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Fort Bend County, At Large
By Cheryl Skinner

This column expresses the personal opinions/views of the writer. If you would like to express your opinions/views regarding the column, write a SIGNED letter to the editor. Name can be withheld by request with a valid day time phone number.


It’s a slow walk

A county employee shared the recent in-house county newsletter with me. They also made a notation that the justices of the peace must be moving one sliver of paper at a time.

Sure enough, the announcement that Justice of the Peace 1, place 2 is finally relocating to the new office on Ransom Road, was in there all right.

Get this—the justice of the peace for this precinct will be closed from July 21, 2008 until August 4, 2008.

Are you believing that? Two weeks to move a few blocks.

Now Gary Geick, the Justice of the Peace for that precinct, is one hard working judge but he takes a vacation every Christmas season and does a little hunting. Guess he can use this two-week down time to go fishing.

And what will people do about filing cases while the office is shut down. Without, I imagine. Court cases will likely be filed in the other JP courts during the down time and they are going to quite a case load.

Precinct 1 does far more court business than the other JP courts, so if they are re-allocating the case load, it is going to make a lot of people who want to pay a ticket late quite happy.

The new address for Geick’s office is 1517 Ransom Road, Suite 149, Richmond, TX 77469. The phone number, 281-341-3742, remains the same. Same mailing address: J.P. 1-2, 301 Jackson, Richmond, TX 77469.

The county says If you need to contact the court during the time they are closed, you may mail correspondence and it will be processed after they reopen.

The sooner the better

I got a call last week from Charles Cook, the chief cook and bottle washer for the county’s IT division.

Cook is an alright guy—he has helped me a lot and always been forthcoming in answering all my nosey little reporter questions.

Anyhow, he proudly proclaimed that the on-line Commissioner’s Court meetings will now be posted on the county’s website early.

They use to post those suckers on there on Friday right before they escaped for the weekend, which made it difficult to find one of the commissioners to ask a question.

Now Charles says they are going to post the meeting on the Wednesday following the Tuesday court session.

Hooray for IT!

In case you didn’t know you could watch the whole meeting in streaming video—you can. It is really neat because you can play back any portion of the meeting if you so desire.

If there is a real corker of a comment, you can even play it back two or three times to make sure you heard every single inflection and word.

Back in the old days when all a reporter had to depend on was notes, some juicy comments were sometimes diluted because you just couldn’t get every word down fast enough to accurately quote the person verbatim.

And, they use to be able to claim they were misquoted even when they absolutely were not.

Now, with the technology ever improving, detailed quotes are a piece of cake.

For anyone interested in the meetings (the best part is usually the public speaking portion at the beginning of the session), you can go to the Fort Bend County website, go to commissioners and then click on commissioners court on line.

The agenda and the video are waiting. Don’t go this week or week after next because there is no meeting.

Guess they are going fishing too.


Contact skinnerc1@tconline.net, if you would like to express your opinions/views regarding the column. Write a SIGNED letter to the editor with valid day time phone number--name can be withheld by request.

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