Council calls May 11 election

By Erika Pedroza | Published Saturday, January 19, 2013

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The Bridgeport City Council breezed through election issues at its regular meeting Tuesday and called a joint, May 11 election with the school district.

If both entities were to have contested races, the two would split the polling expenses – an estimated $1,200 to $2,600 for equipment and personnel.

“But we budget every year as if the school were to cancel their election, and we had to pay for everything,” City Secretary Jesica McEachern said.

On the city council, places 3, 4 and 5 – currently held by Ilene Enochs, Bobby Brazier and Billy Fred Walker, respectively – are up for election. Candidate filing is Wednesday, Jan. 30, to March 1, with McEachern at City Hall.

Early voting is 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, April 29 to May 7, at the Bridgeport ISD Administration Building (2107 15th St.) and the Bridgeport Law Enforcement Center (1000 Thompson St.) with extended hours 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesdays, April 30 and May 7, at the latter location.

“Last year was the first year a resident could vote at any early voting location,” McEachern said. “Even if they weren’t a Bridgeport resident, they could vote here. The county will continue that.”

Applications for early voting by mail will be accepted March 12 to May 3 at City Hall.

Election day voting is 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the Bridgeport Municipal Building (900 Thompson St.)

In other news, the council also heard reports on the:

    Chamber of Commerce – President Will Carpenter reviewed the Chamber’s activities in the fourth quarter, from Coal Miner’s Heritage Festival to the Spirit of Christmas. Carpenter added that the Chamber has grown by 54 members.
  • Main Street – Manager Amber Fogelman recapped the events held including the stickhorse rodeo during Butterfield Stage Days, Girls Night Out, Coal Miners Heritage Festival, Suit Up and Say Boo Halloween costume parade, Home for the Holidays event; and reported that six businesses were gained and six lost, and $16,097.52 was disbursed in facade grant money and $96,673 privately funded to rehabiltate the buildings downtown. Completed projects include wayfinding signs, flower pots and painted benches along Halsell Street, the city’s main drag.
  • Development Services – McEachern said the department, issued 223 residential permits, in the last year, for a total of $21,066.86; 133 commercial permits for $14,544.05; nine new home construction permits, up from six in the last fiscal year, at a $880,600 total valuation; two commercial buildings, the same as last year, at a total $87,160 valuation; 15 business with alcohol permits and one private club for a total $2,122.50 in revenue. In addition, there were nine applications for special exceptions – six approved, three denied; and two residential and six commerical re-plats.

Councilmembers also:

  • approved retaining the city’s designation as a Texas Main Street program and its participation in the Texas Law Enforcement Agency Best Practices Recognition progam.
  • heard a report on November financials.
  • reviewed the payment report for Dec. 20 through Jan. 16.
  • approved the Dec. 18 meeting minutes.

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