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Bowie City Council approves interlocal agreement with county

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Business was brief and to the point for the Bowie City Council Wednesday as the panel addressed five items of business in a called session.
Leading the agenda is an interlocal agreement between the City of Bowie and Montague County for road repair and maintenance. City Manager Bert Cunningham approached Commissioner One Roy Darden about the entities working together specifically on repairing the storm culverts on Mill Street, which have closed a section of that street since February.
Through this agreement the city and council staff will share equipment, staff and materials, which will all be monitored and documented to create a fair and equal sharing of resources. The commissioners’ court approved the agreement on May 25 contingent on the council approval and a couple of changes.
Cunningham said once the agreement is signed they will be ready to go. The council unanimously approved He added Commissioner Mike Mayfield has already approached him about a second agreement to work with that precinct.
In other topics, the council approved the second reading of three ordinances related to eliminating the “U-Turn” restrictions in front of the junior high; changed fees related to the pool and summer recreation and revised traffic control for school schools making sure they are consistent in speed and time periods across the city.

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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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