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
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 Commissioners 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
Henderson County Historical Commission meets the first Wednesday of each month at 1 p.m. in the HC Historical
Kaufman County Commissioners 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 Oran White 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.
||WCCMUD sets 2010
By Pearl Cantrell
Monitor Staff Writer
TOOLWest Cedar Creek Municipal Utility District directors approved a $3.62 million
budget for fiscal year (FY) 2010 Monday.
The FY 2010 budget is nearly $20,000 more than last year, it was noted.
Its the rise in the cost of doing business, general manager Tony Ciardo
West Cedar Creek Municipal Utility District manager Tony Ciardo (left) answers director
Carolyn Morgans question with a demonstration of how the utility prevents theft of
service by removing the water meter when a service contract is terminated by the homeowner
or renter. A connect fee of $50 is charged to initiate a new service contract. The utility
charges $70 to reconnect after service termination due to unpaid monthly bills. There were
743 reconnects in 2009, generating $48,500, Ciardo said.
Ciardo also noted revenues were way down in FY 2009, as water conservation efforts,
combined with the unusually wet weather in the fall and slow growth in the area, have
taken their toll on the utilitys bottom line.
Water usage has really dropped, while raw water costs are up, Ciardo said. In
addition, last years budget called for 50 new installations; only 44 were performed,
It was also noted that service rates have not seen an increase since 1992, and directors
did not discuss the possibility of that changing during their regular monthly meeting.
Ciardo is expecting $774,000 in expenses on the water side and $197,000 on the sewer side
for regular maintenance, processing and testing.
Another $2.1 million is booked for administrative costs, including payroll, benefits and
fuel, for a total of $3.08 million in expenses.
That leaves a balance of $540,000 to be added to capitol improvements.
Ciardo said this year hed like to purchase a few new vehicles, refurbish several
elevated towers and plan for future expansion, totaling $1.3 million in capitol
improvements, with some of the cost coming out of reserves.
In other business, directors:
called for the election of four directors May 8, and named utility secretary Wanda
Sanders election administrator.
Board vice president Jim Scrimshire and directors Joe King, Eldon Cox and Carolyn Morgan
are all up for re-election for a four-year term.
called for an audit of FY 2009 financial records. Auditor Smith, Lambright and
Associates of Athens will conduct the audit.
approved December, 2009, financial statements, noting that these include the
year-end summary, which will be fine-tuned and corrected by staff and the auditor.
heard a series of meetings with the management and tenants of the HamLins apartment
complex have been ongoing to correct a letter to tenants stating the utility had raised
its water and sewer rates, and that cost was being forwarded on to them.
Hotel to hold ribbon-cutting
Special to The Monitor
MABANKRepresentatives from the City of Mabank met with Comfort Suites Hotel General
Manager Joe Babits Tuesday morning to put the final touches on plans for the hotels
The official Cedar Creek Lake Area Chamber of Commerce ribbon cutting for the new property
will be at 1:15 p.m. Friday, Jan, 29. The public is invited to come help the chamber and
city officials welcome this new business to the community, tour the hotel and enjoy
Monitor Photo/Kerry Yancey
The new 70-room Comfort Suites Inn, located in north Mabank at the U.S. Highway 175/State
Highway 198 interchange, is now open and accepting guests. An area chamber of commerce
ribbon cutting ceremony marking the grand opening of the hotel will be held at 1:15 p.m.
Friday, Jan. 29.
New fire marshal named
Monitor Staff Reports
ATHENSThe Henderson County Commissioners selected the person with the most
experience to fill the vacated county fire marshals position.
After an executive session Tuesday, commissioners chose Edgewood resident James Darryl
Furrh to fill the rest of John Holcombs term, ending Dec. 31, 2010.
Holcomb left the county at the end of December to take the fire marshal post in Forney.
Furrh has 33 years of experience as a firefighter and fire investigator, County Judge
David Holstein said.
The bulk of his experience comes from his work with the Garland Fire Department. Furrh
also holds advanced certifications as an arson investigator and is qualified to teach
firefighting training, Holstein said.
We had a four very qualified individuals. This was a tough decision, but tough
decisions are part of the job, Holstein said. We feel it is in the best
interest of the county to bring in his experience.
In other business, commissioners:
canceled the regular meeting scheduled for Tuesday, Feb. 9.
set a public hearing to vacate Lot No. 3 in the Moonlight Bay subdivision in
Precinct 1, along with a 68-foot easement on the east end of Starlight Drive, adjacent to
the lot for 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 16.
heard three appointments to the Emergency Service District No. 2 board of directors
in Payne Springs will need to be filled during the Feb. 16 meeting.
Those interested in serving should contact Precinct 2 Commissioner Wade McKinney or the
accepted a preliminary plat for Phase II of Browns Landing on Lake Palestine,
with several variances to the new subdivision guidelines.
Engineering consultant Chris Weeks reported the variances were minor and deserving, since
the 39 half-acre lot project (Phase II) was well in the planning stages before the county
approved new subdivision regulations. The complete project includes 79 lots under
developer Gary Brown.
This is the first weve passed under the new rules, McKinney noted.
paid 2009 bills totaling $60,378.02, and 2010 bills totaling $283,115.22.
More than half that amount is coming from the Sheriffs Office budget to buy seven
Ford Crown Victoria patrol cars at about $22,000 each, or $154,000.
|Come Adopt Us At
The Humane Society of Cedar Creek Lake
|The domino effect is a chain reaction that occurs when a small
change causes a similar change nearby, which then will cause another similar change, and
so on. My name is Domino, and I got my name not only because Im black and white like
a domino tile, but also because my outgoing, cheerful personality causes my doggie
roommates to smile. This also causes our human friends to smile, which even causes the
kitties in the cat room to smile.
I am an 8-month-old male Pointer/Terrier mix. I love children, other dogs, and even get
along great with kitties. Ive had all my shots and am ready to be adopted. If
youd like to experience the domino effect, I am sure to put a forever smile on your
face when you take me to my forever home.
I currently live with a foster family, so if you would like to meet me, call my friends at
the Humane Society of Cedar Creek Lake at (903) 432-3422 to make an appointment. You can
also email them at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We have many animals at
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.
For further information visit our
website at petfinder.com