN, NÂNG CẤP BẢO MẬT

)

VÀ KẾT NỐI MẠNG VÀ CÁC XE BUS MỚI VÀ VIỆC ĐÁNH THUẾ ĐỂ TRẢ SAU ĐÓ

)

[ ] CHỐNG

Kính gӱi Các Cӱ Tri Ĉã Ghi Danh Bӓ PhiӃu cӫa Thành Phӕ Stafford, Texas: Theo ÿây xin thông báo ÿӏa ÿiӇm bӓ phiӃu dѭӟi ÿây sӁ mӣ cӱa tӯ 7 giӡ sáng tӟi 7 giӡ tӕi thӭ Bҧy, ngày 14 tháng Năm, 2011, ÿӇ bӓ phiӃu trong cuӝc tәng tuyӇn cӱ ÿӇ bҫu chӑn hai (2) thành viên cӫa ban quҧn trӏ Khu Hӑc Chánh Stafford.

PROPOSITION NO. FOUR [ ] FOR

) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) )

Thành Phӕ Stafford City Hall 2610 South Main Stafford, Texas 77477 Lӏch trình ÿӇ ÿích thân tӟi bӓ phiӃu sӟm sӁ ÿѭӧc tiӃn hành vào mӛi ngày trong tuҫn bҳt ÿҫu tӯ ngày thӭ hai, ngày 2 tháng 5, 2011 cho ÿӃn ngày thӭ ba, ngày 10 tháng 5, 2011, trӯ ngày thӭ bҧy và ngày Chúa Nhұt taӏ hai ÿӏa ÿiӇm sau ÿây: Thành Phӕ Stafford City Hall 2610 South Main Stafford, Texas 77477

Khu Hӑc Chánh Stafford Administration Building 1625 Staffordshire Road Stafford, Texas 77477

[ ] AGAINST

8:00 A.M. - 5:00 P.M. 8:00 A.M. - 5:00 P.M. 8:00 A.M. - 5:00 P.M. 8:00 A.M. - 5:00 P.M. 8:00 A.M. - 5:00 P.M. 7:00 A.M. - 7:00 P.M. 7:00 A.M. - 7:00 P.M.

Ĉѫn xin lá phiӃu bҫu qua thѭ viӋn cҫn ÿѭӧc gӱi tӟi ÿӏa chӍ sau ÿây: Fort Bend County Elections, 4520 Reading Road, Rosenberg, TX 77471, 281-341-8670. Hҥn chót nhұn ÿѫn xin lá phiӃu bҫu qua thѭ là cuӕi giӡ làm viӋc thӭ Sáu, ngày 6 tháng Năm, 2011.

THE ISSUANCE OF $3,481,303 SCHOOL BUILDING BONDS FOR CONSTRUCTION, ACQUISITION, AND EQUIPMENT OF SCHOOL BUILDINGS IN THE DISTRICT, INCLUDING ATHLETIC FIELDS, TENNIS COURTS, GYMNASIUM FLOOR REPAIRS, AND FACILITY RENOVATIONS AND THE LEVYING OF THE TAX IN PAYMENT THEREOF

PROPOSICIÓN Nro. CUATRO [ ] A FAVOR

Ngày giӡ ÿӇ bӓ phiӃu sӟm tҥi hai ÿӏa ÿiӇm bӓ phiӃu sӟm nhѭ sau: Thӭ Hai, 2 Tháng Năm, 2011 Thӭ Ba, 3 Tháng Năm, 2011 Thӭ Tѭ, 4 Tháng Năm, 2011 Thӭ Năm, 5 Tháng Năm, 2011 Thӭ Sáu, 6 Tháng Năm, 2011 Thӭ Hai, 9 Tháng Năm, 2011 Thӭ Ba, 10 Tháng Năm, 2011

THE ISSUANCE OF $5,081,382 SCHOOL BUILDING BONDS FOR CONSTRUCTION, ACQUISITION, AND EQUIPMENT OF SCHOOL BUILDINGS IN THE DISTRICT, INCLUDING DISTRICT-WIDE MECHANICAL, HVAC, ELECTRICAL, NETWORK AND SECURITY UPGRADES AND NEW SCHOOL BUSES AND THE LEVYING OF THE TAX IN PAYMENT THEREOF

[ ] EN CONTRA)

)

LA EMISIÓN DE $3,481,303 EN BONOS DE EDIFICIOS ESCOLARES PARA LA

)

CONSTRUCCIÓN, ADQUISICIÓN Y EQUIPAMIENTO DE EDIFICIOS ESCOLARES EN EL

)

DISTRITO, INCLUYENDO CAMPOS DE ATLETISMO, CANCHAS DE TENIS,

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REPARACIÓN DEL PISO DEL GIMNASIO Y RENOVACIÓN DE LAS INSTALACIONES Y

)

LA IMPOSICIÓN DEL IMPUESTO PARA EL PAGO DE LOS MISMOS

) KẾ HOẠCH ĐỀ NGHỊ SỐ BỐN

[ ] THUẬN

[ ] CHỐNG

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VIỆC PHÁT HÀNH TRÁI PHIẾU XÂY DỰNG KHU TRƯỜNG HỌC TRỊ GIÁ $3,481,303

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BAO GỒM XÂY DỰNG, THU MUA, VÀ THIẾT BỊ TRƯỜNG HỌC TRONG KHU HỌC

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CHÁNH, GỒM CÓ PHÒNG THẾ THAO, SÂN TENNIS, SỬA CHỮA PHÒNG TẬP THỂ

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HÌNH, VÀ TU SỬA CƠ SỞ VẬT CHẤT VÀ VIỆC ĐÁNH ĐỂ TRẢ SAU

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April 20, 2011 • INDEPENDENT • Page 9

FILM REVIEW: The Conspirator The Conspirator is Mary Surratt (Robin Wright); allegedly. The backdrop of this movie is the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln who was shot by John Wilkes Booth, the actor, on April 14, 1865. The plot to kill the president also included attempts on the lives of the Vice-President and Secretary of State. As we all know, the beloved Lincoln died from his gunshot wound and the country was very ticked off at whoever killed their president and tried to kill other government officials. The Civil War was still fully engaged so Mary Surratt (Robin Wright) and Frederick Aiken (James there was plenty of hatred for McAvoy) in the prison courtyard. Southerners and anybody that disagreed with one’s team. attorney Captain Frederick ratt. Do not be fooled; this And the homely, widowed Aiken (James McAvoy). Law- movie is primarily about the Mary Surratt, age 42, owned yer Aiken is my new hero and need for the protections of the a local boarding house where I hereby nominate him for the US Constitution when its citiseven of the accused killers 2011 Atticus Finch Award. zenry is hell bent on revenge lived and met prior to the as- McAvoy’s portrayal of the 28 based on their deep sense of sassination. One of those men year old Yankee war hero who being morally right. That balwas her own son. Surely, she is coerced into defending the ance of power is not very sexy, Surratt woman was stupen- but Director Robert Redford is guilty of something. Much of the movie takes dous. His blend of courage, was not afraid to attempt such place in a small military court- integrity, and fear was remark- a lofty goal while also trying to make a movie that will make room where the main defen- able. Captain Aiken is the star of him richer. Not many directors dant is Mary Surratt who is represented by her reluctant this movie; not Madam Sur- could sell this script.

Bartenders contest

Side note: I came to the theatre late on a beautiful Friday afternoon and had to sit on the second row because the theatre was crowded and Larry H. doesn’t sit close enough to another human lest they accidentally touch him. Discovery while sitting about 10 feet from the front right corner of the screen: I could hear folks in the courtroom mumbling and making little pithy comments that were part of today’s advanced sound recordings. I felt like I was in the courtroom sitting next to the spittoon. Director Robert “Sundance” Redford has made an outstanding film and shown his skills for movie-making, but it lacked the wow factor and entertainment aspect. It is thought- provoking and even enthralling at times, but not worthy of four stars. And since I don’t award stars, I don’t even know what “four stars” means. Rock ‘n Roll.

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The Grand Wine & Food Affair has added a new “On the Rocks” Bartender contest to this year’s five-day festival where Texas’ hottest bartenders and mixologists will vie for a $1,000 cash prize. Six finalists will compete in front of a panel of judges for top prize at the event to be held at Sugar Land’s swanky M-Lounge (16305 Kensington Drive) on Thursday, April 28 from 6:30 – 9 p.m. A People’s Choice vote will give guests the chance to help their favorite bartender win the challenge. Along with cocktail samples, attendees will enjoy music and fabulous bites by Mint Spice. In addition to earning a $1,000 cash prize, the winning libation will be named Official Cocktail of The Grand Wine & Food Affair and will be served at The Grand Tasting Friday, April 29. Tickets for the “On The Rocks” Bartenders Contest are $35 and can be purchased online at www.thegrandwineandfoodaffair.com. Can’t make it to the event? The winning cocktail recipe will be posted on The Grand Wine & Food Affair’s website, www.thegrandwineandfoodaffair.com. The six finalists will be announced Tuesday, April 19 on The Grand Wine & Food Affair website. Hosted by The Tipsy Texan David Alan, the “On The Rocks” Bartenders Contest will take place from 6:30 – 9 p.m. at M-Lounge located at 16305 Kensington Drive, Sugar Land, Texas. The 8th Annual Grand Wine & Food Affair will take place Wednesday, April 27 – Sunday, May 1, 2011 in Sugar Land. Proceeds from the Festival’s silent auction benefit Hilton College through The Grand Wine & Food Affair Scholarship Endowment. For more information, visit www. thegrandwineandfoodaffair. com or contact Keri Schmidt at 281- 491-0216.

Houston-based Champion Energy Services recently joined the Fort Bend Chamber of Commerce and became a member of the chairman’s council at the Fort Bend Chamber. To mark the occasion a ribbon-cutting ceremony was held at the chamber premises in Sugar Land. Champion Energy ranks among the top retail electric providers in the United States. The company also ranks “Highest in Residential Customer Satisfaction with Retail Electric Service,” according to the J.D. Power and Associates 2010 Texas Residential Retail Electric Provider Customer Satisfaction Study™ released August 2010, as detailed at jdpower.com. Champion Energy currently serves residential, commercial and industrial customers in deregulated electric energy markets in Texas, Illinois, Pennsylvania, Ohio and New Jersey. Backed by the financial strength of Texas-based Crane Capital and EDF Trading North America, LLC, the company serves 700,000 residential customer equivalents, with a peak load of near 2,000 megawatts. Above, Champion Energy’s President and CEO Scott Fordham with big scissors cuts the ribbon, accompanied by Jocelyn Gordon, Energy Origination Manager, area elected officials, chamber officials and invited guests.

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Gold medalist

Stephanie Richerson

Lamar Consolidated High School senior Stephanie Richerson‘s aboriginal artwork earned a gold medal April 9 at the State Visual Arts Scholastic Event (VASE) in League City. More than 24,000 students competed in 25 regions across the state in February, with only 1,195 artworks making it to the state competition. Stephanie’s work competed against paintings, sculptures photographs and mixed-media pieces in Division One, for first-year art students. Stephanie is the first Lamar Consolidated ISD student to win a VASE Gold Medal. Peggy Artripe, her art teacher at LCHS said Richerson’s winning piece was created with paint on roofing felt. Richerson also used recycled wires from old telephones “and lots of imagination.� “I really do believe that is why she won,� Artripe said. “It is so creative and made from such diverse materials.�

Quail Valley Backyard Tour features beautiful gardens and how they enrich lives. Six varied gardens with one thing in common: low maintenance so you can enjoy the garden without killing yourself. You’ll discover how to accommodate kids’ play and adult respite; easy-care roses for color much of the year; hard to landscape spaces; simplified design for less care; old-fashioned lawn in the shade; a party-ready garden, rain or shine. April 30, 10 to 3, follow the signs at entrances, rain or shine. For downloadable tour map and fabulous pictures http:// traction.typepad.com/QVTour or call 281 261-2320.

Fence From Page 1 There is no levee on the other side of Oyster Creek. It is impossible for that levee to come into play without water flooding the other neighborhood first. We have no problem with the LID maintaining the levee. It is that there is ample room to make the changes to the levee without taking land. They need 15 feet of clear land from the toe of the levee to maintain it properly. Never mind that they haven’t been on the levee once in the last 10 years. These fences have been up and replaced with FCCA approval time and time again for the last 20 years. Now they want to move the

levy back into taxpayers back yards rather than move it 15 feet the other way. Keep in mind, there’s 20-30 feet from the toe of the levee to the water. This is a statement by our Government. LID representative Mike Stone showed up while nobody was home and started tearing down fences. We were called and notified that he was tearing down our fence. When we arrived there, we asked several times that our fence be left in our yard in pieces. We were told (and it’s video recorded) “Your fence is going to the City Dump.� When told the fence belongs to us. He smiled and said “not anymore�. By the time he got to the other side of the neighborhood, they were leaving the fences behind for

the owners. My guess is he got a call from his boss telling him to do so. Never the less, let me assure you the LID is not concerned about spending tax payers dollars. Just chalk all this up to more taxpayers dollars wasted on something that cannot be justified. Meanwhile, the LID has filed a counter claim in the court disputing that the residents’ claim of adverse possession of the property is not valid because there is no statute of limitation applicable for a political entity like the LID or to the property which has been dedicated for public use since 1979. The LID also seeks attorney fees and costs in defending the adverse possession action.

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