News

Thu
24
Sep

"BCISD OKs limitation on appraised value with Roehm" by: Jessica Shepard

   Bay City ISD trustees unanimously approved an agreement for limitation on appraised value of property for the district’s maintenance and operations taxes with Roehm America LLC., after a brief executive session during their regular meeting, Monday Sept. 21.
   Board members present included Bob Klepac, James Scardami, Jerry Manning, Trent Tinnin and Eddie Nelson; trustees Frankie Cole and John DeWitt were absent.
   “I am extremely excited to have Roehm America in our district,” said BCISD Superintendent Dr. Marshall Scott, III.
   “This community partnership will provide additional resources and flexibility for BCISD to continue growing our instructional programs and offerings.”
   Roehm proposes building “a $500 million, 70-employee, world-scale plant to produce Methyl Methacrylate, an important raw material for applications in a variety of industries” that include automotive and construction, among others.

Thu
24
Sep

"City agrees to purchase power with new plan" by: Mike Reddell

   City Council approved a new agreement with Texas Coalition for Affordable Power (TCAP) that calls for purchasing power two years in advance of delivery to members, at council’s regular meeting Tuesday, Sept. 22.
   The city joined TCAP in June 2018 and its new procurement program is called Strategic Hedging Program (SHP).
   Instead of buying electricity through a fixed price longer term contract – the existing TCAP agreement expires in 2022 – SHP will acquire one twelfth of the annual supply each month, two years forward year-to-year.
   Finance Director Scotty Jones said she reached out to TCAP about the new program and said “it worked very well.”
   She added that she watched as 96 cities joined up for SHP and recommended the city’s approval to save money on buying power.
   “It sounds like a really good deal,” Jones said.

Thu
24
Sep

High tide, storm surge flooding

Photo/ Precinct 6 Constable Bill Orton
Above, a flooded Sargent neighborhood from Tropical Storm Beta. Emergency Operation Center (EOC) spokesman Mitch Thames reported on the fading storm Beta late Tuesday. “We believe we are moving to recovery and clean up mode, the worst hit areas are the coast. The high tides along with the storm surge has flooding much of the lower areas of both Sargent and the township of Matagorda.”

Thu
24
Sep

"Sept. 30 is deadline for 2020 Census" by: Jessica Shepard

   The 2020 Census deadline is next Wednesday, September 30 for all residents.
   Channel 13 ABC-Houston reported that Matagorda County was one of the lowest reported census responses with only 39% of residents on Sept. 9.
   “The census is important to Matagorda County because the data they collect is used to determine if we’re eligible for state and federal grants,” said Bay City Community Development Corporation Executive Director Jessica Russell.
      “Programs that provide funding for health services, infrastructure, and economic development are just a few examples of funding opportunities we’ve qualified for based on the information you provide the Census.”
   “The 2020 Census data to make critical decisions,” said the 2020 Census website.
   “The results will show where communities need new schools, new clinics, new roads, and more services for families, older adults, and children. 

Thu
24
Sep

Plans under way for memorial to Haskell Simon

   Plans are being made for a memorial to Haskell Simon for all of his contributions to Matagorda County and the State of Texas.
   If you would like to make a donation in memory of Haskell please make it to the:
     Wellness Matagorda County Inc. 
   With notation for Haskell Simon Memorial
   Address for the Wellness Matagorda County Inc. is:
   700 3rd Street
   Bay City, Texas 77414
   WMC, Inc. is a 501C-3 and they can provide the necessary documentation for tax free donations. EIN # 20-1798910   

Thu
24
Sep

"Lyondell Equistar expansion to help drainage on Precinct 4 roads" by: Jessica Shepard

   Matagorda County Commissioners Court unanimously approved two drainage lines under County Road 417 (Hoffman Road) during their regular meeting Monday, Sept. 21.
   “I spoke with these fellas (Kellogg, Brown & Root Company) at the first of the year about their expansion in the Clemville area for Lyondell/Equistar,” said Precinct 4 Commissioner Bubba Frick.
   Frick said that the company is building a parking area with space to “lay down materials” during the expansion’s construction phase.
   “These lines will help drainage on my road and the parking lot,” he added.
   “They’re doing this at no cost to the county and are paying for everything – pipes, asphalt, construction materials and all of that.”
   Frick said that he would be doing the asphalt work around the culverts because he “has a particular way that he likes to do them.”

Thu
24
Sep

"Planning Commission off to new start" by: Mike Reddell

   Bay City’s Planning Commission hit the restart button to become a key part of Bay City’s growth.
   The commission met Sept. 17 at City Hall with an agenda that included several high-profile issues that could come before the commission, such as downtown parking housing projects and Texas 35 traffic-control upgrades.
   There was no action taken on those topics, rather they were discussion points, among others, to get the Planning Commission in its new configuration items to consider.
   City Manager Shawna Burkhart presided over this first meeting that included Mayor Robert Nelson and commission members present Joshua Fortenberry and Erik Frankson – both of whom served previously on the group – Floyce Brown, Zeinab Ghais and Jessica Russell, executive director of Bay City Community Development Corporation.
   Public Works Director Barry Calhoun will assist the Planning Commission, Burkhart indicated.

Thu
24
Sep

New law firm opens

Attorneys with Wadler, Perches, Hundl & Kerlick celebrated their newly-renovated office space and grand opening with a ribbon-cutting ceremony Sept. 17. The office is located on 2233 Ave. G in downtown Bay City.
Sentinel photo/Jessica Shepard

Thu
24
Sep

Celanese Bay City Global Impact Day

Contributed photo
The Celanese Bay City Global Impact Day was held at the Boys & Girls Club on Thursday, Sept. 17. 54 volunteers gathered at the club to perform tasks such as painting, powerwashing, making minor repairs, refreshing garden beds, tree trimming, and yard work. Along with that, Celanese employees filled backpacks with toiletry items, shirts, socks and more to the residents at the homeless shelter and also made Care packages for all of the residents at the Matagorda Nursing and Rehab Facility. Celanese gave them items such as puzzle or coloring books, treats, socks, and toiletry items.

Thu
24
Sep

"Pilson: It’s fitting that October is National Seafood Month" By Nicole Pilson Coastal & Marine Resources Texas A&M AgriLife Matagorda County

   Alright, I know September isn’t quite over yet (also, it flew by!) but I want y’all to start looking to October. While it’s traditionally a time for ghouls and pumpkins, it’s also a time for seafood.  
   October is National Seafood Month, which is pretty fitting considering the U.S. is recognized as a global leader in sustainable seafood - for both farmed & wild-caught. 
   If you’re a commercial fishermen or have a farm, you know we have some of the most rigorous and transparent environmental standards in the world.  
   And to the rest of us who enjoy the fruits of these labors, I have a challenge for you! 
   It is probably safe to say that most of have shrimp, fish, or crabs fairly regularly as part of our meals- we do live on the coast with tons of access to fresh seafood, after all.  
   But how often do you think of or check where your seafood comes from?  

Pages

Subscribe to RSS - News