May 26, 2009

VIP (Volunteers in Patrol) Class

The next class will be a 1 day school on Saturday, July 18, 2009, from 10 am till 4 pm . The class will be downtown in the basement of City Hall, 1500 Marilla. Get those applications and waivers of liability downloaded from the web site. I need them by close of business on the Wednesday before the class. BE SAFE//Ron/

Ron Carpenter #3311
Northeast Division
Patrol Bureau <>

Calloway's Timely Tips for June Gardeners

Timely Tip from Calloway’s Nursery
for June Gardeners:
Enjoy Summer Color
Spring flowers become but a memory as summer heats up!
However, our desire for a colorful landscape can still be
achieved. From annuals to perennials to shrubs to trees,
color is found in blooms, foliage and even in the plumes of
ornamental grasses.
The distinct patterns of Caladium leaves or textured foliage
of Coleus adds interest to shady gardens. The dazzling
Daylily or drought-tolerant Lantana provides splashes of
blooms for full sun. Crape Myrtles are sending forth sprays
of blossoms and the Esperanza displays clusters of bellshaped
flowers. Color abounds even in the heat of
Remember to use Calloway’s premium soils and mixes at
the time of planting and water well with a Root Stimulator
mixture. Also, add two to three inches of mulch to
conserve moisture, help keep the soil cooler and prevent
weeds from growing.
Attend our Free Saturday clinics, especially June 6th which
features the summer blooming Crape Myrtle. For a
complete listing of clinics, visit

From the desk of Rep. Allen Vaught

Legislation Passed in the 81st Legislative Session
As we draw closer to the end of the 81st legislative session, I want to discuss some of the issues and topics that have passed the House and Senate. This will be a series of articles about legislation, with this first article looking at a few of the bills that have been signed by the Governor to date.

Domestic Violence
We hope to provide some assistance to victims of domestic violence with the passage of Senate Bill 83. Before, a victim wanting to leave an abusive relationship would risk facing fines and charges as well as harm to the their credit and rental history for breaking a residential lease if the abuser was not on the lease with the victim. This bill authorizes a victim or a parent or guardian of a victim of a sexual assault, aggravated sexual assault, or continuous sexual abuse of a child to terminate a lease early and releases the victim from liability if the assault took place at the leased property. The legislation helps to remove a victim from their living situation without the fear of some negative repercussion to their credit or rental history.

Child Safety
A recalled children's product can unknowingly end up in your child’s child care facility. If a United States Consumer Product Safety Commission recall alert does not reach you or your childcare facility, you risk an unintended injury to your child. Senate Bill 95 stipulates that the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services must include a link on its website to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission. In addition, a child care facility must certify in writing that a review of the bulletins and notices regarding recalled children's products has occurred. With over 4,000 product recalls total, this legislation creates another avenue to inform caregivers and protect children.

Children with Disabilities
Healthcare costs are forcing many middle income families with disabled children into difficult circumstances. A family with an income level too high to qualify for Medicaid benefits but low enough that adequate health care is difficult to afford for their disabled children, may find some relief with changes made through Senate Bill 187. In September of this year, the Health and Human Services Commission will implement a Medicaid buy-in program for families with children of certain disabilities. Participants will pay a monthly premium on a sliding scale based on family income.

Emergency Preparedness
Recent natural disasters and the H1N1 flu scare emphasize the need for regional and national coordination among public health officials. The relocation of Texas residents out of Texas requires a seamless exchange of immunization records to help protect everyone's public health. Senate Bill 347 allows the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) to share immunization records of Texas resident evacuees with other states and local health departments. Currently, an exchange of records is permitted under the federal Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) guidelines. Now, Texas can participate in the process of exchanging information with other states in the interest of public health.

Pipeline Safety
The Railroad Commission is the regulatory body responsible for overseeing oil and natural gas pipeline safety. The pipeline safety program is funded through a user inspection fee and federal matching funds that are distributed based on staffing levels of the safety program. Understaffing of the pipeline safety program reduces federal dollars received by the commission. Senate Bill 1658 makes it possible to add additional personnel to maintain the current programs and receive federal matching funds by slightly increasing the pipeline user inspection fee.

The next several articles will continue to highlight the major legislation which has passed during the 2009 legislative session.

As always, please feel free to contact my district office at (214) 370-8305 or my capitol office at (512) 463-0244 if you have any questions regarding state matters. I look forward to hearing from you.

Audelia Road Library

May 19, 2009

To: LH Area HOAs
From: John Gould
Re: Audelia Library May Update #2

Family Literacy Program Successful Event
Mayor’s Summer Reading Program
City Budget Proposed Cuts
Please Form One Line Here
City Budget Preparation
May Book Sale

Parking was a real problem at the library last Sunday afternoon because over 1,275 parents and children participated in the Family Literacy Program. Besides hearing stories, children were taken on an African Safari Hunt through the library, had photos taken with Clifford the Big Red Dog and Lion David Axtell and went home with books. It was a great event for everyone involved and helps to serve as a kick-off to the Mayor’s Summer Reading Program.
Carol Dengle, the children’s librarian, will be visiting all of the schools in the area to promote the Summer Reading Program. Funds from Friends have been used for printing over 1000 registration applications that the children can use to enroll and keep track of the number of books they read. Incentive prizes are given to the children as they read different numbers of books. Friends have also made green pencils available for each one to use that gives our Friends new website address so they can check the website calendar for events throughout the year.
$1000 of Friends funds has made it possible for staff to purchase additional copies of books that students need for required summer reading.
At a suggestion from one of our Friends members, we have bought a standing floor sign for the Circulation Desk, “Please Form One Line Here”. This is to help clarify the checkout flow for patrons. If anyone has other suggestion for enhancing library service, please let me know so we can discuss it with staff.
City Budget Proposals are underway with the Council. Reductions across all departments are under discussion and according to the news media the library system may be impacted as well. With the downturn in the economy and job losses, libraries provide essential services to people of all ages and stages. Cutbacks are being considered in the number of days open, the hours open, and staff available. With the increase demand for library services, please contact our Councilmember Jerry Allen and other city officials and request that they carefully consider the budget impact. To give you some idea of the number of people using the Audelia branch, here are the figures for the last six days: 732,719, 575, 829, 602, and 1275 people.
Next Sunday we will have our monthly Book Sale , 2:00-4:00. Many people have donated books and we hope you will spread the word to those interested in browsing and getting some unbelievable buys.