Places & Events
Payne Springs moves city hall
By Pearl Cantrell
Monitor Staff Writer
CEDAR CREEK LAKEThe City of Payne Springs has moved from the long-used Community
Center and former local schoolhouse to a suite in the Baywood Plaza at 13021 State Highway
198S. The city hall has been located in the Community Center for at least 25 years, and
An increase in rent and the near prospect of constructing their own city hall led city
council members to decide to move until a new building is ready for occupancy.
City judge Doris Weaver will schedule court trials at the fire station, located next to
the community center. At the councils Dec. 21, 2010, meeting, Weaver informed
council members the city would be reissuing some 50 warrants,
In November, the council agreed on a layout for a new 60x80 city hall, totaling 4,800
square feet. Its to be situated on one acre of a three-acre property donated to the
Payne Springs Fire Rescue for a third fire station.
The new bigger fire station will put all of Payne Springs within three miles of a fire
station, fire chief Randy Harley told The Monitor.
The parties involved agree the property situated by the small tamale barn on SH 198 is
large enough to house a city hall, fire department, a small police force and all the
Directors of the East Cedar Creek Fresh Water Supply District approved the requested
donation last year, sold its farm house on the property and saw it moved off to make way
for the new construction.
At a Dec. 28 meeting, council members reviewed metal building and slab estimates, and
learned what it would take to lock in a steel framing price. The council plans to act as
its own general contractor and oversee the construction, which is forecast to begin around
The council expects to secure financing arrangements sometime this month, city secretary
Karen Juica told The Monitor. The estimated cost is judged to be between $250,000 and
$300,000, she said. In the meantime, a survey of the property and the city halls
one-acre plot will be done.
We hope to be in the new building by the end of July, weather permitting, she
The citys sales tax collections have risen 30 percent over the past five months,
following a May vote to go wet, the opening of a Dollar General Store and, most recently,
a city-operated vehicle impound lot.
In other business, the council:
approved the following holiday schedule for 2011. The city will be closed Memorial
Day, May 30; Independence Day, July 4; Labor Day, Sept. 5; Thanksgiving, Nov. 24-25; and
Christmas Day, Dec. 26.
The city does not include as city holidays Saturday, Jan. 1, or Friday, April 22 (Good
KC Commissioners hear complaints about gravel pit
By Barbara Gartman
Monitor Staff Writer
KAUFMANLike any average American, Sherry Reville has plans for a dream home. She has
60 acres on which to build, but she also has a real problem.
The old saying of you cant get there from here takes on a hurtful
meaning to her, she explained to Kaufman County commissioners at their Dec. 13, 2010,
Reville should get access to her home site off County Road 334, in Precinct 3, but a
gravel pit blocks the road.
Several speakers signed up to talk on the subject.
Kelly Pruitt explained when he purchased his property, the road was reopened and he got
permission to detour around the pit, but the roughness of that passage still makes it a
The school bus or emergency vehicles cant get through, and even the water
company cant get to its lines, Pruitt said. Its time for something
to be done, as this has gone on for six years.
Former Precinct 2 Commissioner Ken Leonard said the problem was evident years ago.
In 2005, former (Precinct 1) commissioner Ken Schoen called and showed me a rock pit
in the middle of the road, Leonard said.
Engineers said it would take about $800,000 to fix the road, he explained.
Leonard and Schoen both recalled having put the owner (a Mr. Green) under an injunction
not to dig any more gravel, but they claim he ignored the injunction and cut another vein.
Mr. Green agreed to put the road back like it was. He has not done anything,
Leonard recalled a house that burned down because the Able Springs Volunteer Fire
Department had to travel six miles farther to get to the fire.
We should be ashamed (for letting the gravel be mined), Schoen told the
Paula Weber spoke in favor of opening the road.
Its a safety issue, she said. The fire department cant get
to the homeowners.
Commissioners discussed several possible solutions before deciding to table the matter
until they can look further into the codes.
In other business, commissioners:
heard a resolution read by District Attorney Rick Harrison honoring retiring County
Judge Wayne Gent.
The resolution listed Gents accomplishments and service to his country and to the
county, noting he earned the Kaufman County Lifetime Achievement Award, and named Friday,
Dec. 24, as Judge Wayne Gent Day.
Gent was born Dec. 25, 1941, and has served two separate lengthy stints as the county
Its been fun. This has been a great group of guys to work with, Gent
responded and then added his commendation for Angie Pijerina, who has worked in his office
for 18 years.
I have planned a trip to Jacksonville, Wyo., with my wife, Tina, and son Wade, to go
snowmobiling, he explained.
Harrison also commended attorney John Long for his services and courage, saying he
has earned the Medal of Courage.
accepted a donation of sheet metal from incoming Precinct 4 commissioner Tom
hired four replacement deputies to fill existing vacancies in the sheriffs
Sheriff David Byrnes said he has had five vacancies for almost five months, and needs the
approved the bond for fire marshal Larry Ewing.
renewed membership with North Texas Council of Governments for Emergency
Preparedness Department and paid the annual $5,000 fee.
heard from county Extension agent Ralph Davis concerning work done by Marion Porter
for the Master Gardener program at the South Campus (the old jail).
The work consisted of putting doors and frames in the educational greenhouse project, paid
for mostly with grant funds, Davis said.
Porter put in 45 hours at a total of $1,035, he said.
The project is already finished, Davis added, and is open to the public.
It is a benefit for the whole county, Precinct 1 Commissioner Jerry Rowden
Commissioners tabled the matter until grant details and information from Porter could be
tabled a request from Michael Notley for a sign banning 18-wheeler rock haulers
from using County Road 346 in Precinct 3, pending a public hearing.
Notley emphasized the commissioners have the right to close CR 346 to through truck
traffic. He said the trucks were using CR 346 because they could make a turn either way
onto a major roadway.
Formerly, the trucks had come from the quarry onto CR 317, which limited the trucks to
right-hand turns only.
Notley said the road they now travel (built in 1886) is dangerous, as it is narrow. The
trucks cant stay in a single lane, and the road has little foundation, existing of
either mud, sand or clay.
The road is simply not meant for 80,000-pound trucks, he said.
hired two replacement employees to fill existing vacancies in Precinct 3 road and
approved a request from CenturyLink to install cable on CR 116 in Precinct 1.
paid bills totaling $773,323.51.
The Humane Society of Cedar Creek Lake
We have many animals at the
Humane Society of Cedar Creek Lake
in Seven Points
in dire need of a good home.
Please call or stop by the Humane Society today
and rescue one of these forgotten animals.
The Humane Society of Cedar Creek Lake
is located on
10220 County Road 2403 in Seven Points.
For more information, please call
(903) 432-3422 after 11 a.m.
We are closed on Wednesday and Sunday.
information visit our website at petfinder.com