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Council to consider grant outlay

By Messenger Staff | Published Saturday, March 30, 2013

When it convenes at 7 p.m. Tuesday, the Bridgeport City Council will further discuss a trio of items from its last meeting agenda.

At the request of Mayor Keith McComis, the council will reconsider a $5,000 Main Street Matching Facade grant awarded to Debra Workman for the restoration of the property at 1201 Halsell St. to its original 1920s look.

Staff has contacted the Texas Historical Commission in Austin to define a “facade for this particular property,” which has a “residential history.”

Workman purchased the property, also known as the Mask House, last year with plans to open a restaurant. The restoration includes reinstating a brick fence, gates and sidewalk.

The council will also further discuss a request from the Bridgeport Area Chamber of Commerce to distribute alcohol at the sixth-annual Barnett Shale Sporting Clay Shoot on April 25. City officials had expressed concern about “mixing guns and alcohol” and requested a Chamber representative attend Tuesday’s meeting.

Council members will also conduct the annual review of City Administrator Brandon Emmons. The council did not meet in closed session at its last meeting on March 19.

During the workshop portion of the meeting, the council will discuss the city’s animal adoption process and fees and animal sterilization; the city’s information technology network issues and equipment needs; and personnel hiring procedures.

They will also consider approving a consumer price index adjustment to municipal telecommunications right-of-way access line rates, which are collected by the Public Utility Commission of Texas on behalf of the city.

With only one candidate filing for each of three expiring terms, the council will discuss canceling the May 11 election and declaring Kevin Lopez, Bobby Brazier and Billy Fred Walker elected to places 2, 4 and 5 respectively.

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