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Chamber Recognizes Farm Bureau’s McLaughlin as Business of the Month

The Needville Area Chamber of Commerce has recognized Farm Bureau’s Dana McLaughlin as the Business of the Month for October. Ms. McLaughlin is Farm Bureau agent located at 5253 S.Hwy36 in Rosenberg, Texas.  She may be reached by phone at 832-451-9445, fax at 832-363-4687, or by email at dmclaughlin@txfb-ins.com.

Congratulations on being recognized as the Business of the Month. Best wishes on your continued business success!

Village of Pleak Council Supports Spur 10 Extension

At the Regular Council Meeting for the Village of Pleak on July 20, the council voted unanimously to approve Village of Pleak Resolution 11-84, supporting the extension of Spur 10 from U.S. 59 along Hartledge Road/Gerken Road to State Highway 36 in Pleak.  Council does not expect any activity on the expension until 2012, when the first contracts are expected to be awarded.

Procedures for recently hired Code Enforcement Officer Albert Cantu were considered. Council discussed ways that Officer Cantu could easily be identified which included a polo-type shirt that identified his position with the Village as well as the use of Village of Pleak business cards that Cantu could provide to residents when responding to issues.  Additional concerns were discussed about whether his duties would be more proactive or reactive in nature and how documentation of the incidents would be handled. Council agreed to develop a procedural plan for Officer Cantu to use and would present it at the next meeting. 

Cantu was hired at the June ’11 Council meeting and will serve on a 90-day trial basis. He is also currently a Reserve Officer with the City of Needville.

Robert Schulte, Assistant Fire Chief, presented the Fire Department report. From 5/22 to present the department handled 31 calls  including 13 medical calls and 6 motor vehicle accidents. Of the calls handled 5 were in the Village limits, 19 within the ETJ, and 7 were for mutual aid which included several grass fire assistance calls. There have been 114 calls to date, an increase of the total from last year at this time.

Two resignations were offered and accepted. Mayor Margie Krenek read her resignation letter to be effective August 1, 2011.  Mayor Krenek thanked the council for the opportunities she has been provided in her service of Pleak over the past 31 years. Her resignation was required as she will be moving out of the Village limits in the near future. Current Mayor Pro Tem Larry Bittner also read his resignation letter. He is resigning as Alderman to become a candidate for the position of Mayor for the Village of Pleak.  August 8, 2011 will be the first day that filing can begin for a special election to fill the positions.

In other Council business: bank balances and bills were presented and approved, Energy Star windows installed by LL & F Construction were approved, and will direct Village attorney to prepare an amendment to the Sign Ordinance.

Take Charge of Growth In Needville

Another meeting is scheduled for January 2011 to discuss the I-69 Corridor. The actual build-out of the corridors may be in the invisible future and in an undecided location, but one thing is certain:  future growth is coming to a location near you. 

Needville clearly has a couple of things that are attractive to the I-69 developers.  It is either the possibility of cheap raw land and an indifferent populace (ever attended any city council meetings?) or the area is considered as prime for development. Alternately, it could be a combination of both qualities that has developers casting bait into the shaded waters to see what bites.

While those who attended the last I-69 Corridor meeting overwhelmingly thought the “No-build” option was their favorite, the city will still be holding another meeting. The schools are cleared in Kendleton and the new inter-modal facility has received much fanfare. Significant real money is being invested just south of 360 @ Highway 59.  The plan is to continue those efforts.

The City of Needville needs to look seriously at their own efforts to attract development to the area before outside interests crash the party and blow out the candles on the cake.  Efforts could include aggressive expansion of their ETJ  to maximize future options for development, working to attract more small and mid-size businesses, and even consider reciprocal arrangements to build out infrastructure in lieu of taxes or offer other incentives.  Perhaps the Historical Downtown should be re-imagined to attract a different kind of customer?

While I speak only for my own ideas in this post, I would much prefer to see a small-business park  next to pastures and crops than a highway dividing our city. Growth should extend in a Northeasterly fashion to meet the growth that is coming from the Southwest.

Needville needs places to play as well.  The fitness varieties that citizens desire have evolved in the past few decades. 

Parks development-not the filthy and decrepit graffiti-covered shame that is the park in the shadow of the nice, modern, blue water tower-should be a key consideration. A skate park-splash park-dog park-exercise trail could be an easy addition to the community that would require some land near the current city limits. It would cost money but many municipalities have successfully added these features with grants and corporate assistance.

Soccer fields are in short-supply in soccer hungry Sugar Land.  The LCISD Natatorium is a surprisingly simple structure that, if replicated, could be an enormous asset to any community that had an acre to spare.  

Local citizens do have disposable income from which they are willing to part-given an appropriate outlet. 

Needville ISD is clearly committed to creating a living destination as evidenced by their significant investment in a modern high school facility.  However, the district will again struggle through serious financial issues in the face of massive state deficits and cutbacks, just as the majority of districts throughout the state will be required to do.

It is time to get serious about what the City of Needville will be in the looming future. The school district’s growth is invariably tied to municipal growth. Municipal growth will continue to be supported by the sustained current focus on student achievement throughout the school district.

I am not rehashing the standard cliche of a mountain out of a mole-hill, but we already have a trash mountain in Fairchild that overtook thousands of anthills not too long ago. Maybe we saw it coming or maybe we were caught completely off-guard?

Valeta (Leda) Alyce Oler

Valeta (Leda) Alyce Oler
(November 20, 1963 – December 6, 2010) 

VALETA (LEDA) ALYCE OLER, 47, of Needville, Texas, passed away on December 6, 2010, in her home, following a ten year battle with melanoma cancer. She was born November 20, 1963, in Houston, Texas, to George & Frances Hubley. Leda was a member of First Baptist Church of Needville. Leda participated in the AWANA’s program helping the children learn bible verses. She was also a leader of the church’s youth program and many other community organizations that involved her daughters. Leda had spent most of her days being as active as possible with her daughters, their sports & animals and church. Leda was exceptionally smart, beautiful, and an extraordinary woman, especially when she put her heart and soul into whatever tasks she was given in life. 

Leda is survived by her loving husband of 20 years, James (Buster) Oler, and daughters, Alysha and Hannah, all of Needville, TX; in-laws, Thurman and Marie Oler of Mathis, Texas; and numerous sisters-in-law, nieces and nephews. She is preceded in death by her parents, George & Frances Hubley, an infant brother and both sets of grandparents. 

Visitation will be held on Thursday, December 9, 2010, from 5:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M. at Garmany & Carden Funeral Home, 3103 School Street, Needville, TX 77461. 

The funeral service will be held Friday, December 10, 2010, at 11:00 A.M. at First Baptist Church Needville, 14022 Hwy. 36, Needville, TX 77461, with Rev. Jeff Kluttz officiating. Her burial will follow at the Needville Public Cemetery. 

The family wishes to thank the staff of AMed Hospice for all of their tender and compassionate care of Leda. 

Condolences may be sent to the Oler Family at their home in Needville, Texas, or through Garmany & Carden Funeral Home at www.garmanycarden.com

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Alysha & Hannah Oler College Fund at Amegy Bank, P.O. Box 454, Needville, Texas 77461. “Be still and know that I am God” – Psalm 46:10 

Services are under the direction of Garmany & Carden Funeral Directors, 3103 School Street, Needville, TX 77461 (979)793-4515 or (281)342-4671.