Sunday, January 10, 2010






  Enchanted Oaks VFD welcomes new arrival

Monitor Photo/Kerry Yancey

Members of the Enchanted Oaks Volunteer Fire Department gather around the department's new brush truck Monday. Fire Chief Lynden Patrick collected the Ford F-450 truck earlier that day after it had been outfitted by Wildfire of Alvarado with a 300-gallon water tank and a 200-gallon-per-minute pump. A $45,000 Texas Forest Service grant helped pay for the $75,000 truck. The 17-member EOVFD now has two brush trucks and a pumper engine on duty.


City approves LED sign buy
By Pearl Cantrell
Monitor Staff Writer

MABANK–The Mabank City Council approved the purchase of a lighted promotional sign to be installed at Third (State Highway 198) and Market Street.
The move was recommended by the members of the Economic Development Corporation, EDC executive director Scott Confer told council members.
The LED display will feature up to six lines of six-inch copy on the front and back of the sign, he said.
The $23,000 investment will call attention to events and businesses off the main roadway, hopefully driving more revenues into local businesses, he explained.
Confer estimated a 30-day installation time.
In other business, council members:
• resolved to support the Kaufman County Appraisal District in its plans to purchase property and build a new facility, offsetting the up to $1.5 million cost with the sale of its present building for $350,000.
The rest of the cost will be obtained through financing.
“We’ll probably be called on to foot part of the cost,” mayor Larry Teague pointed out.
Councilman Mitch Odom, who has served on the appraisal board, was asked about the board’s space needs.
“We met in a storage room with no windows. It was bad,” he said.
Though reluctant, given the city’s falling sales tax revenues, the council unanimously approved the supportive resolution.
• heard the city’s police department has been awarded the seizure of two luxury vehicles in drug-related incidents.
They are a classic 1994 Lexus four-door sedan and a 1990 Buick Riviera with a V6 engine.
The vehicles are expected to sell at auction, with the proceeds being deposited into a separate checking account.
The chief is able to disperse those funds for the purchase of police equipment, as prescribed by law.
It is the first such seizure fund award the city has obtained, police chief Kyle McAfee said.
• set holidays for 2010 as the same one for the previous year, with two days off for Thanksgiving and Christmas, New Year’s Eve (Jan. 1 is a Saturday), Labor Day, Independence Day, Memorial Day and Good Friday, April 2.
• took no action following an executive session to discuss real property.

Girl Scouts pot baby trees for spring planting

Members of Girl Scout Troop 3572, with help from some little brothers, potted baby trees from the Arbor Day Foundation in anticipation of transplanting them in the spring at the Tool Elementary School. Expected frigid weather altered plans to put them in the ground. Pictured Monday are (left to right) Morgan Isom, Malia Cantrell, Colby Estrada, Kaleb Shaw (sitting) Katrina Isom, Jack Cantrell, Kaitlin Shaw and Kelsie Porter.


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