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increases over 2009
By Barbara Gartman
Monitor Staff Writer
KAUFMAN–2010 county taxes collected in December totaled
approximately 17 percent more for than in 2009.
Monday, Kaufman County Commissioners were pleased at the report
given by tax assessor/collector Richard Murphy.
“And I am very pleased to give this report,” Murphy said.
Taxes collected for this year’s general fund for December
totaled $14,166,721 or 48 percent with 52 percent remaining to
This time last year, just 31 percent or $8,966,079 was collected
for the general fund by the end of December.
The same percentage of road & bridge taxes have been collected
for a current total of $1,373,390 for December and $1,251,256
for December, 2009.
In other business, commissioners:
• approved a request from Kaufman County Urban Forester Pam
Corder to use monies from her training and education budget to
take advantage of a scholarship from the Texas Forestry Service.
“Every forester dreams of getting to go to the Arbor Day Tree
Farm,” she said.
While the $1,900 scholarship pays for room, meals, books and
classes, it doesn’t pay for Corder’s plans to fly in February to
the 260-acre farm in Nebraska City, Neb.
By using funds set aside for training, the cost will not add to
the county’s budget.
• accepted the racial profiling report from Precinct 4 Constable
• accepted the treasurer’s monthly report for November, 2010.
• approved the purchase of an SUV for Fire Marshal Larry Ewing’s
staff at a cost of $26,961.17.
Funds are from his own department’s budget and will not impact
the county budget.
Ewing said an older vehicle will be sold and another is being
paid off that had a monthly payment of $377.
• heard IT director George York present issues to be considered
on future agendas.
The assessment of the security doors access problems was one
“The doors were installed in 2004 and are starting to have
issues with opening and closing, locks, and the lock down
systems,” he explained.
A committee to study problems and solutions for the various
entries was appointed, and includes: Sgt. Mary Ann Riggs,
purchasing agent Jack Sebastian, Precinct 1 Commissioner Jerry
Rowden, Fred Guthrie from maintenance and York.
• approved using the state of Texas DIR contract with AT&T for
cellular phone service.
• approved using Correctional Health Care Management for inmate
healthcare and prescription medication.
Dr. William Fortner, county health officer, said he has been
working in Ellis County, using the company and he said it has
worked well for them.
“I highly recommend the company,” he said.
Sebastian said using Correctional Health Care Management will
save the county approximately $200,000 per year.
• approved using Rene Bates Online Auctioneer Services for the
sale of surplus county equipment.
• approved deputation for the District Clerk’s office of Susan
Cook, Nancy Dickerson, Louise Harris, David Cawthorn, Willie
Denice Wade, Michelle Lopez, Annabel Guerrero and Maria
• re-appointed Harry Girouard, Chuck Cade, Todd Gilcrease and
John Dabbs to the board of Emergency Service District No. 7.
• approved a resolution agreeing to provide in-kind matching
funds for the replacement of off-system bridges on county roads
4068, 283, 4017, 310 and 109.
• approved interlocal agreements for future work between Kaufman
County and the cities of Forney, Crandall and the town of Talty.
• approved the resale of 12 properties located in Precinct 4.
• approved renewal of membership with the Texas Association of
Counties and paying annual dues of $1,560.
• approved an interlocal agreement with the city of Scurry.
• proclaimed Feb. 4 as Wear Red Day in conjunction with Women’s
Heart Health Month.
• approved tax resale property in Precinct 3.
• approved budget transfers as presented by auditor Hal D.
• paid bills totaling $1, 005,018.93.
• discussed possible bi-monthly meetings for commissioners’
court as a future agenda item.
Kiwanis inducts member, discusses upcoming
Monitor Staff Reports
GUN BARREL CITY–Cedar Creek Lake Kiwanis members welcomed a new
member and discussed a couple of upcoming events and
fund-raisers during their weekly luncheon Wednesday.
Rachel Gibson was formally installed as a club member by
District 26 Lt. Gov. Bobbie Hawkins of Athens, who was on hand
to tell members about the Step-Up, Check-Up Clinic scheduled for
10 a.m. Saturday at the Shiloh Road Church of Christ in Tyler.
The clinic, she explained, follows the Step-Up outline:
• Encouraging clubs to Support the Texas Oklahoma (T-O)
Foundation in two different steps.
• Urge clubs to Take to the road and interclub (visit other
clubs). The previous Interclub contest will be integrated into
the Step-Up Achievement Program.
• Enrolling in a Step-Up, Check-Up Clinics can earn two more
• Participating in T-O Division’s First Lady Joyce Curry’s
Reading is Fundamental program and the Galveston Library
Recovery effort can earn two additional steps.
There are other ways to obtain bonus steps, Hawkins outlined.
Clubs achieving six steps will earn the Step Ladder Award, while
any club earning 10 of the 12 steps will earn the Extension
Hawkins urged the Cedar Creek Lake members to attend the clinic,
if possible, and work on interclub visits (where three or more
members visit another club’s meeting).
“This is not going to be a follow-the-agenda meeting,” she
added. “This is going to be a fun day – I think a special,
Other Step-Up, Check-Up Clinics will be scheduled around the
East Texas area, Hawkins said.
In club business, the members:
• discussed plans for the annual Pancake Day fund-raiser,
tentatively scheduled for mid-March, along with the club’s
fourth annual partnership with the area chamber of commerce’s
Car Show and Krawfish Boil event, scheduled the first Saturday
• discussed details of other fund-raising projects, including
the club’s first “Patriot of the Year” award, which is expected
to formally begin with the Pancake Day event and last until the
Independence Day holiday.
CCL reservoir manager reviews pipeline
By Pearl Cantrell
Monitor Staff Writer
GUN BARREL CITY–A planned water pipeline connecting Lake
Palestine, Cedar Creek Lake and Richland Chambers Reservoir to
lakes in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex is primarily being
built to transfer water from Lake Palestine to Dallas, who owns
the lake’s water rights.
Tarrant Regional Water District joined Dallas in a financing
agreement to build the $1.6 billion pipeline because its own
infrastructure could use some improvements to pumps and pumping
stations, so it can better service its prime customer, Fort
Worth, Cedar Creek Reservoir manager Buckley Butler told area
“We own water rights in Cedar Creek Lake that are not being
exercised, because our pumping capacities are not capable of
handling the daily flows,” Butler explained at the Cedar Creek
Lake Area Chamber of Commerce’s monthly luncheon Jan. 13.
Cedar Creek Lake was built as a water supply reservoir – not for
flood control or as a recreational lake, Butler pointed out.
“We are constantly mindful of the needs of our present and
future customers,” Butler added.
The 149-mile pipeline is still in the engineering stages, with a
tentative construction start date in 2013. It will take five
years to build.
When completed, the pipeline will be able to transfer water from
Lake Palestine to Joe Pool Lake and Benbrook Lake.
TRWD’s participation in the construction cost totals $980
million, with the City of Dallas paying the rest.
“We have to pump water. That’s what we’re here for. It’s what we
do and why reservoirs and wetlands are produced,” Butler said.
“We’re obligated to provide water.”
The water rights in Texas have already just about been claimed.
TRWD bought the water rights to the watershed in the 1950s that
would create Richland Chambers in the 1980s, to supply the
anticipated growth of the Metroplex realized in the last 30
years or so.
“And the Metroplex continues to grow,” Butler noted.
Butler said he gets a lot of complaint calls from area
residents, who mistake overflow at the spillway as the gates
being opened, but that is not usually the case.
He explained that two different kinds of gates are installed
The tops of the center gates are just three feet above design
pool (322 feet above sea level). When these are open, they fall
forward from the top, he explained. The two gates on either side
of the center open from the bottom.
Currently, the lake has been down an average of 3.3 feet, due to
the relatively mild winter, expected to continue in the La Niña
pattern into the spring, he said. This could mean lake levels
may drop seven feet below normal pool during the summer, which
would match the last record low, he added.
Dallas’ water rights in Lake Palestine come to about 108 million
gallons per day (mg/d), he said.
“The agreement with Dallas is a cost-sharing agreement to save
our customers money,” he said. “It will not significantly change
Cedar Creek Lake levels up or down.
“Three times as much water is lost to evaporation than is ever
pumped out of Cedar Creek Lake,” he told the gathering.
A wetland project designed to recapture flows from the Trinity
River somewhere between Kemp and Farm-to-Market 85 in the King’s
Creek area are in the works.
Such a wetland could yield an inflow of 30 million gallons a day
into Cedar Creek Lake, but even at that rate, it is not designed
to maintain lake levels, Butler said.
“Wetlands enhance and increase water supply to supplement
supply, but are not created for recreational uses,” he said.
Questions about silting and overall depth loss were also
Butler said a depth survey is taken every 10 years, with the
next one due in 2015.
The 2005 survey reported an 8 percent to 9 percent diminished
value since 1967, when the lake came on-line, he said.
Experienced fishermen, like David W. Story, tended to challenge
that statement, saying he’s noticed a significant shallowing of
the lake in many places he’s fished over the years.
He suggested the TRWD institute a maintenance program during
drought seasons to correct the situation.
In other business, chamber members heard:
• from new members Sugar Rock Graphics, located on Market Street
in downtown Mabank, with Ben Hassell, AJ Amyx with a
newwaytomarket.com, Gary Johnson with the Grayhawk Cos. and Oak
Creek B&B, 10 minutes from downtown Athens, operated by Marilyn
and Randell Tarin, (903) 675-5509 or email@example.com.
• there’s still room on the bus for Cedar Creek Lake Day at the
82nd Legislature, Tuesday, Feb. 1. Call the chamber office to
• signups for a shift in the chamber’s booth at the Dallas
International Boat Show Feb. 4-6 and 9-13 at Dallas market Hall
are going fast. Call the chamber office at (903) 887-3152.
• the Chamber’s 10th Awards Banquet is set for Monday, March 21,
at the Cedar Creek Country Club.
• thanks from Debra Davis for all the outpouring of love and
care since her business location on Market Street burned. She is
now located in the Nationwide Insurance building in Gun Barrel
City on Main Street, with her same business phone number.
• Habitat for Humanity of Cedar Creek Lake had another family
and house to build. See Sue Cardin to volunteer.
• the Civic League has set Monday, Feb. 14, as the date for its
• the planned Ladies Texas Hold’em Poker Tourney is seeking
dealers, men servants and entries. See Shannon Steakley.
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