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Thu
26
Sep

Flood damage reports sought

   Matagorda County residents affected by the recent flooding from Tropical Storm Imelda are encouraged to report the damage to send photos of it to Matagorda County Emergency Management Coordinator Amanda Campos.
   Governor Greg Abbott declared Matagorda County and several other southeastern Texas counties as a state of emergency from last week’s ferocious Tropical Storm. 
   “To move forward with the cleanup from this event it is very important to notify Emergency Management and/or the City of Bay City,” Campos said.
   “Help us get the information for possible state and federal funds. Please call us a let us know how much damage you received,” she added.
   The Emergency Management (county) phone number is 979-323-0707, and the City of Bay City is 979-323-1659.
   “We really need citizens to reach out and report any damage that the might have received and any photos they might have,” Campos said. 

Thu
19
Sep

"Lodestar proposes $32M rail terminal" by: Mike Reddell

   Matagorda County began the process to consider a tax abatement request from Houston-based Lodestar Energy that’s proposing a $32 million South Texas Rail Terminal near El Maton at commissioners court meeting Monday, Sept. 16.
   The Lodestar transfer station will transfer Gulf Coast oil and gas products from pipelines to rail cars and from the cars to the pipelines.
   The court approved beginning the review process of Lodestar’s tax abatement application and setting a public hearing on Lodestar’s request for a reinvestment zone for tax abatement purposes at 9:45 a.m. Sept. 30.
   Lodestar seeks an abatement of five years – 85 percent in the first two years, and 75%, 50%, and 25%, respectively over the last three years.
   Steven Manchester, president of Manufacturing Future Economies (MFB), told the court Monday that he is the project’s consultant, adding the operation would employ 10 people.

Thu
19
Sep

"Trustees, Scott unhappy with delays" by: Mike Reddell

   Bay City school trustees said they were unhappy Bay City Junior High, Tenie Holmes Elementary and the new Memorial Stadium all are behind schedule.
   Trustees and Superintendent Dr. Marshall Scott III drove home their dissatisfaction about the school bond projects’ progress at the school board’s regular meeting Monday night, Sept. 16.
   Aside from a “politically correct” answer about Memorial Stadium’s construction, Scott asked, “We won’t playing any games there this year.
   “My concern is every single project is coming in late. Sports are important for people.
   “You could have been more honest,” Scott said to Francis Zordilla, an architect with Claycomb Associates Architects.
   Noting the stadium and Tenie Holmes’ delays, Scott said those were “unacceptable as a superintendent and as a community member. 
   “It really bothers me. You don’t overpromise things you are not going to give them,” Scott said.

Thu
19
Sep

VanVleck homecoming

Sentinel photo/Jessica Shepard
This year's Van Vleck High School Homecoming Queen is Morgan Kennedy, center right, with Homecoming King Joshua De La Rosa, center-left. The pair were announced during Van Vleck's Homecoming Game, Friday, Sept. 13. Joining them are VVHS Principal Chris Townsend left, and VVISD Superintendent John O'Brien, right.

Thu
19
Sep

"Van Vleck board updated on school bond projects " by: Jessica Shepard

   Van Vleck ISD trustees received construction updates and approved campus improvement plans districtwide during their monthly meeting, Sept. 16.
   “We’re about 30% complete on high school construction,” said Sofia Dusek, PBK architect project executive.
   “We’re installing mold-proof drywall right now and roof installation is ongoing. Parking lots and paving are still happening and masonry should start going up within the next six weeks.”
   Dusek updated the board on the ag shop as well.
   “The ag building is on schedule and we’ll be ready to move into classrooms and the office on Oct. 1,” she said.
   “The processing room should be ready at the end of October. They’re working on installing tile in there right now.”
   Dusek also told the board that the auditorium renovations were on schedule but the elementary was behind.
   “We’re only behind because of a few rainy days and they’re making good time now,” she added.

Thu
19
Sep

Rice harvest underway

Photo/Scott Savage
Triangle Farms’ Scott Savage provided this drone photo of rice harvesting at the request of the Bay City Sentinel.
Matagorda County rice farms are harvesting about 7,000 acres of rice this year.

Thu
19
Sep

"Main Street board members discuss future event planning" by: Jessica Shepard

   The Main Street Program board failed to make a quorum of members, but still held updates for ongoing projects and shared information on future plans during a regularly scheduled meeting Sept. 11.
   Future events include partnering with VFW Post 2438 and the American Legion for a veterans parade Saturday, Nov. 9, and City of Bay City Parks and Recreation Department in December.
   “Main Street is partnering with the VFW and American Legion for their annual veterans parade Nov. 9,” said Main Street Program organization committee chair Elizabeth Hewitt.
   “We’re also partnering with Parks and Rec for their ‘Hometown Christmas’ celebration set for Dec. 7.”
   Hewitt also attends the Historic Downtown Business Association (HDBA) as a Main Street liaison and reported that the annual “Light It Up” fundraiser was canceled this month.

Thu
19
Sep

"Council moves BCHA board appointments to closed session" by: Mike Reddell

Sentinel photo/MaLinda Reddell
Eagle Scout Caleb Spears, center, presented a check from McCoy's Building Supply for his $3,500 project to add ga-ga ball pits at Valiant Park across from Bay City Junior High School and at Amistad Park. The game combines dodging, striking, running and jumping; with the objective of being the last person standing. Spears is joined by city Finance Director Scotty Jones, Parks and Recreation Director Shawn Blackburn and Mayor Robert Nelson.

   Mayor Robert Nelson pulled an open session item about Bay City Housing Authority (BCHA) board appointments into a closed-door meeting at council’s regular meeting Thursday, Sept. 12.
   Council’s Thursday agenda included the reappointment of three BCHA board members three members: Danyal Manning, Vidalia Leal and Ronnie Reeves and the appointment of Thomas Battle.
   When the agenda came up, Mayor Pro Tem Jason Childers began to speak, only to be interrupted by Nelson.
   “We’re not talking about that now. We’re going to talk about it in closed session,” the mayor said.
   The Sentinel first asked the mayor and council what provision of the open meetings act allowed council to discuss people who were not city employees as an allowable personnel matter in an executive session.
   City Attorney Anne Marie Odefy said the housing authority appointments were pushed into closed meeting not under personnel, but “legal,” without further explanation.

Thu
19
Sep

McCoy's celebrated grand opening with board cutting

Sentinel photo/Jessica Shepard
McCoy's Building Supply celebrated their grand opening with a board cutting ceremony, Sept. 12. McCoy's CEO Brian McCoy turned out to help Bay City store manager Tyler Montgomery keep the board steady as he sawed through it.

Thu
19
Sep

Matagorda County Farm Bureau hosts re-grand opening ceremony

Sentinel photo/Mike Reddell
Matagorda County Farm Bureau celebrated the completion of office renovations with a re-grand opening ribbon-cutting ceremony, Sept. 11. The event featured door prizes, hot dogs and hamburgers.

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