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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 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.

  Milton honored as Mabank ’09 ‘Firefighter of the Year’
By Kerry Yancey
Monitor Staff Writer

MABANK–With the youngest member watching via the Internet, Mabank Volunteer Fire Department members honored assistant chief Dameon Milton as the 2009 Firefighter of the Year Saturday night. MVFDfirefighter.jpg (199132 bytes)
Milton was the department’s top volunteer responder during the year, nearly 100 members and guests heard during the gathering at the new Mabank Comfort Suites hotel’s meeting room.
Master of ceremonies Robert Munden told the gathering the department had 35 active members, each averaging about 9 years of experience.
The youngest member, Cody Myrick (fire chief Ricky Myrick’s son), watched the event on a laptop computer through an Internet connection while stationed at the U.S. Marine Corps base at Camp Lejune, North Carolina.
Cody Myrick “worked his butt off” during the six months before he reported for military duty, Munden said, and wound up as No. 10 on the department’s top 10 responders list.
Other members on the list were Wayne McKenzie II, Michael Rowan, Kenneth Tanner, Donald Gordon and last year’s Firefighter of the Year, Mike Bass, at No. 5.
The top five responders were Daryl Landrum, Daryl West, Paul Hightower and Milton, Munden related.
Ricky Myrick was noted as the department’s longest-serving member, with 33 years of experience.
During the banquet, the department’s auxiliary members were recognized, and each were presented with a small decorative axe pin to wear.
During 2009, the department held its first community-wide disaster drill, touted as a success.
Agencies from around the county and across the community responded to a simulated disaster, despite bone-chilling temperatures that morning, Munden reported.
The department held three annual fund-raisers this year with plans for a fourth. “We’re going to add a golf tournament this year,” Munden said.
Munden offered special thanks to the Gun Barrel City and Kemp fire departments, recognizing fire chiefs Joey Lindaman (GBC) and Brian Beavers (Kemp).
Department members, starting with the newest members, include Ricky White, Kenneth Otterline, Tobe Williams, John Monteau, Kenneth Tanner, Chris Kemp and Jim Vess.
Also, Paul Hightower, Donald Gordon, Robert Munden, Cody Myrick, Mike Bass, Dameon Milton, Dennis Youngblood and Beau Duke.
Also, Daryl Landrum, Lupe Garza, Mat Ewaskiw, Josh McKenzie, Jason Neighbors, Andy Jeffers and Randy Munden.
Also, Daryl West, John Sullivan, Jim McKee, David Owens, Wayne McKenzie II, Kyle McAfee, Jeff McKenzie, John Holcomb, Michael Rowan, Kenneth Richman, Johnny Adams and Ricky Myrick.
Each member was recognized, and received two T-shirts afterward.

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Monitor Photo/Kerry Yancey
Most of the 35 active members of the Mabank Volunteer Fire Department gather around Firefighter of

the Year Dameon Milton (center, with axe) at the conclusion of the department's annual banquet Saturday.
The department’s auxiliary and board members for both the southeastern Kaufman County and southwestern
Van Zandt County emergency service districts were recognized during the event.

Eustace wins traffic safety grant
By Pearl Cantrell
Monitor Staff Writer

EUSTACE–Thanks to the superb efforts of Eustace reserve police officer Mike Tayem, the Eustace Police Department was awarded a device to clock speeds of vehicles on its most vulnerable streets – school zones.
The portable device is called a Speed Sentry, and it’s made by All Traffic Solutions, who offered the state-of-the-art unit through a national grant program.
“We’re very happy to assist communities such as Eustace with keeping its citizens and children safe,” All Traffic Solutions co-founder Ted Graef said during a presentation Friday to school and city officials.
“I commend Mike Tayem for seeking safety solutions at no cost to the taxpayers,” mayor Laura Ward said.
The lightweight unit is mounted on a bracket, attachable to any signpost. When not in use, it can be carried or stored in a simple canvas satchel.
“Drivers see their speed posted on a sign like this and check their speedometer and then slow down,” Tayem said. “It’s like having another police officer.”
The display has a number of features. It can be programed to clock speeds only up to a certain point, to avoid creating a speedway in the late hours, Graef said.
In addition, it runs on a battery that recharges overnight. The speed sentry is also tamper-resistant and theft-proof.
“I think it has a great deal of potential,” Eustace ISD superintendent Dr. Coy Holcombe said. “The people that I’ve talked to noticed it immediately and checked their speed. It’s already having the desired effect.”

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Monitor Photo/Pearl Cantrell
Eustace city and school officials welcome the presentation of the Speed Sentry

Friday. Eustace was one of two school districts to win a national grant. Pictured
are (from left) Eustace High School principal Stan Sowers, mayor Laura Ward,
assistant schools superintendent Janet Beasley, Ted Graef of All Traffic Solutions,
reserve police officer Mike Tayem, superintendent Dr. Coy Holcombe, Holly Walker,
representing chief Robert Walker, primary school principal Dianne Shaffer and Sgt.
Jason Riggle.

ECC directors approve general manager’s plans
By Gregori Starrett
Monitor Staff Writer

GUN BARREL CITY–East Cedar Creek Fresh Water Supply District directors reviewed 2010 goals at their Feb. 17 regular meeting.
General Manager Bill Goheen told board members he plans to install additional water main valves throughout subdivisions and rehabilitate sewer manholes.
He also wants to maintain the current rate of 12 percent water loss, while seeking to reduce that number.
Goheen added that he sees the need for a strong public relations campaign.
Board members heard the district submitted a revised map to the Texas Water Development Board on the pending purchase of Mabank water meters located in Gun Barrel City.
Gun Barrel City is trying to block this purchase, believing that it would be in the city’s best interest to receive its water supply from Eustace.
At issue is whether Gun Barrel City has a standing to be a party to this Sale Transfer Merger between Mabank and the district. (For more on this issue, see Feb. 21 issue of The Monitor.)
In other business, board members:
• agreed to renew Goheen’s contract.
• set the district’s biennial election for Saturday, May 8, to fill four board positions.
Those seats are currently held by Helen Tipery, board president David Burch, Richard Watkins and Howard Smith.
• appointed Henderson County election supervisor Denise Hernandez as the district’s election administrator, and authorized her to appoint judges and clerks for the election.
• reimbursed $20,703 to budget line items out of Operating Reserves.
• chose Conway Company CPAs to perform the annual audit covering fiscal year 2009.
• agreed to limit the amount of time that district personnel spend producing or duplicating public information for a requestor in a 12-month period
• authorized Terra Renewal Services to remove sludge from the Brookshire water treatment plant clarifier ponds, with a cost not to exceed $14,000.
• chose KSA Engineers to conduct research and prepare a cost study on projects and methodologies.
• directed the Finance Committee to research and renew two CDs.
• paid bills.

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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 I’m 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. I’ve had all my shots and am ready to be adopted. If you’d 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 dogshsccl@yahoo.com.
 

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.

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