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Michael Haggerty named City of Bonham Employee of the Quarter
By Allen Rich
Sep 16, 2021
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Bonham, Texas -- Michael Haggerty is the latest outstanding City of Bonham employee to be recognized as Employee of the Quarter. Michael is an Equipment Operator for the Bonham Street Department where he has worked since January 2019.

"Michael is a hard worker with a great work ethic and a positive attitude," remarked Brad Nichols, City of Bonham Director of Human Relations. "He has received several compliments from the public regarding his willingness to provide assistance, as well as his politeness while at the trash/debris collection station at the Street Department. His dedication makes him a great asset for the citizens of Bonham and has earned Michael the title of Employee of the 3rd Quarter of 2021."

(L-R) Brad Nichols, City of Bonham Director of Human Relations, and Michael Haggerty, the latest outstanding City of Bonham employee to be recognized as Employee of the Quarter.

The announcement came during a regular meeting of Bonham City Council held Monday, September 13, 2021. Bonham Mayor H. Compton presided and councilmembers Bill Chapman, Timothy La Vergne, Michael Evans, Kevin Hayes and Wayne Moore were in attendance; councilmember David Odom was absent. The meeting opened with an invocation by Rev. Henry Shelton of Trinity Baptist Church.

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Councilmembers approved minutes of a regular meeting August 9 and special meetings August 23 and September 7.

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Dave Struchtemeyer, CPA, Director of Finance for the City of Bonham, presented the financial report for month ending August 31, 2021.

Highlights for the month of August included: the General Fund made $57,000 in debt-service payments for the month and Water/Sewer made $140,000 in debt-service payments for the month.

"The scheduled debt service payments that are made in August are interest-only payments," Mr. Struhtemeyer pointed out. "February is when we make both principal and interest debt service payments."

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In the segment of the meeting reserved for citizens to speak, one resident asked for information regarding Lake Bonham rules, regulations and restrictions.

Bonham City Manager Sean Pate explained that the fee schedule allows the city to recover expenses incurred. 

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Bonham City Council awarded a construction contract bid schedule 1,2,3,4 and 6 regarding the City of Bonham Texas Water Development Board (TWDB) Project No. 73808 CWSRF Collection System Improvements.

Award of this contract is subject to concurrence by the TWDB. 

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Bonham City Council appointed Allen Sanderson to fill a vacancy on the Bonham Economic Development Corporation Board of Directors.

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Bonham City Council denied a Specific Use Permit to change the zoning at 1410 Franklin from Single Family to Multi Family residential.

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Councilmembers voted to amend the Lake Bonham Rules, Regulations and Subdivision Building Restrictions. The amendment removed discrepancies, increased the amount of fines and made other small changes.

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Bonham City Council passed a resolution designating Jason Royse and Jason Walker as the city's nominees to serve on the Fannin Central Appraisal District Board of Directors. 

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Bonham City Council approved a resolution adopting the Hart Intercivic Verity DUO Version 2.5 paper ballot system to be used for all forms of voting including early voting by person and mail, provisional ballots as well as Election Day voting.

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Councilmembers adopted a resolution designating an administration/project delivery service provider to complete project implementation for the American Rescue Plan Act (ARP Act) funding administered by the U.S. Department of the Treasury, other Federal or State Agency. 

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Bonham City Council voted to amend ordinance 612 to protect the public health and promote the public welfare of the city in regards to weeds, rubbish and other unwholesome matter.

Bonham Municipal Judge John Skotnik had requested that the City of Bonham increase the fine for illegal dumping from $200 to $1,000. 

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Councilmembers approved an ordinance amending ordinance 1397 establishing a charge master to be used for EMS billing and collections.

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Bonham City Council unanimously approved an ordinance adopting an ad valorem tax rate of $0.6550 per $100 of taxable value for tax year beginning January 1, 2021.

Four city residents addressed city council and asked the city to be more efficient with time and tax dollars in order to begin lowering the tax rate.

Chance Roberts, President of Bonham ISD Board of Trustees, Bonham Police Chief Mike Bankston and Bonham Fire Chief Scott Ridling all voiced support for city leaders. 

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Councilmembers unanimously approved an ordinance adopting the fiscal year 2021-2022 operating budget for the City of Bonham.