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Bonham City Council begins implementation of Bonham Vision Plan
By Allen Rich
Jan 10, 2018
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Bonham -- In a regular meeting Tuesday, January 8, 2018, Bonham City Council approved two ordinances regarding real estate, approved a Special Use Permit for a triplex, and took the next step towards implementing the Bonham Vision Plan.

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Dave Struchtemeyer, CPA, Director of Finance for the City of Bonham, presented the financial report for the month ending December 31, 2017.

"The financial report has not changed significantly since last month," Mr. Struchtemeyer stated. "We still have an unfavorable variance in the street department for the repairs of the Main Street bridge and are waiting for a disaster relief reimbursement from FEMA that will partially offset the cost that was incurred.

"Ad valorem receipts through the month of December are about one third collected and we are expecting to collect the majority of the outstanding ad valorem revenue over the next few months.

"Sales tax collections through the month of December are 6.5% higher than sales tax collected through December of last year.   We are still waiting on the Comptrollerís report regarding our January collections."

Struchtemeyer added that the accounting firm of McClanahan and Holmes is getting ready to begin audit work in the next couple of weeks.

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In the public forum segment of the meeting, a member of Trail Life USA Troop 356 requested more sidewalks in the city and Mavis Duncan presented a $500 grant from North Texas RC&D to the City of Bonham for a flagpole at Powder Creek Park.

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Bonham City Council approved an ordinance conveying property at 107 S. Main Street to Gary Justice for $4,000. Mr. Justice informed city staff of his intentions to tear down the existing house, divide the lot into two lots and then build two 1,900-sq. ft. houses within the next year.

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Bonham City Council followed staff recommendations to approve an ordinance abandoning an undeveloped street on Pine Street, south of East 1st to the railroad easement in Bailey Inglish Addition. Although the city is abandoning this right-of-way, the current easement will be maintained to facilitate access to utilities in the future.

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Bonham City Council approved a residential Special Use Permit for a triplex at 1021 West 9th Street. This Special Use Permit was unanimously approved at the January 4, 2018 Planning & Zoning meeting.

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In the first initiative to implement the Bonham Vision Plan, described as a 7-10 year plan for the city,  Bonham City Council authorized the Planning & Zoning Committee to recommend potential members of a citizens committee that will primarily focus on rooftops/development.

Bonham City Manager Sean Pate credited Texoma Council of Governments for the impetus behind the implementation of this long-range plan.