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January 23, 2011






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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 every Tuesday 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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Tax collection 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 be collected.
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 Bryant Morris.
• 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 item.
“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 Olivares.
• 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. Jones.
• 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 events
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 steps.
• 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 Ladder Award.
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, special day.”
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 in May.
• 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 plans
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 business leaders.
“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 there.
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 addressed.
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, 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
• there’s still room on the bus for Cedar Creek Lake Day at the 82nd Legislature, Tuesday, Feb. 1. Call the chamber office to reserve space.
• 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 Joker’s Tournament.
• the planned Ladies Texas Hold’em Poker Tourney is seeking dealers, men servants and entries. See Shannon Steakley.

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