Bowie City Council kills dock ordinance
By BARBARA GREEN
Disagreements on the permit fee to build structures on the Bowie Reservoir side of Lake Amon G. Carter led to the defeat of an ordinance that would have allowed docks, piers, boathouses and walkways.
The Bowie City Council could not come to an agreement but it was the building permit fee that was the stickler.
City Manager Bert Cunningham offered the proposal back in June that would lift the present restrictions on structures on the newer side of the lake. Plans would have to be submitted to the city for review and construction requires a permit that carried a fee of $10,000. The new structure once built also would have to pass inspection by the city code staff.
The city manager said the permit fees would be placed in a restricted account that would be used to remove any structures that fall into disrepair or cause safety issues, as well as not meeting the ordinance building requirements.
Cunningham told the council this would eliminate some of the problems the city encountered years ago on the other side of the lake, where it had no authority to police structures. Violations of the ordinance may carry up to a $2,000 fine.
Read the full story in the mid-week Bowie News.
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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