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East Cedar Creek Freshwater Supply District meets at 12:30 p.m. the third Wednesday of each month at the ECCFSD office on Hammer Road just off Welch Lane in Gun Barrel City.
Eustace City Council meets at 7 p.m. in the Eustace City Hall the first Thursday of each month. For more information, please call 425-4702. The public is invited to attend.
Eustace Independent School District meets at 7 p.m. the third Tuesday of each month at the Eustace High School Library. For more information, please call 425-7131. The public is invited to attend.
Gun Barrel City Council meets in Brawner Hall at 6 p.m. the second and fourth Tuesday of each month. For more information, please call 887-1087. The public is invited to attend.
Gun Barrel City Economic Development Corporation meets at 1831 W. Main, GBC, at 6 p.m. on the third Tuesday of each month. For more information, please call 887-1899.
Henderson County Commissioner’s Court meets the second and fourth Tuesday of each month at 9 a.m. in the Henderson County Courthouse in Athens. The public is invited to attend.
Henderson County Emergency Services District #4 meets at 7 p.m. the third Tuesday of each month at 525 S. Tool Dr. in Tool.
Henderson County Historical Commission meets the first Wednesday of each month at 1 p.m. in the HC Historical Museum.
Kaufman County Commissioner’s Court meets the first, second, third and fourth Monday of each month at 9:45 a.m. in the Kaufman County Courthouse in Kaufman. The public is invited to attend.
Kemp City Council meets at Kemp City Hall at 7 p.m. the second Tuesday of each month. For more information, please call 498-3191. The public is invited to attend.
Kemp Independent School District meets the third Tuesday of each month in the Board Room in the Administration Building. For more information, please call 498-1314. The public is invited to attend.
Log Cabin City Council meets the third Thursday of the month in city hall. For more information, please call 489-2195. The public is invited to attend.
Mabank City Council meets at 7 p.m. in Mabank City Hall the first Tuesday of each month. For more information, please call 887-3241. The public is invited to attend.
Mabank Independent School District meets at 7:30 p.m. the fourth Monday of each month. For more information, please call 887-9310. The public is invited to attend.
Payne Springs City Council meets at city hall at 7:30 p.m. every third Tuesday of each month. For more information, please call 451-9229. The public is invited to attend.
Payne Springs Water Supply Corp. meets the third Tuesday of each month at 1 p.m. at the Payne Springs Community Center, located at 9690 Hwy. 198.
Seven Points City Council meets at 7 p.m. in Seven Points city hall the second Tuesday of each month. For more information, please call 432-3176. The public is invited to attend.
Tool City Council meets at 6 p.m. in the OranWhite Civic Center the third Thursday of each month. For more information, please call 432-3522. The public is invited to attend.
West Cedar Creek Municipal Utility District is held at 5 p.m. the fourth Monday of each month. For more information, please call 432-3704. The public is invited.

 

 

 

 

 

 



 

 

 

 

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Payne Springs moves city hall
By Pearl Cantrell
Monitor Staff Writer

CEDAR CREEK LAKE–The 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 probably longer.
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 council’s 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. It’s 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 necessary parking.
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 Feb. 1.
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 hall’s one-acre plot will be done.
“We hope to be in the new building by the end of July, weather permitting,” she said.
The city’s 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 Friday).

KC Commissioners hear complaints about gravel pit
By Barbara Gartman
Monitor Staff Writer

KAUFMAN–Like 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 can’t get there from here” takes on a hurtful meaning to her, she explained to Kaufman County commissioners at their Dec. 13, 2010, meeting.
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 forbidden road.
“The school bus or emergency vehicles can’t get through, and even the water company can’t get to its lines,” Pruitt said. “It’s 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 said.
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 commissioners.
Paula Weber spoke in favor of opening the road.
“It’s a safety issue,” she said. “The fire department can’t 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 Gent’s 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 judge.
“It’s 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 Manning.
• hired four replacement deputies to fill existing vacancies in the sheriff’s department.
Sheriff David Byrnes said he has had five vacancies for almost five months, and needs the replacements.
• 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 said.
Commissioners tabled the matter until grant details and information from Porter could be considered.
• 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 can’t 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 bridge crews.
• approved a request from CenturyLink to install cable on CR 116 in Precinct 1.
• paid bills totaling $773,323.51.

 

 

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