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Bowie City Council to receive 4-day work week proposal

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The Bowie City Council will have a lengthy agenda when it meets at 6 p.m. on Feb. 12.
The city manager will provide updates on multiple city projects along with a discussion tabled from last month for a “compressed” work schedule for the city staff.
City Manager Bert Cunningham will offer updates for the Nelson and Mill Street drainage project, plus the sewer line installation, substation planning, water leaks, solid waste grant, highway department scoring, community block grant water line and its bid opening and downtown revitalization proposal.
Concerning a possible four-day work week for city employees, this topic was postponed from the Jan. 8 meeting. A possible proposal would be a compressed work week with four 10-hour days and Friday off.
Cunningham was slated to present information he obtained while surveying other cities that use this schedule, and Pamela Woods, finance director, was set to present information on behalf of the employees.
A possible schedule could be 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 1 hour lunch and closed Friday stated Woods in her letter to the council.

Read the full story in the weekend Bowie News.

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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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