Wednesday, April 19, 2006

LJ's new "Hilton"

A bunch of Dutch and Belgian firefighters visited Lake Jackson's new firehouse.

"That's not a station, that's a Hilton!" one of the Begians told a reporter for the local paper.

The Euros compared the facility to a "5-star hotel."

Lake Jackson has an all-volunteer fire department. The city has a population of about 27,000. It built a two-story, 30,000 square foot firehouse at a cost of $3.4 million.

It's nice that we impressed the Belgian and Dutch firemen, who'll regale their comrades about the 5-star firehouse they saw in Texas, but I still don't feel good about it.


Cristian said...

I don't mind the firehouse. With Dow and BASF so close to LJ, I'm rather thankful for the fine facilities. The exuberance in funding was probably one of those "Use It or Lose It" kind of things.

What pisses me off more is the "phases" of construction on Oak Drive. What's up with that?

Oh, that and the complete and utter lack of synchronization of the traffic lights in this city amazes/frustrates me to no end. What the hell is wrong with the LJ city engineers? Have you tried to make a trip from say Lake Rd to Dixie on Oyster Creek? You can't!

Sorry...I'm done ranting now.

Taylor said...

Cristian please do not get me started on that drive. I have to make that trip nearly every day and it still manages to suprise me how the result is the same everytime. Oh and on the actual post I hope those Dutch and Belgians will finally realize whose number one now. They can suck it.

Diane White said...

Isn't this the same town that has the incredibly huge and magnificently architected public schools?

Having only visited there, I'm wondering what the city dog pound looks like (?).

Cristian said...

"Isn't this the same town that has the incredibly huge and magnificently architected public schools?"

Uh, no. A few are new, and even one, Lake Jackson Intermediate, is rather large, but it's just the perfect size. I guess, on second thought, that's what you're referring to. Sure, it's nice. But the kids need that sort of nice facitlity. Even the school on "the other side of the tracks", Clute, is getting a new facility. The kids feel better all around, and the community appreciates it. The district is doing a fairly decent job of making sure the kids have reasonably adequate edifices.

Now if we could just raise teacher pay...

Jo said...

Hey Cristian,

Have you ever seen Freeport's Intermediate School? Same district, but a little further down the street.

After a certain point, it's all just bells and whistles. It's the staff working on the inside of the buildings that make an exemplary school. Of course, it's easier to work in a building with a clean, reliable AC system, not to mention stairs that don't sway during class changes.