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Commissioners may lift the burn ban

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Montague County Commissioners will meet in called session at 9 a.m. on Feb. 27 to consider lifting the burn ban implemented two weeks ago.
Multiple items are on the agenda for the court, including a discussion on sheriff’s office dispatcher’s salaries. County officials have made several adjustments to the sheriff’s budget after it was discovered dispatchers did not fall under the same rules as jailers and therefore must be paid time and a half when working more than 40 hours a week.
Commissioners also will discuss moving funds from indigent healthcare to contingency. An actuarial valuation from CapRisk Consulting Group will be examined and action will be taken on grant applications to the Office of the Governor.
The court will consider authorizing the judge to sign the map endorsement agreement with Liberty Marketing Company.
Elections Administrator Brandi Shipman will provide commissioners with a quote from Vista Solutions Group to print off around 6,000 county documents and convert them to the new system.
The system was approved in a September meeting and backs up the county’s voter registration, elections and Indigent Healthcare. Shipman explained the software is capable of backing up information that is currently on a one terabyte hard drive. If something were to happen to the building, or to the computer, everything would be lost.
In other business, precinct one will ask to enter the Mark Colley property on Lake Valley Road to pile up debris. A replat of Lot 367 and Lot 368 to Lot 367R in Silver Lakes Ranch will be offered.

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BISD approves administrator contracts, hears about budget error

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By BARBARA GREEN
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Bowie School trustees approved new contracts for all its primary administrators and discussed a hit to the budget thanks to an error in value calculation software.
After an executive session that lasted about an hour the board approved all the contracts presented that included the assistant superintendent, finance director, support services, athletic director, technology director and all the principals. Superintendent Blake Enlow said everyone on the list was approved and no one was left off the list.
School safety also was a topic listed in executive session, but no action was taken or discussed back in open session.

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

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Early voting opens today

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Early voting for the March 5 party primary elections began Tuesday and runs through March 1.
There will be four locations in the county for voting in person: Montague County Annex Community Room, Montague; H.J. Justin Building, Nocona; Saint Jo Civic Center, Saint Jo and Bowie Senior Citizens Center, Bowie. Voters are reminded they can cast ballots at any of these locations thanks to county-wide voting.
Early voting is open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at those four locations starting Feb. 20 and going through Feb. 23. Extended early voting hours at all locations will be 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Feb. 24; 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Feb. 25 and 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Feb. 26-March 1.

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Bowie sends demand letter to Nelson Street contractor

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By BARBARA GREEN
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It appears a letter from the City of Bowie demanding MX Construction return to work immediately on the Nelson and Mill Street drainage projects may be working as the contractor crew returned to the site on Wednesday.
In a Feb. 7 letter to Chris Delgado, project manager, Mike Tibbetts of Hayter Engineering, also representing the city, urged the crew to resume work and resolve problems discovered a month earlier in the inlet/junction box at the intersection.
The box had been constructed on soil that had not been tested – soil that the on-site superintendent for MX said would not pass the required compaction tests.
Bowie City Manager Bert Cunningham said Thursday MX was back at work Wednesday laying water lines and doing other tasks, but the city has not received a final response to how they will move forward on the inlet box. He added the full crew with the supervisor was not yet back.

Read the full story on the demand letter in the weekend Bowie News.

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