The Baytown Sun (Baytown, Tex.), Vol. 76, No. 270, Ed. 1 Friday, September 11, 1998 Page: 1 of 20
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Volume 76, No. 270
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Friday, September 11,1998
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to meeting to
hear report on
By PAUL GANNON
The Baytown Sun
The City of Baytown City Council
drew a crowd of industry representa-
tives and Baytown residents at its
Thursday night meeting for a presenta-
tion of a study by the American
According to officials with the com-
pany, the report shows that the city is
growing at unprecedented rates.
Part of the study included phone in-
terviews with 171 Baytown residents to
see why they moved.into new homes in
In the past Baytown has seen about
75 to 100 homes built per year, this
year construction began on 150 homes.
With the new residents moving into
new homes, the city will have to meet
the public’s needs with public utilities
and the school district will need to meet
the needs of students with school facili-
ties, said David Jarvis, director of con-
sulting services for the company.
“We see a real need for planning for
these facilities in the north end of Bay-
town and in the south end of Baytown
where we see new houses coming up,”
It remains to be seen, however, how
different entities in Baytown will inter-
pret the study and what actions will be
taken in response to this information.
In other business at the meeting, City
Council approved the 1998-99 City of
The 1998-99 budget totals $58.4 mil-
lion which is an increase of $3.7 mil-
lion from the last budget.
However, because of an increase in
the value of the tax base the city will
not be raising the tax rate, water and
sewer fees or sanitation fees.
Also at the council meeting, an ordi-
nance was passed to designate an area
as the Baytown Asphalt Materials Rein-
The Baytown Asphalt Material Inc.
proposes to place a hot-mixed asphalt
manufacturing facility to begin con-
struction in October 1998 and complete
in November 1999.
It would be designated as a reinvest-
ment zone and located at 4008 High-
The new facility is expected to create
25 new jobs.
Baytown Feels Fury of Frances
This home at the
end of South
Burnet Drive in
the rising waters
caused by Tropi-
more than three-
inches of rain
Photos by Jotin Rowland
Area residents feeling brunt of tropical storm
By NYREE DOUCETTE
and MARY ANNA HAMEL
The Baytown Sun
With Tropical Storm Frances bearing down along the Texas Coast, many low-lying
areas, including Baytown, are experiencing wide-spread flooding from torrential rains
that have been inundating the area since Thursday afternoon.
According to Howard Brister, emergency management director, Baytown had re-
ceived 3.24 inches of rain since midnight in addition to 1.73 inches of rain Thursday.
As the rain band — which is traveling at about 5 mph — continues to move across
the area, the situation should get better, said Brister.
As of 7:30 this morning, several roads in the area had been closed due to high wa-
ter. They included West Main at Barrymore, Ferry at Cedar Bayou, Kilgore at James,
Natchez and Rue Orleans, Roseland Park, South Burnet, Evergreen, West Shreck and
For the most part, residents and students attempted to make the trek to work and
school despite the rain. However, reports surfaced after 7 ajn. that Goose, Creek
CISD schools were closed due to weather. *
KTRK-TV Channel 11 reported that schools would be closed today due to the se-
vere weather. According to Kathy Clausen, director of public relations for GCCISD,
that statement was false, and. the station was scheduled to air a retraction.
The Baytown Chamber of Commerce has cancelled its annual Hoedown, which
was scheduled for tonight at the Sylvan Beach Center.
“We are officially cancelling the event,” said Chamber President Tracey Wheeler.
“It will be rescheduled for a later date.”
Those with tickets to the event should keep them, and new plans will be announced
The center was severely damaged by a tornado that struck Thursday night, said Wheeler.
David Baker, Baytown sendee area manager for Houston Lighting and Power, report-
ed that as of 7:13 this morning, 1,845 people in the Baytown service area were out of
power. That area includes Baytown, Highlands, Mont Belvieu, La Porte and Seabiook.
“We’ve had some tornadoes come through (the La Porte area),” said Baker, which
caused some circuit boards to malfunction.
Crews have been working steadily since Thursday afternoon to restore power
throughout the HL&P service area.
“We’re getting help from other areas that weren’t hit as hard” Baker said.
As of 7:20 this morning, 24,800 customers throughout the entire HL&P service
area were without power. Over the last two days, 139,800 customers have reported
Baker advises residents to take caution when venturing outdoors. High winds have
knocked-down power lines throughout the area. , ,, • ■ : : •
“If anyone has any power lines down, treat them as hot,’’ he said “Do no touch them.”
To report a downed line, call the HL&P Customer Service Center at (713) 207-7777.
Above, Mario Gon-
zalez fishes in the
front of his house in
Lee Heights on
At left, a sign on
warns motorists of
the high water mak-
ing driving down the
Friday: Cloudy and with
heavy rains through tonight.
Saturday: Mostly cloudy with
chance of rain.
Art by Tracy Destin
Williams speaks to Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
By GINGER SJOLANDER
The Baytown Sun \
Joe Williams of Gulf Coast Retailers Association was
the guest speaker at the Hispanic Chamber of Com-
merce of Greater Baytown meeting held Tuesday at
Quality Inn. Williams spoke about two projects the as-
sociation is involved in to educate students in the basic
skills required for a entry level retail position.
“We perceive that our next gold mine in Texas will be
people,” he said.
The association put together pilot programs four years
ago in Houston Independent School District. Student s
were employed by local grocers to sack, stock, check
out and work in the courtesy booth.
“What motivated that group was that we laid out a
program where you would change jobs every 90 days,”
He said the program was designed to make the stu-
dents feel they were making headway in the job.
“All these kids excelled at it,” he said “And it showed
in school too.”
Williams said there is a planned expansion of a one-1 -
year retailing certificate program currently at Houston’
Community College and other area Colleges."Students;
are taught the finer points of marketing, retailing and.
“We think it’s really going to go well,”
Williams said the association is also involved in a '
program for the homeless called Search. The program,
provides housing and job training. The organization
also acts as a reference for employers and provides day-
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