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Lamb St. funding finalized; crews move ahead with work

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By BARBARA GREEN
editor@bowienewsonline.com
The Bowie City Council this week approved an additional $58,900 from the infrastructure fund to continue repairs of the drainage and flooding damage in Kiwanis Park, plus nearby Nelson and Lamb Streets.
Two weeks ago the panel asked Public Works Director Stony Lowrance and City Manager Bert Cunningham to provide more specific cost estimates for the proposed retaining wall, concrete and culvert replacements. They had made a request to use $100,000 from the infrastructure fund to do this section of the work.
At the prior council meeting, Lowrance referred to a pair of engineer studies for two separate plans to repair the flood damaged areas from 2015 and 2016 rainfall. Those plans had projected costs of $1.8 million and $2.3 million, and the city has been unable to find any grant opportunities to help with funding so the damage has laid dormant.
While the most visible damage is at Lamb and Nelson where the street was closed when the culvert collapsed, there is additional work needed down the channel. Lowrance told the council this $100,000 is “just a drop in the bucket.”
Monday night Lowrance reviewed a three-phase plan for the Lamb Street bridge clean-out. Last week an excavator arrived to begin cleaning out debris in the area so they could more clearly see what has to be done. This week work moved over to Kiwanis Park.

Read the full story and the city manager’s monthly report in the Saturday Bowie News.

City crews began clearing out this drainage ditch in Kiwanis Park Tuesday. (Photo by Barbara Green)
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Courthouse, annex to close Tuesday

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Based on the forecast of overnight inclement weather and hazardous road conditions, the Montague County Courthouse and annex offices will be closed tomorrow, Jan. 31.

CLAY COUNTY CLOSINGS

The Clay County Courthouse, Annex, Library, and Extension offices will be closed on Jan. 31 reports County Judge Mike Campbell. .

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County, appraisal offices close early; tax deadline extended due to inclement weather

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Tax Montague County Judge Kevin Benton said at noon Tuesday, the county offices will be closing at 1 p.m. today. Kathy Phillips, county tax assessor said due to inclement weather conditions and the necessity to close the County Tax Office, all penalties and late fee deadlines will be extended through Thursday, Feb. 2, 2023 at 5 p.m. We apologize for the inconvenience.

The Montague County Tax Appraisal District also is closing its offices at 1 p.m. Monday and the same deadline will apply for those payments coming to that entity. All penalties and late fee deadlines will be extended to 5 p.m. on Feb. 2.

DOCKET CANCELLED –

Due to current weather conditions, the County Judge has decided to cancel the Misdemeanor Arraignment Dockets on Wednesday, February 1, 2023 at 9:00 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Please help spread the word.

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School delays and closures

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Bowie ISD – Due to deteriorating road conditions, BISD will release all campuses at 11:30 a.m. today.

Bellevue ISD reports due to worsening road conditions schools will close at 10 a.m. today. Busses will leave at that time. Ball games that had been rescheduled for tonight have been canceled as well.

Saint Jo ISD will be closed Monday due to anticipated icy road conditions.

Montague ISD will dismiss at noon today due to anticipated icy road conditions. Please stay safe and warm. They will look to reschedule the basketball game at a later date.

Tonight’s Bowie basketball games and senior night have been postponed. Makup times and dates will be announced at a later time.

Nocona ISD will release today at 11:30 a.m.

Nocona has canceled Monday’s basketball game against Seymour that was initially scheduled for 2 p.m. today.

Forestburg ISD is releasing immediately with busses running at 10:25 a.m.

Forestburg has rescheduled Tuesday’s home varsity basketball game against Gold-Burg to 6 p.m. on Thursday.

North Central Texas College – Bowie and Graham campuses will be closed today due to weather.

OTHER CLOSURES OR DELAYS

Nocona Senior Citizens Center staff reports the dining room is closed today it will reopen Thursday due to weather conditions.

The Jan. 31 Bowie Project Graduation spaghetti dinner has been moved to Feb. 7.

Jackrabbit/Lady Rabbit basketball games tonight have been postponed. Coaches will announce the make-up date and time when determined.

BHS Senior Night activities will be next Tuesday (Feb 8th) Bowie vs. Vernon.

The Gold-Burg varsity basketball games against Forestburg are postponed due to inclement weather. The district game will be rescheduled as soon as time is available.

Bowie Library – Due to weather conditions we will extend all due dates to Friday, February 3rd. If you have questions please call 940-872-2681. The library will be open at regular hours but we are also canceling all programs for the week.

The Bowie Project Graduation spaghetti dinner set for Jan. 31 has been moved to Feb. 7 due to the weather.

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