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Posts published in “Day: November 4, 2010

Harris County orders Burn Ban

HARRIS COUNTY– On Oct. 26, Harris County Commissioners Court approved a burn ban due to an increased threat of wildfires across the county.
There are now 67 Texas counties with burn bans, including Harris, Grimes, Liberty, Montgomery, and Waller counties.
No outdoor burning is allowed except in an enclosure that contains all flames and/or sparks, outdoor burning activities authorized by TCEQ, ceremonial fires, non-commercial cooking, and prescribed “hot work”.
Backyard cook-outs and barbeques are allowed, as is welding and other “hot work” performed in accordance with county fire code requirements.

Parts of Texas, including Harris County, are extremely dry and vegetative fuels have reached critical dryness. Observed fire danger is high across Harris County, primarily east of U.S. 59.
Area fire departments have reported an increase in fire number and severity, including a fire in the Atascocita area that threatened homes and required a bulldozer and several ground crews to contain.
The Texas Forest Service has reported that fires burned over 1,200 acres ON Oct. 26 in southeast Texas, including a fire in Montgomery County that destroyed three weekend camp houses and six outbuildings.
Violation of the ban is a Class “C” misdemeanor, punishable for up to a $500 fine. In addition, any person who starts a fire that causes damage to property without the consent of the owner may be charged with Reckless Damage or Destruction, a Class C misdemeanor, or Arson, a felony.
Residents are asked to exercise extreme caution when cooking outdoors. A small spark or burning ember can ignite dry vegetation. Winds will fan the flames and spread the fire rapidly.
The Harris County Fire Marshall also recommend that people remove combustibles within 30 feet of any controlled fire or hot work. A small, controlled fire can easily spread quickly and become an out-of-control, dangerous fire.

State Rep. Otto receives Community Banking Award

DAYTON– Texas State Representative John Otto of Dayton, was selected to receive the 2010 Trailblazer Award, presented by the Leadership Division of the Independent Bankers Association of Texas (IBAT).
Otto represents District 18 in the Texas House of Representatives, which includes Liberty, Polk and portions of Montgomery Counties. The award was presented on Nov. 3, during the Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce Luncheon.

Since 1997, the Trailblazer Award has been presented to a state or federal legislator who not only supports and exemplifies the entrepreneurial spirit of Texas, but who also exhibits the courage and independent spirit best captured by the independent banks of Texas.
“In a very short period of time, John Otto has established himself as a ‘player’ in the Texas Legislature”, said Steve Scurlock, Executive Vice President of IBAT. “His grasp of complex state budget and tax issues is extraordinary, and along with his integrity and sense of fair play, has positioned him as a recognized leader among his colleagues. Representative Otto is a very worthy recipient of this award.”

Poe says writing him in Washington doesn’t work

CROSBY – Ted Poe opened his address to this community with a joke about how he distinguishes the 2nd Congressional District to Washington D.C. insiders in favor of gun control, “I tell them of the bumper sticker I saw that read, ‘Is there life after death? Touch this truck and find out.’ ”
U.S. Congressman Poe, R., addressed the Crosby/Huffman Chamber of Commerce on Oct. 25 at Crosby Church on U.S. 90 prior to his steamroller victory on Tuesday.
Along with hearing about spending and border security again, Poe surprised many listeners by informing them that it is best not to e-mail or send letters to his office in Washington D.C. He explained how many Internet savvy politicos barrage congressmen with e-mails as if they were multitudes of citizens instead of just one. Letters have to go through screening for chemical and germ attacks and can take up to a month to process.

So, the business of constituents must be handled on a more local level.
“If you need to get in touch with me or tell me about an issue or matter you are concerned about get in touch with my Western District Office.”
The Western office is located at 1801 Kingwood Dr., Suite 240, in Kingwood, Texas 77339. The telephone number to that office, toll free is 1-866-447-0242. The fax number is (281) 446-0252.
Calling Washington D.C. can be accomplished toll free at 1-866-425-6565.
Constituents can also visit the Congressman on-line to learn more about him, 2nd Congressional District and governmental services by logging on to the website:
One can follow the congressman on Facebook and Twitter.
Poe also suggested that those interested in issues write letters to the editor at their local paper. Congressman Poe is a mail subscriber to the Star-Courier Newspaper.