CLUTE PROGRESSING ON PLANS TO HONOR JUDGE BOBBY SMITH

Clute city leaders are continuing to make arrangements to permanently recognize Assistant City Judge Bobby Smith’s contributions to the area, officials said.

In a unanimous vote last month, Clute City Council approved renaming the municipal court building in honor of Smith, a long-time justice of the peace and Clute’s assistant city judge.

“We’ve got a temporary sign up now, but that’s only going to be there until we can get a permanent one,” City Manager Gary Beverly said.

Smith has served as a justice of the peace and municipal court judge in Clute in Brazosport for more than 40 years. His involvement on various committees through the years includes the city’s most popular event, the Mosquito Festival.

QUINTANA MAYOR WITHDRAWS FROM TOWN COUNCIL RACE

Quintana Mayor Gary Wilson, who is set to leave office in May, has changed his mind about seeking the Position 2 seat on Town Council and withdrawn from the race.

The withdrawal leaves former councilman Barrett Blackwell as the lone candidate for the seat being vacated by Harold Doty, who is running unopposed for mayor in the May 9 election.

Wilson’s withdrawal leaves the Position 1 race between Stephen Alongis and Georgie Applegate as the only contested seat.

BRAZORIA COUNCIL APPROVES LOAN TO CONTRACTOR

City Council approved a loan to the contractor who wants to renovate the Brazoria Manor Apartments, bringing the complex one step closer to getting a makeover.

Council agreed on a resolution granting a $25,725 loan to Dennis Hoover of Hamilton Valley Management, which will go toward remodeling the 56-unit apartment complex, city officials said. The loan will help Hoover fund the project through federal tax credits, paid out by the Texas Department of Housing Affairs.

The city gave its support to Hoover in January in the form of an official letter, but the contractor needed the loan to maximize the points that will enhance his chance of receiving the tax credits.

Lance Reaves is a reporter for The Facts. Contact him at 979-237-0154.

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