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City of Bowie being sued over tract of lakefront property

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By BARBARA GREEN
editor@bowienewsonline.com
The City of Bowie is being sued in connection with the potential sale of nearly lakefront 25 acreage on Lake Amon G. Carter, originally obtained when the new Bowie Reservoir was built in 1981.
Laura McCarn filed suit against the City of Bowie and the Bowie Water Supply District in 97th District court on Nov. 8. The suit is styled: Plaintiff’s original petition to quiet title and for trespass to try title.
A trespass to try title claim is a legal procedure for challenging the ownership of property, while “action to quiet title” is an equitable remedy for establishing one’s right to ownership of real property against other adverse claimants. The suit states the amount of controversy is expected to be greater than $500,000 and non-monetary relief.
This 24.35 acre tract is located at the end of Indian Trail Road surrounded by the lake and the Silver Lakes Ranch subdivision. It was part of the land obtained by the city to build the new lake. Amon Carter Lake was built in 1956 and the 500-acre Bowie Reservoir was built in 1985. This was a portion that was never developed or used by the city for the lake or anything else.
City Manager Bert Cunningham raised the possibility of selling the land earlier in the summer and took steps to obtain an appraisal. However, in early July the city received a letter indicating the former owners believe the land should go back to them since it was not used for the lake.

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Approximately map rendering of the property in question in the lawsuit. (Mapquest)
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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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