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"County fire chiefs seek united dispatch center" by: Mike Reddell

Sentinel photo/Mike Reddell
County Judge Nate McDonald talks with fire chiefs from several county fire departments after commissioners court Monday, Aug. 13, when chiefs presented problems with the present emergency dispatch network.

   Crucial emergency dispatch problems among Matagorda County first responders drew fire chiefs from several fire departments to voice their concerns to commissioners court Monday, Aug. 13.
   The fire chiefs and other first responders are asking the county to create a united dispatch center to avoid time-costly dropped and misdirected calls.
   County Judge Nate McDonald talked with the fire chiefs after Monday’s court meeting and Sheriff Skipper Osborne met with the group in a closed-door meeting later that afternoon.
   There could be a place in Bay City that’s becoming available as a possible site for the dispatch center, Matagorda Fire Chief Clay Bishop said he learned Monday, in an interview with the Bay City Sentinel.
   Midfield Fire Chief Vic Collins was the first to speak to commissioners Monday morning about dispatch problems.

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Aug

"Zanotti new Tenaris president; discusses steel plant’s progress" by: Mike Reddell

Sentinel photo/Mike Reddell
Luca Zanotti, left, Tenaris president, visits with commissioners court Monday, joined by Roberto De Hoyos, Tenaris vice president of public affairs.

    Luca Zanotti was recognized as the new Tenaris president of U.S. operations at commissioners court’s meeting Monday, Aug. 13.
   “I’m here to report good news,” Roberto De Hoyos, Tenaris Vice President Public Affairs, said in introducing Zanotti.
   Zanotti, previously Tenaris vice president and managing director, replaces German Cura, who was promoted to Tenaris’ board of directors, De Hoyos said.

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16
Aug

"Tidehaven board signals OK with proposed salaries before hearing" by: Jessica Shepard

Tidehaven trustees signaled their approval for raises for additional employee categories as they work on the fiscal 2018-19 budget Monday night, Aug. 13.
   The board will have a public hearing for the 2018-2019 budget and will consider its adoption at a 5:30 p.m. Monday, Aug. 29.
   The 2018-2019 budget is estimated to be $15,830,874 and includes:

Thu
16
Aug

"Mayor’s pay cut for not meeting expectations" by: Jessica Shepard

Sentinel photo/Jessica Shepard
Council members, city attorney listen to discussions on mayor’s performance.

   City Council members unanimously approved the vote to reduce Mayor Mark Bricker’s salary to $63,000 starting Oct. 1, after more than an hour in executive session, Thursday, Aug. 9.
   Bricker’s base annual salary was $83,000, city officials said.
   Bricker was attending municipal training elsewhere and wasn’t present at the regular meeting.
   “He has made effort in some areas with great inconsistencies in others,” said councilman Jason Childers.
   “But, we do agree to re-evaluate him and his performance later. This decrease in salary does not affect his current benefits. We just want to get what we pay for,” he added.
   “On April 12, we sent out an evaluation letter with some things we wanted to see, some things I wanted to see in the form of improvements.

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16
Aug

"Jones guides council through draft of ‘Bay City Works’" by: Jessica Shepard

   Finance Director Scotty Jones shared a rough draft of “Bay City Works” - an implementation/strategic plan for the Vision 2040 plan - during a city council workshop Aug. 9.
   Jones used four main focus points, termed as “Vision 2040 Plan Elements.”
   “Our focus is going to be on governance, infrastructure and facilities, livability and quality of life and community and economic development,” she said.
   Several goals were outlined for 2019 under those four focus areas and included:

  •     Improving the image of Bay City
  •     Organizational and operational effectiveness
  •     Communication
  •     Housing
  •     Downtown revitalization and historic preservation
  •     Tourism
  •     Land use
  •     Parks and Recreation

   Objectives for completing the goals were given to specific city departments and partnerships.

Thu
16
Aug

Pilot Club plans Celebrity Waiter

Bay City Sentinel Photo/ Jessica Shepard

   The Pilot Club of Bay City is holding its 8th annual “Celebrity Waiter” fundraiser beginning with a social hour at 6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 18, at the Bay City Service Center.
   Dinner starts at 7 p.m. and features a full meal including dessert and a selection of wine.
Celebrity Waiters will serve and entertain the guests at their tables and work for tips. 
   Many waiters dress in costume to make the event fun so who knows who will show up. 
   The dinner proceeds will fund the Pilot Club’s projects, which include community awareness of brain safety and brain health.  
   Club projects also include:

Thu
16
Aug

Sargent bridge work

A combined effort of different agencies and machines helped the Sargent bridge replacement contractor, Austin Road and Bridge, to move a giant crane across the swing bridge to the southern bank of the Gulf Intercoastal Waterway this week. Austin Bridge reworked the swing bridge approaches for the crane, which will later move machines and structures for the new corkscrew span across the GIWW. Helping out were l involved, Matagorda County EMS, Sargent Volunteer Fire Department, Matagorda Construction & Materials and TxDOT.
Contributed photos

Thu
16
Aug

SPARK teaches students about marine environment

Bill Balboa with Texas Sea Grant and Texas A&M explains marine life issues in Matagorda Bay.
Contributed photo

   Palacios Library students learn about marine environment though SPARK field trip 
   Recently students from the Palacios Library took part in a new SPARK field trip program, the newest off shoot of Science Rocks. 
   The new SPARK field trip initiative is designed to spark student interest in Matagorda Bay as well as a sense of wonder for our marine environment. 
   Bill Balboa, with Texas Sea Grant and Texas A&M, led the students to the Palacios Pavilion pond and the edge of Tres Palacios Bay, where they learned about the variety of crabs living in the pond, the salinity of the pond water and the relation of tides to oxygen levels in the water. 
   The trip also included an opportunity to use a refractometer to test salinity levels as well as the use of a seining net to observe marine organisms first hand. 
   Assisting Balboa and the students were Vikijane Mosier, Ana Zamora, Laurie Beck and Paula Whitney. 

Thu
16
Aug

"Matagorda County cotton verdict drawing near" By Aaron Sumrall, PhD County Extension Agent Agriculture & Natural Resources

   Several weeks ago, cotton farmers across Matagorda County began noticing a bronzing of cotton leaves as squares began to form and escalated with the onset of blooming. 
   The Matagorda County Extension office and consultants began assessing the concerns and collecting samples to determine possible causes. 
   Fields were showing symptoms of potassium deficiencies and those speculations were confirmed through tissue analysis. So, what is the concern of potassium deficiency to Matagorda County cotton farmers?
   Potassium deficiency in cotton presents a myriad of concerns to management, production, and ultimately, yields. 
   To better understand this, we must first understand the plant biology. 
    Cotton is considered an indeterminant, perennial plant at its core and only grown as an annual crop using plant growth regulator (PGR) hormones. 

Thu
16
Aug

Blackcats communitywide pep rally

Sentinel photo/Jessica Shepard
Bay City School Superintendent Dr. Marshall Scott III prepares to heave a pass to fans at the Communitywide Pep Rally Friday, Aug. 10 at BCHS gym. The event featured all of the upcoming fall participants - BCHS students, Blackcat football players, Ladycat Volleyball players, cheerleaders, Aristocats and the Blackcat marching band.

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