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Bowie City Council argues if rate ordinance ‘revenue neutral’

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By BARBARA GREEN
editor@bowienewsonline.com
The Bowie City Council continues to disagree as there was a split vote on an electric rate ordinance with the mayor breaking the tie with a yes vote.
Despite Monday’s approval, it comes back around at the next meeting as the ordinance faces its second reading and final vote.
This ordinance came up after Councilor Tami Buckmaster kept pushing questions about the ordinance, which was not revised when the new rates went into effect Dec. 1.
Earlier in February, City Manager Bert Cunningham told the council after numerous back and forth emails with Schneider Engineering, including Buckmaster’s questions, the engineers found a minor change needed to be made, but the formula used to calculate the costs is correct. A new ordinance was prepared by Schneider.
In an explanation about the change, Cunningham said the reason for a new ordinance goes back to the rate study of 2015 and subsequent rate increase, which also was the last time the rate ordinance was passed. However, in 2016 some changes were made in electric rates without a change in the electric rate ordinance.

Engineer’s rate change results for each electric category.

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Closed session set for jail administrator’s job

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Members of the Montague County Commissioner’s Court will meet for a public hearing on a road issue at 8:45 a.m. and then for its regular session at 9 a.m. both on Nov. 28.
The hearing is for precinct four to consider vacating a 45-foot X 230-foot alley in the Clay Street area in Spanish Fort. Commissioner Bob Langford previously stated he was petitioned for the change on a section of county road that has not been used to his knowledge and in the past has been fenced. This action will clarify the property lines for the owner. Any action would be taken in the regular meeting.
An executive session is scheduled for the 9 a.m. agenda. It relates to personnel regarding the jail administrator’s pay, job description and duties. Any action will be taken back in open session.

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DEA issues new alert about fentanyl/laced fake prescription pills

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The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration is alerting the public of a sharp nationwide increase in the lethality of fentanyl-laced fake prescription pills.
The DEA Laboratory has found that, of the fentanyl-laced fake prescription pills analyzed in 2022, six out of 10 now contain a potentially lethal dose of fentanyl. This is an increase from DEA’s previous announcement in 2021 that four out of 10 fentanyl-laced fake prescription pills were found to contain a potentially lethal dose.

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Bowie Chamber director ballots due Monday

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Members of the Bowie Chamber of Commerce are reminded to turn in their ballot for the director’s election by Nov. 21.
Last week, ballots went out to members to elect five members to the 15-member board. Directors serve a three-year term on the board.
The five candidates with the largest number of votes will begin their term on Feb. 1, 2023 and be introduced at the Jan. 23, 2023 chamber banquet.
There are five names on the ballot, plus a space for a write- in: Chris Anderson, WL Plastics; Gaylynn Burris, mayor; Carol Head, The Shopper; Julie Hopkins, executive director Clear Choice Pregnancy Resource Center and Brad Sherman, Chapman Building.
Membership Director Debbie Herriage said those with questions may call the office at 872-1173 or email info@bowietxchamber.org.

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