Sep 1, 2010

Jefferson County Navy (ad nauseum)

Philip R. Klein wrote in this SET Political Review posting:
The Southeast Texas Political Review has learned that the Port Arthur Fire Department got stiffed by the SETRP after soliciting funds for grants for two new pumper trucks that were desperately needed inside the city of Port Arthur. According to three sources inside the command structure of the City of Port Arthur - the grants were approved - however - when it came time to give the money out - the Jefferson County Navy got the money - which has infuriated both rank and file of the Port Arthur Fire Department and the command.

"We applied for the money. We got the grants and Jefferson County went to #1 for the money. Leaving us nothing. They are going to build a boat station in Sabine Pass Texas and the planning commission felt the money should go to the building of the boat station rather than two fire trucks. We will try and go into budget or try and fix what we have," a city official told the Review this morning.

"It is very disappointing - but we do not control the planning commission. They will do what they do," said the source.


The Review contacted another source inside the PAFD for comment. "What can we say. Boats on the Neches are more important than fire trucks. We will be sure to tell that to the next person that we are trying to make feel better post losing a loved one. Hey - the ships are more important," the Fire Fighter said.
I've covered Klein's agenda concerning the Marine Division of the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office (JSCO) ad nauseum. In "Dirty Little Secrets," Philip publicly admitted that he didn't know what he was talking about.

Philip has a long history with the Port Arthur Fire Department (PAFD). I'll quote their opinion of Philip R. Klein and the SET Political Review:
The blog is completely unfounded, baseless, and without merit.
It is the position of Local 397 that Mr. Klein's blog is a complete fabrication.
Read that story here.

Regarding Klein's purported charge that the JCSO stole earmarked grant money from the PAFD through the Southeast Texas Regional Planning Commission (SETRPC), a cursory examination of the agenda from their meeting last week shows no such item:
  1. INVOCATION
  2. PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE
  3. APPROVAL OF JUNE EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE MINUTES (Mailed in Packets)
  4. APPROVAL OF TREASURER’S REPORT FOR MAY and JUNE 2010 (Mailed in Packets)
  5. EXPERIENCE CORPS DIVISION
    • Approval of 2010-2011 Experience Corps Affiliate Agreement
  6. DISASTER RECOVERY DIVISION
    • Approval to Extend Local Social Services Block Grant Contracts
    • Adoption/Denial of Proposed Partial Method of Distribution for Hurricane Ike Round II Funding
    • Approval to Enter Into the Competitive Bidding Process for a Contractor Management Firm for the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Single Family Rental Program
    • Action Items
      • Update on Hurricane Ike Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Housing Program
      • Report and Update on South East Texas Economic Development Regarding Economic Development Forgivable Loan Program – Hurricane Ike Disaster Recovery Round I
      • Availability of Regular Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Guidebook…
  7. HOMELAND SECURITY AND EMERGENCY PLANNING DIVISION
    • Approval to Release a Request for Proposals to Update the Regional Interoperable Communications Plan (RICP)
  8. AREA AGENCY ON AGING SOUTHEAST TEXAS
    • Consideration of Nutrition and Transportation Contract Extensions
    • Consideration of a Request for Proposals for a Construction Inspector for TDHCA Home Barrier Removal Grant
    • Consideration of a Request for Information from Construction Contractors
    • Consideration for approval of the AAA/DADS 2011-2013 Area Plan
    • Medication Management Program
    • Emergency Preparedness Kits for AAA Home Delivered Meal recipients
  9. TRANSPORTATION & ENVIRONMENTAL RESOURCES
    • Approval to Execute Grant Agreement with the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) for Air Quality Planning
    • Recommendation of Consultant for Air Quality Analysis
    • Approval to Contract with Lamar University for Air Quality Model Planning for FY 2011
    • Approval to Subcontract with Orange County Transportation, Nutrition and Services for Seniors, and Orange Community Action Association to Provide Public Transportation Services in Orange, Hardin and rural western Jefferson County
Furthermore, Philip R. Klein is still confused about the nature of the simple intergovernmental agreement that funds the JSCO Marine Division. The Sabine-Neches Navigation District is not the "taxing entity" of the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office:
Once again folks - this is another crazy move by government. We get that the Sheriffs Department now has its own taxing entity. And it doesn't cost you a dime? Right Ron Hobbs (Wink Wink)?
Arrogance and petty partisanship based on ignorance is an ugly thing.

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