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23
Jul

Bay City Library luncheon honors local heroes

Sentinel photo/Jessica Shepard
Officers of the Bay City Police Department and Bay City ISD Police Department were present during the "Hometown Heroes" luncheon sponsored by the Bay City Public Library July 21.

   Veterans, first-responders and other local heroes were honored with a luncheon at the Bay City USO Service Center Tuesday July 21.
   The luncheon wrapped up the Bay City Public Library’s summer program “Every Hero has a Story.”
   “As part of our program we invited participants to write a letter to their personal hero,” said library director Andrea Savage.
   Donnie Fondon, age 7, wrote to Batman and Robin, explaining why they were his favorite hero.
   He chose them as his heroes “because they fight crime and they’re good guys.”
   Batman made a guest appearance and thanked Donnie for his letter as well as the other first-responders present for being heroes.
Thu
23
Jul

Tenaris CEO visit

Tenaris photo
Tenaris Chairman and CEO Paolo Rocca visited the TenarisBayCity construction site Sunday, July 19, and received an update on the project’s progress. Rocca recognized the TenarisBayCity team for their commitment to safety and quality during the visit. Shown, from left, are: Rolando Testini, TenarisBayCity Project Director; Rocca; Alex Corra, Tenaris Senior Assistant; Vincenzo Crapanzano, Tenaris Industrial Director.

Thu
16
Jul

County treasurer loses investment officer role

County Treasurer Tammy McDonald’s authority as the county’s investment officer was removed by commissioners court, which appointed County Auditor Cathy Ezell to handle the job temporarily.
   “The commissioners court was made aware that the county’s money market account had been closed,” Precinct 2 Commissioner Kent Pollard said at the court’s regular session Monday, July 13.
   The reasons given by Prosperity Bank in closing the account, he said, were “for continual abuse of withdrawals from that account.”
   Pollard indicated that Prosperity had repeatedly notified the county treasurer’s office about the number of withdrawals. The commissioner also said the excess transactions violated statutes covering county money-market account withdrawals.
Thu
16
Jul

Oilman’s tourney helps several county agencies

Times are tougher this year in the oil patch but that won’t keep one of the great Texas coastal fishing tournaments from helping local charities and boosting Matagorda and Matagorda County economies this week.
   The 14th Texas Oilman’s Charity Invitational Fishing Tournament (TOIFT) begins Thursday and runs through Saturday at Matagorda Harbor.
   “They will fill nearly every hotel room in Matagorda County,” said County Judge Nate McDonald.
Thu
16
Jul

Council reviews art center plans

Representing eight months of planning and discussion, plans for the proposed Community Arts Center were presented to city council at its June 9 meeting.
   “It has been eight months since I came to council and you let me work on this,” Zeinab Ghais said in leading off discussion of the arts center.
   The arts center would serve the community – within walking distance of downtown - with a unifying organization for artists and art groups, Ghais said.
   The center would provide a venue, Mayor Mark Bricker said in an executive summary of the center he circulated at council’s meeting, for acting, dancing and art groups.
   She presented a $300,000 proposal for purchasing Bay City’s old Main Theater on F Street and renovating it for the arts center.
   Ghais explained that $150,000 of that total could come from city hotel tax revenues, while the rest would come from the city’s general fund.
Thu
16
Jul

Lots of help in launching Fairfield Inn

About 40 civic, business and government leaders attended the groundbreaking ceremony for the Fairfield Inn & Suites Tuesday morning. Taking part in the official groundbreaking were, from left: Ragu Sada, president, G2 Builders Corporation; Julie Estlinbaum, Bay City mayor pro-tem; Keith Brown, chairman, Bay City Chamber of Commerce and Agriculture; Mark Bricker, Bay City mayor; Nate McDonald, county judge; Jay Parshottam, Div Bhagat and Hiten Parshottam, Fairfield Inn owners.
Fairfield Inn will have 80 units on its nearly six acres off Texas 35 west across from the BCISD administration building. The hotel is projected to be complete in spring 2016.
Sentinel photo/Mike Reddell

Thu
16
Jul

Lynn close to finishing BayTex revival

Sentinel photo/Mike Reddell
Stuart Lynn shows off a small section of pattern on wrought-iron fence that will surround the BayTex apartments.

Stuart Lynn says he’s close to his dream of resurrecting the BayTex.
   Almost all of the interior work – sheet rocking, cabinetry, appliances, granite counter tops and plumbing – is done on three first-floor apartments that will serve as models for the Bay-Tex units on all three floors.
   “The first three units are finishing up,” said Lynn, owner of Lynn & Associates.
   And while those three units are close, the rest of the units are well under way, Lynn said in a walk-through of the soon-to-open upscale apartment complex Friday.
   “So far everything is going on schedule,” Lynn said of the historic 1927 Bay City landmark that he bought last year and began constructing the 18 units on the three floors last fall.
   Lynn said he expects the three initial units to be finished by July 24. He’s awaiting AEP to bring power to the complex.
   “By Oct. 1, it will be totally complete.”
Thu
16
Jul

Hay bale fire lots of work

Sentinel photo/Mike Reddell
Bay City firefighters and city workers had the hot chore of putting out fires in 10 hay round bales near the Oaks of Bay City Apartments on Hiram Brandon Street Thursday afternoon, July 9. Each bale on fire had to be broken apart, firefighters said, since the blaze worked toward the middle of the bale.

Thu
16
Jul

Non-city residents paid taxes, but half on water, sewer

  City council discovered a different kind of loophole during a public hearing on annexing about 33 platted and reserve lots within the Live Oak Estates subdivision.
   Mayor Mark Bricker pointed out the annexation was proposed for an area served by city water and sewer lines.
   “We’re making the proper action to bring it in” the city, Bricker said.
   While the residents in the designated area avoided paying double the rates for city provided water and sewer service – as required of anyone living outside the city limits – they were paying city taxes, which people in unincorporated areas normally don’t pay.
   “I’ve been paying city taxes for nine years, but you’re saying I haven’t been in the city,” one resident remarked at the public hearing on the annexation.
   Bricker said people living outside the city limits pay double the water and sewer rates charged inside Bay City.
Thu
16
Jul

Safe water to drink is focus of city

  Last time, we published an article that provided background information on a new drinking water protection program. 
  This is the second in a series of articles on local drinking water resources.
  Protecting the water you drink is critical; it is literally the source of all life.
  The City of Bay City depends upon the Gulf Coast Aquifer as its source of drinking water. It’s a safe supply of water. But it’s important that we implement a program to assure it stays safe. 
  That’s why our local community has taken a proactive approach in developing and implementing a Source Water Protection Program that fits our local needs. The Source Water Protection Program is voluntary; it is designed to assist communities in protecting their drinking water sources and is linked to the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality’s drinking water protection program.     

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