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Bridgeport city dollars will fund SRO salary

By Erika Pedroza | Published Saturday, February 8, 2014

It may have taken three years, but the city of Bridgeport will finally fulfill a past-due obligation to the school district.

At its meeting Tuesday, the Bridgeport City Council authorized staff to tack an additional three years onto an existing agreement with BISD to pay the salary of a school resource officer.

In August 2007, the city agreed to pay 83 percent of the salaries for two school resource officers through the end of the 2013 school year in exchange for a 50-percent discount on the bus barn and ballfields, valued at $568,142.70.

But due to cutbacks at the city in February 2010, one of the SRO positions was eliminated and never reinstated.

“Our options are, we pay cash for the remainder of the obligation for the property or continue with the school resource officers for additional years with the city funding 100 percent of that until the debt is paid,” said city administrator Brandon Emmons. “It’s about $142,000 that we still owe the school for (the property).”

After much deliberation, city officials opted for the latter.

“If we can work this out by letting that officer stay three more years, this is doing two things,” Mayor Keith McComis said. “It’s getting our debt paid and giving security at the schools.”

MOBILE HOME DISTRICTS

Council members also amended the city’s regulations on manufactured housing.

The new regulations:

  • require the homes be connected to municipal water and sewer within 30 days of placement;
  • define the minimum size for a manufactured home as 320 square feet;
  • require lots be 10,890 square feet per unit for manufactured housing parks;
  • prohibit detached roofs over mobile homes and
  • require the front doors of the homes face the street.

IN OTHER NEWS

The council also:

  • waived the rental fees and security deposit of Bridgeport Community Center, Harwood Park and Bridgeport Stage for use by Wise County Special Needs Baseball.
  • granted a special exception on a sidewalk ordinance to Chuck Worrell, who plans to build in the 700 block of Timberline Drive in the Fair Oaks Addition. The rule requires sidewalks be included in the construction of new homes. No property in the housing division has a sidewalk. “It would be a sidewalk to nowhere,” he said.
  • awarded a one-year bid for non-consent towing in the city of Bridgeport to Rick’s Towing. Vehicle owners are responsible for the costs.
  • postponed the construction start date and reimbursement request deadline on the construction of a public access road near U.S. 380. The construction start date was moved from Jan. 31 to June 30, pushing the reimbursement request deadline from March 31 to Aug. 31.
  • proclaimed Feb. 15-22 FFA Week.
  • reviewed the Jan. 23-Feb. 5 payment report in the amount of $217,376.02.
  • approved the Jan. 21 meeting minutes.

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