Clear Lake Shores
Mixers City Council Meetings Feature Alleged Boozing, Personal Attacks and One-Fingered Salutes
The people who attend Clear Lake Shores's city council meetings get started early...and we're not talking about the recitation of the pledge of allegiance.
Clear Lake Shores residents say some are enjoying a certain Rocky Mountain flavor at city council meetings.
Last week, Hair Balls was copied on a letter written to Galveston County assistant district attorney Donna Cameron by Jean Garst, a 28-year resident of Clear Lake Shores. In it, Garst claims that CLS Mayor Vern Johnson allows the locals to "bring mixed alcohol drinks into city hall during the council meetings" and that this "only serves to increase the air of hatred" that includes "open, sometimes loud name-calling, threats and insults" toward councilmember Tami Perkins. (More on that in a bit.)
Now, we can understand sneaking in a flask of whiskey to take the boredom edge off of hearing Mr. and Mrs. Blah Councilperson pointing out grammatical errors in a proposed ordinance. But openly boozing it up inside of a city-owned building?
That's indeed the case, according to a blog maintained by a Clear Lake Shores resident. In fact, blog author IslandDrumz is bummed that Perkins -- who former CLS mayor Kathy McIntyre says has been flipped off by residents during city council meetings -- wants to ban alcohol from the proceedings.
"Anyone heard the latest? Councilman [our note: she's a woman, by the way] Perkins wants to ban alcohol from City Council meetings," writes IslandDrumz in an October 31 post. "I guess the next practical step is banning it in] golf carts, then parks then outdoors. I guess she's on a sprint to see how much crap she can get done in the next 194 days. Come early tomorrow night or you're going to be standing."
Last night, Hair Balls made the trek to the waterside town of 1,063 residents for the city council meeting.
Did it turn out to be a frat party? Definitely not. We can't even say for certain if alcohol, as Garst and IslandDrumz suggest, was flowing. That's because we weren't able to sample the unidentified liquids that sloshed around in ice-outfitted receptacles.