Wednesday 28 January 2015

Brookshire City Council to Consider Re-naming FM 359 North as Obama Boulevard

One local community may soon become home to the first area street named in honor of the 44th President of the United States.

According to the agenda posted for tomorrow’s Brookshire City Council meeting, council members will consider a request to change the name of FM 359 North to Obama Boulevard.

The name change request was submitted to the city by resident Eric Scott.

Also on tomorrow’s agenda is a closed-door executive session to “deliberate concerning the performance of the duties of the chief of police.”

Police Chief Brandal Jackson recently completed his first year as Brookshire’s top cop. He was sworn into office last October following a lengthy – and frequently contentious – selection process.

Also listed for council consideration is the possibility of Brookshire joining the Waller County Emergency Services District, the possible amendment of the recently-approved 2011-2012 city budget and discussion of mandatory and non-mandatory training for city employees.

The council will also receive the 2011 October monthly activity report, as well as the October 2011 invoice payment report.

The meeting will begin at 7 p.m. Thursday evening in the council chambers of Brookshire City Hall.


  1. maybe says:

    A Boulevard is type of road, usually a wide, multi-lane arterial thoroughfare, divided with a median down the centre, and roadways along each side designed as slow travel and parking lanes and for bicycle and pedestrian usage, often with an above-average quality of landscaping and scenery. The division into peripheral roads for local use and a central main thoroughfare for regional traffic is a principal feature of the boulevard. Larger and busier boulevards usually feature a median.

  2. Ashamed Brookshire Resident says:

    Well, thank God for the City Council!! Maybe by being the first to name a portion of a street after the President that has this country in almost as much of a financial crisis as they (Brookshire City Council) have Brookshire in, Obama will come riding to their rescue!

  3. thunder30 says:

    DO WHAT? This is a joke right? Hey lets name a major road after after the most inept, worst U.S president in history. Sounds like a genius plan! This ranks up there with him being awarded the Nobel Piece prize after being in office for a handful of months. Absolutely comical! He did nothing to deserve that award and to date has still done nothing, except to increase our deficit more than all the presidents before him combined.
    Can’t understand the total blind devotion to this guy. He is an absolute catastrophe and the next single term president. Fortunately I don’t live in Brookshire so what you do with your town and street names is your business. Nevertheless I am a native Texan and still a resident and the thought of naming a major road after this man is embarrassing. Take a step back and have some pride. You want to honor the person, who through his distorted politics and blatant ineptitude, allowed the elimination of Houston as a future Space Shuttle home and then proceeded to shut NASA down all together. Ohh but we do get a seat off one of the shuttle simulators, no not the simulator, a SEAT! What a slap in the face.
    I suspect that this is another example of political correctness gone hay wire. Don’t want to offend anyone with such a terrible idea, don’t want to rock the boat. Let’s just waste time and tax payer money, vote on it and put it to bed. I estimate the chance of this passing at less than 1% or hope so for Brookshires reputations sake.

    What a joke!

  4. Mikel says:

    I’m sure Obama would be proud to have his name on the road…after all it’s a beautiful drive…By the way, the city is broke so who’s paying for the new signs? And about Brookshire joining the Waller County ESD…It’ll never happen. I believe the rest of the ESD voters have to vote to see if they want Brookshire in the ESD… CASE CLOSED…Maybe CommonSense can shed some light on the subject.

    • Ashamed Brookshire Resident says:

      When the ESD was first formed, Brookshire had the option of joining, but declined. You are correct that they would now have to be voted in and from the people I know that are involved in the ESD, I am pretty sure that the ESD will now politely decline as well. =)

      • CommonSense says:

        There was a second election for inclusion into the district when Pine Island and Pattison held a special election to join and Brookshire was on the ballot then or they did not participate. I forget which one it was but the response was negative and resulted in their omission from the district. I have it on very good authority from sources close to past negotiations with the city of Brookshire to join after the second election, that the offer to join was turned down flat at a meeting between the Mayor and two board members of the ESD. Why the sudden change of view. You decide.

  5. westsidebill says:

    It’s about time the mayor and some City Council started paying attention and doing something to put Brookshire on the map! Now if only they can model the city’s economic recovery like Obama’s plan has worked wonders for the country so far….

  6. Hope says:

    I am all for changing something if it is needed and the funds are there. But has it been forgotten that the city of Brookshire is in a money crunch, and they don’t have money going to the employees retirement and insurance. Where is the money going to come from????

  7. Shocked says:

    A public street should be named for someone who has gone above and beyond to be of service to everyone. Old #44 has been a real disappointment. He has driven this country so far into debt it may never recover. Oh, and how do you like all those jobs his trillion dollar plan created? Come on, he doesn’t deserve this just because he’s the first 1/2 black President in America. If you want to name 359N (don’t know why we need to) after a great or semi great President, how about Ronald Reagan Rd. or I could even possibly see Bill Clinton Pkwy. but please don’t shame or community by naming it after the biggest Presidential laughing stock of all time.

  8. CommonSense says:

    I am 100% oppossed to the city of Brookshire joining the ESD. The only reason they want to join is to siphon money into the city coffers via the crony fire department. They seek to pass the expense of their broke and broken fire department on to the other tax payers of the county. The only way I would even remotely consider voting for them to join is if the Brookshire VFD was disbanded and Pattison took over the territory via their contract with the ESD. The city of Brookshire would want all new everything. The ESD already has plenty of equipment, station, and excellently trained manpower in Pattison up the road 2 miles to cover the needs of the city of Brookshire . The ESD could use the money for much better purposes then buildings and equipment in Brookshire.
    Every time admission to the ESD has been discussed before with the city the stumbling block has been the fact that the funds from the contract between the fire department and ESD can only be used for fire service expenses and the funds received under the terms and conditions of the contract must be sequestered in a seperate fund apart from the city general revenue fund. Additionally as a term of contract an annual realistic budget and an annual audit of those funds and accounts is required. This is something the city seems to have troubling doing with their books now. That is the law. The city has never been willing to sequester the funds and I doubt they will now. This money would disappear just like the health insurance money and the retirement money the city has squandered from their own employees.
    In order for the city to join the ESD first there must be a petition to join signed by a specific number of PROPERTY owners in the city. This petition then is presented to the ESD and the board then decides if it is in the best interest of the ESD for the entity to join. If so decided then an election is held and both voters in the city and the rest of the ESD have to vote for admission into the ESD. If it does not pass both then admission is denied. This type of election can cost any where from 60,000 to 100,000 dollars. The city can not afford that so that expense would also pass on to the other citizens of the county. This is after the city has voted twice on this matter and defeated the measure at the polls both times.

    I will not vote for the entry of Brookshire into the ESD and will encourage all sensible and thinking individuals not to vote for this possible inclusion in the district.

  9. Mikel says:

    i love this CommonSense……

  10. CommonSense says:

    As far as Obama Blvd is concerned I will parphrase old Willie Shakespeare; A rose is a rose by any other name.

  11. Daniel C says:

    I am so proud to be from Brookshire! While this irks me, I can not say it comes to me as a surprise. What a degradation…

  12. ServiceGenie says:

    I hope the city council is smart enough to check the news about who they might be voting to put a name on their streets.
    E-Verify ‘flags’ Obama’s Social Security Number
    System crunches prez’s data, determines ‘likely fraudulent’
    Posted: September 12, 2011, 8:14 pm Eastern, By Jerome R. Corsi, © 2011 WND
    A private investigation reveals that the Social Security Number being used by Barack Obama does not pass a check with E-Verify, the electronic system the U.S. Citizenship and Immigrations Services of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security has created to verify whether or not prospective employees have the required authorization to work legally in the United States.
    Over the past few years, the E-Verify system has received national attention because of its ability to determine if prospective employees are illegal immigrants who have entered the United States without the legal authority to work.
    By flagging fraudulent documents, including faked Social Security Numbers, the E-Verify system can assist an employer in the effort to make sure all prospective hires have authentic identification papers, including valid Social Security Numbers, issued to them and not to someone else.
    Now WND has obtained a copy of an affidavit from Linda Jordan, a private citizen who entered Obama’s Social Security Number into the “Self Check” section of the E-Verify website, only to find out that Obama’s Social Security Number was flagged by E-Verify as likely being fraudulent.

  13. martin35 says:

    As I recall FM359 was resurfaced about 10 years ago when Neuman was the district County Commissioner, then 6 months later it was torn-up, re bedded and re-black topped again and two confounded bicycle lanes were added one a comin’ one a goin’,,, last year the road was black top maintained again and new stripping applied.
    There is a monolithic electorate in Brookshire that voted for Obama and if they want to euphemistically blacktop the Brookshire portion of FM 359 that is their prerogative and the Democratic process at work.
    My old departed Uncle almost did not go to Californy to pick prunes and work in the oilfields because he was told he would have to drive over the Hoover Dam causeway.
    Naming Brookshire’s portion of FM359 “Obama Blvd” should cut traffic flow and raise taxes by about 50% like most of his named works do.
    As for the Police Chief’s area of law enforcement responsibility if he is certified by the state of Texas there should not be much that is legal to delineate and redefine unless we go to talkin’ sanctuary city which illegally accords privilege,,,, please tell me that ain’t so Joe.

  14. Headshaker says:

    Instead of a grassy knoll on FM 359 (making it a boulevard of sorts), we need a middle turn lane. Maybe that could be named Obama Lane…turn left, turn right or just go on down the road. leaving everyone behind.

    I’m not against naming roads/streets after people who contribute to the community, or have an earned place in history, but I think Prez is wearing water wings until until all of his ships have come in. Is there, has there been no honorable, historical person from Brookshire to name the road after? Let’s choose one of them…..Well, I mean right after we have a fund raiser for the signs and striping.

    Thanks Common Sense for explaining the ESDissues. I can’t imagine the district wanting to pick up Brookshire’s gas or dry cleaning bills for all those dry runs. Pattison and Monaville have to drive right through Brookshire anyway, so they can just load up the bus as they go.

    Citizens can ask the City Council for anything. They don’t have to say yes.

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