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Concrete Recycling Plant  DENIED by Zoning Commission, but

City Council votes June 21

"All those opposed, please stand."

June 20– We just received confirmation that a bus will be shuttling eastside residents to City Hall for the June 21 City Council meeting.

First bus leaves the Nolan Catholic high school parking lot at 6:00pm, and will return immediately to pick up additional loads, until everyone has arrived. CarPools are also meeting in the parking lot.

City Council is voting on three Zoning cases that affect our side of town. FW League of Neighborhoods and the Eastside Alliance  are supporting that two be Denied and one be Approved. (see case numbers below) They are asking residents to send a quick note to their city council representative.

"The agenda for the City Council meeting next Tuesday, 21 June, has been posted, and the community may submit electronic comments that will be provided to the Mayor and Council 1 hour before the meeting. We are the 2nd item under Zoning Cases, which comes up not long after the Consent Agenda vote.

 The link for submitting comments, limited to 300 characters, is:

http://www.fortworthgov.org/applications/speakercard/Default.aspx?id=19181

This is a quick-and-easy way to send comments to City Council.  If so inclined, you could send three short messages, one on each of these cases on the agenda for June 21:

 ZC-16-096 Deny with prejudice Concrete Recycling Facility on East 1st. Street.

  ZC-16-100 Approve    Council-initiated rezoning on Woodhaven Blvd. from Multi-family to a less-dense residential category.

 ZC-16-114  Deny with prejudice Auto Salvage (Junkyard) on Elliott Reeder Road in Garden of Eden NA.

 

 

ZC-16-096 Zoning Commission unanimous denial with prejudice

Congratulations are in order to Fred Fernandez and to Roger Diseker for making extraordinarily good presentations at the Zoning Commission today.

Thanks to Zoning Commissioner Charles Edmonds for his remarks at the hearing recommending denial with prejudice, which was approved unanimously.

Thanks to City Councilman Cary Moon for following the will of the people he represents.

Thanks, also, to Nolan Catholic High School for providing the bus transportation to the hearing.

Thanks to all who attended.  (I watched the hearing on TV because my husband got sick this morning and I stayed home.) But it looked as if our group filled almost the entire council chamber!

Thanks to all the committee members who worked hard for more than a month to make this happen.

A special thanks to Katie Sherrod and any others who helped in crafting remarks and providing slides and organizing the slide show.  It was excellent.

Thanks to the three neighborhood alliances who rallied their member associations:

 --Neighborhoods of East Fort Worth

 --Riverside Alliance

 --The Historic Randol's Mill Valley Alliance, Inc.

Thanks to the 33 active neighborhood associations and homeowner associations of those three alliances for rallying their members.

Thanks to all the Eastside neighbors who wrote a thousand real letters and email messages, and thanks to the thousand of individuals who signed petitions.

Thanks to all the organizations other than the neighborhood associations, who wrote letters opposing the zoning application, including:

 --The Fort Worth League of Neighborhood Associations

 --Streams and Valleys, Inc.

 --Trinity River Vision

 --East Fort Worth, Inc.

 --East Fort Worth Business Association

More was accomplished than getting this concrete recycling facility stopped.  Positive attention was brought to East Fort Worth and all the wonderful initiatives that are underway in our "Best Kept Secret of Fort Worth."

Rita M. Vinson, committee member

East Fort Worth Concrete Recycling Plant Zoning Committee

First busload of citizens on their way to City Hall to protest the concrete plant. 3 carpools followed, and the bus made several trips.

Job Well Done!

To all the Nolan Catholic High School staff, and all of East Fort Worth,

 

We had a good day and succeeded in getting the Commission Recommendation for the stronger restriction - a standard denial (denial with Prejudice) for this specific zoning change request.

 We still have the City Council Hearing to attend.

But the fact remains we need to show our strength and fortitude and the send the message we are not against development that is compatible, but we are against those that are incompatible and adversely affect our East Fort Worth Communities and Nolan Catholic High School.

 We have learned that united we are strong, will have have our voices heard, and can influence the decisions that affect our communities and our city.

 There may well be good things that come from this applicant in the months or years ahead lets wait, see, and hope that it be something we can all be proud of to support, and that everyone can come out a winner.

 Please stay posted.

 A special thank you to Nolan Catholic High School and all those that contributed and supported this opposition.

 — Fred Fernandez

Fort Worth continues partnership to fight mosquito viruses

The City Council has renewed a contract to continue a partnership with the University of North Texas Health Science Center for mosquito surveillance and testing in Fort Worth.

The cost for this nationally-recognized partnership is based on the level of services UNTHSC provides to the city and is capped at $ 220,000 annually.

UNTHSC has been conducting mosquito surveillance by trapping mosquitoes at 62 designated areas throughout the city. Due to the abundance of surveillance initiated by the City of Fort Worth, samples are sent to Tarrant County Public Health for testing as well as to UNTHSC. Tests are conducted for West Nile virus and St. Louis encephalitis. Each week the sampling results are delivered to the city with a recommendation on how to address the mosquito population in each area with diseased mosquitoes.

This year, UNTHSC is also conducting surveillance for mosquitoes that can carry the Zika virus by placing eight additional traps throughout the city.

Zika infected mosquitos have not been identified in Texas, and in all the cases that have been reported in North Texas, the virus was contracted while residents were visiting outside of the United States.

Residents should take necessary precautions to protect their homes, families and neighbors against mosquito-borne viruses.

The most effective means of protection, even more than spraying, is to reduce the mosquito population:

  •  Remove standing water in empty flower pots, pet bowls, outdoor toys, gutters, etc.
  •  Maintain your swimming pool.
  • When you’re outdoors, remember to wear repellent that contains DEET. (there are some plant/organic products that work as well as DEET)
  • Wear long sleeves and pants when possible.
  • Learn more about mosquito prevention.
  • Attend your local Neighborhood Association meetings, to get free mosquito dunks.
  • If you know of an empty house with a nasty green swimming pool, contact Code, and get some dunks tossed in the water.
  •  

Fort Worth Weekly  publishes story regarding Eastsiders Stand Against the Concrete Plant

We are quite happy to share a story, written by Jesse Brackeen, published June 8, 2016 in the Fort Worth Weekly, another publication that is as passionate about quality of life issues and city politics as we are at GMN.

 Here is the link to the story.

 http://www.fwweekly.com/2016/06/08/planting-their-feet/

 

Two quotes from the story I want to call attention to:

 

"Moon said he surveyed more than 1,500 citizens – and 99 percent disapproved of the development."

 

"The East Side has suffered its fill of hardship throughout the city’s history. The Trinity River runs east, and early city founders tended to put anything potentially problematic for water safety – such as landfills – on the east side of town. That way, any filth that made its way to the river would run away from the city. A mentality of dumping anything unwanted on the East Side has prevailed for more than a century — and still does. Where do you think the city dumped its homeless population?"

 

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PASTOR’S CORNER

Max Brennan is pastor of

St. Matthew United Methodist Church

 2414 Hitson Lane, Fort Worth 76112.    817.451.6980

Sundays at 11:00 am

Michael Shermer (age 51), founder of Skeptic magazine, is the go-to guy for atheism.

We see him often on TV arguing against the existence of God and life after death.

But a year ago that skepticism got “shaken to the core.”

It happened during his wedding to Jennifer Graf. They had just said their vows in front of friends and family at their home, but Jennifer felt sad and lonely.

She whispered that she wanted to talk privately so they moved to their bedroom.

Jennifer told Michael she missed her grandfather, who died when she was 16. He was the only real father she had known. She wished he were there to give her away.

As they talked, they noticed music playing, but there was no music system in that room.

They thought at first it was coming from the printer on the

 

desk, but that was impossible. So they looked in the desk.

Her grandfather’s old Philco radio was playing a love song—that same old radio Michael had tried so hard to fix. He had tried everything, but finally gave it up as a hopeless cause and threw the old Philco in the back of the desk drawer.

But now, when Jennifer began talking about her grandfather, the radio just started playing!

  “My grandfather is with us,” she said tearfully.

The broken radio played all night and fell silent the next day.

After that, Michael wasn’t sure what to believe.

That can happen—when our beliefs are not rooted in reality.

God is real. Life goes on.

Live with it.

 

Sunday, May 15 is Pentecost. Worship somewhere. If you come to St. Matthew, our service is at 11:00—pot-luck dinner after.

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Eugene V. Giovannini Named Sole Finalist for Chancellor of Tarrant County College

FORT WORTH, Texas  -- The Tarrant County College Board of Trustees has named Eugene V. Giovannini, Ed.D., sole finalist for chancellor of the Tarrant County College District.

Giovannini, founding president of Maricopa Corporate College in Scottsdale, Ariz., would become the fifth top administrator of the 12th largest college in the nation following the 21-day waiting period required by Texas Education Code.

Giovannini has served the Maricopa County Community College District in Arizona since 2002, including 11 years as president of Gateway Community College in Phoenix. Other professional experience includes serving as a chief academic and student affairs officer. He began his community college career in 1983 at Virginia’s Eastern Shore Community College as an instructor for two years before becoming chair of Office Technologies at Broome Community College in New York.

In 2014, Giovannini was appointed to the board of the National Association for Community College Entrepreneurship for which he now serves as chair.  Giovannini continues to teach finance and policy development at the graduate level. He has authored and published several papers and books. Maricopa College has been recognized as a Hispanic Service Institution and boasts an Early College High School with a 98.7 percent retention rate.

Giovannini earned his doctorate in Community College Education from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University and his Bachelor of Science in Business Education and Master of Education from Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania.

 

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