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Bowie City Council kills dock ordinance

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By BARBARA GREEN
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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.

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97th District courtroom at Montague to get kevlar panels

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By BARBARA GREEN
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Montague County will make some security upgrades in the 97th District Courtroom and will apply for grants to replace radio equipment in the sheriff’s office following court action Monday.
Commissioner Bob Langford told the court he was approached by Security Baliff James Bacon about installing bulletproof material in the podium and wall panels in front of the judge, court reporter and jury panel. The Kevlar balistic panels are about 1.25 inches thick.
Langford explained this was a recommendation from the security officer, not something pushed by District Judge Trish Byars. The panels would be installed on the inside of the present wall panels providing a shield on the lower level.
County Judge Kevin Benton added active shooter training directs people to get down as low as possible. Langford said this would allow people to crawl along the floor with some protection trying to get to safety.
Read the full story in the mid-week Bowie News.

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Early primary voting ends Friday

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The final week of party primary early voting ends Friday with election day arriving on March 5.
During the weekend the first ever early balloting on Saturday and Sunday took place. Elections Administrator Ginger Wall said the numbers were low at 102 on Saturday and 48 on Sunday, across all four locations.
Through March 1 early voting will be 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. at all four locations.
As of closing Monday night there were 1,160 total early ballots cast across both the Republican and Democratic Party tickets.
The four locations in the county for early voting in person are 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.
In the party primaries a voter must select a party in which to cast a ballot. In a runoff, the voter can only vote in that party’s runoffs.
In Montague County all local races were Republican candidates with only two contested races for precinct one commissioner and 97th District Attorney.

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Four-day work schedule began this week for Bowie city, finance offices

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The new extended four-day work week for Bowie city offices and the finance department began Tuesday and March 1, which will be first Friday the offices will be closed.
New hours will be Monday-Thursday, 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. , and closed on Friday.
After hours call for electric, water or sewer emergencies will go through the Bowie Police Department at 872-2251.

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