Daily Progress, Jacksonville, TX

Local News

October 11, 2012

Bullard approves and hires warrant, code enforcement officer

BULLARD —

 In an attempt to get a better handle on enforcing civic code and processing existing warrants, the Bullard city council passed a budget amendment Tuesday to create a new full-time warrant/code enforcement officer position.

Danny Ray, who served as the city's part-time municipal court judge since 1998, started the new position Wednesday.

“We've got a large number of warrants that have not been worked that are sitting in the file cabinet, and we were looking for someone who could do this full-time,” said city manager Larry Morgan.

For the past several weeks, Ray has been contracted by the city to handle warrant and code enforcement. In this new position, he will receive an annual salary of $13,900 plus benefits, he said.

“One of the things I'm going to have to learn, as far as code enforcement, are the city ordinances,” Ray said.

His hope is to bring violations to property owners' attention and then “work things out in as easy a manner as possible,” he said. “Most of the time it's a pretty courteous situation (between the city and property owner), and they want to work with you to resolve it.”

He said he hopes to have a similar interaction with individuals who have warrants, by contacting them and help them resolve the issue without necessarily having to go to jail.

“There are options like community service and payment plans, things that people don't immediately think of,” Ray said. “This way, they can go ahead and make arrangements (with the city) to help resolve these issues.”

Also during Tuesday's meeting, the city council appointed James Connelly as its new municipal court judge. Connelly had served briefly as an associate judge for the local court prior to his appointment.

 

1
Text Only
Local News
  • 2 men arrested after standoff in grocery store

    Two men were arrested early Wednesday morning after a standoff at the B&B Foods in Alto.
    According to Alto Police Chief Jeremy Jackson, a person reported seeing two black males at the store just before 3 a.m. Wednesday.

    April 17, 2014

  • Some area entities closed for holiday

    Many area offices and businesses will be closed Friday in observance of Good Friday and Easter.

    April 17, 2014

  • Dispatcher Enge 0416.tif JPD dispatcher killed in wreck

    A dispatcher for the Jacksonville Police Department was killed Monday on her way to work, according to officials.
    Amber Enge, 35, of Whitehouse was pronounced dead at the scene of a one-vehicle wreck Monday afternoon on CR 2177 in Whitehouse.

    April 16, 2014 1 Photo

  • CR speed limit changes, E-filling fee top agenda

    On Monday, Cherokee County commissioners set April 28 to hold public hearings concerning the changing speed limits on two county roads.

    April 16, 2014

  • Catherine look.tif Religious lines drawn: Protesters met by members of Church of Wells

    Other than a few community members' voices that rose above the crowd, the protest Saturday against the Church of Wells remained peaceful.

    April 15, 2014 3 Photos

  • HOPE event Pic 433.tif Folks attend weekend fundraiser for H.O.P.E.

    It was an evening fit for royalty, as supporters of the Helping Others Pursue Enrichment (H.O.P.E.) program gathered Saturday at The Castle on the Lake outside Jacksonville for “A Renaissance Evening.”

    April 15, 2014 1 Photo

  • Church Member looks.tif Church of Wells members attend protest

    About 30 members of the Church of Wells arrived at a protest Saturday. The event was planned after an incident at Wells Homecoming Day on April 5 where the church loudly "street preached" causing a disruption. Three of the church members were injured by two men at the parade. On Saturday, the event was peaceful, despite a few loud voices.

    See the complete story and photos in the next edition of the Daily Progress on Tuesday, April 15.

    April 13, 2014 1 Photo

  • ScholarshipAwards.tif 5 receive scholarships from Chamber’s Agri-Business Committee

    The Agri-Business Committee of the Jacksonville Chamber recently awarded five $1,000 scholarships at the Annual Cherokee County Junior Livestock Show on March 29.

    April 11, 2014 1 Photo

  • Deadline to file taxes nears

    As an April 15 deadline for individuals to file their 2013 federal tax return approaches, pressure is mounting for tax preparers.

    April 11, 2014

  • Protest, march planned in Wells

    The town of Wells is planning a march to the R&R Mercantile on U.S. Hwy. 69 from the former Dairy Queen to protest the Church of Wells.
    The event is planned for 1:30 p.m. Saturday.

    April 11, 2014