18 FREEPORT EATERIES FAIL

GREASE TRAP INSPECTIONS

A citywide inspection found 18 of the 43 restaurants tested by the city for proper grease disposal failed the inspection, Freeport City Manger Jeff Pynes.

City officials identified grease accumulation as the main culprit behind some pipes clogging in Freeport, and launched the inspection program Jan. 23.

The tests were designed to ensure restaurants had grease traps, used them appropriately and had the specific size needed for the volume it used.

Pynes said the number of failures concerned him. He said city staff will continue to investigate what the restaurants are doing with their grease and emphasize how improper disposal affects their business, neighbors and the city.

COUNTY DAY ORGANIZERS ASK HOTEL CANCELERS TO CALL

Organizers are hoping anyone who has to cancel their room in the discounted Brazoria County Day block at the Hilton Austin will call them first.

“If anyone wants to cancel, we’re asking that they call me first,” Debbie Pennington said. “Since it’s not only full but closed, if they call me first we will be able to work out a way to pass the discount on to someone on our waiting list.”

Those on the list already have booked rooms elsewhere, but a cancellation would allow them to move to the Hilton, which is home base for the March 1-3 event, she said.

Pennington said organizers have completed their fundraising goals to pay for each of the sponsored events, and are still accepting items to put in the goodie bags handed out.

Pennington can be reached at 979-848-0560.

HEALTH CARE NAVIGATOR TO BE AVAILABLE AROUND COUNTY

Affordable Care Act navigators will be available for the next nine days to aid residents in choosing the best health coverage provider for them, navigator Agatha Sanchez said. They will be in locations throughout Brazoria County.

The deadline to register for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act is Feb. 15, and Sanchez said the closer to the date, the more people navigators will see.

She advises people to plan accordingly as each session takes about an hour.

Navigators have morning and afternoon sessions each day. For locations, email agatha

sanchez@thechildrens

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