Commissioners court meets on Monday
Montague County Commissioners will meet at 9 a.m. on June 25 to address a variety of topics from Crime Stoppers to a budget workshop.
The court will consider a fee that would go to the to the Montague County Crime Stoppers program as a condition of community supervision.
The program operates on donations or fundraisers to provide reward funds for tips that help in solving crime. Crime Stoppers kicked off about two months ago.
A request from the sheriff’s office to invoice the Nocona Police Department for dispatch services will be considered along with the health service agreement from Southern Health Partners for inmate medical care.
A distinguished service award certificate will be presented to members of the Montague County Historical Commission.
The commissioners also will convene into a budget workshop and they are expected to hear from other elected officials and department heads about their budget requests.
Other topics for Monday include: Open bids for a 1985 International Truck; precinct two request to enter the Josh Swint property on Leona Road to clear a fence line; budget revenue amendment and payment to the City of Nocona for the county’s portion of the demolition and removal of the structure of 202 7th Street in Nocona; authorize the county judge to sign the home-delivered meal grant program resolution; consider replat of three lots in Frontier Shores Lake Estates; hazard mitigation plan update; and authorize the appointment and reappointment of individuals to the board of directors of the Nortex Housing Finance Corporation.
Bowie Council to hear Nelson Street repair presentation
Members of the Bowie City Council will see a design presentation on the Nelson Street Bridge project at its 6 p.m. June 12 meeting.
Mike Tibbets with Hayter Engineering will meet with the council to review the design that would make repairs to the closed section of Nelson Street.
The block of Nelson Street at Kiwanis Park and Mill was closed on Aug. 21, 2022 after a section on the north side of the road failed and collapsed. This area along Nelson, Lamb and Rock have experienced ongoing drainage problems for many years.
City crews have undertaken significant work in the Kiwanis Park and Lamb Street area to slow the flow of water, but major work is needed to replace the large culverts that go under the street at Nelson and nearby drop boxes, as downstream at Rock and Pillar.
Hayter has estimated the Nelson Street repairs and the connecting work on Mill would run around $2 million. However, Public Works Director Stony Lowrance had told the council if they make repairs at Nelson that will only push more water down the channel and possibly blow out the culverts that need replacing at Rock and Pillar. Adding those repairs could add another million or more to the project.
The council will consider not only the Nelson Street repair, but alternate bids for Pillar and Rock. City Manager Bert Cunningham has said the city has funds to pay for the Nelson and Mill work if it is around $2 million, but any additional work may require borrowing money or using reserves, which he emphasized they do not want to reduce by too much in order to protect overall general operational costs.
In the city manager’s report, Bert Cunningham will report on the electric grant application he has been preparing. He said the city’s substation needs some improvements, especially a new transformer, and he is pursuing all avenues to help find funding for the substation work.
In new business, the Montague County Tax Appraisal District has submitted its 2024 budget for council action.
An ordinance amendment for the mobile food vendors ordinance will be reviewed, along with a recommendation for a new member to the park’s board.
Public comments wrap up the agenda along with the consent topics.
Tourism blitz makes a stop in Bowie
The World’s Largest Bowie Knife was a stop on the North Texas Travel Information Centers’ Blitz hosted by the Texas Lakes Trail Region on Friday morning. Bowie Mayor Gaylynn Burris welcomed the group to the city. The tour included representatives from Grapevine, Granbury, Cedar Hill, Glen Rose, Lewisville, Weatherford, Denison, Dallas and Waxahachie. Cindy Roller, executive director for Bowie Community Development, which is a member of the region, also took part. The Blitz visited Grapevine, Bowie, Wichita Falls, Gainesville and Denison all in one day. (Photo by Barbara Green)
County to begin budget preparations
The Montague County Commissioner’s Court is expected to begin its budget preparations with a workshop set on the 9 a.m. June 12 agenda.
With preliminary values recently released the court can begin considering elected and department officials’ budget requests, along with any new improvements or projects being considered for the new year’s budget.
Certified values will not be available until early July at which point the court can establish a proposed tax rate. The preliminary values, which usually fluctuate when the certified values are set, were up by $171,233,923 above the 2022 certifieds. Based on the 2022 tax rate of .5036 cents per $100 in property value the county could see additional revenue of $862,334.04.
In other financial items, the 2023 Montague County Tax Appraisal District budget will be presented for court approval.
Commissioners will consider the sheriff’s office request to purchase an incinerator and propane tank.
Read the full story in the weekend Bowie News.
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