Grace Street water tank rehab begins

Sentinel photo/MaLinda Reddell
Rehabilitation work on the Grace Street ground storage tank began June 22 and will take six to eight weeks to complete.

   Rehabilitation of the Grace Street Ground Storage Tank, which has not been rehabilitated since 1992, began June 22. 
   This tank is on the northwest side of town, at the west end of Grace Street.  
   Gulf States Protective Coatings was awarded the project, which is estimated to be completed in six to eight weeks. 
   The process involves completely draining the tank of water, removing any sediment inside the tank, and then re-coating the tank with a special protective lining. 
   While the tank is empty, various other hatches, ladders, and valves will be repaired as needed.   
   Rehabbing this tank will allow for a higher quality of water throughout the northwest side of Bay City.    
   Although it is not expected, it is possible that residents in this area may experience low-water pressure at certain points during this time.  

Bay City P&R ready to host softball, volleyball leagues

   Bay City’s Parks and Recreation Department is gearing up to host co-ed and male softball and volleyball leagues.
   Both leagues start playing this week.
   Currently volleyball is co-ed and has seven teams registered for their league.
   Volleyball games will be held in the Bay City Intermediate gym on the corner of Grace and Avenue M.
   The City of Bay City recently acquired permission to use the empty gym in exchange for Bay City ISD’s use of the pool on Carey Smith Blvd.
   Softball has only three teams registered for co-ed and seven for men’s softball.
   “At first we did not have enough interest and only had two teams,” said Parks and Recreation department director Kelly Penewitt.
   “But, interest has picked up and we will have both co-ed and men’s softball.”

Burglars strike 5 autos in Bayridge

   Detectives in Bay City continue to work on burglary cases.
   Five vehicles were burglarized in the Bayridge subdivision and the south side of town late last week.  
   The burglaries occurred between June 24 and 26, and all but one occurred overnight.  
   In one incident a gun was stolen from the vehicle.  
   Most of the vehicles burglarized were left unsecured.  
   Officers continue to encourage citizens to lock their vehicles and hide or take their valuables when exiting.  
   If you see or hear something suspicious, please call the police department at 245-8500.  
   Detectives also ask that if anyone witnessed suspicious activity in the area of Bayridge or if anyone has any infoformation on the suspect(s) involved, please call Matagorda County Crime Stoppers at 1-800-299-2878.  

Chasnoff ASD documentary draws a full house

Sentinel photo/Jessica Shepard
Dr. Ira Chasnoff, left, was on hand to talk about Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASDs) following the presentation of his documentary Thursday, June 25. The film highlighted the situations four adopted adolescents encountered when dealing with their disorders and learning how to manage every day life. He also encouraged questions and had copies of the documentary on hand for sale.

   Dr. Ira Chasnoff’s documentary on Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASDs) played to a full house on Thursday, June 25.
   Over 75 educators, police officers, healthcare professionals, parents and former classmates filled every seat during the free screening of Chasnoff’s “Moment to Moment: Teens Growing up with FASDs.”
   “We had more here than at Austin’s showing,” said Chasnoff.
   The documentary has been out for over a year and screened at several locations.
   “The purpose of the film is to get information out there and make it available,” he said.
   Austin, Washington, D.C., Hawaii and Ohio are part of a long list that spans across the country.
   “But, this is the most exciting screening for me,” Chasnoff said.

County judge asks Abbott for disaster declaration

   Damages in Matagorda County from Tropical Storm Bill last week total nearly $13 million, County Judge Nate McDonald stressed in a June 19 letter to Gov. Greg Abbott seeking a State of Emergency declaration for the county and for the cities of Palacios and Bay City.
   “I am officially requesting Matagorda County and the Cities of Bay City and Palacios be declared a disaster area for both state and federal programs that would be available to local entities,” the judge’s letter said. It also seeks individual help for county citizens.
   McDonald announced sending the letter at the commissioners court meeting Monday, June 22, as commissioners talked about the extensive storm damage their precincts – and the entire county – received.

Girl, 14, injured in 4-wheeler accident

 14-year-old girl was life-flighted to Texas Children’s Hospital after a four-wheeler accident on Sargent Beach Sunday afternoon, the Matagorda County Sheriff’s Office reported Monday.
   Deputies sent to the beach at 2:40 p.m. Sunday found the girl and a 15-year-old boy had been on a four-wheeler that overturned.
   The girl was life-flighted with a possible broken arm as well as cuts on her body, reports show.  
   The boy was treated at the scene and wasn’t taken to a hospital, deputies said.
   While the sheriff’s office said it wouldn’t release additional information on the accident and that the highway patrol is investigating, the incident got the attention of Matagorda County Commissioners Court Monday morning.

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Storm cleanup may take weeks

Sentinel photo/Mike Reddell
The Colorado River reached 31 feet last Friday, a level it would remain at for several days as rains from Tropical Storm Bill near Austin were expected to keep the current high. The high waters keeps officials from cleaning up some flooded areas.

  Cleaning up Tropical Storm Bill’ extensive damage to Matagorda County last week will take days and weeks, county commissioners remarked at their meeting Monday, June 22.
   “There is quite a bit of damage,” County Judge Nate McDonald said at the meeting. He sent a letter to Gov. Greg Abbott, estimating about $13 million in storm damage in seeking disaster relief. (See related story on this page).
   The June 16 tropical storm flooded low-lying coastal Matagorda County areas – Palacios, Sargent and Matagorda - with its advancing bands of showers before it officially made landfall a little before noon at Port O’Connor.
   Bill bore down on the county with 50-60 mph winds – an offshore rig just east of Port Connor recorded 66 mph gusts – and before the storm departed it left widespread damage from the winds and flooding from the torrential rainfall.

Tenaris hits construction milestone

TenarisBayCity photo
A construction milestone for the TenarisBayCity project occurred Friday, June 19, when the last structural roof panel was installed on the main industrial building.


TCEQ appears ready to OK another curtailment

 While the levels in the Travis and Buchanan Highland storage reservoirs rose dramatically thanks to the May rains and from Tropical Storm Bill, the TCEQ looks like it’s prepared to give LCRA’s another 120-day emergency order to keep from releasing stored water to lower Colorado River basin rice farmers.
   TCEQ Executive Director Richard Hyde notified Gov. Greg Abbott on June 16 of Hyde’s “consideration of this emergency order,” which effectively activated another 120-day curtailment period.
   TCEQ (Texas Commission on Environmental Quality) will meet July 1 to consider “whether to affirm, modify, or set aside this emergency order.” 

‘Sparks in Park’ promises to dazzle

   The annual “Sparks in the Park” fireworks finale promises to be 15 minutes of technologically-advanced pyrotechnics and illuminate the sky over Le Tulle Park.
   This year’s “Sparks in the Park” will be at Le Tulle Park from 5 to 9:45 p.m. Saturday, July 4.
   “Every seat in the park will be the best seat to watch the show,” said Parks and Recreation Department director Kelly Penewitt.
   “It will leave everyone with a jaw-dropping memory to take home.”
   There will be children’s activities, food booths and musical performances.
   Also, the second annual Patriotic Pet contest will be offered that evening, said Penewitt.
   The night’s headlining musical entertainment will be provided by Two Tons of Steel.
   San Antonio-based Two Tons of Steel play their own brand of Texas country music and are sponsored by HEB.


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