• I didn't vote for Denise three years ago and I didn't vote for Emett the last three times he has ran. They are both puppets. Neither has an original thought and each would sell their young to be elected.

    May 7, 2012 at 6:59 a.m.
  • This link should take you to the video debate.

    May 6, 2012 at 11:21 p.m.
  • I am the candidate.

    Click below to see the debate between Denise and I at the Victoria Advocate:

    May 6, 2012 at 11:13 p.m.
  • I've noticed that the price of something goes up as soon as it is declared the only place you can locate something you have to have.

    Emett, if you are actually the council candidate, you just lost my vote. If you aren't the council candidate, you need to 'fess up.

    May 6, 2012 at 10:19 p.m.
  • Denise Rangel voted twice against building the new sewer plant, then did her homework, and then changed her vote to building it at the proposed site. This is after the mayor kept bringing the sewer plant up for vote for three city council meetings until he got his fourth vote - Ms. Rangel.

    If Ms. Rangel is so concern about the Willow Street sewer plant residents - close that plant now. I spoke to the citizens who live on Willow Street, last week, and they are tired of waiting another three years before they city will close it.

    Close the Willow Street plant now and move the sewer from that plant to the regional plant.

    Then the city can explain why it wastes money on buying property three times what its worth; and wasting money on hiring expensive Austin lawyers when they already have a city attorney that makes big bucks to represent the city of Victoria.

    May 6, 2012 at 7:49 p.m.
  • onestar,

    Not sure where you are going with your post, Kinda ambiguous.

    But just to clarify, The portion of the article you quoted, comparing the Sugarland plant with the Victoria plant... They were talking of the old Victoria plant, the one we have now. Not the one that's getting built. That one WILL BE like the Sugarland one.

    So..... NO SMELL!

    May 6, 2012 at 12:30 p.m.
  • I, too, wonder how/if McGarrah knew of the city's intent before he approached the zoo?

    May 6, 2012 at 10:52 a.m.
  • So Dale, what Lynn is saying is they could expand one more time and probably get us through the next 50 years?

    I'm surprised the neighbors weren't complaining about all the noise from the ATV and mud bogging that was going on down there for a few months.

    May 6, 2012 at 10:50 a.m.
  • Let me see if I have this right...

    2004 - O’Connor gives land to zoo.
    June 2009 – Zoo sells land to McGarrah’s for $135,000.00 (out of the clear blue sky)
    Jan 2010 – City buys land from McGarrah’s for $343,901.00 (conveniently needing the exact same land)
    That is some great forward thinking by our city council. At least they allowed the McGarrah’s to show a tidy profit of $208,901.00 for simply holding the land for 6 months.
    Based on the savvy business moves by our zoo and council I would almost suspect that the zoo and the council agreed to pay realtors fees on both transactions.

    Can anyone in their right mind look at this without laughing at the incompetence surrounding it.

    I think there is more smelling bad in this fiasco than just the sewage.

    May 6, 2012 at 10:18 a.m.
  • More BS?

    "Expanding that location was not an option, and because the regional plant is within a limited flood-protected area, its expansion is not an option either, said Victoria Public Works Director Lynn Short."

    "If the city expanded it, "it would be the absolute final expansion down there," he said. "Then you'd be back at this location." "

    There you have it. The CITY CAN EXPAND the Regional plant. What would happen? Instead of two operational plants , you have 1. Instead of two maintenance staffs, you have 1. Instead of two stinky plants you have 1. Instead of spending $20 million you spend $20 million, but you do not inconvenience any citizen. And then we can get the VEDC to build a business park right next to the sewer plant. They don't stink do they?

    Thank you Lynn Short for reminding Victorian's why this current council (minus two) can not be trusted. They give us a partial truth and then wonder why folks get upset with their decisions.

    May 6, 2012 at 7:49 a.m.
  • The proponents of the new plant lied to us. They said the new plan was just like Suger Lands plant and will not smell.
    I believe Rangel even visited the sugar land sewer plant and came back all excited.
    To quote todays Advocate article

    "Wastewater, at its smelliest, first
    arrives at the head works. The area is
    enclosed to minimize bad odors
    Victoria’s plants head works are open"Victoria plant’s aeration
    basins use paddles to
    mechanically churn the
    water to aerate it. This
    sloshing of the surface
    water causes smelly gases
    to expel into the
    atmosphere easier.
    The Sugar Land plant injects
    tiny bubbles of air into the
    bottom of the basin, causing
    less surface movement."

    Enough said


    May 6, 2012 at 7:18 a.m.
  • If there is some underhanded dealings in the acquisition and sale of this land, and why this site was chosen, then lets have at it. Advocate needs to get to the bottom of it (come on Watchdog, do your thing).

    But as for the (handful) of residents in the area whining about the site being next to them, They need to be more honest with themselves.
    Calling themselves the "The Concerned Citizens for the Health and Safety of Victoria"?

    If they were honest with themselves they'd call them the "Self-centered and petty Citizen for the who-gives-a-crap-about-the-rest-of-Victoria"

    They all whine about one thing and one thing only... "Eww the smell!"


    Now ST*U about it and find a real concern or step aside.
    You are costing the City (meaning us the taxpayers) money because of your whining and griping over NOTHING!
    You don't give one damn about the City, only your own personal petty and IGNORANT views. Your actions and complaints against the City are costing us money, and delaying the start of the building of something this city will need.

    Again, if there is an issue in the purchase and selection of this site, then lets get to the bottom of it, but these handful of whiny nay-sayers acting out of ignorance and personal selfishness really pisses me off!

    One last time for the stubborn out there....

    May 6, 2012 at 5:48 a.m.
  • well it wasn't Colony Creek that's for sure

    May 5, 2012 at 11:46 p.m.
  • how did the city and city council handle the site selection process ?

    and what were the other potential sites ?

    this whole deal has so many questions i wonder why someone at vicad isn't into this head first. does anyone over there even care ?

    May 5, 2012 at 11:39 p.m.
  • Hey roberttx
    I was thinking the same thing
    A good attorney can slant it away from the real truth.

    May 5, 2012 at 11:33 p.m.
  • why isn't this story focused on the purchase of the land, that's the real story.

    vicad isnt curious why the city paid roughly 5 times estimated value for said property ? hello, bueller, anyone, this doesn't seem 'fishy' to anyone ????

    what was the site selection process for the new site ?

    do Tony and Sherri McGarrah and Amanda Mahurin, of Inez have ANY connections to victoria city govt because someone just gave them one hell of a brother in law deal

    May 5, 2012 at 11:11 p.m.