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"Council moves for repayment of contribution" by: Mike Reddell

   Mayor Mark Bricker’s effort to make Mayor Pro Tem Chrystal Folse repay the city for its contribution to Folse’s insurance plan – dating back to 2013 – resulted in a city council resolution for a settlement agreement at council’s regular meeting last Thursday, March 23.
   City attorneys are to draft a settlement resolution for Folse to repay $35,889 for future council consideration.
   The action – and the amount – came after a two-hour, 10-minute closed council session with city attorneys Shannon Kackley and George Hyde.

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Great Steak Cook off raises over $85,000

Sentinel photo/Mike Reddell
The Great Steak Cookoff Saturday raised more than $85,000 for the Boys & Girls Club of Bay City and Matagorda County. An estimated 400 people enjoyed the activities around the cooking teams, looked at the items offered at the silent auction and, of course, savored steaks.“STP Sizzlers,” sponsored by STP, took top honors with Best Steak - again - “High Steaks Cooking Team” sponsored by Texas Trio Classic took the Pacesetter award raising the most money by a cook team and “Hawkins Barbecue,” sponsored by Wells Fargo, took the Crowd Favorite award.

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"BCISD receives second opinion on bond financing" By Allison Sliva BCISD Public Relations

   At the regular monthly board meeting March 21st, The Bay City ISD Board of Trustees heard a presentation by Lewis Wilks of U.S. Capital Advisors on bond financing alternatives.
   The presentation was provided as a second opinion to compare to the bond proceed projections presented by Terrell Palmer of First Southwest, BCISD’s long-time financial advisor. 
   The trustees learned that expected proceeds from the sale of bonds will be approximately $97.5 million with a 40-year payback period. Other alternatives projected $85.5 to $87.2 million with a 30.5-year payback period. The variation in the bond sale proceed figures is affected by interest rates, the BCISD tax collection rate, bond payback period, and BCISD tax values. 
   The original bond projection used 2015 BCISD taxable values, but those values dropped in 2016, negatively impacting the total dollars accessible via bond sales. 

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Ladycats, Navasota in area round

Clinching the Bi-District crown after defeating Needville 4-2 at Memorial Stadium Friday, March 24, the Ladycats (11-6, 8-4) will face Navasota in the area state soccer playoff round at 5 p.m. Friday, March 31, at Waller Stadium. The Navasota Rattlers (7-4, 6-0) easily won the District 22-4A title and shut out Wheatly 2-0 in their bi-district round March 23. The Ladycats, under Coach Darin Dabelgott, played a high-energy game in defeating a strong Needville team. The Ladycats join with Dabelgott in holding up the bi-district trophy.
Sentinel photo/Mike Reddell

 

 

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BCPD brings back bike patrol

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   A fan-favorite of the Bay City community is back. The Bay City Police Department’s bicycle patrol unit, is back up and running. 
   The newly re-formed bicycle patrol unit will consist of eight officers that will help the department with ongoing initiatives such as neighborhood patrols and property crime reduction. 
   The unit will also play a key role in the safety and security of participants in upcoming community events such as parades and downtown events.
   One advantage of the bicycle patrol unit is their ability to move throughout the city quietly and easily. Everyone is looking out for sirens in the distance and preparing for marked patrol units to roll up. 
   With a bicycle patrol unit, the element of surprise is a game changer because it reduces the ability of those participating in suspicious activity to react.

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"Proposed store developers ask for BCCDC board input" by: Mike Reddell

   Developers of a proposed convenience store and service station on the corner of Texas 60 and Horn Road sought input on what the outlet should offer from the Bay City Community Development Corporation (BCCDC) board at its regular meeting Monday, March 27.
   “One of our goals is trying to get a grocery store” on Texas 60 south,” BCCDC executive director D.C. Dunham told the board, as she introduced the proposed convenience store.
   Partners in the proposed operation projected the store would be sized between 5,000 and 8,000 square feet. 
   The three partners are: Riz Sunbesara, director of Stafford-based North Star Development; Jawed Momin, with Noble Seven Investments, also from Stafford; and Karim Momin, director of petroleum products with another Stafford operation, Startex.

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Salvation Army: Staying in Bay City

     After serving the community of Bay City for many years, The Salvation Army Thrift Store, located at 2915  Avenue F, is closing its doors after The Salvation Army was unable to renew the lease. The store will remain open through the end of March.  
   “We want the community to understand that although the Thrift Store is closing, The Salvation Army is not leaving Bay City. Rather, we will focus our services on the food pantry and emergency assistance” said Melisa Smith, Service Extension Director for The Salvation Army.  
   Additionally, The Salvation Army in Bay City will partner with the Calvary Baptist Church and work together to operate the food pantry.  Clothing vouchers are offered through United Way to Crisis Center Resale Shop.  Every effort will be made to ensure that clients who have an immediate need for clothing receive assistance.   

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2017 BCPD, court warrant roundup looks good, so far

   The Bay City Police Department and Municipal Court 2017 warrant roundup continues through March 31, but the results look promising so far, said Lt. Irene Kjergaard. 
   As of March 22, the actual money received is $24,988 and the amount in reductions is $14,909. The roundup began March 1.
   The reduction amount results from the amnesty program offered by Municipal Court. 
   Municipal Court also gave out some extensions plus having some of those wanted for arrest sit the fines out in jail, Kjergaard said.
   Those amounts totaled over $33,000.
   So far, 145 warrants have been cleared. Those warrants cleared come to a total value of $78,088. 
   Last year, the warrant round up only lasted three weeks. 
   In those three weeks, 94 warrants were cleared and those totaled $50,935. 

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BCISD Celebration of Excellence recognizes band students

Sentinel photo/Jessica Shepard
Bay City High School State Band Solo and Ensemble students were recognized with soloists: William Teague, Dylan Castro, Tyler Kucera and Carlos Reyes along with instrument ensembles: Flute: Elsa Jopling, Mickaela Gibson, Isabelle Vargas and Rebecca Billings; Clarinet: Isa Gonzalez, Hannah Nichols, Shay Sardinea and Sarah Smith; Saxophone: Hailey Cantu, Carson Hewitt, Jonathan Zamora Medrano. Seen here with Head Director Mark Longoria. 

 

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BCISD Celebration of Excellence recognizes THSCA All-State Team Honorable Mentions students

Sentinel photo/Jessica Shepard
During BCISD’s recognition, Texas High School Coaches Association (THSCA) Football All-State Team Honorable Mention students Prinard Payne and Darryl Florez received medals. 

 

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