Update for Wednesday, February 6, 2019

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BOYD SETS HEARINGS – The Boyd City Council approved a series of resolutions Tuesday night to set public hearings for the annexation of 153 acres on Cemetery Road and the creation of tax increment reinvestment zone (TIRZ) and public improvement district (PID) for the proposed 595-home development, Spring Hill South. The first annexation hearing will be Feb. 26. The city will hold second annexation hearing March 19 along with the hearings for the TIRZ and PID. The PID would apply fixed assessments on properties in the development to pay back the bonds for infrastructure – water, sewer, drainage and roads. Two acres given to the city for utilities will not be in the PID. The TIRZ would allow a portion of the taxes assessed in the area to be used to pay down the PID. As part of an agreement approved in November, the city agreed to a 50-50 split on the TIRZ up to a valuation of $210,000. That means half of the city’s tax rate levy on properties in the development would go toward paying off the bonds. The March 19 hearing for the TIRZ will include only half of the development. Tax revenue on properties with a value above $210,000 garnered by the city would have to be spent on projects within the development and could be used to pay down bonds. There will be a 75-cent levy to pay the PID assessment to cover the bond payments for the initial infrastructure.

STORMY MORNING – Wednesday got off to a rainy start with storms greeting the morning commuters. As of 7:30 a.m., rainfall totals included 0.43 of an inch in Bridgeport, 0.2 in Greenwood and 0.19 in Decatur. Rain chances remain in the forecast through the day and overnight.

EARLY CHILDHOOD PROGRAM – Chico Public Library will host 1, 2, 3 Play with Me for infants and toddlers to age 4 from 10:30-11:30 a.m. today. The library’s Stitch It! group will follow at noon. Call Michelle at 940-644-2330.

YOUTH FAIR – Youth Fair scholarship applications are due Friday. The Youth Fair parade is Feb. 23 and entry forms are due Feb. 15. For information, visit wcyouthfair.org.

HIGH SCHOOL SHOWCASE – All incoming freshmen at Northwest ISD are invited to their respective high schools’ showcases Thursday, where they can learn about campus programs and opportunities as well as high school in general. Each high school – Byron Nelson, Eaton, Northwest and Steele Accelerated – will host its showcase in the evening, from 5:30 to 7. For information, contact the high school’s front office directly: Byron Nelson, 817-698-5600; Eaton, 817-698-7300; Northwest, 817-215-0200; and Steele, 817-698-5800.

CHAMBER BANQUET – The Bridgeport Chamber of Commerce’s annual banquet is 5:30 p.m. Saturday at the Decatur Conference Center. Tickets can be purchased at bridgeportchamber.org. Call the Chamber, 940-683-2076.

WIC OFFICE CLOSED TODAY – The SPCAA-WIC office in Decatur will be closed today for a staff meeting. The office will reopen at 7 a.m. Thursday.

FUNERALS – Service for Primitivo Sierra, 65, of Decatur is pending at Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur.

FUNERAL for William “Bill” Edward Pedigo, 97, of Mountain Home, Ark., formerly of Runaway Bay, is 11 a.m. Friday at Runaway Bay Community Church with burial at Eternal Oaks Cemetery. Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport is handling arrangements.

MEMORIAL for Barbara Beck, 70, of Bridgeport is 2 p.m. Saturday at New Hope Fellowship Church in Chico. Hawkins-Bridgeport is handling arrangements.

SERVICE for Bobby Fay Worley, 87, of Newark is pending at Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd.

FUNERAL for Retha Brown, 81, of Boyd is 2 p.m. Friday at the First Baptist Church of Boyd. Family visitation is 6-8 p.m. Thursday at the church. Hawkins-Boyd is handling arrangements.

SERVICE for George L. Cowley, 90, of Alvord is pending at Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport.

MEMORIAL service for Roger Clark Steadham, 72, of Forestburg is 2 p.m. Friday at Life Church 2:42 in Forestburg. He was the father of Bill Wallace of Bridgeport. White Family Funeral Home in Bowie is handling arrangements.

SERVICE for James (Jim) Milton Barnette, 73, of Fulshear is noon Saturday at Rosewood Park Funeral Home and Cemetery in Humble. He was the father of Jimmy Barnette of Decatur.

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