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Saint Jo City Council to meet Wednesday

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The Saint Jo City Council will meet at 6 p.m. on Feb. 10 with a Texas’ new open-carry weapons policy headlining the agenda.

The council may enter into executive session to discuss the matter with City Attorney Andy Messer.

After executive session, the council will reconvene and discuss and act on the new open-carry law, which was established on Jan. 1.

There also will be discussion and action on amending the current 2015-16 fiscal year budget.

After citizen comments, the meeting will begin with several citizen requests. Sheri Davis will ask to have a five-kilometer color run in Saint Jo to benefit the Relay for Life.

John and Dena Moragues’ will make a request to burn within the city limits, and Paul Sampson requests water services – even though he lives outside city limits.

There will be discussion on the proposed 2016 Texas Municipal Retirement System rate, which provides benefits to employees of Texas municipalities such as Saint Jo.

Chamber of Commerce President Dick Crist will meet with the council to discuss three initiatives the organization is purusing.

There also will be approval of a 2015 racial profile report from the police department, minutes from the Jan. 13 meeting, paying bills and financial statements

Reports will be given in writing by city department heads, including Police Chief Tyler Roy, Public Works Director Marty Hilton and Fire Chief Scott Thomas.

 

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Judges named to preside over DA Hall cases

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By BARBARA GREEN
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Judges have been named for the two cases involving 97th District Attorney Casey Hall, including the indictment for theft and a petition for removal as DA.
On July 11, Judge David L. Evans, presiding judge for the Eighth Administration Region of Texas, assigned E. Lee Gabriel to handle the indictment case against Hall. The judge then named Bruce McFarling for the removal petition case.
The two-term DA Hall was indicted by the Montague County Grand Jury July 15 on a charge of theft of property $2,500 to $30,000, a state jail felony. The allegations stem from reported misappropriation of state grant funds.

Read the full story in the mid-week Bowie News.

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Safe room rebate available

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The City of Bowie has been awarded a $60,000 grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency to fund a Residential Safe Room Rebate Program.
This program will provide a 50% rebate of the cost of a residential storm shelter, up to a maximum of $3,000. The city’s grant is sufficient to provide rebates for about 20 residential storm shelters.
The Bowie Office of Emergency Management will be hosting an informational meeting at 6:30 p.m. on July 30 at city hall, 307 N. Mason Street, to explain the program’s requirements, answer questions, and distribute applications.
If you are a homeowner who lives within the city limits of Bowie, and are interested in this program, please plan on attending. For more information, email city emergency management coordinator at [email protected].

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Court approves election judges, bridge agreements

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By BARBARA GREEN
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Montague County Commissioners Monday approved four bridge replacement agreements and finalized the list of election judges and clerks as the Nov. 5 general election was called.
The court made quick work of its relatively brief agenda of business in less than 30 minutes.
County Elections Administrator Ginger Wall presented the order calling for the election on Nov. 5, along with the slate of election judges, alternate judges and clerks for the 2024-2025 elections.

Read the full story in the mid-week Bowie News.

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