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Thu
26
Nov

New City Council members

Sentinel photo/Mike Reddell
New Bay City Council members Floyce Brown and Jim Folse are sworn in by Mayor Robert Nelson at council’s regular meeting Nov. 17. Please see other photos from that session on Page 9.

Thu
26
Nov

"Scardami new BCISD board president" by: Jessica Shepard

   Bay City ISD trustees restructured the board after swearing in new members, Nov. 16.
   Current trustees Bob Klepac, Trent Tinnin, James Scardami, John DeWitt and Edward Nelson officially welcomed Priscilla Robinson and Mark West to the board.
   With the board reorganized, Scardami is now the board president, Tinnin is vice president and DeWitt was appointed to the secretary position.
   After over 40 minutes in executive session, the board unanimously approved for BCISD Superintendent Dr. Marshall Scott III to pursue contract negotiations for land and the former Bay City Intermediate campus at 2517 16th Street in Bay City.
   In July, the board approved a $14,563 bid from SAL Holdings, LLC for purchasing the property.

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Thu
26
Nov

"County OKs emergency pact with STP" by: Jessica Shepard

   Commissioners unanimously approved a letter of agreement supporting the STP Nuclear Operating Company during emergencies, drills, and exercises during their regular meeting Monday, Nov. 23.
   The letter outlines Bay City Palacios and Matagorda County as partners with STP for emergency response based on the emergency management for all entities.
   “This is an annual agreement that we all approve of and I sign off on,” said County Judge Nate McDonald.
   “This agreement provides emergency services to STP and response services to the county, Bay City, or Palacios as well. 
   The county will provide local sources upon request or state and federal resources if there is a disaster declaration.
   “Those resources include road-clearing equipment, off-road and high-water vehicles, boats and helicopters for staff and equipment access to the STP site,” he added.

Thu
26
Nov

"Jetty walkway repairs to begin Dec. 1" by: Mike Reddell

   U.S. Corps of Engineering plans to begin work on the jetty walkway at Matagorda Beach beginning Dec. 1.
   “The jetty walkway project is still living,” George Harrison told Matagorda County EDC board members at their regular meeting Friday, Nov. 20.
   The long-sought project – several areas along the walkway need repair - will take about 10 days, said Harrison, who also is a Port of Bay City Authority commissioner. 
   Harrison also noted the Corps is expected to begin dredging the mouth of the Colorado River jetties in four to six weeks.
   In his report to the board, MCEDC Executive Director Mike Ferdinand reported that Air Liquide is moving forward with its industrial gases plant construction at the Port of Bay City property near the OQ Chemicals campus.
   Work should be complete in May 2021.

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Thu
26
Nov

Thanksgiving holiday closings

   Thanksgiving falls on Thursday, Nov. 26 this year.
   All county and city offices will be closed from Thursday-Friday, Nov. 26-27, and will resume normal business hours Monday, Nov. 30.
   Federal offices, including banks and the U.S. Postal Service will also be closed Thursday.
   Normal federal operating hours resume Friday, Nov. 27.
   Banks also will be open Friday.
   Bay City, Tidehaven, and Van Vleck ISDs will be closed for Thanksgiving break until Monday, Nov. 30.
   Trash pickups normally scheduled for Thursday will not be collected this week.
   Instead, Thursday pickups will be collected Monday next week and Friday garbage pickups stays the same.
   The Bay City Sentinel office will be closed from Thursday-Friday as well and open at normal hours Nov. 30.

Thu
26
Nov

"Blackmon to leave coaching for middle school asst. principal job" by: Mike Reddell

   Robert Blackmon will be changing jobs at Van Vleck next school year – he will go from Head Leopard Football Coach to middle school assistant principal.
   “Coach Blackmon is ready for a change and we are in need of some extra help as we move into our new middle school next school year,” said Van Vleck ISD Superintendent John O’Brien Tuesday, Nov. 24.
   “He will be moving to an assistant principal’s role next school year,” O’Brien added.
   “We are excited about the opportunity of having Coach join us on our administrative team.”
   Meanwhile, the superintendent added, “The search is on for a new Athletic Director/Head Football Coach.”
   The district has begun advertising for his replacement on its website.
   Blackmon finished his seventh year at his alma mater this fall and the Leopards went 3-6 this season and were the fourth seed in District 14-3A-2.

Thu
26
Nov

Dec. 4 deadline to register for PARD’s ‘Clause Applause’

   The deadline to register for this year’s Bay City Parks and Recreation Department’s “Clause Applause” Christmas decorating contest is Friday, Dec. 4.
   You can register at the Parks Administration Building, 1209 10th Street, Monday – Friday from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
   Or, register on-line at https://cityofbaycity.org by going to the Parks and Recreation page and clicking on register.
   By registering you give consent for your home/business to be publicized by the city and media. 
   “Bay City – it has been a blah year,” said PARD Supervisor Kelly Penewitt, in a press release.
   “Let’s end the year with light and joy by bringing the Christmas spirit to Bay City! Join us as we light up the city and celebrate the Christmas season!” 
   “We want to encourage residents and businesses to decorate for the holidays as part of ‘Claus Applause’,” she added.
   Contest Criteria:

Thu
26
Nov

CAST finds a new home at Edith Armstrong building

Contributed photo
Community Actors of South Texas (CAST) board members sign a lease with ARC for the Edith Armstrong Center, 912 Nichols Avenue in Bay City

]   The Community Actors of South Texas (CAST) have had to make changes due to COVID-19 and the safety of the community.
   “We were unable to finish our Season like we had planned, which is why as a board, we decided to come up with video skits that we could offer to our community for free,” said CAST Vice President of Productions Zeinab Ghais in a press release.
   “This would allow us to continue to use our creativity and stay relevant. After months of negotiations and discussions, CAST signed a three-year agreement with ARC, to lease the former Edith Armstrong Center at 912 Nichols Avenue, as their new theater space.”
   “This was a tough decision for our Board, especially during the Pandemic, but we are excited to finally have a home,” said CAST Board President Kara Cowart.
   “Our site selection committee of Kevin Knox and Zeinab Ghais did a great job of talking with real estate agents and arranging tours of different facilities. 

Thu
26
Nov

City recognizes Garza, Wakefield

Sentinel photo/Mike Reddell
At City Council’s Nov. 17 meeting, Mayor Robert Nelson recognized two city employees, Roel Garza and William Wakefield, as heros for life saving actions of an elderly gentleman. The two noticed the man lying in his driveway and stopped to help him. They were only able to discover he fell down until he became unresponsive at which point they called 911. The steps they took saved this man's life. The two were recognized in front of their entire department by the Public Works Director Barry Calhoun and presented with awards. "They take pride in what they do and we are proud of them. They are a great example of great human beings," Nelson said.

Thu
26
Nov

"Bay City November sales tax rebate up 8% over same month last year" by: Mike Reddell

   Bay City November sales tax rebates were 8% higher than the same month last year.
   Bay City November sales tax rebates totaled $569,017, which is 8% than $522,356 reported in November 2019.
   Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar recently announced he sent cities, counties, transit systems and special purpose taxing districts $890.5 million in local sales tax allocations for November, 4.8 percent more than in November 2019. 
   These allocations are based on sales made in September by businesses that report tax monthly, and on sales made in July, August and September by quarterly filers.
   For the year, Bay City has received $6,158,616, which is 12% higher than the $5,450,424 the city received in the same period last year.

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