Commercial development of land between Hooks and New Boston…

Commercial development of land between Hooks and New Boston…

NEW BOSTON, Texas — An 847-acre tract of land between Hooks and New Boston may soon see some commercial development.

The Bowie County Commissioners Court agreed Monday to approve a management agreement with Kingwood Forestry Services Inc. to have Kingwood manage a timber clearing of at least 250 acres of the total 847 acres jointly owned by Hooks, New Boston and Bowie County. The timber would then be sold for money, which would go back to paying for the continued development of the land in order to make it more commercially attractive. The agreement would also allow the Kingwood to advertise and sell timber from the land.

Commissioners also agreed to table the one bid they received from Lone Star Commissary to operate and supply the Bowie County Correctional Center’s commissary for the inmates.

Court members agreed to table two bids they received from two companies seeking to install a new air conditioning chiller in the courthouse — mainly because the two separate bidders offered widely different price ranges. The first bidder, Air One, offered a $149,000 price tag for delivery and installation while the other bidder and Reliant Mechanical Contractors offered $81,000.

The commissioners then agreed to hold a special meeting at 4 p.m, Thursday to take action on both the chiller bids and the commissary bid.

In other business, commissioners agreed to accept Texarkana, Texas’ offer to reimburse the county $5,225 for providing chip seal services to preserve pavement on a section of Chapparal Lane. Court members also agreed to accept $85,873 from the Texas Department of Transportation to allow the county to participate in the state’s Transportation Infrastructure Fund Grant Program.

Transportation Services CEO Jonathan Cartu

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