Wounded Veteran to Appear Before Commissioners Court – CALH Press Release

Press Release
Citizens Against the Landfill in Hempstead
11/13/12

Landfill to Hurt Fallen Warrior/Wounded Warrior
Support Event

Wounded Veteran to Appear before Commissioners Court

(Hempstead; November 13, 2012) A severely disabled Marine is expected to appear before the Waller County Commissioners Court on Wednesday, Nov. 14. Marine SSgt. Clifton R. Coffey (USMC-Ret.) and his wife, Melanie, are expected to speak to the Court in support of the resolution supporting Waller County’s ordinance and against the proposed Pintail landfill.

The Coffeys, residents of the Fairfield area southeast of Hempstead, are among the beneficiaries of the Watermelon Run For The Fallen. The Run is an annual mid-summer event that respectfully and solemnly honors our Texas Fallen from Iraq and Afghanistan. While the Watermelon Run For The Fallen is not a fundraiser, if funds raised exceed operating expenses, excess funds are distributed to Operation Military Embrace and other benevolent military support organizations in our geographic region.

This event is sanctioned by the Department of Defense and its various service branches attracting thousands of participants to Hempstead in support of the Watermelon Run For The Fallen. In 2012, over 4,100 people came to Hempstead from 16 states and one foreign country. Besides sharing funds in excess of operating costs with Operation Military Embrace and other military support organizations, the Run has a significantly positive economic impact on the Hempstead area.

The Watermelon Run For The Fallen is the largest event of its kind in Texas.

If the Pintail landfill is permitted and operation begins, it is expected to severely and negatively impact the event and the benefits it can generate for the nation’s wounded service members.

A local Gold Star sister, Brenda Kaiser, Vice President of Operation Military Embrace, will not be able to attend. However, she is sending a written statement to the Commissioners Court.

Concerned citizens are urged to attend this meeting of the Commissioners Court and to let their opinions be known. They may speak at the session if they sign up to do so. They may also communicate directly with Waller County’s elected officials. (See list below.)

The following night, Thursday, November 15, the TCEQ will host a Public Meeting about the landfill. That event will be at 7:00 p.m. in the auditorium of Hempstead High School. Citizens should arrive early as a very large crowd is expected. Those who would speak must also sign up with TCEQ as they arrive.

Both media and citizens are urged to attend both of these events which are extremely important to the future of the cities of Hempstead, Prairie View and Waller as well as Waller County as a whole.

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For the convenience of citizens, the contact information for the County Judge and the Commissioners is shown below.

Judge Glenn Beckendorff
836 Austin Street Suite 203
Hempstead, TX 77445
Phone: 979-826-7700
Fax: 979-826-2112
E-mail: g.beckendorff@wallercounty.us
Precinct 1 Commissioner
Odis Styers III
836 Austin Suite 203
Hempstead, TX 77445
Home: 979-826-8408
Cell: 936-870-5112
Fax: 979-826-8409
Precinct 2 Commissioner
Frank Pokluda
836 Austin Suite 203
Hempstead, TX 77445
Phone: 979-826-7700
Fax: 979-826-2112
Precinct 3 Commissioner
Sylvia Cedillo
836 Austin Suite 203
Hempstead, TX 77445
Cell: 832-731-6463
Fax: 936-857-5965
Precinct 4 Commissioner
Stan Kitzman
3410 1st. Street
Pattison, TX 77466
Phone: 281-375-5231
Fax: 281-375-7751
(Mailing Address)
P.O. Box 7
Pattison, TX 77466

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