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Bonham City Council approves pickleball at Roy Floyd Civic Center
By Sandy Barber
Nov 16, 2023
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Bonham, Texas -- All seven members of Bonham City Council convened for a regular meeting Monday, November 13, 2023. The meeting opened with an invocation by Mark Posey. 

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Councilmembers approved minutes of a regular meeting October 9, 2023 and a special meeting October 16, 2023.

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Bonham City Council accepted the financial report for month ending October 31, 2023.

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In the segment of the regular meeting reserved for citizens to speak, two citizens spoke.  One briefly discussed sedimentation issues at Lake Bonham and submitted information from the Corp of Engineers to the city staff.  The other gave the council an update on his efforts to meet with the library staff and board to advocate for changes in library procedures.

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Sarah Osburn provided an update on the disposal of vehicles and equipment via auction. 

Sarah Osburn, City of Bonham Director of Administration and Finance

They have sold several pieces of equipment for approximately $35,000 in all. They will be selling additional equipment soon.

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Mark Kinnaird gave an update to city council on the city attorney’s written opinion regarding the City of Bonham’s requirements for sidewalks, curbs and gutters on new construction. He reported that the city does have the authority to require sidewalks for new construction.  Kinnaird also reported that they have started the process to clarify codes related to sidewalks, curbs and gutters as recommended by the city attorney. He anticipates being ready to present those updated codes to the council for their approval at the December meeting. 

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Brenda Moore and Sue Smith requested city council to allow a regular schedule of pickleball play at the Roy V. Floyd Community Center.  They reported that since last February, there have been two pickleball courts at the Family Life Center in Bonham that have attracted 12-25 players each time the courts were opened.  These courts even attracted regional interest, with folks traveling from neighboring towns and counties to play on these courts.  In September, the Family Life Center was flooded due to a pipe breaking.  Local pickleball players are seeking a new location to play.  After discussion about scheduling and protecting the flooring in the civic center, each council member raised a pickleball paddle to vote for allowing the civic center to be used regularly for this sport that has been called the fastest growing sport in the country.

Roy V. Floyd Community Center

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Bonham City Council approved an ordinance amending Ordinance 1411 establishing the monthly rates charged for hangar rentals at the City of Bonham Jones Field Municipal Airport.

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Bonham City Council did not approve an ordinance conveying property at seven locations: 413 S Main St PID 93156, 405 Reich St PID 93154, 1202 Maple St PID 91584, 202 S 4th St PID 93157, 301 S 5th St PID 93178, 100 S 5th St PID 93128 and 100A S 5th St PID 93129.  Councilperson John Burnett made the motion to decline all bids, stating that he thought the offers were too low. 

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Bonham City Council approved an agreement with the Texas Department of Transportation for the Fiscal Year 2023-2024 Routine Airport Maintenance Program. Osburn reported that new this year, they have matching funds that are a 90/10 split.  This means that if the city spends $100,000 on repairs and maintenance, they will be refunded $90,000.

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Bonham City Council voted to adopt a resolution entering into a grant agreement with the Texas Department of Transportation (TXDOT) – Aviation Division for runway rehabilitation.  Osburn stated that the project will cost about $1 million in all, but that the city’s portion will only be $100,000 thanks to matching funds from TXDOT.

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Bonham City Council voted to adopt a resolution reviewing and approving the City of Bonham Investment Policy.

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The Council voted to cast all their votes for Curtis Smith to be elected to the 2024-2025 Board of Directors of the Fannin Central Appraisal District. 

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Bonham City Council approved a resolution requesting the Texas Department of Transportation approve the memorial designation of US 82 between SH 78 and SH 121 as the Thomas L. Hayes Memorial Highway.

Thomas L. Hayes Memorial Highway

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Bonham City Council approved a resolution to declare the City of Bonham’s intent to provide 1% of the needed funding for the Highway 121 TxDOT improvement project. This project will start in the city limits and extend to Highway 160 in Desert.  Jay Hodge from the Sulphur River Regional Mobility Authority spoke about the project that will aim to improve safety and mobility and cost about $155 million. 

 

Jay Hodge, presiding officer of the Sulphur River Regional Mobility Authority

The project is currently planned for 2032, however, there are possibilities that it could be moved up to be completed sooner.  Discussion included that these funding requests to the state are highly competitive and that the 1% matching funds from the city of Bonham would help this project be more competitive.  Fannin County will also be asked to pledge 1% to the project as well.  TxDOT is expected to decide about this project in August 2024. 

State Highway 121

Council members and staff discussed starting to save for this project to limit the amount of debt that might have to be incurred. Bonham City Manager Sean Pate discussed that some funds could also come from BEDCO for this project, as it would “have a tremendous ripple effect” and “be a game changer” for economic development in the city. 

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Bonham City Council voted to approve a purchasing cooperative bid for a tractor and flail mower for the Wastewater Department as provided for in the FY2024 budget. 

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Bonham City Council voted to approve a purchasing cooperative bid for a sewer vac truck.  They also voted to approve a resolution regarding a finance agreement for the purpose of financing this sewer vac truck.  Osburn reported that this truck was not budgeted for in the current fiscal year, but is desperately needed, as it is used daily.  The current truck was purchased in 2014 and they have learned that these trucks have about a 5-year life expectancy.  The financing agreement was for $200,000 for five years. 

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Bonham City Council voted to authorize staff to begin the Request for Application process for Bank Depository Services. This is a process that is required at least every five years.  Legend Bank is the current Bank Depository for the city.  Osburn stated she anticipates multiple applications.  The plan will be for the council to select the bank at the May 2024 meeting. 

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Bonham City Council voted to approve a contract between the City of Bonham and Traylor & Associates, Inc. for administration / professional services for the 2022 Texas Division of Emergency Management - HMGP Covid-19 Pandemic Project Number DR – 4485.

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Bonham City Council voted to approve bids on animal shelter construction as provided for in the FY2024 budget.  Osburn reported that both current Police Chief Andrew Hawkes and retired Chief Mike Bankston have helped work on this project.  The city budgeted $60,000 for this project and the lowest bid was more than this amount.  The Friends of the Bonham Animal Shelter have pledged to make up the difference.