Fall clean-up for all, swimming for your health
Neva Lindell offered several ideas for the Build a Better Bowie campaign.
“The Big Fall Haul”
Organize a weekend(s) in the fall to clean up the junk just lying around.
This could include old sofas, stoves, broken toys, non-working appliances, branches under four-feet long, etc. Haul ‘em away. Beautify Bowie.
•The Big Fall Haul would be free to residents.
• Put a bid out to hire (Montague County) one or four big truck teams to haul it away.
• Set up command posts in parking lots in all parts of town.
• Organize groups of volunteers to coordinate loading.
• The adult volunteers could be individuals or teams from VFW, Kiwanis, church groups, etc.
• Young adult volunteers could be Boy Scouts, FFA, 4-H or church groups.
• These volunteers could go out Thursday and knock on doors to see if folks needed stuff toted to the curb.
• Saturday, load it up and haul it away.
• Volunteers who help and residents who need their help would need to fill out a hold harmless agreement.
• The truck companies would have to sign a COI and hold harmless.
• The city could pay for the big trucks, dump fees and provide cookies and coffee for the command stations. Apply for a grant to help cover costs.
• Promote The Big Fall Haul heavily: Bowie News, 81/2X11-inch fliers for businesses and churches, and the radio station. Maybe Wendy can talk about it.
• If successful, it could be an annual event.
The outdoor pool is beautiful. Consider having extended pool hours.
• Lap swimming from 7-9 a.m. or 7-9 p.m.
• Maybe a morning fitness class.
This could be a low-cost way to promote fitness and fun in the community. It would also provide employment and responsibility for guards.
Promote in the Bowie News, flyers and on the radio station. Maybe there is a grant to help fund this.
Alton “Fred” Allen
March 17, 1945 – May 15, 2022
RINGGOLD – Alton “Fred” Allen, 77, longtime resident of Ringgold, passed away on May 15, 2022 in Bowie.
The family received friends from 7 – 8 p.m. on May 17 at the White Family Funeral Home in Bowie. A graveside service will take place at 11 a.m. on May 18 at Cowboy’s Last Ride Cemetery in Bowie with Richard Allen officiating.
Fred was born March 17, 1945 in Decatur to Alton “Frank” and Zula Prestwood Allen. He was a lifelong worker in the oil field and in his free time enjoyed fishing, hunting and spending time with his grandchildren.
He is preceded in death by his parents and brothers, Dick Allen and Gene Allen.
Fred is survived by his children, Lynn Allen, Ringgold and Zula Carol Dietrich and husband Steve, Petrolia; grandchildren, Blake Allen, Brady Allen, Barrett Allen, Jason Gray, Jennifer Gray, Terry Dietrich and Timothy Dietrich; great-grandchildren Cody and Kendra Harralson and Lincoln Gray; sister Zelta Baker, Bloomfield, NM and numerous nieces and nephews.
Arrangements entrusted to the White Family Funeral Home of Bowie.
Council facing lengthy agenda of new business
Bowie City Councilors face a lengthy agenda of new business on Oct. 25 spanning outside audit proposals, amendments to the personnel policy and six planning and zoning commission requests.
The panel will meet at 6 p.m. in council chambers.
A pair of audit proposals will be reviewed from Edgin, Parkman, Fleming and Fleming, and Mathis, West & Huffines Group.
The personnel policy amendments center on paid quarantine leave and officer mental health leave.
A resolution for repayment of opioid-related expenditures and payment to abate opioid-related harms will be reviewed, along with the 2021 tax roll.
The council also will discuss the Richwood Lake Estates Park at Amon Carter Lake. This topic is a proposition on the Nov. 2 ballot.
An executive session will have the council discuss economic development negotiations on a project. Janis Crawley, executive director of the Bowie Economic Development Corporation, also will give the council an update on the recent Economic Development Administration grant that will provide $1,460,000 to the BEDC for infrastructure work at the Bowie Business Park.
City Manager Bert Cunningham will make his monthly report discussing the asset management program, the audit, search for a new finance director, a program with Honeywell that evaluates facilities on where the city can save money and an update from the Association of Rural Communities.
Public comments and the consent agenda wrap up Monday night’s council agenda.
Department of Public Safety officers are investigating a pair of multi-fatality accidents in Montague County Thursday night. One occurred at US 82 and FM 1806 and a half hour later one occurred near Star Travel Center outside Bowie. No details were available Friday but watch for updates.
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