Update: Citizens for Wellborn – 10-2014

Below is an informative newsletter from Jane Cohen, Citizens for Wellborn President.

It is very important for all citizens in the Bryan/College Station community to be aware of specific events directly affecting the Creator-endowed rights of our neighbors. James Madison in Federalist 10 explains the necessity of the larger community to foster a respect for the liberties of ALL members of the community. Concern for the liberty of our neighbor is a moral principle that maintains a republic.  The principle of the equality of all men before God and the law must be maintained by all citizens as part of the necessary moral character of republicanism’s Civic Virtue.  Only by adherence to republicanism’s Rule of Law protections of the rights of our neighbor can a community engender the character to resist the oppression and tyranny of men acting according to faction.

“By a faction, I understand a number of citizens, whether amounting to a majority or a minority of the whole, who are united and actuated by some common impulse of passion, or of interest, adversed to the rights of other citizens, or to the permanent and aggregate interests of the community.”  [Federalist 10 – Madison.]

It is in YOUR best interest to defend the property rights of your neighbors.

Concerns Affecting Welborn.

Dear Wellborn Neighbors and Friends,

 

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Closing of Straub Road

– Straub Road Rail Crossing over the railroad to FM 2154 (Wellborn Road), located South of Greens Prairie Trail and North of Wade Road, is marked for indefinite blockage or permanent closure by Union Pacific. Union Pacific has/is building a new rail yard in Hearne. UP wants/will need to have a place to stop trains for durations of time. UP has determined that South of Dowling to North of Wade is the place best suited for trains to wait. They will block the Straub crossing.  They do not need permission to do this.

Brazos County has asked UP if the County closes Straub crossing – will UP assist with widening/repairing Wade Road and Koppe Bridge road for additional traffic. The county/city is preparing to install a traffic signal at Koppe Bridge and have or want to ask for a signal at Wade Road as well. According to County, the best scenario is UP closes Straub and helps fund reconstruction. Otherwise UP will block Straub RR crossing with trains. Evidently UP needs 2.5 miles for train “holding” side rails.unionpacifictrain

Meeting is Thursday, October 23, 2014, at 10:00 a.m. at Commissioners Court, Brazos County Administration Building. Contact County Commissioner Lloyd Wassermann at 979-361-4106 or County Engineer Alan Munger at 979-822-2127.

Citizen Contact Information.

Discussion – Liz Terry, troop_1553@yahoo.com, 690-0967, and others plan to attend and encourage others to attend, to show up, and to express your concerns about safety and other reasons against closing Straub Road. Propose other options for train waiting locations.

Attention Hearne Residents.

If you know any of the Hearne residents fighting the rail yard, ask them to help you. References –

http://www.texastribune.org/2014/09/04/mumford-asks-officials-stop-union-pacific-railroad/

https://www.facebook.com/BrazosRiverBottomAlliance

 

Wellborn was told by the City of CS that they wanted to “straighten” Barron Rd and Capstone, in planning for the annexation of Wellborn. Also, Greens Prairie Road was considered to connect to Koppe Bridge Road. Where else could their side rail be located – north of Bryan?

Union Pacific contact information –

http://www.up.com/real_estate/roadxing/mipps/southern/texas/index.htm

and can send e-mails –

Managers of Industry and Public Projects – Union Pacific Railroad, 24125 Old Aldine Westfield Road, Spring, TX 77373

Houston – Dale R. Hill; Phone: (281) 350-7798

East Texas and Louisiana – Brandon Kasper; Phone: (281) 350-7637

Southern and Eastern Texas – Andrew Hudanish; Phone: (281) 350-7626

 

Road Crossings/Public Projects – TX  Jason E. Mashek (402) 544-8623

To send an e-mail – http://www.up.com/messages/index.cfm?address=JEMASHEK

 

CS Annexation Considerations

 

Urbanization – From: Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, July 31, 2014 e-mail

Eighty percent of Americans now live in cities. By 2030 cities around the world will have grown so fast they will have taken over land equal to more than twice the size of Texas. Think about the size of 20,000 American football fields becoming urban every day.

This could be bad news for wildlife, water, agriculture and climate unless we design cities [and keep rural areas] that grow with nature in mind. Right now:

–  Runoff pollution from urban areas is the leading threat to water quality, affecting rivers, lakes and estuaries.

–  Sixty percent of the nation’s rarest and most imperiled species occur in metropolitan areas.

–  Urban heat islands are costing cities millions of dollars – the urban heat island around Los Angeles costs the city $100 million in energy a year.

 

As cities grow at an unprecedented rate, native plants, pollinators and other wildlife, air and water quality are under stress like never before. Help us build green cities.

[Added – And keep rural areas rural.]

 

 

  • Other – The Board and Steering Committee are continuing to monitor the Texas Legislature and possible bills, keeping aware of water rights, utility rural rates, wildfire at risk neighborhoods, etc. We need more neighbors to help Keep Wellborn as Wellborn.

 

Jane Cohen, Citizens for Wellborn President

Jane Watkins Cohen, Ph.D., 3655 McCullough Road, College Station, Tx 77845, 979-690-3500

 

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